Sapling EP

by Emporia

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Drums recorded in the home of Mitch Cairns
Vocals/Guitar/Bass recorded in the dorm of Aram Max Vehuni
Produced by Aram Max Vehuni
Written/Performed by Emporia
Lyrics by Ben Barsocchini

Infinite gratitude toward Max + Mitch, our families, truest of friends and inspirations for these songs.

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released February 2, 2015

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Emporia California

Emporia is:
Ben Barsocchini (guitar/vocals/bass)
Will Hettel (drums)
Connor Burke (guitar)


Recording Engineers:
-Rico Macalma and Bethany Wycoff
-Aram Max Vehuni
Mixing and Mastering:
-Rico Macalma (A Town Called Charybdis/Scatterbrained)
-Aram Max Vehuni (Acoustic EP/Lighthouse EP)
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Track Name: My Everest
I’ve said so much
I’ve sold my soul
Validation holds
Me tight and won’t let go
Trap my eyes and type
A puppets manifesto
My blood sold me more
Of what I could have been
Waste away alongside expectations
The screen just glares
And says I told you so
Never learned to climb
Just plugged into a hole

Chorus:
I’ve said too much
But I can’t let go
Cable crosses
Wired to my throat
I’ve said too much
I can’t let go
They won’t let me go

I used to rub dirt on skin
Sweat to feel whole again
Played and laughed along like you do
But we trampled all the green
With no concept of mediocrity
Snowflakes lead to avalanched society
Was told “Son, you can be anything you like”
So I built upon the sin
Of unholy idealization
Stacked my hopes up high
Till I couldn’t peak
And cowered at my lost motivation underneath

Chorus:
I’ve said too much
But I can’t let go
Cable crosses
Wired to my throat
I’ve said too much
I can’t let go
They won’t let me go

Bridge:
There’s nothing crystal at the top
There’s nothing crystal at the top
No use for tools our parents dropped
Never learned to start, why would we learn to stop?

Chorus:
I’ve said too much
But I can’t let go
Cable crosses
Wired to my throat
I’ve said too much
I can’t let go
They won’t let me go
Track Name: Linger
It all just goes to show how
It’s just the pressure of lying in this bed
I’ve made it all up cause
I can’t stand failures, I pretend

So I picture perfect lullibies,
Look at my life and idealize
I do it for fun

I love comparing time and medicine
My ever-growing lack of hesitance
To walk out of a room
Voices buzz
Patience is thin here
When forced smiles tend to linger
Just like you do

I change my face with ease
Just like these clothes, or my disease
That I like to say I have
Burn one down to keep my head clear
Of awkwardness and numb drunk of cheap beer
And lack of light

So I pitch Her perfect lullibies
Look at my life and idealize
I do it for fun

I love comparing time and medicine
My ever-growing lack of hesitance
To walk out of a room
Voices buzz
Patience is thin here
When forced smiles tend to linger
Just like you do
Track Name: Colossus
Oh penitence, wrapped around me like snake
Patience, let me bend before I break
I saw and loved the earth
So I just took, like any creature would
Saw your veins that shook
Tender tremors below skin and soot

But medicine, hammer between my lips
Scolding brain cells into metamorphosis
Medicine, bug under my skin
Eating all my common sense

Doctor, Doctor can’t you see this hole that I am in?
Give me something sweet so I can begin to dig again
Stranger, Stranger, Stranger see my sunken shallow skin
Follow me so I’m not alone again

Give me some part of the sun
Some part you have shed upon
The light of your skin and scream
Are what I miss
I’ve been down here for so long
Just like you, craving good intentions
Parched, continue to search for poison

Doctor, Doctor can’t you see this hole that I am in?
Give me something sweet so I can begin to dig again
Stranger, Stranger see my sunken shallow skin
Follow me so I’m not alone again


(Oh you wish you knew how
You wish you how)
Darling you’ve never lived
Never known a breath
Til you’ve lived like this
It ate you up like a fig
Tooth and nail clawing inside
Bit by bit
Track Name: Sapling
The old man smiled as he struck the match
Wrinkled definition in his laugh
To match his face and those pages
We fed the fire for so long
And chopped each other down
To reach heaven we’d been relying on
So our roots they grew deeper
But limbs rarely saw the sun
We remained only saplings
Wishing for a beauty we thought lay above

We used to plead to him for ages
But we lost hope when leaves would start to fall
Sent a note of formal resignation
Tangled roots as abhorrent foundation
To ego, we pray, Oh My god

When he passed chaos fell on us
The oldest young thought they were chosen ones
Sap spilt over brotherhood
Based on nothing but a book
Babylon is just a pedestal
And those gates are just a hook
Somewhere to hang our hopes upon
Drowning sins with telling looks


We used to plead to him for ages
But we lived like unholy ghosts
Sent a note of formal resignation
Severed ties with our hallucinations
To ego, we pray, Oh My god
Track Name: Bow to You
If I was a different man
I’d bend over backwards
To taste the sweat falling from your hands
You’re nervous
And I know I don’t mean much
You’d laugh the same at me
Whether or not I was your crutch

Cause when I first saw you
I saw myself too

Oh tired eyes
I can’t shut tight
Cause they’re still stuck on you
And that mask you wear
Some shred of consciousness you bear
Darling, I’ll never bow to you

You’re the ghost that never changed
Dead at the roots, maybe your family’s to blame
You fed yourself with smoke
Now you’ve turned to ashes
What a beautiful joke
I caught you staring at my lips
Choking all the blood from my limbs
I’ve loved you before
Left hungry and sordid craving more

Oh tired eyes
I can’t shut tight
Cause they’re still stuck on you
And that mask you wear
An ethereal conscious you bear
Darling, I’ll never bow to you

That middle road is my saving grace
Avoid decisions so I’m not to blame
Track Name: High Horses
I try my best to be productive
Intentions lie divided at best
Striking flint to curb my urges
To backwards walk into bed
Noxious ego grabs my ankles
Wishing of decadence
Drags me to the hard floor
Searching souls for a better stance

Keep coming up short
Seems I keep the best locked in
Louder now, let me hear where you’ve been
And all those teenage screams about
Limp love and high horses
Never had the first part
So I’ll live just like the horse did

So sick of this space I’ve made inside my head
Rolling eyes at dramatics
And entitlement
I watch from a shack that sits upon a hill
Scoffing at cities built from others wills
How could it be theirs,
When they looked to me to piece
Together foundations, confidence and revelries?
How could it be there?
Is whispered by vanity
Seduced by need to make myself holy

Keep coming up short
Seems I keep the best locked in
Louder now, let me hear where you’ve been
And all those teenage screams about
Limp love and high horses
Never had the first part
Fear I’ll live just like the horse did