Ghosts In This Town

by Onward, Soldiers

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Sean Thomas Gerard - Vocals/Guitars/Keyboards
Kevin Rhodes - Drums/Vocals/Piano
Jimmy Palumbo - Electric Guitar
Jarett Dorman - Bass

With performances by:
Blake Hart - Electric Guitar
Bill Donovan - Electric Guitar
Justin Fox - Electric Guitar
Alex Hall - Banjo
Jones Smith - Upright Bass
Evan Timpy - Bass
Duncan Hammonds - Cello
Lincoln Morris - Electric Guitar
T.R. Lang - Engineering
The Barnraisers - Vocals

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released February 7, 2011

Recorded at Winoca Records Studios
Produced and Mixed by Lincoln Morris
Engineered by Lincoln Morris and T.R. Lang
Mastered by The Kitchen
Written by Sean Thomas Gerard
Copyright 2010 ASCAP

Cover Art and Layout by Alex Hall

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Onward, Soldiers Wilmington, North Carolina

Onward, Soldiers is an indie rock band from Wilmington, NC. Known for their high energy live performances, the current line- up includes: Sean Thomas Gerard, Lincoln Morris, Brian Mason and Tripp Cox. Onward has steadily toured the country over the last 8 years and has released two full length albums on Winoca Records and independently released their newest EP "Daydreamer" in November 2016. ... more

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Track Name: Stick To Your Guns
We are fierce so we stay on the edge of the highway.
We are bold so we wait for your name to come our way.
These days you can't find a soul like your own.
Our heads to the sky. Our eyes on the road.

We are fair but we lie to get you on our side.
We are ghosts in this town but we'll find our way out.
You can wait to be killed or you can hide in a landfill.
You can carry the cross or you can get lost.

You are fortunate sons and we're the forgotten ones.
You all stick to your guns and we're there to stop the blood.
Where do they go when the day is done?
Take to the road. Keep your backs to the sun.

The legend lives in sheltered kids.
Their parents hide their troubled heads.
And send them off to sunken ships at bay.

The uniform it must be worn.
Identity is no concern.
They'll write you off for what you're worth.
So wait for the day when they've lifted the weight.

We are fair but we lie to get you on our side.
We are ghosts in this town but we'll find our way out.
You can wait to be killed or you can hide in a landfill.
You can carry the cross or you can get lost.
Track Name: Alright By Me
Don't go breaking my door down on this part of down.
Don't go reading the papers. They speak without a sound.
You say you got a new car? Well ain't that a shame.
Your daddy's got money honey but he don't have a brain.

And it's alright by me if we don't take any orders.

The parachuters dreams all start to color the sky.
You keep your chin up and once day son even you'll get to fly.
They do the cocaine you know they get a Colt 45.
They make their mothers proud right before they're sent off to die.

And it's alright by me if we don't take any orders.
It's alright by me if we're on the wrong track.
It's alright by me if we don't get any older.
I'm a long way from home and I'm never turning back.
Let the train roll on.

The rain stopped crying dried up all the pastures alike.
The crowd started clapping everybody sitting inside.
You say you got a big heart? Well ain't that a lie.
You're back talking everybody that you see passing by.

And it's alright by me if we don't take any orders.
It's alright by me if we're on the wrong track.
It's alright by me if we don't get any older.
I'm a long way from home and I'm never turning back.
Let the train roll on.
Track Name: The Past
When the sun went down we was turned around.
There was nowhere we could go.
And the wind grew strong while the days were long.
We were living life in the shadows.

There was a frame of time when the sun would shine.
But the past don't matter now.
There was a powdered frame on a window pane.
But you can't find your way out.
The past don't matter now.

Outside the rain would hide while the cities laid in shame.
Indoors there was corporate wars while the projects ran the game.
Don't you love to see the world is at your feet.
There is no one you can blame.
You can search the seas but you'll never leave where the sound remains the same. The world ain't gonna change.

There was lonesome days out on the open range.
Outside of cities falling free.
And on the outer shores if you climb aboard as far as the eye can see.
That if you wait in line you're gonna waste your time.
There is nowhere we can go.
The night is blind and when the sun don't shine.
We were living life in the shadows.
The past ain't gonna show.

Outside the sun would hide while the cities laid in shame.
Indoors there was corporate wars while the projects ran the game.
Don't you love to see the world is at your feet.
There is no one you can blame.
You can search the seas but you'll never leave where the sound remains the same. The world ain't gonna change.

Outside the rain would hide while the cities laid in shame.
Indoors there was corporate wars while the projects ran the game.
Don't you love to see the world is at your feet.
There is no one you can blame.
You can search the seas but you'll never leave where the sound remains the same. The world ain't gonna change.
Track Name: Let The Time Roll By
As the city sleeps in tattered sheets with mouths to feed.
You know there's only one way out.
So take your minute hand and turn it back.
Cause nothing changes in the past but opinions, not the facts.

When war is all that you absorb but you can't find what we're fighting for.
You gotta bring the boys on back.
Cause character is second hand when you're the master in command.
You'll be free soldier when you die.

So don't hide. Just let the time roll by.

You're singing, "Oh my love if tomorrow never comes. Can we make the best of what we have today? And Oh my love is it me you're thinking of? When you wake up and the morning skies are grey. You chase my blues away".

Parking meter microphones and stories of the western world have all gathered round the center town to play.
Amplify all that you hide. Your father swears you're wasting time.
When he don't know what life is like today.
We'll take your prison guards, your alpha males, your midwives sitting in the county jail. And we'll put them all on our side of the plate.
When you find yourself divorced your life is turned down a separate course. But there's piece of mind child if you stay.


You gotta let it slide. Just let the time roll by.
But don't you hide. Just let the time roll by.

You're singing, "Oh my love if tomorrow never comes. Can we make the best of what we have today? And Oh my love is it me you're thinking of? When you wake up and the morning skies are grey. You chase my blues away".
Track Name: Relic
Your velvet skin is a catalyst.
The time it takes to elect a new president.
And four years later we're battling.
Time is wasted on roads that we've been traveling.

Take your canteen they're banishing.
You'll never see another day of embarrassment.
The kind of world that we're living in.
You take your pride with a grain of salt.
You lose or win.

And every day is a stronger wind.
The kind of breeze that defies all common sense.
The candle's burning the light is dim.
The picture frame is a relic of your lover's kiss.

The black and white sees the seven seas.
You radiate all the qualities that I need.
You're in and out with your vanity.
Your Texas take is a shortcut to infinity.

The three rivers all start to form.
The sun is shining ain't no threat of a thunderstorm.
There's happiness when a child is born.
The days go by, there's a notion that you have been warned.

Every day is a drop of gin.
The kind of battle that defies all common sense.
The candle's burning the light is dim.
The picture frame is a relic of your lover's kiss.

The blue and white they all ride tonight.
The kind of talk that makes sense in your mother's eyes.
They check your baggage they check it twice.
The kind of travel that allows you to sacrifice.

The queen is calling for proper force.
The minstrel men are breaking down all the doors.
You cannot capture the either/or.
The cannon ball is the center of the western world.

Not trying to lose not trying to win.
You take the masses but you'll never take the hearts of men.
And four years later we're battling.
And time is wasted on roads that we've been traveling.

And every day is a stronger wind.
The kind of breeze that defies all common sense.
The candle's burning the light is dim.
The picture frame is a relic of your lover's kiss.

Every day is a drop of gin.
The kind of battle that defies all common sense.
The candle's burning the light is dim.
The picture frame is a relic of your lover's kiss.
Track Name: The Places We Go
All across the sea the tide is chasing me away.
Remains of broken dreams waiting patiently to break.
The sky is falling down there's no one left in town to shame.
The crowd is calling out surrender what you can't explain.

And oh the places we go.

Forgive me if I ask, you're paying back the past in change?
The future has to wait for just another lonesome day.
You have to travel west, the sun is at it's best. We wait.
You take another chance or leave the balance up to fate.

And oh the places we go.
Where the sky is as wide as your shadow.
When the time is right and the work is through.
There's a soldier waiting around for you.
The places themselves tell the truth.
So why don't you?

And we climb up the strangest of hills.
But we dine when they've picked up the bill.
And we smile with the looks that could kill.
We shine when we die.

And oh the places we go.
Where the sky is as wide as your shadow.
When the time is right and the work is through.
There's a soldier waiting around for you.
The places themselves tell the truth.
So why don't you?
Track Name: Watery Grave
In a watery grave off the coast of unknown.
They're sending you there for the death of his son.
The soldiers will march the captives will run.
The battle is through the damage is done.
The question is why. The answer is time.
With everything gone they're leaving tonight.

And the war will never end. And your bridges all burned again.

The collapse of the king you've seen it in dreams.
The village is not as safe as it seems.
The barriers blocked when the guns will be shot.
But you gotta stand tall outside of the wall.
The prince and his men all buried again.
You send them to sea and off with their heads.

And the war will never end. And your bridges all burned again.

You're triggered with fear. The evidence clear.
Been scattered with stones. The end will be near.
The king will be proud with your head in the clouds.
Your feet on the ground. The time will be now.
You never felt right. There's nothing to hide.
When everything's gone but your will and you might.

And the war will never end. And your bridges all burned again.

The collapse of the king you've seen it in dreams.
The village is not as safe as it seems.
The barriers blocked when the guns will be shot.
But you gotta stand tall outside of the wall.
The prince and his men all buried again.
You send them to sea and off with their heads.

And the war will never end. And your bridges all burned again.
Track Name: Plans
I've been making plans. Big plans.
I've been living lies. Who cares?
They say you're dead weight when you drown.
So come on down.
They say you're on the right track now.
Just keep your ears to the ground.

I've been selling shame. Your name.
Behind every perfect frame it's all the same.
I've been walking miles while the sky comes tumbling down.
You flash your dirty looks when there's no one around.

I've been seeing ghosts. Who knows.
Where the story goes. Well I'm close.
Where the balance meets is lost in the sea.
Where they bury me is carried with the breeze.

I've been living lies. Big lies.
I've been paying time on your dime.
I've been waiting for your daughter to knock down my door.
When the silence breaks there won't be room for you around here anymore.
Track Name: Nashville
This road is all I could ever remember.
The trees and the lights outside of my window.
I wonder if I could call it my home?

Passing us by time is a gamble.
The sun when it shines on drifters and ramblers.
I wonder if I could make it your way tonight.

So dance like your under the eyes of a stranger.
And live like you're in for no kinds of danger.
You're loved when you rock but you're lovely when you roll.

So live for the moment don't wait for the sun to rise.
Tell all your lovers you're grateful for all of their lies.
The city is calling so answer the door with a smile.
Cause you are loved but you've already said your goodbyes.

Burn all your bridges or repair the old ones.
Make your decisions except when the day's done.
You're out in the open just waiting to get called.

Wait at the station for the next train to Nashville.
What was I thinking you took all the right pills.
You're loved when you leave but you're lovely when you return.

Tell all your friends. The ones you've surrounded.
It's your life to live and theirs to be proud of.
The ones you forgive are the ones you will never forget.

So live for the moment don't wait for the sun to rise.
Tell all your lovers you're grateful for all of their lies.
The city is calling so answer the door with a smile.
Cause you are loved but you've already said your goodbyes.