War Jacket

by War Jacket

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This album has been our heart for the last year and a half. It's major themes the human condition and the struggle of forgiveness. We hope you enjoy it, and it helps you in some way.

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." - Unknown

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released September 25, 2015

War Jacket is

Caleb Chancey - Vocal, Baritone Ukulele
Lori Cheng - Cello
Joel Blount - Electric & Acoustic Guitar
Alex Hinson - Drums, Percussion

All Lyrics by Caleb Chancey
All Music by War Jacket
*except “Walls” by Brian T. Murphy & War Jacket

All Arrangements by Brian T. Murphy & War Jacket
Produced by Brian T. Murphy
Engineered by Brian T. Murphy (2,3,6,7,8) & Brad Timko (1,4,5,9,10,11,12)
Mixed by Chris Steffen
Mastered by Harris Newman
Artwork & Design by Sanders Bohlke

Recorded in Birmingham, AL & Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Alex Hinson performed Drums & Percussion - 2,6,8

Additional Vocal Performances by

Sanders Bohlke - 2,5,6,10
Andrea Tomasi - 3,7
Laura Pearson Hausen - 4,8,11

Additional Musical Performances by

Brian T. Murphy - Piano, Keys - 2,4,7,8,10
Brad Lyons - Bass - 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,10,11
Kaitlyn Ferry - Violin - 4,5,8,9,11
Jeff Koonce - Trombone - 8,11,12
Spencer Cohen - Drums, Percussion - 3,7
Brian Griffin - Drums, Percussion - 5
John-Mark Dorough - Drums, Percussion - 4,9,10,11

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Track Name: Somewhere Across the Ocean
Somewhere across the ocean
there’s a current just for me
And I will find the river
that will bring be back to you
Waiting on the outside
or the inside
of your door
Forever and ever and ever more
Ever more
Track Name: It's All Behind Me
I took your words down to the letter
I followed you like a child
I left my heart out in the open
and you took my spark and made it a fire

It’s all Behind
I’s all Behind Me Now

Raising through the woods
cold as the weather
a rain washed figure with broken bones
all of my ghosts are raising with the sunset
I tore off my clothes and started a fire

It’s all Behind
I’s all Behind Me Now

Broken Bones is my name
Broken heart is my pain
Track Name: Time
Time is on your side
if you wish do die
or if you like to lie
pretending you’ve got time

When the sky breaks
and opens wide
and kings and men
lose their pride
when the earth stands still
and give a sigh
I thought we had more time

To say you’ve been there
but know you’re gone
but i’ll be back
with the rising sun

There’s a sadness to beauty
there’s a temperance to
the sea
when the earth stands still
and gives a sigh
I thought we had
more time
Track Name: Walls
As I wait outside your door
I hear you crying your throat is sore
and the hole down the hall
is the hole inside my heart
just busting through the drywall
just trying to break the dark

I thought the walls were outside
I thought the walls were outside
I thought the walls were outside
but you built them into my body

I feel like a camera above the scene
trying to find an angle
trying to find a meaning
I had a dream that you would die and I would live
So I left my place of safety and held you like a kid

I thought the walls were outside
I thought the walls were outside
I thought the walls were outside
but you built them into my body

We found our place in movie screens
Where nothing can’t be solved in the final scene

And I can’t go back
Can’t escape
All these walls
Track Name: Shake Loose
Battle-broken blue before I wake
in a dark cocoon of dreams and chains
that I can not shake loose

Beating bones bear my head ache
in a snare of sin my heart breaks
but I can not shake loose

Shake Loose

Taker takes the one and breaks and two
there’s a piece fore him and a piece for him too
and i can not shake loose

Empty eyes reflect and empty view
with enough mistakes I’m bound to break through
but I can not shake loose

Shake Loose
Track Name: Fire
There’s a fire hidden in your heart
there’s a cold wind tearing you apart
beneath the hill and
beneath the law
there’s a fire hidden in your heart

and I can’t put it out
and I can’t put it out
Track Name: Black Water
Don’t be afraid my dear
it took a while to get you hear
but I’m going to guard your soul
like it were my own
my own

And I can feel the water raising up
but it can not contain my lungs
I can feel the deep, deeper still
the blackwater raises

Look in the mirror dear
the cracked glass is looking queer
but I’m going to guard your soul
even when you lose control
control

And I can feel the water raising up
but it can not contain my lungs
I can feel the deep, deeper still
the blackwater raises

rises to your soul
rises to the window
and it’s breaking down the door

hide from the blackwater
hide from the blackwater
hide from the blackwater
Track Name: Lost
I woke up all alone

I woke up lost at sea
I woke up far from home
I woke without you beside me

I searched through endless days
I vowed not to cease
My heart burned in it's cage
No key, no company

Somebody's out there
Something has got to change
Look at the face of the moon
And wait for a brand new day
I'm going map out the oceans
Then I want to sail away
Look for the face of the moon
And Wait for the brand new day

The storm took my hope
The wind stripped me clean
The water filled my gaze
And I woke without you beside me

Somebody's out there
Something has got to change
Look at the face of the moon
And wait for a brand new day
I'm going map out the oceans
Then I want to sail away
Look for the face of the moon
And Wait for the brand new day

Somebody's out there
Track Name: Change Myself
Names are starting to slip past me
I know I know you
I know I’ve seen you
but don’t move any closer or I’ll scream

Did you come from this ruddy rain
I haven’t seen you
In so many years
but don’t move any closer or I’ll scream

I wish I could change myself
I wish I could change myself
I wish I could change myself
Will you help me change

Father’s palming his rosary
I forgot what it means
I forgot what it means
but if he moves any closer I swear I’ll scream

Broken frameworks are my favorite things
Like little mirrors
of missing dreams
Sometimes when I’m alone at night
I scream

I wish I could change myself
I wish I could change myself
I wish I could change myself
Will you help me change

So bring on the half-wits
and bring on the Jesuits
and bring all your commonsense
And we’ll all scream

I wish I could change myself
I wish I could change myself
I wish I could change myself
Will you help me change
Track Name: I'm Ready
This year may be the last one that I see
May be the last one where I bleed
so come over to me

And I can’t hear you when crying
I can’t talk to you when you’re screaming
so come over and tell me what you need

Love cuts through stone
like a staff struck heart
Valley of bones becomes
a work of art
Water turns dry
dry turns wet
Hold me close ‘cause we’re not there yet

This year may be the last one that I see
May be the last news that I read
so come over and read it with me

And I can’t hear you when crying
I can’t talk to you when you’re screaming
so come over and tell me what you need

Love cuts through stone
like a staff struck heart
Valley of bones becomes
a work of art
Water turns dry
dry turns wet
Hold me close ‘cause we’re not there yet
Track Name: Cover Your Body
thought I’d never forgive you
not even if I tried
I thought it would grow easier
as time passed by

But I grew older
and I could never forget
the way you made me hurt
when I was a kid

But I will cover your body
I will cover your body
with mine

I built a house of my own
I got a wife
had kids
I don’t remember much before
and all’s fading
even this

‘Cause I’m scared of my memories
and I know my own skin
It will do what it will
until I am completely hid

But I will cover your body
I will cover your body
with mine