Closer to Clear

by Linwood

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released April 15, 2014

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Track Name: Poison
look what a mess we've made of this
burnt our home
burnt this bridge

look what a fool we've made of love
this was His
and not our own

the mess we make
we love and we hate
depending on the view

the things we'll never do
they'll find room
cause the poison tastes sweet too

look at the mess we make
when for love's sake
we hide and then we run
and in this mess we made
we lost it anyway
and we take it on our own

look what a wreck we are alone
our sin would hang us out
to make us known

look at the way we play our hearts
it's not a game
and a pair doesn't win
Track Name: Hidden Things
meet me outside won't you pick me up
take me for a drive we can press our luck
tell me everything that I wanna know
all the hidden things that you never show
let me in let me see your heart
all your darkest sins and your broken parts
it's the thirst of knowing everything
that'll make me one of your hidden things
you drew them out and you gave them voice
all my darkest thoughts and the hidden things
you let me in to your game of choice
if you make a move, will I make a noise?
blood rush in, under your skin
it would sell us out to the cheapest bid
so let me know what you wanna do
are the hidden things all there is to you?
all the things we love
we sold them for a blood rush
everything we said we were
we sold it for a blood rush
open that door let you have a peek
now the secret's yours, and ours to keep
bated breath, won't you hold it tight?
if you let it out, it'll fuel this fire
I want to know who you really are
and I'll keep on driving till we get that far
so come on let's go baby can't you see
make the hidden things our reality
all the things we love
we sold them for a blood rush
everything we said we were
we sold it for a blood rush
all the things we love
we sold them for a blood rush
everything we said we were
we sold it for a blood rush
Track Name: Pixels
living through your pictures
dreaming through these pixels
cause it's the only glimpse of you
I get these days

I'm taking all these hints girl
from your points and clicks
that your heart beats faster
for me today

am I just a pixel
in your bigger picture?
where do I fit girl,
with you?

all I see
is what the lens lets me
a love I'm jealous for
from afar

I swear, through the bending light and frames
that I hear, you calling out my name
and you know, that my heart is yours to take
so you pose, and steal it frame by frame
it's like your pictures, your pixels, get me through the day
it's like your pictures, your pixels, steal me frame by frame
your pictures, your pixels
your pictures, your pixels

we put it in a three by five
our hearts were froze in time
put it in a frame and hang it high

I couldn't throw your words away
is it still what you'd say?
is it true?
is that you?

do you love me?
could you hold me?
could we frame this, and the whole thing?
I don't want to be a slip in your stride

we could take pictures of
all the things we want to love
and I'd take you
above them all

I swear, through the bending light and frames
that I hear, you calling out my name
and you know, that my heart is yours to take
so you pose, and steal it frame by frame
it's like your pictures, your pixels, get me through the day
it's like your pictures, your pixels, steal me frame by frame
I swear, through the bending light and frames
that I hear, you calling out my name
and you know, that my heart is yours to take
so you pose, and steal it frame by frame
it's like your pictures, your pixels, get me through the day
it's like your pictures, your pixels, steal me frame by frame
your pictures, your pixels
your pictures, your pixels
Track Name: Sleep
welcome to earth
welcome to pain
welcome to lust and lies
and hearts that are full of dirt

I'll play the fool
and you'll play the odds
and I'll count the cost of being up this creek alone

'cause I chose love
over loving you
now the ground is crying out
beneath my shoes

sleep won't bring us the rest we're longing for
cause if I close my eyes all I see is that open door
sleep won't bring us the rest we're longing for
cause if I close my eyes all I see is that open door

I play these rooms
for the finest of men
and still nothing compares
to singing my heart to you

I'll pay the cost
I'll take the pain
just to keep your heart
on my mind

we're only as sick
as our darkest of secrets
and I'm OK to take a few pills
each day

sleep won't bring us the rest we're longing for
cause if I close my eyes all I see is that open door
sleep won't bring us the rest we're longing for
cause if I close my eyes all I see is that open door

sleep is never close enough to
sleep is never close enough to
sleep is never close enough to
sleep is never close enough to you

your eyes, they tie me to your bedpost
your lips, they sink me into repose
sleep will never be the same again
Track Name: Landslide
this is the life
that I built for myself
may it all fall

these are the plans
that I've laid before
may they all fall

these are the hands
tried to hold it all
may it all fall down

and everything I've tried to leave behind
may it all fall
all the things that leave me robbed and blind
may it all fall
everything that takes you off my mind
may it all fall down, down

let the kingdoms fall that are made in the hearts of men
that our hearts would break and fall for yours again

take this heart I'm falling for you
I'm falling free
sweet falling like a landslide
take this heart I'm falling for you
I'm falling free
sweet falling like a landslide

this is the place
where my heart breaks
and you love me
this is my life
fleeing from your grace
and you love me
I am my favorite idol
and you love me more and more
each day I'm screwing up
and you love me more and more
each day I can't compete
and you love me more and more
each day my heart grows weak
and you love me more, more

and I'm so tired of cheap love, cheap love
and I'm so tired of cheap love, cheap love
and I'm so tired of cheap love, cheap love
and I'm so tired of cheap love, cheap love
Track Name: Breath of Rain
I ain’t no king
built my house upon this beach
and I don’t know this ground
still a stranger in my own town
on and on and on
I’ve been looking for a place to call my own
looking for a way to be known
hurricane, breath of rain
so board the glass and shield your eyes
there’s a storm that’s rising out beyond the tide (oh, my breath of rain)
it’s time we’ll see just what these walls will take
my hurricane
my breath of rain

is there anybody out there
i can’t take this on my own
is there anybody out there
waves are breaking on my home
is there anybody out there
anybody in the storm
is there anybody
oh please anybody
is there anybody
oh please anybody

here comes the storm
here comes the rising waves
the blood red skies
the palace only holds the one who reigns
so where is my kingdom
where is my house
am I building on beach
or rock and solid ground alone
this breath of rain is the coming sign
that this house will fight

my breath of rain
stole from the mouth of the one
who took my breath away
my hurricane, my breath of rain
Track Name: Heartbeat
i don’t have the words
this is still writing me
but i still have the hurt
will it ever change a thing?
will it ever will it ever
will I ever change?
will it ever, will it ever
will I ever change?

and I know I’m still breathing
but my heart’s not beating
and I know I’m still breathing
but my heart’s not beating anymore

never’s come and gone
and what’s left of this home?
never came and saw
that it’s right, and I’m wrong
will I ever, will I ever
will it ever be the same?

and I know I’m still breathing
but my heart’s not beating
and I know I’m still breathing
but my heart’s not beating anymore

I just need a heartbeat
I just need a heartbeat
I just need a heartbeat again

give me your heartbeat
your heartbeat
again
Track Name: Closer to Clear
are we the things that haunt us?
are we the things that make us fear
are we the things that hold us back
are we the things that we hold dear

so bottoms up let’s drink away every fear in this house
I’ll call your bluff I’ll you out there’s no fooling me now
you’ve got everybody watching
you’ve got everybody so convinced

we’re all the things that no one really wants to see
we’re all the things that no one ever said we’d be
oh, it’s getting closer to clear
oh, it’s getting closer to here

you’ll be one of my secrets
just another one of my regrets
and I’ll give you all of my lies
and a heart full of empty things

it’s getting closer to clear
that we are the things we fear
it’s getting closer to clear
that I am the broken one
I am the broken one
I am the things I fear
I am the broken one
and it’s all closer to clear

so take it slow
I’m still feeling this out
you never know
which brick makes the house
take a breath and let it out
I’m not done with this yet
it’s just the place it’s just the time
I just need to reset
I just need to reset
I just need to forget
all of my regrets

and I don’t think I’m who you think I am
cause I’m not enemy I’m not the enemy
and I don’t think I’m who you think I am
but I’m not the man I said I’d be
Track Name: OK
here’s to the moment
here’s the last time that we all could speak our mind
here’s to the honest
here’s the real hearts
that we see from time to time
oh, oh are we ok?
say hey are we ok?
oh, oh are we ok?
are our hearts gone gone did we throw them away
is it love we lost out there, along the way
oh, oh are we ok?
say hey are we ok?
oh, oh are we ok?

I’ve been searching for the ok
I’ve been searching through the empty rooms
when all I needed was your arms
I’ve been searching for the ok
I’ve been searching through the empty rooms
when all I need is what I’ve got

here’s to our last call
here’s to the last round of fleeting, fading things
cause this is the lasting, this is the long haul
my heart’s been waiting for
oh, oh are we ok?
say hey are we ok?
oh, oh are we ok?

we’re not ok
we’re not ok
we’re not ok
we’re not ok
Track Name: Sons and Daughters
we are the hopeless broken children of
broken homes and empty promises of love
we’re the hopeful, careless child
we’re reaching out
we’re reaching out

we’re the orphans without fathers
your sons and daughters
looking for home

we are not the sins of our fathers
we’re your sons and daughters
sons and daughters
and we are not the things that haunt us
we’re your sons and daughters
your sons and daughters

and all we’ve got is partial dreams
ripped at the seams it’s tearing us apart
where we go will be our home
cause there’s nothing left to burn
nothing left to burn
we won’t be the same
the same

this is not home
it’s not my war to be won
this is not home
it’s not my war to be won
this is not home
it’s not my war to be won
it’s all been done
and I still fight to be called a son
it’s all been done
and I’m still fighting to be called a son
to be called a son
called a son
Track Name: Work
I am just a minstrel a troubadour for show
and I’ll dance for you, I’ll dance for you
and I am but a busker, a simple man of song
and I’ll play you all your favorite tunes
I am the light and the gleam in the city
the queen in the night that burns so pretty
I’m yours, I am yours

salt and sweat
and this hard work
it’s made worthless
when I’m standing next to you
there’s no regret in these pillared courts of love
and my prayer is to stand for you and sing


I am just a servant
but who is serving who
the pride gets long, the love don’t rise
I can’t be your jester
I’m already a fool
I’m tired of being played by you

salt sweat and this hard work
it’s all worthless
to get me close to you
salt sweat and this hard work
it’s all worthless
to get me close to you
Track Name: Your New Name
so that was the numbing blow
the name you called your own
that was the weighted piece that held your head below
what’s in a name, what’s in it for you
what’s in a change if the truth is still the truth

so go ahead and change if you want to
change your name throw it all away
you can always be who you want to
make yourself
make yourself a name
and I’ll always know you
I’ll always know you
I’ll always know you
and your new name

you played your last card
a hide and seek for two
you changed the last call and the demons still haunt you
and they chase you and the name you made yourself
cause it slays you, not to hide behind the veil
Track Name: Austin Road
this is how it all begins
a single glimpse of how it could and should’ve been
that was all it took
to reel you in

this is how my world will end
a penny short and a dollar thin
but nothing really costs that much
nothing really worth my love

we’ve tasted and we’ve seen
it’s time to make what we believe
so write these words to own
these moments flicker and fade away

so lay still low
bed of this truck and go
12:35, and we’re driving austin road
time stops sweet
seal this away for me
cause hear you me
this is infinite
this is ours

nothing really burns as bright
once you’ve seen the stars take flight
it’s an infinite scene
of everything that points away from me
nothing really touches this
this quiet dance the fall before the kiss
and it never seems to last that long
it’s like I’m here and then you’re gone