Beneath The Finite Sky

by Five Smooth Stones

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BENEATH THE FINITE SKY is dedicated to John K. Davis, a dear friend, father, and grandfather, whose love and passion for music, family, and God continue to inspire us. We look forward to the day we meet again.

Special thanks to Mike and Cindy Herbert, Karen and Gene with Cedar Hill Cottage, Keith and Jon at MidAtlantic Drum, Peggy Franklin, Bob and Bobbi Lou Franklin, David Franklin, Elsa Franklin, Bill Schilling, Lizandra Urbina, Jamie Clarke, Nancy and Jim Lilly, all the good folks at JEM Engineering, our home church at Mt. Carmel, and each of our family, friends and fans who have contributed so much support to this album.
Above all, thanks to our Heavenly Father, without whom none of this would be possible.

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released 21 June 2011
All music written, arranged, recorded, mixed, mastered, and produced by Five Smooth Stones.
©2011 Five Smooth Stones

ANDREW FRANKLIN:
Vocals, Drums, Electric Piano, Hand Claps, Percussion, Ukulele

COLVIN FRANKLIN:
Vocals, Bass, Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Hand Claps, Harmonica, Electric Piano/Keyboards, Mandolin, Viola

KATHRYN CLARKE:
Vocals, Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Bass

TOM FRANKLIN:
Vocals, Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Hand Claps, Percussion

ALBUM DESIGN BY DAVID FRANKLIN
COVER PHOTOS BY BILL SCHILLING

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Writing and recording their own brand of rock music, built on a variety of eclectic influences from the past 40 years of music, Five Smooth Stones speaks honestly about the ups and downs of searching for hope in an often seemingly hopeless world. Five Smooth Stones is based out of the Hereford Zone in Maryland, and released their sophomore record, Beneath The Finite Sky, in the spring of 2011. ... more

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Track Name: Beauty & Pain
There was poison in the apple
There is more within my heart
My eyes are scarred and bloodshot
My mind is cut so deep
Is there change within my fingers?
Is there life within my grasp?
Am I a soul in movement?
Or will I stay the same?

I've become
Something I never thought I would
All this tension
I am beauty mixed with pain

She was standing in the doorway
Her tears ran mixed with rain
A little bit of shame in every drop
But there's beauty in the same
There was a moment when she felt it
There was a moment when it changed
And a heart that circles broken
It can be fixed again

I've become
Something I never thought I would
All this tension
I am beauty mixed with pain

I wanna go where my head stops spinning
I wanna go where my it head stops
I wanna go where my heart means something
I wanna go where I escape
I wanna run away I wanna get away
From all this pain inside me
I wanna run away I gotta get away
From all these scars that mock me

I've become
Something I never thought I would
All this tension
I am beauty mixed with pain

I've become (oh what I've become oh what I've become)
Something I never thought I would
All this tension (and all this tension that keeps my head so tightly wrapped)
I am beauty mixed with pain
Track Name: Escape
Do you see something vacant?
See the searching in our eyes?
We are all held captive
Under the sky we live our lives
Ephemeral and heavy
The air we breathe in
We bring it inside us
But we breathe it out again
We bring it inside us
Oh but we breathe it out again

This wide blue ceiling
Dissolves into dusk
Revealing the galaxies
Oh we look but cannot touch
Connected by gravity
To our adopted Mother Earth
We seek velocity
We're searching for our worth
Escape velocity
We're searching for our worth

We're infinite souls
Beneath the finite sky
We're looking for a way out
If we can only find
We're infinite souls
Under this finite sky
All looking for a way out

As you look for the answer
Don't need rocket ships or wings
Icarus had it wrong
He got what blind ambition brings
To break through to eternity
You can't get there on rollerskates
The truth is simple my friend
Love is our escape
The truth is simple my friend
Oh yeah love is our escape

We're infinite souls
Beneath the finite sky
We're looking for a way out
If we can only find
We're infinite souls
Under this finite sky
All looking for a way out

Love is
Love is our escape
Love is
Love is our escape

There's only one way out
One Way, One Truth, One Life
And this God of Love is
Love is our escape
Love is our escape
Track Name: Picture
Take a picture won't you please?
The only way that this will last is memories
The way the light falls on your face
The way your smile sits
Will never be the same

And everything you wanted is over today
And everything you now know has gone and it's changed

All we wasted
Left lying in the room
Lies we're chasing
Sleeping in the afternoon
Our eyes are open
The light is pouring in
We may be broken
Just looking to start again

I'll take the blame if you just stop
All the things I thought we were I found out we are not
Now everything is broken, what have we done?
My conscience screams as we're shattered on the floor

Holding tight to
What we've become
We're looking for redemption
To fix what we've done

All we wasted
Left lying in the room
Lies we're chasing
Sleeping in the afternoon
Our eyes are open
The light is pouring in
We may be broken
Just looking to start again

We thought that we'd just call this love
And that, that would be enough
But love's the strongest stuff
It's stronger than we knew
So here's my heart out on the floor
Just lying here begging for more
This hope's the strongest stuff
It's what we long to know

All we wasted
Left lying in the room
Lies we're chasing
Sleeping in the afternoon
Our eyes are open
The light is streaming in
We may be broken
Just looking to start again

All we wasted
Left lying in the room
Lies we're chasing
Sleeping in the afternoon
Our eyes, our eyes are open
The light is streaming in
We may be broken
Just looking to start again
Track Name: Rockets
All this talking about when days were new
Idealistic actions seemed so true
We felt stronger, dreams had just begun
Burdens lighter before gravity won

So long ago
We lost our way
At the beginning
We should have stayed

Watching eyes towards the heavens staring down
Waiting to see rockets cross the night
Our world changing, do we even try?
Our fixation, the world passes by

So busy talking
Arguing so strong
We forgot meaning
Somewhere became wrong

And when did we lose our sight
Of what our actions mean?
And when did we fall out of touch
With what it is to love?

Are we somewhere in the atmosphere?
Or have we missed our ride?
When we lose sight of meaning
We're hollowed out inside
Like shooting stars we're burning up
Left in the rockets' dust
When we argue as reason
We're broken and we're lost

Old age approaching
Scars come with it too
Love not in motion
Will turn black and blue
Hardness growing
Deep within our skin
Our hearts changing
Calloused to our sin

Bitterness consumes
Makes us to stay
Stagnant we're wasting
Set in our ways

When did we lose our sight
Of what our actions mean?
And when did we fall out of touch
With what it is to love?

I'm sick of it
Of all of this
No more bitterness
Just love
Track Name: Paper Maché
Why do we? Why do we
Set out all our traps?
We keep so many skeletons in our closets
Keep everything under wraps
We hold tight to our secrets
And why can't we? Why can't we
Just let it go?
No we all hide away
So no one will know

Just like we build up our castles out of paper maché
We paint 'em up pretty but at the end of the day
Our defenses come down to just one masquerade
And one little spark could take them all away
Paper maché

Why do we? Why do we
Tear each other down?
We'll stab our brother in the back
As soon as he turns around
We wait for a sneak attack
And why can't we? Why can't we
Just let it go?
No we'll feed on roasted comrades
Before our mouths get in control

Just like we build up our castles out of paper maché
We paint 'em up pretty but at the end of the day
Our defenses come down to just one masquerade
And one little spark could take them all away
Paper maché

These walls we built
Are our own painted cages
The story we wrote
Has tears on all it's pages
We're dying alone
When we won't let down our defenses
What I need to know
Is can we just put down the weapons?
If we can't come together
If our pride won't surrender
What makes us think tomorrow
Won't be just yesterday?

Just like we build up our castles out of paper maché
We paint 'em up pretty but at the end of the day
Our defenses come down to just one masquerade
Just like we build up our castles out of paper maché
We paint 'em up pretty but at the end of the day
Our defenses come down to just one masquerade
Just like we build up our castles out of paper maché
We paint 'em up pretty but at the end of the day
Our defenses come down to just one masquerade
And one little spark
And one little spark
And one little spark can take them all away
Paper maché
Track Name: Don't Give Up
Don't give up
Wounds will heal
Life cut you deep
You're so scared to feel

Don't give up
This isn't over

Life gets rough
Lost in the turmoil
The sky is turning
From black to grey to white
You fear you're fading
Like stars in morning's light

Don't give up
This isn't over

Don't give up
Words never spoken
You feel left alone
Lost and so broken
You feel life sliding
A dream you can't wake up
Stuck in the rift
That splits the day from night

Don't give up
This isn't over

We dream of flying
Above all the pain
With the confusion
Make it all plain
We become focused
On what will become
When this is over
When life is done
We long to soar
So far away
But we are missing
What's on the way

Someday we'll fly away
Please for now just stay
Someday we'll fly away
Please for now just stay
Someday we'll fly away
Please for now just stay
Someday we'll fly away
Please for now just stay
Won't you stay right here?
Won't you stay?

Don't give up
This isn't over
Don't give up
This isn't over

Don't give up on life (Someday we'll fly away)
Don't give up and you will find love
Don't give up on life (Someday we'll fly away)
Don't give up and you will find love
Don't give up on life (Someday we'll fly away)
Don't give up and you will find love
Don't give up on life (Someday we'll fly away)
Don't give up and you will find love
Don't give up
Track Name: See You Again
That day Love was blooded on a tree
Love's heart was broken there for me
Bleeding mercy, bleeding grace
After I spat into His face
He took on all my sin and shame
He became the thing that I became
My life is covered in His blood
My life is covered in His love

When I know what I am then I see who You are
And I begin to understand it's because of me You wear those scars
And like that thief on the cross I long to see You with my eyes
And I need to hear you say I'll see You again in paradise

I see you hanging on the tree
And I wonder why You'd die for me
You're bleeding mercy, bleeding grace
After I spat into His face
You took on all my sin and shame
You became the thing that I became
My life is covered in Your blood
My life is covered in Your love

When I know what I am then I see who You are
And I begin to understand it's because of me You wear those scars
And like that thief on the cross I long to see You with my eyes
And I need to hear you say I'll see You again in paradise

I love You Jesus because You loved me first
I love You Jesus because You gave me new birth
I love You Jesus because You saved me from my sin
I love You Jesus because You're taking me to heaven
My life is covered in Your blood
My life is covered in Your love
You gave Your life for my redemption
Sealed it with Your resurrection

When I know what I am then I see who You are
And I begin to understand it's because of me You wear those scars
And like that thief on the cross I long to see You with my eyes
And I need to hear you say I'll see You again in paradise
Track Name: Our Love Is A Fight
With every beat a storm brews inside my chest
My heart is set to unleash all this mess
Inside of me stirs the calm and the storm
Like a hurricane, who will stay? Who will run?

I'm still fighting to love you
I want to, I want to
But love it doesn't come easy
So free me, so free me
Of all these chains that trap me
I can't move, I can't move
In my skin I'm crawling
To break free, escape me

This pane of glass that surrounds my soul
A single stone to break my control
In a thousand pieces I fall apart
Like a flaw in glass I'm broken from the start

And every breath is a shot at life
We breathe in love or we exhale strife
The chaos comes and takes our sight
And even though we try, our love is a fight

These chains that keep me wrapped so tight
My thoughts are racing for a chance for flight
Unleashed from the weight that holds me down
Like a bird whose cage it just has flown

But I'm still fighting to love you
I want to, I want to
And love it doesn't come easy
So free me, so free me
Of all these chains that trap me
I can't move, I can't move
In my skin I'm crawling
To break free, escape me

There's a war in ourselves
There's a war in our hearts and minds
Can we love? Do we try?
Can we love? Do we even try?
We've got hearts, we've got minds
We've got hearts to break when we try
Cause our love, it's a choice
It's a choice we make and we try

I'm still fighting to love you
I want to, I want to
But love it doesn't come easy
So free me, so free me
Of all these chains that trap me
I can't move, I can't move
In my skin I'm crawling
To break free, escape me
Track Name: Every Lovely Soul Arrives
Uncovered
A world of guit and pain
Exposed for what we are
In our mercenary souls
The struggle
Reaching for the comfort that won't come
The grandest of attempts
Leave me in the cold
Today this dull soul's broken
And stained a crimson red
One day it will rise as white as snow

When every lovely soul arrives
In Thy kingdom above the sky
When every lovely soul arrives
To see Your face, Your loving eyes

I glory
In the things I think I've done
While the honest truth undermines my pride
I sorrow for the toys that I have lost
And disregard these jewels that will be forever mine
Today this dull soul's broken
And stained a crimson red
One day it will rise as white as snow

When every lovely soul arrives
In Thy kingdom above the sky
When every lovely soul arrives
To see Your face, Your loving eyes

Jesus
You left glory behind to love the unlovable
The sinners, dead and cold
Jesus
You paid my penalty, You washed away the death
That gripped my bones
You revealed Your mercy and tastes of glory yet to come
You save me daily from every evil foe
On earth these eyes won't see it
But the day shall soon arrive
When the scales shall fall away from every eye

And we'll shout hallelujah as every lovely soul arrives
We'll shout hallelujah as every lovely soul arrives
We'll shout hallelujah as every lovely soul arrives
We'll shout hallelujah as every lovely soul arrives

Oh hallelujah
Oh hallelujah
Oh hallelujah
Oh hallelujah
Hallelujah
Track Name: Party Yet
I'm feeling better than I've ever felt before
It's like I'm coming alive all over again
I've dropped my bags and poured my thoughts out on the floor
And you're taking me places that I've never been

But this ain't a party yet
This ain't a party yet
This ain't a party yet
This ain't a party yet

My captain's chair used to spin around and round
But since you got here that orbit is erased
It's forward motion, we're never looking back
This new momentum has me smashing through all the gates

But this ain't a party yet
This ain't a party yet
This ain't a party yet
This ain't a party yet

I see your hands up in the air (But this ain't a party yet)
People dancing everywhere (But this ain't a party yet)
The whole world's stopped to stare (But this ain't a party yet)
It feels like we're almost there
But this ain't a party yet

I see your hands up in the air
I see your hands up in the air
I see your hands up in the air
I see your hands up

But this ain't a party yet
This ain't a party yet
This ain't a party yet
This ain't a party yet

This ain't a party yet
This ain't a party yet
This ain't a party yet
This ain't a party yet
Track Name: This Road
I watch the sky
As feet trod on
A dream to fly
But here I stand

Underneath an autumn sky
Wishing stars could match my steps
The dirt it stirs behind
Covering the lives I've wrecked
And none of us are born innocent
But still I feel naïve
In the grips of something murderous
Do we just concede?

The stars glow bright
My eyes go closed
In cold of night
I wait for day

Gaze falls back to the ground
I am always on this road
The moon it holds it's place
To show how we lie below
And in our hearts we reconcile
What horrors we have seen
Just trying to close the gap
In what we say and mean

The cold draws close
The ache, it grows
My breath falls hard
The dirt it shows

Paint a letter scarlet red
Make a symbol, mark me dead
Or simply dying?
Coldest night consumes my day
Broken I have lost my way
Feel left to wander
This disease consumes my skin
With bitter hatred seeping in
I lost the meaning
So hold your candle up to me
Expose my sins for all to see
It's black and white

We are the jaded
We are the faded
We are the heartless
We are the hatred
We are the lonely
We are unholy
We are the foolish
But we aren't ours only

Fire, I want to be consumed
I want to walk the way You do
And leave all of these wounds
Bury all these things
In Your blood wash me white
I want to be consumed

Hallelujah we can see
Hallelujah we are broken underneath
Hallelujah these steps we've found
Without all these mistakes would we ever come around?
Hallelujah we can see
It's hallelujah when we reach the end
We reach the end
We reach the end
Of the road