It Moves in the Dark

by Dave Buker & the Historians

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All songs written by Dave Buker & the Historians (BMI)
Lyrics by Dave Buker, expect “Someone I Could Never Be” and “Joanna” by Dave Buker and Leanna Buker

Produced, recorded, and mixed by Jay Alton
Additional recording by Dave Buker and Paul Valdiviez
Recorded October 2018-February 2019 at Sonic Lounge and home studios throughout Columbus, OH
Mastered by Doug Van Sloun at Focus Mastering

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released April 26, 2019

Dave Buker - vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric piano, harmonica, organ
Leanna Buker - vocals, electric piano, organ, harmonica, percussion
Timothy Jennings - bass
Joe Spurlock - drums, vocals, electric piano
Paul Valdiviez - electric guitar, vocals, electric piano, organ
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Jay Alton - vocals, electric piano

Cover artwork by Staci Leech-Cornell
stacileechcornell.com

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Dave Buker & the Historians Columbus, Ohio

Quick to follow their win in Ohio’s CD102.5 Local Artist Showcase, as well as an opportunity to open for American rock band Spoon, Dave Buker And The Historians have enthusiastically introduced us to their third full length album entitled ‘It Moves In The Dark’. ... more

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Track Name: Wounds
There’s a way that you put up your hair
That makes me feel weak and underprepared
And the smoke doesn’t show
But the torch that I carry still burns for you

There's no way to mend anything
With wounds that won't heal
And throats that won't sing
(While your ghost roams the house
Winds the clock and creaks the stairs)
The burden of time
Is the cross I have to bear
Track Name: How Long Can I Pretend
I found these words by myself
So I'll just write them all down while you sleep
And lay them beside you, heavy and sweet
So you'll wake to the impression of me
Are we just fooling ourselves
With every word that we speak?
Well you promised me once that we weren't a mistake
Like I promised you once I would stay

But I can't hold you the way I used to
It can't be the way it's been
I know in time I'll learn to miss you
But that won't will my heart to mend

Do you recognize yourself
In old photographs and stories?
Are you there in the background moving the scene
Like a parlor trick through a smoke screen?
And I fall for it every time
It used to be so much easier to believe
That the mask that you wore for everyone to see
Was the same that you wore for me

But I can't hold you the way I used to
I won't stay just to watch it end
I know in time I'll learn to miss you
But how long can I pretend?

You want it to be simple
But time won't do it
Time won't help you let go of the past
Maybe there's time to get it back
Track Name: It Moves in the Dark
It moves in the dark
Covering your eyes
And buried under your clothes
And she can’t see it
As she moves through the light
Carrying the only thing
That’s pure in the world
But nothing’s going to change
And nothing’s going to be as it was
It took the only one who loves you
For the man that you are
And the man you’ll become

But when will it get what it wants
Did it want a broken heart
Or the end before the start?
Its claws won’t let go
And the more you fight
Deeper they cut into your skin
Until every muscle aches
And reason is bruised
You try to explain
But where to begin?
The heart is a funny thing
And maybe it’s just here for a laugh
And your only excuse
Is that you told a bad joke
And can’t take it back

But when will it get what it wants
Did it want a broken heart
Or the end before the start?
And when you open your eyes
Long enough to apologize
For smothering the spark

It moves in the dark
Hiding in the shadows
Cast by light that escapes
Through every crack
And every tear at the seams
You’re dying to mend
Without the strength it’ll take
But nothing’s going to change
And nothing’s going to be as it was
It took the only one who loves you
For the man that you are
And the man you’ll become
Track Name: Falling Through the Cracks
Stop right now before you hate yourself
Its late and we both know you’ve said enough
Who am I to be unimpressed
And to think that you could ever settle down for your own sake?

I’m learning how to bite my tongue
Without spitting up the needle and the damage done
Because any word that makes it past my teeth
Is sacrificed to the person that you were

I’m just close enough
To watch you as you’re falling through the cracks
If I get close enough
To reach you I will try to pull you back

Look at me, look me in my eyes
Let me stare into the beauty that’s been paralyzed
I see you when you were just a kid
I still remember all the places you would hide

I’m just close enough
To watch you as you’re falling through the cracks
Will you let me get close enough?
I’m just close enough
To watch you as you’re falling through the cracks
If I get close enough
To reach you I will try to pull you back
Track Name: Someone I Could Never Be
I can’t be everything and more
The blood beneath your skin
And what you’d die for
I’m just the thoughts racing fast through your head
In the middle of the night
And the sun pouring in when you wake
That just feels right
Feels like someone I could never be
Despite your love

I can’t be everything and more
The breath that you take in
And what you live for you
I’m just the glue holding pieces of you
Stable and tight
And the touch that you crave on your lips
That just feels right
Feels like someone I could never be
Despite your love

I can’t be everything and more
I don’t know what to say
Track Name: I'll Leave It Alone
Driving through your side of this town
Is not the same as having you back
And no matter where I wander around
I keep getting lost in the past

I leave it up you
And when you choose
I will be waiting
But if you found
Something that’s real
I’ll leave it alone

Watching you asleep in my bed
I’d make believe that one of us had changed
But when I pulled too hard on that thread
Couldn’t believe the mess that it made

I leave it up you
And when you choose
I will be waiting
But if you found
Something that’s true
I’ll let it go
Track Name: In the Black
I don't want to fight
So let's just go to bed
And all night
We can stare at the falls instead
But we can't hide here in the black
Like the sun before it comes back

To your eyes
When they tell me everything
I swear it's worth eery lie
Because baby there's a hope it brings
But I can't hide there in the black
Like the sun before it comes back

Now we're running from our doubts
Hoping they won't find us out
Running from our doubts

For all I know
We might get out of here
We might continue to grow
Or we might start to disappear
Until there's nothing to disguise
Not that we'd recognize

Now we're running from our doubts
Hoping they won't find us out
Running from our doubts

I don't want to fight
And you won't let me in
So all night
We can watch the end begin
And there'll be no going back
Like the sun as it turns black
Track Name: Joanna
Joanna you weren’t ready for
The life you grew to see
No it never turned out just the way
You thought it’d be
But the pictures in your magazines
They paint utopian scenes

Joanna, I’m sorry for the life you know
But there’s still time to let it go

It took you by surprise
As it pulled you in the dark
And the weight you feel with every step
Tears you apart
But the eggshells that you walk on
Were broken before your heart

Joanna, the strength the stand against the breeze
Your children learn like melodies from you

How can blame yourself for what you cannot change?
How can you build a future full of memories you’ve entertained?
We all know nothing gold can stay
Track Name: Found Some Light
I stayed away so you could’t tell
In earshot of your wedding bells
Last thing I need
Is someone who knows me well
I use to sleep right in your palms
Lights out with the radio
And I’d wake to wrap
Our love up in a song
I tried to hold you down
And that was wrong

Do you still believe you can change anything
Having to scream when you’d rather sing
Takes a righteous queen
To overthrow a king
But I wouldn't bet against your will
Through every battle fought uphill
I witnessed it then
And I can see it now distilled
It’s nothing anyone could ever kill

I hope you found some light
To spark the flame I never could ignite
I hope you found some light
Wandering through the dark’s not for tonight

If you can’t sleep when your memories collide
Love and pain side by side
Think of me as a step along the path
You’d never even have to ask

I hope you found some light
To spark the flame I never could ignite
I hope you found some light
Wandering through the dark’s not for tonight
I hope you found some light
And wake knowing it’s been worth the fight
Track Name: Dying the Same Way
Can’t even remember your name
But promise that you’ll still be here in the morning
Think that we’re both dying the same way
Promise that you’ll still be here in the morning

I can’t move on with her ghost asleep in my arms
And her side of the bed still warm

Can’t even remember her face
When she promised that she’d still be here in the morning
Thought that we were living the same way
She promised that she’d still be here in the morning

There's no way to mend anything
With wounds that won't heal
And throats that won't sing
While your ghost roams the house
Winds the clock and creaks the stairs
The burden of time
Is the cross I have to bear