LYRICS – TRIALS (FULL ALBUM)

Motivational

Hello? We’re gonna die tomorrow

I just thought I’d call you, ‘cause I think you should know
So for tonight, just take a moment (and remember to be brave)
‘Cause tomorrow, it’s all gonna go away
Yeah, tomorrow it’s all gonna go away

Oh you, when you’re staring down the telephone –
Afraid to go out, scared to death of being alone
Well, this one’s for the shut-ins, it can be tough to be alone
But trust me, there will come a day
The motivation finds a way

Well, it could all change tomorrow
So here’s a reminder: find some joy before you go
Make no mistake, you may fail but at least you took a chance
All tomorrows want to be today,
Everybody makes a mess of yesterday,
And life is a series of clichés.
 

Tabula Rasa

In a moment, see what we became
Forced ourselves into the light and changed
Time is constant however you count the days
We only measure minutes to give them a name
This city is strange – I played along and found misery
But you’re a fool if you think that makes me weak

If we could take this mess and wipe it all away,
Nothing would be better, cause we wouldn’t be the same
No safety in my mind, and running out of time
It’s surely a mistake but I think we need to clean the slate

Now never seems how we hoped it would be
To speculate, it’s like hitting a moving nail
Always pressured to join the cult of celebrity
Taking bets on who will jump the rail
We are a stitched together misfit family
Deluded by the insight that we seek

If we could take this mess and wipe it all away,
Nothing would be better, cause we wouldn’t be the same
No safety in my mind, and running out of time
It’s surely a mistake but I think we need to clean the slate
If we could take this mess and wipe it all away,
Nothing would be better, cause we wouldn’t be the same
No safety in my mind, and running out of time
It’s surely a mistake but I think we need to clean the slate

Lifeboat

There’s a strength I don’t acknowledge
Subtle ways in which I’m brave
I think I’m lonely in my lifeboat
But this ocean’s full of struggle
A diving bell, a bursting bubble
Let’s try not to fall apart, together

There’s a loneliness manufactured
A factory of fears in my head
I can look out from my leaky lifeboat

And see how my heart’s misled
These waves of mine are small instead
Let’s rally round and endure without dread

And when people break your paddles
And the waves could take you down
There is a will to be found
There is a will to be found

Naïve in my lifeboat

Over and Over

Your liquid years are like a ghost, up and down your breezy hall
And no more spinning bottles for the halfway healed and cynical
You’ve got your strategies to keep the Devil down
Looking for a brand new love, fill the void of something you live without

Over and over, recovered and sober
Where the steps will lead you down
I’m a needle in the haystack obscured by a wall of sound
Over and over and over and over

Push and pull, the pressure’s on to give it all completely
So fast in a short time, there’s nothing left but leaving
In a room where tears are easy but the work is in a book
You’ll keep what’s sore inside, new love everywhere you look

Over and over, recovered and sober
Where the steps will lead you down
I’m a needle in the haystack obscured by a wall of sound
Over and over and over and over
And out

I Give Up Everyday, But I Never Manage To Walk Away

I’m tense and I’m tired, insane but inspired
My body aches but it makes no sense
To stress about every little thought in my head
Sometimes it’s hard to see through the haze

I give up everyday, but I never manage to walk away (x2)

The way that I’m wired, the synapses fired
Always on the fence of the present tense
And running from my past with genuine dread
Take it on the chin, trying different ways

I give up everyday, but I never manage to walk away (x2)
Still I never mange to walk away
Oh I never manage to walk away

Umbrage

Cannot forget to harmonize
I’m speaking civil, betrayed by the eyes
Must picture perfect always be a lie?

You’re so far above me
So far above me
So far above me I do not register

Will this ever work?

Negate my feelings with gaslight tactics
I dare not forget, the pain is tragic
O I would disappear if I knew the right magic

You’re so far above me
So far above me
So far above me I do not register

(repeat)

Will this ever work?
You might tell me no
I will not linger in a bitter scenario

Umbrage, umbrage, umbrage
 

And Rainy Days

Helped me hang on through seasons in Hell
We drank the place down and we rang the bells
O Sarah and Mitchell, and Robert and Jamie
Were patient and willing to stay with me (with me)

Here’s to the ones who never walked away
Who offered up shelter and helped me through the pain

Where did I fit in? Found a place that is better
Old friends and radios, through doubts and droughts
And every ZIP code has a story to tell
We walked through the mine fields, and threw our wishes in wells

So here’s to the ones who never walked away
Who offered up shelter and helped me through the pain
And here’s to the ones who never walked away
Who chose to be umbrellas on the cloudy days
And rainy days

Let Me Be Right

I’m staring down my youth in the light of a parking lot
The thoughts come rushing in like a gift that I don’t want
Sometimes it makes no sense
That must be self-defense
Sanity is a fence I straddle but I will shine

Like stars that hide behind the clouds at night
Shooting holes in the sky, let me be right

A revolution come and gone revealed my gaping wound
And years of want and waste would nearly run me through
My head’s a haunted house
I don’t need to work it out
Incomplete in an endless battle, and this one’s mine
Like stars that hide behind the clouds at night
Shooting holes in the sky, let me be right
(repeat)

Television Quicksand

There’s no use checking the weather with a hurricane in your head
Never knowing calm when you were born a tidal wave
A silent, troubled mind, raised to fit the forecast
Now an outcast with all the answers but still compelled to ask
The television quicksand swallows you whole (x2)

Maybe I’m a spent metaphor with a bottle full of golden plans
A pull from the flask is alchemy, taking forms I can hide inside
I faked my cheer, I lived a lie, I acted out my dreams
And I was soaring high, ‘til I found I faked my wings
And television quicksand swallows you whole
This television quicksand is in my soul

 

 

 

 

 

 

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