Valleys & Shores

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released January 14, 2014

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Track Name: The Chord
Here we are
In our place of gathering
No one sitting in their pews
On our feet as we all share our views
Arm in arm and heads up high
We're all glorified

As we rush the pulpit, throats tied together in this chorus
Our holy sacrament, our communion
It isn't an action of praise
It's our connection the only way that we know
It's passing through from you to me and from me to you
(From me to you, its passing through)

Feet moving, hands up high
When we share the stage we are all glorified
We're a choir much like the ones we've criticized

We're all glorified
And we don't know why
We're connected by the words that run deep and course through our veins everyday
We have this fellowship because we share a common thread

As we rush the pulpit
A violent expression but we love it
Our holy sacrament our communion

It's passing through from you to me
From me to you
Embrace the moment we are the chord
'Cause we're all glorified
By what we share tonight
The understanding is the platform that's holding us high
Glorified tonight
Track Name: Empty Lungs
We'll cut through these states like a switchblade
Probably run ourselves dry by the end of the night
Empty lungs
It's a labor of love
We'll drown all our sorrows in whiskey
Just like we've done over and over again
But these wounds never hurt

Waking up unable to speak
I'm coming up for air, I've been dying to breathe

These roads are empty but we're not alone
You're always with us, you're our guiding ghosts
And now we've got our brothers on every rung of the ladder
To raise our glasses with
Empty our lungs together

When we get the chance
To break the surface again
We'll cherish every breath
We'll cherish every fucking breath

So we put our doubts aside
Take our fears, set them afire
Because we're purists, we're hopeless, we're roadsick
We don't have time to stop and rest

And when we get too deep
Stuck in 40 hour weeks
It's all that we have to keep us from suffocating

Waking up unable to speak
I'm coming up for air, I've been dying to breathe

And it's a dead end road that we're driving down
But we painted the tunnel on the bricks ourselves
And if it's our last ride we'll have to give 'em hell
Screaming, screaming our one last breath before we drown
Track Name: Lifeblood
I swear I'll never waste another day
Lost, asleep or slaving away

What matters most when the door starts to close
And the lights gone out is never losing hope

If this mirror is lying to me I'm gonna break it to pieces
The sink's already here to drain the blood out of my fingers
I never wanted this so much in my life and for so long
That it's taken over my mind

I need a fucking cab back to the fork in the road
'Cause the direction I chose
Left me wanting more
And where am I now?
Heading nowhere, daylight's fading
Is it getting too late to drop the anchor?

Where did my ambitions run off to?
I can remember being 16, never dreamt of stability
But now is it adolescence?
Or is this what we should have always stuck to?

We all know this phase is more than fiction
And that our hope is more of an addiction
This might be our chance to do what we always said we wanted
We bask in normality
We're so used to failing

We've reached the breaking point
Of choosing love over comfort
Telling us it's more effort than it's worth
To us, it doesn't matter
It all adds up in the end
All the sweat and blood we shed offers an escape
Track Name: Generating Hate
Behind these glass doors I've got nowhere to hide
I need to get the fuck out locking everyone inside
Bring me your fears, that's all I am to you
'Cause I'm dying to, I'm dying too

It's bringing me down and breaking me down
It's our endless burden
Our time spent buying back our lives

My sun is shining bright, my river's running dry
I'm digging tracks but they're all blood soaked and my
Apologies to those who just might cross my path
Because my hate is all that lasts

We work full time to live part time
What a waste of our lives
They rob us of our heartbeats
And keep us locked inside
Track Name: A Better Place
These windows look to thin to contain me
I'd tear right through these walls if I had the strength
I'm breaking free from these intangible chains
And bracing myself for impact again

This air is heavy and smells of apathy
I feel this anger erupt inside of me
And as I watch the sun burn through my mind
I lose all sense of time

This is the end of harmony
This is the end of everything
This is the start of better things through pain and suffering

I watch as eyes ignite so bright
Have you ever witnessed such a sight?
This shadowy figure consumes my soul
As my own eyes remain so dull

The world around crumbles to my shoulders
As the will to succeed grows colder and colder
Existence questioned when pain becomes the answer
I gotta get out, I don't stand a chance here
Track Name: Locked Away
I see them socialize so casually
But for me it's enough to drive me insane
Dead-faced, my thoughts race and cripple me to my knees
As if I had wrecked my ship, I'm lost out at sea

Constant separation creating space
And you only see what I want you to
I built this wall with restricted view

Reset the scales I'm questioning my value to all of you
These days I'm set to self-destruct
And as I throw away life's gold
What could life hold for an introverted fool obsessed with control?
I would give anything to not have to battle with this anxiety

Why is it so hard for me to connect but for them it seems easy?

But what if they're all just as scared
Of living unseen in the shadows?
This despair tightens its violent grip on me
And I can't be the only one who feels safer when locked away
We're more alike than I let myself believe

For so long this insecurity has buried me
Track Name: Pick Up The Pieces
In search of something I've not known
Please tell me I'm not alone
How did this happen to us?
Your lust outweighed our trust

We can't choose sides
This fissure separates us and divides the most sacred bonds in our lives
What is this life without a solid base?
But still I strive to piece it back together
We can't just live like this forever

We could get it right this time
We could repair the ties

I can't remember the last time I felt part of a perfect family
In my mind I see Christmas with everyone there
And no hostility
We took our time to grieve now let's move on

This has gone on far too long
We've felt the impact of this conflict all along

And it's not too late
Look past the mistakes we've made
We're still a family

Why wait for tragedy to reach out to the ones you love?
It seems so sad to me
Finally our maturity lets us put all of this behind us

No longer searching, I choose our side
The issues now irrelevant and mistrust is now distant in our minds
'Cause in this life you'll never find a perfect family
But I can try my best with mine