Michael Boyd

by Our Griffins

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released 03 September 2013
Dj Brown - Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Piano, Keyboards, Percussion, Arrangements

Todd Schied - Producer, Engineer, Percussion, Arrangements

Brad Kunkle - Bass, Backing Vox (Come and Wake Me Up)

Eric Slick - Drums

Luming Hao - Guitar (Come and Wake Me Up - Stand Alone)

Jaron Olevsky - Organ (Jeremiah's Palace, Who Decides To Lead, Come and Wake Me Up), Backing Vox (Come and Wake Me Up)

Travis Hobbie- Backing Vox (Come and Wake Me Up)

Mixed by Brian McTear at Miner Street Studios in Philadelphia

Mastered by Tom Volpicelli at The Mastering House

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Our Griffins Easton, Pennsylvania

“Our Griffins' music is powerful and spacious,” he says, “and Brown's penetrating voice reveals a kid who grew up struggling with his identity, a gentle introvert, much happier to observe the behavior of others, than to speak out loud about himself.”

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Track Name: All Around I Watch
All around i watch
hear it and take it in
the poorer hearts gather
toward the face of a friend
where every voice is awed
and every road is met
i'll work it from an angle
keep guard and protect

it's our first time meeting and i trust
we'll both keep in touch
it's our first time meeting and i trust
we'll both keep in touch

i've left rooms for healing
made patterns that never end
been a child in behavior
to keep calm with the rest
while everybody shook hands
and spoke around themselves
i painted up a story
was my only cry for help

it's our first time meeting and i trust
we'll both keep in touch
it's our first time meeting and i trust
we'll both keep in touch

oh everyone stand with someone
stand with someone
Track Name: Blood On My Sleeves
I'll make it up
In coverings of wounds and lacerations
but it won't be enough
I weighed my life
On who's aware of my only body fading
And I hide my fear by blaming self

You bring me a tie
But I'm not sure if I can
Be this Anymore
It's an known lie
That I'm not naked under it
Given the time
You could seal me up
In plastic and hand me off
But I'd rather be
Cleaning the blood off my sleeves

I stand near a grave
With envy for the life that has ended
feel they've figured it out
I bundled up
And kept my head down
Next to the mourners passing
And thought a lonely life
to live for self

You bring me a tie
But I'm not sure if I can
Be this Anymore
It's an known lie
That I'm not naked under it
Given the time
You could seal me up
In plastic and hand me off
But I'd rather be
Cleaning the blood off my sleeves
Track Name: Not Here Entirely
Livy will you wanna cry
If you make me tell you where I was
trying not to waste time
believing I'm the worse one
Oren is the best thing
the best thing I could have ever asked for
watched him grow up so big
but standing behind both doors

I'm alive in the worst way my loves
can't you tell I'm can't you tell I'm
I'm not here entirely, I'm not here entirely

Livy I don't wanna speak
I haven't gave it thought since I was young
I never want to bring in
something that could harm us
Oren is a good boy
he doesn't need to know the things I've done
hold him close with both arms
while I go try and heal some

I'm alive in the worst way my loves
can't you tell I'm, can't you tell I'm
I'm not here entirely, I'm not here entirely

I cave to pressure
while you rise to pressure
Track Name: My Cousin All Grown Up
Forget the silver lining
I'll never live a lie
Handing out papers to passers by
They won't get me, I'm not like
I'll paint it on my windows
I'll paint it on my walls
A little more abstract than, They would like
They won't get me, they won't get me

Look I'm sorry, should have never opened up
Look I'm sorry, put a cloth on the cut


I'm trying hard to drown it
The fire in the water
But it burns steady up in me
it needs release, it needs it
You always want to teach me
You always want to lead
But how can you help when you're hurt like me
He left you too
He left you

Look I'm sorry, I should have never opened up
Look I'm sorry, put a cloth on the cut

It won't heal with my life
It won't heal with just my life
Track Name: Who Decides To Lead
I know you want to be much stronger
I know you want to fight
I know your works are hard to remember
I know you're not this soft
but even from a sharp string a words I, know what you are saying
you, the last one to know you're better
explain it to yourself
who decides to lead in your army
who decides to lead in your army

I know that when I ask you a question
you'll answer as a friend
though I've hid the worst conclusions
to save us from offense
but what good have I done to you indirect don't honor what I'm saying
i'd rather sit and laugh in the moment
then be thinking of the end


I cave to pressure
You rise to pressure
Track Name: Come And Wake Me Up
I walked in a lake
staring down and made to say
two lines I rehearsed
they follow me, as a kind of curse
to push before the start
to Stretch the mirrors and hours
I dream a lot
come and wake me up

Where were you since the fall
the season and the time we stopped
I was off in a marsh
building up a collective heart
from those I met through trade
through doors and glass cascades
I dream a lot
come and wake me up

I was drifting in the park
weighted down I made a mark
where I bent at the knee
a punishment for what's in me
but after walks with you
You've healed the lasting bruise
I dream a lot
come to wake me up
Track Name: Nodding In A Basement
You say you're meant for nothing
you're in bondage to the codes
you're angry and forgotten
another cancer to the world
but look your dust is moving
and clinging to the day
nodding in a basement
where the rhythm will save
the rhythm will save all our souls

Debrah why you lying your daughter knows it all the time
you yell act like you're brother, he's a champion of his life
but now you're daughters leaving
she tells you where she'll be
dancing in a basement
where the rhythm will save
the rhythm will save
her lost soul

im not here to be entertained
im not here for much of anything
im not here to raise my sword
im not here to please the lord
im here to feel alive
im here to feel alive

45 years of breathing got you quiet and reposed
but 21 years of waiting got him faithless in the world
he sings songs for the rotten
the careless and the weak
but one thing says they're worth it
the rhythm that saves
the rhythm that saves
all your sons
Track Name: Jeremiah's Palace
I spent a day up at jeremiah's palace
he gave me a gift
with a couple of warnings
oh what a man to have
a name from the bible
his eyes never slip
only lock, never wander

and every idea that came to his brain
had the weight of anchor
I believed that I could see them
he answered some questions i've never thought ask
he made me feel like
the young man i really am

words from a foreigner helped me out
they're sharper than i have perceived
send them a message, they'll help you out
they're ready and always in reach

i often curse the whole world in a second
blacken it's eyes
and pull it's shirt up
but what good has it done
it's only insuring
i'll mirror what i've dreamed
never look to the warning

if you had a job would you fight for the pay
would you think to yourself
can i use them can i leave them
would you stay watered down to hold a steady pace
they've all dug in grooves
you can't stop it you can't stop it
Track Name: Send My Brother Back
Send my brother back I always needed him here
I always needed him here
Every time something cracks they bring me another
I only needed him here

I'm a lone heart back in the middle
back in the middle
I need you to stay here

Tell my father that I always needed him here
I always needed him here
I thought God could bounce him back
Convinced all my brothers
we only needed him here

I'm a lone heart back in the middle
Back in the middle
I need him to stay here

I will hold my words
With the grip of an iron sword
Passing has no bounds
I know that she heard that sound
When I sang a song for her
Out of reach in the concrete walls
I'm trapped with the curses of
a mind that's lost it's loves

Send my brother back I always needed him here
I always needed him here
Every time something cracks they bring me another
I only needed him here

I'm a lone heart back in the middle
Back in the middle
I need him to stay here
Track Name: The Rest Of The World Doesn't Know You're A Hero
Always wanted someone to share
Purer thoughts the mind has to offer
Climbing up and down many wells
Always keeps a cup running over

Young man
You're so close
Go harness
Your own worth

I've Been to a side of the world
Saw children there wearing silk garnets
Everyone to weak to stand
Sits up on the shoulders of giants

All eyes
Look forward
Go harness
Your whole worth

Donna
don't delay
Donna
don't delay
Donna Donna Donna
Run back tell everyone

I'm sorry my friend
The rest of the world doesn't know you're a hero

Now that'd I've been saved from the kill
All the parts will fall to their places
Keep me up and Keep me instilled
Before I find a way to escape it

All eyes
Look Forward
Go harness
Your whole worth
Track Name: The Halo
The halo talks and tells the room
to never start they'll only lose
What's given to them all
a sense that keeps Them tall

I prod a fire to shake the heat
while my bloodline's ghosts came over me
Their hands were cold as ice
but held me straight upright

Holy Hands have come to find us
Holy Hands have come to find us
Holy Hands have come to find us
i saw them they have to find us

Please give us peace of mind
i thought it all was over
I thought we all were done
Please give us peace of mind
i thought it all was over
I thought we all were done

The shameful keep their eyes at feet
i lived like this without shame in me
Oh curses come on out
it's time to tear you down
Track Name: Stand Alone
Wait where you stop my solid man
don't drip off the open ends
untie the heavy bonds of your only cause
before they all start to thicken
and you're left caught under the rope

I'll help you stand alone and walk with ease
I know no one has shown you this
They stand straight and line
and point where they've been
but keep your hand at your side

Why do you lie my solid man
It says that something controls you
I know that you still honor the timeless code
that someone has to be vanquished
for someone to sit on the throne

Run Let me clear you of
All the loveless arts that you're coming from
Wait there's an over ride
of the random chance
That made us up

Feeling around for the rights of a living
Feeling around for the rights of a living
don't I know that the bonds are splitting
don't I know that the bonds are splitting