Hurry Up and Smell the Roses

by Tom Brislin

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released October 30, 2012

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Track Name: Hurry Up and Smell the Roses
I can feel you hovering over me
Dimming the lights on the scenery
You've got my attention so spit it out
I'm gaining momentum so tell me now

I can feel you in the air judging me
Some kind of ethereal referee
But you never said how you keep score
By breathing in or chasing more

Hurry up
Smell the roses
We haven't got all day
Hurry up
Smell the roses
Before it gets too late
Now the days are getting shorter
It makes my heart beat faster
And I pine for the sun at nine

I can feel you, I can feel you
But your sudden move confuses me
Holding me here like you want me to stay
Then you push me again and again like you're trying to say
Hurry up
Hurry up

Hurry up
Smell the roses
We haven't got all day
Hurry up
Smell the roses
Before it gets too late
Now the days are getting shorter
It makes my heart beat faster
And I pine
Oh I pine
For the sun
Stick around and shine at nine
Hurry up
Hurry up
Track Name: Your Favorite Day
Now's the perfect time to take you for a drive
I know it's getting late but the boardwalk's still alive
Let me spin the wheel and win you a prize

Hear the bells and whistles of the shiny machines
You want to hold your ears but to me it's a symphony
Let me hold your hand and get you something sweet

All of the games we played
Coins devoured by that arcade
Funhouse mirrors and dancing lights
Cotton candy and lemon ice
I want to go on all the rides
Run on the sand and chase the tides
I won't forget you when you say
This is your favorite day
Your favorite day

And when it's time to go
You lie down in the backseat
Your eyes begin to close to the rumble of the street
You feel every turn as you sway in the car
You don't have to see a single thing to know just where you are

Ah, you're dreaming you're back on the beach
Let me hold your hand and sweep you off your feet

All of the games we played
Coins devoured by that arcade
Funhouse mirrors and dancing lights
Cotton candy and lemon ice
I want to go on all the rides
Spin the wheel and win a prize
I won't forget you when you say
This is your favorite day
This is your favorite day
Track Name: When You Told Me Not to Go
When you told me not to go
I nearly stayed with you
I would've kept my seatbelt on
Left the airport in your car
Instead I kissed you once goodbye
flew back to the east coast
Because I knew I wasn't home
When you told me not to go

Do you remember when
there was a moment we both sensed
that we were more than friends
We were not quite so shy
we held on tight and closed our eyes
as strangers passed us by
Roses beside the bed
Gave way to fears that filled our heads
And I could feel us grow apart instead

If I came back again
Would you be waiting when I land
Would you hold my hand
Could the tenderness
Be just enough to help forget
Everything I left
Look close and you will see
The limits to what we could be
And you deserve to find what you need

When you told me not to go
I nearly stayed with you
I would've kept my seatbelt on
Left the airport in your car
Instead I kissed you once goodbye
flew back on a red-eye
Because I knew I wasn't home
When you told me not to go
Track Name: Stuff You Would Understand
It's been so long since we've had words, I don't know where to call
This place has all the charm of paintings on a motel wall
Checkout time has come and I'm still struggling to move
And then the day is over and I don't know what to do

Maybe if I gave away my stuff
I could start again with just enough
A suitcase full of better plans
You would understand

Start the record over now, I haven't learned a thing
Find me in the place where every finger wears a ring
You come to me in dreams where you and I are still in love
You're just about to tell me where you are, then I wake up

Maybe if I gave away my stuff
I could start again with just enough
A suitcase full of better plans

You're the only reason why I put up with this town
It makes no sense to stay here now that you are not around
I shake the ashes of the last bridge from my hand
Put the anguish in a language you would understand

Maybe if I gave away my stuff
I could start again with just enough
A suitcase full of better plans
Track Name: Industry in the Distance
Bright lights outside the glass
Give the illusion of a city
Isolation
Punctuated by the hum of industry
In the distance

Like an old familiar song
Paints the illusion you are with me
It’s kinda scary
How memories come flooding back so easily

Your choice is made
And always on display
It glitters more than I can take
But hope is hard to chase away

All this time I hold on for you
Waiting for an answer
Stillness falls and industry in the distance
Makes you feel much closer

I’m roaming through the outskirts
under the shadows of the city
Hesitation
And wondering if you’ll ever come back to me
Come back to me

All this time I hold on for you
Waiting for an answer
Stillness falls and industry in the distance
Makes you feel much closer

All this time I hold out for you
Waiting for that note
Stillness falls and industry in the distance
Sings a song of home
Sings a song of home
Track Name: Liftoff
This opens far too many windows
For such an optimistic child
I saw the rocket leave the atmosphere
before I even walked a mile

Got a lot of work to do now
Never give up when I fall
Head in the clouds
But I will make you proud
On the day I get the call

For liftoff
The only way to go
Through the blue to the black
Then who knows

Meanwhile back on solid ground
Each day’s another game to lose
Under the sky
My eyes aren’t on the prize
Always staring at my shoes

Then you appeared out of nowhere
Just long enough to spark the dream
You gave me hope
To carry through the cold
No matter what the future brings

Liftoff
The only way to go
Through the blue to the black
Then who knows

Liftoff

They came and tore down our old school
But left the cornerstone intact
An artifact
To prove we had a past
Those days are never coming back

But you and I, we still remember
The dream is something we both share
And when it’s done
You’ll know how far we’ve come
and you will find me waiting there

For Liftoff
The only way to go
If we’re afraid we'll never let it show
We’ll laugh and wave to our friends down below
Through the blue to the black
Then who knows
Track Name: I Hold a Candle
The space in between
New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve
Is a blur that gets harder to read

Don’t bring the gavel down
These words are all I have
Save for an image now and again
Can you see it

Talking in code
That just one of us knows
Since the moment we hung up the torch

I hold a candle
I hold a candle

This is the site
Where I try to ignite
What we said on those Sunday nights

Our voices once were loud
Our fire would never go out
Though now a fading sound
I still hear it

No longer friends
Or a means to an end
But I wish I could see you again

I hold a candle
I hold a candle
Track Name: Microphone
Dig it when you come alive
You like the same things that I like
Tell me something I don't know
Step up to the microphone

Step up to the mic
Step up to the mic