The way we drank there was hardly any money for music

by Trackjackets

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1.
02:28
Years spin ‘round like a 45 Singing along to the same old lines Humming out of tune just to keep the beat alive Oh, the rhythm of the same sad song With the same sad excuses just to get along And the beat slows down but the beat goes on and on This is the sound, this is the sound This is the sound of our history repeating [Blink and you might miss it] And it might seem trite This star-crossed night But your white skin In the arc of the light... It seems to me this is why we’re alive It's clear to me this is why we’re alive
2.
02:58
Give me fiction, darling 'Cause the truth is so alarming I can't help it if these feelings never fade Everything you know is fleeting Those teenage dreams were so misleading And life, it takes us off in unexpected ways So much for things that haven't happened yet So much for the sentiment I fall so easily in every way And I die a little every day True love, it's the whitest whale For the drunken promises we make And the sober hearts and bones we break In balancing our tipping scales, love So much for things that haven't happened yet So much for the sentiment Give me fiction, darling 'Cause the truth is so alarming I can't help it if these feelings never fade Give me fiction, darling 'Cause your words are just disarming And I don't think this will ever go away I tried to quit you like an addict Just one more pull then I'll kick the habit But it's always just more of the same The same things get us every time Those blue eyes complicate our lives Time passes, nothing changes
3.
You're so patient, you're so kind Up until you change your mind When it comes to you and me it's always a shame But it's always a good time And it's only a shame til it's a disaster And it's only a disaster when we open up our eyes Well you and me, we ought to know better You're so charming, I'm so clever When it comes to you and me it’s always a shame But it's the best I ever … And it's only a shame til it's a disaster And it's only a disaster when we open up our eyes You can’t show me anything that I haven't already seen You can't give me anything that I know that I don't need I have this compulsion to crush beautiful things like you I have this compulsion to crush on beautiful things like you
4.
03:39
Throw away your cell phone, burn your TV and your radio Signal’s gone silent now, the hum has faded out We got the wind at our backs, we got the sun in our hair And we’re singing our youth into the air We’re gonna live til the sun goes down We’re gonna live til the sun goes out Everyday’s a Sunday now, in our seaside town The streets all emptied out, the hum has faded down
5.
02:53
Give me just enough hope and I’ll hang myself Instead of sitting here to sulk when I am with anyone else And if that silence is telling, you could hear a pin drop, no one’s gonna change, least of all, I’m not And pretty girls make a mess of everything Pretty girls make a mess of everything When you give them their own song to sing, when you let ‘em pull at your heartstrings And I don’t! But pretty girls, they get away with everything Bluebirds over Manhattan are crows in New Jersey But I only hear a joyful noise when you’re flying over me Dear Miss, how can this be? When I close my eyes, yours is the only face I see But soon you’ll be running and then you’ll disappear, I’ll be the one left stranded here Like a kite, twisting in the breeze, where happy endings are not guaranteed SO LET IT GO, DON’T SAY NO SO LET IT GO, DON’T SAY NO
6.
04:12
You rattle around inside my chest Like a steam train along rusty tracks Shaking me down til I'm out of breath But you know these bones, they keep disaster at bay And my heart, my heart's not made of porcelain anyway So come on, come on, let’s jump that train You said that you were always ready to run That we’re all just wired to fly And standing with you then on the outskirts of nowhere On the state line of nothing, it’s just empties and ashes I think maybe, this is our time Maybe, maybe not... Come on Now we're getting older, maybe colder every day And I worry, darling, have we grown cynical and vain? Tonight I wanted to look at you the way I did so long ago I never wanted anyone so badly and this you have to know Like when you threw my clothes out on the lawn And stumbled out with nothing on And said, baby baby, come in to bed Maybe, maybe not And I know they're our mistakes, we get to make them all our own And someday we'll look back and put the needle to the ‘phone And someday she'll still be a woman, and you'll just be a song But what's the point of playing it, if you can't sing along? Sing for yourself There's no one else who will
7.
03:17
Throw a kiss goodbye, we’ve got maps and charts Raise the bottle high, break it on the bow for the right start Never think about hope when you think about lies Never tie a rope around a sun-kissed smile This boat is at the bottom of a bottle This song is where there are only dragons We're broken bulb beautiful Eyes could set the sea on fire But every bridge we burn has water under it And everything we touch drips through our hands This boat is at the bottom of a bottle This song is where the sun don’t shine Dark days, black waves on the bay Dark days, black clouds on the way
8.
03:02
I've been waiting for you to come down There always seems to be a reason your feet are never on the ground Take the things we're given, baby They won't take us very far Take the signs that I'm receiving They won't take us anywhere at all You were the girl in the polka dot dress Preacher's daughter grin, clever and cruel I must confess Yeah, your head's on straight, it's your heart that is a mess You can smile sweetly twisting a knife inside my chest
9.
04:13
Cold water on a burning heart You can douse the flames, but there’s always another spark Cold shoulders and broken arms And it’s such cold comfort seeing just how hard we’ve fallen All my friends like you, don’t you know? You wind ‘em up and then you let ‘em go You know you’re so charming when you bat those eyes You wind ‘em up and then you make ‘em cry I'm always losing you Who am I losing to? All my friends like you, yes they do It’s so damn easy to fall in love with you I always wonder if we are enough or if we’re just not made to amount to much I always wonder if we are enough I am in love with your sun-damaged skin And all the things that are bound within it I am in love with the words you make The way your mind moves you to create them I am in love with the shapes your lips make I am in love with the way the sounds escape I always wonder if we are enough Or if we’re just not made to amount to much! I always wonder if we are enough Or if we’re just not made to amount to much! I always wonder if we are enough...
10.
03:23
From the gallows to the sea, I let a wave wash over me Black clouds over The Gulf Stream Oh, lord, we’re in distress We made a plan, it was just a mess We made a plan, it was just a mess... With all our worst-kept secrets beaming on the radio An echo of an echo of an echo Lydia, dear, you know, you’re with me right here I’m humming your songs into the air From the shadows on the sea, I let the night pour over me Sharks circling in The Gulf Stream Oh, lord, we’re in distress The map we made was just a sketch The map we made was just a mess… And I don’t know what to say It’s a twisted chain It’s a length of rope It’s an open boat
11.
02:51
Your head's getting cloudy, you knew it would The water's getting deep, and you can feel it in your blood 1000 leagues and you can't feel the sun We've only each other to lean on It’s getting heavy on me And these are heavy things We’re taking water in We’re taking water in Our satellites are falling down We’re sinking deeper in the sound And it's a bottomless fate we chase So what when the machine shudders and shakes? What when it's taken all it can take? Will we chase it til there's nothing left to break? This is our descent

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Adrian wrote songs for Trackjackets.

This is a compilation from three years of music from Trackjackets, a Philadelphia-based band. Tracks 3 and 6 originally appeared on _Wired to Fly_ (2012). Tracks 1, 5, 9, and 11 from _Signal/Noise_ (2013). Tracks 4, 8, and 10 from _Chump City Sons_ (2014). Track 2 from 502 South's _Philly Rock Comp: Vol. 2_ (2014). Track 7 previously unreleased.

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released December 7, 2014

File under waves.

Adrian - vocals, guitars
Jon Z - inspiration, good looks
Levi - bass, vocals
Matt - guitars, percussion
Shawn - drums, percussion, backing vocals
Steve - bass, percussion, glockenspiel

All songs written by Adrian Morse or occasionally by Adrian and Matt. Chirping Ostrich Music© 2012-2014. All tracks recorded and mixed by Jason Baliban at High Sundry Studio highsundry.com.

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Adrian Morse Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Adrian creates songs stitched from historical yarns, literary scenes, and relatable blunders of personal experience. A veteran of countless musical missteps, unrealized bands, and aborted projects, his recent works include an acoustic LP and a series of increasingly unpopular releases with the power pop band Readership. He resides in Philadelphia and has a nice cat (who even has his own song). ... more

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