Clocks

by Christopher Elam

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Written, performed, recorded, mixed and mastered by Christopher Elam

Recorded: Oct. 4th - Nov. 12th 2009 By Christopher Elam in a closet in Chicago... with nothing.

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released November 13, 2009

Drums on "Grace" by Ron Kurek
Drums on "Away From What I Felt" by Michael McGinnis

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Track Name: Last Long Winter's Night
on the last long winter's night we had to stop pretending
but i get so tired of trying through failures unending
now i know it's something more
cause i've seen that ship sink before
i always used to raise the sails again

if i ever see the day when the actions stop molding
and i've dropped everything i've carried just to keep holding
well i know i won't be sore
cause there's no day that i can't ignore

i've been far too long
by the banks of the water
with a song about a nurse's daughter
now she's gone
and i never felt the wiser for what's been done
but the weight lifts like the breezes in the sun
i'm killing time until it comes again

i've been far too long
by the banks of the water
with a song about the most beautiful daughter
and now she's gone
and i never felt the wiser for what's been done
and the weight will not be lighter in a song
about a nurse's daughter and now she's gone
and i never felt the wiser for what's been done
but the weight lifts like the breezes in the sun
I'm killing time until it comes again
Track Name: Away From What I Felt
Staying up all night now
to watch the sun rise through dead trees
to beg a tale of breath too weak
and I cannot pretend now
that I don't see the worst of me in almost everything
cause I do...

rabbit hole, think I'll crawl up outside you now
this life is getting old
here we go, cause whiskey chasing the sun away
has never felt like home
and I wanna get away from what I felt
when I was young

Singing the old words again
I never think they will come true
and yeah they always do
we're writing our own fates out
and thinking we can keep removed
but it creeps up on you

rabbit hole, think I'll crawl up outside you now
this life is getting old
here we go, cause whiskey chasing the sun away
has never felt like home
I wanna get away from what I felt
when I couldn't stand myself
too many faces on the shelf
i wanna get away from what I felt when I was young
Track Name: Grace
i know a cold black heart
in a warm pale girl
who awoke to find
that her whole world
was ruled by days
that seem to say
"good morning love, you're being punished...
and everyday you will know"

she waits for a sign
she wastes her time
cause no one holds that light up long enough
to see anything
they walk down roads
they take photos
and they wait for someone who says they know

but don't you fear those roads
wherever they might go
you're afraid to be the only one who knows
I'm so much like you, a psycho killer too
no one fears the insincerity in our eyes
as they distantly sympathize
we do too
Track Name: Fix
I've got a way of finding buried ghosts
and giving them new life
letting them take mine
they're all I see
and down darkened streets
to where the spirits play
they'll make you feel okay
with every drink

I know it's wrong but I follow them along
without any cautious words
beneith the moon we dance still
spinning shadows on the hill
and I will never let them go
oh no...

when you read my letter
you'll know for sure
that I am nothing more
than what you've had before
and maybe less
but I like to keep my heart to the light
there's warm home inside
but there's no rest

i know it's wrong
but they follow me along
without any cautious words
beneith the moon we dance still
we spin shadows on the hill
and I will never let them go

could it be real?
the things I feel I fear are fooling me
what a deceit! i know this story well...
we create our own hell

i know it's wrong
but I follow them along
without any cautious words
when the daylight spills
we're just shadows on the hill
they will never let me go (oh no)
Track Name: Clocks
wet pavement led my feet down Beckman moonlight
going home with demons behind my eyes
the clocks fought around me
wave after wave
familiar sights were now each old life's grave

only left to wonder where to bury my heart
along with the words that covered it in scars
so come here my darling
see i get down alright
there haven't been but ghosts 'round me all night

still you insist that you see
a failure you could never be
how in every little way
all the clocks refused to ever change
voices kept at what they'd say
"little saint you gave your soul away
when you took down time"