By Way Of Introduction

by The American Scene

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released March 8, 2011

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Track Name: By Way Of Introduction
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.
Track Name: Did You Hear About Your Friends In California?
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
Track Name: Last Chopper Out Of Saigon
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
Track Name: Home
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.)
Track Name: Killed Off In The Second Act
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
Track Name: Another World Beater
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
Track Name: This Is Rebirth
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...
Track Name: A Million Minutes In The Making
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?"