Synesthesia Leftovers

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The one good thing about rushing out Synesthesia is that it created fewer leftovers to sift through.

 

Even so, it was a frustrating experience for me. While taking up less time, one thing became obvious as I went through everything: If these lyrics had been developed a bit more, the grouping would’ve been a lot better.

 

As a result, most material ranges from poor to frustratingly incomplete. There were many clever ideas but in my haste to rush through everything, a lot weren’t focused on and fleshed out. Heck, a few things actually left me smacking my head because I didn’t finish them.

 

Despite that, here are four that turned out really well and still didn’t make it for whatever reason. All That Remains is something I don’t remember writing, while Digging Out Our Graves and Sinking In probably should’ve made it onto Synesthesia proper. Lifeboats is also a favourite, but the melody was totally ripped off from a song I was really into at the time. (No, I’m not telling you what it was either.)

 

I know U2 often says they regret not finishing Pop before it came out. Sometimes I feel the exact same way about Synesthesia. Who knows though? Maybe I’ll revisit it someday.

 

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01. All That Remains

02. Digging Out Our Graves

03. Sinking In

04. Lifeboats

 

All That Remains

 

When I stare at myself, I can never stand still

That ain’t me looking back, it’s just an image I’ve killed

Yeah to get to the cancer that clouds all my answers again

 

My crisis of conscience only trails up in smoke

I look hard for a roadway that’ll lead me back home

But I Choke on the meaningless, swallow my ignorance whole

 

How did I manage to lose?

No control over lines I’ve confused

 

With every word fading, I try to proceed

Without knowing the questions, as I fall to my knees

Yeah since nobody sees it, I try to believe it’s all free

 

Behind my two eyes, I still feel so ashamed

Like there’s so much to pay for with so little to gain

But I smile apprehensively, hoping these thoughts go away

 

Well maybe we’re one in the same

No control over all that remains

 

When I stare at myself, it ain’t me looking back

Yeah it’s never that easy but I guess I’m intact

As I’m wandering shaken, still taking up all that remains

 

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Digging Out Our Graves

 

Everyone here knows better than us

But what’s to expect when it isn’t discussed?

You can always find answers if you look hard enough

So concentrate steady to call on their bluffs

 

If it’s really that easy for people to see

Then why can’t these things be as easy for me?

Questions to ponder while the silence remains

I’d stand up for answers but instead I’ll refrain

 

Silent words keep focusing

On the things we couldn’t save

Holding on to nothing less

While we’re digging out our graves

 

No one confesses what’s left on their minds

It’s just a trap door we keep struggling to find

Latching on tightly to the edge of our seats

Hoping to God that the past won’t repeat

 

Meet the future coming through

Let’s go out with faith renewed

Misconstrued, the prize that lies beneath

 

Silent words keep focusing

On the things we couldn’t save

Holding on to nothing less

While we’re digging out our graves

We’re still digging out our graves

 

Beneath the dirt we’re all the same

All equals in our own mistakes

Never once to be explained again

 

With Instances where we’d stand proud

High horses riding on the grounds

Pretty soon they’ll shut you up instead

Coming back to meet you when you’re dead

 

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Sinking In

 

Don’t tell me what I’m supposed to be

When my patience wears so thin

We’re always just obsessed to tears

As the selfishness creeps in

 

With nothing all that sacred here

While each vacancy comes clean

In the shadow of our future lives

We’re distorted and obscene

 

If you really had a question you should ask it

No excuses for the things we should’ve been

The truth will always make an awful racket

But in your eyes it’s always sinking in

 

Don’t waste your time on fake goodbyes

When there’s still so much to say

With new desires to be defined

You can watch them rot away

 

Now everything that lingers on

It won’t stop where we begin

While in your mind these harder times

Were only offers you’d rescind

 

If you really had a question you should ask it

No excuses for the things we should’ve been

The truth will always make an awful racket

But in your eyes it’s always sinking in

In your eyes it’s always sinking in

 

It’s always such a tragedy

One that’s never in your head

Is it something that I said?

Is it something that I said?

 

If you really had a question you should ask it

No excuses for the things we should’ve been

The truth will always make an awful racket

But in your eyes it’s always sinking in

In your eyes it’s always sinking in

 

It’s always such a tragedy

One that’s never in your head

But that isn’t what I said

No it isn’t what I said

 

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Lifeboats

 

The captain sounds the siren

There’s disaster up ahead

Well it’s not what I expected

But there’s a shipwreck ’round the bend

 

Preparing for the waters

It’s still freezing here you know

With a final prayer for courage

Easing down and off they go

 

You pray to God that somebody will find you

Fate in hand, the lucky few remind you

 

Shoot a flare into the skies

A flash of light to catch my eyes

Send a lifeboat out or drop a rope

 

Well sometime soon there’s bound to be

A rescue for some company

Leading us to find a way back home

 

This ship is slowly sinking

But there’s choices left to make

We could stop and watch in terror

Or just swim from our mistakes

 

You pray to God that someone will remind you

Fate in hand, the future always finds you

 

Shoot a flare into the skies

A flash of light to catch my eyes

Send a lifeboat out or drop a rope

 

Well sometime soon there’s bound to be

A rescue for some company

Leading us to find a way back home

So we hope, so we hope

 

You were always there in the horizon

Blinded and I tried my best to see

Nothing’s there to search for right behind us

To greet the waves that carry us and everything we’ll be

 

Shoot a flare into the skies

A flash of light to catch my eyes

Send a lifeboat out or drop some rope

 

Moving from this sinking ship

Some promises that trace our lips

No one wants to make it out alone

 

Well sometime soon there’s bound to be

A rescue for some company

Leading us to find a way back home

 

In every space we have a dream

As futile as it all may seem

Nothing else could keep our lives afloat

So we hope, so we hope

So we hope, so we hope

 

So we hope, so we hope

So we hope, so we hope

 

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