Dan Milligan

Drownbeat

The End and the Beginning

by Drownbeat

Released 09/18/2018
Released 09/18/2018
The most acoustic sounding of the Drownbeat albums, The End and the Beginning takes a hopeful look at the never-ending cycle of life.
  • 04:53 Download Story Lyrics Beat the Bell

    Blue linstock / white sulphur / the sunrise started with a spark

    Red silver uncovered the wood ash that walked upon the wind

    The heavens above embraced the embers

    the crackle of sticks asynchronous

     

    Cradle and carve the germination

    staccato and stark in isolation

    deliver the fuels that brought us here to exorcise the oxygen

     

    The end and the beginning, perpetuate progress

    So beat the bell till no one rests and caution us all, and caution us all

     

    Imagine bright angels sent down to weld a forest floor

    Devoid of discernment, surrounded by intensity

    Flashover again, flashpoints and fanning

    like crowning a void, too volatile

    challenged until we heard the sound the wind spun round to ventilate

    Whenever we want a conflagration

    Caught in a race of negative space

    deliver the fuels that brought us here to suffocate the oxygen

     

    The end and the beginning perpetuate progress

    So beat the bell till no one rests and caution us all, and caution us all

    The end and the beginning perpetuate progress

    so ring the bell till no one rests, it wasn’t our fault, it wasn’t our fault

  • 03:47 Download Story Lyrics Fields Of Nothing

    Lyrics

    We woke up to the noise, from the chaos and the fright
    We smelled the smoke drift by, then our neighbors told us why
    We climbed familiar paths up the hill that kept us safe
    from the valley next to ours to see what could be saved

    Drained of color / fields of nothing
    All mistakes upon display and framed in grey
    Bereft of shelter / the lifeless heather
    A road with no end is an invitation to stay

    We felt the heat persist from the coals within our midst
    That heap and creep like tides and slowly bend the light
    And so we turned our backs and scaled familiar paths
    Deliberate and tired, we breathed the scattered sighs

    Drained of color / fields of nothing
    All mistakes upon display and framed in grey
    Bereft of shelter / the lifeless heather
    A home with no peace is an invitation to stray

    The valley echoed back the sound of orphan branches falling down
    Return it to the burning ground, and dancing ashes all around

  • 06:13 Download Story Lyrics We Can Start Again

    When my eyes grew tired

    Turned from blue to red

    I would rest them on

    Your softest head

    Now our lives have changed

    Gone from day to night

    Never giving up

    In our endless fights

    All the ups & downs

    In our day to day

    All the sudden shouts

    And the screams exhaled

    Choose your words carefully

    ‘Cause I fear just what you’ll say

    Let’s not waste our time

    In this worthless game

     

    We can start again

    If we give a little time to make things right

    Our love will grow again

     

    Once you promised me

    All my heart desired

    And you swore to me

    That you’d treat me right

    Now your words have changed

    Gone from truth to lies

    Never adding up

    Not one verified

    What we’ve given up

    What we still do need

    How I felt inside

    When you wounded me

    If said anything

    It's really not what it seemed

    Life is wasting time

    In apologies

     

    We can start again

    If we give a little time to make things right

    Our love will grow again

     

    If I wanted wings

    That would scale the heights

    Would you hold them back?

    Would you stop my flight?

    But you grounded me

    And my willingness

    Wings can’t carry us

    Only love and faith

    Can not breathe when we’re

    Always on attack

    Can not love someone

    Who won't love me back

    How can I trust anything

    Or guess what you mean?

    But you burned us down

    Burned our history

     

    We can start again

    If we give a little time to make things right

    Our love will grow again

  • 03:52 Download Story Lyrics Renewal By Design

    White beads that whistle thru the sylvan sparkle dust

    Vermillion shoots that scatter scarlet sand and penny rust

    Dead rot on roots with crusted muddy filigree

    The frantic fingers feel the holy entropy

    They reach up toward the sun, grasping toward its shape

    Awoken by above, nostalgia in the stains

    They reach up toward the sky, confused by sleeves of light

    That echo back the shine, renewal by design

    Unraveled slips that chase their place below the melted moss

    They whisper tales of secret lies, pathetic loss

    The sting of separation and of phantom pain

    Shake the burden of the murders with the nascent gains

    They reach up toward the sun, grasping toward its shape

    Awoken by above, nostalgia in the stains

    They reach up toward the sky, confused by sleeves of light

    The wonder and the shine, renewal by design

  • 04:39 Download Story Lyrics The Earth Won't Stop

    Stretch your shadow and see your shape betray

    Watch it slowly recoil when you shift your weight

    Now bring a dozen others to build a ring of cover for the ground

    Surround and drown the sunlight and stand up in a circle arm-in-arm

    Whether we try or not

    We learn the earth won’t stop

    When the night comes to chase the fools away

    They bow their heads in shame and wither to the blame

    Forever with its spinning we all get the feeling that we are lost

    In and out of season distant hidden reasons throws us off

    Whether we try or not

    We learn the earth won’t stop

    It’s only temporary, this belief we possess

    So unnecessary, this belief to possess

  • 02:55 Download Story Lyrics Every Morning Is a Promise

    When the light broke the tree line in two

    With catkins flying, the white eclipsed the blue

    The dawn uncovered, a field burst over night

    Of cold wet tulips competing for the light

     

    Remember that feeling when it comes back again

    You’ll see it all revealing like a smile from a friend

     

    Every morning is a promise and a story to be told

    There is hope in a new day and a challenge to unfold

    Never mind who owns the world, we are rich in our souls

    With the legs of optimism we will walk until we’re whole

     

    Then the grass warmed and spread a hazy steam

    and filled our senses with fragrance from the scene

    Crickets called out their neighbors from the stream

    with bullfrogs joining the vernal symphony

     

    Can we hang these moments on loops that never end?

    ‘Cause this one barely started then repeats itself again

     

    Every morning is a promise and a story to be told

    There is hope in the new day and a challenge to unfold

    Never mind who owns the world, we are rich in our souls

    With the legs of optimism we will walk until we’re whole

  • 06:24 Download Story Lyrics We Were There

    Uncover everything, reveal a newer green

    Or a scarless green without memories

    Ability to breathe in a new belief

    It hastens to repeat like it’s never been

     

    The beauty lies before our eyes in what has changed yet stayed the same

    The beauty lies before our eyes in what has changed yet stayed the same

     

    We were there when the smoke appeared, now it’s back to life and better than before

    We were there we saw it disappear, now the light’s returned to feed the charging flowers

     

    Correction cultivates, feel it shape our fate

    Erase our darker tastes and our worst mistakes

    The elements and breath that feed this verdant crest

    Cover crush the breast and joyfully protect

     

    The beauty lies before our eyes in what has changed yet stayed the same

    The beauty lies before our eyes in what has changed yet stayed the same

     

    Once the trees were white, tall skeletons at night

    They loomed above our heads, luminary sprites at rest

     

    We were there when the smoke appeared, now it’s back to life and better than before

    We were there, we saw it disappear, now the light’s returned to feed the charging flowers

    We were there when the smoke appeared, now it’s back to life and blooming back the hours

    We were there we saw it disappear, now the light’s returned to feed the charging flowers

  • 05:40 Download Story Lyrics Lost

    Let’s get lost and make our getaway

    Somewhere far beyond this tired place

    A cottage town near a solemn lake

    The wind spins round to open the gate

     

    Unravel a road like a cat with a string

    Follow the fields to horizons unseen

    You cannot go back to your favourite dreams

    and make them real

    Rattle the trail of the dust in our wake

    in merciful twists of intractable faith

    to welcome the calls that arrest and awake, all we need

     

    Trust in me imperfect architect

    Who builds belief with nothing to protect

    Sculptor’s dream an image to connect

    To ideas and perception effects

     

    Unravel a road like a cat with a string

    Follow the fields to horizons unseen

    You cannot go back to your favourite dreams

    and make them real

    Rattle the trail of the dust in our wake

    in merciful twists of intractable faith

    to welcome the calls that arrest and awake, all we need

NOTES
From its inception, The End and the Beginning was meant to be the most hopeful and acoustic-sounding Drownbeat album yet, and that is exactly what it has become. Unlike the first two Drownbeat releases (which utilized many different songwriters and vocalists), The End and the Beginning was written by only two people: Dan Milligan and Bill Acuña of Chicago’s Despotic Hall of Fame. In addition, the lengthy list of performers was replaced with …
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NOTES
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From the haunting, atmospheric sounds of ambient guitars melding with lonely keyboards to the steady pulsing electro bass, fans of To Be Something More will recognize many of the elements that originally defined the Drownbeat sound…however, The Colors of the Night was intentionally crafted to be a much …
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To Be Something More

by Drownbeat

Released 2015
Alliance Music Entertainment
Released 2015
Alliance Music Entertainment
Dark, introspective, insomnia-inspired songs for the lost, the lonely and the forsaken.
NOTES
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