.​.​.​hits close to home.

by Irish Handcuffs

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1.
Walkin by the river, no soul I wanna meet I'll dive up where the bridge meets the street, where the old bar used to be Forever is a long time, throwing rocks into the sea Just to find out that it's just like what it always seemed to be And so I count the lines across your face Follow me into this lonely fucked up place where I hide I should've run, but I believed in all those words you said – made mistakes on repeat Close to my soul I hold you dear, drown with all those memories and secrets that you kept Roamin' round the spots where angst and pleasure meet Abandoned houses, lonely corners and the store across the street Buildings keep on staring as the city swallows me And the stories that they tell, they just keep me on my feet Don't believe in second chances!
2.
All alone you keep on walking these streets, follow footsteps, stumble over nails and glass You bury dreams you bury hopes, swallow all your fears and choke You keep looking for yourself in others' eyes So you'll be sleeping on the floor and you'll be comin back for more Say you've been shutting out the world for so long You don't have to say goodbye, cause I will carry on Just say a 1000 words to me, but I won't come back home Believe in me though I keep tellin lies Cause we've been down this road before, been screaming til our throats got sore We're singing to the dead, verse after verse goes down It all remains unheard For now we just keep movin on Yeah we just keep holding on
3.
A sentimental feeling crawling up your spine and you realize that everything has changed The years go by – We're watching buildings tumble as we stumble through another day And then you tell me that the world's spinning too fast No more time for your adventures Well you always had the time – but you never got it right Take a breath and think And accept that you can never change the past Close your eyes and see And embrace the path you chose, that brought you here Clocks tick with no mercy – no regret no revelation and no sign of slowing down Life spits you out at the most random places – can't make any sense of it And then you tell me that the world's spinning too fast No more time for your adventures Well you always had the time – but you never got it right And then you tell me that the world's spinning too fast No more time for your adventures Now you'll never have the time – THERE'S NO REASON / THERE'S NO RHYME
4.
I think I got the message, well I've heard it all before I learned the lesson: nothing gold can stay forever All those lines from books so clever, they collect dust up on the shelves but will forever float around in someone's troubled mind And all the nights we stayed up talking – scratching itches from those cuts along the way And we've been screaming at the walls – counting scars and chasing ghosts and killing time And now you feel the distance of all the years gone by Wish someone wrote em down in style, no chance you'll forget Songs of love and songs of failure, stories carve our lines into the world So done with waiting, so done with waiting for so long And I just have found the reasons for this mess – you know what I'd do to feel like the way I felt with you Hell no...I could never care about those words Hell no...your dreams never turn out the way they should
5.
Good morning new disease – it's nice to meet you in those early hours, barely on my feet But you know what bothers me? It's how those spiders nest inside my mind and tell me how to feel And all those thoughts keep me up, and all the voices in my head never shut up Hand me drinks, give me cheap thrills – I need to get my mind off of this mess Farewell to sweet dreams, welcome to depressing hours wanderin round the streets Why do these walls stare at me like the wolves? Hungry eyes and plastic skies keep me up on the move And all those thoughts keep me up, and all the voices in my head never shut up Hand me pills and no more thrills, I need to get, I need to get some rest... Quit screaming all the time, and my thoughts will be mine, will I ever have the guts to say... It's getting way outta line, let my thoughts just be mine, will I ever have the guts to say? All the lies we tell, all the things we say just to feel more visible Will I ever place my feet on solid ground? Or just end up a ghost with no meaning
6.
Derail 03:03
Walk uphill - walking old tracks, wearing old scars, fighting old wars My weapons of choice never change - no, escapists never fail - waiting to derail No, I won't cease to be alive - with a heart that's pumping blood and lungs gasping for air And we go blind from the city lights - and we go down in the city, this town that broke our hearts, but we'll never have to see it again Everyday slips further away - further away The weapons of choice still don't change - this escapist's yet to fail - waiting to derail No, I won't cease to be alive - with a heart that's pumping blood and lungs gasping for air Well, everyone can change, it's just a question of the will - will I ever get close to this? Walk the walk, talk the talk - a treadmill and it just won't stop Running 'round in circles down the drain – derail...
7.
Road Ahead 02:43
Hopeless on your FM dial I was spinning broken records while You were spilling out your guts like waterfalls Just try to shake off the little things that make you unaware that life can... ...life can be just beautiful sometimes Doin time, livin day to day cause time is on our side I can't believe, how the world keeps turning on and on And we're still here all the same You've got to hold on to the things that make you whole Save these words for rainy days Close your eyes and drift away Excuse me, while I find comfort in these songs Just try to shake off the little things you hate and that keep you from your goals and make your life oh so miserable Doin time, livin day to day the fun just never ends And you say there will be a time When this won't mean a thing Life is going to catch up in the end, but if you don't see us for a while try to find us... ...you'll find us left of the dial!
8.
Grindstone 02:27
It's the weight of the world that drags down your shoulders keeps your nose to the grindstone What keeps you goin on trying despite shitty days – do you have some cards up your sleeve? You're so afraid of the world Feel like you'll never have a chance (and) The weight of the world When trouble hits you in the face with a brick and it just tears you up The weight of the world Don't let yourself drown in it, don't let yourself drown and fall apart You leave it all behind now, you leave the past to past Hide your fears behind this phrase Do you believe what you say or fake it all for yourself You're falling apart at the seams You're so afraid of the world So sure you never had a chance (and)
9.
You're hypnotized by those white lines, the head is shut and thoughts replaced by highway signs But when the stars come out at night, empty streets an empty sky, flames open your eyes wide The panic's gone, the distance grows and nothing seems alright, but I don't wanna know the reasons The fun is gone, the tensions grow and I don't know what's right, but I don't wanna skip the seasons Cause everyone is gone, it's just you and those bright lights and those unfamiliar feelings It's way too late for apologies and a talk and I'm sure you know the reasons Cause it's got so dark in here and I can barely breath Waste the time away...
10.
If only life could be more like the movies I'd be sad, but not so fucking dull And I know it'll work out well cause that last scene's already been shot I don't believe in using tricks but do believe some magic works Yeah I know some magic works I keep on counting the lines across my face Every inch a lasting trace Do you ever feel like life's passing you by like it's too late? If only days could be filled with just highlights Every word, every word just means the world and the hero never dies cause it's all planned and scripted that way Well I don't live in cheesy flicks But I sure do hope this goes down well God I hope it'll work out well I keep on counting the lines across my face Every inch a lasting trace Do you ever feel like life's passing you by like it's too late? Lives living between the lines - struggling with words to say our hearts have grown so cold Days that we spend passing time – living with hearts on our sleeves and fists clenched to our chest If only life wouldn't cause so much heartache Loved ones lost, as life won't play by the rules We find comfort in our friends And shoulder that we can lean on I don't believe in using tricks but do believe some magic works Yeah I know some magic works

about

Debut album, out November 2014 via Fond of Life Records and Shield Recordings!

www.fondoflife.net
www.shieldrecordings.com

credits

released November 21, 2014

All music & lyrics written by Florian Kötterl, arranged by Irish Handcuffs
Additional backup vocals by Christian Kötterl
Recorded & mixed by Benedikt Hain at Outback Recordings, Zwiesel
Mastered by Jason Livermore at Blasting Room Studios, Ft. Collins
Photographs by Sebastian Prößl www.dtkphotography.de
Artwork & layout by David Finke

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