Same Sky, Different Space

by Ray Flanagan & The Authorities

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released July 22, 2014

Engineered and Mixed by Jim Stewart
Recorded at Emery Recording Studios in Novelty, OH
Post-production and additional recording at Jim Stewart Recording in Cleveland, OH
Mastered by Dan Millice at Engine Room Audio in New York City, NY
Produced by Ray Flanagan & The Authorities alongside Jim Stewart

Front and Inside Photography: Nicholas A. Roth
Back Cover Photograph: David Greene (Green Light Productions)
Art Direction and Design: Nicholas A. Roth and Ray Flanagan

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Track Name: The Best We Can
I wanna tear into this old house
Rip the corners from the walls
Just enough to take some pain
From behind these storied halls
Watch the water rise
Like early morning autumn muds your view
Build a better place for me and you

Sometimes I think it’s gonna end, but I just keep pushing

Way down at the bottom where the pressure's on
We're just doing our very best
The best we can

I wanna blow into a new town
Like I’ve been there all along
Falling down, but not too fast
Won’t break a single bone
Take the candles from the altar
Burn the church down, start anew
Build a better place for me and you

Sometimes I think it’s gonna end, but I just keep pushing

Way down at the bottom where the pressure's on
We're just doing our very best
The best we can
Track Name: As We Were
I remember when we were friends
You were always by my side
Nothing better when we were friends
Than passing the time
Must’ve been in the way you went
Eyes open, but I still wept
‘Cause I swore you’d be back

You wanna run away, then run away
‘Cause there ain’t nothing baby left to say
Come sit with me so I can feel you there
As we were

I been looking for something new
To try and fill in the holes
Thought I’d go to a different place
But it’s the same sky in a different space

You wanna run away, then run away
‘Cause there ain’t nothing baby left to say
We’ll sit with strangers in the evening air
Not as we were

You wake up in a fire and you’re trying to find your friends
But you can’t see through all the smoke, you don’t know which way they went
So you stumble down the corridor, pride to close for comfort
Clutching laurels that you swear you need for later, but you know
You’ve gotta practice what you preach, girl, practice what you preach
All pretensions in your lifestyle, they build up and make a better you
Without me

You wanna run away, then run away
‘Cause there ain’t nothing left here anyway
Just go on and get outta here

And if it’s all ok, how come it hurts so bad,
When you’re not around
As we were?
Track Name: Look Up and See
Got off at Peninsula and drove into rain
With an 8-foot cord wrapped around my head, and nobody else to blame
Sometimes you might feel like it’s already over
Too deep in the water to redeem your clover
It’s again and again, I’m still learning
I won’t believe that it’s turning
I won’t let this go

Cold and so alone, not counting the wasted days gone by
You know that you & I decide what to be
You just look up and see

Sometimes I might think that I’ll end up alone
In some shithole job working 9 to life with nothing to show
But I know that you couldn’t build your own home if you wanted to
I find my peace in disposing the thought of you
I won’t let this go

Cold and so alone, just tell me that if you feel unsure
That you’re going to walk away
It’s ok

You just look up and see
That it’s gonna be alright
You just look up and see
How it all just wash away
Wash away.

There’s monsters in my room and in the space around me
I just turn my back on them, give them no power
And I never see them again
See, all the ones who think they’ve got to fight to get ahead
Will spend their days doing just that
But life is not a struggle, you see
No, life is not a struggle, you see

Cold and so alone, just tell me that if you feel unsure
That you’re going to walk away.
It’s ok
You don’t have to stay

You just look up and see
That it’s gonna be alright
You just look up and see
How it all just wash away
Wash away
Track Name: Stranded
Well it feels like I’ve been running
The world’s longest dead end road
And by the time I walk it’s path complete
Can’t find my way back home
I forget where I’m going
And I don’t know where I am

Feels like I’ve been talking
Underwater in Morse Code
‘Cause I see that you don’t understand me
And it makes me wanna explode
I forget what I’m saying
And I don’t know what I meant

But I keep searching for a sign of life
Or a helping hand to pull me out of here
Pull me out

But now I’m stranded

It feels like I’ve been eating
From a bowl with a trap door
Where all the things that were good for me
Wound up on the floor
I forget what I’m wanting
And I don’t know what I am

But I keep searching for that sign of life
Or a helping hand to pull me out of here
Pull me out

But now I’m stranded
Track Name: Demolition
I was in the way, on the coldest day
I committed to the crime of self-suffering
Met myself halfway more than a dozen times
I’m forgetting all the rhymes, and no I’m buffering

But I want you, and I don’t care how
Beautiful, you’re my here and now
Demolition, knock it down
Whatever it is that’s hurting you
Is only as strong as you allow it to be
Knock it down, demolition

The weight is insecure because my thoughts were pure
But I never let them out, and now I’m faltering
And if the demons were the same, we could acquit all the shame
But they all have different names, and they ask different things

But I want you, and I don’t care how
Beautiful, you’re my here and now

Demolition, knock it down
Whatever it is that’s hurting you
Is only as strong as you allow it to be
Knock it down, demolition
Whatever it is, just tear it down

You take all the pain, and tear it down
You take every worry, and knock them down
Take all your inhibitions, and knock it down
Take every fear you’ve ever had, and knock it down
‘Cause you can have whatever you want
You can have whatever you want
Tear it down
Demolition
Track Name: The '80s Song
What do you find when you’re facing the mirror?
When you look at yourself, do you find that it’s clearer?
And when you’re alone, are you feeling ok
Or do you find that you’re missing somebody?

Millions of people try to climb, or they say they will
But they “need more time”, excuse and lie
There’s not enough love, we need more, and we’re capable
So we’ve got to try, and warm up this slowly freezing place

Why do you sigh, when you think of your dreams
They are the only things you should think about
Cold as the sun in a few million years
Why would you worry yourself so far ahead?

Millions of people try to climb, or they say they will
But they “need more time”, excuse and lie
There’s not enough love, we need more, and we’re capable
So we’ve got to try, and warm up this slowly freezing place

At this point there are no more answers
By now we’ve all heard it before
Calling my name, calling my name
Calling my name I wanna be somebody

What do you find when you’re facing the mirror?
When you look at yourself, do you find that it’s clearer?
And when you’re alone, are you feeling ok
Or do you find that you’re missing somebody?

Millions of people try to climb, or they say they will
But they “need more time”, excuse and lie
There’s not enough love, we need more, and we’re capable
So we’ve got to try,
We’ve got to try, and warm up this slowly freezing place