Bicycling in Quicksand

by Derek Bishop

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1.
03:18
BACKBURNING by Derek Bishop It’s a crutch that I don’t need It’s supportive; it’s restrictive It’s my knitted chain of greed. It’s my complacency excuse Did I sleep well with the promise That in time I’ll cut it loose? First I’ll push it back I’ll sigh a smile I’ll deal with it after a while. But was my promise ever true? I assumed that merely dreaming Was the ambitious thing to do. It kept my mind preoccupied Mulling over what I had not done Because I haven’t tried. So they’ll push you back Keeping you on trial Don’t you think I’m dealing well with all of the denial? I’ve got just one thing to do Then I promise I’ll be through. No, I’ve got just one thing to say Then I promise I’m on my way. My whole life is a celebration Such a fine example of procrastination Now I’m drowning in the time that I denied Praying that given more my focus won’t subside. There’s no gimmick, there’s no ploy There’s no secret weapon to destroy The trappings stay It’s me who was getting in the way. It’s a clutch I can’t concede I will use my will and wisdom To ensure that I succeed So now I push back Defeating them with guile You’re gonna have to deal with me after a while. Now, I’ve got just one thing left to do Then I promise I’ll be through. No, I’ve got just one thing to say Then I promise I’m on my way. I’ve got just one thing left to do Then I promise I'll be through. No, I’ve got just one thing to say Then I promise I’m on my way.
2.
03:53
AUTOMATIC by Derek Bishop I was always wearing weights on my feet All of my excuses all made concrete The same old reasons cued up on repeat And you pushed me from the start to disbelieve Not to accept “not trying” as a defeat Not to stand still, content with my dreams incomplete Now, baby, I’m automatic Every time I explain it to you You always think that I’m so dramatic But this is where my life’s lead me to So now I can’t stand idly by or just sit and relax ’Cause, baby, I’m automatic And I’m sorry but I just can’t go back You, you’re always walking faster than me Are you trying to catch up to where you should be In the future you used to foresee? So why couldn’t I just let you go free? Instead of tethering all those dreams you conceived On this worn out, broke down version of me? But, baby, you’re so fantastic Every moment I’m spending with you There are times when I’m feeling static And I’ll blame restlessness on you But every time I look into your eyes Please know there’s no regret ’Cause, baby, you’re so fantastic I’m sorry but sometimes I forget ’Cause, baby, I’m automatic And every time I explain it to you You always think that I’m so dramatic But this is where your love lead me to No, I can’t sit idly by or just sit and relax ’Cause, baby, I’m automatic And I’m sorry but I just won’t go back
3.
SHUTTING DOWN by Derek Bishop I’ve been mourning the possible upcoming situation I can’t control ’Cause every warning is a little bit more numbing knowing you’re not invincible For so long, so long, I was afraid to be strong Maybe, baby, it’s time, it’s time we stopped pretending that’s fine So you’re ignoring my possible outpouring, ’cause it’s just one more thing to digest Then you’d get stuck worrying about how I’m enduring, you’re frustrated and I’m depressed ’Cause you don’t, you don’t listen to what I want And maybe, baby, it’s time, it’s time we stopped pretending that’s fine I can feel you shutting down Shutting down my love, my love, my love I can feel you shutting down Shutting down my love I’ve seen the facts and I’ve acknowledged their existence It’s a battle that no one wins Every now and then I get a little distance But for you, love, it never ends You’re so strong, so strong, you won’t admit when you’re wrong Maybe, baby, that’s fine, but it’s time to stop pretending you’re fine I can feel you shutting down Shutting down my love, my love, my love I can feel you shutting down Shutting down my love It’s time we stopped pretending it’s fine It’s time I started speaking my mind We know the rules, the signs, the situations We know we’re fools pretending we can beat them We know the rules, we know the limitations We have the tools, it’s our time to defeat them But I won’t stop, baby, fighting and fixing this failing I won’t stop, baby, fighting and fixing this failing We know the rules, the signs, the situations We know we’re fools pretending we can beat them We know the rules, we know the limitations We have the tools, it’s our time to defeat them I’ve been mourning the possible upcoming situation I can’t control
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03:45
5.
BICYCLING IN QUICKSAND by Derek Bishop So time has played that trick on us Where we’ve settled into steady We remember our routines and plans Did we forget we once were heady? Truthfully I like this calm as my body has grown tired Of staying up almost till dawn dressed up and desired But please know no love has yet diminished However it appears The doubts are road blocks in our minds We will persevere Well I’m just trying to hold your hand But it’s like bicycling in quicksand Mud splashing all around on what once was higher ground And I’ve got nowhere to stand Once we were coasting down a hill But took a turn and took a spill I thought by now we’d hit our stride But it's still a bumpy ride No matter what the skill (we’ve got the skill) Another man might sink in shame But I’ve got you to share the blame So try and understand Now, baby, take my hand I should have known to hit the brakes Instead of traveling this route further Now syllables spill from my lips Producing pictures of the perjured I can’t backpedal in this sludge And I know I’m sinking fast We can’t reach out for rescue With our hands mired in the past So please know no love has yet diminished However it may feel It’s hard to navigate this road When we’re both behind the wheel Well I’m just trying to hold your hand It’s like bicycling in quicksand Mud splashing all around on what once was higher ground And I’ve got nowhere to stand Once we were coasting down a hill We took a turn and took a spill I thought by now we’d hit our stride But it’s still a bumpy ride No matter what the skill Another man might sink in shame But I’ve got you to share the blame So try and understand Now, baby, take my hand
6.
03:40
BAGGAGE by Derek Bishop I’ve had it up to here But you’ll never know I smile and let it go On my face it disappears But the remnants still remain Clogging up my veins Building year to year Can you read between my lines The ones now ingrained in the corners of my eyes? You know I always play aloof But if you’re tired of playing sleuth Tear beneath the tissues, the tears, the tendons for the truth Pack up your baggage from my brain The only place where we remain I thought that time would lobotomize what I held dear Now I realize it’s all the same The pieces left are yours to claim Pack up your baggage from my brain And it’s always playing back But jumping parts like some still-working yet discarded, old 8-track The casing barely holds it in, and the tape is wearing thin Time has made it tragic to end It’s not that I want it erased But must my memories share this space? Some silence can bring piece of mind I know it haunts you too A melody that’s never through It's always playing our lives in a loop Pack up your baggage from my brain The only place where we remain I thought that time would lobotomize what I held dear Now I realize it’s all the same The pieces left are yours to claim Pack up your baggage from my brain
7.
03:48
TAFFY by Derek Bishop I’ve still got the imprints left from your last bite And I’m trying to carry on and let it heal, despite The fact that I can’t get away and you’re eyeing me at night You’re not worth the energy But still I’ve got to fight I’m pulled in all directions yet I don’t get a say When I speak my mind it doesn’t matter anyway They say it’s a blessing to be needed every day But you’re needlessly distressing So just get on your way Go ahead and pull Stretch Chew me out To you I’m only taffy and you’re in a sugar drought Even if you’re satisfied And there really is no need There’s a yearning deep inside you Because all you do is feed on me I know that I present myself all dressed up for delight I’m reliant on attention and always driven to excite But that’s not an invitation for you to gnaw at me at night So don’t mistake my bending As a sign I think you’re right Go ahead and pull Stretch Chew me out To you I’m only taffy and you’re in a sugar drought ’Cause even if you’re satisfied And there really is no need There’s a yearning deep inside you Because all you do is feed on me And how does it taste, all this time we waste? All you do is feed on me You’ve left so little substance of me to fletcherize You wonder why I’m bitter – it should come as no surprise With only strands of me connecting And no sign of compromise I see it’s never-ending And I guess it’s my demise Go ahead and pull Stretch Chew me out To you I’m only taffy and you’re in a sugar drought ’Cause even if you’re satisfied And there really is no need There’s a yearning deep inside you There’s a burning need that’s driving you There’s a burning need inside of you Because all you do is feed on me How does it taste, all this time we waste? How much more can I take before I break?
8.
04:23
TURN AROUND by Derek Bishop Turn around, turn around, turn around so you can see All the fear you’re holding onto is not your legacy Let it go, let it go Let it all just go free Stop swimming the sea of mediocrity Absorbing all the waves of jealousy Turn around, turn around, turn around so you can find There’s no room in all the baggage For the struggle you confine Let it go, let it go Let it all just release Recalling every vision of the promise you believed Can you still find that dream inside your memory? So break the mold that time has cast on you Let it fade away Reject the rules you’ve let define you Break free from fear that always finds you Within your heart you’ll always find the strength. Free from minds with limitations Wrap yourself in adoration and see what you Turn around, turn around, turn around and understand Without the weight of that armor Your heart and mind expands Let it go, let it go Let it go and face the stares Freedom is contagious Inspiration can be shared So break the mold that time has cast on you Let it fade away Reject the rules you’ve let define you Break free from fear that only binds you Within your heart you’ll always find the strength To move away from all conventions And there will be no limitations to what you can achieve Moving on, moving on, moving on you will have me Never doubt my dedication, always trust I will believe We grow old, we grow bold May we never lose our drive Until my very last breath, I will fight and I will strive Knowing you will always be here by my side Break the mold that time has cast on you Let it fade away Reject the rules you’ve let define you Break free from fear that always finds you Within your heart you’ll always find the strength To move away from all conventions And there will be no limitations to what you can achieve
9.
04:31
RED FLAGS by Derek Bishop I painted a perfect picture of us in my mind Every detail, tint and color and stroke were mine You said you loved it and you were on board You gave me the freedom to finally move forward I found great peace in knowing we would combine Your desires and my dreams – a lifetime to design But you have a habit of coloring out of the lines And there’s no room, no way to erase You best put on your better face I’m finally seeing our paths don’t align Yet every eye surveys the scene like they’re keeping time All of our dreams and our hopes root in everyone’s mind So if we back out now, who’s going to explain And what will we say? How will we ever make this go away? I followed the numbers and I painted a field Blended all our colors and I studied the reveal You make me crazy trying to conceal The shades and the hues reflecting your repeal Still I found strength in knowing time would refine The problems and the fears we never could resign I have a habit of straightening up all the time There’s no room, no way to erase I best put on my better face I’m finally seeing our lives won’t entwine And every eye surveys the scene like they’re keeping time All our dreams and our plans root in everyone’s mind So if we back out now, who’s going to explain And what will we say? How will we ever make this go away? You painted roses blowing in the wind All I saw were red flags, and I could not pretend We drew our hearts at opposite ends You painted yourself into a corner with no end Now every eye surveys the scene and they’re ticking time And of all of our dreams and our hopes root in everyone else’s mind If we back out now, who’s going to explain And what will we say? How will I ever make you go away? Were you flushed with love Or were you filled with dread? When I look at you, all I see is red
10.
05:08
TOESMASHERS by Derek Bishop I know I’ve been protective I can feel it in my chest My ribs are covering up my heart While shielding out the rest I believed I was saving my soul By hiding what I’ve repressed Time has long passed to believe this excuse And it’s time that I progressed So as a promise to myself I’m going to smash the toes of anyone else Who gets in my way, has opinions to say Even if you have compliments to pay No, I won’t promise I’ll agree I’m not tiptoeing around you pretending to please Compromising my stay Impressing you with what I might say It’s not about what’s black, white or grey It’s the difference between being standing tall And standing away I hope I’ll be forgiven For searching out a truce For smiling away confrontation And being passive and obtuse I believed I was protecting my soul But I was only weak and confused You’d think after decades of hiding myself I would have had enough of the abuse So as a promise to myself I’m going to smash the toes of anyone else Who gets in my way, has opinions to say Even if you love me in every other way I won’t promise I’ll agree I’m not tiptoeing around you pretending to please Compromising my stand Fearing my views get me banned It’s no longer about being loved or being afraid It’s the difference between being safe And being brave It would be so easy just to please To entertain with standard tricks up my sleeve Is that all you expect? Nothing too complex? Why is ignorance something you fight to protect? Is satisfaction just another word for neglect? If I ruffle all the feathers And I break all the shells I’ll wade through all the ruins In the shadows of myself But I believe in striving for more And expecting the same in return The time has long passed to have conviction It’s time I started to learn So as a promise to myself I’m going to smash the toes of anyone else Who gets in my way, has opinions to say Even if you love me in every other way I won’t promise I’ll agree I’m not tiptoeing around you pretending to please Compromising my stand Fearing my views get me banned It’s not about what’s black, white or grey It’s the difference between being good And being great

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released April 7, 2015

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Derek Bishop New York, New York

Derek Bishop's sophomore album 'Bicycling Quicksand' blends disco, euro-pop, and new wave stylings. The ten-song album features Derek’s trademark energy, showcasing bona fide grooves that harken back to the days when the music was funky and the beats were undeniable. ... more

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