A Bird That Returns

by Black Tie

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The third studio album from Black Tie is a highly collaborative project featuring the talents of Billy Bellmont, Ryan Martino, Johnny Cassidy, Roger Apodaca, Jessica Billey, Bud Melvin, Sean McCullough, Alexis Vilorio, Daniel Dinning, Hillary Higgins, Lisa Donald, Keith Morris, Clifford Grindstaff, Maris Demarco, Deborah Maldonado, Mauro Woody, and Gina Lawson.

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released December 5, 2015

A Bird That Returns was produced by Ryan Martino and Roger Apodaca. Recorded, mixed, and engineered by Ryan Martino. Mastered by Nathan James at The Vault Mastering Studios (Phoenix, AZ). Additional recordings by Howard Wulkan at The Lab (Albuquerque, NM), Bud Melvin at Mighty Bear Studios (Rio Rancho, NM), Roger Apodaca, Johnny Cassidy, and Ryan Landry. Artwork/layout by Kevin Hopper.

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Track Name: Thinning Walls
Way to go, you ruined my plans,
Who would have thought it, would have though it?
You say you've been done wrong.

Which way to go? How foolish I've been
From the time that we started. That we started
With a lame excuse be gone honey.

Who am I to become your ghost tonight?
Do you think you worked too hard
To tear these thinning walls apart, honey?

My palms, your face. My fist, your eye.
My leg, your thigh.
Could you bruise enough to call it even?

Bones can break, I would die every minute.
But I would never admit it.
Blue face, no air, goodbye honey.

Way to go, you ruined my plans,
Who would have thought it, would have though it?
You say you've been done wrong.

Which way to go? How foolish I've been
From the time that we started. That we started
With a lame excuse be gone honey.

Who am I to become your ghost tonight?
Do you think you worked too hard
To tear these thinning walls apart, honey?
Track Name: How Was Your Night?
How was your night? My night was fine.
I thought of you most of the time.
And now that thought is done.
It'll soon be replaced by another one.

Been trying all night to get through.

So I went for a drive to the oceanside.
The moon was full, the tide was high.

Watching the waves, waving goodbye.
Most of the time, my life is fine.
Unless it's spent without you.

The day you left, I never would have guessed
That you had the courage to leave.
But did you think it best to leave the rest
Out in the open for me to see?
If you love someone, you've got to set them free.
But if they don't come back, perhaps it wasn't meant to be.

Take away all of the weight
That you left me to here to hold.

Ask me again about my night.
My first reply, was a little lie.
Track Name: A Bird That Returns
We entered the night
We held on so tight
I turned out the lights, with you

You woke up alone
You picked up the phone
But I wasn’t home, was somewhere unknown

You wait by the fire
A bird on the wire
You call me a lair, and hold back desire

I hold out my hand
Cuz I understand
And make love in the sand, with you

We sleep on the ground
We don’t make a sound
You wake and you found, that I’m not around

It started to rain
Your heart filled with pain
You called out my name, but I’m not the same

The smell of the fern
A sound that you learn
A bird that returns, to you

I wait out alone
I pick up a stone
And carve out a home, for you
Track Name: Hardest Moment
Lay still by morning,
The more rays hit my back
She was every man's coffin,
This is what I learned

Didn't feel the hours, did I?
Or the waking part of the
True predictions I would lose my wits about me,
Thoughts that whisper maybe I won't be a choice of yours tomorrow.

Step out of the river
My worn arms ache from swimming
Every word is a paddle
Towards you, the pull I feel on my collar surely would
Be a savior, keep me dry for the winter

The only sound is my breathing, hear my wind of urgency
This I know is unfazing to your calm sense of touch

Lay still by morning,
The sun brings me back
To the hardest moment,
The door to the world
Track Name: For You
Forget the wind, I’m walking on the edge for you
Forget the wind, I’m bleeding out again for you

Forgive my sins, I cut myself again for you
Forgive my sins, I’d do it all again for you
Track Name: This Mess I've Won
Fear stays, everybody knows
Somebody throws a different way of knowing
How you lead me on, all I care about is what keeps us strong
I woke up with people keeping eyes on my heart

Say you will be a part of this faded love of mine

I woke up with people keeping eyes on my heart
And I’m coming up lonely in this mess I’ve won
I woke up with people keeping eyes on my heart
And I’m coming up lonely in this mess I’ve won

Say you will be a part of this faded love of mine

If my tongue would bury me now, would you want to hear?
If my voice could bring me back around, would you want to hear?

Say you will be a part of this faded love of mine
Say you will be a part of this faded love of mine
Track Name: Far Cry Away
I turn to you, you turned away
Why can’t we find the words to say?
Can barely see the misery
That both of us can hardly carry
Unconsciously we bury it away, away

So far away
We never heard the far cry away
Far cry away
You never heard the far cry away
Far cry away
I never heard the far cry away
Until the day you walked away

I’m by your side, you try to hide
All those tears that you wipe away
I ask what’s wrong, you couldn’t say
You take a breath and then you hesitate
It’s as if your words evaporate away

So far away
I never heard the far cry away
Far cry away
Could never heard the far cry away
Far cry away
You never heard the far cry away
Track Name: Lie Down My Love
Steal away your golden prize
With silver fingers fastened tight
Rally anchors by your tempting side.

With every step you lead the way
Chasing siren shadows
Down, down into our watery grave

Lie down, lie down, my love, beneath the sound
Festooned lovers, on hallowed ground.

With days of gold and diamond nights
Vestal fires burning bright
We skirt the waves and curse the precipice of endless night.

Like fearless rulers of the edge
So many hearts were torn for less, for less than this.

Raise the stones and guard the days
Beneath the mighty waves
Every time the stars cry out our sovereign name.

Lie down, lie down, my love, beneath the sound
Where the empty waters weep.
Track Name: The Answer Was My Song (Here You Are Holding On) Part 2
Wouldn't rule it out, hold my hand there goes my love 
Because I won’t need anybody else 
I told everyone the answer was my song 
But you won’t feel my anger when I'm gone 
Because I won’t need anybody now
I won’t need anybody now

Hey, will see you again?
Because here you are pouring soul in my arms 
Because here you are holding on 

My bloom, I must believe it will come for us
Before I rust, believe it will be for us
My bloom, I must believe it will come for us
Before I rust, believe it will be for us

Hey, will see you again?
Because here you are pouring soul in my arms 
Because here you are holding on 
Because here you are holding on
Because here you are holding on
Track Name: Until It Ends, It Begins
When shadows fall, across the yard
Behind the wall, becoming night
Across your heart, held in your palms
The written words of your new poem

Until it ends, it begins
Until it ends . . .

A bird has flown from a tree
Where it has gone you cannot see
Into a blue sky, free and fair
Into a new sky, free of fear

Until it ends, it begins
Until it ends . . .

Sailing over gales
Climbing over hills
Reaching for new heights
Searching for new sights

Until it ends, it begins
Until it ends, it begins