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Sometimes Always Leads to Never

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released March 8, 2016

All songs written by Ernest Hampson

Produced by John Ried and Ernest Hampson
Engineered by John Ried
Mixed by Jino Arielly

Drums recorded at Hi-Shelf Studio with assistant engineer, James Chan
Everything else recorded at Brick by Brick Studios
Except Track 8, Recorded at Converse Rubber Tracks
Mastered by Alexander Almgren @ Freshly Baked Studios

Natural Stranger is:
Ernest Hampson - Vocals/Guitar
Kevin Sullivan - Guitar
Jino Arielly - Bass
Joshua Handford - Drums

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Jino Arielly -
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Joshua Handford -Drums
Kevin Sullivan - Guitars
Ernest Hampson - Guitars, Vocals

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Track Name: The Trigger (On & On)
I hear your voice from a crowded room like fodder falling from the trees
I know you're not just here for you but for me
When it's you and me, you come on kinda strong
When It's you and me, you come on kinda strong

You bring the party to it's knees
A pack of dogs around a bone
It's clear to me that you're not leaving here alone
It's clear to me you strayed a little far from home
It's clear to me you oughta rocket back to home

Everybody turns and looks away
If you pull that trigger you could blow them all away
And it goes on & on
And it goes on & on
And it goes on oh no no no no no

I hear your voice from a crowded room like fodder falling from the trees
I know you're not just here for you but for me
When it's you and me, you come on kinda strong
When It's you and me, you come on kinda strong

Everybody turns and looks away
If you pull that trigger you could blow them all away
And it goes on & on
And it goes on & on
And it goes on oh no no no no no
Track Name: Shooting Star
The rain falls down the gutter, gone, forever draining out of sight
The sky moves closer to the ground, and all these lovers claim the sea

She holds me as the sun goes down
And then I feel her warmth wash over me again

My name belongs to you my love, forget it, it's just a memory
I don't exist when we're apart
I'm just some shade on a sunny day

She tells me her and I are one
And then I feel the Earth move fiercely once again

Let's kill silence like it was a sin
Your voice soothes better than the wind
We'll drown sorrow deep in the ocean
And talk about our demons as if they were friends

Grab the car and drive all night
We burn horizons down
Red-lined, but not enough
I can see you from the ground my shooting star
Track Name: Romance
I don't usually take a risk without a follow through
Life's got me swingin' by that vine
It's just that you're the only one who gets the solitude
And ever really has the time

So it hurts when you say you can't help me
I feel so hung up, left to dry
You tell me "Romance couldn't save the sun from evening. It'd be a waste to even try."

I look inside myself in hopes to find the answers
But all I know is just a frame
I had the start, the end, the treasured ever after
But all that's gone, it's up in flames

So it burns when you say you don't need me
I feel so gutted I could cry
You tell me "Romance is a word that's lost it's meaning. You love a little then you die."
Oh...

So it hurts when you say you can't help me
I feel so hung up, left to dry
You tell me "Romance couldn't save the sun from evening. It'd be a waste to even try."
It'd be a waste to even try
You love a little then you...
Track Name: Machine Gun Serenade
I've known it all along
Lost in your eyes, we dance until the morning lights turn on
Our love is in the song, and when the ending comes, we'll wonder where the hell we both belong

I left my name etched in a tile on the bathroom floor
You smoked away half the day baby

Oh, I know we're doomed anyway
Grab a drink, just move and sway with me
Oh, machine gun serenade!
Save the night and waste the day

We've done this all before
We never realize we jump before we know what's on the floor
Let's toast to something more
Afraid to feel the love between us melt away and corrupt the core

Oh, I know we're doomed anyway
Grab a drink, just move and sway with me
Oh, machine gun serenade!
Save the night and waste the day

This is our last charade!
There was something left to say....damn it's gone, it's gone.
Whoa oh oh, whoa oh oh
Live grenade! Machine gun serenade, what the hell went wrong, so wrong?
Whoa oh oh, whoa oh oh

Oh, I know we're doomed anyway
Grab a drink, just move and sway with me
Oh, machine gun serenade!
Save the night and waste the day
Track Name: Letters to J
I hope you're doing well
It's been a long time since our conversation found itself in the same rhyme
I still can't wrap my head around what it means to love the bad in you as deeply as the good I see
And though I'm fine, I could be better
And though I'm fine...

Today I read the letters I wrote to you
There's no way to hold on to you and all those moments where you felt so close to me

I hope you're doing well
You're always on my mind
But the way you walk and the way you talk don't mean it's alright baby
I still can't wrap my head around what it means to feel the thought you press down until it buries me
The look in your eyes makes me weary
The look in your eyes...

Today I read the letters I wrote to you
There's no way to hold on to you and all those moments...

Don't pretend things are still the same
Your words could trap me and I'd never get away again
So go, back to where you belong
The unfinished page, the scattered remains
So go, back to where you belong
Debris on the shore, my broken body lying motionless on the floor

Today I read the letters I wrote to you
There's no way to hold on...
Today I read the letters I wrote to you
There's no way to hold on to you and all those moments where you felt so close to me
Track Name: Specter
Last night I saw you crawling on the streets my love
You looked kind of lost, your head was stuck inside a love song
It's been far too long since I heard your name
But if you get real close I'll say it in your ear

How come you wanna hang with people that push you around?
Never give you the time of day or night
Never gonna, never gonna move you like I do
A thousand times I tried to turn you around
But you never heard a single word I said
It's not over, it's never over, not the end of you

I'm gonna be your specter and haunt you whenever you come around
I'm gonna be the only perspective you see when you hit the ground

It's hard to breathe, it's hard to feel, it's hard to know when you're really alive
But one thing's for sure, I feel divine when I'm stalking by your side
It's been far too long since I heard your name
But if you get real close I'll say it in your ear

How come you wanna hang with people that push you around?
Never give you the time of day or night
Never gonna, never gonna move you like I do
You ran away and said I'd never see you again but here you are sipping hours from my day
It's not over, it's never over, not the end of you

I'm gonna be your specter and haunt you whenever you come around
I'm gonna be the only perspective you see when you hit the ground

I'm gonna be your specter and haunt you whenever you come around
I'm gonna be the only perspective you see when you hit the ground
Track Name: Lost in the Fold
He lets his mind go off at night
Caught between what's life and a dream
The battle scars are evidence sometimes you lose to the powers at be

Now the colors in the room won't stop bleeding
It feels like every step goes one floor below
How does he stop all these years from feeding on him?
Something got lost way back in the fold

She spends most her days alone
Meditating through her dark poetry
These little pill are heaven-sent to cauterize all that she doesn't feel

Now the colors in the room won't stop bleeding
It feels like every step goes one floor below
How does she stop all these years from feeding on her?
Something got lost way back in the fold, yeah

We never wanted to be part of the other side
We never wanted to be part of the other side
We never wanted to be part of the other side
We never wanted to be part of the other side
Track Name: Greenest Green I've Ever Seen
I still remember when every night we spent was serene
And days were evergreen
But then the cold wind came, something started growing in you
Yeah, your heart was beating blue

I tried my best to defend you
I thought hope was my ally
Now sad eyes are looking right at me
Turquoise, with skin snow white

I watch the game film twice, three times, maybe four times a day
And the film is going grey
The question's always why you said no I didn't insist
I feel drunk on amethyst

I tried my best to defend you
I thought hope was my ally
Now sad eyes are looking right at me
Turquoise, with skin snow white

Don't say you wish you met me sooner
The grass might stay green forever
As days go by I can see it in your eyes
Sometimes always leads to never

I know, I know, I know
It's time to let it go
I know, I know, I know
It's time to let it go
Track Name: In Love Again
If I were the stars and you were the sun, would I bask forever in your after glow?
If I was the tide and you were the moon, would you pull me softly close to you?

It starts with one word and I feel it rising up in me
A little scared, but then, what other word could it possibly be?

Oh, I think that I'm in love again
Oh, I think that I'm in love again

If I was the breath inside of your lungs, would you whisper slowly or hold me in?
If I was no fun and you were all the rage, would you keep me around anyways?

The winds are changing and I hear them howling desperately
A little frightened, there's no other spell it could possibly be

Oh, I think that I'm in love again
Oh, I think that I'm in love again
Oh, I think that I'm in love again
Oh, I think that I'm in love again
Track Name: Laniakea
Here's to the stars that are born and will fade away before their season
Fireflies lost in the afternoon

Blind behind the lens, this type of thought will one day do us in
There's more to life than pride and negative thoughts too small to ride the ride
My heart, my soul wasn't built for suffering
I say it's time for spiritual reckoning
Your reckoning

Here's to the stars that are born and will fade away before their season
Fireflies lost in the afternoon
Here's to the boys and the girls that'll waste away without a reason
Sometimes good souls die too soon

What's this gloom good for?
We should grab some sun and play this game outdoors
There's more to life than pride and negative thoughts too small to ride the ride
My heart, my soul wasn't built for suffering
I say it's time for spiritual reckoning
Your reckoning

Here's to the stars that are born and will fade away before their season
Fireflies lost in the afternoon
Here's to the boys and the girls that'll waste away without a reason
Sometimes good souls die too soon

And all this time we waste when we could change the world
And all this time we waste when we could change the world
And all this time we waste when we could change the world
And all this time we waste when we could change the world
All this time we waste
All this time we waste

Here's to the stars that are born and will fade away before their season
Fireflies lost in the afternoon
Here's to the boys and the girls that'll waste away without a reason
Sometimes good souls die too soon