Empty Moon

by Fourth Of July

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about

Fourth Of July is a band of brothers who make lyrical, raucous Folk Rock about
the minefields of love, flyover country existentialism and the boozy social life of
Their hometown of Lawrence, Kansas.
They’ve released two records on Range Life Records, 2010′s “Before Our Hearts
Explode!” and 2007′s “On The Plains”.
Their new LP, “Empty Moon” finds singer/songwriter Brendan Hangauer standing
on the precipice, looking back at the intense final throes of a long love affair and
forward, with an eagle eye, at the landscape of new beginnings. A record full of
headlong melodies, drunken hope and heartache and startling insights into self
and circumstance, “Empty Moon” is an exalted howl at the moon as the rest of the
world rushes by.

Fourth Of July is: Brendan Hangauer (vocals, guitar) Patrick
Hangauer (bass) Brian Costello (drums, vocals) Brendan Costello (guitar)

Released By: High Dive Records
www.highdiverecords.com

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released 09 April 2013

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Track Name: Empty Moon
empty moon

honey
is it hard to make friends
the way your emotions bend
and almost break
well it's nothing
we could just pretend
just keep whispering
everything we say

what strange mistakes
that we all make
don't make me laugh
i won't make you wait
but it happens fast
like a drunken night
some call it a blur
some call it life

i call it dreaming
laying half awake
flying on a plane
while i lay in place
she has a hard time breathing
when we stay out late
she sleeps on her side
so she won't sufficate

then she cried
about the day she died
said how'd we turn our backs
how i want her back
but hearts attack
and nothing lasts
under a picture frame
dressed in black

it's just the seasons
why i can't let go
fall is a smell i know
the mountains in lake tahoe
it's just a feeling
like the peaks of snow
bluer then the sea
on a bed of pine needles

a bed of yellow leaves
a never ending dream
this town is not so charming
when you never leave
don't you see
what i mean
slowly dying
as the sirens sing

and i've been thinking
why are we still friends
emotionless
when you close your eyes
what are you seeing
i guess it all depends
a sea of nothingness
or a blinding light

it's all in our minds
just a mess of vines
and the more we climb
the further we slide
i said you'll be fine
she said i think you're right
under an empty moon
we say goodnight

it's all in our minds
just a mess of vines
and the more we climb
the further we slide
she said you'll be fine
i said i hope you're right
under an empty moon
we kiss goodnight

lyrics: Brendan Hangauer
Track Name: Drinking Binge
drinking binge

they're new
not improvements
confused
but it doesn't matter
you are used
broke in two
and bruised
they'll make you feel better

i said i think we should leave
you said i kind of see what you mean

but the party
is just down the street
think we'll drive my oh my
they know we always
come through with drinks
i wonder why my oh my

they're young
so much fun
and dumb
full of something
and you
want to
get some
more then nothing

i said this beer not helping me see
you said lets take one more shot on me

but the party
is just down the street
think we'll try my oh my
they know we always
come through with drinks
i wonder why my oh my

i've been told
getting old
doesn't happen
slowly
i can feel it
in my bones
getting
old and lonely

if i could just get to sleep i'd be fine
i don't want to die but sometimes i think i might

but it's alright
i won't see you tonight
gotta let it end
this drinking binge

finally fall asleep
what a beautiful sight
and i had a dream
that i meet her tonight
and she filled
the empty space in my heart
said things are falling
into place not apart
i swear they are

lyrics: Brendan Hangauer
Track Name: Colorado
colorado

i can't believe it the way that i'm feeling
never thought i'd feel this again
and a weight lifted as i was leaving
and i settled in
go to colorado and i'll find you a feather
and you can wear it in your hair
things keep changing just like the weather
and it's snowing up here
what's it doing down there

i heard it's raining ice like my heart is
you should watch your step
i heard the first step is always the hardest
what about all the rest
go to california and i'll find you a sea shell
you can wear it around your neck
put it up to your ear
hear the secrets you can't tell
what they mean to you yet

it's the sound of the ocean or just the motion
of the air through the tunnel of your mind
or a memory that makes you freeze when it soaks in
i wonder if it's the same as mine
go to hawaii with the turquoise skies
and our friends living in paradise
we won't talk about who's right
cause it doesn't matter this time
it's just the sun reflecting in our eyes
off the ice blue water on top of the lava
i hold your daughter up to the moon light
on such a dark night if we don't make it it's alright
at least we could say that we never really tried

lyrics: Brendan Hangauer
Track Name: The Cost
the cost

she's so afraid to call
thought i had thought of it all
such a strange way to die
after such a long fall
we finally hit the wall

she likes the city noise
and a long distance voice
and doing what she wants
and acting so annoyed
and leaving me no choice

i like the easy life
and staying up all night
and sleeping in all day
but i woke up to find
i'd wasted so much time

what am i supposed to do
with the time i wasted on you
and all the things
we put each other through
well i wish i knew

guess that's the price you pay
no matter how much you make
i'm sure he'll buy you whatever you want
and tell you everything is ok
and he'll do whatever you say

my girl she doesn't want it that way
the storm came and turned the sky grey
and the lighting lit up her face
and the thunder shook her awake
she said i'm so afraid

baby, don't be scared
cause i told you how i feel
i never would pretend i care
and you know you helped me heal
i know i hurt you bad
you don't have to tell me that
something are hard to forget
it's just kinda how things went
well i'm done with guilt and lies
can't you see it in my eyes
yours are brown like the summertime
i like to see them close so the focus slides
baby you changed my mind
found my heart that i left behind
must have been hard to find
buried under all that ice
with the lessons you learn in life
like take some of your own advice
it's get hard to explain
like the soothing effects of pain
you realize that it's all the same
and there's no one left to blame
but something just seem right
like the snow melting outside

lyrics: Brendan Hangauer
Track Name: Before Our Hearts Explode
before our hearts explode

get to bordeaux before our hearts explode
we're so used to being lonely
tell me what i should know so i can let it go
you like to let things burn out slowly

i brought a sickness from the other side
will you heal me with your loving
with you by my side i think i'll be alright
we'll find out in the morning

you said you'd be right back
you didn't really mean that

take the train to brussels hope we don't get hustled
you're so proud that you speak french
the first night we saw that terrible fight
ever wonder how it went
the rain is so pretty in this gothic city
a big room with just a bed
we walked all day till we couldn't feel our legs
how could i forget

you said you'd be right back
you didn't really mean that

nothing to lose in brugge let's quench our thirst
and make love at the lucca
i want to go see the windmills first
whatever you want to do love
the english mates sure clear their plates
and yell at the waiters
the beer here makes my head so clear
feel less like a stranger

you said you'd be right back
you didn't really mean that

shed no tears in trier so glad we're here
and our friend she's an angel
running late we cross through the black gate
i've seen you from every single angle
the last night under the disco light
we got drunk like americans
next day the same were back on the train
good things always end

you said you'd be right back
you didn't really mean that

get to bordeaux before our hearts explode
we're so used to being lonely
tell me what i should know so i can let it go
you like to let things burn out slowly

lyrics: Brendan Hangauer
Track Name: Eskimo Brothers
eskimo brothers

let go let go let it go
yeah i'm telling you the truth
you just can't have as much fun as you used to
yeah i know yeah i know yeah i know
i should probably move
there's just so many things i'm used to
like waking up going to work and going out
and waking up by myself
i think i just want to be alone right now
like waking up going to work and going out
and waking up with someone else
i led her to my room like a burnt out lighthouse

i'm not saying i don't love her
i'm not saying i don't care
the stars remind me i'm in the middle of nowhere

in this town in this town things get passed around
eventually passed to me
would you rather fish in a pond or fish in the sea
the city it seems has magnetic beams
so real they make you believe
so you cut your strings for the beautiful song she sings
then the waves come around and they drag you down
so dark it gets hard to see
yeah i guess she's kind of pretty
in the pond in the pond they make you wait so long
stand still but they can hear you breathe
in this scene everyone knows everything

i'm not saying i don't love her
i'm not saying i don't care
the stars remind me i'm in the middle of nowhere

let go let go let it go cause you know you can't win
against where she's been and all the others
yeah i know yeah i know yeah i know see i'm not a little kid
so here's to my friends and my eskimo brothers

lyrics: Brendan Hangauer
Track Name: Fall in August
fall in august

feels like fall in august
hope i don't fall off my promise
that i will be with you in a year
i know it seems like forever
but we just need a fall and a winter
and spring and a summer to disappear
well i've seen it happen
it's just one long pattern
and it just goes faster i feel
and less clear like a broken mirror
what do you make of the reflection my dear

do you think what am i doing here
and our friends think we're weird i know
but thats not what i want it to show

well we've got problems
but i think we could solve them
at least say enough is enough
see i said i was sorry
and you said you were sorry
and that they didn't mean anything to us
well at least not me
i never saw what you'd seen
i mean was it love or was it lust
or an awkward touch or a nervous blush
were you giving in or giving up

sometimes i feel like i know
sometimes i feel like i don't
but mostly i feel like i won't

i heard he treated you like a joke just a side note
young girl with the city lights in her eyes
and were you surprised when he gave you the time
no severed ties just sorry lies
and just cloudy skies and just wondering why
he was spending so much time at nyu
and just dried up tears like who really cares
about everything that we'd been through

well you know that i do
and i hope that you do to
but you never begged me to move

lyrics: Brendan Hangauer
Track Name: Berlin
berlin

have fun in berlin with your mexican friend
tell his sister i said hi when you talk to her again
ask her why she lied when we were sitting outside
why she helped you hide your silly double life

you didn't even cry when we said goodbye
when i left did he come and see you that night
did you wash your sheets or did you not have the time
did your room smell like me and you combined
did he say oh well i don't mind
did he fall asleep on your side or mine
what a crime

thanks for staying away in new york
i got to do some things i'd never done to her
and tell her cousins i'm sorry for being such a jerk
but you know some things still actually hurt
and sharing my girl is not going to work
but i guess you bought your plane ticket first

wait to tell me from the furthest distance
type me a letter in blind confidence
say you've met someone else you're so proud of yourself
your head to the side and you're rolling your eyes
talking like someone i don't recognize
say still come to france but you'll be second in line
well nice try

have fun in berlin with your mexican friend
not sure if i'll ever see you again
and yeah i knew that this would be hard
i haven't been sleeping or eating at all
just wondering if you'll miss me now that i'm gone
and i feel like i've never meet you before
will you promise me this since you can't promise me more

come find me when you find out who you are

lyrics: Brendan Hangauer