Comeback City

by Tyler Brown

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released July 1, 2010

recorded & produced by: Dan Millice @ Robert F. Gilley Recording Studio
mixed & mastered by: Dan Millice in NYC

album art & design: Josh Roten

Tyler Brown - Guitar & Vocals
Dan Millice - Guitar
Ben Hostetler - Bass
John Stallings - Drums

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Track Name: Close To Sleep
i was so close to sleep
i was so close to sleep,
then i thought of you
we are like ships that pass in the night
and you let me sail to wherever i like
but i'll only sail with you

i'll sleep, but only for a moment
i'll sleep, but only for a moment,
always waking up with empty hands
we're so much bigger than all that rain
that tried to wash it all away
and i won't let you forget it

my stomach speaks of wants and needs
my stomach speaks of wants and needs,
of nothing other than you
and in my chest, there's a garden
where flowers grow, they grow like violence
but only when you water them


(turning me around with your mind again
turning me around with these nights, and then
turning me around, and we'll try again)
Track Name: I'm Only Looking at You
i was making plans to keep away from your love
and the warmth that i found under your sheets
i guess my pallet wasn't lying when it was telling me
that i had never tasted something so sweet
so what does it mean when you're looking at me?

i was trying hard to disconnect all the dots
that you were drawing straight lines in between
i guess the shapes that you were making and the colors you used
all seemed to be the right ones to me
yeah, it used to be true
that i could only see black and blue
yeah, it used to be true
but now i'm looking at you

i was getting wise, finding lies in your eyes
so that i could feel better about my own
and all i could come up with were some more reasons why
i should be watering the seeds you had sown
it's much harder to grow
when you plant all alone
(you would know)

i was sick and tired of all the things i poured into
that never poured back into me
i guess a heart that's grown weak is a heart that still beats
'cause you've got mine beatin' out of the seams
i'm standing right here
right next to you, dear
so how does it feel
now that you know that it's real?

i'm only looking at you

now i'm making plans to draw near to your love
and the warmth that you've been promising me
and you've been dancing in my head, stitching up where i bled
my love was poisoned, and you're the remedy

i'm standing right here
right next to you, dear
so how does it feel
now that you know that it's real?

i'm only looking at you
Track Name: Cave
i've been trying really hard to repave
all the places where our body had caved
knowing good and well it's hard to be saved
when we both are really not all that brave
so just cave

do you remember when you told me we'd sink
if i didn't start picking up my feet?
so in the morning, when i come back to fight
for all the faith you found in lying with a lion
crawling in the cold lights, i just cave
i just caved
see me fall apart
i'm bleeding out from my name

and now it's been so long
since the sound moved things along
leaving everything undone
and everything unsaid
oh, this is not what i do
i shouldn't be fighting you
but if you'd call on me
in that same way you used to
i would gladly cut my roots
so i could make my way
quietly back into your grace
where i'd find the hollow space
i once filled up
Track Name: Jericho
all of the walls came tumbling down
when you marched in circles around my small town
and all of my sleeping got lost in the beat
cold skeletons marching each night by my feet

so don't hold me to the heat of my words
don't hold back the way that you learned
don't hold back that tide when it turns around

i lost my voice to the summertime
learning to speak the way that you like
and you became lightning while i thundered around
the only traces of reason in my explosions of sound

so don't hold me to the heat of my words
don't hold back the way that you learned
don't hold back that tide when it turns around
don't confuse the heat of my voice
with the letdowns of those summertime boys
don't let your head fill with that noise
i'm coming around


just swallow me whole
and bind up my bones
they are yours to own
they'll follow you home
Track Name: Ghost, Pt. II
"if there are no walls, then there can be no home"
i don't know if i believe it, but it's what i'm told
and i'm not afraid of not being alone
i was made with some sinking in skin and some breakable bones
and i need your water sometimes for my undergrowth
do you feel safe knowing i got nowhere else i want to go

are you shutting it out

everybody talks like they already know
in these deep and dying months where everything shows
are you so afraid of not being alone
are you shutting it and shaking it out all on your own
building a no-way-in, no-way-out kind of home
kicking up the ground where the roots had long been grown

are you shutting it out


so i'll skin my pride alive
just to keep this thing from dying
and you say i'm such a martyr
well at least i found something to die for
'cause we don't have the time
not knowing what's on the other side
you know i'd tear this world apart
if you could tell me that's what you really want

are you shutting it out