Atlantic Time EP

2020

1. Davis (2016)

Fluorescent sparks give life to the stainless steel

And away we go

2. Hey Haisley

I’m anonymous on the east coast where
A sea of people pack around me everywhere
I can be just a face in the damn crowd
So I breathe out

I'm a hundred feet down just standing and wasting underground
That's how strangers in this city tend to get around and I found

I keep my eyes down
20-second crosswalk
Step into a highrise
30 some people and there's no talk

I'm doing little better than pretending myself
How do people like us try to carry ourselves
When I need you to see me, I need you to see me

Hey Haisley
Who chose the east coast
Don't they know my heart is still out west
Hey Haisley
Boston’s calling
I’ll see you down the road cause there’ll be no rest

The day's done I'm in the hallway of the fifth floor standing by
The elevator doors open and she steps out right into me

Like it's the wrong floor
But I've got the right words
I've been living indoors
She brought her smile from the bright outdoors

And I’ve been doing better since forgiving myself
How do people like us see exactly ourselves
Then I need you to see me, I need you to see me

Hey Haisley
Who chose the east coast
Don't they know my heart is still out west
Hey Haisley
Boston’s calling
I’ll see you down the road cause there’ll be no rest

A ray of sunlight lights a leaf
Golden hue, translucent sheath
The Cambridge fall is in relief
As she and I stood in the dark
In quiet North End's waterfront park
The city lights against the tidemark
And we had it all to ourselves

Hey Haisley
This is the east coast
Is it time to leave the life I’ve built out west
Hey Haisley
Boston’s calling me
I’ll see you down the road cause there’ll be no rest

Yeah I'll see you down the road cause there'll be no rest

3. Sunshine As a State of Mind

I'm sitting on my own again
But it's a place that I chose to be
And for this lonely wanderer
There’s now a chance to be
Delivered from these quotidian stories

And I’ve been diving endlessly
To a place with no reprieve
If you could only see with me
That in this world we’re
Nothing more than something quite temporary

I've walked alone more than you know
But if there's one love then I'm doing fine
Been up above, been left behind
Best believe that sunshine is a state of mind
And this time

Sunshine is a state of mind
And this time, as a state of mine
It can define me

I met the one I’m searching for
Someone who’s been on the road
And always kept an eye out for
Making this whole world her singular dance floor

I've walked alone more than you know
But if there's one love then I'm doing fine
We’re up above, we got some time
Baby you my sunshine and my state of mind
And this time

Sunshine you my state of mind
And this time as a state of mine
You can define me

But there’s a catch to all of this I learned
When you see the truth you can’t unsee it
And this growing up means leaving a part of yourself behind
There are no things only process
And this truth will claim even this happiness

Sunshine my state of mind

What you gonna do when the sky ain't blue
Don't need it
How you gonna feel when they doubtin' you
Just be it
I showed up with a carry-on cause that’s all I keep
Well I found me some good people and that’s all I need

Sunshine is a state of mind
And this time as a state of mine
I've walked alone more than you know
But there is one love so let's feel alright
Been up above, been left behind
Best believe that sunshine is my state of mind
And this time

In the land of the north of my childhood dreams
They say efter regn kommer solsken and I think it means
After rain here comes the sunshine

It can define me

4. The City, a Choice

I'm choosing between you and the city

I found a quiet mind in the city
The city did all it could to push me
I held my ground but it took me
Everything I had

The infection in my skin really shook me
Had my theories of what it could be
My calm was forged in what would be
The temple of my mind

You will not be broken by the city
You can always pack it up but now you’re thirty
You came here for a reason now you hear me
You will not be broken by the city

I'm choosing between you and the city
And it's hard to forgive me
When I follow my own

You’re my everything in this city
Changed your whole life here to suit me
But a tiger lurked within sleeping
And now it’s waking up

When it lunged it slashed with fury
Somewhere towards healing you lost me
But I’ve finally now regained my body
In other ways I’m truly sorry

You will not be broken by the city
You can always pack it up but now you’re thirty
You came here for a reason now you hear me
You will not be broken by the city

I'm choosing between you and the city
And it's hard to forgive me
When I follow my own

Choosing between love and the city
Heard you say that we need love in the city
Oh please forgive me

The city’s a choice and you made it
People come and go always in transit
Pacific skies did wonders for your spirits
But you’ve made your choice now just be explicit

I traded it all for the city

This quiet mind of mine
Has been making noise this time
And I swear the day I'm losing her
I was losing me in kind

What these city lights induce
Is the noise in me and you
So tell me what's this quiet mind
Cause I don't practice what I preach to you

5. Atlantic Time

There's no home for those who don't grow up in one place
Spent more time on the in-betweens than tending a fireplace
Saw the world sooner than I saw our fifty states
There's no home for those who don't grow up in one place

And I'm ready to fly, will you be my only light
Cause you let me know why you felt so lost in these city lights
We tried our best despite our different lives
And our tired eyes closed to rest and cried

Cause we don't need to be so sorry all the time
The days are long and much harder than I'd like
When the sun starts early, early on Atlantic Time
On Atlantic Time

We woke up before six the sun already shining out east
Drove into that light as I squeezed your hand to the seat
Stood like statues at the gate bruised in defeat
We woke up with the sun already risen this far east

And you're ready to fly, Carolina's child
And I let you know why I finally folded to these city lights
We tried our best despite our different lives
And our tired eyes closed at last and cried

Cause we don't need to be so sorry all the time
The days are long and much harder than I'd like
When the sun starts early, early on Atlantic Time
On Atlantic Time

On Atlantic time I strive
Not much to be said for this life outside it
She who I lost in the process with sadness in her heart
Would be the first to buy it

The nights looking to my right, empty
Richer by one count destitute by another
Was it worth it
What it do this life, what it give in return for this forfeit
Still quiet

I've become better in some ways
Much worse in others I won’t deny it
So I wrote these days in my most treasured record
The palace of my memory undying
A beautiful construct that writes with each read but fades
In the passage of time and each twilight I see
Bless it

And with every new answer I get
When I beckon the higher self
I’m glad that I asked it

Until the day I learned there’s nothing in this life that lasts
So be grateful while it lasted

Yeah, there's nothing in this life that lasts
So be grateful while it lasted

6. I Wear the Same Thing Everyday

I got some rough spots I wish to change, but don't we all
With every time I've lost in love, can't say much for fate
But I know myself and that I'll find a way
Put on a new shirt to start the day

I told my young self just you wait, bide your time
You'll meet a nice girl for a change, she'll be just your type
Thought I was too short for her tastes
Sometimes you work out, ain't it strange

When I'm riding high, I know I'll turn to you
You would never lie, so I know this must be true
Yeah I'm getting older, somehow it's looking better
I'ma be okay, I wear the same thing everyday

For over two years you've been my date, stood by my side
I seen your best days, I seen you late (but you're always first in my mind)
We danced out loud or at least I swayed
We laughed and put limes in lemonade

But there've been days where we can't relate
I think you drew blood on your last crusade
When I fought back I wish I'd restrained
Put on the same shirt and all its stains

When I just can't be right, I know I'll turn to you
You would never lie, so I know this must be true
Yeah I'm getting older, but there's days where it's been better
I'ma be okay, I wear the same thing everyday

I'm thirty-one now, maybe give some days
She moved out, took the interstate
With each wash we elucidate
The way an old shirt appreciates

When I miss the nights that I could turn to you
What I gave up in life just to be in search of truth
Yeah I'm getting older, but tomorrow is looking better
Hey I'ma be okay, I wear the same thing everyday

7. Stories for the Road Home

Down by the square
I felt our bodies move as one
Safe from the chill of the east coast air
Love that you said yes to my summertime prayer

Up on the stage
I saw you dance for my very first time
In a dress as red as the projector shined
Love that you said yes and never looked behind you

We're livin' it so beautiful
Our storylines unusual
This city love so mutual
Tell me what the future holds

I'll leave a light on for you
May it shine on
May it shine and guide the way back home for you

Take our story to the blue mountains
Bring it to the peaks the pines'll be our guardians
Sing it out loud when you're driving on the parkway
Hear it in my voice when you're lonely on a Sunday
But you're home home home at last
And isn't that what you asked for

Down by the lake
Another year has gone and left its wake
We're lost in the story but we just can't stay
Cause the real world awaits with our worries unchanged

Up on our floor
The curtain drops as the second act cuts
This drama was dreamt for idealists who make it
But you and I play realists who just can't take it now

We're living it so dutifully
I'm telling you respectfully
You're saying now quite honestly
Maybe we could be free

I'll leave a light on for you
May it shine on
May it shine and guide the way back home for you

Take our story to the blue mountains
Bring it to the peaks the pines'll be our guardians
Sing it out loud when you're driving on the parkway
Hear it in my voice when you're lonely on a Sunday
But you're home home home at last
And isn't that what you asked for

(spoken bridge)

She said it’s my last stand
I said I’m just one man
Why do we still pretend
Baby all good stories must end

I took our story to the bright skyline
Gave it all the colors of the city at twilight
Sang it out loud when I was walking 'long the highway
I finally found my voice cause I missed you on a Sunday
Everything I missed about a Sunday

But this city finally feels home home home at last
And isn't that what I asked for

Western Hearts Pacific Skies EP

2015

1. We Had So Much Left To Explore

Here off the Raritan
On this quiet side of Princeton
There’s not much to do I know
So we hiked in the Sourlands

You bring the map but I
I keep it folded
We’ll find our way
Pioneers emboldened

But we had so much left to explore

When the days get short
We’ll wish for someone close
So we share our secrets
Some things we only whisper

Lime green and true blue
I slowly learn you
The names of your sisters
Old family pictures

But we had so much left to explore

Snowfall on the ground
Oh Christmastime is coming
Walk in the quiet night
The silent streets of our town

Though I was leaving, you
You simply stood there
Oh the silence and
Breathe in the cold air

But we had so much left to

I’m sorry to leave but please see that
Portland called to me
And I could not love because
Distance is no reprieve

And I made no guarantees
For you who disagreed
Oh how we disagreed

We had so much left to
To conquer this continent and the breadth of its shores
And every last thought if I knew all the words
To take you to every last place on this Earth
Well, we had so much left to explore

2. Promontory

Baby I have chased Wisconsin
In front of an April storm
Baby I have seen the Heartland
By a trail off of 94

How many miles can pass in two long days
More than I can tell, why it’s been that way
I’m fond of this view, I’m sorry I can’t stay
I’ll get back to the car and be on my way

It ain’t like you to feel left behind
There’s time for us to be redefined
I’ll start it over if I’m so inclined
I’m lookin’ at the sky
Just sky, sky, sky

Baby I am chasing time
The last of the winter snow
Baby I leave footsteps on the ground
On my way up to the clouds

These years were writ in the western skies
Don’t know the script so we’ll improvise
Love takes place between hellos, goodbyes
I’ll get back to the car cause I realize

It ain’t like you to feel left behind
There’s time for us to be redefined
I’ll start it over if I’m so inclined
I’m lookin’ at the sky
Just sky, sky, sky

I searched the horizon for things to come
I left my steps on Wisconsin’s ground
I found myself a thousand miles from home
We follow our hearts as far as we can go

No my shoes they don’t have much sole
But I feel the Earth the way my car feels the road
If you chase the light you’ll always be where it goes
Miles from home and miles from your destination

It ain’t like you to feel left behind
There’s time for us to be redefined
I’ll start it over if I’ve been declined
I’m lookin’ at the sky
Just sky, sky, sky

3. Sunchasers

Yeah I drove then with the Texas Sun in the rearview mirror, I was on the run
Why look back with her blues and reds always in the picture, always in my head
The western sky always looming large… you can feel damn small but until you start

Austin saw me burn at a hundred and five

But you wished for light
We were sunchasers on a westward drive
We drove through the night
We were moon breakers with stars in our eyes

The Garden State and a year half gone
Drove out west, drove towards the setting sun
Time stood still across the plains
The Dakotas wait but the time don’t change
Drive damn fast, drive a long long way
When Montana passed, it simply passed away

Wyoming saw me drive a hundred and five

But you wished for light
We were sunchasers on this westward drive
We drove through the night
We were moon breakers with stars in our eyes

The road now I traveled
How it leaves a man unraveled

to simply drive away

But you wished for light
We were sunchasers on this westward drive
We drove through the night
We were moon breakers with stars

And you wished for light
We were sunchasers on a westward drive
We drove through the night
Found to love is to be alive

4. The Columbia Light

You spent a long time to find out
That you could not fly
The dust on your wings and the
Sleep in your eyes

I chose to sail instead of
Instead of climbing on high
These last two years have been
(Oh say it with me)
Hard to set right

(Chorus)
We were never meant to sail on the
Never meant to fly
And every song I sing for you
Let me tell you why
The years go on and I’m still finding my own light

I spent a long time to find
This river we call home
I was carried by the wind to
This confluence alone

I left behind the desert
And I spurned the rocky range
To put down roots along the
Willamette and its plains

The autumn breeze was calling
I crossed the country falling
Oh how a man can feel like he was all in

Oh Emily Anne it can’t be,
I heard the truth and it spent me,
So much for being let down and let down gently

With every mile to say it
And sixty days to play it
The Columbia Light was shining, so I chased it

Just watch me make it

(Chorus)

5. October Sky

I forget why this fight even started
We’re not the kind to fight we just talk
There’s a car outside where I’m waiting
And streetlights can multiply cause it’s raining

Thought I’d catch you right as you were leaving
Even though you said you needed space
Have a feeling you’re with someone you truly need
And in this moment, that’s not quite me

I’m outside your studio that you moved into alone
Oh the trouble we take to make our own homes

Oh babe I know it’s hard to love someone
Forget about deserving, just overcome
My arms are open but you don’t know why
You don’t know why

(Chorus)
If you love like the wind there’s a place for us in the October sky
It’s rained like hell but it was sunny just as well
Dress for the lows, but live for the highs
And reasons like seasons they change as sure as the clouds descend

Yes dress for the lows, but it’s the highs that kept us dreaming

You’re no sailor, you’re no mountaineer
But you done climb some mountains
I seen it in you dear

You’re no princess, you ain’t the Texas Star
But you done fill the night sky
I seen it from afar

I’m no savior and I make no guarantees
But when I hold your spirit
You’re all that I believe

I’m no safe bet, I might get up and leave
But I’m gon leave you better
I’m young enough to be naive

The summer love that found us has found me alone
I’m holding the tickets, but November’s on loan

Oh babe I know it’s hard to love someone
I thought about deserting, felt overcome
My arms are open but you don’t know why
You don’t know why

(Chorus)

The push and pull
The gusts and lulls
The Pacific skies
Could not be more indifferent

The high and low
The fast and slow
Look at us both
And there’s room to grow

I drove out west from the Garden State
You left behind your Southern Maine
We found ourselves up three floors
In Portland’s rainy winter days
Who was I when summer came
Different now as October wanes
Remember love that seasons change
And you’ll live to love another day

And you’ll live to love another day

And you’ll live

(The autumn breeze was calling me)
(But the October sky is all I see)
(Remember love, there’s love in me)

Loved like the wind, there’s a place for us in the October Sky
It's rained like hell, but it was sunny just as well
Dressed for the lows, lived for the highs

And reasons, like seasons
These reasons, like seasons

(Outro)
I finally see her
She leads me up to her floor
She asked me how long I’d been waiting
But not who I’d been waiting for

The Every Mile Made Yours EP

2013

1. Brackish Water

Oh just jump in
There’s no one but us

This water formed of a stream and the sea
Out on the edge of a black rock beach
When the water rises we’ll leave it be

But oh just jump in
It’s only you and me

Brackish water
Just like our tears
Mine were saline
But yours ran clear

2. The Ocean Spins Backwards

Did you run far away?
Well the Earth is round so how far can you run at all?
We end where we start
Fitting how this universe goes round in rings, wouldn’t you say?
Attached to this notion that love is an ocean

(Chorus)
On the road, you crossed an ocean
Just to find her anyway (you were)
So determined but it comes to you
That wanderers don’t stay (do they?)
Every wave that pulled you under
Left you in her wake (and don’t you)

Think that currents might mean something
When the ocean spins backwards

A hundred hellos
But a hundred and one goodbyes—-that doesn’t add up at all
I’m told we’re a wheel
And you wouldn’t be the last to love her, wouldn’t you say?
These broken emotions; your love is no ocean

(Cause oceans are…)

(Jam/Solo)

You wished for time to be
Bolder, not older
The spirit to hold her
Thought over and over
Of the one thing you told her
You wished to console her
This dream that you sold her
You wanted to show her
That you really know her
But here in October
There’s nothing you owe her
And time is much slower
For those left over
But if spirits get lower
And this thing blows over
The ocean spins closer (backwards)
Now backwards (faster) and colder

Oh and the ocean… how could you let me down?

(Chorus)

The ocean spins backwards for you

My love is no ocean
Cause oceans don’t love like I do
But oh, how could you let me down
Oh, the last to love her

On the road, I crossed an ocean
Just to find you anyway (I was)
So determined but it comes to me
That wanderers won’t stay (will they)
The waves that pulled me under
Left me in your wake (oh, could you let me)

And I feel the ocean spinning backwards some days

3. Six Kilometers to Edoras

I ran as far as the road went
Got as far as the Rangitata
(Hey do you mind? I’m trying to do a serious song here!)

Clouds sat close on the mountains
I hate to run back now, but I gotta
(Are you going to talk like that the entire time?)

I wore my socks, it was cold out
See it’s backwards here as far as seasons go
(That’s not the only thing that’s backwards…)

We’re goin’ out to the mountains
I do hope we get to see the first snow
(Just do the bass solo, ok?)

(Bass solo)

We drove the trail to a ghost town
Sure got quiet here after the gold rush
(Yeah… until now)

We drove straight through the rivers
Man we ended up in some barren brush
(It’d be a shame if we lost you)

I tried my luck with a gold pan
I heard a few shakes is all it takes
(Ok, who told you that?)

My hands near froze in the river
Man I made out with only a couple a flakes
(Don’t quit your job… Oh wait)

(Guitar solo)

Back at home on the floodplains
I looked for the southern cross
(Oh is that what you were doing?)

It sat so low on the horizon
Well I found it anyway, so no loss
(Dude you were totally looking in the wrong direction)

Each star burning so brightly
There’s Mimosa pointing north (or was that south?)
(Why do I even…)

Each star was a reminder
A reminder of you, of course

And to stand on this land that no one has stood on
Bracing for the coming snow with only my hood on
And to drink from this river that fell from the peaks
Touched by the beauty of this nature that speaks

It’s all alive right here waiting for us
So meet me there it’s just six km to—-

Please, oh please be gentle with my sometimes fragile heart, she said
And baby I swear for you I’ll always do my part
I’m searching the night for stars in this unfamiliar hemisphere
But you’re the only light I ever found my dear

4. Mountaineers and Sailors

If I wandered the streets like you paced all your trails
Then you never did walk so I just tensioned my sail

And you passed by a river
Did you notice that it flowed to the sea
And the clouds in this valley
Oh they were wishful slivers

But skylit peaks—-they are all you see, oh
In front of you now can you tell these are only cheeks… only cheeks

Your solid conviction
Like a vein of metal ore
Far from the veins of these hands you once so adored

The air that found my sail on the Pacific Ocean
Did you ever wonder what brought it here?
The autumn breeze that fell from your Rocky Mountains
It became the breath that only we could share

But however high you climb to be a mountaineer
Just don’t look for sailors you won’t find one there
I can see you naked you’re looking from the bed
But what we slept on must have been our hearts instead

The air that found my sail on the Pacific Ocean
Did you ever wonder how it found me here?
The autumn breeze that fell from your Rocky Mountains
Became the breath that only we could share

I swore that I would always do my part for you
I cried for you in the way that only lovers do
I felt how my tears, oh, they fell on you
I moved in you in the way that only lovers do

5. Proof That Journeys Never End

(A year ago in Austin)
Fell in love with a girl; she then asked me to stay
Those words have haunted me for a year, month, and a day

You know, I remember thinking then that she might be the one
But youth is as youth does and with tears I chose the road
leaving behind Austin and the Texas sun

Life is passion whether you’re flying high or fallin’ low
Hawaii called so I simply had to go
But it hardly matters the good that we intend
She might have said then that our journeys never end

And I met a friend and we loved to run
Yeah our Maui smiles lit up in the setting sun
If it hadn’t been for her I think I would have turned back home
Cause life on the road is awfully hard when you’re alone
My heart was still tied when it came time to say our goodbyes
Indeed she left on her own

And I met a man who knew how to heal
Yeah my broken skin was hard to conceal
If it hadn’t been for him I think I would have given up
There’s only so much until you know you’ve had enough
But resilience is the strength you find within, you toughen up

Life is passion whether you’re flying high or fallin’ low
New Zealand called so I simply had to go
But it hardly matters the love that we wish to send
She might have said then that our journeys never end

And I met mother nature who took my breath away
Cloud connection over Kaikoura—just another day
If you hadn’t told me about Crux, that’s the Southern Cross
I think I would have never looked up into the semigloss
To realize our universe does go round in rings, wouldn’t you say?

And Beijing to Paris to London
There’s people in over-abundance
Oh, you would love these cities—-they’re energizing
I got lost in the shuffle—-it was minimizing
But the thought of sharing Paris with you was…
in a word: tantalizing

Life is passion whether you’re flying high or fallin’ low
Sweden called so I simply had to go
But it hardly matters even if we overextend
You might have guessed then that our journeys never end

And I met so many people on the road this year
But in all of Sweden, there was only you my dear
If it hadn’t been for you I think I would have felt a new spark
Yet here we are, sitting together in the park
Did you recognize this as a simple twist of fate?
In any case, it’s left its mark

(A month ago in Stockholm)
Just friends but she greeted me with a kiss
I spent the next four nights dreaming only of her lips

I knew that she had to be the one, I’ll stay—-I was so determined
But I overlooked the fact that she was no longer nearly as certain

Life is passion whether you’re flying high or fallin’ low
It’s been a year alright but this is as far as I can go
It hardly matters even if our travels do suspend
I should have guessed then that our journeys never end

(A day ago in New Jersey)
She wrote back saying that she had to move out west
Found myself thinking that it might be for the best

I suppose there was something there she had to find and find alone
Maybe I’m searching for it too, because it seems… no place feels like home

And I understand that you left because your life here said leave
And that you’ll drive out west to the highest of peaks
But I wish instead that you had chosen me for those
Magical weeks
Beyond all critique
Yet my heart will now be
An instant antique
Put on display
In your storied boutique
And that’s the only way
It keeps

Life is passion whether you’re flying high or fallin’ low
Time is all we have but sometimes it pays to take it slow
And it hardly matters the truth we wish to defend
Cause she proved to me then that our journeys… our journeys never end

(Instrumental build)

You wanted to move out west but I wanted it too
I wish you only the best, this much is true
With every mile made yours, can you tell I’ve thought it through?
But just remember this: some journeys were meant for two

If our paths do cross one more time
We’ll leave it to fate and she’ll decide
But I’m told she’s an elegant cold-hearted whore
For this kind of irony she so adores

Do you think our love is stronger than steel
Then why say no when I just kneeled
I can only say that I won’t pretend
Cause at last I thought that my journey ends

But it don’t end, no no no
It don’t end, no no no

Our journeys never end

Take this as proof that our journeys never end

Our journeys never end