A Tempest, A Shipwreck, An Earthquake

by Vagrant Beat

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Recorded November 2012 to April 2013 at MDIA Sound and 124 North Lancaster Street, Athens, OH
Produced by Josh Stanley and Vagrant Beat
Tracks 1-3, 5-8, 10 engineered by Dave Polster and Josh Stanley
Track 4 engineered by Josh Stanley
Track 9 engineered by Dan Mullally and Josh Stanley
Mixed by Josh Stanley
Mastered by Chris Graham, Columbus, OH
Design by Grant Engstrom

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released July 15, 2013

Ryan James (Vocals, Guitar, Found Sounds), Taylor Kreemer (Drums), Aaron Smith (Bass, Vocals), Josh Stanley (Guitar, Vocals)

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Track Name: Hunt the Light
Your catacomb heart
That weary nest of pain
Footsteps follow in the dark
Whispering your name

The ruins of an empire
Bones rattle on the hill
Where a flame lit in vain
Did shine for the last time

Still we’ll hunt the light

The stars conspire
To lead us away
Let the pillars fall
And the garden burn
The kids have to learn

Our bodies levitate
Float through space
This was never yours
The past is erased

Still we’ll hunt the light
And all of the days
That were stolen away
Only to pass us by
Still we’ll hunt the light

The glass is empty
And your hands are tied
The stars are spies
Singing you to sleep

On a bed of razors
White thighs pull apart
Your voice in my ear
Yeah, your voice so sweet

Still we’ll hunt the light
Live in the days
That were stolen away
Track Name: You Would Do Well to Remember This
Wade through the water
Sift down to the bottom
Some beggar with a pale visage
Forging with the sediment

Never have I met
Another so fearless
Nostalgia’s like a poison
And you lick the vile clean

All streams are one
We bleed the same

But I won’t let you
Get the best of me
Embrace the silence
That comes before a riot

You would do well
To remember this
Fall on broken knees
The violence of memory

Because this pain is transient
It ebbs and flows, dies and glows
Half an hour of salvation
Counting shapes in the basement

Just let the music play
On and on and on and on

But I won’t let you
Get the best of me
Embrace the silence
That comes before a riot
Walls wear the diagrams
That lead to the promised land

What was it that you found there
Cast-off into the shadows
They never spoke a word to you
But somehow it didn’t matter
Watching my letters all wash away
Onto the shores of forbidden islands
I’ve found grace in the weakest hands
And I’ve sewn shut my own eyelids

I’ve seen everything
There is to see in you

But I won’t let you
Get the best of me
Embrace the silence
That comes before a riot

The pin dropped
Track Name: Small Hours
Child of night
Salt stream to wound
O’ cancerous thought
The small hours bloom

Put all the knives
Away in the house
Scale the flesh
From the body it left

You came to me
As an apparition
A gloved hand outstretched
An angel no more

Take me away from the light
Separate the vessel from the mind
To the land where men go forgotten forever
And move in silent winds

I held the weight
Of death in your eyes
Withered, afraid
That someday the dawn will be returned to me

Take me away from the light
Separate the vessel from the mind
To the land where men go forgotten forever
And move in silent winds
It’s happening again
Track Name: Transatlantic
(Instrumental)
Track Name: Young Archers
Forgotten seeds will spread
To grow visions in your head
A sea of broken idols
Rose petals and glass
Mirrors that don’t look back

No sun burns bright enough

Time is a thankless friend
He always finds you in the end
To make dust of truth
And faith of old wounds
That just won’t mend

No sun burns bright enough
To lead us back home again
No sun burns bright enough
To scorch your arrows

Clawing at your chest
Failed by phantom limps
Sirens at the door
Forcing their way in

No sun burns bright enough
To lead us back home again
No sun burns bright enough
To scorch your arrows
Track Name: When Men Start Fires
Submit to solitude
Hide in your books
Just to live their lies
Their pleasures unfold
As you ponder your own
Fruitless in the moonlight

Now to all that’s untraveled
To the diamonds in the rubble
The grandeur of loneliness
You catalog your accidents
In careful phrases
Pressed between pages
For a love time renounced

Don’t retreat, not just yet
They’ll have your head for this

Yeah, you’re fighting this war on your own
One hundred years unknown
Someday she might see your face
And not turn away

In retrospect each caress
Now feels distant and cold
Our laughter died that season
But the solace one finds
In the words on a matchbox
Says otherwise because envy
Can be frightening

This is what happens
When men start fires
Desperate for answers
And yearning with desire
Get me out of my mind
Get me out of my mind

Don’t retreat, not just yet
They’ll have your head for this

Save your spine
Yeah, you’re fighting this war on your own
One hundred years unknown
Save your spine
As the radio cries your last rites
And fades into static
Someday she might find your touch
In a stranger’s embrace
Track Name: Labyrinth Dreams
Sometimes I wish I knew
Just what became of you
The needle threads through
All the wandering nights
And your chandelier eyes
Lost in the blue

I bit the innocence right off your lips
Vanity will be the death of me
In that hotel room by the shore
We wasted the hours because they were there

Our hope is clay
Melting in the rain
So far from home
So young, so alone

Now every night
The same dream finds me
I’m naked on your steps
All the birds are falling
There’s two hollow slits
Where your eyes should be

You made me a promise
You said you’d set me free

Our hope is clay
Melting in the rain
So far from home
So young, so alone

The tears fall down your breasts
Like tiny marbles of sorrow
Found at the bottom of every fountain

She says the mask suits me
Oh, but you’re looking too thin
Her mouth on my collarbone
So it ends like it begins
With nothing

Before the blood runs dry
And the order is sent
Cup my face in your hands
Kiss me like you kiss him
I’m just the latest victim

She says the mask suits me
Oh, but you’re looking too thin
Her mouth on my collarbone
So it ends like it begins
With nothing

I’m just the latest victim
I’m just a pawn in the system
I’m just the latest victim
And I’ll emerge from this
More dead than alive
Track Name: Borderlands
This must be the place
Everything’s new again
The burden of youth
Still haunts your skin

But this cup’s poison
Just like all your friends
As her face disappears
In the borderlands

We wanted something more
We wanted something more
We wanted something more
But we never found it

We wanted something more
We wanted something more
We wanted something more
But we never found it

Cut the arteries and tethers
Forever, forever
Cut the arteries and tethers
Forever, forever

Cling to threads of a past life
That disguise isn’t fooling anyone
They hear your cries
They feel your breath on their necks

Now only fragments remain
Her tongue’s in your mouth
Like vines in the spring
Searching for a heart

This must be the place
Everything’s new again
The burden of youth
Still haunts your skin

But this cup’s poison
Just like all your friends
As her face disappears
In the borderlands

We wanted something more
We wanted something more
We wanted something more
But we never found it

We wanted something more
We wanted something more
We wanted something more
But we never found it

Cut the arteries and tethers
Forever, forever
Cut the arteries and tethers
There will be no miracles here
The current pulls you in
Track Name: Black Ribbon
Wait for the cue
This will all be over soon
We’ll rewrite history
The vultures are circling

Like falling in a dream
A mask for the mind
Left dangling on the rope
Ten thousand eyes below terrified

The distance is killing me
I need the release
Part with your misery

All the pretty ones
Are off sewing their seeds
Trading in their arms
This wicked cavalcade proceeds

While your sleep
Cicadas drone
You dream of death
They sing their woes
And no one knows

The distance is killing me
I need the release
Part with your misery

Gaze up at your vacant heaven
An idle season, a pact now broken
This could be an invitation
Wear your black ribbon

A tempest, a shipwreck, an earthquake
Track Name: An Elegy
Here flowers bloom eternal
And stars plunge into the depths
To bring you back from death

I can’t feel my feet underneath me
As I run into the night
All secrets by my side
I really went and fucked it up this time

White hem in the mist
Summer’s kiss upon the veil
Yeah, the film comes off the reel
The cards come out
And the house falls down
The cards come out
But you just stand there laughing

I can’t feel my feet underneath me
As I run into the night
All secrets by my side
I really went and fucked it up this time

Sinking into gray
But you were never mine to save