Manifest Destiny EP

by greybarrel

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1.
Traveling west to seek My manifest destiny I won't let the worst of me Get the best of me Pushing the envelope Pressing on my frontiers My mind is finally safe I have no memories here There's nothing like the road to make you feel at home There's nothing like the road to make you feel so alone The only key I've got Is the one that fits my car You can keep on going somewhere But that'll only get you so far There's nothing like the road to make you feel at home There's nothing like the road to make you feel so alone There's something in not being where you've been or where you'll be There's something that is freeing about being in between Someday I'll give it up Someday I'll settle down For now I'll keep on going 'Til the sun burrows itself in the ground There's nothing like the road to make you feel at home There's nothing like the road to make you feel so alone There's something in not being where you've been or where you'll be There's something that is freeing about being in between
2.
In Our Hands 05:35
Born into a world of endless possibility We grow old and lose our faith in what we can achieve Even as the baby grows into a man We still handle life with kid gloves Cradled in our hands Cognizant of the tension between order and entropy The mindset is to survive rather than to free Even as the ocean robs the shore of its sand We do all we can to keep life Stable in our hands So many lives like pepper spray inside a designer purse We try so hard to look our best while bracing for the worst Can we free ourselves of these self-imposed demands And forgive ourselves when things aren't According to our plan
3.
Cuts Me Down 02:50
It really does amaze me How much I was afraid It's so hard not to see it As a big mistake I've made And it cuts me down I thought this grass was greener But given time I've found No matter what the color It may as well be brown 'Cause it cuts me down At night you seem to slip into the seldom dreams I have And everything is whole My mind is trying to complete the gaps within reality To satisfy my soul And it cuts me down I'd take you back in a second Given what I know now
4.
Moth Girl 05:08
She is a moth With a taste for cloth That covers her brown, paper-thin patterns She'll take what she knows is hers See the way she walks See the way they flock to her ankles like I Throw myself at her feet I cannot compete for her 'Cause she is a moth girl and she is in flight I tried to attract her but I am not the light I want to keep her for myself in my hands cupped so tight But I know that I must let her go She'll fly for a while With me anchored to her ankles until I drop like the anvil that I am And stay safe in this crater I've made 'Cause she is a moth girl and she is in flight I tried to attract her but I am not the light I want to keep her for myself in my hands cupped so tight But I know that I must let her go She is rising so high All I can do is look at the ground, look down, and think of how far I'll fall She is rising too high The first thing that I should do is the last that I want to To let go Let go She is a moth girl and she is in flight I tried to attract her but I am not the light I want to keep her for myself in my hands cupped so tight But I must let her go But I know that I must let her go I must let her go
5.
City Lights 06:59
Eyes wide open but I can't see Blind to the beauty that lies around me Eyes are focused straight ahead Never noticing the ground on which I tread A busy life is a black hole That strips the starlight from my soul The city lights are too bright to see the stars If this town were a ship we wouldn't know where on earth we are Where are we We put so much on our plate And don't remember why we eat it in the first place We bite off more than we can chew We think it's what we're supposed to do Busy lives can be black holes That strip the starlight from our souls The city lights are too bright to see the stars If this town were a ship we wouldn't know where on earth we are We can sail around the globe without ever leaving home There's so much we don't know beyond the brown glow of these city lights It's almost as if we prefer to keep it so

about

Thank you to all of my family, friends, teachers, coworkers, and acquaintances for supporting me in varying ways throughout the years. Thank you to Mom & Dad, Buick Audra, Sarah Tyson, Nate Dort, Tate Eskew, and Laura Granfortuna in helping to create this EP. My deepest gratitude to my brother Josh Fuson for guiding & carrying this dream of mine to fruition.

-greybarrel (Gabriel Fuson)


No vocals were pitch-corrected in the making of this EP.

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released January 24, 2012

on Night Orchard Recordings.

Guest vocalist: Buick Audra

Multi-instrumentalist/backing vocalist: Josh Fuson

Music, lyrics and photograph - greybarrel.

Design - Laura Granfortuna & greybarrel.

Produced by greybarrel & Josh Fuson

Recorded and mixed by Josh Fuson at Eff Is For Studio, Nashville

Mastered by Alex McCollough at Yes Master, Nashville

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greybarrel Oakland, California

greybarrel is the moniker for Gabriel Fuson, a Mainer now based in the Bay Area. First and foremost a vocalist/choir boy, greybarrel is often described as having a "golden voice" that sounds like James Taylor. His influences range from classical and choral music to rock/folk across the decades.  As a result, greybarrel's aesthetic is earthy, contemplative, melody-driven music with lush harmony.   ... more

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