Treading Water

by Conflict North

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released September 16, 2015

All music by Conflict North. Lyrics by Robin Godding, additional lyrics on Wake Up by Dean Foy. © 2015 Conflict North.
Produced, mixed and recorded by Toby Campen. Mastered by Pete Maher

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Track Name: This Too Shall Pass
We will stand together

We built this world on broken foundations, this is the life we live.
We've come to terms with the hand we've been given, but still find it hard to forgive.
The walls around us continue to stand, through the wars and the weather.
So as the fire reaches our doorstep, we will stand together.

Perfection, we all strive to be anyone but ourselves.
Witnessing, how great a life is, we need to live for ourselves.
Was it all a dream?
We're all victims now, of our own, selfish ways.
Trying to prove, we're living the best life, in our own, materialistic ways.

A living nightmare.

To see the bottom, you have to fall, from the top.
We made this happen, never tried to stop.
This life can slip through your hands.
Don't let go.

Bandwagon's fall, now there's no room to move, without colliding with another point of view.
Take it in, let the truth run deep.
Understanding each other, It's all we need.

We could be much better than this.
We just needed the chance to exist.
Breathing in new life, I feel whole.
No one has to see that your drowning with me.

No longer can we stare into nothing, whilst witnessing other's dreams come true.

The reality of it all impresses, we try to take ours, so we're is yours.
Hollow out now an empty heart, pour in some soul and maybe we'll talk

The last time we were whole.
We could honestly say, we portray, a perfect life in our hands.
Display it all now.
For the world to see. Are we living the dream?
Track Name: Lessons Learnt
I know there's something, buried deep beneath the skin and it rots me away.
It rots me away, from the inside out.

I've got some secrets, hidden away somewhere.
The guilt, it pulls me down. Like a fucking anchor.
If only there was more time for us all to mend a broken heart, a distant friend.

And I see these rainclouds.
They're storming over me.

I've got a lesson to be learnt.
I can't stay comfortable.
I need to grow.
I've got a promise to be made.
I can't stay comfortable.
I need to grow out of this.

It's time to leave this place.
Get me out alive.

I know there's something, buried deep beneath the skin and it rots me away.
I know there's something, that I cannot escape and it haunts me forever.
Track Name: Wake Up
Walking through broken glass.
These sharp glistening shards.
Soaked floor.
A mixture of liquor and shame.
You should see yourself.

You're lost and empty.
And now, you're drowning again.

The clock strikes one and you're out again.
Vision betrayed by a drunken haze.
The night is over, but you carry on.
It's the only way you feel alive.

You're lost and empty.
And now, you're drowning again.

There's no coming back.

I'll turn your burdens into hope.
I won't let them hold you down.
So take my hand.
I'll take you far away from here.

I'll take you far from here.

For these mistakes you've made, it's time to rectify.

I'll turn your burdens into hope.
I won't let them hold you down.
So take my hand.
I'll take you far away from here.

Wake up.

Cast aside those demons you've buried.
Buried deep, down inside.
Your time is up, so make a decision.
It's either us or the poison.

There's no coming back.

I'll turn your burdens into hope.
I won't let them hold you down.
So take my hand.
I'll take you far away from here.

This is your chance, to change your future.
This is your chance, to make a life.
This is the fork, the fork in the road.
I know you better than this.
Track Name: Still Breathing
We have something here, worth fighting for.
And I'm not giving up on this, no, not for anyone.
Those nights, were the best nights of my life.
The only time I felt alive.
I'm not giving up on a worthwhile dream.

I reminisce of the days when I stood on the shoulders, the shoulders of giants.

The ones I put my heart in to.
Just to see what I could do.
Push myself to the edge.
Kick the dust to the wind.

I am relentless.

With every road block, leading to a brand new story.
Tales of our struggles, the foundations built on glory.
This opportunity, never a wasted moment.
Having a chance to rest our bones made us determined.

On the shoulders of giants.

I see these vultures, circle over head.
I refuse to stay complacent, this is my moment to shine.
I shine on, I shine on.
I am relentless

Through this I've seen the lie, despite the hurricane behind me.
All I need to do is wait, for the perfect moment, and seize the day.

I won't regret a moment of my life.
I won't regret a single second.
I won't regret a moment of my life.
I won't regret anything I've done.
And now these scars are open, I stand here bare.
I'm bleeding out confessions, but you don't seem to care.
You've made a judgement for everything I've done.
No fucking fair trial.
I'm pleading guilty as charged.
Judge me.

I've got confessions that will mirror my past.
And when I open up, will you still be there judging.
I know that time will heal my wounds and wash away with the tide.
Track Name: Labyrinths
Heads down, we made our mark here.
Looking to the floor as we hanged.
Our shoes are worn and blood stained from where we walked for miles.
Until our feet bled and our knees gave way.
Look how far we have come. This is the path we've made.
To get to a better destination.

Welcome home.

Been trying our whole lives to reach the sun ourselves.
Through the darkness, it's hard to see.
Can't see the light through the trees.
The smell of the wood and pine.
Motivated to stay alive.
To escape out the mundane routine.

I can't find my way to the path.

And this fog's so dense, as I guide my hands in the blindness, I stumbled upon a fence. We're all caged by boundaries.
We're all caged in our own hell.
No way out.
No escape.

And with corroded tracks, I'm sure I'll come off the rails. I'm bursting into flames, my body bends and breaks under all the weight I've carried my whole life.
The embers signify, the way I feel alive.

They can't take this away from me now.
And I can't breath anymore.
Until this very day, I still ask myself, "Can I justify what I have done?"
Track Name: All I Have
These nights are growing longer and our days are getting colder.
As frostbite consumes my face, it's nice to feel something.
Take me back to the place where I used to have a heart, until it left me. I'm broken and cold.
I'm half the man I was.

Take me back.

Take me back to the place where our trust would have prospered through the years, it's been so tough. But I've never weakened on us, and I've never given up.
How long will I pursue to make sure we make through?
The darkest times, they are are ahead and we must face them and stay strong.

Though the days when we were careless seem a distant memory, an older chapter in this book, I'll keep my finger placed on the page so I can always look back ...

... and smile at where we've come from. We've made it here, we've stayed so strong and though some friends are moving on, we'll stay like this forever.

The world may pass us by in the blink of an eye.
It doesn't matter, you're by my side.
Stead fast and staying strong.