Long Last

by David Ian Harrell

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released February 4, 2014

Recorded at Ape Trax Studio by Jason Tallungan.
Mastered at Experimental Sound Studio by Alex Inglizian.

All songs written and performed by David Ian Harrell except:

Marc Bonadies: bass on In Kind, Chambered, From the Den, and Molasses
Michael Burr: drums on Chambered and Molasses
Jason Tallungan: drums on From the Den

Cover photo by David Ian Harrell. Cover design by Mike Dornseif.

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Track Name: In Kind
How long ago
Did time leave us behind?
Do you mean to
Leave us in kind?

Night falls
Hope stalls

From the shadows comes a voice
Of one who knows
When will you be willing
To see what it shows?

Night falls
Your past calls

How late
Is too late?

How long ago
Did you leave us behind?
You knew you’d run away to
A place we’d never find
Track Name: Chambered
Of all of the tales that you’ve told
The oldest will never grow old
Tell me what I want to hear
Anything to keep me near

What makes you think that I have a clue?
What makes you think I know more than you?
I can’t tell you what you have to say
I can’t tell you how to get away

Will all the rules stay the same
Once it’s no longer a game?
Who will be first to give in
Once there’s nothing left to win?

What makes you think that I have a clue?
What makes you think I know more than you?
I can’t tell you what you have to say
I can’t tell you how to get away

Whenever we’re in the same room
I can't tell who’s tormenting whom
I know you'd never think twice
To make me your last sacrifice
Track Name: Between the Wars
I heard you might stop by today
For a drink before you go on your way
To meet a certain someone you don’t want to see
To meet a certain someone
Who certainly wouldn’t want to meet me

He was a friend of yours
Between the wars
Or aren’t you really sure
What it means to be you
Now that there’s nothing left to do
For men like us

No need to uncover unnerving thoughts
After all it took to get them in the ground
But if it’s all the same to you
I’d rather not pretend
That things are different this time around

Did I hear you say
He was a friend of yours
Between the wars
Or don’t you really know
What anything means
Now that the men of means

Have closed their doors
To unsettled scores
And shaking hands
With unsettling plans

You know I wish you the best
Your trip will surely not be in vain
But I hope there’s a jacket
In that suitcase of yours
Because it looks as though
It’s surely going to rain

He was a friend of yours
Between the wars
Or aren’t you really sure
What it means to be you
Now that there’s nothing left to do
For the rest of the day
Would you say
He was a friend of yours
Between the wars
Or don’t you really know
What anything means
Now that the men of means
Have gone away
Track Name: Redwood
You are a fool
For staring with such dread
At what may lie ahead
I am a fool
For staring with such fear
At what may lie behind

If I could suggest
Somewhere we could fix
Our eyes instead
I’d say that if we
Can’t see the ground beneath our feet
We might as well be blind

Clinging to a drowning dream
Of a better past
Bound down by elastic lies
Never meant to last
Telling me there’s little use
In so much of what we do
Telling me there’s little use
In asking you

We would be wise
To spend a little less time
Asking what might be
So what do you say
We stand above our fears
And see what we can see

Clinging to a drowning dream
Of a better past
Bound down by elastic lies
Never meant to last
Telling me there’s little use
In so much of what we do
Telling me there’s little use
In asking you
Track Name: From the Den
Silence
Fills your ears
Feeds your fears
Ever since you learned

Of that place
To which you wish you could return
But if you did you’d learn
It was never as it seemed

So tell me
Where will you go
Now that you know
There is nothing
Left behind you
Leaving only
What you cannot see
Leaving no one to say
What might be

In this quiet
Not wishing to be broken
By words not to be spoken
Ever again

In the shadows
That fill your head
Left the day for dead
Before it began

So tell me
Where will you go
Now that you know
There is nothing
Left behind you
Leaving only
What you cannot see
Leaving no one to say
What might be

Freedom
From fading voices
Forsaken choices
That pinned you to the ground

Now that silence
Is your closest friend
Leads you to the end
Of that droning sound

So tell me
Where will you go
Now that you know
There is nothing
Left behind you
Leaving only
What you cannot see
Leaving no one to say
What might be
Track Name: Sideways Anyways
From your room with a view
Of the end of it all
You knew just what to do
When you heard the call

I know you know
And I know you can’t say
Where you’d go
If it all fell apart today

Is this all you need
Is there nothing more?
I never should have agreed
To follow you through that door

No way to say
How many hours remain
But for this one last day
There’s no use in feeling pain
Track Name: Woolen
Inside, outside
How much does it matter
After the high tide
Who we were meant to be?

Come one, come all
How much does it matter
After the rainfall
What we were meant to see?

Everything we were so sure would last
Just because it had survived the past

Take it, leave it
How much does it matter
If you believe it
Your hopes are real enough

Coming, going
How much does it matter
When the wind’s blowing
Who waits to call your bluff?

Everything we were so sure would last
Just because it had survived the past
Everything we were so sure we knew
Doesn’t help us if it isn’t true

Run away
Don’t look back
You mustn’t be
First to crack

Run away
Don’t hold on
When you return
This will all be gone

Giving, taking
Anything to keep
Your heart from breaking
To get you through one last night

Beginning, ending
Countless letters
You won’t be sending
Knowing that no one was right

Everything we were so sure would last
Just because it had survived the past
Everything we were so sure we knew
Doesn’t help us
Track Name: Molasses
Though you left in the fall
Your shadow clings to the wall
And fills my empty chair

All the echoes have died
Leaving nothing inside
But memories of what was there

All you have to do
All you have to do
Is look through

So much time has passed
Since I saw you last
Your face grows dim in my mind

I’m sure I’ll never know
Why you had to go
You left me nothing to find

All you have to do
All you have to do
Is see through