LYRICS

Pin It Down

When I stand back I see a little clearer now
When I’m not staring right at a pixelated picture
When I shut it out it still hurts the same somehow
And I’m standing right where I said I would never be

I can’t pin it
I can’t pin it down
I can’t pin it
But I think we’ve been here once before
I think we’ve been here once before

When you looked at me
Were my defenses drawn?
Was I cutting through the floor
I was standing on?

This cold blooded pride in me
Won't go down quietly
And I’m standing right where I said I could never be

I can’t pin it
I can’t pin it down
I can’t pin it
But I think we’ve been here once before
I think we’ve been here once before

When I look into your eyes
There’s nowhere to hide, no edge to hold
Are we so willing to compromise
Every ounce of freedom for some control?
Time and time again, the colors start to blend
And our fury can’t remember its own reason

Maybe it’s time that I take a good a look around
At what we have learned to live with
And what we can’t live without
The pain that we hold so dear
Looks so small and vein from here
When we’re standing right where we said we would never be

I can’t pin it
I can’t pin it down
I can’t pin it
But I think we’ve been here once before
Yeah I’ll admit it
I’ll admit it now
I’ll admit it
I think we’ve been here once before
I think we’ve been here once before
One too many times before
I think we've been here once before
I think we've been here once before
I think we’ve been here once before
 

Song In My Head

There’s a song in my head
Oh a line that never stops playing
I’m not sure how it ends
I can't remember when
I heard what you were saying

I make the best out of the worst
I make up half the words
And wear a t-shirt of a band
I’ve never heard because it hurts
To be on the outside looking in

Well I do my best to listen, but i’m uncomfortable with too much silence
From the passenger seat you said what does that mean
I said I’m learning to live with the violence, violence, but I’m not the kind that

Wants to be lost I don't wanna be forgotten
I don’t wanna pretend that it's alright
I wanna see these walls
Crumble and dissolve
Around me

I got my gold-rimmed diploma
Wearing a square crown
The class of fourteen wore their capes like
A reverend’s gown
All that education won’t help us now
Attending funerals and watching friends
Break their vows

There’s not much that I can protect
So I keep my good humor alive
Nothing disturbs your intellect
Like feeling something you can’t deny, justify

I don’t wanna be lost I don't wanna be forgotten
I don’t wanna pretend that it’s alright
I wanna see these walls
Crumble and dissolve around me

Saturday morning 11am
Heard mom and dad talking money again
Fit a seven person family in a five seater van
I guess all you can do is the best that you can
Dad pushed it all down with a Gibson in his hand
To finish that song that never had an end
I can still hear that song in my head
In my head

Information, education, given in love
Questions digest like sugar in my blood
Holding together what’s meant to fall apart
Justify a reason for the way things are

I don’t wanna be lost
I don’t wanna be forgotten
I got reason to believe that I just might
One day see these walls crumble and dissolve
Around me

I’m not afraid, not afraid to lose
It’s a voice that I can’t refuse
Maybe I don’t have a right to choose when it calls my name

Something To Believe In

You want something constant
And you want something sure
Something you can hold
Something secure
I’ve seen your eyes knocking
And turn from the door
Tell me what it is you’re looking for

If you need something to believe in
You can believe in my love

Your heroes stand tall
And you lean on their strength
When one takes a hard fall
With them you break
Well the rope never mattered
‘Till it was holding your weight
I guess trust is a chance you take

If you need someone to believe in
You can believe in my love

Well I've spent my life looking
For a truth I can bear
But kingdoms are just sand
And a throne is just a chair
Dreams are born to grow up
To die, and tear, and spring again
In the summer air

I’ve needed someone to believe in
I’ve needed someone to believe in
I’ve needed someone to believe in
Can I believe in your love?

Trouble Found Me

Give me something good to do
Write me a line to say
Just give me someone I could be
If I’m always standing in the way

Or am I just a paper doll
Looking for a pair of scissors?
That won’t cut me into something small
But cut me free from the danger

Sometimes I feel like quitting
And making someone do my bidding
You’re laughing but I'm not kidding

I feel like I’m gonna lose it
God knows I didn’t choose it
Right when I wasn't looking
Trouble found me
Trouble found me

Give me a new condition
Is that too big a favor?
Truth without apprehension
Cuz I’ve been taught good behavior

I don’t care what you want to know
Let me show you to the door
You give me the disease
Now you’re selling me the cure

My affections are too soft
To put a spell on me isn't hard
Good intentions feed the wolves and sharks

Feels like I’m gonna lose it
God know I didn’t choose it
Right when I wasn't looking
Trouble found me
Trouble found me

Everything that I do
I thought I was supposed to
But nothing that I can do
Is enough for you

Gonna leave that trouble behind me
Won’t be the shadow that binds me
Next time I’m gonna be ready
When trouble finds me
When trouble finds me
Trouble finds me

Plain Letters

It always shows up at your door
When you least expect it to
Old wounds from your youth
Reintroduce themselves to you

Do your best impression of yourself
A watered down version of the way it felt
To be unrecognized, misunderstood, and spelled out
In plain letters
In plain letters

The camera’s always on the wrong side of the glass
Is there ever a flattering angle of the facts?

Well do your best impression of yourself
A box within a box in a storage cell
Those who tell you what you are, poke an insect in a jar
And put it on your name tag
In plain letters

How does it look, when it dries in pen
On your eyes, on your heart, on your emptiness
Well you can’t be surprised by what you’ve come expect
I hope you find a weakness that you’re stronger than
I hope you find a weakness that you’re stronger than

You’ve got a case of winter that no one’s ever seen
Is that a new bandage on your knees?

Did anybody ask you what was wrong
Or did they stare at you strange when you asked where you belonged?
You know you can't defeat it, so you run out to greet it, but it looks like a stop sign
In plain letters

How does it look, when it dries it in pen
On your eyes, on your heart, on your emptiness
Well you can’t be surprised by what you’ve come expect
I hope you find a weakness that you’re stronger than
I hope you find a weakness that you’re stronger than
I hope you find a weakness that you’re stronger than
 
It’s an illiterate feeling and a slow healing
Your world spins like a planet on your ceiling
And I wish it was enough to convince you of yourself
But it can’t be said in plain letters
In plain letters
Plain letters

L.A. (Looking Alive)

Taking a walk down Eagle Rock, wandering
Where the men wear their jeans tight as a bull dog’s skin
Listening to the way people talk and the way people worry
Turn themselves blonde when they get that sick feeling they’re aging

I have a face he has a hard time remembering
And every time that we’ve met he’ll ask
Sorry what’s your name again?
Well the way people talk and the way people hurry
To reach for a card when they think that you might be
Wasting their time

Wide eyed looking for something
There’s bound to be something
To let you down
Wide eyed are you sleep deprived
Well if you want to be something
You’re looking alive

Taking a drive down the five, I’m a different man
The drivers have a way of taking the last bit of goodness I had
There’s always something to wake you when you're caught in a dream
Flashing lights in your rearview, the hollowing scream of your own voice
Was that my voice?

Might I suggest something?
There’s bound to be something
To let you down
Wide eyed are you sleep deprived
If you want to be something then
Hey! Look alive
Look alive
Look alive
Look alive
Look alive
Look alive

Well I left for the city with the strength and the will to compete
How quickly you forget that just anyone can fill your seat
Doesn't it feel good to laugh at yourself
Turn your back on the business and leave it to sell its own worry

I’ve been looking alive
I've been looking alive

Dry As Sand

So your heart is inside out
All your friends have let you down
Love slipped out the door without a sound
With every new promise there lies a deeper doubt

You think you see it coming but it turns before it can find you
You stare at what you want for so long it’s starting to blind you

Dark as night and dry as sand
The meaning filters right through your hands
Silence is your dearest friend
With every new beginning there comes a faster end

You think you see it coming but it turns before it can find you
You stare at what you want for so long it’s starting to blind you

I can’t tell you what you’re fighting for
I can only tell you what I see
I wish that I could say it well, like it felt
To watch the evening fall on your face
Your beautiful face

Time and sorrow burn the fuse
You patch the hole with water and it seeps right through
What on earth has been holding you
This time around you just needed proof
 

Like You Do

Sometimes I want to fade
Into someone familiar
Fill the room up with smoke
And hide in the laughter

No one knows me like you do
No one sees me like you do

I know I’m hard to read
And I’m easy to tear
And I’m unaware
That there’s something in me
Strong enough to kill something in you

No one knows me like you do
No one breaks me like you do
I see the darkness in me
When I try to find it in you

The heart that breaks in two
It breaks for you

Maybe we’re two parts
Bound by the same thread
Was it you who said
There was some good in me
Strong enough to heal some good in you

No one breaks me like you do
No one takes me like you do
I see the darkness in me
When I try to find it in you

The heart that breaks for you
It breaks me through and through
Like you do

 

Common Language

Here we are once again
Can’t get out, can’t get in
We’re the same note
In different octaves
You see blue, I see in turquoise
We’re the same note in different octaves

I’ve been looking for something
A sound or a sentence
I see a thousand doors
But I can’t find an entrance
You could put it into words and I’d still be confused
I can hold you in my arms
And never really know you

Ahhhhh
There’s something about it Ahhhhh
You and I, we can’t live without it
Similar hearts speak dissonant phrases
Differing souls speak a common language

Empires fall by a stone
Hide my hand once it’s thrown
Well everything’s fine, if nothing is broken
Building a wall of my own
Under this flesh, out of this bone
Your word was your word ‘till it was broken

I’ve been looking for something, a break in the static
A reason to wake from these patterns and habits
I can put it into music and never be moved
I can hold you in my arms
And never really feel you

Ahhhhh
There’s something about it
Ahhhhh
You and I, we can’t live without it
Similar hearts speak dissonant phrases
Differing souls speak a common language
 
Similar hearts speak dissonant phrases
Beauty and pain are a common language
You and I, we’re a common language
Beauty and pain are a common language
 

Bound

The truth of love has found me out
Is holding sway like waves of doubt
Will raise the tide and find my bed–
A tipping boat beneath my head

The turn of time, a mirror ball
And it floods a weather in through this hall
Like voices climbing from the street
Of lovers just beneath my feet

Oh find your way however found
But maybe we’re better bound

Into you, my spirit goes,
I hand it over like a rose
Fading, breaking at its side
Dying as it opens wide

Oh find your way however found
But maybe we’re better bound

The thread of this long afternoon
It finds the eye of this dark room
To stitch both time and love somehow
To you, beneath my head just now

But maybe we’re better bound