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released July 6, 2014

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Robert Cody Maxwell and The Gentlemen Vain Dallas, Texas

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Track Name: Lightning Song
a new lightning coming in, just warming up to be
everything your spirit has been told
and it wouldn't even be here if it weren't for the darkness and the need to kill the cold
the darkness and the need to kill the cold

it lands upon the hill or just behind it now,
there are miles between the speaker and the tale
but that won't stop the storytellers making up or the cavalier from leaving setting sail
or the cavalier from leaving setting sail

I see it touching ground or coming up beneath
I can never tell the difference you know
the shadows in my mind are playing tricks on me and I'm hiding it but in between it shows
I'm hiding it but in between it shows

is it only electricity my man?
only if you let it be, my man
is it only electricity my man?
only if you let it be, my man

a new lightning coming in, just warming up to be
everything you ever have been told
and it wouldn't even be here if it weren't for the darkness and the need to kill the cold
the darkness and the need to kill the cold
the darkness and the need to kill the cold
Track Name: Nobody Knows You (When You've Gone Away)
my friend says we're dying slow
but we're dying faster than you know
why just yesterday on the radio I heard a woman say
"nobody knows you when you've gone away"
my friend has got an alibi
he was young and told a lie
oh but you can see it in my eyes and believe me when I say
nobody knows you when you've gone away

it's all that i can do to keep my faith in front of you
and I'm sorry if I ever let you down
if I come back again, would you invite me in?
but not to stay
cos nobody knows you when you've gone away

my friend says we're lying still
but he takes it further than I will
well I've got a little time to kill and if I'm wrong then that's OK
nobody knows you when you've gone away
Track Name: Make Believe
what happened to the fall?
was it ever there at all?
and what about the spring, did it ever mean a thing?
did you know that it was over when you called?
now you're walking through my halls
like a spectre through my walls
you're whispering to me, did you think I wouldn't see?
did you know that it was over after all?
you went running like a thief, like you couldn't wait to leave.
but i counterfeit my heart
did it break and fall apart?
did you know that this was only make believe?
did you know that this was only make believe?
Track Name: Shadow of a Doubt
I'm watching my step all the time, playing for keeps, trying to find
a surefooted way
to keep me in line
but I fall behind, yeah I fall behind
I'm racing myself to the end, breaking my heart just to see how it mends
and fixing it up just to
break it again
and again, and again

I don't want to leave here if I'm welcome to stay
but I don't want to be here if I've got nothing to say
nothing to say

I thought I'd be done here by now
I haven't begun to figure it out
but I've given myself a shadow of doubt
now I'm wanting out, yeah I'm wanting out

I don't want to leave here if I'm welcome to stay
but I don't want to be here if I've got nothing to say
nothing to say
Track Name: A Temporary Thing
someday soon my bones will turn to dust
the iron in my bloodstream turned to rust
i don't believe it's as bad as it sounds
keep it close, and give what we have found

once i was a savage in the field
a primitive true nature was revealed
that vanity meant nothing in the wild
where what you say is more important than the style

these things I can't abide
we will not live a lie

dress it in the most convincing rouge
and say it but it doesn't make it true
a temporary thing upon the earth
the work we did will show what we were worth
the work we did will show what we were worth

these things I can't abide
we will
not live
a
lie
Track Name: Victory
i'm making myself ready
i'm lacing up my boots
holding myself steady
leaning on greater truths
i'm making myself ready
i'm putting on my coat
i'm battening the hatches
i'm warming up my throat
i'll scream it from the rooftops
i'll scream into the past
when love has finally found me
home at last
home at last
home at last

i'm making myself ready
i'm lacing up my boots
holding myself steady
leaning on greater truths
i'm making myself ready
i'm headed to the sea
the whole time i'll be singing
victory
victory
victory