Drifting

by Brandon Strader

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about

My third original album, Drifting.

It took 4 years to complete and was incredibly difficult emotionally, but is my best work to date. A huge thank you to the kickstarter backers for their patience, and the guest musicians!

Another huge thanks to Travis Vengroff for constant advice, listening to demos, and the sacrificed dropbox space!

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released September 28, 2018

Everything by Brandon Strader except:

Live Violins on Another Day, Bonfire by Steven Melin
Live Flute on Bonfire by Kat Sanzo
Lyrics/vocals on Angels by Miggz from Tomorrow's Momento
Verse/Bridge lyrics and lead vocals on Drag Me Down by Natalie Ay
Chorus vocoder on Little Soul by Zut (my cat and assistant)
Accordion/Bass on God Only Knows by Careless Juja (Travis Vengroff, Paul Mella)

Artwork photograph by Prof Ekant Veer

Bonfire is dedicated to the memory of Frank Houghton, Sr.

Gone is dedicated to the memory of John Houghton

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Brandon Strader Weirton, West Virginia

Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, also provides mixing and mastering services.

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Track Name: Another Day
Another day
The sun rises anew
Nature sings its prayer
Plants coated with dew
Clouds form overhead
To caress the sky
Like the birds above
My soul will fly

As time goes on
And the memory fades
The loss of love
That no one can evade
It is not easy
To harbor all these feelings deep inside
As life goes on you learn
That it doesn't hurt to try

As I wander on
The sunrays on my trail
Eternity beyond
The falling of this hail
When the day is done
I lay down to rest
Always on my mind
As the heart beats in my chest
Track Name: Angels
Tired and troubled
Dark and disguised
Hand on my angel
She tells me her lies

No you don't, you don't know me

She said I'm alright
She said I'm just fine

You want it, you want it to be
I've seen you inside of my dreams
The vein of the vessel, it bleeds
The demons, they're calling for me
The angel, she's lying to me

No you don't, you don't know what I've seen

She said I'm alright
She said I'm just fine

No, you lie, you know I'm not fine

She said I'm alright
She said I'm just fine

I'll believe her this time
Track Name: Month of May
I may never know
How some things could have been
And I'll never see this time again

Everything I've done
With regrets I move on
Time to face the noise and be strong

Every word I say
Echos into nothing
Like the autumn leaves, they're swept away

Falling through the dark
When will I hit the ground?
When will I be able to leave my mark?

Words unspoken, never said
Suffering with Grace
Will I ever see your face
After the Month of May

Words unspoken, never said
Suffering with Grace
Will I live to see your face
After the Month of May
Track Name: Gone
Everything we are, all we can become
The potential of our (human) race
Everything we are, all that we were
Just a disgrace

Gone

There's no way out, you can't abandon the crowd

Everything's changing now
(All that we know, all that we are)

All that we were, all that we are
It's not worth anything

Nothing, nothing

I blame you, I blame you
There's nothing left for us, we better just go away
I blame you, I blame you
There's nothing left for us, we better just go away now
I blame you

I blame you, I blame you, I blame you

Gone
Track Name: Drag Me Down
It's all becoming clearer
What it means to me
I always knew that it would be like this
I'm ready now but maybe it's too far ahead
Holding on to everything I know

I never thought that it could be this way
I never thought I'd have the words to say

I'm...

Drifting
Along that old winding road
Drifting
To find a place where I am free
Seeking
The things that I've never known
To find what I need

Drag Me Down

Open eyes staring far into the dark
To catch a glimpse of something more
Stormy nights bleeding like an endless sea
And dreaming of the endless shore

Another day is calling out my name
Another moment never fades away

Drifting
Along that old winding road
Drifting
To find a place where I am free
Seeking
A place that I've never known
To find what I need
Track Name: Yours Alone
Turn your back on the future, baby
Dwell on all of your mistakes
You did your best with the time that you had
It was inevitable that you would break

Always tried your best
But your best was never good enough

You were seeking someone else to blame
Your faults are yours alone
Yesterday, you did not know the sting of pain
You never could have known

I am here if you need me, baby
With an ear you can sing to
Sorry I haven't been there lately
You need someone else that you can cling to

Always tried your best
But your best was never good enough

You were seeking someone else to blame
Your faults are yours alone
Yesterday, you did not know the sting of pain
It's time that you were shown

It's time... it's time...
Track Name: I Miss U
I met you one summer day
With stars in your eyes
Secretly I hoped you'd stay
But we said goodbye

"I miss you now,"
she mumbled to herself
"I want to see you again,"
he struggled not to yell

Maybe someday we'll meet again
Or maybe this is really the end

I miss your eyes
I miss your smile
I miss your laugh

I miss your hair
I miss your kiss
I miss your love
Track Name: Little Soul
I met you, 13 long years ago
I looked in your eyes, and knew you were mine
All those years ago, there was no way to know
That you would be with me through all this time

I can trust you, you can trust me
I won't abandon you, don't leave
Someone to have, someone to hold
My little soul

Winter came, summer passed, you were here
As long as you're with me, you have nothing to fear
Track Name: God Only Knows
I may not always love you
But long as there are stars above you
You never need to doubt it
I'll make you so sure about it

God only knows what I'd be without you

If you should ever leave me
Though life would still go on believe me
The world could show nothing to me
So what good would living do me

God only knows what I'd be without you