Dead Ends and Thin Ice

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These songs are about the daily struggle. We walked into college all from different situations back home, hoping to make something of ourselves from the clean slate we were handed. Parents, family, teachers; they all tell you these are the best years of your life and that you should enjoy your youth while you still have it because it only gets harder from here. They're right, but that doesn't mean things are easy now.

We wrote these songs from places inside us that weren't always the brightest; about things that didn't seem to have a silver lining. We wrote about things that bummed us out and made us feel like we were going nowhere. In the end, we ended up with something we were proud of, and maybe that's the silver lining.

We hope whoever listens to these songs can relate to the situations we've experienced and find some solace in knowing you aren't alone in your endeavors. You'll walk out a little bruised, but you'll still be standing. And that's what matters.

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released November 17, 2014

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Luke Nagel at Sailing Stones Studios
All songs written by Neversleep
Album artwork by Haley Flight

David Kisiel - Vocals/Guitar
Dillon Bailey - Guitar/Vocals
Chaz Morse - Bass
Devin Congdon - Drums

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Track Name: I Just Want My Hoodie Back
I'm sick, sick of wasting time
Searching for the thoughts and words
I just can't seem to find
And I'm lost in a sea of broken faith
They promised I'd escape,
But I feel as if my body's bound to break
What do I know
About keeping it together for the road?
I'm just a heart with broken wings
All that's left for me's to sing
And pray I stop sinking

He's whispering to me,
"Close your eyes and sleep,
You can lie with me and weep,"
But I will never dream
I'm scared of waking up in sweat
Demons grabbing at my neck
Pulling me closer to the edge

I don't have the guts or the morals
To get to the finish line
I always stop short to catch my breath
I'll keep my head down
'Cause this fog's too thick to see where I'll fall
But what's another broken ankle
When all I do is crawl?
And I try to get the best of the world,
But I lose my courage sometimes
Just give me reason to keep faith
In anything, just give me anything

The record keeps playing songs in my head
Of words that I long forgot
And things I should've said
But I can't tell the difference between the floor
And my bed
Both still keep me sleepless
And wishing I was dead
I've been desperate for what you all call love
Except I don't call it anything
But a night's worth of lust
Don't get me wrong, I'm not without a heart
I just can't stand the sight of someone else
Tearing me apart

I don't have the guts or the morals
To get to the finish line
I always stop short to catch my breath
I'll keep my head down
'Cause this fog's too thick to see where I'll fall
But what's another broken ankle
When all I do is crawl?
And I try to get the best of the world,
But I lose my courage sometimes
Just give me reason to keep faith
In anything, just give me anything
Track Name: Wasted
Give it a day
I'll be lying on my back
Pray it'll be my saving grace
'Cause I'm down
For the count, now
Hoping that somebody knows how
To turn this whole wreck around

As my head goes underwater,
You just laugh
And maybe silence truly is my better half
Just watch it burn

Breathe deep when you know you're going under
Pull the trigger when you know it's done and over
Cause and effect are digging my grave
And you're not so innocent now
When I'm lying cold on the floor
Take another look at this portrait you're painting
You know we've seen all this before

And so I left it
And so I left it alone
Hoping I could save some face on my own
And I'll just drown here
In my own contempt and fear
Just let me sink on my own

I don't wanna be a product of you
I feel wasted (wasted)
So wasted (so wasted)
And when the curtains drop
I'm shaking myself offstage
Oh, what a waste

As my head goes underwater,
You just laugh
And maybe silence truly is my better half
Just watch it burn

Breathe deep when you know you're going under
Pull the trigger when you know it's done and over
Cause and effect are digging my grave
And you're not so innocent now
When I'm lying cold on the floor
Take another look at this portrait you're painting
You know we've seen all this before

As my head goes underwater,
You just laugh
I finally know you'll never be my better half
Just watch it burn

Breathe deep when you know you're going under
Pull the trigger when you know it's done and over
Cause and effect are digging my grave
And you're not so innocent now
When I'm lying cold on the floor
Take another look at this portrait you're painting
You know we've seen all this before
Track Name: Momentum
She stood on her porch
In her white skinny jeans and said,
"Why don't you come inside for a minute?
We can take off our shoes and talk the blues"
We've got momentum
She has me feeling like a new man
I'm never one to draw up a plan,
But we're mapped out across
Miles and miles of uncharted land

There's no other face I'd rather
Pour my soul into
Never under wraps,
The world's gonna know I have you
And unrequited's a word you'll never have to know
Tie our waists up in ropes
And never let it go
If my life were a book,
I know you'd be the best page

Keep quiet,
I just wanna hear your breathing
Keep quiet,
I just wanna know you're thinking of me

"Just leave it to me,"
She said, "I wanna be your whole world,
Take us everywhere, build us anything we need"
I've been scared,
But I could hardly care;
I'm used to the spotlight
And struggling to breathe,
Struggling to see,
But I got lucky

There's no other face I'd rather
Pour my soul into
Never under wraps,
The world's gonna know I have you
And unrequited's a word you'll never have to know
Tie our waists up in ropes
And never let it go
If my life were a book,
I know you'd be the best page

Keep quiet,
I just wanna hear your breathing
Keep quiet,
I just wanna know you're thinking of me

No other face I'd rather
Pour my soul into
Never under wraps,
The world's gonna know I have you
And unrequited's a word you'll never have to know
Tie our waists up in ropes
And never let it go
(If my life were a book, I know you'd be the best page)

But I let it go
(If my life were a book, I know you'd be the best page)
Track Name: It's Whatever
She said, "It's mind over matter, so what's the matter?
What does it matter anyway?"
You'd tell me what I need to hear,
Take my smile away while their conscience stays clear
You'd ask me, "So what's the matter?"
And I would tell you, "What does it matter anyway?"
You'd tell me to stop
And to look on the bright side
Search out the light that shines from the outside

Don't let me lose my hold

I'm losing hold,
I'm losing hold
I can't let go
Of the face I've never known

I'm losing hold
(She said, "It's mind over matter, so what's the matter?
What does it matter anyway?")
I can't let go
(She said, "It's mind over matter, so what's the matter?
What does it matter anyway?")

Why'd you have to leave?
(It could've been us three)
Playing up the street
(But you're gone)
The streetlights don't shine as bright without you here
And even with all my might
(I still can't bring you back)
Just another spark in this fire
(I stopped keeping track)
Of all the times I kept my head
Between the sheets
Just begging for sleep
I'm losing hold

The reason I'm calling's
'Cause I simply can't function
Since I'm missing part of me
Every decision's a wreck
And I'm the captain of a ship
That's been stranded and spent
I'm drawing words in the sand
Hoping somehow they're read
And I know you're not here,
But I wish it were different
I'm stuck chasing down dreams
While they're just keeping their distance
Please tell me you can hear this
I just need you to hear this

And I know I'm just singing to myself
But I know you had so much more to tell
And I know I'm just doing this myself
But I know we had so much more to tell
Track Name: Long Story Short
I've been waiting on a minute
Where I can catch my breath
Keep my heart up in the clouds,
And this water below my neck
But I'm watching my home
Turn into a house
I'm split at the seams
I'm on my way out

'Cause I'm scared to be
Anything but restless
I'm scared for the sanctity of marriage
I'm scared to claim I'm anything but damaged
I'm scared

I'll try to be on my own and fly
Keep my head above the current
I'll lie and say I'm okay when I'm not
It goes, time don't wait for anyone
It flows, pulls the weak underwater
Just don't let me hold you any longer
I'm no good for anyone

How am I supposed to face the holidays?
Everyone's in different places
My chest can't keep a steady pace
And I thought we could stay together another year
And this winter just don't seem to end
And I can't scrape this image out of my head
I begged you not to go
With my hands on your waist
You kissed me,
And it all went away

Now I'm stranded
With a match in my hand
It's me against my problems,
But the flame burnt out again
And I'll try to keep some light in my eyes
Oh, I'll keep this to myself
Oh, I'll keep this to myself

I'll try to be on my own and fly
Keep my head above the current
I'll lie and say I'm okay when I'm not
It goes, time don't wait for anyone
It flows, pulls the weak underwater
Just don't let me hold you any longer
I'm no good for anyone

Well, my brother, he's off in Chicago,
And I'm left here to fend for myself
Well, my parents, they don't have each other,
But the photos still stand on the shelf
You pushed me aside in an instant
For some story you heard on the street
You left me to die in the corner
Struggling to stand on my own two feet

But I just need to know
If there's something left to believe in
I'm running out of matchsticks,
And my shoes are wearing thin
I'm sick of hitting dead ends
And falling through thin ice
Can't hold steady conversation
Can't look you in the eyes
I'm scared to death,
And I just don't think I'm sleeping it off

I'll try to be on my own and fly
Keep my head above the current
I'll lie and say I'm okay when I'm not
I'm no good for anyone