Vs. All Your Problems

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An album about psychological resurrection, bad friends, break ups, gardening, zombies, figurative castration, growing up, and refusing to make lemonade.

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released September 23, 2014

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Track Name: Phoenix Down
I'm back from the dead
And I have never felt so hungry
The needle and thread
Won't leave a single scar upon me
The lines in the sand
They are buried deep under the snow, oh no...
The blood on your hands
Is the only thing that you will ever know

You left me here with nothing
But I'm sure that counts for something
Cause it was always you and me together
Versus all your problems
I was just trying to make you believe...

How could I have been so stupid?
How could I have been so blind?
How could I have wasted my whole fucking life?
But I promise you that this is the last time
Cause I'm coming back
And I've never felt more powerful
Track Name: Friends With New Haircuts
I wish that I could change my ways
I wish that I get could laid
Maybe that would solve all my problems
Or maybe it would show me
my virginity is no big deal

Have you ever had thought like that
Between the drugs and the daydreams you have
Of stabbing me in the back?
Sometimes I really wish
they would've left your ass in Florida

The saddest part is we had a good thing going
Before you went out and stopped your hair from growing
Now you're too cool for me
Ain't got no sleeves
Stopped making eye contact at parties
So you have fun with your new friends cause I give up
Yeah, I give up

I refuse to be the silver medal pinned to your chest
On the left breast pocket of your thrift store vest
And yeah, I know it's sad but that's how it goes

I should've killed you when I had the chance
Should've been the sugar in your gas tank
I wish I would've never looked back
La Cucaracha! Pendejo!
The scum between my toes

Who would've thought you'd act so different
With that new haircut
It's like the soap sank through your skin
And fucked your brain up
Now you're too cool for me
Ain't got no sleeves
Stopped making eye contact at parties
So you have fun with your new friends cause I give up
Yeah, I give up...

Oh, Madison
You think you always win
You always said your parents hated me
But I bet they never did
I'll take my medicine
I'll wash my hands of this
I'll pretend it never happened
I'll forget just like you did

I'm not coming back
Track Name: The Holes In My Hands
You'll never fill the hole
No one will ever feel the same
No one will ever be quite as insane
About you, Darling

Well I know you always wanted a song about you
And I know it's a little late but I hope it's still true
I hope you're listening, baby...
I hope you're listening, baby...

This is for you and your family and all of the rest
Of those fair weather friends who said that it's for the best
I hope they're listening, baby...
I hope they're listening closely

Cause when I thought about the future it always had you
With a dog and a cat and a baby or two
I would've given you everything that you ever wanted
And done anything to make sure that you got it

But I guess all of that just wasn't good enough for you
You left me all alone - You left me for a fool
There's a picture of us with the glass all shattered
Sitting in your trash like we never even mattered

But nothing's ever the same after you take it away

But I won't be caught dead
No, I won't be caught unrequited
I'm gonna get you out of my head
So I will be left unaffected

You'll never fill the hole
No one will ever feel the same
No one will ever be quite as insane
About you, Darling

I'm gonna carve this tome out of flesh and bone
I'm gonna give it a name, I'm gonna carry it home
And though my knees with shake and my back with break
I'm never gonna leave it alone
And when the truth comes out I'll be sick of it
Because I knew it all along
Now I'm not afraid to find my way
Even if it's alone...

But I won't be caught dead
No, I won't be caught unrequited
I'm gonna get you out of my head
So I will be left unaffected

You'll never fill the hole
No one will ever feel the same
No one will ever be quite as insane
About you, Darling

And every day I pray to your friend, Jesus
That some day I just won't give a damn
But I'll never see things the same way
Cause I'll be looking through the holes in my hands

I know I'm petty, angry, and selfish
I know I'm immature and mean
But at least I know who I am
At least I know who to be

I hope you fucking choke to death
On all your hopes and dreams
I hope you always see my face at night
And you cry yourself to sleep

I hope you're stuck in this dead end town forever
With all the friends that you stole from me
Cause deep down you're just like your mother
No matter how hard you tried not to be

But whenever I go swimming
I will think about the Jaws theme
I will make plans
And I'll try to follow through

The fear of failure will always keep me
Locked inside my room
And whenever I start to fall in love
I'll think of you...
Track Name: FakeArtChicks
I'm sick of these fake art chicks
They're all pretenders
Someone send me a real one

Cause nothing ever works out
(No, it never does)
Nothing ever works out
(And it never will)
This shit keeps bringing me down
(So down...)
Cause nothing ever works out

You say you talk to God
But he don't talk back
Please save me from a life like that

Cause nothing ever works out
(No, it never does)
Nothing ever works out
(And it never will)
This shit keeps bring me down
(So down...)
Cause nothing ever works out

Cause nothing ever works out
Nothing ever works out
At least now I have no doubt
That nothing ever works out
Track Name: 500 Days Of Bummer
My friends are all trying to tell me I'm doing it wrong
But there are rules in place for this particular situation
So you don't have to worry about me. Yeah, I'll be fine
I've got one month to cartwheel, backflip, nosedive
Headfirst into this summer...
...But it's going to be such a bummer after that.

Waking up in my best friend's girlfriend's shirt
in the middle of his kitchen floor
At 8:00 AM on a Sunday cause my body
won't let me sleep anymore
So I think about last night - All the fun we had
When I traded my problems for a bottle of Jack
This was never a part of the plan...
...But I'm gonna live it up while I can

Cause I get a month to drown my problems
I get a month to live close to the chest
Drinking six dollar bottle of whiskey
While I'm scaring you all half to death

I get a month to go get shit-faced
At the bar where her friends hang out
I get four whole weeks to escape this life
Then it all comes crashing down around me

I've been chatting up all my ex-girlfriends
Hoping they can tell me where I went wrong
And I've been telling everyone her secrets
But the list goes on and on and on
And I've been digging up her past so she can bury me in it
I've been writing her a song but she is never gonna hear it
At least not until September...
...So in case you don't remember...

I get a month to lay on the concrete
Outside her favorite restaurant
Where I will laugh and cry at the same time
Until I find some new place to haunt
I get a month to watch her panic
Whenever I walk in the room
I get a month to hope she's still the girl I knew
Even though I know that that's not true...

So I tried a new direction
Psychiatric medication
Something to counteract this curse
But, Oh God, it makes it so much worse
It just makes me feel it all so clearly
Every fear and doubt inside me
This awareness - Paralyzing
Every dismal new horizon...

Then you took me down to the water
Like a whisper from my father
Wash these hands, brush off my shoulders
Bury all the things I told her

You pushed it all out of my head
And left a melody instead
The melting stress, the wind's caress
Then you leaned in and said

"You get a month of good intentions
You get a month of cries for help
You get a month of understand
Then you get sent straight back to Hell

You get a month to go get shit-faced
At the bar where her friends hang out
You get four whole weeks to escape this life
Then it all comes crashing down around you."
Track Name: Sad Alligator
I know you'd like to think I know nothing at all
But I know enough about you
To know you just need to look deep in your self
And decide what it is you hold true

Your head is a prison cell
I won't watch you kill your self
Behind that tear soaked mask
I know I'm no authority
But this is no charity
So if you need some help then just ask

Don't bury your head in the snow
You've got so far to go
Just forget about
The ones that you used to know
You were so alive back then
And one day you will be again
You'll forget about
Those nights that you spent alone

I know how it goes - I go toe to toe with the void
Every day of my life
So don't sit there just bitching wasting your time wishing
That magically you'll be alright

Born in captivity
Sans our virginity
We've been fucked since the day we were born
You can't live off of sympathy
Or toil in obscurity
Cause we've all got problems like your's

Don't bury your head in the snow
You've got so far to go
Just forget about
The ones that you used to know
You were so alive back then
And one day you will be again
You'll forget about
Those nights that you spent alone

I gave you the weight of the world
But you couldn't hold it
You couldn't hold it

If you won't stand up for yourself
If you won't get yourself clean
You won't ever say anything that we can believe
So I'll see you later
You sad alligator
Don't you dare go and cry for me
Track Name: I Hope You Die In A Car Crash
There are days when I would really like to watch you die in a car crash
There are days when I hope you contract an incurable disease
There are days I hope he comes home drunk
I hope he beats you just like the last one
I hope your life is shit
And I hope you die all alone

I hope you get bored one day and decide to look through his cell phone
I hope you find the texts from his big, bad ex back home
But by then you'd burned every bridge
Except the one that leads to him
I hope you realize that you've got nowhere to go

But there are nights when I couldn't care less
When I am free of the hate and the pain and the stress
There are days when you don't even exist
And I can't feel those hands around my neck
There are nights when it all subsides
When I am free of the glare of those bloodshot eyes
So safe and warm and cozy cause you can't touch me
And I know I'm gonna be alright

There are days when I hope you know that you'll never go to grad school
There are days that I know that you cry all alone in your room
Oh, the future used to be so bright...
But there are no coattails left to ride
And the sad part is that deep down you know I'm right

But there are days when I'd really like to watch you die in a car crash
There are days when I wish I was the one in the driver's seat
There are days I hope you hear this song
And it gets stuck in your head and you sing right along
Because your life is shit and you know you're gonna die all alone

But there are nights when I couldn't care less
When I am free of the hate and the pain and the stress
There are days when you don't even exist
And I can't feel those hands around my neck
There are nights when it all subsides
When I am free of the glare of those bloodshot eyes
So safe and warm and cozy and you can't touch me
And I know I'm gonna be alright...
Track Name: Mulch
You are a mulch
I think it suits you better
Spread it around
It's only getting wetter
Outside tonight
So you can take your time

Cause it was a hoax
A black-rimmed love letter
Deep in your heart
You know it never gets better
I tried and tried
But I'll never change your mind

I don't think you know what you've been missing
And I don't think you know what you gave up
But I won't waste my time
I'm gonna bury it all in the back of my mind
And I'll see this for exactly what it was

You are a joke
I think it suits you better
Lie on the ground
Couldn't get any deader inside
But it's fine...
Cause I'm not thinking of you tonight

Cause we are a mulch
I think it suits us better
Spread it around
We couldn't get any deader
Besides in time
We're gonna plant new seeds
And watch them rise

Cause we are a mulch
I think it suits us better
Spread it around
We couldn't get any deader
Besides in time
I'm gonna plant new seeds
And watch them rise, alright
Track Name: Valerie
We must unwrite all these epitaphs
written in regretful tones
We must cradle all these broken hearts
and help them find a home
We must remember every evening
when we are sitting by the phone
That we are not alone

So when I stare into the ocean
I will think of nothing else
Other than the little fishies
and the continental shelf
So when I slip into the silence
at the bottom of the well
At I know I won't be by myself

Cause the world will tear open
and they'll bury you in greed
They'll rip out all your insides
and tell you who to be
But with every last castration
I'll smile just because
I know that there's one thing they can't touch

So when they tell you all their stories
and they sing their siren song
I hope you stare into their sunken eyes
and refuse to sing alone
Cause at the end of every day
there's only one thing that remains
And it's rushing through our veins

Cause the world will tear open
and they'll bury you in greed
They'll rip out all your insides
and tell you who to be
But with every last castration
I'll smile just because
I know that there's one thing they can't touch
Track Name: We Never Go Hunting
Lately I've been twisting and turning in my sleep
I'm changing into something I thought I'd never be
So shake me like a newborn - Got nothing to lose
I can take it - You deserve more than I can give you

But I can take it back
I can make it out of here intact
Is this the right path?
A devil only sent here to distract?
But through all our time together
There was always something that I lacked

One day you'll grow a pair and get rid of me
You'll look back on these songs and you'll know exactly what they mean
I can sit down, I can shut up, you can tell just what it is you want...
And I may not get the message but I know, I know I'll love the font

But I can take it back
I can make it out of here intact
Is this the right path?
A devil only sent here to distract?
But through all our time together
There was something wrong

For the first time in a long time
I can say that I meant it
Like everything was worth it
It's over - There's closure
It was good what we had
But I know there's something better

For the first time in a long time
I can say that I meant it
Like everything was worth it
It's over - There's closure
It was good what we had
But I know there's something better up ahead...
Track Name: Mom Would Be Proud...
The world outside is dark, I should be scared
I don't see why I bother.
I see myself as light reflects: I raise my hand
up goes the other.
I watch them as they wave; the hands, they say
"Aloha!" to adventures
that I had as a child, so young and wild,
I don't see why I hate her..

Tell me the truth
Let me know what you think about me
Let me know what you think about...

As for you- so fictional. I've read your tale.
(I never liked the ending)
A script, immortalized within my mind,
I spend too much time reading.
One by one disasters stab into your heart
like tiny needles.
While I will live my life. One day I'll realize that
I don't need her.

Tell me the truth
Let me know what you think about me
Let me know what you think about...

..To tell you the truth,
I don't care what you think about me.
I don't care what you think about.
(Go on, get up, and get out of here..)
Track Name: All My Friends Are Dead
Tiptoe through the forrest
Breathe in all the mountain air
But the dead are coming for us
Guess it's time we should prepare

Place a pill under my tongue
And lay a bar across the door
Scratch a note into the concrete
So they'll know who came before

Because it's futile without you
I found your grave - I burned the bones
I'd rather die than spend another moment
Living all alone...

There's nothing I can say
There's nothing I can do
If all my friends are dead
I might as well be too