Time Traveler

by The Bigness

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released September 16, 2016

All songs written and performed by The Bigness:
Kristin Bigness
John Bueno
David Kovach
Stephen Maurer

Recorded at Uniform Recording, Philadelphia PA and Studio B, East Stroudsburg PA
Engineered and mixed by Jeff Zeigler at Uniform Recording, Philadelphia PA
Produced by The Bigness and Jeff Zeigler
Mastered by Ryan Schwabe, Philadelphia PA
Illustration and Art Direction by Robb Leef
Design by Kristin Bigness
Photography by John Bueno
©2016 The Bigness


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The Bigness Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“[Time Traveler] is a glorious pop record in the vein of Belly and 90s R.E.M.; recorded with the prolific Jeff Zeigler, the album’s songs are a radiant reflection on life and death, on the temporal onslaught and the things left behind in its wake.” -John Vettese, XPN/The Key ... more

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Track Name: Liars
I was a stubborn storm
Tapping at your window, child
You won’t be a child anymore

I was a siren song
Didn’t make the man
But, sure—I killed the boy on that shore

You were as green as could be
So green and down on your knees
Now you’re the beast life made you, dear

I was a whisper
“Don’t worry, I’ll protect you.
Now quiet all those fantasies of yours.”

I was a ticking clock
Go faster, and faster, and faster, and faster, do more

Some of us are lions
Some of us just lie
Track Name: Run! Run! (Escape Anthem)
Dressed in the fashion of the time
Our fantasies cut down to size
We plot a fast and sweet egress
Our hearts beat hard against our chest
We’ll get away from you
Johnny and I
Escaping to a world where

We ride on together
Now’s the time to feel alive
No more second guessing
No more compromise

Running out of time
And I’ve only just made you mine
Running from the thought that when we die
It’s a list of regrets that’ll steal the light from our eyes
So let’s go

Run! Run!
Track Name: Beautiful Life
The sweetest lullaby
A room of happy people
Laughing, swearing, and I was born to listen

Time travel’s not so hard
I float through past and future
Sitting on my bedroom floor, just looking

Oh, we had a beautiful life

Grieve for ventures not yet taken
Search for words we could have said
Mourn the moments, gone like sun on a winter’s day

Oh, we had a beautiful life
Let go, we have a beautiful life

We will stitch together all that we remember
We’re still weaving tonight
And it’ll keep us warm and dry ‘til the day we die
Track Name: Desert Eyes
Daddy, bring your car in from the rain
Momma, shield your flowers from the storm
Johnny’s talking politics with Kerry
And I’m a doe-eyed child gazing across the landscape of my lives
I watch the tides rise in the black night
I wake up with desert eyes
It’s been a long time since you’ve seen me smile, my love

Hey, diddle diddle, I am living in the middle
And the cow just caught a ride, just to see the other side
Oh, lovely bovine, won’t you write from paradise?

Daddy, tell me everything’s okay
Momma, sing another happy song
Build us up to heights we cannot handle
But who will put us back together
When we’re broken in the streets?

Hey, little lady, are you tired of jumping around?
All those lives that synthesize have you high up off the ground
Oh silly child, you want it all, but you got it bad
Track Name: Lead Weights
I’m tying lead weights to my feet tonight
Cause I’m tired of all these blue balloons
That pull me to the clouds
And when the string’s not strong enough, I fall back down
So I’m tying lead weights to my feet tonight

I’m locking shackles around my ribs tonight
Cause these bones have done a lousy job protecting what’s inside
And no, my heart’s not strong enough to hold its own
So I’m locking shackles around my ribs tonight

I’ll sing a bandage for my wounds tonight
I let you see my battle scars, but you won’t show me yours
And baby you weren’t strong enough, I didn’t know
Baby you’re not strong enough, but now I know
Track Name: Who Can Tell (If It's Alright)
Be it bullets or from the roof
I knew we’d never have the truth
The dog’s been hiding since he heard the sound
And I’ve been hiding since the demons laid waste to your house

But if it’s alright that we looked away
Then it’s alright that you gave in

Too anxious to speak, too drunk to care
Your voice hangs stagnant in the air
The anger and worry starts to wear us down
While the space between appearances expands

Who can tell if you’re at peace now?
I never read your note anyhow

Traffic slows down but we get through
Angels will sing but not for you
My only wish is that you were still here
I wouldn’t lose my strength again and try to push you out
Track Name: Blackwater
I was floating down a river, or was it floating up to me
If I get real drunk and I fall asleep, would I wake up out at sea?

I was standing in the water, I was screaming at the lightning
When a young girl came and she passed me by
She said, “Boy, why are you so frightening?”

Too busy to look for shelter, we just laughed aloud instead
Seasick smiles on our faces, just there I might have lost my head

We were just too high to be afraid, and the rain was so damn lovely
I wasn’t praying for my death that day
I was praying for electricity, man

There was an Indian princess and an emaciated Civil War soldier
There was a grown man wearing a little girl’s dress
The world was cold, but the water was colder

I’m not asking for that much, I think
So just smile and look my way
The Blackwater and the summer beer
Just came and washed all my worries away
Track Name: Breathe Deeply
I lie awake in early hours shuffling pieces around, over and over
I comb the hills for days wondering how to get back home
While there’s still sun, while we’re still young
Called my doctor, told him, “Doc, I’m scared I’m fading out.
It’s dark where I’ve been living.”
He said, “Nurse, get in here now.”
“Get her a pill, get her a bill, and get her out.”

No one ever taught us to breathe deeply
No one ever taught us how to breathe
No one ever taught us to breathe deeply
And I catch myself trying now, to learn how

I lie awake when it’s too quiet, am I dying?
My whole body’s buzzing
I fight this chatter, fists out, crouched down, boots bound,
Fresh round, but I’m tired of the battle

There’s a calm I’ve been chasing
There’s a lie I’ve been told
There’s a truth in your face, dear, I’ll hold onto
Track Name: One Day I Flew
I waited for a snowy day in February, two weeks late
To show my face, I guess I only fire at my own will
And then I grew up like most children do
Make Daddy proud, and Momma too
But all those perfect marks in school meant little when, one day I flew
And I learned expectations are infections we fall victim to
And I learned not to be afraid of what our bodies do when I found you

I woke up this morning ready to fight
But these voices won’t stop—and the loudest, my own
So I point my five fingers into the unknown
Won’t surrender my smile, won’t concede to the foe
But I’m praying for someone to yell through the dawn:
“Everybody is free, you are free from your bonds
Come out, come out prisoners, wherever you are
Come out, come out children, wherever you are”

And I learned there are certain cuts that you can’t stick a bandage to
Accept defeat, yeah let it bleed, and take a shot of modesty
And I learned that the world will never stop taking from me
So I’ll keep a little for myself and call it even

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