Such is Life

by As We Once Were

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Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Roye Robley of RR Studios in Hammond, Indiana.

Lyrics and Music written by As We Once Were.

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released June 15, 2016

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As We Once Were Tinley Park, Illinois

Alt-Rock/Pop Punk band from the south suburbs of Chicago.

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Track Name: Honesty
Such Is Life.
Phrase;
An analytical thought process defining one’s ability to understand the validity of misfortune and the occurrence of uncontrollable events; change is inevitable, and therefore requires acceptance.

To reach this conclusion, one must endure trials and tribulations which measure their ability to persevere during times where their own mental durability might surprise even themselves.

The uncertainty of life is both its greatest flaw and its greatest beauty. Individual circumstances remain ours to bare for a reason. We were all put here for a different purpose. And it's the path that leads to the fulfillment of that purpose which makes you the person that you were born to be.

We all silently hope that there will come a day where we can look back and be proud of the progress that we have made, but the weight of this reality is that the road to fruition is never an easy one, but such is life.
Track Name: Thrive
Consistently stuck in the right place at the wrong time
This uphill battle has led to my decline
All I've learned is survival from week to week
Self consciousness has become my expertise

But it's this beat in my chest, that lets me know that I'm alive
It reminds me of the times I've been depressed and thought I wouldn't survive
I refuse to trade my passion and I refuse to be bled dry.
I’m going to find my way, I’m going to thrive

I atone for my past transgressions.
I'm learning the error of my old ways.
I'm letting go of all aggression.
They only weigh me down at the end of the day.

Everyone tries to knock me down
but I keep promising myself that I'll get back up
I do my best to surround myself with those who help me overcome.

But it's this beat in my chest, that lets me know that I'm alive
It reminds me of the times I've been depressed and thought I wouldn't survive
I refuse to trade my passion and I refuse to be bled dry
I'm going to find my way I'm going to thrive

But it's this beat in my chest that lets me know that I'm alive
It reminds me of the times I've been depressed and thought I wouldn't survive

But it's this beat in my chest, that lets me know that I'm alive
It reminds me of the times I've been depressed and thought I wouldn't survive
I refuse to trade my passion for a dead end 9 to 5
I'm doing everything I can. I want to thrive.
Track Name: Bookmark
The story of my life has started to stale with age
but it’s hard to move on with a bookmark stuck to the same page
There’s more to life than this, but we have been coerced
to quit while you’re ahead you’ve got to get there first

The winds of change blew me through the motions.
My view on life has succumb to corrosion.
I’ve lost sight of who I used to be, blinded by force fed beliefs.
I’ve had to sit back and see this through to the end,
even though I’ve wished it never began.
I’m cemented by rehashed exposition
waiting for the plot to be rewritten

The story of my life has gotten stale with age
but it’s hard to move on with a bookmark stuck to the same page
There’s more to life than this, but we have been coerced
to quit while you’re ahead you’ve got to get there first

This is the manifestation of everything I cannot put to words
Can the pages even still be turned if the numbers have been blurred?
Track Name: Fractures
It's nights like these I wish I lived closer to the city
So the noise could drown out all the shit you say
People Say this Place it used to be so pretty
I think it's better now, there's such a beauty in decay

If I could pack my backpack up and leave tonight
I wouldn't even waste the time to bother you with my goodbyes

I hope you fall asleep while you're driving in your car
You were always a dreamer but dreaming never got us very far
you're so broken and it's starting to show
I'm broken, too, at least that's what I'm told

We are all a little damaged, it's a side effect of life
You can deny it 'til your blood runs cold but I know I'm right
Now I'm stuck singing songs about the summer
some poetic shit about how you'll always be my thunder

I hope you fall asleep while you're driving in your car
You were always a dreamer but dreaming never got us very far
you're so broken and it's starting to show
I'm broken, too, at least that's what I'm told

I didn't want to believe that you had a hand in the creation of my current plight
Waiting for these fractures to calcify is what continues to keep me up at night

I hope you break all of the bones, smiling on your face
I hope you break all of the bones, in your face
Track Name: Okay
Lift your head up, stop looking through the clouds
I was always told that self loathing is not allowed
I can't see straight, not any more than you can
But I still have this sticker on my head that says
"I'm the kid with all the issues"
And when I see myself five years from now
I'd like to think that I won't still be down
Until then, I’m left bearing this weight
the rooms walls keep caving in, as my mind fights off decay

I can't think about anything else other than
Wanting to break this chain link fence all around myself
I wish that I could hate you as as much
As I hate the feel of my own empty shell

Why can't you see me for me?
Why can't I let myself be okay
Why can't you see me for me?
I think I'm finally starting to feel okay

Is this what you wanted?
A deer in the headlights with nowhere to run away
Is this what you wanted?
I think I'm finally starting to feel okay
Track Name: Mosaic
You try to make it last, but before you know it, 4 years have passed
the pressure you've put on yourself has caused your foundation to crack
but dearest friend of mine, I won't give up on you
the broken shards of hope can help create something new

Here we go again, I've been left in pieces
But I'm putting myself back together as of recent
I'm a shattered kid with a thousand faces
who feels alone in crowded places
Broken is beautiful just like a mosaic

Time moves way too fast, and before you know it eight years have passed
the pillars you built to sustain yourself are slowly turning to glass
the weight of reality has begun to cultivate new mass
Because everything you thought was gold is turning out to be brass
Handle it with care, we all grow so fragile
remnants of the past, pieced together into fractals
The colors rupture but they can be re-sutured
And eventually when they come to light, they form the portraits of our future

Here we go again, we’re being left in pieces
but We're putting ourselves back together as of recent
We're shattered kids with a thousand faces
who feel alone in crowded places
but Broken is beautiful just like a mosaic
Track Name: Such is Life
I'm not about to pretend that the going is not tough. Or that these past few years haven't made my skin rough. It's taken all I've once known turning a blind eye on me to become the person that I'm meant to be.

The years start to run together.
I don't think that I can keep up.
We have our own storms to weather.
the dark clouds, they start to form so abrupt.
I feel we’re waiting in the wings of a bird that was born flightless
exposed to never-ending days plagued with existential crisis.

There's always two ways of seeing everything. But it's how you get from one to the other that makes life worth living. You'll never reach the point until you walk the edge of the knife. You'll understand one day that such is life.

I wake up and stare blankly in the mirror each day,
wondering what dusty mask I'm going to plaster to my face.
I've got to breathe and remember that it will all be okay.
Because I'm not the only one who's left with with this to contemplate.

Things can always be worse than they presently are. You've got to scale the mountain before you reach the stars. There's nothing worth having that's not plagued with strife. But one day you'll see that such is life.