This Way Up EP

by Alex Balanko

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My debut album, This Way Up, features previously released singles "Take You In" and "This Time Around", as well as a handful of new songs. Listen, download, share and enjoy!

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released July 8, 2013

Produced by Alex Balanko and Liam Sturgess.
Guitar, vocals, and bass played by Alex Balanko.
Drums, trumpet, reverse cymbal, and strings played by Liam Sturgess.

Check out Liam's music here: liamsturgess.bandcamp.com

Drums rented from Tall Tree Studios.

Songs mastered by ADG Mastering. www.adgmastering.com

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Alex Balanko Vancouver, British Columbia

Alex writes songs from the heart, for the heart. His music aims for the soul and evokes emotion, telling stories of personal experience. This intimate honesty leaves nothing to hide, inviting listeners to connect with the feelings Alex captures in his music. ... more

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Track Name: Dream Break
Maybe we'll settle down
Go out and buy a house
Somewhere nice where there's just room for two

Watch as the sun goes down
And all the stars come out
As one by one they all shine out for you

And this world pulls us apart
But we can only pretend for so long
And if real is what you want
Speak with your heart

And if this life gets rough
We'll take the long way home
Drop all our problems and run leave it all behind

Just you and I together
We'll make today last forever
We'll take this world by storm and make it ours

But this world pulls us apart
And we can only pretend for so long
But if real is what you want
Speak with your heart

And if this dream breaks
I'll still feel the same
I'll be lost in your ways
And I will keep you safe

And if this dream breaks
We won't notice a thing
With the life we're living
This dream's already ours

(Trumpet solo)

And if this dream breaks
I'll still feel the same
I'll be lost in your ways
And I will keep you safe

We'll just keep on living our way
Make it day by day
It's only what we want it to be

And if this dream breaks
We won't notice a thing
With the life we're living
This dream's already ours
Track Name: Too Late
Sun goes down
But I'm still up
Waiting for your call to come

Fall asleep to the thought of you
But you're gone
No matter what I do

Tide comes in
Pulls me out
Over my head as I drown

Feeling numb has become
Just a side affect of your love

So I'll stand before your wall
Lay my weapon down
Because

It's too late for us
To make up for the
Bridges we burned
It's all over now

Save what you can
But don't weigh yourself down
Don't look back now
It's all over now

And I'm counting the days
Since I last saw your eyes
Looking back into mine

Nothing's changed it goes on
But somehow all is lost

And I tell myself that it's alright
Just go to sleep for one more night
And maybe I'll dream you're by my side
And I won't feel so alone tonight

So I'll stand before your wall
Lay my weapon down
Because

(Chorus)

Woah oh oh oh

Sun goes down
But I'm still up
Waiting for your call to come
Track Name: Rainy Day
I can feel the magic in the air every time you are around me
Somehow all the colours burst to life even as you walk away
And if you ever need to go your way, well baby I can just imagine
The path is steep but I'll be right behind you if anything happens

And when the lakes are dry, there's nothing left
We can bury all the bottles that we made
And we'll come back and dig up all the love we saved
For a rainy day

It's funny how we used to talk for hours about life and everything
But now I'm sitting next to you and there's not a single word that I could say
And even after all this time I'll always smile when I hear your name
You can call me crazy, but you're the only thing that keeps me sane

And when the sky dark and crashing down
We'll find shelter in the cities that we made
And we'll come out the other side
And welcome in another rainy day

The sun is falling fast
And these wings feel so small
I wonder if the darkness will carry me along

My way
So I can stand before you
Heart in hand and say
This is who I am

The same old things that used to mean the world are full of memories
All the words we spoke have turned to whispers, lost without a feeling
I can only hope to find a way back to where you are
After all is said and done, we could have a brand new start

And when this world is bear and empty still
You can find me here calling out your name
All I ever need is your love
To survive another rainy day
Track Name: This Time Around
I watched my world go grey
As my heart gave out yesterday
And I am not far behind

Well it's too late to dream
But, it's too early to sleep
The calm's as rough as the storm

Making haste, losing days
Flying by at a snail's pace
Blink twice as it all fades away

But I've been here before
I've seen my walls
Crumble down

So if you think you've won
I'm not done
I'll stand my ground
This time around

And you say it's a disease without a cure
But I know, it's just how you see the world

Looking up with those big eyes
Full of fear, terrified
Angry little memories putting up a fight

Voices raised, words in flames
Back and forth like a child's game
And I'm never gonna make it out alive

But I built my strength
Then in you came
To tear it down

But I will break these walls
Your world will fall
Without a sound
This time around

(Guitar solo)

And I want to wonder where the world will take me next
And I want to know if I'd be better off alone
Track Name: Wonder
Have you ever wondered why the stars burn so bright?
Are they reaching out for others, piercing through the night?
And when we finally stop seeing their light
Will you still shine for me?

Have you ever bothered to take a look around?
See all the colours, the beauty and the sounds?
All the greatest things that I ever knew
Are nothing next to you

So if you ever feel like your world is falling through
Baby just stand your ground
And I'll still sing for you

Have you ever looked back on a moment just to see
There's nothing left here for me
Maybe this time she'll set me free
Move on peacefully

And if you ever feel like the waves crashing over you
Baby just hold your breath
And I'll still sing for you
Track Name: Take You In
Well it's cold outside
But, this chill comes from within me
And I'm empty, and I can't speak, and I'm falling to my knees
Help me please

You took half my heart, left a hole
Now I'm broken, and my heart's laid out across the floor
And I can't pick it up anymore

And I'm thinking maybe I'll just sleep through the day
Until you show up at my door with blurry eyes and no heart to your name

And I'll take you in
Give you love
Give you up again

And after all this time I've realized
Maybe angels were never meant to die
So will you stay in my arms forever tonight?

You know I can't say it
You wouldn't believe me if I told you when it's over
I'll still love you the same as always

And I'm thinking maybe I'll just sleep through the day
Until you show up at my door with blurry eyes and no heart to your name

(Chorus)

And when your crying eyes are dry
You'll be fine, you'll be mine
Until you say goodbye

And you need your space, and that's okay
Because I'll be here when your heart breaks

(Chorus)
Track Name: Try
Well I've been out to find
A certain piece of mind
But you found me instead

And there's something about the way
You're calling out my name
You're making it real for me

And your face lights up the darkest nights
And your name fills me with butterflies
And it's late, but I could stay here with you all night

Because I've had one too many cloudy days
I feel like breaking away
To find the sun in your eyes

You make me feel like
Maybe I could make it if I try
So I'll try

And you take my hand
And hold my heart
And all my love sits in your arms

Well the darkness came
But you're letting the light in now
And I'm hoping you'll show me how

And this feels like it was meant to be
And your love is gonna set me free
And I know it'll always be you and me

So maybe I'll get lost and find
A new way home tonight
Let my heart take me back to you

And if this road gets rough
I'm not giving up
No I promise you
I'll try

Rise up
Breathe deep
Fall down
Repeat

Rise up
Breathe deep
Fall down