Second City Is Burning

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released October 31, 2019

Recorded at Million Yen Studios in Chicago, IL except for "The Rope" and "Undivided" which were recorded at Atlas Studios in Chicago, IL.

Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Chris Dequick Productions.

Dedicated to Matt Wolf, Ricky Wojtal, Randy Kalish, and all our dead friends. We truly miss sharing our lives with you.

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Track Name: High
"Sawyer Party Night - Get here, quick!"
We hit the alleys and scuffed our kicks
and I was following blind, baby
all of the time cause it was easier

Buying anything we could split
or cause the neighbors liked the taste of it
But I kept trying to get high, darling
all of the time cause it was easier
I was trying to get high, darling
all of the time, just looking for more

Smoking lysol to make me sick
Chasing bourbon with arsenic
I was trying to go blind, baby
all of the time cause it was easier

simply being a peice of shit (Fuck, no!)
even the devil said I should quit (He just can't keep up!)
but I kept trying to get high, darling
all of the time cause it was easier
I was trying to get high, darling
all of the time, just looking for more
trying to settle some score

One day (One more drag)
you'll help me find myself (another drink or two)
I said one day (we never say it enough)
you'll help me find myself (we're never going to)

I was trying to get high, darling
all of the time, just looking for more
and I found so much more
Track Name: Bloodloss
Your time ran out in a narrow path
I went back on my word, you pulled out one more smoke
"It's seldom what it seems"

I've got you figured out so just fire away, you know I'm bulletproof
You talk to me like you don't think you know what I'll say
It's arrogant but true

Had I known I'd watch you unravel
I thought my hands were tied
Like it or not, I was wrong

"You're not sticking around, you've got a world to burn, you'll start with Hollywood"
You said "I know what it feels and can recall the taste, so fuck you and your world"

But after all, we weren't getting anywhere at all
We cut this too thin and this is what we lost
You're not coming back to us

I got the call not long after the accident
You'd told me you were comfortable in your skin
I saw the place where a cigarette had burned your lips
and where the ash burned your chin

Now I'm standing at your broken bones
Looks like you're breathing but it's not so obvious
And the torture that you dealt is just guilt that I can't justify
So fuck you and your war

Look at the cost
Look at all the blood you lost
Look at all the blood you lost
Track Name: Shoes Of Gold
You know that time has got an awful hold on all of us
and outside Chicago's city streets are always changing
I can't imagine what you'd feel if you could see us now
but I hope that things would be the same

I tattoo'd your name into my skin so that you know I care
and I claim holy and unholy just to be safe
so I can travel miles in both directions just to hear your voice
so that when we meet I could sing with you
Yeah, that's the least thing I could do is sing with you

and I can count on all these friends that you had shared with me
and I shook your fathers hand and promised that I'd be there
now late night hours turn to years and I can't find myself
it's not hard to be invisible
but it's time to be incredible

because we could end up nothing but a dead friend

and we use to sing about shoes of gold
and the greatest friend you'll never know

but we could end up nothing but a dead friend
Track Name: Tallboys
You finally think you got it, and you learned just how to sing
till you smoke another cigarette and your voice goes out of range again
So crack another tall boy and swallow those notes down
Just to hock each and everyone of those dirty bastards out

I don't know where I've been going, you could say the same
Everything around here is changing every day
So we can talk about salvation in hopes to get along
but we both know that we're out here on our own

They way I make my money, I keep no promises or oaths
And when you press me on it I'll have my hands around your throat

Free for all to Martial Law - Welcome to the place
where everybody shoots each other every single day
So we can hang our livers out to dry or order another round
And bask in the glory of this God forsaken town

The way I hold my heartache is the way you hold your pride
And by the time this song is over maybe all of us will die
Track Name: Saint Lawrence
Count your blessings, say your prayers
You've got your one way ticket to Hell
We had you dead to rights
So let the shock wave crumble you
Turn to dust as a coward would
It's our world, and there's no room here left for you

You claim you've learned regret
well, we're past the point of forgiveness for you
and the violence that you brought bore voices that now resonate
and they won't seek healing at your feet

There's no redemption in your drawn on smile
your parlor tricks and judgments
kept me in darkness, but I still see that morning sun

so keep your ignorance that frames your lies
you're going to end up buried six feet under
and you're still going to lose your soul

You claim you've learned regret
well, we're past the point of forgiveness for you
The violence that you brought bore voices that now resonate
and they won't seek healing at your feet

So cross your fingers say your prayers
Adding links to your anchors chain
That wont save you, it's still gonna pull you down
So, Hallelujah - Fuck yourself, two times
All of you are going to recognize that it's our world
and there's no room here left for you
Track Name: Waiting On The Sun
Racing back to our sacred world
Taking drinks with the wasted moon
so we can dance across the blistered soil
We thought we were running back to the night were we belong
But darling, I'm still waiting on the sun

I needed to tell you before I forget
If I live forever you know I'll be wasting my breath
our time, and everything we worked for

Chasing the sunrise to greet our old friends
means turning our backs here never to return
Wash our names from our skin

We will defy him betray his good name
and he will discover but he understands
The holier waters wholly change us back to what we were before the night

She's so violent to our skin, burning every inch
so I'm going back where the angels dance on the razor's edge

That's why we're racing back to our sacred world
Taking drinks with the wasted moon
so we can dance across the blistered soil
we thought we were running back to the night were we belong
But darling, I'm still waiting on the sun
Track Name: Hello Tuesday
Hello, Tuesday:
One day we're all going to die
and days won't matter then
we're just the grains upon these open shores
with waves that come to take us all away

so come next Monday
once the winter's had it's fun
and Denver's come and gone
I'll come back to you with open arms
and an open mind to take us all away

cause one thing that I know
is that it's probably time to go

so let's abandon the weight of this city
before our bodies get shoved into boxes
and we're thrown like stones into Lake Michigan
just begging to sink

Sometimes waking up gets kinda rough
so let's grab a drink or two and then disappear
cause if we plan to live here long enough
we'll hate a lot of things
that we don't want to

so let's abandon the weight of this city
before our bodies get shoved into boxes
and we're thrown like stones into Lake Michigan
just begging to sink
Track Name: Fuck This City
I've seen you running, and outside of catching your breath
with a cigarette to see what might catch next
I've seen you crawling outside of Quencher's Saloon
as a first rate drunk on the second shift to start the afternoon

Second City is Burning

I've seen you strolling, (fuck)
Well, it's the way you move the best
and I'm sick of all your "beautiful" bullshit
I'll turn this city upside down, I'll tear it limb from limb
Just show you what this city really is

And when the sun comes up, we'll celebrate our wasted Wednesdays
We'll drink these beers and listen to a love song
Everybody hates to be the one who sticks around
while the whole world keeps moving on
but these feet need solid ground, even if there's nothing left for me

And when the sun comes up, we'll celebrate our sorry Sundays
We'll drink these beers and listen to a punk song everybody hates (Dine, Dine My Darling)
to be the one who sticks around while the whole world keeps moving on
but these feet need solid ground even, if there's nothing left for me

Second City is burning, so fuck this city
so fuck this city
Track Name: Worth It
Light of mine, there was once a time
when I was living the worst that I could
and I don’t deserve you
but you made me consider a change

Light of mine, you would grow and shine
as I was watching the worst of me die
and it was worth it
you added years to end of my life

Light of mine, little light of mine
you're going to get all the love I can give you
cause you deserve it
even though it comes from an old darkened soul
(and my soul can't wait anymore)

Light of mine
you little terror of mine
you're gonna follow in my footsteps for years
And I’m going to hate it
but you'll know that you're never alone

and know that you're worth it
you're so worth it
you're so worth it

I wish you knew me then, though
I was off living like an atom bomb
and in open flames, you mended both my lungs
you hung my liver out to dry

And though my days were numbered then
and I took the time to stumble everywhere
when my breath was gone
you were the air that helped me breathe

so, Light of mine, do you remember the time
when I was living the worst that I could
and I don’t deserve you
but I knew that I needed to change
(and my love can't wait anymore)

Light of mine, you would grow and shine
As I was watching the worst of me die
and it was worth it
you added years to end of my life
Track Name: This Is War
You might see it differently
but I can still remember the day
that you fell apart
Your sunken eyes resembled
all the hate you kept inside of your heart
and you let it stay

and there was nothing I could do
but sit and talk to you
and watch you fall away

See, I can still remember
all the times you kept alone in your room
and the friends you made
and I wasn't much help back then
and there were things you needed to say
and I wasn't there

and so you locked yourself away
you couldn't kill the pain
so why don't you take my hand

cause this is war

and your life's the only life that is worth fighting for
and this battle in yourself is not worth dying for
and I'm dying just to hold you in my arms
just one more time

so pick yourself back up again
pick yourself back up, my friend
pick yourself back up again

cause this is war

your life's the only life that is worth fighting for
and this battle in yourself is not worth dying for
and I'm dying just to hold you in my arms
just one more time
Track Name: At Least I'm Still Breathing
At least I'm still breathing
fighting for one last chance
at least I'm still breathing
my pain reminds me I'm still alive

and I swear to God if I drank, I'd be drinking alone now
smoking your cigarettes down
my empty head would be full again

so don't blame me for your misery
If your faults were my faults, then I'd have no faults at all
but at least I'm fine

At least I'm still breathing
fighting for one last piece
at least I'm still strong
with my will to carry on

and I swear to God, someone tampered with my circulation
by pouring concrete in my veins
and it sets with every step I take

so don't blame me for your misery
If your faults were my faults, then you'd be imperfect, too
but it doesn't hurt

and I swear to God if I drank, I'd be drinking alone now
smoking your cigarettes down, down, down, down down

so don't blame me for your misery
You have your faults, so you're just a fuck up too
and I know I'm right

Well, there's no way out down this road
There's no way out down this road
There's no way out down this road
There's no way out down this road
so I'll burn that bridge
Track Name: Worse For Wear
Dying on the wait list again
My hearts been vexed
Like anything else, though, I'll pretend

that I need you
to confiscate my wishes
I need you
to claim your holy names
or I need you
to turn me into ashes
I need you
cause without you, honey, I'm worse for wear

Without you I'm the voice lost in the wind
I've conned my way into your ears
The shackles on a man trapped in thick skin
But I always sing the blues
and without you here I'm a grave less ghost
Confessing everything to prove
I'm a lonely path towards self destruction

and I need you
to confiscate my wishes
I need you
to claim your holy names
or I need you
to turn me into ashes
I need you
cause without you, honey, I'm worse for wear

Without you, I am worse for wear
Without you, honey, I am worse for wear
Track Name: Oh Jaden
Whoa, I can’t keep up cause my lungs, they're on fire
and I can't tell how this could get worse
so put me in the ground

So dress the shrine up once more
Oh Jaden!
To be fair, you owe us one, but if you can't help us now
then put us in the ground

Whoa, I can’t keep up cause my lungs, they're on fire
and I can't tell how this could get worse, how you owe us one
but if you can't help us now then put us in the ground
Track Name: Lost In The City
We got lost in the city
though we've been here for years
We don't know where we're going
but we're coming home to you

Traffic lights in a hurry
Street signs blocking the way
I don't remember my name
or what direction I came
but the people that I left with our true
and we're singing

We got lost in the city (my time is up!)
though we've been here for years (this Rat's lost his touch!)
We don't know where we're going
but we're coming home to you
Track Name: Dark Enough To See
Well, it's just dark enough to see
all the empty things we'll leave in this house
We've cleared it out, but it's filled with regret
and honestly, we've had our parades

and it's just dark enough to see
that the empty things we'll leave
are the brightest stars that we have ever known to exist
We've filled ours with ghosts

and we will always long for problems
They will always seem to haunt us
and we'll always search for our way out

It's just bright enough to see
We can sleep here for days
it's just like we're meant to lay here under our golden stars
and with our golden sun

It's just bright enough to leave this town behind
We could search all day and leave our troubles here in the shade
and find the answers we'll never need

and we will always long for problems
They will always seem to haunt us
and we'll always search for our way out

Well, it's just bright enough to see
all the empty things we'll leave in this house
and though we'll never change our minds
we can leave this place and everyone we like

Well, it's just bright enough to sleep
to dream another dream
to walk somewhere with you
Some place we've never been
Some place we could be complete
Track Name: Next To You
I love you
but when I see those eyes
I know my days are numbered
and I wanna be standing next to you

and when our bodies are broken in a bloody mess
I wanna be right next to you
and when we're decomposing with the worms around
I wanna be right next to you, I wanna be right next to you
I wanna be right next to you, I wanna be right next to you

One day, when the waves come drown us
One day we'll turn blue

One day, when the flames surround us
One day
I'm gonna burn right next to you, I'm gonna burn right next to you
I'm gonna burn right next to you, I'm gonna burn right next to you
Track Name: Albany To Italy
I remember standing on your rooftop
looking over what had felt like "True July"
A summer time in March had brought us closer to each other
but you know I wasn't sure you'd stand here by my side

I remember dancing near your doorstep
waiting patiently for you to come on by
We spent the weekend in Missouri, met your friends that felt they knew
and they could swear they saw a twinkle in your eye
Hoping you shared the kind of loving that I had
but I knew you shared the kind of loving that I had

It's hard to see what love can bring
but love can bring the greatest things you know
Yeah, we started out in Albany
and made it here to Italy, alone
Oh, we can travel around the world
I'll take you any place you want to go
and look just how far we've come

I remember standing on the rooftop
hosting a party in the middle of July
We had our friends and family over
for the weekend just to see
the city lights and satellites as they go by

I remember standing near your doorstep
and now I can't believe I'm standing by your side
We shared our wedding day and took the rings from those that left us
Now I know they're looking down at us and smiling,
saying "they share the kinda loving that we had.
I know they share the kinda loving that we had."

It's hard to see what love can bring
but love can bring the greatest things you know
Oh, we started out in Albany
and made it here to Italy, alone
Oh, we can travel around the world
I'll take you any place you want to go
and look just how far we've come
Track Name: The Rope
This house has worn me out, and it's watched you turn away
Well, I know I don't know where you're coming from

You hung your ghost up on the wall and marched into the sun
and you know, I was scared what you were going to do

and now your parties, they're all over. The champagnes all been drunk
and you know, I burned that bridge a long time ago

I ground my teeth down to the gum when I saw your orphaned son
and you know, I was here when you left us

but bit by bit, you were going down that broken road that brings you to no where
but bit by bit, though it brings you down, you can make it on your own

To all the ones I know, to all the ones that carry me home:
I couldn't tell you no. I couldn't stand the sound

To all the ones I know, the ones that come out to every show:
I never ask for help. I must be out of my mind

To all the ones I fucking bury in my songs when I'm feeling low:
We've all grown weaker now. We've all lost our self control

To all the ones I know, to all the ones that make me whole:
It could've been me. It should've been me

and he who sees a need and doesn't ask is on his way to denial
and the rope that fit around your throat is now on my own
Track Name: Undivided
Wake up! It's time for change
and they can't understand it
We won't apologize for the labels that you've branded
our choice, one voice tonight

and I know we'll be alright
but sometimes it's hard to handle it
but if there's loss of human decency in our lives
we'll stand up, undivided

We're human beings and should be seen
as sisters, brothers, and Americans
and now we're marching down boulevards
fighting for our rights

so wake up! It's time to change
and they can't understand it
we won't compromise for a lack of human value
our choice, one voice tonight

and I know we'll be alright
but sometimes it's hard to handle it
but if there's loss of human decency in our lives
we'll stand up, undivided
Track Name: Weed Stick
Whoa, you got a weed stick, baby
Whoa, you got a weed stick, baby

Light it up and give it to me, pass it around
you got a weed stick, you found it on the ground
you pass it around
pass it around, pass it around
pass it around, pass it around
and get fucked up again

Whoa, you got a weed stick, baby
Whoa, you got a weed stick, baby

Light it up, light up, and pass it to your brother
Light it up, light up, and pass it to your mother
Light it up, light up, and pass it to your sister
then light it up, light up, and pass it to me!

Whoa, you got a weed stick, baby
Whoa, you got a weed stick, baby
Track Name: Breathe With Me
Oh, darling, just be easy
the ground in which you lay
is tattered and it's full of glass
Oh, darling, just believe me
your friends alright, she's just fine
they're combing out her hair as we speak

Come on, just breathe with me
Come on, just breathe with me

Oh, darling, just be easy
the bones inside your neck
have shattered into pieces
Oh, darling, just believe me
there's a hole inside your lung
and I need you to breathe with me

Come on, just breathe with me
Come on, just breathe with me

Oh, darling, just be easy
Well, we're holding hands and now we're friends
I know that you would do the same for me
Oh, darling, just believe me
Well, lift your legs, stay awake
come on now, just breathe with me

Come on, just breathe with me
Come on, just breathe with me
Track Name: Mississippi Love
When I was younger, younger than the rest
I never fought for all the people I loved best
So if they leave me, leave me, leave me alone
I still have on these walking shoes
Chicago’s just a couple hours away

So don’t hesitate to come by my front door
You’ve got a place to crash if you don’t mind sleeping on the floor
It’s just you and me and Mississippi love, alright
Drinks on me, cause the city is ours tonight

When I was older, older than my best friends
I fell for a woman that I hope to God I never see again
So leave me, leave me, leave me the fuck alone
I still have on these walking shoes
my real friends just a couple miles away

So don’t hesitate to come by my front door
You’ve got a place to crash if you don’t mind sleeping on the floor
It’s just you and me and Mississippi love, alright
Drinks on me, cause the city is ours tonight

I’m sick and tired of waiting for the wrong bus
Got sixteen blocks to go and I just want to make it home
To call you, call you, call you on the phone
Your place is just a couple blocks from mine

So don’t hesitate to come by my front door
You’ve got a place to crash if you don’t mind sleeping on the floor
It’s just you and me and Mississippi love, alright
Drinks on me, cause the city is ours tonight

It’s just you and me and Mississippi love, alright
Drinks on me, cause Chicago lives on tonight

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