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Passing through the city of woe and pain I know that it’s my fault that nothing’s been the same I’m not the devil, just a part I played And I’m so sorry that you got roped in It wasn’t right of me to hold you hostage "Abandon all hope ye who enter here” So go on without me I'll remember your face in case we meet again I've seen great men fall from grace And lesser men all the same Where does that leave me? Without faith? Without hope that I was ever worth the mess I made? Frightened by every sound, every whisper The black of night in the dead of winter Reminded of those long nights That car became my church on those long drives Forgive me father for I have sinned The demons knocked and I let them in The road to hell is paved with good intentions
It's on the tip of my tongue Just like a melody you thought you knew I'm not afraid of love, just loving you But I'd like to try it if you want me to You are the air in my lungs You are the water that I flow through But still I've got these damn hands That won't do a thing if they can't hold you I love you as certain dark things are to be loved Secretly, between the shadow and the soul So baby if you tell me that this love is gonna kill me Please just feel me, is there warmth left in these bones?
No pain like leaving and no pain like loss No pain like knowing that I was the cause And it made me sad as hell to see you doing so well I've learned all these words And I still don't know how to tell you I always catch myself checking the last door you walked through I tore this whole thing apart to see what I could take from it I know you've never taken things You want the sun and it’s always raining here Taking shelter in basements all year This hunger eats me from the inside Keep me safe and sound I don’t feel safe without you around And in the night I almost thought I heard you sing But it was just echoing in the space above my bed
It's not the last time that I'll be back here I swore I'd let you go but how could I let you go? I have nothing without you And I know that's just something that people say But that shouldn't change a thing Because it's not the last time that I'll be back here I broke my hand holding on to smoke in the mirror I lost my voice whispering my faults in your ear So we sat there in silence face to face with our fears I trust that you're happy Because if you're happy I'm happy too And I trust you won't miss me I promise I'll see you soon It's not the last time that I'll fuck things up I'm just a bastard and I hate the way that I've become It's so hard to accept that to you I'm a wreck I'm losing touch with everything you said when you left home So find me when the dust settles Ill be keeping warm in hell And let me know I was important enough to the story to keep me around
In a strange and foreign place i found you Or you found me, I'm not sure No matter how we got here We were just victims of bad timing Or maybe it was just stars misaligning Maybe it was just God pulling strings Maybe I just can't do anything right Angry at the day as it turns to night Angry at myself, angry at the world Angry that we bear this cross Angry that our hearts have to feel this pain And angry at the pain I've caused All the time that I spent thrashing my limbs, trying to swim The water barely reached my knees
We're not so different, you and I But i feel distant all the time That's not a lie, but I'm a liar You’re the ghost of my mistakes You’re the ghost of getting high I am so afraid of heights I am so afraid of fire Does the soul die with the body? Am I suffering by wanting what I can't have? No one ever told me that the glass half full is still half empty That’s just math, and i trust math to keep me happy Or at least aware of what I’m missing I've been missing you like crazy We're just friends Just good friends Hell is a place on Earth and it looks an awful lot like home Only you're not there and I've been sleeping all alone Plastic to plastic and dust to dust I guess I couldn't hear you over the sound of breaking truss
"Let fortune do as she will" I’m just checking in to make sure you’re still well I know you have a life outside the one I'm in I'm so sorry that everything turned out like this Our knees are strong, but buckle from the weight of another set of burdens I really held you under just to break the surface I feel like my branches are breaking away Phantom pains in the void that you left in your wake I’m okay, but it’s not really about me at all And sure, I gave you all I had But what does that mean if I expected it back? It was just the rain that burned me I’m not perfect but I swear I’m learning
Go ahead and paint me as a fraud The color really suits me quite well I’ve been this way since winter fell And even in the dark your silhouette is darker still Because no light will shine on these indecent eyes I heard the day you left it started snowing in the south I'm not the man I thought I'd be by now Seeing the way you love him makes me realize I can't love anything I guess I got carried away in the heat of the moment We burn in the heat of the moment
I refuse to cross this bridge I burned it to spite you and protect my image I refuse to leave this place I've grown roots and branches with the intent of saving face Take me for the fool I am Everything I've touched with these unstable hands I've fucked I watched you grow up without me to hold you back So drive me to the coast to find a place to rest my bones I can't let myself hurt anyone again You want the truth? Everything is shit without you Burdened by everything I miss about you Don't worry, I'm still right where you left me I've found a place to hide away until I forget why I feel so empty Put on a brave face and act like everything's alright So you've found your way? I'm still looking for mine I’m not saying that you're selfish Just that I’m so fucking helpless I'm not afraid to die I'm afraid I'll never feel alive the way I did with you


Fairgrounds' debut full length release, "Nine," is a rock fusion concept album inspired by Dante's description of the inferno in The Divine Comedy. "Nine" is the culmination of years of writing and recording, and marks a new era for the band.


released March 19, 2018

Zachary Brown - Bass, vocals
Rudy Sapp - Guitar
Faye Paz - Guitar
Al St Croix - Drums

Add'l guitars - Thomas Berak
Violin (track 2) - Nikki Billiri
Trumpet (track 8) - Kevin Gallant
Trombone, brass arrangement (track 8) - Johnny Mitchell
Add'l percussion - Zachary Brown
Piano, double bass, accordion (track 2) - Zachary Brown

Music and lyrics by Zachary Brown and Fairgrounds
Produced and engineered by Zachary Brown at Blue Drift Studios
Artwork by StrateGo Nine

Special thanks to everyone who let us borrow your instruments, and of course those that supported us and inspired us to grow and look forward, this album is for you. We really do appreciate everything.


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