Colors We've Never Seen

by Anoniem

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The long lost album, unearthed at last.


released January 13, 2017

Ryan Johnston - vocals, guitar, synth
Mitch Wixom - drums, percussion
Andrew Pippin - bass

Additional musicians:
Richie Webb - backing vocals on "The Flood," "The Other," "The Signs," and "Enter: the Villain"
Matt Reyes - backing vocals on "I Was a Robot"

Engineered in April 2009 by Ryan Johnston at TESC Studios in Olympia, Washington.

Mixed by Ryan Johnston in September 2016 at the Spaceroom in Los Angeles, California

Mastered by Ryan Johnston in December 2016 at Studiopolis in Los Angeles, California.

All songs written by Ryan Johnston and Mitch Wixom, except for "Enter: the Villain" written by Ryan Johnston and Daniel Travis.

Cover art by Isaiah Dominguez



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Track Name: The Flood
...and in its wake
we will rise up from the ground
and live our lives by the day
as the world keeps turning around

It only happens when you least expect it
you cannot force it
it just comes to be
of new origin

You can only hope that when it's all done
it will be something great
something no one has ever experienced
of new origin
cannot be found in these pages

Will it be fire?
Will it be water?
Will it be ice?
Tilt your brain and let the ideas spill free
flood the land below and fill up the sea
Will it take form in new life
or be cast out of sight and mind and time?
Track Name: Modestly Sedate
A window opens up
a breeze begins to blow
eighty miles an hour
everything I have ever known
shrinks with the horizon

Unprotected, unassured
alone among many
modestly sedate

Let's take it faster now
before we lose momentum
and turn it all around
memories decay so quickly
I try but I can't see
how to take them with me

We've all been here before, broken
We've all beaten down that door

I know you all feel me
Track Name: Tiny Revenge
Light returns
and our conscience finds its way
our eyes meet
a color we have never seen

And it makes us feel afraid
in awe of its majesty

So let's jump and try
to land on our feet
but we're up so high
we might never come down

Relish this moment
cause like anything, it won't last forever
just think about it
a beginning and an end
Track Name: Let it Go
I spent every day next to you
whether you liked it or not
just by taking up space in the room
it would annoy you

But we're older, times have changed
and we have too

Do you think we're better off?
Well I know I'd like to think so
Do you think we're better off?
Only time will tell, let's let it go

I know we had some good times
writing plays with Melanie
or watching movies with the lights off at Aunt Julie's
road trips to Seattle
I still remember how much J.C. paid
just to get left out in the cold

And though scarce you are
I still know you well
you are always welcome
as far as I can tell
Track Name: Return to Sender
In every waking moment
when the sun shines on our backs
we know we can't turn around

If we never see you again
do your best to send letters
we can just wait here and pretend
they ever made it at all

We know he's always right there waiting
with his gun drawn and pressed to our backs
we know we can't turn around

Return to sender
stamped out time and again
Track Name: The Signs
In a little plastic chair
at a little wooden table
in a well-lit room
a mind waits to be shaped

If data flows like water
then dams are giving way
the flood will not be contained
it will overflow

Did you ever question what it was for?
No, I never questioned what it was for

Don't try to hide cause it's everywhere
no need to run, it'll follow you
step into the light
this could save us all
or mark the end

We saw this coming
and ignored the signs
what does it all mean?

At any rate we'll find out someday
when we fall apart in just the same way
Track Name: I Was a Robot
I gaze below and see the land
I see the land between us grow
wider and wider, vast
and as I grow familiar
my memory fades

what do I have to come home to?

And should I grow accustomed so easily
as to fall into that dream?
I still remember where I came from
forget where I'm going

And do you know
every hour drains into
the four walls of your home
they're gonna crumble just the same

Never gonna go back there
you'll never see my face there again
Track Name: Falling Leaves
Written by Ryan Johnston
Track Name: Enter: the Villain
Peaceful serenity for the moment
but what is gold never stays

It doesn't take much
for a helping hand to rob you blind
it doesn't take much
for a bad idea to change your mind
take yourself, let's get out of here
and hang you up to dry
better yet, for this villain alone to die

When you went away
tears of joy cascaded down my face
and all was right in the world
not like yesterday anyway

Flowing locks and bloodshot eyes
portray a curse that's in disguise
we can hope in desperation
for permanent seperation

Why would you go and try to kill me
without a single reason why?
Leave me, leave us, you are nothing
but a curse in disguise