Our Fathers Were Lions

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Our Fathers Were Lions is the third studio album from Devin Sinha

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released September 22, 2017

Written and performed by Devin Sinha
Engineered and Mixed by Dylan Fant at 1 Shot Studios
Mastered by Ed Brooks at Resonant Mastering

with Paul Murphy, Mike Thornhill, Ean Verver, Rachel Lee, Helen Anderson, Elena Loper, Kevin Stiles, Robert Lee, and Charles Wicklander

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Devin Sinha Seattle, Washington

Devin is a singer/songwriter living in Seattle, hailing from Midwestern roots as he spent most of his life around Kansas City. His style is primarily acoustic indie/folk, mixing autobiographical flavors into his fiction of poetry and music. Songs tend toward narrative verse, with lyrics and feeling taking front row center, often complemented by guitar, keyboard, and bass. ... more

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Track Name: Soldiering On
There was rain on the porch swing 
and rain on my boots 
and the hood to my jacket was drawn 
when I saw you come skipping 
your way up the street, 
you were smiling, I'm soldiering on. 

You gave me a carving 
you found on the road 
and you gave me a jar full of sand 
from a beach far off somewhere 
that I'll never see. 
I was here and I gave you my hand. 

I was a braggart, you were a rogue: 
the best two this town's ever seen. 
I was a drinker, and you liked to smoke 
but between us we kept our souls clean. 

There was sun on the water 
and sun on your skin, 
the evening came on as I strummed. 
Your hair caught the last light, 
your eyes caught the stars, 
you voice caught the tune while I hummed. 

You gave me a kiss 
and loaned me your heart 
and took me down into your bed. 
I left town the next day 
crossing fingers for you, 
you crossed me right off your list instead. 

I was a braggart, you were a rogue: 
the best two this town's ever seen. 
I was a drinker, and you liked to smoke 
but between us we kept our souls clean. 

There was dirt in the phone line 
and under my nails 
when the fighting and sighing was through. 
You had ice in your veins and 
stones in your eyes. 
I was out cold and dreaming of you. 

You gave me some heartbreak, 
I gave you some too 
when the Spring came and you were withdrawn. 
I was always so faithful, 
'least when you were around, 
you were crying, I'm soldiering on. 

You played the liar, and I played the fool: 
the best two this town's ever seen. 
Once or twice we forgot we were on the same side, 
but between us we kept our souls clean. 

There was rain on the porch swing 
and rain on my boots 
and the hood to my jacket was drawn 
when I saw you come skipping 
your way up the street, 
you were smiling, I'm soldiering on.

I loved you, yes I loved you
On, I loved you, yes I loved you
On, my darling, you were my only one
Track Name: Shine
Forgotten your father's face
there's a snake in your garden
and the wishes in the well have all gone dry
you put up your walls
yours, a heart that has hardened
you snuff out the rushlight where your soul once did shine
 
when the blood in your veins
beats thinner than water
and the souls of your feet lie bare on bitter ground
the taste in your mouth
of that bold, brackish laughter
a reminder that jesters and kings both someday must lose their crowns
 
and all I ever wanted was to know you
all I ever hoped was you'd be coming home
 
I would shine, shine a light, this world could still feel new
You could shine, shine a light, let your light shine through
I won't leave you in the darkness, I am always by your side
we can shine, we can shine, shine a light
 
your shelter is rotten -
and succumbs to the sand
sinking like promises broken and words left unsaid
wearing fear on your sleeve
like a black mourning band
do you dream of days past as you sink in the depths of your bed
 
I would shine, shine a light, this world could still feel new
You could shine, shine a light, let your light shine through
I won't leave you in the darkness, I am always by your side
we can shine, we can shine, shine a light
 
Call on me, I'm saying
Shine, Shine a light
When your sight is fading
Shine a light
There's still hope in heartache
Shine a light
Love is patient, love waits
 
I would shine, shine a light, this world could still feel new
You can shine, shine a light, let your light shine through
I won't leave you in the darkness, I am always by your side
we can shine, we can shine, shine a light
Track Name: Backslider
Again
we saw the same signs
we said the same lines
we have the same fights
the world keeps turning, turning
the sun, it will rise
you wake by my side
the same great divide
but are we learning, learning
 
and you
call me backslider
no great decider
why are we back here again and again
Your ocean eyes
my life capsized
the waste and weight and words will only pull us under
 
(and) This
is an apology
for all you've given me
for all the times I take and take and take for granted
Again
we're on the cresting wave
what is there left to save
I left you drifting, sinking, on an ice sheet stranded
 
and you
call me backslider
no great decider
why are we back here again and again
Your ocean eyes
my life capsized
the waste and weight and words will only pull us under
 
time through time
river through stone
carving our names
etched on our bones
time through time
river will rise
how many mistakes before
the river runs dry
 
(and) I
knew only discontent
I spoke not what I meant
I lived a life of rashness, reason, taking, taking
I watched you growing dark
the seasons of the heart
my darling, tell me, can we stop this breaking, breaking
 
and you
call me backslider
no great decider
why are we back here again and again
Your ocean eyes
my life capsized
the waste and weight and words will only pull us under
 
time through time
river through stone
carving our names
etched on our bones
time through time
river will rise
how many mistakes before
the river runs dry
 
You were always on my mind
two steps back, two steps back, falling over
You were always on my mind
two steps back, two steps back, diving under
Track Name: Coming Home
worn out map and a gravel road
ink-black sky still thick with smoke
willows shake, the cold wind moans
comin' back's not comin' home
 
dry your eyes and stem the tears
took you far too many years
the rust and shame cuts to the bone
comin' back's not comin' home
 
in the night
the stars were falling for you
as they found the sea
in the light
you'll find me calling for you
will you reach for me
 
carve your name in withered earth
tell me what of it was worth
wounds that blind may never heal
once was yours, my soul to steal
 
shake the chains and champ the bit
there's no getting used to it
slide the key under the door
nothin' here for us no more
 
in the night
the stars were falling for you
as they found the sea
in the light
you'll find me calling for you
will you reach for me
Track Name: When Lights Crash Onto Sand
In the station, I was waiting
for the seven-thirty to come on by
a steam whistle harbinger shouting your name to the summer night
then you cascaded down the platform bathed in fog and amber light
I was crashing off the rocks onto the sand
 
In Nashville, we were shipwrecked
holding on as the grey moved in
we were two with the world around us though my resolve was wearing thin
as I dove deep in your southern drawl you asked if I could tell you when
I last saw the lights crashing off onto the sand

In my city, there's a park bench
where I drink my winter tea
I loose leaves to read your future but you said you never could read me
but you were so steeped in all I ever was and you'd bring me sweet release
light from you and I crashing off onto the sand
 
In the night sky, we were wide-eyed
as the shower slowly passed
You wished for resolution, I wished some moments could last
You turned me into something better
weathered rock to newborn glass
Lightning crashing off the rocks onto the sand
Track Name: The Waiting
All these days and all these dreams
Lying down, lie down with me
I am not the man I hoped for
I am not the man I thought I'd be
 
late nights playing songs for players
like we're just passing the same ten dollar bill around
I’ve carried this guitar through every back alley back door
of every dead end dive bar in this dead end town
 
and the waiting
and the waiting
and the waiting is the fastest way to drown
 
These pictures mark the memory
of my less than humble youth
I'm the age my father was when I was born
It's a hard and simple truth
 
There's a moment in the darkness
when the stage light settles in
When our eyes met you were mouthing back the words
and I love you though we might not meet again
 
and the waiting
and the waiting
and the waiting is the fastest way to drown
 
The busker on the corner
sings a love song dawn to dusk
Put your faith in the patronage of strangers passing by,
it takes a hell, takes a hell of a lot of trust
 
All these days and all these dreams
lying down, lie down with me
I am not the man I hoped for
If I don't wait, I know someday I'll be
 
and the waiting
and the waiting
and the waiting is the fastest way to drown
Track Name: Fading
Help me, this time I'm breaking
Silence cannot settle me
All the breaths I am taking
I gave you all my belief
 
Help me, this ship is fading
Steer me down into your sleep
I stole a dram from a deep well
I gave you all my belief
 
You're a moment
You're a moment
You're a moment
You're gone
 
Help me, this time I'm breaking
Silence cannot settle me
All the breaths I am taking
I gave you all my belief
 
Help me, this ship is fading
Steer me down into your sleep
I stole a dram from a deep well
I gave you all my belief

You're a moment
You're a moment
You're a moment
You're gone
Track Name: Fireman
All the lights are burning
All the bridges I've been burning down
All the nights, lost, yearning
Call them all down, call them all down
 
All the leaves are turning
Ashen angels sigh into the ground
Wings arise, flames churning
Call them all down, call them all down
 
And you, so poised and proud
And you, call so loud
 
See the sirens soaring
Rivers scream and turn toward the sky
Hear the dragon roaring
Your skin was cool on summer nights

When the charnel house erupts in flame with all I've ever known
I'll see you there against the blaze, within its searing glow
As the wind sweeps down o'er barren slopes leaving ash upon my breath
I'll plant the seeds of a better life for the beauty that it left
 
And you, so poised and proud
And you, you call so loud
 
Gave it all, you gave it all away
All your love for all those left to save
 
All the lights are burning
All the bridges I've been burning down
All the nights spent searching
All the years I should have left this town
 
And you
Call them all down
And you
Call them all down
You know I've been waiting
You know I've been waiting
Track Name: Come Destiny!
Left my homeland
State and flag gone by
Oaths of fealty
And your father's golden ring
Past the white sand
Past the riptide
I will hear you
when the cannon fire sings
 
Come destiny, come home
And if I leave before my time forget my name and let me go
Come destiny, come home
And if we meet on foreign shores I won't still be the man you know
 
I'm no villain
There's no hero in our tale
Words of passion
And a promise in the rain
I was young then
You were an ideal
I will hear you
When the cannon fire sings
 
Come destiny, come home
There are crimes deep in your mind I know I'll never answer for
Come destiny, come home
So raise the flag, burn my name, and call the captains back to war
 
I shed my skin on bended knee
Feeling the fire from my works wash over me
I wrung my hands for mothers I will never meet
Then raised my sword and swore to see that we die free
 
In the sunlight
When you hailed defeat
Independence
I'm forever through with kings
Such a cruel fight
Broken sons lie at our feet
I will hear you
When the cannon fire sings
 
Come destiny, come home
For such a loss the gain was more than you or I will ever know
Come destiny, come home
And when the cannon fire sings it sings for all that we let go
Come destiny, come home
Come destiny, come home
Track Name: Still To Come
And you ask me
Looking down out the window
If I could fly would I find my way home
As the birds overhead mark the seasons’ divide
How can I find my way back to your life

Falling out of bed when winter was coming strong
Wrap ping up the warmth of dreaming in dreaming on
At night, grey light, your sighs mingle with the snow
The streets, our feet, walk paths that we'll never know

Now, in the night, it finds us pouring down pouring down
Given all away
In our life, we're always looking out, reaching out
Coming back to say

If I had a knack for saying it all too wrong
You would come back to hear it right in a song
If I'd been him, if you'd been born in a different time
I might evoke the ghosts buried down in our mind

Now, in the night, it finds us pouring down pouring down
Given all away
In our life, we're always looking out, reaching out
Coming back to say

If I had been there or perhaps if I had done that
If you met me now, know we are never our past
All ghosts, all lost, the seasons and choices change
Project your life, just a breath on the window pane

Now, in the night, it finds us pouring down pouring down
Given all away
In our life, we're always looking out, reaching out
Coming back to say
Track Name: Juniper Lake
We held our hands in the fire
and swore off the night in ourselves.
The coyote calls out for shelter;
we hold on to moments too long.
 
I still love watching your hands move;
aged rosewood, clear spruce, dulcet tones.
Each chorus refreshes our past selves,
we hold on to moments too long.
 
Staying out west at Juniper Lake,
mountain hemlock and tall lodgepole pine.
Draw my body down into the moon grass;
we lie loudly beneath a clear sky.
 
One more note.
Then I'll go.
We hold on to moments too long.