Portrait of the Young Man as an Artist

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Portrait of the Young Man as an Artist is an explosion of unique, vocal-driven pop music.

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released August 7, 2016

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Track Name: Set it Free
If we got to keep our minds clean,
and we got to keep our hearts under lock and key,
then how are we supposed to love each other
with our bodies?

If can't let expression ring,
and we can't open up our souls when we need to let them sing,
then how are we supposed to find another
that into our lives we can bring?


Set it free.
Set the love free.
Set it free.
Oh set it free.


If we have to keep every hair in place,
and we have to force ourselves to wear that perfect face,
then how are we supposed to find our most attractive flaws and relate?

If we can't put it on the line
when there's somebody that you just can't get out of your mind,
then how are we supposed to find a love so divine in our lives?


Set it free.
Set the love free.
Set it free.
Oh set it free.


Love. Love. We got to find love, love.
We're searching for love, love.
I wanna find love, love.
Love. Love. We got to find love, love.
We're searching for love, love.
I wanna find love, love.

Love., Love., We got to find love, love.
We're searching (looking) for love, love.
I wanna find love, love.
Love., Love., We got to find love, love.
We're searching (looking) for love, love.
I wanna find love, love.


Set it free.
Set the love free.
Set it free.
Oh set it free.

Set it free.
Set the love free.
Set it free.
Oh set it free.
Track Name: Home
By the riverside, the waters always seem to rise,
and we will never stop the tide from flowing over.
It's a shame to see wanderlust in magazines
for those who don't know what to be right where they're standing


A pure heart, pure mind, will get you where you're supposed to be.
There's only ever one path, but some never get to walk it.
Shelter, love. Everyone knows what to want,
but they're always looking for somewhere to feel at home.


Truncated, pushed aside, thoughts too small to fill a mind,
not that we could ever find when the forms all short.
Connected, but more apart, a finger doesn't know a heart,
and it won't take you far along this curved surface.


A pure heart, pure mind, will get you where you're supposed to be.
There's only ever one path, but some never get to walk it.
Shelter, love. Everyone knows what to want,
but they're always looking for somewhere to feel at home.


Save a second, save a dime. We’re all trying to save some time,
but who is gonna come along and save us.
The comfortable are ignorant, the beaten down can't pay the rent,
but just keep selling dreams to those who have nothing else to believe.


A pure heart, pure mind, will get you where you're supposed to be.,
There's only ever one path, but some never get to walk it.
Shelter, love., everyone knows what to want,
but they're always looking for somewhere to feel at home.
Track Name: Disco Therapy
Electro spinning away,
you're sinning away,
you're getting away,
you're running straight into the arms of something cold.

I love it if you love kink,
but you're outta sync
on this hard drink,
got you hedonistic always needing more.

It's hard to get this high
when you’ve been using all the time.
I see you heading to a place too far away.

A place where I can’t find
that James Baldwin reading mind
that had you waxing on the world in eager days.

The disco tech is a holy house, and you wear it out when you go to pray.
You can't pretend that you're doing fine when you're doing lines every single day.

Oooo oooo, I've had enough of this disco therapy.
Oooo oooo, I can't stop this disco therapy.
I've been running after you, you’ve been chasing every groove,
and the lights have taken you under.
Oooo, oooo, I won't stop this disco therapy.

I'm sure the sweat is sweet, but when you're passed out on your feet
I wonder when's the last time I saw you alive.
Not tryna slow the roll.
I just wish you had control
of this madness that you're craving all the time.

The disco tech is a holy house, and you wear it out when you go to pray.
You live this fast so you don’t have to look back, you just have to react to what comes your way.

Oooo oooo, I've had enough of this disco therapy.
Oooo oooo I can't stop this disco therapy.
I've been running after you, you’ve been chasing every groove,
and the lights have taken you under.
Oooo, oooo, I won't stop this disco therapy.

The beat is a lie.
The truth is inside.
The beat is a lie.
The truth is inside.
I don’t need your disco therapy.

Oooo oooo, I've had enough of this disco therapy.
Oooo oooo I can't stop this disco therapy.
I've been running after you, you’ve been chasing every groove,
and the lights have taken you under.

Oooo, oooo, I won't stop this disco therapy.
Oooo oooo, I've had enough of this disco therapy.
Oooo oooo, I can't stop this disco therapy.
I've been running after you, you’ve been chasing every groove,
and the lights have taken you under.
Oooo, oooo, I won't stop this disco therapy.
Track Name: Something
I want to live in a geodesic home somewhere out of town.
It might not have a phone.
But if you'd share these walls, I would be delighted.
We'd be warm in the fall. The structure retains heat quite well.

Oh, you want to shine in a place where all the lights
stay on every night. We're not the first to fly.
But if you want to leap, I'll be right behind you/e will waltz in the street to the song of life and taking chances.

You lick the bowl when we make brinner,
I taste it on your tongue.
We're laughing fast and acting rash.
You got me feeling stung.


Something in me feels just wonderful, something tells me wait.
I can't deny true love's a lie, but I smile when you say,
that you kinda like me all the time.
And if we're being honest, I kinda like you too.


It would be wise to curb this overspeculation.
You're awful nice, but this bubble's bound to burst sometime.
I feel the weave of our fibers interlocking
every night that we sleep after sharing how we'll save the world.

Make me believe that there are still wonders to discover.
Please be my Eve. Take all the bites id never dare.
"Once we were young," don't ever make me say it.
When these bones are tired, make me strong enough to walk beside you.

Your overcoats are much too long.
You just roll em at the sleeves.you skip along and sing your songs,
and they're sounding sweet to me.


Something in me feels just wonderful, something tells me wait.,
I can't deny true love's a lie, but I smile when you say,
That you kinda like me all the time.,
And if we're being honest, I kinda like you too.


Something feels just wonderful.
Something tells me wait.
The struggle of heart and sensibility.
Am I giving in too late?


Something in me feels just wonderful. Something tells me wait.
I can't deny true love's a lie, but I smile when you say,
that you kinda like me all the time.
And since we're being honest, I don’t mind waking up with you.


Something in me feels just wonderful, something tells me wait.,
I can't deny true love's a lie, but I smile when you say,
That you kinda like me all the time.,
And if we're being honest, I kinda like you too.
Track Name: I Don't Wanna See You Cry
This desert is dry enough without you watering the ground,
so don't you shed them tears, Love, whenever I'm around.
I just can't take it. I can't take seeing you down.
So darling I don't wanna see you,
I don't wanna see you,
I don't wanna see you cry.

oooh, oooh :||


I've never been high enough to handle yours on top of mine,
and that's realitove, the truth ain't always kind
'cause you've been there for me, it's not the other way around.
So darling I don't wanna see you,
I don't wanna see you,
I don't wanna see you cry.



oooh, oooh :||


From this porch step it's easy to call what I see,
that you're my white wall, standing only to protect me.
But if you're my bark, just know you're better than the tree.
I don't wanna see you,
I don't wanna see you,
I don't wanna see you cry.


oooh, oooh :||
oooh, oooh :||
I don’t wanna see you cry
Track Name: Power
I see you there child, and I wanna reach out my hand,
but the stretch is just too far, and I hope you will understand
that I'm flesh and blood, and I fall short from time to time.
Won't you grant some mercy to this foolish mind of mine?


Or I'll keep running and running.
We keep on running and running.
We can’t keep running from what we've done.
Running and running,
We keep on running and running.
we can't keep running from where we've come.


Give me the power to turn no blind eye, to leave not one stone unturned.Give me the strength to lift hearts and minds,
so that all mankind might learn
o love.
(To) love.


I see you there friend, and I wanna be by your side,
but it's hard to extend when my heart’s giving into my mind
‘cause I'm flesh and blood, and I fall short from time to time. won't you grant some mercy to this foolish mind of mine?

Or I'll keep running and running
We keep on running and running.
We all keep running from what we've done.
Running and running, we keep on running and running.
We can't keep running from where we've come.


Give me the power to turn no blind eye, to leave not one stone unturned.
Give me the strength to life hearts and minds, so that all mankind might learn
to love.
(To) love.
To love,
Love.


People, can't you see? We got to stick together.
We've only got each other from now until forever.
People can't you see? We got to stick together.
We've only got each other from now until forever.

Give me the power to turn no blind eye, to leave not one stone unturned.
Give me the strength to life hearts and minds, so that all mankind might learn
to love.
(To) love.
To love
Love
Track Name: Shake (Just a Little Bit) ft TORI
Shake just a little bit, just a little bit.
I shake just a little bit, just a little bit.
I shake just a little bit, just a little bit.
I shake from the morning to the evening time.

I shake it on the beat, I shake it half time.
I shake it for the rhythm, and I shake it for the rhyme.
I shake it for my soul, and I shake it for my mind.
I shake it from the morning to the evening time.


I put on my dancin' shoes.
You know I wanna shake shake shake shake shake it with you.
With a step to the left and a twist to the right,
we gonna swing these bodies all through the night.
Give in to the sinful sway. y mama said a good two-step keeps the devil away,
and we're holding him back when we're burning the floor,
so let's shake, shake, shake just little more.


Shake just a little bit, just a little bit,
I shake just a little bit, just a little bit.
I shake just a little bit, just a little bit.
I shake from the morning to the evening time.

I shake it on the beat, I shake it half time.
I shake it for the rhythm, and I shake it for the rhyme.
I shake it for my soul, and I shake it for my mind.
I shake it from the morning to the evening time.


Reverse and twist it out.
We gonna keep school in session ‘til we figure it out.
And I'm learning good ‘cause you're teaching me right.
So just keep me after class shaking all night.
Step back and tap your feet.
You gotta keep the time if you wanna keep kicking with me.lide into the groove if you can handle some mor
and we gonna twist,twist, twist all over the floor.


Shake just a little bit, just a little bit,
I shake just a little bit, just a little bit.
I shake just a little bit, just a little bit.
I shake from the morning to the evening time.

I shake it on the beat, I shake it half time.,
I shake it for the rhythm, and I shake it for the rhyme.,
I shake it for my soul, and I shake it for my mind.,
I shake it from the morning to the evening time.


Shake.You know I shake.
You know I shake. You know I Shake.
You know I shake. You know I shake.
You know I shake. You know I shake.
You know I

Shake just a little bit, just a little bit,
I shake just a little bit, just a little bit.
I shake just a little bit, just a little bit.
I shake from the morning to the evening time.

I shake it on the beat, I shake it half time.,
I shake it for the rhythm, and I shake it for the rhyme.,
I shake it for my soul, and I shake it for my mind.,
I shake it from the morning to the evening time.
Track Name: Phoenix
Verse 1:
I'm not telling stories, I'm not spinning webs, I don't want no attention I'm just not willing to accept
I'm scared of the breeze, of what it might do, cause every time the air moves i whip around looking for you
Look what you've done, you've taken my wings, you've taken things that weren't yours and you still dare to smile at me
examine your work, take it all in, you took a hammer to a temple that'll never be perfect again

Pre-Chorus: I'm not yours to play with,
I'm not yours to break

Chorus 1:
What gives the right to not listen? The right to just take?
Do my words mean nothing? My nails on your face?
I've had nightmares on Fridays since you darkened my door, now it's my turn to speak you can't silence any more

Second Verse:
Under the covers, where I used to hide, nineteen years of protection laid waste in just one night,
And I'm left with the world, raw on my skin, while you walk around without consequence to laugh and smile and live,
Trigger warning, this gun's still recoiling, and you can't put the bullet back don't you dare try to tell me that you're sorry
‘Cause I know you're not, your conscious is clear, you feel none of it: no pain, no chemicals, no terror, no fear

Pre-Chorus: I'm not yours to play with,
I'm not yours to break

Chorus 2:
What gives the right to not listen? The right to just take?
Do my words mean nothing? My nails on your face?
I've had nightmares on Fridays since you darkened my door, now it's my turn to speak you can't silence any more

Bridge:
The sun will never cease to rise, I'll face the moon every night
But I will light a flame the likes of which will burn and burn and burn
the likes of which will burn the hurt away

Pre-Chorus: I'm not yours to play with,
I'm not yours to break

Chorus 3:
What gives the right to not listen? The right to just take?
Do my words mean nothing? My nails on your face?
I've had nightmares on Fridays since you darkened my door, now it's my turn to speak, and you can’t silence
The voice of a phoenix, who’s risen from pain,
You might want to forget, but I’m not gonna make it
Easy to live with your memories
‘Cause mine are hell, and you deserve the same
Track Name: 12 Hours in Oxford
12 Hours in Oxford

I, oooh, oooh, I, I want you.
I, oooh, oooh, I, I want you.


It feels weird to float between,
But I believe it has to mean something when you
Wake up and stumble ashore
Carried there to someone greater.

There's no better pain than one in the ribs,
when a laugh runs through you and threatens to kill.
Just keep killing me over and over,
Run this dagger through my body.

Everyone needs to feel this way,
When your heart is open your body shakes
And every step is getting harder.
Open my mouth but I'm scared to say that...


I, oooh, oooh, I, I want you.
I, oooh, oooh, I, I want you.


Not content to rest above,
You can't hide your drive and your love.
Spread your mind beyond the walls.
They need to know what you've been dreaming.

12 hours across the sea,
I don't regret words over sleep,
you told me truths, I brushed the sky.
A manic night of thoughts unending.

We can't pretend to know what's real.
Is half a day worth 2 odd years?
Well I don't know the answer, just asking the question,
But I know that you want what feels and I know that


I, oooh, oooh, I, I want you.
I, oooh, oooh, I, I want you.
I, oooh, oooh, I, I want you.I, oooh, oooh, I, I want you.


I could never hold you like the words do.
I know the pages are your truth.
Just remember to come back to life.
We need you down here breaking ceilings.

You said you needed to grow.
I think you should try a new coast and
See 12 hours this side of the sea.
Walk the morning streets once more with me.
Track Name: Reach
Reach - Luke Metzler

The years are all we have to mark that we were on this earth at all,
and time will wash away every stone.
So if this all will be forgotten what's the point of trying to feel?
We all just want some meaning in the dust

the skies are full of questions, the answers far away


It takes so long to get where we want to,
building alone to die for the last few
years. I know we can reach for better,
I know we can make this better.

Swallow the fear, make something real,
something to hold, something to feel, now.
I know we can reach for better,
I know we can make this better.


The sidewalk will return to grass and every step will be erased.
We try to build, and things just fall apart.
Are we made for something greater? Are we all alone?
I doubt we’ll find out looking at the ground.


The skies are full of questions,
the answers far away


It takes so long to get where we want to,
building alone to die for the last few
years. I know we can reach for better,
I know we can make this better.


So if there's darkness in the end, don't let me be aware.
Hell for me is walking streets alone.
There's beauty trying to survive and smile along the way.
Tomorrow has got nothing on today.


It takes so long to get where we want to,
building alone to die for the last few
years. I know we can reach for better,
I know we can make this better.

Swallow the fear, make something real,
something to hold, something to feel, now.
I know we can reach for better,
I know we can make this better.

It takes so long to get where we want to,
building alone to die for the last few
years. I know we can reach for better,
I know we can make this better.

Swallow the fear, make something real,
something to hold, something to feel, now.
I know we can reach for better,
I know we can make this better.
Track Name: A Pretty Good Year
A Pretty Good Year

It’s been a pretty good year, except for the time
that your boyfriend walked out in the middle of the night.
But, hey, what the hell. Who needs love anyway,
when we’re all biding time until our dying day?

It’s been a pretty good year, except for the way
that your job pays for nothing, and your ma passed away.
But you’ve got what you’ve got ‘til you drink it away
with your friends at the bar who don’t know your last name.


Happy New Year?! Speak for yourself.
Well I’ve never thought highly of wishes to health
‘cause we’re all getting sicker in the skin and the soul,
And don’t you remind me about it anymore.


Chorus:
It’s been a pretty good year, but next year will be better.
This here’s the one where we turn it around.
A pretty good year, I know we can do better.
This time we’ll pick ourselves up off the ground.

Verse:
It’s been a pretty good year, except for the pinch
of the world on your pennies, and they won’t give an inch.
But, hey, love is free if you only had some to give,
but it’s hard to find love when you’re finding a way to live.


Happy New Year?!, speak for yourself.
Well I’ve never thought highly of wishes to health
‘Cause we’re all getting sicker in the skin and the soul,
And don’t you remind me about it anymore.

Chorus:
It’s been a pretty good year, but next year will be better.,
This here’s the one where we turn it around.
A pretty good year, I know we can do better.,
This time we’ll pick ourselves up off the ground.

Verse:
It’s been a pretty bad year. My sister is dead.
She was killed by the cancer that grew in her head.
Everyone’s tired, yeah we’ve all got our shit,
and next year we’ll all have a lot more of it.

Chorus:
It’s been a pretty bad year but next year will be better.
This here’s the one where we turn it around.
A fucking bad year I know we can do better,
This time we’ll pick ourselves up off the ground.
This time we’ll pick ourselves up off the ground.
This time we’ll pick ourselves up off the ground .