Gradients

by Roman Lions

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It’s cold and gray And that’s the way it’s going to stay The rest of the world will may change But there’s something about this place When held up to the flame All the villains have changed The wretched and decayed Are all standing on my grave The gradual cessation of feeling Was it lost or just not there? Is it just slowly receding? Is that a loss that makes me scared? Being left alone with my feelings Always a failure in someone’s eyes I’ve never felt my thoughts worth sharing We only gather when someone dies It’s the emptiness that makes me uneasy But it’s the emptiness I think I like It’s the only thing that keeps me going It’s the only thing that still feels right The peace that I think is missing Is the piece that’s on my mind I can’t honestly say that I’ll make it But I can honestly say that I’ll try I never said it was gonna be easy I never said it was gonna be fine The worst thing in the world is waiting The worst thing in the world is time My hell is a quiet place I can feel it again Reaching for me out of the stillness That knowing that it will someday end There must be something that keeps me awake There is something about this place The moon shines with tomorrow’s light And it hits to you at that quiet time That everyone you love is going to die Good luck falling asleep at night My hell is a quiet place
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Small Moments This is what it’s like To finally give in It’s a soft and subtle cry “I don’t have the heart for it” (As I attenuate) The sound of breaking down (Trace back the lines) That guides us to our ends (Understanding in time) I shouldn’t be surprised That Sometimes I hate the sky, I hate the deep blue sea And everything between These are my own failings It’s the small moments that mean the most But pain is the last thing we forget This is what its like To know you need to change I’m a stranger to myself Which makes it hard to face (Calling out I defy) Remember what it’s like (Calling out to the sky) But the stars won’t tell me how (Knowing nothing is right) What is it that I have missed? Why do I feel this way? I fear the how I fear the why You can see it on my face I’ve been told I have sad eyes It’s the small moments That mean the most But pain is the last thing That we forget It’s not enough to simply drift aimlessly from moment to moment Missing the innocence of childhood With age comes the wisdom that the smallest moments Make the heaviest of hearts Searching for something to drown out the voices “You are not enough, you never will be” So I have to find another way I’ll find another way It’s not enough to simply exist So I’ll find another way I’ll find another way
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I don’t have the energy to be angry anymore. I’m measuring the distance between me and the world. It’s the only evidence I was ever here at all. I’ve never been a ghost, but I never felt alive. It takes everything I have, But this is where we draw the line. I will be the great wave. The uncaring ocean, sent to destroy. I’ll be the winter at its darkest, It’s better than feeling worthless. To make our sorrows more bearable, I give up trying to find the balance anymore. I find myself lacking. I find myself asking if... This is the price we pay, for the curse of wondering why. And as the light begins to fade, and it becomes too much to take. I’m feeding all the fires that burn me to the ground. There is an art to self destruction, And I don’t want to start again. There are the things you wish for, And the things you get. I just want the truth. Are the better days behind me? I want to know the way. Show me the way. To make my sorrows more bearable. I give up trying to find the balance anymore. I find myself lacking. I find myself asking if... This is the price we pay, for the curse of wondering why. This is the price we pay for the curse of wondering why. The curse of wondering why.
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Constant Reminders
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Seasonless State
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A Voice to Raise or Ruin

credits

releases October 1, 2021

All songs written and performed by Justin Tracy, Matt Tracy, Kenny Williams, Joshua Case, and Robert Kinsella.

Violin and Viola on A Voice to Raise or Ruin written and performed by Eslin McKay of the band Respire. Recorded by Brandon Wall at Shaw Street Studio.

Guest vocals on A Voice to Raise or Ruin performed by Jamie Burton.

Piano on A Voice to Raise or Ruin written and performed by David Sheffield.

Gradients was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jack Shirley at the Atomic Garden in Oakland, CA.

Photography by Matt Tracy. Layout and design by August Schwartz.

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