If There Were A Reason

by Cloud Tapes

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released May 19, 2017

Personnel:

John Samaras - Vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar, keyboards, piano, theremin, string arrangements, mixing
Sal Pisciotta - Bass, mixing

Special Thanks:

Joe Totino - drums, mixing, mastering
Erica Dicker - violin
Catherine Colquhoun - violin
Kimberly Musial - viola
Talia Dicker - cello

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Cloud Tapes, based in New York, is a band playing the music that you didn't know you didn't want to hear. It's complicated.

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Track Name: Are You Alright?
Tell everyone one you know
Space is full of breathing holes
The light that’s shining through
Is itching for a change of venue
If trying to stay clean
Is your source of difficulty
Don’t face the consequence
You’re only wasting oxygen

Are you all right?

It’s funny that you say
We could have seen this coming
You should have spoken up
But you were too busy running
No one’s talking when they speak
Especially while discreet
Just make sure don’t
Confuse this spark for a glow

Are you all right?

Go ahead take your time
I’m wasting all of mine
Misread the vital signs
Checked out long ago

Tell everyone one you know
Space is full of breathing holes
The light that’s shining through
Is itching for a change of venue
I can barely concentrate
Let alone feel alone
Trapped in the ceiling fan
Above my body I will float

Are you all right?
Yeah I feel fine
Track Name: Square Peg
Fitting square pegs into circular holes
Everyone thinks I lack self-control
Acting like I’ve got some disease
I’m all right man I do as I please

Social circles are just downward spirals
Conscious constantly in a state of denial
The whole world’s got something to sell
Favors for favors you know too well

Go hang up the phone
And just don’t even bother
Some days I think
I should have been born a daughter

I’m so tired of these worn-out clichés
Lay them to rest at the end of the day
Smiles captured in some old photographs
I laughed so hard my lungs collapsed

Go hang up the phone
And just don’t even bother
Some days I think
I should have been born a daughter
Track Name: Curious Spine
Change of plans for tonight
I’m taking stock of everything
It’s just as you surmised
Hanging on every word
Swimming in a fiery lake
Savoring its warm embrace
Your honesty is second-rate
It hurts to play along

While trying to stand tall
My spine keeps questioning me
Acting like it’s no one’s fault
Blaming these faulty genes

It’s not another second chance
I’m derailing from the tracks
Suspense never seems to last
An instant flashback
Sitting underneath the shade
I’m in love with what you create
Joining in this promenade
Always out of time

While trying to stand tall
My spine keeps questioning me
Acting like it’s no one’s fault
Blaming these faulty genes
Track Name: Razor's Face
Turn the razor on its face
As the world slowly twists you
In your place
So take the time to separate
You’ve become what you’ve become
So self-contained
Shake the stardust off your sleeves
Get your head out of the clouds
Just to breathe
On a self-destructive holiday
Pretty soon I’ll be coming down
So unfazed

The more you think, the more it consumes
As I’m slowly becoming you

Melt me with your summer eyes
The rivers grow as I shrink
Down to size
Although people feign surprise
Traces in their smile will soon
Unearth the guise
Questions will remain unasked
When answers are all that ever
Paved the path
Pay attention to the lines
Of words inscribed in skin
A compromise

The more you think, the more it consumes
I think I’m slowly becoming you
Track Name: Class Act Ass
Sleepwalk through life
I’ll dream when I’m dead
That’s what I tell myself
Too many fish
In this crowded sea
It’s safer inside my shell
Painless
In one smooth stroke
Some days you’ve got to say no
A descendent of
The condescending
You think you know but you won’t

Look at the way you act
You sure put the ass in class
Look at the way you are
With nothing to prove

Back in control
Where the flowers are wild
Try not to lose sight
Ring the bells
And give in to the
Infinity of time

Look at the way you act
You sure put the ass in class
Look at the way you are
With nothing to prove

While you were pleading
I was too busy decompressing
Track Name: Beyond Innocence
How can you be so damn sure of it?
While trapped inside your labyrinth
Of all the trees planted inside your brain
You kept the one that just threw shade

Far beyond all innocence
Our cells are rearranging
Far beyond all innocence
Isn’t this frustrating?

Under the guise of astrology
Came the proof of a lonely novelty
A force of habit that you’ll break in time
One that involved wasting all of mine

Far beyond all innocence
Our cells are rearranging
Far beyond all innocence
Isn’t this frustrating?
Track Name: In The Meantimes
Stranded here with all this expanse
Vacated the landscape
In the meantime, time treated you kind
Well isn’t that just great?
The pendulum swings on gravity’s strings
There’s no shaking it off
Whether it’s screens or old magazines
The truth is everyone’s chained

You’re still in your prime
Despite the mental decline
It’s easier to describe while
Acquainted with the unknown

Wearing glasses you spray-painted black
Avoiding eye contact
As you crawl out from your selfish heap
You’ll need a change of plans
Because nothing will be as serene
When you’re not under attack
A walking symptom of the daily disease
La la la la la la

You’re still in your prime
Despite the mental decline
It’s easier to describe while
Acquainted with the unknown

When you’re facing the world at large
Just turn the other way
If you expect any different
Still they'll treat you the same
Track Name: Occidental
Get it through your head
Thoughts are rivers flowing
Looking towards the west
You never know where you’re going
Sir, stay on the line
Please don’t disengage
Always ready to fight
Often conversations faked

Left by the wayside
Forgotten puppeteer
Tell me where it hurts
I’ll try my best to care

Dusting off the lens
The view from here is perfect
Better than we dreamt
So let’s thank the architect
Follow protocol
After all this time
It isn’t a fall
Descending from the climb

Left by the wayside
Forgotten puppeteer
Tell me where it hurts
I’ll try my best to care

Burying the knife
Track Name: Set Me Down
The past just makes us tense
The more we reminisce
And while under attack
All we do is laugh

You always set me down
But I never let you down

The wind will pave the streets
Just as we had dreamt
Now I’m talking to the dogs
To them it all makes sense

You always set me down
But I never let you down
You always set me down
When I never let you down

The chapter will conclude
Regardless if you wait
Interrupted interlude
Give yourself some space

You always set me down
But I never let you down
You always set me down
When I never let you down
Track Name: Looser
The heart knows not
What it truly wants
The mind slows down
Barely keeping up
With how things get
It’s no surprise
To anyone except for me

Two quarter-turns
One about-face
That never could
Quite persuade
Your amnesty
Was without intent
Rendering these efforts powerless

Influence in motion
Secretly revered
Options are kept open
The future’s so unclear
Track Name: Reflections On A Broken Mirror
I bow down just to watch you fall
Our whispers tiptoe down the hall
No one ever would have guessed
This damsel’s always in distress
But I still believe you

Victim of your devise
Every evening
Hidden behind disguise
Do you believe me?

Take another moment to reflect
Upon your already fading silhouette
Everything is destined to repeat
Waking up from the same old dream
I still believe you

Victim of your devise
Every evening
Hidden behind disguise
Do you believe me?

I bow down just to watch you fall
Our whispers tiptoe down the hall
No one ever would have guessed
This damsel’s always in distress
But I still believe you

Victim of your devise
Every evening
Hidden behind disguise
Do you believe me?

Angel of mine
Track Name: Autumn
I lost my sense of worthlessness
As the world slowly unraveled
Scrape the barrel at the bottom
Grasp at straws, you’ve had your final
Just let it go

She learned to put down her defenses
I learned how not to kill my time
If you’re not good at keeping secrets
It’s no wonder how you’re treated
Just let it go

It’s dead and gone
At the very least I’m grateful for the memories
A day will come
You’ll realize that you’re wasting all your energy
To be honest…it sure seems that way

I’m so deep in love with autumn
When all the leaves are overrun
What’s the use in being worried?
If you’re never in a hurry
With nowhere to go

It’s dead and gone
At the very least I’m grateful for the memories
A day will come
You’ll realize that you’re wasting all your energy
To be honest…it sure seems that way
Track Name: Honestly...
Honestly…
How can you distrust me?
When you cannot trust yourself
I think you need some time

I’m drowning in
A bath of chemicals today
Cleared out all the shelves
I think I need some time

It’s a funny thing
Or at least so I think
Smiling through the night
We all need some time

Happily
Counting down the days
This jacket’s a bit too tight
All I have is time
Track Name: Not For Nothin'
Out of sight doesn’t quite mean
That it will be out of mind
But if you’ve a moment to spare
Well then it’s not for nothin’
Feelings that you keep to yourself
Won’t be of any use to me
Months spent trying to piece things up
Only to find it was all for nothin’

Just because with you it’s all black or white
Two grays don’t make a right
You’ve been swallowing a lot of pride
And all I’ve got are these butterflies

Well how was I supposed to know?
It wasn’t you that I was waiting for
All I had were moments to spare
Now I know it’s not for nothin’

Just because with you it’s all black or white
Two grays don’t make a right
You’ve been swallowing a lot of pride
And all I’ve got are these butterflies