Chasing a Phantom

by Changing Scene

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released December 2, 2016

Music by Changing Scene
Lyrics by Chris Hoepfl
Produced by Chris Hoepfl, Matt Hinshaw, and Changing Scene
Recorded and Mixed by Matt Hinshaw in Annapolis, MD; Feb - Nov 2016
Mastered by Johnnie Kearse III
Album Cover Concept by Philip Parry and Chris Hoepfl

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Track Name: Lowground
Every time I call you up you never show me any love, though I try
Every time I try to tell you what you wanna hear, I'm always wrong
Baby, baby, can't you see that there's no point in fighting with me?
Baby, I want you but you don't want me anymore

But could we try to work it out?
If you don't want to, then it's best to forget it
I know you want to, but you are too scared
You're too scared to admit it
You're too proud to say out loud
Stuck in the Lowground with me
I know you wanna go, but you feel like you can't leave

Sometimes we get lost, then we find ourselves going through the motions
Here we go again - our love don't mean a thing if nobody is growing

I never thought that you would tire of my skin, but something dark tore us apart, and you gave in

I tried to make it work but I fear it's too late now
You don't see me the same way
Over. All we had.
And you pushed me away from your heart again
Now, I'm not too proud to say out loud, "I wish you were here now"
I've been chasing a phantom
Why would you tell me that you were hoping if you don't understand it?
Track Name: Ancient History
Fantasies keep me from falling apart
Hold me so closely until you find me
Don't remind me
You trouble me, saying that things need to change
Say that you'll "make some arrangements"
Enjoy it
I'll Destroy

So this is what you wanted
It's all ancient history now
You said it's what you wanted
You'll always want what you don't have
Think back to what you wanted
Remember what you said to me
All that I do is worth nothing to you

Can't you see it?
Can't you believe it?

Your brand new way does not work
Now look who looks like a jerk
You said it's what you wanted anyway
And now you're trying to blame me for some shit I didn't say
But not today

So this is what you wanted
We are ancient history now
You said it's what you wanted
You'll always want what you don't have
Think back to what you wanted
Remember what you said to me

And life is but a changing scene
Track Name: Clamps
A shackled man is overrated
He says women are just like parking spaces
But I'm not sure if that's true
The only thing I know is I'm about to put the clamps on you

I saw three swans go sailing by, on Christmas day in the morning
The angelheaded hipster was a shot of shy, but the other two were just
Afraid of me
Why are all the other boys in the neighborhood always saying some shit?
You wanna fit me a dunce cap?
Sit me in the corner - I'll do what you wanna
Track Name: Strange Reveries
Strange Reveries
I'm trapped inside a coven's kind of fantasy
Come and find me with your flashlight of sorts
Mark the x's on the walls

Strange Reveries
This one last time, I'll lose my mind indefinitely
You're so inviting with your jacket all torn
But something's different from before

I wish I didn't know it
I hardly meant to show that I was scared of your skin
The way it cracked like rusted tin
It was so hard to restrain that I might rightly go insane
I wish that I was smarter
That I'd never gotten started with the lies
"Alright it's fine"
The way they fool me everytime

Poor Miss Lonely
You're my lady - my one and only
It hurts to say, but I have to leave you - go away though I do not want to
I saw you ask the other girls for other bad advice

But that won't make it right

When one door closes, the whole house shakes
My heart lies
Waiting, it's hidden underneath the staircase, all boarded up
and I'm alone in the dark
Silver Linings ran away

Hold me closely
You're my lady - my one and only
It hurts to say, but I have to leave soon - go away though
My heart still needs you
I saw you ask the other girls for other bad advice

But that won't make it right
Track Name: Rosaryville
Rosaryville is a place where people fall asleep with the news on
Awoke at the instance of fear that someone is doing something wrong,

Though I knew that I could not stay there
I had to get away from there before too long
You could not mold me, so don't try to control me
If you try, I will die, and there'll be nothing left of me for anyone at all

Something's been eating me up from the inside
Something's been eating me up, but I don't know what for
Some days, I wake in the evening
I wait until morning
I sleep until evening and live at the store
I thrive at night, hiding from light
I've been away for a long, long time
and I wanna know

Does the road split off along the way?
I've driven for days
Been running away
You could not mold me, so don't try to control me
'Cuz if you try, I will die, and
There'll be nothing left of me for anyone at all
Track Name: I Was Not Yours
Try to look past, but see right through
I could see yearning burning you
Why did you even try?
What did you think was gonna happen? All fixed up?
You've got this whole thing all mixed up
Why did you even try it?

Tried again - felt nothing
Time again - not the same
Second time's just not right
You know it
So do I

Just because something's in demand don't make it worth it in the end
I was the world's quietest, meanest man
You are the sweetest, cleanest mess
You are the weight down on my chest
I won't let you pull at me

Tried again - felt nothing
Time again - not the same
Second time's just not right
You know it
So do I

There's something you should know
I know how it seemed, but I was not yours
The one thing that I know is how it should feel, and I was not sure
There's something you should know
I know what you thought, but I was not yours
The one thing that I know is you are just way too familiar
Track Name: It's Raining for Me
Don't you want me too?
Someone tell me how I'm supposed to know what I'm to do
I don't wanna play the game
Locked inside this room
Forced to play a part in this I never would presume
The air, it smelled like rain

Don't hit the wall
Don't waste my time, pick up my call
I'm taken up and withdrawn
I'm waiting to see
And once it falls, don't be surprised that I'm long gone
The shining street gets sweeped off
It's Raining for Me
Track Name: Banter
It's not a crime, doing what we do
We've got all the time
We've got nothing to lose
Until the moonlight dries the sweat-stained street like clay,
We'll line your girls up while they listen to use play
We'll leave with nothing yet again but that's okay
That's okay

Banter, Banter
Waste no time!
(I've seen it all before, I've seen it all before)
I've seen it all before
All I want's a piece of mind
(You don't have to go, You don't have to go)
Could you stay here for a while?

Easy come, Easy go
I knew it all along that you would go

Until the sun comes up and dries my tears away,
I'll lay and think about the times we could've made
Until tomorrow night when you will be replaced
That's okay

Banter, Banter
Waste no time!
(I've seen it all before, I've seen it all before)
I've seen it all before
All I want's a piece of mind
(You don't have to go, You don't have to go)
Could you stay here for a while?

'Cuz I don't want you to go and leave me alone!
'Cuz all I need is your love and I want you to know!
Track Name: My Worries Disappeared in the Night
It was a voice I heard,
But not a voice in despair
It rang through chilling night air
An unfamiliar tone
But it warmed my bones

Oh, Can it be?
Nobody hears it but me
I heard it calling my name, and after midnight came...
I didn't feel the same

My Worries Disappeared in the Night
and Nobody can tell me what's right
Like nobody can see what's inside
What occupies the space in my mind

My Worries Disappeared in the Night

I'm far away from mother's cradle
I'm far away
Track Name: The Oculist
The Oculist saw potential, and your vision could prevail
You met with him late last week
He awaits your next appointment
You hope that he will see to it
Not one detail is left behind
You say, "Doctor, please be gentle. We are dealing with my eyes"

They'll bring you some drugs with warm water -
They are meant to sedate you
They'll talk to you like you are stupid, and that would enrage you
The wave of cool confusion shocks through the mind
The nurse closed the door, and turned out the lights

The instant he makes his incision
Strapped back into his chair
"The objective is the vision"
and You know he does not care about...

The fact that the drugs didn't work and you're still not asleep
Your mother's been phoning for hours, but it's still not complete
The pain of resolution shocks through the eyes
I've hid from doubt for much too long of my life

They say you lose it when you get old
I hope I never know
Track Name: Change Your Name
You can change your name
Go far away
But you can't hide from me - you're still the same
The way I feel
The way I ache
There are things that I want that I cannot obtain

I'm gonna try either way, If I'm winning or losing -
I've struggled this long
It's the only way I know to carry it all
It's a sign of the times that I'm so desperate to get by
But If the moon turns away, I'll be ashamed
You can bury your pride

You can change your clothes, but won't outgrow
Deceit lives in your heart, and won't let you go
In a thousand primes, I'd waste every try
So don't save me a place up there in the sky
Track Name: Little Georgia
You keep on moving place to place
I've still never seen you face to face
My heart's a cold, hollowed out, empty core
I don't think of you - I feel you like sores

You're not in my life
No, not anymore
You left me so quick - I had to be sure

So I wrote you a letter, then I wrote one more
I did not know where you were staying
I'm wondering how long I should wait
Your letter never comes
My Little Georgia girl,
Was I not enough?

You're not in my life
No, not anymore
Our love was a brick baby - It fell through the floor
If loving is common, what we had was rare
One day you're gonna come around, Georgia
and I'm not gonna be there

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