Stepladders

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released August 30, 2016

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stepladders Grand Rapids, Michigan

Bill Chesney, the man behind the scenes at Earthwork Music, steps in front of the curtain to reveal his debut album, stepladders.

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Track Name: Open Hand
would you turn down an open hand,
handing you everything to be free?
would you turn down an open hand,
handing you everything but me?
would you turn down a breath,
straight from my lungs, straight from my head,
would you turn down a breath from me?
i believe...

something tells me we're not alone,
and you've been hiding everything from me,
if i find out you're lying here,
you won't be lying here with me.
you never play who you are any more,
why don't you, why don't you let me be?

now you tell me to back away,
give you some space, be your own today.

Here we are again, at this intersection.
Track Name: Phone Tag
You call, I talk - starting to miss me now.
I call, you walk.
You call, I talk - I know you need me now.
I call, you walk.

I'm still getting settled in.
Trying to find myself, in my brand new skin.
I'm Lonely. You wrecked it,
There it is - I said it.
There is no consolation prize.

You call, I talk - starting to miss me now.
I call, you walk.
You call, I talk - I know you need me now.
I call, you walk.

Oh, so this is moving on?!
It looks just like pretending that there's nothing wrong.
Don't compare, what we had
to someone who just found your bed!
I'm not so easy to replace.

You call, I talk - starting to miss me now.
I call, you walk.
You call, I talk - I know you need me now.
I call, you walk.
Track Name: Broken Friends
I know you're always calling me out like a referee,
in the game where I can't compete
But if no one else plays by the rules
why would you believe,
anyone else was listening.

Oh, is there anything left for us,
if you can't have what you're asking for?

Called again, talked about being friends, still remembering
back at Susan & Kevin's house.
Now you ain't said a word since we left
about anything... about anything.

Broken friends, sorting the pieces out.
Try again, no feelings allowed
We'll both find out way around...

I'm not whispering anything else, I'll just run away;
most of the bridge still remains.
There's still time to save everyone else,
what a getaway...
make sure I'm still awake.

Oh, is there anything left for us,
if you can't have what you're asking for?
Track Name: Easy Way (feat. Chris Bathgate)
remembering backwards the same thing, only faster
before you put it all away.
you figured out how the maps works, only after
you decided you would stay.

and I take the easy way, when I can.
I take the easy way, when I can.
I take the easy way, when I can...
and I hope you understand.

line of dots and captions, in quite the ordered fashion,
they help to mark the way.
repeated parts and pattern, lost and scattered
the emptiness of space

and I take the easy way, when I can.
I take the easy way, when I can.
I take the easy way, when I can...
and I hope you understand.
Track Name: In Love (feat. Emilee Petersmark)
catch yourself, before you fall for someone else again.
match, or else, you'll regret you never hit send,
or wake up with an old friend
better yet... you'll end up alone.
or worse than that - you could never know.

so much more than love and lust, and arguments so meaningless,
and everything you tried to hard to say.
every time you kissed goodnight,
and each and every last goodbye,
times when you felt nothing, and times you felt betrayed,

i am... in love.
and i am... in love.

take so much, but not a penny more that what you think you've paid.
make, then rust - cause everything is prettier with time, if you can wait.
i've watched for signs, but never find
the answers to the questions i would ask before i die.
i've taken every piece apart, to make this broken heart restart,
and every time i start again, i'm better than before,

i am... in love.
and i am... in love.

slow things down, don't make the same mistakes you've made again.
and grow the sound, the voice you're always listening to - screaming in your head!
this won't be the last time, that you find yourself satisfied,
but this will be the last time I'm on the other end.
i hope that you remember me,
the one who gave you everything,
but in the end, the only thing you couldn't have was me,

i am... in love.
and i am... in love.
i am... in love.
and i am...
Track Name: ACE
i'm hoping hard for peace.
but hope's not strong enough,
to deal with this disease.
love has got my fingers crossed,
you don't have to lose,
to feel like you've been lost -

I tried.
I tried.

everything i left behind,
all the little things,
i hoped you'd never find.
my daughter and my son...
i hope they always knew,
you were my only one...

I tried
I tried

do you think we'll ever know,
where we go when we are not here,
or if we're all alone?
or if time and space,
could be commonplace,
and understanding might be easier than hate?
i know that we're scared,
and maybe unprepared,
but one day you will find out
that it's more than just a fight for money...

I tried.
I tried.

this place, won't be the same without you.
this place, won't be the same without you.
this place, won't be the same without you.
this place, won't be the same without you.

and I... tried.
Track Name: This Isn't What it Looks Like
i cut you down.
you cut me out.
nothing you could say, would make me feel the way I used to.
i hope that you're lost, cause I'm fucking lost without you.

this isn't what it looks like,
this isn't what it looks like.

it's not hard to...
find someone new.
but it's hard to stay just as much in love the next day.
and it's hard to know when you should hang on or let go

this isn't what it looks like,
this isn't what it looks like.

on its own, when someone bends the truth
like telephone,
when this message gets to you...
when this message gets to you...
if this message gets to you...

this isn't what it looks like,
this isn't what it looks like.

this isn't what it looks like,
this isn't what it looks like.
Track Name: Dive Team Sitters (feat. Kate Anderson)
calling to believe my daydream,
feeling close enough to swim
but i'm drowning in the distance,
and your time alone with them.
i watched you set yourself apart,
from the dive team sitters
swimming with a heavy heart
in a room full of fallen quitters

i hold, my breath - each time they hit the water,
then let it out, only proving that I'm no better.
don't hold back; dig in for a solid finish.
stretch then stack, close your eyes, cause you're still winning.

it's not about you, it's about everything.
it's not about you, it's about everything.

focusing on place and posture,
treading water for the cause.
each lap is more exhausting,
remembering who i was.
circling the shallows
for a blindfolded run through
the deep end is empty,
what if i kissed you?

i hold, my breath - each time they hit the water,
then let it out, only proving that I'm no better.
don't hold back; dig in for a solid finish.
stretch then stack, close your eyes, cause you're still winning.

it's not about you, it's about everything.
it's not about you, it's about everything.
it's not about you, it's about everything.
it's not about you, it's about everything.
Track Name: Remember Me
what's the hurry? where's the fire?
i will put it out,
if you remember me.
no cheating. no guessing. just chemistry...
if you remember me.

quit your day job, you're too tired,
i will wake you up - like i used to do!
no rules or expectations - just history...
if you remember me.

i miss your mess so much, i'm sorry - where's my story?
you kept me up all night, i can't sleep and now it's morning.
your hair is in my face, but perfect, and with purpose...
for when the sun shines in through these sheer curtains, rendered worthless...

A new take on exploration,
forget your perfect self - let's take this way too fast!
Rewind it, to find that, memories will fade - nothing ever lasts...
nothing ever lasts...
nothing ever lasts...
Track Name: Over Me (Us)
I can't stand seeing photos of you,
so I close my eyes
every time someone mentions your name,
every time someone lies.

I said it's over and you say it's over,
but I'm not over you getting over me.

You asked me to sing you to sleep,
I watched your eyelids fall to song.
I'd match your breathing, in tempo and key,
so it was like you were singing along...
You said it's over and I say it's over,
but I'm not over you getting over me.