Paper Arrows

 In the Morning

 Released: March 8, 2011, Quell Records

 Personnel: Joe Goodkin: vox, guitar; Jay Marino: bass, vox; 
 Darren Garvey: drums; Drew Scalercio: Keys of all sorts;
 Brian Wilke: pedal steel on Dry

 Produced, Engineered, and Mixed by Jay Marino with assistance from
 Shane Hendrickson
 Recorded at I.V. Lab Studios, Chicago, IL



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Track list (click for lyrics)
1. Lonesome Sound
2. Yesterday's Light
3. Smoke and Ash
4. Fading Days
5. Dry
6. Still Got You
7. Resurrection
8. Echo in Disguise
9. Dirty Engine
10. Near

 

 

 

 

 

Lonesome Sound
(read the story behind the song)
 
Time's a box of rescued days
So cut the tape and show me what you saved
In our hearts, in these rooms
Beneath our skin it's not too soon
To throw it out and start again

As the light goes down
On this lonesome sound
As the light goes down
On this lonesome sound

We all prayed for a flood
To come down and wash away the blood
That spells our names in the snow
We spent the winter making ghosts
Now kick them out and let me in

As the light goes down
On this lonesome sound
As the light goes down
On this lonesome sound

I'm watching the wave break in your eyes
I'm leaving the broken nights behind
I'm breathing out until I can't
And breathing in

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Yesterday's Light
(read the story behind the song)

Up in the sky and falling fast
The breathing in is easy, the breathing out goes first
And in our blue electric dreams our wings they turn to dust
They burn into the dawn
We tumble to the ground

Silence, heartbeats
Waiting on empty street with
Echoes of yesterday's light

Across a wire in the air
We come and go within the tiny hours of night
Silently I kiss your cheek and promise you that
Soon we won't be
Living in the middle of these rooms

Silence, heartbeats
Waiting on empty streets with
Echoes of yesterday's light

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Smoke and Ash
(read the story behind the song)

Is this any way to live?
Filling the silences with words poured through a sieve
Into your heart
Until it pulls apart

Is this any way to die?
Falling into days until we close our eyes
And moving on
And moving on

No it's not okay if you
Go and go fading away into
Smoke and ash from
Fires we'll always regret

Is this any way to be?
Sorting through photographs and dreaming of the sea
And who we were
So unsure

Is this any way to try?
We pack up boxes and we stack them to the sky 
And build a wall
'Til they all fall 

No it's not okay if you
Go and go fading away into
Smoke and ash from
Fires we'll always regret

The light from your eyes
Falls on the lines on my face
As you try to replace 
What can only be taken away

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Fading Days
(read the story behind the song)

If I could take your scars I'd lay them in a line
And stitch the sky with needle and thread
Like the thread that runs from your life to mine
And pulled us in until our damage met

If I could take your days I'd put them in the ground
And work the dirt until the colors bloomed
Like the red that runs in rivers in these rooms
Within my heart as it beats for you

Do the echoes ever keep you up at night?
Why did someone have to leave for us to get it right?
It's okay to still have fading days
I know you do

If I could catch your tears I'd drop them in the sea
Where they would mix and finally disappear
When they were gone you know our lives would be as clear
As the lights on the lines that lead us here

Do the echoes ever keep you up at night?
Why did someone have to leave for us to get it right?
It's okay to still have fading days
I know you do

Where there is none
Don't look for pain
You can call it love
'Cause all love's not the same
If we can stay
Then we'll both be saved

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Dry
(read the story behind the song)

I'll take away all your sorrow
I'll take all your pain
Before today becomes tomorrow
I'll say the things I couldn't say
'Cause time won't wait for us
The sky might open up
But I will keep you dry until we're gone

I will try to change the season
As summer fades and embers smoke 
If the fight destroys the reason
I'll write the song I never wrote
'Cause time won't wait for us
The sky might open up
But I will keep you dry until we're gone

I will cry when you are grieving
And I will smile when you are true
When the time has come for leaving
I'll fly with you into the blue
'Cause time won't wait for us
The sky might open up
And I will keep you dry until we're gone
I will keep you dry until we're gone

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Still Got You
(read the story behind the song)

Can you tell that I've been down and out?
My heart's a bell and it's ringing, ringing loud
Been up all night and sleeping on the couch
In the blue light, just waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting now

Things change
That's okay
We're still here when the heartache fades
Still got you
Still got you
And nothing's gonna take it away

Now we dream of when it fell apart
How they beat these skyscraper hearts
See the dawn following the dark
Feel the sun swallowing the stars

Things change
That's okay
We're still here when the heartache fades
Still got you
Still got you
And nothing's gonna take it away

Where the streets mark memories and goodbyes
We planted seeds which are growing to the sky
From the cracks in the pavement in our eyes
Coming back as proof that we survived

Things change
That's okay
We're still here when the heartache fades
Still got you
Still got you
And nothing's gonna take it away

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Resurrection
(read the story behind the song)

Take this blood
For it's not mine
Take this sea
And make it wine
Take this mark
It's yours to wear
Take this cross
It's yours to bear

I'm on your side

Take this sand
It's yours to cross
Take this door
It's yours to lock
Take this air 
It's yours to breathe
Take this heart
It's yours to leave

I'm on your side

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Echo in Disguise
(read the story behind the song)

You're never alone if you've got me
So let's fly to the coast and sleep on the sea
I opened my eyes and saw you were there
Reading the news and breathing the air

But I am paralyzed
An echo in disguise
But that's alright

What you say, I say
You say, I say
Word by word by 
Day by day by day

Did you know a push is the same as win
And fighting the dark is just letting light in
And the bigger the heart, the harder it breaks
And you can't beat the game if you don't know the stakes

But I am paralyzed
An echo in disguise
But that's alright

What you say, I say
You say, I say
Word by word by
Day by day by day

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Dirty Engine
(read the story behind the song)


And in the morning this dirty engine's turning over
Breaking the silence, the hardest part is letting go
Is giving in

Hey this room is full of noise
And voices hanging in the air
But if you listen now
You just might hear the sound
Of moving on

And in the falling light there must be something more to see
The days of easy love are gone, we're gonna have to dig a little deeper
And deeper

Hey this room is full of noise
And voices hanging in the air
But if you listen now
You just might hear the sound 
Of moving on 

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Near
(read the story behind the song)

Restless dreams are taking flight
Along the darkness of a quiet night
On the heights of the Avenue
We build our lives within these rooms

Close your eyes
I'll dry your tears
And when you wake
I'll be near

In the sky, beneath the planes
You breathe in time, I try to do the same
We rise at dawn, we ride the trains
And dream of growing old, of trembling again

Close your eyes
I'll dry your tears
And when you wake
I'll be near
When you wake
I'll be near

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