Sunrise

by Justin Daniels

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Sunrise is a collection of acoustic demos, mainly written in 2013. I would love to use this set of songs as the basis for a full band project.

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released May 17, 2014

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Track Name: Swan Song
Straight through, cut in like a knife
just take a look at the feelings that are right
there for all to see and hear
you can keep them my dear

And I swear I never lied in the moonlight
well I can't say the same for you now can I
but that's okay my dear
you always told the truth when others were near

And I swear to you it's fleeting
and the next time that we're meeting
I promise you will not have to hear about this

These glances across a table
three wishes that were never granted
a swan song bemoaning the two of us
and I'll never repeat those words

You knew the truth and wished I didn't say it
but of course I can never keep a secret
it's not unlike you to be surprised at my predictability

The sun rose and with it did your anger
said it's my fault but you've always been a blamer
but it doesn't matter because the end's here either way

and I swear to you it's fleeting
and the next time that we're meeting
I promise you will not have to put up with all of this

These glances across a table
three wishes that were never granted
a swan song bemoaning the two of us
and I'll never again repeat those words

Now you're gone and so am I
it's a shame I had to leave my soul behind
but maybe someone will find it
and make better use of it than I did

Fleeting it may be
but it never felt more real
feelings they dissolve
but the memories never will

I swear to you it's fleeting
and the next time that we're meeting
I promise you will not have to hear about all of this
These glances across a table
three wishes that were never granted
a swan song bemoaning the two of us
and I'll never again repeat those words

I'll never apologize for my wrongs
so why should I do it for my rights
My last rights
Track Name: Distraction
Can I stay for one more night
I swear it's better medication
than the pills I was prescribed
the week you went on your vacation

Fold that note up for yourself
a reminder that you let it happen
next time someone gives you hell
use these words as your distraction

Cause you're distracting me
yeah you're
yeah you're
yeah you're
yeah you're distracting me

She said sing me something pretty
cause i've been glowing at your songs for days and days

I won't have a deck of calling cards
when I get through
I'd be doing well enough for the pocket change to call you
but you're, you're distracting me

yeah you're
yeah you're
yeah you're
yeah you're distracting me

There's the smile we've all been missing
brighter than it's ever been
thought I'd never see it again

Took awhile to get those lines right
taking longer to get my mind right

cause you're distracting me
yeah you're
yeah you're
yeah you're
yeah you're distracting me
you're distracting me
Track Name: 1941
You were telling me how you met him
story leads to why you left him
and the way you returned you said his eyes looked like diamonds

You said you didn't wanna see me cry
but you had to tell me why
you were feeling the anxiety again

And you were right

You were right beside me
telling me not to cry
I'd see him again
in another life

But now you're above me
at least that's what they say I should believe
but you know it's getting hard to believe in anything

What do I believe?
I should always question everything

But what if I believed
every word that you told me?

And it's sad to say
but my favorite memory of you
takes place in a 5th floor hospital room
when you let it all out
and said that you had it all
when you let it all out
and said that you had it all

I hope that one day I will be like you and have it all.
i hope that one day I will be like you and have it all.
Track Name: You Used To Title These
There's a blank spot here for you to put your name
I will not write mine down
for fear it would look plain

I've seen the steps you've made
love how you didn't stop at 12
of all the things you gave
I never could find hell

I know I could learn a thing or two from you
if I would about face & just admit the truth
but I've told more lies than I know I'll ever sing
and that's fine with me

But I don't feel stable
till "Wild Horses" plays on the radio
and freedom is as dumb as one man can really be
when they kill the music, don't forget to sing

you wore blue I could've guessed
cause it brought out your eyes & I know he loves that dress
with every camera flash I feel they still a bit of my soul
but with every photograph you prove you never will grow old

There's things I'd say to catch your ear
but to win your heart I'd never be that sincere
despite all that's changed
drug my heart, drugged my brain
I haven't found the courage here

But I don't feel stable
till "wild horses" plays on the radio
and freedom is as dumb as one man can really be
when they kill the music, don't forget to sing

Don't forget to sing
Don't forget to sing

First of all it takes a lot to holler out your name
your second act was great
but that 3rd was still third rate
and I'm glad you wore that dress
cause it gave me a reason to know the nights I swore
I would forget

But I don't feel stable
till "Wild Horses" plays on the radio
and freedom is as dumb as one man can really be
when they kill the music, don't forget to sing

Don't forget to sing
Track Name: Saving Grace
Play my cards
right or wrong
I'm just dying to know
how she sings that song
her words fill the air
she's got thoughts to spare
and writing 'em down never held her cure

Inside her car
swears she's a star
and looks to me to heal her heart
but all I do is stare in awe

And we watch as cities burn
skies light up heavens meet the Earth
I hear her pray under her breath, looks away says God
please let me stay

I put on an act of mine
halfway trying to do what's right
and you know it's been the same way
the same way for years
years and years

But when our eyes met, I saw the plea
I learned the reasons people flee
I'm needy, she's weak, hides it, grows up
and we learn to sing

And we watch as cities burn
skies light up heavens meet the Earth
I hear her pray under her breath, looks away says God
please let me stay

& for the first time in years
I know why I am here
I'm going down in flames tonight
cause I'm gonna save this young girl's life

If God won't let her stay
I will go in her place

We both held out our bargaining chips
we were both prepared to go down with the ship
till someone took mercy on me
when someone took mercy on my baby

And we watch as cities burn
skies light up heavens meet the Earth
I hear her pray under her breath, looks away says God
please let me

And we watch as cities burn
skies light up heavens meet the Earth
I look away & say a prayer of convenience

A prayer of convenience
Track Name: Tonight
I woke up in a cold sweat
asking where the hell I was
the last thing I remember
I was looking to get buzzed
and she said

"Now you know why I still worry about you
dont ya think somebody ought to?"
Well girl it's better not to

Cause if I was a weaker man
I'd've named a song for Kylie
and if I were a better man
I'd probably be married
so I won't complain if your worrying stops
I'm doing alright so let's skip over the talk

unless you wanna do it right
and have an old fashioned war
you can wind me up tight
and let me slam out the door
do you really wanna go there?

I guess you live there

I haven't slept
and I'm not sure if you've noticed
you haven't looked me in the eyes in a year or more
Nah, that's just the time that I haven't been home
please tell me you remember singing that Journey song
it's just a little thing
in the back of my mind
it's all that I hear as you gear up to fight

So I hope you do it right
and we have an old fashioned war
you can wind me up tight
and let me slam out the door
and do you really wanna go there?
Do you really wanna go there?

you might as well live there

There's no room for me there

I wish there was a version of you
and a version of me that would just go live there

There's no room for me there
Track Name: Death of Me
There were chains that were hanging around you
for the first time in months, not there just to tie you down
moonshine washing upon you
4am you're still stealing hearts with your smile

This could be the death of me
but you deserve the best of me

They say this is the death of me
but they ain't seen the best of me

They've got me on the cameras
and they're questioning the two of us
and you know I'm loving it
cause it means we're over it

This could be the death of me
but you deserve the best of me

They say this is the death of me
but they ain't seen the best of me

you deserve the best of me
yeah yeah yeah
you deserve the best of me
yeah yeah yeah

I was thinking in the parking lot
sooner or later, I'm gonna have to give you up
then you come with everything I want
I can't turn you down
not when I want you around
I can't turn you down
not when I want you around

This could be the death of me
but you deserve the best of me

They say this is the death of me
but they ain't seen the best of me

This could be the death of me
but you deserve the best of me

They say this is the death of me
but I write my own story
yeah, yeah, yeah.
Track Name: September
If the slower traffic would just keep right
I'd see your porch by midnight
and I think
I could breathe easier

or

I could drive on by like it's not a home
at least not one I've ever known
I will build my own

i can hear you singing
"you're done seeing me blue"
maybe that's a sign that's got everything to do with you

For my blackest nights
to see sunrise
I need you

I was living in my sleep
or a world in between
and I met you

For my blackest nights to see sunrise
I need you
I was living in my sleep
or a world in between
I need you

Back in the truck bed
where my secrets were kept
the night you said you didn't wanna date a musician
but we could still be friends

You left me alone counting all the stars
I ask myself if I went too far
and I guess
I'll know in the morning

and I hear you
singing
you're done seeing me blue
well maybe
that's a sign
that's got everything to do with you

For my blackest nights
to see sunrise
I need you

I was living in my sleep
or a world in between
and I need you

For my blackest nights
to see sunrise
I need you

I was living in my sleep
or a world in between
and I met you

Stoned out of my mind
scraping bowls to pass the time
I need you
For my blackest nights to see sunrise
oh I need you

Everything that I've ever said was true
at a moment in time
cause everything I've ever said
I will mean
somewhere down the line

Everything I've ever said was true
at a moment in time
cause everything I've never meant
I'll mean
somewhere down the line

For my blackest nights
to see sunrise
I need you

I was living in my sleep
or a world in between
and I need you

stoned out of my mind
scraping bowls to pass the time
and I need you
I need you
Track Name: Park Bench
Your something old was something of your mother's
your something new was a love you have now lost
your something borrowed had to be returned
and your something blue will always be your heart

Tell me how does it happen
you carved your name on a park bench
it ain't like writing on your hand
it's a permanent mark
memorial in the park
tell me how does it happen

I bet you promised him everything
the same way you're promising me
I know my face is a shade of green
it's cause I'm sick of my jealousy

Your late night talks only happen when you're drinking
can we win a game neither of us are used to playing
I'll watch the end of it all from my corner booth in the back of the bar
yeah I'll see the end of it all from my corner booth in the back of the bar

Tell me how does it happen
you carved your name on a park bench
it ain't like writing on your hand
it's a permanent mark
memorial in the park
tell me how does it happen

remember the days you had to say where you'd been
or who you were with
or why the hell you were smiling

I promise that'll never happen in my room
not in my room
not in my room

In my room
you're my something blue
in my room
you're my something blue

In my room
you're my something blue
In my room
in my room

In my room
you're my something blue

In my room
you're my something blue
Track Name: London Bridge
He said "I don't like memories
cause they're only there to make you miss the past"
he said "without my memories, I would be so much happier than this"

My heartbeat will not slow down
when I pass the graveyard in my town
I wouldn't have to hate myself
for all of my past sins

But if he had it his way
he'd forget yesterday
it'd change the way I viewed all my tomorrows
her death wouldn't haunt me so
and I'd finally have the cleanest soul
& the loss of pain would be
the only loss I know...

The blonde hair boy sits in a frame
but it would be years until he's framed
i don't recognize the other guys
cause the sunshine back then hurt my eyes
that's not to say I'm gonna cry
I want the past looking like my future, bright
blurry, hazy, I'm still colorblind
blurry, hazy, I'm still colorblind

But if he had it his way
he'd forget yesterday
it'd change the way I viewed all my tomorrows
her death wouldn't haunt me so
and I'd finally have the cleanest soul
& the loss of pain would be
the only loss I've known

no loss
like the ones we had when we were drinking
we were young and we weren't thinking
like the ones we had when we were drinking
we were young and we weren't thinking

If he had it his way
we'd forget yesterday
and it would change the way I viewed all my tomorrows
her death wouldn't haunt me so
I'd probably have the cleanest soul
but the loss of pain would be
the smallest loss I know

Thank God he was drinking
and he doesn't remember saying anything, anything at all
Thank God he was drinking
and he doesn't remember saying anything

Anything at all