Invisible Winter

by Trivial Shields

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Written, "Produced, Mixed and Recorded" etc by Christian Carpenter

Oct/Nov 2012 in Oakland, CA

Additional Production by Emil Hewitt

Mastered by Bijan Sharifi

Thank you to Henry Nagle, Cochrane McMillan, Stephen Jarvis, Anthony Ferraro, Matthew Smith and anyone else that lent me their gear

Endless love to Aaron Gold, Derek Barber, Mark Clifford and the East Bay music scene

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released November 26, 2013

Christian Carpenter - bass, vocals, guitars, banjo, synth/keys, drum programming, percussion etc...

Emil Hewitt - electric & acoustic guitar (all the pretty moves), banjo, verse bass on Renunciation

Derek Barber - electric guitar on Offering

Aaron Gold - live drums on Camelot

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"For all the lasts will surely yield, while withering fast the trivial shields"

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Track Name: Stitches
Everyday it starts the same
you give it up to icons
captive in their glowing hues

Taking pains to rearrange
your daily habits stifle
but you were born here
bound to youth
so you sit...

Looking out
from this room
I see the sunlight
pouring in
broken hues
inviting me outside

But I sit
in this chair
as if my hands were tied
fixed upon
focal snares
I'm lost to this hive mind

Never free, never free
I've traded rain for clouds
never free, slowly bleed
and desperately try to untie

Everyday it starts the same
you give it up to icons
but still obstruct the blame that's due

What's the difference all the same?
they're standing here before us,
we've always needed drama to...

Pull us down
steal our crowns
surrendering birthrights
draw us into a room
where spectacles entice

Trick us with surgery
implanted with strong lies
always stitching up the wounds
to tell us we'll heal fine
Track Name: Renunciation
I'm past the point of pain
conversations never change
all of these hours evading truth

I've passed the point of pain
the longing still remains
cloaked like a flower
forbidden

It takes me back to you slowly
just to take it back any price I would pay
It takes me back to you holding
every last confession
now yours to claim

This is my renunciation of everything
A child's final remission of guilt and shame

You've put it all in place
conversations never change
these hidden hours
hang like a noose

You've put it all in place
the longing like a chain
inciting my worst now uncovered

It takes me back to you slowly
just to take it back any price I would pay
takes me back to you holding
every last confession
now yours to claim

This is my renunciation of everything
A child's final remission of guilt and shame
Track Name: Screen Fatigue
No I don't mind
if you wanna kiss
another man

Take your time of all guilt let go

A jealous guy
I never saw myself
take that stance

My lust for life hangs no moral rope

So you can run down every fool
confuse em with your foreign rules
I don't really need to prove my love
or know the truth

Another night
staring in a glaze
at this screen

It's hard to fight all the pixels move so slow

We can't lock eyes
so I know this love's
not a game

But what's the point of all this play and no clear goal

And freedom's just a way to say
I'm still a child who can't behave
your only choice to look away
cause I can't exercise restraint

And I'll keep running like a fool
confuse them with my foreign ruse
another bed is all the proof that
I'm not good enough for you

But maybe that's just my own tool
deceptive narratives abused
cause you don't really need
to prove your love
or know the truth
Track Name: Offering
(I went as far as I could take, and didn't think that I'd return)

"Wait for the first opening
Pull out everything
Take time approaching towards the flame
Give yourself as offering"

Both eyes closed shadow patterns dance
the sting of years begins to dull

Float between the vail of flesh and grace
relinquishing all that's known

If it takes me completely to you I would say

Wait for the first opening
Pull out everything
Take time approaching towards the flame
Give yourself as offering

Red gloves pulled up above the wrists
grasping forward but miss

Loss and gain - the numbers flash their claims
flood then drain, erased

If they take me completely to you I would say
Track Name: Camelot
Could've swore the other day
I saw you from a distance by the lake
Betraying strides, you can't defend
you're shuffling in rhythms to keep me out of step

They keep me out of step
you keep me out of step

Take my hand or lead

If you look me in the eyes and say
everything I live for is better because you stayed
I could just go
walk off of this stage
retire every role
discarding broken fantasies
I don't need to stow

I regret how we played
stubborn and persistent a gamblers game
should've chose the odds to weigh
but followed intuition

I was led astray
still was led astray

Take my hand or lead

If you look me in the eyes and say
everything I live for is better because you stayed
I could just go
walk off of this stage
retire every role
discarding broken fantasies
I don't need to stow