When We Were Honest: Live & Acoustic

by The Local Strangers

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Come on honey take a sip It only burns a little bit Come on honey shed the blame Now and then are not the same Come on honey break away You’re past the point it’s safe to stay It’s time it’s time it’s time it’s time and Oh, you’re out there on the road But you know you’ll never get to where you’re going But honey this, this is’t all there is It’s not giving in When the road you’re on dead ends Now the life you used to dream Is heckling from the mezzanine No there’s never anyone Can hurt you like the ones you loved Cuz when a dream goes unachieved And never gets the chance to grieve It cuts and cuts and cuts and cuts and Oh, you’re out there on the road But you know you’ll never get to where you’re going But honey this, this is’t all there is It’s not giving in When the road you’re on dead ends Oh, that pain of letting go Wish I didn’t know Exactly how that feels Like everything you are Is packed up in this car With no one at the wheel Oh, you’re out there on the road But you know you’ll never get to where you’re going But honey this, this is’t all there is It’s not giving in When the road you’re on dead ends
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It's a burning It’s a ache It's a feeling I can't escape It's a white lie You believe I think it's better If you leave Ready your stallions and ride into the sun All the ghosts from your past coming back cause that shit ain't done You can say what you want but you ain't fooling anyone But you should know when you go I'm not sad to see you run I am steady on the ground I am steady on the ground I am steady on the ground I ain't falling I am steady on the ground So ready for it now I am steady on the ground I ain't falling You've been taking All of me Now the darkness Is all I see I've been denying That I know Part of me is holding on Cause I'm scared to let you go Ready your stallions and ride into the sun All the ghosts from your past coming back cause that shit ain't done You can say what you want but you ain't fooling anyone But you should know when you go I'm not sad to see you run I am steady on the ground I am steady on the ground I am steady on the ground I ain't falling I am steady on the ground So ready for it now I am steady on the ground I ain't falling
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Reset (Live) 03:28
I need a reset Turn me off, turn me on again Maybe things will feel different then I need a blank page I tear it out every other day To start the story in a different way So nothing else can end Don’t you give me time to think Tomorrow’s one last drink Take me to the weekend Throw me off the deep end (oh, no) All this second guessin’ Never learned a lesson (oh, no) Take me to the weekend Throw me off the deep end With everyone I ever thought I was better than I need a rescue Knock me out, tell me what to do Give me a better man’s point of view I need some new chords I hear ‘em now, coming through the floorboards Hear them whisper on the 3’s and 4’s Original and low Don’t you give me time to think Tomorrow’s one last drink Take me to the weekend Throw me off the deep end (oh, no) All this second guessin’ Never learned a lesson (oh, no) Take me to the weekend Throw me off the deep end With everyone I ever thought I was better than Everyone I ever thought I was better than I thought that everything I needed Would keep spinning like a 45 (like a 45 / like a 45) They said you’ll wake up when you’re older And you’ll wonder why you’re still alive (still alive / you're still alive) Try to wash it in the river but the river bed is running dry (running dry / it's running dry) Just hold your breath and close your eyes Hold your breath and close your eyes I need a reset Turn me off, turn me on again
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When the storm settles When the skies have finally cleared And the worry you’ve been sleeping with Fades and disappears When the bow breaks When the ship has sailed its course And the troubles you’ve been running from Can’t haunt you anymore And when you’re ready to change direction I hope your new heart can hold my affection But it just aint my time To make you mine Gonna give in, gonna get lost for a while But honey when the levee breaks Don’t get swept away Turn yourself around Get to solid ground For me I’ll be waitin’ at the shore For the tide to bring you in With a beacon burning every night Shining on my skin And when you’re ready to change direction I hope your new heart can hold my affection But it just aint my time To make you mine Gonna give in, gonna get lost for a while But honey when the levee breaks Don’t get swept away Turn yourself around Get to solid ground For me Let the waves fall over I will be your cover Let it all wash away I will remain I will remain But it just aint my time To make you mine Gonna give in, gonna get lost for a while But honey when the levee breaks Don’t get swept away Turn yourself around Get to solid ground For me
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All is fair in love and war They say when they've never loved before And I've been taking more than I can give It seems to be enough for him But when I close my eyes I see the truth In my lies I'm not missing you you you I'm not missing you you you When I reach the end of my line She reels me back in one more time And I've gotten so good at playing pretend I don't know where she starts and where I end But when I close my eyes I see the truth In my lies I'm not missing you you you I'm not missing you you you Not missing you you you Not missing you you you
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First comes the flood Everything all at once This blissful feeling Then it all settles down Broken bits lie all around What’s left worth saving? Love, this isn't easy Spinning in space We pull and push away To burn brighter Now no one will see The way we used dance in harmony That song is over Love, this isn't easy Try as we may This ground is giving way And I’m asking you now Will you stay? I’ve been harder to love I beg don’t give up There’s still good in us Will you stay? Will you stay? I’m afraid of this place Nothing ‘round us looks the same We feel like strangers Can we ever forgive Long enough for us just to live Beside each other? Love, this isn't easy Try as we may This ground is giving way And I’m asking you now Will you stay? I’ve been harder to love I beg don’t give up There’s still good in us Will you stay? Will you stay? Late at night I dream Of who we each could be I remember when you held me close I’m not ready for you to let go Don’t let go
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Why don’t you Settle down Why don’t you Settle down Make yourself at home I left the front porch light on Dinner’s on the table But I won’t be back before the dawn We made our beds now we sleep alone Only argue on the telephone From the outside seems nothing’s wrong But inside we’re fighting to leave There’s no fight only flee Why don’t you Settle down Why don’t you Settle down We've been lying to ourselves Trying to be someone else Why don’t you Settle down I remember when You used to be my best friend When we were honest And not trying to break each other again But we grew up and we grew apart We had a hell of a change of heart Now's our chance for another start We can leave and finally be free So let go, let go of me Why don’t you Settle down Why don’t you Settle down We've been lying to ourselves Trying to be someone else Why don’t you Settle down Oh we did what we were told Find someone and grow old It's okay, nothing's perfect in the end But you can make a wrong thing right Goes to hell you just sit tight We're okay, we can just play pretend Why don’t you Settle down Why don’t you Settle down We've been lying to ourselves Trying to be someone else Let's stop lying to ourselves We're not meant to settle down
8.
I been drinking that moonshine I been sucking it down I been wearing this halo Over my thorny crown I been seeking forgiveness I been holding my breath I been keeping my legs crossed underneath my dress How do you like me now? I think you heard the story I think you know it all too well, well Know where the bodies buried You know the secrets they don't tell, tell But remember no matter what you do All their lies will find their way home to you How you like me now? I been holding this gun close I been keeping it safe I've been practicing long shots Aimed right at your face I lost my faith in honor I've given up myself I traded in your judgments For something else How you like me now? I think you heard the story I think you know it all too well, well Know where the bodies buried You know the secrets they don't tell, tell But remember no matter what you do All their lies will find their way home to you How you like me now?
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I am not your murder balladeer Sent to glorify what you did here Still I fear there’s nothing I can do To untangle the idea of you Untangle the idea of you Left behind I cannot change your mind It’s wasted time, It’s wasted Hide your heart you’re here to play your part and I’ll play mine and I’ll play mine I’m doing fine I’m doing I am not your justice of the peace we can’t litigate your choice to leave Still I fear I cannot let it go The questions and the undertow The questions and the undertow Left behind I cannot change your mind It’s wasted time, It’s wasted Hide your heart you’re here to play your part and I’ll play mine and I’ll play mine I’m doing fine I’m doing fine I am not more selfish than the truth I do not feel ashamed when I think of you Still I fear I don’t know how to be To inspire what you saw in me Like tragic songs in major keys
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It's a slow burn It's a hole the size of a pin If we let it go It'll stop before it even begins But knowing Doesn't change my mind Let's dive in deep and See what we can find Hold the light a little bit closer my love Cast away the shadows from your face We've been holding ourselves under and the tide is coming in Now's the chance for us to make our escape It's right here Pulling us close to shore We will never know If history repeats like before But knowing Wouldn't change my mind Let's find our way With fingers intertwined Hold the light a little bit closer my love Cast away the shadows from your face We've been holding ourselves under and the tide is coming in Now's the chance for us to make our escape Leave behind the dark that keeps us in this space Once Broken / Coming Clean Once Broken / Coming Clean And I will let go / of this let down See you clearly / next to me The fog is lifted / the path is open And I can feel us / coming clean Hold the light a little bit closer my love Cast away the shadows from your face
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Rising tide Running for our lives Keep your eyes on mine Fire burns Seems we never learn Which way to turn Til it’s over Til it’s over Walking a thin line baby turn a wrong turn and now we can't get back Made a deal with the devil and we sold our soul and now we're under attack There's a holy ship we've been sailing in and the washing rushing now Just close your eyes and hold my hand cause we are going down We're going down Earth shakes From our mistakes We don't think that we break 'Til we do War is near Screams that no one hears Our greatest fears Coming true Walking a thin line baby turn a wrong turn and now we can't get back Made a deal with the devil and we sold our soul and now we're under attack There's a holy ship we've been sailing in and the washing rushing now Just close your eyes and hold my hand cause we are going down We're going down

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Recorded live with an audience at the Ballard Homestead in Seattle, Washington

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released March 20, 2020

Aubrey Zoli: Vocals
Matt Hart: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar

Martin Feveyear: Engineering, Mixing, Mastering

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