Brush With Greatness

by Before Dawn

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1.
Proof 04:15 video
I can hear them coming up the back steps setting up equipment turning out the lights because my time has come and gone a tape recorder in the middle of the room a disembodied voice a scary noise I am standing right beside you won’t you offer some proof to us won’t you make something move for us can anybody hear a word I’m saying as the scene just seems to keep replaying over and over again in the middle of the night I really like your energy I sure would like you next to I swear I’m not a fantasy and I’m longing for some human interaction you want me to com through for you I’m trying to but it’s hard to do It’s been this way since ’32 but not I think I’m finally making contact won’t you offer some proof to us ...I am trying won’t you make something move for us ...I am trying can anybody hear a word I’m saying as the scene just seems to keep replaying over and over again in the middle of the night
2.
Out in the desert It’s very desolate And in the silence You can hear everything The days are hot The nights are cold The stars are bright This is a wild place Chorus: Deadly Beauty What you do to me You make me feel free I feel so alive but I am doing all I can to survive There’s ocotillo And lechuguilla Oh Dios Mio A javelina’s in your jacal These rugged mountains Oceans of sand If you can stand it This is a way of life my friend Chorus A devil’s witch Out in the distance It’s like a dream here And sometimes things don’t seem so real Deep in the canyon There was a fire Started by lightning It cut us off from everyone Chorus Bridge: Montañas de oro bajo de las nubes La luz es tan azul Escucha a los chisos del desierto
3.
I feel my mind alive and maybe I will fall in love Maybe before long I’ll fall into your arms My open heart My opened eyes You’re an enigma and know you’ll know me very well I can’t believe I feel I’ve known you for so long My open heart My opened eyes Oh won't’ you save me from myself Always Or should I wait for someone else There’s no way So let me give this to you now Before we part I have to give this to you now Was just the start Every word you say just makes me start breathing hard Everytime I know I don’t wanna be alone My open heart My opened eyes You remember me when I was not doing that well Yeah you remember me when I was kind of lost Your open arms Your open mind So let me give this to you now Before we part I have to give this to you now Was just the start
4.
Carousel 03:39
I can’t get my head around How they do it in this town’s carousel One step forward two steps back Should we bother to unpack or just turn around It was clearly laid out in the contract that we never saw Was it there, did you care, disappeared into thin air It’s not like us to forget we’re holding on to nothing at all An empty house is all that we have now I can’t get my head around How they do it in this town’s carousel One step forward two steps back Should we bother to unpack or just turn around If you’re gonna do it do it right or don’t do it at all I don’t do this for my health, sitting here beside myself Waiting for you to tell us that we’re holding On to nothing at all An empty house is all that we have now I can’t get my head around How they do it in this town’s carousel One step forward two steps back Should we bother to unpack or just turn around
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Hot To Touch 03:15
Take me to the edge of where I really want to go Tie me to the rock that you eventually will throw I just don’t know nothin’ but I really want to learn Throw me in your junk drawer and your candle sticks will burn But I’m in debt to you For making me hot to touch And I just can’t feel blue I’ve finally tossed the crutch A broken heart is useless if that broken heart won’t mend I’m in love with you but I could never be your friend My body is a carriage and my heart a racing horse Doing all we can to keep from veering off the course But I’m in debt to you For making me hot to touch And I just can’t feel blue I’ve finally tossed the crutch Whenever the sky rains and brings me down I just wait until you come around If you keep waiting on the last one You’re on your way to getting old and cold Take me to the edge of where I really want to go Tie me to the rock that you eventually will throw I just don’t know nothin’ but I really want to learn Throw me in your junk drawer and your candle sticks will burn But I’m in debt to you For making me hot to touch And I just can’t feel blue I’ve finally tossed the crutch
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Lovely Game 03:49
There’s just no need for you to try to impress me I’m on the road and I am seeking liberty Well you only know what you have seen in magazines So if you want some kind of recognition here Go fix my microphone make sure the signal’s clear I have no time for all your pettiness you see We keep our mouths closed and pretend that everything’s fine Before you’re stranded forever leave the scenery behind Well it’s a lovely game and it’s complete with disdain You just keep on chasin’ ‘round this thing called fame Not this time You’re whining again What’s your story You’re just so beautiful to watch when you tell lies There is no glimmer of salvation in your eyes I used to want to get to know you You’re such a prize We keep our mouths closed and pretend that everything’s fine Before you’re stranded forever leave the scenery behind Well it’s a lovely game and it’s complete with disdain You just keep on chasin’ ‘round this thing called fame Not this time You’re whining again What’s your story Ask me for the answers I don’t have the answers Where do we go Where do we go I am on fire On fire again
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I can’t believe they surround me, take up all of my time I don’t know how they find me, spirits wear on my mind CHORUS: I don’t wanna look, why won’t they just go away? You call it a gift, it always just leaves me drained. I’ve got a picture in my mind, I can’t ignore all the signs..…Can you? I’ve seen them since we were children, my parents called it a phase back then. CHORUS: I don’t wanna look, why won’t they just go away? You call it a gift, it always just leaves me drained. I’ll lose my mind, out of control! BRIDGE You know that it’s true, that I am just like you. And all that you feel, well I feel that too. Tonight they will come --------------------------- Now you and I are one. Until the end, I finally have a friend. CHORUS: I don’t wanna look, why won’t they just go away? You call it a gift, it always just leaves me drained. I’d lose my mind, without control!
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Danny 03:09
Danny looked at me sideways Through a smoke haze Sipping vitamins and whiskey on ice It’s funny how the veneer fades As it degrades And you’re finally in front of a face The coldest shoulder Is this a bad time I think he’s over The let’s be friend line now I am feeling like an odd man Who’s silenced the room to some effect now I’m figuring it out Danny doesn’t like me Oh well There are things that I can tell No Danny doesn’t like me Oh well Does my face ring a bell? Black and White on a Sunday Was the one day That I would give the benefit of the doubt Remember me I’m the good friend Of the last trend With whom you shared the stage on several dates Was I not charming? Now that’s alarming I guess he’s over The let’s be friends line now I am feeling like an odd man Who’s silenced the room to some effect now I’m figuring it out Danny doesn’t like me Oh well There are things that I can tell No Danny doesn’t like me Oh well Does my face ring a bell?
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Anybody 03:22 video
I have tried to let it go but it is not so easy though it’s all right it’s all right baby I try not to let them know but there are things you cannot show it’s all right it’s all right baby At least we have each other forever and ever And I can’t live if you go She tried to tell me if it’s anybody’s fault then it’s mine Would anybody like to tell me if this this all that I’m getting all that I’m getting All that you’re giving that I’m really really getting tonight sorting through recycled souls we just keep getting cynical It’s not me it’s not me baby lines are crossed and threats are tossed it’s not me I do what I want to At least we have each other forever and ever And I can’t live if you go She tried to tell me if it’s anybody’s fault then it’s mine Would anybody like to tell me if this this all that I’m getting all that I’m getting All that you’re giving that I’m really really getting tonight She tried to tell me if it’s anybody’s fault then it’s mine Would anybody like to tell me if this this all that I’m getting all that I’m getting All that you’re giving that I’m really really getting tonight
10.
Make the best of any situation Come with me and I will show you how Live the dream and make our own creations Pay attention to see how this goes down We’ll get this right We know what we want to see We’ll get this right We can be who we wanna be Color me with any paintbrush you choose Sowing fertile seed of one last stand Fulfilling tasks with endless dedication Performing for you is always such a thrill It’s our life And it feels right We’ll make this right We know what we want to see We’ll make this right We can be who we wanna be We’ll get this right We know what we want to see We’ll make this right We can be who we wanna be
11.
I’m taking pictures everybody can see Stored digitally for a nominal fee I carry them with me wherever I go Don’t Really need them but it’s just good to know That you can call me Anywhere I go And you can follow me Anywhere I go Chorus: These are extraordinary times my friend I hope this never ends Here we go All aglow Everywhere Discover fire and invent me a wheel This is the future baby all this is real It’s moving fast now just you try and keep up I’m kinda worried that we’re not up to snuff But you can call me Anywhere I go And you can follow me Anywhere I go Chorus: These are extraordinary times my friend I hope this never ends Here we go All aglow Everywhere I want you to know that you’re okay Can you hear me in this transmission Even though I’m far away I want you to know that we’re okay Can you hear me in this transmission Even though I’m far away I want you to know that I’m okay Can you hear me in this transmission Even though I’m far away Chorus: These are extraordinary times my friend I hope this never ends Here we go All aglow Everywhere
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Cicada Queen 01:03
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Live It Up 03:31
They're telling you your window of opportunity is closing And I don't know which way you should go but I see that your bright ligh's growing Don't you see it will all go your way don't you stop trying 'Cause your hands are too full to carry the weight of our fate Win some Lose some Pick yourself up and start again Live it up Don't give it up 'Cause I'm sure it's all been said before Sometimes it feels like there's nobody listening but waiting compels me to say what I have to say 'Cause you're going away And I, I don't want to see you fade away Win some Lose some Pick yourself up and start again Live it up Don't give it up I'm sure it's all been said before Sometimes it feels like there's nobody listening but waiting compels me to say what I have to say And you're going away And I, I don't want to see you fade away So grow up Grow up Despite what society says So grow up Grow up I dare you to tempt your fate I know time seems to drift away And if it's not for yourself then just start with some honesty You can still enjoy the journey

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released December 1, 2011

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Before Dawn Appleton, Wisconsin

“A hook and synth-laden wall of sound decorated with memorabilia from 70s punk rock, 80s new wave, 90s club music and, well, just about anything else you can think of! With a timeless showmanship and knack for comedic timing, this two-person outfit is guaranteed to start a full-on dance party with or without you.” – Shawn Petsche, Sled Island Music Festival Promoter ... more

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