By Ghosts

by Paper Anthem

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credits

released April 28, 2015

Joseph Hitchcock - vocals, backing vocals, piano, keyboards, acoustic guitar, organ, electric guitar.
Adam Putman - backing vocals on tracks 2, 3, 4, electric guitar on tracks 2 and 4, drums on tracks 3, 8, drum programming on tracks 9, 12, percussion on tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7.
Matthew Putman - drums on tracks 1, 4, 10, 12, drum programming on track 10.
Brandon Robold - bass on tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12.
Jared Dunn - drums on tracks 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11.
Derek Shacklett - acoustic guitar on tracks 4, 6, 8, 11, 12.
David Moore - electric guitar on tracks 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12.
Zach Wilhite - electric guitar on tracks 7, 11.
Kenneth Sculley - strings on tracks 2, 6.

All songs written by Joseph Hitchcock.

All songs produced by Adam Putman.

Strings arranged by Joseph Hitchcock, Chris Moore and Kenneth Sculley.

Recorded by Adam Putman at Insomniac Studios and Chris Moore at East Hall Recording. Additional piano tracks recorded at Winterwood Recording Studios by Eric T. Schabacker.

Mixed by Adam Putman. Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music.

Cover art by Lucian Stanculescu.

Published by Sophrosyne Sounds.

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Track Name: Guardian Angel
Stop thinking about another war
'Til the letters stopped coming, gone, yeah
Don't know if this will do it for you
We'll never do this again
We'll never do this again

I know you're tired but I'm coming to you
Check the facts, state the obvious
I know you're sad, baby, listen to me
My heart is winning and my soul is losing

Coming around, a guardian angel
Don't look down, I'm falling to you
Coming around, this guardian angel
Don't look down, don't look down

In the end it's a soft invasion
Feels like you're the enemy
Prove me wrong and my tongue is silent
Wouldn't know what to say to me

Coming around, a guardian angel
Don't look down, I lost it through you
Coming around, this guardian angel
Don't look down, don't look down

Coming around, a guardian angel
Don't look down, I'm falling to you
Coming around, this guardian angel
Don't look down, don't look down

Coming around, a guardian angel
Don't look down, I lost it through you
Coming around, this guardian angel
Don't look down, don't look down

Don't look down, don't look down
Don't look down, don't look down
Track Name: Candle Dances
I'll be yours if you'll be mine
The forest burns while heaven thrives
This light was never meant to burn

Tell me now 'cause now is best
I'll be yours if you'll be less
This light was never meant to yearn

'Cause in my eyes you'll find sunrise (so I say)
In my eyes you'll be mine
Forever

Pull the trigger, might as well
Crosshair's good on who the hell
This light was never meant to burn

Every moment 'til this day I thought
You were being pulled this way
This light was never meant to yearn

'Cause in my eyes you'll find sunrise (so I say)
In my eyes you'll be mine
Forever

Some lights come before your eyes
Some lights come before your eyes
Some lights come before your eyes

And everything's unwelcome in my heart
Be the one to test me and I'll start
Don't want to hear nothing about my foolish heart

My foolish heart
My foolish heart
My foolish heart

'Cause in my eyes you'll find sunrise (so I say)
In my eyes you'll be mine
Forever
Track Name: Cardboard Cove
Abstract vision from across the sea
I know you and me will never be
Taking me along with a hundred creeds
Just another vision from across the sea

Carry me now, it's only love
Everything I own and everything above
Take me home to the cardboard cove
Carry me now, it's only love

And when the sun sets I'll be free
It all melts away like a poisoned tree
Everything I know is on my hand
I still have your note but I'm just sand

Sand

In the end there will be nothing but hope for you
In the end there will be nothing but the best for you

Carry me now, it's only love
Everything I own and everything above
Take me home to the cardboard cove
Carry me now, it's only love

And when the sun sets I'll be free
It all melts away like a poisoned tree
Everything I know is on my hand
I still have your note but I'm just sand

Sand

In the end there will be nothing but hope for you
In the end there will be nothing but the best for you

I saw the end in all its shades
I saw the end it's the end it's the end it's the end it's the end it's the end it's the end

Abstract vision from across the sea
I know you and me will never be
Track Name: Hills Hills Hills
Mercury in the sunlight, a sorrow of
A sorrow of, of a river of me
Hills and hills and hills again
Hills and hills and hills
I'm alive, I'm alive
Please hear me

Streamline, I'm alive again, full stop
Hop the fence and board the train
Hop the fence and know
I'm alive, I'm alive
And I'll follow you always

And a heart left open is left out on its own
And I know nothing except what I am shown
And the sky's wide open, all the stars and all the eyes
They're fools to believe you so I'm trying my best to find

Hills
Hills
Hills

All I've found in you is ice
Wind turns my head back but no, I'll say no
It's hard to say who truly paid the price

But I'll go
I'll go
Track Name: Scales on Skin
Long day in the fields
Collecting pieces of charred hearts
There's too much wind in the stands
For tracing lines between your scars

And if I only tried
To find a way around the whys and around the hows
Like if I really tried
If I really tried

Long day in the fields
Killing snakes amongst the weeds
Scales on skin like diamond hearts
I'll find a way to open up

And if I only tried
To find a way around the whys and around the hows
Like if I really tried
I'll find a way to open up

Oh, if I opened up someday
And found my way back down

Long day in the fields
But we're close to summer's end
Listen all you dead-end souls
What you need's around this bend

And if I only tried
To find a way around the whys and around the hows
Like if I really tried
I'll find a way to open up, to open up

Oh, if I opened up someday
I'd find my way back down
Oh, I'd find my way back down
Track Name: Rome
I'd walk any road to Rome as long as you're there
Drawing faces in the mud to passersby
And with a single balloon I'll never lose my way
I'll never lose my way on the road

And in my travels I've found my place
There's nowhere I belong except inside myself
There's a way of the gods about you now
There's a way of the gods about you now

I'd walk any road to Rome as long as you're there
Drawing faces in the mud to passersby
And with a single balloon I'll never lose my way
I'll never lose my way on the road

On the road
On the road
On the road
Track Name: Trinity Eye
Gone too far to love her again and that's the truth
Every promise I gave, it's on the line
When I come back I'll be inside a bubble that never breaks
'Cause I know it's stronger than your resolve

Can you feel my rage? I'll go again: go against the light
It towers all amongst the stars at night, between the trinity eye
Everything stops and starts again when I feel your heart
In a minute can we go again? Go against the light

I'm sorry I'm not there for your reasons and fairy tales
From this moment and everything after you're on your own
But tell me which one of you is an angel and who's the shade
'Cause I can't take anymore of this at all

Can you feel my rage? I'll go again: go against the light
It towers all amongst the stars at night, between the trinity eye
Everything stops and starts again when I feel your heart
In a minute can we go again? Go against the light
Track Name: Coil
I hear the water, I see the stream
If everything had meaning I'd be relieved
With every coming second spinning on the wall
I wish I were a god so I wouldn't feel so small

Somewhere alone I'll draw in the sand
I'll build up a castle just to see it stand
I'll do it by night under strawberry stars
And if it falls down I'll still do it all

Can you see my colours bursting at the seams
I'm running out of time to solidify my dreams
With every ounce of pressure I'm losing drops of life
It's the momentary silence for a glimmer of a try

Try

Come to my life
When it grows high
Come to my life
When it grows high

Can you see my colours bursting at the seams
I'm running out of time to solidify my dreams
With every ounce of pressure I'm losing drops of life
It's the momentary silence for a glimmer of a try

Can you see my colours bursting at the seams
I'm running out of time to solidify my dreams
With every ounce of pressure I'm losing drops of life
It's the momentary silence for a glimmer of a try

Try
Try
Try
Track Name: Pantheon
Centaurs in the mist, I'm coming down, I'm lying down now
If you feel the floor you'll find my fallen crown
Are you quite this cold or are my eyes just frozen?
It's been so long since you've been around, you've been around

I see your spider mark and take off running quick
It's not the first time I've felt this way and nor the last
I've never met a soul as poisonous as you
So if I stand here will you leave me in the past

I swear by Styx and all to leave your kingdom be
'Til running's not enough and I fall down to my knees
On a precipice that overlooks the sea
I'll live out all my days just glad it's only me

I'm in a pantheon of broken words and lies
Track Name: The Very Last Platform
A million eyes watching me
They play along to see if I believe
School lets out but we're all ghosts
I always said we'd be forever, didn't I?

Hold my hand through the fog
In a minute here we'll board our train
We're going somewhere far away
Where the clouds will dissipate
Track Name: Speechless
And after that I'm just speechless
I try my best despite all my weakness
And even though I want to be a million miles away from here
There's no one else I'd rather be with

And after that, oh, I'd never dare to walk from you
Despite the fact you make me feel that it's all I am
And oh, I'd never think the opposite of those three words
Though you make me feel that I'm less than I truly am

And in this letter you'll find the truth as it is right now
When I feel better we'll forget that it all makes sense

And on this rocket I'll just leave and go to outer space
But I'll fall in to the ocean 'cause you took my fuel
So in the deep I'll write a book filled with all these words
But I'd forgotten that you are my very heart and soul

And after that I'm just speechless
I try my best but I'm just speechless

How could I forget that you're always there
When I lose who I am inside
And I keep thinking that this will be the time we're through
But always through that door is always you

Yeah always through that door is always you
Yeah always through that door is always you

And after that we'll forget that it all made sense
Track Name: The Universe Is Expanding
I've seen everything through your eyes
And I don't need another life
To figure out what I know now