Brace Yourself E​.​P.

by David Story

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released January 1, 2010

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Track Name: Brace Yourself
Sons, we've arrived on a violent terrain,
And we've each got our portion to play;
But sidewalks and sidelines and silver champagne,
And a beauty can steal us away.
You point to a table and purchase a drink—
O, the lengths that you'll go for skin-deep;
The flesh is so strong and the spirit's so weak,
But that's somebody's daughter you seek.

So brace yourself for battle;
Her life is in your hands;
It's a heavy road you travel—
Gird your loins and be a man.

Sons, we've a mission chiseled in stone,
So step up and claim what you own;
Cos only a boy would abandon his home
And sever his flesh and his bone.

So brace yourself for battle;
Her life is in your hands;
It's a heavy road you travel—
Gird your loins and be a man.

Sons, we've a lesson we never do learn:
When you're playing with fire you'll be burned;
The flesh is so strong and the spirit's so weak,
But that's somebody's daughter you seek.

So brace yourself for battle;
Her life is in your hands;
It's a heavy road you travel—
Gird your loins and be a man.

Brace yourself for battle;
Her life is in your hands;
It's a heavy road you travel—
Gird your loins and be a man.
Track Name: Stars Still Shine
The sun only rises on the dark side of the world,
And you always miss it when it's gone,
When all the billboards and street lights become a blur,
And your head is humming like a song.

But you can't stop the world from spinning,
So rest your weary mind,
Cos life ain't just a way to pass the time.

Maybe the day's gone sailing away
But honey, the stars still shine;
The night is ablaze and baby, it's burning bright.

So silence all your troubles, all your fickle fears,
There's no denying where you are.
You're no island, no, no, you can't disappear,
And you can only run so far.

And you can't make the world spin backwards
No matter who you know,
Cos freedom comes when you concede control.

Maybe the day's gone sailing away
But honey, the stars still shine;
The night is ablaze and baby, it's burning bright.

So find a solace where the city lights glow,
But lift your eyes and watch the heavens steal the show.

Maybe the day's gone sailing away
But honey, the stars still shine;
The night is ablaze and baby, it's burning bright.

Maybe the day's gone sailing away
But honey, the stars still shine;
The night is ablaze and baby, it's burning bright.
Baby, it's burning bright.
Track Name: Ordinary Man
Wait a while, I've fallen back again;
These bitter bones and ashes burrow beneath my bitter skin.
All the pages that I've written just pull me back and I can't bear to run,
So wash away all the things I've said and done.

Cos I don't know if I'm ever gonna understand
How we all fall down;
And you know I try to climb up the mountain any way I can,
But I'm just an ordinary man.

Turn the tables on this cursed cup,
As stumble wild like a drunkard, and I find to angel to bear me up.
This would be my final hour but for the simple, confounding grace of you,
So squint your eyes and start to run as I stumble into view.

Cos I don't know if I'm ever gonna understand
How we all fall down;
And you know I try to climb up the mountain any way I can,
But I'm just an ordinary man.

These hills of sand
Were once my plans,
But I'm just an ordinary man.
These hills of sand
Were once my plans,
But I'm just an ordinary man.

Cos I don't know if I'm ever gonna understand
How we all fall down;
And you know I try to climb up the mountain any way I can,
But I'm just an ordinary man.
Track Name: Los Angeles
We abandon this routine,
Intending to convene
From Venture to the sea;
But sights that cannot be foreseen
Are closing doors on dreams,
Incarcerating me.

And I'm still stranding on the ground—
I should be on my way by now,
But I can't break out of this town;
No, no you don't understand,
You just made me a homeless man,
You took it right out of my hands.

So get me on a flight out,
Send me anywhere;
I don't care where it takes me,
As long as I get there.

Just let me see the angels,
Just let me see the angels.

Cold, I breathe in the Dublin air,
And I know I'm nearly there—
Far away from that nightmare;
So get ready, cos I'm ready to arrive,
And I don't feel more alive
Than when the angels are by my side.

So get me on a flight out,
Send me anywhere;
I don't care where it takes me
As long as I get there.
There are two angels I've been missing,
And one I've never seen;
I don't care how, just get me home,
Not only in my dreams.

Just let me see the angels,
Just let me see the angels,
Just let me see the angels,
Just let me see the angels.
Track Name: Otherwise
Keep on walking so you don't catch my disease,
Take no thought of me, just put your mind at ease;
I'm not shouting, I'm not climbing in the trees,
So leave this lowlife, if you please.

Cos I'm your waste of time;
Yeah, I'll be your demise.
And I'm not worth your life,
Oh, but you say otherwise.

I can't quit my low and habitual ways,
So I deceive myself and label it a phase;
But knowing better, you still enter my malaise:
It's just your habit to amaze.

But I'm your waste of time;
Yeah, I'll be your demise.
And I'm not worth your life,
Oh, but you say otherwise.

It's like you've known my own temptations,
It's like you're looking through my eyes;
If I fully understood salvation, I might begin to realize
You broke yourself to fix the broken,
When you died only to rise;
And heaven knows I don't deserve you,
But the cross says otherwise.

Still I'm your waste of time;
Yeah, I'll be your demise.
And I'm not worth your life,
Oh, but you say otherwise.

Yeah, I'm your waste of time;
My sin was your demise.
And I am not worth your life,
Oh, but you say otherwise.
Track Name: The Price Of The Low Life
Must I stay on this Atlantic side?
I'm just a small town simple boy trying to live a simple life.
I'm not some two-faced carpetbagger looking for to stake my claim.
I might be the first one applauded but I'm always the last in line.
O, the price of the low life.

Must I always sing against the noise?
I'm just a humble music maker wondering why I have a voice.
I'm not some Ocean City bum busker singing for your sideways glance.
So go on, mutter if you must but I still because I have no choice.
O, the price of the low life.
O, the price of the low life.

When the marquee holds my name,
And I'm the reason that you come,
Drowned in an ocean of acclaim;
When they're standing wall to wall
As the night begins to fall,
And I heed their screaming call, oh no…

When the world is mine to reign
On a high I can't sustain,
Tell me what I truly gain, oh…
When the masses disappear
And I find no listening ear
As I watch my world implode,
But it's all just rusty gold,
So I'll take the low life road.