Nothing Follows, Nothing Stays ::: Lyrics

Get Away Or Disintegrate

I never signed onto it, and never agreed. The path we inherited, too cruel to believe. Lifted the canopy, uncovered by uncertainty.. Saw walls of lies as far and high as my eyes could bear to see. Looked behind, the marching line extended to infinity. And very few looking around, but I found you and you found me.

Let’s step out of line and set out for the sea.. And find ourselves an island, and hide in the trees.
Our days are passing away right as we speak, and I don’t need them to understand if you’re there with me.

Let’s escape it all. Watch them fade in the fog. I must get away or disintegrate.

I can’t take another day of this. It all feels so meaningless.. like advertising, falfsified. A life built upon plastic lies.
Our thoughts divided, empathy selective as our memories.
Distraction while we fall asleep.. Block out the screams under our feet.

But I can’t seem to look away. I’m burning up more every day. I’ve run out of tolerance for fools who cheer their own tyrants.

Let’s step out of line and set out for the sea.. And find ourselves an island, and hide in the trees.
Our days are passing away right as we speak, and I don’t need them to understand if you’re there with me.

Let’s escape it all. Watch them fade in the fog. I must get away or disintegrate.

Just Go On

Clearing my mind again. Watch the waves crashing onto the black sand, and stare across the sea. Glad to see something out of control like me.

Remember where I’m from. A tiny spec like a cell in the ocean.

And all my grave concerns will burn out with me, never to return.

Wonder if I could turn down the noise coming from all around.
Tune in before its too late to find my way.

I’ve had my best days down this road, way past the signs that point back home. So I’ve got no choice but to just go on, and follow the same lights I’ve always relied upon.

Sought out the dissonance. Searched for actions at odds with my conscience. Unravelled thread, let it lead where it led me down, and found myself at odds with some old friends.

Wonder if I could turn down the noise coming from all around.
Tune in before its too late to find my way.

I’ve had my best days down this road, way past the signs that point back home. So I’ve got no choice but to just go on, and follow the same lights I’ve always relied upon.

Artificial Light

I don’t like artificial light, but I use it every night. No other way to see.. No the day won’t stay for me.

And when the lights go out, memory gets me around as I wander through the dark, but I can’t get very far. And once again I find, I’m no good at being blind, and the light of every day can never be replaced.

Don’t mistake the true for the fake.. A raft for an island, asleep for awake. There are so many ways to evade what’s right in front of your face.

If there’s a way, I’d rather not remain so lost in disarray.. My brain a battlefield of the wounded and the healed. And as my reach is short, these hands could use support to climb out of the trench I keep on falling in.

Don’t mistake the true for the fake.. A raft for an island, asleep for awake. There are so many ways to evade what’s right in front of your face.

Drank you in but I still thirst. Not the answer I thought you were. All we said.. What’s it worth? Not an anchor, only words.

Catacomb

I wove an intricate catacomb, riddled with traps and old lost hideaways.. and stayed there alone. Convinced of my reasoning, there is no place for me where I’d belong, so this must be home. Familiar and comforting, to shut off from everything that’s out of my control.

I don’t want to be so closed, hiding away from the world. Making up reasons to fit the way I’ve been all along.

If I could go back and show myself all I was missing and figure a way to break through the shell, I might not be standing here wondering where I’ve been for all these years.

I don’t want to be so closed, hiding away from the world. Making up reasons to fit the way I’ve been all along.

Evacuate

Lost on the ground below, head in the atmosphere. I know you had to go so far away from here.

You would pretend to know how to get through the rain, but when a storm approached, you would evacuate.

And all of us just weren’t enough to make you stay. And all of our love was not enough to make you ok.

You never were content to live in the day-to-day. Tried to escape your skin.. I knew you’d find a way.

And all of us just weren’t enough to make you stay. And all of our love was not enough to make you ok.

Should have known you’d go.. always we’re alone. It was all too much to take, so evacuate. Evacuate.

Scattered Parts

I’m trying to stay true but I’ve got liars in my head. Got pliars in my bed just to pry ’em off my neck. They crawl up in my ear and try to keep me in the wrong, and they’ll be taking over if I sleep for very long.

I’ll be saying things I know I don’t believe, I’ll be reaching out to grab what I know that I don’t need.

It can take a while for the clarity to return.

I get lost, but I’m trying to learn.

I was hoping you could see through the scattered parts of me that hide the truth away from you.

It’s a shame that almost everything that helps you go astray is everywhere you look and you can find it any day. But the things that help you see yourself you rarely come across. They barely can be seen in the clutter of the false. So when I’m up above I leave reminders for myself, to find my way back up if I’m running out of breath.. To help me find the center till my balance will return.

I get lost, but I’m trying to learn.

I was hoping you could see through the scattered parts of me that hide the truth away from you.

No Divide

All these labels can start to hide what they name.. Take a million angles and make them look all the same.

The world as it is, deep and beautifully complex. What we build, shallow as the architects, and I get lost in the maze of detail. A micro level focus.. My life out of scale.

But outside.. all that you see is alive. Moving and changing with time. No divide between myself and everything else.

So free… I wander out endlessly past the bounds of my words. Through the open animate space, light as the air I exchange.

Outside.. All that you see is alive. Moving and changing with time. No divide between myself and everything else.
Here outside, All that you see is alive. Moving and changing with time. Finding a way to survive.

Reaching like the trees spread out as they rise, the more ways I can see, the more I find my light. When darkness comes my way, and hopes are cast aside, I won’t dwell upon decay.. for it will bring new life. Illuminate my mind.

There’s a part of me inside everything.

Slow Devour

Right here beneath this cold, indifferent show.. A silent invasion I’m too weak to control. Through all resistance, you’re gaining ground and you know the growing, thriving part of me that you own.

Don’t worry, I need it. I’m oh so incomplete. Just hurry, come feed it so I can sleep.

Invade my braincells. Start replicating yourself. Lower my defenses. Start spreading under my skin. Undone and overpowered. Drawn into your movement. The slow devour takes me again.

All my convictions, slowly melting away.. Drifting.. Fading.. far away from this place.

Don’t worry, I dream about you almost constantly. I wake to breathe your name and still there’s no relief.

Invade my braincells. Start replicating yourself. Lower my defenses. Start spreading under my skin. Undone and overpowered. Drawn into your movement. The slow devour takes me again.

I feel you as you take control of every sense, of every thought. No defense could stop your ways. Deep within you permeate. You rearrange my reasoning, until you’re all that I can see. You’re all there could be.

Nothing Follows, Nothing Stays

Quite dazed for this time of day. Take concerns, roll them up, watch them float away. Sunlight on my resting eyes, quietly lifting me right into the sky. Can’t focus till I slow it down. The everyday hiss drowns it out. I don’t pretend to be in control, just a wave changing shape.. Let it go, because I know..

You only get one time around this place. And there’s only one way out of this place. Nothing follows and Nothing stays. And there’s only one way out.

Feel my sun creeping overhead.. wonder how long I have left before it sets. And when I stare down the last few days, will my day feel complete or end with regrets? Reach down and touch the ground.. Start shaking from the inside out. It may be hard to really think about, but we begin, we will end, and there is no doubt.

You only get one time around this place. And there’s only one way out of this place. Nothing follows and Nothing stays. And there’s only one way out.

Just another night alone.. Out here twirling on a stone. Feels like I’m barely holding on, and I may never feel at home. Try to open up again, brace myself against the wind.. Freezes everything within. Dark like it has always been. Stretched so thin you can see right through my indifference to you. My face always betrays the truth, so do whatever you will do.. Because I am through.

No Light

Oh it’s a bad time to be a realist.. To have nerves and have feelings. And I’ve heard that you don’t need ’em. Seen pills advertised to beat ’em..

So if you cant smile in the fire now.. Try it up a little higher now. And if you feel doubt, check the pharmacy, and fade right out with me.

Got no light upon my horizon.. Don’t know what would make it right. Got a way to go out of focus, that’ll get me through the night.

Just a few to get me loose and then a few more with no excuse. You know time used to be a friend to me but now it feels like an enemy. As it takes what was right, makes it wrong overnight. And I’m left looking all around to figure out myself.

Got no light upon my horizon.. Don’t know what would make it right. Got a way to go out of focus, that’ll get me through the night.

That won’t be enough for me, no I need stronger remedies to fight off these insecurities. So fill my head and I’ll be set, I can’t regret what I forget.. See, I’m out to disconnect. With all my flattering beliefs defeated by reality, what’s left to salvage me?

Got no light upon my horizon.. Don’t know what would make it right. Got a way to go out of focus, that’ll get me through the night.

Too Small

Don’t want to feel that way anymore.

When will I stop forcing waves from the shore? It’s such a chore.

And I’m too small. I’m too small to stop it all.

I don’t need to reinforce my despair. I just need air to breathe.. like before. To repair. And restore.

I’m too small. I’m too small to stop it all.

 

 

Comments

  1. Rocha Neto says:

    Thank you for making this!

  2. Carlton says:

    I love Eric Johanson, in a platonic way of course. Cire was an incredible project and Emptyself even more so. I’ve never read any lyrics that described all of my thoughts and feelings as accurately as these do!

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