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Tracks 1-7 from "Fireworks"
Recorded August 2008 by Eric Haag
Brian Medlin- vocals, guitar, piano
Chris Masciotti- backup vocals track 1, additional guitar tracks 1 & 2
Eric Haag- backup vocals track 1, synth track 6

Tracks 8-15 from "A Hole in the Ground"
Recorded November 2007 by Doug Raus
Brian Medlin- vocals, guitar
Lou Millinghausen- additional guitar/vocals track 8, trumpet track 10

Tracks 16-21 from "I'm Alright"
Recorded November 2006 by Eric Haag
Brian Medlin- vocals, guitar
Eric Haag- backup vocals track 21

Tracks 22-24 from "Forever and Ever"
Recorded December 2005 by Jake Levin
Brian Medlin- vocals, guitar

Tracks 25-29 from "Why Don't You"
Recorded December 2004 and March 2005 by Jake Levin
Brian Medlin- vocals, guitar

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released August 8, 2008

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Track Name: Snowball
Snowball (Lapdog)

Did I move too fast?
Did I do too much?
Was it just not right?
Was it not enough?

Quick to fall in love
Like a child, I'm told
It's the broken heart
That makes you feel so old
Track Name: Ruiner
Ruiner (Down Upon Your Knees)

I am the ruiner, I came to steal your life
I took all your kids and slept with your wife
I broke into your house and took all the cash in the drawer
Now I want something more
And no, no one can stop me

I packed a raincoat, her ribbons, bows, and a broken TV
She wears an Egyptian ring that sparkles when she speaks
One of our mouths moved, then I heard: It's not you, it's me
Now it's time for us to leave

Oh, come on
It's not that bad
I swear you'll get used to it
I swear, I swear, I swear, I swear

Oh, come on
A threat to your home?
i swear you'll forget about it
Little holes for a key
And all the mercury
Do you swear?
Then, swear it all

I am the ruiner, the one who stole your life
I took a radiant jewel, that mystical wife
I crawled inside your window and laid on the bedroom floor
Now I want something more
And no, no one can stop me
Track Name: Home
Home (My Whole Life is in Your Hands)

I don't know how you make it work
Not without losing it all first
My whole life is in your hands

And when I land, it'll be on two feet
These are my own
And when I leave, I'll leave it with you
I'm almost home

Long lost souls, lit by the moon
It always shows, I do what feels good
My whole life, waving you in

And when I land, it'll be on two feet
These are my own
And when I leave, I'll leave it with you
I'm almost home

I don't know how you make it work
Not without losing it all first
My whole life is in your hands
Track Name: Dead Me
Dead Me (Say It)

Put it to me like a textbook
Pull the words out of your mouth
I'll reach up and pull them out myself
I will drag them to the street

That wasn't me, the pig who said that
He's putting words inside my mouth
If he don't stop, I'll have to make him stop
I will drag him to the street

Say what you mean
You're a brand new celebrity

Say what you mean
And when you do it, do it gracefully
Say what you mean
You're a brand new celebrity
A cure for this gravity
A black hole sucking the dead me

It all gets like me, like a bad mood
I wanted to hear it from your own mouth
You've come to talk, but your mind's made up
You got dragged to the street
Track Name: The Moth Queen
The Moth Queen (Violet Again)

(no lyrics)
Track Name: Stop!
Stop! (Listen to my Heart Beat)

Pause, this looks like it should
I'm not trying today
Pause, this looks like it should
I will do what it takes
Track Name: I Know I Know I Know
I Know I Know I Know (Teethmarks)

Ever since you, I've been dragging my feet
I know what would happen, but I'm dying to be wrong
I promise I want love more than gold
I do

I'm not trying to tell you how to live your life
But I know there are certain kinds of people you need
This is what I'll do, these are the things I want
I left those teethmarks so you'd know where I've been

No, you're not good for me
You wrote it down plain for me to see, "It must be"
And I see
But I'd like to try it now
All would be different now that I know how

Every dark cloud has a silver lining
I'm always half empty, so meet me halfway
I have to live with this body, I have to live in this mind
The teethmarks on the back of your neck were from me

What was that you said?
I never could get that thing straight in my head
So instead, I'll move things with my mind
I'll reach up real high and pull the sun off the sky
I know, I know, I know

Mighty oak from little acorns grow
It's not fair
It came from nothing, now it's here to stay

There's no fool like an old fool, and I'm fooling us all
Into thinking I've compromised all I own
I wouldn't trade love for my weight in gold
That's true
Track Name: We're Not Speaking These Days
We're Not Speaking These Days (Ghost Wandering)

Don't you think that I deserve a bit more credit than that?
I always worked but I never really liked it, is that bad?

'Cause it's not about the money
It's about connections, the people we make
You always had all the answers, but not the questions
The questions remain

Don't you think that I deserve a bit more credit than that?
I always worked but I never really liked it, is that bad?

'Cause if you'd look me straight in the eye
There's no relation, and who can we blame?
We've been walking on eggshells without a mention
A ghost wandering

'Cause it's not about the money
It's about connections, the people we make
You always had all the answers, but not the questions
One question remains

Don't you think that I deserve a bit more credit than that?
Track Name: Join a Cult
Join a Cult (Trepanning)

How can I find direction when I can't find home?
How can I be sure I am not the only one?
How can I forgive myself for all the things I've done?
How can I make it right when I know it was wrong?

I know how
I'll join a cult

How can we pick ourselves up when we're feeling down?
How can we get our souls out of the burial ground?
How can we speak to you if you can't read our minds?
How can we stick together after we all die?

I know how
We'll join a cult

Oh no
I know

How can I do these things when there's so many ways?
How can I spend it all in just a single day?
How can I make it feel like I'm always welcome?
How can I cut myself in half to give someone?

I know how
I'll join a cult

Oh no
I know

I'm not coming back
Track Name: Drone
Drone (One After Another)

If you ask me to go, I'll know when to leave
I'll be your wall, I'll be the cloud
If you need a shadow, I'll swallow you
If you need a liar, I'm it

I'll line up my stunts all in a row
I'll stand on my head, I'll starve myself

If you need a strong foundation
I will be a brick in the ruins
If you need a friend that won't say anything
I'll be a drone

I'll show you tricks, I'll be a cheat
If you need rain, baby, I'm it
Track Name: No Good
No Good (Out in the Light)

You get by 'cause you ignore everything I write
You stay inside, and you hide in the shadows
I will pull you out and hold you in the light
This ain't gonna sound fair, and I don't care

There's nothing more selfish than a solo act
And if it stings your ears, it should
'Cause all I ever wanted was for you to react
And call me no good

Pay no mind, we'll give you all that you need tonight
It's a free ride that you had at our expense
We're gonna make you think you're putting up a fight
You don't have to be scared, if it's not there

There's nothing more selfish than a solo act
And if it stings your ears, it should
'Cause all I ever wanted was for you to react
And call me no good

I'm not gonna back out like I did those times before
'Cause it might be my only chance
I'm not gonna let it pass
My only chance

You feel fine, you ignore everything that I write
Just toe the line, I'll decide on your character
I went behind your back and hung you out to dry
No, I never sound fair, 'cause I don't care

There's nothing more selfish than a solo act
And if it stings your ears, it should
'Cause all I ever wanted was for you to react
And call me no good
Track Name: Fairy Tales
Fairy Tales (Shipwrecked)

So, I tried and I failed
I'm never going through that again
So, I tried and I failed
Man up, stick to the plan

Oh no, not me
I'm not gonna believe
No more, not me
No more fairy tales

So, I tried and I failed
You pushed me to the edge
My ship turned shipwreck
My whole, a broken half

You may find it in reflections or washed up on the sand
You may catch it in the wind that blows right through your hair
But it's not there

No no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no
No more fairy tales

And when you come back with fool's gold
I will be the one to say, "I told you so"
'Cause it's not there
It's not there
No more fairy tales
No more make believe
No more heroes or second chances
All that glitters ain't gold
It's just a flash in the pan
It's not there
Track Name: Misery Dirge
Misery Dirge (Crutch Song)

You're a cast-iron statue ready-made for me
You're the stubborn weight that won't lift from my shoulder
You're a broken bell, ringing me

You're the last-time melt-down traps I set
You're the dripping-wet watery-streets in my mouth
You're a lifeboat, swimming me

Oh, this misery dirge
Like an old one, a mountain murder
And it goes, "Your life is a wreck
We won't let you forget"

You're the same-old tired-boring magazine
You are every single excuse I ever used in my life
You're a hole in the ground

Oh, this misery dirge
Like an old one, a mountain murder
And it goes, "Your life is a wreck
We won't let you forget"

You're the rotting-rock-bottom worst of my moods
You're the blood from a stone in my chest for my head
You're the limits of my mind, but not of me
Track Name: Violet
Violet (Violet You)

(no lyrics)
Track Name: Hell on Earth
Hell on Earth (Conquistadors)

It's hell on earth and we're all at sea
You're in the fire that burns all the trees

The tidal sound
It pins you down
So stick it out
Make us a proud

We don't believe you, but we wanna believe
We don't need to, but we want to need

The tidal sound
It pins you down
So stick it out
Make us a proud

The pressure to keep up, waves above your head
It buries you deep down in the ocean floor
You try to keep your head afloat, where the pieces fit
But you get beat and beat up by the crushing lows

You're screaming out

You're screaming out
But no one hears at all
Track Name: The Water is Poison
The Water is Poison (The Earthquake)

An earthquake starts
You made it start
And so, the ground gives way
Your feet move now
You feel safe on higher ground
The mountain begins to crumble
The mountain you built will fall

You don't move
'Cause when you move
The ground shakes

The air grows thick
The air is smoke
You fill your lungs with it
You drink the lake
You have no choice
You find the water is poison
The rain you made is poison

You dive right in
And when you're in
You start to sink
So you don't move
And you drown in it

It moves with you
Because you made it
If you don't move
You'll go down with it
Track Name: Can I Change Your Mind?
Can I Change Your Mind? (You're Stuck)

I'm not gonna leave the house today
'Cause I don't need to anyway
I don't need new friends 'cause I love the ones I've got
I'm not gonna leave the house today

I don't even know your name
You just walked by my window
Where are you going now 'cause I'd like to go there too
I don't even know your name

When I woke up, the sun was out
I didn't mind
I've been slipping further out
I don't mind

I'm not trying to change your mind
But can I change your mind?
You don't have to go, you can spend the rest of the night
The world can wait

I'm not trying to change your mind

Now I'm stuck, I can't get back
Get me out
It's not your fault, but I need help
Get me out

I'm not gonna leave the house today
'Cause I don't need to anyway
I don't have to go, I can spend the rest of the night
The world can wait
Track Name: Monsters
Monsters (Run Run Run Run)

In silence and in trust, we had reached that point in us
Where the nights are long and talks are few
But the words in the air, they will rip us both to shreds
Like the monsters we make in our heads

Although you have changed, I still feel the same about you
But if you get too close, I don't know what I'll do

We all know where this is going, and we know where this will end
I'll meet you there, I'll see you there
And the tragedy is, I wait too long
I'm living the wrong life all the time, and you got through

No, I never changed
I swore I'd be okay without you
But you got too close
So I ran from you

(I run run run run)

Keep them under the bed, so I won't be afraid
The man you thought you knew, that isn't me

You were the one for me, and I messed up
I messed up
Track Name: Scumbag
Scumbag (Two for Flinching)

I'd really like to know how you thought you could talk back
When you behaved in such a manner
I'll take two of you on, 'cause you're so easy
You're not even half the man I am
Track Name: Sleep
Sleep (Peter McVries)

I'm alright
I am fine
Nothing is wrong
I'm alright

It's better to keep it inside
It's better to hold your breath
It's better than a fight with your friends
It's better than starting again
It's better to leave it alone
It's better than dying alone
It's better to watch what you say
It's better to save your face
Track Name: You Are Only Dust
You Are Only Dust (My Friends Sing Along)

It's not that I want you
I just don't wanna be alone

No, you never had me
But I sure as hell had you
You've been on your feet for days
Well, I've grown tired of that excuse
You can't use it no more

It's not that I miss you
I just don't wanna be alone

I'm not my father
And you're not your mother
So let's move on
If you say it, it just might save you
This is all you are

I'd like to put this to rest, I could do it all in one move
You are only dust to me, I could get rid of you with just one blow
I will fight you with every single weapon I've got
You'll never take me alive, no, you'll never take me alive
I will disappear and I will reappear
I will come and go, I'll do it as I please
You can't go behind my back, 'cause I'll shove this in your face
I'll shove it down your throat, I'll make you choke
I will make you choke on every lying word that you ever said about me
Because you don't even know me, now you never will
You are the dust that settles on my shelves, that clouds my room
I'd rather keep my friends, all the real ones
And my friends sing along...

It's not that I need you
I just don't wanna be alone
Track Name: A White Horse
A White Horse (You're Slipping)

I know you want to, but I don't
I know you're going to, but I won't
I'm not trying (don't it sting?)
I'm too tired (don't it sting?)
I'm not ready (don't it sting?)
I'm not capable (don't it sting?)

And when I said it, it came out wrong
You took it with you all wrong
A white horse story, and now you're gone
You have it with you all wrong

I know you want to
I know you're going to
I think you're slipping, you're gone
I'm the movie, I'm the song
I'm not ready (don't it sting?)
I'm not capable (don't it sting?)

And when I said it, it came out wrong
You took it with you all wrong
A white horse story, and now you're gone
You have it with you, it's wrong

And you can keep it
'Cause I know it's coming to me
I believe it
I won't settle, I made deals

I know what you're going through
You know what you've gotta do
I think you're slipping
I think she's leaving
I'm the movie
I'm the music
I'm oh so ready
I feel it stinging
I'm just tired of waiting
Everything in life is timing, and that's true
I'm pushing you all aside, I've gotta make room

I am ready for love
Track Name: I Eat Me
I Eat Me (Sheet Shark)

No, this never happened before
It won't happen again
A feast with friends and lovers
No one has to know

You'll go down nicely
When you put up a fight
And if you let it swallow you whole
You won't feel the teeth

I eat me
I eat me alive
You look like me
And I lost my place

What happened to it all?
I got stuck in your teeth
You don't like the taste
You taste the same
Throw out the bone
Tear at it's meat
Before I get cold
Would you eat me?

There's no mouth
But it sucks you off
Nothing but glass
You felt so soft

I'll chew your face
I won't complain
I'll melt you down
I'll make the grade

And if you try to eat me, baby
We both choke
Track Name: In Time
In Time (Comfortable Someday)

I hope you slept
I care for the thought
Understand I've wasted time
And ignore it

Convinced
It it lasts
Start over, play happy
I can't speak now to...

I'll always be
Your second chance
Understand I'm your mistake
And run back

Convinced
It it lasts
Start over, play sorry
I can't speak now to...

My favorite part of you
With so much left unsaid

Convinced
It it lasts
Start over, play happy
I hope you feel...

Comfortable someday
(In time, I hope you feel)
Track Name: The Things We Do
The Things We Do (Faking It)

So, with you, I crumble
I'm a fumbling mess
I fall into the cracks on the floor
I spill like water

You give and I'll take
And it sure feels nice
For the time being
Yeah, it feels nice

You love to talk
And I love to listen
So hit me as hard you can
I'm here for you

So, with you, I crumble
I'm a fumbling mess
But there is no meaning
I should keep my mouth shut

You love to talk
And I love to listen
So hit me as hard you can
I'm here for you
Track Name: Let Go
Let Go (Somewhere Something Went Wrong)

Never rest well, the past becomes new
You're stuck to a girl (she won't let you go)
Lie on the phone, or lie to your friends
You are stuck to them (they won't let you go)

Sick all the time, a life turning old
You find solitude (it won't let you go)
Scared to get out, don't know how you got in
You'd do anything (it won't let you go)

Tossing and turning
You would be afraid too
Knowing and learning
If all your dreams came true
Like mine do

You tried to get out
You tried everything
You don't know what it is
You don't know who to blame
It all just seems the same
You don't know who to blame

You're tossing and turning
'Cause all your dreams come true
You're knowing and learning
They all get afraid too
Like I do

Never rest well, the past becomes new
You're stuck to yourself (you should let it go)
Lie on the phone, or lie to your friends
You're stuck to yourself (you should let it go)
Track Name: Co-Pilot
Co-Pilot (Simply)

You said I'm the greatest
I thought that was enough
You are the captain
But the flight's not taking off

You were right and I was wrong

This is not to happen
Oh no, just to end
You are the greatest
You are great enough for me

I am right and you are wrong
Track Name: My Majesty
My Majesty (All Things Shining)

The vines swallow trees
And you're my majesty
The headlights keep circling
All around me

You'll either pass me by
Or make a big mistake
So just save yourself

Did we rush to this?
I don't know

Didn't they see me
The dead deer in the road
Reach out and save me
You nearly had a crash

Did we rush to this?
I don't know

Didn't you see me
The dead deer in the road
Reach out and save me
You nearly had a crash

Like vines swallow trees
You are cruel to me
Track Name: When I'm Bob Dylan
When I'm Bob Dylan (You Never Leave)

I'm feeling for bones
It may keep you warm
But it only gives me the chills
The worst lessons in life
Are the ones that end with:
"That's just the way things are"

I want you to know
That men can't let go
Of anything
They once held dear

When you've gone about things wrong
Your whole damn life
You may start to savor these times
But I can't think
"What if?"
For the rest of my life anymore

I want you to know
That men can't let go
Of anything
They once held dear

I've been holding my breath
For the past few years
The first thoughts on my mind
Are the last words you'll hear
My biggest fear
Is saying everything

I want you to know
That men can't let go
Of anything
They once held dear to themselves