Compass

by Anchoress

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released March 18, 2014

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  • Mar 31
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Track Name: Dear Home
When I left home,
I left it all behind.
Left all I've ever known,
To live on my own dime.

Hopped a plane.
Crossed borders.
Gonna make my name
Taking my own orders.

To live is to learn and
To learn is to grow.
I'd rather build than burn
A bridge to where I want to go.

My, oh my, how good it feels to just live my life.
To wake up every day knowing that I can change.
If there is a problem, solve it; if it breaks, just fix it.
Each new day is a new memory waiting to be made.

I've been shaped as much by those I've left as those I've kept.
(Carry on, my son)
I'll cross every heart and hope to never die; too busy saying hello to ever say goodbye.
(I’ll see you when you’re done)
I'll never forget where I'm from but I love the man that I've become.
(Carry on)

I gather around me those who make me feel complete,
The friends and family who are there to help me
When a problem comes along that I can't solve myself,
The ones who through just being kind help me decide which path I'd like to find.

I've been shaped as much by those I've left as those I've kept,
Like an old riverbed dreaming of the oceans it never met.
Flow forth, with haste, sweet river,
Carry on, carry on, carry on.

I'll cross every heart and hope to never die; too busy saying hello to ever say goodbye.
One day the story will be told on the wall in frames:
"Found adventure and love, chose rings and names."
Go forth, with grace, sweet lover,
Carry on, carry on, carry on.

I'll never forget where I'm from but I love the man that I've become.
Draw a line on the wall every time that you fall
And when you get back up to mark the way back home.
We live, we lose, we learn, we move. We go into the horizon with nothing to prove.
We love, we fight, we grow, we ride. We walk unconcerned to the oncoming tide.
We live, we lose, we learn, we move. We go into the horizon with nothing to prove.
We love, we fight, we grow, we ride.
Go North, find your place in forever,
Carry on, carry on, carry on.
Track Name: Capture
When you’ve got nothing but sand,
Pick your words for the present.
Because the tide will come in and
Wash out all that you ever meant.

We all stop and stare at the sea sometimes.
I know for me, I just need:
To find some time to breathe.
To leave my restless mind behind.

Build what you will,
Every cup will spill.
Stand at the water’s edge proclaiming
Greatness and your life long remaining.
See time and tides compliance
In great old Ozymandias.
Because castles made of sand
Slip into the sea, eventually.

I’ve been walking circles around
Thoughts too cliche to speak aloud.
But they make the fatalist in me
Plant my feet where the sand meets the sea.

Like the forest for the trees,
Can’t see the water for the seas.
I’ll keep walking until the breeze
Stops pushing, wandering on as I please
Stay with me,
Say that you’ll never leave.
Please stay with me.
Say that you’ll never leave.

When you’ve got nothing but sand,
Pick your words for the present.
Because the tide will come in and
Wash out all you ever meant.

I am not afraid to die,
But I am terrified:
Of growing old in a world that moves too fast.
Of being alone with just memories of the past.
Track Name: For a Soft Heart
Don’t leave me dancing with myself,
You know how much I need you.
So hold me closer, baby blue.

The sun fell into the islands off the bay
And pulled the stars along behind, tied to his sleigh.

It’s high tide, and the water laps our feet.
All late summer nights should be spent on a beach.
Weather permitting, we will never have to leave.
From where I’m sitting, you’re the brightest star I see.

It’s in that minute, inches apart,
I feel it spinning, my beating heart.
The air is tense, the lights are dark.
The room is a powder keg and she is the spark.

Don’t leave me dancing with myself,
You know how much I need you.
So hold me closer, baby blue.
Don’t leave me dancing with myself,
You know how much I need you.

So hold me closer, baby blue.

And in that time of calm,
The seconds right before dawn,
I grasp up at the sky,
Try to make this moment mine.

Dear love, a toast to this night:
To all the stars in your eyes,
To all nights yet to unfold,
To our love, to have and to hold.
Track Name: Torrential
It always rains on the unloved here.
Take a step, take a breath,
Take a chance before they’ve left.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained,
Nothing ever stays the same.
Though it always rains on the unloved here,
Bad weather can’t follow you everywhere.
Track Name: Sunbros
I’m living the same day again and again.
Rise alone by the fire I know,
Mark another line on my shoulder each time.
Shake the dust of the place I’ve been living in.
Look at the back of my own hands
And see the loss of my humanity.
I’m living the same day again and again

Again and again and again and again and
Again and again and again and again and
I know that were it all to end that I’ve spent
Every single one in constant motion.
Trying to shake the dust, to make some progress,
Trying to make each one reach a little further in time.
I know that were it all to end that I’ve spent
Every single one in constant motion to a goal of mine.

Here I am again; giving up, giving in.
I think it’s time I found a friend to relieve this burden

Attack with sticks and fists
Like epileptic fits
Sustained embrace of the grave
Pays the piper and the life we gave
Never walk alone through the valley of death.
Never carry home the bloody trophies of the west.

Decayed and frayed, all splayed
Upon the funeral blaze.
Released from the peace
Of the eternal sleep.
Never walk alone through the valley of the drakes
Never play the hero when the whole worlds gone insane

Step over the carnage to the shining white door,
A goddamn demon breaks you, crushed and bleeding on the floor.

I know that all
Of this will not end,
That I will come back,
Again and again.
Track Name: Suenos de las Olas
Abased at the base of the willow as it's boughs
and the waves seek to meet at the mouth of the bay.
Though Time was found undressed and unwound at my side on the ground,
she cried that she'd never want it any other way.

Breathe deep.
Feed sleep.

Never dreamed that I'd ever see the seams between where we are,
where we've been and where we're gonna go,
But here without fear all I hear the baited breath of the sea
as all the stories of our lives weep softly down the boughs of the willow.
Pleased to see, pleased to be here to leave you free of loss,
to find you when you're lost, to be that albatross that clings to you in your sleep.

My love, I've brought you tulips tonight.
They slip from my fingers as sparks alight.

And in the moment that they fall as all things must,
Time and her Passage gently stall in the growing dusk.

With the wind held enthrall while every second seems to crawl,
the breeze speaks to me in a soft southern drawl:
"All weary hearts take flight tonight,
Lost in each other for forever in the shallow ocean's light.
Fly away. Fly away."
Even as I lay...

Abased at the base of the willow as it's boughs
and the waves seek to meet at the mouth of the bay.
Though Time was found undressed and unwound at my side on the ground,
she cried that she'd never want it any other way.

Never dreamed that I'd ever see the seams between where we are,
where we've been and where we're gonna go,
But here without fear all I hear the baited breath of the sea
as all the stories of our lives weep softly down the boughs of the willow.
Pleased to see, pleased to be here to leave you free of loss,
to find you when you're lost and to push that albatross down and out of your dreams.

Two friends floating on the ocean
Drifting in and out with the tide
Both found that they’d always be...