My Inner Voice Will Ring

by Harris Face

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1.
IMYIAWD 03:53
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
2.
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out I will not stand behind the gate I'd rather have the falcon than real estate I see him framed next to his friend An outdated poet's dream Of normalcy Will I ever figure out what's good for me or bad Or just appreciate what I still have I could not let it go On the day Han Solo fell I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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
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
10.
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
11.
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
12.
Noah's Arch 05:04
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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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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