Songs For A High School Dance LP

by City Rain

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Songs For A High School Dance captures the youthful fervor of a world wide open, After the seemingly never ending ambiguity of the postcollege life, Songs For A High School Dance finds the listener with hope, purpose, and a reclamation of identity.

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released 06 May 2014

All tracks written, recorded and produced by Charles Benjamin Runyan and Scott Cumpstone
Except track 9 with Tommy Mosca

Mastered by Maxim Laskavy

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Track Name: Runaway
When I think about it, i get hot hot hot like a burning flame
when I think about it.
I know i did all the right things, and i know i said it just the right way
but i i i, get the feeling now, you need your space but you said
Lights, lights will guide you home
you said lights, lights will guide you home

you take what you need, now i will take whats mine
i know you cant fight the feeling that is keeping you alive

I'd like to pretend i dont understand, the way you felt when you ran away
but then i get just a little taste, and then im humbled asking not to waste
and you you you, you empowered me
and then you left and you said
Lights, lights will guide you home
you said lights, lights will guide you home

you take what you need, now i will take whats mine
i know you cant fight the feeling that is keeping you alive
Track Name: Join The Human Race
When I was 17 i was tucked inside the mountains
of a far and distant place where we were young
the house we lived in, was a warm and honest premise
but we knew not what we had in store for life
and thinking i might die, i would surely live a lie
so you smiled and said Join the Human Race
Join the human race

you were just a mamas boy marching to your own beat
see the cadence in your eyes
bit an inner-extrovert living in a private world, running out of fuel supply
and the years keep rolling by
but the fear gives way to light
Track Name: The Optimist
There's an optimist in me
There's an optimist in me
There's an optimist in me

Do you ever stop to empathize?
Or are you drowning in your lies?
Are you even present?
Are you living in this moment now?
Or sometimes you just wonder how
Keep on going

There's an optimist in me
There's an optimist in me

Do you understand that on this ride
There is nowhere to run or hide
Frank conclusion
But despite the fate of our demise
I find something to recognize
It's our fulfillment

There's an optimist in me
There's an optimist in me
There's an optimist in me
There's an optimist in me

There are still things I don't understand
And while the topic is at hand, I can't control it
Cause uncertainty is certain now
And whether you will fight it now
Is your decision.
So I'm turning off the storyline and falling back into the light
I swear you'll love it
Because fighting it is tiring
And I found out when you give in
It's so much worth it

Broken dreams and broken hearts
Empty streets and empty hearts

There's an optimist in me
There's an optimist in me
There's an optimist in me
There's an optimist in me
There's an optimist in me
There's an optimist in me
Track Name: Hearts
Wherever you go
there you are
it wasnt late you didnt build a bridge to far
even though im fraid of dying
wont stop trying
wondering if i will be ignored

hearts were meant to pump blood
hearts were meant to pump blood
if not for the strong there wouldnt be weak
if not for the you, there wouldnt be me
hearts were meant to pump blood

wherever you go, there you are
it wasnt late you didnt build a bridge too far
winters cold is multiplying
im stuck hiding
wondering if i will be ignored

hearts were meant to pump blood
hearts were meant to pump blood
if not for the strong there wouldnt be weak
if not for the you, there wouldnt be me
hearts were meant to pump blood
Track Name: The Dreamer
where are the dreamers and where are people i can call friends
theyre nowhere around you and im not one to pretend
that times are down and times are wasting away your life
pick up your head young man, youre young, youre a dream, youre alive

(waiting on a dream, waiting on a dream...)
God help the dreamers, they will not believe us, will not believe us
well i was just waiting to arrive
and i saw my shadow, but i not follow, i didnt choke, i just got scared
i was just hoping youd believe

so where are the dreamers and where are people i can call friends
theyll throw stones around you, and then you wont see the end
theyll say times are down and times are wasting away your life
well no not me, im young, im a dream, im alive

so youll say, youre a dreamer
but do you wonder, if youre up to task
so youll say youre a dreamer
but do you wonder if youre up to task

and i saw my shadow, but i not follow, i didnt choke, i just got scared
i was just hoping youd believe
Track Name: Waiting On A Feeling
too long a wire waiting on
it triggers when it wanna to
and how long you wanna wait it on
this feeling youd never know or want
and out of line you were telling me
things apparent that i could not see
think about it we aint going back
this feeling youd wanna wait

waiting on a feeling
ohhh
waiting on a feeliing ohhh

where were we
when you asked
what am i
looking for?
later later, we send tasks evading
you gotta help know if i made it
and i, its the same same story
when you write it, you sing it
im just waiting, waiting, anticipating
you gotta let me know when i made it

waiting on a feeling
ohhh
waiting on a feeling
ohhhh

simply be, a state of being find so fleeting what is going on
tip of the hat, change in the order, it all lets go
you were waiting for irrelevance
but i didnt know, didn't listen,
paid the distance, feelings got too close but youll find a prison
now im waiting, waiting, anticipating
gotta help me know if i made it

waiting on a feeling
Track Name: Don't Choke Feat. Kate Faust
you were thinking that i overthought
i was thinking that i might not try
worlds collide to tell me was right to go
and in this way im hoping and dreaming
i dont choke

world collide to tell me i was right to go
and in this light im hoping i can grow
i have separated you from me and i
and in this like im hoping i dont choke

its been three long years, since ive known me
far too long since ive shown me
i wrapped the world around my finger
now youre here youll feel me linger
and so she said, keep on swimming boy
it just takes time, then you feel the joy
i promise you youre gonna make it
but for now youll have to fake it

world collide to tell me i was right to go
and in this light im hoping i can grow
i have separated you from me and i
and in this like im hoping i dont choke

Kate Faust:
of all the people and the places youve outgrown
i never thought id be the one left alone
when all your empty words get caught up in your throat
i hope you choke
Track Name: What's In Store
i had a feeling
you wouldnt wonder when i asked
(where we are)
i got up got up, down
with the beats turned up and your brain starts ticken
finders keepers, im a believer
wouldnt think any different if you couldnt retrieve us

where we are is like before
but we wait, we find out whats in store
where we are is like before
but we wait, we find out whats in store

i had a feeling
my heart kept beating
when you asked
(where we are)
i hit up the soul to find a rhythm
and the doubters kept coming but they kept on missing
gonna have them come wait, gonna have to receive this
Track Name: Walls
When I saw you you were standing there all alone
you were tired of feeling sorry for everyone
so you waste your days away, away
just breathe

started out building walls
started out building walls to keep up strong
but who knows, what will we become

When I saw you you were standing there all alone
you had made yourself a martyr
but no ones home
so you push and pull but you should just breathe

whats a friend
when youre just too good for anyone
just a man, not like you,
promise me you wont be too good for anyone
Track Name: Mama I Wanna Go Home
Well i see a sign a coming
coming down the line
and i havent been mellow, since i dont know when
arent you sick and tired of running
did you take it all line?
were you slipping down the tracks
did you let it roll in?
now theres gotta be a reason
so you lost your control
now youre slipping down the tracks
plans dont seem so whole

mama i wanna go home
mama i wanna go home
mama i wanna go home