The Silence

by Color Theory

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1.
Bought myself a one-way ticket To a place you’ll never visit Setting off for freedom and adventure today Letting go of all my burdens Don’t go calling missing persons Cause you’ve got no right to claim me Pretty sure they wouldn’t blame me If I thought that it was worthwhile To erase my online profiles Wiping out all traces of my identity No address to forward mail to What good would a paper trail do? Even changed my cell phone number Why would I do that you wonder? Try to catch me, I don’t care It’s over, I swear Racing to nowhere In leaps and bounds So release the hounds I was lost when I was with you Wondering what I’d gotten into In a pointless fight you told me to go away Now a distant sun is rising As I face a bright horizon So I showed you quite directly I can do some things correctly Try to catch me, I don’t care It’s over, I swear Racing to nowhere Minutes turn into seconds Liberty beckons Eyes to the heavens Nose to the ground So release the hounds.
2.
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It’s only natural to demand That I should free your captured hand When we’re not seeing eye to eye And when that thinly veiled contempt Descends to open discontent It’s positively justified Casual facts, inaccurate claims Apologies that won’t take the blame When compromise is conquered by pride All it takes is one touch and I’m back on your side When sleeping with the enemy There’s no “excuse me,” “thanks,” or “please” It doesn’t pay to be polite And in a twist of irony Love is a liability We must control our appetites Back to back we’ve drawn our line in the sand A house divided taking a stand Emotionless like part of us died All it takes is one touch and I’m back on your side Forgiveness is a powerful word To speak is not always to be heard When talking leaves us unsatisfied All it takes is one touch and I’m back on your side.
3.
Maybe this is precisely as it should be Maybe this is the fabled man of your dreams Maybe you never noticed my overtures Maybe given the chance you’ll see I’ve matured Another plotline Another script The me in another life Would win you over To snatch you up And claim you as my wife Until you stamp out My stubborn schemes Of churches and matching rings I’ll be content to bide my time Waiting in the wings Maybe you wanted more but thought it too late Maybe you’re not the type to challenge your fate Maybe I’m nothing more than comic relief Maybe offered the proof you’ll shed that belief.
4.
What have we here? It’s not what you think I’ve had time to consider my words And nothing to drink Caught in the act With sweat on my brow I knew sooner or later you’d find out So how about now? Don’t cry for your mother Don’t curse your discovery I don’t think any less of you There’s room in my heart for two Don’t call me your lover Don’t grudge me another one You shouldn’t let it bother you There’s room in my heart for two Don’t look surprised You had to suspect I’ve got way too much time on my hands What did you expect? To let me go Would be such a waste There are plenty of other girls happy To be in your place We’re all adults There’s no need to shout We can talk later on if you want I’m busy right now So run along Now be a dear Could you turn off the lights on your way out? I’m not finished here.
5.
You said, “I’m sorry if I misinterpreted you.” “I guess I overanalyzed.” But I’m an idiot and you were right all along It’s me who should apologize We kept the stars awake confessing everything Until there was nothing left to say And then you turned to me with eyes halfway to a dream What kind of man would turn away? Nobody but me I should've kissed you I should've kissed you Totally blew it I didn't do it But God I wanted to I should've kissed you I told myself when You leaned in closer Here comes my big chance But then it was over And now I miss you I should've kissed you I play that moment out a hundred different ways Each time I kick myself again You had to settle for a hug and squeeze of the hand The consolation of a friend My eyes abandoned you to chase a light in the sky An airplane flying high above I wanted so badly to tell you this isn’t me I need your love – I believe in love Despite how it seems You know this wasn’t What I was intending A tale for the ages A storybook ending.
6.
I recall the first time you caught me dining alone At a restaurant on the third floor You sat down across from me with a bottle of wine Shook my hand and started to pour Then opened the window to the music below A theater under the stars We shared our life stories and a view of the stage Falling in love from afar Though it feels like they’ve played out The same act a million times A routine struggling just to keep From falling asleep reciting their lines You say this is the way we’re meant To enjoy the opera At a safe distance We’ve met at this table now ten years in a row To see the same opera performed Recreating the scene down to the slightest detail The night our tradition was born Attendance is low but still the show must go on The participants gossip offstage The waiter assures us that the wine is the same I guess it gets bitter with age Though it feels like we’ve played out The same act a million times A routine struggling just to keep From falling asleep reciting our lines Still it makes me happy I love you at a safe distance I’ll always love you at a safe distance.
7.
They don’t know what they believe So we stare and nod as they think out loud Trying our best to fit in As we fight for breath in this stifling crowd And the time races by when you’re having some fun But it’s plodding along now at quarter to one As the night tries our patience we’re hitting a wall I slip off to the side like I’m taking a call to observe Extroverts at play Egos run amuck I’d like them well enough If they would just shut up But we will persevere By sheer force of will We’ll stoically endure This social overkill Tomorrow we’ll take the whole day To recuperate in a private place Sleeping or reading a book Our resilience now is our saving grace So just try to imagine, it’s not such a stretch I’m the life of the party and it is the death of me Here in my eyes you’re the belle of the ball With the hint of a smile you enchant more than all of the… Maybe someday this will Come to us more naturally but Until then we’ll have to pretend We’ll hone our acting skills Fake it ’til we make it baby Until then we’ll have to pretend.
8.
I hear you think about me now and then To fantasize about what might have been I’ve always been the one who got away The careless bullet tends to ricochet There’s virtue in the straight and narrow path And though you can’t afford the aftermath The rear-view mirror tends to draw the eye So sneak a peek now baby, don’t be shy But you say you’re happy So maybe it’s for the better But you say you’re happy To chauffeur these doubts forever Keep me in the backseat of your mind You’re driving under my influence Drunk on the thrill and deaf to consequence You know that I could make your life a mess And yet you chose to wear your tightest dress.
9.
You’re so kind, you’re so sweet I’m inclined to sweep you right off your feet You may blush, but it’s true You deserve the best and I deserve to give it to you To that end I’ve the means Born of years perfecting intricate schemes If it works out this once We’ll be sipping margaritas in a matter of months Is it risky, maybe Is it legal, maybe not When your middle name is danger There’s no room for second thoughts If they catch me it’s game over If they don’t then we’re home free Is it theft? Well not quite Just financial sleight of hand when done right Take a look in the garage It’s equipped for simple hacking up to espionage I’m discreet, I’m covert And I promise that no one will get hurt I’ve said all that I dare To protect us both from jeopardy I’d better stop there It’s too late to turn back now And high time to disappear Our troubles will soon be past So think of me fondly dear If by some unlikely chance I don’t live to see this through Remember me with a smile I did all of it for you.
10.
You emerge Your face drawn in black and white Your corset laced up just right A vampire in fishnets “So,” I laugh “What are you supposed to be?” You smile but won’t answer me Is this a trick or treat? Master of the cheap disguise Sometimes I can’t believe my eyes, I tell you (You/I/We) sure know how to make a scene It must be Halloween Half asleep We race home to beat the dawn I cut through a corner lawn And slice my head on a branch “Hang on – I just need to catch my breath” You say that I look like death And toss back your head to laugh in revenge.
11.
What have we here? It’s not what you think I’ve had time to consider my words And nothing to drink Caught in the act With sweat on my brow I knew sooner or later you’d find out So how about now? Don’t cry for your mother Don’t curse your discovery I don’t think any less of you There’s room in my heart for two Don’t call me your lover Don’t grudge me another one You shouldn’t let it bother you There’s room in my heart for two Don’t look surprised You had to suspect I’ve got way too much time on my hands What did you expect? To let me go Would be such a waste There are plenty of other girls happy To be in your place We’re all adults There’s no need to shout We can talk later on if you want I’m busy right now So run along Now be a dear Could you turn off the lights on your way out? I’m not finished here.
12.
I recall the first time you caught me dining alone At a restaurant on the third floor You sat down across from me with a bottle of wine Shook my hand and started to pour Then opened the window to the music below A theater under the stars We shared our life stories and a view of the stage Falling in love from afar Though it feels like they’ve played out The same act a million times A routine struggling just to keep From falling asleep reciting their lines You say this is the way we’re meant To enjoy the opera At a safe distance We’ve met at this table now ten years in a row To see the same opera performed Recreating the scene down to the slightest detail The night our tradition was born Attendance is low but still the show must go on The participants gossip offstage The waiter assures us that the wine is the same I guess it gets bitter with age Though it feels like we’ve played out The same act a million times A routine struggling just to keep From falling asleep reciting our lines Still it makes me happy I love you at a safe distance I’ll always love you at a safe distance.

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The Silence is a companion EP to The Sound, featuring nine remixes, a collaboration, and two original tracks that weren't included on the album.

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released December 7, 2010

Color Theory is Brian Hazard

All songs by Brian Hazard (ASCAP) © 2010

Touch
Backing vocals by Helen Austin www.helenaustin.com

Waiting in the Wings
Produced by David Gonzalez of Odd Year www.oddyear.net

Photo credit: Marion Lanciaux / Echo Images
Additional design by Gabriel Goldberg
Mastered by Resonance Mastering www.resonancemastering.com

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