Branded

by Short Answers

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Some melodramatic songs that we wrote between this winter and summer.

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released 15 June 2013
All writing, playing, recording, mixing, and make-it-loudering by us

Bass-Loaning by Anthony Pultz

Cover photo by photographer, Sergey Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky

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Track Name: Routine
I've been so sick
Left to sort out all my thoughts like this
And I've been so empty
Excavating overstated griefs
'Til there's nothing left

I'm writing the same thing - I always do
I'm running on empty, just lying to you
I'm writing the same thing - it's all I can do
It's all I can do

Still I can't tell
If I'm suffocating inside my shell
Or if I'm drowning
Drowning myself in a wishing well

Weighed down by coins in my pockets
Each one a wish long forgotten
Things I'm ashamed to have wanted
Things that I wish I'd forgotten
Track Name: Swept Aside
You left me standing here
I haven't moved in at least three years
And it's convenient to say
I'd be okay if just let this go

But I can't let this go
I let the ghosts of my past
Keep me grasping for the same note
You blame it on fate
Well that's the problem I face
Destiny never went my way

I'm dust trying to settle - I waste my time
Finding solid earth to lay myself to rest
When the western breeze carries me
Out to the open tide; I was never anything

With these days come and gone
I'll think back to when we used to sit
By the train tracks
And let the day waste away
It's become easy to forget
All the times that you spent with the people
Who knew what you meant when you said,
"I hope this night never ends."

Don't forget me
Track Name: Broken
But it feels okay when I fill my mouth
With benzocaine to take the sting of the words away
And it'd be alright if I took a bullet
To my spine - it'd keep me from walking out of line

Just make the feeling go away

Broken, and I don't want to fix it anymore
This has been writhing inside of me

What would you do if you were me?

I'm not the same, but I never was the person that you claimed
You thought you knew me yesterday
So just go on - keep telling yourself
To just go on believing

Broken, and I don't want to fix it anymore
This has been writhing inside of me
Broken, and I can't help but not try anymore
I know I've given up before

Tell me what you see
Spilling out my veins onto another notebook page
Tell me what you see
Just a broken record spinning
Track Name: Some Place
I'm losing purpose
Can't stop the world from spinning
It just seems worthless
To do any more than let it spin
'Cause every page on
This calendar I forget to turn
Is every day gone
With lessons all unlearned

For just one day
I'd like to feel like I belonged someplace
Be someone else so I could say
There's nothing I regret today
So I'd have something to say

I've held this all inside myself
And I can tell that no one means well
I've grown sick of everything I've known
I'll stay home
Track Name: Empty Walls
Well, this feels more like home
Than where I just set my possessions
And try not to feel alone
That first night staring down an empty wall

Well it may well be the monster from my nightmare
Dragging me across the hall
On the cold floor, warm blood against my pale face
I guess that I'm just a kid who's gonna die in this place

But I can't get thought out of my mind
That home is wherever I happen to sleep at night
Like a feather helpless to the wind
It won't be long before I forget just where I've been

And you may well be the monster from my nightmare
Dragging me across the hall
On the cold floor, warm blood against my pale face
I guess that I'm just a kid who's gonna die in this place

I stare long enough for the ceiling to move
I let myself drift to the last time I saw you
I run for miles inside my head
Only to wake up cast in stone across my bed
Track Name: Letters
I'm standing on the outside
Looking through a window under raining skies
I'll get along fine
Just know I won't be there, but I know that's alright

Left behind, feels like waiting on a call in the middle of the night
Saying, "Where were you? What are you doing?"
I guess I've been right here...

I've stayed home more nights than you know

You're branded - I've come to understand it
I've watched you come and go
Wasted, empty, you'll just go and forget me
Letdown you'll never know

I've stayed home more nights than you know
Telling myself I won't sink so low
I've stayed home drinking alone
Just to keep my memory shallow

I've stayed home more nights than you know