Whichever Path You Take

by Winning Streak

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1.
Messages 02:33
I was a soldier who sharpened his sword and went to war until I saw that my fellow soldiers didn't know what for I laid down my arms and stood aside but before I got home every piece of me died I'm still alive but these scars are all that's mine and it's not right how it tears me up inside but if you can't love your enemies you will never end this fight so I dug my trenches and lived behind safe doors but at home I found just another version of the wars yeah people on both sides of all these issues are making some sense to me and though these days I'm more disarming than crossing swords sometimes I'm still the stubborn side of me and I will fight with those who only know their side because if you can love your enemies there's no more pretend divide these lives we've taken trying to reach some kind of transcendental thing the time we've wasted trying to beat ourselves into a new regime we don't accept what we can see blinded by our hostility and the things we fear
2.
as the pendulum swings left to right a full stop just seems so blissful all this movement is so dizzying but you find, in time, like oxygen and food and water sometimes you just need someone to care that you're alive but as soon as you open up someone else is climbing in and then you're moving again and it's goodbye to that peaceful stagnation I was coming up for air but you're content to hold me down in the darkness that we share yeah, it's getting hard to breathe but maybe you forgot this feeling is nothing new to me at first it's cool wind on my face maybe a trace of smile I'm feeling things I haven't for a while you and me can return to the good times and pretty soon I'm letting go... instead of holding tight but I am starting to understand how simple one false move can be how simple your false move can be as much as I hate going overboard I find in time, like oxygen and food and water sometimes you just need someone to care that you're alive as soon as you open up someone else is climbing in and then you're moving again and it's goodbye to that peaceful stagnation I was coming up for air but you're content to hold me down in the darkness that we share yeah, it's getting hard to breathe but maybe you forgot this feeling is nothing new to me but you're a risk I had to take and the next one will be the same you're a risk I had to take and the next one will be the same I was coming up for air but you're content to hold me down in the darkness that we share yeah, it's getting hard to breathe but maybe you forgot this feeling is nothing new to me
3.
I spend my nights realizing that the future is a puzzle I can't crack and I was never good at taking mistakes back so I choose to run away or withdraw to my own place make these problems ones I don't have to face and it's been 5 years but I keep thinking where does the time go? where does the time go? no one can swim against that undertow you made sure I couldn't win but I don't choose my dreams now I only search for you in everything I spend my days accepting that the past is a lock without a key but breaking things never appealed to me you knew that we'd need time maybe that was your design to run so fast that I'd never decide like a shadow when I shine the light it's gone the elusiveness is the force that drives me on drives me on and it's been 5 years but I keep thinking where does the time go? where does the time go? no one can swim against that undertow you made sure I couldn't win but I don't choose my dreams now I only search for you in everything
4.
there's a million reasons keeping you away from all the things you should be doing don't let them shut you out pick your targets, make your plans stop sitting around here 'cause you're just lying and you'll never figure out that you're still breathing you're still feeling you're not drowning and everything you want is out there waiting maybe it is better than you think just climb over the walls outside your tank learning comes from surviving each mistake whichever path you take there's a million things you don't see everyday because you're inside your mind thinking or just waiting around don't assume or project your feelings on everything you see or you're just lying and you'll never figure out that you're still breathing you're still feeling you're not drowning and everything you want is out there waiting maybe it is better than you think just climb over the walls outside your tank learning comes from surviving each mistake whichever path you take
5.
Your Bones 03:52
A thousand years older and none the wiser and there’s no change on the horizon if we don’t change this pace then we are screwed This experiment was once noble but a republic behooves its people to care to understand the things they do But you You can’t face this – no you can’t face this This is a call to shovel all this mud and hate out from our home and you oughtta know seems like you have the same things inside your bones a million tons left to decompose the cost of which you do not know or care as long as your coffee is hot self-evident is this problem some things must take care to solve them but modern man would rather let them rot Because you You can’t face this – no you can’t face this So bring the pain, bring the storms all the lies that keep you warm there’s no thunder in your veins and you’ve got lightning on the brain go ahead, equivocate change the grounds of the debate faulty logic must mutate so use emotion to conflate So bring the pain, bring the storms all the lies that keep you warm there’s no thunder in your veins and you’ve got lightning on the brain This is a call to shovel all this mud and hate out from our home and you oughtta know seems like you have the same things inside your bones
6.
you're the blanket of night warm but you never like a sunny day yet you want no clouds and wonder why there's never been a drop of rain well I'm broken in my own way and paranoid at best but I realize (I realize) a paradox can never compromise you're just a liar where there's smoke there is a fire if it was burning up or you I'd choose whichever one was true how do you care for a wound that doesn't feel pain? what doesn't hurt doesn't understand why it should change somewhere inside myself I knew that we could never grow beyond the way we only talk to prove the other wrong if love is just a time bomb then we'd never escape it at your pace so I just clipped the wires and took it in the face you're just a liar where there's smoke there is a fire if it was burning up or you I'd choose whichever one was true liar where there's smoke there is a fire if it was burning up or you I'd choose whichever one was true
7.
Sleep Alone 03:41
you are what you think so don't think you're alone though it's easier to fight yourself than pick up the phone sure your tears are water like problems are fires that can only be put out with all your simplest desires you're cold, it seems like you're lost you jump in the sea when you're tired of being tossed you're hurting, you're fighting there's been no happy ending you're toying with hoping that one could be pending and the wide world out there is smaller than you make it rain seems colder and good days come and go the past is so bittersweet the future's so unknown waking up is hard enough I don't want to sleep alone life has no road signs and yet we all still drive it's certain that we'll crash but sometimes we survive your heart is beating fast so I know you're still alive don't glorify the past when the future can still thrive the wide world out there is smaller than you make it days get brighter, the sun is always there the past, as ever, bittersweet the future's so unknown but waking up is hard enough I don't want to sleep alone
8.
is there anything that you don't know when an answer's just a click away? (that's just what they say) I could find a thousand more just depending whose I take things are just so much easier to believe when they come from a TV screen the desperation of our situation lost its potency whatever happened to the tactile times now a fire doesn't hurt the same we can cauterize our senses and let the world just burn away oh we can already see that it's too late an idea takes hold and starts to propogate oh we can be the ones to change our minds to look from another side and find there's a world bigger than our lives one day just bite your tongue and admit you can be wrong there's a bliss in hearing that self-denial song it will hurt to separate from the discord in your mind but there will be beauty when we start to harmonize oh we can already see that it's too late an idea takes hold and starts to propogate oh we can be the ones to change our minds to look from another side and find there's a world bigger than our lives
9.
Avarice 03:49
if avarice is who we are no wonder I'm not getting far you think life is selling out your soul and counting up the total take a walk through Tower One this is where the money’s made but nobody in here seems to be alive opulence - a corporate shrine, just look at how the windows shine and to the darkness: never mind so punch the clock and keep this going I’ve only got so much life to waste you love to think that you can own me you can’t see through my smiling face if avarice is who we are no wonder I'm not getting far inside you, there's no soul where there should be money buys an empty house but it can't buy humanity Yet another conversation that I should change my motivations; buy a piece of the company mirage what’s success without a cause - the newest cars, the biggest garage? your ambition is camouflage so punch the clock and keep this going I’ve only got so much life to waste your money buys most anything but it can’t buy you humanity if avarice is who we are no wonder I'm not getting far inside you, there's no soul where there should be money buys an empty house but it can't buy humanity
10.
Warhawks 03:54
Dissidents and innocents drowned out by belligerents unconcern, negligence feeding their malevolence They say fires still burn there yet no one voted for this warfare I guess blame has no place here ‘cause no smoke’s in our sunrise Deployed across the sea Whoa, whoa, you just wanna let this go then who stands in the way? Whoa, whoa, what is worse than losing hope? Trading it away I doubt that it’s much solace to the kid with waking dreams he doesn’t understand intentions just the guns and the machines The blame lies right here We need no plane to get there we can’t prove that this warfare has ever saved a life Deployed across the sea with enemies in DC Whoa, whoa, if you just wanna let this go who stands in the way? Whoa, whoa, what is worse than losing hope? Trading it away Just one light can tame the darkness but only you control your eyes this world is shrinking, nothing is far away we’re more in common than our minds allow we’re over-thinking, the things we say they'll only listen if we're loud Whoa, whoa, you just wanna let this go who stands in the way? Whoa, whoa, what is worse than losing hope? Trading it away
11.
what if we could see how we were shrinking how lack of thinking is atrophy what if half of all our pain and sickness is self-inflicted and gaining steam then this isn't a thought that you can just ignore if we understand our place in the black behind the stars the world is now a fight on every corner watching from the sides is not enough if we don't learn to love in spite of little things the bigger things will always call our bluff what if we looked out into the empty and past the brightness saw what we are what if all you gain is all just worthless except the value inside your heart turn this into a game but no one's playing anymore we're at war everywhere we need love there's no reason big enough for hatred your point of reference lies above understand how small we are to the black behind the stars do you understand how small we are to the black behind the stars the world is now a fight on every corner watching from the sides is not enough if we don't learn to love in spite of little things the bigger things will always call our bluff understand how small you are in the black behind the stars? understand how small you are in the black behind the stars

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released July 8, 2018

Andrew Palmer, Michael Hall, Sam Koehl

Chris Fogal (Black In Bluhm) - mastering
Michael Hall - mixing and production
DIY recorded in Salt Lake, Nashville, Houston, San Diego, Chicago, Bremerton, and mixed on an ancient macbook on a tour bus. Whoops.

Guests:
Aaron Garcia (Escape Velocity, - writing (tracks 2, 8))
Brandon Moore - writing, piano (track 6)
Michael Hall (Kip Moore) - mixing, producer
Dave Nassie (No Use For A Name, Kip Moore) - guest guitar solo
Eddie Haddad (Eddie Money) - guest guitar solo
Mike Herrera (MxPx) - guest vocals
Gunner McGrath (Much The Same) - guest vocals

Cover photo - Kea Mowat, www.keamowatphotography.com

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Fast. Melodic. Technical. Skatepunk.

Andrew Palmer
Michael Hall
Sam Koehl
Davey Knight
Chris McGrath

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