Face Yourself, Then The World

by Preston Gunderson

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released September 2, 2016

Preston Gunderson - Lead Vocals/Guitar
Dan Rodriguez - Background Vocals/Guitar/Percussion
Andre Rodriguez - Keys
Rob Morgan - Bass
Aaron Johnson - Drums

Produced by - Dan Rodriguez
Engineered by - Matt Patrick (The Library Studio)
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Dan Rodriguez (The Lodge Recording Studio)
Mastered by - Jarod Hadaway (Last Triumph)
All songs written by Preston Gunderson © (ASCAP)

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Preston Gunderson Minnesota

Preston Gunderson is a singer songwriter based out of Minneapolis, MN. With his powerful voice, and catchy melodies, Gunderson's songs have been bringing in listeners of all ages and capturing major attention.

Preston has since toured in the U.S. and overseas. (2011) Opening up for acts such as Brandie Carlile, The Guess Who, Jeremy Messersmith, Trampled by Turtles, Live, and Everclear.
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Track Name: Face Yourself, Then The World
A strong breeze is pushing through
Tall trees, they bend and move
At it's will the leaves will shake
These giants bend, but rarely break

Do you remember how you felt that day
When your pride was blown away
Steadfast your heart stood true
Bending slightly with your spirit bruised

Oh, you face yourself (x3)
Then the world

I find myself staring back
I see my faults and all I lack
The mirror lies, I'm sure it does
When all you see is you're not good enough

Oh, you face yourself (x3)
Then the world

You ask yourself, oh where do I fit in
Can't seem to find the silver lining in anything
These thoughts they hurt, it's not an unfamiliar pain
I just can't sit back and remain the same

Oh, You face yourself (x5)
Then the world
Track Name: Permanent
Your words they're permanent
Everlasting in my mind
There's no way to go back again
You can thank father time

I hear those words again
Slicing through your veins
I can't understand your reasoning
I can only feel your pain

I'll never forget, as long as I live
The way you fell, what you were willing to give
You were hypnotized, you were taken by her charm
Now that pain is permanently etched on your arm

Your scars they're permanent
A reminder of your debts
With a pain you couldn't ignore
With a price you couldn't pay for

Sometimes I know you stay awake
From your devices that you cannot shake
Your curse is your biggest gift
A balancing act, a pendulum shift

I'll never forget, as long as I live
The way you fell, what you were willing to give
You were hypnotized, you were taken by her charm
Now that pain is permanently etched on your arm

Why can't you let go
Track Name: December Rain
I make a fool of myself
Throwing wishes down an empty well
Thinking something will change
But it all just stays the same

It feels so strange
Like a late December rain
Trying to make sense of it all
Or maybe what's not there anymore

I look around for familiar sights
I see the bad, never what's right
There's an emptiness (x3) again
This bottle only eases the pain

It feels so strange
Like a late December rain
Trying to make sense of it all
Or maybe what's not there anymore

Take a sip, take a sip of that poison
You'll forget all you ever wanted (x3)

It feels so strange
Like a late December rain
Trying to make sense of it all
Or maybe what's not there anymore
Track Name: First Step
I've always been a dreamer
I've lost so much sleep I need a cure
My mind races to remember
A time that I felt sure

Of who I am and where I'm heading
These doubts like wolves have consumed my heart
I may not know where I am going
But I know I've got to start

So clear your mind and just let go
You only need to take one step to change it all
And if you're really feeling stuck
You can always go for a walk
You just take the first step

I know that I'm not perfect
But i'll be the best that I can be
I only hope that it's worth it
That when I'm gone people will see
That sometimes life can be demanding
It's never really fair
I say that I will take my chances
Well I know you probably won't care

So clear your mind and just let go
You only need to take one step to change it all
And if you're really feeling stuck
You can always go for a walk
You just take the first step
Track Name: Never Make It Out Alive
It's 3a.m. and I'm feeling alright
Got my guitar, a song, and we're headed for light
I spot a glow on the horizon line
another day has passed in this life of mine

It's never easy looking back
'Cause time is always keeping track
Of where you've been and where you'll go I know
That we'll never make it out of this alive

I ain't got no dollar bills
Spent the last 5 years stuck on this hill
When that cold air comes a whirling by
It helps remind me that I'm alive

It's never easy looking back
'Cause time is always keeping track
Of where you've been and where you'll go I know
That we'll never make it out of this alive

As we look back at our lives
We'll see plenty of wrongs and maybe a few rights
But I refuse to be afraid
To live my life at my own pace

It's never easy looking back
'Cause time is always keeping track
Of where you've been and where you'll go I know
That we'll never make it out of this alive
Track Name: Speak Softly, Speak Slowly
Speak softly, speak slowly
My heart is impaired
From all the battles that I've been through
And all the feelings that I've shared

Speak softly, speak slowly
For we are alone
I know you never meant to give up
To be cast away like a stone

And I know if I could I would tell you again, tell you again I would

I'd speak softly, I'd speak slowly
I'd make you understand
I'd hold you, stand beside you, be there to excite you
Remind you that you've got my hand
With words this honest, they're sure to be true
That's why I'll speak them, softly and slowly to you

How long has it been
Since we've talked things through
We're like answering machines
Leave your name and I'll get back to you
I feel like time's been misplaced
And we won't find it again
We've been holding on so tight
As if our bodies got used to the pain.

And I know if I could I would tell you again, tell you again I would

I'd speak softly, I'd speak slowly
I'd make you understand
I'd hold you, stand beside you, be there to excite you
Remind you that you've got my hand
With words this honest, they're sure to be true
That's why I'll speak them, softly and slowly to you
Track Name: Hourglass
Everyday is sliding away
The clocks the roll, like the ocean waves
Everyday seems like the rain
Here now, then dissipates

This book takes note, but the memories fade
I often wish to go back again
The ink it runs, flowing down the page
Like the blood pulsing through my veins

It's falling, falling down
It's falling, falling now

I'm trapped in an hour glass
Cause time is slipping way too fast
Each grain of sand like a memory
It's falling away, away from me

A pyramid upon which I cannot stand
Tiny stones of a broken man
I try to count, but with nothing to bind them
The stones they fall through my closing hands

It's falling, falling down
It's falling, falling now

I'm trapped in an hour glass
Cause time is slipping way too fast
Each grain of sand like a memory
It's falling away, away from me