Stay Awake

by Connor B. Fitz

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Judy Humphries
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Judy Humphries Effortless, clear vocal over a beautifully crafted and impressively solo-produced album of distinctive indie-pop gems - 'Stay Awake' is the real deal. I hope you are busy working on album #3... Favorite track: Starting Line.
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Ben Myers Honestly, Connor B. Fitz, you have talent. Each song is great. I enjoy every single one. This album needs to get listened to and bought more simply because this man deserves every single penny :D Favorite track: Seventh Sense.
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about

This is my second album – made from my quiet country home near Byron Bay (Australia).

Unlike my first album, this one is completely self-produced: I wrote, recorded, performed (every instrument) and mixed each track myself. It was a steep learning curve, but I am proud of the results.

I am about to move to Germany (Berlin) for a while. A couple of years ago I travelled through Europe and fell in love with the cities, the people, and the music/arts culture that exists over there. I am excited about living/ playing/writing more music in Europe. And now that I can produce music from home at a low cost I am a lot more motivated to do it!

I continue to work as a ‘session’ musician (on stage and in the studio) supporting various Australian and international acts.

Thanks for listening. I hope you enjoy the music.

- Connor B. Fitz

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released June 3, 2013

All songs written, recorded, performed and mixed by Connor B. Fitz from home.

Mastered by Michael Worthington @ Soundworthy

Cover photo courtesy of NASA's free image search
Cover font is 'Rabiohead' by Jakob Fischer

Thanks to my family and friends

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Track Name: Seventh Sense
You might move to fast but you won’t get far
We’ll be three steps back when you drop your guard

It’s all part of the plan we’ll go through it again we’re not here for the rest of them
There’s no need to attack you just try to relax you’re up there with the best of them

Some get lost in thought on the way back down
Some see heaven or hell when they hit the ground

You got carried away and now you carry the weight of a world that could break your back
There no to rehearse you’re just making it worse you’ll head straight for a heart attack
So eyes up to the sky we’re along for the ride

One for old times’ sake, clear my head, clean my hands
Walls and windows shake, seventh sense is coming around again

You won’t feel so good when the well runs dry
You might look like hell but you won’t know why

There’s no need to be scared we came packed and prepared we’ve all been through the worst of it
There’s no need to be shy we’re along for the ride

One for old times’ sake, clear my head, clean my hands
Walls and windows shake, seventh sense is coming around again
One by one mistake, fill my head, feed my heart
Walls and windows shake, seventh sense is coming apart again
Track Name: Stay Awake
You pick a path but you clear the way
You make it easy when you need to let them change your mind
Well it was better at the time
Yeah it was better when the lips held wine

Too many names to forget again
Too many nights to be stepping over broken glass
Well it was better in the past
Yeah it was better when the fights went fast

Don’t blame your highs on me
She said it every day
Don’t waste your life on me
You’ll hardly stay awake

Another world that you pulled apart
Another fire that you painted over black and blue
Well there was nothing else to do
And now there’s nothing but the life you choose

I couldn’t help being out of time
I read the cards read the plays read the weather I can read your mind
But there was nothing anyway
And it’s nothing but a sad old place

Don’t blame your highs on me
She said it every day
Don’t waste your life on me
You’ll hardly stay awake
Track Name: Red Seas
There’s someone on the inside
They bring them in the bright side up
They never knew the old way
They never saw the room go dark

Run as the red seas rise
Run with the hills by your side

Someone should have told you
Someone should have let you down
Heavy as the west wind
Heavy as the world goes round

Run as the red seas rise
Run with the hills by your side
Dreams are a waste of time

There’s someone on the inside
They bring them in the bright side up
They never knew the old way
They never saw the room go dark

Run as the red seas rise
Run with the hills by your side
Dreams are a waste of time
Steal anything you can’t find

And all the while they’re close behind
They’re raising flags, they’re starting fires
They’re crushing steel, they’re dripping mind
They’re breathing ice, they’re spitting blood

It’s destiny, it’s grand design
We’re glory bound, we’re just in time
They’re crying out, they’re beating drums
They’re lining up, we’ll hold then

Run as the red seas rise
Run with the hills by our side
Track Name: Landslide
Tell all your friends not to come around here
They’re like the scars on the roof of my mouth
Don’t disappear when you finish your plate
Don’t let it slide when the fire burns out

Because all day long
We can hear your words
But they just won’t stick

I see the holes that you’re stepping around
I know a lie when it’s flung in my face
Call of the dogs and shut down the alarms
Don’t sit around like you earned your mistakes

Because all day long
We can hear your words
But they just won’t stick

Holding my eyes to the sun
Saving their lives by a landslide
And who could hope for more than satisfied
And who could hope for help when the ships arrive

I’m sick and tired of defending myself
I’m sick of days where I’m treading on ice
I wouldn’t trade with the king or the pope
I wouldn’t change for a taste of high life

Because all day long
We can hear your words
But they just won’t stick

Holding my eyes to the sun
Saving their lives by a landslide
And who could hope for more than satisfied
And who could hope for help when the ships arrive

You’re miles away
You’re miles away…
Track Name: Over and Over
They’ll say I took the easy way out
I’m sorry if it seems that way
I never wanted much at all
I never had a word to say

I watched it as the lights went out
I didn’t think to close my eyes
I never saw the hand of god
I never saw a sign of life

I thought maybe there was something to discover here
Something to be thankful for
Well I can tell you that it’s nothing new
And now the words don’t hit me like they used to

Over and over and over….

Think of me when the sunlight hits the sand
I can see it but it’s hard to understand
Don’t be sorry, well it’s only the end of the world
It’s a whisper but I’ll try to make it heard

I look back at the earth sometimes
A pixel on a blank display
A shadow in the back of my mind
A message to return someday

I thought maybe I could use a new perspective
See things from the outside in
And for a while it was something new
And all the words still hit me like they used to

Think of me when the sunlight hits the sand
I can see it but it’s hard to understand
Don’t be sorry, well it’s only the end of the world
It’s a whisper but I’ll try to make it heard

Oh think of me when the sunlight hits the crowd
I can see it but it’s hard to figure out
I’ll be over, we can wait for the end of the world
It’s a whisper but we’ll try to make it heard
Track Name: Getting By
Must have been a riddle that gripped my mind
Somewhere in the middle of a long long time
And oh the world is a place to hide
Oh it’s lonely but I’m getting by

Slow is the rhythm that feeds my lungs
Scared of the shadows I talk in tongues
And oh the angels are closing in
Oh we’ll pay for our sins again

Kids in the middle, we cut through clouds
Tired of the battle, the bridge burnt down
And over the neighbourhood the winners are out to dry
But oh for the greater good, it’s lonely but I’m getting by
Track Name: Streetlights
Streetlights, it’s a bright night
It’s a long way home into your arms

Stuck here in a sandbox
With the clean white sheets, and empty cupboards

Don’t tell me that life is better this way
Don’t tell me that I should want to stay here
I can’t see the stars for petrol fumes and plastic

Stare down at the ant farm
At a thousand lives playing out

Silence, give me silence
It’s been days on end of noisy machines

Don’t tell me that life is better this way
Don’t tell me that I should want to stay here
I can’t see the stars for petrol fumes and plastic

Tired of the fight I’m coming home, I’m coming home
Tired of the lights I’m desperate to be alone
We’ll take a walk in nothing but the open air
We’ll start it all again
Track Name: Hit the Mark
It’s only a thousand miles, and then a few thousand more
It’s only a space in time, I’ve seen them pass before
We’re only a world apart, it’s nothing in the scheme
Even the other worlds are closer than they seem

Where do you draw the line, how do you take a step
Is it better to let it go, is it easier to forget
Is it crazy to make a move, is it foolish to take a turn
Should I act on the best advice, or just forget everything I learned

How do you hit the mark, how do you win the war
Why does it start again, just like a hundred times before
Is it whispered in the wind, is it written in the stars as they follow their path

It’s easy to fall apart, it’s easy to get depressed
But some never get the chance, and we’re luckier than the rest
So wait till you dry your eyes, and wait till you clear your head
I’m drunk but I need to be, this is something I’ve never said

But I could have packed a bag from the minute you held my eye
From the moment you said a word, to the day that we said goodbye
And I don’t believe in fate, but I see why people can
If it helps them to accept the things we’ll never understand

Like how do you hit the mark, how do you win the war
Why does it start again, just like a hundred times before
Is it whispered in the wind, is it written in the stars as they follow their path
Track Name: In Your Stride
You say one is enough
No more square on the board
Cheap thrills wearing you out
Lifestyle you can’t afford

You can take it in your stride
You could ask for help sometime
We’re just moths chasing the light

Short walk back to the caves
Few year out from the sea
She said there must be more
He said don’t look at me

You can take it in your stride
You could ask for help sometime
We’re just moths chasing the light

She spread some bright ideas
They laughed we disappeared
Head down there’s no use acting surprised

One more line on the wall
One more turn of the page
No one noticed at all
Nothing big ever changed

There are systems to explore
There are prophets to ignore
There’s a language to extract
There are cameras turning back
There are visions at my side
It’s a long way through the night
You can take it in your stride
You could ask for help sometime
We’re all moths chasing the light

We spread some bright ideas
They laughed, we disappeared
So close to our escape
So long to watch and wait
Look out with tired eyes
Head down there’s no use acting surprised
Track Name: Starting Line
So in the back of my head it was something she said but I drank it out
And it the back of my mind there was something to find but I don’t know how
In the pit of my gut, something was stuck but I held it down
Well I’ve been working away, I’ve been waiting for days but you won’t come round

And when the room goes dark, I’ll keep trying but I won’t get far
And when the skies collapse, I’ll stand around and try to seem relaxed

I could have sworn to the stars I was handed the cards but I threw them back
And from the side of my eye it was hard to describe until it all went black
I could be buried alive I see the look in their eyes they made it clear enough
And I could carry the flame but I’m afraid of the blame when everything burns up

And when the room goes dark, I’ll keep trying but I won’t get far
And when the skies collapse, I’ll stand around and try to seem relaxed

Well you can take or leave it
Yeah you can take or leave it, but I’m not worried about the starting line

And when the room goes dark, I’ll keep trying but I won’t get far
And when the skies collapse, I’ll stand around and try to seem relaxed
And when the scene gets old I’ll give thanks I had an arm to hold
It took a while to find but the good things came when they were just in time

Well you can take or leave it
Yeah you can take or leave it, but I’m not worried about the starting line
No I’m not worried about the starting line