The Warzone By The Sink

by Rowan Lewis

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A series of awkward little songs about dumb feelings. I wrote and recorded these throughout 2013/ 2014.

I really hate my singing on most of these - I was still trying to find my own vocal style by the end of 2013. (But I guess it's important that I take note of how my music's developed, and this is quite an effective way of doing it.)

Cover art by Fox! azureshark.tumblr.com

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released September 15, 2015

For Sandra, who has awesome ideas about paradoxical love.

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I'm Rowan, aged 20, and a student from the UK.
I specialise in clumsy rhythm and strange analogies.

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Track Name: Gold and White
Every time I look up to see fireworks
I think of you and how we were
Potentially a thing that could have been
And I never needed to say anything

Love’s a word I didn’t apply
To you, and us, and crackles in the sky
But the point still stands, that you jumped to mind.

There’s several ways that you’ll be with me
For as long as I live
And I will give you what I have left to give.

Your dreams will come true, of that I’m sure
Got a brand new plan, but I’ve got to say more
Explosions in my head, they’ve been staying right there
And I feel like I’ll never get a chance to share

This shower of sparks, in gold and white,
representing you and I, that your eyes ignite
I’ll never tell you straight, but I hope you know
Our love can’t be contained in a firework show.

There’s several ways that you’ll be with me
For as long as I live
And I will give you what I have left to give.

There’s Roman Candles, and Catherine Wheels
Leaving trails of smoke which the flashes reveal
And we still have time, but when our time runs out
Will you still look at me the way you look at me now?

And if you decide to leave me behind
I’ll probably be okay
And if we discover we weren’t made for each other
I’ll try to be brave,
Just know I’ll carry your light on my lips
For as long as I live,
And I will give you what I have left to give.
Track Name: Category Five
Sharp, raw, and stung
Like your melody was left unsung
I won't try to smooth you but
I'm just scared I might get cut
You draw blood.

So I will fight
I'll be level headed, calm, I'm alright
Nerves can only get so far
Before they're overturned and cast
To the night, and then I'll find-

You're a hurricane
You're a whirlwind in a body
And I'm not the same
Since you whisked my heart from me
Now it's in the rain
But I refuse to shelter
I have never sheltered since you came.

Taken my breath
But I'll gladly give the lungs from my chest
I run from fear where running's due
But I could never run from you
Or rest.

So, close your eyes
And though you could well be category five
Being sightless for a second
And kissing blind means you could lessen
Your destruction, of my state of mind

So find me when you're feeling rough
You're not naturally disastrous-

You're a hurricane
You're a whirlwind in a body
And I'm not the same
Since you whisked my heart from me
Now it's in the rain
But I refuse to shelter
I have never sheltered since you came.

Run my hands through your hair
Hear every single time that you swear
I'll tell them that we fought our war
We'll laugh at them from in our fort
I'll tell the world I tamed a tropic storm.

You're a hurricane
You're a whirlwind in a body
And I'm not the same
Since you whisked my heart from me
Now it's in the rain
But I refuse to shelter
I have never sheltered since you came.

I'll tell the world I tamed a tropic storm,
I'll tell the world I tamed a tropic storm.
Track Name: Fumble Through My Heart
One hand stretched out, trying to catch me
Fingers fumble through my heart
Made of smoke, and clever lighting
Curling up through the dark.

Tentative, and ever-moving
No windows are left clear.
Cling to skin and disappear when
Somebody moves too fast through here.

Empty rooms, empty heads
Aren’t empty whilst we can breathe
And something remains, from long ago
Before we decided to leave

And you still stay around
For a reason I can’t explain
‘Cos you’re my best friend, and I am barely with it
I’ve only myself to blame

One hand stretched out, trying to catch me
Fingers fumble through my heart
Made of smoke, and clever lighting
Curling up through the dark.

Tentative, and ever-moving
No windows are left clear.
Cling to skin and disappear when
Somebody moves too fast through here.

Empty eyes, still and cold
Like a twister that’s feeling bored
Damage spreading out, from the walls
But the centre is unexplored

One hand
One more day
Won my freedom
Prices to pay.

I’ve only myself to blame

One hand stretched out, trying to catch me
Fingers fumble through my heart
Made of smoke, and clever lighting
Curling up through the dark. [x4]
Track Name: Three Fourteen
Oh, Damian, Damian, calm yourself down
You work yourself up and you turn everything upside down
I should be used to it by now.

Oh, Damian, Damian, don’t leave me alone
If home’s where the heart is, then you keep me coming back home,
Because I love you so.

You smash your mirrors
And you break your palms
Holding the pieces together in beautiful shards.

Listen, now, Damian, I’m sorry that I ran
I hope you forgive me, I hope that you understand
And I’ll be there for you when I can.

Oh, Damian, your hands are bandaged, glass in every cut
Your knuckles are raw and I try to kiss them better, but
The early morning’s just too much.

You crack reflections
And you grit your teeth
Holding the pieces together, and hiding what’s underneath

You show compassion, and you show your pride
You let your face fall from your broken hands as you cry—

(Three fourteen
in the warzone by the sink.)

You smash your mirrors
And you break your palms
Holding the pieces together in beautiful shards.
Track Name: Reasons to Revolt
The stars are, holding revolution in the sky
Ours, remain within the centre, side by side
Battle, from the furthest point of view
I would move entire worlds for you.

Above us, heaven’s bursting, at its own celestial seams
You and I know sharp edges run close along this solar system dream

I have, a list of reasons to revolt
Most of them, have potential and are powerful and old
But still, the first is to love you at all costs
We look up to the skies, and I am lost.

Above us, heaven’s bursting, at its own celestial seams
You and I know sharp edges run close along this solar system
Dream, it leads to danger, but dreaming’s never safe
Reality is risk enough, when I am wrapped within your stellar swathe

I would move entire worlds for you
I would move entire worlds for you
I would move entire worlds for you.
Track Name: Durable (Acoustic)
I can only go as far as you will go
I can only be yours forever, if you know
And I never thought all this anger, could be heard
But baby, you've got no idea what you've disturbed.

Running, running, running towards the castle doors
You are the durable love I've been looking for.

I am too hard on the issues that aren't my fault
I will fry everything I touch with a million volts.
I'm electric, kinetic, my brain is energetic
Yet, try as I might, with you, I can’t be apathetic.

Holding hands, holding on to our failures in scores
You are the durable love I've been looking for.

We are tough, and we have to be, to face this earth
And yet, we still have each other, for whatever that’s worth
I can only tread as far as you will tread
You've stirred up all my fury, but by magic, it’s dissipating inside my head

Running, running, oh
battling, overcoming

Never self-condemned
Hand in hand ‘til the very end

Safe with each other, inside these castle doors,
You are the durable love I've been looking for.