A New World

by Black Lab

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this is the sixth album by black lab, years of blood, sweat, gin, joy, struggle and transcendence -- tears and much unseemly laughter, crashed cars and inscrutable dreams, the death of a lover and the discovery of love, hallucinogens and unimagined ghosts. this is the record of a past we can't forget and a future we can't wait to see, one we want so much for you to hear. this is a new world.

in memory of bhu sullivan, 1978-2014

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released December 7, 2016

1 & 4 written by paul durham & andy ellis
black labyrinth music (bmi) & minmei songs (bmi)
produced & mixed by andy ellis
5, 9 & 11 written & produced by paul durham, black labyrinth music (bmi). piano on 11 by andy ellis
2, 3, 6, 8 & 10 written by paul durham & alex kemp
blusher music (ascap) and black labyrinth music (bmi)
3, 6, 8 & 10 produced by alex kemp
2 produced by andy ellis and alex kemp
7 written by sonny curtis (bmi), sony/atv music publishing
produced by adrianne “ag” gonzalez

mastered by john scrip at massive
photographs by bhu sullivan
design & layout by paul durham

thank you rose, elisa, lynn grossman, daniel higbee, jerome spence, kayla masnek, diana beas, christine ayres, jess martin & everyone at secret road, yarrow kraner and the hatch peeps, audrey hall, andy george, philip sheppard, russell spurlock, ania bulis, harley cross, dream mullick,
tracy salsbery, dave ivers, adam perlman, all our friends, family and beloved fans.

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Black Lab Los Angeles, California

Paul Durham started the alt.pop.rock band Black Lab in 1997 and released its critically acclaimed debut on Geffen Records. Following a national tour and two charting singles, the band signed with Epic Records in 2000. Songs by the band litter film, TV and commercials, including Spider-Man, “House M.D.", “Pretty Little Liars,” Can’t Hardly Wait, Permanent Midnight, “Buffy,” and “The Shield.” ... more

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Track Name: Bottomless Sea
wonder if this is the light at the end
wonder if this is the water closing in
i won't let myself drown here
but i can't keep my head up no more
i'm looking for something to hold
and the strength to hold on

here you are
you'll sink in this bottomless sea
praying out
you'll sink in this bottomless sea
you'll break on it
these hard waters

praying now for the hours to run
pray to god for the daylight to come
and i go over the wall
down past the drive
up to the cliffs
follow me outside

here you are
you'll sink in this bottomless sea
praying out
you'll sink in this bottomless sea
you'll break on it
calling out for mercy
these hard waters
floating far out on this sea

try to see the loss as part of life
instead of life as something i lost
Track Name: Tell a Lie
i tell a lie to myself
and no one else knows this seventh hell
And i go blind from what i've done
and this fire devours me
i can't face myself for all this blood

i tell a lie to get me through this night
and we get by, we all gotta survive

i tell a lie to your face
and no one doubts me it gets erased
no one holds me, no one else can see

i tell a lie to get me through this night
and we get by, we all gotta survive
Track Name: Give it All to You
i take one step
one look, one breath
i come down
brick by brick by brick
i run until I slip
it all comes down to this

if i give it all to you
if i fall in front of you
would you show me everything
that lies beneath this black and blue
I'll give it all to you my love
if I give it all to you
if I hand over what's due
tear down the walls
that rise and fall
between the truth
I'll give it all to you my love

I can see your backbone working
reaching up for what it's worth
and these stars
a million miles around us
they're flying around us
Track Name: Island
i turn, i smile -- hello, goodbye
the world goes by in a dream
and i pretend i'm here in this skin
but i am gone -- lost in the trees

on this island, this island
things go nowhere
nothing lives and nothing dies
on this island, this island
no future but the tide
rolling in and out of sight

i watch the waves
for days and days in this grief
i wonder how you got out
you just stepped out
where are you now?
you just stepped out

leaving me on this island, this island
things go nowhere
nothing lives and nothing dies
on this island, this island
no future but the rising tide

the way you cried out
the way you held me down
the way you'd melt right in my hands
the way you turned me round
the way you left me on my own
here alone

on this island, this island
things go nowhere
nothing lives and nothing dies
on this island, this island

and yeah i remember your face
less every day
i'm locked in this cage
lost here on this island,
no future but the tide
rolling in and out of sight
Track Name: A New World
here is a child buried alive in my chest
there is a stranger makes himself home in my bed
and I don't believe even what I can see for myself
I can see for myself
through the bars of this cell

everybody wants to find a new world
everybody's looking for a sign
every day is tender as a sunburn
why can't I find mine?
why can't I find mine?

give me a mountain of silver and gold and I'll stop
build me a box of velvet and pine and I'll drop
but ask me to live what I know see I choke and I cough
yeah I choke on my scotch
can you see what i've lost

even when the grass burns black I'm waiting for it
and even the future cracks I'm waiting for it
and even you don't come back
I'm waiting for it
I'm waiting for it
I'm waiting for it

I'm turning over like an engine
turning over till i catch
Track Name: Matter of Time
this cruel world is beautiful in the strangest ways
at the end of the darkest nightcomes the finest of days
but you know sometimes you fall so hard 
sometimes it hurts so bad
when you can't see the end hold on to your friends
till your heart comes back to life and i say

keep holding out for more
keep holding strong in the storm
it's just a matter of time
keep holding out for love
keep holding your head above
it's just a matter of time
i know

things change just wait for the good things to come
at the end of the darkest night comes the light of the sun
say - hold on to the best things you got now 
and grow something new with the rain in your soul

keep holding out for more
keep holding strong in the storm
it's just a matter of time
keep holding out for love
keep holding your head above
it's just a matter of time

yeah, i'll be here
i'll be here for you
take my hand
take good care
i'll be here for you
Track Name: I Fought the Law
breaking rocks in the hot sun
I fought the law and the law won
I needed money 'cause I had none
I fought the law and the law won

I left my baby and it feels so bad
guess my race is run
she's the best girl that I ever had
I fought the law and the law won

robbing people with a six-gun
I fought the law and the law won
I lost my girl and I lost my fun
I fought the law and the law won
I fought the law and the law won
Track Name: Where Will You Run
it's the rage
it gives and it takes
and are you lying down
or are you nailed to a stake?

there's nowhere you can go
they don't already know so
where will you run?
you're hiding in your skin
hiding on the fringe but
where where will you run?

don't take it hard you know
a fist to the face
can be painful
remember?
the day you find out
that your heart's been replaced
by a stranger ~ stop

sitting with the dead
slipping through the trees
a bullet to the head
can bring you to your knees
listening to the black
the voices on the wire
they're breathing through the stacks
go build yourself a fire
Track Name: Down to the River
i am no survivor
nothing here survived
dying on that road with you
dissolving in that fire
so how do i go forward dear when
you were my whole life

i go down to the river without you
i lay down
i go down to the river without you
i lay down

i’m too weak to remember
too sad to forget
rushing down the steepness
to feed and to be fed
so if i beg you one more time
to lay me down to rest

go go go and find it don't come home without it
in these weaker moments leave it there
so thin the air the wall the will to move on
so thin the air

i go down to the river without you
i lay down
i go down to the river without you
i lay down
Track Name: The Road
this is the ache inside
this is darkness in my hand
keep me in line, keep me in line

this is the road that I get lost on
a twist in the road and I'll be gone now
it's a matter of time
just a matter of time

black, black is the tide
black water running down
and I get crazy I get blind
raise my hands and start to drown
throw me a line, throw me a line

so this is the road that I get lost on
a twist in the road and I'll be gone now
and I know there's a place that I belong yeah
and I know there's a way where I'll come home now
it's a matter of time
just a matter of time
Track Name: Bring You Love
can you hold it inside
without letting on you're gonna do?
have you said your goodbyes?
are you happy it will all be over soon?

could you bury it deep?
sing yourself back to sleep?
could you stand to go on much longer
or will you have your revenge
on life and all of your friends
all you want is the end but can you wait

can you wait
while the world circles the sun
and hey can you wait
while the world finds a way
to bring you love
bring you love

can i hold it inside?
get up go to work, as if there's nothing wrong
pretend that i'm still alive
that i'm still breathing and there's anything i want

if i could find a side door
slip out somehow be no more
like i had never been born at all no
like i was not even here
no one left here in tears
if i could listen i know that she would say

can you wait
while the world circles the sun
and hey can you wait
while the world finds a way
to bring you love
to bring you love
bring you love