The River

by The Dark Backward

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released October 14, 2016

Written and performed by
The Dark Backward

The Dark Backward is
Jordan Ryker Daniel - Vocals, Guitar
Alexander Marble - Bass Guitar
Phillip Walsh - Percussion

Recorded at Black Diamond Recording Studios
Portland, Oregon
Mixed and mastered by Andrew Shartle

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Portland-based rock band The Dark Backward was founded by Jordan Daniel and Alex Marble, previous members of Jane Lane and Sudden Epidemic. The Dark Backward plays original compositions of honest, emotional music that makes audiences want to move and exorcise their demons. The band plays rock and roll that incorporates all musical genres, including blues, jazz, punk, pop, and electronica. ... more

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Track Name: Forget Me Not
I'll never feel bad for this heart that I have beating
Not even for one second, my dear
I'll never feel guilty for listening to my body
The way our nature taught us to feel
But just animals connecting, it loses all its sexiness
I've always been a fan of the chase
So let down your defenses, I'll show you what romance is
An angel with a devilish grace

Let the music awaken your body
Let the rhythm envelop your soul
Let the fire that's burning inside you
Erupt and take total control

(Chorus)
Just want to make you move
Just want to make you feel
Astounded by the truth
(I mean it)
It's electricity through every bone and every beat
I'll show you love, I'll show you heat
Electric moans, the wood it groans, as it bends to meet the tone
The tension so thick I can taste it
But I've got the means to make you weak at the knees
It has a startling effect
I pull you close, and bite your tongue
It speaks in song
It's the one that you will never forget

It doesn't take a lot to make connections
It doesn't take a lot to cause a spark
But once you've built a ship, you've built a shipwreck
We've created a disaster from the start
Now we're at each other's buttons like our jobs depended on it
You know I'm going to work to earn that raise
Another piece advances in this game that's left me speechless
Show me what you've got
Is that all you've got?

It kind of works like that
Just move your feet like this
Taking now the lead
Dancing on my skin
Start to feel the beat
Open up and sing
You might not know the words but
I love the way you breathe
Brush your fingertips
Right under my seams
Keep stitching from within
One day I'm bound to split

(Chorus)
Just want to make you move
Just want to make you feel
Astounded by the truth
(I mean it)
It's electricity through every bone and every beat
I'll show you love, I'll show you heat
Electric moans, the wood it groans, as it bends to meet the tone
The tension so thick I can taste it
But I've got the means to make you weak at the knees
It has a startling effect
I pull you close, and bite your tongue
It speaks in song
It's the one that you will never forget
Track Name: Water & Rye
Things don't seem to hurt the way they used to
I guess that there is something to keeping up routine
I need some separation, I always get lost in the day-to-day
I want to clear the smoke to give myself some space I don't feel the way I used to; I used to sometimes fear the future
Painfully aware of death and one day losing all of this and
That alone had kept me chained into one place, until one day
Still wet from birth, my early words...spoke of who I would become!

So I opened up my eyes
Painful as it was to see
I can form the route of every channel to the sea
A part of everything
But where do we begin?
There's a counterbalance, always two means to an end

I've only got so much so self-control
It fights in me like a rabid dog
It's primal and impure, at worst
At best it's out of line
This wasn't meant to be, it growls
A conscience lost is a guilt new found
It's a feeling caught and then beaten down
Another tragic case

Open up your mouth so I can reach
Deep enough inside your soul to pull out any demons you might keep
Lately I've been quite surprised by every time you speak
One day you'll run out of lies and finally cease to be

Who has these conversations?
Scripted to the letter
How's the weather? How's your paycheck?
How's the new year? Still surviving?
I hate to ask, but who have we become?
Approve then disapprove
Inside our separate rooms
Assume you lack a voice and soon
You will collapse under your secrets
I thought that we'd be more than this by now

(I thought that we'd be more than this by now)
I'm not giving up, I'm sure as hell not giving in
I want the honest truth, that's all I ask of you
From water and from rye, a feeling drowned inside
A part of me was taught to never back down from a fight
Is this what I deserve? It's only getting worse
Were you not the one who told to me not to choose my words so lightly?
Flawless at reciting, lines you've practiced for me
I've had enough this time
Still flawless at reciting, lines you've practiced for me
I've had enough this time

Here I find an end
Before another path begins
Perhaps I'll listen to myself for once

Sew up any wounds
Show me what you've got to prove
Perhaps you might step up to this for once

Keep your weather, keep your paycheck
Keep your small talk, I've stopped listening
Perhaps I'm finally coming loose

If all the pieces came together
Imagine what a great adventure
Tell me what we've got to lose

I'm tired now of self control
Now I think the beast has won
I'm think he's quite romantic, but always a faux pas
I hope but can’t assume, that it will back away and soon
But never trust a wolf licking its teeth...
Track Name: Proper Tense
We made our lives an open book
Open you up to take a look
The text connects in proper tense
In sync with every breath

I've never been someone with something to prove
I'd rather bite a bullet than ever lie to you
Let's get our clothes out of the way
And try and keep the pace

Fall back on the sheets
The life I borrowed but I don't deserve
The time you have, each second past
Leaves me guessing what I'm worth

And I'm guessing all the time these days
Why break my winning streak?
Pressure built to fractures now
And bound to cause a leak

(Chorus)
We can't write the time line
We just fold under its will, you see
It has no ulterior motive
Or desire to be still
It think that fate is just for those
Who can not see how far they've come
Our paths could cross forever
Where they'll end, I'll only know if I follow

What road is this that we have found?
It's like the forest opened up and spilled it out over the ground
A world completely underwater, a world inside a bubble
All that incessant outside noise completely drowned out

Where it could go, I could not measure
Such uncanny coincidences
I questioned then the proper tenses
Which intertwined each instance
And then counted all the strands of
All the best laid plans that had compelled us here
Endless combinations; woven in an endless constellation
Each exceptional in elegance; I can't believe we're here at last.

Time isn't slow, it's a breakneck speed
It's the endless race of a human heartbeat
It doesn't stop for anyone, but it'll let you tag along
And one year turns to twenty, but that seems so far away
I'll never know of the what could have been
But it doesn't hurt to wonder now and then
What's one more dance with me completely unadorned?
People spend their time just wasting time
Instead of living while they can

I'm not satisfied with growing old but never growing up
Or living in pretense, I always end up
Holding cards close to my vest until I want to make a deal
This method always ends in wreckage

Drag last night's mistakes out to the street and beat them dead
I've never been a man that likes to glorify regret
What said and done is said and done
Or done and justified instead
Time just keeps going

It just keeps going

(Chorus)
We can't write the time line
We just fold under its will, you see
It has no ulterior motive
Or desire to be still
It think that fate is just for those
Who can not see how far they've come
Our paths could cross forever
Where they'll end, I'll only know if I follow
Track Name: She Was The East River
So, I don’t think you know what you are saying, dear
Your words are awful slurred
And marked with signs of bitter thoughts
And secret men I’ve never
Heard of such a lie, or such a truth
But I can never tell with you
So close those pretty eyes and think of times
When love was something pure

I’m feeling like this pain could drag me under
Feels just like the blood’s ice in my system
Holding onto to all my memories before they’re gone

So days and weeks and months will pass
With every single night just like the
Lasting taste of shame that you
Will shake your head at until it passes
The ring around my finger
Chains the guilt around my ankles
And the current’s swift
So you won’t have to worry anymore about me!

I’m feeling like this weight could drag me under
Feeling like my blood’s sludge through my system
I’m holding on to all my fantasies before they’re gone

And in the end, after all is said and done
You’ll find me on the floor
Learning to swim for the time when the river must answer for the live that she’s taken!
Oh, then you’ll say to me...
Oh, then you’ll say to me...
It’s finally...over.

I remember Paris in the summer
I remember flowers, strewn across a bedside table
I remember long abandoned vineyards
I remember poetry, and how it felt when you lied to me

You are now the spirit of this river
You are now the storm that rocks the boat and throws me over
Feeling now, the undertow
I try to swim, but you’re too strong
And now I’m going under...and now I’m going under...

So we have both fell victims to this current
Drunken sailors making waves across the icy water
Reaching out for something to hold on to
Blind to all the fucked up things you always said or put me through

You are now the weight that drags me under
You are now the victor of another endless struggle
Clutch my throat, and smile sweetly
And stroke my cheek and say to me
“You’re just another silly scene, in another stupid movie”

She was the east river
She was the east river
She was the east river
She was the east river

The forest gives the air to breathe
The river gives the growth it needs
Each branch as far as it can reach
Singing melodies

And now that I have become one
With who I am and what I've done
I'll stretch each branch out to the sun
Living fearlessly

And so for every bated breath
We lose a chance to take a step
We must convince our roots to dance
Alive and finally free

Never settle, never be a victim to the life you lead
Gather now the will to scream, I'm listening


Who could've guessed?
Who would've thought that I'd keep on treading water?
Not convinced, not amused by your better than thou demeanor
And honestly, it never looked good on you
Apologies are cheap these days, they're never quite worth the cost we pay

It was my fault, it was my curse, it was a cheap attack on all we were
Flex your claws, watch me squirm, no longer afraid of getting hurt
But honestly, what damage could you do?
I know that you have thick skin, but now I'm looking through you

And look how you've destroyed what never happened
And look how I've rebuilt my ship from scratch
Without a story, you can't write an ending
The river swift, it picks it's pace, there is no time for looking back
And I can not remember how this happened
And who I might have been before the crash
But now I've washed ashore among the wreckage
My lungs welcome a needed breath
I gasp for breath, I gasp for someone

Away from where the mesas touch the sky
About forty-five from Santa Fe
I left that place so far behind
My childhood dissipated

Away from where the freezing cold
Convinced me I'd been left alone
To flood tomes and alcohol
I hate the Colorado winter

But now the sky -- It rises up? Or down?
I can't tell which -- to meet the water
Flowing through my every inch
The rain the skin I miss when absent

Replace my arid and dusty bones
With soil and silt from down below
In the Northwest I found my soul
You'll find me up the river