From Lonely Dawn EP

by Michael Forrest

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These five songs are based on five paintings by John Conway (themselves based on five other songs). The sequence forms a narrative exploring themes of loneliness, infatuation, love, loss and acceptance.

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released March 27, 2016

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Michael Forrest is a multi-instrumentalist producer based in London.

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Track Name: 1. The Sun, The Sky
Humiliation and pointed fingers
Bright people with hard vindictive laughter
This world cannot be trusted and I can’t muster any optimism

This fear surrounds until all I see if black
It's like a prism without colour,
And only pleasure in detailed fiction.
Escape into a safer world
And this is my intimate night time terror

The sun, the sky, I haven't seen you for such a long time
The sun, the sky, I haven't seen you for such a long time

I've felt every way a man can feel by now
Perhaps I've felt the best I ever ever will
It's safe down here for now and I feel comfortable
The sucking void inside me rarely makes it up to the surface
It's a distant rumble, and for the most part I feel fine
Cos I'm productive and my time is mine
It's a distant rumble now

Why would I give my heart away and risk it all
The burning pain and disappointment all over again
Disappointment all over again
I pray that no-one ever finds me
And I know that something isn't right
And I can drink it into submission most nights
I know that something isn't right
But I can drink it into submission most nights, most nights, most nights.
Track Name: 2. I never even noticed (that I was so sad)
I never even noticed that I was so sad
Until I spent an hour with you
You showed me a new attitude

Gratitude is not enough
You have made me open up
Finally I'm not protected and it's better like this
And I can see now that it isn't always cold
And it doesn't always threaten (threaten threaten threaten)

Gratitude is not enough
You have made me open up
Finally I'm not protected and it's better like this
I finally see the prison that I've been in forever, forever, forever

And I don't know how I survived for so long
I don't know how I survived for so long
I don't know how I survived for so long down here
I don't know how I survived for so long down here
Track Name: 3. Modern Problems
Hide your eyes away from daylight, that is real life
These are modern problems, not so difficult
Difficult to face
Impossible to solve
It's a funny thing that happens when you evolve.

I've got flashing lights to guide me
Keep me up all night
A million tiny things inside
No real fight, no real struggle
So why is everything so dark?

I've got flashing lights to kill me
Keep me up all night
A million tiny things to thrill me
No real fight, no real struggle
And everything is getting bright
Track Name: 4. Complications / Abstraction
What's this obstruction in front of me
In between me and you
What's this obstruction in front of me
Your construction comes between us
Your construction comes between us
This abstraction has no meaning
This abstraction makes no difference
This abstraction has no meaning
This abstraction makes me a mockery

This abstraction makes me crazy
This constructino you keep me out
This construction designed just for me
Track Name: 5. Swimming Into Darkness
Swimming into darkness,
Out here is where I belong
I don't need anybody to hold me down
I'll stay here of my own accord
And never think to question this existence
Happiness comes easily to others
Happiness comes easily to others
Swimming into darkness
Up here is where I belong
I don't need anybody to hold me down
I'll stay here of my own accord
And never think to question this existence
Happiness comes easily to others
But I found tonight it's only cloudy on this side
I pushed up through the sky, it's only cloudy on this side
I didn't need to worry, it's only cloud on this side
I climbed up to the heights, it's only cloudy on this side
Yeah I saw tonight it's only cloudy on this side
I didn't need to worry, it's only could on this side
And there's no need to cry, it's only cloudy on this side
No better time to die, it's only cloudy on this, cloudy on this side
Happiness, oh happiness
Happiness comes easily
Happiness comes easily
Happiness comes easily to others