Better Days

by No Island

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1.
I hear the people around me talking They’re asking where you are And every step that I take without you I wonder if I’ve gone too far They say you’re looking to go your own way Seems like news to me (could it be?) We’re in a town full of rumours baby So stop the presses and let me see How all the times that you said you loved me They might have been a lie You never want to give answers to me You just ask me why And you say you’ll never go as the tears begin to flow If you’ve got a hand to show I haven’t seen it yet You say, “Baby, close your eyes” as you wait for our demise But if I’m the last to know, I’ll be the first to forget They tell me I should have seen it coming It never crossed my mind (I was blind) ‘Cause waiting up for the truth will leave you Sleeping through the warning signs But now that it’s all done we can’t undo We can’t unsee I know that even the dust is damaged don’t let it settle on me … Don’t let us sleep through the warning signs …
2.
Second Spin 04:15
There was a time I believed you But worlds can change in the blink of an eye Gone are the days I could save you ‘Cause loving a liar is like living a lie Fighting for the present, living in the past While you’re out sleeping with the future for as long as it will last Tell me then, would you break my heart again If I gave you a second spin? It’s hard to forget all the bad days When they start to last for weeks at a time So finally we went our own ways But we promised each other another goodbye … While I’m standing in the shadows While I’m waiting in the dark If I offered some forgiveness Would you give this another start? I always believed we could mend it Even when hope seemed the hardest to find So how did I leave empty handed Waiting for you at the back of the line …
3.
Held You Up 04:06
You used to be the lonely one You kept your distance You never had the time for love You never took no chances You can call me anything But you should call me lucky ‘Cause I became the only one to make it through What would I see if I held you up to the light? Our love is burning brighter why you being such fighter baby? What would I see if I held you up? Would your true colours show when the lights are low If I held you up? Summer days and endless nights I kept you coming back for more Draw the shades and hit the lights but you were running out the door You got me reading between the lines Pull me in and just speak your mind The walls you’re trying to hide behind are closing in And I still wonder why I still try …
4.
Buzzards 05:03
You say you couldn’t walk away But you tell me your heart won’t last forever We take for granted the day by day Believing that we’ll never fade away They say it’s all been done before But you’ll never see me walking through that door Just like an actor gets his cue When the buzzards leave my bones is when I leave you They’ll have to dig me a grave They’ll have to put me away Until I turn back to dust I couldn’t leave you that way We left the wine and roses behind But the taste and smell never left our minds We can’t go back the way we came Believing that it won’t end up the same We like to think the winds will change Until that very breeze blows us away Ashes are left and stories are told But only when the buzzards leave my bones I’ll feel the cold … When I saw you standing there I knew that for a moment I’d be free to fall There were flowers in your hair And you saved me from myself and from the fear of the unknown When the buzzards leave my bones …
5.
Tires are spinning on the open road as a signal combs the sky A map unfurls on an empty screen in the frozen hands of time Destinations roll together now regardless of design Ain’t it funny how the world’s the same no matter where you rest your eyes? In a city of strangers I saw my name in lights I’m a fool for the dangers that plague this kind of life In a city of strangers I’ll make my home tonight A velvet curtain climbs towards the sky like the rising of the sun A thousand voices seem to call my name but I hear them all as one “You don’t belong here” says a voice inside me, it seems ahead of time Ain’t it funny how your life can change before your life can change your mind? … City of strangers Don’t let me down
6.
If the sky falls and you’re on the run And the life you thought you waited for had just begun Well the world is on my shoulders too And you’ll find me right next to you We could stop and look around or walk away But it’ll all be where we left it, the same as yesterday And to think we thought our dreams came true But yesterday will always follow you If you let it, it will always follow you If you’re waiting for the future And you keep dreaming ‘bout the stars There will be no constellations Just empty skies and broken hearts And when you know you’ve found a reason And it helps you sleep at night There will come another season Another chance to set things right Many times our hearts will wander To places we can never go And when we let it pull us under We lose the things we used to know Don’t matter which road I’m travelling on I always find my way to you And baby if we still have each other There’s nothing the world could ever do We can stop and look around or walk away But it’ll all be where we left it The very same as yesterday And oh, we thought our dreams came true But yesterday will always follow you If you let it, it will always follow you
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Long Road 05:26
You could see what you were in for when he first called out your name But you play the role of victim all too well You knew you couldn’t win but you still chose to play the game Were you surprised at all when your defences fell? You thought if he didn’t love you maybe you’re the one to blame But it’s so hard to see the truth outside the pain But it’s a long road to redemption If you leave those chains around your heart Break the silence and light the shadows And you will soon find a better place to start He was the one you always dreamed of Your ‘ever after’, meant to be The very thought of him it kept you up at night But you so quickly learned the reasons behind all his deadly sins And what it means when a love so wrong just feels so right But the truth behind deception it can only set you free Even a man like him can learn the way to be … His time will come around ...
9.
Angeline 04:10
Angeline, what do you mean We can’t be lovers, we can’t be seen? You were willing, now not so keen Angeline Angeline, you set me free You said I needed to believe My mind is open, but I don’t agree Angeline A fall from grace Would be worth the chase But it’s a long way down to me Angeline, this veil’s a screen It keeps your virtue, but it’s straining me Is that the purpose? It’s got to be Angeline Angeline, don’t be mean Just eat the apple or fell the tree That’s the word I’m offering Angeline
10.
When the one you used to be with Is still the monarch of your mind You know you need a new beginning But you take one step forward and two steps back You spin your wheels ‘til you finally jump the track When there’s emptiness inside you And your pride is on the line You can feel your patience thinning As you take one step forward and two steps back And try your best to come up with the strength you lack And you will find that the answer comes in time But for now just leave it all behind When your thoughts all run together Like a relay in your mind Just when you think you might be winning You take one step forward and two steps back The race is over but you’re still on the track … But you get so tired of waiting In the state that you’re confined And your world just won’t stop spinning But you take one step forward and two steps back You try to get up but you fall right through the cracks …
11.
You’re looking like a big shot on a barstool With a belly full of beer The king of first impressions takes his throne Finding new excuses to throw your weight around Acting like bar is yours to own How did you become the ticket to the top? It’s time to put a stop to all your scheming in the daytime Scamming in the night You got the cash but you won’t pay the bills Staring through a shot glass, looking for a fight Your temper flares and blood is gonna spill How did I become your partner in crime? Well you can fix this mess yourself this time ‘Cause I’ve held my tongue for long enough It’s time I called you on your bluff Your ways are wrong this can’t go on They tried to warn me, now I know it to be true That it’s bad for business being with you Under the table you offer your cigar Shake their hand and move in for the kill Filthy little fingers prying for the dirt Burning midnight oil at the rumour mill How did I become your partner in crime? Well don’t be blowing the smoke at me this time … The show is almost over but your game has begun The lights go down and trouble takes the stage Armed with ill intentions, hunting in the dark You trap another victim in your cage How did I become your partner in crime? Don’t be counting on me for help this time …
12.
Better Days 04:21
I was young but I remember oh so clearly Everyone was either running ahead or running in circles But we could decide if we were lost or we were weary we’d leave it behind. It’s better off in the past than holding back the future And we thought it was real but we started to feel Like the world was spinning out of control We were losing ourselves and nobody else could find us there So we said If you get lost along the way I know I’ll see you there someday I don’t know how, I don’t know when But we will learn to love again If you turn to see me there and you can’t find me anywhere Then you’ll know I’m on my way And we will find the better days Don’t look back if you can’t seem to find the answers For the questions you had We’ve been walking the line between what’s real and what’s right But now is the time to leave the past where it belongs Because the sun will still shine But when the clouds roll in then we’ll have nothing to hide …
13.
Encore 05:39
I stand where there used to be nothing I walk where I used to fall I speak because I used to say nothing But I won’t say nothing anymore I breathe because I’m so used to choking And I sleep because I couldn’t sleep at all And I live because I couldn’t go on living But I won’t give encores anymore Look what I’ve done in spite of you How far I’ve come to see it through Will you be proud when all this is over? Will I be allowed to just go home? I stand where there used to be nothing I walk where I used to fall I live because I couldn’t go on living But I won’t give encores anymore

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A lot can change in five years, and Vancouver rockers No Island have embraced their transformation. The band’s new full-length album, Better Days, marks a fresh start and a different perspective for the group — something innovative, something nostalgic, but most of all an affirmation that the best is always yet to come for those willing to look forward.

No Island is a band of five frontmen, with a sound that’s always been defined by distinct personalities and expert talents blending together to create something more than the sum of their parts. This newest project takes that dynamic to the next level, brought to life by bonds developed over years of touring together across the vastness of Canada.

Writing about life, love, loss, and every experience in between, No Island’s music embraces both the highs and lows encountered in every person’s unending pursuit of better days.

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released April 21, 2015

Keith Sinclair - vocals, guitars
Andy Rice - vocals, keyboards
Jay Esplana - vocals, bass
James Wilfred Martin - vocals, saxophones, bass clarinet
Max Ley - drums, percussion

Recorded May 2014 at The Habitat Recording Studios in Langley, BC, Canada

Produced by No Island and Andrew Spindor

Engineered by Andrew Spindor and Will Watson

Mixed by Andrew Spindor

Assisted by Victoria Butash

Mastered by Scott Hull at Masterdisk in New York, NY

Artwork and Design by Syd Danger

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No Island is a band of frontmen, with a sound that’s always been defined by distinct personalities and expert talents blending together to create something more than the sum of their parts. Their album Better Days takes that dynamic to the next level, brought to life by bonds developed over years of touring together across the vastness of Canada. ... more

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