Highways and Cityscapes

by Happy Heartbreak

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Highways and Cityscapes

..happy sounding sad songs....
debut release from Happy Heartbreak

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released May 15, 2015

Recorded at Thrill Me Studio
Sound Media Productions

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Happy Heartbreak San Diego, California

From San Diego to Seattle, Happy Heartbreak is the lessons of Life, the love of travel, and the experiences along the way.

"Highways and Cityscapes" is the debut of happy sounding sad songs reminiscent of a time when words mattered.

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Track Name: Building Houses
I unpacked by bags today just to load them into boxes to get stored away. And you, living up the bar scene again. You swore to yourself, your friends, your God, you wouldn't be this person. But then again, I swore I'd never fall in Love or fall apart again, yet here I am.

You, model for your new friends to be. Your smile painted like your makeup to prove to everyone you're happy. While I'm calling this airport my home. I feel appropriately seated in the exit row, or so I think. But then again, I thought we'd build a house and make a home some day, yet here we stay.

Oh, it's hard to build a home if there's no one there.
The first night is the worst. Tangled sheets let me know that you're missing. Oh, it's hard to build a home if there's no one there.
We can put the puzzle pieces together with the corner bent. We'll never show the picture, but it doesn't hide the wear and tear.

I'm trying to love the loft you chose, but it faces cement walls with no sun outside the window. And you don't understand my daily war. It's a battle with myself I've never won before. I never thought I'd be alone in my late twenties. They're playing our song on the radio, but you're clapping on the off beat.

Oh, it's hard to build a home if there's no one there.
The first night is the worst. Tangled sheets let me know that you're missing. Oh, it's hard to build a home if there's no one there.
We can put the puzzle pieces together with the corner bent. We'll never show the picture, but it doesn't hide the wear and tear.

So wear me around like the sleeve of your heart like you're proud of me. Oh, wear me. I can hardly believe it that you wanna be with this.

So, tear me into tiny pieces, I guess I always needed this. Oh, tear me apart in little pieces, my heart so you can see this. We'll start, you won't believe this, you can always have a piece of my heart.
Track Name: These Cities
There's something about empty Vegas parking lots that remind me about Life outside the lights. Did you see that painting over Tucson when the rain was pouring from the sky. I've lived a good life.

Wings squeeze by skyscrapers in San Diego right by the ocean. And Spring is best understood in Chicago after her winters.

I've flown o'er these oceans. I've grown to know them.
These cities are like people I'd love to meet.

There's something about the taste of salt, whether from the sea or your skin, that's so intoxicating to me. And the way these walls have fallen for the wind is somehow strangely grounding.

Wings squeeze by skyscrapers in San Diego right by the ocean. And Spring is best understood in Chicago after her winters.

I've flown o'er these oceans. I've grown to know them.
These cities are like people I'd love to meet.

Oh, I've fallen in Love more times than I would like to be reminded of, but Life has a funny way of taking plans and making them change.

I've flown o'er these oceans. I've grown to know them.
These cities are like people I need to meet.

I've flown o'er these oceans. I've grown to know them.
These cities help me breathe.
Track Name: Tie Dye Skies
It's late, and I'm still awake. I can't seem to find my mind's hiding place. It's on that line where the sky meets the sea. Where orange and reds bleed their blues and greens.

These streets are begging me to roam like I've never been alone before. The way the cityscape scrapes the sky at night makes me feel alive.

Maybe this is where we're supposed to be, just you and me.

The world could end tonight, but I'm not flinching from this moment.
The world could end tonight. I'd say, "I've lived for this moment all my Life."

This moment is begging me to hold you like I've never been in Love before. Here heart to heart, face to face, fingers interlaced, waiting for the world to just fall away.

Maybe this is where we're supposed to be, just you and me.

The world could end tonight, but I'm not flinching from this moment.
The world may end tonight. I'll say, "I've lived for this moment all my Life."

I've been waiting for this moment, maybe preparing all my Life. But I thought I'd have more time to get things right. I promise you forever, even if forever is just today. I will give you all my heart.

The world could end tonight, but I'm not flinching from this moment.
The world may end tonight. I'll say, "I've lived for this moment all my Life."
Track Name: People Watching
Hope to die, cross my heart. The biggest loss is to never start.

So it begins:
I've been people watching again and pretending that these people are my friends, with choreographed stories and scripted conversations. Sad truths, but hopeful happy endings.
She's got a body type designed to drip in diamonds and a mind that's grown accustomed to it. And he's got demons that look just like ex-girlfriends and some doubts he can't get out of his head.

It's days like this I hope heaven exists.

For these beautiful faces in their beautiful places where they meet other beautiful faces and make beautiful tragedies.

And the sun sets down on the beach. Last chance in the sand saying, "please don't forget me." He sets the bottle down for her to see, but just like the bottle he says, "please don't leave me empty."

It's days like this I hope heaven exists.

For these beautiful faces in their beautiful places where they meet beautiful faces and make beautiful tragedies.

But somewhere in the darkness when I should be dreaming about a better Life. I get lost in the hope that I still know the difference between wrong and right. Because I've made mistakes in these plans I've made, and I'm still trying to turn it around. But what I've found only shows how far we'll go to live out our lies.

We're just beautiful faces in our beautiful places where we meet other beautiful faces and make beautiful tragedies.
Track Name: Fly Away
They say, there's a place where we can sip champagne all day.
And they say, let's celebrate the chance to get away.
Let's get lost in the sheets, our cellphones out of reach. You know.
We'll dance all through the night and have breakfast on the beach. Let's go.

I like to sing like no one is listening.
And, I like to drink like no one is counting.

Can you feel it, the ocean breeze? Can you hear it, the clouds calling me?
We could fly away today. Would you fly away with me?

They say, we can do what we want to when we want to do it.
They say, we could have this every day.

I like to sing like no one is listening.
And, I like to drink like no one is counting.

Can you feel it, the ocean breeze? Can you hear it, the clouds calling me?
We could fly away today. Would you fly away with me?

We could fly away. We could leave today.
We should fly away. It doesn't matter what they say.

I like to sing like no one is listening.
And, I like to drink like no one is counting.

Would you fly away with me?
Track Name: Fallen Out of Love
I've fallen out of Love with you, baby. And I won't cry anymore tears over you. You know I've tried to move on, baby. But just 'cause I'm lonely don't mean I'm running back to you.

I'm not the same boy you used to play. I've grown, I've changed into a better man. But I know it'll be hard not to go get in my car when I've been drinking and thinking about what we used to be.

Oh, it's better this time. You go yours and I'll go mine. It's not like we didn't try, but I can't stay heart broken forever.

I've fallen out of Love with you, baby. And I won't cry anymore tears over you. You know I've tried to move on, baby. But just 'cause I'm lonely don't mean I'm running back to you.
Track Name: Lay Awake
And it feels like an overload. I'm on the outside of an inside joke. The humor comes from what I don't know. And it's cold on the corner where I stood and asked for change. Now on the stage, under lights, I'm begging for the same with a smile on my face. Facing the struggles in this bubble I call Life. It's so selfish to assume that what I do is right.

So, I'm looking for Love in the darkness. I'm searching for change where the pain used to stay. I can't live with this feeling of doubt if I want to be happy. So, I'm looking around for these answers. I'm praying to God the demons stay away. I can't live with this feeling of doubting.

And it feels so lucky. I'll just lay up in this. I'll just stay awake and watch the rain. Try and trust me. I won't keep secrets from you. I'll just stay awake and watch the rain. Stay awake.

And it's strange trying to change all the things that I have done. If Life is a game, I surely haven't won yet. And I'm trying my best to be the best in me, but it's not easy.

So, I'm looking around in the darkness. I'm praying to God the demons stay awake. I can't live with this feeling of doubting.

And it feels so lucky. I'll just lay up in this. I'll just stay awake and watch the rain. Try and trust me. I won't keep secrets from you. I'll lay awake.
Stay awake.

Just stay awake with me. Just stay awake with me.
(Stay awake and hold me, baby. I promise I'm not going crazy.)
Track Name: Getting By
I'm tired of dating potential. I'm tired of being a work in progress. I'm tired of trying to be the idea I have stuck in my head. I'm trying to be better. I'm trying to be more honest. But if self-help is like the weather, I feel horribly underdressed.

Seattle skies, don't cry for me. I'm getting by sleeping in my Jeep.

She said, "Oh, I thought you'd give everything for us."
I said, "Oh, I'll give anything but up."

I'm tired of feeling lonely, when I'm surrounded by lots of people who believe in me and genuinely support my dreams. So, I'm trying to be better, more gracious and appreciative. But despite the words, I still haven't learned how to take a compliment.

Seattle skies, don't cry for me. I'm getting by sleeping in my Jeep.

She said, "Oh, I thought you'd give everything for us."
I said, "Oh, but is anything enough for you?"
She said, "Oh, I thought you'd give everything for us."
I said, "Oh, I'll give anything but up..

I won't give up on what makes me me. She said, "I'm too old for your daydreams." So I'm singing, "Darling, you have my heart, but I've gotta finish what I started."

Seattle skies, don't cry for me. I'm getting by.
Track Name: Dear Brooklyne
The wings bend, the wheels raise.
My eyes close, my mind fades.
There's nothing to let go of
with the clouds below and the sky above.

I never wanted you to know. I never wanted you to let go.

Dear Brooklyne,
Why'd you have to be named after such a famous borough? I've traveled the world, and I've seen your name everywhere I go.
Please remember me with more than just sadness. I've traveled the world, and I've seen that it's not that bad.

I held the pamphlet in my hand. I had hoped the Word of God would help me understand you better. I helped you hang your new curtains. I had hoped the hurt would pass when you see how good we can be together.

I never wanted you to know. I never wanted you to let go, but you let go.

Dear Brooklyne,
Why'd you have to be named after such a famous borough? I travel the world, and I see your name everywhere I go.
Please remember me with more than just sadness. I've traveled the world, and I've seen..

It's not that bad to be in Love with each other. I know you're mad to think we wasted so much time together. I guess I'm glad you think you're so much better without me.

but I never wanted you to know. I never wanted you to let go.

Dear Brooklyne,
Why'd you have to be named after such a famous borough? I've traveled the world, and I've seen it's not that bad. It's not that bad.
Track Name: Daylight Savings
I wanna believe in Love the way my Mother does, but she doesn't see how tough it has become. If my grandparents can celebrate 60 years, why can't I take sixty seconds here to see that maybe it's just me.

I wanna believe in Life the way I did as a kid. Then, maybe I'd see what's right for me and appreciate it. But if I've been alive for all these years, then why am I still sitting here wondering how to live?

We stay awake through the summer sun. Days are getting longer, and everyone still looks for answers. We stay awake through summer. In some ways we're getting younger, because everyone still makes excuses.

I wanna believe that it's not wrong to build a Life around these songs that may never get heard. And it's not a reflection of my self-worth. I wanna believe that. I wanna believe. I just wanna believe.

It's like a capo on this guitar. I thought I could change the way things are, but when my feelings feel the strings, it's like I never really changed anything.

We stay awake through the summer sun. Days are getting longer, and everyone still looks for answers. We stay awake through summer. In some ways we're getting younger, because everyone still makes excuses.

I've stayed awake through the summer sun. Days are getting longer, and I'm still looking for my answer.
I wanna believe in Love the way my Mother does.