Traveler (2014)

by Güttinger

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1.
Highway 04:17
In the dark it is known We're all just children in the river Headlights cut through the stars I never was a sailor First these truths, glass and stone They shatter through horizons In this car I have roamed God rest my soul God rest my soul Highway's cursed for souls that need to roam Highway's cursed for souls that need to roam From the dirt it is known we're all just passers in the same crowd Headlights cut to the bone I never felt I was too proud Now I wish I'd said goodbye You always think you're returning If I'd known, I'd have cried How could I get over this yearning? From their mouths they have told That every journey has a close But some stories left untold Deserve some good defending Highway's cursed for souls that need to roam Highway's cursed for souls that need to roam Highway's cursed for souls that need to roam Highway's cursed for souls that need to roam
2.
Just in case I wasn't found Maybe this will reach the ground Had you there as long I could I really wish you'd understood "Baby, I've been here before I've seen this room and walked this floor" Somewhere off in another room I hear that tune come straight from you Hold on, hold on Wait for the northern lights When the journey begins again I'll come back as fast I can Following the northern star Grasping with these lonely arms "It's not your name on a marble arch Love is not a victory march" You found a way to get to me God I miss your tenacity Hold on, hold on Wait for the northern lights Hold on, hold on Wait for the northern lights
3.
I would fall for you I could fall for you When this filter faults Sixth-eights goes this waltz Climb from the top down Choose the best way to settle up Fear of repressing into nothing From the ground up, from the ground up I would fall for you I could fall for you When this filter faults Sixth-eights goes this waltz ------ This old love, it haunts me Bringing back around This heart no longer beats No longer sees no better These old bones, they ache Like I was never young In love, oh no, it's done Oh god, I'm gone The coldest part of Everest Couldn't keep me away Through the snow, this lonely soul Bound to you forever These old bones, they ache Like I was never young In love, oh no, it's done Oh god, I'm gone These cold souls, they wake To be forever young I'll run, oh no, I'll run For love, for love This broken heart, it takes me To where it all began Back to the road, the wandering soul Can't go through this weather These old bones, they ache Like I was never young In love, oh no, it's done It's done
4.
Fractals that reach down the road Turning what was gray into gold For whatever promises you kept To save the damages is better Than anything's been told I've been searching, sleeping, waking I've tried making my way, my way to you I've had no help, I've been fading I've been fading Fractals that reach down the road Turning what was gray into gold For whatever promises you kept To save the damages is better Than anything's been told Fractals that reach down the road Turning what was gray into gold For whatever promises you kept To save the damages is better Than anything's been told In this heat my heart can't freeze Stumble through the desert's truth Fractals that reach down the road Turning what was gray into gold For whatever promises you kept To save the damages is better Than anything's been told Fractals that reach down the road Turning what was gray into gold For whatever promises you kept To save the damages is better Than anything's been told
5.
When the lights were dim And the night crawled back I made a silent whimper The hands were rough The face tough Violent like a hurricane in winter I tried to feel this in the best way I knew how Sunshine is madness, I can't go back now When the lights were dim And the night crawled back I made a silent whimper The hands were rough The face tough Violent like a hurricane in winter If the days were young I'd follow those Little signs that life would turn me back around Now that I'm stone, blood and bone I follow through til the clocks break down And in the end, it wasn't even fun Oh god, I'm sorry It wasn't even fun Oh god, I'm so heavy on the wires Felt so heavy on the wires When the lights were dim And the night crawled back I made a silent whimper The hands were rough The face tough Violent like a hurricane in winter When the lights were dim And the night crawled back I made a silent whimper The hands were rough The face tough Violent like a hurricane in winter
6.
Dog Blood 04:48
Tracing a line to something A cold and steady method Retrain the brain and organs This feeling's got me shaken The crime of wanting something The dog blood stains the carpet The oldest deadly omen Oh I came too late, I came to... I made a choice, I chose to sin They say that God forgives, But I cannot get over this I did not mean to begin I'm an animal when the dog gets out again In the rear view of the car I am hunting down the fear in my heart A stomach full of churning A single steady yearning I gotta free this notion The thoughts, they're overwhelming And when the dead dog's burning The smoke it makes, it's hurting The lovely little motion Of the flakes of ash, they're rising You can't take back what wasn't yours A simple fact of life, made me sick out of spite I did not mean to begin I'm an animal when the dog gets out again In the rear view of the car I am hunting down the fear in my heart I did not mean to begin I'm an animal when the dog gets out again In the rear view of the car I am hunting down the fear in my heart I did not mean to begin I'm an animal when the dog gets out again In the rear view of the car I am hunting down the fear in my heart
7.
Giving up the pain I don't need it anymore These roads look all the same A loop of animals Get up, time to find true love You remember that, right? Follow, follow Get up, get up Marble in the sky And stuck forevermore If the journey dies A lot to answer for I never feel like it's wasted my time If I should find a way to chase it It's fine Get up, get up Get up, time to find true love You remember that, right? Follow, follow Get up, get up (I never feel like it's wasted my time If I should find a way to chase it It's fine) Get up, time to find true love You remember that, right? Follow, follow Time to find true love Get up

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BANDCAMP EXCLUSIVE
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An unreleased concept album written and produced between 2013–2014. This album is a reshaping of equal parts Sisyphus and Orpheus in a mystical, modern world.

You may recognize some songs that were remade to appear on my debut album! I guess you could call these versions the "demos," but both Everest and Dog Blood are basically unrecognizable.

I remastered the bounced tracks (alas the working GarageBand files are were being uncooperative so the mixing is a little all over the place) after re-discovering them a couple months ago. Enjoy!!!

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released June 3, 2019

All songs written and performed by Güttinger, 2013–2014.
Mastered by Güttinger, 2019.

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