Broken Cities

by See The World

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released September 5, 2009

Produced by Aaron Ankrum in Minneapolis, MN. Mixed by Mark Nash in Nashville, TN. Mastered by Peter Doell at Universal Mastering Studios in Hollywood, CA.

Vocals, keys, & bass by Jeremy Austin Smith. Guitars by Samuel J. Cook. Drums by Vinnie Thomas at Hewitt Studios. Programming by Aaron Ankrum & Samuel J. Cook.

All music written by Jeremy Austin Smith & Samuel J. Cook.

Album art by meghan.keane.studio in Brooklyn, NY.

See The World would like to thank God, our wonderful families and friends, Aaron Ankrum, Mark Nash, Peter Doell at Universal Mastering Studios, Meghan Keane at meghan.keane.studio, J. Michael Probert at Probes Pedals, Matt Lovgren, Matt Call, Josh Hinckley, Vinnie Thomas, Steve Goold, Tim Summers, Gudrun Haider, Addy Salami, Danielle Brittany Legg, LTD, Hyland, My Lady Four, & the good folks at The Burst.

(P) & (C) 2009 See The World. All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable terms. Printed in the United States of America.

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Track Name: Broken Cities
I see the children laughing at me
They say I can’t be what I wanted
I think I’m losing, I’m swimming upstream
But I guess this battle’s just started

I’m hiding myself this morning
I’m not getting up, I’m not getting up
I’m hiding myself from the city
The city never stops, the city’s broken up

Can’t feel the ground under my feet
It feels like a race I am running
Against the clock, I’ve got to believe
What’s killing me’s worth leaving

I’m hiding myself this morning
I’m not getting up, I’m not getting up
I’m hiding myself from the city
The city never stops, the city’s broken up

It’s broken up and it’s falling down
I see no life in this dead town
It’s broken up and it’s falling down
See no life
Lies lies lies

I’m hiding myself this morning
I’m not getting up, I’m not getting up
I’m hiding myself from the city
The city never stops, the city’s broken up
Track Name: Numbered Days
When I saw your face and the tears as they fell down
When I saw that old oak tree, the leaves they hit the ground
When I first realized that life would have its end
When I saw the tears fall down the day you lost your edge

I don’t know what to say
Cause I can’t explain the reasons
I can’t explain the seasons
And things will come and go
Though we’ll stay on our knees and bow our heads to pray

There’s a number to our days, and that’s all right with me
Each one is a gift, and brings us such great things
Like the crisp of the night, or a sparkling champagne sky
For these I give my thanks, for these I wipe your eyes

I don’t know what to say
Cause I can’t explain the reasons
I can’t explain the seasons
And things will come and go
Though we’ll stay on our knees and bow our heads to pray

We live for this moment
One day at a time
We live for this moment
You’ll know that it’s right

I don’t know what to say, cause
Cause I can’t explain the reasons
I can’t explain the seasons
And things will come and go
Though we’ll stay on our knees and bow our heads to pray
There’s a number to our days
Track Name: By A String
Life has got you questioning
It's got you by a string
And you can't let go
While you're hiding all your dreams
In a diary next to your bed post

And I wait for you here
Oh, will wait for you here

And I will help you climb this mountain
From the shore of everything that lies below
And I will help you rise beyond the
Storm that is a life that holds you down for more

Cry yourself to sleep at night
A somber lullaby is ringing on
Can it really be that this is where it leads
Hiding the dreams that come?

And I wait for you here
Oh, will wait for you here

And I will help you climb this mountain
From the shore of everything that lies below
And I will help you rise beyond the
Storm that is a life that holds you down for more

Could it come true
What's in that little notebook?
Spiral-bound pages you keep far from the world
All of your hopes, please tell me what did you write
In blue lines on white

And I will help you climb this mountain
From the shore of everything that lies below
And I will help you rise beyond the
Storm that is a life that holds you down for more
Track Name: Haunted
The cracks in my skin are like cracks in the floor
Been waiting all year, I’ll be waiting some more
I sit here and think of the summer we had
The winter is cold
The winter is black

And I
I’m haunted
And I
I want you

Hundreds of miles of falling apart
I’d give anything to go back to the start
Hundreds of miles but less than a day
To just hear your voice
To just see your face

And I
I’m haunted
And I
I want you

You’re in my head
I can’t escape it
My mind’s eye has left me dry
The sun can (will) rise on new tomorrows
But can I stand another day?
Track Name: Losing To Win
Look from other angles to your eyes
To see the thoughts you try to hide
The pressure rises, you slip away
Hiding memories to mask your pain

It won’t be long now
Your hurt becomes too much to bear
And I can see inside you
Through the veil, the smile you wear

I’ve been on the fence a time or two
And jumping off was hard to do
I can see you’re there and you’re looking back
Hoping your future meets your past

It won’t be long now
Your hurt becomes too much to bear
And I can see inside you
Through the veil, the smile you wear

Shattered dreams of a future untold
What you once were sure of is now on hold
Across the table with a glossy stare
Looking for answers that won’t be

It won’t be long now
Your hurt becomes too much to bear
And I can see inside you
Through the veil, the smile you wear

You’re cheating yourself
You’re losing to win
You’re losing your grip
And it’s so useless
Track Name: Paintings
You tell me you’ve lost all your dreams
You tell me you don’t believe
You tell me that you’re growing old
You tell me your story’s been told

And I
I don’t believe

We are paintings on a wall
We can’t get down to break your fall
But we see you from behind our painted eyes
Lines and colors, you won’t recognize

And I
I don’t believe

You’re kissing dreams away
Shutting curtains on your stage
But tell me is this what you call growing old?