Like Black On Matchsticks

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released April 20, 2017

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StoneLungs is the creative outlet of an artist with stone lungs and a broken silver tongue. In all of this, I hope some of it resonates with you.

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Track Name: Stars
A broken foot on tempered glass
Temptation walks a weathered path
From below the beaten sand
comes hungrily a reaching hand
While travelling discovered lands
We disappointed shaky plans
Draping from a snaking branch
A birthing noose begins to hatch
Don't tell me that you can't begin to listen to your heart again
If you were trying you would find it screaming out within
Searching out the middleman a dizzied head will slowly spin
Living out a melody like snapping strings on violins
Laying on the island
Entertaining thoughts of violence
Had you thought to hide this
You could have escaped the childish
Don't be afraid to brandish
your opinions you can manage
the merging of the marriage
all your hell begins to perish
Commissioning a picture, promise you I'll never vanish
Every time I miss her, have to force myself to action
Promised that I'd banish all the feasting and the famine
Level out my heart and start chasing down a passion
Staring at a quasar, losing myself in the art
of interstellar expeditions to achieve the stars

As I lay down on the clouds
This gravity can't bring me down
I'm burning with a fired crown
These stars will never burn me out

The dark and black is burning white
My irises bleeding the light
I'll never face the fight or flight
I'm limitless as satellite
Infinite or definitely cannot see the end of it
From way up here a heart has never seemed more delicate
How I love the innocent but entropy is immanent
Intimate in spirit fuelled by the indefinite
Staring at a quasar, losing myself in the art
I'm forging my eternity I'm one with the stars
Track Name: Bandages
Counting countless parts of me I'm lying so courageously
Honestly, I think I owe myself an apology
How can we all be blindly following, solemnly we all gave up our autonomy
Caught up in traditions, that clash against our freedoms
We fight a case against ourselves with our own made up reasons
When the shoulders get cold, we stand outside freezing
There's no growing together for there's always fear of treason
Pick a side, choose a uniform there is no in between
There's no other way for you to make it in this scene
Say goodbye to yourself and goodbye to your dreams
Welcome to the world where there is no make believe
When the lights all flicker out and you've got nothing left to see
Promise that when it all goes down you'll still remember me

It's so dark and cold inside this shell you call a soul
If you even wanted could you crawl out of this hole?
No one else is here, it's only me and you
I am the voice inside your head that slowly eats at you
It's so hard to live inside a world of doubt
when every word out of your mouth escapes to bring your own self down
Now, how could you let yourself drown, think about the scar you leave upon your hometown
They say it's better in the morning but you wake up even worse
Simply call it curse and idly think about a hearse
When your eyelids flicker back and you remember all these words
Does a promise mean anything if you're the only one that heard?

The sun is so far gone and so I can't be here for long
I don't even know if everything I say is wrong
I've thought about this for my whole lifelong
How can I convey that I just wanted to belong?
I stand outside against the rain
Feeling every drop against the skin
I think of every word I say
And whether I'd say them again
Track Name: Height
There's times I hate myself when I'm alone

I watch you watch me slip
deeper into my dreams again
I still feel the heat from your lips
the tiny buzz from your fingertips

There's times I hate myself when I'm alone
I sit at home, a broken phone for all my friendships on my own
or so I'm told by the tired voice that sounds so old
Ringing in my ears as I sit shaking in the cold (freezing)
I'm frozen, I do my best to let it go
A thought around my throat that leaves me choking
Chosen paths that left me broken
I analyze the mess I've made of my disguise
Staring up at starry skies I say goodbye and leave the home behind (goodbye)
I find my heaven glaring at me from your eyes
Your irises reveal the galaxy of stars inside
So hold my hand and fly me high (So hold my hand and fly me high)
In our neverland we will never die

I watch you watch me slip
Deeper into my dreams again
I still feel the heat from your lips
The tiny buzz from your fingertips
pressed against my skin
Your love is crashing
A waterfall collapsing

Fly me low above the sea (So hold my hand and fly me high)
Trace your fingertips and laugh along with me
Reality is far behind, we dance aloud outside the lines
The crowded mind of yours and mine
forgotten now with better times
Hold the moon reflecting in the night
For too soon the tides will wash away and burn our eyes with light
Resting on the riverbank horizon lines are getting bright
Amazing all the same, the day can't whet my appetite
We expedite the hours all despite the higher powers
Telling us our April showers lied about the flowers
(So hold my hand and fly me high)

There's times I hate myself when I'm alone
You pull me from the throne of my foolishness and woe
Composed of stone reminding me of how our hearts have grown
We'll forge the flowers on our own
Track Name: Wet Asphalt
I still remember being young
We rode our bikes around our town
We were out chasing the sun
And the moon after it went down
Sat atop a train car
Amazed seemingly so far
A changing of perspective
Like we're standing on the stars
From Dunmore to Dunmore Road
I've come so far but I'm still so close
Standing laughing with my friends
I still can see my home
The summer went by and then I moved away
Not too far from here but enough to make it change
I sat inside my room and I loved it when it rained
And now I snap back to raindrops and wiper blades

Sliding on the wet asphalt

All of these memories
Eventually come back to me
Sometimes it takes something special to remind me
I don't want to have to leave it all behind me
These brake lights are blinding
Everything is in the timing
Someone screaming up behind me
But we catch a little traction thankfully avoid catastrophe
Starting up without sliding and I continue driving
Track Name: Live
Why do I always live like I just want to die
So why do I always live like I just want to die

Up my dear this place I fear has crushed you and your bones
The walls we built to hide our guilt as we hide in our homes
To my dismay the plans we laid were not what I had chose
But blood was spilt on sand and silt now all of it has froze

This is the product of freedom running wild
We are the offspring of the charges never filed
We are broken we are weak we are the scared we are the meek
For my forgotten child, I'll chase the dreams that we all seek

Why do I always live like I just want to die
So why do I always live like I just want to die

There's an atmosphere about this place
Ignites the sights and always excites
And brings out the shine across her face
It feels at peace
And every piece of me is part of this
Because somehow everything just fits
and it's better to exist there
To feel accepted by your peers
It appears never fails to feel better than I feared
It's all better than I feared
And now I'm caught here

Why do I always live like I just want to die
So why do I always live like I just want to die
Track Name: Underwater
It's like I move in slow motion
As though I drown inside the ocean
Track Name: ...and I'm Off
Knees are weak
Collapse face first
Millipedes in the sheets
Take a better look at me
Twitching violently
Shaking like a leaf
Always wishing I could leave

But what happens when I've left everything
Is there anyone or is there anything
Still praying for me

I don't want to speak
I might ruin the moment
These lips taste sweet
No hoping left unspoken
But the words are not a language that is taught
and I do not use them a lot so lately I've been choking
'Cause I'd leave but I've been caught up in the motions
Going through them all but now they've got me slowing
Every day they see me growing
Like I was planted from a seed
With no bark and no bite I'm no tree
Just an individual spouting off philosophies
In all of these hypotheses I haven't made discoveries
Still tripping over thoughts built on kings and queens
What it might be like if I had been born as royalty
I question that a lot, how much of my identity
would be changed or just forgotten with a different family
It's honestly a struggle trying to build my ideology
So many of my years were based upon theology
But all of these questions that I've had keep blocking me
like a wall around my thoughts that I can never leave

But what happens when, I've left everything
Is there anyone, or is there anything
Still praying for me
Track Name: Trapdoors
I started at the bottom
and found out that it was rotten
Now I'm laying down
in the tomb of the forgotten
Choking on the dust
spraying blood from all the coughing
It doesn't take much
for me to visualize my coffin
I don't want death
I just want an escape
So sick of this labyrinth
I'm running in my brain
Every thought I have
Already sounds the same
as the one I had before
and it's driving me insane
How many circles
can I run before I'm worn
down to the bone
and all my clothes torn
We all run a race
ever since we were born
The demons in our hearts
rising up as angry hordes
To my left a platoon of angry beasts
On my right a flock of vultures waiting for the feast
I crawl across the room I've never felt so weak
It all begins with the piercing from a beak
I still see the light
but everything is wrong
Down here I fear
I can't last long
A whisper in my ear
means the fall of the dawn

I'm gone

I started at the bottom
and found out that it was rotten
Now I'm laying down
in the tomb of the forgotten
Choking on the dust
spraying blood from all the coughing
It doesn't take much
for me to visualize my coffin
I don't want death
I just want an escape
I know I need rest
It's been wearing on my brain
My heart in my chest
Is beating all the same
If I'm out of breath
At least I've escaped
Track Name: Sitadel
I've been sleeping with the devil in my bed because
Unless I'm in between the sheets everything I see is red
and I've been sleeping with a monkey on my back
for I'm addicted to the feeling of being under attack
I've been sleeping with skeletons in my closet
hiding dirty little secrets that I'm only halfway honest
I've been sleeping with only one eye closed
cause I've been feeling so naked underneath my clothes

I've been all alone inside a cell I call my home
Counting down the days til I cave away this cornerstone
You're breaking down the doorway
Bend the bars and reach to pull me away

I've been sleeping with a thousand different thoughts
Each one reminds me more of the battles you have fought
I've been sleeping with the hopes of staying down
But I wake up as soon as your echoes come around
I've been sleeping so much less lately
I'm so worried I'll destroy us both with all my worrying
I've been sleeping with only one eye closed
cause if you decide to go I'm still watching for your ghost

I've been all alone inside a cell I call my home
Counting down the days until I cave away this cornerstone
I see you down the hallway
Bend the rules, reach through to pull me away

I've been sleeping
But I'm not getting rest
I've been sleeping
Like the heart inside my chest
I've been sleeping
So I don't have to be awake
I've been thinking
maybe it's time that starts to change

I've been all alone inside a cell I call my home
Counting out the ways I caved away my cornerstone
I've been sleeping all alone
I've been thinking on my own
I've been feeling sticks and stones
I've been bleeding out at home
I've been sleeping all alone
I've been sleeping all alone
I'm here sleeping all alone
Track Name: ColdCloaks
The brush strokes un-dry
For a moment I am lost to time
Sitting in an atmosphere
These molecules will intertwine
Before the eyes will clear
The weary soul begins to fly

The battle steps over the line
In every hand, an axe to grind
Brandished by the everclear
A single thought on every mind
Before I end my final year
Tell me how will I be defined

An icy grin an icy grip
Slowly all the scales tip

Behold the great cold of the war
Another lost to the cold
Lost in your arms
Don't let me go

Don't let me fall into the cold

In silence
Betrayed by violence
(Not again)

Don't let me fall into the cold

They stand before me
in a circle formed for death
Each breath collapses to the ground
A chain of steam swirling around
All of us are children told:
"Behold the great cold of the war
Another falls to the cold"

A winter's breath upon my chest
Rigid as my bones relax
Time for me to say goodbye
Shall I lay into final rest?
A wing unfurls across the sky
Eventually a hero dies
But not before they redefine
What it means to be alive
Still infinite in parallax
A wolf upon my back retracts
Trace the moon, follow the tracks
I promised you I'd make it back
A cult of cloaks chokes out the sky
In front of me a funeral pyre
no elegy to sing for now
The end of all is falling nigh
Eventually all heroes die
Since written at the dawn of time
A villain shall not win tonight
Not for cunning or for might
But when they're faced with fight or flight
They're too concerned for their own life
A hero's not afraid of light

Behold the great cold of the war
Another lost to the cold
Lost in your arms
Don't let me go
Track Name: side|Time
Time is never on my side
Try to put myself together come out undefined
Only twenty four hours, gotta rest my eyes
Can't stay up forever no matter how I try
The sleep is like carrion that's tearing at my eye
So much to do so I plan it all inside
Ideas like ores that I slowly will refine
But all this time has them building on my mind

Time is never on my side

What do I do when i have to get to sleep
How much can I do while I'm living in my dreams
Raven's satisfy their cravings ripping at my seams
Twenty four hours is much less than what I need
I wish I was a rebel who went out and then careened
Around the curves of life like a screaming banshee
Grinning ear to ear slicing life up with my teeth cause I'd have
No fear, I'd be ravenously eating all that I could see
No doubt, I'm living life slowly
After all this time it seems it finally hit me
I'll waste my potential if I don't act swiftly
I'll be just another dreamer pinned by time inside sleep

Time
Track Name: Forest
Temple madness
Watch your back
This avarice consumed
like black on matchsticks
The needles on the pines
survive below the harshest lines
of ice against the softest eyes
The abyss can't match wits
Intelligent in your influence
Apocalypse and ever since
Surviving weight upon the world sits
Don't press your lips too close
Don't breathe the air I know you'll choke
Against undead we cut it close
A hangman but we cut the rope
We're headed out but not to home
With nothing left we only roam
The world left us all alone
To fend against on-setting bones
We heard the stories
I know it is tough but we have to believe
So into the trees at dawn we will leave


In a castle
In the forest
There's a kingdom
Waiting for us
There's a monster
To devour
Anyone in rise to power
(And we all fall down)
In a castle
In the forest
There's a kingdom
Waiting for us
There's a monster
To devour
Anyone in rise to power

I miss the way
The sun rose each day
When the sky above
Wasn't dead and grey
I'm so thin
With mud on my skin
After a fall, got blood on my chin
I heard the monster lives within
Another forest made from our chagrin
(I still miss the way the sun rose each day)
I still miss the way
I could blow my cares away
I know it is tough but we have to believe
So into the trees, at dawn we will leave

(And we all fall down)

In a castle
In the forest
There's a kingdom
Waiting for us
There's a monster
To devour
Anyone in rise to power
(And we all fall down)
In a castle
In the forest
There's a kingdom
Waiting for us
There's a monster
To devour
Anyone in rise to power
Track Name: Castle of the Elements
Around the infinite
I see the worst in it
I lost everything again
I lost you here

Drowning in a deep pit
Can't see the end of it
won't die before I see the light
I'm not giving up tonight
I'm not giving up on you

In the castle of the elements
I'm never giving up on you
I'm never losing you again
Track Name: What I Need
Where do you go
I've seen you walking off all alone
You're out on your own
I wish that you would just come back home
If you are searching for something you need
Just ask and you'll get it from me
But don't you dare tell me what you think I need
Cause I don't need a thing

I don't need
Anything

Don't you tell me what I need
I don't need a thing
Don't you tell me what I need
Cause I don't need a thing

I, I-I-I, I
I don't need anything
I, I-I-I, I

I don't need anything else but you

A forest undone
I see you staring straight back at the sun
The words off your tongue
White hot as they burn when you are done
I'm cold as ice but your fingers don't burn
When you wrap them over my heart
These stilts up to heaven they refuse to learn
So I find myself at the start


I don't need
Anything

Don't you tell me what I need
I don't need a thing
Don't you tell me what I need
Cause I don't need a thing
(Don't you tell me what to think
until I know the truth
say you'll stay
until I know the truth)

I, I-I-I, I
I don't need anything
I, I-I-I, I
Track Name: Fool
I am your fool
You make me lie

See i just want to know
if all the things in my brain
are all about to blow
If everything i ever knew
is finally coming true
It means the beasts of the earth
are being born anew
Everything is out of hand
and I don't understand
with no strength to stand
I can't seem to form a plan
So
won't you
Tell me what you want to do
I want to run away with you
but I'm underneath your feet
Won't you
Tell me what you want to do
I want to run away with you
but I'm underneath your feet

Don't say goodbye
I don't want to cross that line

It's in those dark eyes
disguised behind hypnotized crimes
I realize the times I've denied
the ties to my self and my life
I can't hide the hit to my pride
I could cry out for help but I
try to find my own line
I want to live a life I know is mine
The lioness bares her smile
It's welcoming for a while
Mild belies the wild style
of error before trial
Guilty of denial
Riled up by the maniacal child
Our system is defiled and while
I'm on trial I begin to revile
myself, on file for exile
Oh how I wanted to be clean as blue skies
Breathe the air as time flies by
High on my better times
Now I'm tangled in a web of lies
Drop down like the tears in her eyes
"Don't cry"
I'll die
If I break your heart
I've been your fool from the start
I'll pull myself apart
Restart
Chart a course depart
Don't say goodbye I still want your heart
It shines beautiful even if it's scarred

Don't say goodbye
I don't want to cross that line

Don't say goodbye

Don't say goodbye
I don't want to cross that line
Track Name: Frozen to the Bone
You never spoke
Not a whisper
I can't believe that you're so cold
I can't believe I'm frozen to the bone

You cut with sawing gusts
You slice with knives of ice
There's a gleam of demon in your eye
There's a shiver running up my spine
I don't believe there's not a hope for you
But I believe that you don't care
A mountain made of metal scraping down the stone
A current coursing lightning brings you home

You never spoke
Not a whisper
I can't believe that you're so cold
I can't believe I'm frozen to the bone

You disguise your true intent
With a curse you invented
My vision slowly fades
Every white blurs into grey

You chill me to the core
You chill me to the core
(You disguise your true intent
With a curse you invented
My vision slowly fades
Every white blurs into grey)

Scheming practices that you excel
Another fool retreats into a cell
Nobody escapes themselves
A tidal wave pulls me under the swell
A demon breathing down my back
You unleashed a world of black
I can't believe that you're so cold
I can't believe I'm frozen to the bone
The bone
Track Name: Ashes
The Earth is not a place to fight it on your own
The cold will seep the purest fire from your bones
Hide inside yourselves don't try to leave your homes
There's sickness in the mind and it leaves you alone
Run through. As if a clown prince
burned down, way past your acid wrists
We're all forgetting how to just exist
Please resist the urge and promise to persist
Caught in the chains of this town, am I free
Cause I'm under the waves will I drown indefinitely
I'm asking myself if it's over now
How long will it take my life to rebound, enemy
Bow, at your now renown autocracy
A government built on insanity pleas
With eyes, wide, you die lost in a screen
Slowly we're giving up all of our dreams

Losing it

Losing it
Lost in it

Step, out, down through the last of the maze
Look, out, don't let yourself drown in the haze
Lost out
Lost in a blaze
Lost out
Lost in a blaze

The fire is out
The ashes remain
Don't choke on the smoke raining on your parade
This fire and brimstone, they don't need to stay
This civilization won't take you today
Run from the pain, run far away
Run so they don't know it hurt you this way
Face down the lion and rip off its mane
Every battle won't go down the same
Face down the lion and rip off its mane
Look at yourself decide who will reign
Track Name: Black Hole
All along I've been caught up
In a past I can't control
I'm trying hard to just let go

Every thought that's in my head
Is falling victim to a black hole
I don't know where it goes

All along I've been caught up
In a past I can't control
I'm trying hard to just let go

In a sea of thoughts
The currents pull me down
Eventually I'm caught
by a thought that makes me drown
More like a dream than a memory
Down in the eye of infinity
This black hole the death of me
Holding on to a chance of recovering
Storm clouds set in
Horizon lines blend
Static charges on the skin
My brain begins to bend
Everything falls apart
Until I hold your hand

Cause I'm a bit of a mess and
you, are, all of my best parts
you are my best parts

Hey girl, be careful with my halo
I'm a little damaged here so maybe we could take it slow
I was hoping maybe we could lay low
far under the stars and listen as the world goes

It had never been so dark, I was eaten up by space
I lost all sight of stars, felt lost without a trace
I don't remember how I ended up in that place
I only did my best to catch a glimpse of your face

Cause I'-

I feel your hand in mine
I close my eyes
I try not to listen
to the shifting sands of time
We all need
A place where we can fly free
You and me
We're pulled off by the breeze

Cause I'm a bit of a mess and
you, are, all of my best parts
you are my best parts
Track Name: Wilderness
(I don't remember how I ended up in that place)

Listen to the wilderness
The peace calls you to rest

(I don't remember how I ended I ecalp taht ni pu
only did my best to catch a glimpse of your face)

Listen to the wilderness
The peace calls you to rest
Let the beauty flow out from your chest
Track Name: Golden
I've been caught up trying to get to sleep
Lately I've been dying to get stone lungs to breathe
Pouring out my heart and soul in every word I speak
If my soul should leave you at least it's a look at me
Compressed because I just don't care
depressed because I really do
If you want to tear my heart in two
Confirm that all my fears were really true
I live inside a cell of self
A broken shell where none can tell
that every word that I will spell
is forged in fires of my hell
I am the smith I am the knight
I arm myself against the light
The sun will rise but I will fight
to make it right
(stupid games I play)
As a wizard, as a thane
I charm the sun to shine in rain
The night will fall and I remain
making sure my kingdom stays
I live a double life, the person I portray
Contradicting all the thoughts that I rarely ever say
These complexities don't really pay
but at least they get me through the day
this introspection urges me
to say
(Stay golden)
Stay golden, stay awake
Stay strong through your mistakes
Stay away from all the thoughts you know will make you break
Life is quick and life is cruel
But life is also beautiful
Treat you like a king at the same time make you a fool
It's not as crazy as you think
Pull yourself back from the brink
Just hold yourself and sit and let the silence sink
The past is not your problem
The future not a promise
Give in to the calmness, make the most of all your moments
When everything you ever knew
turned out to be only half true
Move along with all the sharks, force yourself to continue
Wipe the tears from your eyes
Pull the string off your disguise
Accept yourself and make the most of your life

I'll never know how light seeps into your eyes
I'll never know how you experience your life
I'll never know if we'll do more than just get by
But promise me you'll say I love you and goodbye

Stay golden
Track Name: Goodbye
Goodbye