Crossing Canyons

by The Stereo State

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This album was recorded in June 2012 with Jay Maas at The Getaway Group in Haverhill, Massachusetts. It was released by Creator-Destructor Records on 10 inch vinyl and CD formats.

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released 23 October 2012

Andy Frongillo - Vocals
Brandon Spence - Drums
Gabe Griffin - Guitar & Vocals
Matthew Spence - Guitars
Patrick Kelliher - The Bass

Produced, Engineered, Mixed & Mastered by Jay Maas

Sequencing by Trevor Reilly

Album Photography by Jack Fusco Photography

Band Photography by Kate Freese Photography

Album Layout by Matt Bennett @ None More Ill

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Track Name: Across The Susquehanna
Across The Susquehanna
(M.Spence)

Tonight I’ll drive 400 miles alone.
And in this pain I’m reacquainted with the records on my radio.
I know you’re tired of all these weeks that I’ve left you alone.
But before the dawn I’m across the Susquehanna coming home.

You say this separation brings you down.
As you drive by city skyline and all the new construction in this town.
Well it might burn a little; we used to be so simple.
I know it’s hard but I’m coming home to you.

Pedal down and I’m out here on my own.
400 miles and singing to these roads.
Tonight I’m feeling so defeated, it’s breaking up my bones.
But I’ll be back before the dawn, across the Susquehanna coming home.

In case my good intentions bring you down…
And you’re feeling so mistreated; lost and all alone, I’m not around.
Well it won’t last forever, this mid-Atlantic weather.
Before the dawn…you know I’m coming home.

Before the sun begins to break across our lawn I will be home.
I will be home.

With the pedal down, I’m out here on my own.
400 miles and singing to these roads.
Tonight I’m feeling so defeated, it’s breaking up my bones.
But I’ll be back before the dawn, across the Susquehanna coming home.

Tonight I’ll drive 400 miles alone.
But before the dawn I’m across the Susquehanna coming home.
Track Name: Beachball
Beachball
(A. Frongillo)

You’ve never soared so low, and it’s sad to watch you fall.
Giving up your dreams just to watch us grow up in…
…a home with a mom and dad, a lazy dog and a white fence.
But it’s time to let go.

Take the time to rebuild a life and live again.

Lost your faith in love, cursing at your god above.
Asking him why he didn’t “make the stars align”.
Stop, breathe, and take a look and see.
There’s answers waiting to be seen if you open your eyes.

Take the time to rebuild a life and live again.
What happened to the woman who told me “laugh every day”?

You're gonna be okay. It’s gonna be alright.
Already made it through all these lonely, lonely nights.
Stop, breathe, and take a look and see.
There’s answers waiting to be seen if you only open your eyes.

Take the time to rebuild a life and live again.
What happened to the woman who told me “laugh every day”?
Track Name: American Bones
American Bones
(M. Spence)

Drunken thumbing through this yearbook, right now I'm pushing 30.
These pictures read like paragraphs and I wish I checked out early.
Been better than a decade since my feet walked these buildings.
They've graduated thousands that will soon be in debt millions.

What happened to these pretty girls; the tight and soft skin models?
They're dying in Elizur's, getting bloated behind bottles.
Could someone tell me there is no meaning here?
Could you tell me where we lost the will to care?
And oh, I don't think I want to know.
Severing...tearing my American bones.

The last time I saw you, I didn’t have shit to say.
You always hated waiting tables but here we are today.
Been better than a decade since we grew and we fell apart.
I've tried so hard to hate you but your eyes still break my heart.

What happened to that little boy; I used to be much better.
I'm dying in Elizur's and I'm trying to forget her.
Could someone tell me there is no meaning here?
Could you tell me where we lost the will to care?
And oh, I don't think I want to know.
Severing...tearing my American bones.

I was walking home and tonight I saw a ghost.
As the cold wind blows and I'm so overexposed.
I feel nothing. I guess I'm just getting old and miserable in a world I can't control.
Track Name: Say It Again
Say It Again
(G. Griffin)

How much will I give in before I break?
Right now I wish the car just kept flipping.
Snow covered streets release the panic that was gripping me.
I haven't had a call from you in days.

Where were you? Nowhere to be found.
Where were you?

Engines exploding in the snow tonight.
Ready to go if death comes ripping.
Survey the scene, it seems these lights will be the end of me.
Wish I could see you one last time…
…before the light can leave my eyes tonight.

Say it again. Am I hearing you straight?
Is there more than what was left here…or are we just the same?.
Lesson learned; in the end we’re still alive.
So don’t you cry now. Don’t you cry.

I spent countless hours playing that crash in my mind.
I’ve spent just the same wishing you did too.
Desperation for relief that now we’ll never find.
That dull sensation runs you through…
…before the light can leave my eyes tonight.

Say it again. Am I hearing you straight?
Is there more than what was left here…or are we just the same?.
Lesson learned; in the end we’re still alive.
So don’t you cry now. Don’t you cry tonight.

Don’t you cry.
Snow covered streets release the panic that was gripping me.
Don’t you cry. We’re still alive.
Track Name: On The Next Time
On The Next Time
(G. Griffin)

Devotion's draining; hide the pain until distress is reigning.
I want it like it used to be, please don't change on me.
I've seen it all before, leads to me and you no more.

And I know, once the pain subsides that I'll be right.
Yeah I'll be fine as soon as I get these pictures out of my head.
And I know once the time flies by that I'll be right sure I'll be fine.
Until we meet again…a next time.

Can’t concentrate or get my thoughts straight. I loved you but I can't do it.
I wish I could but you're no good and this summer you proved it.
How could it be that you couldn't see yourself losing me?

And I know, once the pain subsides that I'll be right.
Yeah I'll be fine as soon as I get these pictures out of my head.
And I know once the time flies by that I'll be right sure I'll be fine.
Until we meet again…on the next time. Again, on the next time.
Until we meet again…

I've seen it all before, leads to me and you no more.
I've seen it all before. I've seen it all before.

And I know, once the pain subsides that I'll be right.
Sure I'll be fine as soon as I get these pictures out of my head.
And I know once the time flies by that I'll be right sure I'll be fine.
Until we meet again…on the next time. Again, on the next time.
Until we meet again…on the next time.
Track Name: The Flood
The Flood
(M. Spence)

It shouldn’t be so hard to find the words to say.
But I’m sorry for that day. I can’t believe that’s your name on this grave.
I’m not half the man I should have been because…
…the repercussion from your pain was painfully obvious.

I watched your son get drunk. I watched my brother get high.
We’re just barely getting by.

But I digress, and I’ll confess just to get this off my chest.
I digress, I confess, I just can’t put this thing to rest. .
I’m not half the man you think I am; I’m not.
I pressed my hands into the sand and now I’m drowning in the flood.
Because the bridge to you my friend is paved in black ambivalence.
I cannot cross this canyon so I’m jumping from the ledge.

I still remember that October on your daughters wedding day.
Well I know you passed away but I see you in the smile on her face.
It fills my chest but not a breath could leave my lungs.
And I would hate to think you’d ever be ashamed of us.

When I see your husband now, and just how far he’s fall…
…maybe he doesn’t want to live at all.

But I digress, and I’ll confess just to get this off my chest.
I digress, I confess, I just can’t put this thing to rest. .
I’m not half the man you think I am; I’m not.
I pressed my hands into the sand and now I’m drowning in the flood.
Because the bridge to you my friend is paved in black ambivalence.
I cannot cross this canyon so I’m jumping from the ledge.
With my feet beneath the mud, I’ll let this river freeze my blood.
I cannot cross this canyon if I’m drowning in the flood.