A City On A Lake

by Alex Wong

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Jess Turner
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Jess Turner Ever since hearing this song at the show in Seattle, I've found myself saying wow, twenty faces, a lot. I'd never thought of it before, but there seems to be a lot of truth in it, in that we all share characteristics from just twenty faces. I love how much this song has made me think, and it's beautiful to listen to as well. :) Favorite track: Twenty Faces.
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released July 17, 2012

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Track Name: Are You Listening
When the hum of the city overtakes you
And you can't breathe at all
Is it drowning you?
Is it drowning you?

When the noise and the demons and the chatter
They make you feel so small
They're surrounding you
They're surrounding you

When you finally give up fighting
And the silence starts to call
Are you listening?
Are you listening?

Can you hear it yeah yeah yeah yeah
Tell me can you hear it yeah yeah yeah yeah
Tell me can you hear it yeah yeah yeah yeah
Tell me can you hear it
Tell me can you hear this sound that brings you back to home?

It is something so familiar
You remember how it goes
It was always there
It is always there
It's a song that's written in everything
One that everybody knows
It's getting louder now
It's getting louder now

Can you hear it yeah yeah yeah yeah
Tell me can you hear it yeah yeah yeah yeah
Tell me can you hear it yeah yeah yeah yeah
Tell me can you hear it
Tell me can you hear this sound
Tell me can you hear this sound that brings you back to home?

I know I know I know
Never been this lost before
I know I know it's hard
But you gotta let it lead you
I know I know I know
Can't ignore it anymore
I know I know it's hard
But you gotta let it lead you
If you listen it will lead you home

And it goes yeah yeah yeah yeah
I know that you can hear it yeah yeah yeah yeah
I know that you can hear this sound that brings you back to home.

From A City On A Lake, released 17 July 2012.
Track Name: Never Look Back
The room explodes with shards of gold
The sunlight filling up the holes
Where all the pictures used to be
Of all my fading memories
The air is rising off the street
The smell of possibility
The ladder shakes as I climb down
I'll miss this view, I'll miss these sounds

But I'll never look back in time

The morning sunlight melts the past
The canyons echo off the glass
I guess I should have known somehow
What's done is done can't change it now
My hands let go I hit the street
A thousand bodies swallow me
I wish they'd take me out to sea
Wash my conscience, make it clean

So I'll never look back in time
Till all of my love is blind

The sun is gone, the motion fades
Tomorrow you'll be far away
I never think of what to say in time

Is all this wandering good for something?
Track Name: Oceanside (Featuring Ximena Sariñana
One more drink before you go
The waves are crashing down below
Another hazy afternoon
He's gonna be home soon
(and the seasons never change)
If you lived here you'd be home
(and the faces stay the same)
Never have to be alone
(behind the sun-kissed glow)
No one has to know

We all close our eyes here in Oceanside
We all spend some time here in Oceanside

The truth was always black and white
Never home enough to fight
No one needs another war
Don't kill the messenger
(and the seasons never change)
If you lived here you'd be home
(and the faces stay the same)
Never have to be alone
(behind the sun-kissed glow)
Someone has to know

We all close our eyes here in Oceanside
We all spend some time here in Oceanside
Everything's fine here in Oceanside
We all spend some time here in Oceanside

Everybody finds a way
Everybody must survive
You will learn your lesson
You will learn to pick a side
Track Name: Twenty Faces
The world is full of faces that we already know
Like pieces from a puzzle scattered long ago
Don't I know you, have we met before?
The world is full of faces that we already know

The world is full of melodies we've already heard
We sing them in our sleep, we remember the words
Repeat the chorus and change the verse
The world is full of melodies we've already heard

Sleep till the sun coats your eyes
Till the darkness subsides
Look around
I will see you on the other side

The world is full of places that we've already been
We recognize the rooftops from our flying dreams
And I swear I walked you down this street
The world is full of places that we've already been

Sleep till the sun coats your eyes
Till the darkness subsides
Look around
I will see you on the other side

The world is full of lovers that we've lost before
We chase them through the ages, through the coldest wars
But now I've found you, now I'm sure
You're the one I want I'm not afraid anymore.
Track Name: We Will Surrender
Used to be enough to say I'm innocent
Used to be enough to take the blame
It should have been enough to see the consequence
Should have been enough to make me change

Once upon a time I could still take everything
while everybody obeyed the law
Once upon a time we could still get out of here
But everyone waited just a little too long

Nothing we can do about it anyway

We will surrender
We will survive

Maybe someday you will tell you everything
Maybe someday I'll do the same
We may get a chance to do this all again
But will it be enough to make us change

Nothing we can do about it anyway

We will surrender
We will survive
Track Name: The Fighter
I heard a crack, my head spun 'round
Eyes are rushing toward the mat I'm going down
Going down

There's blood in my mouth, I'm kissing the floor
I came around as I heard them count to three
Count to four

Give up, give up
Do you surrender?

The papers predicted it'd be on the ropes
Can't go the distance this palooka's got no hope
But there's nothing ahead and nothing behind
And nothing will be waiting if I turn my back this time
This time

So give up, give up
Do you surrender?

My head is spinning
My ears are ringing
I'm giving up control
So I open my eyes
Lower my guard
And ready myself for the final blow.

I felt a hand brushing my head
I heard a voice saying "Let's just stay in bed"
The scars have healed, the bruises are gone
I can't believe that I fought this for so long
So long

Give up, give up
I surrender.
Track Name: Always Something Better
You can have a sweetheart for your bride
You can have a view of the ocean side
You can have a picture-perfect life
But there's always something better

There's a little voice inside your mind
One you swear you almost recognize
It just repeats one single line
There's always something better

It's just around the corner
Just around the bend
Will it ever happen
Will it ever end
Is it in your heart
Or only in your head
There's always something better

Boys and girls walk the streets tonight
They look for beauty but it passes by
'Cause we got one eye to the side
Looking out for something better
They taught us never compromise
A modern heart won't be denied
You can have it all, just don't decide
Holding out for something better

It's just around the corner
Just around the bend
Will it ever happen
Will it ever end
You think it's in your heart
But it's only in your head
And it's not getting better

Fast track, cash back
No standing in line
Step forward baby sleeping soundly
while you wander the night
Get a new god, praise lord
If you think it will help
Just be careful not to ever take a look at yourself
So climb the ladder take it all
Nothing's out of your league
But this city never waits while it never sleeps
Never fail, never try, keep on passing by
But I don't want to be hear waiting for the rest of my life

There's always something better.
Track Name: Patiently
one at a time
thoughts come back
as I climb upstairs
to the room where we lived
when we were younger

marks on the wall
every year
since we were 3 feet tall
I wasn't scared
but you'd still leave the light on

thank you for everything
and I hope you're listening
I'll find you again if you wait for me
Patiently

From A City On A Lake, released 17 July 2012.

dumb
yeah i know
we were young
now we're on our own
looking out
from the wrong side of the ocean

signs
all along
you never said
you were much too strong
now you're not here
but I still leave the light on

my little soldier
climb on my shoulders
you'll know when you're older
just wait and see

Thank you for everything
and I know you're listening
I'll find you again if you wait for me
Patiently