About this track

Between “Emancipation” and “Reticence”, I like the latter better. The interplay between the strings, piano and guitar is nice, and even though the lyrics were written in the same rush as “Emancipation”, they fit the song better.

Like its brethren, the middle section of “Reticence” quotes the title track of the album, but it’s something of a hidden reference since “Reticence” appears before “Restraint” in sequence.

(I’m not sure why I was so fond of titling songs beginning with the letter “R”.)

I think this song is the only one where I use a lot of diminished sevenths. It’s a very classical technique, which I think is why I like the string parts so much. It’s not a technique I’ve yet used elsewhere.


Sun and the moon falling to my feet
Wind and the rain drumming their own beat
I don't know when it all went wrong
You once believed and now you're gone

Oceans alive drinking up the sky
Fire and earth burning with desire
How do I know it's not a lie?
Is it too late for one more try?

There's a time I knew what you felt
When you needed nobody else
When I knew what made you melt
And I know I felt much better
With you here

Trees and the leaves falling on my head
Cities and stars waking from the dead
I don't know what you think is true
You still believe -- I know you do

But that time is all but a dream
But that is still what it seems
And that time means something to me
And I know you felt much better

All the times I knew what you felt
All the times with nobody else
All the times I made you melt
Nothing else will feel much better
Without you


  • Produced and engineered by Greg Bueno
  • Recorded in the Closet, 2005-2011, Austin, TX and the Closet West 2013, Seattle, WA
  • Photography by Lauren Tarbel
  • Cover design by Greg Bueno
  • Published by Shinkyoku Advocacy (ASCAP)
  • Thanks to Lauren Tarbel and James R. McGirr


  • Release date: October 08, 2013

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