When Wings Take Root

by Andrew Warner

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An album covering the array of my thoughts regarding love, God, friendships, the importance of purpose, the daughter's of men and the eyes of boys, identity, and anything else you want to take from it.

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released August 30, 2014

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Andrew Warner Mishawaka, Indiana

Andrew Warner.

High school biology teacher.

Controlled, yet angry and self reflective pop punk.

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Track Name: For My Wife
I wrote this song for my wife
As a promise to die for her daily.

I wont cry if you leave me tonight,
But I promise I'll drive if you'll let me.

I wrote this song for my wife
But I jump, jump, jumped the gun
And I gave it to you

Did you ever stop to think about
What happens when those butterflies
Flap their wings for the last time? THEY DIE! THEY DIE!
Did MTV never teach you that?
And when they fall, they'll decompose
To fertilize the seed deep inside your heart.
And from that seed, a tree will grow,
And guess what baby? The wind still blows!
But we have roots to face the storm, so don't be worried.
O' how you thought such temporary creatures
Would be the cornerstone of your love life. GROW UP! GROW UP!

But I've ruined this song for my wife,
Was I just not what you were expecting?
Track Name: Ishaaru
If I should go so I can show my love
Why can't I bring you, why can't I sing you
Another song, distract impatient hearts
Till I can see you

I know sometimes, I fear we'll fall apart
But you hold it strong.
It's no coincidence that I fell so hard,
We can call it fate if you'll catch me.

New air will fill my lungs but the words that pass my
Vocal cords and through my lips will age next to you.
New air will fill my lungs but the words that pass my
Vocal cords will be my song to you.

If I should go so I can show my love
I'll find a new way.
I know I'm wrong at times, I know I make mistakes
But I can show you

What makes a man and how to win your heart,
You know I'll hold it strong if you'll let me.

New air will fill my lungs but the words that pass my
Vocal cords and through my lips will age next to you.
Let love be more than words, let love encompass
Every act until my final breath.

'Cause you are my laughter and I don't think you know
Just how lovely it is you are.
Your love I'm after and I don't want any other girl to fill my arms
'Cause you stole what's remaining in my heart and I know
There is not a better home.
Track Name: Freedom and Fabrication
You bring to mind the ocean's waves on these dark December days
Every time you hide the pain, I feel the waters crashing at my feet.

All the while, seasons change, I wonder how we stay the same way.
I confuse these coasts with freedom and fabrication when you say you're
"Just fine."

So swear that we'll bend but not break and everything will be alright.

Is he your light? I fear you know the answer, I fear you know the truth.
But who am I? I fear you know the answer, I fear you know me too well.
Track Name: 15:13
I know exactly how to set you off 
And you know how to press on every tiny little button 
That I swore I never had. And I know that this is 5 for you, 
And just one song for Jesus that I never really shared 
Because I swear it was no good. 
Plus the best way I can sing is if I write about our flaws, 
And how our flaws might be so obvious yet matter not at all. 

'Cause here's this little trick I found, 
Greater love has no one than this: 
That you lay down your life for your friends. 

You know I never really thought 
I'd have to sell my songs for money but 
This $20,000 debt just gets me insecure. 
And when I am teaching high school, will you be there right beside me; grading papers eating ramen just so we can pay the rent? 
Mom said the one thing she wished dad had done was show her some respect and she'dve stayed. 
So won't you stay? 

'Cause here's this little trick I found, 
Greater love has no one than this: 
That you lay down your life for your friends. 

You see, I've learned a thing or two 
About forgiveness and betrayal. And I heard 
That if you run away your heart will turn to stone. 
So if you hide it in your casket, make sure no one ever asks 
If it can join them for a sunset or a peaceful walk at home. 
You need to trust that people close to you are never out to hurt you... 

And if they do... 

Show them grace. 

'Cause here's this little trick I found, 
Greater love has no one than this: 
That you lay down your life for your friends.
Track Name: Chorus
Gave my heart to you
Gave my heart away
Exhausted every chord
So no more words to say
The flowers smell the same
Perhaps they don't feel pain
I'm feeling pretty similar
And you're the one to blame

I don't know why you run
It's hard but it's okay
I know what makes you weak
And when your skies are gray
I promise that I"m learning
That's all I have to give
I never meant to fall so short
I only meant to live

But I don't need a chorus to tell me one more time
I don't need a chorus to tell me you're not fine

I don't need a chorus to tell me you're not mine

I don't need you

But you're my friend

I don't need you

I'll be fine
Track Name: Daughters
I'm sick of seeing this sad excuse for men 
And wives believing their figure is everything. 
We've been raised to look down, 
But my eyes will never leave the ground 

Follow the filth of who came before, 
Instead of wasting away, pick yourself from the floor. 

I don't know if you know but I'm sick of 
Every time that you disrespect yourself. 
I don't know if you know but I'm done with 
Every time that you justify the past. 

You know you make no sense with the sense you lack, 
Why don't you take those daggers out from your back 
And sharpen yourself? 
You've taken one too many times to learn 
That if you choose yourself your future gets burned, 
And you're harder to sell. 

I don't know if you know but I'm sick of 
Every time that you disrespect yourself. 
I don't know if you know but I'm done with 
Every time that you justify the past. 

Never give your sin an inch, never faulter, 
Don't begin to say your eyes have never wandered, no, 
She's still a daughter, no, she's still a daughter. 

I don't know if you know but I'm sick of 
Every time that you disrespect yourself. 
I don't know if you know but I'm done with 
Every time that you justify the past.
Track Name: Run and Hide
I'll take your hand, hold it strong, just like you want me to.
Endless is every night lost in the thought of you.

Couldn't make you run, couldn't make you hide,
Couldn't make you love me even if I tried

We are rain, made to fall, is that our only plea?
But being gone isn't wrong if you'll be gone with me.

Couldn't make you run, couldn't make you hide,
Couldn't make you love me even if...

I pound my little chest 'cause you're a cut above my best
And now I see I'm not that strong.
I used to be so big but then you landed on my cheek
And now I feel so very small.

I find it no coincidence that I every time I see you this
Intoxicating chemical runs rapid through my veins
And I can't tell if it is fear; forgive me if it is my dear
I've fallen very hard, I give you every scar.
The wounds you swore were numb to feel
I'll bring to life and make them real; fall into me.
'Cause sometimes words get rearranged
When truth and lie both sound the same
But let me be the one who makes you finally believe.

Believe. *killer 2 note falsetto solo*
Track Name: Trails
Oh, Ms. Law, I see you on the plane
You're Michigan-bound and I know your heart's the same way.
Your hairtie on my wrist and I hear your name.
So take my hand and baby don't look back '
Cause distance causes so much pain.

I know I contradict but you I choose.
Cause (John) Calvin has nothin' on the freedom love can bloom.
I'd fight for you, I know you'd do the same.
So if this is war, I'll take up my sword, this is war I'll take up my sword.

And oh, how I wish you were in the seat beside me.
You only know who invades my dreams at night.
Grandfather never acquainted himself but he knocks when you're around

And that's okay

'Cause I'd rather make my own trails
Than stumble down the concrete.
I'd rather make my own own trails
Than stumble down your concrete
I'd rather make my own trails
Than wander down your concrete.
Track Name: Candles
Sometimes I feel like I've seen way too many things in life. Blessed with physical comfort, youth, and ease. Yet my mind plagues me with insecurities regarding who I am and who I'll never get the chance to be. I see the way of the world getting darker and darker, and you call me a light? Sometimes I just don't understand why.

Do you remember when I was just a candle? A wayward stick of wax, a wick with no chance of fire. Damp, in the darkest cave, I still think back on those days and wonder how, and why, You struck me aflame.

And since that day you've shown me just how dark the world really is. How every motive behind every action takes the wind from my lungs and leaves a panic in my mind. It's no wonder you needed to step in. How can we say we love You? How can You accept our pleas? How can we hold up hands of worship while we sit on thrones of greed?

Why am I so disgusted by the actions of others? So offended by others in need. Because behind the eyes that have done me wrong, I see the same desires in myself...

I see me.

But you knew the whole time what we were meant to be. No longer defined by chipped wax and scars, our identity fully in the flame that refines into who we truly are. We are no longed chained to wrong done against us. Nor are we the sum of greatest failures we can remember. We are the sum of a promise made before all of this...

Before you were afraid to die.
Before you lost sleep at night.
Before your father laid a hand on you.
Before his father laid a hand on him.
Before sick and twisted men ruined the word "love" for you.
Before you felt the need to show your body, 'cause no one taught you how to show the world your heart.
Before your parents walked out on each other.
Before their vows became conditional agreements.
And before you blamed yourself.
Before your grandmother passed away.
Before your grandfather passed away.
Before my grandfather passed away.
And you regretted how you treated them.
Before certain thoughts crossed your mind.

He was there.

Though you run, and though you're weak. He was with you.

Though I run, though I'm weak, You are with me.
Though I run, though I'm numb, You are with me.