A Pause That Killed The Lights

by Harris Face

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A 10 track, layered acoustic folk/rock album of love, loss, and lives colliding.

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released June 20, 2015

Produced and Engineered by Noah Silver
Mixed by Michael Okusami
Mastered by Harris Newman
Songs written and performed by Harris Schwartzreich

Pedal Steel and Guitar by Jackson Styron (Tracks 3 and 5)
Backing Vocals by Julia Jay
Piano and Strings by Paul Marturano (Track 9)
Lead Guitar by David Chaletzky (Track 10)
Violin by Alissa Moore (Track 9)
Banjo by Anders Fahey (Track 2)
Dobro by Michael Okusami (Track 1)
Vocals, Guitars, Dobro, Mandolin, and Harmonica by Harris Schwartzreich
All other Instruments by Noah Silver
Album Design by Andrew Sawyer

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Track Name: Heavengate
Grab your seat I've got a press pass for the end of the world
We will shout out all our questions at the poor bloke who shows up
Sir, is it true the gates of heaven can be bribed to open up?
With a few deeds in deliverance and some love, what a scandal

So I tiptoed towards the gate and there I found you with a knife
Standing squarely in between me and the end of my life
You said prove to me you weren't just the worst kind of friend
When I trusted you with everything, you messed me up real bad

If my lies were only white ones to protect the ones I loved
If the truth, though it hurt, set you free soon enough
If I wrapped up my excuses and I offered them to you
You could kiss me you could slap me but you still should let me through

From a scribble in a notebook with my fingers trembling tight
To your breakdown in the bedroom with a pause that killed the lights
We were raised with expectations that I'll never understand
When I told you that I want you, well, I meant what I said

If my lies were only white ones to protect the ones I loved
If the truth, though it hurt, set you free soon enough
If I wrapped up my excuses and I offered them to you
You could kiss me you could slap me but you still should let me through

I have no idea what's happening around me anymore
I'm told there are no backsies, that normal is a bore
I just tried to make you happy, be good thing in your life
But if the best of intentions paved this road, show me outside

If my lies were only white ones to protect the ones I loved
If the truth, though it hurt, set you free soon enough
If I wrapped up my excuses and I offered them to you
You could kiss me you could slap me but you still should let me through

If my lies were only white ones to protect the ones I loved
If the truth, though it hurt, set you free soon enough
If I wrapped up my excuses and I offered them to you
You could kiss me you could slap me but you still should let me through
I said you still should let me through
Track Name: City Sky
City sky, as cluttered as our highways
As our minds, our calendars, our homes
City sky, as bold as every billboard
Live our lives at any speed we want

Are we cruel or kind?
Our lives so intertwined

City sky, ignored for country moonshine
No surprise, with trouble on the ground
City sky, we're all in this together
I choose the people over the treetops any day

Are we cruel or kind?
Our lives so intertwined

Are we cruel or kind?
Our lives so intertwined
Track Name: Cornell Jones
I owe my dirt cheap rent to Cornell Jones
The King of Hanover in ‘84
Beyond the border, the will to take him on
Stops when the shipment’s what they want

Around the bend I see the Capitol Dome
What do we stand for, Cornell Jones?
The arms of justice couldn’t reach this far north
Olleray, Olleray
What do we stand for, Cornell Jones?

I owe this city block to Cornell Jones
One way no outlet built for lords of war
And each time they book us, our list of contacts grows
To sell the shots heard round the globe

Around the bend I see the Capitol Dome
What do we stand for, Cornell Jones?
The wings of justice singed with bullet holes
Olleray, Olleray
What do we stand for, Cornell Jones?

I dedicate this crime to Cornell Jones
The caution tape brings back the glory days
Mr. Jones, he bought me shoes, he sent all my friends to school
If they could make it home unscathed

Around the bend I see the Capitol Dome
What do we stand for, Cornell Jones?
The sounds of justice send the scouts running home, they shout
Olleray, Olleray
What do we stand for, Cornell Jones?
Track Name: Skylines
This is not the end of the highway
Nor a straight line to the interstate
The off-ramps will just lead you backwards
Besides I get deja vu when I dream of you this way

Older than your typical engine
Older than the bicycle craze
Long before the race was the joyride
And long before love was the need to get away

You'll wait till the roads are as good as dead
Wait till the sun's all done blushing red
Your wheels clear the way like a snow angel
Away from the light, till more come along

Yesterday we feuded like siblings
Can a house cat detect your distress
If I could turn into a tiger
I'd fly past your shiny new jaguar any day

What is that light in the dashboard
What is that smell from the breaks
A fun time is all that I asked for
I don't want to lose you but here's your big escape

You'll wait till the roads are as good as dead
Wait till the sun's all done blushing red
Your wheels clear the way like a snow angel
Away from the light, till more come along

Paint white winters
Paint white winters
Paint white winters
Paint white winters

Oh my oh my, how the skylines rise
Oh my oh my, how the skylines rise
Oh my oh my, how the skylines rise
Oh my oh my, Oh my

Paint white winters
Paint white winters
Paint white winters
Paint white winters

Oh my oh my, how the skylines rise
Oh my oh my, how the skylines rise
Oh my oh my, how the skylines rise
Oh my oh my, Oh my

There's more than one way out
There's more than one way out
There's more than one way out
There's more than one way out
Track Name: Damn These Weeds
Lying in a field by the statehouse
Gazing at the stars, as you should
But instead of shifting red
It's the same girl in his head
Oh, the starry-eyed one
I see those eyes in everyone
Damn these weeds through which I run
Damn these weeds through which I run

The state guard takes a lukewarm sip of coffee
He gladly takes those night shifts at work
Just to finish up his book
In a trance, forgets to look
Oh to travel some
I see those miles in everyone
Damn these weeds through which I run
Damn these weeds through which I run

I see her on the bar stool singing standards
Or a poem, with a grin from cheek to cheek
But those lines sung with a wink
Start as teardrops in the sink
Oh, the words they come
I'd give them up just to smile, my son
Damn these weeds through which I run
Damn these weeds through which I run

If our lives shine a little less
Then every day we'd learn to dress
The world with just enough sun
How dare you stand and judge like that
With your neat paved roads and your cleared out paths
I see rows of college sweethearts staring at me from front lawns
Damn these weeds through which I run
Damn these weeds through which I run

One day you know my true love will catch me
One day I'll teach the world the way I think
One day I'll begin to sing without feeling everything
Oh the southbound sun
I spin the world on its back for fun
Damn these weeds through which I run
Damn these weeds through which I run
Track Name: No Love Lost
What's this new weight on me
What if my fears came true in every way
The more I toss and turn, no love lost
Would I curse or pray
Whatever brings another day

Although the sun still shines
I know the heat will escape from me come night
The more I toss and turn, no love lost
Stronger grows the light
Whatever brings another day

Words caught in your throat
You cant talk
And I just wrote this down

The more time I spend with you
The more I love you, and it eats me up inside
The more i toss and turn, no love lost
Keep me by your side, or throw me away
Whatever brings another day

Could not get out of bed
Rolled over sideways, thought of you, and I wiped my eyes
The more I toss and turn, no love lost
One more chance to rise
Whatever brings another day
Whatever brings another day
Whatever brings another day
Track Name: Anxious Lullaby
Your day at the crossroads over
You're back from your knee-scrape dive
There's no point to staying sober
Or singing an anxious lullaby

Join the conversation
Join your friends out back
But when your eyes start drooping
A lullaby attacks

So you turn off
All the lights on the stoop
But they still spin in your head
You got so much more thinking to do
Why can't you dream instead?

Go to bed, go to bed

You're off to an okay party
You put on your okay dress
You're not used to acting single
You think you're no good at it

And you're stuck in gridlock traffic in this town
That you've learned to hate
I think you're leaving soon, but
You just don't know how to stay

You can turn off
All the lights in DC
But they still spin in your head
You got so much more thinking to do
Why can't you dream instead?

Go to bed, go to bed

Just take the night off
Just take the night off
Just take the night off

Inside a dome-shaped tent lives a ride
Called the mind scrambler
I photograph the lines, as if to prove
That I ain't the only one there

And nowadays I laugh out loud
When you tell me that I'm so laid back
You know at this very moment
My mind is scrambling

To turn off
How I feel about you
But you still spin in my head
I got so much more thinking to do
Why can't I dream instead?

We can turn off
All the carnival rides
But they still spin in our head
We got so much more thinking to do
Why can't we dream instead?

(All I can see when I draw down my eyelids
Reruns of all the longest days
Sensation of falling)

Go to bed, go to bed
Go to bed, go to bed
Go to bed, go to bed
Go to bed, go to bed
Track Name: Lay Down Your Arms
I can't believe, can't believe this is still going on
Our life's a soap opera, should be a sitcom
You can push me away, or lay down your arms
Lay down your arms

This is a phase, tell me this is a phase, tell me this
I struck a match that you have been burning me with
You can push me away, or lay down your arms
Lay down your arms

No I just can't do it all
Still a bit bruised form the fall
No I just can't do it all over

Now you're treating me like I'm radioactive, it stings
But I'm done explaining myself, I'm done apologizing
You can push me away, or lay down your arms
Lay down your arms

No I just can't do it all
Still a bit bruised form the fall
No I just can't do it all
Over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and

Over and over and over and over again
Our lives, our lies, our lines repeating
You can push me away, or lay down your arms
Lay down your arms

You can push me away, or lay down your arms
Lay down your arms
Track Name: Jocelyn
Please don't leave me here
Alone to pick my brain with garden shears
You're tearing all the roots right out
You're laughing and I'm flipping out

When did this house start looking like case
without a violin
Nothing lasts forever
Nothing lasts forever
Nothing lasts forever, Jocelyn

Fire-red ants invade
They'll march away my kitchen in a raid
I'm pulling all my hair right out
Resisting all this change around

When did this house start looking like case
Without a violin
Nothing lasts forever
Nothing lasts forever
Nothing lasts forever, Jocelyn

Borderline insane
We're laughing like before but it's not the same
It's hollow, and your smile will fade
You know what I'm about to say

When did this house start looking like case
without a violin
Nothing lasts forever
Nothing lasts forever
Nothing lasts forever, Jocelyn

Boston, you ain't no friend of mine
I'm sick and tired of talking about life
It's time I walked in peace
So take me off this lease

When did this house start looking like case
without a violin
Nothing lasts forever
Nothing lasts forever
Nothing lasts forever, Jocelyn

Nothing lasts forever
Nothing lasts forever
Nothing lasts forever, Jocelyn
Track Name: The Floor Is Lava
The floor is lava, baby
I've been getting jumpy lately
Adolescent questions fill my head
Like, is she into me?

I could use some help
I ain't no good at reading signals
Say again what you just said
About that guy you weren't seeing no more

Before I let you get away
Honey, I've got something to say

Every time that our eyes meet
I wanna bust out laughing
Cut it with a knife
But if you name it it just dissipates

So just wrap your arms around me
Squeeze me like the world is ending
Stuck like Indiana
Where the ground begins to give away

I got nothing witty left to say
Better lean right close to hear me say

The floor is lava, baby
The floor is lava, baby
The floor is lava, baby
We've got to get away

The floor is lava, baby
The floor is lava, baby
The floor is lava, baby
We've got to get away

Would you take me home?
Would you take me home?
Would you take me home?
We've got to get away

Would you take me home?
Would you take me home?
Would you take me home?
We've got to get away

The floor is lava, baby
The floor is lava, baby
The floor is lava, baby
We've got to get away

The floor is lava, baby
The floor is lava, baby
The floor is lava, baby
We've got to get away