Before It Begins

by Compass & Cavern

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hydrogenskyline This record is fucking fantastic! Quality writing, well produced, and perfectly released in time for summer fun! If you don't buy this you'll be missing out on some of the best times of your life - and likely you won't meet your future spouse, or have those future kids, or close that future deal to allow you to retire by 40. Just saying ... a lot is riding on this. Favorite track: Morrissey and the Wormhole.
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Compass & Cavern's first full-length album, Before It Begins, consists of 11 songs written over the two years following the formation of the band. The album addresses a range of topics, from personal struggles to technology-induced paranoia, all captured by a powerful pop sound with a taste of hip hop influence.

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released March 31, 2017

All music and lyrics written and performed by Compass & Cavern
Recorded by Josh Berman
Edited and produced by Josh Berman and C&C
Mixed by Mike Watts at VuDu Studios
Mastered by Mike Kalajian at Rogue Planet Mastering

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Track Name: I Can't Complain
The sun is out almost every day
My job is glorified child's play
Most parts are working in my brain
I can't complain
I can't complain

Hey! Hey! Hey!

We can find some good in everyone
Some will make us smarter, some help us have fun
A few will do us harm, but be glad we're not numb
We're the fortunate ones

I'll take the tough times that are thrown my way
I'll learn my lessons from the pain
It isn't always fair, but at least I'm playing the game
I can't complain

Chorus:
I just want you to know
That I am grateful for every rise and fall
I want to show
That I am thankful to be alive at all
To be alive at all

Post Chorus:
I can't complain 'bout the life that I'm given
With the ups and the downs, I'll be happy that I'm livin'
And I'm swimmin' in the river of my possibilities
I'll build a boat to stay afloat and sail out to the sea

We can take our time to get where we need to go
Everywhere there's traffic, at least there's a road
And if we're late because of a broken down car
Well, I bet we wouldn't walk that far

Give me a blizzard and I will make a fire
A windy day will only take me higher
I can put my hood up when it begins to rain
I can't complain

Chorus

Post Chorus (2x)
Track Name: Good Enough
I don't feel jealousy
I don't feel envy
This is normally more unhealthy for me
Could that mean something?
Ooh

So far I'm patient
So while you date him
Keep in mind that it's your time you're taking away
Could this be something?
Ooh

But to tell you the truth
I don't know if he's good enough for you

Chorus:
You are bright and captivating
I don't find that every day
Laughter and joy you're radiating
Turn the cynical away
If you could see the world the way I do
I think that you would find that I'm exactly what you need

We talk for hours
The sweet and sour
I can't deny you hold some kind of power over me
Could that mean something?
Ooh

You've kept me chasin'
Anticipation
Is only giving me more motivation to stay
Could this be something?
Ooh

But to tell you the truth
I don't know if he's good enough for you

Chorus

While I admire your bravery
Don't say to me he's for you
While I admire your bravery
Don't say to me he's for you

But to tell you the truth
I don't know if I'm good enough for you

I am flawed and far from perfect
And I fight it every day
I try to change, it might be working
But it's never right away
If I could see the world the way you do
Then I'd be through with pining
For more than silver linings
And I would keep on finding you're exactly what I need
Track Name: Cosmic Dance
I am what you see
The rest lies in the shadows and the halls of dreams
Or so it seems

You might call this free
But the shackles hide in your mind and your memory
Your memory

Guilty is the past for the damage it leaves
In the wake, a mistake, a misstep,
A misfortune it can't receive, you won't believe
The effect that it has on you and me
On you and me
The ripples of suffering spread beyond what we can see
An emotional scar, the pain incorrectly named
Works like a disease
And the only cure is to let it be
But it's not easy

I have given you
All that I can do
This is more than chance
The cosmic dance has other plans
For me and you

Oh, how can this be?
We were born to fight the struggle of vitality
It's what we breathe

But why should the fault of another be burdening me?
Forget about balance, fairness, justice, rationality
If not our thoughts, what holds the key?
What holds the key?
When did you abandon sanctity?
Is it us? Could it be? That we can't
Comprehend your harmony
No melody or tale of old can speak of thee
At least not truly

I have given you
All that I can do
This is more than chance
The cosmic dance has other plans
Though we argue
We are guilty, too
This is more than chance
The cosmic dance has other plans
For me and you
The cosmic dance has other plans
For me and you
Track Name: Foster
Place your face against mine
I know it feels like it's been a long time
Just you and me

And if I said I loved you
Would you even know what my words were pointing to
Could you for me?

Chorus:
I thought that I could handle the end
But I didn't know the pain of decline

Ooh

It breaks my heart to see you fall
If you don't stand again I might lose it all
For you and me

You are barely eating
And no one here is sleeping tonight
Not you or me

Chorus

Your decline
Your decline
Your decline

Chorus (2x)

I thought that I could live with death
But I didn't know I'd struggle with dying

Ooh
Track Name: Same Old House
I sit here in the same old house
The same old rooms, the same old doubts
Creeping into everything I do
I need to

Change the routine, the scenery
The repetitive life isn't one for me
Not when it seems to be incomplete
I need you

I sit here in the same old home
The same old couch, the same old phone
I use to keep myself connected to
A world I once knew

Now the taste of solitude is stale
My own thoughts and moods, they pale in comparison
To a real muse

Chorus:
If I could climb
If I could choose
I know I'd be on top with you
And lose the self I want to lose
If I could run
If I could move
I'd go beyond my faded days
To something new

Ooh
I need you

If I believe love's all we need
That it can heal, it can set us free
Do all the starved hearts carved in trees
Confine us to being unhealthy?

I've tried reflecting on the space
Projecting purpose, granting grace
But nothing replaces your face

Chorus

I sit here in the same old house
The same old rooms, the same old doubts
Creeping into everything I do

Chorus

Ooh
I need you
Track Name: Before It Begins
Lately, I've been thinking 'bout the end of time
And whether I could write a song so true that you'd be
Mine, mine, mine
It's worth a try

My, my mind's been drifting towards the end of days
But I can reel it back if you decide you want to
Stay, stay, stay
No time to waste

I don't want this to end before it ever begins​

I've been reading articles that peddle fear
Of overpopulation, climate change, the end is
Near, near, near
Or so I hear

Thought the singularity can make me scream
I bet your clarity could turn my nightmares into
Dreams, dreams, dreams
And mend the seams

Oh, ​I don't want this to end before it ever begins​

When a life of optimism seems in vain
You are the only one I know who keeps me feeling
Sane, sane, sane
Oh, what a change

If our future holds a mass catastrophe
I think I'll want someone who's right there holding hands with
Me

​I don't want this to end before it ever begins​
​I don't want this to end before it ever begins​
​I don't want this to end before it ever begins​
Track Name: Prelude of Progress
Ooh
Track Name: Ode to AI
We never knew
That we would have to choose
We've been on top for so long

Look to the skies
Invite our own demise
Naively think we are strong

We don't know
We can't know
We've tied our arms

We try to have it all
But never see the fall
We only see the climb

Using our bag of tricks
Working to get a fix
Soon we will cross the line

With every mystery
We meddle carelessly
We never read the signs

Resort to picking locks
Open Pandora's box
Release our own design

We don't know
We can't know
​We've tied our arms

Could this be the game that we all play?
We try so hard to seize the day
But end up holding on too tight
No movin' on if we think our plight
Is tied to chronic lack of sight

What's wrong with a little bit of change?
There isn't need to be afraid
Of what we cannot understand
We cannot expect, we cannot plan
Knowing nothing at all shouldn't be so bad

Doo

I'll keep my eye on you
My trust you've yet to earn, but I am through
Supplying power to a fear of doom

We don't need it!

I won't underestimate what we can do
Intelligent design is not a ruse
We'll call it "artificial" 'til it's true

We don't need it!
We don't need it!
We don't need it!

(Make it stop)
Track Name: Morrissey and the Wormhole
"Look for the mood inside"
We're told a thousand times
Our ritual is to provide

With gloves we sacrifice
Our spaceship split tonight
The crowd enjoys what should be fright

The show of sound and light
Sent from dimensions wide
Is not the same, it's not quite right

I fear we can't supply
There's no room to ask why
It is too late when they arrive

Morrissey will you please come with me?
No one around our little town is listening

We don't have time to save them all

We implore, door to door, not to ignore
The looming signs of unsatisfied beings in the wormhole

We don't have time to please them all
We knew, sometime, this would have to fall
When life makes you feel like you are pressed down by a spoon
In your living room, would you know gloom?
Track Name: Mamma Mia
I've been cheated by you since I don't know when
So I made up my mind, it must come to an end

Look at me now, will I ever learn?
I don't know how but I suddenly lose control
There's a fire within my soul

Just one look and I can hear a bell ring
One more look and I forget everything
Whoa

Chorus:
Mamma mia, here I go again
My, my, how can I resist you?
Mamma mia, does it show again?
My my, just how much I've missed you
Yes, I've been brokenhearted
Blue since the day we parted
Why, why did I ever let you go?

Mamma mia, now I really know
My my, I could never let you go

I've been angry and sad about things that you do
I can't count all the times that I've told you we're through

And when you go, when you slam the door
I think you know that you won't be away too long
You know that I'm not that strong

Just one look and I can hear a bell ring
One more look and I forget everything
Whoa

Chorus

Mamma mia, even if I say
"Bye bye, leave me now or never"
Mamma mia, it's a game we play
"Bye bye" doesn't mean forever

Chorus

Mamma mia, now I really know
My my, I could never let you go
Track Name: Peace of Mind
A galaxy of goals and dreams
But only time for two or three
I'm scraping sky a mile high
And feeling like I'm burning life

They say there's no rest
For the weary
​But I can feel it in my chest
And it's moving through me

Clouded, crowded, and shrouded
I'm constantly rerouted
Inadvertently diverted
And way overburdened

They say you need to find
The balance within
But I'm a two-dimension man
Spread paper thin

Chorus:
My mind is in pieces
Divided in so many ways
I'm aligning
Scattered reasons
There's no chance I'll stay

Moving at the speed of light
Forgetting to enjoy the flight
Am I leaving parts of me behind
That I hope my friends will help me find?

They say you need to stop
Smell the roses
But it's hard to plant a garden
Where the ground is frozen

Sift through all the clutter
Just to try and find another way
To live the destiny I see
And use my gifts more honestly

They say if it's worth having
Then it's worth the wait
This is an exercise of patience
That's stretching my faith

Chorus

We're searching for some peace of mind
Hoping that we're gonna find
Half the time to double down
And split the cost of running 'round
I see no resignation from this heavy obligation
Unless we run that 80/20
Feel that final destination

We're searching for some peace of mind
Hoping that we're gonna find
Half the time to double down
And split the cost of running 'round
I see no resignation from this heavy obligation
Unless we run that 80/20
Feel that final destination

Chorus