Something To Hold On To

by The Balancing Act

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We've been working on these songs for a few years now. We're more than excited to finally be able to share them. This is the first step. This is Something To Hold On To.

THE BALANCING ACT is:
Matt Sowinski
Mitch McGowan

Huge thanks to Janine Plantilla for mastering the album and to Alex Preiss for the image editing.

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released 28 July 2014

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Track Name: Time to Grow
I'm falling apart for the third time,
This week but I know I'll be just fine,
I'm growing up with every step I take,
I'm on my own now but I know I'll be okay

And yeah,
I'll be okay,
At least that's what I tell myself anyways,
Haven't slept in nights,
But I know,
All you can do in this life is fight,
So I'll keep pushing on to something,
That may not be too clear yet,
But I,
Know I can't forget where I came from,
Where I came from

I'm falling apart for the third time,
This week but I know I'll be just fine,
I'm growing up with every step I take,
I'm on my own now but I know I'll be okay,
I still miss my family and my friends,
They'll be waiting for me at my sunny end,
I'll use this time to grow,
To prove to the world that I'm not afraid to be alone

It's been a long year,
We made it through the long nights and the stupid fights,
I'll say it didn't hurt and I don't miss you,
But even the greatest of liars can have the best of intentions,
And might I mention,
I'm doing fine,
Home was hard to leave,
But at least I'm not thinking about it all the time

But I won't stand alone (I'm not giving up),
And that's much different than it was a year ago (I'm not giving up),
I found a home here (I'm not giving up),
It's a place I love (I'm not giving up),
And even though I have to leave (I'm not giving up),
It'll always be a part of me (I'm not giving up),
And I'll do it running,
On my own feet.
Track Name: Live Alone
And I remember,
All the time we spent,
Laughing at all the moments that happened,
And the ones that hadn’t happened yet,
But on days like today,
I’m more comfortable in this haze,
Just watching the time on the clock slip away,
Been in bed for days,
The darkness makes me feel more safe,
This is the first time in a while I’ve actually felt okay

But things can’t be this way,
I know I’m lost,
And I know that’s not okay,
But how do you get better,
When you run from everything you face,
I expect too much from my friends,
I just push them away,
Cause I can’t handle being,
Disappointed again

I’ll live alone instead,
I’ll live alone instead,
I’ll live alone instead

Maybe I’ll find hope instead.
Track Name: End of the Line
You left me in that parking lot,
And I,
Didn't look in the rearview,
You found that space,
It was yours to grow,
And I,
Couldn't take that away from you,
The wind blew my tracks out of view,
But I know they needed to,
I let them carry me away from you,
You were golden all this time

Know that I leave with a smile in this instant,
And your letter by my side,
Soon enough I'll be somewhere distant,
Not leaving you but that state of mind,
I can't keep holding on to,
A promise made in potential time,
I'll always be your struggle,
You'll always be my shine

And I'll be with you,
I'll be with you,
I'll be with you till the end of the line

I've never carried myself,
Always relied on someone or something else,
You're all I carry with me,
In the world with a misplaced sense of self,
Old hope in the back of old friends throats,
But I have to do this on my own,
New hope on the shores of another coast,
Sometimes it's okay to be alone

I'll be with you,
I'll be with you,
I'll be with you till the end of the line
Track Name: Luggage Stickers Evoking the Past
I lick my thumb and index finger,
To separate two pages stuck together,
Clinging to a broken spine and six months overdue
Can’t tear it out,
Or turn it over,
A staring contest with a piece of paper,
I’m tired of anxiously waiting for nothing,
While losing this endless race inside my head

You came with me to the Real Friends show,
So I wouldn’t be alone,
You held my glasses so I could dance to,
Songs I know that you hate,
But I held you during Hebron,
And wiped your tears away,
This still runs through my head every single day

Evoke the past,
What’s conjured up inside,
Dig up the last year,
It’s buried me alive,
Let it out,
Let it go,
Detach and move forward,
I’m sick of staring at the same page,
Rereading tragedies and feeling sorry for myself

You’re just like your old red capo,
Gripped tightly around my neck,
And I’ve been coughing up smoke,
To get numb and forget,
I wonder if you feel alone,
Is emptiness what the future holds?

Evoke the past,
What’s conjured up inside,
Dig up the last year,
It’s buried me alive,
Let it out,
Let it go,
Detach and move forward,
I’m sick of staring at the same page,
Rereading tragedies and feeling sorry for myself.
Track Name: Coming Home
I’m still,
I’m still trying to make sense of this

I never thought leaving home,
Would be as hard as it was,
I left behind two and a half years,
And the streets we grew up on,
I never got a chance to thank you,
For all the love that you gave,
And no I’ll never forget you,
Or that kiss in the rain,
Now every time I go back,
It’s to a family that looks a little older,
It’s getting that much harder to stay,
To stay sober

The world that’s been resting on my shoulders,
Has been getting smaller as I get older,
A lot of the friends I’ve had since I was a kid,
Have slowly left,
But they don’t matter,
No,
They’re not where my roots grow

I’ve been spending too much time,
Living in the world inside my head,
I haven’t been alone,
For over fourteen years on end,
No you’re not just friends,
Your family and always will be,
Know when I come home,
I’ll be the person you’ve seen in me

I’ll be coming home,
I’ll be coming home,
Cause we all need,
Something to hold on to,
You’re all I hold on to.
Track Name: 1985 (cover)
Debbie just hit the wall
She never had it all
One Prozac a day
Husband's a CPA
Her dreams went out the door
When she turned twenty four
Only been with one man
What happened to her plan?

She was gonna be an actress
She was gonna be a star
She was gonna shake her ass
On the hood of Whitesnake’s car
Her yellow SUV is now the enemy
Looks at her average life
And nothing has been alright since

Bruce Springsteen, Madonna
Way before Nirvana
There was U2 and Blondie
And music still on MTV
Her two kids in high school
They tell her that she’s uncool
Cause she's still preoccupied
With 19, 19, 1985

She’s seen all the classics
She knows every line
Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink
Even Saint Elmo’s Fire
She rocked out to Wham
Not a big Limp Bizkit fan
Thought she’d get a hand
On a member of Duran Duran

Where’s the mini-skirt made of snake skin
And who’s the other guy that's singing in Van Halen
When did reality become T.V.
Whatever happened to sitcoms, game shows
(on the radio was)

Springsteen, Madonna
Way before Nirvana
There was U2 and Blondie
And music still on MTV
Her two kids in high school
They tell her that she’s uncool
Cause she's still preoccupied
With 19, 19, 1985

She hates time make it stop
When did Mötley Crüe become classic rock?
And when did Ozzy become an actor?
Please make this stop, stop
Stop!
And bring back

Springsteen, Madonna
Way before Nirvana
There was U2 and Blondie
And music still on MTV
Her two kids in high school
They tell her that she’s uncool
Cause she's still preoccupied
With 1985