My Inner Voice Will Ring

by Harris Face

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released April 6, 2019

Produced, Mixed, and Engineered by Don Farwell at Earwig STudio
Also Engineered by Robert Wahl
Mastered by Levi Seitz at Black Belt Mastering

Songs written and performed by Harris Schwartzreich
Additional vocals by Julia Jay
Percussion by Don Farwell
Guitars, Mandolin, and Harmonica by Harris Schwartzreich
Album Design by Andrew Sawyer
Special Thanks to Scratch Deli

In memory of Noah Silver

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Track Name: IMYIAWD
I will pack the last few boxes
And I'll throw the rest away
Drain and flush the extra memories
They might taste like love but they won't save you

My head's down, texting past the landmarks
Won't pay them tribute like a slave
Adjust my shades to go unnoticed
Headphones blast and I'll forget to wave

Nostalgia's a big mistake
I miss you's another way down
Goodbye and I'll see you later
I miss you's another way down

In the parade of western values
Extended family's lost and won
I'll cherish the family that I made here
And every other chord I'll cut and run

Nostalgia's a big mistake
I miss you's another way down
Goodbye and I'll see you later
I miss you's another way down

Though head may rest on a pillow
My prayers are miles away
Say thy name is I don't believe you
The only other name I flash awake

One voice I hear
Can't just ignore the last five years
Can't close the trunk
I toss more overboard and plug my ears and then I slam it shut

Nostalgia's a big mistake
I miss you's another way down
Goodbye and I'll see you later
I miss you's another way down
Track Name: As I Walk Out
I do not want to leave the bed
I'd rather stay I'll stay under the covers with you
And avoid the tragedy of days
You radiate extra heat
As a gift to me
Out in the gray, gray

Pull up my socks and down my hat
I bundle up in side a safety net
My eyes peek out and dart around
I jump at the slightest sound
I am losing ground
Stop looking at me

I will not fear those evil eyes
I will not fear those evil eyes
I will not fear those evil eyes
They won't touch me as I walk out

I will not stand behind the gate
I'd rather have the falcon than real estate
I see him framed next to his friend
An outdated poet's dream
Of normalcy

Will I ever figure out what's good for me or bad
Or just appreciate what I still have
I could not let it go
On the day Han Solo fell
I lost someone old to someone new

I will not fear those evil eyes
I will not fear those evil eyes
I will not fear those evil eyes
They won't touch me as I walk out

I will not fear those evil eyes
I will not fear those evil eyes
I will not fear those evil eyes
They won't touch me as I walk out
Track Name: Now the World Surely Ends
Your hopes were high too long
As a poor soul tweaked on meth
You’re pouring through ancient scrolls
For answers to its death

You struggle with comfort songs
Forgot how this works out for the best
The earth shook Lisbon,
And now you let your slogans rest

You remember where you stood the day
Of every major tragedy
The angels knew to weep
The poets came to sweep
But the evils of today
Can't be explained away
Where do you stand
Now the world soon surely ends

Encrypting your messages
Hoard the books before they burn
The willing rotisserie of the earth roasts while it turns

Things they look different now
Can’t place your hand over your chest
You picture the flag
See in each stripe jail-bars at best

And even bud-light signs present
As alarmingly dystopian
Your local craft brew brand
It trembles in your hand
As you learn the golden rule
Is now, too, partisan
Where do you stand
Now the world soon surely ends

Is this change at all
Or were you blind
Are you now a cynic or just realistic
Or just running for your life

Others can shake it off
Swivel straight back to normal life
But you’re in a war room
With the doors locked from inside

Your parents once protected you
But now they are a target too
Your mother says she’ll march
Your friends bleed out their hearts
Can a feather punch a wall
Things are out of your control now
Where do you stand
Now the world soon surely ends

You remember where you stood the day
Of every major tragedy
Where do you stand
Now the world soon surely ends
Track Name: Two Things Most Frightening
Called you from the side of the freeway
Snapped you a broken prairie unnamed
Scrambled off the trailway, I strained
On the rocks that pulled right loose from the rain

There are two things most frightening in small towns
Being lost and alone with your thoughts
Or being actually lost
I may be actually lost

And I’m torn between awestruck and frightened
Desperate to see you again
Or else the air is getting thin
Actually the air is getting thin

I will wait for your signal to come, and then
I’ll hear your voice again, I’ll hear your voice again

Inertia brought me out here, or allure
I’m a rapid city slowpoke on tour
And it’s safe to say I took the long road
Through grizzly-town, canyons, and roar
But you know I’m already yours
I’m no wanderer, I’m yours

I will wait for your signal to come, and then
I’ll hear your voice again, I’ll hear your voice again
Track Name: Early Retirement
Life my age is too tiring
Can’t keep with that antsy race
Lately I’ve been admiring
Folks in the autumn of age
Unchained from goals I can stretch my feet
Free from the stories so I can read them
I aim to retire a little early, after all

If I collected a pension
I wouldn’t play bingo or those endless card games
I’d do the things that burn to do right now
That get squeezed out of way
I’d double my listening, write my greatest songs
Same with reading and writing, traveling, philosophizing
I aim to retire a little early, that’s all

I don’t aim to be famous
To count the marks that I’ve left on the world
Leave it to others to scribble
On their resume grave
I feel the light on the back of my neck
Where it meets the bones that grow shields to protect my old soul
I aim to retire a little early after all
I aim to retire a little early after all
Track Name: The Way I Came
I tried to fly, I missed the ground
Snapped a branch of pine, road an eagle south
I made a bond, I cast a spell
Pulled on the hilt, started raising hell
I fought and I lost every battle that I found
I was hurting, I was shaking
Tallied scars and crossed them out
Try as I might in the proudest game
I'm going back the way I came

I won't be missed, I won't be chased
There ain't room for me, someone take my place
Or that's how I thought, alone at home
Until I played the message on my phone
It was a call to arms, help us, save us now
Didn't know what I believed in, but I'm not fighting for myself
Lack of a cause made me run in shame
I'm going back the way I came

Smart-wheel skateboard back, I pinged a van
Hoped a mag-lev train to a Zeppelin pad
Down south to war, or down the drain
Fletcher in my hand, cross-hairs on my brain
Slide down my eyelids, they're as steady as my hands
I had fled from a daydream and come back with a plan
If I survive, be true my aim
I'm going back the way I came

Wrong or I'm right, we're all dust ingrained
I'm going back the way I came

I'm going back the way I came
I'm going back the way I came
I'm going back the way I came
Track Name: Coffee and Beer
On a rising bubble, surface thin
The skylight is the limit
Shaving off the stubble
To see my skin
More pale than I’d admit

Boots pound grass to rubble
From a muddy high-rise
I look right and then stage right
The more I struggle
The more I give in, two guitars
Double bass, double mandolin

My pounding feet have been waiting to fall
Think I should take some time away from it all
I stand apart from the crowd, double-fisting coffee and beer
Bluegrass you’re making me tear
I’m finally seeing things clear
While I’m double-fisting coffee and beer
Track Name: You Know Me So Well
Hounds are tearing at me feet
Clouds are rolling in
Tears are hounding at my old sleeves
Distance clears my vision

Why don’t you love me
You know me so well
You say things I don’t understand
I deserve a reason
It’s too hard to tell
It hurts ‘cause you know me so well

I don't need your compliments
They smell like cigarettes
Don't try to soothe me with Quincy Jones
I wish your sun would set

Why don’t you love me
You know me so well
You say things I just can’t let go
I deserve a reason
I can’t break the spell
It hurts ‘cause you know me so well

I'll believe anything that you tell me
But I won't do whatever you say
We both lose either way
We both lose either way

I put my foot in that swinging door
I won't let it close
There's a puzzle piece lying somewhere on the floor
You're the one who should know

Why don’t you love me
You know me so well
Now I’m gonna make you explain
I deserve a reason
Escape from this hell
It hurts ‘cause you know me so well
It hurts ‘cause you know me so well
It hurts ‘cause you know me so well
Track Name: I Never Notice
Were you thinking of leaving
Were you planning on running away
An itch to travel is just an old scar
That ain’t seen light of day

Don’t you wanna stay downtown
Live forever in Saturday night
That’s my idea of settling down
You weren’t satisfied

So tap my hands on the bar waiting for a drink
And bop my head on the bathroom line
Just to take a moment to think

Hope before me was dangled
It was the trick of the confidence man
I turned to drugs
Made my politics hard
I made an angry stand

But I lost my nerve
Heard my own voice back at me
Heard it mixed with hers
Unearthly sustain draining core belief

Every night I walk these streets
And I wonder where you been
You never know
I never notice

I tried to open it lightly
But it creaked, the door flew open wide
A congregation of normal old friends
Gestured come inside

But the prayer won’t pray
God has paused on my upper lip
Though I’m scared to stray
That’s how you slipped through my grip

Every night I walk these streets
And I wonder where you been
You never know
I never notice

Every night I walk these streets
And I wonder where you been
You never know
I never notice
Track Name: Identity Soup
I've been caught in this damn identity soup
When you meet me, you'll ask me what do you do
If I say my passion, you'll think I'm a bum
If I say my day job, you'll think I've gone numb
If I've got nothing going on
Am I no one at all?

I think my touch is too light, my efforts too cute
Traded in my gun for a knife, and the fight is with nukes
Some live life like they're always at war
I take breaks from the blood and the gore
With books and cat-naps in the late afternoon
I'm still on the ground floor

The rainy city has sun beams that chop like an axe
I need a blistering storm cloud to clean up my act
Stops the noses from bleeding
Raindrops happily screaming
Just relax

Soon as I finish this verse, I'll call you I swear
I will make my decision, I'll aim best I dare
Definitions are shadows and blurs
They just make outlines of love and of work
Help I'm trapped in a job questionnaire
But I know what I am

The rainy city has sun beams that chop like an axe
I need a blistering storm cloud to clean up my act
Stops the noses from bleeding
Raindrops happily screaming
Just relax
Track Name: A Concession Speech
I've been marching in time with the grand old men
Sold my soul to the rebel, bought it back again
Held a rock in my hand and a tear gas can
I killed God and I've been born again

I ain't felt half as old as I do right now
For all the causes I've taken and disavowed
But you’ll nudge and insist I take up your sword
Assume I'll join in to your world word wars

You worship opinion
Read news, form your own views
Believe you're the cool kid
But I'm just not with you

All you cult fucking leaders are full of it
They got no right to tell you to tell me what to think
Ain't it weird that they’re always the only one
The one dear leader you can trust, son

You question my honor
I question your sanity
You call me a sellout
Go sell your conspiracy

No, I won’t try to fit in any farther
I know it ain’t too rock and roll to think with my own brain
And there won’t be no jumping off of no bridges
For each messiah that you bring
Beneath the noise my inner voice still rings

Come back and talk to me
Slow down and talk to me
You know in your heart the world's not out to get you
Come out and talk to me
Settle down and talk to me
There'll be a new club to join when this falls through

No, I won’t try to fit in any farther
I know it ain’t too rock and roll to think with my own brain
And there won’t be no jumping off of no bridges
For each messiah that you bring
Beneath the noise my inner voice still rings

The rocket launch contdown
It's Oz coming out now
It's making you sober
The election is over
Track Name: Noah's Arch
We'll drink the river raw
Through night's unfiltered straw
The floor becomes the sky
Framed by mountainsides

Our time on earth still runs
Now death has come and gone
Will we take a-part
Of a soul depart

Don't hold your breath, stop shivering
I'll bear your weight on mine
Instead of falling on our faces, we'll lean and march
In one unending arch

We toil on tip-toe trails
Our paths all parallel
One day we diverge
One day the seas will surge

Your eyes describes your pain
I can't prescribe you sane
To see you wear that face
Instead wear my embrace

Don't hold your breath, stop shivering
I'll bear your weight on mine
Instead of falling on our faces, we'll lean and march
In one unending arch

What could have done this to you?
Now what are we gonna do?
What could have done this to you?
Now what are we gonna do?

We'll blanket the beach in mist
There past the turn we missed
See you there next time
If I can find your fire

It burns with hungry flame
With earned success and fame
Now it's calm at rest
We're embers of the best

Don't hold your breath, stop shivering
I'll bear your weight on mine
Instead of falling on our faces, we'll lean and march
In one unending arch

Don't hold your breath, stop shivering
I'll bear your weight on mine
Instead of falling on our faces, we'll lean and march
In one unending arch

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