Diverted Eyes

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The New Scene Magazine review:

This Fort Collins-based quartet trades in driving, upbeat rock that verges on power pop, particularly in album opener “Behind It All,” sung by Riley Wilkes and Light Goodfellow with the urgency and minor chords of 20/20. Emma Dawn’s trumpet provides a wild hair-up-the-ass quality that makes them instantly identifiable. Emma sings “All I’ve Got,” summoning the ghost of Milwaukee’s great lost power poppers, The Shivvers. “Ask” could have come off a Fleetwood Mac album. The five-minute “In Your Name” grabs your ears with its mammoth prog-rock bottom, reminiscent of the Neal Morse Band. “In Your Name” is stadium-ready anthem rock, with a humongous guitar/drums/bass workout, everybody singing including guitarist Riley Wilkes and bassist Jack Elliott, segues into the proggy “Big Break” which will send you searching for your Yes and Emerson, Lake, and Palmer records.
Highly recommended.

- Mike A. Baron, Dec. ‘18

The nostalgia album you never knew you needed, DIVERTED EYES is finally available for your aural pleasure on all major digital music platforms.

1. Behind It All

BEHIND IT ALL is a poppy tune about having everything you need to achieve your goals right in front of you, but choosing to overthink things instead of moving ahead.

Sung by: Riley Wilkes - Light Goodfellow

Lyrics:

Waited so that I could make it alright
It was something that I almost missed
Here alone with the rain in my eyes
It was something that I couldn’t see

There you were
Standing there
Being beautiful
But I’m yours now
And it’s alright
Yeah it’s alright

And I know that I’m not the only one
But here I am once more
Just to make you see now that I can’t rest
Behind it all, I do my best
I have my reasons and they have me
But here I am once more
Just to make you see now that I can’t rest
Behind it all, I do my best

Now and then when I see her smile
It makes me stop and I think a while
But if I keep on thinking right now
I’ll miss the beauty that you’re being now

There you were
Standing there
Being beautiful
But I’m yours now
And it’s alright
Yeah it’s alright

And I know that I’m not the only one
But here I am once more
Just to make you see now that I can’t rest
Behind it all, I do my best
I have my reasons and they have me
But here I am once more
Just to make you see now that I can’t rest
Behind it all, I do my best

Why do I just want to sit here and wait
Why do I just want to wait for dust to set
Why can’t I just make it happen while you’re near
Why can’t I just make it happen while you’re here

I’m not the only one
Behind it all, I do my best
I’m not the only one
Right now I’m alright (Alright)
I’m not the only one
But here I am once more (Once more)
I’m not the only one
Behind it all, I do my best

And I know that I’m not the only one
But here I am once more
Just to make you see now that I can’t rest
Behind it all, I do my best
I have my reasons and they have me
But here I am once more
Just to make you see now that I can’t rest
Behind it all, I do my best

2. All I've Got

ALL I'VE GOT is about the realization that there will be challenges and difficulties along your journey, despite your best intentions and efforts.

Sung by: Emma Dawn - Jack Elliott, Riley Wilkes

Lyrics:

You don’t realize how much I
Try to make you mine
No matter what I’ve been doing
Here I stand alone
Breaking down the walls that surround me
Keeping me away from the outside
There she goes and I stand here thinking
Thinking that she knows

That I try to make her mine but
She looks away and leaves me drained
But I try to make her mine but
She looks away but I still say that
I, oh I try
I try to make her mine
Oh I, oh I try
I try to make her mine

Believe me now when I say that
This is all I’ve got
I try to make the best
Out of limits that hold me down
People say that I’m better off just
Leaving out the pieces I can’t fix
Making up for life and what I’ve missed
Only goes to show

That I try to make her mine but
She looks away and leaves me drained
But I try to make her mine but
She looks away but I still say that
I, oh I try
I try to make her mine
Oh I, oh I try
I try to make her mine

And this is all I’ve got but I know that I am alright
And it won’t be long before I come into your life
And what matters now is that someday always comes (But only once)
And when you least expect it I’ll make it worth your while (With all I’ve got)

Oh I try to make her mine but
She looks away and leaves me drained
But I try to make her mine but
She looks away but I still say that
I, oh I try
I try to make her mine
Oh I, oh I try
I try to make her mine

3. Honey And Wine

HONEY AND WINE explains that even when you don't see eye to eye and relationships fall apart, guilt doesn't need to weigh you down.

Sung by: Light Goodfellow

Lyrics:

You like honey and I like wine
In the crossroads, someone’s left behind
Told all about it in the Times
View the world from behind those eyes

Jagged lines, rips divide
Scars that form shape a life
Those that fall are kept inside
The rest file in, unified

I’m not gonna be your villain
Heroes don’t come without flaws
Right now’s a catch-22
I won’t be the bad guy for you

I’m not gonna be your villain
Heroes don’t come without flaws
Right now’s a catch-22
I won’t be the bad guy for you

Rooves fly off as the wind blows in
Bring the boys ‘round with hammer in hand
Crack the beams and splitting seams
When demons roam, hide that golden gleam

I’m not gonna be your villain
Heroes don’t come without flaws
Right now’s a catch-22
I won’t be the bad guy for you

I’m not gonna be your villain
Heroes don’t come without flaws
Right now’s a catch-22
I won’t be the bad guy for you

Starlit streets before bedroom sheets
This day starts before the dawn
Leaves fall upon empire streets
The sirens begin their song

Red engines race to City Park
And answer to the call
The flame’s not found
Someone’s down
Goodbye’s written on the wall

I’m not gonna be your villain
Heroes don’t come without flaws
Right now’s a catch-22
I won’t be the bad guy for you

I’m not gonna be your villain
Heroes don’t come without flaws
Right now’s a catch-22
I won’t be the bad guy for you

4. Ask

ASK is the first single from our full-length album Diverted Eyes! One of the oldest songs on the album, ASK is all about communication.

Sung by: Emma Dawn

Lyrics:

You could never seem to see
Though we both knew we were never meant to be
And you could never be for me
What we needed for to last
Though we knew it couldn't last

You could never seem to feel
What I knew should've been surreal
And you could never seem to grasp
'Cause I always had to ask
You know, I shouldn't have to ask

I shouldn't have to ask
What's going on inside
I shouldn't have to ask
What makes you want to hide
I shouldn't have to ask
I shouldn't have to ask

We could fuss and fight for days
And you knew what to do to make me stay
And you thought you had so much control
But you pushed it all away
Yeah you threw it all away

Threw it all away
Threw it all away
You threw it all away

I shouldn't have to ask
What's going on inside
I shouldn't have to ask
What makes you want to hide
I shouldn't have to ask
To spend some time away
I shouldn't have to ask
What makes you think this way
I shouldn't have to ask
I shouldn't have to ask

5. Empty Rooms

EMPTY ROOMS gives a glimpse at the potential negative isolation our advancing culture offers, and to not give up freedom for technological comforts.

Sung by: Light Goodfellow - Jack Elliott, Riley Wilkes

Lyrics:

We shoot ourselves in empty rooms
To post to strangers we’ll never meet
Sitting on couches and cushions
Tweeting out tensions instead of seeking sensation
Clinically challenged we grasp our for balance
Not knowing yet who we are
But don’t you fret
Living life is the best part

We gather together for gossip
With those of us we see as our own
Passing time as preachers
Speaking a gospel that speaks alone
Tragically teaching not knowing we’re seeking
We all start to rip apart
But don’t you fret
Living life is the best part

We all are people and we need to stand
United together across the land
Wars and bloodshed all need to end
How can we keep on destroying our friends
If we continue we’ll come to end
Love can unite us
Come be my friend

We have more in common than looks
Don’t let yourselves be divided by fools
The taskmaster rulers that govern
Have no power over you, you hold the tools
Get lost in the balance and find your own talents
Don’t let them tell you what’s art
And don’t forget
Living life is the best part

We all are people and we need to stand
United together across the land
Wars and bloodshed all need to end
How can we keep on destroying our friends
If we continue we’ll come to end
Love can unite us
Come be my friend

Come be my friend, come be my friend
Come be my friend, come be my friend
Come be my friend, come be my friend (Wars and bloodshed all need to end)
Come be my friend, come be my friend
Come be my friend, come be my friend
Come be my friend, come be my friend

6. Diverted Eyes

The title track for our album, DIVERTED EYES is about mustering up the courage to stand up against social norms and expectations to start your own path.

Sung by: Riley Wilkes - Emma Dawn

Lyrics:

Look out my window, snow falls and I can’t keep my mind straight
I hear it coming, diverted eyes are making their way back
I grow tired but now it makes it easy to leave out what’s next
I’m not ashamed but I try to push it down
I try to just leave it out

And I know I finally found my diverted eyes
And I know I finally found my diverted eyes
And I know I finally found my diverted eyes
And I know I finally found my diverted eyes

Who would’ve guessed it? It’s easier said but never done
Despite it all, I’m smiling at myself in the mirror
And the best part is that it always smiles right back at me
I’m not ashamed but I try to push it down
I will just leave it out

And I know I finally found my diverted eyes
And I know I finally found my diverted eyes
And I know I finally found my diverted eyes
And I know I finally found my diverted eyes

Look out my window, snow falls and I can’t keep my mind straight
I hear it coming, diverted eyes are making their way back

And I know I finally found my diverted eyes
And I know I finally found my diverted eyes
And I know I finally found my diverted eyes
And I know I finally found my diverted eyes

And I know I finally found my diverted eyes
And I know I finally found my diverted eyes
And I know I finally found my diverted eyes
And I know I finally found my diverted eyes

7. Bridges

 Sung by: Riley Wilkes - Emma Dawn, Jack Elliott, Light Goodfellow

Lyrics:

I think I know how you’re feeling
I think we’ve been down the same road
Wondering what we’re gonna do now
Looking back we just try to leave it out
You’ve got a lot on your mind
I can tell by the look in your face now that
Something’s wrong
That you feel unknown

Nobody said that your bridges would put you ahead
They’re the ones that you need right now
Nobody said that your bridges would put you ahead
They’re the ones that won’t let you fall

I think I know what you’re doing
I think I know why you walked away
You left your nicks on the table
You try to hide it but it’s too late
You say you have your reasons
For leaving now but it’s been so long
And I want you back
But you don’t come around

Nobody said that your bridges would put you ahead
They’re the ones that you need right now
Nobody said that your bridges would put you ahead
They’re the ones that won’t let you fall

You think you know how I’m feeling
You think you’ve been down the same road
Turn around and look me in the eyes
And don’t you dare leave anything out
You’ve had a lot on your mind
But you only ever think about yourself
So I think let’s burn this bridge down

So you think that you’ve done enough
But I doubt that
Because your love’s flat
So take a step off the beaten path
Because remember (Remember)
It gets you nowhere (It gets you nowhere)
Remember (Remember)
It gets you nowhere (It gets you nowhere)
Remember (Remember)
It gets you nowhere

Nobody said that your bridges would put you ahead
They’re the ones that you need right now
Nobody said that your bridges would put you ahead
They’re the ones that won’t let you fall
Nobody said that your bridges would end your regrets
They’re the ones that you need right now
Nobody said that your bridges would put you ahead
They’re the ones that won’t let you fall

8. In Your Name

 Sung by: Riley Wilkes - Jack Elliott, Emma Dawn, Light Goodfellow

Lyrics:

Some people take the high road
And pave the way others could not make
Sometimes alone
Springing up through the twisted cracks
They come and go
Giving light on a cloudy day
And they sing their song
Even though others might fade away

I want to hear it said (these things have changed me)
From the ones who walk in your name (these things have saved me)
Hear it said (these things have changed me)
From the ones who walk in your name (these things have saved me)
Only you can make it right again
Only you can make them see the clown
Only you can lift us when we’re down
In your name

While I sit at home
The sun starts to set but I see them there
Looking at us
As our destination starts to change
And we justify
Why we put thorns on a rose
But they’re still in bloom
Coming up and speaking out

I want to hear it said (these things have changed me)
From the ones who walk in your name (these things have saved me)
Hear it said (these things have changed me)
From the ones who walk in your name (these things have saved me)
Only you can make it right again
Only you can make them see the clown
Only you can lift us when we’re down
In your name

Hear it said (these things have changed me)
From the ones who walk in your name (these things have saved me)
Hear it said (these things have changed me)
From the ones who walk in your name (these things have saved me)
Only you can make it right again
Only you can make them see the clown
Only you can lift us when we’re down
In your name

9. Big Break

BIG BREAK is the third single from our full-length album Diverted Eyes! Inspired by our comradery, we hope that BIG BREAK helps inspire you to reach your goals!

Sung by: Jack Elliott, Emma Dawn

Lyrics:

Pointing at the constellations
He tells of stories written in the sky
But the twinkle in his eyes are just reflections
And when we speak of stars I know that we can fly

With songs and sails on the wings of angels
With a future as bright as the ember inside your heart

Now I know
This is my big break
With you and me and whatever it will take
We always knew
This story is all I can make
We will show
That this is our big break

Cowering from lacerations
They tell of times that greater men fell
But the trees scream speculation
And you plant the seeds where no one else can tell

A word of vice in a world of advice
To force a notion of failure brings passion back to life

Now I know
This is my big break
With you and me and whatever it will take
We always knew
This story is all I can make
We will show
That this is our big break

Now I know (now I know)
This is my big break
Now I know
Without a doubt inside my mind
With whatever it will take (now I know)
Big break (big break)
Big break (big break)
With you

Pointing at the constellations
We write the stories retold in the sky
Commanding every new creation
The stars shine brightest inside your eyes

Day or night what a joyous light
With a future as bright as the ember inside your heart

Now I know
This is my big break
With you and me and whatever it will take
We always knew
This story is all I can make
We will show
That this is our big break

10. 1999

The cutest end to album you could hope for, 1999 is reminiscent of everything you find nostalgic.

Sung by: Jack Elliott, Emma Dawn

Lyrics:

Memories of a summer long gone by
Shines brightly within her perfect pretty eyes
She’s so perfect

Thoughts of a future that could never be
Passes by with her never seeing me
Please don’t mock it

She's a perfect ten
Out of ten
Out of ten
Out of ten but more

She’s my 1999
And the way her smile shines
Sends shivers down my spine
She’s my 1999

She’s a perfect girl in a less than perfect world
And when I see her finally glance my way
I know this must be love

She’s a perfect ten
Out of ten
Out of ten
Out of ten but more

She’s my 1999
And the way her smile shines
Sends shivers down my spine
She’s my 1999

Standing before me
Actually above
I see you soar free
This must be love
Spread your wings and fly
I promise I’ll never say goodbye
I love you yeah
I love you

My 1999
And the way her smile shines
Sends shivers down my spine
She’s my 1999

She’s the last of the good times
We’ll make the headlines when she’s mine
My 1999
(Woah)

 

© Fat Stallion, Diverted Music Group 2018