Our Past And Present Futures

by Devin Sinha

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Our Past And Present Futures is the second studio album from Devin Sinha. Recorded at 1 Shot Studio in Woodinville, WA, and mastered by legendary engineer Ed Brooks at RFI Mastering in Seattle, Our Past And Present Futures present timeless songs blending elements of indie rock, contemporary folk, and country.

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released February 5, 2016

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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: Call The Mountains Down
Time without consequence is time not worth taking
and life without confidence is life that you're living
throw off weary somnolence, my bones, feel them shaking
from such divine provenance is all this we're given

The sun in your eyes and the weight of your burdens
persist when you hide and you've shuttered the curtains
all faded, the days when you'd barter and bargain
now reap the poor weeds that have grown in your garden

And I do know you
and I have known you

The road you're unwinding leads back to the thread
of the path that our mothers and fathers have tread
the songs that you sing aren't the songs of your home
now reap what poor weeds in your garden have grown

And I do know you
and I have loved you

Time without consequence is time not worth taking
mistakes and regrets are your own for the making
throw off your old ways, it's far time you were waking
your hearth won't be warm til your fire is blazing

Call The Mountains Down
Call The Mountains Down
Call The Mountains Down
Call The Mountains Down
Track Name: What You're Given
Born and left by the trunk of a willow tree
half near death when the preacher came on me
as the shepherd finds lost sheep
I've been lost since before my God knew me

Boy to man, not once was finding peace
Some give their life for scraps, I'd take yours for a feast
I grew strong, I rose above myself
And anybody in my way, they'd never live to tell

And I said oh,
It's what you don't know gonna' get you
What you're given, it ain't always what you're sold

Met my Katherine singing in the hills
simple notes but at once my heart was filled
as the wolf finds lost sheep
on that hillside, Katherine, she found me

And I said oh,
It's what you don't know gonna' get you
What you're given, it ain't always what you're sold

The shattered storm masks
the crashing of the waves
bodies shift and shake
Hold our heads and pray 'til daylight breaks

Wade in the water
wade in the water children
wade in the water
I've been lost since before my God knew me

The sun sets in the mountains and the moon comes from the east
I slept beside my Katherine but the devil never sleeps
She took what little I had, left the blade deep in my side
By the trunk of the willow tree is where my old grave lies

And I said oh,
It's what you don't know gonna' get you
What you're given, it ain't always what you're sold
Track Name: When We Sleep
I never considered myself to be lonely 
'til you came along my way, saw what I had been missing 
Now that I know you, I can only feel sorry 
for all the years wasted without you here by me 

You dance in the daytime to all your favorite songs 
At the foot of our bed, tell me stories so long 
Going out in the evening, counting stars in the sky 
Your eyes in the moonlight make me feel so sublime 

And when we sleep it's not alone 
We're not alone any longer dear 
And when I wake with you beside me I feel whole 
I feel home 

When clouds blanket the heavens, can't see in front of our faces 
Making love in the dark, our souls, our oasis 
In the late summer grass, lie close in the pitch black 
Rest your head on my shoulder with my hand on your back 

And when we sleep it's not alone 
We're not alone any longer dear 
And when I wake with you beside me I feel whole 
I feel home 

I drink up our moments, keep them locked in my mind 
When the days hit me hardest and I'm falling behind 
When the world seems its worst, and I'm feeling confined 
And reasons to have faith become so hard to find 

You bring me back to earth 
Hold my hand to remind 
Love makes life worth living 
With our fingers entwined 

And when we sleep it's not alone 
We're not alone any longer dear 
And when I wake with you beside me I feel whole 
I feel home
Track Name: Drifting
drifting through the endless sea
stones unbroken, stones we'll be
like the bird that freely roams
in the evening returns home
light the night sky, leaving me

stars are burning in the east
years before their lights retreat
as the twigs bends so the tree
so we go on sowing seeds
while the king and field hand sleep and share their lonesome dreams

burn the arrow, blessed be
soup from stone or sword from sheath
though hard words may break no bones
leave their imprints on our souls
light the night sky, leaving me

drifting through the endless night
you're the spark that burns most bright
as the sand sinks through the glass
you must know this too shall pass
and the fox and field mouse rise and share the dew-kissed grass
Track Name: The Banners Will Rise Again
Call out, call out
don't you see we're the campfire burning in the dark
cause we've been down this road and we've been down this road before

Calm down, don't cry out
oh I know, it's your boy, he's burning in the dark
but the horrors of war took us all down those roads before

You know, first they whisper in the back yards
but soon they'll be shouting on the street
and the tower will fall as it's fallen most times before

You know, when the judges go home
well then justice, she's carried on the street
and the power of all will be settled like times before

O say, when the battle is over the banners will rise again
And say, now we stand as one
Some say, what is now will forever and never can be undone
we'll say, we have overcome

Fall down, fall down
hear the shells, seven hells, all are the raining in the dark
it's not water that falls but it carries us down below

Still now, don't cry out
see them roll on by, children crying in the dark
it's not mother who calls when the shadows fall on their doors

You know, first they whisper in the back yards
but soon they'll be shouting in the street
and the blood it will fall as it's fallen most times before

You know, leave compassion at home
Well then justice lies broken on the street
and the honor of all will be settled like times before

O say, when the battle is over the banners will rise again
And say, now we stand as one
Some say, what is now will forever and never can be undone
we'll say, we have overcome

So close your eyes my friend
I'll take tonight, you rest your mind
You're weary, worn, and battered down
And when you rise I'll take your hand
The drums will sound and we'll call out
To claim once more, our fallen land

O say, when the battle is over the banners will rise again
And say, now we stand as one
Some say, what is now will forever and never can be undone
we'll say, we have overcome
Track Name: Follow You Down
The long road
Your eyes closed
You fall out

The slow dance
Our last chance
We call out

And I was your beckoned boy
And I was your windup toy

But I won't follow you down
No, I won't follow you down

By the lines on your face I know
When your mouth speaks a whispered ghost
I've been diving in dark blue waves
I've been searching such colder days

But I won't follow you down
No I won't follow you down

The long run
horizon
I look out

You're fading
Cascading
You pour out

And you were a love so strong
And you left a sighing song

But I won't follow you down
No, I won't follow you down

Oh lately I've been lead in life as lambs to slaughter
I pull the line, you lose the time dripping toward the water
We roll downhill and in your eyes I'm still a room of broken laughter
You fall in line, and spend your time wondering what's the matter

The long road
Your eyes closed (Open your eyes my love)
The long run
Horizon (Open your eyes my love)
You're fading gaze
Cascading ways of losing hope (Open your eyes my love)
The slow dance
Our last chance at the end of our burning rope (Open your eyes)
But I won't follow you

I won't follow you down
No, I won't follow you down
No, I won't follow you down
No, I won't follow you down
Track Name: I'll Be Here For You
Three days gone and I'm on your side
The summer fades under winter skies
Our fallow dreams were lost from your eyes
I'll be here for you

Moldered echoes of bygones call
Chasing silence down empty halls
When the callow fancies of our youth all fall
I'll be here for you

Stay, and we'll watch the dawn
it comes, it comes, it's rising
Stay in the warming sun
we know what we've been hiding
When daylight sinks to a dark too long
I'll be here for you

Driving home and we're seventeen
Know what we've done but not what it means
We learned what love is on movie screens
I'll be here for you

Stay, and we'll watch the dawn
it comes, it comes, it's rising
Stay in the warming sun
we know what we've been hiding
When daylight sinks to a dark too long
I'll be here for you

I've been down
heard them calling my name, heard them counting me out
For a time I know I felt it too
The harder the fall, the stronger you stand when you rise up again
I'll be here for you

Ten years gone, all your colors fade
Sun-bleached memories in sun-bleached frames
The best laid plans lie in shallow graves
I'll be here for you

Stay, and we'll watch the dawn
it comes, it comes, it's rising
Stay in the warming sun
we know what we've been hiding
When daylight sinks to a dark too long
I'll be here for you
I'll be here for you
I'll be here for you
Track Name: Shine On Me
The cracks in the pavement are showin'
the boards on the windows are thin
you can speak your intentions thousands of times
it doesn't matter if you never begin
Ohio is rusted and bleeding
her fingers are dry to the bone
there's a point when the place that you live in
ain't a place you can still call your home

and I know there's a better life coming
and you know there's somewhere we can be
that old road might be long but together we're strong
and I'm waiting for the day we'll see
'cause I know there's a better light
that's gonna shine on me

now our old loans are all coming due
the ship's leakin' and I'm out to sea
we lost every touch of the life that we knew
but you never lost your hold on me
We borrowed and bartered on true love
hoping it would see both us through
the cold air from the north brought me down to my knees
but it never brought me closer to you

and I know there's a better life coming
and you know there's somewhere we can be
that old road might be long but together we're strong
and I'm waiting for the day we'll see
'cause I know there's a better light
that's gonna shine on me

You tell me I look like my father
I don't see it but I hope that it's true
Been so long that some days I can't remember his face
but I know he would have sure loved you
Your old dress is threadbare and simple
the most beautiful thing I have seen
like the wind through the keyhole you start with a shout
but you came like a whisper to me

and I know there's a better life coming
and you know there's somewhere we can be
that old road might be long but together we're strong
and I'm waiting for the day we'll see
'cause I know there's a better light
that's gonna shine on me
Track Name: Girl I Once Knew
See mercy shining in the cold light
comin' down out of the rain
see all them demons you been draggin' down
my life the lock, my love your chains

some folks are out to save their own skin
others will give you the best of them
I had the best of intentions with you
you went from a dream to a curse to a girl I once knew

See I was eyein' for the long road
and you were running hard and fast
I saw the future, she looked a lot like you
but you were longing for the past

The wheel is in spin, the die has been cast
your bag's by the door so there's nothing I'd ask
the cage door is open and it's time that you flew
you went from a dream to a curse to a girl I once knew

See mercy shining in the cold light
comin' down beneath your dreams
see all the doubts that you've been beatin' back
by now we both know what it means

You don't have to speak, I know the look in your eyes
In the end I was just your consolation prize
I've got a lantern, some nights still burns for you
you went from a dream to a curse to a girl I once knew
you went from a dream to a curse to a girl I once knew
Track Name: Flicker
Through the slats of the blinds you were blinding
calm the cool of my flesh unwinding
and the clothes that unwove were our binding
so we sleep, so we sleep

Your skin is a canvas I'm staring
and your love is a foal's first standing
and your dreams are a drink worth sharing
so we keep, so we keep

The flicker came to call on our landing
and the flush of your face was enchanting

Come the rain, why would I go?
Come again, buried in snow
deep in the snow
deep in the snow

Through the steam of the bath you were tracing
the lines of your face in the glass
we return to our bodies unflinching
this will pass
this will pass

And the rain that fell in Georgia fell like cinnamon
And the rain that fell in Maine flowed like water running down your skin
And the rain in California fell like wine
And your lips in California fell into mine
Track Name: Without You
time was passing slowly,
in the crisp November air
I was breathing out the autumn,
resting in our rocking chair
The morn rose from your amber eyes
Your warmth filled up the room
how I wish I'd told you, softly,
there's no home here without you

In the winter evening hardens
as it freezes autumn's sun
the light that blossomed from your eyes
wilted, wordless, day was done
left with nothing but your echo
as I pace the empty rooms
how I wish I'd told you, softly,
there's no home here without you

time holds up a broken mirror
and it beats a broken drum
I'm not proud of who I was then
or the man that I've become
could I trace the lines back down again
find the man that you once knew
I would tell him to remember
there's no home here without you

life's a passing dalliance
so our distance slowly grew
there are words that I could live without
there are times I would undo
There are moments in the evenings
when the memories slip through
and I'd wish to tell you, softly,
there's a home still here for you
Track Name: The Fault Line
The fault line, oh the fault line
Pulls us out into the great unknown
Did the fault lie with yours or with mine?
You feel it shaking deep inside your bones

The funny thing in leaving is learning what you want to keep
when you part with an old lifetime, what you've got left is all you need
and what once felt so essential seems today so obsolete
The fault lines divide and leave us incomplete

The fault line, oh the fault line
Pulls us out into the great unknown
Did the fault lie with yours or with mine?
You feel it shaking deep inside your bones

You were up in Minnesota chasing dreams and dollar signs
I was west in California drinking grape juice from the vine
Said, "I might find you in the winter, but today just ain't our time"
Guess the way we say goodbye cut me off on that old fault line

The fault line, oh the fault line
Pulls us out into the great unknown
Did the fault lie with yours or with mine?
You feel it shaking deep inside your bones

In the evening with the lights down and a stranger in your bed
He'll lie with you for a while, but he won't stay in your head
and you're still dreaming for a feeling that you'll know what lies ahead
it's just fault lines running through your mind instead

In November, when the snow fell like feathers on my skin
I was outside of the station with my voice and violin
well, the music, she came strongly but my voice was wearing thin
Follow the fault lines back to where our lives begin

The fault line, oh the fault line
Pulls us out into the great unknown
Did the fault lie with yours or with mine?
You feel it shaking deep inside your bones