Becoming

by Edward Hartline

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the lightning casts its shadow and sits on top the roof the man on the moon's been hiding since 1972 the chapel changed jurisdiction the weather vane is bleeding out the tv talks of demons i've seen them here in town and i've got growing pains as the river overflows these old growing pains everywhere i go i've got growing pains the dark is in the kitchen and cooking up a storm the fog falls in at attention and marches through the door and all the trains are outbound the mayor is counting every dime there's no more room in heaven you've got to go to the back of the line and i've growing pains in every single bone these old growing pains never seem to go i've got growing pains the bars are full of suspects and rumors spill on the street nobody knows what's coming but the cops are on the scene city hall is burning to cover up the past the heart is self defeating and loves to break in half i've got growing pains for every face i've known i've got growing pains that out to feel like home i've got growing pains from every flag i've flown these old growing pains never let me go i've got growing pains i've got growing pains i've got growing pains
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Bottom Floor 04:30
it's going on 6 in the morning i've gotta be up in a couple of hours the suns fighting through the cracks in the blinds and the drum in my brain is getting louder the coffee don't keep me awake and the pills don't keep me asleep i'm always half in and half out these days that's what life is for me it's living paycheck to paycheck it's girls that remind me of her it's buildings i just can't see over from my window on the bottom floor it's going in all of the papers yesterday was the last day on earth the people are climbing the skyline the only chance they have to be heard i'm sick of the cold windy weather and the fevers i get when i'm home because it seems like there's always something this is what life's like alone it's dying paycheck to paycheck it's girls that don't call anymore it's buildings i wanna jump out of from the window on the bottom floor it's going on 6 in the morning i can't face the world out these walls the sun is still caught in the east parking lot and the stars are still waiting to fall i'm moving paycheck to paycheck like the girls that just pass through the door it's buildings that drown me in shadow from the window on the bottom floor
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Big Apple 03:36
i keep my promises separate from my dues wear my heart on whatever sleeve i choose there’s not enough whiskey in this hundred mile stretch to make me feel like i did when i left home that night with you i follow through when i say that i will if i’m not shouting down a $5 bill it wasn’t a small town but it wasn’t big enough to hold me together when law heard of us back home that night with you and morning comes this time of year like hurricanes that drive off of the pier i used to think we would linger here like the neon glow of this new york chandelier i learned how to leave my bags at the door escape out the back and coming in for some more there’s not enough whiskey in this month-long rut landlocked in a dry spell that i can’t even touch home that night with you i never thought that you would change my mind wishing on pennies at a 5 and dime it wasn’t a small town but it wasn’t big enough to keep me from looking for something that was home with you and morning comes this time of year when the sugarcane all but disappears i used to think that we could make it here in the neon glow of a new york chandelier morning comes this time of year the mark of cain that never shined so clear i used to think that it would find us here in the neon glow of our new york chandelier

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released October 9, 2019

all songs written, hated, destroyed, rewritten, neglected, undone, reassembled, performed, and recorded by edward hartline

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Edward Hartline Lowell, Massachusetts

Edward has been writing songs since he was 11. He began performing professionally at 13 and went on his first national tour at 15. Edward has performed with many artists, including Shannon LaBrie, Bobby Long, Jess Meuse, Sam Bradley, Marcus Foster, and Von Grey. ... more

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