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Your Mess As Much As Mine

by OAK

Spinning, I'm spinning out of breath My lungs are too small My windpipe is an inch too narrow My mind's a nest I am lost, paralyzed, or both There's a lump in my throat Like when you've cried for hours But I'm not crying I wish I was My body is weak Just a crooked figure I wish you were here Just to hold me Almost as much as I wish you never saw me this way I've been down this road before I know how the story goes It's too bright and my eyes are hurting I am shaking and I can't work this out This is what I live with What I have to power through I am broken, without reason It's just how I am
Garden 02:24
You've spent your life growing your garden And building fences to keep safe Nurturing hope in the back of your head You've tried your best to reach out Sometimes falling Sometimes failing But chasing time to find pause Sometimes falling Most times failing Waiting for the day When everything will flourish That day when fences won't be needed I know you've tried almost everything I know that nothing really worked I believe that the comforts you are turning to Will be as worthless as the old They will sink like stones and burn like bridges Leaving you bare-knuckled and needing To love and care for your lonely garden To grow and build your new regrets
I don't have all the answers This is your mess as much as mine I just try to keep it together Try to keep us both alive Yes I have stumbled I have failed and fallen apart You haven't been there every time I haven't always pushed you away You left, please try to remember How you sat there as I lost my mind I pictured both sickness and health I pictured for better or worse Happily ever after Our home is falling apart But as we try to quench the flames We find ourselves knee deep in ashes You left, you don't remember How you sat there as I lost my mind It is a tangle of lies But this might still hold true From that day and onward Only death will do us part
Elsewhere 04:28
Days pass by like bare hills Outside this trainwreck window Glaring back as we are racing through Conversation barely lasted Through the first time thrill And I pray for distraction To take us all the way home I know I am elsewhere Trying to stay occupied I know you look right through me And pretend like it's fine I think I've lost my voice I can't hear my thoughts Through this crowd And though you read my lips I'd rather you read my mind
He kept himself alive So that others might not miss him His family and friends Kept at healthy distance He let them in at times To ponder hopeless questions And at those times all he wanted Was to never be forgotten But forever is a long time Without a will to live And if there is one thing Worse than failure It’s falling in between And that is what my life’s been Always in between Not knowing what to fight for Not knowing what to be My mind has set a course And my heart just tries to follow But in the end I just seem To be walking around in circles We keep ourselves alive Try to stay numb, and not feeling Our thoughts of what could be Kept at farthest distance We let our loved ones close And hope they might see through us Because all we wish for Is not to be forgotten


Two years after their highly acclaimed self titled debut album, Oak return with 'Your Mess as Much as Mine’, a new five song 12” EP. In just 17 minutes, Oak channel emotions ranging from anger and grief to melancholy; bridging the gap between hardcore and screamo to create a truly ferocious record.
Since their debut album, Oak have developed musically towards a heavier sound, drawing on influences such as Converge and Botch, while at the same time making room for more nuance and dynamics. The result is a powerful and cohesive mix of genres, developed into a chaotic storm of heavy post-hardcore. For Fans of BOTCH / CONVERGE / NAILS


released January 17, 2017


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