In Search of Brighter Skies

by The Black Sox Scandal

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1.
Stranded here I’m waiting For someone to finally see this through I saw a figure past the airline gates But I’m scared it wasn’t you It’s not the first time down this road And maybe we should give it time But how am I supposed to keep up As the hours lag behind? She’ll say it clear and I can’t fight Casey said I’ve got an east coast bias Rooted in my heart and in my veins Casey said I’ve got an east coast bias And I’ll stay stuck with no one left to blame Through the winters in Poughkeepsie Where my harshest doubts were sown These were places I could make it But could never call my home Now the story changes Jets take off in search of brighter skies Toward a city for the angels And I just might Casey said I’ve got an east coast bias Rooted in my heart and in my veins Casey said I’ve got an east coast bias And I’ll stay stuck with no one left to blame Casey said I’ve got an east coast bias Rooted in my heart and in my veins Casey said I’ve got an east coast bias And I’ll stay stuck with no one left to blame
2.
Bring me all your problems And I won’t ask any questions You might say I have enough And I might make that concession But the truth is in the knife And the choice to put it down again tonight You’d catch me when I fall But that’s not helping us at all Damage pulls me through I’ll relive my mistakes Because it’s easier to bend than break These habits that pull me back to you Occupied in solace With the hope of satisfaction But it’s hard to make this progress In a dark and troubled faction Would it have been so hard To give a reason why you’re leaving? So shattered is this man Who makes his living breaking even Standing idly by to watch the world around us stretch him way too thin
3.
Places 03:43
Lost in translation for the message here And what I’m supposed to see The problem is you see right through me There’s got to be a lesson Just to make some goddamn sense Of all the people that we’ve scattered Or was this just supposed to be? If there’s no math to loss and love To find out what you’re made of We could rule the world like kings If we could see the sky above If I could just escape this place I know that I’d be fine Absent of a shortcut All we’ve left is to survive If there’s a second for an exit here And how this ought to be The problem was it fell so simply If there’s no math to loss and love To find out what you’re made of We could rule the world like kings If we could see the sky above If I could just escape this place I know that I’d be fine Absent of a shortcut All we’ve left is to survive You always wanted to know If we could find other places to go If there’s no math to loss and love To find out what you’re made of We could rule the world like kings If we could see the sky above If there’s no math to loss and love To find out what you’re made of We could rule the world like kings If we could see the sky above If I could just escape this place I know that I’d be fine Absent of a shortcut All we’ve left is to survive
4.
Fading Out 04:06
Is this where the light fades out Have you taken all that you can see? Can you stand for what we’ve lost here Or does it drive you mad like me? Dancing in a circle When timing wasn’t perfect A copacetic pause for a promise kept I’ve used my bookshelf as a trophy case For lessons learned and purchased But nothing in the text can paint the picture As I’ve searched us for an answer That grades out more than a cheap romancer Is this where the light fades out Have you taken all that you can see? Can you stand for what we’ve lost here Or does it drive you mad like me? It couldn’t be enough to pour my thoughts out Fair or not to put them on your shoulders As “Recovery” filled the pauses in the air I’ve made a lifetime of ignoring my own best advice With nothing short tonight of full disclosure As an escape device Don’t press me for a reason why Because you’re worth every goddamn second in my eyes Is this where the light fades out Have you taken all that you can see? Can you stand for what we’ve lost here Or does it drive you mad like me? It’ll test me to the marrow in my bones To leave without you The last few weeks were like sleepwalking alone But I’ll fade without you Is this where the light fades out Have you taken all that you can see? Can you stand for what we’ve lost here Or does it drive you mad like me?
5.
Judging by your apathy And how you don’t remember me I think we’ve got a problem here When you’ve been to Hell and back You know just how to take the heat But now it’s burning me alive And God, if you’re watching Please cover your eyes See it in the present tense And know until it all makes sense Pull me up, don’t let me drown All alone, I’m feeling all alone But I'm still relieved to feel the wind at my back And now for this moment I’ll cover my eyes Look down from the clouds Look down to the ground And you’ll see me crawling Back from the life Where I sink to be safe and it’s in the margin now I can hold my head up high It’s a target but I call it life well spent We could’ve had it all But maybe that was just too much to ask It takes more than one to want it Your problem with rejection Doesn’t mix with my affection And it’s clear now we weren’t built to last But now in this moment Just cover your eyes Look down from the clouds Look down to the ground And you’ll see me crawling Back from the life Where I sink to be safe and it’s in the margin now I can hold my head up high It’s a target but I call it life well spent
6.
Cap & Gown 05:25
Don’t we all look pretty in our cap & gown? It don’t mean much to me right now But sure did make my mama proud And my father said to me, He said, “This world is in your hands” But I can’t fight it I’ll never live up to grandeur that they think I can But simple words struggle to say Regrets are how we got this way A chapter lost and gone As I found, I found where I belonged Don’t we all look pretty in our cap & gown? I had all of these great big dreams But myself, I shot them down Because there isn’t time For all of the things we want in this And by the time my mind’s made up I’ll have surely missed my ideal tryst But simple words struggle to say Regrets are how we got this way Wasted pages, nightly rages All gone in one day? We forgot the power in our past We lost the hours that went so fast With brutal lessons and harsher themes We finally found what it all means This thing called growing up Isn’t always all that it’s supposed to be They offered me four years to finally find my fit But high and mighty at seventeen and I couldn’t handle it Someone tell me for all the work, what it is I have to show? I’m unemployed, I’m miserable and worst of all I’m alone Worst of all... Simple words struggle to say Regrets are how we got this way A chapter lost and gone As I found, I found, I found... We forgot the power in our past We lost the hours that went so fast With brutal lessons and harsher themes We finally found what it all means This thing called growing up Isn’t always all that it’s supposed to be That it’s supposed to be

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released May 13, 2016

Written & Performed by The Black Sox Scandal
Recorded & Mixed by Joe Dell'Aquila at Exeter Recordings
Produced by Joe Dell'Aquila & The Black Sox Scandal
Mastered by Bill Henderson at Azimuth Mastering

The Black Sox Scandal:
Tom Smeaton // Lead Vocals
Dan Lisi // Guitar, Vocals
Colin Hyland // Guitar
Brett Bretterson // Bass
Anthony Galasso // Drums, Percussion

Additional Musicians:
Zac Wong // Keys, Synth

Artwork & Design: Anthony Galasso
www.antgalasso.com

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