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…I’m a person who can go pretty dark. That’s the other thing that a lot of these songs, as happy as the choruses may be, my brain tries really hard to make me destroy myself.
Glen Phillips on writing for Toad the Wet Sprocket’s New Constellation, Whopperjaw interview
We were not always what you would call a buoyant band. We had kind of simple pop songs, but often with fairly heavy lyrics.
Glen Phillips on Toad the Wet Sprocket’s music, Whopperjaw interview

Toad the Wet Sprocket - “The Moment” (New Constellation, 2013)

For every path you follow there’s another left behind
Every door you don’t kick open there’s a million more to try
And for everything you’ve taught me here’s the one I’ve learned the best
There is nothing but the moment, don’t you waste it on regret

I’ve been patient
But I’m not waiting
For you to come around
And lay your armor down
Toad the Wet Sprocket - “I’m Not Waiting” (New Constellation bonus track, 2013)

Toad the Wet Sprocket - “Is There Anyone Out There” (New Constellation, 2013)

The day is short
The task is great
And I am idle
Toad the Wet Sprocket - “Enough” (New Constellation, 2013)

He is a lot like me, didn’t know it
He is a lot like everyone he meets
Says he has dreams, and I was laughing at him
Promised no more lies, I crossed my fingers that time

Wrapped in water
Someone holding me

I am a lot like him, and I know it
I am a lot like everyone I hate
I don’t have dreams, they take too much of my time
I promised no more lies, and crossed my fingers that time

Wrapped in water
Someone holding me

Glen Phillips/Toad the Wet Sprocket - "Wrapped in Water" (unreleased track from the Pale sessions)
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Lapdog - “See You Again” (Near Tonight)

Here’s the Lapdog track I mentioned yesterday that will apparently get a new lease on life as part of the new Toad the Wet Sprocket album New Constellation. Just listen to that and try to explain to me why this band went nowhere in the aftermath of the TTWS breakup. The entire album is chock full of pop gems like this one.

Lapdog also offered downloads of three outtakes from the Near Tonight sessions on their website back in the day, of which I feel the track “No Way Out” that I wrote about here really should have made the album.

Funny how the days go by invisibly
And faster than I realize the things I think about
Strange to find the calendar my enemy
And scared that when I die so will the things I think about
Toad the Wet Sprocket - “I Think About” (Pale, 1990)

Toad the Wet Sprocket - 5 Live (2)

You would think I’ve been living under a rock. I had no idea this existed. 5 Live (2) is a collection of 5 (duh!) tunes from Fear and Dulcinea performed live in San Francisco in November 2012 and recorded for posterity.

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