Closing Doors (LP; 2014)

by Ryan Simpson

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released May 16, 2014

All music/lyrics written by Ryan Simpson
All vocals/instruments played by Ryan Simpson except bass on "Rotten" by Dan Connaughton

Produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Rob Nadler @ Fat Track Studios fall/winter 2013

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Track Name: Gaze Into the Lens
They're always watching.
They're always watching.
They've got their eyes on you.
They've got their eyes on you.

Investigating
Anticipating
If you've done nothing wrong
Well, it won't be long.

These walls, transparent.
And it's apparent
That you can't hide from them.
There's no disguise from them.

'Cause they're always watching.
They're always watching.
They've got their eyes on you.
They've got their eyes on you.

Look into the camera, child
Let's see what fate awaits you.
Gaze into the lens, my friend.
Let justice swiftly take you.

Fret not, my darling;
It's not so alarming.
Though the mark has been made,
Your short memory will fade.

Look into the camera, child
Let's see what fate awaits you.
Gaze into the lens, my friend.
Let justice swiftly take you.
Look into the camera, child
Let's see what fate awaits you.
Gaze into the lens, my friend.
Let the system violate you.

--

They say the life we're living here
Is one worthy of a look
They say "if you've got nothing to hide
You should be an open book"

Have you read the news today?
Far and wide, the voices cry
Through the camera lens, we roam
And run, but cannot hide

--

We stand on the brink of something
The future's coming
The watchers are watching

Dividing us into warring factions
With propaganda
It's just a distraction

Why are we fighting each other
When we could fight them together?

If we don't unite against the oppressors
We'll be crushed under the pressure.

They're always watching
They're always watching
They've got their eyes on you
They've got their eyes on you

They're always watching
They're always watching
They've got their eyes on you
What are you gonna do?
Track Name: Lullaby Rain
The thunder shook me
Out of my dream
And the wind kept me awake.

The persistent tapping
Above my head
Is more than I can take.

Looking the storm in the eye
I can only see your face
I never meant to fall behind
I never meant to fall from grace.

My heart is racing
As I struggle to stay sane
And I pretend I'll be OK--
And I listen to the lullaby rain
As it dances on the rooftop.
I hear it sing your name.

The days are wretched
The nights are worse
And the thunderhead looms above

Lumbering onward
Like a skybound hearse;
A symbol of our dying love.

Looking the storm in the eye
I can only wish you the best
I never meant to steal your time
I never meant to make a mess.

My heart is aching
As I sift through the remains.
And I long for one more day--
And I'm taunted by the lullaby rain
As it dances on the rooftop.
I hear it sing your name.

My heart is breaking
As I sever every chain.
And I keep the tears at bay--
And I curse the lullaby rain
As it dances on the rooftop.
I hear it sing your name.
Track Name: A Company of Isolation
Eyes upon the door
My heart upon the floor
The surface appears unscathed

Pictures flood my mind
Photographs from better times
In each corner of my brain

I scream on the inside
But I never make a sound

Hope is gone tonight
I don't know why

Shadows haunt the hall,
The mirror on the wall,
And the bricks only hold me in

Always isolated
No matter my place in the crowd

Hope is gone tonight
I don't know why

I stand before the mirror
Resigned to my fate
That one day, I'm gonna pack it in
But, for now, I'm gonna keep on livin'

Don't want to go on this time
But I have to try.
Track Name: Punish Me
Well, you had me fooled back then
Yeah, but now I see the proof
You're out for only yourself
You're out to make your own truth

I'm on to you
I see the malice in your eyes
Your followers still grovel at your feet
Believing every fucking lie

Wipe that smile
Off your face
It's too late to change what you've become
The song is sung
I'm over this charade
You've punished me enough for today

Punish me
Punish me

You can't take
It all back
You can't give
What you don't have
But I have learned
To trust so few
'Cause I trusted you
And you became someone new

Wipe that smile
Off your face
It's too late to change what you've become
The song is sung
I'm over this charade
You've punished me enough for today

Absolve yourself of guilt
Tear down what's been built
Keep me in chains
Make me feel your pain
Track Name: Captive
Someone whispered to him
She told every lie she knew
He could not see through it all.

Her expression was a veil
Her words were like ice
Frozen, he began to fall.

"Just breathe, my baby."
"Come to my arms."
"Don't speak -- Let me hold you."
"I will never let you leave."

Over the years, it seemed
The hours passed like days
She still wouldn't let him go.

Desperate for contact
On the brink forever
He finally slipped away.

"Just breathe, my baby."
"Come to my arms."
"Don't speak -- Let me hold you."
"I will never let you leave."
Track Name: No Clear Divide
the memories that always last
ghosts from the distant past
severed from the daily prayer
circumstances beyond repair

but the truth resides in plain sight
and the dreams are the same every night

there's no clear divide between us after all
nothing left to hide, it's written on the wall
you can't reach the highest peak without a fall
there's no clear divide between us after all

the promises we swore to keep
still stir me in my sleep
those sweet lies in my ears
will torture me for a thousand years

and what could have been is dead and gone
but your voice still rings on and on

there's no clear divide between us after all
nothing left to hide, it's written on the wall
you can't reach the highest peak without a fall
there's no clear divide between us after all

and the truth still burns in my mind
and the dreams still return all the time

there's no clear divide between us after all
nothing left to hide, it's written on the wall
you can't reach the highest peak without a fall
there's no clear divide between us after all
after all
Track Name: Rotten
[instrumental]
Track Name: Sifting Through the Remains
It's been so long
I've been so much
Less than strong
And all this time
Through all this pain
I just wanted to fix things

But things just are
The way they are
The way they'll always be
And though I see
You've found someone new
I don't blame you

(sifting through the remains)
(longing for one more day)

I can still feel (struggling to stay sane)
Your warm embrace (pretending i'll be ok)
Your gentle kiss
It's been so long (sifting through the remains)
I've been so much (longing for one more day)
Less than strong
And all this time (struggling to stay sane)
Through all this pain (pretending i'll be ok)
I wish I could have saved us

Sifting through the remains
Longing for one more day.
Track Name: Stop. Rewind. Press Record.
Baptize me in the river
Soon enough I'll breathe your air
Promise love and trust and charity
Show me that you really care

Stop. Rewind. Press Record.
I don't want to lose you.
Stop. Rewind. Press Record.
You don't want to miss this.

Persuade us with revelation
Drown out dissent among the crowd
Sing to me your song of glory
Sing to me so very loud

Stop. Rewind. Press Record.
I don't want to lose you.
Stop. Rewind. Press Record.
You don't want to miss this.

Images flash
But the tape is worn
From deceiving countless souls
And closing countless doors
Just a log of this case for divinity
This epiphany
Just futility

Hiding deep within obscurity
Truth shrouded in mystery
True salvation is just learning
To cope with this uncertainty

Stop. Rewind. Press Record.
I don't want to lose you.
Stop. Rewind. Press Record.
You don't want to miss this.

Hiding deep within obscurity
Truth shrouded in mystery
True salvation is just learning
To cope with this uncertainty