These Blue Walls are Faking Freedom

by The Criminal Kid

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credits

released 01 October 2012

All songs written and performed by The Criminal Kid
The Criminal Kid is: Allysia Kerney [Vocals/keys], Vic Roman [Guitar/Vocals], Jeremy Pilon [Bass/Vocals], Mike Van Betuw [Drums]
Produced by Rob Hillstead and David Roman
Supplemental Instrumentation by David Roman, Cowbell by Rob Hillstead

Engineered & Mixed bt Lea Arngrimson at Makeshift Studios
Mastered by Doug Shearer at Rak Mastering

Special thanks to: Andrew Pilon, Scott Tipple, David Roman, Rob Hillstead, Nicholas D'Autremont, Jason and Candice Caswell, Breanne Johnson, Stephanie Tewksbury, Steve Biss, Lea Arngrimson, Miles Snelling, Laura and Denis Pilon, Miles and Kerrin Kerney, Angela Wigand-Skilnick, Jason and Roxanne Skilnick, Pat and Craig Van Parys, Brad Evanochko, Doug Beer, Mike Ash, The Fortunate Isles, Screaming Daisies, Jared Durston, Adam Coderre, Cleo Coderre, Jonathan Bauche, Matt Yarnton, and FloPrint.

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Track Name: October Song
Red sand, electric impulse,
A little dream, a fiction in my mind.
I made you up, a perfect ocean
I could not reach the other side.
Flash open, streetlight halos,
I’m gonna learn to breathe underwater.
I know I will not find you,
Inhale and get a little older.

Pack it up, another day pushed in the corner.
So very careful collecting me, collecting you.

I can feel you in my bones,
The waves, they come and go.
And in this dream I sail your hailing seas
Indefinitely.

Grey saturated skies,
I swear I used to see in color.
Eighteen and glorified,
Pick up a brush and paint it over.
I used to feel like lightning,
And blaze through every boundary.
Now I’m just bored and restless,
Becoming ordinary.

Find the pieces that make you whole and happy and hold on,
Hold on.
Love what you’ve got before what you’ve got is gone.
Hold on.
Hold on.
Track Name: Fading In and Out
And the world is following you back home
And the storm’s picking up the tracks you’ve known
And the radio trickles through your car
Fading in and out
Fading in and out
Where are they telling me to go?
And the lights are burning out, it’s true
But the spotlight still shines on you
Watch the road slowly disappear, unglue
Fading in and out
Fading in and out
Fading in and out
Fading in and out…
All I need is already here with me.
My heart’s a fire growing steadily.
Spin the dial, spin the static in the air
White snowflakes funneling ahead
Too fast to see anything, your vision’s
Fading in and out
Fading in and out
How do I read the signs ahead?
There is no waking up from this, no exit
No one to lead you through the dark
Only you and your courage that just keeps
Fading in and out
Fading in and out
Fading in and out
Fading in and out…
All I need is already here with me.
My heart’s a fire growing steadily.
Track Name: Little Wind
There it goes, the big idea blows away like dust.
I’m coughing it up.
The grass is greener, the air is cleaner
And it changes your luck.

When does a force of nature run away?
Cop out, cover up, stall, equivocate?
Afraid of what they say, a little wind so well-behaved.
And the storm that was gonna change everything
Grew up, blew away, melted into space.
Is that all, after all?
Is that all, after all?

Feels like the story’s over.
Oh these chains can’t hold a soul.

There it goes, the big blue sky is up for sale,
And I’m broke, coughing it up.
Pennies, dimes and all of my precious time
Traded just for a moment
Of no distractions, no divisions,
Just open road for miles and miles and miles,
Unpainted, undone.
I’ll take a picture of this treasure
Keep it close to remember why.
These blue walls are faking freedom.

Feels like the story’s over.
Oh these chains can’t hold a soul.

A tornado brewing under my skin,
Beneath the surface calm I’ve been,
About to blow it all to pieces,
About to blow it all to peace.
Track Name: The Lion
Oh we used to cry ‘cause the lion was caged, come on.
We’d visit him in prison and rally for his freedom, come on.
With fire in our focus, we pleaded with you, open your eyes.
Can’t you see him getting colder and fading away?
Oh, he’s dying.
Oh, oh.

Oh the lion didn’t stop trying, we stopped coming around.
We lost the mission, shut off the vision, turned the volume down.
While we were fooling ourselves with tough fighting words,
Talking talking talking, the lion never heard.
Oh, oh.
Track Name: Skeletin
You speak in cobwebs, spinning lies and dust.
Empty rooms in your head,
You try to pretend that they’re reserved for life.
And I believe you tried once upon a time
To escape your tangled traps and excuses,
But now you’ve given up.

And you’ve got the game learned perfectly,
You just spread out your demons like a virus on the breeze,
Then walk away.
And your misery loves to torture me.
You’re not without your reasons, but you revel in the sickness
Under the surface of a sunny day.
I let my guard down, trusted you anyway.
Sunshaded eyes just can’t see the light.
Say “Now you need me, right?
“I’ll take you away.”

Laughing at petals pushing up to the sky,
Say, “Why open up to the cold, why grow up just to die?”
And I believe you cared once upon a time.
There’s evidence that a soul took up residence in your shell,
But now you’re haunted.
A ghost so good at playing along, it’s memorized your lines,
And do you want it?
Or are you in there, somewhere, waiting to come alive?

And you’ve got the game learned perfectly,
You’re just living out your demons like you love the damn disease.
And you got away with killing me.
You’re not without your reasons, but you revel in the sickness
Under the surface of a sunny day.
I let my guard down, trusted you anyway.
Sunshaded eyes just can’t see the light.
Say “Now you need me, right?
“I’ll take you away.”
Track Name: Rocket
Another day, another year of you and me going nowhere
Nothing changes, we're not in love but we're not uncomfortable here
Talking big to the ceiling 'cuz we're so damn scared of the sky
Another day, I feel like a zombie, I feel like a zombie, I feel like

Oh I've got to get out of here
It's not right for me, there is so much more I want to be
Oh I've got to get out of here
Like a rocket escape before it's too late

Another day, another excuse, another chain to tie me up
Maybe next year or the next year I'll get some better luck
And I'm really not so sure what would be worse, the cage or the cure
Or those same fucking words I'm saying more and more and more and more and

Oh I've got to get out of here
It's not right for me, there is so much more I want to be
Oh get the hell out of here
Like a rocket escape before it's too late
Track Name: Safer Now
They sell fires in plastic boxes,
Cheap containment that’s gonna tame you.
And I’m just another down the line,
Burning up my tiny wrapper.
Got to keep it close inside, got to throw coals on the embers.
I cannot move the space between us,
I can’t stop it from getting colder.

Safer now, I’m safer now I’m fading away.
It’s so easy darling to give in.
Now that I can sleep at night, I’ll be dreaming up escape.
It’s so easy darling to pretend.

They sell fires in plastic boxes,
My heart’s a price tag, the cost to care.
And I pay them for salt water,
I pay them just to be alone.
There’s only one thing again and again,
It’s the fear of the outside.
I cannot move the space between us,
I can’t stop the sparks when we collide.

Safer now, I’m safer now I’m fading away.
It’s so easy darling to give in.
Now that I can sleep at night, I’ll be dreaming up escape.
It’s so easy darling to pretend.
Track Name: Next Life
Everything I’ve ever wanted, so far away and I don’t need it
When everything’s inside.
I tried to escape into darkness but my shadow kept on reaching
Up across the light.

I’m an empty page, an open story
All the words just fall right through me.
And all I have is all I am,
So weightless and full of this life.
I won’t let it pass me by.

Shaky steps, but I’m making my way.
They’re getting stronger every day.
It’s a movie in my mind.
And there’s a fire that’s moving me forward,
Fixed on a path but I’m still astray,
Still undefined.

I’m an empty page, an open story
All the words just fall right through me.
I can’t erase this pain,
Keep it right by my side.
I won’t let it pass me by.
Track Name: You Are
I break down these judgments, all that I believe you to be,
Suddenly so much closer, suddenly you’re just like me.
I break down these borders drawn between my heart and yours,
We want all the same things, don’t we?
We want in the same way.

It’s colors colliding to connect like we do,
I can’t see anything apart from you.
This freedom coming back to me,
Unpeel the moments, stretching endlessly.

It gets so cold out there,
The air is knives against my skin.
But you’re so careful with me,
You cover me up, you take me in.
Do you want to open up, do you want to open up your heart?
All that matters, all that is, all that ever was, you are, you are, you are.

You and I, we’re wide awake,
We’re sharing this dream.
Speak to you, say,
“I know just what you mean.”
This freedom coming back to me,
This perfect moment stretching endlessly.

It gets so cold without you here,
And time just keeps moving us so fast.
Keep trying to grab ghosts with my hands,
Then I blink and the moment has passed.
Do you want to open up, do you want to open up your heart?
All that matters, all that is, all that ever was, you are, you are, you are.
Track Name: Under the Sun
Under the sun, bleach my eyes
It’s a desert in the sky.
Under the sun, fires and bones
Fires and dead winds spreading light.
I fall into you, I always do,
But I can’t stand without
Trying to run.

Under the sun, believe a lie,
Believe there’s no shadow on the other side.
Under the sun, dead and dry,
Somehow I’m still reaching
Higher higher higher
Opening up.
Higher higher higher
Petals start to drop, and I’m
Trying to run.