Contender

by Forever Came Calling

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released July 24, 2012

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Track Name: Learning
Lately see I've been hung up on nothing,
And I've been staggering trying to make it mean something.
Track Name: For The Wolves
With every thought I had about just leaving it.
Well, they all washed ashore in waves of indifference
and I pulled you out but it put me back under.
As if I could leave, no longer I wonder.
Broken pieces are mended together, bonded by fire burning forever.

I came in here alone and that’s exactly how I’m leaving.
I never came for you, just to prove I’m not defeated.
To prove I’m not defeated!

My exits are always so epic so I’m leaving without goodbye.
Know I still feel something but I’m starving your hunger tonight.

I came in here alone and that’s exactly how I’m leaving.
I never came for you, just to prove I’m not defeated.
I came in here alone and that’s exactly how I’m leaving.
I never came for you, just to prove I’m not defeated.
Track Name: Harbours
I drove through the mid-west and I burned the town that your father left you in.
And if you see that old man, just know I still have it out for him.
We don’t talk anymore but I’m working on keeping my promises, like those nights with everlong.
We don’t talk anymore but I’m working on. I’m working on and I’m working on.

Of all the places I’ve ever been, inside your heart I fear the most.
Of all the places I’ve ever been, inside your heart, you know.
You know and I will let you breathe.
Come steal some faith from me, I’ll never be those things you need.

Hope is an address that we knew when we were young,
when I was learning to connect you with getting numb.
Your early 20’s left you leaving like lightening that’s constantly striking.
I pray in time you finally break mold.

Fuck your secrets, don’t ever keep them.
Fuck your secrets, don’t ever keep them.
Of all the places I’ve ever been, inside your heart I fear the most.
Of all the places I’ve ever been, you know.
You know and I’ll let you breathe.
Come steal some faith from me, I’ll never be those things you need.

He wasted your bright light on ocean tides you’ll never climb.
It’s a secret, you learn to keep it.
You failed your sons and daughters, blamed it on maternal harbors.
Fuck the secret, I’ll never keep it.

Of all the places I’ve ever been, inside your heart I fear the most.
Of all the places I’ve ever been, you know.
You know and I’ll let you breathe.
Come steal some faith from me, I’ll never be those things you need.
Track Name: The Office
We were spitting off of fairies and falling so in love.
Downtown with no money but it was enough and who knew dancing to no music was so much fun?
No money, no museum but I had the sights.
No money, no museum but you by my side.
From a third story window she screamed, “You’re the love of my life!”

Dancing on an ocean beats spinning on a beach.
Take a picture for your pocket and burn everything.
I’d kill myself to shock my friends and let them know love is never as bad as we intended.
I shine it on in spite of this to let them know my life is half as good as I pretend.

Hey there tear catcher I know you don’t miss her.
Faucets and sinks they’re like eyes.
She’s down on her knees blinded by the thought of her name in lights.
I pray that you get there in time.

Dancing on an ocean beats spinning on a beach.
Take a picture for your pocket and burn everything.
I’d kill myself to shock my friends and let them know love is never as bad as we intended.
I shine it on in spite of this to let them know my life is half as good as I pretend.

If I ever make it home, I swear I gotta make this work.
“Lately see I’ve been hung up on nothing
and I’ve been staggering trying to make it mean something,” I’ll say.
If I ever make it home, I swear I gotta make this work.
“Lately see I’ve been hung up on nothing
and I’ve been staggering trying to make it mean something,” I’ll say.
If I ever make it home, I swear I gotta make this work.

I’d kill myself to shock my friends and let them know love is never as bad as we intended.
I shine it on in spite of this to let them know my life is half as good as I pretend.

“You always were my best regret,” signed sincerely the kid now on top of your bed.
“You always were my best regret,” signed sincerely the kid now on top of your bed.

430 Dukes Road at night.
We were feeling so alive.
Track Name: Ides
I’m not scared, life is a game full of false starts.
Losing myself inside of its scars, I’m losing myself.
I don’t know what to do, choosing myself, thought I was over you.
A child of March so I was battle born
but these ides have kept me that steady course.
I saw the same view every day, same you every way.

Just make mistakes ‘cause you’ll never be the same again,
and I’m not worth your while? But what’s your while worth again?
I did my best to keep all of your fucking secrets in,
but now they’re bleeding out from every god damn open end.
I did my best to keep my restless head off of your floor and out of your bed.
Convinced I’ll die alone, but I’ll do it with a smile on ‘cause I did it on my own.

Just make mistakes ‘cause you’ll never be the same again,
and I’m not worth your while? But what’s your while worth again?
I did my best to keep all of your fucking secrets in,
but now they’re bleeding out from every god damn open end.

Feel you draw breath in like I’m part of your past.
Let me out of your lungs and into your flask.
Feel you draw breath in like I’m part of your past.
Let me out of your lungs and into your flask.
I kept it quiet, I held in my grief.
I gave a simple choice, the drugs or me.

Just make mistakes ‘cause you’ll never be the same again,
and I’m not worth your while? But what’s your while worth again?
I did my best to keep all of your fucking secrets in,
but now they’re bleeding out from every god damn open end.
Track Name: If Bukowski Could See Me Now
Let’s get reckless like the ocean ‘cause I’m careless like the sea.
I watched you walk inside this crowded room, trying to drink the void in you.
We’re all searching for something intangible, breaking moons apart to let the ocean know.

You taught me a lot about confidence, a common place, and settling.
I taught you all about love instead, petty theft, and remembering.
Sitting tongue out and spinning, traded true love for a ring.
Walk the shores of Mexico and finally calmed her seas.

You taught me a lot about confidence, a common place, and settling.
I taught you all about love instead, petty theft, and remembering.
So crack my heart, and let you finish those lines,
‘cause the actors that we play are taking on our lives.

Of all the things she swore she ever meant, still in my head it’s “the difference.”
I guess you were just smarter than the gate to drug use and awkward sex.
My best friends will be the death of me, but I gotta say it’s the only way to be.
Did your best to try and find change, nickel and dimed but pennies ain’t got nothing to say.

She crashes those waves, she is dead weight.
Did you ever find change?
Track Name: I'll Be Better I Promise
Would you hold it against me if I say that, “I’ve been missing you lately?”
Do you remember when we sat outside my house,
watched stars cascade, turning into something else?
You said you would travel, I said you should.
You said you would travel, I knew you would.
It’s not the first time I felt this way.

I will be better for this. I will,
and from our time spent alone we’ll have stories to tell.
I will be better for this, I will. I will.
Go talk to your friends like I’m somebody else,
like I’m the man that you need when I’m the boy that you shelved.
Go talk to your friends, I’m finally somebody else.
Complacent on a shelf.

And you held it against me when I said everything about how fucked up this really is.
Home by 8, but you wouldn’t notice ‘cause no ones around anymore.
You moved across the country, said goodbye to your friends and you skipped my street.
Nothing but a dead end.

I will be better for this. I will,
and from our time spent alone we’ll have stories to tell.
I will be better for this, I will. I will.
Go talk to your friends like I’m somebody else,
like I’m the man that you need when I’m the boy that you shelved.
Go talk to your friends, I’m finally somebody else.
Complacent on a shelf.

I guess it’s common sense for me to shake like this,
I’ve seen weaker men learn how to deal with it.
I guess it’s common sense for me to shake like this,
I’ve seen weaker men learn how to deal with it.

Fell asleep to faith on tv, it kept belief alive in me.
(Best intentions? Worst decisions.)
You’re the faith healer of my dreams.
You leave my life so recklessly,
put the fear of God in me, and hush me back to sleep.
(Best intentions? Worst decisions.)
It never was a choice to leave it’s something I must do for me.
It never was a choice to leave it’s something I must do for me.

It never was a choice to leave it’s something I must do for me.
Track Name: Front Porch Sunrise
This isn’t good morning, this is gracious bad news.
I was calling to scar you with what I’m ‘bout to do.
'Cause you burned your sorrows and I burned mine too,
but you kept the ashes and now they’re keeping you.

What’s it like to be honest, honestly happy,
and say all the things that you know that you’re thinking?
What’s it like to be honest, honestly happy,
and say all the things that you know that you’re thinking?
I don’t need anyone or anything.
Between you and me is a distance that I bridge with sleep, so.

I’m cutting clearly and straight to your room,
Crawl in your bed to that windowless view.
‘Cause these blankets and sheets will bury me
if I let myself go to your fathers beliefs.

“You will always be the boy who stumbled in too soon,” she said.
“You will always be the boy that stumbled in too soon,” she said.

What’s it like to be honest, honestly happy,
and say all the things that you know that you’re thinking?
What’s it like to be honest, honestly happy?

I don’t need anyone or anything.
Between you and me is a distance that I bridge with sleep, so.
(Between you and me)
I want it so badly but I had to break
that promise I made for your front porch that day.
(Between you and me)
I spent last night talking secrets and graves,
the place that my promise has now wormed its way.

And your parents were on your front lawn screaming.
I’m the kid that’s keeping you lost and I could never be what you want.
I could never, I could never.
And your parents were on your front lawn screaming.
I’m the kid that’s keeping you lost and I could never be what you want.
I could never, I could never.
And your parents were on your front lawn screaming.
I’m the kid that’s keeping you lost and I could never be what you want.
I could never, I could never.
Track Name: Contender
Half the man I thought I’d be, double his size and constantly drinking.
What? When your sip becomes your substance?
You learn control or you learn how to crutch it.
A mother and father who care so much, southern comfort and her northern touch.
What? When your sip becomes your substance?
You lost control and you learned how to love it.

Contender for everything from choir boys to thick as thieves.
If you don’t let me in you won’t lose your belief.
I lost it all in a hospital. How did I get so low?
How did I get so low? Hey mom, I’m coming home.

Half a man that’s content with sinking.
Patching up holes while steadily streaming liquid into his bow and his gut.
Has he lost all hope? That ship never showed up.

Contender for everything from choir boys to thick as thieves.
If you don’t let me in you won’t lose your belief.
I lost it all in a hospital. How did I get so low?
How did I get so low? Hey mom, I’m coming home.

Stop by the bar around Eight, your smile verse my 5th drink.
You’ll tell me how much you miss those that things that I used to be.
Track Name: Dead Poets Honor
I wish that I could say, “I’m giving you my best.”
To the people that I’m closest to this is my first collapse.
I spent the last few years trying to figure it out.
It left me hung up with lines like love first times, I hate the sound.

A sunny California has quaked to the rain,
sun is sleeping in the ocean with a novelty tee that reads,
“Fuck the stars. You know who you are.” You know who you are.

I keep my head low but you mistook that for my eyes closed.
Eyes closed, and I can’t stand this place that we’re from.
Take a shot and I can’t stand these things that I’ve done.
It’s all I’ve got.

The lonely writer writes himself to sleep tonight
and if he can’t stay the same maybe you’re the one to blame.
I’ve seen everything I want inside of everything I’m not,
inside a small northern town where she’s too often found.

I keep my head low but you mistook that for my eyes closed.
Eyes closed, and I’m not pulling my punches it’s just some nights I can’t win.
I’m now writing for closure and slowly learning to live and I can’t stand this place that we’re from.
Take a shot and I can’t stand these things that I’ve done. It’s all I’ve got.

Fall asleep on the streets of the cities you love.
Fall asleep on the streets of the cities you love.
Fall asleep on the streets of the cities you love.

I keep my head low but you mistook that for my eyes closed.
Eyes closed, and I’m not pulling my punches it’s just some nights I can’t win.
I’m now writing for closure and slowly learning to live and I can’t stand this place that we’re from.
Take a shot and I can’t stand these things that I’ve done.