Rise Over Run

by Grey Sky Symphony

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credits

released October 14, 2014

Everything written, performed, and recorded by Dillon Hutyra, with the help of:

Jake Wallace (drums on track 3 and engineer on track 17)
Nick Barber (engineer on track 17)
Mark Harlan (trumpet on tracks 3, 14, and 17)
Benjamin Scaggs (trumpet on track 3)
Taylor Gift (trombone on tracks 8, 14, and 17)
Tyler Dukes (flute on track 3)
Michael Schatz (alto sax on tracks 3 and 14)
Rachel Burns (vocals on tracks 8, 9, and 11)
Ana Luning (claps on track 2)
Tara Schum (claps on track 2)

Group vocals on track 14 were:
Nathaniel Goldblatt, Nick Barber, Jake Wallace, Gabriel Tristan, Kurt Kaiser, Rachel Burns, Ana Luning, and Tara Schum

All artwork by Dillon Hutyra

This album made possible by:

Emily Rhoades - Jana Wolf & Terry Ehrhardt - Mark Nudelman - David & Kathleen Green - Merideth & Madeline Harvey - Floyd & Mary Wolf - Doug & Wendy Hutyra - Greg & Mimi Hutyra - Travis, Debbie & Trevor Scott - Floyd & Irene Wolf - Meagan Rucker - Matt & Mariam Wallace - Lilianna Sundet - Mark & Jan Wallace - Lexi Nudelman - Kurt Kaiser - Scott, Gena & Joel McWilliams - Michael, Erin, Samantha & Hunter Flood - Nathan Moore

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Grey Sky Symphony is a musical project made up of singer-songwriter Dillon Hutyra and whoever happens to be playing with him at the time.

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Track Name: Glow
I've been wandering round for so long
that I can barely feel the pain
or hear the steady rolling thunder
the pouring rain

if you are or are not sleeping
I will have to make a guess
I do not where to begin
just say yes, please say yes

and hold me closer
and please don't ever let me go
cos I feel colder
without your ever-warming glow
and don't you know girl
you light the way so I can see
forget the whole world
all I need is you and me
you and me

I've been waiting for a while
time won't seem to let me go
just to see that perfect smile
and say hello

all the odds are stacked against me
but I won't let them in my head
all this time I can't stop thinking
what you said, what you said

and hold me closer
and please don't ever let me go
cos I feel colder
without your ever-warming glow
and don't you know love
there's no where else I'd rather be
below or above
all I need is you and me

all we do and all we are
is here right now
away form you is much to far
so slow it down and stick around

I've been wandering round for so long
that I can barely feel the pain
Track Name: Simple Logic
he was searching for something he knew he would never find
he said I'll try
now he's running in circles in a maze inside his mind
just killing time

perfect little puzzles become our downfall
we're breaking then we're broken and we lose it all

tell me that this is all simple logic
and I'll put my rifle down
I see waves making time move, clocks tick
and numbers are falling to the ground
but turn around and we'll slow it down

ask a question and learn something you did not know before
and move ahead
one wrong expression and you are looking for an exit door
it's blinking red

perfect little puzzles become our downfall
we're breaking then we're broken and we lose it all
we lie awake and wait the day that something makes sense
I want to act but can't attack, I'm stuck on the fence

tell me that this is all simple logic
and I'll put my rifle down
I need something to make my heart sick
cos I look my best when I frown
but turn around and we'll slow it down
turn around or I'll burn this down

hey!

tell me that this is all simple logic
and I'll put my rifle down
I see waves making time move, clocks tick
and numbers are falling through the ground

is there any rhyme or reason left for us to see now
last another season and then I'll burn it down
Track Name: Autumn Arrives
the sound of foot-falls on the field
the steady beats that refuse to yield
and pump the blood all through your veins
a clear blue sky turn into night
filled with holes of tiny light
and all the leaves begin to change

you feel as if you're in a dream
that's far from fake or so it seems
cos everybody talks so slow
and photographs are hazy blurs
leave you feeling so unsure
you don't know which way to go

but when autumn arrives
you'll go back in time
a cool breeze chills your skin
you lose yourself again

fond farewells and long goodbyes
reunions and tired eyes
you're trying hard to stay awake
pinpoint the reasons on a chart
that put a choke-hold on your heart
and now all you can do it wait

but when autumn arrives
you'll go back in time
a cool breeze chills your skin
you lose yourself again
ya when autumn arrives
your life will rewind
you can't accept this end
you lose yourself again

and I cannot say
which part I play
in this show
but I need you
so if I'll do
please let me know

and I can feel it on my shoulder
I'll pretend there's someone there
but all this time I'm growing colder
cos all that fills my lungs is freezing air
Track Name: Aftertaste
tell the clocks to tick away the pain
a year has passed now my heart has yet to change
an empty room slowly fills with smoke
defy the broom and on the last bite choke

and let me know if you'll ever come around
the rain and snow keeps on tumbling, tumbling down
the sky is blue but the clouds are oh so grey
if not for you then I'd have nothing to say

things that could last will go to waste
I can't get past this aftertaste
all time is gone, is it too late?
I'm choking on this aftertaste

puzzle pieces fill the pockets of my brain
I run in circles just to keep myself sane
the compass in me is in panic what to do
it's always spinning except when I'm near you

you never got the message right
just want to have you close tonight
and watch the stars go by
and watch it all go by

things that could last will go to waste
I can't get past this aftertaste
all time is gone, is it too late?
I'm choking on this aftertaste

I can't let go is all I know
if this is real then tell me so

things that could last will go to waste
I'm just a pawn, part of a game
so make your move, I'll sit and wait
it sticks like glue, this aftertaste

things that could last will go to waste
I can't get past this aftertaste
all time is gone, is it too late?
I'm choking on this aftertaste

oh what a waste
this aftertaste
oh what a waste
this after-
Track Name: Cavesong
open my eyes so I can see the light
cos everything's dark since we feel through
trapped in the cave that is my mind
I'm clinging to what is left of you
of you

and please let me know if there is any reason
cos logic's a shadow on the wall
distorting the past like an endless re-run
I'll always think twice before I fall
before I fall

I can't and I won't find a way out of here
I can't stand it and please don't cos you're all I know dear
even when you disappear

you tell me that I should spend this time learning
and everything will play its role
the fire in my heart keeps the gears all turning
a steely machine I can't control
I can't control

I can't and I won't find a way out of here
I can't stand it and please don't cos you're all I know dear
even when you disappear

you don't exist outside the mind
you're just a ghost I tried to find
something about this missing piece
falls from your face with this release
and all at once you disappear
I try and yell but you're not here
there's only echoes back instead
they're in my head, you're in my head
Track Name: Dirt Town
we are lost now
there's no one around
a sea made of sound
in which we drown
and we cry out so
so violently
but there's nothing left
of you and me
for you and me

well it's all we know
so just let go

kill me now dear
and I'll be okay
my path was clear
from miles away
and leave this dirt town
for city light
my heart rebounds
I'll be alright, ya I'll be alright

it's all I know
I can't let go

and we won't live forever
so why waste time with never
know how to say goodbye?

the pain it tears, distorts us
but in good time informs us
without us ever asking why
Track Name: Second Hands
I'm all out of reasons to scream
the nightmare's over, this is only a dream
but don't wake me cos I need the sleep

it cannot get much worse than this
stuck here waiting to see if I exist
this mirror distorts and twists
can't think straight, it makes no sense

I've lost all time, can't tell it
if it were mine I'd sell it
is nothing left but second hands?

it all counts down, we're waiting
and in our heads creating
a kind of path, some sort of plan
Track Name: Fool's Gold
if you and I could simply see
a list of all our possibilities
we wouldn't have to be so cold

and I feel much worse than I've before
cos in my head there's a light behind a door
but it won't budge cos it's locked, I'm told
and the key is made out of fool's gold

so you buried your treasure in the ground
left a map with the hopes it would be found
by the one who could make things right

but years pass by you in a rush
and the box below your feet will turn to dust
as you toss and turn every night
and you tell yourself that I should just give up the fight

and you could stay alone forever
ya you could sit and wonder why
people say that you could do so much better
if you could just find some way to shine

so I'll try and roll the die a couple times
or fill the air up with nickels and with dimes
because chance is the game hearts play

but gamblers never know what they will get
and when I play I'm all in on every bet
cos I can't waste time these days
and my mind has never like change

and I could stay alone forever
ya I could stare into the sky
people say that I could do so much better
if I could just spread my wings and fly

if you open up your eyes
you'll see that there's no place to go
but there's no need to run and hide
it's over sooner than you know

smoke fills air around our heads
and the flames at our feet are burning red
but we can't move cos it's cold outside
ever though we've tried and tried

and we could stay alone forever
ya we could sit and wonder why
people say that we could do so much better
if we could just find some way to shine
if we could just leave this all behind
Track Name: Thoughts During A Fire Drill
we waited out the fire in a parking lot parade
rain fell from the sky as we watched it burn away
a spectacle before us painted yellow orange and red
a silent singing chorus filled the spaces in our heads

everything is blurry because everything will pass
I wake up extra early just to sleep my way through class
but my alarm clock is my best friend, it tells me when I'm wrong
it puts me in my place and it sings my favorite songs

oh oh, oh oh

tell me not to listen to the things that I've been told
waste time growing up just to die when you are old
and all is black and turned to ash, things are not as they seem
you close your eyes so tight you hardly hear the screams

we waited out the fire in a parking lot parade
when there's no fire at all what fills the empty space?
Track Name: Off The Tracks
I never dreamed this train would get blown off the track
first with the engine room and towering smoke stacks
and though all of the crew will try to lend a hand
it's hard to fix something that's not part of the plan

I wrote a song for you so you could deny
the fact that I exist while fireworks fill the sky
and disappearing people make no sense at all
don't close your eyes to truth the end will always follow you
I'll follow you

oh, oh oh
oh, oh oh

the air is thick with all the sound of red alarms
alerting us what we approach may do us harm
a sudden splash and then we find ourselves alone
you floated up while I sank just like a stone

and please shut that window dear, this dust will fill my throat
we should be far from here but we both missed the boat
so why not stay awhile and have a cup of tea
I know I'm dead to you but that doesn't bother me

oh, oh oh
oh, oh oh

we lost the path
we're off the tracks
and now we crash
a ghost at last
at last

so let me go like a fist full of sand
I try and try yet still don't understand
when rhyme and reason leave us gasping for air
well I"ll just stop breathing cos I no longer care
Track Name: Abigail
Abby, where have you been lately?
your hearts somewhere icy and covered in snow
the winter, it left you with nothing
but the spring is coming and home you will go

and you will find there
is reason to compare
the time you had before the dotted lines
alone, driver's seat
the radio repeats
a million different ways to say it's fine
you say it's fine

Abby, these roads do the tearing
the teeth that they're bearing can fill you with fear
but don't hide, there's promise in streetlight
all along the roadside, to make the way clear

just freeze-frame this silly little game
the best won't always be in your rear-view
and you can embrace these little hands
and open up your eyes to something new
to something new

hey! hey!

Abigail, can you not tell?
you're not alone in waiting for the end
and we don't know where we will go
but in our minds we picture and pretend
Track Name: Numbers
standing with your eyes so wide
you take it in hold it inside
background noises fill the air
this is not real but you don't care
you don't care
it's not there

conversation comes in peaks
the in-betweens when you can't speak
these numbers make no sense at all
they blur to black as down they fall
as down they fall

you feel so small
you feel so small
oh oh oh oh
you feel so small
you're not at all
oh oh oh oh

you try your best to crack this code
but it's more complex than you know
go on and rid yourself of doubt
you take it in and let it out

scream and shout
scream and shout
oh oh oh oh
scream and shout
what you're about
oh oh oh oh
Track Name: The Shifting Tide
everything moves us like lonely windmills
the tiniest wind gust can keep us from standing still
we've all got our reasons, well I'm down to my last
I've finally begun to leave behind what's come to pass
Track Name: The Grey Sea
so we left our homes
drove straight to the coast
to watch the waves roll in
we braced ourselves for
the end, the end oh

in the dark grey sea
all these memories
as you let them go
they float away and sink
below, below oh
below, below oh
below, below oh

all these ticking clocks
push foam through these rocks
where the current goes
is something we'll never
know, we know oh
we know, we know oh
we know, we know oh
we know, we know oh

and I don't know where we are going
but we've still got the time to choose
the fire inside is always growing
and there's so little left to lose