too far to walk

B-Sides

Hands

Hands was originally planned to be the 1st song on the second album.  But we ended up playing it a lot during the 'Progression' days.  So much so, that by the time we got around to recording the 2nd album, we didn't feel like it fit with the rest of the tunes.  So we put it on the back burner, and  I wrote 'Waiting Up,' which replaced it.  Always loved playing it live.  The crowds seemed to always like it also. ---Jev   

Say what's on your mind.  See if you can look me in the eye.  But if you can't control yourself this time, hold it in, or take it back, rewind before hand.

You cannot back it up with your hands.  Talking to someone who understands.  It's not that hard to live by a plan.  Even when you stare into the eyes of a man.  You cannot back it up with your hands.

So come along and live it up for the ride.  Enjoy it now because you're bound to die.  And if you think I'm nuts then take a look at the past.  Cuz people like you are the kind that don't last for too long.

Say we're different.  You make it hard to be saved.  But I've been thinking I'll take this to my grave.  To my grave.

Half-Life 

Half-Life was going to be one of the last tracks on 'Progression.'  We even recorded most of it.  But between not being comfortable singing it yet, and not being sure how we'd pull it off live, (it had a cool "dual solos" part in the middle for 2 guitars) we decided it wasn't meant for that album.  In the meantime I was working on a new tune I called 'How Long I'll Last' and was excited about playing it with the guys.  We tried it at practice once, and I knew we had something good.  It took the place of Half-Life.  I had planned H.L. to end up then on an e.p. with Hands.  Maybe someday. ---Jev 

Original lyrics:

She sees the sign of another time, with her eyes but not with her mind.  She wanted to see, just wanted to be, someone else a different type of free.

And she wanted to be the one.  Another one in another's fun.  Another place in another time.  It's hers.  It's hers.

And her day is up over the horizon.  Her day.  Her day is coming whether she likes it or not.  Her day, oh.

She sees the rain clouds up ahead.  But she thinks that she won't get wet.  It amazes me how she could move on, in a half-life state which created wrong.

And he wanted to be the one.  He wanted to see just wanted to be.  The man who could and the man who would.  It's his.  It's hers.

Her day is up over the horizon.  Her day.  Her day is coming along with everybody else's.  Her day, Oh.

Pawns 

Pawns is one of the oldest songs I've written.  Sometime during junior high school sitting in study hall I penned the lyrics to Pawns, and it's counterpart 'Slow.'  They were supposed to be released on an e.p. together.  Just never got to it, amidst everything else.  I guess all these tunes that should be released already will have to end up on a B-sides collection sometime.  Until then... ---Jev 

Big problems confront me every single day of the entire week.  One is waking, the other is getting up.  But I can't die.  It doesn't mean you can't try.  

Oh, up high to get away.  No one to know.  Oh, up high to get away.  No one to know.  No.

They think they're the better of me.  Boy, aren't they in for quite a surprise?  If you want to see it, look right into my eyes.  I'm fire.  I'm flame.  It's always me to blame.  

Oh, up high to get away.  No one to know.  Oh, up high to get away.  No one to know.  No.

You would say that you would see me but you will never, never see me again.

Back up your knights and your pawns.  Back up your knights and your...  Back up your knights and your pawns, cuz if you don't you might get sent back to your home. 

Slow 

Always went over well live.  Counterpart to 'Pawns.'   See above.  ---Jev

 
They look like they'll drown on down.  But it's alright.  To the people, to the people; they never get it right.  They're the center of all the attention.  And they're loving it.  They're the people; the stupid people, they never get it right.

Takes people to take it slow.  Takes people to take it slow.  Takes people to take it slow again.

Every person that's not exactly with it, feels out of place.  They don't know better, no better, you see it on their face.  Complications for every little soldier.  Problems every day.  They're pushed away now.  They're pushed away now.  You see it on their face.  

Takes people to take it slow.  Takes people to take it slow.  Takes people to take it slow again.

They're the center of all the attention.  And they're loving it.  To the people.  The stupid people, they never get it right.

Takes people to take it slow.  Takes people to take it slow.  Takes people to take it slow again.

And on and on and on and on we go.  Yea we go.  We go.  We go on our own.   

Drum Solo Accompanied By A Band

Greg's favorite song we ever did. (can you sense the sarcasm?)  Another really old song of mine.  I'm not even sure of the time period when it was written.  We've played it a handful of times live.  One of those cheesy three chord songs that I ended up getting quite a few compliments about.  You just never know.  It was planned to be on 'Second Wind' but as with 'Hands,' we didn't feel it fit right with everything else.  After debating what would fill it's spot, I wrote 'The Lightning...' in the meantime, and felt that better fit the mix of tunes.  So 'Drum Solo...' is another one destined for a B-side collection.  ---Jev

As I walk away the day.  I realize, realize what they say.  So I close my ears and pray.  Cuz it's all I need.  All I need to stay away.

And the feeling crossed my mind.  And it's too much, too much time.  And I wonder, wonder why.  Cuz it's all I need, all I need to be real.

Now I hope that this won't change.  Cuz I know that, know that it's one in the same.  But it's out of my range.  But it's all I need.  All I need to this date.

And the feeling crossed my mind.  And it's too much, too much time.  And I wonder, wonder why.  It's all I need, all I need to be real.

Now I know that this will end.  But if it's up to me know that I'll be trying everything that I can.  There goes another friend.  And it's all I need.  All I need to live again.

And the feeling crossed my mind.  And it's too much, too much wasted time.  And I wonder, wonder why.  It's all I need.  All I need.  It's all I need.  All I need to be real.  

Mark My Words

Mark My Words was just something we jammed out once.  It turned into a prelude to 'Hard To Say.'  We only played it out once...The Hardbean in Reading I believe.  We opened the show with it and then went right into Hard To Say.  Cool jam.  ---Jev

Mark my words.  I will transverse.  Lie still with me.  I love what you bring.  Bate me.

Mark my words.  Someday I will break this curse.  See in you what I don't in me.  Unlocking chains that set me free.  Bate me.

In my world your always near.  You and I and a perfect sphere.  Mark my words: I love what you bring.  But I'm imprisoned by the only thing that sets me free.  

Resignation

Resignation is a jam that we'd play immediately after 'How Long I'll Last.'  Always fun to play.  We usually planned it out to play it, although sometimes I think we'd get to the end of HLIL, and just go by the feel if we were playing it or not.  ---Jev

You said that you were leaving.  You told me you were leaving us.  I made myself believe.  I made myself believe because...why?  Well I hope you found your life.  Pray you found your life this day.  'cause you're running out of time.  You're living by yourself so far away.

But don't stay away.  Don't stay away.

Dear friend you know just what, you know just what you're doing this time...don't you?  But how can you live this dream out?  How can you be something that is a lie?  Tell me...

Don't stay away.  Don't stay away.  You said that you were leaving.  You said that you were leaving us... 

Bright 

Bright was a song I wrote during the Second Wind days on piano.  Fun song to play, with a cool jam from the middle to the end.  Played it once live and went over really well.  Just didn't fit in anywhere.  Destined for a B-side collection. ---Jev 

Waking up alone with thoughts of you inside of my head, and wishing I could trade these thoughts for you and hold you instead.  Pray I keep myself together because maybe this time, this could be the day where I can finally let myself shine.  Shine bright.

Wanted you to know you picked a fine time to tell me.  Wanted you to know you picked a fine time to tell me.  You won't realize you cannot be me.  Wanted you to know you picked a fine time to tell me.

Waking up again and knowing that I'm further behind.  At least to me that's how it seems and feels inside of my mind.  And I know I'm doomed and bound for failure.  Hang my head in doubt from all the things that I am unsure.

Wanted you to know you picked a fine time to tell me.  Wanted you to know you picked a fine time to tell me.  I understand that I can't be me.  Wanted you to know you picked a fine time to tell me.