We started writing this song when the movie theater mass shooting happened in Aurora, Colorado. It was tragic and saddening to read tweets from those inside the theater who didn't make it out, some thinking the initial shots were sound effects from Dark Knight, and to later learn about the missed warnings signs. After the loss of life and shaken community, another tragedy became evident: extreme gun lovers (NRA etc) on the right dug in extra hard and used this horrific event to advocate for gun rights. Things would get worse though. Not too long after Aurora, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occured. Children and teachers lost. Senseless violence. And an equally harrowing response from this same crowd. We wondered if we should update the song, or write a new one entirely, but then something became terrifyingly clear: gun violence in America is a repeating pattern. It will only stop if we apply pressure on all fronts. It starts with calling bullshit on the gun lobby and Second Amendment "experts," and anyone who sounds like they love their gun more than they love their neighbor. A conscious effort to not let ourselves become desensitized to these tragedies as business as usual. If that happens, nothing will change. That's what this song is about. Remembering. Changing. 

Aurora Lyrics

You don’t think like I do
I’m setting all the wrong traps
for you to walk through, my luck has gotta push back
one of these days i’ll get the courage to let go until then
I’m running you down, a race to the ground
It’s part of the show, frames explode

 

Just a night out, just a night owl            
A message trapped in time
that caught everybody blind
We can’t run, But you can’t hide

 

We’ve taken for granted
Everything that we’ve been handed
From the sky to our grandparents
Hesitation rules
Building tolerance
To a frame of reference, erected for what’s left behind


No one can stop me
If I cannot stop myself
From delivering on letters sealed on a shelf
One of these days I’ll get the courage to let go until then
I’m running you down


The lead of the show never gets old
We didn’t expect the screen to reflect
A violent side magnified
The fight to pad wallets with cards coated in lies


We’ve taken for granted
Everything that we’ve been handed
From the sky to our grandparents
Hesitation rules
Building tolerance
To a frame of reference, erected for what’s left behind

We’ve taken for granted

The knowledge that was planted
By headlines we can’t stand
But don’t rewrite
Building tolerance
self-inflicted confidence
to words written in different light

We’ve taken for granted
Everything that we’ve been handed
From the sky to our grandparents
Hesitation rules
Building tolerance

To a frame of reference, erected for what’s left behind

Stream the album version over at The Dying Scene.