Fossils

by Jake Decker

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released September 2, 2014

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Jake Decker, formerly The Seam, is a folk rock band from Atlanta, GA.

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Track Name: Locomotive
As you speak in the cold air,
Steam comes from your lips like a locomotive.
Lying on our backs, the grass becomes railroad tracks
As we gaze into the night for answers
On our way back home.

We have seen, we all have heard
Father’s actions and Mother’s words.
So we do all we can to fight the broken and the bent
Parts of us only to break and bend them further
On our way back home.

Baptize us in the summer time.
We’ll watch the water bead off broken bodies.
Lying in the sun, we are golden and undone
Like the river out from which we just came dancing
On our way back home.

As you speak in the cold air,
Steam rolls from your lips like a locomotive.
Lying on our backs, the grass becomes railroad tracks
As we gaze into the night for answers
On our way back home.
Track Name: Sunday Shoes
Dress up in your Sunday suit,
Blue tie, and shiny shoes.
Shave from your ears down to your chin,
But don’t drink the coffee ‘cause it tastes like sin.

Dress up in your Friday gown.
You drink your fever ’til you’ve fallen down.
Put on your face and a bright red grin,
But don’t drink the wine cause it tastes like sin.

A house divided, a river dammed,
Trees cut down the middle, growing in the sand.
Look at my leaves; O they’re turning brown.
All my bricks have fallen to the ground.

A house divided, a river bridged,
Trees cut down the middle, growing in the sand.
Look at my leaves; O they’re turning green again,
But my bricks, they’re no more.

Then you walked through the door.

What are you doing here?
I cannot say that I hate it, you being here.

Dress up in your Sunday suit,
Blue tie, and shiny shoes.
Track Name: Skinny Dipping
Naked, swimming in oceans
Of things we do not know
Like each other and questions
Built from solid stones.

Treasures and secrets I’ve told you
Because your heart shares its peace
As our past begins to
Wash up on this beach.

Home has not been forsaken
Though it once did seem true
Anywhere is home as long as
I am with you.

I spent the night with no purpose
Under the Christmas light stars
‘Cause sentiment is the real poison
That keeps us from who we are.

We are the chosen, the wanderers;
But we are found warm in the rain.
Home has not been forsaken
Though it once did seem true
Anywhere is home as long as
I am with you

Naked, swimming in oceans
Of things we do not know
Track Name: Stay With Me
Sitting here like mountains watching the ocean,
Quiet but quaking on the inside.
The bowels of the earth will moan.
The clouds of ash will rain red stones.

All of this is foreign to my eyes,
But it’s all too familiar to my mind.

Stay, stay with me tonight.

Clumsily I fall before you,
Forming rivers bending in my name.
The waters will try to wash me away,
But the moon will pull the tide in vain.

Stay, stay with me tonight.

The waters will try to wash me away,
But the moon will pull the tide in vain.
All of this is foreign to my eyes,
But it’s all too familiar to mind.

Stay, stay with me tonight.
Track Name: Far Beneath The Sun
I was waiting far beneath the Sun
When you told me that you loved the rain.

I was waiting in the desert sands
When you told me that you were the wind.

I was waiting with my heart content
When you told me that I would be left.

So I never felt the wind again.
Track Name: 8,500 Days
I’ve walked this earth for eighty-five hundred days,
And the past three were hell.
I have a tendency to lose most of my mind;
But I’m here once-in-a-while.

I still refuse to believe we are mortal men.
Sometimes I may wander far from my home at night;
But I’m here once-in-a-while.

I do not need to know wherever you may go;
I will follow you.
Track Name: Drive Us Home
Riding carousels, everything seems so fine to me
Until I find as I dismount, I am in a place I’ve always been.
With greater hopes I climbed this steed only to find an older me.

I remember when we were young,
We would make ourselves a Sun
To shine on skies of cotton blue
And save figurines of greenish hues.

Riding carrousels, everything seems so fine to me
Until I find as I dismount, I am in a place I’ve always been.
With greater hopes I climbed this steed only to find an older me.

I remember when we were young,
We would make ourselves a Sun
To shine on skies of cotton blue
And save figurines of greenish hues.

If I was a young man (but I’m still a young man),
If I was a young man, I would drive us home.

I remember when we were young,
We would make ourselves a Sun
To shine on skies of cotton blue
And save figurines of greenish hues.
Track Name: Fossils
My troubled mind brings no sorrow;
Instead, insight to the stones below
This dirt I’ve tread for many winters—
Stones which tell the story old.

My father sailed the gulf upholding
The pan with which my hand may beg.
He has found much calmer waters
While I must brave these stormy seas.

Lord, I will wander
Until I find my shores at last
And if those sands burn like the Sun,
Surely you will bring me shade.

For I am Jonah cast upon this beach
From my own doubts and disbelief.
And now I sing through these city streets,
“Open wide your eyes and see.”
Track Name: Every War
You come like the winter mist;
The trees are now just silhouettes;
I breathe your vapors in my chest;
My gates are open wide.

Ivy climbs to clothe the trees;
Creeping up to choke the leaves;
Growing from the dirt beneath;
We were once the same.

In my chest is a war,
In my veins the trenches,
But compromise will not resolve the tension.
We must move on.

Ever war is a civil war.

Hold your fire, ease your pose;
Drop your guns but first your stones;
All my men are dust and bones.
Return to your father’s land.

Everything I have believed
Is at the foot of my bed;
Scorched and melted, there is little left.

In my chest is a war,
In my veins the trenches,
But compromise will not resolve the tension.
We must move on.

Ever war is a civil war.

And they rage, and they rage
And they rage, and they rage
In my head and in my chest
In my head and in my chest

Ever war is a civil war.
Track Name: Remember
I will do my best to remember
When I stood in the rising water,
And you swept me away.

Pretenders have stolen the words that I’ve chosen,
Ignorant tongues in the mouths of my demons.
O my demons swear by my name.

You sit and listen to the song of a poet,
But complain at his verse and claim it’s misspoken.
But you didn’t hear a single word, did you boy?
Track Name: When You Close Your Eyes
Waiting on your eyes to open from your sleep
To ask you what last night kept you from your dreams.

The thought of when new lies and those of the past will meet
Spins you like the air of when fall and summer meet.

You lose all your senses when you close your eyes;
Come back to me darling; escape your demise.

Joining ’til you wake, in fear’s most precious lines,
All I can forsake, but remember you are mine.

You lose all your senses when you close your eyes;
Come back to me darling escape your demise.