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Dukkha

by Gabriel

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1.
Storm 03:31
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Vast Oceans 05:58
Watch my dreams lay dying, set the sails for somewhere new I capture my mind wandering, through the seas and straight to you Catch my fingers slipping, watch as I lay bleeding And there's nothing that's worth saying, when love is just a moment that is fleeting The wind is fighting back, blowing back my tattered sails My ship is wrecked and sinking, my life is flashing, ship is crashing Lovers screaming, laughter seeping, last laughs of last letters from the sea And you won't see me Watch as I lay dying, washed up on this lonely beach The sea has claimed her victim, the wind has had it's victory God looks down upon me, watching as I waste away I turn away from his face, and know that everything won't be okay Why'd you go away? Why'd you have to go? Now the sky falls down upon me, and everything is black And here I lay my last confession, and admit my last concession And love is lost but life is left and all you'll have are letters from the sea And you won't see me
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Torn in Two 04:30
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It's true what they say, but absence makes the heart grow weaker too And it won't go away, but hopefully it will get easier to Get through the day, but these cloudy days get bleaker You would say, that the clouds hold the sun But I think the clouds hold us down, no escape from the sound of the waves I don't want to forget you, but the moments when I remember are the ones I can hardly make it through Because you're impossibly far, and there's just nothing at all that I can do You were stolen away, God stole you away from me and I'm desperate to be with you In this family, this house, but this town is a black fucking hole, and it's sucking me down And it's tearing my body in two
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Phillip 05:13
You fought and you dived Thought you'd survive Swallowed alive oh my god Chained and alone Beaten and thrown Beat to the bone oh my god Pulled underneath Unable to breathe Unable to see oh my god That this was the end That this was the end This was the end oh my god Oh my god oh you're gone Oh my god oh you're gone Now you're eaten and chewed Beaten and used oh my god (2x) You took the bait You just couldn't wait No hunger abates oh my god Caught on a line End of your time It's end of the line oh my god Oh my god oh you're gone Oh my god now you're gone Now you're eaten and chewed Beaten and used oh my god (2x) It kills me inside It wasn't your time A waste of a life oh my god But it happened all the same Remember your name Never the same oh my god Oh my god
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I can't see the day, or make the darkness go away And you're face is all I see, and heartbroken is all I'll be Until I see you again You left too soon, and left us nothing else to do But sit and wait, for you to come back home some day Through that door, but you won't anymore Don't look back, but I've got nothing to look forward to It's not so bad, it's the only thing to do Because you're gone, in the ground Goodbye for now You took your warmth, and left us out in a winter storm To freeze and waste away, and now there's nothing that I can say To change anything at all Don't look back, but I've got nothing to look forward to It's not so bad, it's the only thing to do Because you're gone, in the ground Goodbye for now Don't look back, but I've got nothing to look forward to It's not so bad, it's the only thing to do Don't look back, but I've got nothing to look forward to It's not so bad, well it's the only thing to do Because you're gone, in the ground goodbye for now Yeah you're gone, in the ground, goodbye for now Why'd you leave so soon? And leave us nothing else to do But sit and wait, for you to come back home someday Through that door, but you won't anymore
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You packed up moving faster than I had ever seen anyone move before, and you hit the road and you never looked back, not once. Road trips were never the same, neither was dinner or the games we used to play, your warm smile replaced by pain, and memories that I can't shake and they can't seem to recall. Your picture is still up on the hearth, it makes moving on pretty hard but I don't have the heart to take it down. But sometimes I wish that fire would grow and burn all this worthless shit to the ground. Your picture and your smile and your voice and this whole damn house where you lie in the ground. But mom and dad just yell and their words hurt like hell, and I can't gather myself. Your picture is still up on the hearth, it makes moving on pretty hard, but I don't have the heart to take it down. But I really wish that fire would grow and burn down this house, where you lie in the ground. Where you lie in the ground. Don't make a sound. We lie in the ground.
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You're a drop in the sea I'm alone on the shore, blinking against the breeze Hoping that I can see What it means to be free Drowning in the sea I wish it were me I wish it were me Because I keep having this dream Where you're not gone, and I try desperately to not wake up
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This house has nothing for me now These memories could fill the ocean, and I drown I’ve stopped visiting your grave, because I cant bear to see mom break down And theres no more ups, only downs Im sick of this town, theres nothing to do There’s nowhere to go, that won’t remind me of you And everyone’s sick, and nothing is new There’s got to be somewhere else, somewhere to escape to There’s life somewhere, and I’m gonna find it Please forgive me for leaving, but I wont submit To the sorrow and pain, that fills up this old house Because these memories could fill the ocean, but I wont drown
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The clock is running and I cant catch up Time is draining, and all we seem to be is stuck It’s not enough Life’s not a race so let’s not just run around Why work our whole lives just to lose it all be put in the ground And not make a sound Doesn’t it all just seem like such a waste Should we all just live our lives and accept our fates And fade away I’m a thousand miles at least, from where I’d like to be You told me everything’s a matter of time But does time matter when we waste our whole damn lives I say its stupid just to wait around And work our whole lives just to lose it all and be put into the ground And not make a sound Because I’m a thousand miles at least, from where I’d really like to be Don’t think about it lets just live for today And let all of our problems and worries just fade away We’ll fade away And I really love you but you’re so far away But I’ll live my life, and you live yours until we both come back some day And hopefully stay It’s so fucking stupid just dwell on the past Or on the future lets just live our lives until the lives we’ve lived our past Cause it’s coming on fast But its not a race, so lets please sit down Why work our whole lives just to lose it all and be put in the ground And not make a sound Don’t make a sound

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Dukkha is a concept album which explores how people and communities cope with loss and death, and how life moves on in the aftermath of such devastation.

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released January 13, 2014

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Gabriel J. Wheeler Seattle, Washington

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