A Pause That Killed The Lights

by Harris Face

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1.
05:15
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
2.
03:50
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
3.
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?
4.
05:18
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
5.
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
6.
02:58
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
03:59
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
10.
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

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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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