The Sour Notes

8 albums

Austin, Texas band The Sour Notes are known for their cross-genre, DIY aesthetic, self-releasing five albums, three 7-inch records and a cassette. They have toured nationally over ten times, making appearances at CMJ, SXSW, NXNE, Fun Fun Fun Fest, The UMS, Free Press Summer Fest and have shared stages with such diverse bands as The Dandy Warhols, Of Montreal, Foxygen, Future Islands, We Are Scientists, Marnie Stern and Daniel Johnston.

"Never short on hooks or ambition, The Sour Notes play brittle pop for star-crossed post-grads... On rising tides of lonesome guitars & glimmering synths, the band builds its postmillennial laments, occasionally nodding to Krautrock & frequently conceding to soundtrack-worthy mood." - The Onion AV Club

"Outside of a DIY aesthetic, The Sour Notes' origin as a solo bedroom project is buried pretty deep beneath its incredibly upbeat live show. With ambitious hooks and synth-based brittle pop tunes, the Texan quintet understand fun." - NXNE

Music

56 songs
Song
Length
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1
Clock Strikes Twelve Darkest Sour
03:01

Lyrics:

Expansive view from a bird's eye But tunnel vision grounds me again Sheep peep the news with a war cry But trouble hearing spared me the strain Lay low when the flocks shot down Stay cool as the fields blaze and Gimme a head start outta town When hands on the clock strike twelve The rubble is all you'll see We scrap at the first sign of attitude Roughed up and bruised by your own kind There's no limit to how bad it can get Still on the fence we're defined by They make it easy to give up the fight If i'm still here tonight Will you wonder why No matter who swallows your pride They don't have the beat inside Don't have to look deep down to see the signs When hands on the clock strike twelve The rubble is all you'll see And this way nor that will dig you out Underground, your last words will go unheard
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Clock Strikes Twelve (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:08
2
On Yer Mark Darkest Sour
03:13

Lyrics:

For just once in your life Say the word, be heard So come on out with it Loud enough to make em shout For the rest of your life Say you will be here So now get on with it Stand up proud and take a bow On yer mark, just take a shot I will be here to rely on When you're left out by the crowd On yer mark, just take a shot I will be here with the light on And my feet up waiting On your mark, just take a shot On my guard, just take a shot at me On your mark, just take a shot I'll be there On yer mark, just take a shot I will be here to rely on When you're let down by the crap On yer mark, just take a shot I will be here to relax with When you're bummed out by yourself On yer mark, just take a shot I will be here with the light on And my feet up waiting On your mark, just take a shot On my guard, just take a shot at me On your mark, just take a shot I'll be there
1
On Yer Mark (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:16
3
Soft Applause Darkest Sour
04:32

Lyrics:

Hit the bottom Let every drop Erase your every care No less, no more A subtle breakthrough Promise and prose Pretend it's all real Enjoy the show The time has come For all things to carry on You?ve loved and lost Every game at a toss The money talks No one cared to shut it up Those soft applause Fanned that flame so long Sometimes you walk right out of my life Sometimes you walk out my door Sometimes you fall right into a lie Sometimes you fall out my door Oh woah... Goodbye, oh goodbye dark world
1
Soft Applause (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:48
4
Today I'll Buy No Sorrow Darkest Sour
02:34

Lyrics:

Went dark in the limelight Way out on a limb Waved goodbye and beelined For my closest friend Can't find Mr. Blue Sky Now I'm seeing red I guess I'll let it rain instead Doo doo doo doo Plain Jane with a short leash Wherever you turn Freak scene for the straight-laced Who ain't got the nerve I'll walk on the wild side But you've got to learn Hey babe this ain't no Venus in Furs Hard to work it out When no-one wants to stick around If nothing held us down Would we reach for higher ground
1
Today I'll Buy No Sorrow (Instrumental)
Instrumental
02:38
5
Additional Footage Darkest Sour
01:39
6
Loose Leaf And Black Parallel Action Darkest Sour
07:29

Lyrics:

Bliss from a daylong buzz Refreshes the best of us Loose leaf and bleak effort Goes so far When I wanted her, it was a curse When I had to go, I swore the oath Do whatever makes you happy and keeps em' on their toes Here comes a choice To open your eyes and take a chance Fixed all the ways i'm wrong You won't catch me in that same old song Took it all with a grain of salt And it's worked so far My apologies / all apologies Here every night starts over with another dumb mistake
1
Loose Leaf And Black Parallel Action (Instrumental)
Instrumental
07:34
7
Small Hints Darkest Sour
More: Lyrics
05:07

Lyrics:

Shortfalls don?t bother me at all When the day goes wrong And we hold on Ya can't say you're proud of me now But everything turns around When we hold out It's alright to try And refuse what you don't wanna be Small hints of an ending Lonesome doves follow me home To sing me a new song While we don?t belong The pros and cons rattle me some When the pain grows strong Yeah, it?s never gone It?s alright to cry And confuse whatcha don't wanna see Small hints of an ending Put your life on hold
8
Stay Close Free For The Taking (Explicit Lyrics) Darkest Sour
03:54

Lyrics:

Stay close to my heart Stay close to my soul Trust in and of itself Fuck those who don?t Stay close to mine It?s open wide It just hasn't always been An open book It?s nobody?s business And it?s perfect that way Stay close to my heart It?s no fucking different And let?s keep it that way Stay close to my heart (synth solo) You stood in the way Hoping it?d keep you next to me If only a minute I?ll throw you a rope When a hand reaches out from you Free for the taking Can?t change what is done It?s been great, now you?ve got to choose Blink and you?ll miss it Can?t say it was fun And I can?t take another day All on my own A little sunshine There?s so little peeking out Whatever happened, happens A little sunshine There?s no need to keep it out Whatever happened, happens All on your own
1
Stay Close Free For The Taking (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:17
9
Cuttthroat Do What May
04:04
1
Cuttthroat (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:07
10
Do What May Do What May
03:11
1
Do What May (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:10
11
Don't Listen Do What May
02:40
1
Don't Listen (Instrumental)
Instrumental
02:43
12
In The Meanwhile Do What May
03:21
13
It Could Be Worse Do What May
04:25
1
It Could Be Worse (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:25
14
Lay Me Down Smooth Do What May
03:59
1
Lay Me Down Smooth (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:00
15
Loose Ends Do What May
02:17
16
Somewhere They Can't Enter Do What May
02:01
1
Somewhere They Can't Enter (Instrumental)
Instrumental
02:00
17
Two Hands Wait Do What May
03:12
1
Two Hands Wait (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:16
18
With Ease With Time Do What May
02:53
1
With Ease With Time (Instrumental)
Instrumental
02:53
19
Gloria (Van Morrison Cover - Master Rep Finest Sour
04:07

Lyrics:

Jesus died for somebody's sins but not mine Meltin' in a pot of thieves Wild card up my sleeve Thick heart of stone My sins my own They belong to me, me People say "beware!" But I don't care The words are just Rules and regulations to me, me I-I walk in a room, you know I look so proud I'm movin' in this here atmosphere, well, anything's allowed And I go to this here party and I just get bored Until I look out the window, see a sweet young thing Humpin' on the parking meter, leanin' on the parking meter Oh, she looks so good, oh, she looks so fine And I got this crazy feeling and then I'm gonna ah-ah make her mine Ooh I'll put my spell on her Here she comes Walkin' down the street Here she comes Comin' through my door Here she comes Crawlin' up my stair Here she comes Waltzin' through the hall In a pretty red dress And oh, she looks so good, oh, she looks so fine And I got this crazy feeling that I'm gonna ah-ah make her mine And then I hear this knockin' on my door Hear this knockin' on my door And her name is, and her name is, and her name is, and her name is G-L-O-R-I-A G-L-O-R-I-A Gloria G-L-O-R-I-A Gloria G-L-O-R-I-A Gloria G-L-O-R-I-A Gloria And the tower bells chime, "ding dong" they chime They're singing, "Jesus died for somebody's sins but not mine”
1
Gloria (Van Morrison Cover - Master Rep(Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:13
20
Ride It Out Finest Sour
03:21

Lyrics:

You've seen the world from the end of a coattail It's marvel & charm & your own clear way Now whatdya want from me? You saw it all for free Aren't ya impressed with yourself? You hid from the world, where no one would notice Uncovered the scars of yours truly But they didn't look the same When you showed them to me But you did the best thatcha could Don't we all This place will haunt you one day The road to the unknown I walked along, for your sake A victim of your old ways Go scoff among the young folks Quiet down, drift away and ride it out Cuz this is the best that it gets But this ain?t the most that it can hurt So give em exactly what they really deserve
1
Ride It Out (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:20
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More: Lyrics
04:51

Lyrics:

Pleasure can be hopeless when it comes Through never ending motion, though it seems And though it seems, you know it seems Just like a dream Whether there be ocean or a stream Treasure it together to where it goes 'Cuz here we go, and there we go To where it goes I want to stay young enough to feel your arms around Enough to tell you afterwards that I believe you’re good
22
More: Lyrics
03:10

Lyrics:

Saw it again like I knew I would Distant and calm, underneath all along Believing your love was a love of mine Like it was my own, when I knew I was wrong It was your cold dim basement It’s my flooded home It was the look that I thought you reminded me of Called you a friend when I knew I could Keep us a part of a one sided heart Believing in love was a love of mine When I was told it would never grow old It’s alright, I don’t mind, it’s you and me girl
23
03:31

Lyrics:

Try and fool me, let your guard down to see You never wanted to fall in, to fall in, to fall Tied down loosely with your heart on your sleeve You never wanted to fall in, to fall in, to fall in love Passionate words leave you hooked When you find them in the street you’re sold Passionate words leave you hooked Till they lead the way out Wrong to suffer when she’s adored You ought to fault who couldn’t tell her That she’s a whore all by herself now It’s not her fault that she’s alone One slow whimper in every page she turns Passionate words leave you hooked When they find you in the streets don’t Try and fool me with your palms out to plead You never wanted to fall in, to fall in, to fall in love
24
02:39

Lyrics:

I know where you’re comin' from 'Cuz you’re not the only one Who can talk their way out of this now With some luck you might as well Take your chances somewhere else If you start to think they can sense that I know where you’re comin' from this time It’s no surprise that there’s somebody else To fess up would be crazy even for a song To fess up wouldn’t do any better for a soul I know where you’re comin' from this time It’s no surprise that there’s somebody else 'Cuz you run your mouth like it suits you well Like it’s life or death
25
It's the Hair That Makes the Dress Chic! It's Not Gonna Be Pretty (2010)
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02:49

Lyrics:

I’ll be the nocturne hymn you’ll dream upon A bitter lover in dull moments Down to your utmost whim, I’ll make the best of it I’ll sew by hand the hem our seams upon In fits of laughter and slight moans Until your light goes dim, I’ll do what I can Forced then rejoiced with a hum Though how I meant well, through my untrained eyes
26
03:02

Lyrics:

INSTRUMENTAL
27
03:12

Lyrics:

When i get mad it’s out of love Whenever you run away from being hurt And then you feel sad just out of love And then I wonder if you’ve given up Baby, I’m not the one who’s playin' rough Because it feels bad it’s out of love And then you wallow in it being dumb And then you feel had just out of love Because you can’t erase where it came from But now our tumbling just isn’t fun to me I guess that in love is something that we’re not Prove to me while we can still smile Who knows this better than you have And now we’re crumbling right out from under me But you can run away, because you’re dead to me I guess that in love is something that we’re not Baby, I’m not the one who’s playin' dumb
28
04:26

Lyrics:

One more night on my own Careful what road you’re on No-one there you can touch No amends you can botch 'Cuz it’s through Yes it’s through Tune it out When it’s all said and done You can’t feel pain when you’re gone No more shame to endure No more of the same kind of bores When it’s through 'Cuz it’s through In the wake of the wonders you have felt There’s no way to rest assure of that sound When it’s through 'Cuz it’s through Tune it out right now And keep those things to yourself
29
03:22

Lyrics:

Good to know when you’re not home Good to know your reaction Good to no-one, good for nothing It’s good to know you still care Good to go, then come up short Truth be told at your discretion Up to no good, 'cuz we’re unsure It’s difficult to accept that Time will tell who’s allowed
30
Nothing's More Contagious Than Evil Last Looks
02:34

Lyrics:

You weren’t afraid of my body before you took the skin off my bones You weren’t afraid of my body before you were akin to my touch Too-hard to speak your mind though You’ll have to keep your eyes closed You were a pain that I tried to ignore without a peep from my mouth You weren’t afraid to die fighting for more than what good people try for But we don’t seem to mind now Don’t have to cling to my crowd You’ll have to sink to my ground Don’t be afraid to find out how low You weren’t afraid to try
1
Nothing's More Contagious Than Evil (Instrumental)
Instrumental
02:40
31
Hot Pink Flames Last Looks
03:03

Lyrics:

How quickly you confuse the thought So cliche’ the conclusions are Hot pink flares turn into a spark Short-lived hey, but the music goes on… and on I’ve laid my tired head down one too many times now This lonely little life’s all you really deserve This lonely little life’s all you’re ready to swim around This lonely little life’s all you’re ready to run around This lonely little life’s all you really deserve This lonely little life is your world It’s the only life that you know This lonely little life’s all you’re ready to swim around
1
Hot Pink Flames (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:06
32
Big Dreams Last Looks
02:04

Lyrics:

Who knows what I’ll do when you’re over me Fancy girl, you see big things for yourself Who knows what I’ll do when you’re over me No matter where you turn to get through the night No matter who you call to make things right Every nickel, every dime you toss me Cuts you out a bigger piece of the pie Big dreams, big joke… There’s nothing I can do to stop you
1
Big Dreams (Instrumental)
Instrumental
02:09
33
Hot Here Under The Roof Last Looks
02:39

Lyrics:

Cheap shot… To your room Sweetheart… It’s your move Big shock… Doom and gloom Ingmar… Knows you’re due He knows you are Think hard… Through and through
1
Hot Here Under The Roof (Instrumental)
Instrumental
02:45
34
The Moment You Feel It Last Looks
02:26

Lyrics:

To overcome prisons, let me know the moment you need out If you’re the cause of distance, let it show the moment you feel it If you want competition… Do like so A stake through the heart A knock to the skull A kick in the balls Is that what you want? A slip of the tongue A twist of the arm A shot in the dark Is that what you want? The moment you feel it
1
The Moment You Feel It (Instrumental)
Instrumental
02:23
35
As Crude As Watercolor Last Looks
05:04

Lyrics:

New words are rollin’ off my tongue Till fewer line up and come undone one by one Keep it up with a pun and play it with a loaded gun Thinking of ways to part, but oh the world I’ll never turn back from And the wait goes on How barely it does Who knows I’m runnin’? As true as day comes and crude as watercolor Soon they’ll wake up older And the wait goes on… The scene’s so different from ours It seems so deaf and confound Too-weird and trivial to perceive so let it go by
1
As Crude As Watercolor (Instrumental)
Instrumental
07:31
36
More Contour Last Looks
More: Lyrics
02:33

Lyrics:

INSTRUMENTAL
37
Last Looks Last Looks
03:14

Lyrics:

It’s not just rock n’ roll to some… And we can’t seem to get enough It’s not just rock n’ roll because, you can see what it does Who can see it for what it was? Just one sad song to drag you down And it hurts to know it took me so long to lose myself like that Before my years are up and gone Not everyone can see right in, but we’re forced to look
1
Last Looks (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:18
38
Particularly Shrill Last Looks
02:56

Lyrics:

It drains down low, so try and find a way through this hole To give some love requires any hatred to flow Follow where those hopes and dreams go Forward and backward till there’s no return It’s a turn-on, but it’s hollow Baby, it don’t pay at all Hopped up on coke with no raincoat For worse, for better… You know there’s a reason It’s a turn-on, but it’s hollow Baby, it don’t pay at all Soon you’ll be wondering one day… What is it for? As soon as you want more
1
Particularly Shrill (Instrumental)
Instrumental
02:49
39
Dance Of The Sour Plum Fairy Last Looks
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01:55

Lyrics:

INSTRUMENTAL
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03:22
41
Never Mix Never Worry Never Mix Never Worry
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02:10

Lyrics:

Her face is the one I know, but I can't find a name to call. Her teeth sink into my throat, like the first token of hello. You treat me as if I'd hoped we'd remain intertwined by woe. For keeps even if I burn out bright by tomorrow. No trace of the life I led. No trace of the love I left. No trace of anyone at all. Now I can't tread the water. So don't try me, 'cuz you'll wind up cross. And don't slug another fight tonight. Just tip-toe around the war we don't speak.
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More: Lyrics
04:06

Lyrics:

Where vines hang downward, winding wild like a fern. Where no rules define us and no walls confine us. Tilt your head backwards, find the stem through the soil. Where no roles confine us and no laws define us. Where blue skies dance over your shoulders. Where blue skies dance over your shoulders.
43
...Then Who Does? Received in Bitterness
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01:16

Lyrics:

INSTRUMENTAL
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Double Negative Received in Bitterness
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02:42

Lyrics:

If I dunno just how it goes, will you lead the way to another day? If what we are has gone too-far, will you make the world turn into a blur? 'Cuz you said you could... I thought our troubles would end when and if I traveled through them... If our beyond has come and gone, will you take the blame for the games we played? Will you be afraid of the ways we change? Will you be replaced? 'Cuz that can be arranged. Lalalalala.. I thought my troubles would end...
45
03:11

Lyrics:

Birds come out at Springtime, but no time to call your own. Wrong ways and nice tries, She says, "Enough said, don't spoil everything... There's no chance of turning me on." It's all the same, just shades of Grey... You're all the same. Words come out every try, but no path to follow you on. Long days in denial, She says, "Oh dear, don't show me everything... There's no chance of turning you down." It's all the same, just shades of Grey... You're all the same. Trust, trust, trust trust...
46
Is It Happening? Received in Bitterness
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02:35

Lyrics:

Watch her through worlds unclear and talk her through words of fear. Cheer up, you're wasting tears... Love just don't disappear. And I put it out of sight and I put it out of mind and it hung me out to dry. Obsessions I thought I was over. Changes you saw in my heart. Over! I don't think I'll ever know!
47
It's Just A Cut... Received in Bitterness
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02:39

Lyrics:

You talk about all the little things you know, you walk around all the places that you hope she goes. You laugh about all the people that you've hurt without ever thinking that they'd be back to take their turn, but you'll learn. Not for long! You live in doubt with the secrets that she won't expose, you love without ever giving it to those you chose. You sleep around with the images you can't let go... Now you really have to be careful of who holds you close. Warned by the rays of your warm, white light. And told by the rest of your cold, black life... Only to fold by the knife? Luring you on, luring you on...
48
Psychological Thriller Received in Bitterness
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03:15

Lyrics:

All that I love I pretend you are not. All that I want I pretend we have got. All that I lost I pretend you have found. And all that it was, was pretend we found out. If only you'd say all that I wont. If only you'd stay I'll never know how I'm alone. All that you saw I pretend to have thought. All that I've done I pretend we forgot. All that you had to pretend it's about. Is all that we have to pretend we have now. Do we talk their lies through our wandered eyes. Did we cross that line and couldn't turn back. If only you'd say all that I wont. If only you'd say all that I don't If only you'd say all that I wont. I'll never know.
49
What In The World? Received in Bitterness
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04:22

Lyrics:

Don't go dumb girl! What in the world have you done now? Whine and complain just to make a sound? Will you wake up? What in the world has got you down? You're walking on eggshells to be yourself. Will you wake up? Where in the world have you gone wrong? Begging for life when you have one! Will you wake up? Trouble sleeping near us, trouble sinking in... But now I know for sure, that all I wants the same thing. What in the world do you have left? Waiting on friends who can't lend their help. Will you wake up?
50
Your Pretty Sphinx Voice Received in Bitterness
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06:45

Lyrics:

Cut you off where we can make sure it stops, if it goes wrong and you've had enough. What you want will take away all you've got, but it's not your fault that you want out. Now my only unknown is to hear you once more. Shut me out before you get messed around and we can't tell where it went down. Leave me alone, just go away on your own, before you float like the other ghosts. Now my only unknown is to hear you once more.
51
A Woman Or A Grave The Meat Of The Fruit
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02:48

Lyrics:

On the runway you cast away all your stones. On the long way home you cast away all your bones. Away! On the runway you found a way all your own. On a one-way road you lost the way from your home. Away! Time to waste on a new disaster. And you know mistakes work faster. Stand and wait on a steel-beam rafter. And ya don't care what comes after. On the runway you cast away all your stones. On a one-way road.
52
Its Easier To Be A Hypocrite The Meat Of The Fruit
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04:15

Lyrics:

There's nothing worse than can't give back what you're still feeling. But no-one's worth standing by my side for so many reasons. I don't know if that's me from a different view. I don't know if that's me with another you. I don't care if it's a waste of my time. Somethings gonna kill you. There's nothing worse than can't take back what you're still stealing. I don't even know why I tried to be what you needed. I don't know if that's me from a different view. I don't know if that's me with another you. I don't care if it's a waste of my time. I don't care if it's still wasting my time. I don't know what it means when they said somethings gonna kill you.
53
More: Lyrics
04:53

Lyrics:

I have you.
54
The Truth In Our Lies The Meat Of The Fruit
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03:34

Lyrics:

I'm trying to fill the emptiness with secrets inside my head again. To live so effortless, To live so effortless. I'm dying to tell you everything that tempts us without a consequence. To live so effortless, To live so less... Our needs are tiresome. Our wants begin with disdain. We're all to blame for the truth in our lies. To live so effortless, To live... So?
55
Trivial Pursuit The Meat Of The Fruit
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05:32

Lyrics:

Unwanted. Un-thought of. Alone with no-one to bother. You love it. It's a part of you. Un-doubted, it's in control. You wanted someone beside you, all I wanted to do was be it. Hear the sound wave inside me. See the lights blink without me. Put the memory behind me. I know it's gone completely. You told me. You own me. I wouldn't give in so easy. Now I can't. Bring myself to think. About it, it's in control. You wanted someone beside you, all I wanted to do was be it. We couldn't pretend we tried to, all I want now is to believe it. Hear the sound wave inside me. See the lights blink without me. Put the memory behind me. I know it's gone completely. I know it's gone completely. I know you're gone completely.
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Weak At Heart The Meat Of The Fruit
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03:13

Lyrics:

How I begin to start, and where to draw the line? Hard to believe the thought of what I can leave behind. Do you see eyes lost in another time? Now I can play the part just like I hear it rhyme. Now I live in the dark when I can see the light. Do you see eyes lost in another time? Do you have eyes lost in another try? You were everything I couldn't see, but time wouldn't release me within. My love is true, but it's not for you... You should've tried to convince me. Now I can read your thoughts, just not between the lines. Now I can feel your heart, just like it beats in mine. Do you see eyes lost in another time? Would you say I'm lost in another time? I set my life up to it. I'll board up the door. I'll board up the door. You were everything I couldn't see, but time wouldn't release me within. My love is true, but it's not for you... You should've tried to convince me. I'll board up the door. I'll board up the door.