SONGS FROM THE BASEMENT (2017)

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FREE TASTE

un deux trois quatre

 

Fake hair, fake nails, always dressed to impress

10,000 dollar smile, but the cause is suspect

Looking for mister right but all he is is mister right now

He said he could entertain her an hour if she'll allow it

 

She accepts his request, now he’s watching her undress

Nibblin on his neck, running fingers down his chest

Passion in the air and whiskey in their veins

They got no concern for ruin once hormones take the reins

 

Silver tongue foxy sayin' she's one of a kind

20 minutes in the sheets brings a new frame of mind

And now they're talking about love and the life they're gonna share

While he's thinking about exits and the cost of cab fare

 

Sayin hold up a second girl, that wasn't in the deal

I enjoyed the free taste, I ain't orderin the meal

I ain't trying to be rude, hope you understand

We can be lovers, I ain't gonna be your man

 

Ba da da ba da da ba ba dow ba da da dow dow dow

Ba da da ba da da ba ba dow ba da da dow dow dow

 

She's droppin all the right lines for the all the wrong reasons

Mischief in her eyes she stays steadily teasing

Treason, she's clearly a train wreck

But his body is vetoing his head's well deserved objections

 

Questions, speculate to her intent

Analyzing every single move she's made and what they meant

Verdict in, she a bonafide basket case

But he's always been a sucker for a pretty face

 

So throwin caution to the wind he starts moving in

Shorty's so eager to sin demands they begin

Hook, line, and sinker she’s the apple of his eye

He offers her the moon while she offers this reply

 

Hold up a second boy that wasn't in the deal

I enjoyed the free taste but I ain't ordering the meal

I ain’t trying to be rude, hope you understand

We can be lovers but I ain’t looking for a man

 

Ba da da ba da da ba ba dow ba da da dow dow dow

Ba da da ba da da ba ba dow ba da da dow dow dow

 

It's disaster to begin confusing passionate thrills

With matters of hearts despite the battle of wills

It's a catalyst fueled by fear of commitment

From a life of bad decisions on behalf of your equipment

 

It's consistent with the seasons changing endlessly...

So stay persistent with the reasoning of blatant honesty...

Honestly dishonesty can only hurt the situation...

When you actively pursue the act of sex for recreation...

 

It's a powder keg mixed up with a time bomb...

Hopefully we find some common ground to meet upon when time comes...

To make a break cause its a delicate affair...

and if you get sloppy you should be prepared to say...

 

Hold up a second girl that wasn't in the deal...

I enjoyed the free taste but I ain’t ordering the meal...

Ain’t trying to be rude, hope you understand...

we can be loves but I ain't gonna be your man...

 

Ba da da ba da da ba ba dow ba da da dow dow dow...

Ba da da ba da da ba ba dow ba da da dow dow dow...

 

THE TASTE

My nature is a darkness that I'll learn to navigate

But I'll never stop trying to illuminate it

Swallowed by a cave in, happened at an early age

And I never bothered planning an escape

 

Could always be better and it sure as hell could be worse

So I crack a grin and I crack a beer

And I lace up for another year

Cause where there's life there will always be a fight

 

La da la da da da da da da da da da

Da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da

 

I've seen life and I've seen death

I've been East and I've been West

I've lived and loved and I've made stories to tell

 

I've seen the bottom of the bottle

More times than I can follow

And the only thing I believe in is myself

 

That's good enough for me

It should be good enough for you

Because if there is a God above

I know that I will know his love

Cause I've always lived a life that has been true

 

La da la da da da da da da da da da

Da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da

 

We all want what we can't have

Til it's just within our grasp

Then we're surprised that the emptiness does not subside

 

I know fleeting inner peace

That comes with the complete release

Of all the bullshit I try to keep inside

 

I don't care about right or wrong

I just care about writing songs

So you can keep your gimmicks

I'll focus on my lyrics

And I'll see you on the other side

 

La da la da da da da da da da da da

Da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da

GRASS IS GREENER

Yesterday I wanted to rule the world

And today I just want to sleep

Tomorrow I'm gonna wanna find true love and sweep her off her feet

Next week I'm gonna wanna play the field and I'll send her on her way

Living contradiction, I'm a breathing work of fiction, I'm another walking cliché

 

And its madness, I understand, living in a castle made of sand

Thoroughly enticed, ignoring good advice with a million different plans

So take it in while you have a chance

Tomorrow's forecast isn't known

 

Yeh you must pardon my demeanor

Some say I'm a dreamer

But the grass is always greener

The grass is always greener

In someone else's pasture

A natural disaster

The grass is always greener

The grass is always greener

 

Hedging my bets

Ain't got a clue what's next

Making it up as I go along

Ignoring major ties

I've been living double lives

So it can work when I write this song

 

Hopefully peace will come my way

Hopefully someday it will all make sense

If not I'm going to have to make my own

Never a thought for a consequence

 

And its madness, I understand, living in a castle made of sand

Thoroughly enticed, ignoring good advice with a million different plans

So take it in while you have a chance

Tomorrow's forecast isn't known

 

Yeh you must pardon my demeanor

Some say I'm a dreamer

But the grass is always greener

The grass is always greener

In someone else's pasture

A natural disaster

The grass is always greener

The grass is always greener

 

Oh oh oh

Ohhhhhhhh yeah

 

Well, you must pardon my demeanor

Some say I'm a dreamer

But the grass is always greener

The grass is always greener

In someone else's pasture

A natural disaster

The grass is always greener

The grass is always greener

YIN AND THE YANG

I got the time if you got the money

And I got a box of Kleenex if your nose is ever runny

Girl, I got everything you want, you've got everything I need

Find that happiness somewhere in between

 

I like the drumstick, you like the thigh

I like it when it's sunny, you like cloudy skies

I like to see you smile, you like my big blue eyes

I like your honesty, you like my little white lies

 

You're the yin to my yang, yin to my yang

You're the sugar in my tank, satisfy my hunger pang

Yin to my yang, yin to my yang

 

Well you like it when it's pretty, I just want it to work

Girl, I like your free spirit, you get my stupid quirks

You got that 9 to 5 with the healthcare perks

I've got shows in a new state every night like the circus

 

Well, you like the mystery, I like the facts

You like the digital, I like the wax

The point I'm trying to make is that like magnets in a stack

Girl, you can't blame nature, opposites attract

 

You're the yin to my yang, yin to my yang

You're the sugar in my tank, satisfy my hunger pang

Yin to my yang, yin to my yang

 

Yin to my yang, yin to my yang

She's the sugar in my tank, satisfy my hunger pang

Yin to my yang, yin to my yang

 

Yin to my yang, yin to my yang

She's the sugar in my tank, satisfy my hunger pang

Yin to my yang, yin to my yang

 

LIVING THE DREAM

I've spent a dozen years living in a bottle

Drowning thoughts with whiskey flavored stones

Terrified of my own humanity

But the truth I've learned is that we're all alone

 

You either die young and pass with your conviction

Or you live long enough to become what you hate

We all think that we're destined for greatness

But the clock is more dependable than fate

 

Now moderation is just my new addiction

I'm keeping track as a way to pass the time

Struggling with my own mediocrity

A cautionary tale in which I'm the paradigm

 

So I'm concentrating on living in the moment

But anxiety somehow always prevails

I'm lonely though I've given up on privacy

A common state of mind when everyone you meet's in sales

 

You ain't born with strength, it's something you develop

So I hold my head up high, the way men do in cowboy songs

But uncertainty weighs heavy on your shoulders

Living the dream still occasionally feels wrong

I said that living the dream still occasionally feels wrong

 

PROMISES

Never been the rule, always the exception

Nothing ever came easily but I'm used to the rejection

Every tear is a chapter, every scar tells a story

Bout a constant struggle and the endless inventory

Of the reasons why not, the consolation prizes

Men who get it easily and the passion that divides us

Cause I would take a lifetime of guarantees and I would shred it

For one more day in the trenches with the brothers that I've bled with

 

You see, promises are a luxury

An illusion for the trade

Take what's yours and nothing less

Nothing ventured or nothing gained

 

Yeahhh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

 

Take a hint, take a chance, take anything you can

Wear your feeling on your sleeves, the clothing makes the man

Happiness ain't a state of mind, it's the interlude to pain

Before you overcome your pride, you gotta relish in your shame

Because it ain't about what's fair or what you think you know

It's about the fucking war and who wants the spoils the most

So I bleed and I will curse, work my fingers til there's nothing left

I would rather die a failure than live with my regrets

 

You see that, promises are a luxury

An illusion for the trade

Take what's yours and nothing less

Nothing ventured or nothing gained

 

Yeahhh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

 

You can keep your promises...

Keep your promises...

Keep your promises...

You can keep your promises...

You can keep your promises...

Keep your promises...

FUCK IT

I never been thought as pretty

Never been in that great of shape

Conversation I ain't witty

I'm a highly functional basket case

 

Self-medicating with amphetamines

Spent too much time caught in between

Total failure and something great

A well planned risk and a definitive mistake

 

Fuck it, all of this is smoke and mirrors

Fuck it, there's nothing that I ain't prepared for

Passion is a bitch, you should get to know her

Living life safe if just dying slower

So fuck it, pour another whiskey shot

Fuck it, I'm drinking ‘til the feeling stop

They say I shouldn't swear so much at shows

But you'll never hear my songs on the radio... so fuck it

 

Acting on my impulses, yes I am

I ain't got not self-control, no

Slowing learning what the cost is

Of trying to monetize a soul...yeeahhh

 

Validation found though ticket sales

Yo, I give my all but to no avail

What could be, could be great

Unless I lose my will to fight during the wait

 

Fuck it, all of this is smoke and mirrors

Fuck it, there's nothing that I ain't prepared for

Passion is a bitch, you should get to know her

Living life safe if just dying slower

Fuck it, pour another whiskey shot

Fuck it, I'm drinking ‘til the feeling stop

They say I shouldn't swear so much at shows

But you'll never hear my songs on the radio... so fuck it

 

Fuck it, all of this is smoke and mirrors

Fuck it, there's nothing that I ain't prepared for

Passion is a bitch, you should get to know her

Living life safe if just dying slower

So fuck it, pour another whiskey shot

Fuck it, I'm drinking ‘til the feeling stop

They say I shouldn't swear so much at shows

But you'll never hear my songs on the radio... so fuck it

 

SOPHIA’S SONG

It's that sacrifice that you'd be willing to make

And that selflessness that won't allow her to take

It's that vulnerability you can't ever shake

It's the understanding that you would rather die than to forsake

 

It completely consumes with just a single taste

It's uniquely fit to every single case

It's the salty tears that are running down her neck

It's those faults she fears that you will always happily accept

 

It's compromise, it’s pretty eyes

Turns grown men into boys

It's the reason why

You think that it's acceptable to dream

 

It's that timing you invent when there ain't a second to spare

It is hanging on the silence just because you know she's there

It is looking past what you don't understand

Because in your heart you know she makes you want to be a better man

 

It's compromise, it’s pretty eyes

Turns grown men into boys

It's the reason why

You think that it's acceptable to dream

 

STANLEY

Stanley lays in bed all day

With a smile upon his face

The sunshine warming him did not cost anything

He won’t let it go to waste

 

Stanley lays in bed all day

Despite the things people might say

Simple pleasures are the only ones he knows

Lofty goals ain’t worth the chase

 

Yeahhhh...

 

In the moment is where his home is

No concern can hold his focus

Call him lazy call him hopeless

He'll just smile and fail to notice

 

Stanley lays in bed all day

With a belly full of steak

Nothing in the world could be as good as this

Savoring lingering tastes

 

Yeahhhh...

 

In the moment is where his home is

No concern can hold his focus

Call him lazy call him hopeless

He'll just smile and fail to notice

 

Stanley lays in bed all day

BAD DECISIONS

Cracking open the Natty light

We're twisting another fatty tight

Cause nothing tastes as good as that first hit

 

Working for money that's already spent

On nights at the bar instead of the rent

A bender ain't a bender until you quit

 

And I can't see why we need

To conform to the norm while we are told to be

 

So we're making bad decisions, bad bad decisons tonight

Oh oh oh oh oh running amok and keeping it up until the morning's light

Oh oh oh we don't need no guarantee

Live in the now and figure it out when it's right

We're making bad bad decisions tonight

 

Now it's a Tuesday night with nothing to do

We're knocking em back and we're taking a cruise

You're only under the influence if you're caught

Nights spent three sheets to the wind

And most of the day nursing the spins

Hair of the dog is always worth a shot

And honestly, if it were up to me

My whole life would be the same mistake on repeat

So we're making bad decisions, bad bad decisions tonight

Oh oh oh oh oh running amok and keeping it up until the morning's light

Oh oh oh we don't need no guarantee

Live in the now and figure it out when it's right

We're making bad bad decisions tonight

 

La da da da da da da da da da da da

La da da da da da da da da da da da

 

So we're making bad decisions, bad bad decisons tonight

Oh oh oh oh oh Running amok and keeping it up until the morning's light

Oh oh oh we don't need no guarantee

Live in the now and figure it out when it's right

We're making bad bad decisions tonight

STOP THE FALL

By the skin of our teeth, with a sigh of relief

It's another hurdle in the rear view mirror

Licking our wounds with the journey resume

Making all our progress through trial and error

 

Beckon call to Murphy’s Law

A four letter word on a bathroom wall

That's a premonition to a fate we can’t shake

Lady luck's glaring through the eyes of the snake

 

You can't stop the fall

Can't fight them all

You'll never stop the fall

But you can land on your feet

You can't stop the fall

Can't fight them all

You'll never stop the fall

But you can land on your feet

 

Boot to the face is a familiar taste

When you're at the bottom staring at the top of a ladder

No one believes in you ‘til you succeed but

Everybody wants a piece once you matter

 

Stick and move one day will prove

That a walk through hell might've left a bruise buy

Every scar we own is worn with pride

Cause we stood back once the blood had dried

 

You can't stop the fall

Can't fight them all

You'll never stop the fall

But you can land on your feet

You can't stop the fall

Can't fight them all

You'll never stop the fall

But you can land on your feet

 

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

 

You can't stop the fall

Can't fight them all

You'll never stop the fall

But you can land on your feet

You can't stop the fall

Can't fight them all

You'll never stop the fall

But you can land on your feet

 

CHARLATANS

Hate lives in us all

So sometimes we fall

Victim to her spell

 

Fear nips at our heels

Hide in our meals

Fed to us ‘til we enjoy the taste

 

Time comes for us all in the end

While Charlatans pretend

That the Promised Land is theirs

 

Pride stubborn and bold

A fitted blindfold

Self-indulgently leading the way

 

Hope refuses to die

She resiliently thrives

Begging for her chance to make things right

 

Time comes for us all in the end

While Charlatans pretend

That the Promised Land is theirs

WHEN I DIE

When I die please don't shed a tear

Just call the boys and crack open some beer

Laugh about all the shit I pulled

And make sure my debts are paid in full

 

When I die please don't shed a tear

Just play this here song for all to hear

Burn the remains with my guitar

And spread the ashes at the bar

 

Oh Ohhhhh

Oh Ohhhhh

Oh Ohhhhh

Oh Ohhhhh

Oh oh Oh

 

When I die please don’t shed a tear

I spent every day of all my years

Laughing and loving as hard as I could

And chasing after something good

 

Oh Ohhhhh

Oh Ohhhhh

Oh Ohhhhh

Oh Ohhhhh

Oh oh Oh oh oh oh

Oh oh Oh oh oh oh

Oh oh Oh oh oh oh

Oh oh Oh oh oh oh

 

When I die please don't shed a tear

But if I go first comfort my wife's despair

Tell her that I am sorry to leave her single in a pair

But the pain she feels reflects the love we shared

 

Oh Ohhhhh

Oh Ohhhhh

Oh Ohhhhh

Oh Ohhhhh

Oh oh Oh oh oh oh

Oh oh Oh oh oh oh

Oh oh Oh oh oh oh

Oh oh Oh oh oh oh

Oh oh oh

 

Girl From the North Country (feat Sophia Hardesty)

(Brandon)

If you traveling in the North Country fair

Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline

Remember me to the one who lives there

She once was a true love of mine

 

(Sophia)

If you go when the snowflakes form

When the rivers freeze and summer ends

Please see for me he's got a coat so warm

To keep him from the howlin’ winds

 

(Brandon)

Please see for me if her hair hangs long

If it rolls and flows all down her breast

Please see for me if her hair hangs long

For that’s the way I remember her best

 

(Sophia)

I’m a-wonderin’ if he remembers me at all

Many times I’ve often prayed

In the darkness of my night

In the brightness of my day

 

(Together)

If you’re travelin’ in the North Country fair

Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline

Remember me to one who lives there

She once was a true love of mine

She once was a true love of mine