Never Settle

by The Speechless Radio

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released October 19, 2014

Michael Elder - vocals, guitar, bass, drums, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, piano, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, synthesizers, drum programming

Jordan Elder - mixing and production

Cover art by Melissa Lugrin

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The Speechless Radio Vancouver, British Columbia

The Speechless Radio is the moniker of singer/songwriter Michael Elder, from Prince George, BC. He has played music for most of his life in various bands in the Prince George area, but since moving to Vancouver, he has been working on making music on his own.

Michael Elder is constantly writing and recording new songs in his home, and plans to expand this project into a full band soon.
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Track Name: Never Settle
I'm not sure what I want
But I'm sure of what I don't
With so much going on at once
Who knows

I'm growing up and moving on
The past can't hurt me 'cause it's gone
I have no clue where life leads me
But I won't settle for anything not meant to be

There's just so much ahead
But there's nothing that I dread
I have the strength for this
The world just moves so fast
I can't resist

So take me by the hand
Let's go anywhere we can
There's nothing in the world to stop us now
I'm never looking back
At that life left in the past
The future's up ahead and it's all ours
It's all ours
Let's make the most of everything

I'm done with all the hate
The negativity and the pain
I don't need that to bring me down today
So set aside your fears
Nothing ever hurts us here
No one could ever make us turn away
Turn away
Let's make the most of everything

I know I'll try my best
To meet what you expect
Just give me time to do the things I want

So trust me with this please
I know it's hard to see
But I know that this is meant for you and me
Track Name: Balance
Stuck out on this tightrope
Spanning the widest canyon of all
You are pulling on both sides
'til I lose my balance and fall

As I dive through the air
Suddenly I don't care
'Cause I'm free from the trap up there
So I wait and I wait
For something to change
But I think now it's too late

All that I want
Is for all of this to stop

Climbing up the highest cliffs
Attempting to break free
I look up in horror
To see you drop a boulder at me

As it dives through the air
Suddenly I don't care
Never wanted to be up there
So I wait and I wait
For something to change
But I think now it's too late

All that I want
Is for all of this to stop

You hit me and hurt me
And stop now and then
But I always fuck up
And you do it again

All that I want
Is for all of this to stop
All that I want
Is for all of this to stop
Track Name: Braving the Cold
Feel like I got beat up
By people out there
I need your attention
I need your care

I fight back temptation
To scream in their face
I need your compassion
I need your embrace

I'll brave through the cold in your arms
I'll brave through the cold in your arms
I need you to hold me from harm
I'll brave through the cold in your arms

I feel like my strengths
Have crumbled to dust
I need your patience
I need your trust

I'm struggling to stand up
Above where I fell
I need your sympathy
I need your help

I feel like giving up
'Cause I've been through enough
I need your affection
I need your love
Track Name: January
If I stepped outside right now where would I go?
So cold out
If I stepped outside right now where would I go?

'Cause if I stay inside I can't escape your words
Can't dodge the things you'll throw
I stay inside I can't escape your words

You call me worthless and pathetic
Then pick me up, say you regret it
But still I'm starting to believe in you

For a moment there's some peace inside ourselves
Balanced on this mound of pain
For a moment there's some peace inside ourselves

I fuck up once and now it's pushed off of its place
Comes crashing down at me
And now it's pushed off of its place

You say I'm nothing but a traitor
And take it back just minutes later
But still I'm starting to believe in you

You tell me I'm a worthless lover
Then pick me up let me recover
You say that I deserve this pain
And you take back those words again
You slam the door and lock me out
Then let me in a calm me down
But still I'm starting to believe in you
But still I'm starting to believe in you
But still I'm starting to believe in you
Track Name: Underwater
Can you breathe?
Underwater, underwater
Can you see?
Something farther, something farther
Do you feel?
Stuck together, stuck together
Do you need?
Something better, something better

I just need simplicity
If that's not what you want, forget about me

Do you sleep?
Under starlight under starlight
Do you keep?
Secrets tight, secrets tight
Do you read?
Any letters any letters
Do you need?
Something better

I just need simplicity
If that's not what you want, forget about me

Forget about me
Forget about me
Forget about me

Can you breathe underwater?
Track Name: Stranded in a Void
Lock the doors
Unplug the phone
I only ever feel safe
With us alone

I'm too afraid of losing you
To something I can not control
I need your touch and your words
To console

'cause you're the only person
You're the only person
You're the only person that I know

Been so long
I can't think of anyone else
I don't remember life
With just myself

I'm scared that if this changes
I'll be helpless
Stranded in a void
Without your kindness
Track Name: Left, Right, and Center
Everybody
Everybody
Left, right, and center
Left, right, and center

All around me
All around me
Left, right, and center
Left, right, and center

There is love
Track Name: Weighing Down
It looks as if there's nothing left to do
Tried to show all of the best of me to you
Did I try too hard at this or not enough?
I couldn't force the spark to bring out all our love

I can't convince myself
That you need someone else

It's weighing down on me
I know I'll never be
Ready to see all this happen

I have to face the truth in front of me
That I can't change it if it isn't meant to be
It hurts to do it but I must decide
Before it all gets worse and rips me up inside

I must convince myself
That you need someone else

It's weighing down on me
I know I'll never be
Strong enough to watch this happen

I'm terrified that when it does
I won't know what to do because
I've never hurt this much before
I'm scared that this pain will be more
So go on, why not take his hand
I'm too weak now to understand
Forget my name, forget my face
Or better yet forget this place

It's weighing down on me
I know I'll never be
Ready to see all this happen

It's weighing down on me
I know I'll never be
Strong enough to watch this happen
Track Name: Miles Between Us
Daylight's calling me to rise
Tells me to open my eyes
It brings me off to you to lay beside

But I blink and then it goes away
I'm on my own today
I think of all the weeks it's been this way

I count them up, I count them up, I count them up

I remind myself that I will see you
Once the season's through
But it doesn't mean it's an easy thing to do

'Cause sometimes when I hear some sounds
I feel that you're around
But really there are miles between us now

I count them up, I count them up, I count them up
Track Name: Phantom Dance
Now I know that funny feeling when
Everything just passes straight through my body
Watching from the walls, from the floor, from the ceiling where
People don't remember me

Except for you
Except for you...

You, you know exactly what you did to me
Now it haunts your thoughts when you sleep and when you dream
It rips into your soul, in your heart and through your body
You can't escape as easily as it just might seem

You try to pass it off, pretend that it's not real
My eyes are everywhere and nowhere, never losing sight
I'm waiting for years, 'til you break down and you feel
That you can't bear this burden for the rest of your whole life

I'll wait for years
I'll wait for years...