What To Keep & Let Go

by Dylan Duncan

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This is Dylan Duncan's first album project written over the course of close to a decade...exploring life, love, loss and the haunting significance of an old photograph. The question "how do you know what to keep & let go" becomes the driving theme in the record, as Dylan writes about his struggle with making choices and standing by what really matters. With the help of his friends and a handful of talented musicians and engineers, he has brought his vision to life.

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released March 20, 2011

Dylan Duncan - Guitar, Vocals
Marcin Kuc - Bass, Piano
Cullen Corley - Perscussion
Chad Macomber - Guitar
F. Eastman - Bass,
Aaron Pring - Percussion
Tess Gallagher - Upright Bass
Brendon Thomas - Guitar
Matt Morgan - Guitar

Back Up Vocals - Alyson McKinster, Angela Paladino, Dan Cooper, Matt Koelsch F. Eastman, Dylan Duncan

Produced and Recorded by F. Eastman in Weston, MA.
Mixed and Mastered by Matt Morgan and Alex Vieira at Sit-N-Spin Studios in Greenville, SC

* Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Marcin Kuc in Allston, MA

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Track Name: Horizons
I'm changing both my headlights and hoping for a brighter life.
There's nothing like the darkest time to bring out what you have inside.

The road ahead is hard enough and I don't want to die so young.
So light the way and patronize but only if we can survive.

And we will chase horizons until we meet the sky and ground at intersection.
Oh, what a beautiful sight as we enjoy the ride.

I'm blaming both my tired eyes for failing me to recognize
that things are not quite how they were before the motion and the blur.

But we will chase horizons until we meet the sky and ground at intersection.
Oh, what a beautiful sight as we enjoy the ride.

And I would never pass you on this long highway of life.
Because though we're moving at a different pace we don't have to say goodbye...

And we will chase horizons until we meet the sky and ground at intersection.
Oh, what a beautiful sight as we enjoy the ride.
Track Name: Stand
You simplify your fate waiting for your train to come.
You're making friends with doubt and shaking hands with everyone.
Now you're taking what is given to you, playing back your lover's song.
And it's the only chance of leaving yourself, leave before I'm gone...

and all we need is reassurance, some sort of sign that things will be alright
but there's just too much that's riding on this and so much still out of sight.

And this is why I'm so distracted and now you won't understand
that this is my way of dealing and this is how I'm going to stand on my own, on my own.

You're leaving on that train heading towards the biggest dream.
Kissing lips of ambition, rubbing off on everything.
Now you head out before morning light
So you wouldn't have to say goodbye.

and all we need is reassurance, some sort of sign that things will be alright
but there's just too much that's riding on this and so much still out of sight.

And this is why I'm so distracted and now you won't understand
that this is my way of dealing and this is how I'm going to stand on my own, on my own.

You wait for a sign from me but you cannot see when you're blind to everything we tried to be.

Red lights are on your face again and you're not going anywhere, you fear what's ahead.
And they're all moving on but you don't know the way.
So you simplify your fate so I can stand right here.

So I can stand, stand right here.
Track Name: City Lights
The summer's over and it's getting cold
and I dare not ask you what has not been told
'cos we succeed in hiding all our secrets
endless abyss of truth and all its rejects

oh, we can't comprehend anything other than what we know right now

and where are we going?
the city lights are bright and glowing but we're in the dark tonight.

do you believe in love and its illusions?
a simple kiss can twist sought out conclusions
and lead you to a place thought to be fiction
but I'd rather make my way without the friction

oh, we can't comprehend anything other than what we know right now

and where are we going?
the city lights are bright and glowing but we're in the dark tonight.

but here in this moment
of dying dreams and hearts now broken let's try now to make things right.

oh no, we are wrong to try and be still when we're moved passionately
but we cannot capture love 'til we set it free

and where are we going?
the city lights are bright and glowing but we're in the dark tonight.

but here in this moment
of dying dreams and hearts now broken let's try now to make things right.

let's try now to make things right, let's try now to make things right.

the summer's over and it's getting cold....
Track Name: Bicycle on the Ice
And this is just like waking up, forgetting all the dreams you had
trying your best to write them down on paper
while they're still clear inside your head. Please try not to forget.

The country hills loved you at twenty-five, 'cos they knew what you'd become
now the city walls keep you inside
from everything you grew to love and all the things you would become.

And they're all watching you from the ground as you drift away
but you're heart is filling up and falling back down from the weight of it all.

And the bicycle on the ice feels the same way that you do
it needs no one to say it's out of place
sometimes it's better just to move to where they can't find you.

And they're all watching you from the ground as you drift away
but you're heart is filling up and falling back down from the weight...

'cos you knew that this could happen, your love would want to stay
now you know I'll be okay, now you know I'll be okay.
Track Name: Circles
Oh, this hunger now it takes me, swallowing me whole.
The longing, it’s unbearable and it’s pulling at my soul.
Why is it we always want the things we don’t have?
But put desire over doubt and what you love will last.

And if we just live inside the moment we might not miss the world around.
If we just stop running in circles in hopes to find what can’t be found we’ll be alright
we’ll be alright.

But for everytime I told you I’d change, there was an ounce of doubt 'cos passions remained.
For if there is one life, why not make it shine? Why not do what makes us feel alive?
The choices that we make will live with us everyday so we better treat them right.
We gotta treat them right.

And if we just live inside the moment we might not miss the world around.
If we just stop running in circles in hopes to find what can’t be found we’ll be alright
we’ll be alright.

Just don’t be afraid, someday you’ll know where you belong.
It’s what you lose that defines you and helps you see who you’ll become.

And if we just live inside the moment we might not miss the world around.
If we just stop running in circles in hopes to find what can’t be found

Oh I will live inside the moment and I won’t miss the world around.
I will stop running in circles ‘cos everything is right here, right now.

You see, we’d make it right tonight. I know we’d make it right tonight if everything had never changed but we’re not to blame ‘cos how will you know what to keep & let go when all you have’s a lifetime to decide?

Oh we will see when everything goes dark. We’ll bind when we come apart.
This is just who we are- slow beating hearts waiting to start again.
Track Name: If Not Now, Then When?
I should know by now that you're gonna run away like you always do
but I could be the one to help you stop and turn around before you make your move.

But you won't let me in. And if not now, then when?

Just tell me what you're thinking because I don't know right now.
Cuz we don't often say what's on our minds. And I won't just assume this time.

Count on both your hands all the times you turned away from what you needed most.
I bet you're running out of places to put your doubt and fear of getting too close.

Just tell me what you're thinking because I don't know right now.
Cuz we don't often say what's on our minds. And I won't just assume this time.

With me you don't have to run away but please don't feel like you have to stay.

Just tell me what you're thinking and i promise i will never ask again.
I don't know what you have to say but I will understand.
Track Name: Electric Candle
I'm not alone tonight
an electric candle sits with me
I wanna feel alright
don't want to be so cowardly

I push them all away
so they can't see my dried up tears
will they be back someday?
maybe when I no longer fear

getting too close
and learning to love again
I don't know how to say this:
I don't think I'm meant to hold your hand

'cos I forget your face
when you're standing right in front of me
and I wish I wasn't so damn numb
I wish I felt the love you offered me

I brought you home tonight
and in between my memories and my dreams
I hold you oh so tight
but somehow you manage to get free

I chase you 'round the room
'cos you taught me never to give up
but I'll forget you soon
'cos not knowing is what keeps me from

getting too close
and learning to love again
I don't know how to say this:
I don't think I'm meant to hold your hand

'cos I forget your face
when you're standing right in front of me
and I wish I wasn't so damn numb
I wish I felt the love you offered me

I'm getting too close
and learning to love again
but I don't know how else to say it:
I don't think I'm meant to hold your hand

'cos I forget your face
when you're standing right in front of me
and I wish I wasn't so damn numb
I wish I felt the love you offered me
Track Name: Hello, Amy
Hello, Amy
I didn't expect you here this soon
You're not due for quite a while at least that's what I assumed
and I don't want to be rude but I think that you should leave
I'm not ready to sit down with you and talk of life and what it means.

'Cos you're hurting me so effortlessly
simply put: I want you gone
I want you far away from me

Tell me, Amy:
Why do you still insist on comin' knockin' on my door when you know I'll just resist?
I'm closing all the curtains, pullin' up the welcome mat
and if you can't take the hint by then I guess I'm headin' out the back.

'Cos you're hurting me so effortlessly
simply put: I want you gone
I want you far away from me

Well done Amy
I think I've given into you
'cos you've numbed up all my senses and there's nothing I can do
and if you should never leave me I guess I'll take your hand and say:
Amy, perhaps we're meant to be, suppose it's better off this way...

'Cos you're hurting me so effortlessly
simply put: I want you gone
I want you far away from me

Goodbye, Amy
I've had some time to think things through.
I don't know what I was thinking when I said that I'd love you.
Perhaps out of desperation or a fear of losing time
I just know now that I don't want you and there's no way to change my mind.
Track Name: In The End
I wake up to find you in the middle of a slow rewind
and you don't know how far you've gone back but you are stuck in the wrong time.
But I will try and save you from the poison running through your mind
and when I bring you back stay with me, just breathe...know that you are alive. Alive...

But we forget ourselves again in the attempts to make amends.

Though everything seems lost and all lines are crossed
this is not what you'll choose in the end.
for when all is clear, no more pain and fear........

Don't you see you're safe now, no more shadows to cover your eyes
so why do you look back from where you came in hopes to run and hide?

So we forget ourselves again in the attempts to make amends.

Though everything seems lost and all lines are crossed
this is not what you'll choose in the end.
For when all is clear, no more pain and fear
you will know who you are in the end.

Oh baby, everything that you need to be breaks away when you no longer see
that to be right here will set you free.
All you have to do is stop and breathe.
Just breathe. Breathe...

Though everything seems lost and all lines are crossed
this is not what you'll choose in the end.
For when all is clear, no more pain and fear
you will know who you are in the end

You will know. You will know.
Track Name: Ask You
I could offer you my ears
they are open wide for you
just in case you get lonely and need someone to talk to

it's been such a long time since
i heard your caring voice
so it'd definitely help me here to fill this silent void

and if you hear me now
i'd like to ask you now

are you finally free from pain?
and is there beauty where you are?
full of light and endless summer rains
is there a chance we'll meet again?
yes, i hope we meet again

i am selfish because
if i could have you here i would
so you could help me get yet through another year without you

but i have no regrets
in letting you go
because tonight i can sleep soundly knowing you're not alone

and if you can hear me now
i'd like to ask you now

are you finally free from pain?
and is there beauty where you are?
full of light and endless summer rains
is there a chance we'll meet again?
yes, i hope we meet again

i like to think that things happen for a reason
it's the only way i can justify for you leaving

i hope you're proud of what i've done and who i've become, who i've become
i love you every day and i'm sorry that you went away
but i am happy you're free, you're finally free

and i will never let you go. and I will never let you go

i will never let you go
it's the only thing I know
but I am glad that you are finally free
so don't feel bad for leaving me. no, don't feel bad for leaving me...