Strong Enough to Last

by Willamena

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Original Midwestern rock n' roll.

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released June 13, 2017

Written: Lucas Ross/Chad Hendrickson
Mixed: Cameron Webb
Mastered: West West Side Mastering

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Willamena Kalamazoo, Michigan

Willamena is a rarity -- a nationally-charting indie band. With the first single ahead of its sixth release “Strong Enough to Last" heading for radio and making waves with critics, Kalamazoo’s #1 rock act is once again proving some old wisdom true: a determined underdog will have his day.

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Track Name: Strong Enough to Last
Well we watched those heavy dark clouds
As they came rolling in
We yelled out loud as the thunder
Started to begin

Now here comes the rain
We’ve been prepared by our years
To watch for the sunlight
That burns away these fears

(Chorus)
We’re strong enough to last
Through the darkness and the tears
Through the pain and the storms that roll
Through the bitter wind that cuts our bones
We’re strong enough to last
Strong enough to last

Well we watched as the lightning danced
Looked like a fireworks show
Like the light was moving to the beat
Of the songs playing on our radio

Then we felt the wind
As it ripped through our hearts
We thought that we were safe
‘Til that storm almost tore us apart

(Chorus)

Through the midnight hour
Of the darkest night
We’ll find the strength we need
We’ll find the strength that we need
In the morning light, yeah

(Chorus)
Track Name: Open Up the Stars
I think I’ll write a note
Tell everyone that I know
That I’m not going anywhere
Anytime soon
I’m gonna stick around
Despite these pains that I’ve found
Every day, every day

This world will drag you down
Yeah it’ll cut you to the core
If your will’s not strong
And you don’t want to be here anymore
So let me take your hand in my hand
I’m gonna show you the light I see

(Chorus)
When I dream at night
I open up the stars
When I dream I open up the stars
When I breathe in the air
I feel so alive
Now when I breathe I feel alive

I’m gonna keep my faith
And this trust that I’ve found
‘Cause my love of life comes from that place
I’m not gonna dwell, not gonna live in the dark
I’m gonna breathe in the sweet air of life

(Chorus)

I’m gonna take my pleasures
From the things that others do
I hope a smile is the light
That inspires you
To breathe in the air
See all the colors of the day
To know the sun still shines
When the clouds get in the way

(Chorus)

When I dream at night
I open up the stars
When I dream I open up the stars
Track Name: As Long As I Can
I grew up running away from the shadows
Darkness was always close to me
I saw tomorrow as the reason I was trying
I’d rather run to the day than hide from the night

Everyone gets tired
And I know that I’m not Superman
And I’m gonna run as long as I can
As long as I can

Maybe I’m desperate
Maybe I’m just a fool
My happiness never seems real to me
But I could always dream
And that’s enough you see
‘Cause I’d rather reach for my dreams
Than feel empty inside

Everyone gets tired
And I know that I’m not Superman
And I’m gonna run as long as I can

(Chorus)
As long as I can
I’m gonna run
As long as I can
I’m gonna run

Everyone gets tired
And I know that I’m not Superman
And I’m gonna run as long as I can

(Chorus)
Track Name: When You Close Your Eyes
Night follows the setting sun
And the stars come out
When the day is done

Dreams only come when your eyes are closed
When you can shut out the world
Shut out that cold

I’m drowning from the weight of my dreams
Spent too much time
Running away from too many things
‘Cause I dream as much as I can

(Chorus)
When you close your eyes
You can see everything
When you close your eyes
Close your eyes and dream
When you close your eyes
You can do anything
When you close your eyes
Close your eyes and dream

‘Cause you can dream about anything
When you close your eyes

The wind blows through her hair
But to me she was already there
The day chases the stars
Now when I walk around I know
They’re not very far away

I’m drowning from the weight of my dreams
Spent too much time
Running away from too many things
‘Cause I dream as much as I can

(Chorus)

‘Cause you can dream about anything
You can see the world
And how it could be
When you close your eyes and dream

When you close your eyes
When you close your eyes
Close your eyes and dream
When you close your eyes
You can do anything
When you close your eyes
Close your eyes and dream
‘Cause you can dream about anything
When you close your eyes
Track Name: Darkest Before the Dawn
I hope what I heard is true
It’s darkest before the dawn
‘Cause I don’t know how much longer
I can just sit back and hold on

Well I’ve been down before
But never quite like this
The light seems to have just slipped away
And this midnight feels endless

It’s tough out here
It’s cold when you’re alone
It’s tough out here
I know it’s darkest before the dawn

(Chorus)
It’s darkest, darkest before the dawn
Here comes the sun
And the pain’s moving on
It’s darkest before the dawn

If the early bird gets the worm
Then I’d have been full by now
I keep trying despite the odds
That have been holding me down

But I’m gonna climb that wall
I ain’t gonna stop
I’m gonna feel the light on my face
When I make it to the top

It’s tough out here
It’s cold when you’re alone
It’s tough out here
I know it’s darkest before the dawn

(Chorus)

Well I remember when I dreamed of the sun
As it shined on perfect day
Now there’s a darkness to the edge of the night
That takes my breath away

Now I pray for the light, I pray for the light
I pray for the light to shine on me

(Chorus)

It’s darkest, darkest before the dawn