Continents Were Made To Sink

by Quiet Arrows

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Amanda Riegel Just as brilliant as The Woodlands, the lyrics, symbolism and piercing gentleness of this music is highly resonating. The name Quiet Arrows is extremely apt because the impression it makes is swift and penetrating. Favorite track: Heaviness.
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Quiet Arrows is the name of songs that soar gently but pierce deeply. They are the songs of Samuel Robertson, a wordsmith and melodist who tells stories of love, heartbreak, introspection and wonder. They are stories told with hushed and intimate voice, undulating on the rhythmic fingerpicking of an acoustic guitar. They are lifted by the spacious sound of an aged upright piano, vintage analog warmth of electric keys, and flourishes of cello, trumpet, glockenspiel, and omnichord. They are stories told with a whole lot of heart.

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released September 7, 2012

Written, recorded and produced by Samuel Robertson
Mixed by Victor Nash
Mastered by Gus Elg at Sky Onion
Art Design by Samuel Robertson and Kyle Wilhelm

Samuel Robertson: vocals, guitars, piano, organ, omnichord, synth
Victor Nash: trumpet, french horn, piccolo
Nate Agenbroad: cello
Hannah Robertson: vocals

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For licensing inquiries please contact: quietarrows[at]gmail.com

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Track Name: Dare The Night
DARE THE NIGHT


V1
Would you mind if I set fire
To the time long acquired
Dare the night and close my eyes
To remind me where you hide

CH
When all of this is gone
And I move on
Could you have been the one
To make me strong

V2
Slow it seems that you recede
Steadily and less to keep
Subtleties of memory
In retreat they soon will flee

CH
When all of this is gone
And I move on
Could you have been the one
To make me strong (2x)

B
And I tried to chase you
But I couldn’t find the place you fled
I tried to catch you
But there were frays that broke my net
If I could face you
I’d put your hand into my chest
You’d be mistaken
To think that anything was left
Left, left, left, left

CH
When all of this is gone
And I move on
Could you have been the one
To make me strong (2x)
Track Name: The Moment
THE MOMENT


V1
Sometimes a nevermind is
The limelight where the power lines bend
And other times that otherwise end
Well sometimes when

V2
And who am I to wonder what it meant
to decide the candlelight's glint
Tonight as the underside spins
Well who am I when


CH
Once in awhile the moment requires
So everyone says
A bitter denial and shoving aside
Of all the pretense
We seldom decide to acknowledge the quiet
And it might as well pass
'Cause once in awhile the moment requires all of this

V3
Somehow we figured out when
To cry out and tumble down dead
Anyhow its a roundabout end
Well somehow when


CH
Once in awhile the moment requires
So everyone says
A bitter denial and shoving aside
Of all the pretense
We seldom decide to acknowledge the quiet
And it might as well pass
'Cause once in awhile the moment requires all of this
Track Name: Coward I Ignored
COWARD I IGNORED


V1
When my confidence grows dull
And the sentences you've scribbled
On the plaster of my skull
Crack and groan
Through the alleyways and passages
That tunnel through my soul
The alleyways and passages
That tunnel through my soul


V2
And when the siren sings her spell
By whisperings of discord
I have been compelled
To know her well
Means calamity and consequence
These have I travailed
Calamity and consequence
These have I travailed


CH
I have peered at the hesitance that roars
Seated here with my back against the door
I've been detained for years by the coward I ignored
Oooooooh


V3
When the eloquence falls dumb
A broken voice in bandages
Of stutters that become
Frail and so numb
The silhouettes and shatterings
Which I must overcome
The silhouettes and shatterings
Which I must overcome


CH
I have peered at the hesitance that roars
Seated here with my back against the door
I've been detained for years by the coward I ignored
Oooooooh (2x)
Track Name: You Are My Planet
Guest vocals by my wife Hannah
Hear her sing more at our other band THE WOODLANDS:

www.thewoodlands.bandcamp.com




YOU ARE MY PLANET


V1
Every time I hear your voice
It pulls me through the silent noise
Through the layers that collapsed
Circle back I circle back


V2
Everywhere I see your face
Shifting constellations gaze
On the orbit of my path
Circle back I circle back


V3
Every place I know your heart
I feel it ache from here afar
Hold the memory hold it fast
Circle back I circle back


CH
Ohhhhhhhhhh
Ohhhhhhhhhh
You are my planet
I am your space
(5x)


(Verses round during choruses)

V1
Every time I hear your voice
It pulls me through the silent noise
Through the layers that collapsed
Circle back I circle back

V2
Everywhere I see your face
Shifting constellations gaze
On the orbit of my path
Circle back I circle back
Track Name: I Am Your Comet
INSTRUMENTAL
Track Name: Sharp Is The Strain
SHARP IS THE STRAIN


V1
I shook hands with my thoughts today
We agreed to go our separate ways
Set aside all the differences
Mine were yellow, theirs were grey

V2
I don't know where the balance lies
Today i wish that it would open its eyes
Glance around at the indifferences
Yawn and turn upon a sleepy sigh


CH
Sharp is the strain so am I to blame
For changing the subject and forgetting names
Shove them away as I hesitate
Steadily spilling all that still remains (2x)


V3
I suspect that there is more debris
Splintered pieces left inside of me
Thinking through what the difference is
Between extracting the sting and remedy


CH
Sharp is the strain so am I to blame
For changing the subject and forgetting names
Shove them away as I hesitate
Steadily spilling all that still remains


B
Ohh Ohh (2x)


CH
Sharp is the strain so am I to blame
For changing the subject and forgetting names
Shove them away as I hesitate
Steadily spilling all that still remains
(2x)
Track Name: Consequence Of Calculation
CONSEQUENCE OF CALCULATION


V1
If I tonight decide
I've got the guts to tell you
Behind these eyes the tide
Is capable of swelling
This time despite the quiet
The sounds are overwhelming



V2
And if you so soon reprove
Of all the good intentions
Preclude the brutal, brutal truth
From causing intervention
Then fools conclude with the proof
They find in indecision
They find in indecision


CH
Well now you and I have known that
Carelessness of complication
You and I have know that
Consequence of calculation


V3
If then pretense depends
Upon an implication
We can defend against
What we contaminated
Intent to mend up the rift
And seam the separation
And seam the separation


CH
Well now you and I have known that
Carelessness of complication
You and I have know that
Consequence of calculation


B
When the thread pulls apart
All the pieces scattered afar
And the fragments shattered to shards
That cling to the heart


CH
You and I have known that
Carelessness of complication
You and I have know that
Consequence of calculation
(2x)
Track Name: Filling Up Our Lungs
FILLING UP OUR LUNGS


V1
I heard you whisper low and to yourself
I heard you telling nearly no one else
I heard you crying on your knees
But I lost you in a scattering of leaves
Leaves that


CH
Move in the shadow of the sun
Stood barely there begun
And you, you were filling up your lungs
With who you knew we would become

V2
I felt you frown upon your silent fear
I felt you quiver like an autumn, dear
I felt you examining my hands
Where I lost you before the hour passed
It passed and

CH
Moves in the shadow of the sun
Stood barely there begun
And you, you were filling up your lungs
With who you knew we would become


B
Oooh


V3
I found you seated with a steady stare
I found you holding what you could not dare
I found you buried in my chest
Now I have you tonight and all the rest
The rest has


CH
Moved in the shadow of the sun
Stood barely yet begun
And soon, we were filling up our lungs
With who we knew we would become


B
Oooh
Track Name: Continents Were Made To Sink
CONTINENTS WERE MADE TO SINK


V1
Your sentiment swarmed my heart like sleep, like sleep
So tentative I held your voice to breath, to breathe
A liniment floating hushed and sweet, so sweet
My hesitance you understood to mean, to mean


CH
I'm right here now
I feel the bleeding
You might as well let me grieve
You're right here now
I won't be leaving
You fight so well I can't retreat


V2
Your diligence calmed my heart, unease at ease
Irrelevance of all my fears relieved, relieved
Like sediment they fell away piece by piece
And continents you said were made to sink, to sink

CH
And I'm right here now
I don't feel the bleeding
You might as well stay with me
You're right here now
I won't be leaving
You fight so well I can't retreat


B
Ooh oh


CH
And I'm right here now
I don't feel the bleeding
You might as well stay with me
You're right here now
I won't be leaving
You fight so well I can't retreat
Track Name: Heaviness
HEAVINESS


CH1
Your eyes wear the heaviness
Like a dream, like a dream
Your eyes bear the heaviness
Of a dream, of a dream
Tonight spare the heaviness
For me, for me


CH2
Your eyes wear the heaviness
Like a dream, like a dream
Your eyes bear the heaviness
Of a dream, of a dream
Tonight with a weariness
To believe, to believe


B
Ahhh
Ahhh