Pictures fade and fall

by Elder State

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about

So you're in a band straight outa school. You get signed. That band is pretty great and you work with a great songwriter and you're all friends. After 6 years of struggle you stop. Leaving behind moments of magic.

So you learn to write yourself and form hard rock bands with your friends and brothers and have a blast. But the realities of life, money, family and all that stuff means it fades away. Fades away to just recording some acoustic stuff and doing acoustic gigs.

Then one day you play your Telecaster and realise that you are not and never will be 'acoustic'. So in an elder state you write. You write loud about all the things that make you, you.You like it as well. For the first time in years you actually like making music.

And that's what these 12 songs are. A return to having a lot of fun.

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released January 26, 2014

Thanks to all the Brothers Van Buren, Tiny Ampers and the mighty Spoon Wagon.

These songs are for my friends and family and thanks to my lovely followers on twitter.

Inspiration from George and Isabel. Good and bad.

All Art by Isabel.

Recorded during the autumn and winter of 2013. At home. On an iPad. Apologies to next door when I recorded my vocals.

Deepest thanks and love to Emma.

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Elder State Liverpool, UK

Elder State started out as a solo project by Jonathan Copley a former member of 90s indie band Kill Laura. Over Christmas 2014, Jonathan and another former Kill Laura member Russ Taylor decided to meet up to make a racket for the first time in 20 years. They were joined by drummer John Jennings, another of the early 90s gen of musicians from Merseyside and Cheshire and the rest as they say.... ... more

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Track Name: The beat of my heart
Hey, the only girl I know, who says just take it nice and slow.
Just hold both my hands and squeeze, feel the breeze and time will freeze.
Still, in a field of corn, sun baked and your hair is warm on my chest. Its all I hear, your heart so clear, we'll disappear. But only in time.

When I said I was nothing did you leave me to die?
A whole heap of trouble and spit for your eye.
You wrap your wings round me and together we slowly will rise.
To a place that is golden and free from the guilt and the lies.

Time just keeps marching on and I can't undo the things I've done.
I'll hold both your little hands and tell you true its always you.
Hope is a fickle thing. It shines in the ones we bring, to this life.
But I feel hemmed in, like boxing things in tiny tins. And learning to lie.

When I said I was nothing did you leave me to die?
A whole heap of trouble and spit for your eye.
You wrap your wings round me and together we slowly will rise.
To a place that is golden and free from the guilt and the lies.

Hey, still that girl I know. Who says, just take it nice and slow.
Just hold both my little hands and wish for time to slow inside.

When I said I was nothing did you leave me to die?
A whole heap of trouble and spit for your eye.
You wrap your wings round me and together we slowly will rise.
To a place that is golden and free from the guilt and the lies.

When I said nothing, I meant everything.
Hold onto me now. Feel the beat of my heart.
Track Name: Starlight
Fading fast through the years, a gentle slowing of gears.
In this way, day by day, lights dim.
Light a torch that burns inside deep.
Drag back moments trapped in ice sleep.
In this way, day by day, I live.

Stay bright, Starlight
7 seconds away. Just 7 seconds today.

Over sigh and feel your heart pound.
The wonder moment as your soul howls.
So this way, day by day, I live.

Stay bright, Starlight
7 seconds away. Just 7 seconds away.

Stay bright, star light
Closer than further away.
So much closer than yesterday.

Won't you just believe?
You earned it and its real.
Don't scream about when, just let me breathe again.
Track Name: Start of the summer
If only you'd know me before I got so torn and grey.
Seal pointed, disjointed, wearing clothes that hide this age.

My reality is killing me, so open up and share a million dreams that scream...
Hey, Jump up in my Hummer! the rain is pouring down 'cos it's the start of the summer.

If only you'd shown me how to be the age, the news.
Its shouting and counting down the days until I lose.

My reality is killing me, so open up and share a million dreams that scream...
Hey, Jump up in my Hummer! the rain is pouring down 'cos it's the start of the summer.
Hey, Jump up in my Hummer! the days are falling down 'cos it's the start of the summer.

Let's pretend that all is good, to hide deflect I knew I could.
But really I should look to be a better man than me.

My reality is killing me, so open up and share a million dreams that scream...
Just open eyes, look and blindly see.
I'm doing things the way I used to be/
Hey, Jump up in my Hummer! the rain is pouring down 'cos it's the start of the summer.
Hey, Jump up in my Hummer! the days are falling down 'cos it's the start of the summer
Track Name: Year 18
Hey, I'm sitting off today. It hits me in the face that all that I've done is tame.
Hey, is that all there is to me? It's sweat and talk and nears. I'm stuck in cruising gears.

And I feel nothing on a Friday night except this twisted sense of right.
That I should be so more than me, it's like a return to Year 18.
And it feels good to run today.

Now hey! I see it all today. I'm feeling engines roar, my ears are proud and sore.

And I feel nothing on a Friday night except this twisted sense of right.
That I should be so more than me, it's like a return to Year 18.
And it feels good to run today.

Now go ahead and take me on, I'll bury you.
You're nothing more than messed up, dressed up stupid mess.
But what would I do if you went away?

And I feel nothing on a Friday night except this twisted sense of right.
That I should be so more than me, it's like a return to Year 18.
And it feels good to run today.
Track Name: Flowers
Life falls away just like the flowers and days fade away just like the sun.
Remember the day that we looked at flowers? Hopeful and humid, alone but for one.

So can't you see that all this really matters?
Don't you mean that we are just like flowers?
Don't you see that the flowers die so quickly so the circle turns completely?

They say that the eyes are the doorway to your soul.
In that case then your soul is deep as the sea.
We balance our days thought the low ebbs and high tides.
Afloat on the ocean, just cling on to me.

So can't you see that all this really matters?
Don't you mean that we are just like flowers?
Don't you see that the flowers die so quickly so the circle turns completely?

Give in to it now, just give in to it now.
Cling on to me now, just cling on to me now.

So can't you see that all this really matters?
Don't you mean that we are just like flowers?
Don't you see that the flowers die so quickly so the circle turns completely?
Track Name: X Ray
I open my eyes, the sun streams behind. Take my first sip of rain to hold of the pain.
Feet nailed to the floor and I can't find the door. Wave blindly at me, I'm drowning you see.
It's desperate I know but I just gotta go. Get out of here, my sweat stinks of fear.
Like a cat back to back, fat tailed and trapped. I chase round and round, I'm spiralling down.

X Ray see through the back of me. Sure shot into the sea of tears.
Shouting, pointing at road signs. Scared of nothing except the passage of time.
Great dead, lived in a wall of glass. 18, bullet like so fast, blameless.
Living by road signs. Scared of nothing except the passage of time.

I stretch out my hand, the skins deeply lined. It's been 20 years alone with this fear.
I have nothing left except a circle of steps. They leads to a door marked forever, for more.

X Ray see through the back of me. Sure shot into the sea of tears.
Shouting, pointing at road signs. Scared of nothing except the passage of time.
Great dead, lived in a wall of glass. 18, bullet like so fast, blameless.
Living by road signs. Scared of nothing except the passage of time.

Seems so lame.

I open my eyes.

I open my eyes, the sun streams behind. Take my first sip of rain to hold of the pain.

X Ray see through the back of me. Sure shot into the sea of tears.
Shouting, pointing at road signs. Scared of nothing except the passage of time.
Great dead, lived in a wall of glass. 18, bullet like so fast, blameless.
Living by road signs. Scared of nothing except the passage of time.
Track Name: Raining
Nobody knows just what I'm hiding.
Nobody sees the frowns and the sighing.

Its all about me, you get that? You see?
Don't you walk around thinking the same?

Its like it rained inside my heart when I see you.

I'm fooling no one, nobody that knows me.
So clever and that or just a big phoney?

Its all about me, you get that? You see?
Don't you walk around thinking the same?

Its like it rained inside my heart when I see you.

I'll tell you things you want to hear.
I'll lie. I'll cheat. I'll disappear.
I'll crush the life that's good from you and I.
I'm mentioning the time, the when,
When all the time I'm seeing then just as the day,
That I run out on you.

Its like it rained inside my heart when I see you.
Track Name: Glow like sun
Through the window there's a garden soaked in rain.
And when I go there I see things are just the same.
I took for granted that your smile would last for days.

Because I'm so lost and I'm after your heart, a sticking plaster.
My eyes are filled with you, nothing more is all its gets, it's true.

So how much longer will that smile stay on your face?
I'll drain you with my sniping, leaving little trace,
of happiness I gave, that made you glow like sun.

Because I'm so lost and I'm after your heart, a sticking plaster.
My eyes are filled with you, nothing more is all its gets, it's true.

Nothing more is all its gets, I'll give it back, how long it takes, it's true.

Through the window there's a garden soaked in rain.
And when I go there I see things are just the same.
I took for granted that your smile would last for days.

Because I'm so lost and I'm after your heart, a sticking plaster.
My eyes are filled with you, nothing more is all its gets, it's true.

Nothing more is all its gets, I'll give it back, how long it takes, it's true.
Track Name: Domino
Too late the year escapes me. I'm on fire but chances pass me.
Of all these things I've said and done, I give it all and nothing comes of it.
Grab time, wrestle throttle it. I blink and time it tightens grip.
Of all these things I've said and done, I give it all and nothing comes of it.

Please don't cry Domino, I'll wait holding dreams in my hands.
Please don't cry Domino, same fires just different times.

She ran along the sea with me. Beach burned expecting life to bring.
Of all these things you say and do, you gave it all and nothing comes of it.

Please don't cry Domino, I'll wait holding dreams in my hands.
Please don't cry Domino, same fires just different times.

Hate so, hate so, the slow...

Please don't cry Domino, I'll wait holding dreams in my hands.
Please don't cry Domino, same fires just different times.
Track Name: Dials
So, in a way I give for a day.
That sad is deeply mine.

Move and fall in steam like drifting through a dream.

I've got to go farther than me.
Just breaking, taking the bits that you see.
Give in, turning the dials in my mind.

Who knows what's inside?
I search through my eyes.
For a time give away.

Move and fall in steam like drifting through a dream.

I've got to go farther than me.
Just breaking, taking the bits that you see.
Give in, turning the dials in my mind.

Full to the brim, I hide in a grin and watch deeply lost.

Move and fall in steam like drifting through a dream.

I've got to go farther than me.
Just breaking, taking the bits that you see.
Give in, turning the dials in my mind.

I can't take it so I fake it.
Track Name: Forget me not
Journey to me so I can see your face.
So young it lifts me high away.
This slow day toil, the night is my foil.
It falls and holds me still, away.

So near away.
Aged day by day.
Hear as I say:

I can live through you so forget me not.
A picture fades and falls so forget me not.
Pour some life on me and forget me not.

Stories to share, that's if I dare,
To trust my mind.
Too slow it hides away.

Listen as I speak.
The first time in weeks.
I've laughed so long, it takes me far away.

So near away.
Aged day by day.
Hear as I say:

I can live through you so forget me not.
A picture fades and falls so forget me not.
Pour some life on me and forget me not.

Forget me not.
Track Name: Patience
Sometimes I get bored when I'm told it should be fun.
Have patience, I've roared.
I want it all, right now, here and everything.

It's true, got my shady side.
Annoying you 'cos I can't decide what's best for me.
Then I change again and only see what's right in front of me.

I'm the fool that makes you crazy.
I've had it all but at best I'm lazy.
So sleep tonight, tomorrow I'm coming home again.

Copyright my thoughts, I could sell my breath one day.
I'm shell toed and hoarse.
I want it all, right now, here and everything.

It's true, got my shady side.
Annoying you 'cos I can't decide what's best for me.
Then I change again and only see what's right in front of me.

I'm the fool that makes you crazy.
I've had it all but at best I'm lazy.
So sleep tonight, tomorrow I'm coming home again.

I'm coming home again.

It's true, got my shady side.
Annoying you 'cos I can't decide what's best for me.
Then I change again and only see what's right in front of me.

I'm the fool that makes you crazy.
I've had it all but at best I'm lazy.
So sleep tonight, tomorrow I'm coming home again.

I'm coming home again.

Have patience I've roared.