Hills So High

by A House For Lions

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"LA’s A House For Lions caught us off guard with the single, “Ordinary Life”, where Daniel Norman and the band give some slow strumming sentiments to lift spirits from the drudgery of routine. Norman with the help of Mike Nissen, Eric McCann and Joe Luisi create a sound that the 90s power poppers certified and set in stone as the standards of what a pop song should be. With an ever-so-slight twang, they shake down those old records from BMX Bandits, Boy Hairdressers, 80s Rough Trade distro underachievers, exuding a polished take on the entire 53rd and 3rd Records oeuvre that was managed and manicured by Stephen Pastel. “Ordinary Life” edifies the suburban ennui of the stuck-at-home where the cool folks that are all dressed up with no where to go and no one to go with find a common bond over an alt-LA pop gem." - Impose Magazine


released June 24, 2014

Daniel Norman - Vocals, Guitar
Mike Nissen - Lead Guitar
Eric McCann - Bass, Keyboards
Joseph August Luisi - Drums, Percussion

All songs by Daniel Norman and A House for Lions
Produced, Recorded and Mixed by Tom Biller
Strings Recorded by Ali Helnwein
String Arrangements by Eric McCann
Baritone Saxophone on Nightfalls: David Ralicke
Recorded at The Hangar Studios and Baby Possum Studio
Mastered by Dave Cooley
Design by Mike Nissen


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Track Name: Calling Out Your Name
Your father nearly had a heart attack
He said if you go black you know you can’t come back
I was happy enough to leave him unaware
But if you don’t care then baby i don’t care

We’ll hide away from all the others
We never have to come back
Here I wanna say something about America
(Wanna make some rousing statement)
But all i do is keep calling out your name
(but I’m standing on the pavement, waiting here, calling out your name)

When your sister heard her little face turned
She knows the future turns around our humble bed
He who dares where’s the golden crown
Ashes ashes baby all fall down

Leave on your bedroom light
We’ll leave here tonight
If I waste all my life here
I could go insane
We’ll run ‘til there’s no road left
I won’t take a breath
Til I sing out to heaven
Calling out your name
Track Name: Ordinary Life
i wasn't scared of nothing
I held my hands down at my side
If you got love and a rocket
Don't need no place to run and hide

They say don't put your love out on the table
I know we're all to blame
But things just ain't the same in Hollywood
And I said

You've got your ordinary life
Why don't you aim it toward the light
Don't run away, don't run away
That's what I said

But now I'm scared of dying
I'm only sure of my defeat
I'm always looking for something
I walk the walk and keep the beat

O David, Sarah and Brian
We used to run out on the town
And though we tried to be weightless
We fall to the ground
Track Name: Come On Let's Go
I don't even know your name
If you wanna go downtown
We can start a whole new band
We can play our songs around
I like to sing

Come on to the penny arcade
We can make the lights flash bright
We can make the old bells clang
We can run away tonight
I like to drive

All the mistakes that i made in the name
Of escaping the fate of my family
Shame on me for thinking that way
I am just like them and I'm okay
Will you love me anyway

Maybe when the streets run red
I can finally be free
If I got a place down south
Would you share a bed with me
I sleep to dream
Track Name: (You Don't Wanna) Wait For Me
I'm gonna test my will
I want to put things right
You don't wanna wait for me

Not gonna stop until
The artist can pay his bills
You don't wanna wait for me

But somehow in the night
The feelings always right on time
You don't wanna wait for me

I got a new idea
I'm gonna set it down
I just wanna say my piece

A gathering in the field
A search through the lost and found
I just wanna be released
Track Name: SOS XOX
Do you wanna wait
Or lay it on the line
Don't want politics
I'm wailing on the radio
Wailing on the radio

The radio!
I was a hero
They made me a liar
There is no way in
No way out
I'm buried alive (don't kick me aside)

I won’t submit to no committee
just to see my name in lights above the city now
I thought that love is all we needed
Just to be more like the sun and let the light bleed out out out!

Is it A or B
That understands your plight
Check a box and wait
And have a dream and let it go
I think you and me
Are entitled to a fight
If we die at least
We're dying in stereo
Dying in stereo
In stereo!
Track Name: Lights Don't Change
I think we got a problem
I can see it in your eyes
You can't afford to tell
All the neighbors that
You chose so well
Are never on your side

You say your feeling lonely
But it’s only a disguise
You play the angel fell
So you shout into the deepest well
Your idle heart can find

Now come on up here baby
And sing us your song
One life to live
Don't wait too long

It don't have to be so hard
The wind don't cry
For your alibis
The sun don't change
While your heart beats thru the long night

We're dancing around the fire
Can you look within
Use your sin
No the lights don't change
They just stay the same
You don't have to be so hard
You're starting at the bottom

If we’re going to survive
You gotta use your name
If the praise is yours
Then so's the blame
Stand up and be counted

That devil the rising tide
That butcher the commonplace
The book written on your face
Track Name: Let Back
We'll write a book worth reading
We'll pass the test no cheating
But it’s the curse of living
It’s always just beginning

Can you let back? I can float in back

And to my friends and lovers
Well let’s get under covers
Could we really go there?
And not end up nowhere?

To all the new beginnings
To all the screws unspinning
Track Name: Hills So High
Clear off the kitchen table
Off to bed kiss goodnight
When you were born we named you
Brightest diamond hills so high

You can have whatever you like
As the kings will find their coffins
So you'll rise
Covered in grace and alight
As you burn run for your life

Outside your bedroom window
Painted faces shining eyes
Call to you like a mirror
Hidden power, hidden light

You can save them
You can raise them up
You can tame them
You can tie them by the hands

Go to the midnight garden
Naked in the moon's spotlight
Stand on the giants shoulders
Distant sunrise, sight sublime

Clear off the kitchen table
Off to school now wave goodbye
When you were born we named you
Brightest diamond hills so high
Track Name: Nightfalls
I seen evil
I seen more
Than the darkness
That your eyes have seen
I am not so clean
I am restless
For the end
Steady coming
For the best of us
And the rest of them
You should call them boys if you see fit
Will they have boots on
Make me confess all my useless sins
You should call them up
G'on ahead/our fates are set
'Cause/and the past ain't through with us just yet

When the night falls on the path
While the lights descending
Am I still pretending
That we're ever coming back
No we're never coming back

Common blood in
Separate hearts
Stand divided
But the stars above
Can't tell us apart
Dirty waters
Fill our cup
Will you drink it
Can you choke it down
Have you had enough

It’s a game and I'm a toy
The world don't comfort me
None for this boy

Gather round
For the car crash
Join your hands and sing
How we all fall down

For the murdered
For the drowned
For the living
Join your hands and sing
How we all fall down

When the night falls on the path
All our fates descending
Am I still pretending
That we're ever coming back

Say a prayer for lovers
For your sisters, brothers
But it's not my lie to tell
That if we keep trying
There's a finish line

When the night falls on the path
Are we ever coming back
It’s a game that you can't win
In the world I've found no joy
No peace within
Track Name: I Won't Burn
I wake with a question tripping on my tongue:
Will I burn that bridge today?
And every night before I close my eyes:
I could blow them all away

I'm sorry dad but I won't burn!
It's your bridge today…
This time, it's mine!
I'm off on my lonely way
What's left, say yes!
Though you taught me how to pray

Walking alone through my new island home
All my blue skies turned to grey
But I'll build a throne from all these broken stones
Whisper as each course I lay

I'm sorry dad but I won't burn!
Brother I'm sad but it’s your turn
I have to let you go
It hurts worse than you know
Give a kiss to my mother...