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Fade to Black

by Sean Newton

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1.
Hometowns 05:24
They're tearing down the Paramount and we'll both shed a tear when she falls I've emptied out my bank account for the privilege of calling this home I've walked these streets a hundred times and can't say that I know their names So I'm taking off, its not a crime, yea life'll carry on just the same And I don't think that I can see a way out of this town And I don't think that I can be the one to burn it all down I slept in til 5 PM, and dreamed that I was running in place Tomorrow, we'll go back again, grasp at straws, our memories erased I feel like I know its true, this old town will stay just the same Metamorphic through and through, til the water and sun have their way And I don't think that I can see a way out of this town And I don't think that I can be the one to burn it all down
2.
Frostbite 03:36
Now we're at the time of year when I don't see the sun anymore Go to work for 8:45, see the dawn then the night And we'll suffocate in a handknitted quilt of ice and snow I know that you don't see nothin wrong, stay inside, put a record on And I won't be cold Lay down my hand and fold Just let frostbite take hold Stay inside for four more months, I don't want a part of it all And it's just and alcohol, another drink, another fall Just show me photographs of the streets See my home unrecognized, its just streetlamps in the night And I won't be cold Lay down my hand and fold Just let frostbite take hold And I won't be cold Lay down my hand and fold Just let frostbite take hold Just let frostbite take hold
3.
I woke up today, can't stand the things I used to do Not much left to say, don't wanna go through all that's wrong with you Trapped in my head, don't wanna lie down and forget The one or two good things left in a wheat field of regret Yea, sometimes love can hide the truth Looking back in the rearview mirror, the living skies, they just seem blue Went away for a while, thought that things would straighten out Bout 200 miles away, I thought I knew what it was all about I drowned in the pond, crashed right through that picket fence Now I'm swimming with frogs, and plan to drink until it all makes sense It feels like I've wasted all my youth Looking back in the rearview mirror, at the better things we both could do I woke up today, can't stand the things I used to do Not much left to say, what's wrong with me is just what's wrong with you Throw me out on the highway and that's where I'll lay my head The devils I know and love, will overtake ambition in the end Yea, sometimes life can hide the truth Its time that we realize that we're all just people passing through
4.
Mosquito 05:39
It happened outside, at dusk I took a long, long walk I feel it inside my skin first thing A part of me died, remember what spring will bring All of the bites from the things you thought the winter took away Sucking up blood, you think you need me to survive And make it through the flood, skirt gently one last time round your demise And I won't blame you for being cruel, you gotta keep yourself alive Go ahead and take the only thing I knew was really mine I pinched my skin and watched you feed I can't help but watch it bleed Mosquito Mosquito Mosquito Mosquito I pinched my skin and watched you feed I can't help but watch it bleed Mosquito Mosquito Mosquito Mosquito It happened outside, I felt my insides turn upside down And I realized, that we may as well both have drowned The past is past, whats done is done, its just an itch to scratch as we come undone I'll set it aside, til my heart decides to give the blood that keeps me standing here to someone else
5.
I fell asleep in the back of my car Drive overnight to get back, chasing the stars Looking back at the places I've been I'm moving on, without a trace, or so it seems You might think that it's a shame To pick up my life and start again If this is goodbye then why pretend That all good things come to an end The endless prairie passes by, almost unseen Too many things on my mind, no time to dream Can i regain what I lost, or have I changed Did I pay too steep a cost, to stay the same You might think that it's a shame To pick up my life and start again Put all my dreams up on a shelf They're within reach for someone else You might think that it's a shame To pick up my life and start again So fucking tired of being alone Whatevers left I'll call it home
6.
Fall Guy 05:57
The sun don't care that we try so hard Running scared, protecting our scars Just watch as the good life disappears Left with a handful of souvenirs of just down and feathers Can't believe that you don't know why Can't believe that you don't know why Can't believe that you don't know why You believe that people can't fly Melted wax, you say he's the fall guy You taught me more than one way to get high You built a labyrinth going straight to your heart A work of cruelty and a work of art Sail on a ship that nobody knows Locked in a tower built by poets and prose Can't believe that you don't know why Can't believe that you don't know why Can't believe that you don't know why You believe that you're not the bad guy Gotta leave, put it on standby Just a thief, got nothing to hide Yea I'm melting I'm melting Can't believe that you don't know why Can't believe that you don't know why Can't believe that you don't know why You believe that people can't fly Melted wax, you say he's the fall guy You taught me more than one way to get high Can't believe that you don't know why Can't believe that you don't know why Can't believe that you don't know why You believe that you're not the bad guy Gotta leave, put it on standby Just a thief, got nothing to hide
7.
Its well past midnight when she comes walking through the door He waited hours, finally passed out on the bedroom floor Sara tiptoed lightly round the room Steven woke up, got in bed, passed out til well past noon He never sees her anymore Things don't feel quite like they did before Sara brings the groceries in through the front door He doesn't notice her, he's seen her face 10 times or more Steven's busy watching law and order Impatiently waiting for the commercial to be over He's waiting for it to resume She retreats back to their room Sara keeps herself awake Thinkin that all good things can break Scrollin through the past three years of life Steven thinks of all the places he's been Now hes living on whiskey and routine Feels like hes leaving his dreams behind They feel like this for months at a time If this is love then they've lost their mind They lie in bed in silence side by side Contemplate all the things they've tried Without a word they both drift into sleep And dream of other people they could see And of how great their life could be If they weren't leaving their dreams behind
8.
Blue Skies 04:52
These days it seems I'm spending almost all my time In anxiety and fear My friends all tell me clouds are made of silver lines And that I can make it through this year And I just need to realize that blue skies Don't mean what you want them to and I'm struggling to find a point Lost any other point of view And I won't leave it behind like I know I want to And I know that nothing's left for me but what can I do I've been sleeping for a long, long time And dreamed that others held me dear But I've been foolin myself, what a big surprise That I'd prefer not to be here And I just need to realize that blue skies Don't mean what you want them to and I feel I fight the losing fight Lost any other point of view And I won't leave it behind like I know I want to And I know that nothing's left for me but what can I do This is life, day to day, awake at 6, bed at 8 Cross the street, go to work, live another day And I hope that this is not all that my life will amount to And I won't leave it behind like I know I want to And I know that nothing's left for me but what can I do This is life, day to day, awake at 6, bed at 8 Cross the street, go to work, live another day And I hope that this is not all that my life will amount to
9.
Its two AM in Thunder Bay 1281 miles away I called you up, you answer your phone and say I want you, cant you come home You're so far away and across a sea Of prairies and lakes and rocks and trees We'll get to be close this coming Spring Face time is such a beautiful thing to me You never would play games with me Said I take it all too seriously Yea, I would be Peach, so that you could be Toad We can race on Rainbow Road You'd beat me cause I hate that stage Now that I'm alone, it's all that I'll play I don't care if its hard, it reminds me of you I may as well drink Jack Daniels to feel close to you Now I want for you to be proud of me But I can't pinpoint what I want to be So I'm hiding away, awaiting your call I made it through Summer, can I make it through Fall? I know its been harder since I've been gone Sorry for all the stupid things I have done And I'll think about you and where I come from All these Polaroid photos of where I belong So I'll play the games that remind me of you And wear plaid and snapbacks just like you used to Yea, I know I look dumb, and I should stay at home Anything to make me feel less alone And I should be independent and I should stand tall But I'm not that grown up yet, it’s a fucking long haul So I'll be reckless, get drunk, act on every cliché And I miss you is all I can really say So don't be sad cause of me All I want is for you to be happy while I'm gone
10.
Remember the movies we'd commit to memory No one like us and I remember we We'd act out scenes And think that we Were beyond reproach and so original A Fish Called Wanda down to every syllable And now we jump cut to today Close up: protagonist, and say It feels like we both know We're not those people anymore High time that we move on And leave the good old days alone Five years later we'll relive our childhood We'd get together and get up to no good And drink more than we take We can fake it one more day We'll talk about me and I'll avoid it I'm afraid if I'm honest you'll be disappointed With the things I haven't done While you're all out having fun Yea, I tell you what I see coming Another night full of gin and nothingness I'm so tired I'm up every night Thinking that quitting seems so inviting Yea, but suicide is just unexciting I'm so tired I'm walking on a wire It feels like I'm lying When I say I missed you too I wish I could pretend I wouldn't have to let you go One by one you all fade to black And I sit through the credits and try to take back All the lines in each scene That remind you of me When I'm gone we can finally get better So all that I ask is for you to remember The man it seems I wished I could be

about

Fade to Black is the result of about a year and a half's worth of writing, gigging, and recording, compressed into 10 songs and just under an hour. Eight of the songs were written as a part of the song-a-month project that Sean worked on throughout 2015, and the remaining two songs are from the "An Intimate Evening" EP released by Grade School Records in February of 2016.
The songs are all largely about themes of nostalgia, loneliness, and hometowns, or, how the place you come from effects the person you can be.

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released June 17, 2016

All songs written, produced and engineered by Sean Newton. Mixed by Eddie Keller and Sean Newton. Mastered by Randy Woods in Saskatoon, SK.

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Trace Italian Edmonton, Alberta

Trace Italian is a psych-pop band from Edmonton, AB. The band is led by songwriter and producer Sean Newton, with Kelsey Wood on bass and Riley Chernoff on drums. They've been around in some form or another since 2016.

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