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The Winter After

by Errol Bateman

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Take Time 03:48
Dry erase boards are meant for charting chords And keeping track of tracks On lazy Saturdays before time gets away And you never get it back But that was in the past Dry erase boards with facts and figures Grids to chart the time Count the hours down gotta to wait it out Try to close your eyes It’s too much to ask Time doesn’t slip away when youre watching pain Mmm it creeps There’s no chart to tell you how to feel Or how to get to sleep Hell you feel lucky if you can breath Moments worn in time and in my mind As days just waste away All the things I’ve said or haven’t yet Will I get that time and place Sometimes there’s answers you can’t face Dry erase boards can be wiped clean of course And used for other things Buckets lists and plans cross off what you can Each day makes my heart leap Take time to cherish little things Take time to cherish little things
Another Day 02:34
I'm at the intersection Of ADD and depression I am lost and found I am gently bound By the rules of life In a lawless riot Known as being human In this world we live in Procrastination And every moment taken Is a thing you'd hate That I can't escape Though I'm filled with dread I get out if bed Zombie through the day Carry all that I can't shake I am a used up journal With over flowing internals Filled with quips and maps Instances that take you back I sit on the shelf Question mental health Overcome with fear Of the world without you here There is no tomorrow Where I don't see sorrow But I can hear you say That old clicheTomorrow's another day
I guess I reached the point in life where All my friends are dead or dying And sometimes I don't know how ill Make it through the day So I'll put on a pot of coffee And a record that you bought me Stand here in the window watching streets turn gray In the winter after you died I wonder what the spring will bring But there's no use in guessing things Instead I'd better work towards goals I know you'd have me reach But I pick this old guitar and work on pouring out my heart So all the world can know I'm taking time to heal and grieve In the winter after you died The work will be there later on Maybe the pain will lessen some So I can focus on the things I need to do for me Like finishing the words to this song Because I don't know how it should go Do do do do do do do
Overwhelming 03:51
What you see as overwhelming Baby that's just life And the cruelty of time Some say we've lived our golden years But to me it's not exactly clear If they exist So I try to let little shit go Because for all I know There's a sink full of dishes in the sky What you see as overwhelming Baby that's just life You'd better learn to live it before you die
10-4 03:52
The first to arrive and the last to leave Still doesn't feel there was time to grieve But I'm back home and I'm working now Cause I don't know any other way how Else to deal So I try to focus on other things Instead of your memory I'm sorry if that sounds fucked up But that's what I am over you Some days it's all I can do Come home and sort through the bills Mountains of papers topped by your will Saying I now own all that you left But I'd drive those cars right off a cliff For one moment with you So I try to focus on other things Instead of your memory I'm sorry if that sounds fucked up But that's what I am over you I just have to tell the truth Not that anyone's listening They're all caught up in the machine Working hard until they die Too tired to ever ask why Won't I ever retire So I try to focus on bigger things Like creating memories That probably sounds fucked up But that's what I've learned losing you Life's not something to just get through


This album is a tribute to my Dad, Dana Brown. He recently passed away from cancer and all proceeds will go to families dealing with this hardship.

Huge thanks to the time donated by all of the musicians who helped make this happen. This album features performances by:
Joel Hollister, Paul Ivey, Gareth Griffith, Devin Woodard, Vinnie Schoenfelder, Ian McQuary, and Evan Elizabeth

Special thanks to:
Mike Upchurch, Andy Waller at Dayum This Is My Jam, and Rob Tibb at Cut & Bleed


released April 23, 2022

All songs written by Errol Brown
Produced and Engineered by Evan Elizabeth @ As Is Audio
Album art by Skylar McAvoy and Evan Elizabeth
Original photo by Dana Brown


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