Paper Arrows

 Look Alive

 Released: March 2, 2008, Quell Records

 Personnel: Joe Goodkin: vox, guitar; Jay Marino: bass, mandolin, vox;
 Darren Garvey: drums, banjo, keys, everything else except the sound
 of the train on Again and Again

 Produced and Engineered by Jay Marino
 Recorded in The Attic, Chicago, IL
 Mixed by Manny Sanchez at Gravity Studios



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Track list (click for lyrics):
1. Look Alive
2. Travesty in Blue
3. Turn
4. Again and Again
5. Come Home
6. Why I Had to Fall
7. Skeletonskinandsky
8. Fight
9. December Static
10. When You Left

 

 

 

 

 

Look Alive
(read the story behind the song

Look alive
The lights are shining in your eyes
And the way is clear
For you to see
That love can cure this misery
And wipe away your tears

But it all comes down to you
But it all comes down to you

Look alive
And count the days since summer died
Spring is almost here
And certainly
The rains will come and quietly
Wash away our fears

But it all comes down to you
But it all comes down to you
 
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Travesty in Blue
(read the story behind the song)
 
The picture where we moved you looked like me
And somehow the light arranged itself in a "t"
They always take at the start what matters the most
They always shoot first and ask questions once you're a ghost

It's raining glass on the lake tonight
As clouds divide the nightmare sky
And lightening strikes the Tower's heights
It echoes...

I saw him hanging on Western Avenue
His eyes were born in a travesty of blue
And the empty car lots gave way to something else
And the pavement cracks grew up as winter fell

It's raining glass on the lake tonight
As clouds divide the nightmare sky
And lightening strikes the Tower's heights
It echoes...

It's raining stars on the lake tonight
As clouds divide the nightmare sky
And lightening strikes the Tower's spikes
It echoes...

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Turn
(read the story behind the song)
 
Whispers in the dark
The night is calling out
To all the lonesome hearts
Flickering in starts
The big star's burning low
And soon it will be gone
When love is overcome
When love is on the ropes
Don't turn your back on love

I won't turn my back on love
I won't turn my back on love

Under purple skies
Chicago's crying out
It echoes through the streets
And settles in the dust
Along the silent lake
Beneath the silver moon

I won't turn my back on love
I won't turn my back on love
 
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Again and Again
(read the story behind the song)
 
Meet me beneath the moon
We'll hang our worries
On the powerlines
And forget about the days
When we lost our way
And start over again
And again
And again
And again

Meet me beside the lake
We'll wash our faces
In the waters
And dry our swollen eyes
In the golden sun
And start over again
And again
And again
And again

Meet me in the bed
We'll burn our fears
With a midnight flame
And scatter the remains
With trembling lips
And start over again
And again
And again
And again
 
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Come Home
(read the story behind the song)
 
It's been barely a week
Since you left me to fight alone
So I face down the nights and then
Watch the sun rise again

And I sing myself sick
Lose my voice to the swollen sky
When the rain hits an open wound
The pain let's you know you're alive

I know you're coming home
I know you're coming home
I hope you're coming home
Come home...
Come home...
 
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Why I Had to Fall
(read the story behind the song)
 
And so the waiting begins
And outside the winter settles in
I'm still waiting on my wings
And outside the twilight starts to sing

It's why I had to fall
It's why I had to fall

We've all got something to make it okay
But it seems like it works less and less every day
So go to sleep and wait for dawn
Or pack your bags and just move on

It's why I had to fall
It's why I had to fall

They say "Sometimes you fly"
They say "Hey, you're still alive"
But while they're singing "Hallelujah"
They'll put the nails right through you
 
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SkeletonSkinandSky
(read the story behind the song)
 
One night I had a dream
That I walked out onto the sea
And into the sun as the waters, they swallowed it whole

And when the flames burned to black
I woke from the stinging ashes
And open my eyes and felt the hope spark in my bones

Skeleton skin and sky
Most days I just get by
Why does it have to go away?

And when the morning fades
We drown in the wide open spaces
Though the night may be sure, it's the daylight that makes our hearts hurt

So I keep writing these songs
These songs about time and the sea
And angels and dawns and singing them in my sleep

Skeleton skin and sky
Most days I just get by
Why does it have to go away?
 
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Fight
(read the story behind the song)
 
When the time
Is running down
And what's lost
Can't be found
Be it you
By my side

And the tears
Of the night
Are revealed
By the light
As silent prayers
Falling on deaf ears

Anything you do
I will fight for you
Silence comes
Like a knife
Cuts you up
Before your eyes
The pieces fall
Down and down and down

Empty hearts
Broken strings
And empty songs
For us to sing
So go our days
Until our story ends

Anything you do
I will fight for you
 
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December Static
(read the story behind the song)
 
December static streaks the sky
The streetlights blinked as we walked by
I didn't mean to let you down
But darkness came without a sound

You took the train, it made you cry
I let the how destroy the why
I didn't mean to leave you there
To taste the salt hanging in the air

The winter left us black and blue
And the drugs don't work like they used to
I didn't mean to let you go
To walk alone into the snow
 
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When You Left
(read the story behind the song)
 
Looked across
The water blue
And saw a sea
Of tears
As darkness fell
I thought of you and
When
You
Left

Couldn't tell
Where the city ended
And where the night
Began
The buildings sang
Their silent songs like
When
You
Left

I can't
Believe
You're


Gone
 
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