Four

by David Charles

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released February 8, 2014

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Track Name: Broken Heart Cycle
This all feels familiar
The loss and disappointment
I’ve been here before
Completely devastated
Devoid of inspiration
Just balled up on the floor

I’m staring in a mirror
I’m biting, stubborn, bitter
This is a different view
Somehow, I’m the widowmaker
Now I’m the heartless breaker
This all feels so new

Each time is a little bit different
But for the most part, it’s the same
Someone gets burned by the flames
Sometimes it happens to a close friend
Other times, you’re the one to blame
We’re all just fools in a game

It’s going round and round
A cycle of broken hearts
You were at the finish, now you’re back at the start

There is a message coming
And on the other end
Another victim of this pain
How do I dull the weakness?
How do I cure the sickness?
I’m not sure how to explain

I’ve been the crying shoulder
I’ve been the wounded soldier
In a war I didn’t choose
It seems stupid and erratic
Cupid picks a target
He’ll stitch a scratch but make a wound

Each time is a little bit different
But for the most part, it’s the same
Someone gets burned by the flames
Sometimes it happens to a close friend
Other times, you’re the one to blame
We’re all just fools in a game

It’s going round and round and round again
A cycle of broken hearts

They say that in war and love, all is fair
They say that you’re not alone, but I find no comfort there
Track Name: Long Road
I think I’ll take the long road home
Finding peace out in the unknown
No need for shortcuts, just inhale the warm air
No need to rush, I could be anywhere

I just watch the world go by
I just steer and not ask why
Breathing in the summer sky
I just watch the world blow by

I think I’ll take a little detour
Feel at ease beyond the unsure
Heading out around the docks
Feel the heat rise up off the sidewalk

I just watch the world go by
Sit back and let the worries fly
Soak it in while the sun still shines
I just watch the world blow by

Right now, there’s only one thing I miss
The simple joy of a simple kiss

I just watch the world go by
Take a deep breath, let out a sigh
Sing out to you with no reply
I just watch the world blow by
Track Name: Sweet Memories
It all started with a black shirt, blue tie
A curious drunken friend who had to ask why
I walked away with nothing more than a business card
Had no idea what this incident would kick start

One month later, I’m in your neighborhood and feeling a little bold
You were laid up at home but that’s when it started to unfold
Next thing I know, you were counting down the days
I still had no idea this was possible, I am still amazed

These are sweet memories

Walking out the side door at a House of Blues
Hopping in the car with someone that I hardly knew
I didn’t understand, the idea was never realistic
Then I held you for a minute and I was completely addicted

Looking out, throwing objects off the balcony
Acting stupid out in public on a cozy Halloween
Chess in the park, the photo op beside the grassy knoll
Lack of sleep, early trips to the airport when I’d lose control

Microwave treats, giddy with Dream House anticipation
I don’t even care that we never made it out of the kitchen
Freezing New York New Year’s Eve
When I look at you, I still can’t believe

Road trips and fantasies of monolithic domes
Someday, they could be the perfect homes
Long drives, hotel nights, all those confined spaces
Got me closer to you and I am not complaining

These are sweet memories

All I have are sweet memories of you
Track Name: Hold On
Don’t get up, save your health
This fight is for someone else
Don’t get up, hold on tight
Everything will be alright

Staring out the window
It’s a sunny April afternoon
I can’t grasp what’s happening
I am just a young man
How can I understand?

The room is filled with people trying
To beg and bargain with the reaper
As the breath fills up your lungs
Your chest rises and falls for the last time

Don’t get up, save your health
This fight is for someone else
Don’t get up, hold on tight
Hope everything will be alright

Watching closely now
How am I supposed to know when it’s time to let go?
Then it happens
I can’t describe it
There is no question
This is the end

The room is still filled with people trying
To curse and comprehend the reaper
As the breath filled up your lungs
Your chest rose and fell for the last time

Don’t get up, save your health
This fight is for someone else
Don’t get up, hold on tight
Hope everything will be alright

Sometimes you just gotta hold on
Sometimes you just gotta make time
Track Name: Just Say Yes
Want to dance? I don’t have time to waste
Just say yes, I will not wait around
I want to dance
Just want a little taste of living dangerous

Been locked away for far too long
What I did was never really wrong
Being doing time in my own prison
The sentence I served was self-inflicted
I’ve been immobile for too many weeks
Afraid if I don’t move, my legs will atrophy
I’ve been squandering all of this space
Not any longer, Mr. DJ drop the bass

Want to dance? I don’t have time to waste
Just say yes, I will not wait around
I want to dance
Just want a little taste of living dangerous

Been kicking myself over every little mistake
Every little move I didn’t make
Been lying down too long, sitting down bored
But not now, Hey Mr. DJ strike that chord

Want to dance? I don’t have time to waste
Just say yes, I will not wait around
I want to dance
Just want a little taste of living dangerous

Don’t stop keep the floor shaking until the collapse
Don’t stop if you slow it down, I fear I’ll relapse
Don’t stop now is not the time to sit and relax
Don’t stop now it is the time to turn up the tracks
Don’t stop the more I pause, the more I face facts
Don’t stop we got the rhythm and the beat just right to distract

I can’t go back

Want to dance?
I don’t have time to waste on your timid hesitance
Just say yes
We’ll make mistakes, I promise you won’t be disappointed
Track Name: Distorted Sight
Everything is all the same
I can feel you picking at my brain
You’ve got that look in your eyes
You’re mixing fire and ice

You can jump and I will follow
You can fall and I will try to pick you up
You can die and I will follow
You can shoot and I’ll stand in your front of your gun

I better forget her
Before I’m caught staring and turned to stone
I better forget her
Before the ground opens up and swallows me whole

I can’t see the stars tonight
Fireworks and cigarette smoke distort the sight

You can jump and I will follow
You can fall and I will try to pick you up
You can die and I will follow
You can shoot and I’ll stand in your front of your gun

I better forget her
Before I’m caught staring and turned to stone
I better forget her
Before the ground opens up and swallows me whole
I am a sickly, red-blooded man who can’t resist the plastic brand

Will someone open up my eyes?
Can someone help me see the light?
Track Name: Opposite Sides
I’m all alone and feeling sorry for myself
I’m still at home while you are living somewhere else
I’ve been in a stupor, I have barely moved for days
I’m digging deeper, but I just sit here and complain

You are so far away
My life feels so gray when we’re on opposite sides

I long for better, but I wallow in disgrace
Somehow I wonder, “Why am I still stuck in this place?”

You are so far away
My life feels so gray when we’re on opposite sides

It’s so hard accepting this is all my fault

Despite my lack AND absence of improvement
Will you still take me back?
It’s a good thing I am used to disappointment
You are staying there and I can’t blame you for that
Track Name: Fool's Gold
You’re sold, you’re selling out
You only want to please the crowd
You have nothing at all
You’re all flailing arms with your back against a wall
You’re sly, you’re a mix
Of deviance and underhandedness
You lie and you cheat
Rising the ranks by any means necessary

You’re bought, you’re sold
You’re worth about as much as fool’s gold
You weave and you spin
A web so twisted, you’re tangled within

You buy, you sell
Empty air to your gullible clientele
You’re creative, you’ve fabricated
Every achievement in your self-written tales

You’re bought, you’re sold
You’re worth about as much as fool’s gold
You weave and you spin
A web so twisted, you’re tangled within
You bluff and you fold
Your word is thinner than the cards you hold
You flip and you flop
It’s just a matter of time before your big drop

You’re a wolf dressed like a sheep
Robbing the fields while the farmer is sleeping
You’re a wizard and a trick
You leave your mark and get out quick
Track Name: All I Know
I know it should seem obvious, but I never know what’s right
I never feel assured or at peace with what I decide

All I know is I’m the loneliest person now
Without you here
All I know is I’m falling to pieces
I wish you were near

I can sense the walls closing around me
The belt is tightening, the air is getting heavy
I’ve spent months and months searching endlessly
Trying to replace what was already working perfectly

All I know is I’m the loneliest person now
Without you here
All I know is I’m falling to pieces
I wish you were near

All I know is I’m the loneliest person now
I wish you were here
All I know is I’m still in love
I wish you were near

It seems stupid now to say
I can’t get back what I’ve thrown away
I’d like to think I can do better,
But you can’t improve on perfection

Better get used to it
Track Name: Withstand
Polluted light and faded stars
We can’t lie about who we are
Beneath the glow, I see you
Drenched in woe, caked in blue
You reached out and grabbed my hand
I had my doubt, I took a stand
You recoiled, how dare I argue?
Said I’ll never make it without you

I know you’d like to see me fall
I know you’d like to see me fail
I won’t let myself get down
I won’t satisfy your miserable sounds

You can’t grow without my decay
I’ve stayed alive, it’s ruined your day
You’ll say you fret, you’ll say you care
But all I’ll get is more despair
Feel the tip of the scale
Your power slips, now you’re frail
I was a prince, naïve and young
Now I’m the king, your time has come

I know you’d like to see me fall
I know you’d like to see me fail
I won’t let myself get beat
I won’t satisfy your criminal needs

I know you’d like to see me fall
I know you’d like to see me fail

I won’t let myself get down
I won’t let myself get beat
I won’t let myself give up
I won’t let myself concede
Track Name: Simple. Beautiful.
This just might be my favorite memory
Soaked from head to toe, wandering alone in a downpour in Orlando
Strutting down the center of the street
Everybody’s seeking shelter but this weather’s all I need
Abandoned and stranded in a theme park
Perfectly content to stay drenched, but still warm long after dark

The only thing that is missing from this moment is your enchanting presence
But even in your absence, I can still feel your matchless warm affection
I’ve cleared my head of every thought except for you
I think I’ve found the only truth

It’s so simple
Keep it beautiful

This just might make for the greatest vacation I’ll ever take
Next to the thrill rides, empty on both sides, everyone else is still inside
Droplets are streaming down my face
But I’m not crying, I’m not dreaming
It won’t stop raining, I’m remaining
Completely carefree, there’s nothing I would change

The only thing that is missing from this moment is your enchanting presence
But even in your absence, I can still feel your warm heart and affection
I’ve cleared my head of every thought except for you
I think I’ve found the only truth

It’s so simple
Keep it beautiful