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Into the Water
(August 2012)
1) Four Wheels
2) Things I Used to Know
3) Leaving
4) Before I'm Gone
5) For the Drifters, For the Rogues
6) Alive Again
7) Home is Nowhere
8) The Run
9) Rain Down
10) Ghost
11) Into the Water

The Bridge Ahead
(August 2014)
1) Checking the Microphone
2) River Town Folk Jam
3) Counting the Hours
4) While You Were Sleeping
5) Strange
6) Don't Trust Musicians
7) Words I Never Wrote
8) Sleep Amnesia
9) Picture of You
10) In Your Arms Again
11) I Don't Think About You
12) Ashes

Additional songs ("Into the Earth", Unreleased):
Medic
These Thoughts
I Killed a Man, Once
Bearing Down


"Into the Water" (2012)


"Four Wheels"

Hey, hey, hey,
it's gotta start today
I've got four wheels,
and no reason to stay.

(repeat x2)

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'Things I Used to Know"

I've got something to say
about the morning and the way
it always seem to pass us by.
the time we sell today,
it withers and it frays
the days have come and gone away

in retrospect we knew
exactly what to do,
but we chose to turn away
we fell into the crowd
when expectations got too loud
does it even matter now?

(chorus:)
I may not know
which direction I should go,
but I've wasted too much time thinking
that this is my home.
I'm letting go
of the things I used to know
I'm finding a new life so I can make it my own

we've been waiting for a flood
to drown the life we had
so we could find the road we had ignored
the rain has washed away
the thoughts of yesterday
it's time to find our way back to shore

chorus

the time we sell today,
it withers and it frays.
the days have come and gone away.

chorus x 2

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"Leaving"

I remember the long drives and summer days
I remember the feeling of disarray
it only stands to reason,
you thought that I'd be leaving

I remember the sound of the radio
I remember the places that we would go
it only stands to reason,
you thought that I'd be leaving
…and you were right.

(chorus:)
I know it's not too late
we're caught up in the race
if we're all moving forward, why are you so far away?
we've fallen to our fate
don't let it slip away
tomorrow only comes when we let go of yesterday.

I remember the things you would say to me
I remember the way that it used to be
it only stands to reason,
you thought that I'd be leaving

I remember the look you had on your face
when I said I was through with this place
it only stands to reason,
you thought that I'd be leaving
…and you were right.

chorus

don't wait for me, it's time I go
there's one last thing that you should know…
…I'm never coming back.

chorus x2

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"Before I'm Gone"

walking down these roads again
on paths of stone and sage
the roads are running through my veins
and spilling on the page

talking to myself again
been sleeping on the floor
the road is coming to an end,
been down it once before

(chorus:)
and I'll try to find my way
before I'm gone again
and I'll try to find my way
before I'm gone again

before I'm gone, I'll show you
what it means to be alive
I'll pack some clothes and this guitar,
get in the car, and drive

I won't stop there, I promise you
with all that I can give
before I'm gone, I'll look back
and I'll know that I had lived

chorus

the days all blend together
and it's lonely on these roads
breathe the air into my lungs
so you can bring me home

the sunset is behind me
now I'm heading to the shore
just a few more nights alone,
and I'll be headed north

chorus x2

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"For the Drifters, For the Rogues"

it's colder than I expected
these old strings are going sharp
the path is lit with a string of lights
to lead us through the dark
my home is in a backpack
my shoes are wearing thin
they say we've got to change our ways
to fix the mess we're in

and on it goes… and on it goes...

I'm not sure where I'll sleep tonight
or if I'll wake alive
I could find myself a home
but I don't want to try
'cause I know I'll stay grateful
living life this way
I know I'll stay grateful
if I live it day to day

and on it goes… and on it goes...

(chorus:)
sing one for the drifters
sing one for the rogues
sing one for the runaways
who might not make it home
sing one for the captain
sing one for the ship
sing one for the sailors
and the throwaway kids

I'm not sure where I'll sleep tonight
or if I'll sleep at all
I could find my way back home
but I don't miss those walls
I'll live without restrictions
I'll live without restraints
killing time and crossing lines
with every step I take

and on it goes… and on it goes..

chorus

we'll leave behind reminders of our time
like crumbling pages
left to rot along the spine
left on paths by riversides and shores,
but let's be honest
we don't live there anymore

chorus x2

…and on it goes.

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"Alive Again"

I won't ask where we are,
but I'll take this guitar,
and together, we'll venture these roads
I'll travel these states,
and I'll make my mistakes,
and I will do it all alone

I am transient and happy
I am rich, though I am poor
and being honest when I tell you
I am walking out the door
…out the door,
like so many times before

(chorus:)
I'm alive again
with rooftop dreams in wayward skies,
and I am never waiting up for you
I'm alive again
with rooftops dreams in wayward skies of blue, yeah

not sure how far I've gone
it's time to pack up and move on,
but I'd be lying if I said I'm coming home
I'll find myself a stage,
and I'll grow quicker than my age,
and I will do it all alone

we are transient and happy
we are worth what we believe
like a broken piece of sidewalk,
or a street without a name
…without a name,
it still carries us the same

chorus

I'm searching myself again this time
I'm searching myself again this time
not sure what I will find
not sure what I will find

chorus x2
with rooftop dreams in wayward skies of blue

I'm alive.

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"Home is Nowhere"

searching for inspiration in all the wrong places
too many lines and too many faces
still searching for my home,
but if you're not there, then home is nowhere

I've seen the sunset at the lake, and I've seen the city lights
but all of this looks better as a reflection in your eyes
and now it's time to go back home,
but if you're not there, then home is nowhere

(chorus:)
but I've tried without succeeding
and the target is receding from my sights,
so I'll lay my weapon down,
and I'll start to write my story,
and I'll let you reassure me that it's right
to lost within the sound
that silence makes… when we touch

I've been walking on these streets waiting for the stars to show,
but the clouds have overtaken them, as if to claim them as their own
now I can't find my way back home,
but if you're not there, then home is nowhere

I'll be walking here in circles, hoping I can find the road
there's dozens all around me, but there's only one I know
it's the one that takes me home,
but if you're not there, then home is nowhere

chorus x2

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"The Run"

I was a child on the run,
praying hard i would not fail
growing older than my age
on a long forgotten trail

now I'm a man on the climb
I've been running strong on hope
but this mountain's getting taller,
and I'm running out of rope

I've been drifting through the years,
towards the only place I know,
but the road only gets longer
the farther on I go

I was a child with a plan
I would sail so far away,
and I would find the other side,
but that day, it never came

now I man out to sea
in a slowly sinking boat
now the water's getting deeper,
and I never learned to float

chorus x3

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"Rain Down"

I was walking to the river on a lonely day
I was waking to the river alone
and I couldn't remember the last time I came home

I took myself to the bridge, to the rocks on the ridge
it was sunny even thought it had rained
someday I'll come home and I'll give these these places a name

it's like a secret never told, that the keeper doesn't know
it's like a word lost deep in a goodbye
it's like looking in the distance where the ground meets up with the sky

and you think to yourself, if I just keep walking
maybe I can make it as well

(chorus:)
rain down and wash away
the footsteps from these streets
I don't need them to remember where I've been
rain down and wash away
the footsteps from these streets
rain, rain down on me

I was walking downtown, there was dust on the ground
making clouds as the world moved
there was man on the corner, he was singing himself a tune

there's an old warehouse and it's coming down
to remind us that the times will change
soon, it's gonna be another place, with another name

and you think to yourself, if I just keep walking
maybe I can change as well

chorus

rain, rain down on me

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"Ghost"

with valiant effort, I walk these streets
the air is cold, my knees are weak
too many memories to recall
some are vague, but more are lost
the rows of houses staring down
a million windows all around
I can only imagine what they've seen
maybe their forgetful, just like me

(chorus:)
there's just so many ghosts in this town
the things we've done, and maybe still do
there's just so many ghosts in this town
maybe I can be one, too

I walk these sidewalks all alone
the same ones that I've always known
some are gone, and some have stayed
they know what's written can't be changed
with years and names they'll never know,
like tiny scars left in the stone
they pay no mind to where they've been,
and I'm forgetful, just like them

chorus

there's just so many ghosts in this town
the things we've seen, and maybe still see
I'm just another ghost in this town
please, pay no mind to me

I'm just another ghost in this town,
and that's all I want to be

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"Into the Water"

there's a million reasons floating in the air,
so I just stand and stare
at the grass stains on our jeans
from summertime
remember when we walked the field
between the creek and hillside
on the way home from school
we cut off every corner,
and were still late coming home
because we never wanted to go
friendships will be missed
but the memory remains
the sun may have set
but I will never forget
those days
 
we'd catch minnows with our bare hands
in the icy cold water running through a creek
into the river
the mighty susquehanna
so grand and vast but it still felt like home
we'd sit at the old bridge piers and watch the sun fall into the clouds
into the hills over the river
its reflection sinking deeper and deeper into the water
 
the cold air rising and enveloping us
catching us
we'll call it ours
because that's what we do
we take this world, this town,
and we make it ours
we own these streets
and we will until we die.

(chorus: repeat till fade)
we're at the end, but it's only the start
the water's edge in the town where we've lived for so long
chapter one was nothing more than a test
we're setting sail into the water, and we'll hope for the best

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"The Bridge Ahead" (2014)


Checking the Microphone

Checking thge microphone
Making sure it sounds good
Checking the microphone, like you knew that I would

Checking the microphone
Checking all the levels
Checking the microphone, oh oh oh

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River Town Folk Jam

I wrote a song late last night
around half past two
and if I find my capo,
I'll play that song for you
now, it's kind of a story,
but then again, it's not
it's got a setting and characters, but it doesn't have a plot

I wrote it all on a napkin
that I took from the bar
with a pen that I found inside the glovebox of your car
but you see, I don't have it
I acted kind of rash
I took your lighter and lit it up, and all that's left is ash

(chorus:)
a rusty staircase
to the warehouse roof,
a wooden water tower and a view
I'm still standing
yeah, I'm standing still
you say I cant, but I can, and I will

I'm getting tired of rambling
I've driven night and day
and even though you say I can't, I think it's time I stay
'cause I remember the sunset,
the susquehanna, too
I remember the time we spent there, only me and you

chorus

I've driven up and down this coast, the roads are all the same
put me back in a river town, where I can hear the trains
there's only one place in this world where I know who I am
put me back in a river town, where we play in circle jams

chorus

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"Counting the Hours"

Well, the sun is going down as another day comes to an end,
but in the land that I dream, another day's about to begin,
so I'm just sitting here spending my entire day
counting the hours until you wake

(chorus:)
I may be out of touch, but I'm not alone
your voice is my solace, and your smile is my home
this day has got me weary, and it's more than I can take,
so I'm counting the hours until until you wake

I'm just sitting here feeling like I'm wasting away
this life they chose for me will never be my way
so I'm just sitting here, paying off my mistakes,
and counting the hours until you wake

chorus

some days, I just wanna lose everything,
so I can have a chance to start again
pay off my debts, pack my things, and I'm ready to leave
I'm off to a place where I can keep my hopes and dreams

chorus x2

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"While You Were Sleeping"

It was late, you were tired,
we went to bed, you fell asleep
it was late, I was restless
you didn't notice me leave
I took a walk in the dark
through some allyways and streets
the darkened landscape was so familiar
where the streetlights and riverbed meet

I heard the whistle of a train
chased it down, but it was gone
the lights were strange and unfamiliar,
but somehow, it felt like home

(chorus:)
maybe I belong on the streets
far away from the comfort of our sheets
maybe I need to be alone,
and lose everything, to gain anything
maybe I found myself
while you were sleeping

I took a walk into the shadows,
where I've never gone before
realized I had more time,
and these worlds to explore
I took a walk in the night
where I discovered an unseen art
orange skies, synthetic lights,
and empty buildings falling apart

chorus

I came home and got in bed
you awoke, and all you said
was good morning
you didn't know my story wrote
while you were sleeping

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"Strange"

I feel strange today
a mix of up and down,
like something is pulling me underground
and is taking me away from here
I feel strange today
a mix of right and wrong,
like someone is saying I don't belong,
and is taking me away from here

I feel strange today
like I did when I was younger,
and their words would pull me under,
like a thorn cut deep inside
I feel strange today
like I'm still lying on the floor,
like I did all those years before,
just wishing I could hide

(chorus:)
should I feel better that I'm losing all the clutter
and the memories of my past
never did want it to last
or will it haunt me, like a shadow in my sleep
just enough pressure to keep me awake

I feel strange today
like the wheels are finally turning,
but the bridge ahead is burning
will I make it through in time?
I feel strange today
like I've been waiting here too long
just trying to push myself along,
so I don't get left behind

chorus

can someone tell me how far I'll have to go
to get away from what I used to call my home?
can someone tell me what it takes one to forget
the things I couldn't change, but still regret?

chorus x2

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Don't Trust Musicians

She said 'I don't trust musicians,
'cause they'll break your heart.'
I said 'girl, you're right, but at least you knew it from the start',
so am I really to blame
when she falls in love?

I told her 'don't trust musicians,
they'll use you up and spit you out,
and all you'll be is a song on my list when it's time I leave this town',
so am I really to blame
when she falls in love?

(chorus:)
I never promised you that I would stay,
but for you, I know I'd change my ways
let's fight this curse by any means
let's wear our paper hearts on our sleeves

I told her 'dont trust musicians',
as I played my honest song
she said 'I love you', I said 'we saw this coming all along',
so am I really to blame
when she falls apart?

She said 'I don't trust musicians,
but there's something about that sound.'
She said 'don't go', but I'm already gone, and I won't be back around,
so am I really to blame
when she falls apart?

chorus

let's fight this curse by any means
let's wear our paper hearts on our sleeves

Am I really to blame
when she falls apart?

Am I really to blame
when I fall....

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Words I Never Wrote

these are the words I never wrote
these are the thoughts that cross my mind
it's better I keep them to myself
some things are better left behind
this is the melody I sing
inside my head when you're around
this is the song you'll never hear
I'm too afraid to let it out

these are the words I should have said
I was too nervous, I was too shy
this is the day that i regret
because I let it pass me by
these are the words I never wrote
these are the thoughts inside my head
it's better I keep them to myself
some things are better left unsaid

Am I lonely, or afraid to be alone? I don't know
Am I lonely, or afraid to be alone? I don't know
Someday I'm gonna tell you what's on my mind,
and I hope you like the person that you find,
because he's in love with you
he's in love with you

these are the words I should have wrote
the things I should have said are clear
though my summer is your winter,
it's still getting cold up here
this is the song I never sang
these are the words I never wrote
the only secret that I'd never spill into a microphone

chorus

this is the song I never sang
these are the words I never wrote
the only secret that I'd never spill into a microphone

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Sleep Amnesia

when I fall asleep
I can manipulate my dreams
I'll picture you with me
'cause that's where I want to be
I don't want to wake up
and forget where I was

(chorus:)
sleep amnesia's gotten the best of you
so please believe me when I say it's true
sleep amnesia's gotten the best of you
so please believe me, 'cause I swear it's true

I called you the next day
you said it was all in my head
'cause we can't dream the same
so please forget what I said
I'm hoping that you woke up
and you forgot your dreams
'cause I can't go not believing
that you were there with me

chorus

I don't want to wake up
and forget where I was
or the time I spent with you
'cause I'm sure you felt it, too

chorus

I don't want to wake up
and forget where I was
'cause the memory has fleeted
just like it always does

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Picture of You

I've got a picture of you in my pocket
it's been there for days
I've got a picture of you in my pocket
you're never far away

and I know you're gone
you packed up and left
I guess I was easy
to forget

I've got a picture of you in my pocket
you're always by my side
I've got a picture of you in my pocket
and that'll do just fine

I left a picture of us in your pocket
wonder if you it's still there
it was torn in two, I kept the half of you
I wonder if you care

and I know I'm gone
I packed up and left
but you were never easy
to forget

I've got a picture of you in my pocket
wonder if you kept mine
I've got a picture of you in my pocket
and that'll do just fine

I've got a picture of you in my pocket
nothing can compare
I've got a picture of you in my pocket
now you're always there

and I know you're gone
you packed up and left
I guess I was easy
to forget

I've got a picture of you in my pocket
been there since who knows when
I've got a picture of you in my pocket
so you can't leave again

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In Your Arms Again

this room is cold and lonely
this evening is too long
the night is now approaching
I'm here, but you're still gone
for hours, I've been waiting
the light fading, never wrong
the night is now approaching
I'm here, but you're still gone

the night is now approaching
I'm here, but you're still gone

the sun has now retreated
so gently, unalarmed,
like the the way that you would hold me
warm and safe within your arms
it's on the other side now,
in the place where it belongs
like the the way that you would hold me
warm and safe within your arms

like the the way that you would hold me
warm and safe within your arms

this night is calm and innocent,
yet I pray it doesn't last,
for this feeling has me wondering
if this night will ever pass
the silence draws attention
to emotions unsurpassed
for this feeling has me wondering
if this night will ever pass

this feeling has me wondering
if this night will ever pass

I'd tell you that I love you,
that I miss you, that I care
but to the way I feel right now,
these words can not compare,
so here I am, I'm waiting
for a new day to ascend
praying when it's over,
I'll be in your arms again

praying when it's over,
I'll be in your arms again

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I Don't Think About You

I think about the ocean and the sunset on the shore
I think about the city and the days we had before
I think about a lot of things, but one thing is for sure
I don't think about you

I think about the island and I think about the bay
I think about the river in a million different ways
I think about the places we would go, but that's OK
'cause I don't think about you
no, I don't think about you

I think about the long drives that would last until the dawn
you had entire albums, but replayed the same few songs
I think about the record store, but please don't get me wrong
I don't think about you

I think about the boxes filled with photographs and notes
I think about November and the letters that I wrote
I think about it often, but there's one thing you should know
I don't think about you
no, I don't think about you

I think about the river park and sitting on the pier
I think about the highway as wonder why I'm here
a lot of thoughts are hazy but there's one thing that is clear
I don't think about you

I think about the concerts and the music that we heard
and what it would be like if mine was heard around the world
then maybe you would hear this song and you could rest assured
that I don't think about you
no, I don't think about you
I don't think about you

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Ashes

let's take these four walls
and burn them to the ground,
because this room is getting smaller
and you don't need me around
and I know
we can't make this right

and let's take the ashes
and hold them in our hands
we're clenching them so tightly
because maybe then we can
make diamonds
and buy ourselves a new life

(chorus:)
maybe it's time to
maybe it's time to
maybe it's time to
let go of the ashes
and let them rise into the air

it's so easy to forget me
at least that's what you said
but I know that there's a picture
in that box beside your bed
of me
it used to be on the wall

and if I said I didn't miss you
well, that would be a lie
but if you asked me if i needed you
I'd give you no reply
'cause I know
our love is just like fall
colorful and dead.

chorus x2

let go of the ashes
and them rise into the air

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Additional songs:


Medic

you are a timeless classic
fading fast in a dark field
I am a lonesome cockroach
scrapping the floor for my next meal
you are a beautiful light
hidden by buildings and signs
I am the stroke of black paint
covering up the words
that you write

you are the lifeguard stand
and the sand that wears down the edges
I am the broken glass
washed onto shore from the trenches
you are a child's toy
pulled out to sea by the rip tides
I am the child who cries
angry at my mother who is smiling because I'm alive

(chorus:)
you are the medic that kept me alive
I am the poison tht left you to die

you are the lowly saint
ignored the upper class merchants
I am a product being sold
to a man who walked by you and sneered
and I am coming home
with the next potential buyer
whose profit will be spent on the machines
that level your shelter

chorus

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These Thoughts

I thought about the things I learned in grade school
I thought about the pavement as it touched my face
I thought about the things I learned in grade school
I thought about the way the concrete used to taste

I thought about the things I learned in grade school
I thought about asking when this eternal life would end
I thought about the sticks and stones, and how they didn't hurt one bit,
but those words still float above my head, and pull themselves back in

(chorus:)
these thoughts are a sin
these thoughts are a sin
and that's what keeps me alive
another day

I thought about the things I learned in grade school
I thought about love and being strange
and I thought about a way I could save some precious time
and make sure that I could never be the same

I thought about the things I learned in grade school
I thought about the blacktop and the recess yard
I thought about the dignity that they tore from me
I'd withraw from here in one more year, but I won't get that far

chorus x2

I thought about the things I learned in grade school
it wasn't from the chalkboards, or the notebooks, or the pens
because I now realize, through the names and lies,
I should be thankful to the Lord above that I am not like them

I thought about the things I learned in grade school.

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I Killed a Man, Once

I killed a man, once,
but I didn't take his money
I didn't take his wallet or his shoes
I killed a man, once
I didn't do it for attention
I didn't want his cigarettes or booze

and I'd apologize to his wife and kids
but they'll all turn out just like him
I killed a man, once,
but I couldn't tell you why

I killed a man, once,
but I wasn't feeling vengeful
I wasn't feeling angry or ashamed
I killed a man, once
you could say he had it coming,
though he hadn't done me wrong in anyway

I won't apologize
to this world of his
'cause you'll all end up just like him
I killed a man, once,
but I couldn't tell you why

I killed a man, once,
but I didn't go to prison,
though the people there, they know me all too well
I killed a man, once,
but God himself can't judge me
I'm not needed in heaven or in hell

I won't apologize for how the story goes
I can't be blamed or be controlled
I killed a man, once,
but I couldn't tell you why

my name is time, and I'm here to say 'good morning'
I'll be here when the morning turns to night

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Bearing Down

it's breaking me apart
slowly though it's strong
it's pulling on the ends
dragging them along
it's weight is bearing down
it's tiring and cold
it's making me avoid
the story that we've told

(chorus:)
are you alone?
are you like me?
are you that blind,
or can you see?
are you alright?
are you lonely?
are you my friend,
or enemy?
It's bearing down on me
It's bearing down on me

it's catching up to me
as quickly as I run
like on a cloudy night
trying to find the sun
it's holding onto me
and never letting go
can you help me now?
do you even know?

chorus

I'm laying on the ground
even as I stand
my head may be held high
but I'm doing all I can
and I'm still standing here
with this feeling on my sleeve
does it make you understand?
are you ready to believe?

chorus x2

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(all lyrics © 2016 Vin Fischer, all rights reserved)