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tiny injuries

by Tamar Berk

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tommcnally
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tommcnally Track 1 hooked me out of the gate, and it's an 11-way tie for 2nd-favourite. The lyrics, instrumentation, arrangement, dynamics, performance and production are excellent throughout.

Others have used the word "fresh" to describe Tamar's music, and I agree. I'm never sure what will happen next and that's what makes it so exciting! Favorite track: if u know, u know.
minusoneman2
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minusoneman2 Oh happy day! Release date is here. TBs music always catches me right away. I love the slight vivid punk appeal within this one and how it meets melancholy. Favorite track: if i could fix one thing.
David Biedny
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David Biedny First time I really, truly listened to your music, your artwork has so captivated me recently, and listening to the opening track of this album really focuses your whole picture. You’re brilliant. Thank you!
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1.
If u know, u know The sun comes up but I’m already down Wander room to room but you’re nowhere around Looking up at the clock, and then I stop Cuz there’s 7 or 8 hours up for debate And if u know, u know So I’ll waste some time drink a beer or wine Thinking about some words that don’t even rhyme And how I haven’t seen snow in over three years It makes me feel like I don’t belong here. And if u know, u know And someone told me that a white lie is okay every once in awhile And I think about that every time I’m ready to say what’s on my mind And someone told me that a white lie is okay every once in awhile And I think about that every time I’m ready to say what’s on my mind And I have a tendency to feel guilty like I’m the only one on trial Cause I know that I’m in over my head Maybe this time I’ll just go back to bed The sun comes up but I’m already down And if u know, u know
2.
I know what you’re gonna say It’s about that time we got on the highway Then I’ll say ‘how’s the 5 looking today?’ Then you say ‘don’t be late it’s 3000 miles away’ You don’t need to remind me… Sunday driving is not the way to go Cause I would be lying if I said I wanna go Gonna keep on trying even though I already know (can we turn this around now?) Sunday driving is not the way to go Cause I never say ‘hello’ Goddamn another rainy day And the wind keeps on pushing us the other way Then I’ll say ‘slow down my hearts stopping midway’ Then you’ll say ‘you’ll be okay…3000 miles away.’ You don’t need to remind me…. Sunday driving is not the way to go Cause I would be lying if I said I wanna go Gonna keep on trying even though I already know (can we turn this around now?) Sunday driving is not the way to go Cause I never say ‘hello’ Can we please turn this around? Before I think I have my 19th nervous breakdown I wish that it was yesterday Cause my heart is broken 3000 miles away You don’t need to remind me…. Sunday driving is not the way to go Cause I would be lying if I said I wanna go Gonna keep on trying even though I already know (can we turn this around now?) Sunday driving is not the way to go Cause I never say ‘hello’ Sunday driving is not the way to Always say goodbye never say hello
3.
What’s become of me, my friend Be what I want and maybe I’ll stay At least for now until I go away Cause she’ll ask for something in a moment or two So just be aware I’ll have something to do At least I don’t cry, I don’t cry anymore I’ll just say something mean like I did before Then I’ll turn around because I’ll feel bad again What’s become of me, my friend… Just want a day where I could have fun But they slip away with the setting sun Maybe I’ll drive north or to Mexico So just be aware that I might have to At least I can try, I can once more I’ll just write it all down like I did before But no one will answer because I’ll never hit send What become of me, my friend Something about me is just not the same I feel it in my blood and my DNA Been trying to tell you in so many ways But now I just think I got carried away I wish I could read about what might have been Then I won’t have to live with the story I’m in… I wish I could tell you that it’s not so bad But then I’d be lying about the luck that I’ve had I used to be sure about the claims that I made Now I second guess everything that I say You told me once I should let them be wrong So maybe it’s time that I play along
4.
Permanent Vacation I try to connect from the inside I try to say I’m alright I say I’m sorry for things but I Can’t keep track and I cannot maintain I’m from another planet today Don’t understand and I cannot relate And I’ll be planning on leaving today And I’ll go on a permanent vacation with you And I think I might (and don’t you believe it) be born again (I can hardly believe it) And when we take off (and don’t you believe it) will you hold my hand (I can hardly believe it) I try to collect all my thoughts before I say something you might ignore I’ve got an obsession to work it out I let it go it’s a limited war I’m from another planet today Don’t understand and I cannot relate I’m packing up and I’m leaving today And I’ll go on a permanent vacation with you And I’ll close my eyes(and don’t you believe it) And I’ll hold my breath (I can hardly believe it) And when we touch down (and don’t you believe it) will you hold my hand (I can hardly believe it)
5.
cash out 02:54
Cash Out I don’t know what I want no words can define it I don’t know what to do no plans can design it Cause I’ve got no promises left in me And I’ll never brake when you’re in front of me And why should I care if I crash now I’m getting ready to cash out I don’t how to feel no books can describe it I don’t know my next move I can’t seem to find it Cause I’ve got no promises left in me And I’ll never brake when you’re in front of me And why should I care if I crash now I’m getting ready to cash out
6.
Drop in the Bucket I know what you said to me I know what you really meant Why am I always feeling like I’m failing someone Looks of disappointment added to the long run It’s just a drop in the bucket, everyday I know what you said to me I know what you really meant Why am I always thinking like you don’t wanna be here All of the resentment added onto each year It’s just a drop in the bucket, everyday And i will walk to the river’s edge Where I know that you’ll wait for me And I will carry it on my head All the weight and the misery And the all of the tiny injuries It’s just a drop in the bucket, everyday I know what you really meant.
7.
1997 03:16
1997 There is a truckload on the side of the road It’s been abandoned, dear What has been started here There is an empty house and an overgrown grassy yard. It’s been abandoned, dear What has been started here Oh would you give me a whistle I will blow their cover Give me a whisper They will take cover And I’ve been weak I will speak when I’m spoken to And I’ve been small I will crawl when I’m tempted by them Oh would you give me a whistle I will blow their cover Give me a whisper They will take cover And I’ve been weak I will speak when I’m spoken to And I’ve been small I will crawl when I’m tempted by them And it won’t happen again And I will end this match And I will let in the air Let out the dust and sand And I’m not about to break And I learned the hard way That the more I let them in the more I grew small within.
8.
Walking Hurricane This is a crazy time of year I gotta make this clear I’m just a walking hurricane Things are moving fast now I’m in a state of disaster And now I’m just a walking hurricane I’ve been waiting for the chance To slip into a trance so only Zeppelin’s coming through I’ve been waiting far too long to sing this song Now I’m a wasteland with a rock-n-roll attitude This is a crazy time of day And I’m just barely awake I am a walking hurricane Things are getting more bizarre And I can’t figure out how I’m just a walking hurricane I’ve been waiting for the chance To slip into a trance so only Zeppelin’s coming through I’ve been waiting far too long to sing this song Now I’m a wasteland with a rock-n-roll attitude This is a crazy time of year The storm is already here I’m just a walking hurricane Things are getting crazy now I can’t afford to be lazy And now I’m just a walking hurricane I’ve been waiting for the chance To slip into a trance so only Zeppelin’s coming through I’ve been waiting far too long to sing this song Now I’m a wasteland with a rock-n-roll attitude
9.
I was saved by the beauty in the world Where are all my friends I can’t remember the last time I heard from them I guess it’s my own fault for being out of touch But I never asked for much I used to know where to go Where all the parties were and every show I’ve got the photographs somewhere in my drawer I used to be somebody But they say getting older makes you more at east But I say, I just want more Where are all my things I’ve thrown them all away over the years I think I make believe I’m not sentimental at all Cause it’s easier than keeping it all I used to know where to go Where all the parties were and every show I’ve got the photographs somewhere in my drawer I just want more Why won’t I let it go? Fighting the undertow Stay close don’t let me go We’re all just precious stones Floating down the river going home…
10.
Gonna Call it After all this time I think I’ve come to realize That my actions are just a symptom of confusion and indecision So I’ve taken some precautions this time And dirty laundry washing will be my saving grace When and if I ever see your face Because this time gonna pick up where we left off This time better be enough Cause now I’m gonna call it before I fall for it Avoid all the drama I say I hate Now I’m gonna say it…somehow I’ll play it Like I’ve known along that you’re not so great And I won’t cry in front of you and I walk right through and play it cool Cause I know it’s my bad attitude that’s making a mountain out of you And I can trace it back a few years to when I met you it’s all right there Pictures in my photo album I can’t believe how far we’ve come this time Gonna pick up where we left off And every time I think I’ll try I find a reason to lie I can be the bigger person… it’s not worth my time So you’ll just fade into the distance…. Cause now I’m gonna call it before I fall for it Avoid all the drama I say I hate Now I’m gonna say it…somehow I’ll play it Like I’ve known along that you’re not so great
11.
Til U Get Home You and me are one of a kind but I can see and I don’t mind All the girls who look at you I know you see them too But I can only sit at home and play my records and write my song I don't mean to seem aloof but I’m only telling the truth Why know I’m the only one for you I know i’m the only one for you I know you might not see it Every day but I’ll guarantee it We are not like everyone cuz ½ of each of us is one I know you might not think of that when things get rough and that’s a fact I’m only writing this little song to give you a letter when things go wrong I’ll put it on my new record just to be sure that it’s been heard So don’t ever think I’m fine alone Cause I still think about what you do when you’re not home I guess I’m on my own Til you get home
12.
If I could fix one thing If I could fix one thing it would be my face I would move my nose to be more in place I would take my eyes and adjust their size And my mouth would pout like a perfect heart If I could fix one thing If I could fix one thing I’d like my bones to be Just a little bit more prominent If I could fix one thing I’d lift up my skin So I could see the breaths I take without within If I could fix one thing February 18 1985 I’m going to start my journal again because I’m going be a new person. I’m going get my mind back to normal and my body back in shape and I’m going be beautiful…and work hard in classes and not get discouraged and I won’t go out socializing too much and I’m really going to change. I’m sick of myself right now but maybe, if I pull myself together…I can do it. *

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Tiny Injuries finds Tamar redefining herself in the wake of her dad’s passing, and what she finds often isn’t flattering, as she works her way through grief and into acceptance.

“We all go through life having experienced things that affect us and cause problems, whether we know that at the time or not,” she says. “Lots of anxiety and memories we can never rid ourselves of. Some of them are small, and some are bigger but they are injuries that remain with us. And it’s not about ‘poor me.’ Everyone internalizes these injuries, and none of them are ‘tiny.’”

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released August 18, 2023

Tiny Injuries
Written by Tamar Berk
Produced by Tamar Berk & Matt Walker
Mixed by Sean O’Keefe
Mastered by Kim Rosen at Knack Mastering

Tamar Berk - Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Piano, Synth, Organ, Percussion, Strings
Matt Walker - Drums, percussion, programming
Rob Wrong - Guitars (If u know u know, 1997)
Joe Dilillo - Guitars, Ebow (cash out, what’s become of me my friend, i was saved by the beauty in the world, permanent vacation)
Joe George - Guitar (gonna call it)
Chris Davies- Guitars (1997, drop in the bucket)
Christopher Marsteller - Guitars (sunday driving)
Allen Hunter - Bass (walking hurricane)
Matt Thomson - Bass (gonna call it)
Everett Kelly - Trumpets (permanent vacation)
Matt Klooster - Farfisa (walking hurricane)
Steven Denekas - feedback guitar (if i could fix one thing)

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In its entirety, "Tiny Injuries" is a masterful odyssey through the labyrinth of grief, revealing the painful yet cathartic journey towards acceptance. Berk's lyricism, juxtaposed with a delicate indie pop soundscape, orchestrates a symphony that doesn’t just play but reverberates in the very marrow of human emotion. ... more

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