Stillframe

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Pieces Missing

by Stillframe

Released 2016
Replay Records
Released 2016
Replay Records

Aftermath

by Stillframe

Released 2011
Replay Records
Released 2011
Replay Records
  • 03:00 Lyrics
    New405

    VERSE

    It mattered to me to make you proud
    It mattered to me - it doesn't now
    I'm falling asleep to stay around
    It mattered to me, but how

    CHORUS

    When you treat me like you do
    Can I be enough for you
    When I'm tired of wanting to

    VERSE

    It mattered to me to wait it out
    The hours we get got counted down
    You call it relief - I'm on the ground
    You say it's just me, but how

  • 05:28 Lyrics
    Don't Even Bother

    VERSE

    Always seems to bring me down
    It just always brings me down
    A silence so profound
    To see that you're not around

    Used to mean to much to me
    You still mean to much to me
    But now it's all just memories
    And I still need
    I still need but

    CHORUS

    You don't even bother
    And I won't even try
    You can us slipping farther
    But we just turn away and sigh
    Inside

    VERSE

    Think about you all the time
    Think about you constantly
    But now it all tastes bittersweet
    And I still need
    I still need but

  • 03:55 Lyrics
    Bonfire

    VERSE

    Your breath is hanging in the air
    Full of the thoughts you've brought to bear
    Looking for something to call home
    Going somewhere to be alone

    CHORUS

    Watching the fire dance in the dark
    They'll love you just the way you are
    You don't have to change or try that hard

    VERSE

    Your eyes are staring out in space
    Lost in the moment, out of place
    Your friends can help you find your way
    They'll understand what words can't say

  • 02:54 Lyrics
    Get Through

    VERSE

    Faster than you fall
    Answering the call
    Play a part then fall again
    Answering the call

    CHORUS

    Is all we know to do
    The emptiness of a hopeful point of view
    Is all you get to get you through

    VERSE

    Up against the wall
    Ever after, all
    Hope this isn't all we get
    Up against the wall

  • 05:19 Lyrics
    Wandering

    VERSE

    Choke
    On the smoke
    Of the bridges you've burned
    You'll never learn
    You'll never learn

    Go
    On your own
    Give up all that you get
    You've got nothing left
    You've got nothing left at all

    CHORUS

    When you're wandering
    Away from everyone that cares
    You can't blame yourself
    But you might as well
    Because no one else is there

    VERSE

    Hope
    Against hope
    That it's all a bad dream
    It's just as it seems
    It's just as it seems

    So leave
    Everything
    For a place in your mind
    That you'll never find
    You'll never find it at all

    BRIDGE

    Can see it through you, what's making you move
    There's nothing to prove inside their minds
    Easier to hide or straight out deny than face
    But is there someplace...?
    The harder you chase, the further away it gets

  • 02:58 Lyrics
    Aftermath

    VERSE

    I'm sorry now
    That I did
    That I didn't listen
    The holding out
    Isn't quite
    It's just like I envisioned
    I'm in control
    Yes I did
    No I didn't give in
    And yeah, I know
    No I don't
    What it is that's missing

    CHORUS

    In the aftermath
    You can gather up what's left
    You can have anything that you don't want
    On the way to become someone you're not

    VERSE

    I'm stranded now
    And it was my
    It wasn't my decision
    But I feel proud
    Hollowed out
    In my new position
    I'm satisfied
    Sacrificed
    With present conditions
    And yeah, I tried
    What a lie
    That's my best admission

  • 03:57 Lyrics
    Counting Days

    VERSE

    Here's another chance, the start of a new day
    Here's another chance to live it the same
    Here's another chance to find what you misplaced
    Here's another chance - too late, gone to waste

    It's not the time to be a disappointment to anyone.
    It's not the time to be a disappointment to anyone.

    CHORUS

    A near miss at happiness
    It's a passing phase
    So come keep me company
    Counting off the days

    VERSE

    Here's another chance to spell out what you need
    Here's another chance - no one's listening.
    Here's another chance to set yourself at ease
    Here's another chance - it's just out of reach

  • 04:53 Lyrics
    Unfulfilled

    VERSE

    Imagine this
    A loneliness, a feeling that remained
    And picture this
    A willingness to throw it all away
    I wanted to
    To prove to you
    I had something to say
    Don't look at me
    (be)cause you can't see
    Turn and walk away

    CHORUS

    I have lost all my faith
    In feeble words and things you say
    We all search for something real
    Still we're all left unfulfilled

    VERSE

    So think on this
    An emptiness, a place that's meant for you
    All through my soul
    The endless holes of places you don't use
    I can't explain
    I can't contain
    The things I saw in you
    I realize
    That all our lies
    Are something to hold to

  • 04:47 Lyrics
    Diversion

    VERSE

    It's okay. The seasons change but you won't feel a thing.
    Life still stays the same, but rearranges scenery.
    Colors change, the breezes blow their hues into the sea.
    Every day, a shade of grey

    Coloring
    All I see
    Hazily

    It's okay. The leaves will change but you will stay the same.
    Disarranged, and pasted back together on a page.
    Colors fade, the bleeding blurs them in and out of frame.
    Every day, I'm far away

    Coloring
    All I see
    Hazily

    CHORUS

    In your hands you write down all your dreams
    In your hands you write your tragedies
    In your head a world that no one sees
    A diversion, this reality

     

  • 03:57 Lyrics
    Lost

    VERSE

    Now I feel
    so estranged
    My face turning
    turn away
    And I see
    nothing better
    The sun's setting
    down on me

    CHORUS

    But I feel so afraid
    Is this my fate
    In this place?
    And I feel
    So ashamed
    Is this who I am?
    Or have I changed?

    Changed  for you.

    VERSE

    Don't be sorry
    But don't you miss me?
    Am I replaced?
    And don't you worry
    Just dismiss me
    Change your history
    Am I erased?

    Don't be sorry
    But don't you miss me?

  • 03:04 Lyrics
    Turning Away

    VERSE

    This season is at its end
    Say goodbye my only friend
    Whatever happened to us, words can never mend
    I've nothing left to pretend

    Lift this veil of fallen grace
    See your prophet was a fake
    All of this has proven more than I can take
    Happiness that I forsake

    In your eyes I saw escape
    Killed away by leaps of faith
    Whatever happened to the words you would say?
    All I have just fades to grey
    Whatever happened to a bittersweet delay?
    All I am just goes away
    Whatever happened to the words you would say?
    Upon the turning away

     

It All Comes Down

by Stillframe

Released 2009
Replay Records
Released 2009
Replay Records
Stillframe's sophomore album is a diverse work showcasing a balance of hard rock pugnacity, artistic experimentation, and pop sensibilities.
  • 04:19 Lyrics
    It All Comes Down

    VERSE

    Crawling out, insecure
    Same as always before

    Never again
    You push me, pull me in
    Never - watch me fall,
    Then you withdraw
    Take me and
    Break me down

    CHORUS
    Then it all comes down
    Down around me
    You see me drown
    But you won't save me
    There's no way out
    Am I just wasting time?

    VERSE
    All I ask, so denied
    Eat my shame, open wide

    Never again
    You don't know who I am
    Never - watch me fall,
    Then you withdraw
    Take me and
    Break me down

    BRIDGE

    No way out

  • 04:06 Lyrics
    Dead to You

    CHORUS

    Dead to you, I'm inconsequential
    Dirt underneath your feet
    Then to you I should feel so grateful
    Your gift of apathy

    VERSE

    Watch you shifting
    Listless, alibi
    My friend of convenience - you.
    Now you're with me
    Right here by my side
    So concerned when opportune

    Neverending
    You proselytize
    Nothing but good things from you
    Thanks for lying
    Won't you let me show you
    My eternal gratitude

     

  • 07:33 Lyrics
    Hesitate

    VERSE

    Take another piece of me
    I'll give in to anything
    And this silence draws me near
    I can find some comfort here

    PRE-CHORUS

    Unravel me
    Unravel me

    CHORUS

    Things in me just go away
    I chase them down but it's too late
    Hesitating where to start
    Things in me just fall apart

    VERSE

    Everything you choose to be
    Why can't you be there for me?
    And my reasoning to leave:
    Everyone and everything.

  • 02:44 Lyrics
    Wash Away

    VERSE

    I'm bored with
    this incessant twisting
    of words into what you
    want them to say
    Your hands clean of shame

    CHORUS

    Something to be said about
    You think that you can close your eyes
    and this will wash away
    Digging deeper down you'll find
    Your lies
    Your lies

    VERSE

    Had enough
    Tired of giving up
    Leaves me numb and restless
    Done with your charade
    Offer false hope of change

    BRIDGE

    "Count on me"

    FINAL CHORUS

    Something to be sad about
    The way that you can use me
    then you push me to the side
    Something to forget about
    You think that you can close your eyes
    And wash this all away
    Digging deeper down you'll find
    Your lies
    Your lies

  • 04:35 Lyrics
    See Through

    VERSE

    A casualty of consequence
    Leaves me different than I am
    A tragegy, an accident
    Leaves me broken where I stand
    But underneath this circumstance
    Is there a reason to believe?
    When everything becomes regrets
    This is all that I can be

    PRE-CHORUS
    Wish that I could find a way to explain the things in me
    Wish that I could be so simple, same, and surface deep

    CHORUS

    Wish that I was see through
    Like you
    Like you

    VERSE

    A casualty of innocence
    You only see what you believe
    An empty vote of confidence
    And everything is as it seems
    But underneath this circumstance
    Is there a reason to believe?
    No such thing as second chance
    This is all I'm offering

  • 05:20 Lyrics
    Drive it Away

    VERSE

    Wait for your response
    Nothing's really there
    Heavy-lidded eyes
    Half interested stare
    Nothing left to fake
    I've given all I can
    Turn and fall apart
    Ffall into your hands

    CHORUS

    I'll drive it away
    Nothing to say, you win
    Hiding away
    I try, in vain

    VERSE

    Trying to relate
    I get so confused
    A broken mirror smile
    A fractured point of view
    All these things inside
    I can't seem to say
    Hold me where I stand
    Standing in my way

    All these things inside
    I can't seem to say
    Hold me where I stand
    Did I misplace you?

  • 04:45 Lyrics
    Give Up A Little

    VERSE

    Touch
    Of your hand
    I've become
    Less than I had planned
    Hungry for
    Something more
    To feel whole again

    CHORUS

    Why can't this be simple?
    Why's it always been this way?
    Wading through the trivial
    Just to stay in the same place
    Slowly being crippled
    Just to keep up with the pace
    I give up a little
    Give a little more each day

    VERSE

    Crutch
    I need something
    To numb me through
    Each day's tedium
    Want to find
    Peace of mind
    In this cold seclusion

    BRIDGE

    Why can't this be
    something to reflect on?
    Crushed underneath
    These unanswered questions

  • 05:46 Lyrics
    Hiding Underneath

    VERSE

    Hiding underneath
    These masks we wear are only surface deep
    They cage us in, become what we believe

    CHORUS

    So fill me up with all your waste
    And feed me more than I can take
    Hold me down, you can't break free
    Hold me down, in spite of me

    VERSE

    Hiding underneath
    These words we say are fake and counterfeit
    They pull us down, become a part of it

  • 06:40 Lyrics
    So Incomplete

    VERSE

    It makes me feel
    so incomplete
    It seems unreal
    in front of me

    Faltering
    Surface strong
    Inside alone
    Alone

    CHORUS

    All these circumstances
    Are taking parts of me away
    And all these positions
    I don't know what is left to say
    All of these devices
    I'm tired of feeling out of place
    Is anyone else wanting
    Does anybody feel the same
    Feel the same

    VERSE

    I'm different than
    I used to be
    Is something gone
    A piece missing

    Inside of me
    Faltering
    Surface strong
    Inside alone
    Alone

  • 06:13 Lyrics
    Fade

    VERSE

    Coping, but it's open
    And it feels like it won't heal:
    This place I kept for you.
    Wish I could just rewind
    I would give away my years,
    For another with you

    PRE-CHORUS

    But I don't belong,
    I turn and run
    Away from how I feel
    I wish you were here.
    I wish you were here.
    And it all goes wrong,
    I'm not so strong,
    Without you it's not clear.
    I wish you were here.
    I wish you were here.
    I wish you were here.
    I wish you were here.

    CHORUS

    But you fade away
    Just a little more each day
    It's so sad to say
    You're a name without a face

    VERSE

    Staying, but it's paling
    Just to weather every year
    Being here without you.
    All my seasons blow by
    Just a backdrop to my tears.
    Cold and sad without you.

  • 06:00 Lyrics
    Portrait of You

    VERSE

    You just pretend everything's
    Alright
    Alright
    You can't accept what you see
    Don't cry
    Don't cry

    PRE-CHORUS

    You put your face behind your hands
    To hide the view
    You put your face inside your hands
    And then it's through

    CHORUS

    Is this a portrait of you?

    VERSE

    Sighing as you see each day
    Go by
    Go by
    Not enough strength left to say
    Goodbye
    Goodbye

Deeper Than I Thought

by Stillframe

Released 2008
Replay Records
Released 2008
Replay Records
The debut album of singer/songwriter/musician Charlie Griggs, this collection of 11 songs range emotionally from the angry to the introspective. A distinctive sound combining dynamic harmonies with unique arrangements.
  • 03:50 Lyrics
    Punish

    VERSE

    I don't need you
    Lies I see through

    You made me, with your lies
    All your failures, all your tries

    CHORUS

    So take away all that I have
    I am tired of your demands
    Never reaching out to me
    Well, I don't need your sympathy

    VERSE

    I can't bear this
    Lost and hopeless

    Look at me, realize
    I have become what you despise

    BRIDGE

    The hate you feel won't go away

  • 04:23 Lyrics
    Nothing

    VERSE

    I watch you sell yourself away
    I see you keep yourself at bay
    And I have nothing left to say to you

    Yesterday just out of reach
    Our thoughts, our dreams all turn to bittersweet
    And I have nothing left to teach to you

    PRE-CHORUS

    Don't you leave me here
    Then I watch you disappear
    Well I have nothing left to hold near

    CHORUS

    Give me something to believe
    Cut me open, watch me bleed
    Drain me until I'm empty
    Leave this as a memory

    VERSE

    I see you sleep inside the womb
    I watch the tides obey the moon
    And I have nothing left to prove to you

    I see you try to find yourself
    Give that away to someone else
    And I have nothing of myself for you

  • 05:31 Lyrics
    Bitter To You

    VERSE

    I lost my way
    I can't escape
    Is it supposed to be this way?
    Useless, ashamed
    Makes me feel this way, and I do

    CHORUS

    Bitter to you
    I feel
    Bitter to you

    VERSE

    I can't reach you
    I can't get through
    Is it supposed to be this way?
    Fake and confused
    Makes me feel this way, and I do

    BRIDGE

    I crawl under you
    I fall under you
    It's all under you
    It's all under you

  • 03:45 Lyrics
    Expectorate

    VERSE

    Never had the time for me
    Close the door right in my face
    Pardon me if I don't grieve
    The things in me that you erased

    PRE-CHORUS

    Can't find anything to cope
    I'm an abject misathrope

    CHORUS

    I can feel this slip away
    Doesn't matter what you say
    I hear you expectorate
    My name with all of your hate
    You taught this to me
    Hate all that I see
    Slave to memory, my fate

    VERSE

    Pretending like you'll leave me be
    Then drag me back to take some more
    Forgive this lack of sympathy
    Now your turn to be ignored

     

  • 04:39 Lyrics
    Left

    VERSE

    It's never good enough
    It's never good enough
    I won't try anymore
    It's not worth what I'm reaching for

    PRE-CHORUS
    And I wanted to believe in what you said
    As I choke on all the lies I'm fed

    CHORUS
    Left behind, and nothing I can feel
    Now resigned, I don't care what you steal
    Now we find the things that you conceal
    Is this real

    VERSE
    I can't fake this anymore
    I can't fake this anymore
    All these things I try to hide
    Something gone away inside

     

  • 04:06 Lyrics
    Throwaway

    VERSE

    You look at me, you want to say
    I'm sorry
    Should I forget so easily
    You've scarred me

    CHORUS

    And thanks to you, I've found a way
    Torturing myself every day
    You'd reconcile, but it's too late
    All that I love just turns to hate

    VERSE

    You've always thought I needed you
    You're so wrong
    Pretending all your lies were true
    For so long

    BRIDGE

    And thanks to you, I'm stronger now
    I'd like to change, I don't know how
    Brought me down to feel this way
    I wish this would just go away

  • 03:39 Lyrics
    Piteous

    VERSE

    It's piteous, that I should need
    It's hideous, the way you think
    And between us, there is nothing
    And you're above even caring

    CHORUS

    All the things you saw in me are withering
    And I can't say that I'm past remembering
    All the plans you had for me have all gone wrong
    Turn your back on me because I don't belong

    VERSE

    This disgust is filling me
    I've had enough of these feelings
    It's serious - you're denying
    And all my trust is receding

  • 04:56 Lyrics
    Desired

    VERSE

    Leave me here finding words to say
    Watching the passion die away
    Don't tell me how this has to end
    Put rest to all that you pretend

    CHORUS

    And then I find your face behind my eyes
    I look inside, discover what has died
    I live a lie built by my own design
    I'll crucify a place for your denials

    VERSE

    I've found I have no place to go
    I feel myself crawl down that hole
    And now this all seems bittersweet
    You watch me die when our eyes meet

  • 03:31 Lyrics
    Denied

    VERSE

    Nothing left to keep us warm
    The salt still lines your eyes
    Searching feelings unexplored
    And all that we've denied

    CHORUS

    Denied, is there anything inside?
    Resigned, will we fail at all our tries?

    VERSE

    Trepidation on your wings
    You're changing your disguise
    Passions act as god's playthings
    And all our sins denied

    BRIDGE

    Hesitate, lingering
    But you're above all of these things
    Are you proud of yourself now?

  • 03:48 Lyrics
    Deeper Than I Thought

    VERSE

    Let you inside
    I've seen your lies before
    Unsatisfied
    Hazy, dim metaphor

    PRE-CHORUS

    I'm finding a way
    Losing face

    CHORUS

    I am deeper than I thought
    This must be the cost I pay to see
    Everything so clear

    VERSE

    Look through dull eyes
    Sad, it's past your control
    Uncompromised
    I can't let some things go

     

  • 05:24 Lyrics
    Afterthought

    VERSE

    I don't want to feel this way
    Every day, it's all the same
    Smile but you forgot my name - what's new?

    I just wanted to belong
    But everything I did was wrong
    Tolerate, but not for long from you

    CHORUS

    I'm not worth your afterthought
    I'm ashamed of what I'm not

    VERSE

    So finally everything exposed
    So finally, and then she reposed
    So tell me, what am I supposed to do?
    All the changes that you missed
    You want my feigned innocence
    All that was and all that is, untrue

    BRIDGE

    Prove to me, that I still need
    Tell me what you see

No Rhyme

by The Ism

Released 2016
Colourful Mountain/Replay Records
Released 2016
Colourful Mountain/Replay Records

Carousel

by The Ism

Released 2015
Colourful Mountain Records/Replay Records
Released 2015
Colourful Mountain Records/Replay Records
  • 02:44 Lyrics
    Sell It Off

    VERSE
    So much for simplicity
    Navigating currencies
    Happy workday memories
    Gather up your ends and means

    CHORUS

    Sell it off for cheap
    And go right back to sleep
    You won't feel a thing
    Sell it off for cheap

    VERSE

    So much for the simple dream
    Graces faded in between
    Taking's for the offering
    Gather up your dignity

    BRIDGE

    You can pretend like it's not going on 
    Means to an end all depends on which end you're on

  • 02:31 Lyrics
    Paper Chase

    VERSE

    Left open
    Made rotten
    Forgotten
    Real pain
    Let's drain it
    De-vein it
    More or less
    Let's taint it

    CHORUS

    The paper chase is
    A shameless waste
    Give anything for that 
    Disappointing taste

    VERSE

    Just like it's
    A rabbit
    Whose clock ticks
    For nothing
    A habit
    A has been
    The hole we 
    Were raised in


    OUTRO

    You want it all

  • 02:14 Lyrics
    Plebes

    VERSE

    Pawns lined up in pretty rows
    Doing what they're told
    Sound like anyone you know? 
    Let's pretend like we don't know
    Doing what we're told
    2+2 make 5 more proles

    CHORUS

    A pageantry of peasantry
    Bought and sold, diseased
    The plebes

    VERSE

    Supplicants taught to follow 
    Playing out their roles
    Sound like what your mirror shows? 
    Let's pretend like we don't know 
    Doing what we're told
    So important, so disposed

  • 04:53 Lyrics
    Enough

    VERSE

    I wanted this to mean more than it does 
    Strangers faces in the place of us
    I wanted this to be more than it was 
    A consolation wasting in the sun
    I tried my best to be just who I was
    And when it didn't work I gave it up
    I wanted trust to be the fruit of love
    I starved myself, you never had enough

    PRE CHORUS

    Isn't it enough? 
    When is it enough? 

    CHORUS

    I'm falling backwards
    Reaching for something that makes sense
    Keep falling backwards
    Making something from nothing left

    VERSE

    I did my best to please and saw the sum 
    The gifts we get are gone and getting judged
    I wanted yes to be more than a crutch
    An automatic answer on our tongue
    I looked for anything to pick me up
    I hung myself each time I came undone
    I wanted less to be more than enough
    I made a beggar out of everyone

    BRIDGE

    Better soon is never being good enough
    Better soon is what we use to keep this up
    Better soon but what's the use if nothing's left? 

  • 04:44 Lyrics
    Carousel

    VERSE

    Running on
    Never ends
    Crawling infant
    Hardly witnessed
    Life's half bend
    Folding, forming
    Caught inside
    The twisted slide
    Waiting for the catch
    Are you living on strip
    Misleading, repeating

    CHORUS

    All been on the carousel so long
    Hard to avoid the serpent's gentle song

    VERSE

    Is it sin
    Love's half twin
    Longing, wanting
    More than this
    Simple twist
    Choosing what's confusing
    Bend some light
    That we can see 
    What you're thinking

    OUTRO

    Infinite design, humbling, divine


  • 02:17 Lyrics
    Hiding to Nothing

    VERSE

    Bored integrity
    Integrated clean
    By the book and
    Bought it hook and
    Line sinker, complete

    CHORUS

    You can call it what you want to 
    On a hiding to nothing
    You can fight it if you want to 
    No one's caring what you think

    VERSE

    Hold the standard line
    Dormant biding time
    Wasting got the 
    Wanting bought and
    Sold for piece of mind

     

  • 04:22
    Orwell's Dog

Get Things

by The Ism

Released 2010
Colourful Mountain Records/Replay Records
Released 2010
Colourful Mountain Records/Replay Records
  • 00:23
    Intro
  • 03:41 Lyrics
    Too Late to Die Young

     

    VERSE

    you were the one
    yr the chosen son
    now yr under the gun.
    live as you will
    die as you please
    now yr down on yr knees.
    do what you can
    with the severed hand
    given you by the man.
    you were the one
    their chosen son
    at the end of a gun.


    CHORUS

    they're all to blame 
    but (you) die for their shame
    sell beatitude 
    blood=wine 
    flesh is food.

    OUTRO

    its too late to die young 
    its too late to die young

     

  • 03:43
    Aqueous Humour
  • 04:01 Lyrics
    Regurgitator

    VERSE

    I'm crowded in on every side
    By minds sealed shut, mouths open wide
    Regurgitating points of view
    Just like they've been instructed to
    Convictions rolling off your tongue
    You can't say where you got them from 
    But you'll die for them nonetheless
    Or kill someone you've never met

    CHORUS

    Regurgitate
    You're sure to choke that way
    The words you say
    Ignorance on display
    Can't understand 
    You play into their hands
    The master plan
    Recruiting those who can
    Regurgitate

    VERSE

    Shit keeps rolling off your tongue
    Give up your chance to be someone
    Trade off your sense of right and wrong
    It's easier to get along
    Convictions rolling off your tongue
    You can't say where you got them from 
    But you'll die for them nonetheless
    Or kill someone you've never met

  • 08:15
    A major
  • 05:15 Lyrics
    Common Scent

    VERSE

    Who is gonna write yr president
    When the letter's already been sent
    What's gonna give you common sense
    When yr lacking self resonance
    Oh...

    Who is gonna want to let us in
    When we're living in a severed den
    Who's ever gonna smell yr shit
    When you lack yr own common scent
    Oh...

    What's the point in preserving this
    If it's nothing but some senseless hiss
    Who's gonna wanna lend a hand
    When everything's already been planned
    Oh...

    Who's gonna pay the president
    When the check has already been spent
    Who'll ever wanna listen in
    To a sound they've already condemned
    Oh...

    Who's gonna be your president
    When we've killed all present men
    Who's gonna be the present man
    When you've taken all yr planet's land


    CHORUS

    It's becoming your home

  • 00:29
    Intermission
  • 05:00 Lyrics
    Hot Jacket

    VERSE

    he's looking out for you
    he's got yr money too
    next time you better think it thru
    you better think outside yr head
    he's watching what you do
    he's got it in for you
    watch out this afternoon
    yr gonna think of things to saa-a-ay
    he's coming after you
    hot jacket and shiny boots
    got a thing or two to prove
    but no one ever looks that waa-a-ay
    check out that other dude
    he's looking over you
    past bills are overdue
    gotta pay them when you can
    its not that hard for you
    but its not that easy too
    someday yr gonna wish that you
    had figured out a thing to saa-a-ay
    don't cut yr life in two
    don't spend yr money dude
    tonight yr gonna come unglued
    and take a trip outside yr head WAAAAOOOOWW!!!

  • 05:09 Lyrics
    C'mon

    Toasty Christmas Wishes To You

  • 03:38 Lyrics
    Moral Compass

    VERSE

    And I bet you don't even think
    Who you let control what you'll be 
    Need a Judge of simplicity 
    Up above or down underneath
    Send your love up into the sky
    While your brother lays there and dies
    Need a Judge, some words to live by
    Up above, only in your mind


    CHORUS

    Open your eyes
    Open your eyes
    Missing inside 
    A moral compass

    VERSE
     
    And I know you won’t ever try
    Seeing things through another’s eyes
    Need a Judge to keep you in line
    Up above watching from on high
    Saving up your apologies
    Send them up, imaginary
    Need a Judge - that's not what you need
    Up above, a head that's empty

  • 02:34 Story
    Kommander
  • 04:20 Lyrics
    Get Things

    VERSE

    Tell us what we've got
    Sorry I'm not listening
    Babies shake and twist
    Do the sexy exorcist
    I don't give a shit
    I've yet to find a shoe that fits
    Petty tabloid nudes
    Think that I just puked a little


    CHORUS

    Get Things


    VERSE

    Vitamins can help
    Tune you in and drop you out
    Then you turn it on
    Turn around and take your pill
    I got my cup filled
    Need a hand to pour it out
    Sit and pitch a fit
    Pour me down the drain

  • 08:55
    Reprise (Slight Return)

Turn to Stone

by Shelter

Released 2015
Replay Records
Released 2015
Replay Records
The 2nd EP from Shelter weaves a tapestry of emotion, from confessional sentiments to glimpses at redemption.
  • 06:06 Lyrics
    The Moments

    VERSE
    Find myself content to be
    Watching, waiting in the wings
    Contagious commodity, the sirens sing
    Searching for the words to say
    Speak them as they go away
    Hoping that to you they mean something

    PRE-CHORUS
    I'm afraid to speak outside of subtlety
    A device I use to mask my honesty
    But if I admit the way I really feel
    Everything I call a dream you claim is real

    CHORUS
    But it's out of reach, right in front of me
    What I want to be is what I'm lacking
    Hiding constantly what is underneath
    Makes the moments seem bittersweet

    VERSE
    Wish that I could be the same
    Disparate and unashamed
    Look at all the changing shapes, the sirens say
    Take a parcel piece of me
    Anything you want to see
    I'm yours for the offering, so it would seem

  • 03:46 Lyrics
    Demand / Supply

    VERSE
    Moment consumed inside a second
    Here's a distraction to forget it
    Something to add to your collection
    Now back to work and no more questions

    PRE-CHORUS
    A fair trade, you'd say?
    A fair trade?

    CHORUS
    Biding my time as it's slipping out of view
    I'll feel just fine when I fake it like you do
    Get back in line
    It's our duty to consume
    Demand, supply
    Never mind who's being used

    VERSE
    Automaton is your position
    So disinfected and efficient
    All of the pain you feel - it isn't
    Go buy yourself a little present

  • 04:30 Lyrics
    Stuck in Place

    VERSE
    It's been a long, long day
    Feels like I'm stuck in place
    And out of words to say
    I can't explain
    I've given all I can
    To meet the world's demands
    I watch all of my plans
    Fall through my hands

    CHORUS
    No remedy
    To ease my mind
    When everything
    Gets left behind

    VERSE
    It's been a long, long time
    Since I had peace of mind
    I'm living by design
    That isn't mine
    I'll give you everything
    That I have left in me
    But can you help me please
    Stop struggling?

  • 04:50 Lyrics
    Turn to Stone

    VERSE
    Lie to myself just enough to make it through
    Lie to you so that you see what you want to
    It's no surprise
    That over time
    I ossify
    Harden inside
    A change so slow
    It never shows
    How I've grown cold
    Solidified

    CHORUS
    Turn to stone
    My heart erodes
    A hardened soul
    My only hope

    VERSE
    Erase myself until I'm cold and fake like you
    Replace myself with a statued substitute
    It's no surprise
    That over time
    I ossify
    Harden inside
    A change so slow
    It never shows
    How I've grown cold
    Solidified

  • 07:03 Lyrics
    Stumbling

    VERSE
    Stumbling's how you'll find me
    Clumsy in my attempts at ease
    To find some place and hide away
    From reality dressed up as fake

    PRE-CHORUS
    There's no easy way
    For me to stay the same and play your part
    Before I even start
    I get caught off guard and fall apart

    CHORUS
    I'm held in place by what I hold
    But I can't choose to let it go
    So try to hide what I can't help but show
    Stumbling to try to cope

    VERSE
    Crumbling, don't look at me
    Another sad curiosity
    Stuck underneath a subtlety
    That falls apart in its self defeat

    OUTRO
    Stumble into hope

Something Gone

by Shelter

Released 2008
Replay Records
Released 2008
Replay Records
The debut album of this Hot Springs, AR four-piece, this album features eleven anthems blending angst and agression with interweaved layers of melody.
  • 05:10 Lyrics
    Something Gone

    VERSE

    It's beginning to test my patience
    It's beginning to pull me under
    I'm not giving in to these limits
    Break this set, then slaved to another

    I'm not going to waste my time on
    Waiting for you to show compassion
    All this time I've wasted holding on
    Just a victim to your reactions

    PRE-CHORUS

    You're on your own with holding on to
    something gone

    CHORUS

    I wish that I could tell you I believe
    That all the words you say mean anything
    I've given up with finding a release
    Inside this open cell

    VERSE

    Here's an answer to all your judgements
    Here's the reward for your indifference
    Never listened to one word I said
    Always bowing to your insistence

    BRIDGE

    Having trouble holding on

  • 04:47 Lyrics
    Confusion

    VERSE

    It’s not fate or a calling, falling for your grace
    Then forgotten, lost or just replaced
    Ask a question, mention something else
    The solution useless in it’s help

    CHORUS

    Confusion in my head
    You are all that’s left
    Paint a truth pretend

    VERSE

    It’s the same sad relenting, bend until it breaks
    Indecision, give into the game
    By the clock the flock all move the same
    Asking questions answers won’t betray

  • 05:56 Lyrics
    Apart at the Seams

    CHORUS

    Take me apart again at the seams
    And break me down cut me till it bleeds
    'Cause I can't hear you calling me
    The walls are closing in again and I can't breathe

    VERSE

    It's pitiful it's pitiful the way you look at me
    Making me grow cynical and broken down
    It's pitiful it's pitiful to keep me in this cage
    It's holding me I'm under key 

    PRE-CHORUS

    Can you save me?

    BRIDGE

    You break my mind down once again 
    But I'm sure the pain is soon to end
    Awake to silence I'll be gone  
    As you come to find that you're alone

    VERSE

    This feeding me and bleeding me is wearing me too thin
    Giving into your demands to pacify
    Breaking chains but still the same - no such thing as free
    No release I'm under key

  • 04:24 Lyrics
    Betray

    VERSE

    I’m beaten to my knees. My insecurities have got the best of me.
    I’m digging my way out, my dignity in doubt. Who’s keeping my cage now?

    CHORUS

    All these fears force me down and keep a hold on me
    A quiet suffering
    Such a shame, struck down reeling at the thought of change
    But everything just stays the same 

    VERSE

    Give what you want to see, admission of my greed. Sycophant in my need.
    There goes what’s left of me, the rest just withering. Don’t put your faith in me.

  • 03:52 Lyrics
    Sorrow

    VERSE

    I’m just waiting for the sun to shine, waiting for the rain to break
    With sorrow’s voice left whispering in my mind as I’m left withering
    And forced to leave all of my dreams behind, accepting thoughts of hate
    As all the memories from a former life slowly fade away

    CHORUS

    And I’m sick and tired of always giving in
    As you stand aside to watch me fail again
    Persuaded to a life of decadence
    And I’m losing time and patience

    VERSE

    Too often beat down, broken, losing stride with no one left to blame
    Ans as I question reason for this life I hesitate
    There is no meaning behind false hope cries but to feed the pain
    So as the memories leave their tracks behind I slowly dissipate

  • 03:27 Lyrics
    Disconnect

    VERSE

    I see the way it has to be; my role in this, another casualty.
    It stays the same. You always seem to take joy from another’s suffering

    CHORUS

    So dissonant and far away, you never hear a word I say
    So disconnect and fall away, tell me I’m better off this way

    VERSE
        
    Pretend for me, another dream – shattered, coming apart at the seams
    So plead to me, just out of reach. The feeding from another’s empathy

  • 03:57 Lyrics
    My Creation

    VERSE

    Where am I to go now, when there’s no where left to turn
    I’m reeling but I’ve found I’m under your concern
    I’ve been turning inward to find some peace of mind
    You never even heard a reason to the rhyme

    CHORUS

    But in my creation I’m not so incomplete
    In this isolation I’m safe and out of reach
    There’s no consolation, no place to find some peace
    But in my creation

    VERSE

    This role I am cast in, a pawn under control
    Is hollow and wanting a sense of where to go
    I’m hiding behind words and in between the lines
    You’ve never been concerned with feelings left behind


    BRIDGE

    Hold me now, don’t let go
    Free my heart, release my soul
    Hold me now, don’t let go
    Free my heart, release my soul

  • 04:27 Lyrics
    Blinders

    VERSE

    All these circles we run in
    Never ending the begin
    If this film loop doesn’t stop

    PRE-CHORUS I

    Then please let me off
    Please let me off

    CHORUS

    Everthing’s the same it’s always been
    Comes around then goes around again
    Substitute or replace, in the end
    It comes around to hold you down instead

    VERSE

    Why is it we live this way?
    Letting blinders guide our fate
    If this masquerade’s the cost

    PRE-CHORUS II

    Then I’d rather not
    I’d rather not

  • 04:45 Lyrics
    Suffocating

    VERSE

    I’m out of reach, all you teach fake to me
    I disagree, listlessly changing me

    PRE-CHORUS
     
    I’m here to change your thinking
    Right here, but you don’t see me
    Brainwashed and so convicted
    Bleed then to prove you mean it

    CHORUS

    Suffocating, I’m indebted to you
    So self assured with your head in a noose

    VERSE

    You look so sick, innocent, ignorant
    I feel so cold, bought and sold, in control

    VERSE

    Keep me this way, safe and caged, nothing’s changed
    I hesitate, fall and break. Stay away.

    BRIDGE
      
    You’re turning blue, smiling at me
    So sure of my dependency
    Using your boasting against you
    One word too many, breath too few

  • 05:34 Lyrics
    The Lepers

    VERSE

    It’s not getting better, it won’t let me be
    Torn apart together, take what’s left of me
    Hold on for the comfort that I thought it gave
    Bleeding for another but you bleed the same

    PRE-CHORUS

    This cutting me, is my release
    And out of reach, you won’t see me

    CHORUS

    Falling, to my knees. I’m
    Withdrawing, withering. What you
    Want that I can’t be. I can’t
    Quiet voices screaming in my head

    VERSE

    I cannot forget her purging memory
    Telling me “forever” as I watch you leave
    Hold each other for the comfort that it gives
    Bleeding for each other in our sacrilege

    BRIDGE

    Ready to throw myself, give myself to all of the words you said. I believed you.
    All of the things I try end up the same. End with me wearing the cost of your game.

  • 03:20 Lyrics
    Mired Down

    VERSE
     
    Look at what you’ve done, look what you’ve become
    Now you’re just someone living in a shell of you
    No use in lying, no use in trying
    You’re paralyzed and by a lie you bought as true

    CHORUS

    I am reaching out to you and
    Trying to keep hope alive for you but
    I can’t stand here and idly watch you
    Dying, mired down by your own abuse

    VERSE

    See where it’s heading, see what you’re getting
    Keep on forgetting everything you knew before
    You’ve got excuses, every one useless
    A bad solution to a problem you ignore