Paper Arrows

 Things We Would Rather Lose

 Released: April 27, 2009, Quell Records

 Personnel: Joe Goodkin: vox, guitar; Jay Marino: bass, vox; 
 Darren Garvey: drums, organ, keys; Anthony Burton: bass on Til I
 Couldn't Cry; Drew Scalercio: Piano on Til I Couldn't Cry and Things
 We Would Rather Lose; The Cosmic Unity Horns

 Produced and Engineered by Jay Marino
 Recorded at I.V. Lab Studios, Chicago, IL, and Gravity Studios
 Mixed by Manny Sanchez at I.V. Lab Studios


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Track list (click for lyrics)
1. More
2. Things We Would Rather Lose
3. One More Quiet Song
4. Til Couldn't Cry
5. Crystal
6. Skyscraper Hearts
7. How the Heart Moves On
8. Almost Gone
9. Explosions Below

 

 

 

 

 

More
(read the story behind the song)

Can you leave the ghost behind
Breathe the kindness
That echoes to tomorrow
Beneath the easy sorrow
That's bleeding into blame
It feels all like someone
Gave more than is good
Gave more than one should
More and more I'm starting to believe

Would you say your skin
Covers up an ocean of waiting
Of falling without end
Would you say your sky
Has broken into pieces and pieces
Of unrelenting blue

Can you leave the ghost behind
Breathe the kindness
That echoes to tomorrow
Beneath the easy sorrow
That's bleeding into shame
It feels all like someone
Gave more than is good
Gave more than one should
More and more I'm starting to believe

Would you say you dream
Of embers in the ashes
Exploding into someone's perfect flame
Would you say you pray
That into every loss
Some light and some love are going to come

Can you leave the ghost behind
Breathe the kindness
That echoes to tomorrow
Beneath the easy sorrow
That's bleeding into gray
It feels all like someone
Gave more than is good
Gave more than one should
More and more I'm starting to believe
More and more I'm starting to believe
More and more I'm starting to believe

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Things We Would Rather Lose
(read the story behind the song)

We dreamt of birds, all blue and loud
That fly through the night and hang from the clouds
And come to us here in these moments of fear
As the skyline appears and the road falls away

Out in the darkness, I'm spinning in place
With my eyes to the sky and my hands to my face
Somewhere between all the dead and the dreams
You're waiting for me in the static

Oh, everything dear disappears
Into the blue
Oh, we're left holding on to
The things we'd rather lose

The highways are burning, the night's at an end
And we're still sleeping and dreaming of when
The skyscrapers fell, the smoke and the smell
Of the dark devouring light and love

Oh, everything dear disappears
Into the blue
Oh, we're left holding on to
The things we'd rather lose
Oh, we're left holding on to
The things we'd rather lose

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One More Quiet Song
(read the story behind the song)

I'm holding on to the first time she looked up and smiled
Breakfast in the kitchen and phone calls across the miles
I'm holding on to the last time she looked down and cried
Dinner on the table, tears and last goodbyes

The same moon
In the same rooms
And one more quiet song
The same heart
We're falling apart
And trying to move on
Trying to survive
And build it to the sky

I'm letting go of the good times that haunt me in my dreams
Island skies and Hold on Tight are fading memories
I'm letting go of the bad times that bleed me til I'm dry
Unpaid debts and When You Left and two sets of bloodshot eyes

The same moon
In the same rooms
And one more quiet song
The same heart
We're falling apart
And trying to move on
Trying to survive
And build it to the sky
We build it to the sky

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Til I Couldn't Cry
(read the story behind the song)

I missed your opening and lit the lights
As crosses faded into the night
On top of copper needles raised
Into the sky, and for the saved

I'm reminded 
How 
I
Sat with you and
Cried
and cried
Until I couldn't cry
Til I couldn't cry no more

The smoke it rose into my room
As down below the fires bloomed
In tiny breaths the life was passed
From lips to lips, from first to last

I'm reminded 
How 
I
Sat with you and
Cried
and cried
Until I couldn't cry
Til I couldn't cry no more

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Crystal
(read the story behind the song)

Emptiness abounds
The growing summer light
I'm sinking into sounds of
The city's rush to life

Crystal dreams tend to break
Crystal hearts, they can't be shaped
I walked alone along the lake
Until my tears had dried

Forgetting all our sins
As the blood is washed away
Beneath we find new skin
That comes back day by day

By day

Crystal dreams tend to break
Crystal hearts, they can't be shaped
I walked alone along the lake
Until my tears had dried

Crystal dreams tend to break
Crystal hearts, they can't be shaped
I walked alone along the lake
Beneath the crystal stars we made
And crystal nights and crystal days
Are all that's left of what we gave
Are all that's left, are all we saved
And now my tears have dried

Now my tears have dried 

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Skyscraper Hearts
(read the story behind the song)

Your eyes
They fall
Upon the ground
Your tears
They crawl
Upon my cheek

We rise
At night
And breathe the starlight
We rise
At night
As big as the sky

And time is never there
And time is never fair

We dream
Of empty rooms
And moving trucks
We wake
To find 
That it's all gone

They beat
In cages
Filled with silence
They beat
These skyscraper hearts
Of ours

And time is never there
And time is never fair

The light
It comes when we are falling into dust
The light
It shines from where the buildings fall into a sea
Of love
It tries
To drown us in our waking lives
When in our hearts we're running out of

Time is never fair
And time is never there
And time is never fair
And time is never there

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How the Heart Moves On
(read the story behind the song

Slowly
With hesitation
Pulling away
Trying
In silent spaces
What can be saved?

And while we're sleeping
Someone is leaving
Someone is breathing
In and out and in and out

Sinking
Into the hollow
That swallows us in the dark
Fighting 
Will desperation
To hold on, hold on to the spark

And while we're sleeping
Someone is leaving
Someone is breathing
In and out and in and out 

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Almost Gone
(read the story behind the song

Words mean nothing to the sea
Love means nothing if you leave
I'm falling fast and sinking slow
I'm leaning in and letting go

It's almost gone
The life we lived
It's almost gone from here

Climbed the stairs and sang to walls
Dreamt of tape and cotton balls
While under winter-painted skies
The noise was keeping me alive

It's almost gone
The life we lived
It's almost gone from here

Mary rose up from the salt
Beneath the highways and the chalk
Flowers lay around her feet
From all the people who believed

It's almost gone
The lie we lived
It's almost gone from here

It's almost gone
The lie we lived
It's almost gone from here
From here
From here 

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Explosions Below
(read the story behind the song

Explosions below and still lingering dreams
Of funerals and arguments and trying to breathe
As water runs in from impossible seas
Saying goodbye never leads where it seems to lead

Burning my skin til it peels away
And hoping the coast gives me something to say
In the end it turned out I was borrowing days
And I opened my eyes just a little too late

It's drifting away
It's fading to grey

And I'm watching her go
And I'm checking the phone

And I'm waiting for love
But it's not enough

And I'm drying her eyes
Like it means we'll survive

Like it makes it okay 
That she's leaving today
And taking her things
But leaving her rings

And I'm missing her laugh
It's echoing out
In the hollowed out rooms
It's echoing loud

And I'm sick of the ghosts
And I'm tired of hope
And I'm tired of tears
So tired of tears

I'm forgetting the days
They're slipping away
I'm letting them fade
Into shadows and graves
And thunder and rain
And sunshine and planes
And explosions below

I'm hiding my face
I'm trying to breathe
I'm catching my breath
I'm ready to leave
I'm burning her name
With my hand in the flame

I'm turning the page of the last piece of love
That she gave me
The last thing that she gave me
The last thing that she gave me
The last thing that she gave me

(back to album)