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The Dawn Chorus

by Despite Everything

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1.
This boat has been sinking And I never got the chance to abort Stuck here soaked and alone On this one way ride to nowhere. I'm choking All my friends think I’m joking I'm falling Someone please grab my hand Going home was never an option And I just can’t stop feeling lost The friction in my bones Is burning me from head to toes. I'm choking All my friends think I’m joking I'm falling Someone please grab my hand
2.
Ink scattered on sheets of paper And if I had enough, I’d start a revolution And we’d be soldiers in a war We’d fight for life, we’d long for freedom With my feet up and my head down I see reflections on the floor Listed, gone, dead or missing In lists no one will ever know When the rain is pouring down On our cities made of steel We are bound to rust away. And we’d be soldiers in a war We’d fight for life, we’d long for freedom With my feet up and my head down I see reflections on the floor Listed, gone, dead or missing In lists no one will ever know
3.
I’d rather be looking at you through reflections Can’t deal with pointless conversations It’s easier being away. We’re heading south But the compass points us to the north We’re moving east But the currents take us west With a few hours of sleep Maybe I would see things clearer This shit is old, I'm in too deep We’re heading south But the compass points us to the north We’re moving east But the currents take us west We are sailing under black flags With a thousand of regrets
4.
I said what man? I am shooting stars like a mad man But the fuckers won’t come down And I’ve been swimming in the open sea Like a sailor left to drown Now the lights are closing in And I know the waves are breaking out In a shore, far away I just want to scream and shout This time, Hell yeah The candle is burning at both ends Dry land, not in sight And I won’t go without a fight This damn thing has worn me out And I just can’t keep up your pace Would I catch my breath again If I could forget your face. Will I sink myself again Breathless in half empty bottles? Left to mould in a bottomless grave Strike a match to burn the ashes.
5.
The lights are always on But we don’t see them Till the sun goes down We need to move on Now the lights are off But we're still here No one sees us Hold on, hold on my dear For this is who we are We are the wretched looking ones For this is all we are. Standing on ledges like crows Mouths howling now we are latching on Standing motionless and grey Dead vows, speechless and vague. For this is who we are We are the wretched looking ones For this is all we are.
6.
Took you a second to fall in this hole will take a lifetime to crawl out What i 'd give for a mile in your shoes For a walk on the wrong side of the tracks Facing the barrel of a loaded gun No more aces up your sleeve Noone around you seems to understand It feels like noone ever will A lifetime of silence It took my future it took you away Or a moment of violence It took my future when it took you away One moment of silence.. For a lifetime of violence.. And as the sun goes down you slip away They say it doesnt hurt that bad The final chapter of this story-line Another page you wrote in blood A lifetime of silence It took my future it took you away Or a moment of violence It took my future when it took you away One moment of silence.. For a lifetime of violence..
7.
Mångata 01:47
8.
Second before the impact I’ll be casting stones like rockets Bound to hit me right back To wake me up, to wake me up Given the chance I’d smash my head on this wall But with my hands tied, I wish for freedom With a rope tied to my neck I crave for life Second before the impact I’ll be casting stones like rockets Bound to hit me right back To wake me up, to wake me up With my hands tied, my eyes bloodshot red I feel the anger swelling up inside me I push and pull, try to reach out I feel there's nothing left to say
9.
Somebody, somebody please just stop me My fists are red and burning out My eyes roll back and I am sinking My body is falling apart Thinking of ways to stay young While getting older by the minute Raised his glass and said "This is the youngest we’ll ever be" This repetition is killing me Face down on the floor he rolls and sighs I am sick and tired of being cold And twice as tired as I was before Thinking of ways to stay young While getting older by the minute Raised his glass and said "This is the youngest we’ll ever be"
10.
Inbetweeners 03:22
Screaming underwater, don’t let them know Raise your glass and smile straight to hell Raise and toast repeat times two, awkward situations Forced entertainment I can’t see through Cold hands cover my mouth So stop screaming, stop screaming If you’re heading north I'm moving south Stop dreaming, stop dreaming Draining my life, soaking in tears Wasting my life, year after year I'm draining my life away, I'm draining my life away The thick smoke, the fake smiles To wear it out tonight I’ll take the long way home We are inbetweeners, in dull conversations We look but don’t see, we hear but don’t speak. We are inbetweeners draining our lives away
11.
Sometimes, I want to feel alive
 Fix me, make it good again 
Just like a stone roll down a hill
 Till I reach the shore 

In my head, over and over again
 Stuck on repeat 
If you’re going through hell, keep going Sometimes, I can’t pick myself up
 My solitude is my only cage
 Like an animal in captivity
 I have nothing to offer
 But blood, toil, tears and sweat 

In my head, over and over again
 Stuck on repeat
 If you’re going through hell, keep going
12.
Roads Unfold 02:22
We are burning the air that we choke on 
Feeding the fire with expired ideals
 Breathe out, breathe in
 This winter smells like gasoline We’ve blended with grey walls 
and painted them black to stand out 
We’ve fallen for fake calls
 Watch us all burn out. 
We are underachievers with blackened lungs too young to die
 Our clocks are ticking backwards 
We slack on borrowed time. I am empty inside, while roads unfold at night 
I am at my ropes end and I, I don’t know where to turn
 Day out, day in
 This winter smells like gasoline We’ve blended with grey walls
and painted them black to stand out
 We’ve fallen for fake calls
Watch us all burn out. 
We are underachievers with blackened lungs too young to die
 Our clocks are ticking backwards
 We slack on borrowed time. Half hearted, I lie awake most of these days
 Singing along to songs we’ve all heard before
 Sipping my nights away, humming songs
 that were supposed to change the world.
13.
And if my tears would dry out Before the end of this verse Would you set me free? And would this song make any sense? Just like time and tide, I wait for no one Just like pain and pride, I got nothing left in me I dreamt I was a house on fire But I woke up, in the back of the van Each mile takes me away from my home Each gallon burns faster than a wildfire. Half empty, in pieces I’ve lost myself in the process Lost will, in recess I am looking for where I belong A lung full of breath and a handful of dirt Our own little death is all I got left Cause I see it in my face My knees can’t hold my weight no more No more. Half empty, in pieces I’ve lost myself in the process Lost will, in recess I am looking for where I belong And if my tears would dry out Before the end of this verse Would you set me free? And would this song make any sense?

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released October 20, 2013

Recorded by Tom Zwanzger at S.T.R.E.S.S. studio
Mixed by Tom Zwanzger & Despite Everything
Mastered by Jason Livermore at The Blasting Room

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