In Silver River

by Tawny Peaks

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Performed by Charlie Perris, Sam Skinner, Jonah Fried, Dexter Loos, Molly Grund, Evan Stephens Hall. Recorded and produced by Sam Skinner.
Special thanks to John Molfetas, Mike Dvorscak, Andy Jones, Evan Stephens Hall.

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released 17 May 2014

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Track Name: Go Ask Arthur
"The only reason I did it was to find out what it's like"
A sorry excuse, what an answer to the question we can't stand to see in the light
A load on our shoulders we lowered tonight
We came close to making it right

In a field where nothing grows, we were reminded that you never know

I guess we gambled when we spoke
But the words get scrambled in my throat
So go ask Arthur, he won't mind
Ask him why love has made us blind
Track Name: Wasting Space
I swear we're coming peacefully
On our hands and our knees we're crawling back into lucidity
Even if I'd rather be

Curled up covered head to toe, tossing to and fro
If life is happening I don't want to know
It's pretty lame, and I shouldn't complain, but even so...

There must be something out of place, if I'd rather be floating in space

Sweet dreams on Saturn's rings, lightyears from a living thing

Truth be told I'd sell my soul to get some sleep
Try as I maybe might, rest gets the best of me
Truth be told, well tell me time and time again
Try as I maybe might, I'm only guessing

There must be something out of place, if I'd rather be floating in space

Sweet dreams on Saturn's rings, lightyears from a living thing
Tucked in on Titan, oh, a couple orbits to go

Wasting time, what a waste of space
I'm out of line, and something's out of place
Track Name: Righting the Writ
Let's leap away
Let's do what's best and test the waters
A double play
A deal that benefits both heart and brain

Can you explain
How your paintings always come out perfect?
In return I'll show you
How to sing those songs you always strain

We'll sing them softly, and then we'll sing 'em loud
I know there are times when the words escape me

But I can't forget them now

I don't buy it, I'll knock until I try it
What a way we've memorized

Still I'm steered by my bad habits
And I've had it up to here
With a heart that bows before the brain

Can you explain
How your paintings always come out perfect?
In return I'll show you
How to sing those songs you always strain

We'll sing them softly, and then we'll sing 'em loud
I know there are times when the words escape me

But I can't forget them now

I don't buy it, I'll knock until I try it
What a way we've memorized

I don't buy it, I'll knock until I try it
Proof those parts we've memorized
Cross the Ts and dot the Is
What we spell should be written well
And I'd rather write than fight
Track Name: Bending Time
I never noticed, no I guess I didn't care
Until the spring had sprung
And I was made aware

That the year was speeding by
Present day giving way to the past in front of my eyes

I still can't comprehend that bend in time

Tripped up, trapped again
The jaws can snap down now and then with no cause
We never expected to get so invested
It's our fault, but we'll never confess it

Crumbling days have helped remind me minds decay with no cause
A few semesters have put things in scale
They filled our heads with tall tales

Each little lesson a little more depressing
Post dramatic stress, you sure have kept us guessing
What's the matter that's the most pressing?
Post dramatic stress, you sure have kept us guessing

Well I guess that tests and trials will have their way
I thought that there could only be so many morals to obey

Can you believe what was hidden up the sleeve
Of the year that's speeding by?
Present day giving way to the past in front of our eyes

And I still can't comprehend that bend in time

True I'm tracing steps, they might lead back to where I leapt from safety
Saved by a breeze, but I'm bruised just the same
Wouldn't return if I could, it's too tame

But each little lesson's a little more depressing
Post dramatic stress you sure have kept us guessing

So I'll guess my best, if it's really so pressing, I can guess what's next
Precedent set as we cast our bets, I can guess what's next

Tests and trials will have their way
I thought that there could only be so many morals to obey

Can you believe what was hidden up the sleeve
Of the year that's speeding by?
Present day giving way to the past in front of our eyes

Oh I still can't comprehend...

Its speeding by, and it won't slow although I've tried
And I would pat myself on the back if my hands weren't tied
Track Name: Caught Fingers Crossed
It's safe to say it's not my place to speak
So I'll suspend critique until the ending
Some jump guns, and others hold their tongues
But once the deed is done, it doesn't matter what you were intending

What can I say?
I watched the words wear away
Sentences ought to be scripted in stone
What can I do?
You're stuck in a black spot out of the blue
Caught fingers crossed, red handed too

It's sure to seem like one long little while
Marching single file the same worn steps forever
Some slow motion memories are real
Oh but most conceal how much we can't remember

What can I say?
I watched the words wear away
Sentences ought to be scripted in stone
What can I do?
You're stuck in a black spot out of the blue

Caught fingers crossed, red handed too
Caught fingers crossed, so I hand it to you
Track Name: A Broken Spoke
Tucked away, or shut inside
Drawers and cabinets keep their contents
Safe from sets of prying eyes, sitting still they're uncompromised

And if it's feet he firmly plants, it's a mind he'll find will wander
And he'll wonder if she'd ask why he's living in the past

Oh cause he can't escape it, he just can't seem to slip away
Dismayed to find out the shadows of doubt have cast him in disarray
No, he couldn't shake it, it wouldn't let him get away
With luck he'll speak, cause even softly spoken words will let you say:

"Did you happen to notice me as I rode through the park and past you today? Did you happen to notice me as I pedaled by and glanced your way?
Track Name: In Silver River
One step from a ways away, but standing by
Passing through in the pursuit of some perfect truth
Your vacant stares are one way you refuse to see the stars are proof
That your milky ways are simply not right

Take a step from the shadows, let your eyes see light
Let muscle memory take charge, and change fact
Shake yourself awake and don't look back
And don't look so glad

To find yourself caught and crushed beneath
The rigor and rhythm of responsibility
The consequence is pretty clear, so what are you doing here?

Pacing down the line, you're facing questions
Told to turn the lens back, you crack and collapse
As your milky ways relapse and take flight

Take a step from the shadows, let your eyes see light
Let muscle memory take charge, and change fact
Shake yourself awake and don't look back
And don't look so glad

To find yourself caught and crushed beneath
The rigor and rhythm of responsibility
The consequence is pretty clear

So what are you doing here, as omens appear?
What're you doing here, as bad luck draws near?
I'll take you, somehow, to where you can see what I see right now
Track Name: Portrait of Pushkin
Don't entertain that pain you're masking
I know it's wrong to be asking favors of you

But I don't buy that bad luck's lasting
I know I shouldn't be asking favors of you

But could I beg a favor or two?

Don't take the offer off the table
Till you know how to turn the screws
How to fit the grooves
How to fight the battles that you just might lose

You're running out of time only in your mind

So don't take the offer off the table
Till you know how to turn the screws
How to fit the grooves
How to fight the battles that you just might lose

I know there's no punch to my platitutdes
Track Name: Confessor's Kingdom
Back for back and forth again
A man of two minds suffering

Unreliably I can count uncertainty a friend
All my faith is placed and faltering

Forty days, I'll waste them waiting to begin
Bouncing back from saint to sin

Save your spin, cause I agree
The faith I placed has past it's guarantee

Perpetua, please, how come you're so at ease?
As the ladder is lowered, is glory getting closer?
Or could you be confused? Saved but still abused

Made up mind, a mind made up uncertain
And sure to hesitate, stalling as it makes the choices I can't shake