Honest Lies

Honest Lies, the maiden release from Echo Strike, is a story that was told over decades. Lead singer Randy Van Gelder introduces us to his writing with stories that span over the late 90s (as incredibly young man) all the way through 2019. It took many years to find the courage to produce this album and to set Echo Strike on its course.

The album has a story to tell from the first moment you hear Stuck all the way through Falling Down. It is about the beginnings of relationships, the hard times throughout and the eventual end, one way or another. The songs feel ageless and graceful but have a powerful soul buried deep within them. This might not be the most commercially successful album nor was it ever supposed to be. This was always going to be an important album.

With the release of Not Inside Your Mind, this album might get lost in the shuffle because of how incredible their more refined sound is. The second album shows that they worked hard to understand who they were and who they want to be. But Honest Lies shows you who they are at heart. With songs like Eyes on You, Mexico, In Truth and That’s Not Me, you cannot go wrong with the beauty and lyrical wonders throughout.

I didn’t know
Which way the wind would blow
I couldn’t see
What was coming for me

I shouldn’t find
Exactly what’s on your mind
I wouldn’t care
But life simply isn’t fair

Take a breath, close your eyes for me
What comes next, I cannot guarantee

Your stuck in my mind now, I never thought you could be
Don’t waste my time now, this shouldn’t happen to me
Your stuck in my mind now, I can’t believe your real
I think it is time now, for us to close the deal

I didn’t fly
Until I looked deep inside
I wasn’t aware
Until I touched your hair

I couldn’t make sense
Of the feeling and what it meant
I shouldn’t believe
This love inside of me

Take a breath, close your eyes for me
What comes next, I cannot guarantee

Your stuck in my mind now, I never thought you could be
Don’t waste my time now, this shouldn’t happen to me
Your stuck in my mind now, I can’t believe your real
I think it is time now, for us to close the deal

Your stuck in my mind
Your stuck in my mind

Standing in the corner
Watching your body move
To the rhythm of the moment
Immersed completely in the groove
Your grace consumes me
I lose control
Taking steps towards you
Moving closer than before

Face to face
Eye to eye
Slowly syncing our steps
My hand upon your thigh
Locked together
We’re two of a kind
A vibe clears the air
I can’t help but lose my mind

I fear but I must pursue
I’m here, it’s time to face the truth

I feel you baby
A glimmer in the night
I see you baby
A truly remarkable sight
I touch you baby
A shock to my surprise
My stomach in knots baby
A thousand butterflies

Now that your this close
The moment is critical
I move my body with yours
The two of us identical
I lean in and kiss your neck
My butterflies jump
You stare into my eyes
I know that I’ve won

Fears gone and I’m in hot pursuit
Inside I feel all of you

I feel you baby
A riddle of delight
I see you baby
Confidence is right
I touch you baby
My hands wrapped so tight
Stay with me, baby
I hope that you might

Feel you
See you
Touch you and
Taste you

Feel you
See you
Touch you and
Taste you

I feel you baby
A riddle of delight
I see you baby
Confidence is right
I touch you baby
My hands wrapped so tight
Stay with me, baby
I hope that you might

Closing time
Come with me
The butterflies have left
And now I’m filled with bees

Every time there’s something to lose
How can you push on through
I’ll keep my eyes on
Keep my eyes on
Keep my eyes on you

If a sad songs plays on the radio
And your faith is taking a final blow
I’ll keep my eyes on
Keep my eyes on
Keep my eyes on you

Take a breath and hold me tight
Oh shut your eyes, don’t deny
I’ll be by your side

When the door closes on your face
And you feel a bit betrayed
I’ll keep my eyes on
Keep my eyes on
Keep my eyes on you

If the darkness creeps and you are here
And your heart is fill of fear
I’ll keep my eyes on
Keep my eyes on
Keep my eyes on you

Take a breath and hold on tight
Oh shut your eyes, don’t deny
I’ll be by your side

There’s a time and place for everything
There’s always a song to sing
I’ll keep my eyes on
Keep my eyes on
Keep my eyes on you

Ill do the best, the best I can
Never let you fall from the outstretched hand
But I won’t, I won’t let go
And I thought you should know

Keep me in the back of your mind
And I’ll always leave a sign
I’ll keep my eyes on
Keep my eyes on
Keep my eyes on you

Take a breath and hold on tight
Oh shut your eyes, don’t deny
I’ll be by your side

You can breath now, everything is right
Open eyes, no disguise
I am by your side

I get the feeling you want me
To be more than I ever thought I could be
You won’t tell me that directly
To change I’ll have to open my eyes to seeLet the feeling go, it’s all universal principles
It’s time to lose control and get a little emotional
It’s ending now but hold on

This will not last unless you believe in our past
Time is the catch i hope you can see a clear way back

The situation is not ideal
It can’t be more than material curb appeal
Without a way to seal the deal
Promises unlikely to move the needle

Put the music low, your becoming too combustible
Why don’t you take it slow and find another way to go
Your hearing me so listen now

This cannot last unless you believe in our past
Time is the catch i hope you can see a clear way back

You and me have some amazing chemistry
But can we survive ambiguity

Let the feeling go, it’s all universal principles
It’s time to lose control and get a little emotional
It’s ending now but hold on

This will not last unless you believe in our past
Time is the catch i hope you can see a clear way back
This will not last unless you believe in our past
Time is the catch i hope you can see a clear way back
This will not leave, I hope you can see
I hope you can see a clear path
This will not leave, I hope you can see
I hope you can see a clear path

Time is the catch i hope you can see a clear way back

She’s in that dress
She’s built for access
To be that close will
Be a test

I finally see
That inside me
Is a stronger man you’re
Waiting to see

Feel that, in me
I know it’s meant to be
You need to, understand
That’s who I am, that’s who i am

Where’d you feel
The beat that steals
The love that seems
Too unreal

Kidding around
Clowning all over town
Backwards, inwards
Left, right and down

Feel that
In you
The push
Up and through

Laying
On the bed
Screaming through your head
Through your head

I get in close, I smell the most
Truly charming, tasty alarming thing

She’s in that dress
She’s built for access
To be that close will
Be a test

I finally see
That inside me
Is a stronger man your
Waiting to see

Feel that in me
I know it’s meant to be
You need to understand
That I am not your man anymore

Tonight, did you know about the fight
We can’t believe the people, that’s alright
To walk the streets and work to make wrong right
Why did they do the things that can’t unite

A man, walks a lonely path in the sand
He looks inside and sees a marching band
Thoughts interrupt the same place where he stands
No one help him play this poker hand

Why’d you have to go to Mexico whoa
A place I hardly know oh
I swear to god I lost my pride
Without a guide I would have died
I can’t believe I’m out of that hole
That hole, called Mexico whoaooooo

You seen, most of the places I’ve been
Why’d you have to need a different scene
I could have found you more love my queen
I wish I knew what could have been

Why’d you have to go to Mexico whoa
A place I hardly know oh
I swear to god I lost my pride
Without a guide I would have died
I can’t believe I’m out of that hole
That hole, called Mexico whoaooooo

I wish I found you before the body
It looks like you tried to fight
But you couldn’t without me
I stood still while you were killed
I never solved a worse riddle
Now your buried deep in a hole
That hole, called Mexico whoaooooo

Tonight, did you know about the fight
We can’t believe the people, that’s right
To walk the streets and work to make wrong right
Why did they do the things that can’t unite

Why’d you have to go to Mexico whoa
A place I hardly know oh
I swear to god I lost my pride
Without a guide I would have died
I can’t believe I’m out of that hole
That hole, called Mexico whoaooooo

Tonight, did you know about the fight
We can’t believe the people, that’s right
To walk the streets and work to make wrong right
Why did they do the things that can’t unite

On the way to Santa Fe
I knew the truth but I delayed
I didn’t want to be found out
The drive was long and the nights were hard
But in the sky was the brightest star
And it made me think of you

Santa Fe, no delay
Can you see right through me
Cause that would make it easy
On me, don’t you see
Look into my soul
That’s all you’ll have to know

On the way to Santa Fe
I dreamed of you and we misbehaved
But dreaming was all I could do
I wonder if you saw the truth
Behind my eyes when I looked at you
I’m really not sure what to do

Santa Fe, turning grey
The rain come out today
To wash away the pain
That I feel, is this real
Why am I so empty
You could fill the void completely

Santa Fe, no delay
Can you see right through me
Cause that would make it easy
On me, don’t you see
Look into my soul
That’s all you’ll have to know

I’m on the to Santa Fe
To find away to seize the day
But that really depends on you
Are you on the way to Santa Fe
Should I leave or should I wait
I guess I’ll soon find out the truth

Santa Fe, turning grey
The rain come out today
To wash away the pain
That I feel, is this real
Why am I so empty
You could fill the void completely

Santa Fe, no delay
Can you see right through me
Cause that would make it easy
On me, don’t you see
Look into my soul
That’s all you’ll have to know

On the to Santa Fe
To find away to seize the day
But that really depends on you

In a gilded world, she’s holding out for more
Heaven only knows, questions of this shattered soul
All the time she made her mind, all the lies she never tried
To be the one, holding on the line

But she’s not alone, not again
She’s not afraid, to face the end

Will you follow me, down this unknown path
I promise not to let you go, unless you ask

Walking down this boulevard, a broken man crawls along
And whispers soft, to call out her name
Every word she ever heard just dissipating breath
He turns to walk away but something in him said

Your not alone, not again
He’s not afraid, to face the end

Will you follow me, down this unknown path
I promise not to let you go, unless you ask

Want to try another time, to fit between the broken lines
But I knew better
Want to try another time, to fit between the broken lines
That you would never

She’s not alone, not again
She’s not afraid, to face the end

Will you follow me, down this unknown path
I promise not to let you go, unless you ask
I promise not to let you go, unless you ask

You want me to be, like a tree
Standing quietly saying nothing, but that’s not me
I tried, I even lied
But there’s nothing I can do when it’s eating me from the inside
There’s doubt I wish I wasn’t carrying around
I’d like to move up
But I seem to be moving down

You know me, I’m crazy
I can’t be something I’m not, because that’s not me
I sighed, I surely tried
But time can be a traitor and the ultimate divide
The truth is I have a whole lot to lose
But can i live a lie
I’ll have to choose

Stop, hang on, say it again and I’m done
Now it’s too late it’s time for a break
Think, again, you’ve pushed me to the end
That man you see, that’s not me

You say please, for me
Doing something I cannot do, cause that’s not me
I hide, I’ve survived
But I can’t take much more of this, its blinding my eyes
Change can be hard but its something I need
This moment is going to finally
Set me free

Stop, hang on, say it again and I’m done
Now it’s too late it’s time for a break
Think, again, you’ve pushed me to the end
That man you see, that’s not me

Stop, hang on, say it again and I’m done
Now it’s too late it’s time for a break
Think, again, you’ve pushed me to the end
That man you see, that’s not me

You know me, I’m crazy
I can’t be something I’m not, because that’s not me

She, makes me
Wonder what I want to be
You can see
In the darkness, just like me

The view, you seek
Isn’t real, come on and take a peek
Where I bleed
Is a stain, of my greed

It’s a little strange
The poison in me
My body can’t take anymore
Of this IV

I lied, I took
Something from deep inside
You, cried
It’s been in my head since the day you died

Never found,
A reason why you left town
Touch, the ground
I can hear you without a sound

It’s a little strange
The poison in me
My body can’t take anymore
Of this IV

I never knew, the reason you cried
You found your heart in the open divide
You left me with an emptiness that will never subside
Good night again, my lost girl, my sweet cyanide
My sweet cyanide

Look, don’t breath
I can see her, just maybe
God, bless me,
Stop me from being, crazy

My, heart leaks
The days begin to look bleak
Now, I’m free
At last the moment you rescued me

It’s a little strange
The poison in me
My body can’t take anymore
Of this IV

I never knew, the reason you cried
You found your heart in the open divide
You left me with an emptiness that will never subside
Good night again, my lost girl, my sweet cyanide
My sweet cyanide

I knew I was wrong when I wrote this song
Something ain’t right, there’s a strange air tonight
There’s things to say and it absolutely can’t wait
This is the end, I can’t start it again

Can you see, a little bit more clearly
What to choose? Either way I lose
In truth

Your mind always seems to sway, a little that way
This feelings just a game and your to blame
Don’t your dare, look at me that way
It comes from deep inside your veins
Your insane

I knew I was wrong when I played you this song
Can’t imagine what it’s like to pretend
There’s no way that’s it’s going to change someday
So let’s stop this now, before its too late to get out

Your time has come, let’s move this thing along
Its just you, the bills become due
So choose

Your mind always seems to sway, a little that way
This feelings just a game and your to blame
Don’t your dare, look at me that way
It comes from deep inside your shame
Your insane

Can you see, a little bit more clearly
What to choose? Either way I lose
In truth

Your mind always seems to sway, a little that way
This feelings just a game and your to blame
Don’t your dare, look at me that way
It comes from deep inside your brain
Your insane

Did you ever know my name
Is it just some sick game
There must be something more to say
Or is this the end of the play

You know that I want it
You know that I’ll never get it
You know that not a day goes by
When I’m not wrapped up in your mind

Did we really sacrifice
It was just a roll of the dice
There was never an honest lie
But I sure wanted a slice of the pie

I know that you want it
I know that you’ll never get it
I know that not a day goes by
When I’m not wrapped up in your mind

You and me get confused you see
But we will find a way home
You and me get confused you see
But we will find our way home

We know
We know
We know we want it

We know
We know that
We know we want it

We know that we want it
We know that we’ll never get it
We know that not a day goes by
When we’re not wrapped up in our minds
When we’re not wrapped up in our minds

No no we don’t know
We want, we want, we want, we want it
We know, we know we we’re going get it
And we want it and we’re going to take it
Give it to me baby

Aw yeah

The trees are falling down
I stumble to the ground
No ones around
To see them falling

Games of love and war
Burning down your door
I’ve been hear before
But I don’t play no
More, not at all now

There is always another way
But that means there’s a price to pay
Don’t take this the wrong way but
I think it’s time to say

Goodbye, Goodbye
Goodbye, Goodbye

The wind is in my eyes
It’s no big surprise
I keep hearing all the lies
But I keep stalling

Love before hate
I’m just a little late
There is no debate
And I can’t take no
More, not at all now

A story told, a thousand times
It’s like a poem, that doesn’t rhyme
The sand has blown into one long line
You are no longer mine so

Goodbye, Goodbye
Goodbye, Goodbye
Goodbye, Goodbye
Goodbye, Goodbye