Trials

by Nowhere Fast

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released 25 June 2013

Recorded by Mark Michalik and Nick Diener except "Quiet Drum" recorded by Ben Andrews for Ben Andrews Recording in Louisville, KY.
Drums Recorded at Multi Track Chicago by Mark Michalik
Guitars and Voices Recorded in Michigan at Clean Sheets Studios by Nick Diener
Additional Backing Vocals by Nick Diener
Mixing by Mark Michalik
Mastering was done by Kim Rosen for Knack Mastering in New Jersey
All songs written by Nowhere Fast
Lyrics by Seth Robinson

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Nowhere Fast Louisville, Kentucky

Heart felt Rock 'n Roll from Southern and Mid-western roads. Energizing and passionate lyrics over a foundation of majors and minors saying just as much as the lyric it's backing up. Nowhere Fast has been up and down like most bands, but continue to push through and stay with writing, recording, and touring. ... more

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Track Name: Magnanimous: you are not
I feel diseased
Knots in this stomach twist and kill
Banish its order
Its sickness
With strong will

You hit well
You hit these liars with the right words
People you despise
In flames you’ve earned your marks
So, lets’ dance
Dance with this demon

So, here I am
Honest as they come
And I will not join this masquerade
Because you mistake pride for good character
And I learned to dance in and out of time
(Without this mask I have integrity. Without this mask I can see)

Confronting this pain
No lines rehearsed
Twist and feel
Slave to this design
No fair shakes
Your weak will

You hit well
You crowned these liars with the right words
People I despise
In flames I soon stand among mass graves
I’ll soon stand and wave

(Chorus Repeat)

Here’s to integrity
Track Name: Still Frame
Here in this still frame
A kinship of hope
A prayer in line waiting for the rope
Self inflicted

Fate plays her hand
And Father Time has his way
My liquored hands punch this floor blind

I’ve seen the weight of your crown suffocate outright
As you Gospel spit hellfire in Logan Square

Here in this still frame
A casualty of self indulgent sleep
Never-ending

A snap shot of your luxury
Escape seems just too damn easy

Escape seems too easy

(Chorus Repeat x2)
Track Name: A Letter From New Haven
Broke down in New Haven
I’m coming clean with these thoughts
From shy corners of this truck stop
Ambitions perish. Convictions raven

As I descend in this overcoat
Hungry for any blood flow
I don’t sleep. So I don’t dream
Bled dry. This letter notes

Response is inaudible

Just a loaded gun
Firing at the firing squad
Empty rounds litter these facades
Just dead and walking

Undertaking these martyrs
God and honor among thieves
This promise land faulters and broods
Last acts still ring. Make it harder

Recovery seems to be impossible

(Chorus Repeat)

This left hand path finds its heart
In the last brush stroke of this forsaken canvas
Track Name: White Lies/Exhausted Minds
You know I
I get in engulfed by these city nights
And you, you, you got me chasing white lines back to Krieger St.
And may our eyes meet under these bars soft lights
And may we become what fate has wanted all along

All along
Exhausted minds provide these organs with courage

You heard my confessions under these Germantown nights
And you, you, you got me chasing your last white lie
With a crooked grin and blushing skin
Cheers to fates denial

All along
Exhausted minds provide these organs with courage

Brace yourself
Fear is just a state of mind and they’re sirens ringing out tonight
Something
Something brought you here in these soft bar lights
Take this stand with me

(Chorus Repeat)
Track Name: Quiet Drum
All I know are road signs and ghost
And empty lone suburban streets
That lead right back downtown

And I know I’ve been home
Since last Winter when all was wretched
And this, the heavens above, and a home
Are nothing but a quiet drum downtown

And I just can’t say
If you’re afraid of being Okay
For the sake of, the wake of
letting go of all these milestones we have known
For the sake of, the wake of starting
Out in to an unknown

This stems from a place of totally humility
These last few years have seen an introduction
To new falling stars downtown

And I just can’t say
If you’re afraid of being Okay
For the sake of, the wake of letting go
of all these milestones we have known
For the sake of, the wake of starting
Out in to an unknown
For the sake of, the wake of

The accent of sound of this quiet drum signals
The questions of the rogue and earthbound
These questions they serenade
Who mourns with who

So, I’ll write this song off E. Brandeis
And as these planes fly over so low
I solidify these chords downtown
Track Name: Royal City
Stuck between Southern and Mid-western
Emptiness all these years
The fluttering of turns gone wrong
Stir up the past, pain, and confusion

So, I’m making foot prints
Towards a better resolution
But these city streets
They beat a broken start
And long miles heal peasant hearts

So, we’re hustling across this great divide
And I’ve seen the rise and fall of better American dreams
Sweet city sixteen
Your royalty is always my queen of pain

I’m not afraid of settling
It just has to be worth braving
Haggard, it’s true.
Your double talking throne is the secret killer keeping me down.

So, I’m making foot prints
Towards a better resolution
But these city streets empty wrong bottles
And long miles heal rich hearts

(Chorus Repeat x2)
Track Name: Reprise
Strike down this illumination
It’s too bright and I’m losing patience

Color this bruise
Toss it to the night
I’ll disappear soon

The impact of these beatings claim wreckage of the year
Soon this impact, these beatings show wreckage of the year
Lost in this
Numbs an understatement

Strike down this illumination
Your wings are smothering
Losing patience

I stand by actuality
I’ll disappear soon

(Chorus Repeat)