Before And After

by Allan Van Vliet

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My first full-length album. The album is split thematically and stylistically into two halves, "Before" and "After." Thanks for checking it out.

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released July 31, 2012

"Before" half production and percussion: Michael Herrman
All other things: Allan Van Vliet

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Allan Van Vliet Portland, Oregon

Portland/Los Angeles

This is a real musical hodge-podge, if you ask me.

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Track Name: Lost And Found
I'm tired of waiting
I could be creating
I've got a sense of something
I stand on the edge of
a cliff with my hands up
to the sky, I'm running

Away from the problem,
they're not where I want them
Something is there but it's not quite right
I'm down at the crossroads
and I know where the road goes
so why am I still falling toward the light?

I've been waiting for a change
and nothing has changed but it's not the same
Whatever I need is already around
But those things are lost and I want to be found

I see the hands glow
It's something I don't know
The clock is ticking, my head's on fire
The flame's twice the size of
my body I rise up
and stare uncertain into desire

I want to turn both ways
Been stuck in the long days
Can't figure out where I'm supposed to go
Been circling slowly
Been thirsty and lonely
so take my hand and lead me home

I've been waiting for a change
and nothing has changed but it's not the same
Whatever I need is already around
But those things are lost and I want to be found
Track Name: Picture Frame
I fell into the water
I can't get up to breathe
I hang imbalanced,
my friend of misery

Can't tell which way is up
Walking circles once again
It's vertigo that twists and pulls
and I can't even stand

Can you see me sinking?
I tried to swim away
I'll be there tomorrow
But only if I live today

I want to hear your name
I want to hear this empty frame
And while the colors dry there's time to watch the world go by,
and think about a way to find a highway to the end of the game

The sun slides through the sky
But it's walled by blackened clouds
I know it's somewhere close
Just have to fly around

Through the broken window
Seagull flies over the sea
He can see what's up ahead
Just wish he'd come tell me

Can you see me sinking?
I tried to swim away
I'll be there tomorrow
But only if I live today

I want to hear your name
I want to hear this empty frame
And while the colors dry there's time to watch the world go by,
and think about a way to find a highway to the end of the game
Track Name: Broken Road
I forget just where I've been
Crawl into my molted skin
Search insid for heightened way
To crawl back out into the day

All the world it cries and calls
All the mountains twist and fall
While we're trembling, lost and cold
I'll walk with you down this broken road

The falling sun out of the sky
Shifts and finds me in your eye
For each question bought and sold
And answer comes on wings of gold

All the world it cries and calls
All the mountains twist and fall
While we're trembling, lost and cold
I'll walk with you down this broken road
Track Name: Before And After (Part I)
The waves crash down on me
The sand sticks to my feet
The fire's burnt out, it's in the past
All that's left is ash

The grains fill holes that never left
I try so hard to forget

I hear the laughter fade away
Before and after the great charade

A crying shame to be alone
And troubled so when you are grown

I can't shake the pain I live
I try so hard to forgive
Track Name: Before And After (Part II)
The ashes fall away, the shining light unmasked
The cloud shoved out the door, the deathly gloom is axed
I've felt the rain and ice fall down, the center of the Earth
It's time to move, to change the shade, after the storm, for what it's worth

From the dark the tunnel twists
The creature holds you in its fists
Jump out to light, hear the laughter
See what's changed? Before and after.

Can you hear me calling at you, reaching out my hand?
Do you see what I've seen, feel what I've felt, know where I've been?
It's okay if you don't know, don't ask me why
Just know I'm walking on to leave it all so far behind

From the dark the tunnel twists
The creature holds you in its fists
Jump out to light, hear the laughter
See what's changed? Before and after.
Track Name: Paper Tree
Paper Tree

The sun is shining on your face,
the paper tree is laced
with strung-up flowers in funny shapes,
cartoon hearts that make my mind race.

A band of color blows me away
flooding out of the same old gray
It turns the night into the day
And I really have to say...

Hey
Hey

A bag of bullets falls from place,
A box of built-up woe gives chase
The red ink, it drips, erased
The mouse freed from him tiny maze

The paper trees erase the haze
The hands freed of their irons raise
The wooden ships hoist up their flags
And all those people at sea, they say...

Hey
Hey

I don’t know what I’m going to find
I don’t know what I’m going to find
Gonna get some peace of mind
Yeah

The sun is shining on your face,
the paper tree is laced
with strung-up flowers in funny shapes,
And all those people at sea, they say...

Hey
Hey
Track Name: Sea Of Glass
I sit and I look
into the sun,
behind its shine
a loaded gun.
This island floats
in a crystal pond,
the horizon masks
what’s just beyond.

We’re swimming in a sea of glass.
If you look, you’ll see we’re moving fast.
We’ll make it to the end at last,
just don’t shatter the surface of this
sea of glass.

I hear the song
go bobbing by.
It tells us of
the walk of life.
The earth below,
the wind above,
the water around,
the fire of love.

We’re swimming in a sea of glass.
If you look, you’ll see we’re moving fast.
We’ll make it to the end at last,
just don’t shatter the surface of this
sea of glass.
Track Name: Chameleon
Yeah, pack my bags, all my stuff inside
Where’s your money, got your coat? Good. Let’s take a ride.
Get along, going fast, don’t get left behind.
I know you left your stuff but you can borrow some of mine

Now I’m waiting on you, we’re not going anywhere
Should I hang around or just pretend like I don’t care?
We’re not playing roles, acting mean, or drawing stares
I’m done waiting on you, now I’m getting out of here

No helping hand pull me up to light
No singing voice to guide me back outside
No friend to tell me when to cry I got a
switchblade in my pocket and I won’t let go until I’m alive

Hey hey, yeah yeah, I’m just gonna run away
Can’t stop thinking that you won’t be coming out to play
Think I’m gonna stay inside, try again another day
Hey hey yeah, I’m all alone but it’s okay

Have you seen the way you look at me?
If you had you’d understand that what I say, I mean.
Don’t waste your time standing back alone and turning green,
Chameleon so well you fade away and can’t be seen.

Yeah, I’m done waiting on you, now I’m getting out of here.
I can tell that in your words is where you hide your fear.
I don’t need to act like I don’t care, it’s pretty clear,
so just keep blending in and pretty soon you’ll disappear.

No helping hand pull me up to light
No singing voice to guide me back outside
No friend to tell me when to cry I got a
switchblade in my pocket and I won’t let go until I’m alive

Hey hey, yeah yeah, I’m just gonna run away
Can’t stop thinking that you won’t be coming out to play
Think I’m gonna stay inside, try again another day
Hey hey yeah, I’m all alone but it’s okay
Track Name: Generation
So we come to life
Take all our brothers and go into the night
We’re marching on the goodbye
Of grown-up children at the funeral pyre
We’re up in arms and
we’re going to start a fight
The generation
that’s gonna make it right
We’ll count the reasons
We’re gonna draw a line
We want a free pass
so we don’t have to ride

Woah, we’re gonna kick the wall until its gone
Woah, this is the mind of our generation

We live in ease
Drive shitty cars too fast and run into trees
Let someone else pay the fees
Don’t let them tread upon our right to be free
We’re up in arms and
we’re going to start a fight
Our generation
is gonna make it right
Don’t stand in our way
we’ll take you for a ride
Don’t tell us what to say
We need to live our lives

Woah, we’re gonna punch the clock until its gone
Woah, this is the mind of our generation

Woah, we’re gonna hit the wall until its gone
Woah, this is the mind of our generation