Naper Revisited

by Dead on Both Shoulders

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Naper happened in the beginning of college and again at the end. How symbolic. But I like it that way. Please listen.


released June 13, 2014

Tristan Zemtseff - composition, mixing, mastering, guitar, bass, drums, keys, vocals.
Yoko Imaishi - additional keys
Kassie Sandoval - saxophone
Additional Vocals: Austin Ramsey, Andy Eisen, John Henry, Sonia Pollock

Spoken Word/Guest Vocals: Clara, Moyer, Eric, Alex, Andy, JH, Mike, Aiko, Yoko, Carmen, Kassie, Uyen, Sergio, Colm, Austin, Miso, Tristan, Yuka



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Track Name: Fall/Winter
it feels as though i spend all of my time
waiting, frozen in place
as if i never learned to move
and all i've ever learned is skewed
it's all skewed

this constant vision
leads me forever into grey skies

wayward on the only path i know
and i won't be the one to find myself
but no one is watching
there's no one except for me

these eyes are the world
these lies are my own
i's tell you, but you never know

these questions could answer themselves
but i don't have the time
and though i don't have the mind
we can't just let it be

this constant vision brings forth only indecision
a lapse in thought could last an eternity

soon it will all come to an end
soon these open wounds will mend
soon we will recover
soon it will all begin again

what i see is only in me
what i see is what i believe

and i can't bear to see what's become of me

and it all mixes together
it all becomes the same
the image of my ideals wrapped around your skin
and we split and start again
Track Name: Winter/Spring
as we open this door
we can only close our eyes and hope

we can try to cast everything aside
going through nonsense to let ourselves down
feed on your own ignorance
just sit back and enjoy the ride

and for a while, all will go unsaid
we will dim the lights and black out the mind
grinning blindly into the future

only digging a deeper hole
confining myself to my cave
how quickly we descend

ignorance and bliss are no longer paired
and we haven't got very much time

what is know, it must be told
for what is told is not always known
what doesn't get said doesn't get heard
the only evil is our own

we only go uphill
this battle only goes uphill
we only go uphill
lesson learned

and as we reach the end
through all that's changed
we emerge as different men
but the core remains true to what we have always known

we will leave and never return
but what we leave here will stay forevermore