Days While Away

by Matt Hectorne

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released September 18, 2015

All songs written and arranged by Matt Hectorne.
Additional arrangement by Rob Parr, David Smalt, Jonathan Smalt, and Taylor Thompson.
Produced by Rob Parr and Matt Hectorne
Mixed and recorded by Rob Parr.
Mastered by Adam Boose at Cauliflower Audio.
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Loved by your mom.

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Track Name: When the Bell Rings
Waves get bigger, your blood turns to liquor
Your mama don't call you no more
Rock turned to mire, a flicker once a fire
I ain't gonna darken your door

When I'm talking to you
There's miles of distance we can't get through

The quiet will see what's hidden at night
You act like you still wanted me
The lies you told will bury you alive
I won't be there to hear the bell ring

No grain in the silo, no birds at my window
It all just don't seem right
They gave me a warning, you'd be here by morning
There ain't no truth in your eyes

When I'm talking to you
The hurt is a river that I just can't get through

The quiet will see what's hidden at night
You act like you still wanted me
The lies you told will bury you alive
I won't be there to hear the bell ring

Fell asleep in your room
I always had trouble saying no to you
The night is starting to bloom
But leaving you was the best I could do

The quiet will see what's hidden at night
You act like you still wanted me
The lies you told will bury you alive
I won't be there to hear the bell ring
Track Name: Sinking Man
In the low down, dark, and lonely
The other side of a chemical high
There's a girl there dancing slowly
A blinking light of the celestial kind

She's just laughing, singing, talking
The day is long, and the Sun's in the sky
I just stand there thinking if only
There was a way to bring her to my side

But I'm just a sinking man
Can't find no way to land
God bless the sinking man
'Cause there's no way He could understand

But she loves in all my wandering
No matter where I seem to roam
She's an anchor strong and steady
Without her I would drift out all alone

'Cause I'm just a sinking man
Can't find no way to land
God bless the sinking man
'Cause there's no way He could understand

In the light of another dawning day
There's a weight that contains all my shame
And it's something I plan to learn to shake
There's not way He could understand
Yeah there's no way He could understand
Track Name: Animal
Put your picture by her bed
Light all her cigarettes
Loudly proclaim
No other woman could take your name

But she's got a smile as dark as rain
And a heart no man could ever tame
All you hear are the words she'll never say

So let it rock, let it roll
Lift her up and let her go
Ain't no use in keeping an animal
That was born to roam

When nights are long and days hot
It makes you wonder what you got
Heads rung out, worse for wear
And she's sleeping without a care

'Cause she's got a smile as dark as rain
And a heart no man could ever tame
All you hear are the words she'll never say

So let it rock, let it roll
Lift her up and let her go
Ain't no use in keeping an animal
That was born to roam

Keep walking, don't let it hang over your head

So let it rock, let it roll
Lift her up and let her go
Ain't no use in keeping an animal
That was born to roam
Track Name: Better Days
There comes a time in every man's life
When you know you just gotta go
You see that dam's about to break
You gotta hold it off or get away

Sometimes I find myself lost
Getting caught in the tangles of my mind
I numb myself I'm scared to feel
But you gotta let it scar or let it heal

Don't tell me the conversation's over
'Cause I've been waiting around all night
If you'd let me talk I wouldn't make you stay
We're better off finding better days

Now I see the caverns of my life
Down below the cities and the streets
And all the people trying to find meaning
Well the never look underneath

Don't tell me the conversation's over
'Cause I've been waiting around all night
If you'd let me talk I wouldn't make you stay
We're better off finding better days
Track Name: Highways
You bring the morning, you come alive
You take it over, you draw the line
My hands were shaking and hard to hide
In the cold light

You let it rise, you let it fall
You let it all out, or not at all
My hands were holding you all along
But now you're gone

Highways
Hearts break
Highways to harder days

And I would let you bring life to me
You could live in my family tree
My hands were breaking, we'll never know
What's coming on

Highways
Hearts break
Highways to harder days
Track Name: Undone
Well I tried to call her over
She don't answer the phone
Try and stay sober
But I can't sleep alone

Well the motel is humming
There's a fight next door
TV is broken
Looks like blood on the floor

And I talk and talk into the setting Sun
And I let it all out, can't save it for no one
Is this where all my dreams come undone?

Well the days leave me empty
But the bartender's friendly
Baltimore's lonely
But they're singing with me

Is this really what I wanted?
Will I know when I've caught it?
Feeling some kind of haunted
I'm counting my losses

And I talk and talk into the setting Sun
And I let it all out, can't save it for no one
Is this where all my dreams come undone?

Is this really what I wanted?
Will I know when I've caught it?
Feeling some kind of haunted
I'm counting my losses
Track Name: Racing the Daylight
Mississippi, Tennessee
Walking down these dirty streets
Every corner teems of memories

Chasing ghosts out the past
Rearrange and don't look back
That's how we will get by
But for tonight-

Take me to the path that leads back
To the water
Where we used to sit and talk
All night
Steam comes off the lake like
Holy Ghost fire
And in the morning we'll be
Racing the daylight

It's true I used to have it bad
Can't we just forget all that?
And see if we can wait for the night to fade

Time will make us soon forget
'Til then can we feign regret?
That's how we will get by
Just for tonight

So take me to the path that leads back
To the water
Where we used to sit and talk
All night
Steam comes off the lake like
Holy Ghost fire
And in the morning we'll be
Racing the daylight
Track Name: 51
Seven years of fighting and I still want more
I can't make myself stay
The feeling the comes with settling the score
I'll show em how a man is made

Sitting at the crossroads
Gripping on the wheel so tight
She's waiting for me back home
But God knows that I had to try
So I jumped onto the 51
And drove into the dead of night

They're scratching and they're biting at my back door
Their eyes glowing red with rage
There's a light coming from underneath the floor
I'm setting fire to the page

Sitting at the crossroads
Gripping on the wheel so tight
She's waiting for me back home
But God knows that I had to try
So I jumped onto the 51
And drove into the dead of night

Yeah and I no longer hate myself
But I am still not scared to die
Track Name: Doll
Woke up with the sound
Of someone calling me home
Wasn't no one around
Still it rattled my bones

Always thought I'd found
A simple song to sing
But somewhere deep down
I could hear them bells ring

And I'll make my way toward the light
Set my gaze on the prettiest sight
Singing songs slow and tender
Into that sweet surrender

Was always scared of the end
And when it would come
No need to comprehend
When there's a heavenly hum

And I'll make my way toward the light
Set my gaze on the prettiest sight
Singing songs slow and tender
Into that sweet surrender
Track Name: Faded in the Light
Let your bridge down
Let me inside the walls you put up
Pretend we're still kids
Every night falling in love

Everything we had is faded in the light
Everything we had exists in my mind

Strange as it seems
I kept your gaze longer than most
We gave it a chance
But you never learned how to be alone

Everything we had is faded in the light
Everything we had exists in my mind
Finally I'm strong enough to stand on my own
Even if I miss a few steps or chip a few bones

Everything we had is faded in the light
You still exist in my mind