By Way Of Introduction

by The American Scene

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1.
I've been running around restless. I've been wringing my hands just trying to find someone, someone who understands this love wasn't born of Our time is spent. It's everywhere I've been; My beginning and my end.
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Well, did your first love leave you thinking The summer air would never taste the same? And after months that you spend sinking You swear you'll never feel that way again But, aren't you just so tired, tired of sleeping alone? The whole world's on fire, fire and you can feel it in your bones But, trust me It gets hard enough to just breathe without you here I traded best friends in for distance and a sense of something real But, I could never change the way you make me feel I'd rather bury myself alive than watch you Bury yourself in someone else's wasted time Cause we were never wastin' time I've become so disconnected I'm not exactly sure who's to blame But, I've been thinkin' it's got something To do with the fact that everyone I know feels the same Yeah, everybody's only makin' up for lost time, makin' up for lost time While I'm stuck at the part where I can't figure just what to do with mine But, trust me There's still no place that I'd rather be than right here I traded best friends in for distance and a sense of something real But, I could never change the way you make me feel I'd rather bury myself alive than watch you Bury yourself in someone else's wasted time Cause we were never wastin' time And I've been takin' this slow Making sure everyone knows Exactly what you're missing, just exactly what I'm missing If I'm a melancholy work of art, you're what's tearing away and down my heart One day I'll cut this whole world loose and I'll feel free again I traded best friends in for distance and a sense of something real But, I could never change the way you make me feel I'd rather bury myself alive than watch you Bury yourself in someone else's wasted time Cause we were never wastin' time
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Tell me what it was you think you missed the most Was it the city lights reflecting off the coast? Or my self-destructive style? You could hear me sing for miles and miles and miles About the hand that I was dealt being so unfair Oh my god, just to think I'd be caught at square one once again And I know how that sounds But I swear to God that I'll be coming back around again... I think I'm almost fine for the first time in a long time I'm finding out why none of this made sense when I was on my back I started picking up the slack that I let float away over the past 365 days We were spending late nights on the phone After months without a single call back home And for a second I thought you were making me okay But, then I took a step back and remembered all the wasted days Maybe everyone's right, maybe I spent too much time Collapsing in on myself I think I'm done collapsing in on myself I think I'm almost fine for the first time in a long time I'm finding out why none of this made sense when I was on my back I started picking up the slack that I let float away over the past 365 days I'll take a step out of my mind; Draw open the blinds; let the world back in once again Cause I spent a summer making promises I never planned to keep I spent the spring before in bed wanting nothing more than to stay asleep She said, "Just settle down a little, settle down kid... Just settle down a little, settle down..." Alright, I'll settle down a little, I'll turn my shit around... Yeah, I'll settle down a little, and turn my shit around! I think I'm almost fine for the first time in a long time I'm finding out why none of this made sense when I was on my back I started picking up the slack that I let float away over the past 365 days
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I've been crossing out the days 'til All of you can hear me sing And I remember that summer when We all caught our second wind Well, maybe I'm not the man that I thought I've become But that's just the way things are where I'm from When time turns our dreams to more everyday things We can never lose our pride in what we've done Still, I've never been one for settlin' I've been making a list of the things I won't miss About this lonestar town and everyone who never saw What we were always singing for Everyone, everyone in this town (Everyone) Is standing up to sing heavy heart songs (in this town) Running out of patience with our own self-pity (sang it out) But it's good to know that somebody still feels like me (let it out.) I just get so caught up in these Everyday eyes and those sleepless night stares I start being surprised when my friend's disappearing I'm left here wondering where I was While they packed up all the things that I love And I've gotten used to not missing you Over time, I understate All those things that make me separate While I lay awake and think about Everything that I can never be again Everyone, everyone in this town (Everyone) Is standing up to sing heavy heart songs (in this town) Running out of patience with our own self-pity (sang it out) But it's good to know that somebody still feels like me (let it out.) These months that I spend closer to the sun have been Screaming at me, "Kid, you can't just run away from Everything that you're always so, so afraid To let everyone hear you say Like 'These days, it seems like all I have left are Outgoing calls to the people who, if they only knew better Wouldn't care about any of this at all.'" Everyone, everyone in this town (Everyone) Is standing up to sing heavy heart songs (in this town) Running out of patience with our own self-pity (sang it out) But it's good to know that somebody still feels like me (let it out.)
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I watched the sun set from my seat on the Richmond train I felt my heart lift and fall back down, before my head dipped beneath the waves And I felt it again then, like so many times before... I've been at this too long... Our future's fading away I spend days on end thinking about people who've got better things to do And my nights with my head spinning making my old friends brand new 21 is making it damn hard to believe that this could ever be enough for anyone Well you should know this isn't how I thought I'd spend my habit forming years I'm so sick of playing the victim, but don't tell me that this is easy I know exactly what I'm up against I want to be a vessel, a spark I want to take you to where I am, and then take us both apart Is it too much to say I need it? oh it's too soon to say I'm moving on I know I'm risking sounding dramatic, but there's something I want and you have it Well you should know this isn't how I thought I'd spend my habit forming years I'm so sick of playing the victim, but don't tell me that this is easy I know exactly what I'm up against An ease of breath and lightness of the eyelids Aren't symptoms I've been experiencing so often It goes to show that the struggles in adapting to this life For my head to teach my heart to want things it can have... Well you should know this isn't how I thought I'd spend my habit forming years I'm so sick of playing the victim, but don't tell me that this is easy I know exactly what I'm up against
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Oh, I dig my heels into the sand and watch the waves bury me As they roll back into the sea Honestly, my thoughts are crooked as the coastline I can't keep things straight in my head and I can't forget I can't forget I've got these shackles on my feet and The city breathes it down my neck, but.. I'm just trying to keep my head Between the Pacific and the pale, grey sky But, I wake up in a nightmare and I'm no good at hiding all the time I'm just trying to keep the water out my lungs and stop this trend Where I'm rolling over and falling back asleep again So, you head for the high grounds; Deciding this lunatic's words and the saboteur's mind (Well, I've got a map of the plan and I know where to find you.) And I'm eager like a child to act out these plans that I've devised (During 23 years that I spent without cover from sunshine.) I'm just trying to keep my head Between the Pacific and the pale, grey sky But, I wake up in a nightmare and I'm no good at hiding all the time I'm just trying to keep the water out my lungs and stop this trend Where I'm rolling over and falling back asleep again Does it crush you to know you're just like everyone else When you're crying in your soup and making suicide threats? I'm just trying to keep my head Between the Pacific and the pale, grey sky But, I wake up in a nightmare and I'm no good at hiding all the time I'm just trying to keep the water out my lungs and stop this trend Where I'm rolling over and falling back asleep again
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I fell in love with a feeling of connection when I was young We had hearts on fire, and voices like pyres in the dark And I found out... I'll never feel at home while I've got this aching in my bones My eyes are dying for something new to see My body's getting tired of being me You'll never be in love like you were The first time you heard the first lines of your favorite song And I've never been in love like I was On those late nights and long drives that we spent growing up On the run... I'm just a kid who spends too much time Dreaming of a different kind of life On the road, as years go by it's all I really know Because nothings how I want it, but I don't know what I want I know sometimes I seem defeated, but I swear to god I'm not Well maybe I can't make you understand the way I feel But we'll give this another shot, this is all Ive got You'll never be in love like you were The first time you heard the first lines of your favorite song And I've never been in love like I was On those late nights and long drives that we spent growing up On the run... There's music in my chest and its moving up my neck It's clawing its way through my throat Oh and when it hits my mouth i'm scared That things that come out will Shake the whole world, till I am left here alone You'll never be in love like you were The first time you heard the first lines of your favorite song And I've never been in love like I was On those late nights and long drives that we spent growing up On the run...
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You are whole I am the sum of all the things That I don't know and everything between; A love that I lost, the faith that it costs me And all of my plans tangled up in strangers' hands Well, I sang about a heart. I thought how better intentions Got up and got out while I prayed for a change If I ran away from my pride, could you look me in the eyes and say "Stay by my side, cause I'm better than I was before These seasons left me wanting more. This time I promise that I'll get it right?" You are heat I am the water crashing at your feet While we battle for control of What my mother taught me was, a soul But no one showed me how to hold out of arms reach Now, I'm choking on uncertainty while we sing about this feeling Keep anxiously repeating each line after line while you wait for my calls If I ran away from my pride, could you look me in the eyes and say "Stay by my side, cause I'm better than I was before These seasons left me wanting more. This time I promise that I'll get it right?" You are the fire in my voice when I sing You are the empty space at the center of everything You are the person that I swore that I could be. Oh, woah If I could just lift this heaviness from inside of me If I ran away from my pride, could you look me in the eyes and say "Stay by my side, cause I'm better than I was before These seasons left me wanting more. This time I promise that I'll get it right?"

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released March 8, 2011

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