Present Tense

by becci wallace

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1.
Being Human 03:11
Touch. Faith. Being Human Love. Pain. Being Human Did you fear me at first? Did you ask yourself why, existence exists in a dream state? Do you need me at all? I can tell by the folds of your brow you're consumed, you're confused, you've retreated. Oh but we made plans while I lay there sleeping. I heard you whispering sweetly. Promising you'd complete me.
2.
Fresh cut grass, on patchwork lawns Crystal white, the dew at dawn Wind blows fast, over concrete stones Safe as houses. Safe alone. Rainbow chalk, on dirty glass Fingerprints, from tiny hands And the sound of cats, over the sound of cars Tally marks on prison walls And I still feel you, from way out there I still hear you, I still care And the silence chills, as the ravens crow But from my window, summer glows Time moves on. Time stand still Unmarked crosses. Untold will And I still feel you. From way out there I still hear you. I still care
3.
And when we go sailing, we won't come back again Tell me it's true, the things they say about love He takes her to dances. Tell me it's true, the things they say about love She patches up his bruises, Kisses, listens pushes. It's an inspired old game, making like the pictures in the window display Dusty cabinets, Saturdays at home. Tell me we can, the things they say about love He sharpens my edges Tell me we can, the things they say about love. We used to be so reckless, Racking up regrets. Now we're the talk of town Making like the pictures in the windows we hate Love forever, into the unknown. Tell me you're not bored, the things they say about love She takes him for granted Tell me you're not bored, the things they say about love He always makes excuses, And she says that he's useless We're the talk of town Making like the pictures in the window display. Love forever, Saturdays at home Alone, again. And when we go sailing, we won't come back again, Will we? Cause diamond circles break under heavy weight. Forever isn't something I can contemplate. Our fates entwined. And he keeps me afloat when the winds are low, But lately I've been sensing a screaming storm inside. So will you and I go hand in hand and face the tide? And when you and I go, tell me that we won't come back again.
4.
Swan Song 05:16
Lest, we wander on graceful, without hope. Once, below and no more than I could cope with You stumbled to my shore When aboard, you fluttered and found your focus All about me, but alone And I asked you, when you came to If you worried how the tide had changed for me? You answered blankly And I rushed you, so I’m sorry But I couldn’t fight the liquid memory Of falling, without wings So I wandered on. Graceful. Without hope. Stop. Release. And all in the name of progress. You are beauty. I am tired Frantic peace. The struggle beneath the water All about me. Uninspired And I wonder, when the waves break If you’ll find the strength to speak your silence You look so lonely And I rushed you. So I’m sorry But I couldn’t fight the liquid melody Dying within me So I wandered on. Graceful. Without hope And the fact that I’m willing to change doesn’t mean that I’ve changed yet And I need to be open with you, doesn’t mean that I’ll forget.
5.
Coloured In 03:17
Finally feeling the urge to complete you Finally sensing my space in your time. How I need you. Don't take my silence as trying to hurt you. Know how I fell at your feet. Came to love you. Cold touch like stone Into the unknown We slept there on the phone. We never needed more Simple things What life brings Your silence Coloured In Bitter is the heart lost in moonlight Shredded in the burst of a glass sky We stand beneath air It colours us in, darkens our skin Listens to our silences. This is where you and I meet This is where puzzles complete I break between the waves of your island. Uninvited You colour me. Honestly, I want you to feel love Listen to the spark sink between us Believe what you need, if it picks you up. Oblique in your sun, Your colours run. Honestly, the strength of your heart swells. Reality is dark. we are compelled Skin as it folds in our motion. You colour me in. Simple things. What life brings Your silence. Coloured in.
6.
Deconstruct 03:51
Stolen little seconds The corner of my eye I look, you look I feel, you feel We say nothing Hour interventions. The tension, let it fly I smile, you smile We linger on Saying nothing I always get what I want. But now I want for nothing Deconstruct me Let me yearn for something. Tell me this is growing? Being in the moment. Knowing not to, Holding on to Let it pass me by Stolen little seconds Fossilized and frozen This is danger Letting the wild free I am boiling over. I always get what I want. But now I want for nothing Deconstruct me Let me yearn for something. I always get what I need. Suddenly I need nothing Deconstruct me, Let me yearn for something Your walls are like ash Nothing sticks here only scatters See nothing of love Pretty pictures ember red Your walls are like ash Nothing lives here only clutches Feel nothing of love Pretty ideas Suffocating
7.
To the Water 04:07
Wish it all away Waste it all away Blind Wish it was the same Wish it all out of our minds I go down to the water, And I'm in love again Stoned Softly Little stays the same You and I were always bound To die Waste it all away Tracking all my veins Out my mind I go down to the water And I'm in love again Stoned Softly Slowly
8.
Conditional 03:46
Who's that staring back from the black water? Little lost soul Face cracked in the salt river Never seemed more at home Hands grasp to the cold metal Shakes as your pulse takes hold Last look at the dear green city Boarded up and closed Sold out she's a street seeker Took you for a one night thing 3 months shackled down In the midst of a drunken fling If love is enough. Where's the magnet to pull you home? If love is enough Why you still out here in the cold? Reverse. Don't come back before dawn Bleed yourself dry first Don't come back to my door It's all conditional. Who's that spinning plates treading deep water? Better keep going. Lips chapped from the red nectar Never felt more on loan Fate leans on the next splinter Breaking the skin and bone. If love is enough Why do so many die alone? Reverse I won't be back before dawn Bleed myself dry first I won't be back at your door It's all conditional And does your mother know? What did you tell your mother son? I wish I didn't go so deep I wish that I could sleep Coffee cup full of dread Porcelain problems keep And I've been saying yes Till there's nothing left to do but weep Send me a message And I'll fear it till the void is breached. Reach for the phone I've been going mad at home. People telling me there's more And I should suffer for some inner peace. But I can feel your hope for me Turning into grief I can feel your love for me Turning into grief
9.
Petal 04:09
Light in my fire, my wounded fire Colours scorched my skin so tired Petal's bled You cannot sense it yet. Throat tightened words fall flat Fight to take your light, contract. Petal's bled. You started, front to back And I see now how precious and alone we are. For every road he walks, you'll run to get as far. But petals will grow. And fireflies, guide us in the dark. Always be gentle, always keep control. But don't ever stop the urge to speak your soul. Nature rules all And it happens before you know. Breath harder, yes you can Darling, look at me Sink softer, grab my hand Its over now. Fear nothing, yes you can Darling look at me. Sleep gently, understand Its all for you. You walk in my shoes But these feet are shaky I stumble in corners I don't know my roots, from my stems You sob on my chest My shadows fall naked I love you in terror Your petals laid out in my hands.
10.
Focus 05:18
Was it you, who cast the first stone? Turn your lights off. You're older than you know And time, it waits for no-one You're losing focus I used to travel. Now I stare at maps. Gazing lustful, longing for the journey back. I'm blesses with plenty. It's a blissful almanac. But I've lost focus, losing sleep and gaining fat. I used to worry, that I was just playing a part. Talking nonsense and hoping that you'd call it art. I spent a long time, watching all you fall apart. My little world of wishful thinkers. Friends with troubled hearts. And lately I've been talking less and hating more. Gathering grudges like they used to gather at my door. Jealously isn't something I relish. It’s genuinely sore. I wish I had the guts to say I need you more. But I see ghosts in my coffee. Chasing mornings I've forgotten. Think I might not get the chance to stop, all the time I've borrowed. A tattooed tragedy, a caffeine calamity. Heart shapes on lamp shades. The curtains draw the light away. And I don't regret a single day, I loved the paid. It's better baring naked words of war than taking blame. I'm actually amazed I ended up this way. Tiny fingers grasping on to every word I say. So lately, I've been calling less and that's ok. I'm realizing my time isn't just a gift to give away. I know why you hide in the notes of the songs you play. I know why you're running from your honesty. The hardest face to face is your own. The hardest place to replace is home when you know what you've done. And did you throw the first stone? Did you ? Was it you, who cast the first stone? Turn your lights off. You're older than you know And time, it waits for no-one You're losing focus And little bits of me start to feel like history. Misty memories of wistfully missing you. Listening in mystery to my life read back to me. Thinking, 'really? I don't think that was ever my reality!' And yeah, I know that people have to go, nothing's set in stone. Friendship isn't guaranteed. You have to nurture what you've grown. But I'm not afraid to say, when it's time to move on. In fact I'm loving every swan song. So if you hurt me, then I'm long gone and if sorry's not a word that you can muster, that's cool man. Just jog on. Because I turn myself inside out, dealing with this constant doubt, mindful of the part I play, respectfully giving you your space. Know when it's time to be humble. I mumble nothing under my breath that I wouldn't make public. It’s an ugly circus, pointing fingers like we've got a purpose. Rendering any nuance worthless. Screaming 'Shameful!' from a broken soap box. Civil folk lost in a perpetual moral frost. A digital dust, making mockeries of conversation. You want to talk about metal health? Get off Facebook. Make a statement. Is this you at your full engagement? How many mates have we lost to our casual vagrance? And what's the cost for the weans that we make to replace us? That's where I'm at with this. I need to get back to this. Is there a knack to this? Or are we all just singing dancing selfish pricks talking pish? Probably Being a mum has made me actively angry. Its n a case of how could she, who has and who hasn't. We are callously curating a narcissist's fantasy. Orwell would be amazed at how we feed our own tragedy. I'm awkward, in need of validation. I'm nervous, in every conversation. I'm weak. But I'm constantly in motion. I'm an imposter voyaging blindly through the ocean. I'm fierce, when it’s time to set the record. And I'm yours, if you're skilful on the fret board. But I'll say one thing, until we turn the tide. Get honest with yourself, if you want to step outside. Did you throw the first stone? Was it you, who cast the first stone? Turn your lights off. You're older than you know And time, it waits for no-one You're losing focus
11.
Well, it's Tuesday afternoon And I've been thinking of your face All the pain that you've erased from me And every trouble you've had And I truly believe You only see the best in me Although I wrestle with the notion I could never give you all you need And long, long ago When I moved fast, and you moved slow I swore I'd never let you go And you would always have a friend in me And even when I'm with you It's strange but I still miss you I'm compelled to hug and kiss you And I'll always be around. As my skin begins to burn I can't help thinking of my son All the things he could become And how important his life is to me Under a warm Spanish sky I imagine the ways that I could die And as the tears roll from my eyes I know I could only do the best for him And long before he came I had decided on his name You know, my brother's is the same And Daniel's always been so strong and safe And even when I'm with him It's strange, but I still miss him I'm compelled to hug and kiss him And I'll always be around Long may we be broken I'm sure you'll call me any things But through these eyes we love more And dwell less, on the bad days Long may we be foolish. Just before the little things Become the very reason To dwell less, on the mad days Well, it's Tuesday afternoon And I've been thinking of your face All the pain that you've erased from me And every worry you'll never have
12.
Illuminate 05:35
Illuminate You are never too much. Who you are, is enough You are never alone You matter We are one. My shadows, they hide in the light of day. Peering through the creases, in my poetry Dark moments seem endless, But memories moments make So, like the moon I'll take my place In the blanket of the sky. And for all the good the light does, It's blocking the view There's a reason that the darkness Illuminates you . My focus is drawn to the menace, the unknown. Sinking. Like a candle in an underwater home And the truth will find you broken Yeah, but broken we are true As the day depends on darkness, I exist, only with you . And for all the good the light burns, The midnight wind repairs With the shadow that adores you. Illuminate the air. Harness that emotion (give yourself some time) Let the world go by Harness that emotion (Step out of the fire) And let the night-time whisper to you Harness that emotion (Take your hand in mine) Illuminate. Harness that emotion (Face the night, lets face the night) And trust the night will learn to love you. Illuminate

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released November 1, 2020

All tracks written, arranged and performed by Becci Wallace
All tracks produced and mixed by NovaSound Studios
All tracks Mastered by Tom S Ray at Audio Unity Group

Track 1: Being Human
Written, arranged and performed by Becci Wallace
Mixing and Production: NovaSound Studios

Track 2: The Sound Of Cats
Written, arranged and performed by Becci Wallace
Mixing and Production: NovaSound Studios

Track 3: The Things They Say About Love
Written, arranged and performed by Becci Wallace
Mixing and Production: NovaSound Studios

Track 4: Swan Song
Written, arranged and performed by Becci Wallace
Mixing and Production: NovaSound Studios

Track 5: Coloured In
Written, arranged and performed by Bryan McFarland and Becci Wallace
Initial Mix: Byran McFarland
Vocal Mixing and Final Production: NovaSound Studios

Track 6: Deconstruct
Written, arranged and performed by Becci Wallace
Mixing and Production: NovaSound Studios

Track 7: To the Water
Written, arranged and performed by Becci Wallace
Mixing and Production: NovaSound Studios
Tack 8: Conditional
Written and arranged by Ask Tronomik and Becci Wallace
Performed by Becci Wallace
Mixing and Production: NovaSound Studios

Track 9: Petal
Written, arranged and performed by Becci Wallace
Mixing and Production: NovaSound Studios

Track 10: Focus
Written, arranged and performed by Becci Wallace
Mixing and Production: NovaSound Studios

Track 11: Through These Eyes
Written, arranged and performed by Becci Wallace
Mixing and Production: NovaSound Studios

Track 12: Illuminate
Written, arranged and performed by Becci Wallace
Mixing and Production: NovaSound Studios

Track 13: Paper Wings
Written, arranged and performed by Becci Wallace
Mixing and Production: NovaSound Studios

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becci wallace Glasgow, UK

Glasgow Singer Songwriter. Got Gumption. Bit of a Belter. Sucker for the love stuff. Fan of hings.
2021 WE WILL GIG AGAIN
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