Really Great EP

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about

this is an album about a lot of different things, but mostly it's about making mistakes, being gay, being happy briefly, and being sad less briefly.

credits

released March 23, 2016

thanks to aaron, who helped me record this bad boy, and who did all the mixing and mastering, as well as a guitar solo and some oohs! also big thanks to rae fagin for the album art (and her patience with my album art requests for a very slightly droopy flower!)

extremely big ups to all my good pals for listening to my demos and telling me theyre good when they were probably just average!

thanks to j bearhat for inspiring JO Bud which is one of my favorite songs ive ever written! read gay apathy it is a super super good zine that i cant recommend highly enough (jbearhat.itch.io/gay-apathy)

thanks for listening!

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Track Name: Everyone I've Ever Met
the profundity in simplicity
the memories we share
try to breathe in all this air

and in those moments
there was a spark
something caught my eye, i guess
like how you said youd
wanna die in the summertime
or how every time i hear those chords i cry
i'd like to try
and think about it
for a little while
Track Name: Hard to Watch
you're soooooooo worried
about what other people think
you don't ever do what you want
without another drink

and you always ask me
what i think you should do
you're paralyzed by indecision
so here's what i told you

all you do is acquiesce to people's expectations
you give up before you even start
and it's hard to watch
it's hard to watch

do whatever you want to
we won't get sick of you
just cause you stood up for yourself
nobody's that cruel

and you talk about how your friends
don't know who you are
that they don't know things about you
how would they know things about you

when you always acquiesce to people's expectations?
you give up before you even start
and it's hard to watch
it's hard to watch!
the way that you approach problems is a problem for you
you never even try because you're so afraid of failure
well we're all afraid of failure.

you always acquiesce to people's expectations
you give up before you even start
and it's hard to watch (x1000)
the way that you approach problems
is a problem for you
you never even try because you're so afraid of failure
well we're all afraid of failure (x3)
we're all afraid to fail.
Track Name: Happiness
happiness is fleeting like a fox, like a fox, and
every time i put my things in boxes, in boxes
memories come flooding back; some are good and some are bad
but i'm really running late, so i stuff them in a crate
cover them with old records and about a thousand socks
cus happiness is fleeting like a fox

happiness is fleeting like some ships, like some ships,
i'll never stop focusing on my slips, on my slips
each mistake is like a stain that ruins my whole brain
and i'll never get to sleep if i feel like things are bleak
waits for me to feel content, and then brings about a flip
cus happiness is fleeting like some ships

happiness is fleeting like some feet, like some feet,
that im constantly curbstomped by in the street in the street
boy my head sure hurts a lot; i can't take much more of this
i don't want to stay alive, when i really want to live
when you're stuck out in the rain, and the rain, it turns to sleet
you'll know happiness is fleeting like some feet
Track Name: JO Bud
i dont wanna be your JO bud
and i dont wanna be your bottom slut
and i dont wanna look in the mirror
and always feel like im not good enough

and i don't really know what i can do
when i'm always thinking about you
in some imaginary world
where things work out

i install all these apps (just as a test)
but they end up making me depressed
i just want to meet someone i like
i dont want to watch you get undressed

i dont really know what i can do
clubs just arent my thing and i cannot choose
between the vomiting and loneliness tonight

and i don't think i can do this anymore
this culture shakes me to my very core

when you don't feel like you belong
and youve never been very strong
and you think about how much it hurts
you really do believe youre cursed
when you're alone again in bed
the thoughts that rush into your head
you wish you didn't feel this way
is this just part of being gay?
Track Name: Low Lighting
when i went to the house show
i watched you walk through the door
i couldn't see anyone else out on the dance floor
but i'm too shy and i'm too timid
to even say hello
so i'll just stand, and stare, and wait until it's time to go

i think you look good in low lighting
and i think i could see myself
in your arms, if i was less of a coward
and i was more immune to your charms
but i can't find the confidence.

on the way to work i saw you
sitting on the subway
you wouldnt make eye contact with me so i took it as a sign
a shitty thing about being gay
is feeling so alone
assuming everyone is straight because the odds, well they all say so

i think you look good in low lighting
and i think i could see myself
in your arms, if i was less of a coward
and i was more immune to your charms
but i can't find the confidence.

the cold night air massages my face
as i walk in the bodega
i buy a gatorade and think about how i could never brave ya and i
dont think i can spend another night
on my twin mattress
thinking about the way that i could watch the sheets slip off of your chest

but i think we'd look good in low lighting
and i think i could see myself
in your arms, if i was less of a coward
and i was more immune to your charms
and i think we'd make a hell of a couple
and i think i could see you there
in my arms, watching movies or writing music
and you wouldnt set off my alarms, but
i can't find the confidence. (x4)
Track Name: The Things
there's nothing quite like the city at night
all the lights shining bright
and reflecting in the water
you wanna fight?
well okay then - let's fight
all the homophobes who shouted "faggot!" and then drove away in their car

oh god!
i don't wanna live this way
in fear
of the shitty things that people always say

chest is tight: shit, my head's really light
all the worries and anxieties conglomerate inside of my brain
what a blight! i'm a terrible sight
once again i open my mouth and something slips out that should've stayed in

oh god!
i don't wanna live this way
in fear
of the shitty things i always seem to say

and i can't believe the things
that people do for fun
'cause when i go out
i don't talk to anyone.

oh god!
i don't wanna live this way
in fear
of the shitty things that could happen to me.
Track Name: Lighthouse
im not gonna go to the party
i dont wanna get drunk and then throw up
i dont want those bad decisions that i make
to come bubbling up
i wanna live in a lighthouse
stop the ships from crashing into the rocks
id live a life of solitude and
i bet that i'd probably read a lot

i wish that there were some way for me
to feel whole
and not forever pining for something
more

and i don't really know what it is
that i am looking for right now
my heart is a stripped screw
that no phillips fits into
so i'll
just go to bed real early
i devote my time so strictly
to the dreams i don't remember

i wish that there were some way for me
to feel whole
and not forever pining for something
more

i'm not gonna live in a lighthouse
i dont wanna be cooped up all day long
with nothing to do except think of
all the things that ive done wrong
and so i'll go to the party
and i'll get drunk and then throw up
stand in the corner moping and spend sunday in a funk

i wish that there were some way that i never had to think
i wish i wasnt stuck in my head every time i drink
i wish i had the proper gears: machinery to feel
and i wish that i felt confident when saying "love is real"