Chapter One: An Introduction

by My Heart, My Anchor

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We've been together for four years now, writing these songs and playing shows together. The collection of these 9 songs are a combination of what has gotten us to where we currently are with our lives and our music. Thank you to every single person who has ever supported us in any sort of way, whether that be taking a free CD, coming to a show, buying a ticket, telling a friend about us, and singing along. This album belongs to you, which is exactly why this will be free to everyone. To everything that could have been, should have been, and ever will be.

Sean would like to thank his loving and caring parents, Rachael Craddock and the rest of the Craddock family, and last but not least, all of my friends for all of the help and support.

Daniel would like to thank Diann Thompson, Daniel Thompson Jr.(RIP), Emily Aud, Autumn Marek, Janelle Baden, Catherine Saylor, Michael Miller, and Tigerscout

My Heart, My Anchor would like to thank everyone who's ever been a member of this project. Michael Bridgett and Ryan Pyle at The Monster House for being such awesome friends and giving us the chance to record this album. Every single person who has ever given us a chance to play for them. All of the bands that we have gotten to play with in the past 4 years, and all of those bands who have become some of our closest friends. In no specific order, The Lives To Come, Tigerscout, Watermedown, Arabella, Like You To Me, Count Your Blessings, Branch Avenue, and Shot Heard Around The World. A special thank you to Janelle Baden, Ethan Hansen, Kyle Myles, Candace Howell, Rachel Cooper, Scott Edwards, Tyler Greene, and everyone who has ever helped us with anything. Thank you for keeping this alive.

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released March 8, 2014

Produced/Recorded by Michael Bridgett & Ryan Pyle
The Monster House Studios

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Track Name: The Lover
Out of all the stars in the sky, you're the one that caught my eye. I've been waiting so patiently for you to stop hiding from past mistakes. We should not be afraid of what the future will bring.

And the stars, the stars are calling out to me. Her love, her love feels like home to me.

The push and pull of the waves will drag me to shallow waters.

And the stars, the stars are calling out to me. Her love, her love feels like home. I've taken all of my chances, they've been swept from under my feet. I'm not half the man that I would like to be, I've been busy chasing dreams.
Track Name: Dear Father
Dear Dad,
I was never one to write these songs filled with such sad words of how you left my heart broken. I always thought you'd come to me, pick up all the pieces, and bring your love, bring it back to me.

Because you are missed, when you're so far away

Dear Father, can you hear me up in heaven? I never got the chance to tell you I'm going to be just fine. Dear Father, can you hear me up in heaven? Give me the last chance to tell you "I love you" one more time.

Dear Dad,
I wrote this letter for you to tell you how much I care, and to tell you how much I love you. You always know just what to say when it really matters, and you never fail at taking my breath away.

Because you are missed, when you're so far away

Dear Father, can you hear me up in heaven? I never got the chance to tell you I'm going to be just fine. Dear Father, can you hear me up in heaven? Give me the last chance to tell you "I love you" one more time.

I was never too late to write to you, because I had every intention to say these words to you. Now I'm too late, and now you're gone.

As I call out your name, I hope you look at me and smile because you're happy with who I am and who I have become.
Track Name: Finding Myself
when I look into the sky, I see that every things not where I wanted it to be. Where have I been, and who have I become in these past twelve months? The worlds spinning faster, and my body can't keep up

But we're made, we're built for so much more than this, tried to fight my way through the worst of it but I buckled under the pressure, woah. The truth is hidden right in front of me, but my eyes only see what they want to see. I've been finding myself and who I need to be.

So this is where we go our separate ways, no matter what I do there are no words to make you turn and stay. Where have you been, what have we become in these past twelve months. The world's spinning slower and my heart, it can't keep up.

But we're made, we're built for so much more than this, tried to fight my way through the worst of it but I buckled under the pressure, woah. The truth is hidden right in front of me, but my eyes only see what they want to see. I've been finding myself and who I need to be.

Can we take things back to the way there were? We were so happy at the start, but when everything came crashing down you tore my heart apart. And now you've left me broken, face first on the hardwood floors. I never thought we'd end like this, I swore that we meant more.

But we're made, we're built for so much more than this, tried to fight my way through the worst of it but I buckled under the pressure, woah. The truth is hidden right in front of me, but my eyes only see what they want to see. I've been finding myself and who I need to be.
Track Name: Predictable
Which face do I put on tonight? When you're staring so hard at me, I don't know whats going on in my head. What's going on? Heart racer, breath taker. Am I breathing?

Don't wait for me to subtly say "hello," so I said "yes" but I meant "no." Anything to keep you coming back my way, can you tell me what I'm missing? Don't blame Virginia for the boundaries she set in stone, and don't blame Mary, she's the reason that I came home. Don't think about it as a form of me letting go, if it feels predictable.

It feels strange just to hear you say you care, you stole all the air from my atmosphere. I just need someone that understands. I've had enough of all the one more tries and always softening your cries. That you need someone that understand, woah.

Don't wait for me to subtly say "hello," so I said "yes" but I meant "no." Anything to keep you coming back my way, can you tell me what I'm missing? Don't blame Virginia for the boundaries she set in stone, and don't blame Mary, she's the reason that I came home. Don't think about it as a form of me letting go, if it feels predictable.

Woah, if it feels predictable.
Track Name: The Hours Before
So keep playing the victim, cause you're in the hole that you've dug. And keep begging forgiveness from the ones that you've wronged. Believe in me, and I will pull you out.

Don't ask me for favors, there's nothing I wouldn't do for you. Don't tell me you're sorry after all we've been through. I think you should wait a while to cross the ocean floor. There's a storm in the distance, the hours before.

It took me around four years, to find the right words to say. I can't say I don't blame you for not wanting to stay. I know you deserve better, I guess you've found that with time. I guess I'm just bitter because you never kept me in mind.

Don't ask me for favors, there's nothing I wouldn't do for you. Don't tell me you're sorry after all we've been through. I think you should wait a while to cross the ocean floor. There's a storm in the distance, the hours before.
Track Name: The Little Things
So why's it so hard to talk about what I am expecting? I can't expect you to take all my pain away. There's a hole in my heart, it was broken from the start. Then you came along, picked me back up, and all the pieces fell back into place.

The little things I think that I am noticing, and it's the little things that make this all okay. The little things that pulled you close to me, and I hope that you're ready cause there's no place I would rather be.

I opened my soul hoping one day you would finally get to know all the different sides of me. And as time passed, we shared our laughs, you helped me paint the picture to my fondest memories. They'll always be a part of me.

The little things I think that I am noticing, and it's the little things that make this all okay. The little things that pulled you close to me, and I hope that you're ready cause there's no place I would rather be.

And you helped change me, into the man before your eyes. You helped change me, it took me completely by surprise. You helped change me, it's something I'll never give you back. You helped change me, I could never thank you for that.

The little things I think that I am noticing, and it's the little things that make this all okay. The little things that pulled you close to me, and I hope that you're ready cause there's no place I would rather be.
Track Name: Taking Chances
And as she's headed towards the airport, I am on my knees, I'm begging her not to go. I can't stand alone. If I can't be by your side, then I'll stand up and watch you fly.

Your jet stream's trailing off, into the sky. I'm trailing off when I said "Goodbye."

So this is your sad song, you should've seen this coming. The worst part about our love, is when it ends and time keeps flowing. We're taking chances, as we wait for the day, when the bets that we've made turn around on us and finally pay.

And as she's headed towards the airport, I pick up my keys and hit the open road. I'll take the long way home. I slowly sink into my front porch, staring through the trees. I'm longing for you to know, how long I can stand alone.

How long can I? I'm trailing off when I said "Goodbye."

So this is your sad song, you should've seen this coming. The worst part about our love, is when it ends and time keeps flowing. We're taking chances, as we wait for the day, when the bets that we've made turn around on us and finally pay.
Track Name: The Thief ft. Jonny Mays of Watermedown
Don't let them take away your innocence, they're never looking back. They've left you here to suffer, when all you wanted was honesty, the truth to be clearly seen, but they couldn't give you that. No, not that.

As we move in circles, back and forth again, they're dancing around our graves and breaking the rules without remembering the names they stole so much from. Progressing forward from all the damage they left behind, no one can stop them because they're caught up in all their lies.

The story all starts again.

Don't let them take away your innocence, they're never looking back. They've left you here to suffer, when all you wanted was honesty, the truth to be clearly seen, but they couldn't give you that. No, not that.

Caught in the web of tragedy, we must find help to break free from all the trouble we're caught up in. We're losing focus on the goals we've placed ahead, giving up without attempt to take advantage of the things they left.

The story all starts again

Don't let them take away your innocence, they're never looking back. They've left you here to suffer, when all you wanted was honesty, the truth to be clearly seen, but they couldn't give you that. No, not that.

Leave your broken soul behind, we've been begging for some compromise. I've been searching for the answers, but I've become more lost, because I've become the culprit.

So once again you've mistaken your pride for your cowardice, it's hard to reach the top while you're standing at rock bottom. I can see you reaching to the stars for help, but there is no one there to save you because you've severed all your ties.
Track Name: The Best In Everything
We've been moving slowly, from all the people that we've once loved. We've been moving forward, without ever looking into the past. With that said, I can't think of anything else to do. Other than breaking your fall, by breaking these words to you.

We become who we are, not who we once were. We are the brightest stars, burning the American Dream. We become who we are, not who we once were, I stand tall feeling positive, still seeing the best in everything.

Can't you tell that I learned so much, in such little time that I can't leave on a sad goodbye. Well I was never one to take my life for granted. I'll do as my father taught me, with no regrets I'll live my life when

We become who we are, not who we once were. We are the brightest stars, burning the American Dream. We become who we are, not who we once were, I stand tall feeling positive, still seeing the best in everything.

Take a step back, look in the mirror, take a long look at yourself. Try to accept that, things could be clearer, take a long look at yourself. Take a step back, look in the mirror, and take a long look. Take a long look.

We become who we are, not who we once were. We are the brightest stars, burning the American Dream. We become who we are, not who we once were, I stand tall feeling positive, still seeing the best in everything.