On Tap

by The Damn Tracks

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Kyle Manning
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Kyle Manning Had the pleasure of playing a show with these guys in Chicago right before Xmas '13 and spent an entire month listening to this, practically non-stop. Each track is unique in its own way, and while that may sound off-putting, it totally works for these boys. It definitely has that Menzingers vibe of super tight harmonies and hooks that will stick with you for weeks. The only negative thing I can say about this band is that it's a goddamn shame that not enough people know about them. Favorite track: Down Below.
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© 2012 by The Damn Tracks All Rights Reserved.


released February 26, 2013

Recorded at Melody Lane Studios by Erik Schillerstrom
Cover art design by The Front Coast



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The Damn Tracks Chicago, Illinois

The Damn Tracks are a punk rock and roll 3 piece from Chicago, IL.


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Track Name: Had to Be You

'cause it had to be you,
Had to be you.

Can’t you see that there is writing on the wall?
And I’ll have peace when this is dead.
Can’t you figure out the rest was up to you when it’s gone,
when it’s gone, it’s all gone
because of you, it had to be you.

Can’t you see that there is writing on the wall?
You slit my wrist and wrote it in blood
with your lies and your lies and your lies and your lies...
Your lies and you put them there.
You wrote them in stone.

Track Name: Angels and Saints

All the times we lived for something,
the odds were always against us.
And we’ll all try and meet somebody there
and get out while the getting makes us young.
We’ll all die at 25
were not of angels or born of saints.
And though we all got a long, long way to run
we’ll make it all the same.
Track Name: Modern Day Cold War

Sittin’ around and let the world go by
I think too much, I think too much
I think too much about what’s been going wrong.
And I hate this place,
I hate the world and I live,
I hate this city and what it gives.
I use my friends to keep me strong.

It’s a modern day cold war.

I realize now I was once like you,
Arrogant and self-assured until your iron fist came crashing through the wall.
Your static eyes lit up the night,
I pulled my body from your fire,
We watched this city burn again!

Track Name: Shut Your Mouth

Shut your mouth you’re the enemy
You don’t care what I gotta say
Shut your mouth you’re the enemy
Don’t give a fuck what I gotta say

Whoa oh
Track Name: Margaret!

Saw you at the bar last night it was pretty alright.
Talked about work and your job and you’re doing alright.
So we sat at the bar and we finished our drinks and we got real crazy.
You took off without warning and I sang,

I'm crazy for being alone.
Track Name: I'm Not Sorry to Say

I’m not sorry to say I've got nothing to say.
Had great friends by my side and I found my own way.

Old friends won’t last forever,
Even when they swear together.
All my friends just want to stay with me
and I don’t want to.
Can’t you see what I see?
I don’t want to be alone.
But I stay anyway,
'cause I want to be alone.

Track Name: Mesmerizing

You might be mesmerizing,
but I know we’re never going to make it out alive.
Your eyes, they’re hypnotizing,
but I know they're fake and I can see past your disguise.

You took my hand and walked away
and I’m never going to live that way again.
You said we’d live fast and die young
and we would never feel the pain.
You took my hand and turned around
and I’m never going to see tomorrow.
We walked the path of least resistance
and we’ll make it there someday.
But at least I got these great friends
and we’re going to drink beer until we forget what to do about you.
Track Name: Real Friends Never Die

You stood by for the longest time
We said no hellos no we said no goodbyes
We walked the streets with no hands to hold
We never looked back no we never got older
Then the day that we left
The day that we sold all our hopes and our dreams for a shot of rock and roll
And now our days go by and our years get older
Our nights get warmer and our beers get colder

And if the world stops turning and you’re caught in the end
I’ll be so damn thankful that I kept you my friend
And if the world stops turning and you’re caught in the end
I’ll be so fucking thankful that I kept you my friend

This life or the next
I’m still your friend
The world’s not smaller
There’s just less in it in the end


The end of our time
The end of our moment
We went our own ways when we kicked up the pavement
I thought it was shitty
I thought it unlucky
When we left for Chicago and went in stayed in Kentucky
I knew in the end that when we all went home
We’d have each other we were never alone
And in a world without reason a world lost in rhyme
We have our six strings and now we’re playing all the time

Track Name: Down Below

Well at least I had you here today
Pull your back up off the floor
And I hope to have you here tomorrow
We have the whole world left to see
And if you don’t love me I’ll go down below
down below and sink
We’ll sink

Down Below
All my friends are down below
Cause you never really wanna know
You don’t know no you don’t know so go on just leave me


Down below
All I am is down below
And all we dream are Friday night’s big city lights
Drinks enough to wash out all our wounds
Track Name: Set Fire to the Reign/Mississippi Love
Set Fire to the Reign
I set fire to the reign
I set fire everyday
I set fire to your no good fucking face

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 friend
I fell for a woman that I hope to never see again
So leave me leave me leave me the fuck alone
I still have on these runnin’ shoes
Real friends just a couple miles away


I’m sick and tired of waiting for the wrong bus
Got 16 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