Former Friends

by Pulling Punches

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released 12 December 2013

Engineered and Produced by Arik Victor at Creep Studios.
Additional Engineering by Ryan Reed.
Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side.
Album art designed by Christian Patchell (artbypatch.com).

Universal Warning Records © 2014

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Track Name: Always Too Much
This summer humidity is killing me
But I’ll stay outside to stay away from you
‘cause we’ve already exhausted our options
Some things just can’t be fixed

I can’t always be grasping for the right thing to say

It seems like it’s always too much
You’ll never love anything
What I think makes no difference
You never feel anything

Someday you’ll want more than this nothing
Maybe you’ll give up suffering as a hobby
I wonder how bitter you can manage to get

It seems like it’s always too much
You’ll never love anything
What I think makes no difference
You never feel anything

Never feel anything
Never feel
Never feel anything
Never feel

It seems like it’s always too much
You’ll never love anything
What I think makes no difference
You never feel anything
Track Name: 50 Arduous Hours
We were planning
Had such grand ideas then
You know we did – you were a part of all these dreams
But without warning you went and changed

Invested all that I had in you
And there’s nothing left to show for it

Now it seems so arduous
All this wasted time
I just want to see an end to this
50 hours was more than enough
I never do this

Your ideals – they don’t hold up much
When in reality
There are always bumps in the road
Seems like more than it should

Invested all that I had in you
And there’s nothing left to show for it

You’ve wasted time (x5)

And this is my way of forgetting you

Now it seems so arduous
All this wasted time
I just want to see an end to this
50 hours was more than enough
I never do this
Track Name: Affleck Plays the Shark
You say you miss the old days
When there was nothing but these basement shows
But now you’re getting older and the kids
They’re losing sight of what it meant

Well if you’re asking me it sounds like you just ran away from me
So you ran away from the things you love

If I only listened to you we’d sit home
With nothing left to do but say we’ve been there
What if I’m not ready to quit?
And I don’t care how pathetic this sounds

So go run away from the things you love
Track Name: Former Friends
I know it’s all my fault
I can’t unsay what’s been said
I never wanted to fix you
But now I’m paying the price
For my own imperfections
Seems like there’s no way out

There’s nothing to buy into
I can’t turn the grey sky blue
Turn the grey sky blue

Giving up doesn’t mean giving in

But I already miss you
Don’t know why things went so bad so fast
Don’t know how a good thing gets so – so fucked up
And I don’t think we can fix it

There’s nothing to buy into
I can’t turn the grey sky blue
Turn the grey sky blue

If you’d just stop – stop screaming

Maybe we’d figure out what to do

Turn the grey sky blue
Track Name: Bomb Psychology
I can’t listen to you
You see danger around every corner
And you say – the answer is – to be ready
To hurt anyone who manages to frighten you

Who convinced you this would
Stop the hurt or scare monsters away
They can’t keep you safe
No matter what your voices tell you

But you’re in love with this dream
That bombs will keep you safe

Hoarding cash and knives won’t help you

Who convinced you this would
Stop the hurt inside
Who convinced you this would stop the hurt inside?

Now you’re in love with bombs
They can’t keep you safe
No matter what your voices tell you
Or tell us

Forget what you think you know
What are you fighting against?
Look around - Where is this coming from?
Tell me

Who convinced you this would
Stop the hurt inside
Track Name: Second Chances
If I keep giving them
why call them second chances?
we've danced this dance for what seems like years
and now we know you're not coming back
no matter what you say

But the things you say
(I want to believe)
they sound so beautiful
(mistrust in the way)
I want to forget all that's past and run to you
(these false accusations)
run to - back to you

I'm at the bottom of the bottle
I've been waiting by the phone for hours
Don't know how we ended got these roles reversed
but I’m stuck here
So we wonder
Are you really not coming back?
What did you say?

But these things you say
(I want to believe)
they sound so beautiful
(mistrust in the way)
I want to forget all that's past and run to you
(these false accusations)
run to you
Track Name: Complicating A One Car Funeral
Don't tell me you can't make sense of it

We know you're making mountains from molehills
Somedays you can't get yourself out of bed
And the world asks too much of you
You can't even order coffee

Don't stare - she's two tables over
and you can't move or think on your own
Oh no - she caught you looking
but you’re stuck inside your own head

It's never ending
The need to make decisions
or be responsible for your own actions

And what you're thinking
It's never right
Never right
Never right inside your head

Don't know what you'd do with heart or conviction

Don't stare - she's two tables over
and you can't move or think on your own
Oh no - she caught you looking
but you’re stuck inside your own head

You're still stuck in your own head
You're still stuck in your own head
And now there's nothing left to lose
Track Name: Song Titles May Vary
They will tell you
There's nothing left
And you're welcome to believe them

They'll have their reasons
Don't you believe them
You and me we’re still here
Forget their reasons
Because we're still here
You and me we're still here

Wondering is not enough
To change how we feel
So what if it's not a perfect day

They'll have their reasons
Don't you believe them
You and me we're still here
Forget their reasons
Because we're still here
You and me we're still here

Everything you need is right in front of us
So what if it's not a perfect day
It's right in front of us
Everything you need is right in front of us

They'll have their reasons
They're no better than mine
So fuck their reasons
Because we're still here
You and me we're still here
Still here
Still here
Still here

Forget their reasons
Because we're still here
You and me we're still here
Track Name: Never In November
Don’t stay locked away
Don’t live in fear

I don’t believe that hope is gone
I’m too old to believe everything we’re told
Or the false hope that roads elsewhere are paved in gold

I can’t buy this pipe dream
Even in election years
There’s a world outside your front door
That we could all live in

Hiding away won’t save you
Or give you something to live for
You’ll only keep the good and beautiful out of your world

I can’t buy this pipe dream
Even in election years
There’s a world outside your front door
That we could all live in

Don’t stay locked away
Don’t live in fear
Don’t stay locked away

I can’t buy this pipe dream
Even in election years
Track Name: The Things We Carry
Wish the ink came out of this pen as instant genius
‘Cause this can’t be all there is
Don’t know what to expect

The things we carry with us
Never felt so wrong
Can’t be something that I’m not (anymore)

Today I’m walking where the sun hits
Just this once I’m stopping to feel its warmth on my face
Damn our childhood – damn childhood

The things we carry with us
Couldn’t be more wrong

Believe what you will
Forget without regret
The fucked up things she said
It doesn’t need to be that way
That way
That way

Like they say let’s start today
Doesn’t have to be perfect
Just has to feel right
Just once
Just once
Feel right just this once
Just this once
Just this once
Just this once