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The Moments We Aim For

by Ed Poole

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1.
Real Enough 03:23
We looked down and hoped to see the bottom But I have no doubt that’s where we are I made a choice to send you off, alone I wrote some words for no one I didn’t wanna bury you or to build you up I was afraid to, in case it left a mark When every instinct told me, “That’s enough.” Thought I could brush it off or could suppress it And head on back into the race But just surviving doesn’t mean you’re healing Took me a while to see it that way I didn’t wanna bury you or to build you up I was afraid to, in case it left a mark When every instinct told me, “That’s enough.” And wouldn’t it be just like me to take it too far And wear my worry lines like battle scars But it was real enough, real enough for us There is a spot in the corner of a garden To mark the departed and those who never started I’ve tried to face it sober, the end of each October Eyes closed until you feel both feet free from the ground And we won’t come down
2.
How many people know what you’ve been facing? Grit your teeth or learn to take a beating Trust me there’s more to you than this We’re trying not to let it win When our hearts were skipping out of our chests, my head went somewhere else Falling forwards, Falling forwards, I’m gonna let it go I’ve seen it creep up and I’ve watched it take her I wanna restart; I wanna maker her safer Pray for a false alarm But you can’t have it your own way So I try to breathe keep calm But I couldn’t get out of my own way.
3.
I thought that we’d done the hard part Yeah, I though it was over, turns out it never goes away Please don’t tell me it gets better That just seems so far away I thought that we’d done the hard part Guess now it’s out in the open Say goodbye to old you, whether you wanted it this way It’s a choice no longer ours to make Once it was everywhere, I haven’t seen it for days Yeah, it just lurks in the shadows, content to sit and wait Please don’t tell me it gets better That just seems so far away Could we just talk about the weather? Maybe it’ll change Please don’t tell me it gets better Sometimes partially frozen, And thawing at the core, Causing cracks in the surface Soon it’ll be coming up roses, just maybe not today Please don’t tell me it gets better That just seems so far away Could we just talk about the weather? Maybe it’ll change Please don’t tell me it gets … I’ve been saying, “This isn’t me,” for far too long Maybe it’s time to agree that it was all along Losing battles of whit, in between every hit ‘Till I can see it for myself, please don’t tell me it gets better
4.
There are no photographs There’s a twenty-year period blank Did you even exist? I’d try to be honest But I’ve been trying not to laugh Because I caught myself say it aloud Now I can’t take it back Surely there’s something more Empty your pockets and just spill them out, onto the floor Don’t let me stop you ‘cause we need each other more At least I need you Sometimes nothing Sometimes all of it out all at once It’s the strangest thing We never thought that it would happen to us But every now and then I see them Those tiny little flashes of light I’ve been fumbling around in the darkness Help me out anytime Surely there’s something more Empty your pockets and just spill them out, onto the floor Don’t let me stop you ‘cause we need each other more At least I need you Yeah, maybe it’s time that we face it Today, I’m in the mood to embrace it
5.
Well, it looks like bad, bad, bad news I dreamt you into a living, breathing human being In another life, we took you home, I sang to you And I’d tell you all my stories, it’s ok if you get bored, they all do Now the edges are blurring The frames are recurring And your open arms, so comforting From the sadness, the aching, the holes and a cemetery of milestones Is waiting And I would never give up, give up on you And If you’re sinking through the floor, Rest assured, I’ll be sinking through it too Now the edges are blurring The frames are recurring And your open arms, so comforting From the sadness, the aching, the holes and a cemetery of milestones Is waiting I won’t try to escape I feel better when I’m here To desperation, too cruelest nature, We have no choice but to concede Now we’re quiet in the waiting room And we’re crying in the car park We’ll be home soon I pictured who you’d look like I named you a dozen times But there’s life under the surface Just enough to stay alive I see glimpses Of you old you, of the old me But I feel as though I’ve changed and now I’m sorry
6.
Punch Line 03:58
Well so much for once It happened again So much for taking each day at a time, never quite got the hang of that And so much for hope I should never have let you in Now who looks the fool telling everyone else they’d be nothing without it It might not seem much I made it through the week But inside I’m still breaking apart, silent killer, a poisoned water stream Stepped out on the ice How thin could it be anyway? Never thought I could be worthy of help so I never asked for it Now here I am Picking at the cracks Watch it crumbling, watch it turn to sand How will we stay up, with nothing under us? So much for us I think we’re disappearing Someone told me grief is just what’s left of love, when it’s lost its recipient I talk and I talk myself in I talk and I talk myself out This way’s going to hurt But it’s the only way out and we know it So which face is it? ‘Cause I can never guess Part time activist, jaded nihilist or unabashed optimist? I can never guess So I’m done with it Yeah, I’m done with it Singing from the heart Sleeping in your car What’s that song about? Fucking work it out Am I the fist or the rope? The punchline or the joke? Of all my built-in responses, which one do you want? It started as a speck of dust Now it’s choking both of us
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Are you lost, or are you still hopeful? When you gave up fighting the good fight, did you give up for good? Don’t want to step on any toes But I’m tired of being the one always looking for answers We tried to talk it over, and it turns out it didn’t help We’ll just see how it goes Depend on how honest he is I saw you mouthing the words, but then you slowly turned With an indifference you made no attempt to hide But lately I’ve been waking up new In between every downpour If only for a second or two Those are the moments we aim for I made this by myself Though it was hardly an achievement Just a playlist of my favourite hits The same highs, the same lows recycled And I’ll admit that I’ve let too much pass me by I’m always stalling the engine or glancing at the exit When the shit hits, we’ll be the only ones left We’ll start again, we’ll start again
8.
Backbone 03:36 video
Something’s telling me to run Something’s telling me to keep on waiting I could do neither without you I wanna drink alone I wanna be untraceable No matter how far from home Every detail stays entombed It never matters how small You’re always asking those same questions (Just to interrupt the flow) I’m always drawing out the words (Each one deliberately and slow) And you could call this resignation But to me it feels like acceptance, acceptance A subtle crack creeps round the edges of your window You can try but, in the end, you just can’t force something to grow I learnt to leave it well alone Never aspired much to ascend The air gets thinner up there We found our answers beyond a heartbreak (Only partially exposed) A brief summation of our history (Wrapped up and gallantly bestowed) Without a trace of hesitation Received with deep appreciation And if it’s out of your control Just let it go Something’s telling me to run Something’s telling me to keep on waiting I could do neither without you You know you’ve always been my backbone Can’t afford to have you crumbling now Watched you pay for it Could you be brave, could you wait Another day, another moment Yeah I’m all out to try and turn this around And reinvent from the inside out Something’s telling me to run Something’s telling me to keep on waiting I could do neither without you You know you’ve always been my backbone Can’t afford to have you crumbling now Watched you pay for it You know you’ve always been my backbone can’t afford (Watched you pay for it)
9.
The Tide 04:03
If you know me, yeah Like I think I know you Then you would know what I’ve been thinking ‘cause you’re thinking it too Don’t be afraid to tell me the truth And if you still want me, yeah Then I would wait for you, while you’d be thinking it through Am I just one in the crowd or the last of the chosen few? There’s no discerning right of passage that exists for us So throw away your disappointments ‘cause from now on we are making it up What better way to embrace all that we’ve come through? But it feels like we’re still waiting And the closer we are towards home The further I feel from it Hanging around for so long that I bet you that by the time we had tried to atone All the meaning had withered All the meaning had … You know the longest is always my preferred route to the point Through every kind of conversation you could try to avoid Give me piece in my brain Give me space that I can grow into I’m gonna mark out all the edges so you don’t forget It feels like it should be over but I promise you we’re nowhere near yet I found a way to embrace all the things I can’t undo It feels like we’re still waiting And the closer we are towards home The further I feel from it Hanging around All this time you’ve been yearning I don’t want to say it too loud But I think the tide may be turning
10.
The cruellest joke Always punching down Always striking out Never seeing the bigger picture What if we emptied you out of all your morals and fables? Just elbows on the table and rolled up cigarettes burning your fingers I’ve been seeing myself through the eyes of someone else I’m not the only one that felt like a quitter And when the pieces always fall, They fall the furthest apart Until you don’t know where to start Most get close but don’t fit back together (So, I fold) In the shadow of the lucky ones We’re held together by the strongest bond There’s a thinning of the shroud A flicker in the cloud The spaces in between are yours forever Did I say something out of turn That made you turn around Made you look at me and frown Made a summer afternoon feel like winter We didn’t realise it yet But the worst it could get was not the worst it would get But together, we’ll weather the storm (So, I fold) In the shadow of the lucky ones We’re held together by the strongest bond There’s a thinning of the shroud A flicker in the cloud The spaces in between are yours forever (So, I fold) I fold The space in between will be yours

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"This way's going to hurt, but it's the only way out and we know it."

Just over four years since his debut album, Envelop/Erase, Ed Poole returns to the fold with his follow up record, The Moments We Aim For.

As is customary, in Ed's own words The Moments We Aim For, "reflects a personal journey that begins in the shadow of confusion and despair, but ultimately finds a way towards acceptance and hope. It is anchored throughout by shared experiences, in both pain and joy, as well as the strength found in human connection.

As the clouds begin to flicker and the spaces in between downpours grow longer, those are the moments we aim for."

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You can find Ed Poole at:

www.edpoolemusic.com
www.facebook.com/edpoolemusic
www.twitter.com/edpoolemusic

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released March 22, 2023

Music & lyrics by Ed Poole
Produced & engineered by Ed Poole
Violins on The Spaces In Between performed by Jack Mitchell

Mastered by UTC Studio
Art & design by Simon Gibbons-Patourel (Doing Life Records)

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