TW Walsh

TW Walsh is a songwriter, musician and mastering engineer. His new album is FRUITLESS RESEARCH.

He is also a member of Lo Tom and a former member of Pedro the Lion, Headphones and The Soft Drugs.

FRUITLESS RESEARCH

01 Public Radio
02 Shallow Water
03 Young Rebels
04 Body/Mind
05 Fundamental Ground
06 Monterrey
07 Counting Cards
08 The Bright Void
09 Chocolate Milk
10 The Glow

Produced and mixed by Yuuki Matthews
Performed and recorded primarily by TW Walsh and Yuuki Matthews
Mastered by TW Walsh

David Bazan chose the album sequence, sang on "Young Rebels" and played percussion and synth here and there
Casey Foubert played a lot of the instruments on "Shallow Water"
Tania Walsh, Noah Walsh, Ezra Walsh and Oona Walsh did the hand claps on "Young Rebels"

Artwork by Adam Shrewsbury

PUBLIC RADIO
Written by Timothy William Walsh [The Moth Eats Walls (ASCAP)]
and Yuuki Matthews [Bass Rhyme Continuum (ASCAP)]
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I'm tracking you down
I'm putting a cap on the top of your tower
You carry around
A stick that you claim is the source of your power

You transfer your trust
To any witness wearing a collar
You swallow that crust
Whenever they hit you up for a dollar

You argue with me
But I don't want to argue with you

You're placing a bet
The marble will stop on the black or the red
You love the internet
It fills you up with existential dread

Don't pilot a flight
Between your body and your intellect
I don't want to be right
If everybody else is incorrect

You argue with me
But I don't want to argue with you

SHALLOW WATER
Written by Timothy William Walsh [The Moth Eats Walls (ASCAP)]
and Yuuki Matthews [Bass Rhyme Continuum (ASCAP)]
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You were a bird, an eagle
I was the sun, a father
We crossed a hundred rivers
You fished in shallow water

And now
You're asking for a second chance
The monks go down to wash their hands and you don't

And now
Children know the subtle tongue
And you mumble in an iron lung crying for your mom

The rabbits stayed in their holes
The fires were great in number
The men we saw, distracted
Slow to wake and slow to slumber

And now
You're asking for a second chance
The monks go down to wash their hands and you don't

And now
Children know the subtle tongue
And you mumble in an iron lung crying for your mom

YOUNG REBELS
Written by Timothy William Walsh [The Moth Eats Walls (ASCAP)]
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Stand up young rebels
You better listen to me
You got twenty good years if you're lucky
And you're like me

So make your bed in the morning
Drink your coffee and tea
Get half good at something
You'd probably do for free

Gimme that
Godawful stuff
The truth is
Godawful stuff

Stand up young rebels
Drink your honey and milk
You gotta steal shit from worms
To make your silk

So sleep in on the weekend
Drink your whiskey and beer
From here on out
It's hangovers and fear 

Gimme that
Godawful stuff
The truth is
Godawful stuff

BODY/MIND
Written by Timothy William Walsh [The Moth Eats Walls (ASCAP)]
and Yuuki Matthews [Bass Rhyme Continuum (ASCAP)]
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Open up the window
A breeze coming through
Teach a man to shoulder guilt and
He'll follow you
Take charge when fools discover
What isn't true
But don't pursue
Do not pursue

Hey little girl
Just do everything we tell you to
Hey little girl
Don't let anybody change the way your body and your mind work

Get rid of stupid notions
But wait a while
The world will surely shock you
But you're not on trial
I will try to be a teacher
On your measured mile
With your mother's smile
Your mother's smile

Hey little girl
Just do everything we tell you to
Hey little girl
Don't let anybody change the way your body and your mind work

FUNDAMENTAL GROUND
Written by Timothy William Walsh [The Moth Eats Walls (ASCAP)]
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I've been in this room for way too long
An amateur paint job
And a worn out rug
Hand-me-down lighting and a couple of drugs
I can't complain
There's food on my table
And wine in the drain

Looking for the fundamental ground

You hang on to things that are passing through
A woman in labor
Or a friend that's dead
A stupid decision
Or some bullshit you said
But you can't complain
If you don't react
To pleasure and pain
To fiction and fact

Looking for the fundamental ground

MONTERREY
Written by Timothy William Walsh [The Moth Eats Walls (ASCAP)]
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If you can find a way
To get to Monterrey
I heard the speaker say
Meet in Monterrey
I'll see you saturday

Oh how the desperate pray

I keep the spirits down
It paints the visions brown
Meet in Monterrey
I'll see you Saturday

If you can find a way
To get to Monterrey
I'll see you Saturday

Oh how the children play
It's just another day

Na na na...

If you can find a way

COUNTING CARDS
Written by Timothy William Walsh [The Moth Eats Walls (ASCAP)]
and Yuuki Matthews [Bass Rhyme Continuum (ASCAP)]
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If you work the clutch, I can change the gear
But there ain't much more I can do from here
You gotta stock the pond so the drakes can thrive
You gotta kill some hawks to keep the snakes alive

I was never lucky but I
Read a couple books on counting cards

I tried some iffy stuff to keep my ego down
I read a thousand books, I let my reason drown
I memorized some spells I don't dare to speak
You gotta break some wands to keep the wizards weak

I was never lucky but I
Read a couple books on counting cards

"Thee I invoke, the Bornless one
Thee, that didst create the Earth and the Heavens
Thee, that didst create the Night and the Day
Thee, that didst create the Darkness and the Light"*

* From "Goetia: The Lesser Key of Solomon" compiled and translated by SL "MacGregor" Mathers and Aleister Crowley

THE BRIGHT VOID
Written by Timothy William Walsh [The Moth Eats Walls (ASCAP)]
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I was in the waves
I could feel the summer rain
I was upside down
But there wasn't any pain
I took my life vest off
And then I hit the rocks
I took the life vest off
I heard the bright void start to talk, yeah

You can ride the brittle lightning
You can take the diamond path
You can turn your back on everyone
Now you're coming home at last

When the quiet came
I was drowning in the light
The clouds were gone
And the stars were burning bright
And then the sky fell down
And the stars went out
I broke my crown
Within a shadow of a doubt

You can ride the brittle lightning
You can take the diamond path
You can turn your back on everyone
Now you're coming home at last

CHOCOLATE MILK
Written by Timothy William Walsh [The Moth Eats Walls (ASCAP)]
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Wanna float like butterfly
Gotta sting like a bumblebee
Eating apples that fell from the sky
Sit around cursing gravity

What you wanna do?
Like I'm tellin' you
What you wanna do?

Chasin' whiskey with chocolate milk
Take the lift to the second floor
Pick the lock with a dollar bill
Can't deal with it anymore

Wanna do
What you wanna do?
Like I'm tellin' you
What you wanna do?

What you wanna do?
Like I'm tellin' you
What you wanna do?

THE GLOW
Written by Timothy William Walsh [The Moth Eats Walls (ASCAP)]
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You think that the clock says something about you
The numbers and lines just soften the glow
I used to get lost in this fictional mirror
Now I realize I'm not what it shows

You're wasting the day 'til it turns into evening
You're turning your mind to the things that you bought
And when you remember something that happened
That's when you realize the past is only a thought  

You'd probably die to hear your mother sing
So terrified of what the future brings

And when you decide to finally listen
The silence it sounds like a river in Spring
When you dig up that invincible diamond
Try to find the resolve not to make a ring

You'd probably die to hear your mother sing
So terrified of what the future brings
You'd give a finger to shake your daddy's hand
You'd kick a child to be a better man