The Distance EP

by The Ocean Hours

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The Distance EP is for anyone acquainted with the sorrows and joys of being apart from a loved one.


released July 1, 2019

Sarah Waters - vocals, synth bass
Nick Waters - vocals, drum programming, synths, keyboards, bass
Chris Waters - guitars
Justin Waters - drums

Andrew Picha - drums on "Flamethrower"

Engineered by Nick and Chris Waters
Produced by The Ocean Hours
Mixed and mastered by Chris Waters
Cover art by Sarah Waters


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Track Name: Fork in the Road
I’m taking a step towards the door, towards where we began
No longer the closest of friends
Too many words unsaid, and all the wrong ones got through
Not understanding me, not understanding you

So take your time
Don’t even let me cross your mind
Don’t worry about me, I’m fine
That’s a lie, but it works for now

Don’t know where to go, don’t want to make a mistake
Stop saying that I am the one who’s to blame
We’re heading towards unknowns that we can’t see today
Pressure’s rising, and I need to get away

I need some time
But you’ll always be on my mind
Don’t worry about me, I’m fine
That’s a lie, but it works for now

Looking back at your tired face
There are so many things we can’t erase
Maybe someday we’ll heal the hurt
But today we go as our paths diverge

When you’re ready,
Won’t you meet me
At the fork in the road

So take your time (I wish we hadn’t parted ways)
Don’t even let me cross your mind (The path ahead just isn’t straight)
Don’t worry about me, I’m fine (This doesn’t feel right)
That’s a lie, but it works for now (But it works for now)
Track Name: Flamethrower
I was whirling down 58
And your heart was in my way
Never thought you’d take me in and ask me to stay

I’d been roaming and found a home in your arms
Wasn’t long til
The smoke set in and
you pulled the fire alarm

I’m a flamethrower baby
And we both keep getting burned
I try so hard but maybe
I’ve got too much too learn

Because you’re a spark and all my veins
Are flowing with gasoline
And it’s far too much
For our young hearts
And all you can do is leave me.

I’ve got ghosts
From coast to coast
Of all the things I’ve left behind
I don’t want another sad memory
Haunting my mind

But you were different
And if we’re meant
To someday work this out
We’ve got a put some highway in between
Before I burn it all down

Don’t want to burn you anymore
Don’t want to hurt you like I did before
No more tired eyes
From teary fights
And sleepless nights
Lying awake and wondering
Is this right?
We both knew when we saw the fire ignite
Track Name: I Can Hardly Hear You
Walking back through bitter winter
No cars on this quiet road
No letters yet I keep checking
for a piece of you to come by post

I ring you up across the country
Don’t know the time change, I think it’s 4
My heart skips right on beat
As I hear you say hello

I can hardly hear you
But darlin don't hang up the phone
You know all I want is to be near you
Just don't give up don't give hope

We try to figure out the distance
Two lives barely tethered now
Different lives different directions
And neither wants to turn around

Avoiding ending conversation
These sad goodbyes, you hang up first
separate lives until I ring you
All the distance is the worst

I can hardly hear you
But darlin don't hang up the phone
I’ll do what it takes to see you
Just don't give up don't give hope

You took a flight to my apartment
We made an omelette when you arrived
Fighting forward without fighting
Trying to see through the others eyes

Darlin while you’re here I hear you
And I wish you didn’t have to go
You know all I want is to be near you
Just don't give up don't give hope
Track Name: Remember the Way
I should know by now better than to let my mind race
Spiraling, imagining catastrophe erase
The careful outlines of the trust I pencilled in
For rainy days convenient faith, but tonight it’s wearing thin

So hold me tight you know that I can’t find the way

I should know by now that nothing's gonna scare you away
But all the while thoughts running wild with all the ways
I fail to measure up to expectations and keep you safe
Not sure I’ll have the strength for two in these darker days

Hold tight and you and I will remember the way

I should know by now the morning light is not far away
But these questions mark the story arc, reality gives way
To dreams simulating situations I can’t leave
Dragging out every doubt I thought I’d buried deep,

Hold tight and you and I will remember the way

Each night the darkened sky left us afraid
Your hand in mine crying as we prayed
But everytime we woke another day another grace
Another promise you kept safe

And see that
In the end we’re right back where we started
Never left unguarded to our fates

I should know by now but now and then my hand starts to shake
But it’s brighter now, were stepping off the edge of what’s been paved
Track Name: Home
I couldn't wait to get back home to tell you
I think I finally hear your voice above the noise
I’ll buy a car we can chase that dream down
Nothing can stop us now from kicking down the door

I think I see now
Just how lucky we are

How lucky we are

We’ll make it through to times of smoother sailing
let the past be in the past, and make it work
I couldn’t tell you what is yet before us
But I’ve a feeling that we’ll love it all the more

The road’s been hard but
it’s made us who we are

Hold my hand and wait for sunrise laughing through the dark
I wouldn’t trade this for the world babe, and it’s just the start

We were so young
Our lungs full of the sea breeze
But it was real love

We had all we needed
The only thing that’s changed
Is the smile lines we’ve gained

So forget both our phones
Put everything on hold
And let all of the world go
As you pull the covers over me

We’ll run and jump into the rush no telling where we’ll go
It doesn’t matter where we end up, with you I’m home.

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