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In Time We Belong

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1.
All the smoke signals I send up to the sky I keep flying lower And I wonder why I can never see The warning signs The smoke through the trees Call the search party And tell them that I died Watching my life go by I've spent the last year Trying to sort it out Maybe a few beers Thought I could drown you out I’m so sick of dodging landmines And feeling half alive I swear I’m done this time I won't waste another night Because I don't want to die Watching my life go by I don't know if I'll ever get it right If I do, will it help me sleep tonight? "Welcome to your twenties, you've got a long way to go." Well, it doesn't help to know that everyone is miserable
2.
35mm 03:55
I write this song every six months or so, I only change the tune. I always knew that it would come crashing through, I never thought it would be so soon. I've done things that I wish I could take back. I've promised the world when nothing I had could ever amount to that. So hell-bent on keeping my bridges unburned, I cried "love" so many times that I don't believe myself when I say "I found the wolf." I let her rip the flesh from my bones. I've done things that I wish I could take back. I've promised the world when nothing I had could ever amount to that. Where are you now that I'm alone in my room, screaming out loud; begging for some hint of the truth? Nothing can be done to change the past. All those nights I spent, I can't get back. Dresser drawers full of photographs, and all those times I used to try to make you laugh. While you were staring at your phone, making sure your bed stayed full every night when you turn out the light. I've done things that I wish I could take back I promised the world when nothing I had could ever amount to that You rewrote the book so you could come out on top, take it off of your shelf, and read it in your coffee shop. I knew all along that you were lying to me. I held on so long, I just wanted to believe. Where are you now that I'm alone in my room, screaming out loud; begging for some hint of the truth?
3.
Horizon 03:28
She said “You should get some rest What else is there to be addressed?” I saw her mouth move but no sound came through Midnight drive on my own I can’t hear the highway drone drifting off, tuning out I can’t focus anymore Every move I make I’ve made before Nothing is new under this sun You said it yourself and I think I’m done I thought by now I would be close to figuring out a healthy dose of reality without insanity I felt old at twenty three a sense of dread I couldn’t foresee will the end justify the means? I can’t focus anymore Every move I make I’ve made before Nothing is new under this sun You said it yourself and I think I’m done
4.
Out Of Touch 05:06
Pack up the car and get on the road 1200 miles of highway to go I made a choice and I’ll never know How things might have been or if I’ll have anything to show I don't know who I am anymore Those thick black lines are fading now Where does the time go when you're gone Out of touch you left me behind I never had your lamp to light my path Never heard your voice or felt your wrath Pick up the phone and make the call Before I make up my mind that you’ve never been there at all I don't know who I am anymore Those thick black lines are fading now Where does the time go when you're gone Out of touch you left me behind Way back before we got into this mess Were you lonely or bored? You say we look just the same but I hope that isn’t true When I look in the mirror, I don’t want to see you I don't know who I am anymore Those thick black lines are fading now Where does the time go when you're gone Out of touch you left me behind I don’t know who you are anymore I don’t know if I ever really did Looking back I think you were right Everything that I've done I did out of spite
5.
I’m not interested in you I'm not interested in this I’m not interested in exposing myself just so I can be dismissed I’m so tired of playing the fool Seems like everyone knows but me Wouldn't it be easier to just tell me I'm not interested in you I'm not interested in this You should just forget my name and forget that I exist
6.
Keep your eyes facing forward and stay in your lane don’t forget why you could not stay You’ve come too far already to leave the way you came If it all goes to hell, you’re the one to blame What is it about the past that keeps us coming back for more and more every time? You can’t prevent it if its already happened count it all as lost and drive away I tripped and fell right off the wagon Landed on my back and started to slide then gravity, delivered me right back to her door What is it about the past that keeps us coming back for more and more every time? You can’t prevent it if its already happened count it all as lost and drive away Lying here again looking out the window I can’t see past the past enough to grasp the moment You never leave my mind even though you’re always leaving I’m ready to exist without dependence
7.
In like a breeze and out like always You blew in and out of my life When you were young you were so much wiser You ended up just like your father You’d show up drunk like a dog in the rain Put your paws on the door and I’d welcome you in Give you a warm meal and talk like you never left Whiskey fresh on your breath I let you in my bed You can't hold on to everyone Keep us all inside your pocket Take one out when you're lonesome To see which best matches your dress Each time you would leave it was your choice Not even once did you let me know That your whole heart was focused elsewhere This time the choice is mine and I left you at home You blew it all for some kind of adventure Going out of your mind to forget what you’ve done You say your spirit’s free, but can you afford it? You push everyone away when they find you out You can't hold on to everyone Keep us all inside your pocket Take one out when you're lonesome To see which best matches your dress I used to dream that you were with me That what I had was enough for you Now I sleep straight through the night Knowing I’ll never have to hear from you
8.
Pendulum 05:10
I come back / to the same place / every single year I reflect on / all my past faults / condescending as if I've progressed As soon as / I think I've made it / And I'm in the clear Some stranger / Familiar feeling / I regress again and again and again All those pictures on your wall of all the fun you had last fall Were you happy in the spring While you were doing the same things? 6 am on / a cold tuesday / 1993 Every day I wake up / and do it over / the same routine If my legs kick / just to tread water / is it worth the energy? And if I can’t be / A work in progress / Then just let me sink My mother used to draw lines on the wall To chart my growth, she’d say “you’ve become so tall” and I believed her then, she was always right after all But laying on my bed now I wonder, have I grown at all? Have we lost sight of the forest From the safety of the treetops In time, will we find ourselves? In time, will we belong?
9.
Just a few more hours until we start again We drink to forget what we took to the chin A year seems like a lifetime until another passes by I ended up where I began but I swear to god I tried I was in my head though I was looking in your eyes Every lie that I’d been told I cycled through my mind I always felt alone even in good company Never stopped to notice you were standing next to me. You've been gone so long but I can still feel you there Occupying space with your absence everywhere I blamed you as if it were something that you took You may have lit the match but I gave you the book
10.
Lost At Sea 06:04
“Don’t go out there we’ve got all we need right here,” she said. “The grass may look greener through your young eyes, but that’s just the devil in your head.” I set out to prove her right when I set sail on that one night At dawn I threw the anchor port side, then I turned back and saw no light I tried going home, but it wasn’t the same Stranded in between the life that I knew and the man that I became I did my best to stay the course, until the day I saw the shore No sooner than I made port, The silence sunk in and I longed for more When night fell on me, I sought solace in my sleep Where I was captain of a vessel destined to sink I venture to the coast from time to time, and call out your name. and listen close as my voice gets pulled out to sea, before the tide brings it right back to me It’s easier for me to believe you’re lost at sea than to believe you’re there, not listening to me

credits

released August 14, 2015

all songs written by jacob lawter
jacob lawter sang the songs and played the guitar, bass and keyboard
brannon crumpton played the drums
joel burton played the bass and a tambourine
angela plake of bandit sang on pendulum
parker byrd played a different guitar on pendulum
jay arrington played an acoustic guitar, tambourine, shaker, and sleigh bells
clay white created the orchestral arrangements
violin: james masanotti | cello: jay arrington | trumpet: clay white | trombone: alex jenks

brannon crumpton, joel burton, joe crenshaw, jordan welker, and brett sims helped write various parts of the music for out of touch, pendulum, from this side of time, and lost at sea

design and layout by brent lakes and jacob lawter
illustration by evan davis

produced by jay arrington at greenbriar studio
mastered by tw walsh

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