Into the Water

by Vin Fischer

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A traveling story.

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released August 3, 2012

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Track Name: Four Wheels
Hey, hey, hey,
it's gotta start today
I've got four wheels,
and no reason to stay.

(repeat x2)
Track Name: Things I Used Know
I've got something to say
about the morning and the way
it always seem to pass us by.
the time we sell today,
it withers and it frays
the days have come and gone away

in retrospect we knew
exactly what to do,
but we chose to turn away
we fell into the crowd
when expectations got too loud
does it even matter now?

(chorus:)
I may not know
which direction I should go,
but I've wasted too much time thinking
that this is my home.
I'm letting go
of the things I used to know
I'm finding a new life so I can make it my own

we've been waiting for a flood
to drown the life we had
so we could find the road we had ignored
the rain has washed away
the thoughts of yesterday
it's time to find our way back to shore

chorus

the time we sell today,
it withers and it frays.
the days have come and gone away.

chorus x 2
Track Name: Leaving
I remember the long drives and summer days
I remember the feeling of disarray
it only stands to reason,
you thought that I'd be leaving

I remember the sound of the radio
I remember the places that we would go
it only stands to reason,
you thought that I'd be leaving
…and you were right.

(chorus:)
I know it's not too late
we're caught up in the race
if we're all moving forward, why are you so far away?
we've fallen to our fate
don't let it slip away
tomorrow only comes when we let go of yesterday.

I remember the things you would say to me
I remember the way that it used to be
it only stands to reason,
you thought that I'd be leaving

I remember the look you had on your face
when I said I was through with this place
it only stands to reason,
you thought that I'd be leaving
…and you were right.

chorus

don't wait for me, it's time I go
there's one last thing that you should know…
…I'm never coming back.

chorus x2
Track Name: Before I'm Gone
walking down these roads again
on paths of stone and sage
the roads are running through my veins
and spilling on the page

talking to myself again
been sleeping on the floor
the road is coming to an end,
been down it once before

(chorus:)
and I'll try to find my way
before I'm gone again
and I'll try to find my way
before I'm gone again

before I'm gone, I'll show you
what it means to be alive
I'll pack some clothes and this guitar,
get in the car, and drive

I won't stop there, I promise you
with all that I can give
before I'm gone, I'll look back
and I'll know that I had lived

chorus

the days all blend together
and it's lonely on these roads
breathe the air into my lungs
so you can bring me home

the sunset is behind me
now I'm heading to the shore
just a few more nights alone,
and I'll be headed north

chorus x2
Track Name: For the Drifters, For the Rogues
it's colder than I expected
these old strings are going sharp
the path is lit with a string of lights
to lead us through the dark
my home is in a backpack
my shoes are wearing thin
they say we've got to change our ways
to fix the mess we're in

and on it goes… and on it goes...

I'm not sure where I'll sleep tonight
or if I'll wake alive
I could find myself a home
but I don't want to try
'cause I know I'll stay grateful
living life this way
I know I'll stay grateful
if I live it day to day

and on it goes… and on it goes...

(chorus:)
sing one for the drifters
sing one for the rogues
sing one for the runaways
who might not make it home
sing one for the captain
sing one for the ship
sing one for the sailors
and the throwaway kids

I'm not sure where I'll sleep tonight
or if I'll sleep at all
I could find my way back home
but I don't miss those walls
I'll live without restrictions
I'll live without restraints
killing time and crossing lines
with every step I take

and on it goes… and on it goes..

chorus

we'll leave behind reminders of our time
like crumbling pages
left to rot along the spine
left on paths by riversides and shores,
but let's be honest
we don't live there anymore

chorus x2

…and on it goes.
Track Name: Alive Again
I won't ask where we are,
but I'll take this guitar,
and together, we'll venture these roads
I'll travel these states,
and I'll make my mistakes,
and I will do it all alone

I am transient and happy
I am rich, though I am poor
and being honest when I tell you
I am walking out the door
…out the door,
like so many times before

(chorus:)
I'm alive again
with rooftop dreams in wayward skies,
and I am never waiting up for you
I'm alive again
with rooftops dreams in wayward skies of blue, yeah

not sure how far I've gone
it's time to pack up and move on,
but I'd be lying if I said I'm coming home
I'll find myself a stage,
and I'll grow quicker than my age,
and I will do it all alone

we are transient and happy
we are worth what we believe
like a broken piece of sidewalk,
or a street without a name
…without a name,
it still carries us the same

chorus

I'm searching myself again this time
I'm searching myself again this time
not sure what I will find
not sure what I will find

chorus x2
with rooftop dreams in wayward skies of blue

I'm alive.
Track Name: Home is Nowhere
searching for inspiration in all the wrong places
too many lines and too many faces
still searching for my home,
but if you're not there, then home is nowhere

I've seen the sunset at the lake, and I've seen the city lights
but all of this looks better as a reflection in your eyes
and now it's time to go back home,
but if you're not there, then home is nowhere

(chorus:)
but I've tried without succeeding
and the target is receding from my sights,
so I'll lay my weapon down,
and I'll start to write my story,
and I'll let you reassure me that it's right
to lost within the sound
that silence makes… when we touch

I've been walking on these streets waiting for the stars to show,
but the clouds have overtaken them, as if to claim them as their own
now I can't find my way back home,
but if you're not there, then home is nowhere

I'll be walking here in circles, hoping I can find the road
there's dozens all around me, but there's only one I know
it's the one that takes me home,
but if you're not there, then home is nowhere

chorus x2
Track Name: The Run
I was a child on the run,
praying hard i would not fail
growing older than my age
on a long forgotten trail

now I'm a man on the climb
I've been running strong on hope
but this mountain's getting taller,
and I'm running out of rope

I've been drifting through the years,
towards the only place I know,
but the road only gets longer
the farther on I go

I was a child with a plan
I would sail so far away,
and I would find the other side,
but that day, it never came

now I man out to sea
in a slowly sinking boat
now the water's getting deeper,
and I never learned to float

chorus x3
Track Name: Rain Down
I was walking to the river on a lonely day
I was waking to the river alone
and I couldn't remember the last time I came home

I took myself to the bridge, to the rocks on the ridge
it was sunny even thought it had rained
someday I'll come home and I'll give these these places a name

it's like a secret never told, that the keeper doesn't know
it's like a word lost deep in a goodbye
it's like looking in the distance where the ground meets up with the sky

and you think to yourself, if I just keep walking
maybe I can make it as well

(chorus:)
rain down and wash away
the footsteps from these streets
I don't need them to remember where I've been
rain down and wash away
the footsteps from these streets
rain, rain down on me

I was walking downtown, there was dust on the ground
making clouds as the world moved
there was man on the corner, he was singing himself a tune

there's an old warehouse and it's coming down
to remind us that the times will change
soon, it's gonna be another place, with another name

and you think to yourself, if I just keep walking
maybe I can change as well

chorus

rain, rain down on me
Track Name: Ghost
with valiant effort, I walk these streets
the air is cold, my knees are weak
too many memories to recall
some are vague, but more are lost
the rows of houses staring down
a million windows all around
I can only imagine what they've seen
maybe their forgetful, just like me

(chorus:)
there's just so many ghosts in this town
the things we've done, and maybe still do
there's just so many ghosts in this town
maybe I can be one, too

I walk these sidewalks all alone
the same ones that I've always known
some are gone, and some have stayed
they know what's written can't be changed
with years and names they'll never know,
like tiny scars left in the stone
they pay no mind to where they've been,
and I'm forgetful, just like them

chorus

there's just so many ghosts in this town
the things we've seen, and maybe still see
I'm just another ghost in this town
please, pay no mind to me

I'm just another ghost in this town,
and that's all I want to be
Track Name: Into the Water
there's a million reasons floating in the air,
so I just stand and stare
at the grass stains on our jeans
from summertime
remember when we walked the field
between the creek and hillside
on the way home from school
we cut off every corner,
and were still late coming home
because we never wanted to go
friendships will be missed
but the memory remains
the sun may have set
but I will never forget
those days

we'd catch minnows with our bare hands
in the icy cold water running through a creek
into the river
the mighty susquehanna
so grand and vast but it still felt like home
we'd sit at the old bridge piers and watch the sun fall into the clouds
into the hills over the river
its reflection sinking deeper and deeper into the water

the cold air rising and enveloping us
catching us
we'll call it ours
because that's what we do
we take this world, this town,
and we make it ours
we own these streets
and we will until we die.

(chorus: repeat till fade)
we're at the end, but it's only the start
the water's edge in the town where we've lived for so long
chapter one was nothing more than a test
we're setting sail into the water, and we'll hope for the best