The Heron That Taught Us

by Charlottesville

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released May 31, 2011

Written, performed and engineered by Miles Fender.

Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering, Boston, MA
Assistant Mastering Engineer: Maria Rice


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Track Name: A Hundred
I'm out a hundred days of sleepless morning hours
And about a hundred ways of thinking what transpired
Things are different now
Close, but not enough
I've left this all behind
Life was tough a hundred days before we even tried
Things are different now
Stuck behind a wall of lies, a diamond in the sun
I found a hundred ways to pass the time when you were merely gone
Things aren't so different now
Every day is like this
Track Name: Thoughts
I thought I was leaving the marshland
I thought I had shut you away
I thought I was a stranger here
Too busy to help but you're too bored to care
Deaf to my stares
Where do you go to feel loved?
I thought it would end at my own hand
I thought I had locked you away
I thought I was the danger here
Too sober to talk but you're too drunk to try
Blind to my cries
Where do you go to feel loved?
Track Name: Of Sadness
You must be something worth inventing
In boxes of paper memories
The thing is you're so part of me now
I know it's strange to say, but now I just want her to go
Part of me says there's no worth in sadness
You must be something worth inventing
In mirrors of optimistic scenes
I don't think you believe me
Over a land filled with sunshine and clover
I'm holding your head 'til your body takes over
There's no need to think that we'll ever be leaving
But I don't expect you to stay
Track Name: Beat Like Wings
Sharp in relief
You've gained an outline
Time leaves a lot to be sad for
I think things might be changing - it's over we're through
Once more life keeps me waiting for someone like you
Out in the field
Making dynamite angels
You've got a lot to be proud of
Thoughts of sadness beat like like wings
Seems it's over again
I thought she was my friend
Track Name: Across
Come on I'll lead you home
Your headlights on, you're feeling compromised
But no-one seems to mind
Across a small divide
No bridge untried, no feelings left to hide
The worst is still to find
I keep my secrets close at hand
I know I'm trying to understand
What does it take to get out of here now?
We're trying to fake it but everything's down
No-one expects you to lose when you're found
No-one replaces you when you leave town
I'm not the one who spoke without composure
Not the one who sighed "there's nothing left inside"
You keep your secrets close at hand
You're just so trying to understand
Track Name: This Once Forgotten Landscape
This is a picture that I know how to take
This is a reason for the faces I make
How can it be here when it fell to the sea?
How can you be near when there's so far to flee?
This is a picture that I know how to fake
This is a reason for the path I cannot take
Across this once forgotten landscape
I held your hand, I couldn't answer why
And for the sake of anyone who'll try
Just turn around and run until you cry
Track Name: Unfurled
We're not like anybody you've known
We don't start giving until it's all gone
We're broken and we're singing it wrong
We don't start playing until the game's won
We wander at the side of your life
We don't start helping until you're alright
We stood here and we watched you unfurl
We won't believe it until you return
This is the worst it's been for so long
Who has the right to say this is so wrong?
We're not like anybody you've known
We don't start hoping until all hope's gone
We're broken but we're giving it all
We don't start living until the end calls
We wonder if you've ever been loved
We know it's given - we want to be wrong
We wonder as we watch you unfurl
We can't stop trying to weaken your world
This is the worst
Track Name: In Recollection
I don't want to be a strain on your survival
Where your life is where you'll hide away
And make it seem like a such a trial
You're not listening you're still half asleep
And let the world fade in denial
I don't miss you
When you seem to take it when you're far away
And you seem to take it when you're far
I don't want to be the rain on your recital
Where your light is where you're sad to see
Another day fall in the fire
No-one listens no-one seems to take it
Track Name: Of Your Smile
You've thrown this dream again
It never ends, and every time it seems the same
There's a knife here in the road
It's time to hold me by the hand and join the fold
And the things I've tried to rectify the history of us
I've tried to make up lies, faked valentines
I've Photoshopped your smile where it strayed
I'm not afraid
I'm here to say there's life before and life again
You wonder what it is
What world is this where I'll be driving into fear
And the things I've tried to rectify the history of us
I've tried to redefine those alibis
Unfurled in recollection of your smile

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