It's a Lot Better With The Sound Off

by Ian Taylor

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released October 27, 2014

All songs written by Ian Taylor except One Too Many Mornings (Bob Dylan), and Bestselling Sunset (Co-written with Cation Davis.), and The Next Morning (Co-written with Nikki Ballew.)
Blood Red Moon recorded in Tennessee Pour House in Westmoreland, Tennessee.

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Track Name: Silent Films & Russian Roulette
It's a tiny little world you swallow just to keep you whole.
and I've felt your presence before
In another life I've known your soul.
And I'm up in the morning shivering in the cold.
When her eyes meet the dusk a smile will unfold.

Cause the lights they're all fleeing
My friends are disappearing
Confusions got me delirious
But I'll do my best to laugh.
I'll do my best to laugh.

I waste the day away with silent films and Russian roulette.
My head is at play, cause I'm missing people I have never met.
And if you say I'm not alone then why do I feel so lonely?
There was never really a home
It was all imaginary

It's a place that don't exist
So I don't understand what I miss
Maybe a dream I'm convinced
Will haunt me again one day.
Will reach me again one day.

In this old abandoned place familiar faces swarm me.
Things that I should've thrown away, and left all behind me.
But I'm still the same kid you knew those years ago
With a sad frame of mind and a poets heart
I'm just dressed in bigger clothes.

And I still love you the most
Like the withering rose
That you keep locked and kept closed
My perfect little ghost.
My perfect little ghost.

Cause the lights they're all fleeing
My friends are disappearing
Confusions got me delirious
But I'll do my best to laugh.
I'll do my best to laugh.
Track Name: I Wanna Forget
I fell in love once on a blue cheer high
She was a werewolf, I was a silly guy.
I was handed flowers once that place had closed
So I vanished like my father, who I have never known.
And I spoke to that werewolf but she never spoke back
She just smiled and giggled and blushed so bad.
So I ran to that bridge and I stood on the ledge
I know a dealer who's a friend, she'll get me out of my head.
And I should probably give her a call before the water swallows me whole.
It's just that life has no meaning at all when you spend it all alone.
So bottoms up for the ones with false hope
Who poison themselves with the idea of love.
The darker the better, the colder it gets.
Like the sun in December casting you it's threats.
And each year I remember more shit I wanna forget.
I wanna forget.
Track Name: Your Presence
If I press the keys, I'll get my drinks for free.
I'll eat with silver kings, and plastic queens.
If I stand up straight, I'll learn everything.
How to be okay, with your memory quickly fading.

And your presence will never make another happy as it makes me.

And if you get lonely, I'll hold you closely.
I'll be there in a melody, cause you belong to me.
Now hear the casket close, feel my heart it's broke.
And I'll keep my eyes closed, until I simply become imaginary.

And your presence will never make another happy as it makes me.
And your presence will never make another happy as it makes me.
Track Name: Soft Touch and Warm Soul
I am a burning building
and you are the flames.
I am the tears of children
and you are the dreams.

I cry when I'm alone
I hide behind these books I own.

I disappear
I come and go
Without words like goodbye or hello.
And the books we've burned will tattoo the sky
From words to constellations
the stars that always die.

I stumbled through blizzards alone
With the only company being thoughts of home.
Your soft touch and your warm soul.
Track Name: The Next Morning
I'll pour another drink and drown it all inside of me.
Vomit in the sink, do it all again the next morning.
This is such a simple place, all the houses have green doors.
It's a horrid cliched waste, when everything you love simply turns to a ghost.

And it's a feeling I won't claim
For the better sake of your name.
Beneath red twilight's rain
I held a strangers hand while she kissed my face
And I'll let it go.
I'll let it go.

There's a whole wide world of empty silhouettes to meet.
But from our scars apart, you'll always be the poison inside of me.
This is such a simple place, why must you go, I said why must I go away?

So I'll drink like it's a race
until the memories are misplaced.
And I'll tell myself it's okay
But Maggie I wish I'd never seen your face.
And I'll drink like it's a race
until the memories are misplaced
And I'll tell myself it's okay
but Maggie I wish I'd never seen your face.
But I'll let it go.
I'll leave you alone.
I'll leave you alone.
I'll let it go.
I'll leave you alone.
I'll leave you alone.
I'll leave you alone.
I'll leave you alone.
Track Name: Dressed In Gray
Everything makes sadness.
September came dressed in gray
and said all the things that August would never say.
I laughed beneath my breath
at all the silly things she said.
But I cried for the things she never did.
Track Name: A Passing Thought
Your favorite sweater is lying on the floor
in this blue sky weather you won't need it anymore.
Is this what I've become?
A seasonal option to keep you warm.
Your book lies open, your eyes start to turn.
Ready for the discussion, to kill a mockingbird.
Is this what you've given into?
Traded dreams for religion.
Are you still skipping dinner?
We used to talk a lot
Now the clocks hands just get thinner
And you're just a passing thought.
So I watch the corpses push their luck
When the sky turns black
They'll go back to their holes.
And I'll be the only thing left lingering around
The still child who knows her face too well.
Who knows her face too well.
Track Name: Nashville
I said "Meet me in Nashville, where everything's alright."
She said "I'll meet you in Nashville, or at least I'll try."
And we will see the lights, sit on that bridge all night.
And paint the people brand new lives.
I've been here alone for too long, I think I need a change
like the leaves in the fall, I crumble to my knees cause it's
crippling, living this lonely.
And I love you more than you will ever see.
I said "Meet me in Montauk, where the lighthouse watches the sea."
She said "I'll meet you in Montauk, in the sand on the beach."
And we will watch the waves chase after you and me.
And I love you more than you may ever see.
I said "Meet me in Nashville, where everything's alright."
She said "I'll meet you in Nashville, or at least I'll try."
And we will see the lights, sit on that bridge all night.
And paint the people brand new lives.
Track Name: Blood Red Moon
You're back in that kitchen
You're washing those dishes
And I think that I've sat here long enough
Trying to write something that appeals to us.
But it's all dead ends with every note that I hit
and I don't see you now, what that you who walked out?
I can feel it now, your absence screams loud.

And I can see it clearly with my two eyes
Cause every time I dream I die.

The adults they're all laughing
The sun it is shining
And the children they're all playing now
With those colored Lego's upon the ground.
And I remember what that was like to be thrilled by life
And the colors that would touch my mind
But that was long ago these are different times.

And I'm no longer worried about getting bored
I'm just trying to find a meaning that I can hold.
And I'm no longer worried about getting bored
I'm just trying to find a meaning that I can hold.

She's like a blood red moon when she speaks
She shifts her eyes away and then back at me
Singing "This is life, let it be."
She's like a blood red moon when she speaks
She shifts her eyes away and then back at me
Singing "This is life, let it be."
Track Name: Bestselling Sunset
There's a bestselling sunset, so won't you come with me?
There's a house full of regrets, that we could never be.
So come with me and we will see
How wonderful this place really is.
There's a castle on the hill, where fairy tales come true.
I get such a thrill, when I'm loving you.
So come with me and we will see
How beautiful this love really is.
There's a bestselling sunset, so won't you come with me?
There's a house full of regrets, that we could never be.
So come with me and we will see
How wonderful this place really is.
Track Name: A Good Soldier
I've been a good soldier
but we all know that this is over.
Don't keep me around.
Don't bleed me out.
Who knows this?
You may find me in a field of roses
happy and smiling on the other side of life.
But there's a plague inside my mind
and it won't go away no matter how much time I kill
or pages I fill with scribbles
lines that I can't put together
melodies that don't sound better
than the beauty in the weather of your bones.
I've been a good soldier
but we all know that this is over.
Don't keep me around.
Don't bleed me out.
Track Name: Only Lover Left Alive
I'm a vampire
and I'm the only lover left alive.
So into outer space we go.
I'll bleed you tonight.
Track Name: Hemingway's Word
Nothing easy is ever worth much
I see it clearly and it makes my stomach hurt.
Clarity was never supposed to burn.
So I’m going to Paris to end all life
Cause we all perish from loves stillest lie.
And the art is learning to live with it
Something that I ain’t discovered yet.

So I'll take Hemingway's word and be free.
Chain myself to a typewriter and just bleed.
Like a baby's death, you're the sadness that swallows me.
And I spoke to the future once
I was drunk as Hell on the bathroom floor
It was 3 A.M. and the mirror looked bored.

So I've been watching this show just to kill time with
About a hospital and a doctor with a limp
There ain't nothing much to it.
I'm just a mistake she carelessly made
So I'll bury her with whiskey and outer space
Until I can't remember a thing.
You said "Kid it'll be alright, cross my heart."
But I'll close my eyes and let the funeral start.

So I'll take Hemingway's word and be free.
Chain myself to a typewriter and just bleed.
Like a baby's death, you're the sadness that swallows me.
And I spoke to the future once
I was drunk as Hell on the bathroom floor
It was 3 A.M. and the mirror looked bored.
Track Name: Strange Hallucinations
I've been having these strange hallucinations
I've been hearing these odd vibrations
And mirrors they don't look the same to me.
Reflections as far as the eye can see.
I can't remember but I know I won't forget
I'm the painted jester with a broken head.
And I don't know when I'm coming home again
Cause these steeples that pierce the sky they look different.

And I just can't deal with all this change
From stranger to lover to stranger again.
Would you even care if you never saw my face again?

The kid next door is always screaming about salvation
He cries to the sky thinking that the clouds will save him
But me I'm always lost in bitter confusion
Never knowing which lie to give into.
And I wander in circles afraid of which thought is next
I take these pills to try and untwist my head.
But nothing good ever comes out of it.
So I lay down and try to rest.

But then a shape on the ceiling begins to catch my eye
What a beautiful to remember what life was like
Before growing up killed you with the truth.
Track Name: My Dear Friends
My dear friends you're all that I've known.
My dear friends tell me where have you gone.
I sit here with your letter before me.
Drenched in tears, I reek of memories.
I'll never have again.
I'll never have again.

Sister dear I must get going.
Sister dear tell mother that I love her.
But I'm sick to death of running in circles.
There's nothing left, nowhere to turn to.
Nothing left to do.
Nothing left to prove.

Children stay cautious as can be.
Children keep being children please.
Cause once you grow up there's no going back.
It's foolish, it's a devilish trap.
You never can escape.
You never can escape.

The wind that flies from the nightingales wings
is the wind that drives my lonely heart to sing.
Yes my lover she never grows old.
There's a fire that burns in her soul.
And it never goes away.
It never goes away.

My dear friends you're all that I've known.
My dear friends tell me where have you gone.
I sit here with your letter before me.
Drenched in tears, I reek of memories.
I'll never have again.
I'll never have again.
Track Name: Elephant Sketch
I can't look in the mirror without seeing a friend I miss
Or the colors of the mural, the details you always missed.
I stand at my window pretending to be alive.
I watch the delicate snow, bright as your eyes.
And it paints the night with a brilliant glow
Like the familiar faces I used to know
But they're far away and I'm on my own
In this abandoned head I call my home.

And I grip this pencil trying to bleed the sketch
Of everything that's gone and dead.
And the days they seemed so longer than
But time is a bitter illusion.

And I still remember all the neighborhood kids
They threw footballs made of leather, with grass stained pants.
And when the people clashed together in the massive crowds at school.
My eyes scanned all over, I was always looking for you.
I also remember the heat of my home state.
And I can't help but think that somewhere I made a mistake.

Cause lifetimes have died in the blink of an eye.
There's a gaping hole inside my mind.
And everyone tells me I'll be alright
With their gentle smiles and their friends by their side.
Well here I am is that really the case?
Tell me, what do you see when you gaze into my face?
Track Name: My Own Fault
I've felt hands that were so unkind
Seen the love in a strangers eyes.
I've seen people born and people die.
I've been there and back again
Lived the life of a thousand men.
It's a circle that never stops spinning.
I've felt days that won't seem to end
Seen enemies make amends.
I've had dreams that aren't fair enough to mention.

But you lie awake at night listening to your lovers breath
Cause come the morning light
You're so afraid they'll be nothing left.

I've had my times of vanishing
Written notes with plans of disappearing
And it's not something I'm proud of.
I've slept beside a harlequin
Told her lies, like she's my darling
And it's nothing I really feel ashamed of.
Cause there's a girl out there somewhere south of me
The one that I truly need
She's precious and beautiful like poetry.
She's the ocean, the moon inside of me.

And I lie awake at night listening to my own heart.
I loved you then and I love you now
and I guess that that's my own fault.
I guess that that's my own fault.
Track Name: Coffee House On Church Street
There's a coffee house on Church street
and the people there I'd like you to meet
cause this whole place was made for you and me
just you and me and the city.
And the stars above are like foreign doves
invisible to all of us
cause the lights that shine are brighter than the ones
in the fields where we're from.
So pack your things bring your fondest memories
we'll see the men on the curb get too drunk to speak
and when the bars close we'll wander aimlessly
just searching for a place where we can peacefully
just sleep.

And in the morning wherever we may wake
We'll smile cause it's just another day.