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by Ken Yates

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All songs written by Ken Yates

Produced by Joren van der Voort

Engineered by Wouter Bude
Mixed by Wessel Oltheten
Design by Alex Wright
Artwork by Juan Mendez

Ken Yates: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Brian Dunne: Background Vocals, Acoustic and Electric Guitar
Joren van der Voort: Background Vocals, Piano
Sophie Van Shaik: Bass
Dave Menkehorst: Drums

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released May 23, 2013

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Track Name: In The Middle Of Heaven And Here
I'm on the outside looking out
And I'm still wondering how I'm on the wrong side of my dreams
I guess everybody is right
The grass is greener on one side
But I couldn't find where it divides

It's a real thin line in the middle of heaven and here
Cause I see paradise across a river of tears
But I know there's hope for my soul
That took a wrong turn on the yellow brick road
It's a real thin line in the middle of heaven and here

My dreams they look me in the eye
And they never tell me why I can look but I can't touch
I know there's others just like me
That gave it all up for their dreams
Now they're standing out of reach

Chorus

But I'll find my time to cross that line
And I won't look back
Track Name: I Don't Wanna Fall In Love
I paid for your meals and we walked through the park
I held open doors and I played the part
But I don't wanna fall in love
I gave you a smile and I sang you a song
And I could tell by your eyes you thought I might be the one
But I don't wanna fall in love

Cause falling in love
Is a brand new start
It's an open door for you to go and break my heart

Sometimes I wish I was one of those guys
With a heart of stone and easy goodbyes
Cause I don't wanna fall in love
So I left you standing at your front steps
And I fought with myself to keep you out of my head
Cause I don't wanna fall in love


Cause falling in love
Is a brand new start
It's an open door for you to go and break my heart
Falling in love
Makes it easy to see
That I'm scared you might find out that you're too good for me

Because beneath this confidence there is a mediocre heart
That doesn't have the strength to beat this fast
When I run out of interesting things to say to you
You'll know this was never meant to last

Cause falling in love
Is a brand new start
It's an open door for you to go and break my heart
Falling in love
Makes it easy to see
That I'm scared you might find out that you're too good for me

Falling in love
It's just not for me
Track Name: 23
I hope that I remember 23
I'm all grown up but I've still got my life ahead of me
I felt old at 21
But 23 came easy now I've never felt so young

23 the year I found her kiss
Been spending every night in Brooklyn tasting whiskey on her lips
And though I wish that this could last
The harder that I try to sooner it becomes the past

Cause days go by in the corner of my eye
But I hope my heart remembers 23
Years will pass and love it may not last
But I hope my heart remembers 23

Well I wish I had a picture for every day I've lived
And I could hang them all up on the wall
And I could look on 23 and smile at the memory
Of feeling like I had it all

I'm so afraid of turning 24
Cause every year that passes soon will lead to 20 more
And I hope that when I'm old
That I'll still have a piece of 23 that I can hold

Chorus
Track Name: The One That Got Away
You've got your intentions
And they're not to stay with me
You think you just broke my heart
It comes off your lips so easy
When you're telling me that since you moved away we've grown apart
So I keep telling myself

All those letters I wrote with red in my heart were not for you
All those times I drove straight through the night were not for you
All those songs I wasted melodies on were not for you
Oh I wish so bad that any of that were true

I've got my defenses
But they don't stand up to you acting like I lost some prize
And I can tell you're thinking you're the one that got away
And without you I'd lose my mind
So I keep telling myself

All those letters I wrote with red in my heart were not for you
All those times I drove straight through the night were not for you
All those songs I wasted melodies on were not for you
Oh I wish so bad that any of that were true

It sounds easy to forget you
Since you easily forgot me
Oh I should just let you run without a chase
But there's an aching in my chest
And it doesn't seem to rest
I keep on picturing your face

Oh you might just be the one that got away
But I'll deny that you're the one that got away
So I keep telling myself

All those letters I wrote with red in my heart were not for you
All those times I drove straight through the night were not for you
All those songs I wasted melodies on were not for you
Oh I wish so bad I wish so bad that
All those pictures hanging on my wall were not of you
All those dances spun around in the hall were not with you
All those songs I wasted melodies on were not of you
Oh I wish so bad that any of that were true
Track Name: Curtain Call
With your arrogant style and your real fake smile
You're always stuck in a pose
Telling fake stories and acting like nobody knows
Well I watched you at the party you were trying to look artsy
Playing someone other than you
Your personal stage is a lonely place to abuse

Cause I don't see an audience
I don't hear applause
And I don't see any reason
For you to hide your flaws
Cause you're not fooling anyone at all
I don't see an audience
You won't get no curtain call

Well you love the romance of a high school dance
In the center of the room
You need everyone watching while you plan your every move
But your imperfections are the best reflections
Of what is good in you
This lie that you're living will never see you through

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Track Name: New York Rain
I've seen every corner of this town
I've left too many footprints in this ground
I can't wash off any of my mistakes
So drop me in the middle of the New York rain

Had a high school sweetheart at seventeen
She was beautiful but wasn't all that sweet
And if love is nothing more than a flame
Then drop me in the middle of the New York rain

Cause I've been dreaming of the worn down avenues
Somewhere no one ever stops to look at you
Where the skyscrapers cast their shadows
And streets don't know my name
Drop me in the middle of the New York rain

Where there won't be any stars to light the sky
My demons might have a place to hide
Cause the city don't know nothing of my shame
So drop me in the middle of the New York rain

Cause I've been dreaming of the worn down avenues
Somewhere no one ever stops to look at you
Where the skyscrapers cast their shadows
And streets don't know my name
Drop me in the middle of the New York rain

Late at night I'll be wandering the streets
I won't be the only restless soul that never sleeps
The tired faces will understand my pain
So drop me in the middle of the New York rain
Track Name: Get Me Out Of Hollywood
I've got a jacket on in 100 degrees
And I'm wondering how the hell I woke up in L.A. cursing at the sun
Making small talk with platinum blonde
I can tell my the twitch of her fake lips she's surprised that I don't know her name

Get me out of Hollywood
Get me out of Hollywood
Get me somewhere where the leaves are falling when they should
Get me out of Hollywood
Get me out of Hollywood
Get me out of here

My baby's drunk on strawberry wine
I can hear by the way she laughs we might be here longer than I'd like
And while the leaves are red in Montreal
The sun here keeps on rising up with the same smile

Chorus

California please believe me when I say
I thought that we could work it out

But December came without airport delays
Or snowy days that keep me inside with my coffee
I know that she loves me

But get me out of Hollywood
Get me out of Hollywood
Get me somewhere where the leaves are falling when they should
Get me out of Hollywood
Get me out of Hollywood
Cause there's tired dreams in pieces everywhere I look
Get me out of Hollywood
Get me out of Hollywood
Get me out of here
Track Name: Closer
Your tears have worn away your cheeks
You've packed up your things again
You tell me that you don't want to stay
But bets are you won't reach the driveway
So I'll wait with words under my tongue
Cause I know you'll turn around and run
And come back through the tired door
Oh I wish I could believe you were gone

You've run out on me so many times now
You must be wearing holes in your shoes
You'll come running back but in the meantime
I'm closer now to being over you

Well one day I'll close the door instead
And wave goodbye to the back of your head
Cause you've been leaving for so long
It already feels like you're gone

Chorus

Leave me with a little more time
To let some sense into my tired mind
Leave me with just a little more time
So this will be our very last goodbye

I once had a little sympathy
But I can't swim against the sea
One more minute to myself and I'll be fine

Chorus
Track Name: At First Sight
You swore you saw sparks
On that day in the park
When my eyes fell on yours the first time
So we both called it fate
But I was never quite sure
Now I'm waiting for love to show up

So with a blindfolded heart
I moved into your apartment
And made sure that the door stayed unlocked
So if love did show up
It would not have to knock
And it could come interrupt our silence

I don't know how I made it this far
Convincing myself that we're meant for each other
You keep on telling me love is blind
So how could this every be love at first sight?

Well it's been quite a while
Since I've seen you smile
Your faith must be starting to fade
Cause your heart's had too much
Of not quite enough
And can't love for the both of us
Track Name: Into The Backseat
I was driving into the sunset
Trying to find where it begins
I saw you in my rear view mirror and I stopped to let in
You looked through me with those big blue eyes
Reckless and without fear
You asked me where I was going and I said anywhere but here

We were carving our names into the backseat, passenger side
The radio kept us from sleeping
With just one look at you I left it all behind
I left everything, everything but you
And my beat up six string

With your feet up there on the dashboard
I started to think about fate
Cause a porcelain doll on the side of the road looks a little bit out of place
As we counted lines on the highway
We watched the road pass in the lights
With nowhere to go and without a home at the mercy of the night

Chorus

With our fingers on the map
Looking back on what seemed so far behind
How was that for spontaneous?
Was it any less than what you were hoping you would find?

Well you look so cool with your shades on
And wind blowing through your hair
You told me to be reassured you would follow me anywhere

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Track Name: Heart On A Wire
One of your hands waves goodbye
While on still asks for more wine
I'm losing all my patience
You gotta make up your mind
You gotta make up your mind

But you've got your heart on a wire
Treading so carefully
So scared to fall
And I want to set it on fire
And wait at the bottom with wide open arms
Just to get my hands on your heart

Tell me that you love me
Or just leave me far behind
Cause I can't watch you tip toe
On the edge of a thin line
On the edge of a thin line

Chorus

I'm counting each step
And holding my breath
Won't you come down?
It won't seem so high once you're here on the ground

Chorus