See the Sun

by Black Lab

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see the sun is the second album by black lab. after the rise and fall of their major label debut, your body above me, paul durham picked up and moved to venice. “in the end, all I had were my guitars and the songs I was writing.” paul wanted to control the sound around his voice, so he bought a computer and learned to use it. “I had to get back to how it was in high school — just me and my four-track.”

the resulting demos got him a new deal with epic records. “the first thing I did was buy a giant protools system.” he needed help with the installation and hired andy ellis to help set up his studio. “we’re sitting around waiting for the computer to reboot,” remembers paul, “and this guy picks up my guitar, without asking. I was cringing inside, but it turned out he was great. I wanted to sing over the top of everything he played. pretty soon, we were writing and recording together.”

at 23, ellis was already a skilled guitarist, keyboard player, programmer and engineer — durham had found the missing link. “working with andy is the first time collaboration has ever been easy,” says durham. “instead of the whole hell-is-other-people thing, we have a blast just making sounds.”
see the sun has a depth and emotional range that broadens with each listen. much of the album was mixed by tom lord-alge (live, blink 182). What shines brightest is the band’s pop sensibility – the liquid swirl of “remember,” the epic sweep of “see the sun,” the bittersweet loss of “without you,” and the surrender of “lonely boy.”

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released January 1, 2005

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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: See the Sun
see the sun. if i feel this feeling if i let myself go deep again will you stay by my side, yeah cause when i feel this feeling things won’t ever be the same again if planets collide i won’t mind, no i’ll be fine i can’t see the sun anymore i can’t feel the drugs anymore i can’t see the sun anymore but i don’t mind you’re by my side and i feel fine. are you my revelation are you the answer to my question or have i wasted my time, yeah cause if i feel this feeling will you crawl out of your perfect skin and climb in to mine will you shine will you be my light? i can’t see the sun anymore i can’t feel the ground anymore hey michell we’re too young to be alone hey ‘chell is your heart still made of stone hey babe i call will you take me home hey babe i’m calling hear me calling
Track Name: Remember
remember. it was wild in the street wild in the night blistering cold in the cold daylight i could feel your hands pushing hard on me and all the fights that i tried to fight fair all the nights that you spent with me i swear do you remember? ’cause i remember? do you remember? ’cause i remember what you said to me remember like it was just some dream but i lost my faith did you lose yours too? would you bleed for me? i would bleed for you and the blood gets thick at the end of the night you in my sheets like a sodium light i could feel your skin coming off your soul reeling me in like there’s nothing you don’t know and i won’t speak i won’t write i won’t call you on the phone won’t listen to my mind if i hear you call me home
Track Name: Lonely Boy
lonely boy. you say you like to sleep alone and i say i miss the way you breathe you say i get away with murder but you know i’ve paid for hurting someone i can’t leave behind do you feel something pulling you back in do you see something you want to see again i could be the one i could make it up to you take me back i’m the lonely boy who loves you you say my broken heart becomes me i say i’d sell it cheap to you you say I should wrap all the lies i’ve told in ten dollar bills and smoke them money doesn’t burn so clean
Track Name: Perfect Girl
perfect girl. nobody ever, ever could tell her what it’s like to fall in love tired of searching, she wants to be perfect nothing’s ever good enough and i watch, i wait catch her eye and look away nobody ever, ever could tell her but i tried now she keeps me hanging on the line praying at the sky every single night’s the same she’s a perfect girl hanging by phone praying all alone everybody knows her name she’s a perfect girl and she wanted to want me wanted to need me wanted all those distant stars wanted a surgeon, a full operation but she couldn’t bear the scars and she cut me well but she wouldn’t be cut herself and nobody told me i could be lonely when i fell i’m not perfect, what’s a girl to do in a perfect world i’d be perfect too but the longer that she makes me wait the more my heart begins to break but it’s worth it when she comes in the morning she’ll be gone
Track Name: Ecstasy
ecstasy. picture yourself, mind like a switchblade heart doubled over in pain you let your body overflow hide your instinct good and deep as the world just goes to hell throw my clothes out in the street and hang me on your wall ‘cause everyone’s in ecstasy underneath it all and everybody’s lonely no one there at all but is anybody happy or is it just the alcohol? i don’t know i don’t know all i really know is i don’t know now your sisters have gone one by one, one took jesus one took the gun and each song leads to one more song the future on your back i guess i should feel lucky just to get to be your past and i never saw your world come down, that familiar sound and i never thought you would pull me down that the world would pull me down
Track Name: Tell Me Why
tell me why. i tell you that i love you you don’t believe a word i say i tell you that you’re beautiful you just turn away how does it feel to be like you? how does it feel to break me like you do? how does it feel when i’m alone with you? are you out of your head? cause i’m out of my head tell me why some things are perfect tell me why some things are wonderful tell me why some things are out of reach tell me why why why i want to know the things you think i want to be the ghost in you i want to sleep i want to live inside your dream we’ll make it all come true maybe you think i’m gone or just crazy in my own world or maybe you think i’m lost or in love with the wrong girl
Track Name: Without You
without you. keep the pictures we took keep the records and the books tell me what it was that went wrong i think about california i think about getting out of here i think i’ll change my name i know i’ll never be the same without you, without you no matter where i go or what i do i’ll always be in love with you without you i know you’re sick of me now i know you’re sick of my advice i never learned to keep it to myself i think about california i think about getting out of here i think i’ll change my name maybe you should do the same without you, without you no matter where i go or what i do i’ll always be in love with you without you, without you tell me what did I do what did I say how could I end up this way without you and just this once pretend, forget that i was drunk that night when i said, said that i would jump a mile to my death if you should ever leave you promised that you’d always be with me are your black eyes turning blue? cause i just can’t live without you
Track Name: Dream in Color
dream in color. kiss me once, just once well you think it’s love or something close i don’t recall you say i was sleeping but i know what i saw there were nights i swear we flew i was dreaming in color dreaming beside you now the sky has gone to gray i was dreaming in color in this picture we made ask me once or twice well they ring them bells they throwing rice at you and me but it wasn’t enough say what more could i be sleep all day and watch tv all night the pictures play in black in white i close my eyes
Track Name: Learn to Crawl
learn to crawl. you can laugh you can feel fine you can dance with a little twist you turn your pretty red head babe you forget that i exist can you see yourself in my bed at night would you leave me at the side of the road would you walk right up to me would you talk to me i’m already asking down on my knees already begging begging you please can you teach me how to fly can you see i’m scared to die cause i’ve only just begun to learn to crawl can you teach me how to fight can you keep me up at night will you be there on the ground if i should fall, fall for you i could feel it like the spider’s sting like a memory in my mouth i feel like the morning fell like the bottom’s fallen out i can see what’s up there above it all laying down in the valley below i can walk right up to you i can talk to you
Track Name: Wide Open
wide open. sleeping on your doorstep is killing me i was king of the world now it’s killing me can you lift me up somehow show me what i’m feeling now in this wide open space on these wide open faces in your wide open eyes i can see see you all around me get myself an island on the sea get myself a jetplane to carry me can you lift me up somehow show me what i’m feeling now i believe in luck i believe in fate i believe that love will find a way
Track Name: Lifelike
lifelike. hey i never wanted to waste your time i never wanted to waste your time i never thought i would get so lost along the way i never thought i would break your heart i always thought i would play my part it’s amazing how far you fall before you wake ‘cause i can’t fake it and i can’t face myself no i can’t wait to find a way to live a life like i want to do live a life like we used to live a life like days and days gone by hey, i never wanted to waste your time if i kiss you will you stop crying can i kiss you again just once before you go? ‘cause i can’t stand you when i can’t stand myself and i can’t wait to find a way
Track Name: Circus Lights
circus lights. come on spend the night under the circus lights i want to see you high above the crowd you know i’ve swallowed fire and i’ve fallen off the wire a million times before are you asking me to show you more love more light more heat are you asking me to take you hold you show you more light more heat if you’re asking me then i’ll be there when these circus lights go out i’ll be the tattooed man you can be the acrobat i’ll try and catch you when you fall and we’ll be together then like a pair of siamese twins entwined against the ground tell me what more could you ask for now i wake up to the sound of bells a thousand girls in wedding veils but all i want is you do you believe me? cause the one game that i never played the one mistake i never made was to come right out and ask you if you need me do you need me now? cause i need more