Gravity Well

by Seconds Before

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about

Recorded May - December 2011 at (Null) Studio, Minneapolis, MN
Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Jason Bauer
Produced by Seconds Before

Gravity Well, the third Seconds Before album, is what's commonly known in highfalutin circles as a "labor of love". It required more work and time than anything else we had ever attempted before, but once the songs began to come together, there really was no escaping the pull of this project. We had talked about trying to record a song or two ourselves and see how things came out, but by the time we had our recording process and new HQ locked down, we also had a big batch of songs that we were excited about. It felt like we had an album of songs that worked together, so that's what we did. It only took the better part of a year - not bad, right?

Two of the songs may be familiar for those who've been with us for a while - "Just Drive" and "Fight Vs Fight" are oldies but goodies from ten years ago that have stuck with us and grown into new forms that mesh well with the other eight tracks. We were thrilled to have our friend Jeremy Jessen (AllTheWayRider) join us for a guest vocal appearance on "Where Dreams Go To Die". Most of all, we had fun making this record - even though it took a long time, it was worth savoring. We are very happy to share this record with you. Thanks for listening.

credits

released April 17, 2012

Brian Larson: vocals
Carl Skildum: guitars and keyboards
Chris Dales: guitars and backing vocals
Jason Bauer: bass
Mike Paradise: drums

Jeremy Jessen: guest vocals on "Where Dreams Go To Die"

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Track Name: Just Drive
this is who we are.
we’ll answer to our dreams.
we know where we’ve been
and where we’re going.

i think i know what you’re going through
well, just close the door and take your time
and all the things i want to say to you
closer the things i cannot find

this is why we’re here
we won’t look back now
and we understand
the signs we follow

i think i know what you’re going through
well, just close the door and take your time
and all the things i want to say to you
closer the things i cannot find

no one knows where we’re going
turn the key, let’s go.

drive
and no one needs to know
turn the key, let’s go
and no one needs to know
drive
drive
drive
just drive
Track Name: All At Once
stupid thoughts, just noise
content spinning out of control
just another idea for you to workshop drunk at home
sit up straight now, keeping poise
having no goal is the goal
a mental vacation from the things you can't let go

if morning comes here in the dark of night
i hope i'll have the sense to fall back asleep
dreams need to stop ruling my life
it's everything, it's nothing, all at once

riverbed flowing dead quiet
water running through my head
just another chance for me to rewrite things i've said
hold your breath now, shut your face
ink is running down the page
a bullshit arrangement just for you to find your place

if morning comes here in the dark of night
i hope i'll have the sense to fall back asleep
dreams need to stop ruling my life
it's everything, it's nothing, all at once
all at once

what will it take for you to wake up?
what will it take for you to wake up now?

stupid thoughts, just noise
content spinning out of control
just another idea for you to workshop drunk at home
sit up straight now, keeping poise
having no goal is the goal

if morning comes here in the dark of night
i hope i'll have the sense to fall back asleep
dreams need to stop ruling my life
it's everything, it's nothing
Track Name: Deep Sleep
i didn't want, want to be the one
alone with the smoking gun
i can see the damage has been done
it's time to start the song

your face pressed against the glass
my arms reaching for the door
your voice echoes in the words
that we had spoke before

building up for the let down
awake and alert for keeps
alone in a big crowd
ready for sleep
the rearview in front of me
firearm by my side
intention with no doubt
i'm in it too deep

big teeth chomping at the bit
my head reeling in what's left
i can hear the voices recorded
through the stereo

five words all that's really left
no reason to worry anymore
speak now forever keep the peace
within our hearts and minds

building up for the let down
awake and alert for keeps
alone in a big crowd
ready for sleep
the rearview in front of me
firearm by my side
intention with no doubt
i'm in it too deep
in it too deep

guilt enough to get going
outside while the city, the city sleeps
no idea what i'm doing
am i just another seed?

i didn't want, want to be the one
alone with the smoking gun
i can see the damage has been done
it's time to stop
Track Name: Ripcord
hey now knock my jaw back up to the middle
it seems as if i'm lipping off again
a verbal array of senselessness, a mess, i guess
let me tell you the best has yet to come

now jump out and
forget the ripcord
who's keeping track anyway?
modify

walk my sore ass back up to the start of it
so i can hold my nose and just jump again
don't ruin my day by telling me i've succeeded
no, as i said son the best has yet to come

now jump out and
forget the ripcord
who's keeping track anyway?
modify the scoreboard

it got us in trouble before
but now i refuse to care
it got us in trouble before
but now i refuse

it got us in trouble before
but now i refuse

now jump out and
forget the ripcord
who's keeping track anyway?
modify the score
modify
got us in trouble before
Track Name: Where Dreams Go To Die
starting out clean slate
naive and vulnerable, and ever so susceptible
we had nothing but time
but the years can leave you reeling, with a sinking feeling
now i'm staring at a screen
part man and part machine, dreaming of waking

holding out and holding on
digging in with two feet
till one more piece of me is gone
sinking, sinking
moving up and moving on
push it down the line
till one more piece of me is gone

we burn, we try
we'll do what we must do to survive
we live, we get by
right here where dreams go to die

we're doing so much more with less
still we try to do our best, but i confess
we just push it down the line
save it for another time on our own dime
are you alive out there?
can we survive in here?
dreaming of waking

holding out and holding on
digging in with two feet
till one more piece of me is gone
sinking, sinking
moving up and moving on
push it down the line
till one more piece of me is gone

we burn, we try
we'll do what we must to survive

i want my fire back, like when i was young
i don't want to regret all the songs unsung
there's gotta be so much more than this
so much more that i can't miss
and now i'm asking why
we settle here where dreams go to die
Track Name: Fight Vs Flight
tell me not to go
i need to hear from you
so i can change my mind
stay with me, just stay with me

i found out we’re better off
here and now
i’ll show you how

i’ve been thinking
we may never know the time or the place
i’m tired of running away
and i just want to see your face again

i found out we’re better off
here and now
i’ll show you how
and we have everything we need
i'll show you all I need to believe

time and tide may stray and i might walk away for a day
but know i’m coming home
coming to you all alone
all alone

i found out we’re better off
here and now
i’ll show you how
and we have everything we need
i'll show you all I need to believe
this is all i need
this is all i need
this is all i need
this is all i need
Track Name: Every You
forget all you've learned
everything you know is gone
new start, new words
we'll get them next time for sure
it cuts both ways, the point so fine
a private face, a public sign
no control who you let in
where you end and i begin

consider it a lost cause, consider me renewed
consider every moment, an array of every you
...and all your masks

consider this my notice, consider me resigned
consider all the questions, and every single time
... that you said to me

i've got every reason
and you have even more
suffice to say there's just no believing
every side of you i've seen before

consider this potential, consider why you're here
consider those close to you are the ones you fear
...you hold them dear

consider leaving early, consider running late
consider the resolve of those who lie in wait
... you take off your mask

i've got every reason
and you have even more
suffice to say there's just no believing
every side of you i've seen before

forget all you've learned
everything you know is gone
new start, new words
we'll get them next time for sure
it cuts both ways, the point so fine
a private face, a public sign
no control who you let in
where you end and i begin

where you end and i begin
where you end and i begin

you
you take off your mask
you put on the next one
Track Name: Square One
save for savoring
this moment
a second lost in time
i'm ready to kiss it all goodbye
i'm ready to kill it now
farewell

let me give the engine a little gas
let me phrase it so you understand
let's start over back to square one
halfway to crazy all the way

i'll take this excuse
it's the least that i can get
i'm trying hard to remember
how to forget

pave your way down
this dead end
do it once again
i'm ready to kiss it all goodbye
i'm ready to kill it now
farewell

let me give the engine a little gas
let me phrase it so you understand
let's start over back to square one
halfway to crazy all the way

i guess it's just no use
the farther away you get
i'm so much closer to forgiveness
for the things i said
i'll take this excuse
it's the least that i can get
i'm trying hard to remember
how to forget

didn't want to believe that you had something more to hide
than your deepest darkest secret
i came to realize i should have trusted myself
from the start
with every second we hold out here
the ship floats another mile
and it's my deepest darkest secret
i came to realize i should have trusted myself
now the ship is diving deeper
Track Name: A Mountain, An Ocean
i'm all smiles with you

i need a tune up
a leg up
new get up
a way to change something into the same
this shit's no longer cutting it
it's duller than daytime, older than dirt
and i'm ready to bury myself again

i'm all smiles when you enter the room
and i'm a child when you move
it's the kind of thing you can't let go
and a feeling forever new

with every moment
you stutter
you stall
lose ground and find your way back, falling down
wits no longer helping this
with others your blunders
destroy the words
you spend time to craft so well, oh well

i'm all smiles when you enter the room
and i'm a child when you move
it's the kind of thing you can't let go
and a feeling forever new
i'm all smiles with you
i'm all smiles with you
if the critics were always right
i would have fallen by now
the words never fit the page
i'm sick of crawling back to you

we're only making
a mountain, an ocean
a house, a home
a life into our own
fire to gas, sit back relax
i know all the flames will mask this pain
and bring us back to feeling ourselves again

i'm all smiles when you enter the room
and i'm a child when you move
it's the kind of thing you can't let go
and a feeling forever new
i'm all smiles with you
i'm all smiles with you
if the critics were always right
i would have fallen by now
the words never fit the page
i'm sick of crawling back to you

all i know is how to let go
and all i know is how to move on
leave it all unresolved
the same thing is happening