Me, Myself am I

by Eyeland

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The debut from Bay Area indiepop stalwarts.

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released June 17, 2014


produced and arranged by eyeland

recorded and mixed by matt r.
in the mango grove, emeryville
and at tarpan, san rafael

synthesizer programming and analog, digital, and mechanical processing by kent s.

historic thanks to:
jeffrey foster
matt malley
paul schleimer
tobias hawkins
gunnar madsen
christopher delphey
jock rockenbach
robin yeager
gordon lyon
and
randy jackson

words and music by matt and kent
© the jicama salad co.(bmi)

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Eyeland is a Bay Area alternative pop band on the threshold of immortality. Matt and Kent, the songwriting core of Eyeland, first met in Oakland, CA while trying to avoid high school. The band was made complete with the addition of Greg on bass, and drummer Steve. ... more

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Track Name: Footpath
and we laid those stones, one by one
it was our work, but now the work is all done
and looking back on where life's sun shone
it's just a long walk to get us home

cut the footpath across the ridges - quarry stone to build the bridges
lay the stairs one on top of the other - on a footpath you travel farther

how it happened, i cannot say
i made the road and the road led me on that way
out of the shade from the lazy tree
i can't stay there, can't be there - how could i be ?

cut the footpath across the ridges - quarry stone to build the bridges
lay the stairs one on top of the other - on a footpath you travel farther

each of us walking uncertain ground
with something simple to learn and something profound
hardly hoping our course is clear
'you're a pioneer on a new frontier'

hold steady, hold true - one step at a time will do
out of the shade from the lazy tree
i can't be there, can't stay - how could i be ?
hold steady, hold true - one step at a time will do
it could lead to the baking sun
but you can't stop now your path has begun

and we laid those stones, one by one
it was our work, but now the work is all done
and looking back on where life's sun shone
it's just a long walk to get us home

cut the footpath across the ridges - quarry stone to build the bridges
lay the stairs one on top of the other - on a footpath you travel farther

each of us walking uncertain ground
with something simple to learn and something profound
hardly hoping our course is clear
'you're a pioneer on a new frontier'

hold steady, hold true one step at a time will do
it could lead to the baking sun
but you can't stop now, your path has begun
Track Name: Spooky New Line
the damage is done, and i don't know what it means
you claimed revenge, you let the blood fall

i can't help but to wonder what you're thinking
i don't remember how to read your mind
but i see some danger in that reasoning
this change of heart comes like a spooky new line

this eye for eye may never end
let it go by - there's no revenge

i know how you felt, but i can't believe my eyes
you prove yourself a fool
you let the blood fall

it might help if you told me what you're thinking
i don't remember how to read your mind
but i see some danger in that reasoning
this change of heart comes like a spooky new line

this eye for eye may never end
let it go by - there's no revenge

you put your faith in passion
you think your hands are clean
but this new direction, tell me,
what does it mean ?

it might help if you told me what you're thinking
i don't remember how to read your mind
but i see some danger in that reasoning
this change of heart comes like a spooky new line

we used to have a way of looking at the hardship
life was a treasure everyone could find
now you go to choose, and you throw it all away
this change of heart comes like a spooky new line

this eye for eye may never end
let it go by - there's no revenge

only you know
Track Name: From the Ashes
what's your hidden heart desire ?
now are you fooling yourself ?
if you wait will it all work out worthwhile ?
it could take a little while

true pain is not hard to find
and i see you've been there too
what you gain is what you give in kind
it all comes back to you

what began as the story of a broken man gives hope
hopeful
who had lost eveything but what he always had goes deeper
it goes deeper
every one of us a phoenix when we land but we learn
from the ashes we will learn

straight from the fire
on up to the sky
once your hidden heart desires
once again you'll fly

but real joy, it can take some time
and i see you've been there too
you employ what you hope to find
and it all comes back to you

what began as the story of a broken man gives hope
hopeful
who had lost eveything but what he always had goes deeper
it goes deeper
every one of us a phoenix when we land but we learn
from the ashes we...

don't say you don't seek it
a hard day might be good for you
up in flames - you can't keep it
be reborn - you could be something new

what began as the story of a broken man gives hope
hopeful
who had lost eveything but what he always had goes deeper
that goes deeper
true pain we've all had - take part, be hopeful
real joy will make you truely glad
drink deep, drink deeper
Track Name: Making History
all this emotion - i feel so misled
without real devotion maybe god is dead
and the world is spinning unprotected

but here we stand
on the edge of something bigger than a mystery
we're on the borderland of a family
making history

you will grow, i'll grow too / we're still together
i can't leave you, ever be true / we're still together

i'm cold in the daylight - i'll be cold in the ground
and it was cold out last night until you put your arm around
said it all without a sound

but here we stand
on the edge of something bigger than a mystery
we're on the borderland of a family
making history

you will grow, i'll grow too / we're still together
i can't leave you, ever be true / we're still together

if you feel it let me know
but it's obvious to me we're making history

deep at the heart of the family tree / passed on when you met me
mother to son, father to daughter / know that you can pass on what you know
what you know / and the children tomorrow will lay a foundation down

and here we stand
at the foot of something bigger than a mystery
we're on the borderland of a family
making history

you will grow, i'll grow too / we're still together
i can't leave you, ever be true / we're still together
i don't know what we'll go through but / we're still together
i can't leave you, i'll ever be true / we're still together

if you feel it let me know
but it's obvious to me we're making history
Track Name: I Give In
sitting next to you now, both of us crying
i don't want you to go - you asked me how i feel
when you walk to the world it could be so terrifying
but you can do what you will - today i learn to yield

like slipping into a dream

all part of a yielding nature i back down , i give in
just a shadow that we both want to capture i back down , i give in
when i think of it it doesn't really matter back down , i give in
all part of a yielding nature i back down , i give in

with my hands on the wheel, i was feeling defeated
and the pain that i felt was only there to show me
though i knew what i did, i didn't do what i needed
holding on when i knew i should only let it go

never let me forget where i have been

all part of a yielding nature i back down i give in
just a shadow that we both want to capture i back down i give in
when i think of it it doesn't really matter back down i give in
all part of a yielding nature i back down i give in

i give in to a feeling of confidence
i give in to a feeling of love
backing down from agression and violence
i give in to a feeling of love
like slipping into a dream - i'm slipping into a dream

all around me to the horizen
i'm surrounded by diamonds i can't see, i can't see
all around me to the horizen
i'm surrounded by diamonds i cannot see
but i close my eyes and it's all coming to me

at the heart of a yielding nature i back down i give in
just a diamond that we both want to capture i back down i give in
and when i think of it it doesn't really matter back down i give in
at the heart of a yielding nature i back down i give in

i give in
Track Name: Simple Gets Wise
walk with me a minute - there's something i should tell you
i'm a new man now my friend, i woke up, i got wise
man, you were right, though i never thought i'd say it
let there be light, i think i've finally learned

it's been a long time, and we've both been afraid
and we don't know why
but have we gone blind ? drain all the colour from our eyes

now history's pretty cruel, it shows a lot of hatred and brutality
but i'd have to be anybody's fool if i didn't look around and make a change
and that's not so strange

it's been a long time, and we've both been afraid
and we don't know why
but have we gone blind ? drain all the colour from our eyes
it's been a long time, and we've both been afraid
for what good that does
and the colour-line isn't what it was, or what we thought it was

i thought we still had a little love
it was somewhere far away, all alone
but now i've seen a change, it's in my hands, it's been shown
and that lie is not my own

yea, i used to play it pretty cool, hoping i could hide my insecurity
but you don't have anybody fooled
when you never look around and make a change

it's been a long time, and we've both been afraid
and we don't know why
but have we gone blind ? drain all the colour from our eyes
been only marking time, where we've all been afraid, and the blood runs thin
in the waiting line we're only looking for the courage to begin

well it won't happen next time
i woke up, i got wise
Track Name: Flare
all i need i know - this is how you win me
a candle burning low to show me what you've found

i can't sing it, now the moment's gone
was i played out? you said 'carry on, carry on'

flare - while breath is in me
flare - the embers to a blaze
you give me air, and your breath is in me now
darkling and brighter as we come up for air

all i am i show
if you're there to see me when i'm in Jericho
or when i've come around
up and indigo
we were made to share it
a candle burning low
will show me what you've found

can't conceal it - showing how i feel
all my confusion you say 'this is real, this is real'

flare - while breath is in me
flare - the embers to a blaze
you give me air, and your breath is in me now
darkling and brighter as we come up for air

we'll take the moment when we both make the time
to the four winds - but the spark is mine

flare - while breath is in me
flare - the embers to a blaze
you give me air, and your breath is in me now
flare - while breath is in me
flare - the embers to a blaze
you give me air, and your breath is in me now
darkling and brighter as we come up for air
Track Name: She's a Witness
angry people disappear - i guess you'll never know
now she's cloudy, now she's clear
i guess it's got to show

this life that you see is lived anything but recklessly
her guide, so deep inside

stop. she doesn't know, know what it needs
but she didn't come this far to be
knocked back down on her knees
cry to control when the feeling will overflow

he won't listen, he won't hear
he can't let her go
to see her change is his biggest fear
and she told him so :

'this shell that you see, well it only makes up half of me
offshore there's so much more'

stop. she doesn't know, know what it needs
but she didn't come this far to be
knocked back down on her knees
cry to control when the feeling will overflow
not that she doesn't know, know what it needs
but she didn't come this far to be
knocked back down on her knees
cry to control when the feeling will overflow, it'll overflow

something's happened, because now he can...
yes, he's a different man!

this time they both see that it's anything but secrecy
and it feels strange but we all will change

stop. she doesn't know, know what it needs
but she didn't come this far to be
knocked back down on her knees
try to control when the feeling well overflows

i'll see a slow change in you
and you'll see it in me too
Track Name: Remember Yourself
i don't know my limits
but this time you've gone too far
you put me back down in it
but i won't give up my life for you, not that easily
now i think i'm finished, i say the work is through
and all respect diminished
i've nothing left to learn this way
and no need to stay

do you work for understanding
or do you crawl for wealth ?
wait on your next instructions ?
but do you remember yourself ?

i know how to be forgotten when i'm blown by the working wind
hand over hand back up the ladder
the goal is gone, the goal is gone
hand over hand back up the ladder
the goal is gone, the goal is gone

friends and i in prison - too scared to make a sound
no sooner have we risen than we're back down, backed down
something blocks my vision
with my hands bound i may never be found

do you work for understanding
or do you crawl for wealth ?
wait on your next instructions ?
but do you remember yourself ?

i know how to be forgotten when i'm blown by the working wind
hand over hand back up the ladder
the goal is gone, the goal is gone
hand over hand back up the ladder
the goal is gone, the goal is gone

i'm just describing the condition - this is no nightmare plan
do we all bow down in submission to the money-gods
in this land ?

but i know how to be forgotten when i'm blow by the working wind
hand over hand back up the ladder
the goal is gone, the goal is gone
and they said we were both mistaken
for thinking time was our only friend
but i won't let you down when i'm right there
until the bitter end
until the bitter end
Track Name: All the Shadow
this motivation is a mystery to me
light before the dawn
i'm out to see what i can see
pray for a miracle before too long

i'm up in time for trouble
i saw the sun break the morning sky
to roll in through my window
birds on my wall say 'he's long gone now
outside, seeing double'
sure that i'll fail but bound to try
remember all the shadow

that constellation unknown to me
those stars they linger on
i'm out to see what i can see
i'll keep my eyes open
i'll get my miracle before too long

i'm up in time for trouble
i saw the sun break the morning sky
to roll in through my window
birds on my wall say 'he's long gone now
he's outside, he's seeing double'
sure that i'll fail but bound to try
to remember all the shadow
when the sun is up - and it's long gone now (light out i remember...)
remember all the shadow
in the sun