Everything Lost to the Light

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released March 13, 2020

All songs written and recorded by Brycen Waitkus 2017-2019 (Between bedrooms and dorm rooms in Chicago and San Luis Obispo)

Additional recording by: Rick Spataro (Albany, NY)

Produced by: Brycen Waitkus, Rick Spataro

Mastered by: Matt Norcott (Routine Espresso)

Brycen Waitkus: Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Piano, Harmonica, Organ, Percussion, Ebow, Melodica, Glockenspiel

Rick Spataro: Drums, Bass, Synth, Orion Harmonies

Jonnie Baker: Bowed Guitar, Electric guitar, MOOG, Harmonies (1,5)

Shannon Simbulan: Sunset Tattoo vocals

Corinne Lykins: Good Light harmonies

Paige Allen: Orion harmonies

(Returns) Voice mail recordings: Tim Jorgensen, Ashlee Waitkus, Carson Miller, Brock Pierce, Cameron Young, Emily Franke

Special thank you to Elizabeth for helping me grow, always inspiring me, and showing me that everything lost to the light returns. Thank you to my amazingly supportive family, especially my mom, for believing in me and pushing me to become the person I want to be. Thank you to Cam for being my amazing and reliable best friend even from so far away. Thank you to Carson, Tim, and John for making me feel like I belong, and making 2019 the greatest year of my life. Thank you to Ben Peterselli for making me want to always be interested, and to be the best version of myself that I can. Thank you to Willa for teaching me what it means to care for someone.

Thank you Ari, Carter, Frank, Brock, Shannon, Jonnie, Emily, Sarah, and all the other musicians and friends that constantly inspire me and enrich my musical vision. Thank you to Rick and Paige for hosting me and putting so much effort into making my vision for this album a reality. And especially thank you to everyone that has listened to, supported, and connected with my music, it means the world to me :)

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Track Name: it haunts me, it hurts me
When I let you in my mind
I lie and say I’m fine
But I hold these lovely memories
And they define our lives

I’m not sure where to be
It’s always hard to leave
Now I am letting go of love
When its the only thing I need

It haunts me
And it hurts me
maybe love it cannot cure me

I see you in everything
Through every change
I need you in my life

Its written on every page
from the bottom of my heart
you were a light in the dark

And I see you in her
Atleast I wanted to at first

But it haunts me
And it hurts me
Maybe love cannot cure me

And I see you in me
Two kids on Halloween
In a fur coat and a striped dress
You showed me what I need

Everything lost to the light returned
Track Name: lying in roads
I’m too tired to open my eyes
The sun is rising over 355
I Just wanna get to the city tonight

You can be sad if you want to
But I just don’t see how it helps you
Yeah we felt so alive
On a cold winter night

Im moving home for the summer
The last one that we’ll spend together
This place was holding me down
When I was younger
The house looks so different now
Since I got taller

None of those poems are for you
But no 1 can speak them like U do
Darling I wish you knew what I knew

I’m no longer locking my bedroom
Just Hoping 1 night you’ll walk through
Show me the ghosts you believe
still haunt you

Everyone needs love
I’ve got some to give
But it’s never enough

Everyone needs love
I’ve got some to give
But it’s never enough

Im moving home for the summer
The last one that we’ll spend together
This place was holding me down
When I was younger
The house looks so different now
Since We got taller

Now we’re Lying In roads
Because were scared to go home
Track Name: sunrise
When the whole world is asleep
Oh except for you and me
I remember hurting you
And it still hurts me too

Im scared that the
Things that I think
In my head are real
Or at least it feels that way to me

I watched the sunrise
this morning from my room
through the trees
It made me feel okay

You texted me
You said I should get some sleep
In the coldest winter
i had ever seen


You spoke to me
Like sickness was poetry
Like something better was underneath
Like I’m just trying to get out of this place
I wanna get out of this place

Im scared that the
Things that I think
In my head are real
Or at least it feels that way to me

I watched the sunrise
this morning from my room
through the trees
It made me feel okay

You texted me
You said I should get some sleep
In the coldest winter
i had ever seen
Track Name: sunset tattoo
Darling please stay alive
I’ve been waiting up all night

I am breathing in your light
As we talk until the sunrise

I really get it
There was a time when
I wanted to die
But I look at you
And I see so much light
And if you can make it through
The summer then
Everything will be alright

Mistakes that we will make again
If you let go then the worry wins

There is comfort in every change
And it’s ok if your hands
get cold and shake

I really get it
There was a time when
I wanted to die
But I look at you
And I see so much light
And if you can get through
The summer then
Everything will be alright
Track Name: morning glories, rabbits, and moon
There was the rain and there was me
I listened closely as I fell asleep
Who am I to sing anything
Who am I to disagree

You watch the world stand still in the dark
You sat and waited for the sun
You don’t have to be anything
Darling I am nothing at all

It’s not that I don’t
Want your love
Baby it’s not that at all
It’s just these shitty things I feel yeah
All this fear and all this guilt
And wishing I was someone else
baby I don’t think
I ever loved being anything
Were you ever gonna love me

There was the edge and there was me
There were a thousand ways to be
Back when I was alone
I hated everything

I just didn’t want
To get left out
Of my own life
Because you weren’t around
So darling let’s dance out in the storm
Then turn and go back home
Yeah tomorrow when it’s done
Baby I don’t think
I ever loved being anything
Were you ever gonna love me
Track Name: orion
We’re casting shadows
Out to the horizon
while the tide is changing
And the Sunlight’s almost gone
And it covers you in warmth
And your hands they are worn
darlin let me hold them

let the world spin
Without us
Let the world spin
all night

And its lookin like Orion
Shaping love from nothing
I was Blinded by my father
But You restored my sight
I think I met an angel
Through the ocean
Through the oceans eyes

Ive been searching
Darling I’ve been searching
for another person
Who believes I am worth it
Do you believe I’m worth it
cause I believe you’re perfect
yeah I believe you’ve earned this
I believe you deserve it

let the world spin
Without us
Let the world spin
all night

And its lookin like Orion
Shaping love from nothing
Blinded by my father
You restored my sight
I think I met an angel
Through the ocean
through the oceans eyes
Track Name: good light
I was Wasted
in a good light
This is Goodnight
my dear
In the morning
When we wake up
We will make up
In the sun

What I saw
In your eyes
The night that
you cried
In my arms

You and me, alive

You were covered
in the moonlight
Until sunrise
And you
Spoke softly
In poems
Meant for no one
But us

All I want
For your life
Is that someday
you will find
you are loved

love is Patient
Love is kind
Love is knowing
When it’s time
To come home

Will you
Come home
Won’t you
Come home
Tonight
Track Name: orcutt
I see your pain
When we stay up late
And I sit next to you
But we never touch

I wanna say
I understand The way you feel
I wanna change
I wanna be what you think I am

And that’s real
I don’t know what else is anymore
Or how I feel
I keep boarding up an invisible door

Tell me how was your day
Did you feel as good as you deserve
It’s out of your control right now
But you can learn

You kept me awake all night
Thinking about
The way you changed my life
You’ll be in my dreams tonight

And that’s real
I don’t know what else is anymore
Or how I feel
I keep boarding up an invisible door

Well it’s time I step outside
I hope it’s nice
I hope you’re ready for your life
Track Name: silver lining
Moon light bending
unsuspecting
fills air
Like love when you meet it

But you were different
You had listened
To my white noise
Silent grandeur

The hill at half-light
Singing half lies
That love is something to lean on

I know nothing
Barely living
Clinging to the space behind you

That you aren’t filling
You are always changing
Some time ago
It was a place for dancing

Feeling worthless
Only hurt us
a passing
evening in the summer

But I can’t slow down
Life has chosen
For us to be the amusers
And so I finally believed her
Track Name: ride my bike to the ocean
I don’t think I’m better
than anyone else
In fact I struggle
With loving myself

But I have seen that it all
Comes together love
And if you’re working on yourself
It just takes time

So come on
Forgive and don’t let go
And don’t block out the
Pain cause it helps you grow
Its been a long night and im tired and I wanna go home
Its been a long night in the city
And I wanna go home

Cause Self love isn’t selfish
I thought that you had learned this
By now
When you feel like life is pointless
I hope you know you can get through it
Cause I know

I’ve been hiding in this room
And I’ve gotta get out
Don’t wanna spend anymore time
Judging myself

I’ll ride my bike to the ocean
Tryna come down
Its not so easy to let go
without you around

So come on darling
Forgive and don’t let go
I promise there’s a high
After the low
It’s been a long night im tired
And I wanna go home
Its been a long night in the city
And I wanna go home

Cause life can get so scary
But the fear is temporary
My love
I know you will find your purpose
I promise you deserve it
Right now
Track Name: this is our year
I see sunlight
In your eyes
Let them shine

In my dreams
You are dancing
And we are laughing
And our lives

Quietly pass us
These Moments outlast us
You showed me how fast love
Can appear
This is our year

I might finally
Let go of what haunts me
Learning to love me
For who I am

When you are happy
Words cant distract me
Our bodies are wrapping
Into one

With a feeling that changes
The river that takes us
In a current so warm and
Enchanting
A love everlasting

I see sunlight
In your eyes
Let them shine

In my dreams
You are dancing
And we are laughing
All our lives
Track Name: (returns)
There is a gentle restlessness
that settles behind his eyes
when he talks about something he loves
And it makes you feel safe in dreams
comfort in a hunger that is totally pure

I once drifted out to sea as I fell asleep
And when I woke up
It was only blue all around me
At first I was scared
But I remembered what you said as I
laid back and looked at the stars

everything lost to the light returns
Track Name: whole - hearted (bonus)
You are wired for struggle
But you’re worthy of love
And It’s good to feel this vulnerable
Cause it means that you’re alive
You are whole hearted, my darling

You wanna feel connection
Darlin I wanna let you in
Yeah I know that tired feeling
Like you’re never really see

But you cannot pick and choose
The feelings that you numb
You might not realize it
But You are always enough
Blame is just discharging pain
Oh Blame is just a losers game

You are wired for struggle
But you’re worthy of love
And It’s good to feel this vulnerable
Cause it means that you’re alive
You are whole hearted my darling

You are wired for struggle
But you’re worthy of this love
And It’s good to feel this vulnerable
Cause it means that you’re alive
You are whole hearted my darling
Track Name: borrowed sweaters (bonus)
In hindsight
It was the low lights
It was the gardens
at Midnight

Where I found love
then I grew up
Feeling fond of
My new life

It was playing records
In the rainy weather
wearing borrowed sweaters
reading love letters

That made me love where I was
what an unlikely cause

It was playing records
in the rainy weather
wearing borrowed sweaters
reading love letters

It was playing records
in the rainy weather
wearing borrowed sweaters
reading love letters

It was voicing
someones feelings
It was loving
without thinking

In hindsight
It was long nights
It was the slow dance
in the headlights
Track Name: thousand oaks (demo)
Blown to the ground
But You bloom as you are
You said I look pretty good
When I don’t look in the mirror
Just my voice in the dark
When your body is near
I feel like you really know me this time

I told you I was scared
Of how it would feel
to have to do this alone
to have to grow as I’m meant
It’s a shot in the dark
I don’t wanna pretend
That it seems fine
Or that it’s better this time

You made it true
That something good
Could tear me in two

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