Bloodhounds Leftovers

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Out of all the leftovers I’ve looked at, these are probably the most interesting so far.

 

Bloodhounds is another set of lyrics where I went through a massive bout of writer’s block. There was tons of material to go through but it wasn’t as bad as I remember it being. Not knowing what to expect, the level of quality in these lyrics actually surprised me as much as the main group did.

 

Forcing myself to write on Sorry For The Mess and documenting too many shitty ideas for In Times Of Transition, my issues here were a bit different. While producing a decent amount of good content, the main group had no direction. Although it sucked at the time, these leftovers have a lot of variety as a result. Hilariously enough though, I found more than one thing that only had between two to four lines written before getting abandoned. I’m not quite sure what’s up with that.

 

Anyway, some of these are victims of my overthinking at the time. There are actually six different versions of Low-Fidelity including this final one and that’s something I did with a few lyrics. Lost My Nerve is a favourite that never felt quite right and Dominos just hasn’t fit anywhere. I don’t remember writing Phone Call (despite knowing exactly who/what it’s about) and Out Of Sight originated from my Seasons In Colour side project.

 

April’s Garden was written early on during these sessions. It’s actually based on this article (opens in new window) I wrote for my freelance gig: Based on the publishing date, it would’ve been summer 2011. (Who says this site can’t be educational, by the way?)

 

This group of lyrics also marks the end of having massive amounts of leftovers for a project. I’ll touch upon it with the stuff from Hard Fought Defeat, but I’ve gotten much better at self-editing.

 

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01. Low-Fidelity

02. Out Of Sight

03. Phone Call

04. Lost My Nerve

05. Dominos

06. April’s Garden

 

Low-Fidelity

 

Fast ahead but moving back

On floating scales and bleeding tracks

Digitized for winning hands

All playing through our last demands

Filters off and coming down

An era lost inside the sound

We’re humming to our favourite songs

Distorted but still going strong

 

I can’t find where every story seemed to go amiss

Unsettled by the sounds, we’re falling deep in the abyss

I miss the things that comfort me, they cover up these tragedies

But don’t you know it’s fine? Don’t you know it’s Fine?

 

Vintage notions set aside

Swallowed swords, these lossless tides

A promise made for new returns

It’s who you know, not what you’ve learned

As everyone keeps going mad

They can’t recall what we once had

With fire breathers born of greed

Embracing mediocrity

 

I can’t find where every story seemed to go amiss

Unsettled by the sounds, we’re falling deep in the abyss

I miss the things that comfort me, they cover up these tragedies

But don’t you know it’s fine? Don’t you know it’s Fine?

 

We’re tracing every shiver crawling up and down your neck

Always finding evolutions no one here could quite dissect

With nothing all that simple in the lines left to amend

It’s like trying to cure a cancer that you’ll never comprehend

 

I can’t find where every story seemed to go amiss

Unsettled by the sounds, we’re falling deep in the abyss

I miss the things that comfort me, they cover up these tragedies

But don’t you know it’s fine? Don’t you know it’s Fine?

Don’t you know it’s fine? Don’t you know it’s Fine? Oh yeah

 

It’s fine, it’s fine, it’s fine, it’s fine

It’s fine, it’s fine, oh yeah

 

Oh yeah….

 

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Out Of Sight

 

Stand up straight to push away

These failures made to move along

More cobwebs grown to seize the day

Disgraced in time for what went wrong

 

Now suffocate the rising tide

Designs we all thought bullet proof

Reactors made to blow your mind

Were nothing more than misconstrued

 

So you know we’re always waiting for

Another metaphor to come

Still chasing down the answers but

Our legs don’t seem to run

 

If you colour me a picture, please

Don’t paint it black and white

I’ll raise these stakes to wash it clean

If you’ll keep it out of sight

 

While ego conquers many things

With ink stains racing through the dark

Like coal turned into diamond rings

In tune for pathways made of sparks

 

No one bothered to disarm it

Faces grim and battle hardened

We should’ve seen it coming from the start

 

So you know we’re always waiting for

Another metaphor to come

Still chasing down the answers but

Our legs don’t seem to run

 

If you colour me a picture, please

Don’t paint it black and white

I’ll raise these stakes to wash it clean

If you’ll keep it out of sight

 

Currently our currencies

They’re stretched out on the mend

While everywhere the helpless stare

With nothing to defend

 

Lost in our own spaces

Keeping tabs on this delay

It’s not that I’m ignoring you

There’s nothing left to say

 

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Phone Call

 

Got mad then we laughed for awhile

Just to stop and repress our denial

Both lost for an hour or so

Caught the clock pushing reasons to go

 

Chicago stuck out in our minds

Good friends are a struggle to find

I’ll hold ’til you choose to return

Can’t forget what you’re willing to learn

 

I don’t want to hear them speak

I wish that they’d all disappear

 

I don’t want to hear them speak

As if they know why you’re not here

When they don’t know why you’re not here

 

It seems there’s a chill in the air

When discussing the living impaired

Some anger slips through to the end

But when will I see you again?

When will I see you again?

 

I don’t want to hear them speak

I wish that they’d all disappear

 

I don’t want to hear them speak

As if they know why you’re not here

When they don’t know why you’re not here

I don’t know why you’re not here

 

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Lost My Nerve

 

While every road sign came and went

Some detours made aren’t heaven sent

Moving past each exit as they blurred

 

Our constellations don’t make sense

So caught up in the present tense now

Learning to skate by, I must observe

 

I lost my nerve, I lost it all

I couldn’t answer when you called

Although I wanted you to fall back into me

 

I couldn’t see, but I still cared

I never meant to leave you there

So when you showed up, unprepared I just observed

I lost my nerve, yeah

 

Polluting every star filled night

More smoke behind these neon lights

Hanging back to watch them slowly burn

 

With nothing much left on display

All beds we make and never lay in

Holding out, you’ll see how much it hurts

 

I lost my nerve, I lost it all

I couldn’t answer when you called

Although I wanted you to fall back into me

 

I couldn’t see, but I still cared

I never meant to leave you there

So when you showed up, unprepared I just observed

I lost my nerve, yeah

 

If nothing here was meant to last

Then how long will it take to pass?

Another lifetime made for me to learn

 

I lost my nerve, I lost it all

I couldn’t stand up when you called

Although I wanted you to crawl back home to me

 

I couldn’t see, but I still cared

So when you came here unprepared

Showing up and standing there, I just observed

I lost my nerve, yeah

I lost my nerve, yeah

 

I lost my nerve, I lost it all

I couldn’t answer when you called

I lost my nerve, I lost my nerve, I lost my nerve

 

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Dominoes

 

Advantage point, game set and match

I’ve got an itch that can’t be scratched

It’s in a spot, so hard to reach

Where nothing ends and chaos feeds

On what’s unknown to lie in wait

In all our minds for logic’s sake

Now coming down to look behind

For reasons that you’ll never find

 

Watching all the dominoes, watching all the dominoes fall

Now you’ve got me wondering, wondering if you care at all

Do you care at all? Do you care at all?

 

Scaling each result to the surface

Waiting for this moment to come

Holding on to nothing of substance

With every little sympathy gone

 

Watching all the dominoes, watching all the dominoes fall

Now you’ve got me wondering, wondering if you care at all

Do you care at all? Do you care at all?

 

Some things come but all things go

While soon enough, they all explode

holding off, we’re blinded by the smoke

 

Drawn to every open flame

Like moths to shipwrecks not contained

Waiting for the signal, then I’ll choke

It’s such a joke

 

Watching all the dominoes, watching all the dominoes fall

Now you’ve got me wondering, wondering if you care at all

Do you care at all? Do you care now?

 

Watching all the dominoes, watching all the dominoes fall

Now you’ve got me wondering, wondering if you care at all

Do you care at all? Do you care at all?

 

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April’s Garden

 

Now her picture hangs so proudly

On a wall inside this room

With unselfish names to mention, bound to join her

 

As sunlight fills the spaces

Clear as day, built from the dirt

Like the signal from a satellite, far beyond this

 

While nothing really changes

We’ve all got change to make

To live and die and still ask why

Confined to hearts that break

 

Can you tell me something simple?

Something easy to digest

Not wasting time on lullabies

Can we focus on the rest?

Focus on the rest

 

For eighteen years, a lifetime

With these voices left unknown

From inspired words to change the world

To their resting place a home

 

In their resting place a home

Their resting place a home

 

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