Like Darkness Needs the Light

by Music You Can Swim To

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We believe each piece is greater than the whole. Every song on this LP is a separate endeavor, inspired by different things during different times in our lives. We’ve always felt that the emotional power music can give to anyone starts with just one moment. This is the motivation for why we strive for wonder in everything we do. It’s when our subconscious is ensnared and makes us feel connected to something huge. “Like Darkness Needs the Light”, taken from a song on the album, references the harmonious contrast between what makes us laugh and what makes us cry; our fear of death and our fear of life; our love of truth and our need to lie.

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released 08 June 2015

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Track Name: Booey
Running through the halls of our house
Your smile greets the world but it's still small
Discovering things about the world that I thought I would never see
In myself

Please be careful when you're by yourself
Who knows what dangers lurk atop the shelves
My arms are built for you to fall into if you decide to climb
A bit too high

As I'm in the face of the future
An image, somewhat bittersweet
You curtsy around on the dance floor
Just like you did when you were three
But for now I can still hear you singing
For now I can still hear you sing

I look into the mirror, there you are
I'm learning from you so far
Track Name: Barely Exist
I'm finally free, I'm moving on
Making a name for myself
I'm trying hard to not screw up
And vanish into dust
A desert found me after school
And taught me what I shouldn't do
It's how discouraging it is
I've got to walk away from this
I barely exist

I’m trying harder than I did before
I've got so much life to live

I'm waiting for an oasis
A place where I can rest
I would cup my hand and take a drink
And feel the relief fulfill me
But that's not how the real world goes
It's a dry, barren wasteland
Where emotions never matter much
It's the logic that empowers us
I barely exist

I’m trying harder than I did before
I've got so much life to live
I’m reaching higher than I did
And so much more
But you said life was short
Oh you said life was short

Of course, I'd crawl on all fours just to survive
After all, I'm raised to think that's all there is to life
I've had enough of what you call life
Track Name: Might as Well Be Home
Wrinkled skin and fragile bone
It's no wonder why I've been alone
I might as well be home
That's why I stay at home

But I left it for the war
Broke my mind, body, heart and more
I pick up my wooden cane
I stand up anyway

Then I fall onto the floor
A wake up call I can't ignore

I might as well be home

Today I'm 85
And I want to die
To join all of my friends
Wherever they have been
Cause anywhere is better
Than traveling through this life alone
(I'm sitting this one out alone)

I might as well be home

I might as well be living in a trash can of broken dreams
Swim through the muck, stuffing my face with all the things on my tv
But I just want someone out there who can care about me
To wrap their arms around me

I might as well be home
Track Name: I See You All the Time
A park bench, an empty seat
A girl with blonde hair passes me
She says hello, I say it too
Reminds me more and more of you
She walks away, I wave goodbye
I'd like you back into my life
Where you and I did everything
And stamped our names on every tree

I pass them on my way to work
I pass them on my way back home
I pass them when I fall asleep
I even pass them in my dreams
Don't tell me you're not everything

I see you all the time
No matter where you are
Like darkness needs the light
I see you all the time

Don't tell me you don't feel the same
It's been like 27 days
I've marked them on my calendar
And on my hand just to be sure
I may be slightly more obsessed
Than what I led on in the past
But that's what happens when you're gone
Loving you isn't wrong

Can you see me now?
Track Name: To Help You Stop Smoking (Collab. W/Problems That Fix Themselves)
I want to help you see the sun until you die.
Track Name: Me, Mine, Mining
Piece myself up, hand myself around
Throw my pride down just to cash out

Can I love myself without anyone’s applause?
Everybody wants to be noticed
But it’s temporary
Going up means coming back down again
Look at the hole I’m in

Keep digging, reap nothing
Now I’m standing in an empty hole
But I was promised my weight in gold

Where am I trying to go?
Somewhere over a rainbow?
What did I think that I would find?
Something that infinitely shines?
Something from inward to the outside?

Can I love myself without something in my hand?
What I wouldn’t give to be noticed
But it’s temporary
Going up means coming back down again
Look at the hole I’m in
With solid gold in my hand
Track Name: Honest With Myself
I want to be honest with myself
I know I need some help
By you and nobody else
I want to write a love song
But all I feel is hate
I keep making the same mistake
I’m writing a figure 8

How will I reach a solution when I keep repeating the question?
Why I do the things I do is far beyond my reach
I’m looking for answer, is there something you can teach me?
How to straighten this figure 8

I want to be honest with myself and everybody else
It doesn’t take much to sell
I’m only singing because I care

How will I reach a solution when I keep repeating the question?
Why I do the things I do is far beyond my reach
I’m looking for answer, is there something you can teach me?
Like how to straighten this figure 8

I want to be free
Want to be honest with myself
Track Name: Songs My Mother Taught Me (Ives Interpretation)
Songs my mother taught me
In the days long vanished
Seldom from her eyelids
Were the teardrops banished
Now I teach my children
Each melodious measure
Often tears are flowing
From my memory's treasure
Track Name: Perfectly Normal
Twisted, manufactured signs
Oh, why?
Come and take a look at mine
A different way of life
A different kind of lie

All this time I thought I was perfectly normal

All this time spent pointing fingers
All this time I thought I was perfectly normal
Track Name: Tangled Silver Lines
Open your mind
Let the world see your insides
Tangled silver lines
The truth is a lie
Blanket statements, alibis
Oh why?

I know better now

You've been looking for yourself a long time
You can see what I can see if you try

Open your eyes
Take off the disguise
That shining replica of your mind

The longer you hide, the harder you are
To find
It's been a long time

It's no better now

You've been looking for yourself a long time
You can see what I can see if you try
You've been hiding from yourself a long time
Oh why?

I'm not looking for you anymore

I'm no better now