Changing Skies

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1.
03:37
The rats all leave the basement As the beast begins to wake You feel it stir, you feel it rise You feel the earth tremble and shake Cold days approaching, Another reason to stay in You can lock your door, but in the mirror You still see that wicked grin You'll find your calling In a doorway or a ditch And you can spend the rest of your days Trying to figure out which is which And you will find temptation Getting harder to resist And every time you spell your name You leave a crumb for the beast Yeah you can beat yourself up over what you need And you can cut your heart and watch it bleed But don't reach out for a helping hand No, you've got this, man
2.
03:53
Looks like morning's gonna bring the flood All of this will be buried in mud I've made mistakes, yeah, I've crossed some lines To spend my time in the sunshine I've spit in the face of fate And now she's ready to spit back All my sins will be washed from me Cut a path through my history Tie a dark, dark cloth, over my eyes I don't need to see the changing skies I'll shed my skin for them tonight I hear the thunder Coming over the mountain now I hear the thunder I hear the thunder Soon I'm gonna feel the rain You said you left because I couldn't change But this time tomorrow I'll be rearranged There's a storm a-waiting now, waiting there for me Level the lands, uproot the trees Send my memories down the drain I hear the thunder I hear it coming now I hear the thunder
3.
03:45
Sundown Ben traveling through a ghost town Looking for someone A soldier and a confidant Time is my guide, my needle north is a second hand To lead me tonight, into the sun Follow me Nighttime Won't bring me any peace of mind I feel myself sinking The streets are like quicksand My memories are fading out, i'm dumbing down Come with me, please, i'm begging you to Follow me Sundown Collapsing with a soft sound In my confusion I thought you'd be around Images of the dying day are bearing down Morning may come, but I can’t face it alone Follow me
4.
03:29
On a tightrope Between future and past With misguided hopes and fears Weighing down on both sides now She caught you in the act And she cut your rope So call up your safety net Say it's time to go Feedback from the fall A bad connection to a guilty friend Blamed again She wished hell on you But you're a giver, man, you don't collect So don't collect I tried to talk to you The kind of comfort you despise She told me so Did she lie to you Or was it you that lied to her And do you care
5.
06:56
You were always out to shake the scene Like some beauty queen, An answer to no questions asked, Make your past up as you go And you sure could go Babe, you sure can go Some worn out lines in a bullshit bar By a conquistador A polished knight of clear intent And he sent you to your knees Better to give out than to be giving in Better change your name before it's written on your skin For all to see You'll call your sister on the phone To say you're coming home You've stayed away too long But when she picks up you'll be gone The feeling overcome You used to say you were a shooting star But that's not what you are More like you're the wasted wish Kissed into the night Stay inside the stall until the shaking stops Rein in all the runaways, the ricocheting thoughts Don’t let them drag you down I remember how you cried that night With your eyes shut tight But open again when it's time to begin Another sick success You say you're tired of being used But you're proud of what you choose And you don't question what you lose You're a celebration of what you display Your self-inflicting ways The strings you love to play I'll pick up the pieces of your parade The colors turned to gray And put them all away And you're so angry 'cause no-one can see The pain you claim to feel So come down now

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released September 26, 2015

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