VITAL

There are different reasons I chose this title; first we wanted to create a record that when people looked back in time at Anberlin they would choose this record to show their friends as a summation of who we were as a band. The lyrics, the music, the instrumentation- we wanted it all to be simply quintessential ‘Anberlin’.

Finally, I think this was an urgent time for Anberlin, a turning point. We had no idea what was going to happen next in our careers which is the first time we had ever been unsure in our history as a band. The winds had begun to shift and the sense of urgency began to set in; the title ‘Vital’ fit perfectly to me.  

SELF STARTER

Last night rolled over beside my bed
That sort of madness could leave us dead
Our eyes deceive we were on fire
Mistook for love and love desire

I still can’t feel nothing
Just want to, want to hold something
Tell me again what’s real?
Tell me again what to feel.

Why do you stay until you see blood?
Why does the weight fall upon us?
We’re on the same side in the same war
Why stay til you see blood?

Where are we that we digress
Long for love but then undress
Our hands no bounds, our hearts detached
We grasp for all that will not last

I still can’t feel nothing
Just want to, want to hold something
Tell me again what’s real?
Tell me again what to feel.


Why do you stay until you see blood?
Why does the weight fall upon us?
We’re on the same side in the same war
Why stay til you see blood?

Fall
Falter on my chest
Feel
Failure to progress

This song is about attempting to overcome a mutual vice with someone you are in a relationship with. It seems humanity as a whole is prone to pulling each other down, and we usually assimilate with whom we choose to spend the most time with. 

We become callused to our own sin, immune to our shortcomings. We continue to indulge and soon it is a routine and part of our character. For the weak (all of us) we need something beyond ourselves to pull us out of the hole we have dug. 

Overcome.

LITTLE TYRANTS

Soft spoken, straight forward
Tell me all the ways in which you feel
So broken lying helpless, can you even tell me what’s for real
Great divine, great divide, great divine

Am I alive, somebody tell me, am I alive?
You are the king of an island of one
Alone in a world that lost it’s only black sun
You are the king of an island of one
Lil’ tyrant soon to come undone
Well all hail the king

No motives just cover
Justify the things that come to mind
All pictures no color
All the wrong that you think you’ve made right
Dead inside, yours is mine, dead inside

Are you alive? Somebody help me, are you alive?
You are the king of an island of one
Alone in a world that lost it’s only black sun
You are the king of an island of one
Lil’ tyrant soon to come undone
Well all hail the king

This song is about self centered people who have isolated themselves on an island of superiority. It makes no sense to me to think yourself better than someone else, this archaic life only leads to a life where you end up with no friends or loved ones on your death bed. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. 

Black sun is a reference to Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden.

OTHER SIDE

Solitary views, of the other side of a plane we’ve yet to know,
Will we ever get the chance to walk alone?
In this life, or when we find out that we’re home.
What will we hear there?

Love me! Love me!
Why don’t you know me? Know me?
Hold me! Hold me!
And you trust me, trust me!

Inhabitations through,
I can finally forget a past you say you never knew.
I reach my hands to the sky!

Love me! Love me!
Why don’t you know me? Know me?
Hold me! Hold me!
And you trust me, trust me!

There’s a time and a place.
An unknown region of space.
I can meet you all there.
Throw your arms in the air.
Hands towards the sky, and you’ll hear.


Love me! Love me!
Why don’t you know me? Know me?
Hold me! Hold me!
And you trust me, trust me!

This song is about crossing the great unknown beyond death and a Savior who is waiting for me on the other side. 

SOMEONE ANYONE

Thought we were past this
Thought we moved on
But I guess I was wrong
Do we not learn from mistakes?
Do we not have what it takes?
Are you the cure or disease?
Do you still take as you please
Are you the cure? Or are you the disease?

Someone, someone tell me what we’re fighting for
Anyone, anyone, anyone can start a war
No one can walk away, no one can walk away truly alive
Someone, someone, tell me why we need this
Anyone, anyone, anyone can start a war
No one can walk away, no one can walk away truly alive

Forward we find, yesterday’s gone
And I hope that I’m wrong
If we don’t learn from their past
We’ll repeat their history, oh, at last

Are you with us or without?
Scene is set but fading out
Are with us, well are you with us?

Someone, someone tell me what we’re fighting for
Anyone, anyone, anyone can start a war
No one can walk away, no one can walk away truly alive
Someone, someone, tell me why we need this
Anyone, anyone, anyone can start a war
No one can walk away, no one can walk away truly alive

Are you the cure or disease?
Do you still take as you please?
Are you the cure? Or are you the disease?

Someone, someone tell me what we’re fighting for
Anyone, anyone, anyone can start a war
No one can walk away truly alive, truly alive

Someone, someone tell me what we’re fighting for
Anyone, anyone, anyone can start a war
No one can walk away, no one can walk away truly alive
Someone, someone, tell me why we need this.
I don’t see a reason, tell me why we need a reason

I am tired of war, I feel as a global society we should have evolved past this but sadly we haven’t. There are many other places online where I go into detail about the song so that being said I absolutely support the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces who defend this country; because of them we can sleep better tonight knowing there is someone out there who is willing to lay down their lives so we might live ours in peace and freedom. 

INTENTIONS

They say my vice should be vanity.
But I’ll stay calm, and in the street.
I’ll motivate you ‘til you think I’m right.
I’ll be exactly where we started tonight.
Where we started tonight.

My ambition, is all that I have!
There’s a tension, when you want it so bad!
We will move on, we will move on!

I want a love that I don’t deserve.
I want the gold that I didn’t earn.
I want a fire that will never burn.
I want you there, I want you here tonight.

My ambition, is all that I have!
There’s a tension, when you want it so bad!
We will move on, we will move on!
We will move on, we will move on!

Your attention to the matters at hand!
Your intentions, are yet to be had!
We will find you, we will find you!
We will find you, we will find you!

This song also touches on what I learned from being a type three, deeper however is my self imposed philosophy of ‘drive’. I have met many people more intelligent then myself, I am surrounded by them constantly. However, I have not many people with more drive or determination which I think can replace what I (you) might lack in other areas. Want to conquer the world? First pick up a sword, and never stop swinging.

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.



INNOCENT

Laying you down one last time.
On the sheets that will never give.
A touch that woke you gently.
I’ll never know if you saw me.

Did your eyes ever, meet mine?
We see what we wanna see, sometimes.
I believe now,
Yes I believe.

We are all born the innocent.
We were born to run carefree.
You will live on in the hearts of men, constantly.
We are all born the innocent.
We were born to run carefree.
I will hold on ‘til the end, there’ll never be an end.

There are few words that I’ve left to say,
That have not already been said.
Your shadows, they will follow me,
Long after I’ve confessed.

Do your lips feel this kiss?
Do your hands feel this touch?
I miss you here,
I miss you so much.

We are all born the innocent.
We were born to run carefree.
You’ll live on in the hearts of men, constantly.
We are all born the innocent.
We were born to run carefree.
I will hold on ‘til the end, there’ll never be an end.

This song was written for my grandfather who passes away while I was on tour in Brazil, he went into a coma but I had the opportunity to see him before I left. He opened his eyes at one point, and I want to believe he felt the kiss on his cheek and heard every word that I uttered between tears. 

I know I will see him again.

'When we are dead, seek not our tomb in the earth, but find it in the hearts of men'. -Rumi's epitaph 

DESIRES

Now who are you to be the death of me
Stealing what life you need
Roadside while you watch me bleed
I’ve got to get out of here

Well where do you get off that we revolve around your wants and needs
There’s no way I would change a one side catastrophe
You are the only one in this room that is still the same
You’re still the one night catastrophe

A liar, a liar, that’s what you made of me
A wire, a wire, that’s what were walking on
Desires, desires, it’s all dressed down
Heavy lies the crown, heavy lies the crown

Thought you were the one I figured out
With no creeping doubts, no hiding ins or outs
But I was so wrong, I was so wrong
The knife that’s twisting in my back is proof enough for me
That you’re a one sided catastrophe

A liar, a liar, that’s what you made of me
A wire, a wire, that’s what were walking on
Desires, desires, it’s all dressed down
Heavy lies the crown, heavy lies the crown

This song was one of the few songs that I have written where it wasn’t something that had personally happened to me, rather It is a song warning people the complications of lust and the consequences of acting on those feelings. For those who embark on filling the void in their life with physical affection soon find out that they end up even more empty than when they began the vain pursuit. 

TYPE THREE

I have my reasons, for the vices I embrace.
A world of treasons, and I’m their only escape.
No one else here, as conversations that drown their heads.
Sixteen is nothing, and never will be ‘til I’m dead.

Don’t bite the hand that feeds you baby. 
Take hold the hands that need you lately. 
I don’t wanna wait, I don’t wanna wait, on you, anymore.
Don’t bite the hand that feeds you baby.

Daydream that the world stands still, dancing through the fibers of time.
Maybe I just wanna hold
Something that was never meant to be mine.
I look to Heaven to save me!
And you call me naïve.
Rather be a hopeless lover,
Than cursed with disbelief.

Don’t bite the hand that feeds you baby.
Take hold the hands that need you lately. 
I don’t wanna wait, I don’t wanna wait, on you, anymore.
Don’t bite the hand that feeds you baby.

Listen carefully now to the words that I choose:
Speak only when you are spoken to. Oh, oh.

Don’t bite the hand that feeds you baby. 
Take hold the hands that need you lately. 
I don’t wanna wait, I don’t wanna wait, on you, anymore. Oh.
Don’t bite the hand that feeds you baby. 

This song is autobiographical, each part spelling out a little of my past.

Type Three is my Enneagram number. 

I have heard that the average person has 16 conversations with themselves in their head in one minute. I am ADHD, thats how many conversations I have had since I started this sentence. 

Dancing through the fibers of time was an inside joke that Jordan Butcher and I made up while on tour in China. We were discussing what super powers we would want to have and I said that I would want the ability to stop time. He asked why, and that the only thing I could really do with that power is to dance through the fibers of time. We couldn’t stop laughing.

After a few theological conversations I arrived at the final line of the second verse, it was never meant to be harsh, it is more along the lines of Pascals Wager. 

Speak only when your spoken to was inspired by the song Munich.