Unless We Meet Again

by Melvin Burch

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My debut album.

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released April 14, 2017

Executive Produced by Lyle Horowitz.

Written by Melvin Burch.

Production by:
- DJDS (Track 9)
- DJ SUPER SONIC (Track 7)
- Four Tet (Track 8)
- Javelin (Tracks 1 & 4)
- Kayloo (Track 6)
- Kelek (Track 3)
- Nadastrom (Track 2)
- SOVATE (Track 5)

Cover art shot by Cameron Van Buren. www.instagram.com/itsvanburen/

Cover art edited by Moulz & Mel.

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Track Name: Dream Come True
[Verse]
I think of you… somewhere out here, and I start to smile
Me and you… someday, maybe; I’ll wait here for now
I don’t mind... time is still whenever I can dream
And awake… it brings us together every second, and the second that I see you, I will breathe for once, and once and for all, and for all of the time I lived my life without you

I’m so glad to be:

[Hook]
Beside you
Beside you
Beside you
Beside…

[Bridge]
Dreamin’, dreamin’

[Hook]
Track Name: Garden
[Verse 1]
Drift away
I don’t wanna watch
It’s him, not me
Guess I thought I’d find a way
If I didn’t knock, I’d find the key
Now I know it’s far too late
That plan wasn’t smart
Thought I could see

Oh well:

I’ll be fine in a little bit

[Verse 2]
Felt a way
More than a day
It’s you, not me
Guess you thought you’d find me there
But I’m over here where I thought you'd be
Now you know
Can’t fool me long
This isn’t your way
Just go be free

I hope:

You’ll be fine in a little bit

[Verse 3]
It’s spring again
Heard you left him
I have to see
(Okay! Okay!)
I love you still
I’m hoping still that we can meet

If not:

I’ll be fine in a little bit
Track Name: Turquoise
[Verse]
I can’t find it
Think it was lost on you
You say don’t talk on you
Since when do you listen?

I couldn’t see it
Had both my eyes on you
Wasted my life on you
Hoping, praying, wishing

All for nothing
I called your bluff, and you proved to me that we were never friends
All for nothing
I called your bluff, and you proved to me that we were never friends

[Hook]
Woman met man, man met woman
And God saw to it that it was mad uncomfortable
Woman met man, man met woman
And God saw to it that it was mad uncomfortable
Track Name: Manual
[Verse]
Find what you want
They don't give you time, they just give you up

Go where you must
They don't give you maps, they just give you laughs and a few shrugs

Know what you feel
They don't give you love, they just tell you wrong from right to hide the only fact there is, and that is none of those are real

[Hook]
Let it die now
Let it die now
Let it die now
So you can get to living

[Bridge]
Find what you want
Go where you must
Know what you feel
Know what you feel
Go where you must
Find what you want

[Hook]
Track Name: Pastures
[Verse 1]
13 years since I saw you
No sense in trying to make up the time
Just know I’ve been frozen in that moment
Trying to make up my mind
Make no mistake, I don’t see a chance
I don’t wanna interrupt what you’ve made
But it’s so wild how I’ve wished for this moment
And now that you’re in front of me, I can say...

[Verse 2]
I remember that way you’d charm me
Air quotes and sing-alongs
Your divinity disarming
Always there if anything was wrong
Things have changed so very much
We’ve grown farther than we were ever close
Now I stand here with a hurt in my soul
Because you’re in front of me again, and I know:

[Hook]
Oh, I can live without you
Oh, I’ll live without you
Track Name: Devotion
[Verse]
Hit me right up in my chest
Gave me what I can’t forget
Really something how you do it
Do it like nothing else
Touched me, and I got the feeling
I was so unprepared
Shocked me like snow in summer
Rocked me like a boat:

[Bridge]
I’m underneath the ocean
Yeah, you got me open
Fixed me like a potion
I thank you with devotion

[Hook]
Alive
You got me feeling so alive
Alive
Track Name: Secret Society!
[Verse]
Watch out
Somebody’s sneaking up behind you
They’re right behind you
Hey
I’ll keep you here so they can’t find you
I won’t let them find you

[Bridge]
They’re moving awfully clandestine
They wanna take you down; I won’t let them
I know you’re much braver than me
But you should never have to be this brave
They’re moving dreadfully silent
I hope this doesn’t get violent
I know you don’t see what I see
But it should never have to be this way

[Hook]
Stay away from us (Secret society)
You can’t take our trust (Secret society)
Enough is enough (Secret society)
I’ll protect you from: Secret society
Track Name: America
Ahh, yes: AMERICA
The only land I've ever known; home
The only place where you better roll or let the punch knock your soul out
No doubt, I can roll with the best of 'em
No clout, I can flow with the rest of 'em
Gotta make a name, though
Gotta make a name, though, they say
They'll make you feel ashamed of loving the way your name holds weight to you without their mouths ever getting a taste
Oh, as you stare from the window, finally at peace, finally able to be, you remember how you've been told
Gotta make a name, though
Gotta make a name, though
A name as strong as...

AMERICA

AMERICA

Nothing stronger, 'til you stare a little longer and see the frailty
Don't be afraid, it all settles down
Tell yourself they can cross-examine, but they'll never nail me
So much mess, so much mess
Each day a test, and each night a pop quiz
No reason around, an abundance of nonsense
100 of comments in this one section
But when you see a face, do you even question how they’re doing in...

AMERICA

AMERICA

AMERICA

Have you never felt alone in AMERICA?
Have you never felt not at home in AMERICA?
Have you never felt exposed in AMERICA?
Have you never been in the throes of AMERICA?

AMERICA

AMERICA

AMERICA

AMERICA

AMERICA

You see, AMERICA walks with its skin free
Saying “There can still be a heart where there’s no sleeve”
Indeed, I can feel my heart swell as I stand naked before her
Promise, Opportunity, Desire; Chasing After Spectacle Tirelessly
I can’t wait to make a podcast about AMERICA
To talk forever about AMERICA
How through its gate/gait, I saw the gold, and believed that I, too, should walk in that way
Have you seen the spoils?
Have you seen the treasure?
I’ve seen it on the screens since birth
I’ve seen it in church
I’ve even heard that it’s in the Earth
I’ma get to it, I’ma get to it
Wherever it is, I’ma get to it, and when I get to it, it would only be right to yell…

AMERICA

But you see, I heard time has run out
The jig is up
The unraveling has begun
The foundation is crumbling
You can hear it in the mumblings
You can hear it in the yells as more people reach the reward

AMERICA

And another brick turns to dust, unable to support her and him and it and them and us
Another step is lost; the gate/gait becomes rickety
As everyone and everything is favored
And yes, that is the idea of...

AMERICA

AMERICA

So who can say it is the time to hate or the time to love?
Because if the jig is truly in the sky above
We can either go out or go crazy
If we go out, it is not the time to create
For there will be nothing to behold and embrace what you have brought forth
Nothing to care for it if it were to lose track of you
And its life would be short and as meaningless as ours
If love is lost, it is never to be found
But if we go crazy, to create is the way to make sane
Whatever your sane may be
To remember the days
To remember the nights
To have something to gain
To have something for pain
To have something to say:
Hey
I have felt
I have wanted
I have fought
I have denied
I have hurt
i have helped
I have been
Perhaps to find a way forward
A way past the end
To rise from an ash to begin something that you have never seen in...

AMERICA

AMERICA

AMERICA

AMERICA

AMERICA

Beyond the products
Plans
Release dates
Chores
Bores
Fords
Fans
Tweets
Posts
Articles
Dust bunnies
Barnacles
Candidates
Lies
Ideas
Opinions
Voices
Gatekeepers
Tastemakers
Influencers
Choices
Journalists
Bloggers
Resource hoggers
Princes
Paupers
Movers
Shakers
Talkers
Silence
Indifference
Apathy
Injustices
The public
The love when you think about them
The kisses
The hugs and the goodbyes
The hellos
The hooks, lines, and sinkers
Blinkers
The right
The left
The only see the extreme-ers
The inbetweeners
Tragedy
Conspiracy
Orchestration
Initiative
Indoctrination
Payments
Bills
Exes
Texts
Sex
Stress
Sounds
Sights
Lights
Darkness
Targets
Wal-Marts
Tears
Smiles
Disease
Affliction
Illness
Ceilings
Oppression
Torture
Deception
Connections
Best friends
Family
Something
Nothing
And what may lie in the middle
Beyond whatever you’ve found in...

AMERICA
Track Name: Chess On The Beach
[Verse 1]
I hope God isn’t our creation
‘Cause Lord knows we can’t be trusted
I’m broke down underneath two blankets
Bloated brain behind two sunken eyes
I need a one demise; got a broken compass in my chest
Felt something die in my soul
And an evil something in my flesh

So:

[Hook]
I drop to my knees and pray
‘Cause I don’t know why I gotta breathe today
And I been known every human being is Sway; we ain’t got the answers
Temptation I must suffer
Afraid of death by my own hand
I tasted silence in the air as it just swept through all the land

[Verse 2]
I can will wet dreams, upset teens, and find the best memes when I wanna play along
But I can’t not feel the absurd in it all, and I think it shows when I make a song
Please pop your poom to my gloom
Offset the doom in my tunes
I know I’m moving profane
Show me how to make a better impression, Monet
I’ve… painted this city blue
I’m… naked and pitiful
They… just want to dance on
I… don’t have a leg to stand on

So:

[Hook]