Past the Forest of the Fruitless Thoughts

by Graveyard Lovers

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We recorded Past the Forest at The Radar Studio in Clinton, CT with our good friend and co-producer Will Benoit. We didn't quite know what we were going for, so experimentation was really important. Half of the album was written while recording. We were unapologetically channeling the 90's catalog we grew up on, but still allowed ourselves to be influenced by more experimental bands of the last decade. In other words, not too cool to go for the heartfelt, Pearl Jam chorus but keeping it current with a nod to bands like interpol and Modest Mouse. Its kind of my vision of where rock music would have gone if the internet didn't happen. Not a radical idea, but I would like to see more bands go there.
-Zach

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released November 18, 2016

Produced by Graveyard Lovers and Will Benoit
Engineered by Will Benoit and Daryl Rabidoux
Recorded with solar power at The Radar Studio in Clinton, CT
Artwork By Andrew Weiss
Design by Carah Cronin

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Graveyard Lovers are a three piece post grunge, rock band based in Brooklyn, NY.

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Track Name: Where I Belong
When…
When will I come
Back where I’m from
To where I belong?

When…
When will I come
Back where I’m from
To where I belong?

My life…
I don’t often pray
And I never paid
Much attention to god

But today…
The sky’s fallen grey
And I can’t explain
These troubles away

My life…
I used to fight
Now I try to do right
And never complain

I’ll take
the weight I must bear
I ask you that you spare
My women from pain

When…
When will I come
Back where I’m from
To where I belong?

When…
When will I come
Back where I’m from
To where I belong?

When…
When will I come
Back where I’m from
To where I belong?

When…
When will I come
Back where I’m from
To where I belong?
Track Name: Told A Lie
I...
Had a dream
That I won the lottery
Oh yeah

They…
Said to me
That I could do anything
Oh no

Just sign on the dotted
Line if you want it
Look right in the camera
Capture every moment
You’ll…
Never know…
What you mean to me

Have you ever been told a lie?
Have you ever been told a lie?
They’ll look you right in your eyes

Have you ever been told a lie?
Have you ever been told a lie?
They’ll look you right in your eyes

When…
I was a child
I already knew everything
Oh yeah

Now…
That I’m a man
I no longer know anything
Oh no

Cause time is the slowest crime
If you let it
Stop your beating heart
Cause you to forget it

And you…
Never know…
What you mean to me

Have you ever been told a lie?
Have you ever been told a lie?
They’ll look you right in your eyes

Have you ever been told a lie?
Have you ever been told a lie?
They’ll look you right in your eyes

Who told me to tell a lie?
Who told me to compromise?
Who convinced me to sell my mind?
I never used to shy away
From a light of a brighter day
No matter how much I paid

Where did it go?
(repeat)

Have you ever been told a lie?
Have you ever been told a lie?
They’ll look you right in your eyes

Have you ever been told a lie?
Have you ever been told a lie?
They’ll look you right in your eyes
Track Name: Storm
A storm is gonna come
I think it’s gonna rain
Push out beyond the center
And come back again

We’ll open up our chests
And just release this pain
A storm is gonna come
I think it’s gonna rain

You know I love you hun
But I can’t feel a thing
A baby and a carriage
And a wedding ring

The old one had to die
Before the new one came
A storm is gonna come
I think it’s gonna rain

A storm is gonna come
I think it’s gonna rain
It’s more than just a feeling
I can feel it change

The day is gonna come
Where I can take my name
A storm is gonna come
I think it’s gonna rain
A storm is gonna come
I think it’s gonna rain
A storm is gonna come
I think it’s gonna rain
A storm is gonna come
I think it’s gonna rain
A storm is gonna come
I think it’s gonna rain

A storm is gonna come
I think it’s gonna rain
Push out beyond the center
And come back again

We’ll open up our chests
And just release this pain
A storm is gonna come
I think it’s gonna rain

You know I love you hun
But I can’t feel a thing
A baby and a carriage
And a wedding ring

The old one had to die
Before the new one came
A storm is gonna come
I think it’s gonna rain
Track Name: Blue Jeans
I’ve been losing sleep
But all I do is dream
Some secrets I can’t keep
I just wanna grab a bag and leave

The road is calling me
I like the in between
Not this way or
Not that way babe
No destination needed

Reality and dreams
Nothin’s as it seems
This is what it’s like to live
Directly in the in between

God and technology
Peace and catastrophe
The beginning of millennia’s
A paralyzing place to be

I’m walking out that door
What the hell am I here for?
It’s killing me so I just leave
Cause I sleep best in blue jeans

Leave the phone but grab my keys
I still remember trees
Everywhere’s available
So anywhere is home to me

I’m staring at these screens
Immune to the obscene
Desensitized and oversexed
An ordinary thing to be



Reality and dreams
Nothin’s as it seems
This is what it’s like to live
Directly in the in between

God and technology
Peace and catastrophe
The beginning of millennia’s
A paralyzing place to be

I’m walking out that door
What the hell am I here for?
It’s killing me so I just leave
Cause I sleep best in blue jeans

God and technology
Peace and catastrophe
The beginning of millennia’s
A paralyzing place to be

I’m walking out that door
What the hell am I here for?
It’s killing me so I just leave
Cause I sleep best in blue jeans

I’ve been losing sleep
But all I do is dream
Some secrets I can’t keep
I just wanna grab a bag and leave

The road is calling me
I like the in between
Oh, ain’t it fun?
I stay on the run
Cause I sleep best in blue jeans.
Track Name: Partner
Don’t you be afraid
In me you’ve got a partner
Our feeble minds may stray
But I’m not leaving this dream that seemingly

Touches everything we see
Is this really happening?
Let’s take all the wandering souls and
Guide them toward the light

Hard won battles and useless wars
Be my partner
And I’ll be yours
I can’t do this with anyone but you

Days will fade away
And years will follow after
Here will I remain
Smiling in the yard

Hopeless cause, unlikely team
The world’s exactly
As it seems
Everybody’s talking hun
But no one’s making sense

Hard won battles and useless wars
Be my partner
And I’ll be yours
I can’t do this with anyone but you

Join me for the final drive
I’ll be your partner
And you’ll be mine
I can’t do this with anyone but you




Hard won battles and useless wars
Be my partner
And I’ll be yours
I can’t do this with anyone but you

Join me for the final drive
I’ll be your partner
And you’ll be mine
I can’t do this with anyone but you
Track Name: Gabe
Never felt like I belonged
That’s why I make these little songs
Then one day along the track
I met this guy named Gabe
I was just about to crack
When he turned to me to say

‘Loosen up child and don’t ask why’
‘Lift high your head through your life’
‘Pain is a constant’
‘If you choose to lie’
‘The grass is never green on the other side’

‘Loosen up child and don’t ask why’
‘Lift high your head through your life’
‘Pain is a constant’
‘If you choose to lie’
‘The grass is never green on the other side’

What all you chase
With all your time
Adds up to nothing
The day you die

So take a break
And take your time
Until you reach
The other side
Track Name: Funmachine
I wanna exercise my violence
I’ve been taking lots of vitamins
Oh wait a minute…
I hear someone calling out my name

Another dollar and another year
Break a bottle
Make it disappear
No, I’m not crazy
I’ve just finally given up on your game

I’m a fun machine
I want to hear you scream
I’m a fun machine
Just give me what I need
I’m a fun machine
I’m sick of everything
I’m a fun machine
Wake up!

I’m your nightmare from the trailer park
I’ll burn your city
Leave you in the dark
And turn my head
Only to smile at the fear on your face

A sea of people running out of luck
No one seems to even give a fuck
Oh wait a minute
I hear someone calling out my name

I’m a fun machine
I want to hear you scream
I’m a fun machine
Just give me what I need
I’m a fun machine
I’m sick of everything
I’m a fun machine

I’m a fun machine
I want to hear you scream
I’m a fun machine
Just give me what I need
I’m a fun machine
Somebody help me please
I’m a fun machine
Wake up!

You’re the weakest kind
Because you just don’t mind
You wouldn’t recognize
The place you’re trying to find
You live with closed eyes
The earth is terrorized
Because you just don’t mind
Because you just don’t mind

You’re the weakest kind
Because you just don’t mind
You wouldn’t recognize
The place you’re trying to find
You live with closed eyes
The earth is terrorized
Because you just don’t mind
Because you just don’t mind

Oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
(repeat)

I’m a fun machine
I want to hear you scream
I’m a fun machine
Just give me what I need
I’m a fun machine
I’m sick of everything
I’m a fun machine
Wake up!
Track Name: Judgement Day
Who am I when the noise all stops?
Passed the forest of the fruitless thoughts
In the meadow staring at the sky
The day after my body dies

Am I every thing I’ve ever seen?
Am I every place I’ve ever been?
Am I only what I do and say?
Who the hell am I asking anyway?

Are you everything you’ve ever thought?
You were there to watch the ball drop
You skinned your knee on the field at play
Are you the same that you were that day?

Who am I to you my dear?
Am I everything you love and fear?
Are we only what we do and say?
Who am I on judgement day?

Who am I to you?
Who are you and I?
Until we die, we ask why
Who am I to you?
Who are you and I?

Who am I to you?
Who are you and I?
Until we die, we ask why
Who am I to you?
Who are you and I?

Who am I to you my dear?
Am I everything you love and fear?
Are we only what we do and say?
Who am I on judgement day?

Who am I to you?
Who are you and I?
Until we die, we ask why
Who am I to you?
Who are you and I?

Who am I to you?
Who are you and I?
Until we die, we ask why
Who am I to you?
Who are you and I?

Who am I to you?
Who are you and I?
Until we die, we ask why
Who am I to you?
Who are you and I?

Who am I to you?
Who are you and I?
Until we die, we ask why
Who am I to you?
Who are you and I?
Track Name: Never Love Again
I wake up in the morning
Oh I, I, I, I…
I try to be
The man I’m supposed to be

I tell you that I love you
Oh, it, it, it,
It took a while
For you to say
Indeed you love me too

What the hell does love mean?
Tell me what the hell
Does love even mean?

She’s my only friend
She’s a perfect ten
And if this ever ends
I’ll put my notice in
I’ll never love again

How many lazy lovers
Can a wandering mind
Find wandering
In the trashed parts of the world

Some fools will never trust a lover
That’s not firmly
Wrapped in plastic
With a logo
Saying ‘She’s the perfect girl’

What the hell does love mean?
Tell me what the hell
Does love even mean?

She’s my only friend
She’s a perfect ten
And if this ever ends
I’m put my notice in
I’ll never love again

What the hell does love mean?
Tell me what the hell
Does love even mean?

What the hell does love mean?
Tell me what the hell
Does love even mean, honey?

I wake up in the morning
I see the way you lay
And I don’t mind
You’ve taken half my bed

I tell you that I love you
Cause I put my headphones on
And you are
What is fillin up my head
Track Name: Indian Summer
This Indian summer
It don’t have to end
Reveal all your secrets
You found a new friend

The fireflies shine on the
Sweat on your skin
We’ll stay here forever
In the warm august wind

This is what happens
When life lets you in
The seasons before this
Were cold without end

All that I’ve been through
I’m glad I survived
Everyone has had their turn
And now it is ours

This Indian summer
It don’t have to end
Reveal all your secrets
You found a new friend

The fireflies shine
on the sweat on your skin
We’ll stay here forever
In the warm august wind

It’s hard to believe
Just how far we have come
The short days of winter
Made the nights seem so long

The city lights won’t
Drown the stars in our sky
All that’s behind
I’m so glad I survived

This Indian summer
It don’t have to end
Reveal all your secrets
You found a new friend

The fireflies shine on
The sweat on your skin
We’ll stay here forever
In the warm august wind