Before They Sold Out: Part 1

by Common Shiner

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1.
04:46
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
03:10
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
5.
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
6.
03:30
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
7.
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
8.
03:33
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
9.
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
10.
11.
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

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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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