Grayscale // All Good Things are Wild and Free

by Echo

supported by
Dan ABH
Dan ABH thumbnail
Dan ABH local NoVa artist of the year. echo has made a phenomenal release. dont sleep on this one.
/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. Paying supporters also get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app.

      name your price

     

1.
01:09
2.
3.
02:55
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
04:23
9.
02:34
10.
03:17
11.
03:28
12.

credits

released September 17, 2014

Recorded and mixed at This Old Railroad

Artwork by Sophie McTear
sophiemctear.tumblr.com

tags

license

all rights reserved

about

Echo

echo

in between the joy and sorrow

- -

ig: echothenarrator

contact / help

Contact Echo

Streaming and
Download help

Track Name: Go Quietly
I prefer the beauty of the incomplete
Every perfect imperfection
Proud of every missing piece
Mommy, look at me!
No hands!
Sorry if you disagree
Swallowing the truth is always bittersweet
Satisfaction never guaranteed
Mental Penitentiaries
Squash the filthy habit like a centipede
Always dreaming till you fall asleep
Product of the obsolete
Seeking out the silence in a scream, like please
We all struggle with sobriety
Succumbing to the adolescent struggles of society
The crushing weight of loneliness
The crippling anxiety
If it's my time to go then I'm refusing to go quietly
I'm a dead man walking
Track Name: Black Mold (Exposure)
And when the sorrows come
They come to chew the fat about the phony you’ve become
As doubt begins to grow
Tender as a mothers love and pure as driven snow
-
When it’s either hesitate or die
You’ve got to learn to swallow fear or kiss your wildest dreams goodbye
Arrogance becomes a product of your pride when you can’t afford to fail and you don’t care if it’s a lie
Step into the light
Navigate the landscape
Something in the water’s perpetuating a trance state
There’s nothing holy in the man-made
When you get to heaven greet the devil with a handshake
-
Cue the existential crisis
Pick your poison for that dilated iris
Put you on the nice-list
Isn’t the feeling priceless?
Every cause – righteous
Blinded by the brightness
(Making the pagan pious)
-
Cause’ it’s enough to bring you to your knees
(Take a trip to a Land Afar)
Take a trip to a Land Afar
Every sorry sight you’d never want to see
(Take a trip to a Land After)
Take a trip to a Land Afar
Every place you thought you’d never want to go
(Take a trip to a Land After)
Take a trip to a Land Afar
Each emotion that you’d never want to show
(Take a trip to a Land After)
Take a trip to a Land Afar
-
Alone like a loner
Waiting in a line of broken-hearted organ donors
And I try to keep composure
As I move a little closer
To the window with the light on and the number of my order
And I say, “hello, I’m here to pay my dues”
And the lady at the window looks at me a bit confused
she says, “Who are you?”
Like sorry you haven’t heard?
I’m just a part within a whole; I’m just a letter in a word”
-
I thought I was depressed but it’s only the black mold
Every thought that I repressed, I’m welcoming back home
No there’s no hope living as a prisoner of circumstance
Labors of the working man
Plot it on a diagram
-
And when the albatross flatlines
We’ll wash away the inhumanity of mankind
And let our freak flags flutter
As we’re all inherently a part of one another
-
You’ve never seen yourself, only images and reflections
I wonder what about yourselves beyond your own detection
-
Cause’ it’s enough to bring you to your knees
(Take a trip to a Land Afar)
Take a trip to a Land Afar
Every sorry sight you’d never want to see
(Take a trip to a Land After)
Take a trip to a Land Afar
Every place you thought you’d never want to go
(Take a trip to a Land After)
Take a trip to a Land Afar
Each emotion that you’d never want to show
(Take a trip to a Land After)
Take a trip to a Land Afar
Track Name: Hannah
We’re all obligated to the sunrise
Drowning in the floodlights
Waiting for a punch line
Forever running from an apathetic mud slide
Swallowing the medication; anything to unwind
I can feel the limits of our bloodline
What I wouldn’t give to overcome it even one time
Some nights, I’m excited for the sunshine
Other nights I’m counting paces for a gunfight
-
Dream to feel the privacy of darkness
Listen to your conscious
Seemingly it’s harmless
Always falling for the beautiful and heartless
Part happenstance
Part emotional catharsis
Difficult to think it wouldn't be regardless
As if any artist
Could even say what art is
Enough to leave a constellation starless
Wilt away The Harvest
Topple your colossus
-
Shoulders growing tired always holding hope
Lonely on the open road
Better than a broken home
Graduated from the bottom of the totem pole
There’s nothing they can take from you, stop being so emotional
Warm your hands above the fire in a stolen coat
Try to blow your swollen nose
Coughing with a frozen throat
Never bothered reading any of his horoscope
Figured it was blowing smoke
Either way the omen shows
Track Name: Sorry! (Try Again)
Fools are always rushing in where angels fear to tread
Like what did you expect from all the voices in your head
Banish every demon to a hell they haven’t met
Just to make a couple memories you know you won’t forget
-
Not yet, so take this opportunity to smile
And maybe reconnect with your neglected inner-child
-
Disappear into the wild
Burn the bridge behind you
Persevere awhile and don’t let anybody find you
-
I know
I can see the panorama with my
Eyes closed
I can thread the needle in a
Blindfold
The grandiose delusions of a psycho
Maestro, everywhere the mic goes
-
Oh, true
The congregations hungry for some
Soul Food
The carnivores want nothing of your
Tofu
Despite the cock and bull story they sold you
“Whoa dude, I think we got to go soon”
-
Read between the lines to find a man in the machine
Courage in the coward will make flesh out of a dream
When stepping out your door, be careful you don’t lose your feet before the road decides to sweep you somewhere you don’t want to be
-
Who me? Sorry little Hobbit, get the facts straight
Not even half a page and you’re already hitting backspace
-
Rodents in a rat-race
Try to leave a mark
When you’re hopelessly in last place
Finished from the start
-
Don’t scream
Silence is a virtue that I
Won’t keep
Swallow imperfection and its
So sweet
Involuntarily enduring no sleep
Slowly, waiting till I’m home free
-
God damn
Everything I own I built with
My hands
Everything I've been is not all
I am
I never fucking claimed to be a wise-man
Nightstands, covered in my flight-plans
Track Name: Top Five Regrets of the Dying
Top five regrets of the dying
Not a one is really that surprising
Take their advice
Whispered to a palliative nurse
Who would take the time to listen and record their final words?
Before we begin
Regret is not important
We just use it as a reference point to keep us moving forward
Regret is not a sin
Regret is not the master of your suffering
Regret is just a puppet on a puppet string and you can make him dance
You can make him bow and leave the stage
Or you can boo him off into disgrace
Your choice
To live and die without a name and face
Or become somebody no one could replace
Your choice
If you’d rather not become that which you hate
No you can’t afford to hesitate
Your choice
To live and die without a name and face
Or become somebody no one could replace
-
First Regret
To live a life true to yourself
And not by the expectations, like everybody else
The most common regret, are dreams unfulfilled
Don’t let a lack of courage leave you standing still
-
Second Regret
I wish I hadn’t worked so hard
Most common for the breadwinners who overdo their parts and miss out upon the youth of their children
Miss out on the companionship their partners could have given
-
Third Regret
To express my feelings
Instead of suppressing what I am capable of being
And deciding to settle upon a mediocre life
Growing old and bitter with the times
-
Fourth Regret
To stay in touch with my friends
So caught up in your own life you can’t always track them down again
Thinking I shouldn’t have ever given up trying
Everyone misses their friends when they’re dying (We all miss our friends when we’re dying)
-
Fifth regret
To let yourself be happier
Surprising a common one despite the shit you might have heard
It’s better just to be yourself; you don’t have to be afraid
Stuck in your old ways? Don’t fear change
-
No Regrets
How’s that for a cliché
Growing harder to abide by these days
No stranger to mistakes
We’ve all made a few
It isn’t what you’ve done but what you’re gonna do
-
Top Five Regrets of the Dying
For when the morning sun is terrifying
Smile! You’re Alive!
-
Top Five Regrets of the Dying
Living life alone is death-defying
Smile! You’re Alive!
-
Top Five Regrets of the Dying
Anything is better than your whining
Smile! You’re Alive!
-
Top Five Regrets of the Dying
Any path you take is long and winding
Smile! You’re Alive!
-
Top Five Regrets of the Dying
So if you’re still alive then fucking smile!
Track Name: Footprints In the Snow
And I came to mid stride
With a limp in my step and the sun in my eyes
Withered and dry
I collapse in the cold as I follow a trail of footprints in the snow
They look like my own
But I couldn’t know
My memories blacker than ravens and crows
So what do I do
Alone and confused
Walking a desert without any shoes
Oh what I would do for some water and food
Fan out my feathers and fly out this coup
But I’ve nowhere to go so I follow this trail of footprints in the snow
-
Tripping on daylight
But I walk the line
I want to be where the sun doesn’t shine
I don’t know the time
The sky doesn’t move
I’m chilled to the bone as I’m broken and blue
Snow in a desert of questions and clues
Follow the footsteps with nothing to lose
With nothing to do
I survey the sight
Blank as a canvas
Endless and white
Empty as air
There’s nothing in sight
Except for my shadow, darker than night
It never leaves
The only thing here with me I can believe
A silhouette silently following me
Whispering nothing and sounding as sweet
Giving directions and taking the lead
Pointing his finger at somewhere to be, what?
-

Did I see what I see?
I must delirious; it couldn’t be
The shadow is stepping along with my feet but its moving its body and waving at me
I can’t shake the breeze
I can’t shake the feeling I’m being deceived
Like this is a dream, and I’ve been asleep
like a bird in a cage that fate never released
But I see what I see
The shadow is staining the snow at my feet
Blacker than pitch, I’m almost relieved to discover the shadow can speak
Says, “hi, I’ve been watching you
It’s about high time for our rendezvous
I’m overdue, for my big debut
You look confused, but you’ll get it soon (I promise)”

- (3:21)

I have nowhere to go so I follow this trail of footprints in the snow
I have nowhere to go so I follow this trail of footprints in the snow
I have nowhere to go so I follow this trail of footprints in the snow
I have nowhere to go so I follow this trail of footprints in the snow

-

What’s wrong, cat’s got your tongue?
Jaw-dropped, awe-struck, blind, deaf, and dumb
Like death stole air right out your lungs
As you’re trying to disentangle the web we’ve spun
Oh come now, I’m no ghost
Won’t haunt the nightmare you self-impose
Don’t want what’s right there beneath your nose?
Only one that might care is me, your host
I’m Shadow

- (4:08)

I am suffering a paranoid delusion
You’re the pink elephant in the corner of my room
I have fallen under guile of an incredible illusion
And I’m falling shorter still of really what the fuck to do
Ankle-deep in a flurry of white winter
Frozen by the circumstance, staring at the snow
My shadow mentions that we’re expecting a blizzard
And I’ll surely meet the end if I get stuck out here alone

- (5:05)

I swallow my tongue
And choke on the breath I gasp into my lungs
Before I know it I’ve started to run
And I’m running but what is it I’m running from?

Hot damn, what a piece of work
This no man’s land got your feelings hurt
Don’t go berserk, just take it easy
Let’s shoot the breeze, believe you need me

Tell me what you are
How do you know me and where did we start
My memories fractured and fallen apart
Though I’m curious don’t think I’m dropping my guard

Oh don’t play coy with me
Do this dance with death so lonesomely
Show of hands! Who’s what their supposed to be?
No one, like we all are supposedly
(No one, there’s no one here do you fucking get it?)

(Stop!)
A zephyr swoops in from above
An oracular Raven whose speaking in tongues
He sunk his claws into my flesh
As I’m bleeding he opens his mouth and he says:

“We put faith in the fool
For passion, not purpose
Your body is only a tool
So use it, and flourish”

“Life is a generous critic
Death is a witness, death is a witness”

And the bird flew away
Speaking a language that man couldn’t make
Tearing the skin from my body and bone
I succumb to a vision of fire and smoke
Over the mountain, billowing black, higher than heaven
Just follow the tracks
Over the mountain, billowing black, higher than heaven
Just follow the tracks

- (6:45)

It’s starting to snow
Just like the shadow had mentioned before

It’s cool, just ride the snake
Two fools wide-eyed riding wide-awake

A blizzard is coming and Mary be damned if I die in this desert alone

Its two tickets to the magic show
Death defying; redefining magical

-

The footsteps are fading away
Not unlike a trail of tears in the rain

Twist both those kaleidoscopes
And fest your eyes on the mountainside!

I am David and this is Goliath
Welcome to the art of battling Giants
I am David, the mountains Goliath
This is the art of battling Giants
And I have no experience battling Giants
And I am unschooled in the art of battling Giants

It aint the monster that you have to conquer
For at the top of the mountain is the bottom of another

And I climbed the summit with bare and calloused hands and feet and nothing else and stood atop the peak to find a fire so large it melts the snow
The Great Raven is present and pecking the flesh it stole from my body between its talons
It motions me over to the fire and beckons me to jump into the flame and be reborn or don’t and return to the footsteps leading down the other mountainside and into the cold

So what do you think?

Oh you want my opinion?

Admittedly we’re pretty in sync

Learn to trust your intuition

I could still walk away

And just where do you think you’ll go?

Too comfortable to make a change

And that’s why you follow a trail of footprints in the snow

Throw yourself in the fire
Track Name: Virginia Sends Her Love
I’m addicted to anxiety
Everything I do is an invasion of my privacy
But I’m always running back
To find a way to compensate for everything I lack
And after you’ve been wired on the fear
That everything you’re working for could up and disappear
You start to keep it close and watch your back
-
But you’d never see me break a sweat
Not if I could help it like I ever haven’t yet
No one ever taught you how to spit
You don’t plagiarize and you would never lie about it
And everything you say you’re going to do
Doesn’t ever lead you any closer to the truth
Like maybe this was all to fool yourself
-
Like I would have a clue of what to do with my own time
Every step I ever took, another step across the line
It was only all for you
Like there wasn’t nothing I could do
Nothing I
-
O o o I know that you are gonna make so many friends
They’ll take care of you
And I know that you will take care of them
But once you’ve had enough
You can always come back home to us
Home to us
-
I moved around a lot when I was young
Like there wasn’t any place that I was really from
The flowers in the garden of my life
Withered up with every friend I had to leave behind
And every time we’d start to settle down
I would get the news we’re moving to some unfamiliar town
And I would have to start again from scratch
-
But she said
O o o I know that you are gonna make so many friends
They’ll take care of you
And I know that you will take care of them
But once you’ve had enough
Remember that Virginia Sends Her Love
Sends Her Love
Track Name: How Am I?
How am I?
Well I’m not convinced
What you trying to hide?
-
Those lovely eyes
Hold a lot of ugliness deep inside
But yeah, I’m fine
Cause’ livings more than just getting by
-
And I decide
If I’m feeling low or I’m getting
-
High!
So how are you?
You know, besides predictably confused
Your attitude
Girl it changes often like sun and moon
Oh what to do
Well the doings done, and I’m leaving soon
And it might be rude but I won’t be here when you get the news
Like you
-
La da da
-
Step one
Remember everything you’ve done
Pay it your respects, and admit you’ve had your fun
-
Step two
Try to make some room in your stomach from something other than butterflies and food
-
Step three
Be what you want to be
Realize you can make the decision to be happy
-
Step four
When you’re walking out the door
Never turn around and wonder what the fuck you’re walking for
-
I don’t know you very well
Oh but already I think I can tell
I don’t know you very well
Oh but it’s not that difficult to tell
I don’t know you were well
-
Julia, Julia
Babe where have you gone
Come mend my wounded heart and give me words to write a song
As of late
I’m feeling dumb
I’m feeling deaf
I’m feeling blind
Can’t quite hit the melody to quell the beast inside
-
Julia, Julia
Lord, where did you go?
Cause’ I need grace as sweet as yours to save my wretched soul
As of late
I cannot speak
I cannot see
I cannot hear
All I have for company are thoughts of you, my dear
-
Julia, Julia
Julia, Julia
Do do do
Track Name: Bring Me Out
We’re all obligated to the sunrise
Drowning in the floodlights
Waiting for a punch line
Forever running from an apathetic mud slide
Swallowing the medication; anything to unwind
I can feel the limits of our bloodline
What I wouldn’t give to overcome it even one time
Some nights, I’m excited for the sunshine
Other nights I’m counting paces for a gunfight
With you
Tonight
-
Dream to feel the privacy of darkness
Listen to your conscious
Seemingly it’s harmless
Always falling for the beautiful and heartless
Part happenstance
Part emotional catharsis
Difficult to think it wouldn't be regardless
As if any artist
Could even say what art is
Enough to leave a constellation starless
Wilt away The Harvest
Topple your colossus
Too soon
What's a boy to do?
-
Shoulders growing tired always holding hope
Lonely on the open road
Better than a broken home
Graduated from the bottom of the totem pole
There’s nothing they can take from you, stop being so emotional
Warm your hands above the fire in a stolen coat
Try to blow your swollen nose
Coughing with a frozen throat
Never bothered reading any of his horoscope
Figured it was blowing smoke
Either way the omen shows
That you
Oh I swear it's true
Despite all that I do
You bring me out
You bring me out
You bring me out
You bring me out
Track Name: Walden Pond
Every morning burns a little brighter
As I’m rising with the sun
And harmonizing with the choir
I can feel the fire in my stomach
And there isn't any sense in ever lying to myself or running from it
I can hear the trumpets blaring in the afternoon
Time to cut the puppet strings; I know what I have to do
And move to build my castles in the sky
Because I can forgive failing, but not never having tried
(To do, what I've wanted to, do)
-
And I've never been to Walden Pond
Taken by the spectacle and cradled in its arms
To stare at starry nights still undisturbed by city lights
While breathing in a wilderness beneath the many skies
Where romantics capture lighting in their jars
And hang them from the branches to illuminate the dark
For until we truly learn to see ourselves
We haven’t any business staring at somebody else
(though sometimes it helps, so we sing)
-
Do do do do do do do do do, do do do do do do
Do do do do do do do do do, do do do do do do
She said I’ll scratch your head, because I know you like that, and I can’t for a while
-
Instrumental
-
Though perhaps I should admit that I've been wrong
To fantasize about a place I think I might belong
Instead of making something of the ground beneath my feet
I've got my head inside the clouds and all my bags are packed to leave
To make-believe we could return to where we started
And plant the seeds of empathy inside our secret garden
For there was a time when I can say you saved me from myself
And I just want to thank you; you've done more than help
-
Oh, ya know, I'm glad that you found a home
And even though I hope that you die alone
I was never one to hold a grudge
So enough is enough
I've finally had enough
Track Name: The Chorus
I mean, you really have a decision to make
You can either step into the chorus line
Or you can leave
-
Eyes are growing wide
Singing to the sun
Laying in the grass
Waiting till the day is done
-
Make a flower-bed
Underneath the moon
Falling into sleep
Time to sing a different tune
-
Talking to yourself
You can hear the call
Heaven over Hell
Hell if nothing else at all
-
You will come to know yourself as life will grab you by the shoulders, shake you tragically until you die
-
High
So Alive
Full of pride
Passersby
Wonder why
Why you died
-
I know you
And all the things you do
Can you do them to me too?
-
Risen from the Ash
Fan the inner-flame
Cauterize the past
It’ll never be the same
-
Washing in the water
Walking through the rain
Qualify the future
Time has come to make a change
-
Standing on the Earth
Reaching for the Sky
There is only now
It isn't something you decide
-
You will come to know yourself as life will grab you by the shoulders, shake you tragically until you die
-
High
So Alive
Full of pride
Passersby
Wonder why
Why you died
-
I know you
And all the things you do
Can you do them to me too?
-
I know it isn't everything you had expected
But really, what were you expecting?
Track Name: Goodbye (Acoustic)
I now walk
Into the Wild
Say Goodbye society, you’ve lost another
If I should return, it won’t be for a while
If I do return it’d only be to see you smile
-
Cause I could never make you stay
I could never make my way
I could shut you out
I could never shut my mouth
-
I don’t really know what to do
Every time he steps closer to you
Every time I can’t really speak
Every time that we happen to meet
-
La da da
-
Cause I could never make you stay
I could never make my way
I could shut you out
I could never shut my mouth
-
It’ll come and go again
Self-esteem and confidence, my fairest weather friends
Crack beneath the pressure of a truth you’d never know
Worried half to death about the things you can’t control
Everything you write begins to look and sound the same
Never get to where you’re going, walking figure-eights
Even though you try
You’ve always been a shame
Always been a lie
Always been to blame, but!
-
We’re bursting into bloom
Dancing for the coming rain and howling at the moon
Stomping ‘round a fire pit in rhythm to the drums
Smiling through our painted faces, waiting for the sun
Fingers interlacing through another summers night
Leave behind our bodies as we walk into the light
Hold onto your breath
Fall into the sky
For everything that’s left
It’s time to say goodbye
Goodbye!
-
After all that’s come and gone
We lay here sobered by the dawn of Sunday morning
With our starry-eyes
More than just alive together
Living proof that good gets better
Yes, I’m sure
The only thing that I’ve left to decide is how I’m going to say Goodbye
-
Ya da die