May 2017

Traces

Traces, their debut album launched in May 2017, has 11 tracks filled with both lively and mellow sounds that narrate real life stories of growing up and making discoveries. Themes of the album involve spontaneity, youth, growth, compromise, exploration, self-doubt, and even bitter experiences. Recent developments in their sound include more complex rhythms, transitions, and the occasional fusion of other genres into their folk sound.

Lyrics

We’ve got the open road nothing but blue skies
Here’s to the summer days and the starry nights
We took the long way it was the scenic route
You told me all the things that you could never live without

Oh please won’t you leave me to my own thoughts
Oh no won’t you show me where these paths cross
Oh take all the time that you could ever need
I’ll wait in the space where you first left me

Years from now
We’ll see exactly how
All of these twists and turns they wrap me up with you
And on the way
We’ll make the same mistakes
Learn just how long it takes
To change our point of view

Go through the motions that’s what you’ll tell yourself
Taking the same advice you gave to someone else
We’ve reached a cross road, a split decision
You said you’d play along with only one condition

Oh please won’t you leave me to my own thoughts
Oh no won’t you show me where these paths cross
Oh take all the time that you could ever need
I’ll wait in the space where you first left me

Years from now
We’ll see exactly how
All of these twists and turns they wrap me up with you
And on the way
We’ll make the same mistakes
Learn just how long it takes
To change our point of view

One by one
I’m making a list of all the things
That I once loved
I’m writing down everything it means

We played our parts
Colored within the shapes and lines
A brand new start
Leaving our fear and doubt behind

And I’m keeping my lungs
I’m holding my tongue this time
Oh I’m keeping my lungs
I’m holding my tongue this time

Follow me
To the sea
You’re telling me, telling me
There’s so much more

Wait and see
What it means
I’m telling you, telling you
There’s so much more
Than what you’ve settled for

I was wrong
To ever believe that things would change
That suddenly
All of my stars would rearrange

And in the end
All my excuses had run dry
‘Cause in my head
I was afraid to even try

And I’m keeping my lungs
I’m holding my tongue this time
Oh I’m keeping my lungs
I’m holding my tongue this time

Follow me
To the sea
You’re telling me, telling me
There’s so much more

Wait and see
What it means
I’m telling you, telling you
There’s so much more
Than what you’ve settled for

Hush now keep your head down
Move fast soon they find out
Keep your thoughts together
Move fast now or never

It’s been so long
Since I last saw you
I’ve just been here all by myself
Pulling old books from the top shelf

Leaves are falling
But I don’t plan on coming down
How does it look from way up there
Can I survive the mountain air

Hold your questions
You’ll find your answer off the page
I heard you calling from afar
Set off to find out where you are

I can’t help it,
I can’t help but speak my mind
I swore someday I’d leave this place
It’s time to take that leap of faith

They see me running through their dreams at night
Trying to keep my self above the tide
And if I fail at least I know I tried
Tried my best to keep an open mind

They call me head strong
But I have had my ups and down
I’ve seen reflections of the past
Beneath the shadows that you’ve cast

Look around you
Can you feel the open air
The view is better is from right here
You’re right there was nothing to fear

I can remember the smoke and the ember
Flickering alone in the dark
You can imagine the trouble I’m having
As we watched it all fall apart

Well little did I know that I was slowly loosing my mind
Well little did I know that I was loosing track of time

I started to question the very perception
The way that I had seen the world
A constant decision to reject what I’m given
Regardless of what I had learned

Well little did I know that I was slowly loosing my mind
Well little did I know that I was losing track of time

‘Cause I can’t keep you away
And we’ve got nothing left to say

I’m tearing out the doubt that left me Iidle
And here I lay the fear that kept me still

Well you know that I’d go to great heights to figure this all out
And you’d say that I’ve changed the same things that we were worried about

I’m falling for your tricks again,
Still tempted by the words of men,
The cold air whispers through my skin
Nowhere to hide except within

My thoughts are tangled in your leaves
I fill the air that your lungs breathe
The sunbeams slip between your limbs
So much for chasing all our whims

The state lines are nothing more than roads
Let all your apprehensions go
And on this side I finally feel at home
You can’t regret what you don’t know

We left our footprints in the snow
I hear the ancients call us home
They’ll find their answers in the dust
And wish that they were one of us

No matter what you say to me
A heart of stone and crooked teeth
I curse the dirt behind my heals
Oh I curse the one who doesn’t know how I feel

Of all the things I’ve said in vain
You know I never mentioned you by name
And though it’s all in the past
Oh I never could’ve of know how long this would last

‘Cause all my life
I’ve seen these skies
It’s paradise, paradise
And every time
I leave this place
I’m terrified, terrified

What if it was just in my head
I should’ve listened to you instead
And all those times where I tried too hard
When all along I should have stayed on guard

You’d think that I would have learned by now
But I’m still working on learning how
To keep my mind in a quiet state
To finally keep my head on straight

‘Cause all my life
I’ve seen these skies
It’s paradise, paradise
And every time
I leave this place
I’m terrified, terrified

I was young
It was only temporary
Soon enough
I was back to ordinary

Just in time
A product of my own discretion
Off to find
A reason for my past intentions

I have learned
To manage all my expectations
And I’ve return
A modern form of variation

For too long
Wrapped up in my hesitation
I was wrong
It was my imagination

Caught up in the mess that we made
Lost within the phrases we prayed
Traces of the places we stayed
Was this the plan or has it all changed

Sitting sideways in your seat
Trouble starts when our eyes meet
The passing lights they come and go
Slip away we’ve lost control

The sand falls slowly from the top
We’ve used up every single drop
Do we realize what we’ve done
That shadows that we’ve overrun

And I feel my past regrets
Slipping into present tense
So we stare at the wind
Cursing god through all our sin
There is flesh beneath the skin
We’ve both grown to know the feeling

I woke up in the future yesterday
Wondered how the time had slipped away
Thinking back to things when we were young
Wishing we were back where we begun

They’ll chase us to the endless wilderness
They’ll chase us to the last page on your list
And when they finally catch us they will see
The details of our great discovery

Let’s run away, to distant shores
And chase the lands, we once ignored
It fills the air and shakes your bones
That feeling where we’re both alone

Well tell me that there’s something more than this
Tell me that there’s something that I missed
Strange as it may seem I’m not surprised
Running through the dreams of other lives

And tell me through it all that we’ll stay friends
From trading cards to tanks of oxygen
Drawings from the places we have lived
Wishing there was something more to give

Let’s run away to distant shores
And chase the lands we once ignored
It fills the air and shakes your bones
That feeling where we’re both alone

With grey skies and cleared eyes and best tries and goodbyes
Ooohhhh
You gave me a reason but I’m not believing
Ooohhh

You look so different than when we first left
Stolen youth shattered innocence
Oh I close my eyes

We’re trading memories from the past
Trading these images all meant to last
Oh I show you why

The wind beneath my fingertips
a flashback to those midnight trips
A simple little memory
That always gets the best of me
So I’ll keep all those thoughts all lost inside of my head
‘Cause I’m known for saying what never should have been said

We’re thinking back to the good old days
Holding on to what still remains
Oh I close my eyes

The color’s faded and the paint has chipped
On that old house where we once lived
Oh I’ll show you why

The wind beneath my fingertips
a flashback to those midnight trips
A simple little memory
That always gets the best of me
So I’ll keep all those thoughts all lost inside of my head
‘Cause I’m known for saying what never should have been said

So we’ll sit in silence
Straining our eyelids
Until they’re reminded
What’s buried behind them

They are all fragments
Of something we miss
So much more than just
Mental images

Eventually we’ll fall asleep and dream about these past three weeks
Or lie awake and dedicate our thoughts to finding what it means
But when it is all said and done
I can’t think of anyone else

Nothing is just as it seems at least that’s what it seems to me
And everybody has a path but some will walk reluctantly
Well you can throw your map away
‘Cause I’ll be here another day or two

Hope will take its toll
And ignite your soul

We were told as we grow old, that one day we would find ourselves
But as we aged, everything changed and we were locked by different spells
Well love is such an abstract art
And we each have a different part to play

They will find that over time that they can’t help but play along
And as we wait they hesitate for fear that something may go wrong
But when the smoke has finally cleared
Things are not just as they appeared

Hope will take it’s toll
And ignite your soul

They will follow the flashes in the dark
And they won’t stop until they find where to start

Hope will take its toll
And ignite your soul

Hope will take its toll
And ignite your soul

Hope will take its toll
And ignite your soul

Hope will take its toll
And ignite your soul

They will follow the flashes in the dark
And they wont stop until they find where to start

Ohhh…
Ohhh…
Ohhh…