Quiet Siren

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All songs written and recorded* by Jeff Lavender

Additional guitar and vocals on "Digging Up The Devil" by Fred Mascherino
Rhodes on "Worry Away" by Mike Abiuso
Additional vocals on "Worry Away" by Melissa Lavender
Vocals on "Mapping Out The Miles" by Melissa Lavender
Piano on "Mapping Out The Miles" by Mike Abiuso
Additional guitar on "Mapping Out The Miles" by Alex Correia
Additional vocals on "Real Fine Mess" by Tim White
Additional "Vocals" on "Julian" by Julian Avery Lavender


This whole album was mixed and mastered at SwitchBitch Studios, New York/Boston, by Mike Abiuso

*"Mapping Out The Miles" recorded by Mike Poorman @ Strangeways Studios, Providence, RI. Produced by Alex Correia.

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released July 23, 2013

Big thanks to the following for being a part of this in one way or another: Melissa Lavender, Julian Lavender, Mike Abiuso @ SwitchBitch Records/Studios, Tim White, Fred Mascherino, Bob Nanna, Mike Poorman, John McClintock

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Track Name: Digging Up The Devil (feat. Fred Mascherino)
i watched you digging up the devil
you dragged his body ‘round
tried to make an example out of him

you beat his teeth in
with stones, and pipes and hammers
proves that you can do the same amount of damage
oh, you.

you think happiness is a brief release of how we’re born to feel

i watched you turn the whole world sideways
and trample on any progress i’ve made
oh, you
oh, you

a small percentage of me saw this coming
you know i saw this coming,
a million miles away
oh, you

you think happiness is a brief release of how we’re born to feel

you’ll never drag me down to hell with you,
to hell with you
you’ll never drag me down, or break my broken back
i’m broken too
to hell with you

i watched you digging up the devil
you dragged his body ‘round
tried to make an example out of him
a small percentage of me saw this coming
you know i saw this coming,
a million miles away
oh, you

you think happiness is a brief release of how we’re born to feel

you’ll never drag me down to hell with you,
to hell with you
you’ll never drag me down, or break my broken back
i’m broken too
to hell with you
Track Name: Clouds
Sunken in the days defeat
We struggle not to fall asleep
sing the requiem for today

loaded words and sorry eyes
shoot us down, and ain’t it nice
that we remain intact and balanced

i sit and stare and wait
for something to come, to take shape
but these clouds just cast shadows on our town

We’ve shed our brilliant summer skins
we guard our hearts, at least we pretend
our nerve is lost, getting gone somewhere

i sit and stare and wait
for something to come, to take shape
but these clouds just cast shadows on our town

And it’s all just temporary
we’re all so temporary
Track Name: To Honor
a weathered soul, that charming grin
a callused hand, the things you hid, your gray sky

there’s nothing that you couldn’t fix,
you left a beautiful girl to sit with half her heart

we learn to let go what’s out of our control

a hundred of your closest friends
are stumbling through, still trying to comprehend

every ounce of you was so genuine
you left a million memories, and so many questions

and we’ll learn to let go, what’s out our control

Ian I know we’ll see you around the corner
arms are stretched as you pull us in
tip our hats and raise a glass to honor
you still live on entirely

you still float on, just on another sea
Track Name: Slowed Down
She knows it’s all over
The expressions on my face
Keep giving me away
My smile, my eyes
Can’t bear to lie another day
The truth has started surfacing

Our hearts don’t want the same thing
We’re much more selfish as we’re aging
And slowing down
No, I can’t commit to no one
I can’t guarantee a place
I’ll slow it down

Her body contorts
And readjusts to simpler frames
We are just in similar space and time
Both shallow, and perfectly numb
I’ve changed so much

Our hearts don’t want the same thing
We’re much more selfish as we’re aging
And slowing down
No, I can’t commit to no one
I can’t guarantee a place
I’ll slow it down

But I’ll deny it
Keep dragging it out
Through the same routine, it’s fruitless
Our bodies are so useless combined
My smile
Keeps tripping the wire

Our hearts don’t want the same thing
We’re much more selfish as we’re aging
And slowing down
No, I can’t commit to no one
I can’t guarantee a place
I’ll slow it down
Track Name: Dangerous Faces
Good to see you’ve got so much of yourself to share
Spread thinly across the past several years
You’re shipwrecked, playing dumb to your idiot peers
Letting guilt guide the way from some sort of fear

All your time sacrificed and your dignity shot
All you claim that you are is all that you’re not
All you struggle to be is just running you
Down and down and down

You’ve got friends in all the wrong places
Dangerous faith in dangerous faces
Fatal flaws became common mistakes miss
Close the door and try to erase this

The intentions were seemingly harmless to you
Put an end to all your empty promises
Truth all the good that you’ve shared has all be undone
Like disease it will weaken, and hurt who you love

You’ve got friends in all the wrong places
Dangerous faith in dangerous faces
Fatal flaws became common mistakes miss
Close the door and try to erase this
Track Name: Innocent Bones
We’ve seen far too much
Forever etched in our minds
Blanketed by fear
All sorts of wars being waged

We’ve hurt far too long
Can’t stop tonguing the wound
God’s not shown his face
Left to stand on our own

Would you believe, there’s a world for you and me
Where the senseless things we see, could never be?
Innocent bones, are gone but not alone
They live on in loving hearts

Sleeping sound too soon
The sweetness beyond our veins
Anchored by a love
That can’t be replaced

Would you believe, there’s a world for you and me
Where the senseless things we see, could never be?
Innocent bones, are gone but not alone
They live on in loving hearts
Track Name: Worry Away
push worry away to make room for some more
forget all about me and I'll forget what I saw
a menacing moon hangs from the most haunting heights
consuming my comfort, and swallows my sight

i can't say what i mean without making a sound
or set fire to footsteps without being tracked down

the characteristics of being a kid
are boxed up and packaged, and labeled as sick
medicate misery, bury the truth
believe all the hype, who even needs proof


i'd rather be swallowed whole by the unknown
than taken down by what i could have controlled

i'd rather be swallowed whole by the unknown
than taken down by what i could have controlled

i can't say what i mean without making a sound
or set fire to footsteps without being tracked down...

believe all the hype, who even needs proof

i can't say what i mean without making a sound
or set fire to footsteps without being tracked down...
i can't say what i mean without making a sound
or set fire to footsteps without being tracked down...

i'd rather be swallowed whole by the unknown
than taken down by what i could have controlled

i'd rather be swallowed whole by the unknown
than taken down by what i could have controlled
Track Name: Mapping Out The Miles (feat. Melissa Lavender)
I wear it like a badge for you,
No one can ever know
The love I’ve always held, for you

The shortest days will still drag on
The color's fading from my skin
And won’t return til we meet again,
not soon enough, not soon enough

And in all of my reflections
I see you staring back at me
and though it makes my stomach turn
I still find it comforting
To know that you're still with me
To walk with me through the day
To be the breath in what I say

I've felt numb and I feel empty
those feelings fail to compare
to any moment that I've shared, with you here

They say it’s always such a long road
So while I’m mapping out the miles
I’ll make breathing seem worthwhile, today, today

And in all of my reflections
I see you staring back at me
and though it makes my stomach turn
I still find it comforting
To know that you're still with me
To walk with me through the day
The sunlight washing over me

I’ve got to fight myself to sleep
But then I see you in a dream
And I swear I’d love to stay,
So I can always see your face
Track Name: Real Fine Mess (feat. Tim White)
My city sleeps,
but my body survives the fall
a blank slate brain steers this vessel through it all

let the sun escape
through the cracks in my lungs
keep the dark in my heart,
where i feel no one belongs

was i ever really happy
did i feel it hard enough
was I ever feeling empty
cos i’m a real fine mess

every vein’s polluted with alcohol
numbingly loving life
once and for all

let the sun escape
through the cracks in my lungs
keep the dark in my heart,
where i feel no one belongs

was i ever really happy
did i fake it hard enough
was I ever feeling empty
cos i’m a real fine mess

i name no one to know who i am
even my name’s off the list
always struggle to be
the subtle and sweet optimist


was i ever really happy
did i feel it hard enough
was I ever feeling empty
cos i’m a real fine mess
Track Name: Julian
dear Julian
we’ve loved you to the moon and back
since we got the news
and will continue to

we’ll sit and watch the planets spin
trace the constellations
wouldn’t trade this love for anything

if ever you feel blind
that the world has bled you dry
I’ll be on your side
help you find some light

i’ve found this whole new side of me
someone i was meant to be
who sees the good in everything

my boy i wish you’d stay so small
always my priority
grounded by your gravity

ocean meets the sky
smile miles wide
i see love in your eyes
everything’s just fine

your mother and I only hear
an everlasting melody
when you’re laughing endlessly

we made a little beating heart
that loves us to the moon and back
couldn’t ask for too much more than that

if ever you feel blind
that the world has bled you dry
I’ll be on your side
help you find some light

ocean meets the sky
smile miles wide
i see love in your eyes
everything’s just fine