Early Stages // DEMOS

by Arran Fagan

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Early Stages // Demos: this is a collection of one take recordings captured during our band practices. These songs were written at home and fleshed out and recorded in our practice space, a catholic chapel on our university's campus. We would gather around a single mic in the room and play the songs once each all the way through, and then turn off the mic for the rest of the night and continuing with our practice.This happened for a few weeks and we took our favorite takes and put them here, the only editing done was volume balancing. These songs mean a lot to us and we are excited to share a little bit of what is to come in the future.

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released November 25, 2016

Arran Fagan - Vocals / Acoustic Guitar
Jack Pfeffer - Viola
Jonathan Wiley - Upright Bass
Album Art Concept by Emily Nelson

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Arran Fagan Portland, Oregon

Arran Fagan is a singer-songwriter from Medford, and is currently residing in Portland, Oregon.

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Track Name: Revelations
The darkest night came screaming past the sunset
The revelations came on bittersweet
And my own heart hung stone cold as a locket
Dangling on your sleeve

You say that I'm not any kind of prophet
But now darling aren't we clever from time to time?
I don't claim anything but honest
It can get harder than seeing visions, or reading your mind

And the moment fell apart as if it were on purpose
And the valleys on fire and I don't know what it means
All through the night twisting and turning
The revelations came on, came on bitter sweet

As the depths of our desires came to surface
You tragically wrote down every verse
You believed it was worthless
But I don't see the point if life's rehearsed
Track Name: Mary
Mary had a baby in the car
Out on highway 99 in the dark
And out cried the song of love
Under midnight skies

While holding bundled lightning in her hands
She thanked herself for leaving that god forsaken man,
Though his seed had sown the land
To a brand new life

And she knows it won't get easier, for its the only life she's known
There are nights she wished she'd traveled far In her daddy's car
Still dreaming like a child does when they're old
But that was years ago

She drove the broken highway through the night
Rust worn canyons greeted her by morning light
With her child at her side, under newfound skies

She settled in this mountain of a town
twenty years of standing still had weighed her down
Now she's floating all around
For the first time

And she knows it won't get easier, for its the only life she's known
There are nights she wished she'd traveled far In her daddy's car
Still dreaming like a child does when they're old
But that was years ago

Mary raised her child up in that town
She worked her body to the bone, into the ground
Now her girl's driving round, she's driving now
Track Name: Weight of Time
Hearing those words, feeling absurd, while finishing another round
Own nothing but weight of wasted time

Falling in love, calling my bluff, you were always good at that
I dont think i'll see you one last time.

Now darling set me on fire and burn me down to the ground
I dont need to hear you try and try again
As flames build higher and higher muffling all but a sound,
Silence and abruptness of the end
Ooh let life begin again

Writing these songs, feeling all wrong, searching for honesty
But sometimes truth is found in lies
Singing out loud, addressing the crowd now staring back at me
I wonder what they see behind these eyes

I hope to break them, break them right down and make them feel week in the kees
As a lover can do with a flash of her smile
Then build them, build them back up and make them do as we please
Trying to find a purpose for a while
Ooh just want to see a smile

Hearing those words, feeling absurd, while finishing another round
Own nothing but weight of time
Track Name: The Well
The silence weighed heavy and the words came slow
Thinking on things that you did know
It was not a lot, but you didn't stop,
Running your mouth and speaking too much

Drawing from the well of a once good thing
Now stranded in the desert no hope for spring,
You'll figure it out, know what you are talking about,
But you're as pale as a child whose seen a ghost in the house

And all these years that passed you by
Came crashing right down with a single sigh
They don't need a reason why
To pack it all up and turn out the light

Burning all those letters you once received
It's easier than reading and answering,
Will you pay it on time? Counting nickels and dimes
And does it feel better once it's out of your mind?

Working too hard to make ends meet
Feeling like a man on your own two feet,
But now you're alone, and the sounds of a home,
Are echoing down those streets that you roam

And all these years that passed you by
Came crashing right down with a single sigh
They don't need a reason why
To pack it all up and turn out the light

And all these years can pass as moments,
While others won't let you out
All this weight that you've been holding
Cast the shadows and throw out that doubt
You're stronger than ever, but it's time to let that beast out