The Fifth Street EP

by HSK Theory

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The Fifth Street EP, the first release by HSK Theory, was recorded over a few days in early 2011. Full arrangements of each of the three songs on the EP will be included on HSK Theory's upcoming full-length album.

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released June 28, 2011

Written, performed, and recorded by John Patteson

Mixed by Patrick Southern and Alex Mead-Fox at Spaceman Sound www.spaceman-sound.com

Mastered by Steve Berson at Total Sonic Media www.totalsonic.net

Album artwork designed by Grant Schmucker www.behance.net/GrantSchmucker

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HSK Theory is a music project by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist John Patteson.

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Track Name: Stars of the City (Acoustic)
dressed by the lights, on a cold November night
she steps slowly to the mic
her breath pulsing through the crowd
she looks around at the tables and chairs
filled with brown and blue stares
each with tales of despair and hope
they all want a song to call their own

not everyone can shine bright and strong on their own
but together they sure give off light
bringing life to the side streets with each constellation that forms
they’re the stars of the city each night

she could be from Brooklyn or Jersey
LA or Calgary
really, anywhere around
from town to town, a few notes and some chords
and a ’92 Ford paint the evenings with colors anew
in her heart, mind and voice it’s all she knows how to do

not everyone can shine bright and strong on their own
but together they sure give off light
bringing life to the side streets with each constellation that forms
they’re the stars of the city each night

oh, each day arrives, yeah, there’s something to prove
to all that seek meaning, entertainment and truth
and every time someone steps to the stage
another sun is made

so sing each word
know whichever way they’re heard
and no matter how inferred
hearts make of it what they can - it all depends
and based on paths different
love may represent a rose, a sword or a stone
she lets us go, where ever we want to go

not everyone can shine bright and strong on their own
but together they sure give off light
bringing life to the side streets with each constellation that forms
they’re they stars of the city each night
Track Name: Without Me (Acoustic)
woke up one morning with no side to choose
and at that moment, I had nothing to lose
opened my eyes to light, bit by bit
afraid to face the world, I have to admit

yesterday I came across my wandering reflection
it stepped to my side without any objection
I guess I now know what gave it away
what made you mad and not want to stay

all this shows
is that you had to go

well, what are you going to do without me?
are you going to laugh and leave me to be
always wondering why you left with all of my keys
while trying to set yourself free?

it's much too quiet, I can hear my mind think
yet these thoughts only come when I'm asleep
everything that was once adored
becomes the part of me I want to ignore

well, since you're gone
can you tell me what went wrong?
has it been so long

that you don't know what to do without me?
are you going to laugh and leave me to be
always wondering why you left with all of my keys
while trying to set yourself free?

you forgot about me in your vanity
but your mirror doesn't show
everything I know about you

well, what are you going to do without me?
are you going to laugh and leave me to be
always wondering why you left with all of my keys
while trying to set yourself free?
Track Name: Watch This World Sleep (Acoustic)
you're twenty-five and tracing
the lines accenting each eye
over and over with each passing day
speeding through this life
never looking down to remind what's at stake
and pushing up the edge
to break would be to lose sight of the path
left by the others ahead

your mirage left behind
oh see what we'll find

let's walk awhile outside the world
that's weighing down your head
forget the lies and those empty smiles
bring dreams back out of bed
for this moment, let your mind run free
the way it wants to be
oh, tonight lets confide in what's hidden inside
we don't need to speak - just watch this world sleep

capture all this silence
the stillness of this time
the more you leave yourself to breathe
the more you'll realize that instead of directing each move you make
trust life to change and grow
roots don't form a straight line down
they spread out and build strength from below

the city won't know you've left
so as everyone rests

let's walk awhile, outside the world
that's weighing down your head
forget the lies and the empty smiles
bring dreams back out of bed
for this moment, let your mind run free
the way it wants to be
oh, tonight lets confide in what's hidden inside
we don't need to speak - just watch this world sleep