The Mines

Fear Is Easy

by The Mines

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released May 25, 2011

The Mines:

Ethan Nickerson - bass, vocals, synthesizers, stomps & claps
Greg Lockwood - guitars & vocals
Todd Hoek - drums & percussion
Troy Hatfield - guitars, vocals, programming, mandolin, accordion

Additional guitars, keyboards, synths & percussion by Joel Ferguson

Produced by Joel Ferguson & The Mines
Mixed by Joel Ferguson & The Mines
Recorded at Planet Sunday Studios, Rockford Michigan
Mastered by Glenn Brown at GBP Studios, Lansing Michigan
All photos courtesy of Thomas Hawk, www.ThomasHawk.com
Designed By The Mines
Print Production by Kirk DouPonce, www.DogEaredDesign.com

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Track Name: The Falls
Too late to sleep, too late to pay for what I stole,
The morning comes, and here I am.
The jury speaks, the hammer falls with no parole,
and I’m chained where I stand.

And the earthquake breaks the silence,

There are wings on our heels,
as we barrel toward the falls;
And I know, how it feels,
when the fear inside you calls.

Broken heart, a cross-stitch ties the suture,
Who am I to be thought of?
What lies inside, the ghost of Christmas future,
maybe nothing more than love.

And the night sky lights with fireworks...

There are wings on our heels,
as we barrel toward the falls;
And I know, how it feels,
when the fear inside you calls;
And the world around you disappears,
as the engines start to stall,
It’s here we awaken to the life that burns in us.

So leave the homeland at the docks,
burn the flags and smash the clocks;
touch the earth below the wheels,
touch the painting as it peels... x2

There are wings on our heels,
as we barrel toward the falls;
And I know, how it feels,
when the fear inside you calls.
And the world around you disappears,
as the engines start to stall,
It’s here we awaken to the life that burns in us.
It’s here that we break into the life that burns in us.
It’s here we awaken to the life that burns in us.
Track Name: Runningman
“When the lights come crashing down on the darkness,
If you hold my hand, I’ll pull you through this fight.
When your eyes get tired, listen to my heart,
It’s gonna be alright, it’s gonna be alright”

Awake for an honest moment,
exclaimed by a deep blue sky.
The fear of the world around me,
a dissolving lie.

A voice in the silence carries,
Such love, and I don’t know why.
The breath of a thousand lifetimes,
in a single sigh.

“When the lights come crashing down on the darkness,
If you hold my hand, I’ll pull you through this fight.
When your eyes get tired, listen to my heart,
It’s gonna be alright, it’s gonna be alright”

Braced for a great collision,
Straining against the dark,
The weight of a law unspoken,
On a heavy heart.

So far from the place we came from,
So lost in a world so small,
Two feet on a path for mercy
as the bright lights fall.

We’re never so far gone that grace won’t find us.
The flares in the sky will lead you home.
And I might fall apart but I won’t leave you, I won’t let go.

Cause I can see the world that’s on your shoulders,
and the miles in the dark you had to walk,
and you can fall apart, the pain can break your heart,
I won’t let go.

“When the lights come crashing down on the darkness,
If you hold my hand, I’ll pull you through this fight.
When your eyes get tired, listen to my heart,
It’s gonna be alright, it’s gonna be alright”

“When the lights come crashing down on the darkness,
Oh the ground may shake but I will hold you tight.
When your eyes get tired, listen to my heart,
it’s gonna be alright, it’s gonna be alright.”
Track Name: Army Baby
I like being here
As we share this common air

It would take an army baby to pull me away
It would take an army baby to pull me away

Let the DJ sleep
I could hear that song a couple of times again

It would take an army baby to pull me away
It would take an army baby to pull me away
It would take an army baby to pull me away
It would take an army baby to pull me away

Now that I’m here I’m not letting go Letting go
Now that I’m here I’m not letting go Letting go

Army baby Army baby

Hands at twelve and three
Let them spin around a couple of times again

It would take an army baby to pull me away
It would take an army baby to pull me away
It would take an army baby to pull me away
It would take an army baby to pull me away
Track Name: Promenade
Crawling on all fours
A taste of the earth’s bed
The only way you know to live
Greeted by the light
Out of the basement
Lifting up your eyes
You stand and face me

And we promenade
And we promenade

Fingers laced with mine
Run past the dull place
Searching out for new frontiers
Thinking this might be
What has been missing
Lifting up your eyes
You turn and face me

And we promenade
And we promenade

La la la la we dance around Dance around here
La la la la we dance around
La la la la we dance around Dance around here
La la la la we dance around

Such an awkward sway
Feels like the eighth grade
Neither of us in the lead
Customary shrug This doesn’t faze me
Lifting up your eyes
I love when you face me

La la la la we dance around Dance around here
La la la la we dance around
La la la la we dance around Dance around here
La la la la we dance around
Track Name: Skylight
Fall, through a skylight,
on the concrete I awoke,
to beautiful silence.
Quiet calm, sitting upright;
this is where the world finds breath,
the pulse of the day.
Please, don’t let me forget this,
it is everything I need, to believe.

Don’t let it paralyze you,
this isn’t the end that you’ve come to;
You’re deep in the ache for real love,
it lives in the dust you were made of.

Still the sirens are singing,
there’s a mountain in my mind,
that needs to be moved.
Aching will, my conscience is ringing,
if my life was meant to fade,
then why would I know?

Don’t let it paralyze you,
this isn’t the end that you’ve come to;
You’re deep in the ache for real love,
it lives in the dust you were made of.
There’s nothing but air between us,
but still we destroy what we don’t trust.
In the fall of the leaves before spring,
there’s something that’s worth all the suffering.

And the one that turned the light on,
can feel the deepest of your pain,
the poets are calling from the streets,
to make the deepest mysteries plain,
and you’re in the storm before the calm,
it’s just a moment, a moment.

Don’t let it paralyze you,
this isn’t the end that you’ve come to;
You’re deep in the ache for real love,
it lives in the dust you were made of.
There’s nothing but air between us,
but still we destroy what we don’t trust.
In the fall of the leaves before spring,
there’s something that’s worth all the suffering.
Track Name: Wired Eyes 2011
In a chair, in a place.
Absent all.
In my way, on my face...
Almost over.

Dark beneath a cloudy moon,
Add the feeling of coming doom,
Across the ocean.
And on this dreary night,
In a wild fight,
Bones are broken...

And today.
At this hour.
I'm wired eyes, and the storm is over
And today,
At this hour
There's a light on.

The chitter chatter, awakening.
Open eyes viewing everything,
Overloaded...

A hard left to the faces,
Holding down on the pavement,
They work me over.

And today.
At this hour.
I'm wired eyes, and the storm is over
And today,
At this hour
There's a light on.
Track Name: Behind The Eyes
In the morning I’ll be gone,
I’ve seen too much, for far too long.
The waves will fight me all the way,
but nothing changes if I stay.

Under moonlight life exhales,
cut the ropes and raise the sails.
It’s here we catch the wind and ride,
escape in darkness on the tide.

Oh, Oh, Oh,

The sea surrounding starts to rise,
and something clicks behind the eyes.

As sure as clouds begin to form,
the sun evaporates the storm.

Foreign corners of my heart,
if only human hands could chart.
The broken parts that I neglect,
unentered rooms where fears collect.
The growing swells, the blinding rain,
The vessel groans beneath the strain...

Oh, Oh, Oh

The sea surrounding starts to rise,
and something clicks behind the eyes,

What lies behind I can’t regret,
but broken bones must still be set;
To right the rights and own debt,
To steer the ship into the threat...
Track Name: Temple
I am here, to heal you just as I have said,
to raise the lame and wake the dead, to set free.
So don’t lose hope, and know that I am your side,
the clouds of darkness can not hide you from me.

I am Love, you are my free, standing temple,
where the weak the poor and the simple can find me.
I am Love, I will not leave you or forsake you,
Let my holy, true love break you, and find me.

I am here, and I will cover all your shame,
I know each of you by name and by your heart.
So trust my voice, and I will lead you through the pain,
I’ll give you peace and I’ll sustain you when it’s dark.

I am Love, you are my free, standing temple,
where the weak the poor and the simple can find me.
I am Love, I will not leave you or forsake you,
Let my holy, true love break you, and find me.

I left my home on Friday night, but Sunday’s coming
I was alone...
Lost in my grief...
Can’t find relief...
Approached the edge...
Out on the ledge...
I just can’t fight...
No end in sight...
Yeah!!!

I am Love, you are my free, standing temple,
where the weak the poor and the simple can find me.
I am Love, I will not leave you or forsake you,
Let my holy, true love break you, and find me.
I will not leave you or forsake you,
Let my holy spirit take you to find me.
Track Name: Stained Glasses
Straight through this aching heart, cascading light taking me apart,
Straight through this aching heart, cascading light taking me apart;

Wake, the world is waiting, the world is wide,
Wake, the world is waiting, the world is wide;

You don’t know how much I love you, you don’t know how much I love you (repeats)