Sorry For The Mess Leftovers

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A lot of people think that having writer’s block means you can’t put pen to paper.

 

Although this may be the case for some, it was actually the opposite for me. While trying to assemble Sorry For The Mess, I wrote more lyrics for the project than I’d done for anything prior. The only problem was that I couldn’t commit to any of it: I’d start something, become dissatisfied, end up with a paralysis of choice and then move on to something else.

 

It led to a huge pile of lyrics, further compounding my inability to make critical decisions about them. As a result, this was inadvertently my most prolific period of writing to that point… even if it lasted about two years in the end.

 

With hindsight, I now realize that some of these are stronger than what I used on the original version of Sorry For The Mess. Either way, it’s a small sampling of what didn’t make the cut. I’ll be sharing a lot more in the Fireteddy National Library, so keep an eye (or ear) out over there.

 

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01. Break Away

02. Story Of Our Days

03. End Of The Fairy Tale

04. Save Yourself

05. Midnight Skies

06. Moving In

 

Break Away

 

I’m tired and weary

I’m tired of everything now

It’s so endearing

I’m losing everything somehow

 

A chain reaction

These chains are tightly gripped

I’m losing traction

I came here unequipped

 

The elevation rises once again

And it’s all the same, no one to blame

There’s nothing, nothing

 

I’m sick and lonely

I’m looking for a trail to mark

Now I’m the phoney

No arrows through this heart

 

Maybe wait inside

Until it slowly dies

 

The elevation rises once again

And it’s all the same, no one to blame

There’s nothing, nothing

 

I can see hope slip away

It’s falling further everyday

To come in turn with our decay

Maybe I’ll just break away

 

Leave these things

Leave them far behind

So that I can find some peace of mind

It never was, it was never mine, I know

 

The elevation rises once again

And it’s all the same, no one to blame

There’s nothing, nothing

Nothing, nothing…

 

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Story Of Our Days

 

Every night I stay awake

With borrowed time to replicate

I’ll make it back from what it was

Crawling now and that’s because

 

It never turned out how I planned

Forced consequence and reprimand

It’s book a story of our days

Transcriptions left to waste away

 

Removal of the cold facts

For an abstract parody

 

You know it’s in our history

Bending back as it repeats

Switching roles to make it seem

As if the past was just a dream

 

A nightmare made of beating hearts

Once I found out who you are

Now coming back from what it was

With good intentions left unsung

 

Removal of the cold facts

For an abstract parody

 

I don’t think it’s a mystery

With every single casualty

For both these vacant eyes to see

It’s in my dreams

It’s in my dreams

 

As racing pulses claim defeat

They’ve sheltered what it meant to me

I thought that we were meant to be

It’s in my dreams

It’s in my dreams

 

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End Of The Fairy Tale

 

The ending’s cloudy in this story book

Some words disjointed as her body shook
With no one daring now to even look

She still took it all in stride

 

Her face reminded me of porcelain

Soft and pale just like an angel’s skin

But now she’s locked into a tail spin

And it’s sinking in both sides

 

Still she wonders, still she doesn’t know

But in these stories, there still remains some hope

Still she’s longing, still her heart won’t grow

 

So now she’s trapped inside a house of mirrors

With nothing else except her bitter tears

They turned this sadness into her career

As her fears began to crawl

 

They say it’s better to have loved and lost

Those fools don’t know how many lines get crossed

Every good thing seems to have it’s cost

Like a pause for it to fall

 

Still she wonders, still she tries to wait

Flips through the pages, But the ending’s not replaced

Falls from heaven, she’s falling out of grace

 

She didn’t know how much she needed this

A thought, a feeling that she never knew she’d miss

Now her eyes are hidden by this veil

So it’s the end of the fairy tale

 

Still she wonders, still she doesn’t know

But in these stories, there still remains some hope

Still she’s longing, still her heart won’t grow

 

Still she wonders, still she tries to wait

Flips through the pages, But the ending’s not replaced

Falls from heaven, she’s falling out of grace

 

I haven’t heard her fairy voice in weeks

It hurts too much and so she barely speaks

Left to wallow in her own defeat

It all happened much too fast

 

It’s like a story that could never end

The final chapter and it’s all pretend
She has some phrases that she might defend

But the ending’s in the past

 

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Save Yourself

 

My mind is drawing constant blanks

I’m blacking out in my moment of grace

It’s harder now than it was before

These crafted words have been defaced

While writing lines that make no sense

I’m letting go of all I knew

No retreat, no innocence

Now everything’s been misconstrued

 

When you fall down, I won’t be waiting

For a tragic girl who just needs saving

Save yourself and leave me out of this one

 

My heart is full of new false starts

I’m running out in my moment of chance

It’s stranger now than it was before

These silent words have been enhanced

In thinking things I’d say out loud

While holding feelings tightly kept

To pace the floors in noisy crowds

I’m not quite sure I’ve lost it yet

 

When you fall down, I won’t be waiting

For a tragic girl who just needs saving

Save yourself and leave me out of this one

 

If you came back, I wouldn’t take you

Despite the fact I still can’t shake you

Save yourself, the time has come to run

 

As this all festers in our heads

With phrases left to go unsaid

Coming back from where it stood

I wouldn’t change it if I could

 

Swallow down these bitter pills

Inspiring thoughts to get our fill

Nothing’s wrong until it’s gone again

 

When you fall down, I won’t be waiting

For a tragic girl who just needs saving

Save yourself and leave me out of this one

 

If you came back, I wouldn’t take you

Despite the fact I still can’t shake you

Save yourself, the time has come to run

Save yourself, the time has come to run

 

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Midnight Skies

 

Looking at the ceiling tile

Trying to wait some feelings out

Listening to your thoughts collapse

It seems you’re losing track somehow

 

All your life you’ve wanted it

You’ve fought so hard to let this in

Looking for excuses now

And then somehow it all begins

 

Maybe it’s too difficult, maybe it’s a ruse

Maybe it could turn out wrong, maybe you’re confused

 

Well I don’t know

At least I don’t think so

 

Staring at the midnight skies

Trapped with thoughts that filter through

Looking back on your release

The future still retreats from you

 

Maybe it’s too difficult, maybe it’s a ruse

Maybe it could turn out wrong, maybe you’re confused

 

Well I don’t know

At least I don’t think so

 

Now midnight skies attach your thoughts

To where we’ve been and what we’re not

All these years spent wondering

When somewhere it’s been thundering

 

Maybe it’s too difficult, maybe it’s a ruse

Maybe it could turn out wrong, maybe you’re confused

 

Well I don’t know

At least I don’t think so

 

Where do we go?

Well I don’t know

 

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Moving In

 

Moving in, I’ve heard her say

We’re never gonna be that way

Now we are, but that’s alright

It won’t ever be the same

 

I’ve been trying hard to comprehend

But the thoughts I have will fade again

With this overwhelming bitterness

A thing I can’t explain

 

It makes me feel nothing

Always nothing

 

Crying on the phone, she called

Woke me up and then dissolved

She held my hand, it didn’t last

But I guess that it’s alright

 

Now she feels nothing

Always nothing

 

We know it’s nothing

Always nothing

 

Nothing in the way we are

It’s something in the truths we’ll see

The way we patch up all our scars

I guess it’s what we’re meant to be

 

To make us feel nothing

Always nothing

 

It makes us feel nothing

Nothing…

 

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