Gradience: An Unofficial EP

by C.J. Schmelzer

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released May 13, 2016

Songwriter, vocals, guitars, bass, keys, producer, recording engineer: C.J. Schmelzer

Drums: Jaron Takach

Album Art: C.J. Schmelzer and Kyra Willner

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Track Name: Through the Looking Glass
It's such a nice reflection
You reach out and touch the glass
You're so easily hypnotized
You're so easily attached
The pretty lights deceived you
They said they're live, but they're not alive at all
They got breaking news to distract your mind
But when you stumble through the glass, the news won't break your fall

Chorus:
Through the looking glass
Have you lost your mind?
Is it trapped behind the screens?
Is it trapped between the lines?
Have you forgot to feel?
Don't forget what's real
Through the looking glass

All the people keep on talking
Think it's the truth they've seen
Left and right, black and white, right and wrong
What about the spaces in between?

Through the looking glass
Have you lost your mind?
Is it trapped behind the screens?
Is it trapped between the lines?
Have you forgot to feel?
Don't forget what's real
Through the looking glass
Track Name: Oceans
We're lost out at sea
On the surface we lack stability
We all seek something deep beneath
Something we can anchor to when we sink
Our fear to drown
Keeps our beating hearts from reaching out
When this fear won't stay at bay
Take the dive and you can feel it disintegrate

In the oceans of love

The weather gets a little rough
When you think you're on your own
When the sky ain't clearing up
Beneath the clouds that blind
You can always find the light of love
It goes on and on and on

In the oceans of love

We're never really lost at all

In the oceans of love
Track Name: The River and the Tree
You ever think the river knows
How fast it flows, or where it's going?
It starts so small
Grows into a waterfall, or a big blue ocean

I'd like to think I'm a bit like that
Flowing without a clue
Without a plan
All I hope is the paths I take
Culminate in a life so grand

You ever wonder if the tree
Chooses how it twists and turns
And reaches for the sky?
It's just playing with the sun
Searching for the light of love
Just so happens to please the eye

I'd like to think I'm a bit like that
Doing what I love
Just for the sake of love
When I'm gone I hope the beauty that I made
Can be seen from up above
Track Name: Treading Water
Someone tell me why I'm here
Treading water in this pool
My heart burns me to run away
But I'm told to keep my cool

This fire's not meant to be contained
My heart's not meant to be a slave
Teach me tricks and keep me caged
Just to play your silly games

It wakes me late at night
It says to me, "It's not too late to fight
These boxes suffocate me
And in your mind you know that this ain't right at all"

Our hearts were meant to steer this ship
Somewhere along the way we got it flipped
This vertigo had made me sick
But bit by bit my vision shifts

This frigid Ohio air keeps knocking at my door
Snow turns to sand and up ahead I sense the shores I'm longing for

I don't need your world of kings and queens
Won't sell my soul for jobs and things
I just need some love and a song to sing
Set sail with me and we can be
Completely free
Track Name: Elena / If I Never Met You, This is What I'd Say
Not old enough the count the days
Not old enough to know your name
Not old enough to feel any hate or any pain
I guess what I'm saying

There's hope for you, sweet Elena

Right now life seems just a dream
Slow and steady swaying in the breeze
On one cold day that breeze will knock you to your knees
But I know you'll see

There's hope for you, sweet Elena

You'll fall in love then the world will break your heart
You'll reach for the stars but your dreams will fall apart
Amidst the broken pieces you'll discover who you really are

There's so much suffering you'll feel
There's only one way to escape the wheel
Love with no fear
It's the only thing that's truly real

There's hope for you, sweet Elena
Track Name: Flow Undone
Sometimes the sun don't shine so bright
Sometimes I dance in the pouring rain
Still sometimes it seems there's nothing separating
Love from pain

I want to feel it all at once
I want to feel the marrow in my bones
Take me to the river that we've all been hiding from
Let me flow undone

When it flows together, it flows as one
When it flows alone, it flows undone

All my dreams seem to end abruptly
Always replaced by the morning light
Do I move these mountains or bask in the rising sun?
It's best to flow undone

When it flows together, it flows as one
When it flows alone, it flows undone

When it all comes flooding back
And I'm left staring at my life
I've torn myself to pieces just to rearrange the parts
In search of piece of mind
I've always wanted something more
It's always left me so alone
I should've known I'll never be completely one
It's best to flow undone

When it flows together, it flows as one
When it flows alone, it flows undone