Simplicity

by Brendan Sheridan

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released June 6, 2015

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Brendan Sheridan Durham, North Carolina

My name is Brendan Sheridan. I've been writing songs for a while, but recently I've felt that the content is good enough to share. I do this as a hobby and am not looking to make any money from my music. I hope my music can make people realize that destroying each other and the planet doesn't help anybody. And even if I only do that for two people, maybe they'll each do that for two others. ... more

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Track Name: Carry On
My mind is like a desert
And I’m seekin to quench my thirst
When the clouds come I will stay alert
Cause I gotta catch the water when they burst

And I can’t control it
I just let it flow out of me
But I wouldn’t change it one bit
Cuz it’ll be my legacy

Chorus
Cuz my voice will carry on
You can listen to me when I’m gone
I’ll freeze time and I’ll sing to you
You can put me on and I’ll see you through
My message will transcend time
In this life and another I’ll be changin minds

And I’ve got no time to waste
Gotta keep my eyes straight ahead
And all the struggles that I’ve faced
Provide my songs with their daily bread

Not enough hours in the day
So I rise well before the sun
I’m a hunter seekin my prey
And so faster I run
Track Name: Constant Race
Got arms where there should be wings
Feet where there should be springs
Gotta go I gotta fly
Leap from the nest I gotta try
To make some kind of difference
Try to validate my existence
I could write any song I choose
But I like the ones that we can use
To be a little better
Get you through the stormy weather
Cuz

Chorus
We all start out empty
Then we fill up til we overflow
To contain the spill we
Will simply have to grow
A little bigger a little taller
Til we can hold a little more water
But I'm afraid we must face
That it keeps on pilin up
So it's a constant race b
Between the liquid and the cup

Smell of burnt matches and sage
New chapters and the turning of a page
Until we reject majority opinion
Decide that over us gold shall have no dominion
Life should be givin it away
Cold be gone tomorrow or today
And we'll be penniless when we go
Won't need money for that trip no
Back to nothing we will return
Hoping to remember what we've learned
Track Name: No Sound
The tears don’t make no sound
When the rain a fall
All around

The tears don’t make no sound
When the thunder rolls
And your cries are drowned

The tears don’t make no sound
When the lightning flash
And it strikes the ground

And they always come too late
After somethin you can’t negate
Can’t go back can’t turn around
Once it’s lost it can’t be found
Can’t put the bullet back in the gun
Can’t stop what has begun
Can’t make more air when you can’t breathe
Can’t make more water when you pollute the rivers and the seas
And it won’t just affect me and you
It concerns everyone around us too

Chorus

They fall and they dilute
Could never cleanse what we pollute
Could never stop dem burn and loot
Could never teach nothin to the yout
So stand up strong dry your tears
Before long you’ll overcome your fears
Come sing this beautiful armageddeon
Come we go chant down Babylon
Ashes to ashes dust to dust
They think we won’t but we must
Cuz

Chorus
Track Name: We Will Never Get It Right
Too weak too strong
Too short too long
Too little too much
Too weak too rough
Too together too insane
Too crazy too sane
Too sober too drunk
Too good too junk

Chorus
We will never get it right
Never find the middle in the dead of night
No we will never get it right
Never find the middle in the dead of night

Too quiet too loud
Too humble too proud
Too smart too dumb
Too in touch too numb
Too big too small
Too short too tall
Too cool too lame
Too scary too tame

Chorus

Too green too brown
Too lost too found
Too raw too done
Too divided too one
Too sour too sweet
Too careless too discreet
Too prejudiced too correct
Too vague too direct
Track Name: Daughter Of The Devil
Chorus
She’s the daughter of the devil in a thin disguise
Tryin to hide the fire behind her eyes
She’s the daughter of the devil in a thin disguise
Seducin you with the sweetest lies
She’s the daughter of the devil in a thin disguise
She’ll pull you in and take you for a ride
She’s the daughter of the devil in a thin disguise
Just wait til you meet the father of the bride

And she’s got her lipstick painted red
Little bit a wine got her right in the head
Friday night she’s dressed to kill
And she’s headed out to get her fill

Cuz she feeds on rejection and despair
Weavin words into a snare
She’ll pull you in and have her way
It’s just the game she likes to play

Chorus

She’ll make you run and run but you’ll never gain
All your love will surely turn to pain
And her beauty makes you keep up the chase
But you can never win the race

She’ll make you deaf to reason
Blind to treason
Givin up your freedom
Standin in the cold and freezin
All because her features
Are oh so pleasin

Chorus
Track Name: A Feeling
I’m feelin ancient
I’m feelin timeless
Waiting with patience
for somethin priceless
I feel it in my body
I feel it in my soul
It’s nothin you can copy
It’s a thing you must unfold

Chorus
I feel it bubblin up within
And I feel it radiate
It’s a feelin’ that is spreadin’
At an ever growin rate
It’s made of love and light
And it’s makin the world right
It’s a power that excites
And I’m feelin it tonight

I’m feelin ignorant
I’m feelin insignificant
Like I will never know
What’s above or what’s below
Can only know what I can see
But that’ll be enough for me
Cuz I see love and compassion in the youth
I see a collective push towards the truth

Chorus
Track Name: Decide
I could never join the soldiers
Cause I always question the orders
Where do they come from
And do they make sense
Do they sound dumb
When confronted by the evidence


Chorus
Why should I do
What the man said
Should I be like you
And not think with my head

Or can I decide
For myself what's right
Can I act with pride
As I go through life

We're riding for a fall
Stickin a pin
In our own voodoo doll
Should we pretend it's not happening
Or try to fix it
Should we keep believing
All the lies about it

Chorus

And they're telling you to pray
To the right God above
And that there's only one right way
To love
Track Name: Dancin'
Hey little lady throw a smile my way
Don't be like that don't walk away
One little dance'd do no harm
But give me a chance to turn on the charm

Well I can lead or I can follow
Either way it'll be a show
And the spotlight will shine on you
Then I’ll appear for my debut


Chorus
Come a little closer towards the light
Renew my faith in love tonight
I’ll show you that all men aren’t the same
And that you’re not the one to blame

You like to think I can’t see your wall
Truth is, I can barely see you at all
Yeah, you like the comfort of your bricks
But I gotta hammer in my bag of tricks

Well can’t you see I’m jaded too?
But I’m hopeful enough to fall for you
Don’t lift me up to let me down
Don’t turn this smile into a frown
Just

Chorus
Track Name: Other Side
I began the trip
holding to my ego
Then I felt it slip
away from me and go
Never knew such ecstatic bliss
Had never felt an angel’s kiss
But then my ego came back to me
Attempting to return me to vanity
But I cast it into the sea
For it was no longer a part of me

Chorus
For I have seen the other side
I have laughed and I have cried
Set my soul afloat upon that tide
A tiny speck upon a river wide
I’ve let the spirits be my guide
What they teach I keep inside
When I return and set aside
All my anger and my pride

My feet have landed on the floor
I’m walkin cross the room and out the door
I’ll let the sunlight envelop me
Fill my ears with nature’s symphony
Wait for the sun to light a fire in the sky
Out of the ashes the moon comes by
The stars start to twinkle with an ancient light
And it lets me know everything will be alright
Track Name: Walkin'
You gotta start walkin towards your destiny
Gotta stop talkin start walkin with me
You gotta start walkin towards your destiny
Gotta stop talkin start walkin with me

You can plan and plan some more
But someday you gotta walk out the door
You gotta go and face the unknown
So you can find a path of your own

And start walkin towards your destiny
Gotta stop talkin start walkin with me
You gotta start walkin towards your destiny
Gotta stop talkin start walkin with me

Well you might stumble and you might fall
But don’t let it bother you at all
Dust yourself off like nothing’s wrong
Put your feet under you and move along

You gotta start walkin towards your destiny
Gotta stop talkin start walkin with me
You gotta start walkin towards your destiny
Gotta stop talkin start walkin with me
Track Name: Rise Above Our Raising
We can rise above our raising
Be better than the ones who came before
Rise above our raising
Do everything we want and more

Cuz better days are waiting
Pick yourself up off the floor
Yes better days are waiting
Searching eyes will find an open door

Some are born down in the ghetto
Some are born where the poor don’t go
Some are born in the middle
But we can overcome little by little

We can rise above our raising
Be better than the ones who came before
Rise above our raising
Do everything we want and more

Cuz better days are waiting
Pick yourself up off the floor
Yes better days are waiting
Searching eyes will find an open door

If you’re born in the ghetto you don’t have to stay there
If you have a silver spoon you can learn to share
Wherever you fall among the extremes
You can still achieve your dreams

We can rise above our raising
Be better than the ones who came before
Rise above our raising
Do everything we want and more

Cuz better days are waiting
Pick yourself up off the floor
Yes better days are waiting
Searching eyes will find an open door
Track Name: Oneness
Many leaders many nations
Lots of trains lots of stations
Many stars and many moons
Lots of players lots of tunes
Many thinkers many doers
Lots of pasts and lots of futures
Many teachers many students
Lots of causes lots of movements

Chorus
But it’s the same blood running through our veins
The same sun that takes away our pains
The same earth that feeds us when it rains
And the same strength that frees us from our chains

Many givers many takers
Lots of fixers lots of breakers
Many smiles many frowns
Lots of ups and lots of downs
Many beaches many waves
Lots of births and lots of graves
Many buildings many trees
Lots of locks and lots of keys

Chorus

Many paths and many drummers
Lots of winters lots of summers
Many days and many nights
Lots of pleasure lots of fright
Many floods and many droughts
Lots of hate and lots of doubt
Many asking many demanding
Lots of love and understanding

Chorus
Cuz it’s the same blood...
Track Name: Rewind
Remember when we were kids
Remember all the stupid things we did
How we fell down and got back up again
Yeah we had some good times way back then

But we grew and we're older now
Time sees to fly by faster somehow
And we're all stress in with bills and the rents come due
And we're not sure how it got to this or what to do

Chorus
I say we press rewind get back to step one
Take a little time just to have to have a little fun
Dream big, smile wide, laugh long and stand tall
And keep getting back up whenever you fall

Whatever happened to exploration?
Whatever happened to imagination?
When a card in your bicycle
Could turn it into a motorcycle?

We must have lost it somewhere along the way
Exactly when no one can say
I guess we forgot the possibilities
Somewhere among the responsibilities
Track Name: Confined
Chorus
We're limited to our senses
So we put up our defenses
To save our fragile little mind
And convince ourselves that we're not confined
But maybe this sack of meat’s
Just a little incomplete
Maybe there’s a short in the circuit
And we can never understand it
Or anything around it

We'll swim through the ocean and we’ll evolve some gills
Drop like an anchor with the weight of our wills
Float to the bottom and drift through the darkness
Pressure pushing down only got us feelin weightless
And when we see a light
We'll be swimming upwards with all of our might
Then we'll sprout some wings and learn to fly
Ride the updrafts all across the sky
And in the midst of a storm
Weill find our final form
Descend down from the skies
Back into our bodies and open up our eyes
Put a good vibe on the stereo
Turn it on up just as loud as it'll go
Think about the journey
And wonder if it could have been reality
Cuz

Chorus
Track Name: Slow Down
We’ve made another trip around the sun
Spring’s in the air and winter’s done
So shed my jackets and my sleeves
Spend some time outside beneath the trees

And I know that I’m back in my place
When the warming sunlight hits my face
And I can take time to enjoy the Earth
That’s when I know what life is worth

Chorus
Cuz we gotta take the time to stop runnin around
Stand on the brakes and slow it down
Do a double take and look around
Breathe in the air stand upon the ground
Smell the roses and listen to the sounds

And even in the winter ya gotta find the beauty in things
Listen to the song that the fallin’ snow sings
Bask in the silence
And listen for guidance

From a little snippet of a song
That’s got me singin along
Just a couple stars and the moon up high
Has got my face lookin up at the sky
Track Name: Floatin'
Well oh there can be no doubt
I feel that time is running out
I must set this ship to sail
Get the horses on the trail

Put the pencil to the page
Free the bird now from its cage
Lift my voice up to the sky
Wipe this tear now from my eye

Chorus
And embrace the flood and let it flow
Ride the current and away I go
Try to keep this raft afloat
In a bottle leave a note
That says I’ve done the best I can
To try to finish what I began
And attempt to direct the flow
In the direction I want to go

Oh no I fear I may have lied
Now I feel time’s on my side
The ship is floating on its own
The horses have foals that are grown

The songs are done and they are sung
The bird is tending to its young
My voice is ringing loud and clear
In my eyes you won’t find a tear

Chorus
First line Cuz I’ve embraced the flood and let it flow
Track Name: Silent Bliss
I'm getting stressed out
And starting to doubt
That anything
I wanna bring about
Could ever work itself right out
I'm sick and tired
Of being tired and sick
I need to be inspired
Real quick
There suckin me dry
And I'm being run into the ground
The bills are piling so high
And theres more coming around
So I just close my eyes
And I don't make a sound

Chorus
Silent bliss
Take me away from this
Silent bliss
Give me all the things I miss
Blissfully silent
I'll find some guidance
Blissfully silent
Here on my mental island

Standing in the middle of the city
The flashing lights they look so pretty
But the horns are blarin
People yelling
No one caring
What they're smellin
So much hate and so much greed
Wait that's not what we need
So I think about the sun, the sky, and a tree
The sand there by the sea
How peaceful it would be
And I close my eyes
And the waves start rollin in
See the tide begin to rise
And it's washin everything away
So that's why I say