Nocturnal

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Released in 2018, Nocturnal is chapter one in what’s turned out to be a trilogy of groupings.

 

These lyrics were originally supposed to cover a few things. I’d actually intended to divide the pieces into thirds with two more separating each one. I think the idea was to cover different kinds of love: Romantic, religious and something else. Instead, topics started getting more varied and bled together so the idea was abandoned.

 

Reading everything again, it comes across like the main theme is religion or a loss of faith. It’s especially weird because that wasn’t my intent at all. Although faith was definitely one of many things I wanted to explore, the larger idea was to take a removed view of different subjects. Having written History before everything else, it served to set the tone for what followed. It also ended up inspiring my main theme, which was the growing trend of actively avoiding history and repeating past mistakes.

 

As lyrics started getting finished, it became obvious they were darker than past efforts. That’s really where the title Nocturnal came from. Being that they were less personal and approached subjects from a broad perspective, I thought it would be interesting if the follow-up took the opposite approach: Personal lyrics that tackled my own history. I didn’t want the opposite to just be translating into happier or lighter because that’s boring, so the idea was to personalize the subjects and confront them a lot more from my own experiences.

that’s how Diurnal was born, even if it didn’t end up being the follow-up to this grouping.

(More on that in my thoughts about Between The Night And Day though.)

 

Using Pop by U2 as a template for mood and structure, I’m hugely proud of Nocturnal. It’s just something that’s incredibly consistent and holds together extremely well. My favourites include Baring Witness, Fighting The Possession, Followers, Middle Of The Night, Moonbeams In Your Eyes, Sleeping In and History. As you can tell, I’m really high on these lyrics and think the stuff not in that list is great too.

 

Check out some stuff that didn’t make the cut and visit the Fireteddy National Library for even more.

 

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01. Baring Witness

02. Fighting The Possession

03. Followers

04. Middle Of The Night

05. Watch Your Step

06. Not Your Fault (Assassins)

07. No Escape

08. We’re Only Dreaming

09. Moonbeams In Your Eyes

10. Sleeping In

11. History

 

Baring Witness

 

It leaks into the gutters

Pollutes the midnight skies

Through artificial methods

Crossed out a new disguise

 

Beneath the burning neon

Florescent lights that hum

We’ve seen this kingdom falling

Without our kingdom come

 

So I’ll keep looking for something new

Somewhere in the trash lying just out of view

I’ll keep looking for something new

For something new again

 

Cascading from the heavens

A vision so sublime

It cut right through the chaos

Then straight into your mind

 

If faith is for the weekend

We’ll lend our souls to heal

Gone out to find a purpose

With no one at the wheel

 

So I’ll keep looking for something new

Somewhere in the trash lying just out of view

I’ll keep looking for something new

For something new again

 

Somewhere in the distance

We can see the promised land

Everybody bearing witness

Never knowing when to stand

 

I’m waiting for salvation

Wrapped around this masterplan

I can’t seem to comprehend it

But it’s slipping through my hands

 

It’s slipping through my hands

It’s slipping through my hands

 

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Fighting The Possession

 

Now we’re running from the bomb

But something’s going wrong again

Attacking every dreamer’s cause

Tell me when this nightmare ends

 

Trying hard to find a place

Makes no sense, no race to win

Keep your meanings well contained

Someone’s always listening in

 

No one’s coming back, coming back now

Living separated from this past we can’t afford

Freedom from the facts in the background

Fighting the possession when it still can’t be ignored

 

Losing ground to stay awake

Choosing what we’ve failed to see

Shutting down won’t lead to change

But now this future’s changing me

 

So let me out of here, won’t you let me out of here?

Let me out of here, you’ve gotta let me out of here

 

No one’s coming back, coming back now

Living separated from this past we can’t afford

Freedom from the facts in the background

Fighting the possession when it still can’t be ignored

 

Each star that we see burning out in the sky

All come into focus long after they’ve died

In lessons we learn from our births to the grave

We’re taught what to worship, not how to behave

 

If silence is golden then quiet your head

Don’t ignore these mistakes, take heed from the dead

It isn’t as simple as one might believe

In order to listen, you can’t always speak

 

No one’s coming back, coming back now

Living separated from this past we can’t afford

Freedom from the facts in the background

Fighting the possession when it still can’t be ignored

 

Fighting the possession when it still can’t be ignored

Fighting the possession but it still can’t be ignored

 

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Followers

 

Allow me now to ruminate

Through things that I can’t concentrate on

Hanging in the back to show

I can’t dispute the fact that you’re gone

 

With people always telling us

They’re looking to propel every dream

Fuck those sycophantic followers

I’ll wallow in my own history

 

Let’s hide in the spotlight

Break out when it’s midnight

Blend in with our best lines

All drunk on the good wine

Find love with these new pills

Get off on some cheap thrills

Our souls still polluted

With no good solutions

 

So when will I see?

That these falsehoods aren’t for me

Dropping to my knees again

Waiting for the world to end

 

When will they know?

Which beliefs we’ve all outgrown

Moving on with no pretence

Waiting for the world to end

 

Now I’m talking to the great beyond

Up past midnight ’til the morning dawns

Still got nothing but I can’t go wrong

I can’t go wrong again

 

Now I’m looking to the great unknown

Can’t find meaning from this answerphone

Stuck with nothing but I won’t let go

I won’t let go, oh no

 

I won’t let go, oh no

I won’t let go, oh no

 

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Middle Of The Night

 

Rain was pouring down

From the sky it hit the ground

Made to hide these fallen teardrops

As I focused on the sound

 

While this silence filled the air

I was praying you’d be there

Another stone cast in the ocean

It’s another cross to bare

 

What we can’t share

When unprepared

 

Lost in emotion

I wasn’t scared

 

Well I gave my soul to keep

Looking up for some relief

With the starry night still sheltered

From this overwhelming grief

 

It was bound to be condemned

Choices made aren’t accidents

Every wave across the ocean

With this loss of innocence

 

It came to me in the middle of the night

Before the break of day could carry what weighed on my mind

 

It came to me in the middle of the night

When I refused to sleep or try to close my tired eyes

 

It came in a vision

I’ve gotta make a decision

To throw out what’s been given

Find a life that’s worth living

 

It’s gonna pass us by too soon

I won’t remain an open wound

I’ve gotta make it to the surface

I can’t live beneath the ruins

 

I have to travel through the streets

I’m always struggling to my knees

I need to find myself a purpose

We can’t become our tragedies

We can’t become our tragedies

 

We can’t become our tragedies

We can’t become our tragedies

 

It came to me in the middle of the night

When I refused to sleep or try to close my tired eyes

But now I still can’t close my eyes

 

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Watch Your Step

 

They say be careful what you wish for

Be careful what you wish for, it’s true

When there’s always someone out there

Watching every thing that you do

 

With no divine intervention

Only slight apprehensions to tread

You’ll never make it to the surface

By swallowing this shit that you’re fed

 

It’s time to watch your step now

There’s no one else who’s looking in the mirror

You need to know that you’re the only one who ever gets us out of here

 

You’d better watch your step now

It seems we’re always passing through in fear

There isn’t much that I can tell you but we’ve gotta make it out of here

We’ve gotta make it out of here

 

They say be careful what you hope for

Be careful what you hope for, it’s fake

Now there’s always someone out there

Waiting for a mind to reshape

 

Without a cause for redemption

No one stops to assess what’s ahead

You’ll never cover up the bleeding

By repeating what they’ve already said

 

It’s time to watch your step now

There’s no one else who’s looking in the mirror

You need to know that you’re the only one who ever gets us out of here

 

You’d better watch your step now

It seems we’re always passing through in fear

There isn’t much that I can tell you but we’ve gotta make it out of here

We’ve gotta make it out of here

 

We’ve gotta make it out of here

We’ve gotta make it out now

 

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Not Your Fault (Assassins)

 

Coloured by this stream of lights

With nothing to reject

As shadows breed an ugliness

It hides our disconnect

 

Now tell me what to make of this

While sheltered from the truth

An instinct for your antidotes

Sought out with such abuse

 

Line-up every misfit, ain’t it’s time we hit the streets

Excuses at the ready for each obstacle we meet

Gambling in the meantime with no currencies in class

As everything gets played out, now our future comes too fast

 

Walking on these eggshells

Every day we walk on broken glass

 

Vampires raised by circumstance

To stumble in plain sight

With visions we can’t comprehend

They come alive at night

 

Pinned to lovely photographs

Made calm and well preserved

Unfiltered with each static thought

From every fraying nerve

 

Line-up every misfit, ain’t it’s time we hit the streets

Excuses at the ready for each obstacle we meet

Gambling in the meantime with no currencies in class

As everything gets played out, now our future comes too fast

 

Walking on these eggshells

Every day we walk on broken glass

 

Drifting from each consequence

These monuments will fall

Failing to present ourselves

With no one else to call

 

Can you even see it?

Can you see a thing at all?

It’s not your fault…

It’s not your fault

 

Line-up every misfit, ain’t it’s time we hit the streets

Excuses at the ready for each obstacle we meet

Gambling in the meantime with no currencies in class

As everything gets played out, now our future comes too fast

 

Walking on these eggshells

Every day we walk on broken glass

 

Walking on these eggshells

Every day we’re haunted by the past

 

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No Escape

 

How does it feel? Does it feel, do you know?

Future in your hands, but you can’t control it, so

You’ll have to let this go

 

See it coming down, coming down in the ruins

Living on the run, now this motion’ always carries you

You don’t know what to do

 

Looking for the answers, somewhere in these empty skies

Sorting through these questions, does it keep you up at night?

 

Watch your future rise, it’ll rise in the wake

Running from the past, from the past there is no escape

You’ll see the toll it takes

 

Lost with every meaning, no one stops to look behind

Driven by the future, everybody needs a sign

 

There’s no escape from what we’ve done

No escape for anyone

Bound together, still alive

Now we’ve made it out to find

 

There’s no escape from who we are

No escape beneath the stars

Running fast to learn in time

There’s no escape for anyone

 

Fault lines drawn across the years

Beyond the ones who brought us here

It’s stranger now, I must contend

This panic and a sense of looming dread

 

So now I’ll tread the endless deep

And find a way back on my feet

I’ll wash ashore, so quote me nevermore,

No nevermore again

 

There’s no escape from what we’ve done

No escape for anyone

Bound together, still alive

Now we’ve made it out to find

 

There’s no escape from who we are

No escape beneath the stars

Running fast to learn in time

There’s no escape for anyone tonight

 

No escape for anyone tonight

No escape for anyone tonight

 

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We’re Only Dreaming

 

Looking for another bet to hedge

It’s time to come inside, time to come inside

Pretty soon we’ll have to meet our end

With nowhere left to hide, nowhere left to hide

 

One by one, we all fall down

As every raindrop hits the ground

Bound by pressure, drawn straight out

Swept up in these waves of doubt

 

No one wants to wait for anything

Looking for an answer in the darkness as it sings

Serenading softly in my head

We’re only dreaming, we’re only dreaming

 

Traffic slowly breaks apart in time

I’ve gotta catch my breath, gotta catch my breath

Scared of what we’ll have to leave behind

Why can’t I just pretend? Why Can’t I just pretend?

 

One by one, we all run home

With memories meant to go untold

Bound by silence, wind and rain

It’s something that we can’t explain

 

No one wants to wait for anything

Looking for an answer in the darkness as it sings

Serenading softly in my head

We’re only dreaming, we’re only dreaming

 

Moonlight, moonlight comfort me

From any terrors left unseen

Shadows crawling on the floor

Obscuring every open door

 

Night will fall and stars will rise

Giving way to blood red skies

A warning call for those who dare

From sailors to the unprepared

Sailors to the unprepared

 

No one wants to wait for anything

Looking for an answer in the darkness as it sings

Serenading softly in my head

We’re only dreaming, we’re only dreaming

We’re only dreaming, we’re only dreaming

 

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Moonbeams In Your Eyes

 

Now the stars stretch over the city

With each stranger closely confined

As you cling to the groove of this sadness

That plays inside your mind

 

When the lights went down with the pale moon

And the mirrorball shined in your eyes

I kept wondering who you would cry to

It took me by surprise

 

Place your head upon my shoulders

We can fade into the night

Finding comfort in the darkness

With moonbeams in your eyes

 

Now your hips both sway to the rhythm

With your arms wrapped tight to my sides

In a trance, looking off in the distance

It couldn’t be denied

 

As the lights come on in the ballroom

Every light goes out in your eyes

Should’ve known this was all gonna end soon

It isn’t a surprise

 

Place your head upon my shoulders

We can fade into the night

Finding comfort in the darkness

With moonbeams in your eyes

 

Lead me with the movements of your body

And I’ll leave you with a little bit of love

Ask me for an answer to this moment

And I’ll never ask you what you’re thinking of

 

Now our clothes slip off in the bedroom

Under sheets where we don’t have to lie

When you leave, I’ll still know where to find you

With moonbeams in your eyes

Moonbeams in your eyes

 

Moonbeams in your eyes

Moonbeams in your eyes

 

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Sleeping In

 

Stuck down in this basement now for years

It wasn’t made survivable

The sunlight never comes to visit here

With these foreign thoughts, undeniable

 

Nothing else to hold inside our hands

Still broken while invincible

Carefully built these overwhelming plans

As they’re crying out, so predictable

 

We’re sleeping in again, sleeping in again

Sleeping in again, sleeping in

 

Tortured eyes from keyholes

So tired and alone

Victims caught as silent prey

Now how will they get home?

How will they get home?

 

Ripped apart the echoes of this shame

All brushed off as disposable

Desire that devours any blame

Such an appetite, uncontrollable

 

Some will still believe it’s all pretend

With thoughts so reprehensible

No one ever sees around the bend

Hear the helpless cry, indefensible

 

We’re sleeping in again, sleeping in again

Sleeping in again, sleeping in

 

Tortured eyes from keyholes

So tired and alone

Victims caught as silent prey

Now how will they get home?

How will they get home?

 

We’re sleeping in again, sleeping in again

Sleeping in again, sleeping in

 

Now how will they get home?

How will they get home?

 

How will they get home?

So tired and alone

 

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History

 

Paint yourself an image of the future

Recounted from the past that won’t retreat

Illusions in the eye of the beholder

Born from all the facts we can’t perceive

 

Pretty soon they’ll come to a conclusion

Steady or unsure, it all depends

Working through these fits of paranoia

When nothing’s all that simple in the end

 

So princess

Tell me princess, are you dreaming?

Are you looking for some reason?

While you’re begging for some peace

 

Now princess

Tell me princess, are you leaving?

Don’t you see our hearts are bleeding?

We can’t seem to find relief

 

Shining from some light made artificial

Transfixed to what’s projected on the screen

Corpses to exhume for one last mission

This history wasn’t meant for us to keep

 

Echoed through the hallways lying vacant

Brought down by some weight to reach our knees

Constructed from the truths we’re always sold on

It’s all in what we’ve chosen to believe

 

So princess

Tell me princess, are you dreaming?

Are you looking for some reason?

While you’re begging for some peace

 

Now princess

Tell me princess, are you leaving?

Don’t you see our hearts are grieving?

We can’t seem to find relief

 

Counting down the hours as they’re slipping away

Rising with our torches to pierce through the haze

Waiting so intently to feed us a lie

Sheltered by the silence to deflect and deny

 

Everybody sees but they’ll never admit

No one deals in reason when they’re all full of shit

Always on a witch hunt to serve our beliefs

Ignoring what’s been lost as this history repeats

 

It wasn’t meant for us to keep, it wasn’t meant for us to keep

It wasn’t meant for us to keep, it wasn’t meant for us to keep

 

So princess

Tell me princess, are you dreaming?

Are you looking for some reason?

While you’re begging for some peace

 

Now princess

Tell me princess, are you leaving?

Can’t you see our hearts are bleeding?

We can’t escape this history

 

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