Restlessness (EP)

by Elijah Herrell

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released February 12, 2016

- thanks to my dad for enabling me to use some of his hard-earned recording gear to finish this project. i'm so incredibly thankful.

- thanks to marshall kirkman and my songwriting classmates who helped me craft these songs into something much better than they originally were.

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Track Name: Can't Blame the Season
my love, I passed by those trees
and girl, I swore they wept for me
‘cause they remember too
my dear, they saw my jeans turn green
stained in grass as I held one ring
with hopes that you’d say “yes.”

The preacher said that ‘fore I’m dead, you’d never be alone
so we gathered sticks around us and we prayed it be a home
I felt the autumn leaving when a chill blew through the walls
the fireplace was goin’ but our flame was mighty small
guess I can’t blame the season for changing

oh baby, the winter is cruel
and every night, I’d curse the fool
who couldn’t sleep for restlessness
oh Lord, I fought so long
in hopes that I could carry on
drowning in these woods

we argued ‘bout my tormoil
and before my newborn’s eyes
I saw him growing older
as he saw me wean my lies
I saw that far horizon
and thought to slink off with the moon
she stopped me with her begging
and the girl still in her womb
guess I can’t blame the season for changing.

woman, i’ve found that nothing lasts
apart from every filthy path
I took to run away from you
my dears, please don’t chase the sun
I’ve found that life’s a loaded gun
that never seems to lose it’s bite

we’ve given up on pardon being something I deserve
without a doubt, I’m bleeding out and every drop’s perverse
but if you let me in the back door, I won’t stain your floors for long
just let me say “I love you but know hell’s where I belong”
and that I can’t blame the season
god, I can’t blame the season
girl, I can’t blame the season for changing
Track Name: Stay With Me
my favorite realization is how long you've known me
and, every year, my greatest fear was going astray.

you know those nights that felt just like the world was sacred;

it felt alone my skin and bone was in between us.

so stay with me;
just stay with me.
through everything,
please, stay with me.

like smoke of flame and times of rain,
my heart is passing
and all the while, your kindest smile
will not fade away.
and whether i continue trying to embrace you,
i know your choice, your steady voice
will always answer.

looking back on all those times, my single crime was running away
Track Name: I Can Sleep
i can sleep till the day i die
i know i'm yours and I’m safe inside
i feel awake but i know sometimes
i’d rather be resting in you
i’d rather be resting in you

i am happier than my friends
on the days that they go and spend
all their money on food and rent
I know that my heart’s set on you
I know that my heart’s set on you

i tell myself that you always near
i tell myself that you always hear
every word that i mumble
i know that you hear every word
i know that you hear every word

i can sleep til the day i die
you are my water when flames are high
the darkest caves sing your lullaby
god, all my rest is in you
god, all my rest is in you
god, all my rest is in you
god, all my rest is in you
Track Name: I Drink From Foreign Streams
my palms coated in dust
you painted me a danger
there’s reasons for mistrust
when a son becomes a stranger

condemned before my family
at least the ones who understood
you said that only god could save me
but sometimes you doubt he would

but i can sleep and the simplest thing tells me that i’m still worth breathing

you are a shield about me a hand to lift my eyes
i cry out to the skies and know that you are worth confiding
in the deepest of my hearts
you’ve sustained me from the start

and i heard a voice saying “I will answer” from zion
while every voice inside said that there’s no way
that all the earth will see your glorious salvation through the lion
so I press on to see the things you spoke to me, a king for every nation

you are a shield about me
a hand to lift my eyes
i cry out to the skies and know that
you are worth confiding
in the deepest of my hearts
you’ve sustained me from the start
Track Name: Hide
laying here, on my side
all the breath kicked from my lungs
I should know, every blow
feels at home inside my chest

in my mind, I see times
when I thought I was pretty good
but it’s fine, it’s just a sign
that I’ve got so much more to go

i thought the night could veil the mark of cain
yet, all this time, you’ve never looked away

help me to hide in you
help me confide in you
teach me to stay here, inside your heart weakness, become my song
singing my whole life long
you always lead me back to your arms

you caught me playing with fire that seemed to promise me
something more than my bleak and lonely prophecies
every hope in my self has died ‘cause I can see
it’s only by your mercy,
it’s only by your mercy