Land and Sea

by Drive North

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released July 17, 2013

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Drive North Oxford, Ohio

Tyler lives in Alaska and Joe lives in Ohio. They put together these songs and no one ever tells them how to do that. This is how they want it to sound. Have a listen. These songs came a long way to meet you.

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Track Name: Neither Wolf Nor Dog
I’m not here to watch the fireworks
I came to be the spark
I came to be a flashbulb
That can outrun the dark

If you want to be the shade
to make the world wilt
I won’t be a lie for you
to shadow your guilt

done with this discussion
to be gone or to build a home?
I'll be packing with the dawn
and neither wolf nor dog

If you led the big parade
to quote the master’s song
I can be something to see
just before it’s gone

If you want to stand up straight
and you can hold your weight
there will be a show for you
and you will not be late

stuck here at a crossroad
to be gone or to build a home?
I'll be packing with the dawn
and neither wolf nor dog
Track Name: Hello Limbo
My feet found the ground
but I couldn’t find the cross
the windows looked like blackened ice
my breath was full of frost
the streets were empty alleys
and I suddenly was lost
I always knew the price to leave,
but I never knew the cost

A wiser man would find his way
but I couldn’t get across
I spun around in circles round about
misguided, I was lost
I fought to keep my vision clear
and bargained with the trees
I won a little bit of moonlight,
but it was just a tease

There’s a girl who changed
the sound of my name and
she didn’t count on nothin
I took her just the same
wasted no time fussing
on where to lay the blame
her brand of love was
so perfectly plain

I’m going to run out and race the rain
gonna go out to chase the train
find a window in the weather
turn it into a drain
from a victory we sought
it was just good enough we fought
‘cause when after goes away
enough is all we got

does it make you dream like fishes
knowing how to drown
does it give the dream of leaving
a fake and hollow sound
do you think about your gun
buzzing like a crown
shattered as a broken sun
sinking underground

The leaves are much more colorful
this rain’s getting comfortable.
I can still hear laughter
I can still hear her ghost
Softly tell me all the things
That hurt her the most
Hello limbo
is this all we’re not
Am I ever gonna get
away from this spot
can I sit and linger
while the world gets caught
or will the kettle whistle
when the place gets hot
Track Name: Meeting Day
It’s just how serious you have to be;
but it’s trite, and it makes you feel cheap.
Takes the slumber out of the sleep
and drags your dreams to the deep

It’s just how this business is done
smug handshakes a prize to be won
every flash a photo to outgun
and a little grasp of a better life begun

in the seat or the stage
it all stays the same
the whispers of the cage
and the time we blame
take these things for your rage
and take fury for fame
at this stage in the game
it’s all the same

learn how to steal and to cheat
that’s how they sort out the chaff from the wheat
taking no prisoners pile them deep

It’s just how the stage is set
for a promise for things a few can get
like a laugh in the hedge of your bet
like a price that time has not met

It’s just the slow tick of life
going with the trick of breath
knotted in the steadfast what’s left
gone to the grave with no death

in the seat or the stage
it all stays the same
the whispers of the cage
and the time we blame
take these things for your rage
and take fury for fame
at this stage in the game
it’s all the same

learn how to steal and to cheat
that’s how they sort out the chaff from the wheat
taking no prisoners pile them deep
at this stage in the game, it’s all the same
Track Name: Fire in the Foothills
Fire in the foot hills
Below mt Jefferson
Rising lines of smoke
And spots of flame

These white clouds can't decide
To be a haze or to stand aside
Just like me they bend with time
Unsure about which hill to climb

could you roll like a hill
Or be grey and lifeless still?
rivers are they not for you
why don’t you continue?

Fire at the end
Darkness in full can’t pretend
Pull from the sound and forgive
the damned, buried town where you live

These white clouds can't decide
To be a haze or to stand aside
Just like me they bend with time
Unsure about which hill to climb

sugar of the sky
Both cold and sly
cotton, irridescent
A maker and a spy

And the blind wind rises out of the dark
Dug up from the setting sun
Watching the sky drop its silent towns
constellations upside down
Track Name: Crawl
if you could crawl back to the earth
from the place where no one returns
would you come straight to me first
could you touch right where it hurts

would you move through all the thorns
tearing up skin that I mourned
would you reach blind for the door
could you find me anymore

cause I have done things that were wrong
since well before you were gone
and even since you’ve been gone
I just try my best to belong

I thought I could join you up there
I thought it might even be fair
to leave and then leap through the air
but i never put in my share

if you could crawl back to the earth
from a place where no one returns
would you come straight to me first
could you touch right where it hurts

and if life is so cruel
it can't even break all the rules
then i am - such a fool
i’m such a fool to ask you

now ive got the sun on my face
and ive got the wind in my bones
and none of these people here know
because nobody knows

you could crawl back to earth
from a place where no one returns
and you could come straight to me first
and you could touch right where it hurts
Track Name: Shipwrecked
a triumph or a tragedy
Are you with or against me
I drag my leg each day a cross to see
To confront my memory

The captain screamed Deliver me from the shivering sea
to the jagged teeth of some hungry beast
Make us men of meat for you to feast

And my blood turns to stone
now each man knows he’s alone
In the fading arms of a far-gone home
face the final grace without a mooooooan

and If you still think forgetting comes cheap
Drag the dark ones from the deep
Worth their weight in love and pain
worth the price you’d pay to never see them again

We learn to love with our eyes fixed at our feet
We are so discrete
We count our steps and stumble into blind defeat

and have I been shipwrecked on this shore have I been here before
There's no hinges and no doors I'm not at sea anymore

I know to love and keep my chin off my throat
and If I’m put into the ground that’s what my epitaph should show

I was overthrown
Like a madman in the mist
Meal returned to grist
What is sacred we missed
And we washed into this

On our own
Overthrown
Overthrown
Track Name: Southern Lights
We can walk around and watch the rain come down
we dont mention time or how you’re leaving town
We Don’t need a home
these roads don’t know our names
we’ll make up a game
where we can pound our blame

uh oh how long will it be till you see?
uh oh i know how you can be
the southern lights cut too deep
the southern lights come easy

i guess you wanna know
how i climbed out my grave
i see it in your smile
that you’re trying to be saved
and i guess you wanna hear
how i made it to the garden
you’ll have to find your way
you’ll have to make your own bargain

i won’t rest my hands
ill put them to use
building something up
can't bear to lose
if i can’t try to trust
i might just give up
so we can hang around
and watch the sun go down
Track Name: Maybe
can’t keep not keeping up just to walk inside your wake
now the things that i can’t say to you are the same i can’t say to them

maybe nothing has changed
maybe you’ll feel betrayed
maybe these doorlocks will beat your grenades

maybe all of their courage will still be repaid
maybe all the thankless will still get their way
maybe that day will come just like a slave
dressed for your sorrow and chained to the grave

may you refuse all that i say
ive been a fool, thats been well displayed
may you refuse all that i say
ive been a fool but i’ll still be on my way

We went outside to dance for the dead
and We came a long way just to break bread
Maybe you are just wiser in the end
maybe all of this wisdom is over my head

but, these girls who love the sun
they’re all trying to steal my conversation
and theres only you left to dream on
i miss the rain so now I’m done
Track Name: Runway
leave my bag by the door
keep my clothes out the drawer
I won’t come to settle a score
I’ll be a shadow on the shore

turn my sins around the wheel
i am a beginning you can’t steal
and the fear that you can’t feel
are lost mountains to reveal

are we convicts behind bars
under the low ceiling of the stars
are we staying put for scars
on our bodies and guitars

I can hear the damp cold sound
like a train you pull around
like a tired hungry hound
with its ears pressed down to the ground

so when you say i do
remember who to say it to
i’ll be a sound on the wind
and keep my eyes skinned
Track Name: Grave
Lift us from captivity
Remember the good for the bad.
Dancing around with the rhythm of time
to the limits of rhyme in your head.

Edges sweep up the last
everything shatters like glass
when we exhale the world making clouds
and the rain in the gutter so fast

We are the entrance of souls.
They are coughing dust.
If they are cruel, and we are just
I’ll tell you this one truth

You were not mastered, but friends
I was your friend
I loved you well and was loved To the end,
and then far past the end and again
far past the end and again

If this is to be my end, I’m not lonely though I won’t mend
Deep love endures
I’m not afraid I am yours
I’m not afraid I am yours

We are the entrance of souls.
They are coughing dust.
If they are cruel, and we are just
I'll tell you this one truth
Track Name: High Season
This is the wash of great seas,
this is the wash of time.
These are the times of great thieves
and these are the lies of mine.

We open the jaws of windows
wither in the winds that chime.
We laugh at the rush of minnows
and we cringe at the sharks in line.

You lost a box of handles
to the doors you left behind
they turned on you
then called on you
then promised to be kind

I don’t care for much anymore
that isn’t a season or change, a season or change
if you’ve got something to lose
then that can be arranged, that can be arranged

This moon tugs the ocean
and it shakes trees to shine
A bloodhound found the constitution
dragged it ‘round behind

whats dark will breathe a serpent
and what burns will pass the time
we’ve got miles between us
and our friends admit no crimes

You lost a box of handles
to the doors you left behind
they turned on you
then called on you
then promised to be kind

I don’t care for much anymore
that isn’t a season or change, a season or change
if you’ve got something to lose
then that can be arranged, that can be arranged
Track Name: Naked
I know I saw you naked well before
you ever left your clothes there on the floor
I know I saw to the bottom of your well before
you ever let one word walk out your door

I know that theres a prison in your smile
I see through it like the prism of your guile
then i split along the longest of miles
that I’m often left to linger on a while

I push my palms into my tightly closed eyes
I know I see the shape of your wicked lies
I know that I can bury you deep inside
and I know that I am weak because I try

I would trade the starlight of a thousand nights
To move the lock of hair hung in your headlights
And forget for a moment all the fights
Put the pride aside and get one thing right

I’d grab your hand and say that life is short
and in that blazing moment we’d need nothing more
than a hammer and a nail to close the door
and stop the demons out there from keeping score

But you will walk and I will walk the other way
we’ll keep our hands open for another day
riding on the tracks that we regret to lay
every wave that comes is one that rolls away

I will see your face in every page
and you will hear my voice on every stage
then a little orbit breaks into the blinding rays
and severs all the bonds between time and space

so the breakup then precedes when we began
and we get the ending over well before the end
the real ending’s the good parts we can mend
and the lies are burned off before we can pretend