The Silence

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The Silence is a companion EP to The Sound, featuring nine remixes, a collaboration, and two original tracks that weren't included on the album.

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released December 7, 2010

Color Theory is Brian Hazard

All songs by Brian Hazard (ASCAP) © 2010

Touch
Backing vocals by Helen Austin www.helenaustin.com

Waiting in the Wings
Produced by David Gonzalez of Odd Year www.oddyear.net

Photo credit: Marion Lanciaux / Echo Images
Additional design by Gabriel Goldberg
Mastered by Resonance Mastering www.resonancemastering.com

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Track Name: Release the Hounds
Bought myself a one-way ticket
To a place you’ll never visit
Setting off for freedom and adventure today
Letting go of all my burdens
Don’t go calling missing persons
Cause you’ve got no right to claim me
Pretty sure they wouldn’t blame me

If I thought that it was worthwhile
To erase my online profiles
Wiping out all traces of my identity
No address to forward mail to
What good would a paper trail do?
Even changed my cell phone number
Why would I do that you wonder?

Try to catch me, I don’t care
It’s over, I swear
Racing to nowhere
In leaps and bounds
So release the hounds

I was lost when I was with you
Wondering what I’d gotten into
In a pointless fight you told me to go away
Now a distant sun is rising
As I face a bright horizon
So I showed you quite directly
I can do some things correctly

Try to catch me, I don’t care
It’s over, I swear
Racing to nowhere
Minutes turn into seconds
Liberty beckons
Eyes to the heavens
Nose to the ground
So release the hounds.
Track Name: Touch
It’s only natural to demand
That I should free your captured hand
When we’re not seeing eye to eye
And when that thinly veiled contempt
Descends to open discontent
It’s positively justified

Casual facts, inaccurate claims
Apologies that won’t take the blame
When compromise is conquered by pride
All it takes is one touch and I’m back on your side

When sleeping with the enemy
There’s no “excuse me,” “thanks,” or “please”
It doesn’t pay to be polite
And in a twist of irony
Love is a liability
We must control our appetites

Back to back we’ve drawn our line in the sand
A house divided taking a stand
Emotionless like part of us died
All it takes is one touch and I’m back on your side

Forgiveness is a powerful word
To speak is not always to be heard
When talking leaves us unsatisfied
All it takes is one touch and I’m back on your side.
Track Name: Waiting in the Wings
Maybe this is precisely as it should be
Maybe this is the fabled man of your dreams
Maybe you never noticed my overtures
Maybe given the chance you’ll see I’ve matured

Another plotline
Another script
The me in another life
Would win you over
To snatch you up
And claim you as my wife
Until you stamp out
My stubborn schemes
Of churches and matching rings
I’ll be content to bide my time
Waiting in the wings

Maybe you wanted more but thought it too late
Maybe you’re not the type to challenge your fate
Maybe I’m nothing more than comic relief
Maybe offered the proof you’ll shed that belief.
Track Name: Two (Radio Edit)
What have we here?
It’s not what you think
I’ve had time to consider my words
And nothing to drink
Caught in the act
With sweat on my brow
I knew sooner or later you’d find out
So how about now?

Don’t cry for your mother
Don’t curse your discovery
I don’t think any less of you
There’s room in my heart for two
Don’t call me your lover
Don’t grudge me another one
You shouldn’t let it bother you
There’s room in my heart for two

Don’t look surprised
You had to suspect
I’ve got way too much time on my hands
What did you expect?
To let me go
Would be such a waste
There are plenty of other girls happy
To be in your place

We’re all adults
There’s no need to shout
We can talk later on if you want
I’m busy right now
So run along
Now be a dear
Could you turn off the lights on your way out?
I’m not finished here.
Track Name: I Should've Kissed You (O.Davie Remix)
You said, “I’m sorry if I misinterpreted you.”
“I guess I overanalyzed.”
But I’m an idiot and you were right all along
It’s me who should apologize
We kept the stars awake confessing everything
Until there was nothing left to say
And then you turned to me with eyes halfway to a dream
What kind of man would turn away?
Nobody but me

I should've kissed you
I should've kissed you
Totally blew it
I didn't do it
But God I wanted to
I should've kissed you
I told myself when
You leaned in closer
Here comes my big chance
But then it was over
And now I miss you
I should've kissed you

I play that moment out a hundred different ways
Each time I kick myself again
You had to settle for a hug and squeeze of the hand
The consolation of a friend
My eyes abandoned you to chase a light in the sky
An airplane flying high above
I wanted so badly to tell you this isn’t me
I need your love – I believe in love
Despite how it seems

You know this wasn’t
What I was intending
A tale for the ages
A storybook ending.
Track Name: A Safe Distance (Robots With Rayguns Mix)
I recall the first time you caught me dining alone
At a restaurant on the third floor
You sat down across from me with a bottle of wine
Shook my hand and started to pour
Then opened the window to the music below
A theater under the stars
We shared our life stories and a view of the stage
Falling in love from afar

Though it feels like they’ve played out
The same act a million times
A routine struggling just to keep
From falling asleep reciting their lines
You say this is the way we’re meant
To enjoy the opera
At a safe distance

We’ve met at this table now ten years in a row
To see the same opera performed
Recreating the scene down to the slightest detail
The night our tradition was born
Attendance is low but still the show must go on
The participants gossip offstage
The waiter assures us that the wine is the same
I guess it gets bitter with age

Though it feels like we’ve played out
The same act a million times
A routine struggling just to keep
From falling asleep reciting our lines
Still it makes me happy
I love you at a safe distance
I’ll always love you at a safe distance.
Track Name: Extroverts at Play (Rename 7" Introversion)
They don’t know what they believe
So we stare and nod as they think out loud
Trying our best to fit in
As we fight for breath in this stifling crowd
And the time races by when you’re having some fun
But it’s plodding along now at quarter to one
As the night tries our patience we’re hitting a wall
I slip off to the side like I’m taking a call to observe

Extroverts at play
Egos run amuck
I’d like them well enough
If they would just shut up
But we will persevere
By sheer force of will
We’ll stoically endure
This social overkill

Tomorrow we’ll take the whole day
To recuperate in a private place
Sleeping or reading a book
Our resilience now is our saving grace
So just try to imagine, it’s not such a stretch
I’m the life of the party and it is the death of me
Here in my eyes you’re the belle of the ball
With the hint of a smile you enchant more than all of the…

Maybe someday this will
Come to us more naturally but
Until then we’ll have to pretend

We’ll hone our acting skills
Fake it ’til we make it baby
Until then we’ll have to pretend.
Track Name: Backseat (Odd Year Remix)
I hear you think about me now and then
To fantasize about what might have been
I’ve always been the one who got away
The careless bullet tends to ricochet

There’s virtue in the straight and narrow path
And though you can’t afford the aftermath
The rear-view mirror tends to draw the eye
So sneak a peek now baby, don’t be shy

But you say you’re happy
So maybe it’s for the better
But you say you’re happy
To chauffeur these doubts forever
Keep me in the backseat of your mind

You’re driving under my influence
Drunk on the thrill and deaf to consequence
You know that I could make your life a mess
And yet you chose to wear your tightest dress.
Track Name: Game Over (Painting the Prototype Mix)
You’re so kind, you’re so sweet
I’m inclined to sweep you right off your feet
You may blush, but it’s true
You deserve the best and I deserve to give it to you
To that end I’ve the means
Born of years perfecting intricate schemes
If it works out this once
We’ll be sipping margaritas in a matter of months

Is it risky, maybe
Is it legal, maybe not
When your middle name is danger
There’s no room for second thoughts
If they catch me it’s game over
If they don’t then we’re home free

Is it theft? Well not quite
Just financial sleight of hand when done right
Take a look in the garage
It’s equipped for simple hacking up to espionage
I’m discreet, I’m covert
And I promise that no one will get hurt
I’ve said all that I dare
To protect us both from jeopardy I’d better stop there

It’s too late to turn back now
And high time to disappear
Our troubles will soon be past
So think of me fondly dear

If by some unlikely chance
I don’t live to see this through
Remember me with a smile
I did all of it for you.
Track Name: It Must Be Halloween (Lars Hausmann Remix)
You emerge
Your face drawn in black and white
Your corset laced up just right
A vampire in fishnets
“So,” I laugh
“What are you supposed to be?”
You smile but won’t answer me
Is this a trick or treat?

Master of the cheap disguise
Sometimes I can’t believe my eyes, I tell you
(You/I/We) sure know how to make a scene
It must be Halloween

Half asleep
We race home to beat the dawn
I cut through a corner lawn
And slice my head on a branch
“Hang on – I just need to catch my breath”
You say that I look like death
And toss back your head to laugh in revenge.
Track Name: Two (United Forces In-Trance Mix)
What have we here?
It’s not what you think
I’ve had time to consider my words
And nothing to drink
Caught in the act
With sweat on my brow
I knew sooner or later you’d find out
So how about now?

Don’t cry for your mother
Don’t curse your discovery
I don’t think any less of you
There’s room in my heart for two
Don’t call me your lover
Don’t grudge me another one
You shouldn’t let it bother you
There’s room in my heart for two

Don’t look surprised
You had to suspect
I’ve got way too much time on my hands
What did you expect?
To let me go
Would be such a waste
There are plenty of other girls happy
To be in your place

We’re all adults
There’s no need to shout
We can talk later on if you want
I’m busy right now
So run along
Now be a dear
Could you turn off the lights on your way out?
I’m not finished here.
Track Name: A Safe Distance (Lightning Over Oceans Orchestral Mix)
I recall the first time you caught me dining alone
At a restaurant on the third floor
You sat down across from me with a bottle of wine
Shook my hand and started to pour
Then opened the window to the music below
A theater under the stars
We shared our life stories and a view of the stage
Falling in love from afar

Though it feels like they’ve played out
The same act a million times
A routine struggling just to keep
From falling asleep reciting their lines
You say this is the way we’re meant
To enjoy the opera
At a safe distance

We’ve met at this table now ten years in a row
To see the same opera performed
Recreating the scene down to the slightest detail
The night our tradition was born
Attendance is low but still the show must go on
The participants gossip offstage
The waiter assures us that the wine is the same
I guess it gets bitter with age

Though it feels like we’ve played out
The same act a million times
A routine struggling just to keep
From falling asleep reciting our lines
Still it makes me happy
I love you at a safe distance
I’ll always love you at a safe distance.