Create​/​Destroy​/​Create

by Goodnight Sunrise

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1.
I took you in I put you up You put me up to take me down I quenched your thirst, filled your lungs Then you sat back to watch me drown I gave you space I gave you room What's a room without a door? I built this house to keep us safe You built this house to keep me yours Take it or leave it this is how I see it Take it or leave it this is how I see it Take it or leave it this is how I see it How I see it Take it or leave it I let you in you let me down I keep on wondering why I keep you around You built these walls with my blood and sweat I may forgive but I will never forget I taught you everything I know You teach but will you ever learn I fed the fire to keep you warm Then you sat back to watch me burn Sticks and stones to make you strong Broken bones are all you know I planted seeds to watch you grow And now you'll reap what you sow
2.
In between the spaces that I give myself to breathe Everything's so crowded there's no room for me to fall apart In between the trying not to smash my fists on broken thoughts Dreams they wake me, shake me, take me to a place where I can't sleep In between the trying blindly, fiercely not to die I'm all tied up with wondering what it means to be alive In between the surface scratching nails on chalkboard walls of time Classroom clocks tick slowly backwards, playgrounds shape to fill my mind Paper napkin memories crumpled carefully, just strewn about The wind it shakes them takes them breaks them, cast aside they float around Paper napkin memories, fine tissue marked with ink that speaks Once folded neatly, gently, sweetly, cast aside they're all worn out In between those softly spoken words that echo bliss You reach out to pull me in to push us out of this abyss In between the torn up tear down breakup breakdown fits I know it's not good enough, that I need so much more than this
3.
There was a time you and I were in love I was a hand, and you were a glove You were so young and naive, immature You were so innocent, and insecure Chemistry, well now that you can't fake This was a risk I was willing to take I always knew that it couldn't last So what say we remember the good times and leave the rest in the past Makeup, breakup; when will it end? Headache, heartbreak; I'm sick of this trend I thought we would last forever; we were so perfect together There was a time we could disguise all of our problems with crimson and clover But this time the honeymoon is over Delusions, confusions, convolutions of bliss Not every argument can be solved with a kiss Put this decision off with one more excuse Feels like I've got nothing to gain but everything to lose My heart stopped, my jaw dropped But I'd be lying if I said I was shocked Another fight another wrong to make it right Another lie spoke, another promise broke I can't ignore all of the signals anymore I can't go on pretending nothing's wrong I'm done with compromises I can not survive another makeup ...
4.
Wonderlust 03:46
I've travelled on the sunny side of roads once painted black Found beauty in the wicked, pricked by needles in haystacks Everywhere I've turned I've felt as though I might belong But every road eventually winds its way back to my home Fancy trips and airplanes to the tropics of my mind Waves that lap shores and leave a trace of lust behind Footsteps on the finest sands caressed by hands of time Eventually slow sands turn quick and the hands of time rewind Home It lives inside of me Home Always staring back at me Home I've dressed in costumes worn by those I've always dreamt I'd be Found magic glass slippers that slipped right on my feet Felt foreign fabric cloak my skin concealing my defeat But under those fine woven threads there's nothing hiding me I am a climber weary of the mountain I am a sailor nauseous from the sea I am a hunter captured by the game I am a pilot fighting gravity I've travelled on the sunny side of roads once painted black Found beauty in the wicked, pricked by needles in haystacks Everywhere I've turned I've felt as though I might belong But every road eventually finds its way back to my home
5.
The Machine 05:22
They took us from our homes, promising that we would be back soon And suddenly my family was forever swept away by the monsoon My father was a doctor; he was shot before my eyes My mother was a teacher; she was beaten by a boy about my size They sent my brother to the fields, I never saw him again They said I had a new brother now, and I should save all my love for him They sing me these songs and they gave me this gun And they said off you go, go have some fun All these things that I've done they haunt my dreams at night But I'm too young to stand up, and I am too weak to fight I'm just a gear in the machine now; my future's been erased And when I'm rusting from neglect, I'll be discarded and replaced Now hatred is my only friend and terror and destruction are my toys But don't hate me for what I've done - I am just a little boy Sometimes I get lost in my dream of how everything could have been If I had had a family, a sister to look out for me But that was not my destiny, and I wake to a reality That I have lost my innocence to apathy and poverty A child is no commodity, a future can't be bought or sold But this is no democracy, and I am only 8 years old I'm sick of being cute and I am tired of being funny I don't need your pity and I do not want your money I've sold my soul but still I can't put shoes on my feet But there is no time to rest when you sleep on the street I'm just a gear in the machine now; my future's been erased And when I'm rusting from neglect, I'll be discarded and replaced Trapped within this shell might be a beautiful shining pearl But for now I shall remain the shadow of a little girl This is my country; it was built with my skin and bones It's no paradise but it's the only home I know I'm just a gear in the machine, I am just another brick in the wall It may take some time but one day this fortress will fall So I dream of a world in which freedom is more than a name I dream of a world in which freedom is more than a name I dream of a world in which freedom is more than a name I dream of a world in which freedom is more than my name
6.
You can't see what's right in front of you Blame it on your crooked frame of view Blame it on the twinkle in her eyes You can't see what's in between the in between the lines You can't find the ground beneath your feet Blame it on the crutch on which you lean Blame it on your shallow depth of field That you can't find the haystack in the needle One more wall to break through One more god to pray to I don’t need you anymore You can't hear the voice that screams your name Blame it on the clouds that crowd your brain Blame it on the clawing gnawing cries You can't hear your outdoor voice inside You can't see what's right in front of you Blame it on what other people do Blame it on that self absolving tale you call the truth But you can't see what's right in front of you One more wall to break through One more god to pray to I don’t need you anymore One more lapse in vision One more bad decision I don’t need you anymore
7.
8:17 04:38
There may come a day with no mystery at all With no more line between summer and fall A day when distinction between wrong and right Fades from black to white There may come a day with no knowing glances With no longing stares, no second chances A day when the truth of thoughts left unspoken Are woken when silence is broken There may come a day with no mystery at all No questions just answers that tear down the wall A day when with strength we stare doubt in the face We finally stop looking, stop craving the chase Until then we’ll wander We’ll wonder, we’ll ponder Roam aimless and shallow, regret what we squander And when that day comes will we welcome it? When that day comes will we run from it? There may come a day with no tears left to cry When you can no longer look me in the eye A day we regret indiscretions with shame We grow up, grow so sick and tired of this game But oh how we stumble We curse and we mumble There may come a day with no phone call to dread When all that remain are the words left unsaid There may come a day with no mystery at all No argument lost, no problem to solve A day when the pieces quit falling apart If that ain’t the truth, at least it’s a start
8.
This dawn is yours to break, this path is yours to take Skeptics they want you - old fears they haunt you There is no time for fate. This is yours: create, destroy, create. This chain is yours to end, farewell to absent friends You say your sorries - wrap up your stories The less you take the more you lend, the less you break the more you bend This is yours to make This ballroom's yours to blitz, like back when we were kids There is no fighting - a spark igniting Cast out those habits long at bay, watch them fade through shades of grey These wide eyes long to swim, they search across the horizon A future passion - an older fashion The tallest castle is built brick by brick by brick by brick Some call it destiny some call it choice You stop inside your tracks I lose my voice We see the trees …
9.
The Ocean 09:22
The strength to stand tall and not fall apart The weight of a dream that speaks from the heart There will come a time when the red hand is caught For the ocean can do what the drop can not The search far and wide for what lies inside The stubborn belief that a new sun will rise The freedom from shame can turn back the clock For the ocean can do what the drop can not When I whisper do you hear me scream your name? When I whisper do you hear me scream? When I whisper do you hear me scream your name? Do you hear me scream? The days without question that still bring an answer The tall tree that sways like an elegant dancer The current will guide when it’s no longer fought For the ocean can do what the drop can not One grain of sand, a sliver in time The infinite search for a meaningful sign But not every tale has a circular plot For the ocean can do what the drop can not

about

Create/Destroy/Create is a story with a beginning, middle, and end. It is the infinite search for meaning and purpose. It is a reflection on past mistakes, and a resolve not to repeat them. It is the quest for confidence and faith in oneself, the cyclical journey between question and answer. It is knowing when enough is enough, and when settling will never suffice. It is the resolve to leave behind a legacy to be proud of. It is acceptance that perfection is myth, control is fiction, and ambition is happiness. It is meant to be listened to on repeat with the speakers turned to 11; for in any story worth telling, the end is just the beginning.

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released March 8, 2013

All music written, arranged, and performed by Goodnight, Sunrise:
Andrew Charters / bass, background vocals
David Kochberg / guitar, lead vocals
Vanessa Vakharia / synthesizer, lead vocals
Paul Weaver / drums, electronic percussion

Produced by / David Kochberg and Chris Sampson
Engineered by / Chris Sampson
Mixed by / Dean Marino at Echo Valley Studio, Toronto, ON
Mastered by / Noah Mintz at Lacquer Channel, Toronto, ON

Art direction / Goodnight, Sunrise
Design / Paul Weaver
Illustration / Andrew Charters
Title ambigram / Daniel Dostal

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Goodnight Sunrise Toronto, Ontario

Led by the dual male-female vocal alchemy of keytarist Vanessa Vakharia and guitarist David Kochberg, Toronto rock band Goodnight Sunrise is an organized sort of chaos.  With a hard-earned reputation as an unforgettable live act through over 400 shows across Europe and North America since forming in 2011, Goodnight Sunrise reminds us that rock music isn’t a genre; it’s a community. ... more

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