Riding

by Pale Noise

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1.
02:29
Let's start in present tense. I'll catch you up later, on some of the missteps, that led me here. Down here in the muck, you sprint just to keep up. In hopes that you may too, someday, get through.
2.
04:32
In the name of youth, they vowed to put themselves through Hell. Couldn't tell them what, what they didn't know, cause they knew it all, they always do before they die, and I still see clear their pinhole eyes. I was younger than the ones I used to look up to, back then, but now I can't say the same is true, some made it out, some forever left behind, but they still burn bright in my mind. You've got to peel slow. And when they went out, you know they had to cause a scene, you should've seen them when they were in their teens, they were beautiful, with their violence and their charm, and they still burn bright in my heart. I will keep a piece of them with me to this day, they will never rust they will never fade away, they made such a noise that it's echo will go on and on for an eternity I said you've got to peel slow. They'll live on forever They'll live on forever They'll live on forever...
3.
Right around midnight we would pretend to sleep That's when his sister showed me something I had never seen We turned the handle slow, walked shadows to the rendezvous Lit off the bottle rockets to bring some light to the roof And then we were running, running away Two in the morning, working at our trade Decorating at night You could hear our hearts thumping, trying to lie still Then a little bit of booze gave our legs a lot of will That flashlight shining nearly ran us all through I swear we busted that window to bring out the other two And then we were running, running away Two in the morning, working at our trade Decorating at night Decorating at night. Threw the chairs in the pool, broke out the lights, the windows too. We dug through the sand in the ash trays to find, the ones that weren't burnt down to the line Decorating at night...
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03:03
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04:30
Why'd everybody have to go and grow up? Leave me stranded here, holding the cup You know my arm's getting heavier and heavier everyday I think I've heard all the small talk by now, all the different combinations you could dream up to drown out The sound of time creeping by Creeping by Now I'm blinded by the darkness by the subtle art that time makes of us Why'd everybody up and disappear? Leave me all alone, over here You know my heart's getting heavier and heavier everyday I think I've heard all the small talk, by now, all the different combinations you could dream up to drown out The sound of time creeping by Creeping by Now I'm blinded by the darkness by the subtle art that time makes of us Time's gonna blind you Time's gonna blind you Time's gonna blind you It's gonna blind you
6.
Beware a man who seems beat, barely standing on his feet Tromping through the muck, on a horse with no luck Though it may seem at a glance, that he doesn't stand a chance Get close and you'll feel, his blade through your heel That's why I'm... Riding Why I'm riding Why I'm riding on a dying horse Why I'm riding on a dying horse, Why I'm riding, riding, riding Beware a man on the run, in a battle without a gun Up to his neck in a flood, that's a man out for blood Beware a predator at sleep, with it's prey at it's feet best watch where you step, lest you feel it's breath at your neck That's why I'm... Riding Why I'm riding Why I'm riding on a dying horse Why I'm riding on a dying horse, Why I'm riding, riding, riding
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With bad ears, it's hard to listen I've got phantom toothaches, where teeth are missing Living in a memory Escaping reality, any chance I've got And that's quite a lot That's quite a lot Not in very good health Is the horse itself Is the horse itself Riding, Riding, Riding Riding Riding Riding Riding...
8.
04:19
Now you surely can't have me out there, going 'round trying to live up to expectations 'Cause slow and steady isn't in everybody's repertoire it's a safe ride but you don't get far For a day, for a week, we'll get so high we can't breathe throw caution to the sun, for a lifetime we will run from Moderation, Moderation, Moderation, Moderation If we could do everything under the moon, just once, a drop at a time, we could really keep this thing moving But we could also do a little bit more, go a little overboard just this once we could do too much For a day, for a week, we'll get so high we can't breathe throw caution to the sun, for a lifetime we will run from Moderation, Moderation, Moderation, Moderation Well it feels so real when we're in over our heads But we never seem to get in over our heads Moderation, Moderation, Moderation, Moderation
9.
I was stuck in conversation, I was feigning a good time When something in me, I couldn't ignore Pulled me towards a situation Towards another blurry night As I watched my feet, walk through the door I should've stopped, but I didn't, something kept me stumbling through the night Looking for some stimulation, looking for a good time I was beating myself up, without a fight Well here we go again, out of control again, searching for something But it was trouble that I found... I was off with no direction, I had no aim in mind Just my strings being pulled through a haze And I have no recollection, but trouble I did find And I imagine I will for the rest of my days I should've stopped, but I didn't, something kept me stumbling through the night Looking for some stimulation, looking for a good time I was beating myself up, without a fight Well here we go again, out of control again, searching for something But it was trouble that I found...
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11.
Well I, ever since I could remember, I've been going for broke I think I met my goal, a long time ago Which was fine, when I believed my delusions, Now I don't even have that, this clean living's a blast, Why would I ever go back? Well it's all coming up roses, so much so, I can't take it I can't take it anymore, that's why I'm Trying to get back to the way things were, but the way things are, keep making sure I'm just trying, only trying I'm trying to get back to the way things were, but the way things are, keep making sure, I'm just trying, only trying Well I thought, I was pulling on my boot straps, but it turned out to be, the rug underneath, my weary feet Well it's all coming up roses, so much so, I can't take it I can't take it anymore, that's why I'm Trying to get back to the way things were, but the way things are, keep making sure I'm just trying, only trying I'm trying to get back to the way things were, but the way things are, keep making sure, I'm just trying, only trying Oh, if I could go back i'd go today When we still had it all to throw away Not dead yet, Just dying Can't go back, I know that, so in vain, here I am, I'm just trying.
12.
If every story comes to an end, and all stones will turn to sand If all flesh gives way to bone Then we're not alone You can dress a skeleton up in skin, give it a heart and a brain In enough time it will forget We're all the same We're all dressed up Waiting for our moment in the sun and it will, it will come. We're all dressed up Waiting for our moment in the sun and it will, it will come. It takes such a long time To get somewhere good.

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released April 24, 2020

All songs written, recorded and produced by Pale Noise

Engineered by Conor Sisk

Mastered by Christopher Colbert

Additional musicians:

Darian Asplund - Tenor Sax, Flute
Tony Moore - Trumpet, Clarinet
Hanna Broback - Violin
Maram Sisk - Percussion

Special thanks to Peter Mcgraw, Rick King and Nancy Elder.

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Pale Noise Tacoma, Washington

After releasing material on K Records with critically acclaimed groups Wallpaper and Basemint, Spencer Kelley spent a couple of years hunkered down in the studio to mastermind Pale Noise., his latest band. The debut LP, Some Crude Grace, blends classic T. Rex style glam rock with Beatles and Kinks style pop. ... more

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