Since We Couldn't Save The World

by Jake Webb & The Commitments

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released December 20, 2014

Lyrics and Music Written by: Jake Webb
Instrumentation: Jake Webb
Piano on Words, Nautical Anthem and Angina Sonata: Bonnie Schippling
Violin: Stephanie Reisdorf
Backing Vocals on Nautical Anthem: Bonnie Schippling

Tracked at: The Mission Recording Studio and Wellington Street Studios

Mixed and Mastered by: Joe Giese and Sean Morse

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Track Name: What We Share
Love, it's important to remember showing no remorse doesn't make you out to be innocent
These bridges burn and our vows fade and now we know for sure I'll never have to speak your name again

I stepped into that church and then I locked myself away
I had nothing to confess, but I had a lot to say
I said "Dear Father, you gave your years to God instead of love
I gave my heart away to her and she only used it up"

He said "It's vital you fill your heart with love instead of hate,
You did your best and that's all that we can do
There's lessons to be learned from every trial thrown your way,
And your faith will find a way to see you through"

I said "That's good and well Father, but I'm not a man of faith
I should have been here over an hour ago but I got lost on the way
My brains not made for fairytales but I've nowhere else to turn
I'm not here for the gospel, I just needed a wise word"

He said "My son, you didn't dip your hand when you walked into the door
I knew right then and there that you weren't a man of God
Let's leave our differences aside and look at what we share,
we're both sitting here without a woman to love"
Track Name: Drink
I see him in leaning in
So naive and young
He's probably thinking to himself
"How'd I get so lucky with this one"
But he don't know you too well
You're a freight train heading for hell

Does he know he's dead on arrival
I'd hate for him to think
He's ever had a chance at survival
When everyone knows god damn well
You drive a man to drink

He'll break apart his soul
Tripping over your eyes
But the same glance that made him fall
Can tend to cut the heart like knives
He'll stand beaten and broke
Re-reading every word you wrote

Does he know he's dead on arrival
I'd hate for him to think
He's ever had a chance at survival
When everyone knows god damn well
You drive a man to drink

I don't think that you want to hurt anyone
But it always seems you do
It comes with being so easily loved
When you never follow through

Does he know he's dead on arrival
I'd hate for him to think
He's ever had a chance at survival
When everyone knows god damn well
It's been a living hell
We all seem to know pretty well
You drive a man to drink
Track Name: Bailey
We spend our lives evolving into who we want to be
When all that's left is ash and dust all that speaks are memories
I'm far from being Bailey though I'm careful with my words
I'm always finding fault in the things I haven't learned
Sharing a bit of time can tend to stop all of the pain
A faint glimmer of decency could take the drugs away

No, I don't think I'm fine
I've torn apart my heart, at least I've got my mind
Oh, I see you're not the same
Just a shell of what you were, still bearing the name
But you've lost your way

Family and cinema taught me how to be a man
Often time I slip, though I do the best I can
To be the Mr. Bailey that they show on silver screens
Because the world's spinning fast and it's getting hard to see
On our darkest days our efforts tend to find a way to falter
I asked you for your help, but you had none left to offer

No, I don't think I'm fine
I've torn apart my heart, at least I've got my mind
Oh, I see you're not the same
Just a shell of what you were, still bearing the name
But you've lost your way

I just want to live, knowing I can die with who I am
Proud of what we did, when we struggled with the places we should stand
Because if death's the bitter end, and there's nothing more than dirt
Then we should know we lived our lives like Bailey

No, I don't think I'm fine
I've torn apart my heart, at least I've got my mind
Oh, I see you're not the same
Just a shell of what you were, still bearing the name
But you've lost your way
Track Name: Hollow
Although my words belong to her right now
My soul is still lying by your side
My imagination scrambles when I'm holding her
Working to convince me you're still mine
My heart won't seem to warm for another
It only beats once when I need it for three
At times I ponder how it's done by my brothers
Maybe others' trust helps mask their insecurity

Could be soon I'll fall
I'm no better than them all
It's only a product of our time
But it's just too cheap and hollow to claim as mine

I only see fog down the road with this light of mine
All I can recognize is the shadow of you
So how will I ever settle down and be alright
If the whisper of my name comes from anyone but you

Could be soon I'll fall
I'm no better than them all
It's only a product of our time
But it's just too cheap and hollow to claim as mine
Track Name: Heavy Hearted
I spend night after night curled up in a ball
While I think of your laugh as I stare at a wall
There once was a time you called us your home
Now all your memories just feel like stone
I’m haunted by eyes too beautiful to forget
I cough up the pain that sits deep in my chest
My body is young but my soul is worn
My song has been sung and my heart has been torn
I know you won’t relapse, you’ve heard it before
In the words that we spoke in the midst of a war
I don’t blame you my love, you did what you could
You don’t have to be here, you never said that you would

This lonely heart is injured
It beats in your hand while you snicker
You grew harsh and you grew colder
I should’ve known we’d grow older

I’ve given my best to leave it behind
But I hold my eyes shut and there’s still marks on my mind
Of false hopes and memories, the kind you don’t see
You don’t need to know every thought you left me
I meant every word and I still hold my pride
From the things that I said on the night that we died
I’ve read this book front to back and I can’t seem to find
The verse that tells you to leave your loved ones behind

This lonely heart is injured
It beats in your hand while you snicker
You grew harsh and you grew colder
I should’ve known we’d grow older

You never lent your hand to me
Always ran out when I couldn’t breathe

This lonely heart is injured
It beats in your hand while you snicker
You grew harsh and you grew colder
I should’ve known we’d get older
Track Name: The Shortcomings
It's creeping in my heart
My nerves, they fall apart
I try and I try and I try
To ease my mind, my mind, my mind
But it's filling up the room
I know you feel it too
When I'm not right, not right, not right
In my mind, my mind, my mind

Oh, I can't change
I always seem to live this way
You deserve someone brave
And there's days I don't want to be me

You feel it in your bones
They make you live alone
You can't speak, can't speak, can't speak
You're too weak, too weak, too weak
You stress and choke on tears
You live your life in fear
They can't tell, can't tell, can't tell
You're in hell, in hell, in hell

Oh, you can't change
You live your life their way
It hurts, it's a god damn shame

Oh, I can't change
I always seem to live this way
You deserve someone brave
Oh, you can't change
You live your life their way
It hurts, it's a god damn shame
That there's days you just want to be free
Track Name: Since We Couldn't Save The World
It started out harsh, it was sorrowful and lonely
I held onto the only thing I could
Pathetic scraps of anger and the feeling I'd been wronged
I'd say "Things never turn out the way they should"
All my friends weathered the moping over your
Mother aside from the pope she's
Never seemed to really care much for men
I'd bitch about my bruises and the path that you were choosing
Because it was the only broken leg on which to stand
And I'd given my all for your hand

They say time makes all well, but from what I can tell
That's just a crock of motivational shit
I don't want to forget all the scars that I've gained
I want to be happy living with them

I told you I loved you the day
That I drove you home with me
It was just like the stills in my
Mind from the films that
Portrayed life in a different way

I smiled everyday and though it's painful to say
I had to remember that this is your life too
It was clear your heart had wandered and you
Wondered if you could squander
Anymore of your time arguing with me
I'd hate to see you frown love, so we had to let it drown love
Cause you deserve to feel the way I did with you
And when it feels I may be dying I take refuge in trying
To remember that this is all for the best
And at least I know you more than the rest

They say you have to let go of the ones you love most
I wouldn't loosen my grip without a fight
But I'm beginning to find sometimes loving someone
Is braving the dark so they can find the light

I wanted to hold you the rest of my days
But you're not meant to be here with me
So I wish you the best as I walk on my own
I hope one day you find what you wanted from me
Track Name: Angina Sonata
I followed all the signs
The ones that left me blind
You said you needed space
But that look upon your face
Suggests a bleaker truth
You don't want anyone to love you
I followed you around
Six feet underground

But if what you say is true
Then I'll leave it all to you
And you can watch me stagger home
As I leave you alone
I want it to be a lie
But I saw the look in your eye
So at least now we know
It was a one sided show
Track Name: A Letter
It's all in your mind
Leave your sorrows behind
You're going to be fine
Step back and dry your eyes

Life's what you make it
So clear out the pain
The good memories you have
Are all that remain

Love I was hooked
From the moment you smiled
The lessons we learned
Are what make love worth while

Don't ever doubt
Not for a moment or two
You can be who you want
You were half of me too
Track Name: Words
We spend many nights
Holding on tight
Pushing the inevitable phone call out of our minds
Cause it doesn't matter now
In the dark of the room
No one can alter the words I spoke to you

Their twisted intentions run rampant everywhere
They can always lend their tongues, they can never lend their ear
Harshly bending truth to save you from love's spell
Too stuck in their own ways to save you from themselves

They may try to change your mind
When you walk out of the door
Into the cold morning air awaiting your scorn
Please remember love as you're made to feel ashamed
The truth in all the words I spoke to you remains the same

Their twisted intentions run rampant everywhere
They can always lend their tongues, they can never lend their ear
Harshly bending truth to save you from love's spell
Too stuck in their own ways to save you from themselves

I don't want to see you end up that way
Left alone and bitter day after day
You don't have to dwell on everything they say
Pretending it's not there won't make it go away

Their twisted intentions run rampant everywhere
They can always lend their tongues, they can never lend their ear
Harshly bending truth to save you from love's spell
Too stuck in their own ways to save you from themselves

The truth is in these words
Track Name: Nautical Anthem
Well there are many fish in the sea
But you're the only fish for me
You push me down, I get up again
To drown my sorrow in Klonopin
You always make me believe
Traded passion for an easy life at home
Thought your dreams were the same as my own
From the shack to the futon
You always had to move on
I hate to see you alone

I wrote this nautical anthem for you

The rains are coming down hard
And these sails are tearing apart
This water I'm drowning in
Tastes like salt, shame and arsenic
This ship's drifted too far
I wanted to give you what you deserve
But all I had was my heart and my word
Through the smiles and the heartache
We both knew we'd be parting
Your burning doubt couldn't be cured

I wrote this nautical anthem for you
Track Name: Cringe Worthy
After all the fights, all the anxious nights
I still loved you, was kind of hard to
Not have you there
We never saw eye to eye, or had a meeting of the mind
In parking lots we spoke for hours
I kind of miss the cold

I still remember the dress you wore, the night I realized you mean more
To me than anything I wish you
Hadn’t gone so soon
It’s all coming together now, our values and our flaws
They weren’t quite right, I know you tried my
Love It haunts my days
So don’t cringe when you think of this, or when you reminisce
I want so badly to be there love, but
It’s tearing out my heart
But these cliches aren’t for you, and there’s nothing we can do
Such is life I know you tried, love
It wasn’t worth your time

It’s tearing at the seams, you were always ahead of me
I’ve never known a friend who’s much like you I’m
Glad we had those years
Darling, you were right. We just weren’t meant to stay
I couldn’t say it, but I prayed you’d
Never see I was wrong

It’s tearing out my soul

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