For Every Heartbreak

by Dave Buker & the Historians

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Produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Jay Alton

Recorded between January – September 2015 at:
Sonic Lounge Studios – Grove City, OH
Oranjudio – Grandview, OH
Jay’s home studio – Columbus, OH

All songs written by Dave Buker & the Historians (BMI)
Lyrics by Dave Buker, except “Whose Side Are You On” by Dave Buker & Leanna Stansell
Horn/string arrangements by Dave Buker, Joe Spurlock, Paul Valdiviez, Adam Bidwell, Tom Regouski, Chase Potter
© 2015

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released November 6, 2015

Dave Buker – vocals, acoustic/electric guitar, acoustic/electric piano, harmonica
Joe Spurlock – drums, percussion, electric guitar, vocals
Paul Valdiviez – acoustic/electric piano, organ, vocals, synthesizer, electric guitar, melodica
Leanna Stansell – vocals, percussion, melodica
Tim Jennings – bass

Additional musicians:

Adam Bidwell – trumpet
Tom Regouski – alto/tenor saxophone, clarinet, oboe
Chase Potter – violin
Jay Alton – vocals, electric guitar


Cover photograph by Morgan Lael, morganlael.com

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Dave Buker & the Historians is a Columbus, OH-based musical outfit that formed in January 2010. After releasing the New World, Old Flame EP in May 2010, the band began to tour throughout the northeast. Dave Buker & the Historians released the Say Ave. EP in February 2012 and followed with their first LP, What Can Bring You Back To Me, in October 2013. ... more

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Track Name: River Bank
Oh love
Like a river bank in a flood
It can only hold so much
And if you keep pouring on that water
We will drown before we can breach
I want to pull you out and dry you off
And keep you safe on the beach

Oh love
Want to wash your hands clean of
Want to raise yourself above
It’s not real unless it’s tough
And every time you felt your little heart break
You thought you’d learn a little more
But the truth is every heart that breaks
Is a little more sure

That maybe there’s nothing we can do
(I won’t give up on us)
If all the words you say won’t help you to admit the truth
It’s something I just have to do
(I won’t give up)
It’s not giving up, it’s giving in
It’s best for me and you

I want what you want
But that won’t make you stay
Is your love enough?
Are you giving up?
I need the same as you need
Is that all that you can say?
Track Name: Scared
I’m getting further and further
From dying young
And it’d be a lie to say
It don’t scare me much
But it’s nothing compared
To what I’m really afraid of
The feeling of moving on

I know my body might fail
My brain could lose its detail
The voice that I have
Could turn to whispers and wails
And the blood in my veins
Full of prescribed pills
Could kill everything good in there

I’m so scared, oh
Of days to come
I’m so scared, oh
Of the dream being done
I’m so scared of the person
I might become
I’m so scared, oh

Someday we might get hitched
Have a couple of kids
Move to a yuppie white suburb
With a white picket fence
And dine with all our friends
And their bronze, fake-tanned skin
Who never talk religion or politics

Reading horoscopes like gospels
Of new-age apostles
And palm readers poring over life lines
But the life we thought we wanted
At the cost of how we fought it
Is the only truth they’ll find

And all the psychics say
“Joy is a day away
And you’ll find peace”
But it’d be different if I had faith
In magic or a saving grace
But it’s not in me
Track Name: Patterns Don't Change
All you think you need is a steady hand
A little bit of luck and a brand new plan
But you won’t ever feel
All you really want is a mended heart
Get off in the morning, a brand new start
But you won’t even feel it
You won’t see what it does to me

I can’t fall back in love with you
No matter what you say and do, no
Patterns don’t change
Memories won’t erase
Just because you want them to

All you think is gone is the honesty
We’ll open ourselves up how it use to be
But do you really believe it
Do I really believe it
All you really want is a better half
Who can look you in the eye and not see the past
But we will only see it
We will always see it
And you won’t see what it does to me

Maybe I hate what it feels like we are becoming
All that I want is everything that I thought we’d become
Track Name: The Sun in the Sky
I’ve never known anyone
Who could forgive like you
With a heart so big
It could swallow the sun in the sky
And when I crawled back
Claiming I’d seen the truth
You took me back in
And looked me straight in the eye and said

Every heart gets lost from time to time
Like every river is pulled toward the sea
But I know somehow my love that we’ll survive
As long as you keep coming home to me

The more that I wandered
The less I could find my way back
I tried retracing my steps
But time covered all the tracks
But you left a light on
You took the chain off the door
With every step that I took
It was clearly more than I deserved
Track Name: Whose Side Are You On
When I got here you were already gone
Little did you know
And I tried my best to chase you down
And keep you close
But every outlaw on the lamb
Fugitive with their hands on a gun
Is a trigger pull away
From living out their days on the run

So I’ve just got to know
Whose side are you on?

Now silence swallows up the room
When we’re face to face
But one more thing before I’m sorry and goodbye
And there’s nothing else to say

So I’ve just got to know
Whose side are you on
Until it’s done
And you can’t do anything but run
Because no one will ever wait for you
To come back home
Until you learn how to be alone

So I’ve just got to know
Whose side are you on?
Until it’s done
(If you can’t stay)
And you can’t do anything but run
(Then know that all of those you say)
Because no one will ever wait for you
(You love with never wait for you)
To come back home
(You need to spend some time to learn)
Until you spend some time alone
(Your heart and then you’ll see that those)
To truly know your heart
(You’ve hurt will let go of the pain)
And all of those you’ve torn apart
(You put them through)
Don’t you owe it to yourself
(Don’t you owe it to those)
And everyone you’ve let down?
Track Name: I'll Be Your Eyes
When you wake up in the morning
I want to be the sunlight as it first reaches your face
And when your eyes are wet from mourning
I want to be the song the radio plays

With every step you take you’re drifting
I want to be the antique compass that you keep to guide your way
If every road you walk is endless
I want to be the song the radio plays

There are shadows in light
From all the ghosts passing by
But when you need to see the truth from a lie
I’ll be your eyes

When the sun hides for the evening
I can be the incandescent light that shines on your mistakes
But if you leave to find the meaning
I want to be the song the radio plays
Track Name: For Every Heartbreak
You wore my favorite dress today
And all that you had to say
Is how you use to wear it only for me
But now you’re bearing your shoulders
For the sake of feeling free

All the time that we wasted
Changing our places
And finding the roles we’d play
Well if I’m the villain
That makes you Salome and like you say
There were two of us here
And two of us left to blame

For every heartbreak and star up in the sky
You get a little explanation
For the beauty lost before it hits your eyes
And every memory you dreamed of in the night
Should simply serve as a reminder
Of who you were, who you are and why you fight
Even if there are things you can’t make right

I was the one that wouldn’t learn
You were the pictures I couldn’t burn
And keep safely locked away should you return
For what it’s worth
There will always be a little proof of who we were

With every ending and all that couldn’t start
You should take comfort in the feeling
That none of them could pull you all apart
Maybe it’s true that we each have just one true love
A single person you are meant to call your own
Sleep beside and take care of
If you’re getting closer all the time then that’s enough

Every glance I stole
Every song I wrote
All of the lines I toed
Were for you
Every time I’d shot
All of the crippling doubt
Even the taste still in my mouth
Is from you
For every heartbreak and star up in the sky
You get a little explanation
For the beauty lost before it hits your eyes
And every memory you dreamed of in the night
Should simply serve as a reminder
Of who you were, who you are and why you fight
Even if there are things you can’t make right
With every ending and all that couldn’t start
You should take comfort in the feeling
That none of them could pull you all apart
Maybe it’s true that we each have just one true love
A single person you are meant to call your own
Sleep beside and take care of
If you’re getting closer all the time then that’s enough
And you can tell that to your broken heart
When it gives up
Track Name: Some Birds
It’s ok, it’s all right
I’m in love with you tonight
Don’t you worry about tomorrow
Or the coming of the light
Some birds sing, some birds fly
Some birds fight with all their might
But this one’s caged ‘til the morning
It’s ok, it’s all right

The creak of the floor wakes the dead
And unsettles clothes at the foot of the bed
I’m only a ghost in the conjuring light
Of the moon above our heads
And by the morning I’m just the words
That you dreamed I said

I’m a one-alarm fire, a 2am liar
And a three drink novelty
But I’d bet you’d see through an empty glass
Before you’d see through me
Let’s just be mourners
Waiting on a eulogy
Track Name: Sometimes I Forget
Sometimes I forget
Just how foolish I can get
And how much of an arrogant asshole
I can be when you let me
And sometimes I forget
That your love is not a test
It’s the only anchor that keeps me
From floating further downstream

But I’m trying to be better
And you’re trying to wait
But how long can you keep hoping
And ignoring each mistake
Thinking of all the time you waste

But you’re trying to be patient
And I’m trying to make us feel safe
But if everything is changing
And we just stay the same
Why would you ever wait
Why would I ever wait
Thinking of all the time we waste