Before They Sold Out: Part 1

by Common Shiner

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This is the acoustic "Part 1" of Before They Sold Out. Part 2 will be released next year and will feature the rockin' full-band versions of some of the same songs, plus a wealth of new material you won't believe. Stay tuned.

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released May 31, 2011

Recorded and Mixed by Chris Andrus at How To Speak Hip Music.
Mastered by Chris Andrus and Michael James Brooks.

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Track Name: Un(en)titled
He awakes in the light
A new day, a blessing
Was it worth the fight?
Getting through the night?
'Cause yesterday all was lost, everything
Counting the cost: everything
Save this new day
While he's dressing

You're not entitled to anything
You're not entitled to anything

She wears a new watch on her wrist
A tattooed watch, hammered in by a fist
And I think, "Why would you do that?"
"Why would you want to remind yourself
That all that matters is time?"

You're not entitled to anything
We're not entitled to anything

The more that I'm living
The more something seems to say
What has been given
Can be taken away
And if you knew
What transpired at that moment of death
You wouldn't waste time not loving
You wouldn't squander it on regret
So own this moment
'Cause you are not promised the next
Live it, sink in it
'Cause last time I checked
We were not

Entitled
We're not entitled to anything
I'm not entitled to anything
No we're not entitled

[Alternate additional lyrics:
Not a thing, not a song
Not a moment that's one year long
Not a thing, not a song
Not a year a minute long]

And all that matters is
Nothing that matters in
The grand ole context of time
Track Name: Sunset Strip (Seems Crowded When You're Sober)
Lights out in Hollywood, the west coast is sinking
I don't remember where I was or what I've been drinking
No shoelaces and holes in my feet because they like the way I move
And somewhere along this road I lost you

They say everyone gets their chance
And now I've got mine
The magazines all say I'm hot right now
But it's just a matter of time
Maybe I'll blow up and lose my mind
Give them shit to talk about
They'll all say I liked their old stuff
Before they sold out

In my fifteen minutes of fame they'll know my name
But I'll burn out just as fast as I came
Maybe I'll die just before my prime so they'll never realize
I never had it anyway
I never had it anyway

Maybe I'll just fizzle out
And go into rehab after touring Japan
And I'll keep running as fast as I can
But the media machine is making demands
Maybe write a bunch of songs from a hotel bed
Sell a million so they'll call me brilliant
Clean up after a year or two
Drop everything, try to find you

In my fifteen minutes of fame they'll know my name
But I'll burn out just as fast as I came
Maybe I'll die just before my prime so they'll never realize
I never had it anyway
I never had it anyway
I never had it anyway
I never had you anyway
Track Name: Write Back Soon
How hopeful is the month of May
If only for its name
Which implies the possible
Denies the impossible
All while leaning toward plausible
With every day

Except this one is one year removed
From that first move forward
Knocking at a new door
Words were few, and we were two
Briefly
In what probably should've been "Mayn't"

But I would wait
I said I would wait
So I will wait

How awful was that month of June then
You said you'd write soon and
I waited by the mailbox
For more small talks
Of lakes and floating docks
And things as kids
We shared separately under the same moon

But I wrote you a million words
And folded them in thirds
Stuffed in envelopes of longing
But I guess I was just wrong in
Thinking you'd write back
Anytime or soon

But I would wait
Like I said I would wait
July and August wait
September, October wait
But your letters never came

No letters for me ever came
No letters for me ever came
No letters for me ever came
And my book remains
And my book remains
And my book remains

Well how hopeless is that month of November
Track Name: Faith & I
I think about the times you rode your bike down
And we spent all night just laying in the flowers
And I said "Hey June, what is it you wanna do?"
You said "Let's climb that old water tower"

And as this mad mad world slowly turns
We'll sit back and watch it all burn
You broke all your ties with love and so did I
Never known how much we've yet to learn

Rolling down the windows, emotions hit you hard
Like a warm summer breeze
And I feel so many things that never happened to me
But act just like memories

So I'll keep my eyes on I-94
Wishing I could learn to love you more
But I've spent so much time on cheap love and cheaper wine
When faith and I just passed out on the floor

You see I've defined myself by all the sins I've done
Weakness bearing load of all that I've become
I'm heading out to talk to the girls on the street
Anything to make my brokenness complete

Oh June, why'd you leave so soon?
Oh June, why'd you leave so soon?

And as I turned one last time I hit the door
With every bone aching for a savior
And all of those times that I just pushed you aside
Came rushing back harder than before

So I'll keep my eyes on I-94
Wishing I could learn to love you more
And yet through all the rhymes, you move me every time
When everything just seems beyond restore
And there's nothing left inside me anymore
Just faith and I passed out on the floor
Faith and I'll be passed out on the floor
Track Name: Cup Runneth Sober
Just now
When I simply said "goodnight"
I wanted so badly
To stop in the doorway
And say
Not a day goes by
I'm not grateful for you

Just now
While turning out your light
I wanted so badly
To send some light your way
And say
Not a day goes by
I'm not grateful for you

Just now
When I told you that you're mine
I wanted so badly
For you to believe it
Track Name: Sleep In
The greatest of battles takes place in my head
On Sundays when the world's asleep on its head
As long as I've lived in The Land of the Dead
A small voice has said,

"Don't pay attention to me
I destroy all that I see"

So I'll sleep in
What difference does it make?
None
It's always been the same!
Yeah
I'll sleep 'til it's won
Sleep 'til it's one
Sleep 'til it's won

Across the canyon there sleeps a great owl
Whose whooing is silent and intake quite fowl
But don't wake him up or he'll spit it all out
Out on the ground

Don't pay attention to me
I'll destroy all that I see

So I'll sleep in
What difference does it make?
None
It's always been the same!
Yeah
I'll sleep 'til it's won
Sleep 'til it's one
Until it's all won

Don't pay attention to me
We'll destroy all that we see

Sleep in
What difference does it make?
None
It's always been the same
Yeah
Oh I will sleep 'til it's won
Sleep 'til it's won
Until it's all won
Sleep 'til it's done
Sleep 'til it's won
Sleep 'til it's won
Until it's all one
Track Name: The Sad Bastard Waltz (in 2 Movements)
You share your cigarette as you hang up the phone
Sure sucks getting caught in this, but it's nice to not be alone
And you say "Have you ever seen the rain as a sort of celebration?"
And I say "What a strange way to start a conversation"

And just like that you dive into my mind
And I have all my reasons not to let you inside
And you say "I've never met someone like you in this town"
And I swear, I swear I'm ready to give up now

What intricate moves you seem to have
You lead me to the floor but I never could dance
And you say "why won't you let go of what was before?"
And I say "because I fear I love the fantasy more"

It's all so dramatic, it's all so sincere
The way you tug my heartstrings like it's everything I fear
You break through my defenses I can't stop renewing
With all of your senses, you'll be my undoing

It's all so dramatic, it's all so messed up
All my self abuse in all that I've become
You're the hissing of the static, the wind that moves the trees
You rush into the foreground doing anything you please

I long for lover's touch, a glimpse of disregard
With no point of reference, how could I let it get this far
You beg me to come out now, but I just can't let go
The loneliness and misery are everything I know

I'm bound to discontent in all that I pursue
But if I had the option, I'd trade it all for you
So take this weak delivery, the best that I can show
I can't keep fighting, so into your heart I go
Into your heart I go

You share your cigarette as you hang up the phone
Sure sucks getting caught in this, but it's nice to not be alone
Track Name: February
I,
Am weary from goodbyes--
Weary, but our time is past,
Nothing gold can last,
The skies are all gray
You look right through my eyes
Then go away

Friend,
I'm wary of this place,
This soul is tiring,
Tired of desiring,
All the same
Please love me then, admiring,
Go away

True,
Ain't it always so,
That the ones you love
Love you 'til they have to go--
But I'll stay
You'll love right through my soul
Then go away

Well it's true,
I don't know
Don't know just what to do
When it's so
There was an omen that said
I just might lose my head
When you go
Well I'll let you go
I'll let you go
I let you go

True,
Ain't it always so
That the ones you love
Well they love you 'til they go--
But I'll stay
You'll love right through my soul
Then go away
Track Name: Too Many Metaphors
Longing to say the words that always felt so wrong from my lips
All the things that we could be, and all the reasons it can't be this
But I can't move, I may never walk again
Please don't define it because then it will end

Time stands still when you ask me what I'm thinking
Because I know I can't answer honestly

Because I'm trying to make you fall in love with me
I'm just trying to make you fall

I just can't find the words to get me out of this
Though I know I might be lost the moment they pass my lips
There's so many ways to describe how beautiful you look tonight
And there's so many metaphors I got wrong trying to get it right

I know I'm running out of time, I just don't want this moment to end
And then you look at me that way like you know just what I'm doing

I'm just trying to make you fall in love with me
I'm just trying to make you fall
Track Name: Wasted Cigarette (I'm Moving On)
I'm over feeling guilty
For the things I cannot change
And I'm done asking for sunshine
When what I’m needing is the rain

And I'm moving on
I'm moving on

So tonight when coldness hits me
And moves down to where I breathe
I'll await a gasp of greatness
And a sigh of vast relief

'Cause I'm moving on
I’m moving on
That's why I sing this song
I'm moving on

For what is my life
But a simple sequence of events
That I cannot change with subtle gestures
Or hide with any fence
And I'm sick of seeking answers
In a bottle and a wasted cigarette
Oh
So I'm moving on

I'm over feeling guilty
For the things I cannot change
And I'm done asking for sunshine
When what I really need is rain

And I'm moving on
I'm moving on
That's why I sing this song
Help me move on

For what is my life
But a simple sequence of events
I cannot change with subtle gestures
Or hide behind this fence
And I'm sick of seeking answers
In a bottle and a wasted cigarette
No more regret
'Cause I'm moving on