The Pious Live EP

by The Pious Life

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All tracks original and recorded live. Mistakes were made.

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released May 22, 2016

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The Pious Life Belfast, UK

Singer and guitarist from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Now based in Hong Kong.

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Track Name: Canopy
Looking back, it was too hard
to make it work.
We were too young, too far apart,
just ideas in each other's minds.
Honestly, I loved the idea so much
it wasn't hard for me to find
anything I wanted to in you.

You were loving something that wasn't quite me.

Don't think that you're different without me.
Sky above the canopy.
I feel like we're buried in dead leaves.
Don't love me. Stop loving me.

There's a noise at the front door of my house.
You open it.
I'm lying on the floor. It's been two days.
Be the valentine of my decline.
I've felt worse before, but still I want
to seal off all my doors.

I wonder where my life has gone?
It's right where I left it.

Don't think that you're different without me.
Sky above the canopy.
I feel like we're buried in dead leaves.
Don't love me. Stop love me.

Is it fear, my dear, that keeps us here?
I've heard that particular emotion voiced.
Do we even have a choice? Emotional robots,
Just walking down a line of underwhelming present tenses.

I feel like I've seen all of you.
That's all I ever wanted to do.

Don't think that you're different without me.
Sky above the canopy.
I feel like we're buried in dead leaves.
Don't love me. Stop loving me.

Stop loving me.
Stop loving me.
Stop loving me.
Track Name: Desert Rain
We're only moments stacked on top of moments.
The baby who cried and no-one heard
grew up into the teen heartbroken in the snow.
Flow like the river that I know must flow.

And happiness come falling on me like a desert rain.
Life is only waiting for the kiss of desert rain.
All my life, I've been waiting for...

I move from resting place to resting place.
I like to imagine that I fall through space.
Free falling through time is all I know.
Oh flow like the river that I know must flow.

And happiness come falling on me like a desert rain.
Life is only waiting for the kiss of desert rain.
All my life, I've been waiting for...
All my life, I've been waiting for...
Track Name: Moments Past
End of another week,
bleary-eyed and lacking sleep.
I need to go outside.
Sky is bleeding pink.
City lying in the stink,
spinning into the night.

Here's my first mistake.
Same one I always make.
Stop and think about
how I'm changing.

The tops of the trees
cling to the last sunlight.
I'm lost in a moment past.
There's a knocking in my head,
a knocking in my head,
there's a knocking in my head:
I'm never going back.

Hong Kong, early days,
lost myself in your love's haze.
Lie with you on the bed.
Kiss you on the nose,
Let you go where no-one else goes.
In my hands hold your head.

Then you slip away.
I'm trapped in today.
And I lose you all over again.

The night is black.
The stars look static.
They too are only moments past.
And the world is spinning round;
to me it's only ground,
but I know it's spinning round.
It's never going back.

I could never go back.
Track Name: Except the Rocks and Stones
A match struck in the dark.
I, watching the fire catch, appreciate the splintering of time.
And, patient as lichen on lime,
I wait for darkness.

Matches burning down.
Dead rocks in the ground.
Everything that I've tried to do.

Lying down sideways thinking bout you
might be something I'll always do,
no matter who I'm lying beside.
Will you do likewise?

Matches burning down.
Dead rocks in the ground.
Everything that I've used
to make sense of time.
You, and this your life.
A one-way road to ashes.
In love with the road.

I'm sitting here, thinking that it's just life.
Such as it is.
It's burning down right before my eyes.
Such a it is.
Run to me, my love!
Oh run to me, my love!
Where I'm burnt I can't burn.
I'm one-quarter black.
The old are mostly smoke;
the young are merely wood.
Life is where the fire burns.
A moment.
A moment.

I know
the way it all ends
was written long ago.
My last words there in my first breath.
And life walks in the shadow of death.
But I'm far from done yet.

Matches burning down;
Dead rocks in the ground:
The fleeting and the fixed.
No question which I am.

When I am an old man
all this will be different.

Except the rocks and stones.
Track Name: The Couple Next Door Break Up
Just the other night
a girl was crying
in the room beside me,
and in my bedroom light
I saw a vision,
you came to visit me.

I promised you I would drive
you to Donegal
if you would visit me.
I don't know why
it comes back to me now.

And I've denied it but it turns out to be true:
we mostly regret what we didn't do.

The couple have broken up.
The girl is crying
and the boy is angry.
Neither have had enough,
it's just that life sometimes
gets in the way.

If I could show you love
in some small way,
you wouldn't notice me,
maybe I could make up
for everything.

Do you remember promises I didn't break?
Or do you know me now by my mistakes?
I want to say...

That if you were still mine I'd do it all.
I'd not let the pieces lie where they fall.
I'd drive you to Donegal.

The boy has moved out.
The bed is empty
as the one next to me.
And I am in no doubt
that I'm the only one
seeing symmetry.

Maybe we're not so special
with our broken hearts?
I sing a million miles
from where you are.

The girl has left the building with red puffy eyes.
I can't imagine that the boy cries.
I realise....

That if you were still mine I'd do it all.
I'd not let the pieces lie where they fall,
where I can only watch them, watch them.

And I've slipped back in time and I can only stare.
And my heart breaks to see you standing there,
a white flash in your hair, your laughter in the air,
but that's just how I would remember you.