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released November 6, 2014

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Track Name: Speak
I was pushed to you
A hand they felt I needed
Dressed in suit, or smart shoes
Walking with you, all the way,
For the first time, for our first time

And at first I was glad
It seemed you knew what was being asked
Before I even could open my mouth
But now I wish we spoke
Now I wish we'd spoken

You put your fingers to my lips
And told me to press on
And at first I'll admit I was glad
But now, now I wish we'd spoken

You say you don't like when I let you wake up alone
So why am I not welcome

So speak, just speak
You know I want to hear it
So speak, just speak
I've said I'm here to listen
So speak, just speak, please speak
There's no one here but us
I don't know what you're scared of
We could not be more alone

So you'll offer me your hand
But turn the other cheek
And I'll admit that I'm starting to worry
About the rocks, the rocks in between

For when the lights are out for long enough
I forget I'm not alone

So speak, just speak
You know I want to hear it
So speak, just speak
I've said I'm here to listen
So speak, just speak, please just speak
There's no one here but us
I don't know what you're scared of
We could not be more alone

You say you love my mind
And the ways I spend my time
So why am I not welcome

So if that's the stop at the end of our page
I'm not sure it was a story worth reading
And if that's the rest at the close of our phrase
I'm not sure it was music worth hearing
And if that's the frame that our picture's in
I don't want it on my wall
For I'd rather not touch if we're not going to talk
Track Name: Apology Song
A year spent apart distanced you from my art
You'd forgotten my hit and run nature
You saw me lit up and you watched from afar
And we sat on the grass until dark
And we sat on the grass until dark

You looked and you laughed more than most
Wished nothing for me but the best
And I'm sorry I couldn't be better
I ran in too fast, couldn't promise we'd last
And that to be sure is on me
And that to be sure is on me

I offered you time without searching my mind
For how much I really was willing
I promised you things but the state I was in
Did not lend me to plentiful giving

So I cut and I ran when I knew
Held no high regard for your feelings
And I'm sorry I felt no more shame
I played on your joy like a childhood toy
And that to be sure wasn't right
And that to be sure wasn't right

Rosie I hurt you I wish I still knew you
If only to tell you how sorry I am
Rushed to your side when I couldn't be true
And for that I must take all the blame
And for that I must take all the blame

And I have not heard from you since
And I wish that that was not the case
But I can't really say that I blame you
It's beyond even me
To chide you for finding your corner to hide
When I acted completely without shame
Completely without shame

Rosie I hurt you I wish I still knew you
If only to tell you how sorry I am
Rushed to your side when I couldn't be true
And for that I must take all the blame

You knew more than I that for her I still pined
Your offer I should have refused
You welcomed me in, let me under your skin
A position I grossly abused
I rushed to your side when in truth I was blind
My discretion I failed to use

I acted the fool and I'm sure that you knew
My innocent manner was only a ruse
Gave no reply when you let out that cry
And for that I can make no excuse
And for that I can make no excuse
Track Name: A Sudden Withdrawal
You taught me a valuable lesson
That youth doesn't always mean life
That pretty doesn't always mean fun
What's started in haste is quickly undone
Run and tell them that I came and took it
But you and I both know it had been broken before
You can lie there and feign innocence
Don't bat an eye, though you're pierced to the core

You sang like a bird, but you spoke like an infant
And neither I needed to hear
You dug in your heels without any consent
We never were suited my dear

But you taught me a valuable lesson
It's never too soon to get out
It's never too soon to be rid of the thing
That with tooth and with nail pins you down
So when it'll end just grab hold of my hand
In the hopes that I can cushion your fall
A shield from the ground and your family and friends
An excuse for a sudden withdrawal

You sang like a bird, but you spoke like an infant
And neither I needed to hear
You dug in your heels without any consent
We never were suited my dear

You built up your case in malicious silence
The issue you took was not clear
You bottled that rage, your actionless violence
Without provocation I fear

You were shining and new
I had not so much as tried one before
But your pretty face it hid well your dull eyes
And your shapely form put your mind out of sight
But you lost your bright sheen
Became rusted and mean
I took off your case
And saw what was beneath

You sang like a bird, but you spoke like an infant
And neither I needed to hear
You dug in your heels without any consent
We never were suited my dear

You built up your case in malicious silence
The issue you took was not clear
You bottled that rage, your actionless violence
Without provocation I fear

And now I look back on when we were younger
Should never have lent you our ear
You put on display your meaningless anger
To any and all who were near

'Cause you never liked us
So why were you craving to try us
Did you like the struggle
Or did it relieve your boredom
Well you might have bought their favour
But I sleep without trouble
Track Name: A Peace I Need To Keep
There's no one home, so stop your beating at the gate
Can't you see the hour is growing late
The night grows dark
So rest your bones, there's just no need to carry on
Just head on back wherever you came from
You've made your mark

For I can't call, I won't write, and I don't speak
And there's no escaping an ill mind when it won't sleep
I only hope you grow to understand that there's a peace I need to keep
When one can't fight all that's left is defeat

Black as coal, the night that sees you at my door
I'm sorry, no one lives here anymore
When you have walked so far
And it's a cruel joke that you should come so far, only to leave
You'll never know how nearly you did see
The one you came here for

For it's just a vicious side effect
Of the way this mind was formed
What a shame that those it hurts the most
Are the ones that it adores
I only hope that I can help you understand

That I can't call, I won't write, and I don't speak
And there's no escaping an ill mind when it won't sleep
I only hope you grow to understand that there's a peace I need to keep
When one can't fight all that's left is defeat
Track Name: Honesty Song
I wish that I wouldn't still want you
I wish I could turn on my heel
And spit out a slur, as I'm wont to do
But this is changing, and I don't want it
Who among us hopes to be left weak
I don't like to picture the child, sat on a lap
Hoping against hope for what he can't have
Committing arson on the inside's
The one rebellion that I still claim

And I know that I've said this before, if only in jest
But I'd give it all up in the blink of an eye, if I'm honest
But honesty's hard when I know that it's not
Just a matter of jumping through hoops
So I wish that I didn't wish you well, but I do

And it was you that would push the beginning
But now that you've taken the reins
It's me that follows, it's me that comes to you
And I don't know, if I believe you
The benefit of doubt is mine to keep
I don't like to see that puppy dog with his bright little eyes
Drooling on the floor as his owner stands by
But I know I'll take your offer
Of no changes, only time

But that this will remain is an outcome you simply cannot promise
But false promises and hope, for me, are easily forgiven, if I'm honest
But honesty's hard when I know down the line
That I must bid you adieu
So I wish that I didn't wish you well, but I do

And I see now here in your home that I could only ever be a guest
I don't bring enough to justify my place here at the table if I'm honest
But honesty's hard when I realise that you
With just a song shall not be wooed
So I wish that I didn't wish you well, but I do

If you knew how long that it had been
Perhaps your pity I could win
But the fact remains you're much too good for me
And I convince myself that you would share
These feelings that I've come to bear
If somehow my whole story you could see
I don't know why
I could not say I've ever been the world's most pleasant guy
And I don't know how to do this, I've forgotten how to pine
When you've put out all my fires and shattered all my ice
And I don't even fucking know you
I fucked up the only chance I had to know you
Oh what a waste of feeling

And I'm uncomfortable seeing how quickly this feeling's progressed
To a fever pitch that blinds my eyes and deafens my ears, if I'm honest
But honesty's hard when I've just no excuse
For how quickly affection grew
So I wish that I didn't wish you well, but I do

And the moment after I to you my lack of understanding did profess
I saw then clear as day the sorry state of our affairs if I'm honest
But honesty's hard when I know in my heart
There's just no chance for me and you
So I wish that I didn't wish you well, but I do

Yes honesty's hard when I have to admit
That I'm now just a doting fool
So I wish that I didn't wish you well
For one could hardly have called this un joyeux noël
But I must now confess to you, mademoiselle
That I don't have the heart yet to bid you farewell
No, I wish I did not feel so strongly compelled
To find the right words just so you I could tell
Of how woefully, pitifully hard that I fell
For you
Track Name: The Title Holder
Pounding steps over ground still moving
Keep feet from moving on
Hot sweat, tired eyes; have not been sleeping
The metres crawl slowly by

And all that fills my head is this message
That to deliver I must now find the courage
The terrible news that somehow I chose
To salvage part of the wreckage

Wasn't the first won't be the last
But preferable would to be never, not that
A title that I told myself that I would never hold

Trying to slow the beat over wheels still turning
Rolling further across fields and hills
Cold sweat, shaking hands; wish I had been dreaming
The miles fly idly by

And all that fills my head is this letter
That I must now transport and deliver
The terrible news that under the moon
Last night than you I found better

Wasn't the first won't be the last
But preferable would to be never, not that
A title that I told myself that I would never hold

You're late, you smile, you think I act the joker
You see, you weep, for you it's not the first time
You stand, you leave, another failed contender
I call a friend to talk

And all that fills my head is this package
That I must now deliver safe passage
The terrible news, a definite proof
That I have once again come in below the average

I wept like a child that night in the arms of another man
Wish that you knew, I wish you had seen
But sorry cannot heal these kinds of wounds
It's not enough, it's not enough
There's nothing left to say or give or do

For one must not speak when one is spoken for
Even a child knows, even a child
And so the time has come to shrink and grow
Up and in, up and in
It's time now to give up so many things

And I'm so sorry
I can't say how sorry
You won't know how sorry
I can't tell how sorry I am