Absolutes

by Roman Lions

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released July 13, 2018

All songs were written and performed by Justin Tracy, Matt Tracy, Kenny Williams, and Robert Kinsella, except Dragging Anchor, which was written with John Ugalde on bass.

Absolutes was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jack Shirley at the Atomic Garden in Palo Alto, CA.

Photography by Matt Tracy. Layout and design by August Schwartz.

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Track Name: Things Were Once Much Worse
There’s no reason why we’re here.
There’s never been a reason why.
There’s no reason why we’re here.
There’s never been a reason why.
Track Name: Sunsufferer
I can’t feel my feet on the ground.
I can’t understand why I can’t connect.
The strangest feeling on the strangest of days.
I’m a ghost, I’m a shadow.

I take comfort in passing through the walls, drifting through your lives.
There is not another word for forgiveness, there is not another word for love.
Nothing seems important anymore.
Nothing seems important anymore.

The sun sets through the trees. The shadows are the long dark fingers that strangle the world and choke away all the color and the light.
Giving shelter from the flame, with the patience of a saint.
Of all the saints.

I take comfort in passing through the walls, drifting through your lives.
There is not another word for forgiveness, there is not another word for love.
Some of us weren’t meant to see the light.
Some of us weren’t meant to see the sun.

And I suffer in its light.
I suffer in its light.
Track Name: Why Killers Demand
The natural sound and rhythm.
The ebb and flow of the waves.
Losing sleep over nothing, worrying about things you cannot change.
Existing somewhere in the middle of the light and dark shades of gray.
Trying to make sense from the static.
Now that you feel it, you fear that it's gone.
How do you describe such a deep, dark, and low, yet comforting sadness and in the same breath praise all that is good in the world?
Even when the edge is closer than you think.
The end is nearer than you could ever know.

That certain kind of sadness.
Failing to put words to all that you feel.

Death comes like a snake wearing a crown.
It's not your friend, but it shares a certain kind of wisdom.
It's the shades of gray that paint the truth.
I don’t want to feel that sad again.
But sometimes, I miss it.

Try to enjoy the silence, it's broken too easily and it can never last.
Remember the good times, but don’t cling too hard to the past.
I will always remember just how it felt.

Forgive me if I forget.
It's always the future, it's always the past.
Forgive me if I forget.
It's always the good times, and they never last.
Forgive me if I forget.
Like holding our breath, this will not last.
Track Name: Lesser Light
The reality is that I find the truly meaningful things are that which when I close my eyes do not go away.
There is a light in your eyes and your heart that braces me against any incoming storm.
Like in my dreams and memories it's still there even if only halfway remembered.
It lives in the back of my mind
As I struggle to give voice to words I cannot find.

There’s a light in your eyes
That should help me find my way.

When I’m lost and alone, no direction or hope.
The clouds block the stars and my compass is broke.

Just trying not to make the same mistakes I always make.
I'm afraid I won’t be there when you need me.
But there’s a light in your eyes
That should help me find my way.

When I’m lost and alone, and my passion is gone.
It's always the softest voice that finally reigns me in.
All of the worry and heartache will end, the future and past will blend.
That spiral starts to slow and my vision is clear again.
The mountains will one day be gone and the oceans will all be dry
The world will not know my name, even the Sun has to die.

Even the Sun has to die.

But there’s something that makes me stay.
A feeling I can’t explain. It leaves me to live in both a joyous and sad kind of way.
Though everything else gets replaced, my feelings will never change.
Next to the light in your eyes, even the Sun has to die.
Track Name: Dragging Anchor
We built these walls around our city,
To fight the change brought by the rising tide.
It's not your weaknesses that scare me,
It's the loss of strength and the shaking in your voice.
Like Autumn leaves, clinging to a dying tree,
Waiting on the wind to carry us away.
Through changing seasons and dead landscapes,
No lights we see to guide us home.

All we have lost, and all we leave behind.
No light we see to guide us through the darkness.
No safe harbor for a ship that's dragging anchor.
No lights in the darkness to guide us back to home.

No golden sandy beaches or lit ember skies,
The lights just go out.

Waiting on the sea to change and carry me away.
Waiting on the sea to change and carry me away.
Carry me away.

The lights just go out.
The lights just go out.
Every clock must stop.
And every shadow grows long.
Track Name: The Opinions of Wolves
Every failure has lead me to here.
Every step is a line in the sand.
I have been through the darkness alone, and a part of me has never left.
All that's good is never good enough.
I’ve seen better in all regards.
No one hates me more than me.
No one hates me more than me.
Do you know what haunts my nights?
Do you know what keeps me from sleep?
In my head I’m surrounded by wolves.
And I am one of them.
Track Name: Alaska
It's cold in Alaska.
I can’t be alone in feeling like I am alone.
The words that trickle out my mouth, I see them turn to smoke.
I lie so still sometimes that even I believe that I am not alive anymore. I have to check my breath just to see.

It's not cold in Alaska.
I can’t be alone in feeling like I am alone.
At night you see the lights as they skim across the atmosphere.
I lie so well sometimes that even I believe that I am not that guy anymore. I swear to god I’ve changed.

I'll never be honest with myself.
I swear to god I’ll change.
Track Name: Unending Age
I’m made of stone. 
When I’m cut I don’t bleed.
Though there’s blood in my veins it's poison that pours out.
I'm not going to tell the truth to you. I always know what to do.
But in a room full of faces all wearing that same expression.
My walls get torn down, the impact is so profound.

If I analyze the world and its failures.
I’d forget to love. I’d lose all meaning.
And I’d still get no closer to the truth.
And I don’t know what to do.
But in a room full of faces all wearing that same expression.
My walls get torn down, the impact is so profound.

Every second could be your last and I’m trying to be so still.
Time is just a concept that we cannot agree on.
Life is just what we do with the time that we have left.

There’s no reason why we’re here.