Simplicity

by Daniel Scholl

/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

      $5 USD  or more

     

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Same songs as the download, but comes with a beautifully designed case including pretty graphics and credits.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Simplicity via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 5 days

      $5 USD or more 

     

  • Full Digital Discography

    Get all 5 Daniel Scholl releases available on Bandcamp and save 35%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Sham, Drudgery & Broken Dreams, Heaven Within the Mountain, Simplicity, Iceland, and The Moon on a String. , and , .

      $9.74 USD or more (35% OFF)

     

1.
2.
03:29
3.
02:10
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
03:27

about

"Simplicity" was built around a stone-soup concept of combining multiple "simple" elements in such a way that the songs would be full and pleasing in the end. The concept also centered around themes and lyrics that evoked a consciousness to back away from complexity in all aspects of life.

credits

released March 5, 2013

All songs written and performed by Daniel Scholl, except:

Bill Rose: percussion on "These Empty Hours", "Iceland", "Strange Fish", "In Pursuit of Noble Goals", "American Mary" & "You Near Me"

Dan Drago: electric guitar on "These Empty Hours"; bass on "Iceland" & "You Near Me"

Donovan Rice: vocals, handclaps on "The Moon on a String"

Hannah Zaic: vocals on "These Empty Hours" & "You Near Me"

Joseph Randle: trumpet, flugelhorn & horn arrangement on "You Near Me"

Peter Jensen: trombone on "You Near Me"

"Karma Chameleon" written by George O'Dowd, Jon Moss, Mickey Craig, Roy Hay and Phil Pickett

Recorded and mixed at Sine Studios, Philadelphia, PA

Mastered at Turtle Studios, Philadelphia, PA

tags

license

all rights reserved

about

Daniel Scholl Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Daniel Scholl is not trying to impress you, but chances are he will anyway. The storytelling of his songs, offer simple and catchy hooks in observations of what it means to be human in this day and age, turning plight into poetry and rugged honesty into perfect sense. Like classics penned long ago, the delicate beauty of Scholl’s compositions are hard ignore and even harder to forget. ... more

contact / help

Contact Daniel Scholl

Streaming and
Download help

Track Name: These Empty Hours (with Hannah Zaic)
We don't need words to define
How we spend our empty time
A look, a touch, a taste is fine
Especially on the nights I go blind

These empty hours
Are completely ours
The only thing we'll ever need
If we're feeling incomplete

Listen to the voice of the breeze
Whispering the harmonies
Inspiring us to believe
Simplicity can be a luxury

These empty hours are completely ours
The only thing we ever need when we’re feeling incomplete

A remedy to cure our ills
A quiet calm for inner struggles
A soundless word on the tip of our tongues
A soundless world filled with what will come
A silent film of fate’s intent
A narrative of what has always been
An acknowledgement of what is ours
An appreciation for empty hours

These empty hours are completely ours
The only thing we ever need when we’re feeling incomplete
Track Name: Iceland
Eye, ear, see, hear the ocean
Let it flow, dear, don't forget the notion
of letting go,
Don't forget the notion of letting go.
I am, searching for something,
I don't know, friend
an answer for the wondering
where does it go?
an answer for the wondering as...

The mountain becomes the clouds
becomes the sky becomes the night
and the ocean washes the day away
As the waves settle down
we wonder why these northern lights
Remind us of our place in this ballet

I hear the language of the hidden
It's unclear, but I appreciate the vision in their songs
I appreciate the vision in their songs
We are a mass of insignificance
thrown far
looking for a place we can belong
looking for a place where...

The mountain becomes the clouds
becomes the sky becomes the night
and the ocean washes the day away
As the waves settle down
we wonder why these northern lights
Remind us of our place in this ballet

Steward, protect the things that matter
Let us not forget just what we found
Steward, beware the cling and clatter
The shores are getting battered by the sound
Track Name: Strange Fish
Strange Fish, deep waters
Evolve, get smarter
harsh life, a dark night
mutate, create light

how about you?
what can you build with your complaints
never too soon,
switch the tracks or get off the train

Strange Fish, keep breathing
grow feet, when needed
walk away, from the waves
want light, see the day

how about you?
what can you build with your complaints
never too soon,
switch the tracks or get off the train

Remember when the world felt new
there was nothing that you couldn't do
if you were just a little taller
just a little older
as the years passed they crushed you
your ego didn't trust you
you were just a little taller
now you're so much older
but it's not too late
to re-evaluate

Strange Fish, deep waters
Evolve, try harder.
Track Name: The Moon on a String
The Moon on a String

many of our problems are just inconveniences
what I mean is these complaints come too soon
we have the future today while technology advances
And old fate dances to familiar tunes

We hear it in our hearts and I swear it's alright
The moon's a balloon on a string we won't lose it tonight

But, Fingers crossed, we won't get lost again
I heard a rumor you were looking for a friend
Maybe we're looking for the same things in the end
Though Our paths are varied and our similarities are thin

We hear it in our hearts and I swear it's alright
The moon's a balloon on a string we won't lose it tonight

Because a half moon is still full, and a new moon isn't new
it's just an alternative and changing point of view
Some things will get lost no matter what we do
we can keep our sense of humor, our logic and the truth
We can keep our sense of humor and somehow we'll make it through

Whoa oh, where does the time go
Cause when the time goes, it's gone
I don't know which is the right road
But let's make the best of the one we're on

We hear it in our hearts and I swear it's alright
The moon's a balloon on a string we won't lose it tonight
Track Name: The Knight of the Rueful Countenance
A noble hope tossed in the flood
I’m kicking my feet though I can’t swim
Ill-fitted armor and unholy blood
Add weight to the chase, the pursuit begins

Keep me in your thoughts
I ride for you
These schemes seem long shots
But I’d die for truth

Just like the knight of the rueful countenance
I serve a cause the world doesn’t understand
I feign crazy up in these mountains
So I’ll seem sane in the lowlands

Keep me in your thoughts
I ride for you
These schemes seem long shots
But I’d die for truth

The shadows hide beasts
While they prove light
But, I know at least
Which one I will fight
The shadows hide beasts
While they prove light
But, I know at least
Which one I will fight

Keep me in your thoughts
I ride for you
These schemes seem long shots
But I’d die for truth
Track Name: I'd Like to Write a Book
I'd like to write a book that will one day be burned
it'd conflict with the lessons they'd wish that we'd learned
it'd be filled with the things that we already knew
about our human nature, though we'd denied they were true

I'd like to write a book that somebody would read
instead of letting their mind fade in the light of tv
instead of betting their future on a new revolution
that will use them as fodder and not as the solution

but I do not write books
I can barely write songs
but I can't over look
what we all know is wrong
look deep in your soul
past the wants and the lust
because we're each in control
and know who we should trust

I'd like to write a book that our leaders would cite
an inspiration for progress, a guide for wrong and right
an invitation to unite all castes and all creeds
the same message as ever, we all know what we need

I'd like to write a book, but I know I never will
I'll still live with a hope, that hope can fulfill
Track Name: American Mary
My my my Mary I have to let you go
Our affair was temporary And upset the status quo
Maybe if you were older And I was less mature
My thoughts still smolder But your soul is so impure

Our love burned like the cuyahoga
But it couldn't change me into something I'm not
The flames melted the fire trucks
But can't convince me to take another shot

My my my Mary, you're such a drama queen
But you don't have a worry as you become one with the machine
Maybe if you could learn, maybe if I didn't care
The fever still burns but I can find that anywhere

Our love burned like the cuyahoga
But it couldn't change me into something I'm not
The flames melted the fire trucks
But can't convince me to take another shot

I wonder where your heart went
Wonder why your life meant more
With every dollar spent
Without thought for consequence

My my my Mary I'm looking for release
I'll take just what I can carry 'cause I've got simple needs
Maybe you'll be inspired, Maybe I'll have regrets
And we can re-kindle the fire But I wouldn't take that bet
Track Name: You Near Me
We lie awake Because we’re numb to the world
Playing dumb as if we’re twirled
Around the little finger of the ones
Who control the image of the setting sun
And the rising of the tides Our eyes are wide

We lie awake Because we don’t know any better
To feel under the weather As it’s raining down filling up our glass
with The poisons that strip the masses
Of their ability to feel anything And our eyes sting

Could it be we’re walking in our sleep?
Could it be I just need you near me?
Could it be an old opinion as a new heresy?
Could it be I just need you near me?

We lie awake Make no mistake there’s more to be done
With the riddles that plague imagination
We all know we should be moving
Through the haze of the illusion
that We’re all so god damned needy ‘cause
That’s not what our eyes see

Could it be we’re walking in our sleep?
Could it be I just need you near me?
Could it be an old opinion as a new heresy?
Could it be I just need you near me?

Anything more, doesn’t matter if you are
My fatalistic tendencies Tend to get the best of me
And I find myself looking for protection
(caught up in the thoughts of philosophy)
And I find myself awake
(Look up at the stars and think of grace)
I find myself looking in your direction
(I'll hold you in my arms, we'll go together)
To find a safe and holy place