Crescendo of Silence

by West of House

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1.
04:00
I can see everywhere I go they’re staring back at me Questioning my motives Can it be that it will take an act of God to redeem What I’ve done I don’t know I don’t know I don’t know I don’t know Is there a chance that maybe I’m not the one who’s fallen short It’s just your expectation A bit unfair to hold me up to standards that even you Even you Even you deny We’ll stand up strong in face of this injustice We cannot live with ourselves if we fall Back to all our yesterdays All our yesterdays "To be indifferent to their suffering Is what makes the human being inhuman And in denying their humanity We betray our own" Change will come, there’s not a way to stop it Change will come, an inevitability Change will come, there’s not a way to stop it Change will come Oh, change will come We’ll stand up strong in face of this injustice We cannot live with ourselves if we fall Back to all our yesterdays All our yesterdays All our yesterdays All our yesterdays
2.
There’s a chance I admit I don’t know where the pieces fit And I don’t have a guide to get it right Little one have I failed to Step in to save you Though my intentionality Comes from my insecurity Every time I consider what you need from me It’s far less than what I want to give And I’ve got myself to blame in this selfish place In my open hand fly away I can carry your dreams All in front of me My honor and my privilege to walk with you If you let me I will be Despite my frailty Your champion, unmoved and afraid
3.
Hey you, gotta light? I don’t smoke but I might tonight If I can’t wrap my head around This bullshit that keeps coming out your mouth Hey you, it’s enough We all know that you’re not this tough Your pathological demands Are just a smokescreen for your lack of plans, yeah Hey you, listen up We’re gonna skip from walk to jump to Fast track car crash kick your ass Last splash mad dash There’s only so much you can take While you’re standing up To keep yourself from falling to your knees If we have numbers we have strength So lift each other up And they’ll never be able to knock us down There’s only so much you can take While you’re standing up To keep yourself from falling to your knees If we have numbers we have strength So lift each other up And they’ll never be able to knock us down
4.
Slow dance with me Your body pulled in tight Breath to breath and eye to eye and I can’t believe that you’re still mine I’ll give you an anthem So free with possibility All we can do is sing Until the stars fall from the sky Tighten your hand in mine We’ll spin and spin around Like two kids chasing after memories That haven’t happened yet I’ll give you an anthem So free with possibility All we can do is sing Until the stars fall from the sky Nous avons fait vingt ans Servons vingt de plus Je suis à toi et tu es à moi Nous avons fait vingt ans Servons vingt de plus Je suis à toi et tu es à moi (We've got twenty down. Let's do twenty more. I am yours and you are mine.) I’ll give you an anthem So free with possibility All we can do is sing Until the stars fall And we’ll dance beyond imagination The same two hearts but a better song That we’ll sing Until the stars fall from the sky
5.
We are merely moving shadows Caught up in esoteric haze So busy running after nothing Nothing ventured, nothing gained As we stand here in our silence Thinking nothing said is what to say As it all falls down around us As it all goes up in flames Every lifetime is a moment Each of us is just a breath All we have is each other Each other now in death Can you hear me? Are you listening? Can you hear me? Are you listening? Can you hear me? Are you listening? Can you hear me? Are you listening? Every lifetime is a moment Each of us is just a breath All we have is each other Each other now in death Every lifetime is a moment And you and I we’re just, we’re just one breath All we have is each other Each other now in death
6.
04:03
Lay your hands on me And take me to the promised land Even though I don’t want to go I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe And with open arms I’m waiting for my Bride Have I said too much? She never showed up A deafening crescendo of silence I don’t care what the people say I don’t care what they do I don’t care what the people say I don’t care what they do I’m sorry if I never told you That I was afraid to listen If I had then I would have to admit That we were wrong all this time I don’t care what the people say I don’t care what they do I don’t care what the people say I don’t care what they do
7.
Just speak your mind We’re running out of time Running out of time To try to find A way to say goodbye Say goodbye We’ll never get it right The perfect turn of phrase If we wait for poetry We’ll be too late We’ll be too late To say everything I need to say It would take eternity Just to scratch the surface Just to write an introduction Just to begin to paint the picture that is our masterpiece Made perfect by our imperfections And faultless within our faults A symphony so complex that I can barely understand Why you stayed after the orchestra tuned to A above middle C Why you stayed with me (Far to the west, chasing the sun The end is the beginning As we leave our house for home) You are my port in the storm You are the light in my darkness You bore into existence three expressions of love Without whom we are incomplete And through each one we will live forever A legacy that shouts loudly from the rooftop The broken shall inherit the earth The broken shall inherit the earth The broken shall inherit the earth And she will be made whole And she will be made whole (Far to the west, chasing the sun The end is the beginning As we leave our house for home) And even though I have so little to give in comparison to what you deserve And what little I have could never be enough I give it alI I give it all Wholeheartedly Without condition Without expectation Without reserve I give it all (Leave our house for home) I give it all to you
8.
03:37
Another day like the last one Whiskey in my hand Oh God, I pray That I'll find something new Just so I can live again It's a long way to fall It's a long way to fall Take my hand We'll jump into every kind of fire The burn won't last It's just another way to feel alive It's a long way to fall It's a long way to fall In time you will see it's our time We're all fallen In time you will see it's our time We're all fallen In time you will see it's our time We're all fallen In time you will see it's our time We're all fallen It's a long way to fall It's a long way to fall It's a long way to fall It's a long way to fall
9.
I’m broken and unfocused Thinking ‘bout a time When the world was in front of me Scattered dreams and misguided fantasies Regarding love, and life, and you. They said somehow every free choice That you make is preordained (And you can’t change it) Now a score and twenty seven Echoes down the road Far from your dissonance Torn between a little guilt and some relief And wondering why I miss you They said this is how it’s always been And always will it be until the end (Thanks be to God) If I tell you this in love Will it tear down all the walls that you’ve built up That hide your heart, your mind, your soul Set you free Let me set you free. Strip away the pride, the pride that blinds you Turn your face away and open up your eyes To see the beauty of a world that wishes nothing more Than for you, for you to love them If I tell you this in love Will it tear down all the walls that you’ve built up That hide your heart, your mind, your soul Set you free Let me set you free.
10.
I don’t have much to say but even if I did You could take or leave it I’m like an open book that’s been left behind And I could hardly blame someone who chose to read it So let’s all get a ticket to this voyeuristic symphony And in the middle we’ll share secrets About being disappointed that it ended happily Because that’s not artistic Hallelujah, hallelujah glory be Thank you Jesus that they are not like me Hallelujah, unless you see it differently Thank you Jesus that they are not like me Let’s go to a party where no one was invited And claim the guest list is all full You can laugh at all our stories and claim they’re inside jokes Like they did in days of old And I will hardly even notice that those outside are crying We look the same with no sound So light a match, pull the string, take a shower And let the future sort it out Hallelujah, hallelujah glory be Thank you Jesus that they are not like me Hallelujah, unless you see it differently Thank you Jesus that they are not like me Hallelujah, hallelujah glory be Thank you Jesus that they are not like me Hallelujah, unless you see it differently Thank you Jesus that they are not like me Hallelujah, hallelujah glory be Thank you Jesus that they are not like me Hallelujah, unless you see it differently Thank you Jesus

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"Everything about the album has a gentle grace to it. Guitars soar up into the sky with a woozy, dreamy disposition. Rhythms always seem to have a driving, anthemic pulse to them helping to propel the entirety of the sound forward. By far though the true center of the album, its heart and soul, comes from the fire and passion of the lyricism. Vocals carefully weight each verse for maximum impact. Quite impressive storytellers, narratives emerge over the course of the album, with each track a chapter in a greater novel." -- ENTROPY Magazine

"Full of songs which fuse past sounds with more modern sonic visions, where rock weight is tempered by cooler indie control, where pop immediacy is balanced with more ambient, understated and even graceful musical backdrops." -- Dancing About Architecture

"Breathes inspiration and motivation into the listener." -- Fresh Out of the Booth

"An innovative album...that really puts West of House on a pedestal of their own." -- Artist Reach

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released September 4, 2020

West of House is:

Vocals / Guitars / Keys / Programming: Erick Bieger
Guitars / Keys: Kevin Huynh
Guitars / Vocals: Dave Roberts
Bass: Lance Bletscher
Drums / Additional Programming: Tommy Maras

Lyrics by: Erick Bieger

Dedicated to the memory of Everett E. Bieger, III (1963 - 2020)

Produced by Erick Bieger
Recorded by West of House
Mixing & Mastering by Bobby Phillipps

Record label: Circle Six Records
General inquiries: westofhouseband@gmail.com

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West of House creates genre-hopping music that provokes real conversations about the world around us and the human condition. They push the envelope with their sonic landscapes and bridge various elements from different musical styles to bring about something familiar yet entirely their own. ... more

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