all these machines

by Laura Jane Vincent

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released February 29, 2020

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Track Name: tattooed arms
tell me what you’re doing here, saying what I wanna hear
seeking out distraction or maybe something real
he had a magic touch, though you weren’t saying much
I knew right away the words you chose were enough
no one would ever mistake you for angel
most would say the same things about me
now it’s just the two of us, easy enough to trust
just open your heart and let it bleed

I was always looking for the shelter
but I was only causing myself harm
the night I almost gave in to the darkness
I fell in your tattooed arms

timing is a tricky thing, thoughts I don’t wanna think
I consider it a miracle we were lucky enough to me
but I don’t know where to start or how it won’t fall apart
with the fear in my brain and the storm in my heart
I’m sure I’m showing all my damage now
I’m trying to hide my selfish greed
but you never ask for change, punish me or place the blame
and even when you hold me, I still feel so free

I was always looking for the shelter
but I was only causing myself harm
the night I almost gave in to the darkness
I fell in your tattooed arms

now it’s just the two of us, easy enough to trust
just open your heart I’ll follow your lead

I was always searching for the answers
but I was only shooting in the dark
the night I almost gave up and lost it all
I fell in your tattooed arms
I fell in your tattooed arms
Track Name: hold your ground
it’s down to me, it’s only me
left to yourself on a holy eve, it’s only me
you wanted to leave, you wanted to leave
s soon as you opened the door you wanted to leave
but nothing’s for free, nothing’s for free
you can’t give him all my money make fool out of me
nothing’s for free
shots rang out he slammed the door
and pushed the pedal to the floor

hold your ground while you hold her down
and Gil’s got lose in Texas and he’s gonna get
everything he paid for, everything he paid for

I was asleep, I was asleep
but I could hear them praying for me, I was asleep
I was asleep
but I could hear them feeling sorry for me
I made all my own decisions, just let it be
just let me be
all I wanna do is finally rest in peace
all these machines, all these machines
pumping air to where a soul should be
all these machines, all these machines are failing me
you sure told me so
then they just let you go

hold your ground while you hold her down
and Gil’s got lose in Texas and he’s gonna get
everything he paid for, everything he paid for

guns on tv, guns on tv
loud sounds at night so I’ll never sleep
guns on tv, screams on tv
such a high price for their sympathy
but what then is really free
I took a young girl’s life now I’m never free
I was asleep
guilty or not, they run their show
but they just let me go

hold your ground while you hold her down
and Gil’s got lose in Texas and he’s gonna get
everything he paid for, everything he paid for
everything he paid for, everything he paid for
Track Name: deep river
the river runs just outside my back door
much easier to find than before
when you’re stuck waiting around
it seems like a quick way outta town
but it’ll get you there too fast
you with just a life raft
you’re not sure what’s around the bend
waterfalls or maybe just the end

throw me a line and lend me a hand
I’m in the middle of no man’s land
I don’t like this river anymore
give me a break and cut me some slack
I was never taught love like that
I don’t like this river any more
It’s a deep, deep river with no shore
deep, deep river with no short

I tried not to warn you,
ya know you were just having your fun
looking back it must seem pretty hopeless
nothing more we could’ve done
nothing more we could’ve done

throw me a line and lend me a hand
I’m in the middle of no man’s land
I don’t like this river anymore
give me a break and get off my back, ya know
I was never taught love like that
I don’t like this river any more
It’s a deep, deep river with no shore
deep, deep river with no shore
Track Name: half hearted apologies
the shades drawn but no sign of setting sun
can’t bear to get out better run
don’t tell me you hold your own
you treat me like I just came around
not like I wasn’t there before your doubt
crowded in and you got scared

but half hearted apologies don’t really tie up loose ends
even though I know I’ve taken you back
time and time again
I’ll bleed my heart dry just to get rid of your disease
maybe that explains why I’ve been stuck here so long
I do all I can to keep you safe and pleased

late nights spent running the streets of town
hit bottom long before you hit the ground
baby why, what’s wrong with you
the fallen, if they could only see you now
they forgive more than I could allow
but I’ll want you until I can’t breathe

but half hearted apologies don’t really tie up loose ends
even though I know I’ve taken you back
time and time again
I’ll bleed my heart dry just to get rid of your disease
maybe that explains why I’ve been stuck here so long
I do all I can to keep you safe and pleased

you can hear it now it’s coming from inside
it’s telling you to run but maybe you should try
explaining yourself and owning up this time
this time
this time
Track Name: the letter
i was first of three in a downtown dive in knoxville, tn.
you were on your knees in the bathroom
trying to write another letter to me
you fell hard, you're out cold
you were thinking you'd hide it from me
tell me all the promises you won't keep at night when we're falling asleep

three out of town, a radio spot, just for a reason to leave
you all alone in a cold grey room tired trying not to scream
you looked up you looked down, couldn't find a real reason for me
to be waiting around for man who will never understand
he's drowning in a bitter sea

and i tend to hold onto to tangible proof, and keep old hearts on some display
but they just turn to stories we keep to ourselves
heavy as books on dusty shelves until it's time...
i threw away your letter yesterday

i was on a stretch of highway, winding mountains and crossing streams
you said you wished me the best and knew in your heart
it was better for me
i play hard, i play right, i sing better when i'm feeling lonely
you could be the reason that i dream so big
or take it all away from me

i was at a club in a strip mall playing all of my songs for free
you were on a bridge at night with a man so high and so naive
you looked up, you looked down, tried to laugh cause you'll just never be
mean enough or strong enough to make any moves or to fly
and just be free

and i tend to hold onto to tangible proof,
so i'll know you weren't just some dream
but they just turn to stories we keep to ourselves
heavy as books on dusty shelves until it's time...
i threw away your letter yesterday

i was first of three in a downtown dive in knoxville, tn.
you were on your knees in the bathroom
trying to write another letter to me
i'll never know just why
you act this way when you run into me
guess you're too afraid to say out loud all the thing you wrote to me
tell me all the promises you won't keep at night when we're falling asleep
you could be the reason that i dream so big
or take it all away from me
you could be the reason that i dream so big
or take it all away from me
Track Name: promise
promise me you'll love me
promise me you'll still love me no matter how
no matter how i go out

tell me that you'll hold me
tell me that you'll hold my hand
when all the lights
when all the lights go out

we're still asking ourselves why
no more time to say goodbye
no more questions no more lies
nothing left to say and no one's surprised

promise me you'll bury me
promise me you'll bury me deep
so i can't hear the sounds of my old lovers weep
tell me that you'll speak of me
tell me that you'll speak kind words of integrity
and paint the man i wanted to be

we're still asking ourselves why
no more time to say goodbye
no more questions no more lies
nothing left to say and no one's surprised

your arms no longer comfort me
this place no longer feels like home
your arms no longer comfort me
this place no longer feels like home

we're still asking ourselves why
no more time to say goodbye
no more questions no more lies
nothing left to say and no one's surprised
Track Name: choose
it's snake eyes every time you roll the dice
so double your bet and you lay it all on the line
your blood was boiling and your eyes they were open wide
you've said it outloud, there's no place left to hide

and you self fulfill all your own hypocrisy
and you're coming up short for all the world to see
red lights flashing, but there's no train rolling by
do you got the guts to try to make it across in time

you never thought that you'd ever have to choose
you never thought you'd have to much to lose
you never thought that you'd ever have to choose
you never thought you'd have so much to lose

if you've got love there's no time left to grieve
so just say a prayer for those who had to leave
learn the only way you ver know how
say what you want always say it loud

the sun goes down but everything still burns
yeah you read your book but no one ever learns
don't die on the hill or get buried in the dirt
learn to be wrong, let the old house burn

you never thought that you'd ever have to choose
you never thought you'd have to much to lose
you never thought that they'd ever make you choose
you never thought you'd have so much to lose
Track Name: no regard (hurt)
you take everything that i can't hold
why can't we fight until it's done
you hide behind all those "i don't cares"
well then where are you coming from

we can't look each other in the eyes
we're both so guilty
what is it that keeps you locked so tight
what are you afraid to show me
(whatever happened to you, whatever happened to me...)

but i don't care what you think about me now
do what you will, i just can't stay here

you show no regard for what im feeling
and ruin any hope that you might
when you give me just a little bit
and i hang on for dear life

it was always just a game of chance
but I, I still came back for more
i was so, i was so gentle when i handled you
now i wonder what for

but i don't care what you think about me now
do what you will, i just can't stay here

i'm you're the last to know
i'm sorry for what it's worth
but it's not my fault you can't see i'm bleeding from where i'm hurt
(whatever happened to you, whatever happened to me)
you can't see that i'm bleeding from where i'm hurt
(whatever happened to you, whatever happened to me)
you can't see that i'm bleeding from where i'm hurt
(whatever happened to you, whatever happened to me)

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