Heaven to Hell

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…I'll fly from this city, escape from your eyes
Paint my sorry ink against the sky…
Heaven to Hell is the 3rd extended play release from the Portland based indie band "Lesser Strays"
The title and content is born from the observation of the fluctuating quality of the human experience. We step in and out of moments of heaven and hell, as well as the stagnant points in-between. To travel back and forth from both places, is simply to live.

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released September 9, 2014

Written, Recorded, Mixed, by Joshua Petroni © 2014

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Lesser Strays San Diego, California

Indie Folk, Electric project founded by Joshua Petroni. Lesser Strays relocated to Portland, Oregon after "Epoch" was released in the summer of 2013. The EP "Kid and The Queen" was released in April of 2014. The following year the 7-track EP "Heaven and Hell" was released. After a year of playing in Portland, the first full-length album was released, and the project relocated to Milan, Italy. ... more

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Track Name: Beached Whale
BEACHED WHALE
I’M AN EMPTY MAN, IT’S JUST SO PLAIN TO SEE
NO MATTER WHERE I STAND, YOU’LL BRING MY DEFEAT
OH YOU’LL BRING MY DEFEAT, YES YOU’LL BRING MY DEFEAT
WE WERE THE CHOSEN FEW, NOW WE’RE UNDER THE LOADED GUN
AND I WON’T ASK FROM YOU, NOW WHEN I TAKE MY RUN
OH WHEN I TAKE MY RUN, WHEN I TAKE MY RUN
NOW I’M A LOVING MAN, BUT I WOULD RATHER BLEED
THAN ROT UP ON YOUR VINE, LIKE A DYING DRYING SEED
OH YES A DYING DRYING SEED
YOU’RE SOMETHING LIKE A SAINT IN MY HELLISH AWFUL MIND
BUT I CAN WELCOME PAIN, OH YES IT’S THE ONLY LOVE I FIND
OH THE ONLY LOVE I FIND
YOU ARE WHAT YOU ARE, OH SOME VICTIM OF THE PAST
WELL WE ALL GOT AN ARM OF SCARS, SO AM I JUST FUCKING TRASHED
YOU SAY YOU KNOW YOUR HEART BUT IT’S THE THING YOU CANNOT REACH
SO I WONT PLAY THE PART OF A FUCKING WHALE ON THE BEACH
A FUCKING ON THE BEACH, JUST A FUCKING WHALE ON THE BEACH
IT’S ALL JUST PRETTY LIES FROM YOUR SOFT MOVING LIPS
YOUR CHARM’S A RUSSIAN SPY, BUT YOU WON’T FIND SHIT
YOU’RE SOMETHING LIKE A SAINT, IN MY HELLISH AWFUL MIND
BUT I CAN HANDLE PAIN, IF IT’S THE ONLY LOVE I FIND
OH ITS THE ONLY LOVE I FIND, THE ONLY LOVE I FIND
Track Name: Drunk Again
DRUNK AGAIN
WELL I CAN EXPLAIN IT, BUT I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO
WE ARE VICTIMS OF OUR HEARTS, AS THIS STORM BETWEEN US BREWS
I RETURN AGAIN, CAN YOU FEEL ME?
I’M JUST DRUNK AGAIN, BUT THIS BITTER LOVE IT’S THE REALEST THING IN ME

MORE MAGIC IN THE MIND, MORE FIRE FOR THE GUN
I’LL SPILL MY LIFE ON EVERYONE
I’LL FLY FROM THIS CITY, ESCAPE FROM YOUR EYES
PAINT MY SORRY INK AGAINST THE SKY

YOU’VE GOT YOUR SAVIORS, YES YOU’VE GOT SOME NUMBERS FOR NIGHT
BUT YOUR BED WITH 2 BODIES, IN MY MIND IT’S SO UNRIGHT
I’LL RETURN AGAIN, WILL YOU FEEL ME?
I’M JUST DRUNK AGAIN, BUT THIS BITTER MIND
IT’S THE ONLY THING IN ME.
IT’S THE ONLY THING IN ME.
Track Name: Howling
HOWLING
COME TO THE CITY, CITY OF LIGHTS
DON’T NEED OUR MINDS, THEY’RE ROLLING TONIGHT
AND I KNOW THAT YOU WANT ME, WELL I WANT YOU TOO
BUT THERE ARE SOME THINGS, HONEY, COLD HEARTS CANNOT DO

WELL I KNOW THAT YOUR SHADOWS, ARE EXPLORING THE TOWN
EVEN THE MOON GETS LESS AROUND
ASK ME WHY I’M SO CRUEL, WHY I’M UNKIND
HONEY THERE ARE SOMETHINGS THAT CAN RUIN A GOOD MANS MIND.

WELL I HAVE SOME FREAKY NIGHT MARES, OH I’VE GOT SOME BOILED BLOOD
DON’T ASK ME WHY MY SHIP IS SINKING, BABY YOU BROKE THE DAMN AND STARTED THE
FLOOD


WELL MY HEART HOWLS, DRUNK ON THE LOVE OF THE TEMPEST IN MY MIND
WELL MY HEART HOWLS, DEAD ON THE QUEST FOR THE PEACE I CANNOT FIND

I KNOW YOUR SHADOWS ARE RUNNING THIS TOWN, THE BEAST IN MY HEART IS MAKING ME
HOWL
Track Name: Sleep With The Fishes
SLEEP WITH THE FISHES
SUN RISE, YOU DON’T KNOW THE STORM, YOU DON’T KNOW THE STORM WE RIDE
MOONSHINE, YOU DON’T KNOW THE LOVE, YOU DON’T THE DREAMS WHERE I DIE
I DIE
BLAMING FATHER LONELY UP IN HEAVEN EATING FIRE FOR DESSERT
MOTHER CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT THIS MESS OF ASHY EARTH IS WORTH?
IS WORTH.
IF I WAS AN ORPHAN I MIGHT SLEEP WITH THE FISHES TONIGHT
LET SEAWEED TAKE MY ARMS AND THAT DARK SEA STEAL THE LIGHT
STEAL THE LIGHT, THE LIGHT. STEAL THE LIGHT.

LOVE OF MINE, YOU WON’T HOLD THAT WORLD, YOU WONT HOLD THE WORLD IN MY EYES
SOMETIMES ALL YOU EVER WANTED WAS JUST AIR BEHIND A DISGUISE

DREAMING ABOUT THE GHOST THAT WILL NEVER HOLD ME
I’M SWIMMING IN THE DEEP WORLD, SWIMMING IN THE LOST WORLD
DREAMING ABOUT THE GHOST THAT WILL NEVER HOLD ME
I’M SWIMMING IN THE DEEP WORLD, SWIMMING IN THE LOST WORLD
Track Name: Victoria
VICTORIA
VICTORIA, MY STARRY EYES ARE BLUE
I’M FUCKED UP AND THEY’RES SPIDERS IN THIS ROOM

YOUR POLKA DOTS, THOSE CITY GIRLS CAN’T STEAL
I HID THEM IN A DRAWER UNDER A RIVER JUST FOR YOU

AND NO WE WILL NEVER DISCUSS THE TIDE
IT DROWNS YOU WHEN YOU SLEEP, BUT YOU MISS IT WHEN IT’S DRY
ALL MY FRIENDS BRAG OF HOW THEY BLEED
PISS ON THE GARDEN, THEN THEY PLANT THE SEED (Repeat once)

AND I CAN’T MOVE, WILL SOME ONE SHOW THE WAY

AND NO WE WILL NEVER DISCUSS THE TIDE
IT DROWNS YOU WHEN YOU SLEEP, BUT YOU MISS IT WHEN IT’S DRY
ALL MY FRIENDS BRAG OF HOW THEY BLEED
PISS ON THE GARDEN, THEN THEY PLANT THE SEED

VICTORIA MY STARRY EYES ARE BLUE
I’M FUCKED UP, AND THERE’S SPIDERS IN THE ROOM
Track Name: Slow Surf
SLOW SURF
WE MET IN A STRANGER’S ROOM, I CAN’T REMEMBER THEIR NAMES
AND WHEN MY LIFE FEELS BLACK AND BLUE,
IT’S YOU WHOSE LIGHT REMAINS THE SAME

THERE’S SECRETS, THERE’S THOUGHTS THAT I OWN
WOULD YOU BE SO DISTURBED TO LEARN THAT SOMETIMES YOU’RE IN MY MIND ALONE

SAIL ON THE SEA INTO THE MYTH THAT YOU ARE
YOU’RE TANGLED IN POEMS, MY EYES THEY ARE DINING WITH STARS

WHEN YOU’RE FADING, I’LL SNEAK BACK THROUGH YOUR DOOR
I MIGHT LIKE HAUNTING YOUR HOUSE, BUT I WON’T ASK FOR MORE

NOW YOU’RE OFF WITH YOUR CITY BOYS AND I’M OFF WITH MY CITY GIRLS
I WISH YOU’D SAVE ME FROM THEM, AND I COULD SAVE YOU FROM THEM

WE’RE A MYTH
Track Name: Your Heaven, My Hell
HEAVEN TO HELL
DON’T HANG YOUR BELLS AROUND ME, YOU’LL DROWN YOUR DREAMS WITH STONE
I HAVE A PHANTOM HEART ACHE, IT SLEEPS AND WALKS ALONE
IF THIS IS SOBER CONFLICT, I’LL SHOW MYSELF TO THE DOOR
EVERYONE, EVERYONE FEELS THIS AND EVERYONE WANTS MORE

TO FEEL YOU, YOU KNOW I WANTED, BUT I WANTED TO CONCEAL ME
HIDE MY FLESH AND BONES IN THE SKIN OF THE PAST

PLACE TENDER ARMS ON THE COLD OF MY SKIN TWO TIMES
THEN TAKE YOUR MONEY AND RUN FOR A CHANCE TO SURVIVE
MARK MY NAME IN THE STONE OF YOUR HEART IN YOUR OWN MIND
THAT GRAVEYARD’S SINKING YOUR HEAVEN TO HELL, HEAVEN TO HELL
YOUR HEAVEN TO HELL
IF HOME IS TWO HEARTS I AIN’T NO BELIEVER
THEY’RE ALL JUST PRETENDING IN THIS WORLD OF DECIEVERS
IN SOME LOST DREAM, THERE I MAY ACCEPT YOU
PROMISE TO FORGET ME, I SWEAR I WILL FORGET YOU
YOUR HEAVEN MY HELL, HEAVEN MY HELL...
DON’T HANG YOUR BELLS AROUND ME, YOU’LL DROWN YOUR DREAMS WITH STONE
I HAVE A PHANTOM HEART ACHE, IT SLEEPS AND WALKS ALONE
EVERYONE WANTS MORE
IT’S YOUR HEAVEN. IT’S MY HELL.