A Raven Has My Heart

by Black Lab

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a raven has my heart is the rebirth of black lab. it’s a deepening, a growing up, a reconciliation of alternative rock and cinematic electronica. raven takes the same dark tones of previous albums and drives them deeper into a rich landscape of loss and obsession.

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released May 13, 2014

written, performed and produced by paul durham and andy ellis

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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: Unfamiliar Sky
unfamiliar sky. I got caught in the cold but it can’t rain forever. you could soften the blow. ah but you never say never. I see this gray unfamiliar sky. and now I feel the weight this unfamiliar sky but I go on sailing past. race you upstairs. you used to let me win now nobody cares which one of us might have sinned. I see this gray unfamiliar sky. and now I feel the weight this unfamiliar sky but I go on sailing past. feels like rain. sailing past. feels like rain.
Track Name: Gravity
gravity. do you know yet how bad it can get? can you wake my head? ‘cause there’ll be sirens in the silence. come on and wake my head. I’ve been driven here to seek asylum drawn to you. through the open door to the ocean floor I can feel it pull me down to you. I’ll be good for days in a million ways. I can feel it pull me down to you. give in to the fall. give in to the fall. don’t try and keep your head above it all. can you see me? can you feel me? can you wake my head? there’ll be voices inside contain these voices inside. through the open door to the ocean floor I can feel it pull me down to you. I’ll be good for days in a million ways. I can feel it pull me down to you. and the pain goes on and on and on. the pain just goes on and on and on. betraying what was promised by saying what is honest. chained to your love. come come come take. take my love. by saying what is honest. take my love.
Track Name: Further
further. you get further a little bit further then fall. then you fall. you get further a few steps further then fall. then you fall. there ain’t nothing no there ain’t nothin that can stop you and keep you from getting back up. there ain’t nothing no there ain’t nothing. it goes up it goes down and that’s just what it does. further just a bit further we fall. then we fall. we get further a little bit further then fall. then we fall. there ain’t nothing no there ain’t nothing. there’s no force in this world that we can’t overcome. there’s nothing no there ain’t nothing. there’s no way we can fail if we never give up. and I feel the fear. it feels like a gun in my hand this time. this new frontier. like soldiers we’re making a stand this time. say the word. I throw my body upon the grenade as the fast bullets fly. there will be sun at the end of the night. further you get a bit further then fall then you fall. further a little bit further then fall then you fall. there ain’t nothing no there ain’t nothing there’s no force in this world that can kill your love. there’s nothing no there ain’t nothing. there’s no way we can fail if we never give up. never give up.
Track Name: Part of Me
part of me. I want you so badly my bones start to ache. I’m in equal parts wonder and pain. there’s a part of me. there’s a part of me that just wants what it wants and that’s all it can do. could I let go of having your love? could the longing itself be enough? there’s a part of me. the very heart of me that can barely remember my life without you. and this fear this pain this love this weight this joy your slave lays his head down. I dream and it’s all for you. bear the tension of tears held at bay. it’s the main thing I do with my days. there’s a part of me. there’s a part of me painting over the world with these pictures of you. I can’t even pretend to be strong. I get up and I shake like a dog. you’re the part of me. the very heart of me. in the language of love there is no word for no. so bring this fear this pain this love this weight this fight your slave lays his head down. I dream and it’s all for you.
Track Name: Playing
playing. and you’re dying to know her. the skin on her shoulders. and your tears start for no reason. her smile like a beacon. and I find this is what I tell myself this is what i tell myself. you’re playing playing playing around with what’s left of your heart. you’re playing and I come apart under pressure. there’s no way I could ever forget her. blame it on her voice but you know what you’re doing. you can blame it on her voice. you watch as she’s talking. skittish as a deer. how softly she listens to what no one else can hear. this is what I tell myself. you’re playing playing playing around with what’s left of your heart. you’re playing and I come apart under pressure there’s no way I could ever forget her. sitting on your hands. lost among the damned. there’ll be places you cannot forget. like an infant you’re crawling to your knees. watch you push and shove in and out of love. the wind shifts and you sail out of your life.
Track Name: Underwater
underwater. the ice is struck. this ship goes down. how can I not touch you dear and why don’t I drown. I would slacken my grip. sleep a watery sleep. and dream of your silk skin in the ocean deep. as it holds you underwater have you suffered enough? as it holds you underwater will you give it up? have you suffered enough? have you suffered enough? blind on the inside. drunk on the ropes. salt water bearing down yeah brackish in my throat. I told you the truth about me. this mutinous heart. the battle’s won I know but the war is lost. as it holds you underwater will you give it up? have you suffered enough? have you suffered enough and will you give it up? I’ll be the one to lay your head down on this golden shrine. I’ll be the one to breathe your breath when all this lies behind. as it holds you underwater have you suffered enough?
Track Name: Surrender
surrender. on the day you die the angels hold a wake and drink until it snows. so let yourself cry let your body shake cause everybody knows. after the fall you let it go. all by yourself. surrender. after the fall you let it go ‘cause nobody else can surrender. will you surrender? my eyes are on god. I find that she is you. am I your crown of thorns? cause I’ll be your dog scratching at your shoes. you watch as I perform. after the fall you let it go. all by yourself. surrender. after the fall you let it go ‘cause nobody else can surrender. will you surrender? and this kite won’t go. this kite won’t go the wind tears it apart again. will you surrender? and this tide won’t go. this tide don’t go till you know that it’s over. will you surrender?
Track Name: Out of Promises
out of promises. that long red hair. those long black robes. a window opens. the curtains close. this stubborn heart broken on the wheel. you struggle forward through the darkness. you don’t know what you feel. say the word. take the knife and cut us all apart if it’ll give you back your life. cause you’re out of promises that you can’t keep. you’re out of promises. you let the water run too deep now you’re out of promises. so dream the dream of a child. someone to love you until you die. someone close who’d never judge. someone to listen to your heartbreak no matter what it was. pray for rain. fight for air. you said it’d always come but you know it’s not quite there. now you’re out of promises that you can’t keep. you’re out of promises. you keep talking in your sleep but you’re out of promises. and when the lion kills the lamb can you take it like a man? when all we want is mercy. a little bit of mercy. and could you be a better man? well you do the best you can. all we want is mercy. a little bit of mercy. ’cause we’re out of promises that we can’t keep. we’re out of promises. we let the water run too deep now we’re out of promises. say the word. we’re out of promises. we let the warning go unheard now we’re out of promises.
Track Name: Burn Out
burn out. follow the light at the end of an endless moment. what will you find every time that you turn me over? there is a shadow it pitches me forward. there is an echo in my head. stand by the window give me a sign that I’m not dead. you call you wait will you burn out? you fall you fade will you burn out on me? what have I done? what have I set in motion? when will you come? I took advantage of your devotion. stand at the keyhole listen for secrets that you don’t want to hear. as god is my witness someday there’ll be nothing left to fear. you call you wait will you burn out? you fall you fade will you burn out on me?
Track Name: Radio Tonight
radio tonight. and the air is full of sound and stories that I lost. broadcasts that I found on the stations of my cross. now the music falls like rain. it pools around my knees. but the paper’s soaking wet and the pen does not receive. so I’m pleading for a light cause the words won’t come out right on the radio tonight. the radio tonight. radio tonight. with all these broken toys I can’t come out and play. the songs are all alike since the frequency got changed. but my heart has burst a seam. I overflow with dreams and my memory doesn’t dim. this silence is a sin. so let the blood antennae rise. keep the dust out of my eyes when the words don’t come out right on the radio tonight. radio tonight. I try to look away from the things I don’t know how to say. I’m staring into space. I can’t see what listens when I pray. I’m spitting in the wind. I wrack my head again. but the signal’s just a roar. it’s all been said before. so I swim against the tide. I rage against the light. but the words won’t come out right on the radio tonight. radio tonight.
Track Name: Left for Dead
left for dead. you haunt me every day. the world becomes your face. I know I’m left in your arms. do you remember how I swore I’d burn it down if I could tell you my heart? I can’t be your sin. I’m not alone. I can’t be your saint. where do I belong? take whatever’s behind me. I’ll be left for dead. take whatever’s behind. I’ve taken every hope. yeah everything I own. I put it all in the game. so would you really call? show your hand and take it all? could you walk away? cause I don’t believe it. I’ll carry on but I don’t accept. where do I belong? take whatever’s behind me. I’ll be left for dead. take whatever’s behind. it’s hollow. I traded everything for love. it’s hollow this waiting. I wait for you to say you’ve changed your mind. take whatever’s behind me. I’ll be left for dead. take whatever’s behind.
Track Name: Turn Away
turn away. I can hear you upstairs getting dressed now. banging your stuff around. I wonder why I’m so scared. are you gonna leave me leave me now? turn away. I can’t turn away. all I see is rapture in your eyes. turn away. I can’t turn away. all I need is one more sunrise. and my grace pray for me. pray for all of us. now that I can see I’ll be yours for good. yours for always. open always inside. turn away. I can’t turn away. all I see is rapture in your eyes. turn away. I can’t turn away. all I need is one more sunrise. stories get old say something new. something that’s borrowed something taboo. dying without it. life on the tablet. facing that I can’t turn away. I can’t turn away. can’t turn away. can’t turn away