Lionheart

by Colin Burke

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about

The year or so I was writing this record, it all came to me. A few things happened to me which changed me for the good. A near death experience specifically contributed to the title. Each song contributes it's own specific theme, but all contribute to an overall theme of self-help. Whether it's health woes, love malfunction, difficulty expressing yourself, or unexplained depression, there are pieces on this album that try to provide a semi-objective view. This semi-objectivity can maintain human emotion while seeing things for what they really are. Overall, it can be thought of as a guide to help overcome the unexpected! "Lionheart," is a message of courage and bravery.

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released 10 April 2012

-All songs except for "Botched Robbery," written, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Colin Burke in his room. Partially a Basement.

-"Botched Robbery," Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Bree Demusz. Arranged by Bree Demusz and Colin Burke. Written by Colin Burke.
Background vocals by Bree Demusz. Percussion provided by Bree Demusz.

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Colin Burke Milford, Massachusetts

I write, peform, and record my own blend of multi-genre songwriting along with sounds from this and other universes!

I also am a songwriter and producer for hire. OH, and I play in this band called We Built The Moon, and I love it.
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Track Name: Savage Beast
Call me crazy for the things I do but it still doesn't pinpoint why I'm in love with-
Always imitating the birds when they sing, it's so obvious to me that they know something we don't, we don't, we don't.
They know something we don't, we don't, we don't.

Every situation is always the same, I'm the first to walk out and the first to take the-
Hammer to the record that's plastered on my wall,
Anger has its way to make us do some things we won't, we won't, we won't
Well I say we don't, we don't, we don't.

Can't we keep control, When staying zen is so oversold?
Scary green-eyed monsters make it inside your head,
not a walk-in freezer could keep your head cold.
The savage beast shines through when anger gets the best of you.

Call us crazy for the way we scream when we should have walked out and we should have left the-
Television running with a snowy screen, we could stop to look around and see something we won't, we won't, we won't,
see something we don't, we don't, we don't.

Walk into the weekend with sunshine in your eyes.
Tell me truth. Tell me lies. Keep from making a scene when we regret this, just so you don't, you don't, you don't.
I know you won't, you won't, you won't.

Can't we keep control, When staying zen is so oversold?
Scary green-eyed monsters make it inside your head,
not a walk-in freezer could keep your head cold.
The savage beast shines through when anger gets the best of you.

I'll wait all day for you to say,
I'll wait all day for you to say...
That it's time we reached out.
it's time we calmed down.
It's time we reached out.
It's time we calmed down.

Call me crazy for the things I've done, well it still doesn't pinpoint why I know you're the one.

Copyright 2011 by Colin Burke
Track Name: Like old times
Just when I thought you were lost,
among the hazy yellow stars,
the bumps on my skin realized,
you sat before my frozen eyes.

It was a cold winter night.
I layed out beside the ice, like old times.
Painted your face with those stars,
then back to my car.

Oh, and did I cross the line there?
I can only hope I did.
Do you miss me half as much as you said you would?
I still your heartbeat in the depths of my mind

Just when I thought you were crazy,
You turned around and went insane.
Just when I looked out the window,
I thought I felt the phantom pain.

It was a warm summer day.
I stayed in to count your breaths, like old times.
Stuck in here reliving the past,
I wonder oh, why you left so fast.

Did I cross the line there?
Oh, I can only hope I did.
Do you miss me half as much as you said you would?
I still feel your heartbeat in the depths of my mind,
and I know I miss your voice twice as much as I should.

Just when I gave up and left,
I found the same sense of regret, like old times.
Well, those days are sure beyond past, I'm never looking back, Like these times.
Track Name: Afraid
I'm afraid of rhyming words,
I'm so scared they won't make sense.
no matter how hard I try,
my structure won't comply.
Afraid of writing songs,
for the fear of going wrong.
So, I'll just get started.


Maybe I can leave the door,
unlocked for just one night,
to see if you come in,
and if you do I'd win.
But, losing has it's perks,
you can make this work,
you're climbing up my staircase.


When I'm alone I think this to myself.
And say, "would this have all gone wrong if I had held my breath?"


Baby I can keep you here,
our thoughts so crystal clear,
so Annie can you hear me now?
I'm singing to you now.
Yes, I hope you ache,
when you're out across the states,
and think of me in the same way at the same time I'm thinking of you.


You're afraid of rhyming words,
so scared they won't make sense.
How on Earth would you know?
You wouldn't know until you try.
Afraid of writing songs,
well nothing can go wrong as long as what you say is worth it.


When I'm alone I think this to myself.
And say, "would this have all gone wrong if I had held my breath?"
And all day long, I can sit, I can regret.
And say, "would this have all gone wrong if I had held my breath?"
Well, there's no time for looking back now.


I'm forgetting all about the past,
and I'm finding peace at last.
Don't care where you've been,
I'll always let you in.
You're afraid of writing songs,
but you shouldn't be afraid at all.

Copyright 2012 by Colin Burke
Track Name: Stay Outside
Put your eyes away, just come back to bed
The stars won't awaken tonight.
If you wanted to you could have me inside,
but that's the furthest thing from what's on my mind.

Past the grass unto the trees, we sit until we make believe
that happiness is what comes naturally.
Making moves into your shirt, I know this could never hurt you,
happiness is something that comes naturally.
I know it's difficult to break what others started.
We know it's not a problem, we know it's not a problem
It's just not me to follow in someone else's footsteps.
For now I'll sit and wonder instead of going under.

I'm cheating and giving all my time away.
My time is grey, it's getting in the way of everything I do.
I'm better off without this self-awareness.
What has this become, all the dangers in this world?

(your) wide awake, I sleep so peacefully.
Your arms are across my back.
Don't you know it's cold?
I can't be there to shovel you out of the snow you dove in weeks ago.
Track Name: Alien Whispers
Are you in love?
Cause I am, at least,
I thought I was.
Aren't they just strangers after all?
I know very well it's not unique to be one-sided,
I'll waltz on my own tonight.

It's a bit rough, to come to terms with emptiness.
Dancing with wide, open arms.
With a little help, I can probably get over it but for now,
I'm still alone...

Whisper I'm not who you love
your spaceship comes all but too soon
I whisper you're not the one I love
your whispers are alien now.

Saved you a smile, for the darkest part of your darkest day, and I only miles away.
I smile for myself, it may seem spiteful but it's what I've got to do to get over it soon.

Whisper I'm not who you love
your spaceship comes all but too soon
I whisper you're not the one I love
your whispers are alien now,
your whispers are alien now.

So know that
I haven't heard what you said.
Yeah, you're as good as - gone.
I whisper you're not who I love,
Your whispers are alien now,
Your whispers are alien now.
Your whispers are alien now,
Your whispers are alien now.
Track Name: Botched Robbery
She'll be careful when she steps,
out of her mind just to prove she's nothing.
Through all these excuses exhausted to date,
she left me in the darkest way.
She followed me down to my Auburn estate.
She lifted the handle, destroyed my gate,
and I won't stand around her while she makes off with my heart.

You're so real to your friends,
but fake out the strangers that plague you for nothing.
Watch mine defy the line of fire,
don't get upset, please settle down.
Once you're asleep I'll slowly leave you,
don't mind me I'll stop you for nothing.
Don't mind me I'll stop you in the worst way.

Politely stubborn,
your mind is bent and rug-burned.
I won't stand by while you make off with my heart.

Copyright Coli
Track Name: Annie Waits
Annie's got a lot on her mind,
wondering' which man she'll take home this time.
The color of her eyes make it worse,
a heat seeking missile wearing a skirt.
Call her a liar, a cheater, you can't wait to meet her,
she'll say anything to get into bed.
Quite the deceiver, we should not believe her,
this jezebel could get stuck in your head.


Annie waits a flawless man,
throwing herself at every contender.
Refusing any fault to her plan,
finding out who's real and who's a pretender.


Cold nights are in store for her,
if she keeps this up I bet.
How could you spend your years without initiative to grow up?


'Cause the moment you fall for her,
is the second she slips back on her shirt.
You're a fool to think you ever had a chance,
oh Annie you're a piece of…


Annie tries to beat space and time.
Multiple courtships slipped in lies.
The color of her eyes make it worth,
being used up for a night then thrown back down the drain.


Cold nights, with a perfect plan but no perfect man,
hey girl, ever thought of skipping town?


The moment I fell for her,
was the second she slipped back on her shirt.
I'm a fool to think I ever had a chance,
oh Annie you're a piece of work.
It's foolish, no, it's naive, to think perfection will fall to you at your knees.
So why should she deserve, a perfect guy for a twisted girl?


Annie's got a lot on her mind,
waiting for the one she'll never find.
Blessings come to you when you're blind,
so don't antagonize Annie, you'll be fine.
Track Name: Hands, Feet, and Face
There's an error on the line, I think I figured it out.
It's the years of overcoming some irrational doubt.
The silence in the morning paints a picture of hope
So I'll stay there, if you let me.

There's a million different ways I've built a world for myself,
an absurd amount of risk-taking I've made for my health.
Loudness is a warning that darkness is near,
but it stays light as I go out.

I'd be lying if I said I didn't hate it that much,
so I waste my time and tell my sorry brain to hush.
Every time I turn my shoulder I'm in less of a rush.
It stays light as I go out.

For the last time, I'm thinking this over to myself.
Like the last time, drop my sorrow, cascade to somewhere else.

Yeah I'm finding different meaning in the novels I wrote,
the collective imitations of real anecdotes.
I find me in the ocean looking up at my boat and it's capsized,
yeah capsized.

What a dire situation, such a terrible mode,
we transcend the tribulations and then learn to float.
Find this way of living in no need of a code it will stay light,
as you go out.

When you get a little light in you're aware of the truth,
you can find yourself enjoying everything that you do.
Then the apathetic notion really starts to fade when you see it,
and you'll see it.

For the last time, I'm thinking this over to myself.
Like the last time, drop my sorrow, cascade to somewhere else.
You'll complain when you're not satisfied with these results.
It's been rainin' and I still have yet to check my pulse.

There's an error on the line I think you'll figure it out,
and replace the years of seemingly irrational doubt.
Suffering and sorrow is not what life's about,
not forever, not forever.

Filled with terror push your mind to the original state,
when you didn't have to worry and you could create-
the most glorious imperfections you might underrate,
you find a light inside of your hands, feet, and face.
Track Name: True Colors
Do you every find yourself needing to be sewn together?
Shake my body, I fall apart.
Well under the sheets there came a truth, tell me where you've been hiding.
Don't wait forever, I'm coming soon
With the strings untied, keeping me in time keeping me clever,
we'll torch the buildings there's light all around
woah-oh, woah-oh oh, woah-oh, I'm sick of waiting give me your hands

Your touch it feels so cold
it makes me feel grown up
Like I've got what I wanted
Away from the others, for the spring and the summer
return for the autumn, have fun in the winter
woah-oh, woah-oh oh

Corrupt old habits, they break on out,
A necessary evil that keeps us both together,
I waste the time when no one's around.
Well getting out of a pattern tells the truth, it lets me know where you're hiding. I know your true colors they glow in the dark.
Renovating passion as we go, won't end it for the better, a helping hand with more than it holds-oh
woah-oh oh
woah-oh
This noise is deafening let's turn around

I can't hide under the sheets for good, woah-no oh

Tragedy escaping my eyes,
I'm falling at the sight and I can't get back up now.
I wanted to get back in the light,
but my breath is getting shorter the whole room's getting hotter woah-oh

Tragedy escaping my eyes,
I'm falling at the sight and I can't get back up now.
I wanted to get back in the light,
but my breath is getting shorter the whole room's getting hotter I'm falling at the sight and this can't go on much longer.

Where have, I gone, to the other side, maybe I'll survive.
Do you ever find yourself needing to be sewn together?
Shake my body I fall apart.

Your touch it feels so cold
it makes me feel grown up
Like I've got what I wanted
Away from the others, for the spring and the summer
return for the autumn, have fun in the winter
woah-oh, woah-oh oh
Track Name: Further
I'll have to pretend I'm a ghost,
so nobody ever knows,
why I always push you further from me.

And I owe my debts to what's lost,
but when I come across a chance to push you further from me, I do.

Walk away, save your tears.
The more you hesitate the more you prolong this destruction.
Pick a place, plan to leave.
The more you hesitate the longer you'll lose your instructions.

You look like you've seen a ghost,
upon your face it shows.
A typical side-effect from moving further from me.
I watch the cold metal band on your wrist.
It seems to move slower now.
But that doesn't mean,
that doesn't mean,
that doesn't mean that it will stop.

Copyright 2012 by Colin Burke
Track Name: Weightless
I'm faking all my smiles
just to help you out.
I don't think it's working now...
Make a desperate attempt and try to help me too

Are you weightless?
Are you light?
How did you fall so fast into my eyes?
Was it barometric pressure that pushed you from the sky?

Plotting my escape, from the land I love,
Cause I don't think it's working out.
So I'll walk across this empty town,
with a smile.

Are you weightless?
Are you light?
How did you fall so fast into my eyes?
I'm feeling all this pressure it's eating me inside.

Faking all my smiles never has its perks,
I don't think it ever works.
I was trying to help, yeah, I was trying to help.
All I made was a mess.

I'm feeling all this pressure, it's eating me inside.
Track Name: Never give up.
Cling to your bed,
Shake out your head,
'cause what's on my mind,
could put you to sleep.

When failure strikes you have the nerve to leave.
You have the nerve to stay outside the dragonflies will eat you alive.
So don't hide behind these walls, they'll crumble when you realize...

Don't give up just yet,
you told me this once,
I never forgot what you said.
Well I, have been planning on leaving for good,
come and chase me down if you could.

Changing again,
to fill up the holes.
Escaping the void,
faking the roles,
that you play so well,
got me hooked can't you tell?
What's on your mind, can't put me to sleep.

When failure strikes you have the nerve to leave.
You have the nerve to stay outside the dragonflies will eat you alive.
So don't hide behind these walls, they'll crumble when you open up your eyes.

Don't give up just yet,
you told me this once,
I had forgot until now.
Well I, have been planning on leaving for good,
come and chase me down if you could.

Too much time's been let go,
it's obvious you know.
Time and time again and you're proven wrong.
Time, it's time to let go.


But don't give up just yet,
you told me this once,
I had forgot until now.
Well I, have been planning on leaving for good,
come and chase me down if you could.
Track Name: You Would Know
If no one was alone, you would know.
I wouldn't just be the wind at your back, up through your back, through your neck, take it slow.
I'll make your hair stand straight up, in fact, it will move the way I want it to you're anything I want you to be.

I'll use you once, throw you out, use you again.
After karma comes around I know this cycle will end.
You be the source and I'll be the target this time,
For this light of mine,
I'm gunna let it hide.
I'll let it hide for quite some time.

If you were the last one out, you would know, and I'm debating of leaving alone.
The silence does it grow?
How clever can I write, every feeling I had inside that no one else would know.

I stopped giving a shit about the things I say.
I started realizing truth in what's around me.
I laugh and I cry at the same time, and it stumbles back inside of my eyes.
I'm thinking too much, maybe thinking's enough,
and I'm thinking the best of you.
It's the least I can do to know nothing about you.

If I went and sold my soul, you would know.
I wouldn't be there to take you home, or to take control.
But don't let me fall back down that path, let nature take it's toll, you're everything I wanted you to be.
Track Name: Sword from the Inside
I fell into a trap
by not keeping shut my own.
Words I uttered best in instant regret
now I've got to find a way out.
Don't say anything back that might fuel undying flames.
Can you feel the shackles hold you tight?
It's what I've been afraid of.

Whenever I need you, you're there.
Whenever I see you, your stare
tears through my eyes, a sword from the inside.
Sworn to me, a sword from the inside.

-say it once again-
You keep saying you can shut me outside of your life.
Still I poke my head into your thoughts from time to time.
I will try my best to not get scared and call you back.
Words I uttered best were, "you love me, and I don't care."

Whenever I need you, you're there.
Whenever I see you, your stare
tears through my eyes, a sword from the inside.
Sworn to me, a sword from the inside.

For the sake of time, I'll keep this brief.
I'll move out of the states so long as you feel relieved.
Yes I did say it's cursed, I guess that makes me the worst.
Words you utter best will keep me from putting myself first.

Whenever I need you, you're there.
Whenever I see you, your stare
tears through my eyes, a sword from the inside.
Sworn to me, a sword from the inside.

-say it once again-
Track Name: Tight Rope
I'm standing on the edge,
and I always will be.
Hoping if I fall,
it will be gracefully.

Vertigo sets in,
I see the rocks below me.
That unforgiving stone,
as far as the eye can see.

Tell me I won't fall,
you're waiting for me dear,
always have been,
always will be.
When I cross this bridge,
I won't be so restless in my skin.

Walking the tightrope again.
Oh what a thrill it is to walk on the edge,
I'll make sure that I cross this time,
the sight of sunrise is on my mind.

Tell me I won't fall,
you're waiting for me dear,
always have been,
always will be.

When I cross this bridge,
I won't be so restless in my skin.
Hold on tight, make sure that I never slip.

I'm standing on the edge, with you.
The other side is much better…..oh
Track Name: Darkest of tunnels
I've been in a rush much too often,
taking it fast and vigorous.
If patience is a virtue, we must respect this truth.

I've been waiting for you
In the darkest of tunnels
I hear your footsteps on the ground when no one is around.

Scream my name when you take off all of your clothes and you say "I'm ready,"
Keep in mind we have all the time we could want, settle down, keep your head steady.
Close enough to kiss, I seal my lips, I won't say I'm ready.

What is a choice but nothing you're destined for?
Speak your own voice and retrieve up off the floor.
Step up your game, you have all the world to gain,
your sitting at the stop go back and hop up on the train and

I'll be waiting for you, in the darkest of tunnels
as long as you bring your light we'll be alright.

Scream my name when you take off all of your clothes and you say "I'm ready,"
Keep in mind we have all the time we could want, settle down, keep your head steady.
Close enough to kiss, I seal my lips, I won't say I'm ready.

I've been alone so long in the darkest of tunnels.
I can stay all night but I won't.
I see a little light and you know I won't.