The Time That's Passed

by Finding Common Ground

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Recorded by Alex Scott at Redwall Audio in the summer of 2014
Mixed/Produced by Nick Steinborn at Red Hand Recording
Mastered by Bill Henderson at Azimuth Mastering
Album Photography by Laura Audley
Additional Vocals by Zach Neisen, Zane Deluccie, and Aidan Grapengeter

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released April 24, 2015

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Four-piece band from Denver, CO. Honest, progressive pop punk.

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Track Name: Cruise Control
Been getting nervous lately
Happens when things don't change
The trees in this city grew taller than my expectations could ever be
Another bleary night, spent wrapped up in words I can't make come out right

Maybe if I had a little more time
And a little more skill with all these words I write
Maybe if I had a little more time
I could color in this black and white
I could try to fix this black and white

I thought it was about peace of mind
I told Steph on a night drive on 25
I was ready to see a change of pace in my life
She told me I'd find clarity eventually
I hope she's right

Maybe if I had a little more time
And a little more skill with all these words I write
Maybe if I had a little more time
I could color in this black and white
I could try to fix this black and white

It's less about the place you're in or where you're from
And more about the baggage that you carry all along
A change of scenery might do as little for me
As staying on these asphalt streets
That cracked apart under my feet
As I grew up so happy

I'm gonna be happy again

It's not misery, it's apathy
But man, it loves its company
Track Name: Arrhythmia
All we've ever been are holes in the ground
Waiting to be filled by thoughts of another town
The lifeblood of an economy
Waiting to be cauterized by broken morality

It's gonna take more than bricks and boards
To rebuild this home, we carry it alone
When the foundation of everything you know
Has cracked and shifted
And the world turns with it

I know what's at stake
It's either get the hell out of Dodge
Or drown in the lake
The Lions and Tigers aren't pumping the Pistons
Just the factories barely breathing off in the distance
To the sound of a record slowly ending in static

It's gonna take more than bricks and boards
To rebuild this home, we carry it alone
When the foundation of everything you know
Has cracked and shifted
And the world turns with it

You can patch oil into the cracks in the asphalt
But it's only a matter of time until
The industry of "day to day"
Hardens the sugar in the gas tank
Do me a favor and walk down Woodward
Tell me what you see and what you think
Life costs now

It's gonna take more than bricks and boards
To rebuild this home, we carry it alone
When the foundation of everything you know
Has cracked and shifted
And the world turns with it
Track Name: Perspective
When you said
We need to look past the broken glass
It was the understatement of the year
What are we doing here?
Taking in the strip malls and the pitfalls
I haven't written in weeks

I know, I know that we're rough around the edges
And I know you think the world's conspiring against us
But try to stop and take a look around this town
Appreciate familiar ground
I think you'll see
We all move on eventually

If we're laying reputations on the line, you can have mine
I'll trade it any time for some peace of fucking mind
This is no reach for glory, it's the cop out of the century
That we're some how different from anybody
This sob story has lost its luster to me

I know, I know that we're rough around the edges
And I know you think the world's conspiring against us
But try to stop and take a look around this town
Appreciate familiar ground
I think you'll see
We all move on eventually

Perspective, we've lost it
Leaning on the same fences we have since we were younger
Seventeen, eighteen, nineteen and twenty
There's got to be a better way to be happy

We should be leaning on each other

With direction comes the motivation to be better
Track Name: Staring Contest
We tipped the hourglass on its side
Not to stop time
Just to have a shot to pick and choose our fights
Which grain of sand will you pick up?
A broken neck or a nervous wreck?
It can't be enough

I just want to be honest
Crawling on my confidence, I thought it made the common sense
To stand up and redirect this
Feeling so incompetent, but I know this isn't permanent

Making decisions takes long enough
Like watching paint dry
Watching picture frames fall off the wall
Another year, another page
I'll tell myself to act my age just once
Just this once
It's a staring contest with the clock that never stops

I just want to be honest
Crawling on my confidence, I thought it made the common sense
To stand up and redirect this
Feeling so incompetent, but I know this isn't permanent

Making it awkward kills me enough
Like splitting headaches
Pulling fingerprints from past mistakes
I guess it won't work out this way
I'll try to give myself a break just once
Just this once

The time that's passed, it cuts like the broken glass
Left on the ground next to my rented house
But I won't let the fear of failure or the pain
Dictate the way I make excuses anymore

I just want to be honest with the people around me
It's a staring contest.
Track Name: Honesty
I found their words
Written out on their faces
A brief moment of weakness
Came crashing in on everything
A fragile conversation left in utter complication
It's the vulnerability that's in all of us

And it's been said before:
Our words are only words
It's our actions that define who we are
While we're lost in translation

Giving false intentions
With every misconception of a phrase
And your tone of voice didn't hide a thing
While we sat on the front porch in dismay

Perspective, we've found it
Leaning on the railings of that beat up house
Honesty, it's telling me
There's so much more than what I'm seeing
Honestly, it occurred to me
The words were only half written out
Track Name: Crowded Rooms
Bare feet on cold linoleum
Hands wrapped around a coffee mug
Thinking of old lines and wasted time
It's like a brick in the stomach

This dream; it's hard to realize
Oh, it's easier to say the phrase "some day"
When you're younger, or stronger
Can't let that feeling go away or stagnate
Don't let crowded rooms resonate and make you feel this way
Helpless

It means late nights
And long drives
Loose-leaf burdens for all of us to carry
But I'm not afraid
No, I'm not afraid
Don't let crowded rooms resonate and make you feel this way
Some day I'll know what it's like
To see this dream from the other side
Track Name: Directions, Destinations
Don't think that you're alone
When you talk about your hardships
I can see your fears,
We all carry them
Misunderstood and labeled as fuck-ups
Dragging the same old excuses through the dirt behind us

Do you really want to stay like this?
It'll drag us down
It'll break us

I thought it made more sense to just leave
And put this behind me
As I pull the clock off the shelf
I'm planning how I'm gonna get out

Four years of misdirection
Four years of indecision
A lifetime of questions, no easy answers
But don't let that self doubt
Drag you to the ground and burn you out
Don't let the weight of what could have been
Break your promises

I know it's not an easy thing to live with some days
But happiness is a direction, not a destination

I know it makes more sense to just leave
And put this behind me
As I pull the clock off the shelf
I'm planning how I'm gonna get out

We can't spend all of our time on the things that we lack
"Not even the richest man can buy back his past"

So much of this sounds like bullshit
Even to me
I'm sick of pretending I don't see
This world and its beauty
For the sake of writing something self-deprecating
We're in this together
Let's show them our broken wings won't falter, admit defeat
For worse or for better
Maybe this will write me out of your mind
But at least I'll be able to sleep at night

These are our footsteps in the snow
This is our progress built from matchsticks
Finding perspective to be the people we ought to be
Find the strength to fill our lives with honesty

I spent a lot of time angry
Jaded and empty
Self-absorbed, full of apathy
But it's time to move on
It's time to move on
It makes us strong.