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released September 30, 2016

All lyrics by Jordan Breeding except
“Daily”, “The Floor”, “Now”, “Crows and Wolves”, and “Arrow” by Jonathan Huang
All music by Skyward

Anna Breeding / Synths/Vocals
Jordan Breeding / Guitars
Caleb Gritsko / Drums
Jeremy Hashiguchi / Bass
Jonathan Huang / Vocals

Additional programming by James McCurley
Additional vocals by Spencer and Frankie Holleman

Produced by James McCurley
Additional production by Jerry Guidroz
Recorded and Engineered by Jerry Guidroz at Radiant Studios and The Basement
Mixed by Jerry Guidroz at The Basement
Mastered by Dan Shike at Tone and Volume Mastering

"What You've Become" mixed by Ken Barnum and mastered by Mike Monseur at Bias Studios

Cover Design by Greg Breeding
Photograph by Paul B. Jones

Skyward would like to thank: God for being our inspiration, motivation, and salvation; James for putting in more effort than any human reasonably should (go to sleep!); Jerry for making our music come to life; Dan Shike for putting the final, magical touches on the songs; Greg for making incredible artwork four straight releases and counting; Spencer, Frankie, Liz, and Charlie for helping us stay off the street while recording; Paul for the time, photos, and videos; Moriah and Laura for the love and support; our kickstarter backers without whom this album would be impossible; and finally to our parents, friends, and fans who have supported us every step of the way. This album is for you.

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Skyward Charlottesville, Virginia

Skyward is a big band. With music built around powerful, driving rhythms and soaring lead lines and melodies, Skyward’s sound would not be out of place in large venues. With lyrics written to challenge and inspire listeners, Skyward works to write and perform engaging music that challenges audiences to search out their purpose and discover their worth. And as they always say, “Go big…” ... more

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Track Name: Daily
A little given, little lost away
A little glimpse into the void of pain
This is my, this is my daily

A little slip, a little casual rage
A little red covered with black in case
This is my, this is my daily
Track Name: Casualty
My heart is a gun that I’ll point at anyone
frozen steel and oiled slick
My words are bullets that I’ll shoot all over town
hollow point and counterfeit

Can you see what you did to me?

Thought I could keep control I can't keep control
Cause every time I make you bleed
Thought I could only hurt myself
But everyone is now my casualty

My eyes are daggers that could slice through anything
Razor-edged and spotless
I am a weapon. I am a danger to everything that I love
I am brutal and I am callous

Thought I could keep control I can't keep control
Cause every time I make you bleed
Thought I could only hurt myself
But everyone is now my casualty

Can you see what you did to me?

Thought I could keep control I can't keep control
Cause every time I make you bleed
Thought I could only hurt myself
But everyone is now my casualty
Track Name: The Floor
I don't have the smile that came so easily, a long long time ago
One that my mother used to love so much before I let it go

I'm taking back my life today, I'll be ruler of my thoughts today
I'll be taking back my life today, I'll be ruler of my thoughts
before my body hits the floor

You thought that I made something of myself, I’ll show you empty hands
It’s like the sun climbing into my eyes, too bright to understand

I'm taking back my life today, I'll be ruler of my thoughts today
I'll be taking back my life today, I'll be ruler of my thoughts
before my body hits the floor

body hits the floor
my body hits the floor
body hits the floor

I'm taking back my life today, I'll be ruler of my thoughts today
I'll be taking back my life today, I'll be ruler of my thoughts
before my body hits the floor

body hits the floor
my body hits the floor
body hits the floor
Track Name: Animal
I’ve got, I’ve got, I’ve got
This hunger
Eating me from inside
From inside

But, You’ve got, you’ve got, you’ve got
my number
And you will call me out
Call me out

And I thought you’d caught me
Left me in a dirty cage
Turns out you love me
Wish I hadn't got my way
You’re cutting through these wires
These branches and these briars
Walking through my wildfire
Even though I’m an animal

I'm not, I'm not, I'm not
That lover,
I’m nobody’s way home

I am, I am, I am
That fighter,
And I’ll take this on alone
On alone

And I thought you’d caught me
Left me in a dirty cage
Turns out you love me
Wish I hadn't got my way
You’re cutting through these wires
These branches and these briars
Walking through my wildfire
Even though I’m an animal

And I thought you’d caught me
Left me in a dirty cage
Turns out you love me
Wish I hadn't got my way
You’re cutting through these wires
These branches and these briars
Walking through my wildfire
Even though I’m an animal
Track Name: Stand-Ins
I trace the walls breaking all her picture frames
Hammer to the glass can’t have her trapped that way
Can’t keep the things I love distanced by a windowpane
My heart’s got a body; oh my heart’s got a name

Why do I, feel so crazy
Why do I, feel so alive

I don’t want to leave you again
I can’t let you vanish
I need your breath on my neck, your head on my chest
I can’t keep loving stand-ins

I pace the floor dreaming of her hair let down
Pen to the paper how can I draw her out?
Can't take the one I love and turn her into something more
My heart can't be contained; no my heart's more than words

Why do I, feel so crazy
Why do I, feel so alive

I don’t want to leave you again
I can’t let you vanish
I need your breath on my neck, your head on my chest
I can’t keep loving stand-ins

Why do I, feel so crazy
Why do I, feel so alive

I don’t want to leave you again
I can’t let you vanish
I need your breath on my neck, your head on my chest
I can’t keep loving stand-ins

I don’t want to leave you again
I can’t let you vanish
I need your breath on my neck, your head on my chest
I can’t keep loving stand-ins
Track Name: Burn
If I am the sea, she set fire to my depths
Plumbing the deep, igniting the abyss
If I am the sun, she inhaled my light
Leaving me to decay, until I lit up I lit up

So the fire burns, yes we let it burn
Everything we have to say, every word is kerosene
And so the fire burns, oh we watch it burn
Everything we have away, every move is a mistake

If I am the rose, he blistered my roots
Ripping my petals onto the pyre
If I am the moon, he drowned me in firelight
Eclipsing my radiance, until it faded, until it faded away

So the fire burns, yes we let it burn
Everything we have to say, every word is kerosene
And so the fire burns, oh we watch it burn
Everything we have away, every move is a mistake

Bring the Rain

So the fire burns, yes we let it burn
Everything we have to say, every word is kerosene
And so the fire burns, oh we watch it burn
Everything we have away, every move is a mistake

So the fire burns, yes we let it burn
Everything we have to say, every word is kerosene
And so the fire burns, oh we watch it burn
Everything we have away, every move is a mistake

Our hands bound by flame, our crimes are the same
Track Name: Now
Tell me a little about your daily grind
Baby do you love it, oh oh, do you love it, oh oh
Some days never seem to end in time, but
You never panic? oh no, you never panic, oh no

You have what you want now
Do you know what you need?
Don't wait another second please

Make excuses and apologize
You’re still sick of every moment that’s been passing by
You held your tongue, you were scared because
Every punch in was a punch out
where does that leave us now?

I see the venom flowing through your veins
Baby do you feel it, oh oh, do you feel it oh oh
These days you know your problems by name, but
You play the victim, oh no, still a victim, oh no

You have what you want now
Do you know what you need?
Don't wait another second please

Make excuses and apologize
You’re still sick of every moment that’s been passing by
You held your tongue, you were scared because
Every punch in was a punch out
where does that leave us now?

You have what you want now
Do you know what you need?
Don't wait another second please

Make excuses and apologize
You’re still sick of every moment that’s been passing by
You held your tongue, you were scared because
Every punch in was a punch out
where does that leave us?

Make excuses and apologize
You’re still sick of every moment that’s been passing by
You held your tongue, you were scared because
Every punch in was a punch out
where does that leave us now?
Track Name: Crows And Wolves
I see my life written out in stone, a picture and memories of heavy chains
My mind’s been trapped inside my home, the smallest room is where I wake
I’m haunted by a constant dream, stories of glory fill my head
But suddenly both of my knees feel weak, and I’m forced back to my bed

The crows, and the wolves,
are ready for the show
But I’ll be endless miles away
I’ll be endless miles away

So far they’ll never know
I’m so far they’ll never know
That I'm endless, miles away

My heart’s been waiting here so long, it’s starting to break itself apart
I fear my soul’s been getting restless, a slave to sitting in the dark
I tell myself someday I’ll leave, I’ll leave to fight for all my dreams
I’ve always known how it will be, In my future I see

The crows, and the wolves,
are ready for the show
But I’ll be endless miles away
I’ll be endless miles away

So far they’ll never know
I’m so far they’ll never know
That I'm endless, miles away

Finally walking through the door, today’s the day that I escape
But quickly I fell to the floor, a symptom of many mistakes
And then I felt you take my hand, and pull me up past all the pain
You looked straight at me and said, today’s the day we run away

So far they’ll never know
I’m so far they’ll never know
That I'm endless, miles away
Track Name: (m)arrow
I used to spend all my time
Writing countless wishful rhymes
I used to waste my breath
To sing to those I thought were mine

I’ve been giving cold shoulders
Telling lovers that it’s over
I’m making room for you inside
I’ve been waiting for the moment
Trying to keep my dry composure
I’m not hunting for a silver prize

Shot down by an arrow
Straight to the marrow
With one fatal motion, focus, lethal in your eyes
Arrow, shot down by an arrow

I gave up chasing names
Giving numbers away, unpaid
I gave up chasing doors
But I didn’t even notice you at mine

Shot down by an arrow
Straight to the marrow
With one fatal motion, focus, lethal in your eyes
Arrow, shot down by an arrow

I’ve been giving cold shoulders
Telling others that it’s over
I’m making room for you inside
I’ve been waiting for the moment
Trying to keep my dry composure
I’m not hunting for a silver prize

Shot down by an arrow
Straight to the marrow
With one fatal motion, focus, lethal in your eyes
Arrow, shot down by an arrow
Track Name: Giving Tree
Tipping over my lonely throne
Ripping fruit and growing gold
I’ll give it all to you.

Twisting bark to form your crown
Spinning leaves into your royal gown
I’ll give it all to you.

I gave you my all, but it was not mine to give
I gave you my all, but it was not mine
I gave you my all, but it was not mine to give
I gave you my all, but it was not mine

Cut down my trunk and sail away
Leave me here a shade of grey
I’ll give it all to you

I gave you my all, but it was not mine to give
I gave you my all, but it was not mine
I gave you my all, but it was not mine to give
I gave you my all, but it was not mine

Could I plant myself? Can a forest grow without water, without seed?
Do I own myself? I belong only to those, who ask nothing of me

I gave you my all, but it was not mine to give
I gave you my all, but it was not mine
I gave you my all, but it was not mine to give
I gave you my all, but it was not mine

I gave you my all, but it was not mine to give
I gave you my all, but it was not mine
I gave you my all, but it was not mine to give
I gave you my all, but it was not mine
Track Name: Drag Me Through
Drag me up the edge, up to the ledge, up the crumbling precipice
Drag me up to the water, up to the altar, up to the broken promises
Drag me down to the beaten, down to the weakened, down to the shattered hopefulness

Drag me through, so I can see
Drag me through, so I can breathe

Drag me under the light, under the night, under the stars burning out
Drag me under the fall, under the call, under the stones crying out
drag me over the pain, over the shame, I’m crying
over the crying in the dark crying

Drag me through, so I can see
Drag me through, so I can breathe

I'm crying
Drag me over the pain
I'm crying

Drag me through, so I can see
Drag me through, so I can breathe

Drag me through, so I can see
Drag me through, so I can breathe
Track Name: What You've Become (Bonus Track)
Tennessee is calling from a
Payphone in Raleigh and she
wants, this car turned around
But she's hard like the winter and she
Hides like a sinner
But could I please make this thing work out

I said all I need is just a piece of you a sliver I can see
Of who you are and where you’ve been

Say say, say something will let me in
Say say, say something that i can forgive
Cause I know know know, cause I know what you’ve become
I know what you’ve become
I know what you’ve become

Frozen rain is falling as I
Stutter and I’m stalling
can we please, not bring up the past

But he smashes through my armor
and he lights up every corner but
I don’t want my mold brought to the sun

He says all I need is just a piece of you a sliver I can see
Of who you are and where you’ve been

Say say, say something will let me in
Say say, say something that i can forgive
Cause I know know know, cause I know what you’ve become
I know what you’ve become
I know what you’ve become

I catch my reflection
Glittering glass
He don’t need anything, he already knows
You don’t have to...

Say say, say something will let me in
Say say, say something that i can forgive
Cause I know know know, cause I know what you’ve become
I know what you’ve become
I know what you’ve become