The American Scene / Daybreaker Split

by The AmericanScene/Daybreaker

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1.
It’s been so long since you and I could be alone And I’ve been torn between home and where my heart is Our slow dissolving distance And the chords I mix my voice with You said, “kid you seem down enough for the both of us, and you knew better than to start that game” So I spent that night with my tongue tied, wrapped up in a strangers name And everything changed but I still swore we’d stay the same Growing up made us ghosts trapped inside the stories we wrote But we were still kids when this got away from me, away from me There’s nothing keeping me anywhere, anymore And I’ve been thinking we’re better off, but I’m never sure I took my heart across state lines I fell apart hoping I might find Something left behind from the last time someone tore out my insides Resolute but weak at the knees Weathered and withered into a different me From wanting nothing more than to be anything you need And all I needed was one good reason to say I had to go In this city it’s easy to forget your way back home But we were still kids when this got away from me, away from me There’s nothing keeping me anywhere, anymore And I’ve been thinking we’re better off, but I’m never sure I took my heart across state lines I fell apart hoping I might find Something left behind from the last time someone tore out my insides So this is home away from home On your couch and on my own Just sleeping it off, feeling this all Over and over I think we both know where this ends Still I keep writing your name in every city I see Just to feel that you’re a part of everything you swore that I could be But we were still kids when this got away from me, away from me There’s nothing keeping me anywhere, anymore And I’ve been thinking we’re better off, but I’m never sure I took my heart across state lines I fell apart hoping I might find Something left behind from the last time someone tore out my insides
2.
When the heat breaks I still won't know where I belong When the rain comes you'll be a thousand miles gone Picture me sweltering in an august blacktop parking lot as I'm trying to get some sleep I was carrying the dingy ring my mother gave me when I asked if we could talk and you just turned to face the wall When the sun went down we washed the salt off of our skin and promised not to think about tomorrow until we had to. You said it takes slow strong steady hands to handle something delicate as this I feel like screaming my lungs out but I'm keeping my mouth shut Picture me with my tongue between my teeth cause you don't want to talk. I'll remember you when I point my body to the west because you said that you can tell the difference From eastern states I'm calling time and time again When I came home I found your lips all chewed up and eyes bloodshot. I had my knuckles scraped and black and blue If seperate continents are exactly what we need then can we handle what that means? And now were sleeping to the sound of the way things won't work out. So we begin here at the end The place the silence settled in and took a hold of you It takes a toll on me.
3.
The finer parts of the city They never meant that much to me Just mother’s love and sympathy I’ve been to New York and Tennessee Both of them felt the same to me No home in bricks alone So if you want to leave, and you need some company My house is just a house and my street is just a street We’re living, we’re breathing Coming home feels just like leaving We’re dancing, we’re singing Sore bones and ears still ringing On and on and on and on and on and on and on I found my place here One town down, time to move along And in the end I think one day I’ll settle down But even then I know I’ll still need you around Some days just have this way of fading Of drifting away So I’m saying If you want me to, I’ll go anywhere with you We’ll make the world spin as fast as we want it to We’re living, we’re breathing Coming home feels just like leaving We’re dancing, we’re singing Sore bones and ears still ringing On and on and on and on and on and on and on I found my place here One town down, time to move along We drove all night, Mr. Dylan and I And in the hours we found what makes us ignite And maybe things weren’t easy, but we didn’t care It doesn’t matter where we end up, it only matters how we get there We’re still living, we’re still breathing We’re still dancing, we’re still singing We’re still singing
4.
"I can't sleep these days" You said the stars look like a graveyard And the moon feels like a grave "What if He came? What if He came for me? What if 'close enough's not close enough And He's burning family trees?" The Earth's on fire in your dreams For miles, as far as you can see I offered shelter from the flames and you said to me "Not much has changed, my hands still shake My hair still grays when I hear her name." I tucked you in and swore to you that I'd keep you safe. Sleep well. Sleep well, angel. I'm gonna hold your hand 'til it's over We're gonna make it through tonight You said the devil sits beside you Well then, sweetheart, so do I. I'm gonna hold your hand 'til it's over We're gonna make it through tonight And if the devil's still beside you Then, sweetheart, so am I. In the middle of the night they stole your light They took the dawn from emerald eyes Come 4 AM, youth fades away without goodbyes. And not much has changed, your hands still shake Your hair still grays when you hear her name I’m waking every morning hoping maybe you're okay. Sleep well. Sleep well, angel.

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released November 29, 2011

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