Losing the Paper Moon

by This Winter Room

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1.
I try to make the most of it I try to make it home But this rain hits harder than you’ll ever know An hour and a half to Baltimore Then an hour and a half to go What’s so good about sleeping when you sleep alone I’ve been hearing this lately But I’ve heard it all before What once was found in this familiar town Don’t live here anymore And the rain comes And the rain comes And the day’s done When the rain comes Half awake and half asleep Half a secret, half a lie Funny how we burn the time Half the fight in me to stay Half the strength in me to drive Show me 495 And the rain comes And the rain comes And the day’s done When the rain comes I’ve been hearing this lately But I’ve heard it all before What once was found in this familiar town Don’t live here anymore And the rain comes And the rain comes And the day’s done When the rain comes
2.
03:18
Lynchburg The clouds were clearing outside Lynchburg The greyest tones behind the reddish glow A blurry view from this winter room We were standing in the road, but you’ll never know If you wanted more than me you should have said it It didn’t have to come to this The young can learn to forget But I’m stuck You were always enough Your hope was fading Mistakes were made, but you still believe in love I know you’d seen it more than once But when you said you loved me I woke up screaming I was alone It was just a dream that still comes and goes If you wanted more than me you should have said it It didn’t have to come to this The young can learn to forget But I’m stuck You were always enough If you wanted more than me you should have said it It didn’t have to come to this
3.
It’ll take a good rain To wash all of this dust away And I’ll try to be patient till then But all of these skylines Remind me of the time and how it flies Remind me to open up my eyes every now and then We made something out of nothing before How could we forget it? And it can’t be that far So what are we waiting for? Ain’t a good stand Better than the best back up plan But even a strong hand has to let go sometime But all of these bad dreams Remind me of all I haven’t seen Remind me not to believe in everything I find We made something out of nothing before How could we forget it? And it can’t be that far So what are we waiting for? I would trade it all For a chance to leave With you and without anybody It’s all I need The longest days are still coming I know enough to see You can make it alone, but it’s easy to count on me Just count on me We made something out of nothing before How could we forget it?
4.
04:47
As the wait is taking place I see you need the space I can see it on your face Mistakes we’ve made begins to fade The shadows turn to shade But I don’t need the wait As these days go by, the loss becomes the light The nighttime sky shuts down my mind But you’ve seen my darkest side Even I can’t stand the sight But it’s so hard to change when you act your age But it still won’t ever be the same And that’s the hardest thing to say As these days go by, the loss becomes the light The tides will shift you can count on it But what you do when you feel the itch Will stick with you until the end It’s not your fault, we’ve said it all It won’t be all that long Before the spring turns back to fall As these days go by, the loss becomes the light The rain cloud splits on the mountain tips And the whole town waits for it And it’s such a perfect fit
5.
Holding out to settle I was holding out to leave One look will tell you I can’t stand the heat But I never liked the northeast With the passing of my twenties With the beginning at my feet The sky is dark, but it’s opening for me But what I lost was all I need She’ll fly away She’ll find a way to be Like all the stars above the trees She never needed anything It was never more than hide and seek It was never more than hoping I’d see the light, I’d see the day come When I’d find out what she’s running from So here I am, just parked again Trying to enjoy the view Wish I had another place to go There’s nothing left to go home to She’ll fly away She’ll find a way to be Like all the stars above the trees She never needed anything She’ll fly away She’ll find a way to be Like all the stars above the trees She never needed anything from me
6.
03:30
What will you say when you need a friend In me again but I’m away The worn out chances to make amends From the starts and stops of making plans Spent living tipsy to enjoy the ride Spent all your money while you’re saving dimes I’ve thrown three away, but I’ll give you six My love ain’t free if you can’t ask for it I’m just trying to find one reason why to stay again I’m on to something that’s missing But it ain’t gonna change a thing This time’s talking out loud Just pointing it out to me One year from now I’ll still be looking through The summer signs of wasted youth The secret’s spilled but you’ll never know She told me once, don’t say it’s so… I’m just trying to find one reason why to stay again I’m on to something that’s missing But it ain’t gonna change a thing This time’s talking out loud Just pointing it out to me It’s getting harder to stop the spin But when you’re betting hard you bet to win Those pictures filled up this haunted chest And if I can’t forgive, just let me forget…
7.
The look on your face Is wasting and reminding me to walk away It took way too long to see that all that I see Is a stranger right in front of me No I won’t fight I know this time we can’t be saved Cause what we burned tonight Just blew up and blew away If change is a reason for a shortened conversation Look how quickly we just changed everything You’ve gone where you’re going, you’ve known other mornings But tomorrow comes a different sea No I won’t fight I know this time we can’t be saved Cause what we burned tonight Just blew up and blew away After years and years of building Crooked walls and floors that won’t stop leaking All you can say is you don’t want to waste my day No I won’t fight Not tonight, oh not tonight But I just burned alive Could you spray me down and turn out the light
8.
Step up to the edge You’ve cleared out all your heads And smoked your last cigarette Take all of your things, dear We’re never coming back here We’re never coming back It’s not just wasted space Between time and taste After sailing the seas She’s coming for me Fight like love is dead Don’t spend your wrapped up legs I know just where I’m going Stick out all your hands, dear We’re never coming back here We’re never coming back It’s not just wasted space Between time and taste After sailing the seas She’s screamin please It’s not just wasted space Between time and taste After sailing the seas She’s coming for me
9.
Three months passing, I’m not laughing What will happen now? Second reunion, don’t let him ruin you Please don’t count me out The picture by your bed Is leaving so much left unsaid Your back is turning, leaving empty Move out, lose a friend Cause someday you will start to hear my name again But this all will have to end for you to change my mind Spelling secrets on your shoulder Please start taking notes of all I offer Do not bother if you can’t feel what I wrote Cause someday you will start to hear my name again But this all will have to end for you to change my mind Someday you will start to hear my name again But this all will have to end for you to change my mind I have found another way to live Without all those little things you did
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11.
You came here with nothing But you’re giving me something A chance to believe in what I can not see I know you had a long day here But I’m tired of waiting Could you stop my heart or start letting me bleed? Take anything I have it all Just don’t ever leave me here on my own Always stuck in the dream, Always stuck in the fall I know it ain’t easy babe, but I know it ain’t wrong The sound of this city is foreign and freezing How long before the changing keeps I’ve been sleeping on favors, counting on eight years I’m gonna spend it all on you till I sink Take anything I have it all Just don’t ever leave me here on my own Always stuck in the dream, Always stuck in the fall I know it ain’t easy babe, but I know it ain’t wrong
12.
03:30
Ten years gone by, ten years off track But you hit me like a heart attack Chasing the memories of our younger days It was too long ago, it was too far away But you build that hope And you break it down And you changed me We fall till we hit the ground It doesn’t help to be looking down This life is more than living loud I wish and wish, but a wish won’t make it whole again The starting over comes from the end But you build that hope And you break it down And you changed me We fall till we hit the ground The ups and downs of all these turn arounds They bring the quiet, they bring the sound Of this self inflicted déjà vu From loving too much and losing the paper moon So this is goodbye, goodbye Goodbye, goodbye Goodbye, goodbye to loving you Saying goodbye, goodbye to the paper moon…

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released January 17, 2012

All songs written by Chip Johnson except:
"Half Awake (Half Asleep)" written by Tim Warren and Chip Johnson
"The Wait" and "Something Out of Nothing" written by Eric Donnelly and Chip Johnson

All instruments performed by Chip Johnson except:
Mike Smirnoff - Drums on 1,4,6,8,9
Tim Warren - Acoustic Guitar and Background Vocals on "Half Awake (Half Asleep)"
Eric Donnelly - Electric Guitars on "Something Out Of Nothing" and "The Wait"

Recorded by Chip Johnson at Alpine Red Studios
Mixed by Greg Giorgio at Tarquin Studios
Mastered by Mike Monseur at Bias Studios

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