Everchanging

by The Ivory Sleep

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Everchanging was supposed to be the first installment of the Everchanging duology. How it came about is that I wrote tons and tons and tons of music in the last year while in college. I was yearning for a creative outlet while studying classical music, and the performance aspect was not cutting it out for me. Being the artistically eclectic person who I am, I toyed around with many different concepts (one being that I release a three song EP every month to represent the seasons of the year.) but I ended up writing an album that featured both softer and heavier songs. An "everchanging" album, if you would. But by the end of it, I felt that the contrast between the two mediums was too jarring, so I decided to segregate the album into two parts. The light (part one) and the dark (part two). Lyrically, I didn't plan for there to be any thematic continuity (even though it naturally happened... kinda), but I definitely wanted the message of an eternally changing person to be at the forefront of the music itself.

After trying to write the second EP, I've discovered that I've fell out of love for the idea. I was just in a completely different place in my life, and I think that this EP is strong enough to stand on it's own.

So without anymore delay, here's Everchanging. I hope you all enjoy :)

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released May 20, 2014

Produced & Recorded by Nigel Tung
All songs written by Nigel Tung
All lyrics written by Nigel Tung

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Progressive/Post-Hardcore/Pop/Rock Band from Vancouver, B.C.

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Track Name: Daylight
I'm searching for the golden answer
The solution to all my problems
Even I know it can't be found
I try again just to break even

I tear my hands and I break my bones
Again and again until there's nothing left
But a ghost within the skin of a man

But I'm still getting used to waking up to brighter days
And finding my own way
Through this love I'll overcome
What holds me down

What exactly is that I'm longing for?
The Fragments given to me just don't belong
In the grand scheme of things
But I will never stop trying even though it is terrifying
To feel this low in so long
I have all these thoughts inside wishing for a way out of my mind
To see the light of day

But I'm still getting used to waking up to brighter days
And finding my own way
Through this love I'll overcome
What holds me down

I'll spill my guts just to say the things
That made me so afraid (of myself)
All these years I thought I can't
When I really could

But I'm still getting used to waking up to brighter days
And finding my own way
Through this love I'll overcome
What holds me down

I'll spill my guts just to say the things
That made me so afraid (of myself)
All these years I thought I can't
When I really could
Track Name: The Quiet Ones
It's almost been four months since I wrote about you last time,
So here's another song about the fog rolling, the clouds, and the lightning

All the things that gave you panic attacks
(Like the ones I had) Like the ones I had
Before you returned what I said you can have

While the seasons changed time froze and I stayed the same
But you, on the other hand, felt like the winter when we met

I know I'm breaking those promises
(This is an egotrip, and I don't think we're friends)
But you know it takes two to dance
(Never make people do the things you wouldn't do)

You've always said to watch out for the
The quiet ones 'cause they all have
Something hidden up their greedy sleeves
I never listened to the warnings my friends
Gave me after meeting you just once
Oh, too little, too late

I told myself I'll stop thinking up these
Silly things that might happen
When you finally leave my life and take a first-class flight to the otherside
Wherever there might be

And you might even meet that boy who you speak with so much,
He seems to love the things I never loved about you
(There I admitted it) There I admitted it

You broke your promises before they even left your lips
(That was an egotrip, and we were never friends)
But I know it takes two to fight
(You never liked it when I won the argument)

You've always said to watch out for the
The quiet ones 'cause they all have
Something hidden up their greedy sleeves
I never listened to the warnings my friends
Gave me after meeting you just once
Oh, too little, too late

Oh, too little, too late

I can't describe how sad I get when I think of you
And all the things we had are now left to waste
I only have questions left to ask,
So answer honestly

Did you ever listen to the songs I wrote for you?
Did you love me for who I am, and not because you wanted to?
Did you ever listen to the songs I wrote for you?
Did you love me for who I am, and not because you wanted to?

But you know it takes two to dance
(Did you ever listen to the songs I wrote for you?)
But I know it takes two to fight
(Did you love me for who I am, and not because you wanted to?)

But you know it takes two to dance
(Did you ever listen to the songs I wrote for you?)
But I know it takes two to fight
(Did you love me for who I am, and not because you wanted to?)
Track Name: Everchanging
So I'll pull these arrows from my back
To finally prove that
They're not the only thing that keep my spine in line
And my posture's got so much better since
I finally stopped leaning over to see
If I was gonna fall face-down over my two feet

Oh, how I wish I was like the trees
So when the seasons take the colours from me
I'll brave through all my adversities

I've never been so scared in my life
To lose something
I spent too long to find
I always couldn't keep myself from staying
In one place
Everchanging is what I'll always be

So I'll tell my mother and father
All the secrets that I've hidden from them
And forgive them for all the pressure
They placed on their trophy son
And my confidence is so much better since
I finally stopped only blaming myself
But moving forward is meaningless
If you don't take home the experience

Oh, how I wish I was like the trees
So when my loved ones ever need
Something for support
They could find it in me

I've never been so scared in my life
To lose something
I spent too long to find
I always couldn't keep myself from staying
In one place
Everchanging is what I'll always be
Track Name: Saudade (feat. Connor Gilkinson)
Rain or shine, she always has her head
Caught up in the clouds of cigarettes
She only lights up to make the stress
Leave with the smoke

They always told me that I might have a chance
To have her heart and, maybe hold her hands
But I never saw the point of trying
'Cause one of us would've ended up dying

I took my chances, with nothing to expect
But disappointment. Yet there I was
Still hoping for the best
Now I'm left empty handed

Mirror, mirror on the wall
Is she the fairest one of them all?
Because I only see misery
On that pretty face
In this hopeless place
While she hasn't time to waste on me

Isis eyes above mocha lips
On a face I wouldn't wake up to
So let me avoid that smile
But I don't think I could
Birds sing along with every word she says
In a voice I wouldn't wake up to
Is rather lose sleep for nights
But I don't think I could

If I could only stop thinking of...

Her short hair and the way I stare at her like she is not aware
How I'm head over heels for those cheekbones
Her short hair and the way she stares at me like I am not aware
Of all the chills when her shoulders get cold

Isis eyes above mocha lips
On a face I wouldn't wake up to
So let me avoid that smile
But I don't think I could
Birds sing along with every word she says
In a voice I wouldn't wake up to
Is rather lose sleep for nights
But I don't think I could
Track Name: Holy Again
To the one who shares my Birthday
Has the doctor diagnosed the pain in your chest?
Because it's keeping my dreams away as well
Dearest love, I must confess
That I took your heart after you stole mine from me
Even the x-rays wouldn't tell you that

Oh God, what are you because I can't believe
That someone so beautiful is human
Regardless, please don't leave this earthly realm
I don't know if I'll find you again
I don't know if I'll find you again

Shh
Do you hear the sound of tapping and scraping?
It's the noise of my pen against the spaces
Trying to share my thoughts between the lines
But whatever I write never reflects my sight
Why do you hide away when I'm
Caught in staring at you gorgeous face?
It's so easy to get lost
But so damn hard to look away

Oh God, why do you make me feel this way?
I'm not used to someone caring about me
Regardless please don't ever leave my side
I still have your heart, and you have mine
I still have your heart, and you have mine

If I wasn't concise enough, let me be more clear

If beauty's really only skin-deep then I think
Your soul could make heaven holy again
And show me what it's like to be
In love once more

So I'll tell you again

If beauty's really only skin-deep then I think
Your soul could make heaven holy again
And show me what it's like to be
In love once more

If beauty's really only skin-deep then I think
Your soul could make heaven holy again
And show me what it's like to be
In love once more
Track Name: Black Cherry
Though I'm tired I'm not as she
Wakes up, hung over, in a friend's company
Safe and sound in her sister's bed, she
Wishes she rose next to a stranger instead

No amount of Black Cherry lipstick can
Hide the trace of all the boys she kisses
And the sour taste of all the tequila she
Chases down with a shot of her pride

Mapping the marks like stars on her back without the scratches or the bites
Of nights she planned to not spend all alone
Why would she make love to anyone if love wasn't there in the first place?
Or is she mistaking the feeling for shame?

If she thinks she so desperate and lonely then
She must be a saint compared to me
If she thinks she so desperate and lonely then
She must be a saint compared to me

If my eyes can pry
They'll tear every page
From that open book
She calls her life

If my eyes can pry
They'll tear every page
From that open book
She calls her life

If my eyes can pry
They'll tear every page
From that open book
She calls her life

If my eyes can pry
They'll tear every page
From that open book
She calls her life

If she thinks she so desperate and lonely then
She must be a saint compared to me
If she thinks she so desperate and lonely then
She must be a saint compared to me

If she thinks she so desperate and lonely then
She must be a saint compared to me
If she thinks she so desperate and lonely then
She must be a saint compared to me