RURALA

by The Absolute Sky

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RURALA is a collection of songs based on experiences growing up in a small town and having to create your own world while being in a place with not a lot to do. "Rurala" is all of these places combined under one name. This album has been 30 weeks in the making and could not have been made without the help of many people who have supported us and told us they were excited for the album to come out, this is for them, this is for you, this is for us. We hope you can sing along to this with your friends, or sing along to it in your head alone. Physical Copies will be available on March 13th but you can digitally download this right now. ENJOY!

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released March 5, 2015

Branden Bauer- lead guitar, lead vocal
Mike Damiani- bass, backing vocal
Gene Fuchs- guitar, backing vocal
Joffrey Hoy- drums
Jamie Lyons- guitar, keys

All songs arranged & performed by The Absolute Sky
Words & Lyrics By Branden Bauer except for selected lines in
Poem at the end of storms by Anis Mojgani
"Storms" By Jamie lyons
Music for "Five" & "Storms" Composed By Jamie Lyons
Music for "Fallowfield" Composed by Branden Bauer,Matt Mahoney, and Joffrey Hoy

Produced By: Dash Williams
Recorded By: Dash Williams, Gene Fuchs
Album Artwork By: Elise Stewart
Photography Of Artwork: Matt Kullman

Additional Help From:
-Dash Williams on background vocals for
"Morning" "Fallowfield" & "Stars"
-T.J. McDonough on guitar & Nicole Ostrosky on violin for "Adderall"
-Assima Egbame & Elise Stewart on background vocals for "Stars"

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Track Name: Morning
Beautiful Is the Morning, When You realize we're here
Dark indeed was the night time, when I believed in fear
Beautiful is the morning, when all the seconds feel like years
Lucid was the dreaming, when everything becomes clear, when you see..

Blue Skies, sometimes, other days gray with no sunlight
sometimes it's cold instead, other days i just lay in bed..

Frightening was the feeling, of undetermined fate
something off in the distance, so close, so far away
I know they said "Be Patient" but I just cannot wait

I need a head high, I need a sunrise, I need a good night's sleep
I need a new start, maybe a change of heart, I need the strength to speak

Beautiful is the morning, when night turns in to day
and all society's children, come out to play
"WAKE UP.WAKE UP. WAKE UP." the alarm clock always seems to say...

Blue Skies, sometimes, other days gray with no sunlight
sometimes it's cold instead, other days i just lay in bed.
I need a head high, I need a sunrise, I need a good night's sleep
I need a new start, maybe a change of heart, I need the strength to speak
I need still waters, I need Green Pastures, i've got this question...I need to ask her. "Do you love me??? Now that I can dance.."

I need a good night's sleep, I need a good night's sleep
Track Name: Days Under The Sun
Everybody's working for the weekend, everybody wants to drive into the sun
lately it has seemed so selfish, just looking out for number one
saying 'what's mine is mine and what's yours is mine' it's territorial pissings
but there's a different way to live and kid...you don't know what you're missing
Me I don't want to hurt nobody, I just want some peace of mind in the afternoon
I just want to pick up the telephone and say "just hold on, i'm coming home to you"
But i never do, I stay singing 'i've got some issues that nobody can see, and all of these emotions are pouring out of me, i will bring them to the light for you"

What is love? Darling, don't hurt me no more. I'm already bruised up, and a little bit sore
I remember there were silver lights upon your sillhuette, your face is one that I cannot forget
I want to swim in the ocean, I want to breath in the air, taste the salt of your skin, in the warm summer air, and we'll follow the moon as it burns and the world as it turns and we'll learn
WHATEVER HAPPENS HAPPENS you know? YANNO?!

Everybody is jumping off the deep end, drowning themselves just for fun
I'm not exactly sure how to spend, all my days under the sun
but i've seen the world in the bottom of a Red Solo Cup, while everyone around me yells "pour it up!!" but i've had enough...of these games they play,
we all want to be saved, we just find different ways


While everybody was working for the weekend, I swore to G-d that I found heaven, there were so many nights in the backs of my friends cars, singing bohemian rhapsody and swearing the world was ours, yelling out the windows into the empty streets below
"momma mia, momma mia, let me go!"
Track Name: Parking Lots
Do you remember, the 17th of September ? when
Your eyes were / a shade of green , there was a space/in between,
You & I/that needed filled/we locked eyes/on that hill.
You were my/Gemini, Always standing / closely bye,
Sometimes I wonder why, sometimes I still wonder why

And Do you recall? The feeling of Early fall? when
all the trees/turned to brown/the yellow leaves/on the ground.
Deja Vu/of your lips, and how you/would slowly kiss
all the stones, that we'd skip, All alone, just perfect
I was certain once, now I don't know, once upon a time not too long ago.

WE WERE IN THE PARKING LOT OF WEGMANS
AND I REMEMBER YOU WERE SAYING,
THAT WE WOULDN'T LIVE FOREVER,
BUT I GUESS IT DIDN'T REGISTER,
WE WERE IN THE PARKING LOT OF WEGMANS

Do you remember The 19th of November? when
I first found/your eyes blue/In the light/ of the moon,
they say you're/A Child too/We've grown Up/fAR too soon
sitting On/those quiet rides/I felt Free/ by your side.
You had a gown/and a rose of white, And Now I never wonder why

Do you rememember, the 14th Of December? when
The kids all burned/Christmas Trees/they say it helps/the apathy,
I was fixed/on your stare/and the scent of em/bers in your hair.
THE who, What, When, Why and Where/I trace every/detail there,
angels made/ in the snow, once upon a time not too long ago

There was a portrait over the door, that read in red "What's it all for?"
Hopeful and hopeless nights. it's an ongoing tug of war,
when happiness finally comes it's disguised as something tragic
forget it all we willl rise from the ashes
Track Name: Blink Of An Eye
I used to know someone, Who said "I really need ya"
But now I only talk to them, On social media
and all the moments blur and blend, and it just happens so fast
From the beginning to the end, it all becomes the past

and it all goes by in the blink of an eye, i just take my time casually unwind, and i'll run run run till the end of time, cuz' it all goes bye

In The Blink Of An Eye

So here's to him and her and you, and all the people we once knew
Who don't know what to do, I say "me too! me too!"
and I'll go jumping off a bridge, like all my other friends do
it's the same old same old, looking for something new

and it all goes by in the blink of an eye, i just take my time casually unwind, and i'll run run run till the end of time, cuz' it all goes bye
In The Blink Of An Eye
Track Name: Five
In the Streets, in the Rivers, in the Parks
and the things we did after dark
I lost half my life, on that July night,
You spoke three words "Please stay light"
when all my walls, start to decay, I will call, we'll meet halfway
In the streets, In the Rivers, in the Parks
and the things we did after dark

There's just too many nights, to waste asleep
so tonight, we're getting lost on these streets
and if you feel defenseless, I'll meet you here, Just Like This
In the Streets, in the Rivers, and the Parks

and there's certain people I call home, I see them in a Sepia tone
I spent half my life, in their eyes, I gained sight, on that July night
If only, I had known, what I was looking for, was there all along
in.....The Streets, in the Rivers, and the Parks
and the things we did after dark
Track Name: Storms
cut the shit, and look all around you
what is this that always surrounds you?
A love exists it just hasn't found you, you can't escape this town can you?
so you stay awhile....and go fake a smile
These things tend to take awhile
waiting for the end since, you were a child
but i swear that, this is vital, we were given signs
BUT WE STILL SAT IDLE

when the rain comes, when the rain comes, I'll be walking on
I'll follow the sun, we'll all follow the sun

Long talks, Short Nights, Tell me "It's alright" even if it's not alright
We'll walk, till 'Daylight', Stay Warm, Stay Light
Just don't stay inside, THERE'S NO REASON TO STAY DRY

when the rain comes, when the rain comes, I'll be walking on..

Milos by Anis Mojgani
"Be the storm;
the front porch;
the bend in the path;
the heat in the south;
the heat in the boot;
be a boot full of banjo strings;
a fist full of written songs;
a mouthful of chocolate dust.
When they come to take us,
stab them between the eyes.
Do not take your hand from around mine.
Make a fist with the other, and punch spines like guilt. Spit, sweat, kiss them like a grandmother. How will open mouthed terror love filled?
And when they come to tie us down, to strap us in, to shave our hair
and ask to hear penance come from inside us
You say with me loud and trembling,
but loud and clear. "I have already emptied myself.
I have emptied myself.
I am a picture waiting to be filled with the night.
A bowl for plums; those plums have come.
I have emptied myself.
I kissed regret goodbye,
took the hands of another backwards angel,
and rode backwards into the rain
watching our footsteps gallop away behind us."
When the hangman of morrow comes to hang the sun in its daily execution say this with me:
"Sarah we are apples,
our love is an arrow;
I'm unbuttoning my shirt;
painting a circle over my heart,
please.. just shoot straight."
Track Name: Mason Jars
I miss everybody, why's the world so big?
miles and miles and miles, seems forever away
looking out my window, my eyes can only see so far
I miss everybody wonder where in the world they are

I see planes flying they're all going somewhere
without trying I start to think if you're up there

in the Blue skies, white clouds, where are you now?
We'll meet again, someday, somehow
it begins where it ends, i'm certain of it now

Nothing but Nostalgia for days gone bye
it's this never ending cycle of hellos and goodbye
take me back to when we caught lightning bugs in Mason jars
I miss everybody but i wonder where in the world YOU are

up in the Blue skies, white clouds, where are you know?
We'll meet again, someday, somehow

So far away, So far Away, So far away, Come home to Stay

Blue skies, white clouds, blue skies, white clouds
it begins where it ends, i'm certain of it now
Track Name: Adderall
I don't sleep, I just stare at the cieling, call it what you will I'll call it spiritual healing.
Adderall, pain pills, and late nights.
I was just thinking about when all we had to worry about were bruises and bugbites

They'll say "Don't go walking in the rain" and "don't go talking about your pain, some days it does get better then, other days you just try to play pretend"

I don't sleep, I just stare at the cieling, call it what you will I'll call it spiritual healing.
Adderall, pain pills, and late nights.
I was just thinking about when all we had to worry about were bruises and bugbites

Some days it feels like I've lost my best friend, but I know I'll see him again.
Some days it feels like i've got nowhere to go, so I just keep on walking
and I'm not here or there, but I am somewhere
in the end that's all that matters to me.

I don't sleep, I just stare at the cieling, call it what you will I'll call it spiritual healing.
Adderall, pain pills, and late nights.
I was just thinking about when all we had to worry about were bruises and bugbites

The things we do in the dark, and the ways we spend our time apart,
and how we all cling to our so called "broken hearts"
like it's all we'll ever know, we're just putting on a show.

I don't sleep, I just watch the paint peeling.

late nights, it's useless to play lullabies, it's useless to play lullabies
Track Name: Golden Silence
When you wake up
do you think of
the place where you were born?
Or pull the covers up, to where you left it in a desperate attempt to stay warm
I've got this feeling I don't have enough time, and a lot of people who are telling me to change my mind
But my mind stays intent on the way that it went before,
as I watch the world go bye
on a cold tiled kitchen floor
wondering who even cares anymore, BUT I KNOW

I don't want to be the one to decide on what's "good" an 'evil'
and believe all the lies they try to tell me on the t.v. shows
I don't wanna sit around and talk shit on people all day, every day, until the day I die

You ask me what i've been up to?
i've been waiting on a Miracle, a phonecall, a paycheck and you
I just put my clothes on, get in the car and
every new person i meet seems so foreign
I avert my eyes and shake another strangers hand
but I come face to face with the place where you used to stand

but this is now....and that was then
when you would say
"Why should I care about what It says in the magazines? or believe those promises of real happiness on the fake plasma screens"
but I know, I know, I know, I know

I don't want to be the one to decide on what's "good" an 'evil'
and believe all the lies they try to tell me on the t.v. shows
or have the only good things I ever say be at a funeral
I don't wanna sit around and talk shit on people
all day, all day, every day, until the day I die

And I used to play back all the words you said, but know i've got this PERFECT PEACEFUL SILENCE IN MY HEAD

and Everybody's going crazy, it's just...
who can hide it best?
Track Name: Fallowfield
Do you remember as kids when we would hide
into the backs of the sunsets of our minds?
and we would sit and wait while the world slowly turns
not caring about the fires that burned and I would close my eyes when i sleep at night, not caring about tomorrow's daylight I had a brown paper bag and not a care at all. walked straight down a narrow hall and I would turn my eyes to the Mirror's glare, It was Right There That

I made a promise to myself, Never to become anybody Else
Here I stand before you today, taking back every promise that I've ever made

And now...
She waits til' Saturday Morning
To come around and paint the sky orange
It feels like we've been on a carousel,
how long has it been i can hardly tell
It was perfect, pure and unadulterated
I slipped, Tripped, Stumbled and I faltered
I hit the ground, I never ever looked around, to see that
You were dressed up in a shower curtain
didn't want the world to see your bare skin
you were JUST like me, You wanted everyone to think you're clean

I made a promise to myself, Never to become anybody Else
Here I stand before you today, taking back every promise that I've ever made

We Wait till Saturday Morning, our eyes rain and keep on pouring
It feels like we've been mute for forever
i CAN'T STAY AND TALK ABOUT THE WEATHER
"how the wind it blows, like candles in the window"
I'm with my, anticipatory feelings fading
I stay up all night Re-Playing,
when were swinging from the branches by the Three Trees
You, Yourself, and the better part of me
Track Name: Stars
Nights under the Moon, The middle of June
These sleeping bags became our cocoons
Held us there in The Warm Summer Air
Life's not hard next to your skin so fair and...

Once Again, It's 2 AM
I'm having private conversations with the voices in my head

Nights under the Sky, The brink of July
dancing in the parking lots you look me in the eyes
they keep staring from the intersections
I keep swearing that this is perfection and..

Once Again, It's 4 AM
Once Again, It's 4 AM...

We Stay In, We Go Out
We Spin & Spin, Around and Around
Meet me at the Diner, and we can talk it out
I used to be blinded, I see clearly now
'I see clearly now that the rain has gone,
I see clearly now that the rain has gone away'

and now my eyelids are getting heavy,
in the backseat of my good friend's chevy
they're all at some stupid party, stuck in the bathroom snorting smarties
I keep getting swayed by circumstance, and waiting for one last dance
spending my time looking up at the sky so...tonight

I'M SEEING STARS, Finally think that the world is ours
Goodbye Mary, Goodbye Jane, Goodbye Thomas
things won't always, be the same, this I promise
I'm seeing stars
Track Name: Waking Up From A Dream
And I know that it is real, from the way I can feel
I was somewhere up, somewhere high, some castle in the sky
And I know that it's all real, from the way that I can feel
I know that it is right, to wait here all night.

So could you catch me, before I fall?
Get to no-me, before the end of it all?

The christmas lights were gleaming on your lighter, and I was thinking my future got a little bit brighter.
call my name, just don't make it in vain.

I see your face and I swear that i've been here before, in a dream or some holy war with my mind....

It was August in the Summertime(It's a dream I can remember, it's a dream I can't forget)

SO if you're leaving tomorrow, I'll be gone today
I just don't want to get in the way

you see...the buildings of the city get too high for me to see,
I can't keep living in this American Dream
So wake me up before you go, I want to know what it means,
I think i've woken up from a dream......
I HAD A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP
I HAD A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP
I HAD A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP
i think i've woken up