Carry the Wounds

by Josh Carples

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1.
03:55
They say it’s the journey But I’ve been losing direction In a string of late nights Searching for a destination The life of an orphan I’m living with no purpose Screaming out from a voice gone hoarse With a message that’s worthless I liquified my heart to pour And came up short to buy the peace Needed to quiet a raging war When a mind craves release The science of sleep Has become such a mystery And you’re raising your voice now When I’m barely whispering We don clipped wings When we should be soaring But we’re too busy telling ourselves The same old story I liquified my heart to pour And came up short to buy the peace Needed to quiet a raging war When a mind craves release It’s always in the in-between When my mind starts to wander But a lost love stole the hope While my heart grew fonder Of giving into the end My heart grew fonder Of giving into the end I liquified my heart to pour And came up short to buy the peace Needed to quiet a raging war When a mind craves release
2.
A numbing sense of failure Another year in the same place A lack of inspiration For stagnancy is just such a waste I’m weighing all the good and bad ‘Cause both of which I know that I deserve Sometimes it’s overwhelming How these same walls can suffocate It’s a map without the planning And the strangest of bedfellows make I’m weighing all the good and bad ‘Cause both of which I know that I deserve I’m weighing all the good and bad ‘Cause both of which I know that I deserve All my imperfections And all these consequences That I deserve, that I deserve All my imperfections And all these goddamn consequences That I deserve, that I deserve ...that I deserve
3.
Don’t tell me that you love me ‘Cause we both know it’s not true You’re hiding all your secrets And I’m still falling into you I fell prey to your path of destruction But I learned not to befriend the storm And your lips speak of seduction But your heart is just lukewarm And everything I never said to you Is everything that I meant to do And everything I never said to you Is everything that I meant to do We carry the wounds Even self-inflicted, thinking we’re immune But now I see With clarity All the ways in which I’ve been an absentee So what do I do To continue on right now When everything I never said to you Is everything that I meant to do When everything I never said to you Is everything that I meant to do Everything I never said, never said to you Is everything that I meant to do When everything I never said to you Is everything that I meant to do
4.
“I want you in my life” Is just another empty phrase Just another you would say That I held onto while away But now I know... But now I know… Not to take it at face value I ignored your actions in favor of your words And a love found betrayal the hardest to get through I ignored your actions in favor of your words “You don’t deserve this” Well this is the one bit of truth that I found The one piece of solid ground And I was a fool believing you would be around And now I know... And now I know… Not to take it at face value I ignored your actions in favor of your words And a love found betrayal the hardest to get through I ignored your actions in favor of your words I believed what you said I believed what you said And I was a fool, I was a fool To believe
5.
Oh crescent glow, Are we still waiting for one night When time will slow And keep us safe from the sunlight? ‘Cause there’s no hiding in plain sight Oh Oh city streets, Guide us back to our homes now For there are those we meet Whose whispered secrets are so loud And now it’s time for their final bow Oh May we always see the real you May we always see the real you Oh the mock applause we see through May we always see the real you Oh candle flame, Cast your light through the darkness And when taking aim Illuminate all the heartless And give us the needed catharsis Oh May we always see the real you May we always see the real you Oh the mock applause we see through May we always see the real you When the lights come up Take your final bow ‘Cause the day has come And the truth is out May we always see the real you May we always see the real you Oh the mock applause we see through May we always see the real you
6.
Hear the Southern wind Speak a language of gusts And the whitest sands They all breathe like dust In the darkest nights We see the brightest stars While we’re the farthest away From any passing cars And thoughts about the ocean’s depth And when we reach our ends To untold stories of those who wept Or failed to make amends The crashing waves Bring an air of salt And a solitude Where we only find fault In the haunting sounds Of the tide rushing in To cleanse the shore of us And to pull us within And thoughts about the ocean’s depth And when we reach our ends To untold stories of those who wept Or failed to make amends I failed to make amends Oh
7.
05:00
Did we ever stop to face The broken pieces in our way? Shards of glass stick in our feet And blood remains where we meet Oh Though the rain has washed away Most reminders from those days Still evidence is seen And a heart desires to be clean Oh We fake a smile As if we can laugh about it now But there’s no way We fake a smile As if we can laugh about it now But there’s no way, no way There’s no way We can laugh about it now
8.
No end in sight I’ll be closer by moonlight Oh I thought I would Oh I thought I could Maybe timing’s just not right Is this the dawn where we reach more? Or the dusk that we settle for? Stay on the wire Balancing even higher It’s a lesson learned An invitation spurned Recognizing a liar Is this the dawn where we reach more? Or the dusk that we settle for? Drifting scenes Always appear so carefree And we find peace In words of songs that we sing Is this the dawn where we reach more? Or the dusk that we settle for?

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released March 6, 2020

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