SONGS A​-​Z Cynic & the Sunrise Acoustic (2004​​-​​2005)

by Robert LaSalle

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SONGS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

Never released, recorded in many random bedrooms, garages, basements and kitchens, “Songs” is a huge compilation of music recorded from 2004 onward. The music is an autobiography that starts out with a teenager experimenting with new songwriting techniques, production, instrumentation, progressions, melodies, time signatures and lyrical themes. Nearly everything recorded from 2004-2009 was recorded on a shitty multi-track (Korg MKII) with a shitty microphone (SM58) and mixed on-the-spot with shitty headphones (shitty headphones). That’s the producer’s disclaimer. Voilà.

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released December 31, 2005

All songs written, performed and produced by Robert LaSalle except "Half Mile Away" with Luke Freeman playing drums

ALBUM ART BY MEGAN KELLEY

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Track Name: Because of You
because of you
i never grieve
i never say
that i need your pity
i'm never wrong
you came into my soul
and buried me
you stole my song

see my eyes don't see my vision of me
breathe my shadows breathe melon collie

you comes in spite
your life's unjust
you hold my crown
i pull you up
you push me down
i never knew
a keen eye on trust
but i can't trust you

i know i'm through
instead of love
i'm on my own
because of you
i know i'm through
instead of love
i'm on my own

see my eyes don't see my vision of me
breathe my shadows breathe melon collie
see my eyes don't see my vision of me
feel my shadows breathe
Track Name: Calm Down, Old Man
growing up in fury every day
telling what you can and cannot say
being told you can and cannot do
i know you know we know they want us to

it’s too late, it’s too late
what’s this got to do with age?
it’s too late, It’s too late
what’s this got to do with age?

conquer all the world and then they’ll know
you have the power, not the time to grow
when’s the best time to believe?
when you peak, you’re just a memory

it’s too late, it’s too late
what’s this got to do with age?

calm down, calm down
calm down, calm down

make your mark on me and me to you
if you race you might get there too soon
slow down you might be all alone
you’re too angry, man, you might be getting old

it’s too late, it’s too late
what’s this got to do with age?

calm down, calm down
calm down, calm down
Track Name: Distort the Rest of Me
welcome back. we will- we will welcome you
hope the worst won’t tear through the best of you
we've picked through the change we’ve promised you
we've forgotten all the good things, understood?
meaning... must there be?
distort the rest of me
when you die, remember nothing

hope the worst won’t tear through you
bring me the answers to my questions
"still you think you're worthy?"
hope the worst won’t tear through you
conquer their sadness -nothing matters
"nothing brings you further"

missed the message
completely dead inside
you think that something comes next, you’re wrong
lived a good one? think you deserve it?
here's the answer to all your problems
all eternity all eternity
these are things you’ll never compreh-
Track Name: Half Mile Away
too late today
you're a half a mile away
there's nothing left to say
no there's nothing left to say

i tied us up in twos
i gave everything for you
now there's nothing left to do
now there's nothing left to do

give myself to you
but you long to see me dead
i guess what's left is in my head
i guess what's left is in my head

love's a perfect knot
but your heart i strung's now lost
once love's now love that's gone
once love's now love that's gone

too late today
you're half a mile away
but i'm walking anyways
no i'm walking anyways

i tied us up in twos
i gave everything for you
now there's nothing left to do
now there's nothing left to do

i wonder to your place
for a last glimpse of your face
but i find myself alone
now and longing for a gun

i tied us up in twos
now i tighten up the noose
what's left i leave for you
what's left i leave for you
Track Name: It'll All Come Back (Acoustic)
"you's the law, man. you says what's is true."
but your morals still stuffed deep inside of you
you’ve covered them up with your bloodstained hands
and stomped out the ashes in every other man

i could wash your brain too -it needs the cleanse
i choose not to fuck you but to make amends
take your hand off the book and lift it to your head
you were born with integrity; now you're better off dead

take it all away
it'll all come back someday
if what you say is true
it'll all come back on you

we're civilized now -no more savages in cages
only oppressed desires and fat middle ages
steal toe battles with guns and knives
"all the good folks are lawyers with fat housewives"

think twice before you really know what's good
and if you think you're better... you probably shouldn't
who's the judge? who's the jury, and who's here to endorse them?
where's the baby blue peasants you pay to enforce them?!

take it all away
it'll all come back someday
if what you say is true
it'll all come back on you

all of those things I plan to do
(all of the good I plan to do)
the only one in my way is you

take it all away
it'll all come back someday
if what you say is true
it'll all come back on you
Track Name: Nevermore (The Warning)
a flawless kingdom
touches your senses
provokes your every nerve
the king writes in bold print
messenger won't receive it
nevermore is his last word

he built you a castle
and pushed you off your throne
never ask for nevermore
the fine lines are inside
forever etched in stone
never ask for nevermore

the king never asked him
was forewarned in bold print
take you for the last word you send
the fine lines are not on this earth
send this word to the messenger
let him know the walls are caving in

he built you a castle
and pushed you off your throne
never ask for nevermore
the fine lines are inside
forever etched in stone
never ask for nevermore

if you see him coming, don't look back
until the walls around you drop

he set out on white horses
to give the king his fair warning
from coast to coast the clock towers bend
prepare yourself for the last dance
he said, send word to the messenger
when it ends it never ends again

he built you a castle
and pushed you off your throne
never ask for nevermore
the fine lines are inside
forever etched in stone
never ask for nevermore
Track Name: No Regrets
lightning falls against the earth
i gave up, i dove in head first
water pounds against the shore
all is calm on the ocean floor

no regrets
on the ocean floor
peace at last
beneath the storm

up above the wind is high
never touch the surface now
up above the lightning strikes
all is calm beneath the tide

no regrets
on the ocean floor
peace at last
beneath the storm

not to see -not to breathe
life rises out of me
water pounds into the shore
all is calm on the ocean floor

no regrets
on the ocean floor
peace at last
beneath the storm

no regrets
on the ocean floor
peace at last
beneath the storm
Track Name: No Time or Place
simple words with a simple voice
from a simple life in a simple world
complete my life with those simple eyes
and show them what they've seen

watch as they fly astray
has no time or place

honestly, there's a lot to see
there's no clouds, and there's no rain
luckily, there's a breeze today
and hopefully i'll blow away

and when i land i'll find that face
has no time or place

when i land i'll find that face
has no time or place

and if you've heard those simple words
watch them as they fly astray
enjoy the sounds in the senses dawned
and try to find that place

when i land i'll find that face
has no time or place
Track Name: A New Light
on the second floor in bars and chains
is there nothing here i can change?
the good fight for a bitter life in vein
is there nothing here i can change
tommorow's light will be the same
it's a burden breathing down my neck
is there nothing good, is there nothing good to come?
i can't believe what i have done
is there nothing good, is there nothing good to come?
i can't believe what i have done
hopelessly the last of me has built a castle in the sun
is nothing good, nothing good, nothing,
nothing good to come?
Track Name: Nude Blues
nude blues
dancing with the savage in your bed
long ties, long time a'comin'
practice makes perfection turn to sin

love is best
to touch her heart, first touch her skin
practice lovers
you're bound forever now instead

here and now
the last place you'd expect to see new life
you borrowed her future
don't have to take her home tonight

love is best
to touch her heart, first touch her skin
practice lovers
you're bound forever now instead

nude blues, nude blues
nude blues, nude blues
lust begins and ends in twos
Track Name: Settle For Less (Acoustic)
heaven is a mountain
if hell is just a hill
i'm here for answers
i'm here to kill or be killed
what's this, you say?! i'm in a valley?!
what good is this to me?
i'm climbing; getting tired; i've stopped to
rest beneath a tree
so, yes, might i settle for less
and build a castle on this hill
if it doesn't make me stronger
than it's bound to make me ill

i'll settle for less
i'll never ask for more and
i'll never be the best
i'll settle for less
incompetent excuses?
call me lazy if you wish
the cynic and the sunrise
the product of someone else’s eyes
i'm free to do whatever i want and so are you
and so are you...

revisions and sadists and crud in your head
i've come clean; i'm godspeed, and i'd rather be dead
don't surrender-don't decay-don't be shun from the day
can you feel it? it's real; it can blow you away

fuck your dreams
fuck your fortune
fuck the sparkle in her eye
fuck your "feelings inside"
fuck all four stable lives

do i pray for this sentiment?
is it not what won’t hit me?
my prayers do have answers and they're all 50/50

fifty fifty, hey

i'll settle for less
i'll never ask for more and
i'll never be the best
i'll settle for less
incompetent excuses?
call me crazy if you wish
the cynic and the sunrise
the product of someone else’s eyes
the cynic rides west
he prays for salt to turn to seas
the cynic breathes his own disease
the sun won't set if i keep riding east
the sun won't set if i keep riding east, ay

wouldn't it be great if we all died and god said,
"wow, that sucks"
Track Name: Up
up, it's the only way i'll ever reach you
'cause you can't reach me
why? if i go down, i'll never see you
you see my contradiction's a battleground
i gotta hold on tight
life's a stupid game
pay attention, you'll agree
when the world's not listening
listen closely, then you'll know
it's the only place i wanna go
(i gotta hold on tight
life, it's a stupid game to play)
i wanna go home
Track Name: Witness to the Storm
the sun's at the shoreline
the clouds are everywhere
i see the storm coming
i feel it in the air
here as i'm witness
to spring as it's sprung
here's the last lone cry
of the winter's dusk

the hills disappear
through the rain as it falls
the water splashes
from its shallow walls
the winter fights
to survive another day
as i fight
to keep my mind awake

trees fall
the wind is high
thunder sounds
in a flash of lights
spring calls
the storm cries
storm sings
lullabies, goodnight

i've walked for miles
just to witness this
i've built a fire
on the edge of cliff
i feel the storm
as it opens up
i'm so tired now
my eyes are shut

trees fall
the wind is high
thunder sounds
in a flash of lights
spring calls
the storm cries
storm sings
lullabies, goodnight

i've awoken to the sun
and the coals are dead
it's a long walk home
i'm cold and wet
i slept through the forecast
as i could predict
spring has begun
and i'm a witness to this