In Place

by Tarmac Adam

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released October 2, 2015

Performed by
Matt O'Donnell - Lead & Backing Vocals / Guitars / Keyboards
Steve Paix - Keyboards / Saxophones / Backing Vocals
Nick Seymour - Bass
Josh Barber - Drums / Percussion

Written by
Matt O'Donnell & Steve Paix

Produced and Recorded by
Matt O'Donnell, Steve Paix & Rob Feaster
Drums recorded by Greg O'Shea

Mixed by
Rob Feaster at Quad Studios, Nashville

Engineered by
Jared Snowden

Mastered by
Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York

Recorded at
String Theory Studios, Melbourne
Sing Sing South, Melbourne
Quad Studios, Nashville

Additional Performers
Angie McMahon - Backing Vocals
Michael Evans-Barker - Percussion
Luke Dolahenty - Backing Vocals
Lachlan Brooks - Backing Vocals
Philip Nanscawen - Backing Vocals
Bill Morris - Tuba

Administrative Support
Liz Molina

Design and Layout
Milo&Co.

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Tarmac Adam is the studio creation of Melbourne, Australia-based songwriter Matt O’Donnell and co-conspirator, multi-instrumentalist Steve Paix.

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Track Name: A Town Called Mercy
If I take the time to find the bones of it
Compassion seems to be the great unknown of it
Indulgence brings no peace of mind, we're all adrift
Exposed, afraid and on display we still persist
Lost in complacency
At what cost
The blind may never see

Take me to a town called Mercy
Save me from a life contrary

If I break the binds to find the start of it
Make my way into the very heart of it
Embrace possibility
Reach a place of humility

Please take me to a town called Mercy
Save me from a life contrary
Make me less a judge than jury
Give me a moment to speak truly

Don't leave it all
Don't be the last one out
Now it's time to go
Track Name: Blindside
The burden of control
Do you feel the weight of it?
Does it take its toll?
Can you see the state of it?
If I could I'd give you soul
To help you see the light as you lift
As you reach to take a hold
Be careful as you tighten your grip

Take care of moments
Less is chosen
Hope to find

Kinder life
And despite the blindside
On with the show

When you have to make a choice
And your head and heart are caught in conflict
What motivates the voice?
What's underneath the words as they stick?
So I try to let it go
Peel the layers back to find what I missed
Getting harder as I slow down
Giving in to thoughts I cannot dismiss

Take care of moments
Less is chosen
Hope to find

Kinder life
And despite the blindside
On with the show

Kinder life seems hard to find
Despite the blindside you gotta try a little harder
Kinder life never too old
Despite what we're told we gotta try a little harder
Track Name: Begin to Mend
Shut down
Protect the zone
Find positions where you're not so prone
Fall over
Mind the hook
It's wearing thin
Now watch and look
Reaching for more to steal the thunder
Breaking the myth that was boy wonder
Watching a wreck as it goes under
Wait for it to float again

Look for the heart
Don't stray too far
A fallen star broken apart
Start from now
Begin to mend

Make a choice
Land of the living
Take a turn for the land of the dead
Find a hope
A hope in hopeless
Hang on to the last thread
Reaching a higher ground to rest on
Finding some comfort in clean air
Looking forward to the best of
Unashamed it's time to care

Look for the heart
Don't stray too far
A fallen star broken apart
Start from now
Begin to mend

This time around
Goodwill may be found
A fall from grace
A demon to face
Start from now
Begin to mend

The world is spinning lonely
And it's taking us for a ride
Be sure to hang on tightly
So it doesn't pass you by
Track Name: Walk Tall
I wish I could've
I know I would've
I think I should've
Taken the heat out
I know better
What is the matter
Second guessing how
How to make it
Compared to others
What am I missing now?
A point of reference
Sort of desperate
Hang on to what's left
Be proud to see others pleased
With open eyes, open mind

Rise above it all
Walk strong, walk tall

Never enough
No matter how much
Just my luck
Glass overflows, still I'm empty
The floor's flooding
My feet are floating
Call out the chaos of envy
Just cannot see it
Irrelevance of reason lost in fury
Don't wanna be it
Do something different
Come on, wake up
Allow other to be pleased
With open eyes, open mind

Rise above it all
Walk strong, walk tall
Steadfast and sure
Walk strong, walk tall

If I could I would
'Cause I know I should
Leave envy alone, it's understood
And I'll take a stand
With this step

I'll rise above it all
Walk strong, walk tall
Steadfast and sure
Walk strong, walk tall
Track Name: Nine Lives
Watching the might fall
Finally after it all
Backwards
Front is no more
Spiralling down to the floor
Crash the fourth wall
Mindful of when to talk

So a day comes and goes
Now with all we know
Nine lives to hold
Stories will unfold
What will they show?

Broken for others to see
In pieces, this token of me
Patience
Wait for me please
Mindful
Is this our disease?

So a day comes and goes
Now with all we know
Nine lives to hold
Stories will unfold
What will they show?

Leave the past behind
Calm this anxious mind
Moving forward slowly
Track Name: Today's the Day
Wind it out
Wind it in
Wait to catch
Impatience wins
Stay with now
Don't wish for an end
Tomorrow's gone before it begins

But today's the day
Today's the day
There is nothing as important
There is no other moment
Today's the day
It's slipping away
Nothing more important than right now

Settle for less obvious
Set aside the second best
Break routine but stay with me
Flying high while still within

But today's the day
Today's the day
There is nothing as important
There is no other moment
Today's the day
It's slipping away
Nothing more important than right now

Nothing stays the same
No one else to blame
Track Name: Afterthought
Stare
Take care

Stare at a truth
Wear out a tune
Find a better mood
Time to sleep

Prepare to make amends
Take care as day begins
Moments like these will never be again

If less is more
I can't be sure
I have my doubts
I have my flaws
Over time I find reward

Difference
Matters

Make a difference
Make a scene
Things that matter outside routine
Find an essence in something more than "what about me?"

If less is more
I can't be sure
I have my doubts
I have my flaws
Over time I find reward
In being more than an afterthought
If less is more
I never can be sure

Stare at a truth
Find a better mood
Prepare to make amends
Moments like these will never be again

Stare
Take care
Track Name: Holding
We're holding
Holding on for dear life when we're divided
All currency is lost now
Have we decided
Decided to believe in whatever others say
Ignorance is short term bliss

Believe in
Believe in a free will
While we're living
Waiting for the thrill
Always holding on to what we feel
Try and care enough about the world

We're lonely
So take your hit one-forty characters only
Minutes away till someone tells us we're worthy
Worthy of more than this
Let gravity find us ground
Ground beneath our feet, it's time

Believe in
Believe in a free will
While we're living
Waiting for the thrill
Always holding on to what we feel
Try and care enough about the world

Impatient
So very impatient
Track Name: Tellingly
Tellingly I happen to be right back at the start
How much left of me can stop me in my tracks
Don't fall apart
To question how
To question how I'll ever make my mark
It's important now
Important now

I think we should take breath to see what's underneath
Beware deceit beyond belief
Know what it means to be

Suddenly I'm searching for a flicker in the dark
It's a mystery how every flame begins with just a spark
Inspiration comes when everything is still

And I take breath to see what's underneath
Beware deceit beyond belief
Know what it means to be

Indecision casts its shadow
Grasping at my heels
It holds me back

I must take breath to see what's underneath
Beware deceit beyond belief
Take breath to see what's underneath
Beware deceit beyond belief
Know what it means to be
Track Name: The Loneliest Journey
The list is now fading
Can't read it out
Black to grey
Grey to white
Stuck in the middle of whereabouts
Horizons call beyond the doubt

It's the loneliest journey a man can take
Carry the burden for others' sake

This ship is sailing
Move aside
Pushing through the strongest tide
Calm waters waiting
I know inside
A captain's call
A captain's pride

It's the loneliest journey a man can take
Carry the burden for others' sake
Out of a shadow into a light
This moment is passing
Is this moment right?

I'm not sure if it really is the time to go
Is it a choice or is it determined so?
In some way I think I've done all that I can do
While I feel so tired, I don't know if I'm ready to be leaving you

It's the loneliest journey a man can take
Carry the burden for others' sake
Out of a shadow into a light
This moment is passing
Is this moment right?