That Lived​-​In Look

by Darren Frank

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Amanda H Simply put, Darren Frank is a masterful singer-songwriter of contemporary folk that showcases incredibly vivid lyrics with a rich, resonant voice. This album is a truly enjoyable experience that I would heartily recommend to others and it is one that I listen to regularly. Favorite track: I Know You Know.
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Eye Captain 04:28
Eye Captain I work all day I beg for change I pay and pay I’m burning toast I’m cooking bacon naked My brain is eggs It’s dusted off from the attic and in the basement I kept and saved it Give me swagger give me soul Tell me that it’s rock and roll If you didn’t before than now you know I fling my shit Sinks' full ‘o dishes I sin and lick my fingers We are the same We worship Satan and all creation we are at odds we worship God I’ll bet his head is shaking
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Can You See? 05:02
Can You See? Wet like water Dry like ice Cold as shoulders can be Bothered hot Outta the inside In the shadows In the dark Can’t quite make the shapes out What they’re up to What they are Hard to focus Hard to say One went one direction Another way Any moment now The flare should find Whatever was or wasn’t there or otherwise Can you see? With this light It’s like waking from a bad dream Close your eyes Oh so tight And you’re living off your last dime Crystal vision X-ray eyes Bulbs fluorescent buzzing Overexposed Over the line When it dances And cascades All the colours flooding Everywhere And every shade And as it flashes It shines so bright What’s been dying Comes to life again Any moment now The flair should find Whatever was or wasn’t there or otherwise
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I Am A Builder I build with my hands I’m ready to start I work with tempered tools and so I’m using my heart I’m framing a home The base is cement I’ll need a concrete plan and so I’m using my head Yeah (chorus) I am a builder and I will build you up When at time s our own lives will be under construction We are pillars The strongest of structures We are all builders And our work is not done here To carry a load I’m making it easier I’m watching my back and so I lift with my knees yeah The sites’ a success When no materials’ wasted If put through inspection Anything that I’m faced with won’t crack my foundation (chorus) Layers upon layers are stacked on top of one another They will not fall They will not topple From the smallest shack To the highest tower
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Show and Tell I thought I had it backwards I turned myself around And pulled myself together And turned it inside-out If only now If only now…. I should have seen it coming Can’t say that I was shocked They said they saw me running Before I hit the rocks What would you do now? If I have things to be told then tell me If you think I’ve things to see then show me I am listening here my eyes are open Show and tell me I wobble and I wonder Who pays for all my sins? My knees they knock together I’m talking to my limbs Don’t fail me now Legs don’t fail me now To finish what I started I’ll finish when I’m done We’ll settle on the payment And settle on the sum What would you do now? If I have things to be told then tell me If you think I’ve things to see then show me I’m am listening here my eyes are open Show and tell me Caught me on my back foot Done my homework Like a long-lost friend Finally and I see it So help me now Or I’ll do it again I’ve felt it I’ve held it Inside my hand Vitamin e and aloe won’t help me now I can hardly wait to give my heart a break
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BREAK UP BREAK DOWN You were before but now you’re not so sure Because what you thought is not what you want anymore Bridges were blown up and the sirens sounded We tripped the alarm and started the break up break down Maybe to you the truth was a hard sell But it’s got me confused Is it still a lie when you’re lying to yourself? When the wires were crossed the signal started breaking up And the message was lost communication broke down But you talk with your hands a string and a can To cut through all the static and snow But when the word gets through you thought you knew But know you know If you never talk you’ll never start breaking the skin When your lips are locked I aint talkin’ ‘bout kissin’ And you never spoke the words right outta your mouth To get what you both need So you can figure yourself out So hungry but you’ve lost your appetite And you don’t wanna eat no Because you know what it tastes like Thought I dialed the number right As if that was all it took Oh but you’ll never get through when the phone is off the hook
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Half/Whole 03:42
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Trophy Lives 04:40
Trophy Lives In the morning in the evening and the afternoon On a park bench at the office in the bedroom Taking shits and talking business talking on the phone Pushing carts they live in boxes and in warm homes In the city, in the country and the in between In a galaxy Paying taxes, stuck in traffic stuck in a groove Taking breaks then back to workplaces back to school Lives carry on And I can be found living some of them Where are they now? Some will give in and some will try Put their feet up and break their spines Taking and giving and living trophy lives BBQ - ing buying new shoes watch the news Selling vacuums, soccer practice, eating a meal Sleeping dreaming keeping secrets keeping it real Lives carry on And I can be found living some of them Where are they now? Some will give in in and some will try Put their feet up and break their spine They've got theirs and I've got mine Participating and living trophy lives There's a light on in my house and it fills the rooms the windows too - And if it burns out I change the bulb It's good as new!
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Engage The Core So you've found the source now find the center Then press down and hit enter Engage the core Make it so With isolated muscles working You'll see results if you feel the burn And the sets and the reps and the sweat drips wet but it's worth it And it's not working out and you're not ready You try and pick up the pace but the weights too heavy So sore your energy stores are strained drained and empty Your condition says t resist this training but you push through cause it's a good kind of pain You're gonna feel it tomorrow and even more the next day Then it's back for more to engage the core And I wish you the best yeah I wish you luck As you squish through the shit and you swim in the muck You can get dirty quick but you sure clean up nice Cause it suits your style for so many reasons That lived-in look is in this season And you wear it out so you can wear it in You rush to the stores and you don't mind the tags Restock the shelves cause they fly off the racks And you didn't before but know you just gotta have 'em Then it's back for more to engage the core Every time I see it go down Sure enough it comes around again Even when I think it's through what does it do? A little more Every time I see it around Lo and behold it let's me know Everything has a way of coming around So it's back to the start after the finish It's all happened before and this'll happen again We've reached the end and so it begins...
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And Ever On 04:15
And ever on In the night In the cold cold night The river runs But the rivers’ wide And on the bank Along abandoned shores The river ran But not any more And the memories seem to stick around Like a doormat that’s worn it’s welcome out And the melody stays inside your head When the song it’s from has already ended And you can try to hold up the seting sun But it’ll burn your hands It can’t be done And if it’s not yours to hold Don’t cling so tight to it You gotta let it go And let dead dogs lie And the memories seem to stick around Like a visitor who’s worn his welcome out And the melody plays on and on Till you can’t recall what song it’s from In the light In the soft warm light It overflows and the waters’ nice And on the bank of newly discovered shores The river ran But not anymore And the memories that you’re making now Are the ones you won’t soon forget about And they’ll hang around as long as you let ‘em last (bridge) In the night in the cold cold night The river runs but the rivers’ wide When fairs’ not fair and it doesn’t seem right You know it’s never wrong to endeavor on What’s done is done And ever on And ever on

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"Darren Frank’s second album — his first full-length — is like its predecessor, sneakily solid, full of twists. Like Hadrian’s Column in Rome, a carved spiral of eroded stories immune to the eternal bustle and shill around them, fast-forwarding through the sunsets. The music fits this, as if built of both stone and light, endurance and electronica."

- Fish Griwkowsky - SEE Magazine

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released March 16, 2010

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