A Year in Review

by Noah Glenn

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In 2011, I decided to record and release a new song every month. This album is the result of that project. These are the songs for January through November. The song I wrote in December eventually became a part of a Christmas record I later released, called Good News, It's Christmas!

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released January 1, 2012

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Noah Glenn Memphis, Tennessee

Noah Glenn is a musician, composer, and audio engineer living in Memphis, TN.

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Track Name: My Late Grandfather Calls at 2 a.m.
The pattern of inset circles swells
in my voice—phonemes caught
on the haunches of my longing.
Your words full of echoes and static.

And in your voice phonemes catch
dust and solar wind. The phone chord jostles
your words (full of echoes), and static
struts my throat. Your voice is also

Dust. Solar. Wind. The phone chord jostles
memory, I have not stopped
the struts that line my throat, your voice—also
memories. The proof of our correspondence:

memory. I have not stopped
on the haunches of my long
memory: the proof of our correspondence,
the pattern of. Inset—circles, swells.
Track Name: This Is Only Temporary
This is only temporary
What do I even gain?
A generation comes, another goes
But the earth will still remain

And since it’s only January
There’s still a year to come
The sun will rise and the sun will set
Back to where it had begun
What has been is what will be done
There is nothing new under the sun

This is only temporary
Everything we build
Every stream runs into the sea
But the sea is never filled

It’s enough to make you weary
I can’t begin to say
My eyes and ears are never satisfied
Cause they are never filled all the way
And you can’t see what isn’t on display
What is crooked will never be straight

I first thought I was wise
Then I opened my eyes

There’s nothing new under the sun
I can’t do anything but what has always been done
There’s no remembrance of the past
We even forget the things that have not yet come to pass

This is only temporary
Cause fire always burns
The wind will run its course around the world
But it’s a circle that returns

It really is extraordinary
All that’s left in store
Seeking novelty will take you to
Mountain tops and ocean floors
But you won’t find what you’re looking for
Cause what you seek is knocking on your door

I thought that I was wise
Until I opened my eyes

There’s nothing new under the sun
I can’t do anything but what has always been done
There’s no remembrance of the past
We even forget the things that have not yet come to pass
Track Name: Better Than I Know Myself
You’re whispering a secret
But I know it like the back of your hand
Hands that know just how to hold me
Hands that even know the old me
Everything I ever buried
Everything that I can’t bear
Laid bare we’re both the same
Married by our very name

You know me
Better than I know myself

Your eyes know how to read me
You know all the words before they come out
The greatest book I ever read
Is the one inside your head
Something going on in your eyes
I know what nobody else sees
You’re looking right through me
You’re seeing into me

You know me
Better than I know myself