Potential

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Potential is a themed collection of songs. They cover the deteriorating stages of a relationship, the crash, and the smoldering of the wreckage. It's rough and raw production, because the most beautiful parts of these songs & scenes are the rough edges. It's inspired by anger and sadness, fueled by a large amount of whiskey, and teaches that mistakes are made.

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released April 30, 2013

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Track Name: Over/Under
Saw you called, called me out
on not even giving you the time of day
Well that's not fair
cause it's always midnight here
in the place where I stay

I'm over-thinking
over-drinking
under-sleeping
not understanding
what it is I need to say

There's a hundred reasons
why the two of us should just grow up
and walk our separate ways

But there's a million reasons
as to why
I can't see a happy life
if I let you fade away

& i heard you asking...

heard you asking
seeing what I've been up to
saying you just want the truth
don't I owe you that?

I've been trying to forget your name
trying hard to forget that face
then someone asks me if I'm okay

I'm over-thinking
over-drinking
under-sleeping
not understanding
what it is I need to say

I've been staying with some friends of mine
who say they care, & they just might
know how to stop my pain

Then I read the note you wrote
the one where you said nobody will
ever care as hard as you

It shouldn't be hard
You're as cold as the truth

Hard facts and cold truths
you(we) feel you've been used
& I'm feeling the same
Hard facts and cold truths
YOU feel you've been used
& I'm feeling the same

I'm over-thinking
over-drinking
under-sleeping
not understanding
what it is I need to say
I'm over-thinking
over-drinking
under-sleeping
not understanding
what it is I need to say

there's a box of your things
I keep under my bed
& you gave me back the notes you wrote
but I can name every record that you kept

I'm over-thinking
over-drinking
under-sleeping
not understanding
what it is I need to say
I'm over-thinking
over-drinking
under-sleeping
now I'm understanding
that I shouldn't say anything
Track Name: Scripted
At 3:05, I stepped out of your building
and into the pouring rain
I saw the streetlights, & even though it's wet and early,
they still shined the same

I could be like that
I could be ever glowing
make the night look bright as day
be a beacon of my hope
pure and with a purpose
up out of the way

Why's it hard to tell
the artist that the CD
kinda saved my life?
& I swear the skyline winked
as if the Music City knew just what's on my mind
I bet it happens all the time

It's a question of the ages
will this love save us
or will we end up even worse than we began?
My heart beats unfettered
ever since I played that record
and I'm waiting on my mind to do the same


Why's it hard to tell
the artist that the CD
kinda saved my life?
& I swear the skyline winked
as if the Music City knew just what's on my mind
I bet it happens all the time

I bet it happens all the time

I used to stay up late when I was in younger grades
I wrote the script and I thought that I was cool
I followed format rules, struggled with my dialogue
and at the crack of dawn, I wrote my title page
Now I stay up late, writing prose and songs and think
that I am
I'm getting something accomplished
something accomplished

I tell myself that I am gonna change the world
I'm doing this for me, for once, and not for some girl
I tell myself that I am gonna save the world

but
Why's it hard to tell
the artist that the CD
kinda saved my life?
& I swear the skyline winked
as if the Music City knew just what's on my mind
I bet it happens all the time
I bet it happens all the time

at 3:05, it's all the same
Track Name: Would You Hate Me?
I got your letter postmarked
Albany New York, but I thought
you were going to Baltimore
what are you trying to take me for?

I think you meant every other word
but your intent has me astir
what did you mean by
we'll see you in november

Because I'm through setting myself for letdowns
and I've got a few choice words of my own now

Good luck
dress warm
remember there's a calm before every thunder storm
Good luck
dress warm
remember there's a calm before every thunder storm

and I'm sorry for the things that I just couldn't handle

To anyone else in my place
this would just have been a phase
they'd suck it up and just move on
but you and me sang a different song

You wanted to be world renown
experience what it's all about
and I was content with happiness
the two of us and a Nashville sunset

But somehow you changed what you wanted
and somehow I forgot how to roll with the punches

Good luck
dress warm
remember there's a calm before every thunder storm
Good luck
dress warm
remember there's a calm before every thunder storm

I'm sorry for the things that I just couldn't handle

This is what I was afraid of darling
This is why I was afraid of calling
letters meant nothing when
you wrote them with his pen
This is what I was afraid of darling
This is why I was afraid of calling
letters meant nothing when
you wrote them with his pen

I'm glad you got to see the world
I'm glad you turned into the girl
you dreamed of
while I dreamt of love

I'm glad that you took your dad's advice
Let me be like your momma for one last time
cause I found somethings I can't seem to get off my mind

Good luck, good luck, good luck, good luck
and dress really warm
I can't be your port during any future thunderstorm

& I'm sorry for the things that I just couldn't handle, love
Track Name: Victory Disease
I wrote these songs to be played in bars
on the corner of whatever road you're on
but you skipped town once again

Gave up on my dreams half a year back
not because I didn't have the patience
yours just seemed like better time spent

"you've gotta get louder," she said,
"if you're going to wake the dead,
I know you've got some things to say
to your grandad
what better time
than 2 in the morning?"

Hey
I know you're shaking your head
at some things that I've said
but I'm hoping you won't roll over just yet
I know you said you were proud
but if you're watching me now
am I doing anything
worth being proud about?

holding her hand
on the corner of 6th street
asking what, if anything, she
means to me

in my head I thought it through
but I forgot to think of you
the clock hand's striking closing time
long after you would've drawn the line

"Maybe you should keep it down," she said,
"before they find out just what you're all about
A 20 year old lush
with a need to feel nostalgic
about the last 3 years"

Hey
I know you're shaking your head
at some things that I've said
but I'm hoping you won't roll over just yet
I know you said you were proud
but if you're watching me now
am I doing anything worth being proud about?

Nothing that a Gatorade can't cure in the morning
Puffy eyes, and a damaged pride
but I had fair warning
And she said forget-me-not
closed her eyes & took a shot
held her hand now I don't know who I am

Hey
I know you're shaking your head
at some things that I've said
but I'm hoping you won't roll over just yet
I know you said you were proud
but if you're watching me now
am I doing anything
worth being proud about?

Am I doing anything
worth being proud about?
Track Name: June
From the front porch of my parents' house
watch the sun break through the trees
singing songs I wrote about
girls I met at 17

It's amazing how alive I felt
back in my old stomping grounds
It's amazing how much time can heal
and it's amazing how fast she can move on

The guitar strap you bought me
still hangs on my shoulder
kinda like how this guilt will be with me

when I'm older and wiser and capable of love
happiness will fit me like a glove
it'll be a cold day in Hell
or maybe just a Thursday in June
you'll be walking down the aisle
& I'll be glad I'm not with you

I used to say I'd done my best
there's a chance that may still hold true
but my worst and best may be all the same
least when it comes to you &

I never had any reasons
definitely not for all my treason
i never had any belief in myself
maybe that's the hardest part of love &

The guitar strap you bought me
still hangs on my shoulder
kinda like how this guilt will be with me

when I'm older and wiser and capable of love
happiness will fit me like a glove
it'll be a cold day in Hell
or maybe just a Thursday in June
you'll be walking down the aisle
& I'll be glad I'm not with you

She said don't hide behind your lies
you know you've got such brilliant eyes
i never saw the reason for the disguise
but at the end of the ball
I took off my mask, revealed it all,
& she shrank away, ran off into the night

The guitar strap you bought me
still hangs on my shoulder
kinda like how this guilt will be with me

when I'm older and wiser and capable of love
happiness will fit me like a glove
it'll be a cold day in Hell
or maybe just a Thursday in June
you'll be walking down the aisle
& I'll be glad I'm not with you

Glad that I'm not with you

So happy for you

But I'm glad that I'm not with you
Track Name: Dorm Room
I'm thinking about
nights spent in your white walled cinderblock 12x12 hellhole
and how i'm never gonna get that time back
no posters hang on the walls to absorb and bounce back
all that i've lost
but i'm willing to write it off like you did to me

you hate how i'm such a jerk
and how i always tend to think the worst
of anyone and anything whos everyone and everywhere

So low
I've never been so low
I'm going solo
I've never been so low
I'm going solo
I've never been so low
I'm going solo
I've never been so low