Tobias the Owl

Tobias the Owl

 Seattle, Washington, USA
BandAmericanaAcoustic

"Best Singer-Songwriter" - 2014 Toronto Independent Music Awards
"Best Songwriter" - 2014 Seattle Sound Music Awards
"Best Folk Song" - 2014 Song of the Year (.com)
"Song of the Month" - SongwriterUniverse.com
Tobias the Owl is a dynamic, indie-acoustic musical project with a national fan base. Our debut album is currently being produced by Marvin Etzioni (Counting Crows, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Dixie Chicks, Lucinda Williams) and Scott Seiver (Aimee Mann, Pete Yorn, Tenacious D).

Biography

Tobias the Owl started as a musical engine of singer-songwriter, Spooner Mason. As an acoustic group based in the Pacific Northwest, TTO also features multi-instrumentalist, percussionist/drummer Scott Seiver (Tenacious D, Flight of the Conchords, Amiee Mann). 

Some of the Tobias the Owl songs have been covered by Jonah Tolchin and Deer Tick. The forthcoming TTO album is being produced by Scott and the legendary, Marvin Etzioni (Counting Crows, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Lucinda Williams). Since the inception of the project, Tobias the Owl has been named "Best Singer-Songwriter" in the Toronto Independent Music Awards, and "Best Songwriter" in the Seattle Sound Music Awards.


Lyrics

Low Life

Written By: Tobias the Owl

I've been low living like I do.
I've been tired, when the day is through.
Half-awake and I try to face the night.
I would sleep, but I'd only dream of you.

Low is the life, and I know that I'm right.
Cold is the comfort it brings in the night.
Fast I will hold to these truths that I know even though
they really never seemed quite real to me.
So I'll keep on lying low.

I've been swept, and brushed under the rug,
like the dust collecting in my thoughts.
I have tried to shake the cobwebs off,
but they grow back, whenever I wake up.

Ice is the lining that grows on my wings.
Down from the sky, I'm adrift in the night.
Soft is the sound as I crash to the ground,
knowing you will never hear the news, and you never will be told.
So I'll keep on lying low.

Low I will lie, and I'll stay out of sight,
far from the thoughts you keep close in your mind.
Years will pass by, and I'll hide from the light,
knowing you will never think of me, and in your distant memories
I will keep on lying low.

Sleight of Hand

Written By: Tobias the Owl

You break me down so easily,
and you crack the walls here surrounding me,
and I'm so exposed, and so incomplete
in the naked truth you so clearly see.

And this sleight of hand is my only defense, and you know
that this sleight of hand is my only defense from you,
and if you should break in through my walls I wouldn't know what to do.

Well you have no doubt I'll be back again,
so you ruin me, because you know you can.
And I'm suffering, but I'll never learn
how to keep you out when you want back in.

And this sleight of hand is my only defense, and you know
that this sleight of hand is my only defense from you,
and if you should break in through my walls I wouldn't know what to do.

And I wonder how much more I can take
until I bleed to death from the wounds you've made,
but if you would care to make a few more, I'd always let you back in.

And this sleight of hand is my only defense, and you know
that this sleight of hand is my only defense from you,
and if you should break in through my walls I wouldn't know what to do.

CA

Written By: Tobias the Owl

We could go to California
stretch our legs out in the ocean,
lose our bodies in the currents that we ride.
I would take what's in my pockets.
I know you could use a little change.
You might see a different side of me for a few days.
And this sleight of hand is my only defense, and you know
that this sleight of hand is my only defense from you,
and if you should break in through my walls I wouldn't know what to do.

And all I want is a love that rolls like the waves that call me home,
but all I have is an empty throne and a memory fading slow.

I once had so many questions.
The answers still seem so elusive.
You spoke so softly in a whisper when I asked.
You left your letters in our garden,
and you left shadows in the brush,
so that I would raise a forest from your touch.

And all I want is a love that rolls like the waves that call me home,
but all I have is an empty throne and a memory fading slow.

And every day is the flickering light of a candle blowing out,
and all I want is to feel the warmth of a love that's in your eyes
and in my mind.

And I Swayed

Written By: Tobias the Owl

I have drawn the autumn from the Fall,
and I left all my paintings on your walls.
And now there's nothing left to say to your face,
and so we'll silently embrace all the cold that has grown and taken hold
in the lives we sweep away that no one ever knows.

I've watched you be frozen into stone,
and I've tried to breath fire through your bones.
But now there's no seed left to sow in the dirt
to raise a garden from the dust that we left when we slashed and we burned
all of our forests down to the ground.

So don't tell me that you hope I'm okay,
when it was you that let me dangle from the end of my rope, and I swayed
as I watched you turn your back, and walk away.

Discography

Tobias the Owl's debut album is currently being produced by Marvin Etzioni and Scott Seiver, and will be released soon.