You Begin Where I End

by James Gerard

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released December 29, 2015

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Track Name: New Years Day
Three more days…I’ll be thirty four
and in my own way…closing another door
And it’s hard to say…just what I miss the most
Or the things I saved…it’s the echoes of a ghost…(that I choose…)

When I couldn’t find the words to say
What I should have said to you, my friend
let’s start again
we’ll find a way
next New Year’s Day

(Sunday Morning…is every morning)
That’s the day I miss you the most
because that’s the day that I spent with you
(Sunday Morning…is every morning)
That’s the day I miss you the most
Because that’s the day I dream of you

Ten years today…I turned twenty four
it’s hard to say…just what I waited for
and from my sights…I never lost the shore
and in my own way…I never closed the door…(on you)

When I couldn’t find the words to say
What I should have said to you, my friend
let’s start again
we’ll find a way
next New Year’s Day
Track Name: Combinations
And I know, we can’t go back in time
We were miles apart, and living separate lives

And I know, we can’t go back in time
I was counting stars, you were chasing fireflies

So ten years gone or so it seems
I can’t replace what’s left of me
or the sound of you unraveling
when I close my eyes and I make believe

Oooh…the dreams we found
Won’t make a sound
When they come undone

And I know, It’s all that I can do
with these combinations
of you and I and everything we choose

Where we run…stars collide
Like every one…is for you and I
The setting sun…the vacant sky
I dream of you and that Fourth of July tonight
Track Name: You Begin Where I End
She set her sights, and west she just might
She said “I tried and I tried and I tried”
But you might as well be
As far away from me
And so it’s twelve twenty three
Staring back at me, again

You begin where I end
You’ve always been my only friend
My whole life, I can’t defend
Now I begin where you end
And everything I should have said, I will

He set his sights, and west he just might
he said “I tried and I tried and I tried”
But you might as well be
An ocean away from me
And so it’s twelve twenty three
Staring back at me, again

And I could count the stars above
Embrace the ocean in the sky
And maybe even learn to fall in love
But it wouldn’t be the same without you

You begin where I end
You’ve always been my only friend
My whole life, I can’t defend
Now I begin where you end
And everything I should have said, I will
Track Name: Drive
and I’ll separate this
I’ll break this whole into two
and I’ll devastate this
but the only way out is through
and I’ll celebrate this
dancing every step away from you

and I’ll dedicate this
a story that’s so long overdue
and I’ll celebrate this
each and every step away from you

and it doesn’t mean a thing
when you chase the in between

So don’t you dare - don’t even try
I won’t, I swear - I won’t change my mind
the further from you
the faster I drive

I am the separation…In disguise
Gone in the wrong direction
Chasing the lie
Track Name: Reprise
And I know
what I’ve held onto
Is ten years from yesterday
without a trace of you

And you were right
Though you might not see
You were right to bite your tongue
and no you can’t trust me

So here we are and oh what to say
I used to know, but that was yesterday
Can’t hold my breath, or wish away
Or disappear, or make you stay
And now there’s nothing new
When I hold onto, a second chance....

With you…
And I swear it’s true
When I close my eyes
The only way out is thru

And you were right
Though you might not see
You were right to walk away
I know you won’t trust me

A Russian winter, a scarlet stain
A western wind carried them away
An angel dancing
On an empty frame
I’m calling out into the night…

Your name
And what I’ve held onto
Is then years from yesterday
The only way out is through
Track Name: Blood
So all these years
and there’s nothing more
To say to me?
To ask me for?
When i’m sitting here
across from you
I can’t trace the lines
you never drew

So all these years
but I found a way
To say to you
what I need to say
You’re in my blood
You’re in my bones
But this heart of mine
was always my own

i’m only wasting my breath
On me
On you
You’re only wasting your breath
Track Name: Yours Truly
Just a shadow in your wake
Behind your setting sun
The ghost who never gave to anyone

With an ocean in my heart
and fire in my eyes
But only for the grace of my disguise

I finally realized
That I can’t do this alone
But any other way I’ve never known

So I’m calling out your name
I scream it into the night
the fire in your heart my grace tonight

I was always on my way
found a dream that still remains
I was always on my way back to you

It’s so much more
Track Name: I Will Wait Here For You
I promise you
I won’t chase
My haunted heart…anymore

I will wait here for you
With the ghost of what could be
I will wait here for you
With nothing as it seems
Just a faded fantasy

We both know this
I won’t chase
I’m so far now…and there’s no shore

Always emphasizing
The way I couldn’t make it come true
The way I somehow always knew
And I was removed…from you

I will wait here for you
With the ghost of what could be
You’re everything to me

In loving memory of you
When nothing’s as it seems
Just a faded fantasy…of you
Track Name: December.29
A time and place you can’t divide
A river deep, but an ocean wide
Make a wish that can’t be bought
a candle-lit afterthought
at my best I’m halfway through
but I need a chance to find you

I watch you run, I watch you hide
but for the grace above we’re just along for the ride

A heart and soul you can’t divide
underneath a cold Ohio sky
It’s hard to say what I should have said
to you my friend, let’s start again

I watch it come, I watch it go
but for the grace above I think I’d be alone