Echo Spring

by Ugly Pompous Grin

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released February 10, 2017

recorded August 2, 2014
released February 10, 2017

Tyler Simzak - electric guitar, vocals
Zac Bise - bass guitar
Matthew Harris - drums, percussion


Taylor Adams - recording, mixing, cover art
Nick Shaw - mastering

Original cover photograph by Chris Barret.

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Track Name: Some Signal
Screaming at the bathroom mirror
Have you finally done it?
Have you lost your mind?
Beating on your bedroom window
Ripping steel bars from their concrete homes
Somehow you'd seen this coming on before, hadn't you?
Yeah, I bet you've seen a few
Unfortunate events in your life
Only I see through your secrets
Yeah, and I know what you're thinking
Track Name: Jason's Song
Now should I rest my weary head upon the road
I'd call it home
Yeah, I'd take a knee down by the creek
If you're there we can make it home
But time has shown, if I don't choose well
I'll end up all alone
Yeah, and to break your gypsy spell
I could take the high road
Do it on my own
Never sleep alone
I'm like a sheath without a sword
Better off just being a runaway
Never sleep alone
Follow that mystic river home
Like it's been cut off by the sun
Never sleep alone
Now should my brother turn his back on me
Where will I go?
Yeah, and if my girl she, she runs out on me
Where can I turn?
And if my father, he lies a world away from me
Where can I go?
But I know the sun, it has a home for me
In it's eternal burn
Never sleep alone
I'm like a sword stuck in a stone
Better off just being a stowaway
Never sleep alone
Follow that mystic river home
Like it's been cut off by the sun
Never sleep alone
Never sleep alone
I'm like a sword stuck in a stone
Never sleep alone
Never sleep alone
Follow that mystic river home
Never sleep alone
Track Name: My Black Angel (was a Chevy Silverado)
So is this the silence that's carried me so far?
Or does the wind still sing it's song?
Has my heart been beating at all
Or have I been gone for too damn long?
If you linger it will hurt
But I'm not sure we're ready for the worst
Oh, the sun is falling from the sky
Can't you wait with me tonight?
We can talk about the people
The people we used to be
But not until, but not until
But not until the sun is gone
Can we fraternize with ourselves?
Because I remember the day
When all I had to do was pray
The help would trinkle down
And I, I remember your face
And the tears that followed
I, I remember the way
You used to laugh when you said I love you
Now I fumble for every word
I'm searching for the spirit
You know I hate being tied down
Tied around your finger in the rear-view mirror
Things may be closer than they appear
They say time heals almost everything
I won't heal if you're not here with me
Because I remember the day
When all I had to do was pray
The help would trinkle down
And I, I remember your face
And the tears that followed
I, I remember the way
You used to lie when you said I love you
Track Name: Gilded Love Song
Question is, love
Are you ready to take the fall?
Fear the clock that faced us
Proved bastards of us all
Take your time, love
Got plenty of it to go
Tell me bittersweet lies, love
Just never let me know
I can feel it changing
I can see us growing gilded
And filled with rust
I can see you breaking
I can see it takes its time
But I've never been the kind to say
I could be your captain
I could be your captor
All you gotta do is say the word
I'll be there if it makes you
Fear a steady hand was never ever enough
Wrote this gilded love song for my gilded love
I'm not afraid to say my love
She knows bitterness well
She knows bitterness and
I'm not ashamed to say that I think
I am the better man but only time can say
Question is, love
Are you ready to take the fall?
I've asked too many times to think it
The lengths you've gone to to repeat it
The lengths you've gone to to ignore
Gilded, maybe, but love for sure
I could be your captain
You could be my keeper
All you gotta do is say the word
I'll be there if it makes you smile
Steady hand was never ever enough
Wrote this gilded love song for my gilded love
Shameless, I know, I'll ask once and for all
Question is, love
Are you ready to take the fall?
Track Name: Wolfjaw - What Remains (is Wrought and Rotten)
Lovely, you know you're on my mind
Been leaping over rooftops just to find you
Lovely, I fear that I've been blind
Cause I can't see the heaven for the sky
If you come with me I'll give you everything I've got
I can only try to separate the truth from secret
I can only try to be the man you wanna fall asleep with
The question was answered, it came as a surprise
She said she'd fall down with me
I wasn't ready for the drop
A foolish decision, it was mine, it was all mine
But you're never alone, she whispered
You are me, you're my anchor
Valentine, you could never be alone
Save for every waking moment
When you close your eyes I'll be there to greet you
It's alright, see all these foreign faces
It's a ghost town when you just wanna call it home
Wanna find some peace and
Take your time when you finally read this letter
I want for every word to be burned into your skull
Repeat it when you're sleeping
The letter unfolds, he reaches for his glasses
And repeats each word with a swift and sick precision

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If I must be a cancer to be near you, I will
Masquerading as an immigrant just to taste your breath, I can
If I must be a spider to creep near you, I will
Crawling around on all eight 'til you appreciate
The web that I built you
If I could be an enemy while you're a friend of me, I'll win
Second nature gets the best of me and I begin to see a trend
And time ruins all of my best laid plans
And time rips all of my best sewn seams, yeah
I could be your favorite toy up until you've worn me out again
You're my sacrificial lamb, the blood that keeps the blessings flowing
If we're meant to be pure gold, why are my insides rotting?
If love is more than just a word
Tell me, where will you sleep tonight?
Is this really all I am, a life left to rot and ruin?
If this is all that I have to give
Everything is wrought and rotten
There's not really much to breathe here, everything's ruined
There's not really much to live for except getting older
I could be your favorite toy up until you've worn me out again
You're my sacrificial lamb, the blood that keeps the blessings flowing
If we're meant to be pure gold, why are my insides rotting?
If love is more than just a word
Tell me, where will you sleep tonight?
Track Name: A Prince, A Bastard
I've run around with fools and friends
And I've outlasted them all
Been beaten down by the best of them, but
It ain't beaten if you hop back on that saddle
I've taken more than my fair share
I've taken even more since
Known far and wide as a bastard, but
I am greeted as a prince
Come back, oh childish innocence
You've been away for far too long
Turn back, you're neither bastard nor a prince
Become the coward we all know
So I picked up my boots and empty bottles
Figured I'd head back home
Become the man my mother wanted me to be
I'd meet a girl and fall in love
But I could never walk the straight line
Never keep a woman for too long
It's too hard to be a king when
You're bearing someone else's load
Come back, oh childish innocence
You've been away for far too long
Take me back to them golden streets I've missed
And save me from this dusty road
Now I'm the first upon arrival
Yeah, I'm the last to lift your load
Lived this life just like a king, but
I remain a bastard
Track Name: Echo Spring
Dirt and fumes through the centrifuge
Separating my spirit from me
Twist and turn, what end do you serve?
Can I be both ghost and machine?
Fall asleep and escape to your dreams
But you can't fold the secrets you keep
They're growing as we speak
Sucking you dry with each new sin
Just keep me out of it
These vultures are making me nervous
With blood on their minds they make perfect circles
These vultures are making me nervous
With blood on their minds they make perfect circles
These cowards are keeping me guessing
Is it design or divine interventions?
And though I may hate me skewed ideas, I know
The crooked charms I've sown
And everything I have loved is gone
On this sea of my own design
And built in my skewed vision
Can I be the enlightened one
Drowning in this silo of my own filth
Building everything up on the mud
And giving into my sin
I'd like to blame this on bile, or on blood, or on famine,
But in truth, it was my own design
And as I trade my _______ for nothing, I know
I am the one to defy
Dirt and fumes are the breath I consume
Left alone, just my demons and me
Crash and burn, and what have you learned?
That nothing is quite as it seems
Try to sleep and forget what I've seen
But it's only worse in my dreams
Failing as I speak
Exchanging life for each new sin
I'll just get myself out of it
Track Name: I Am Merriweather
Bullet holes through my ten-gallon hat
I only live to be the life of the party
Sharpened nails down the small of my back
She whispers to me dear, please come nearer
Take your time while you're taking it all
It's not a race when you're drowning in bile
Keep your eyes out for the shadow on the wall
It's waiting for you to appear, getting nearer
You know who I am
Less man, more a legend, a loaded gun
You know who I am
A prince, a bastard, king of the mud
She takes her time while she's taking my breath
I am her new captain, I am her abductor
She takes her time while I'm taking a chance
I am her smooth captain
If time is illusion
What am I but a speck in the dirt on the sun
If time is illusion
I am in sullied linens
You know who I am
Less man, more a legend, a loaded gun
You know who I am
A prince, a bastard
I am Merriweather
Fall at the sound of my gun
Track Name: Strange & Strained
I've been walking golden streets with strangers
Don't know nothing, just keep walking
I've been keeping memories of home tucked safely in my pocket
Don't tell no one, don't say nothing
I won't say I'm unwilling
To keep on the long road if it means a way home
And I can't say that I trust you
Surely time will tell our wicked ways from one another
If I only had a brain, I would know much better
Tell a pitfall from a tidal wave
Or a rainbow from a rope
If I only had a heart, I could see what a tumor that I've become
Been a fool for wizards and for wicked women with pretty faces
If I had courage, I'd have the state of mind to see right through you
But I keep wasting my time with wicked women and their ruby slippers
Oh, I'm so far away
I'm so far away, so far away from home
I have lied, I have built my kingdom here
I'm so far away
I'm so far away, so far away from home