The Follow Through

by Crystals in the Deep

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released February 9, 2015

Crystals in the Deep is Tim Kraack and Sarah Rogers-Tanner
Recorded November 2013-April 2014 at Flying Saints Studio

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Track Name: Don't Sigh
It's cold as frost, and it's not the first time that I've visited this place
Come to me, come to me, come to me
We could carve this trail out on our own if it's easier to see
Come to me, come to me, come to me
Don't sigh, I've been working here for days

Just wanna lay my head down lately, let my thoughts turn to you
Just let me by, let me by, let me by
It's the cold that keeps me waiting, keeps me away from you
Just let me try, let me try, let me try

Can't flit across that moonlight haze
It's a strategy we both held out in the face of salacious embrace
I'll claim our little piece of land
We bundled all our heat into the ground
Stained in the colors of the clouds
Don't sigh, I've been working this for days

Just wanna lay my head down lately, let my thoughts turn to you
Just let me by, let me by, let me by
It's the cold that keeps me waiting, keeps me away from you
Just let me try, let me try, let me try

Have I been holding tight to stay inside cold and lonely?
Nothing by my side but the chances tossed away
Did you believe that I'd redeem?
I could build it up and let you come in too?

Just wanna lay my head down lately, let my thoughts turn to you
Just let me by, let me by, let me by
It's the cold that keeps me waiting, keeps me away from you
Just let me try, let me try, let me try
Track Name: Mission Control
Mission control, where have you gone?
I've seen the lights go out up here, go out at home

Mission control, it's getting kind of cold
Will you be letting me know when it's okay to come back home?
I'm not sure where I've been
But I'll concede that I retreat into the stars

Keep a light on and let it burn so I can get back down

Could it just be that we've lost touch?
Could it be that I've been away from the planet too long?
If it were something critical would I be allowed to come back down?

Keep a light on and let it burn so I can get back down

I'm set to return
Just give me a little time, some time so I can learn
What it's like to be back on Earth

Keep a light on and let it burn
Track Name: The Follow Through
If you can spark this life then you can raise her too
Or should you step outside?
I broke this bread for you why don't you follow through?

It's been eleven days since that new embrace
And he needs breathing space
I made this bed for you why don't you follow through?

And maybe you've tried a bit to taste it

And I can't believe, on my knees, on my knees
That you wouldn't be there for me, for me
And I should have seen in my sleep, in my sleep
That you wouldn't follow through on the follow through
And it feels like the end of the day

Should compare the ghost
who should have left at the end of a rope?
Should be my whipping post
No I don't mind if you let it go,
As long as you leak slow

And I can't believe, on my knees, on my knees
That you wouldn't be there for me, for me
And I should have seen in my sleep, in my sleep
That you wouldn't follow through on the follow through
And it feels like the end of the day

You can't swallow the truth
It should have ended, it should have ended
With the follow through

And I can't believe, on my knees, on my knees
That you wouldn't be there for me, for me
And I should have seen in my sleep, in my sleep
That you wouldn't follow through on the follow through
And it feels like the end of the day

I cut this blade for you, why don't you follow through?
Track Name: Easy
It's a trap to bring me back to you
I can say its been long enough,
Been long enough here with you

She'll never know you like I do
Poor babe, a life without you
And I'm breathing, I'm breathing, I'm holding her close
Sealing up that flow, it goes back home

Well you know that she loves you but that's not saying enough
You don't get off easy, you don't get off easy
Well I know that the bridge you made ain't strong enough
You don't get off easy, you don't get off easy

I'm not saying, but I'm explaining we're through with you
That there's nobody backing you
That no one wants to keep track of you, hear your point of view
One day it'll all come back on you
That taste that you never choose to refuse
That blade that was never sharp before
That bridge that closes all the doors

Well you know that she loves you but that's not saying enough
You don't get off easy, you don't get off easy
Well I know that the path you carved ain't wide enough
You don't get off easy, you don't get off easy

"Bring him back, bring him back to me," she said
Holding pages from a diary that's better left unread or torn to shreds
"Killing me, my only fantasy,
Is a man whose right to live is slipping faster
Every day in which he breathes"

Well you know that she loves you but that's not saying enough
You don't get off easy, you don't get off easy
Well I know that the bridge you made ain't strong enough
You don't get off easy, you don't get off easy
Well I know that the path you carved ain't wide enough
You don't get off easy, you don't get off easy
Track Name: Seven Days
You're on my list, oh
Seven days, oh

I've been afraid, oh
That it's the end, oh

It shouldn't be enough to bring the body home
It shouldn't be enough....

Those little words, oh
Don't mean a thing, oh

Say it, you don't have to mean it
'Cause I'll never know

I'm watching for the oceans
I'm watching for the mountains to explode
I'm watching for the sun to disappear

Say it, you don't have to mean
'Cause I'll never know
Track Name: Pull Me Back Down
I never could let myself love you,
Because I never could love that place
Even if I let myself love you,
Would still have left in disgrace

Pull me back down, you're pulling me back down

I never could let myself love you
'Cause I never could love that place
I never could let myself love you
Would still have left in place

Pull me back down, you're pulling me back down

Could take it back, make this town my home
Feel that breathing all alone
Hit back, forcing all the people who have helped me build my throne

Move the past and take the rap
The buildings serve to entrap
Filtered lines and spinal taps
The silent slaps are gift-wrapped

Filaments snapping from violent clapping
We've asked or masked our faith in the past
We find it lacking despite all the tapping
And now the trap is laid bare

If I were the moon you were the earth pulling me back to shore
I left too soon 'cause you never knew what you were longing for
If I were to come back here to the screaming cars and city lights
You would see that this was never, never right.

Pull me back down, you're pulling me down
Track Name: Come to Life
You can't stand the way of the world
Just trying to remain someone's little girl
You're not afraid of the kitchen floor
Gave up your dreams to this quiet uproar

Riding high you could cruise all night
Would rather sleep through the day
Then see yourself in natural light

You don't care do you?
Even if I did I couldn't save you

It didn't work out, they wonder if that's why
It'd almost be better if you could blame your failure on another guy
But you made your choices no one else can change your mind
So please forgive me if I turn away as I walk by

You don't care do you?
Even if I did I couldn't save you
You're so scared to put on the brakes
I can't confront you with your own mistakes

These clear eyes only come to life when it's over.
Track Name: Two Roads
There are two roads, they're all painted black and gold
There are two roads and you are one.

We were driving out to where the rocks are high
Cut in spindles of copper in the sky
Just your strong jaw loose and talking to mine
And the sand spread out on all sides

Who knows if I can survive, the tepid air that's come to preside?
Just a wasteland to review our hollow lies
And the sand spreads out on all sides

There are two roads, they're all painted black and gold
There are two roads and you are one

Now we pulled up in this little dusty town
I can't tell you how I'd like to lay you down
There are words within these walls
We talk in circles hoping they won't fall

Here's to believing I'm with you
In this dusty town with roads paved for two
You're talking round and round and filling up this thread
But what you said, what you said, it clutters up my head

There are two roads, they're all painted black and gold
There are two roads and you are one

And I don't want an answer
Just break what I built it doesn't matter
And I don't want an answer
Just drown me all the faster

There are two roads, they're all painted black and gold
There are two roads and you are one
Track Name: Aim for the Stars (Now Children)
Hold this close: dreams of gold
Path not paved but with fables old

Hopes held high casting beams of light
Stray not far child, fear no slights

They say "Aim for the stars now children,
Aim for the stars now children, but point a bit lower"

Maps unwrote, words unspoke
These five lines fears denote

Even brightest moons won't guide
Dreams awash in rhythmic stride

Leave no one home, no stone unthrown
This trail we broke, this map revoked

We're almost grown

They say "Aim for the stars now children,
Aim for the stars now children, but point a bit lower"
Track Name: Grace
The woman I was didn't want you to meet her
They called me a liar, they called me a cheater
And I swallowed every last word like I deserved it

A heap of excuses on a mountain of mistakes
New York to St. Paul put me in the right place
When you smiled you gave me the world
And it felt like grace

Dragging, racing along
Could never deserve you but you made me strong
I'll be who I was all along
'Cause you brought the air back, turned dusk to dawn

Words were lost in a pile of years,
Years that rushed and got rough 'round the edges

I tore it all down and came to the one place I belonged
The birds, the breeze and the girl who enjoyed this one horse town
I'll be who I was all along
'Cause you brought the air back, turned dusk to dawn

When you give your smile it sounds like grace
When you give me the world it feels like grace
And I'll always follow you no matter what it takes
And I'll always follow you 'cause it feels like grace
Track Name: Speak the Wind
It's only truth, it's only truth that sings the wind
Who can be reckoned with?
Who speaks a tongue which can be heard
In a voice which never ends?
In a voice which never ends?
Only true wind blows down smoke in a voice which never ends

Whose been consumed? It's only fire from the coals
It's not the glowing pitch, it's not the embers that watch
It's the ashes from the mist, its the ashes from the mist
Only true winds blow down smoke

Keep the daylight open, spread it out across the ground
Ain't no way, no way to put the ashes down

It's in the dome, it's in the dome we helped create
It's been collecting there, it's been stealing all the light
Fold in tight

Keep the daylight open, spread it out across the ground
Ain't no way, no way to put the ashes down
Keep the daylight open, spread it out across the ground
Ain't now way, no way to swing the fire 'round

Bring on home the rumors, to dash across the stones
The truth is in the fire when we choke on all the smoke

Keep the daylight open, spread it out across the ground
Ain't no way, no way to put the ashes down
Keep the daylight open, spread it out across the ground
Ain't now way, no way to swing the fire 'round
Track Name: Back Again
I know how to heal that
We're over, we're over the past
The steps got fast-tracked
We hesitate
We're back again

It just seems like a moment
A moment in the coldest night
When I was lost, I was lost again
And I could trace that mistrust
Another day and we're back again, we're back again

There ain't anything left to say
No words to soothe the pain
It's burned out anyway
And I can paint over the stain
We're back again

Hold me accountable for reaping dust instead of diamonds
I'm holding court in the past of course
And it seems of late that silence only makes the fever break

We fluttered a brick right into that room
The shattered glass made a sweet perfume
Breathe in you'll feel it soon
'Cause you're broken too
We're back again

Pour your soul out across that dappled floor
Do you believe that we have reconciled
The bitter thoughts that buried us before?
We built it once we can build it up again
Don't need to speak we can bring it back again