Six - E​.​P

by Heartwork

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1.
Steadier footing would be good if I could stand on my own feet And not keep depending on you all These tiny voices start revealing every depth of my defeat They’re holding me accountable I spent the last year looking for the poetry in everything But never stopped to see the view Another crossing lost to flames, unfinished songs and shifting blame Is all that I’ve amounted to I’m damned if I do, damned if I don’t try The devil’s in the details I can’t find It’s all torn down, I can’t leave the house again Father, mother, sister, brother, friend I tried my luck to reconstruct the bridge with pins & paperclips I don’t think it’s sustainable
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No Angels 03:38
It’s a tough realisation That we all come to learn Ignorance is self-sustaining And denial makes it worse There’s been miscommunication Amongst our counterparts We confused wit with slick persuasion And didn’t think to ask Are we ever honest if we’re born into a lie? Expected to just believe when faith is never justified Like moths drawn to a flame in search of light I have my predispositions To sheep disguised as wolves But by my own admission I’m guilty of it too So with all this finger pointing You’d think there’d be a plan We’re only making noises Just because we can Are we truly kind when conflict is hereditary? Left to make decisions based on sensibilities When it comes to progress all we do is call retreat A halo round the head of hypocrisy Save the small talk We’ve got all our Own faults and failures We’re no angels One arm leading blindly Both eyes on the door Nights like this remind me What I’m running for So take your expectations Leave me to my Own faults And failures I’m no Angel Are we really allies when we act like enemies? Everyone’s got knives in places where wings could be Vexing the divide and calling it equality It’s like trying to turn the other cheek by pulling teeth
3.
Out Of Round 03:54
Laying awake seems pointless There must be a way to sort this out again I’m on the edge The silence is so deafening That’s it, I think I need a small repair Would you meet me where the blue meets gold? Somewhere out there is solace Don’t give up on this promise “I will keep you safe with me” Holding out for a moment when both time and space are frozen out of here The atmosphere’s a zoetrope How far can we go before we’ve gone too far? I’m the Enceladus to your Saturn And we move to the tune of the Sun Weigh me down The push and pull of everything stops us ever spinning in or getting out Slightly askew or parallel But we never touch No matter how close we get it’s never ever close enough Now I don’t know how we got all the way out here But how long can we stay before we’ve stayed for too long? You are the sound in all of the static And the call from distant stars
4.
Bloom/Bleed 03:03
Have a part of what I’ve got to give but take it slow And I’ll take the burden that you bear Look down below, there’s only so far you can go And if you want, I’ll meet you there Speaking from experience It’s no fun to face yourself To pull the curtain back and raise a little hell I thought this looked familiar You watched me take root and bloom And with a little time it’ll happen for you Forget-me-nots are always best remembered at the end And false starts are nothing more than words It’s no easy road so if you feel like nothing’s left I’ll trade my hope for all your hurt You faced the blackout like you knew it off by heart Retraced the steps in every corner of the dark And said you haven’t felt this way since god knows when But something’s happened, now it’s happening again The smoke has only cleared because you breathed it in To find the path from where you are to where you’ve been I think you need a clean supply of oxygen “It happens to the best of us” I’ve said that too many times It’s best I shut my mouth and take my own advice So this is my New Testament I swear you don’t have to bleed Just take your walls away and you can lean on me
5.
Dust 03:49
Slowed for the accident It felt so meaningless Our own significance Is only in our heads Caught in the transients Stuck on a memory Flirting with happiness It’s all temporary But if we’re all made from starstuff Then the stars are part-us too It’s not hard to see the signals And you can’t avoid the view If I thought it makes a difference To someone anywhere I’d pray to my creator But God was never there Connecting anything To try and join the dots Context is everything Which line best fits the plot? When I look for correlation I can find causality But the links I think I’m making Aren’t actuality ‘cause car crashes have no order There’s no poetry in pain You’ve got to keep on moving forward At best, just drive away I think I’ve lost myself I’ll never understand The true meaning of us I think I’ve lost myself So let my bones turn to dust
6.
Ten & Two 05:18
A celebration like this shouldn’t be partnered with such bad news How can we turn over new leaves from a hospital bed? We couldn’t even get to Spring without the stitches separating Though it’s been fraying at the seams, I never knew the extent I have put in far too much tonight to apply the ten & two The longest hour and forty of your life Whilst you’re beaten black & blue I don’t believe there’s a spirit but if there is his arms are wrapped tightly around you And won’t ever let loose A ceremony like this doesn’t just have to be a sad one I saw you smile for the first time in a couple of weeks And we could barely move an inch without hearing a hundred stories It’s like they’re making way for light in spite of everyone’s grief You’ve been picking battles with your brain, it’s as if you’ve come undone. And we’re all worried you’ve found comfort in the pain or maybe worse you’ve given up. I won’t believe we’re defined by the things that defy us but by how we overcome So tell me if it’s too much Life’s a contest of wills A myriad of disasters But with every ordeal Comes a new set of answers It’s a delicate balance That we’re left hanging in You can let the worst happen But just don’t let it win We’ve got plenty of shoulders between us all To divide and share the weight Do what you need to for closure but don’t close the door Let’s tear it all down and recreate You best believe that your corner’s full and we’re sure as hell not gunna just let you break His life goes on through yours and will remain He’s just a lifetime away

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Written and recorded from April 2017 - March 2020

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released April 3, 2020

Written, performed/programmed, mixed and mastered by Daniel O’Dell
Image courtesy of Evie Shaffer

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Heartwork Bridgend, UK

Emotive Rock from the UK.

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