Letters From a Runaway

by Richie Slater

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Letters From a Runaway is about the relationships between friends & loved ones. What can happen if they severed those ties, when someone isolates themselves from the world.

This bandcamp download includes the bonus track, "Hired Guns", a song that didn't quite fit the full feel of the record, but I like too much to toss aside.

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released October 25, 2016

All Vocals, Writing/Composing, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Strings, Piano, Mixing & Mastering by Richie Slater

Vocals on "Letters" by Ali Sensovich

Produced by Connor Hartman

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Track Name: Bound
I'm forced to watch
Reflections of monotone spoken from my lips
& what's bottled up
I release with the help of liquid love

So I douse my blood in silver skies
To keep a darkened sunrise frozen in time

I'm always bound to a self destructive wake
Some nights I wanna runaway but I know that I'll just stay
& I think you'd chase me wherever I'd end up
& it still pains me to say that I want you to stay

Oh can't we wait
For the problem to address itself and fade away
Cause we're picture perfect
Let's not make anymore drastic changes to this life

But I know all that is, is my head lying
& I can't help but give into it again

I'm always bound to a self destructive wake
Some nights I wanna runaway but I know that I'll just stay
& I think you'd chase me wherever I'd end up
& it still pains me to say that I want you to stay

But it might be alright if you go
Although I don't think I wanna make it on my own
Oh I hope it's alright if you go
I can't stand the thought of being all alone

Have you heard a word I've said?
Cause I've been talking to the dead
But will you promise to fix me again?

I'm always bound to a self destructive wake
Some nights I wanna runaway but I know that I'll just stay
& I think you'd chase me wherever I'd end up
& it still pains me to say that I want you to stay

But it might be alright if you go.
Track Name: Broken Radio
Hello, hello, is anyone there?
Have you seen a girl with brunette hair?
She's all I've got throughout despair
I wait for a response, it's always dead air

Don't know if it's insanity or hope but I hold on to this broken radio
The static's comforting enough so until we meet again

I'll remember how we used to look at the sky
Over the airwaves to broken minds
How perfect the world was intertwined to us

Nothing mattered outside our voices
Just you & me & tattered up life choices
We could talk forever if forever was real

Hello, hello, can you hear me now?
I'm getting sick of that dialing crunching sound
But I won't stop until she's found
Even if it's just to put her in the ground

While gazing at these sunbathed trees I swear natures claimed a part of me
Alone's the only way my thoughts are free
But you're always in them

I'll remember how we used to look at the sky
Over the airwaves to broken minds
How perfect the world was intertwined to us

Nothing mattered outside our voices
Just you & me & tattered up life choices
We could talk forever if forever was real

Are you still out there?
Are you looking for me too?
You're not any of the places that I swore I saw you

A vision in the faceless crown but there's no one here
& no one's listening for the call

Hello, hello, can you hear me now?
I'm getting sick of that dialing crunching sound
But I won't stop until she's found
Even if it's just to put her in the ground

Don't know if it's insanity or hope but I hold on to this broken radio
The static's comforting enough so until we meet again.
Track Name: Bitter-Sting in Apathy
I'm the walking dead, yeah
A lively corpse
i keep the party going even after I'm numb

While talking to the mirror
I see the shadow of a man
The shallow of his eyes look happy enough

Hey preacher, preacher, pass me that bible
& show me the part where god's supposed to save us

Breath in that bitter-sting
& Watch it consume our suffering

Well don't you care?
Well no I don't care

I don't have a story just a messed up passed
Not much to leave behind except a dirty bloodline

Hey partner, partner, pass me another bottle
& tell me how we're supposed to save ourselves

Breath in that bitter-sting
& Watch it consume our suffering

Well don't you care?
Well no I don't care

Oh all my washed up drinkers
My crash courses
My failures
Don't worry, I'll see you soon

Well don't you care?
Cause no I don't care

Breath in that bitter-sting
& Watch it consume our suffering

Well doesn't anyone care?
Doesn't anyone still care?
Does anytime care?

Needles in my heart
The pins left us in the dark

We haven't got much left to lose.
Track Name: Letters
I could sit in this lovesick tree forever
& watch the wind go by
Keep my pencil to paper & think of it later

All the times I fell apart
Jotted down between the stars
Showing my reflections below the line
Come together in time

So open me
I'm full of thousands of letters I never sent
So much is left unseen
Scribbled out I never thought I'd ever need it

I think of all the writing I've done
& all the good-byes I've sketched
Every sunset I boxed up to think of it later

Everyone I left behind
Disappear in time

So open me
I'm full of thousands of letters I never sent
So much is left unseen
Scribbled out I never thought I'd ever need it

Don't look back keep your eyes on me
We never got to that perfect ending
But the envelopes sealed, to help us heal
we can make this out to wherever we want

& my masochistic thoughts were etched out in lead
(etched in my head)

So open me
I'm full of thousands of letters I never sent
So much is left unseen
Scribbled out I never thought I'd ever need it

Don't look back keep your eyes on me
We never got to that perfect ending
But the envelopes sealed, to help us heal
we can make this out to wherever we want.
Track Name: Whisper to Me
Whisper to me everything I can't un-hear
Make me believe that I've got nothing to fear
& take it all but don't ever give it back
I want to know what it's worth to you
& what you think it means

Cause I feel so used
I feel so worthless
I feel so weak

Whisper to me something magical
& tell me a story with a happier ending
& save my sorrys for the days to come
One more for me & for my sake
I wanna know why

I feel so used
I feel so worthless
I feel so weak

Whisper to me

One more time as I wander these woods
I think what scares me is that you won't be there to read these letters
So comfort me
With lies I've heard a thousand times
One more time
Track Name: The Tower of Infinity
I finally got that letter
But I know it's not for me
It's for the man I wanted to be
& everything he wanted

Is encased in cursive lettering upside a spiral staircase
but you walk on through the steps

& these promises don't get better
They just keep on getting longer
& I'm trying to walk above them
So why are my feet still on the ground?

I remember once you said

To climb the tower of infinity you gotta bleed just right
You gotta live by all mistakes cause that's your life
it's the only way to keep your sanity aligned

Well I believed in something, isn't that good enough?
No they keep on coming back & wanting more
But it's all lies
Cause you gotta be someone to be something
I wasted all my time on a broken radio

But I remember once you said

To climb the tower of infinity you gotta bleed just right
You gotta live by all mistakes cause that's your life

It's the only way to keep things right
It's the only way to stay alive
Cause the tower of infinity burns tonight

& I know there's more
My body won't be broken
My soul is still me

It's the only way to keep things right
It's the only way to stay alive
Cause the tower of infinity burns tonight
Track Name: Hired Guns (bonus track)
I'm making my claim of best two out of three
It's the best way to live this life
& as a liar you tell the best jokes
To the wish you weren't let downs of this year

Stay true to your shadows
(With weapons drawn)
& bleed out your conscious
(Just enough)
But always think of yourself
(Before others)
Your partners aren't your brothers

It's all just a game
& the winner gets to keep there heads
In the dark they cast puppets who pull string s& love it
When the pantomimist thinks he's got it figured out

At hear you know there's always been something
Or someone who calls the shots ahead of time
But no one's answering because you cut the line
But they already sewed a new one just in time

Stay true to your shadows
(With weapons drawn)
& bleed out your conscious
(Just enough)
But always think of yourself
(Before others)
Your partners aren't your brothers

It's all just a game
& the winner gets to keep there heads
In the dark they cast puppets who pull string s& love it
When the pantomimist thinks he's got it figured out