Tightwire

by Adam Sams

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    Side A:
    1. Progress
    2. Hold Me Together
    3. Well Run Dry
    4. Watercourse
    5. Put Your Title Down

    Side B:
    6. Billboard Trends
    7. Gripping the Reins
    8. Wondering and Waiting
    9. Tightwire
    10. Wizened Frame

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released October 22, 2013

Produced and recorded by Don Chaffer
Assisted by Mike Ingebretson
Additional recording by Mike Ingebretson and Nick Duke
Mixed by Greg LaFollette
Additional mixing by Don Chaffer
Additional production and recording by Adam Sams at The Cottage, Augusta, GA

Recorded and mixed at The Conductor, Cane Ridge, TN

Mastered by Alex McCollough at Yes Master, Nashville, TN

All songs written by Adam Sams
© 2013 Adam Sams Music (BMI)
All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Art designed by Lj Gay | jamesegiii.com

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Track Name: Progress
It takes a lot of work to keep something alive
We've been putting all our efforts into second tries
Tired of filling up the cup
Tired of being content with just barely enough

Let there be peace
Where the city street runs
Let there be life
In the hot, dry sun
Let there be progress in my bones
Progress, and not just maintenance

I'm sick of standing by while our hearts run dry
I'm not gonna lie
I've just been going through the motions
Tired of filling up the cup
Tired of being content with just barely enough

Let there be peace
Where the city street runs
Let there be life In the hot, dry sun
Let there be progress in my bones
Progress, and not just maintenance

I want to build
Don't want to just stand still

Let there be peace
Where the city street runs
Let there be life In the hot, dry sun
Let there be progress in my bones
Progress, and not just maintenance
Track Name: Hold Me Together
The city’s sleeping, but I am awake
Looking for a sign, trying to feel alive
The stars are a chorus, but I am alone
Alone in my strife, a voice in the night

Where is the cure for a broken heart?
When will an end to my wandering start?
I’ve been torn to pieces
I’ve been pulled apart
Can you hold me together?

The city’s sleeping, but I’m still awake
Looking for a sign, a sign in the sky
The city’s sleeping, but I’m awake
With every failed try engraved on my mind

Where is the cure for a broken heart?
When will an end to my wandering start?
I’ve been torn to pieces
I’ve been pulled apart
Where is the cure for a busted heart?
Where the walls caved in
And the rain came hard
I’ve been trying to find you
I’ve been searching far
Can you hold me together?

There’s got to be more
Than carrying crosses
More than the wreckage
More than the losses
There’s got to be hope
There’s got to be reason for joy
Beyond my struggle

The city awakens as I close my eyes
After the darkness, after the night
I feel it in the dawn that I’m not alone
I’m not alone, I’m right at home

You are the cure for my broken heart
You are the end to my wandering start
I’ve been torn to pieces
I’ve been pulled apart
You are the cure for my busted heart
Where the walls caved in
And the rain came hard
I’ve been trying to find you
I’ve been searching far
Can you hold me together?
Track Name: Well Run Dry
Wake up rattled from another sleepless night
Stuck in between miracles and traffic lights
Work like the devil, but you’re never satisfied

You set your pace likes it’s required
And feel completely uninspired

Don’t let your well run dry
Keep it filled up

Here it comes again, another week gone by
Like a train almost out of sight
You try to catch it, but you always fall behind

You feel your race has run its course
But you still live in remorse

Don’t let your well run dry
Keep it filled up

I can see that you’re running on empty
I can see that your heart is tired
There’s no use in flying solo

Caught in a stampede of lies
Pounded in the ground like railroad ties
Trying so hard that your engine’s fried
Lay down and rest tonight

Don’t let your well run dry
Keep it filled up
Track Name: Watercourse
My heart is a winding river
Runs wherever it wants to
Down, out of the towering hills
Rushing toward the sea

I am a watercourse
Connecting the dots
I am a watercourse
Laid out and plotted

My heart is a winding river
Guided by a strong pull
All-going and never-knowing
Gravity is a thief

I am a watercourse
Connecting the dots
I am a watercourse
Laid out and plotted

Evaporate then spit me out
Over the falls then back to the clouds
Endlessly racing onward
Evermore, forever

I am a watercourse
Connecting the dots
I am a watercourse
Laid out and plotted
Track Name: Put Your Title Down
You count the coins and years of work
That put them in your pocket
Could you exist on any less
If suddenly you lost it?

Do you depend on your own hands?

Put your title down
Everything you have is a gift
Put your title down
Be thankful

Is sustenance the effect of work
Or is that an illusion?
The earth’s carefree simplicity
Has led to my conclusion

I depend on my own hands

Put your title down
Everything you have is a gift
Put your title down
Be thankful

The nurturing of birds and trees
Is not of their own will
The Source providing all they need
Is nurturing me still

Put your title down
Everything you have is a gift
Put your title down
Be thankful
Track Name: Billboard Trends
I am the cost and I am the loss
I am the wreck that became your cross
The burden you bore that cursed your lot
The blood-stained, buried dreams that you sought

I am the face of the billboard trends

I am the pulse in the words that lend
To easy false entitlement
And paranoid establishment
I am the face of the billboard trends
Where the highway takes your money spent
To those like me, the devil’s friend
And the accident pays my rent

I am the greed, the selfish thief
The dollar-sign theme is my lonely creed
I am the silent, sickening melody
Of our backwards ideology
The submarine-deep, subconscious dream

I am the face of the billboard trends

I am the pulse in the words that lend
To easy false entitlement
And paranoid establishment
I am the face of the billboard trends
Where the highway takes your money spent
To those like me, the devil’s friend
And the accident pays my rent

I am the face of the billboard trends
Making you numb to the billboard trends

I am the pulse in the words that lend
To easy false entitlement
And paranoid establishment
I am the face of the billboard trends
Where the highway takes your money spent
To those like me, the devil’s friend
And the accident pays my rent
Track Name: Gripping the Reins
I know I said I wouldn’t complain
When the weight became too much to bear
But that was before I felt all the strain
Of the work involved in getting where
I want to be

Steady me
Help me plant my feet
While I grit my teeth
Help me find my voice
It’s lost in all this noise
Come and set me free
Help me find my peace
While I work my hands to the bone

I know, I said I wouldn’t complain
When the going started getting rough
But now that I sit here gripping the reins
I begin to feel I’ve had enough
Of all this up and down

Steady me
Help me plant my feet
While I grit my teeth
Help me find my voice
It’s lost in all this noise
Come and set me free
Help me find my peace
While I work my hands to the bone

Please don’t leave me
Down and out and crawling back for more
I need a hand
I found out I can’t do this on my own
Trying to has left me here alone
Has left me on my own

Steady me
Help me plant my feet
While I grit my teeth
Help me find my voice
It’s lost in all this noise
Come and set me free
Help me find my peace
While I work my hands to the bone
Track Name: Wondering and Waiting
On the sand, I arise
Here I stand with the tides
Will this shore be my fate?
Is there more than this state?

Will you come and rescue me?
Will you even answer me?

Hanging on by a thread
Am I left here for dead?
No I’m certain, out there
Out beyond the breakers
There’s a land, green and fair
And one day I will see her

Will you come and rescue me?
Will you even answer me?

Calling on a world unseen
Putting messages in bottles
And trusting the sea

Will you come and rescue me?
Will you even answer me?
Track Name: Tightwire
Scarred by time and bruised by bitter days
With a rusty, haggard frame and a cynical gaze
Worn out where the years took their toll
Trying to turn these shattered shards into something whole

I’m banging on a tight wire
Trying to find meaning in the coughs and the rattles
I’m banging on a tight wire
Turning it into a song

Most of the greatest lessons I have learned
Fell out of the failures that left me feeling burned
This road is hard and this world sure ain’t kind
But my broken parts are a sign that I’m alive

I’m banging on a tight wire
Trying to find meaning in the coughs and the rattles
I’m banging on a tight wire
Turning it into a song

I’m playing with a wild fire
Creating control
I’m playing with a wild fire
It’s all I know

I’m banging on a tight wire
Trying to find meaning in the coughs and the rattles
I’m banging on a tight wire
Turning it into a song
Track Name: Wizened Frame
One day I’ll come riding over them hills
With the salt in my hair and the sand upon my soles
With the river’s current rushing through my veins
And the life I found when I grabbed hold of the reins

I promise I’ll come back around
I just gotta leave for a little while

One day you’ll see me walking through these streets
One day I’ll arrive and finally find some sleep
With a wizened frame and a clean slate of mind
And the kind of love that only comes with time

I promise I’ll come back around
I just gotta leave for a little while

I promise I’ll come back around
In a little while

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