I Am A Diver

by Mia Katherine Boyle

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The first solo album from Mia Katherine Boyle, originally released in 1998 to critical acclaim. This album consists of solo acoustic, multi track songs of lovelorn loss and ecstatic lament.

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released April 8, 1998

MKB: Vocals, acoustic guitar, bass.
Eric Richards: Slide guitar on Birdhouse

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Mia Katherine Boyle • MKB ULTRA Seattle, Washington

A veteran Seattle musician, Mia combines singer/songwriter craft with musical collaborations bringing hints of American folk, soul and experimental. Her musical friends inspire new directions but she remains grounded in confessional, blues-tinged rock. "I just do this so I can sing". ... more

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Track Name: So Many Ways
Call me from the stands, can you silence this?
I speak with an open hand, asking - no demands
salting what is too bland

washing down what you don't understand, you don't understand
I tried to talk to you but you say I'm too far away
I love you anyway, I love you anyway

So many ways, So many ways, So many ways, So many ways
to say "I can't take it"

So now, you think you found yourself
living in a beach town bible belt
I can't remember all the things I said but I remember how I felt
it's something that I have to do, I never meant to dissolve into you
dissolve into you

is there a past that you can't leave behind?
A piece of trouble that ain't mine?
betray what you choose to believe
I broke your shell so I could get free
I love you anyway, I love you anyway

So many ways, So many ways, So many ways, So many ways
to say "I can't take it"
Track Name: Hi Again
Now with a beer and a cigarette in your hand
I could talk forever about the things I almost had
ain't it funny how your life can just go bad?
And another tomorrow is here for me now
I'd move on from here but I just don't know how, know how….

Don't, don't you remember when the stars exploded?
And we cried all night at the source of the light, in honest

Here in the lights there was no more pretending,
there was no wrong or right
we were half way in a last decision,
we were never gonna make it out of our own prison
we were hell bent, heaven sent, we'd take a little and go so far

well there's no tomorrow when you live like this
we were so wrong and we had so much sorrow
and we'd give a little kiss to the high priest on his own cloud

fake is a waste of the time that was never given
we would take as our heart and minds
and never, never come back
that's time we spent, Don't even act like you know
There was high times ever-loving,
See it all, we're still recovering

See it in his eyes, he can take it or leave it anytime
well there's no pretending now my sweet dying flower
Go there you can see it all in his eyes but don't try
don't even try to go back there anytime you want to

Hi Again….it's just one more day….
Track Name: I Am A Diver
I am a diver looking into your eyes
I am a diver looking into your eyes
I ignore you, you children play with fire
Popeye's rolling dice, burning his corncob pipe

Now I must be seconds from nowhere,
I can't be seconds from nowhere

I am diver looking into your eyes
I am a diver looking into your eyes
A snow flurry field
my watery soul sinks down

Now I must be seconds from nowhere,
I can't be seconds from nowhere

I am a diver
I am a diver
I am a diver
I am a diver….
Track Name: Sweet & Blind
Your promises have got me now
between the worship and the sacred cow
I shouldn;t wait to hear those sounds
I turn around and there's tomorrow

If I'm Blind
Carry me away
If I'm Blind
Swing me in and out of phase
If I'm Blind
Sing to me the nights, I know the days
won't you tell me all about everything that's all around

You set the pace, am I invited?
I color all the in-between lines
Maybe I'll never get it right
or maybe I'm the one, Sweet and Blind…

If I'm Blind
Carry me away
If I'm Blind
Swing me in and out of phase
If I'm Blind
Sing to me the nights, I know the days
won't you tell me all about everything that's all around

Your promises have got me now
I'll never live to see the light
I shouldn't wait to hear your sounds
or am I the one, Sweet and Blind….blind….blind
Track Name: Birdhouse
I would take you to my kingdom
but I do not have a king
Yu might think you have your freedom
could be right in a way

now, where you gonna run to now?
Why, we always end up here somehow…
All of us wanting in some other game but no one will back you when you refuse to play

You might now me from your third line
I don't think I know your face
I would put you in my hand
but I would not just in case
you fly, everybody wants to see you fly
cuz you have such pretty wings

I'm building a birdhouse to welcome you home
all of us stand here and pray that you come

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We got no daylingt but we don't care
we're gonna build a birdhouse and wait for the spring
we built this town, we'll burn it down
build a birdhouse and wait for you now….
Track Name: Do Not Cry
There is a lady here, she's a fortune teller
she tells me things I know, but I don't understand her
worlds will fall together, and they'll fall apart
slivers fall like rain into a garden building bridges in our hearts

she captured my left eye, put it in her pocket
then she took my voice, she said to save the silence
I can't keep from driving, even underground
slivers fall like rain into a garden, building bridges in our hearts

Do not cry, she said Do not cry

She took apart my sight, and put it back together
Now I see your kind, you can wait forever
I can't keep from driving, even underground
slivers fall like rain into a garden, building bridges in our hearts

Do Not Cry, she said Do Not Cry….
Track Name: Why Don't You Come Over
Come to me
leave this world for a while
talk to me, you don't even have to try
over me, it's about to be revealed…
All to pieces
you won't have to know or feel

Down the stairs
over the houses
under the stars and
why don't you come over…

We will always remember you
even though you're not here
we are tied to you somehow
because you spoke for all of us
Gone, gone, gone

Down the stairs
over the houses
under the stars and
why don't you come over…Down the stairs
over the houses
under the stars and
why don't you come over…

we will all wake up someday
you will not have cried in vain
we are all tied to you somehow
because you spoke for our pain….

Down the stairs
over the houses
under the stars and
why don't you come over…

Gone, gone, gone…. drive away
we will all wake up someday….

come to me,
lead your way through this world
talk to me
you don't even have to say a word….
Track Name: Cat Eyes
And I wish I was allowed
just to look into your cat eyes
and I wish this song could bring you back
you could be my best friend
you were some girl I don't know
you were stuck on ninety nine
you were sick of what you never knew
until you crossed the great divide

I bet you forgot to see the Olympic Skyline
it's hard to be a hero or a saviour
believing, believing
I do….

So you traded in your past and this happens every day
and to think that you could smile at all
you're a funny flower
your beauty has no flaws
and your rubes not for sale
I wish you could hear me think about you
you were not a failure

now I know, it seems so far but it comes too soon
you feel like no one is believing, believing
but I do…

I wish I could turn around
just to look into your cat eyes
if I could turn around
just to look into your cat eyes….your cat eyes….your cat eyes…..
Track Name: No Inbetween
You call me up and suddenly you want to be remembered
you only want the part of me that never really cared
now you're back from somewhere else
but somehow you must have me
touch a little part of me that isn't really there
I'm not gonna ask you, cuz I don't really care

I am gone and changed, you don't even know me
now I never really knew the reason that you loved me

So long and gone
doors closing, cuz there's no in-between

You are still the same, I see you still show it
the little hurtful things you said. pretending not to know it
and the part of me that does not want you, you just have to touch
and the part of me that does not need you, you don't have to cover

I am gone and changed, you don't even care
talk about the times we had like we were still back there

So long and gone
doors closing, cuz there's no in-between
So long and gone
it's all my fault, and there's no in-between
there's no in-between
Track Name: End Of The World
Lust, mercy, grief, scientific wonders
blood crossed with sorrow or some inconvenient place you go
to ring a line of strings on someones invention
we can't hide our feelings
vibrate liberation
You're seeing your world out of control and it's just not the way that you planned

Maybe when vines grow over this sweet world we had, we can change, take turns and start over again….

or keep going
a sliver of attention in my eye and ear
nothing else was given to you or even expected
its like they tell you everytime…
…..
a jester with a wandering eye….


Good old uncle static, took the world for granted
you learn to get along, what is done is done
is this how it's done? Do we levitate out of this place and move on to the next one?
I want to take with me all the things you've seen
like I lived and came from a place I've never been
I've never been, I've never been, I've never been…..never been….