You Are Greater than the Sum of Your Parts

by Civil Culture

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This album is an accumulation of songs written by Jeffrey Francoeur.

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released March 1, 2015

All songs were written by Jeffrey Francoeur
Recorded and mixed by Brandon Zarrella & Jeffrey Francoeur
Mastered by Jeffrey Francoeur

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Civil Culture New Hampshire

Civil Culture is a peregrination of contradictions
super-imposed in the sonic spectrum. Listening to the call and answer of one's
existence to find the harmonizing tensions of life, Civil Culture lends itself to an
open mind.

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Track Name: Intro
(none)
Track Name: Portion Be
Simply put, I'm running dear
My life was weighed and fraught
I don't know what I didn't see
When I bowed was when I lost
And there's pressure babe to fold my head
In that grave that money bought
But I can't relate or see the day
In where gold outweighs one's thoughts

Oooo Ooooo Oooo
Keep my sovereignty from rot
Oooo Ooooo Oooo
From those weighted scales that you brought

Keep my mind from judging you
For I'm sure I'll miss the mark
Your life I hold so precious dear
Is what my heart's never forgot
And I'll find a way to bring the day
In where life is not the cost
Of differences, and where space exists
Between each one of us

Oooo Ooooo Oooo
Keep my sovereignty from rot
Oooo Ooooo Oooo
From those weighted scales that I brought

And I feel it in my bones
It's comprised of different colors, different tones
And it says unto me
Tells me that, that love
Love is free
Track Name: Salvation Isn't Static
The smile that you crave
To close the day out that will save
The moments of light that you gave
The unwilling content that behave
Under the thoughts that erase

The world that I know can be torn
A thousand different ways from the core
Now the storms getting closer than before
The deafening cracks of your words
That come out to me

Despite there's no evidence
The beating of pulse writes its consequence
All over the rocks that I find
That lye leagues between there very own
Potential that they'll never know
Through thoughts that eat there very own kind

The world that I know can be torn
A thousand different ways from the core
And now the storms getting closer than before
The deafening cracks of your words
That come out to me
They come out to me

They come out to me
Track Name: Form
It's just like you knew me
With all the cracks residing in me
The beat came so freely
With one step on and on behind the dreaming of song
To carry the mouthpiece of fodder run thin swept up and ate by the wind

You see right through me
With every vision in capturing me
Is ever moving
Beyond the words I try to speak

I'm devouring the hands
That left me on the ends
Of the branch that will sway me
So discretely
A calming dance
As ourselves advance
From the waves that you keep
To the point that you sink
Back into my arms
Back into my arms

Breaking the lines that
I've drawn in the sand
To keep me in the hands
Of the fears that restricted
And convinced me to keep
All the light I hid deep

Beneath all the scars and
The skin I peeled back
To uncover the maps
Behind all the noises
That obstruct my view
From seeing you
Track Name: Noah's Ark
(none)
Track Name: My Baby Doesn't Fight for Me
My baby doesn't fight for me
My baby doesn't fight for me
And I tried, I tried, you know, I tried to see
O, my baby doesn't fight for me

I wondered what's goin through your head
And if I'll ever understand those words that you said
O, I want, I want want want, to believe you
But my heart needs proof before you get through

So I made this giant mess
To see if your love is up to the test

I hope you pass

My baby doesn't fight for me
My baby doesn't fight for me
And I tried, I tried, you know, I tried to see
O, my baby doesn't fight for me

Oooo Oooo you didn't pass
Oooo Oooo you'll never last
And now my baby succumbed to their injuries
And I'm having trouble standing on my own two feet
O, now you can see all my insecurities
Cause I tried to make real, what I could never see
That's why, that's why

My baby doesn't fight for me
My baby doesn't fight for me
And I tried, I tried and now I know and see
Why my baby doesn't fight for me

My baby doesn't fight for me
My baby doesn't fight for me
And I tried, I tried and now I know and see
Why my baby doesn't fight for me
Track Name: Honest Doubt
I was thrown into the water baby
I don't know what to say
My love was trampled by the goods of safety
Laughed and mocked to shame

I find peace beneath the changing seasons
I don't know what to say
The sun will rise up over the doubt and reasons
Washing it all away

In the night I fall
Answering, answering
To the siren's call
Singing, "Whats it feel like?
On that mountain stroll"
Silently repeating "What is new is old"

Why cry for the pile of dirt I'm leaving
I know what to say
There's change to take from all the life you're leading
It will always reverberate

In the night I fall
Answering, answering
To the siren's call
Singing, "Whats it feel like,
On that mountain stroll?"
Close your eyes and sleep tight
Moments can't repeat in full

In the night I fall
Answering, answering
To the siren's call
Singing, "Whats it feel like,
On that mountain stroll?"
Close your eyes and sleep tight
Moments can't repeat in full
Close your eyes and sleep tight
Moments can't repeat in full
Track Name: Everyday
What a beautiful day it is to be alive
What a beautiful day it is to be alive
What a beautiful day it is to be alive
What a beautiful day it is to be alive

And when you find yourself beside you
Standing at the edge of life you once knew
With all those forks of life you came through

What a beautiful day it is to be alive
What a beautiful day it is to be alive
What a beautiful day it is to be alive

With every moment that you live
Is your chance to be the change you wish
When there's no promise I'll survive

What a beautiful day it is to be alive
What a beautiful day it is to be alive

What a beautiful day it is to be alive
What a beautiful day it is to be alive
What a beautiful day it is to be alive
What a beautiful day it is to be alive
What a beautiful day

And I don't, I don't believe
In the islands of you and me
It's so plain and there to see
We affect each other irreversibly
Track Name: Keep Your Friends Close to Your Chest
Well I can't write to find what's wrong
Search high and low till my love is gone
Watch my mind fade away
Or watch all my friends go on and leave this place

And I'm not saying' you have to stay
Cause the time we spent can never be erased

And I can say I love you
And I can say I miss you
Cause it's true love thats all around you
and I won't fall, I won't fall for the future at all

Knowin' when is never real
Cause you feel it first and then your head reveals
You say you know without a doubt
Just don't let the bedrock hold you down

Cause there's no first or second place
It's just that what you do can never be erased

And I can say I love you
And I can say I miss you
Cause it's true love thats all around you
and I won't fall, I won't fall for the future at all
What I find, what I find, is entirely mine

And we will all die someday
Leaving this world with more than we came
There’s still so much we can do
Cause every moment is the truth

And I can say I love you
And I can say I miss you
Cause it's true love thats all around you
and I won't fall, I won't fall for the future at all
What I find, what I find, is entirely mine
Track Name: Common Ground
Shun the man who brought us gold
And shun the man who made us whole
Cut the line drawn in the sand
And shake the ground on which we stand

Settle me for I am weak
Too strong to give up what I mean
The devil's ghost is following me
The remnants of the air I breathe

And I thought some day by now
We'd of found some common ground
And I thought some day by now
And all we have is each other now

And I thought some day by now
We'd of found some common ground
And I thought some day by now
And all we have is each other now

It's the keeper in me
In the back of my head
That won't forget
Runnin' circles and miles
Run till feet sing out wild
To remember that moment
It's what life taught the king
Over ages unseen
Of what always has been
It's where love found it's muse
Why moneys no use
Where the future and past met

And I will sing to no name
And I will ring freedom once again
And I'll wait, I'll wait alone my friend
For that moment that gets us all in the end
Track Name: Talks
I look out beside you
Blue lights come into my view
And I run
They say “I want to be with you”
To love and to leave you
Is my luck
And I want to give up my ghosts
But the problem is
Me
I can't commit to feeling
What I can't come to
Logically

I don't want
To say, “I don't know”

Somethings keep me up at night
And I can't sleep
I've got tears in my eyes and blood in my mouth
I can't speak
I remembered when we lied but were never satisfied
By the means

O, I don't want
No, I don't want
To say, “I don't know”

Ain't it always the way
You become what you hate
Said, “Why can't I see
That to love is to be”
You asked one thing
“How are you feeling?”

You're Laughin'
While we're running'
Up and down these streets
Singin’ "No one's gonna catch you
So long as you keep
Running”
When you add up all the steps
You've been runnin' in your head
Whats it mean?

O, I just want
Yea, I just want
To say, “I don't know”
Track Name: What Can You Know?
Sing
With all you can
And let your worries
Get lost in the sand
Sing
While you still can
And let your worries
Get lost in the sand

What difference does it make
What difference does it make

It takes time to
It takes time to grow away
And make tracks from
That golden pile of mistakes
It's not easy
It's not easy to let go
Of those crosses
And all those things I think I know

What difference does it make
What difference does it make

Can we see
The life we lead
Is all we have thats ours
Through change and time
Can never unwind
The things we've done before