Mischief

by Ah, Venice

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Summertime driving rock about the daunting task of finding happiness in a terrible world

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released July 14, 2019

Chris thompson
Mercedes coutorielle
Wren beckley

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Track Name: Good Enough
Find myself sometimes so hard to talk to
phone call that i see but pretend not to
but it’s good, or good enough
or just the best that I can manage

garbage that i see but don’t pick up
making up excuses to fuck off
said that i’d been looking for an hour
idea that i took and just said louder
took a couple years and lost my wallet
got around to dropping out of college

and the bills, and the bills, and the bills, and problem drinking
and the pills, and the pills, and the pills, can’t tell you what i’m thinking
that’s better for now, I can’t be trusted anyhow
Track Name: Those Fuckers Downtown
and i’m like those fuckers downtown
building up buildings and burning them down
talk a little louder now and turn up the sound

and you’re still around, i can summon you at will
you’re a little less loud now
and you said it’d be alright, but i wonder if it ever will

hey bud, just saw this now and i’m already drunk
been a tough week, i miss your mom,
sorry for being weak
Track Name: Back Into Fire
out of the blackness, back into the fire
i’ve been like this for quite some time
i know now what i didn’t know then
i come running again

my wretched heart gets in the way
telling me things it thinks i need to say
opening up when it should be closed
letting the wrong ones embrace my soul

oh i’m wrecked right good this time
so messed up of a different kind
and i let you take all i am

i watch you not watching me
if you only knew, if you could only see
i sit in agony with tired eyes
tears with laughter is my disguise

humming the tune of a wandering kid
i hold myself back for the hell of it
self destruction is all i know
maybe that’s why i can’t let you go
Track Name: Born To Run
Born to run but not to win some fucker said “Life is suffering”
but i would still like a chance to digress
it’s pleasing and selfish

I don’t wanna die, i just wanna be dead
i’m not gonna lie, i meant what i said when i said
I invite sorrow cause i know it so well
i stare right at suffering cause i want it all for myself

try my best not to take you down when i finally give it up
but i’m not into rhetoric, at least not like this
Track Name: Studder
Wish you coulda lived your whole life
like that last year and a half
of course that’s all over now, wasn’t built to last

Didn’t play out like it did in the book
i developed a stutter
punched a wall pretty good

didn’t have a chance to apologize,
figured there woulda been enough time
didn’t make it happen

didn’t wanna watch you breathing
couldn’t look away like just in case
like you wouldn’t think of leaving if we were still face to face

you close your eyes, i watch the time
and the water rise
you saw the light, i picked a fight
wish you were right
Track Name: Soft Is Not Weak
in the back of my throat, i know it’s coming
forgetting the back while we getting the front in
and in the back of my mind i know the right thing
but i see myself walk away in the evening, oh

and in the back of the church where we held our meetings
and all the old men smoking like a chimney
but back in the day smoking for fun
breaking our bottles like it wasn’t a problem, oh

and you can’t change the punks cause they’re already changing
and i had a nice lunch but i won’t be returning
good to get to it now cause it won’t be here long
but you don’t listen like that so you won’t hear this song

climbing back from the fall and i can’t my bearings
nothing’s the same, this is not how i left it
and in the back of my mind i get the feeling
that there won’t be no sunshine but i still can’t believe it, oh

but i’m holding out hope, cause sometimes you do better
i mean look at us now, textbook to the letter
and you’re already drunk when i texted to tell you
that i’m doing alright, and i think that you are too
*But it’s been a tough week, and there won’t be no sunshine
but soft is not weak and i don’t need a tough guy
so break down in the car that we share to be closer
and if you wanna be strong, well you already are

‘cause this is the worst, it’s okay to be broken
and i miss her too, and it’s fucking lonely
and it wasn’t all good, we had our problems
but it wasn’t all bad, ten years is a long time

to forgive and move on, and to be a good parent
to make up for lost time, i wish that i said that
and in the back of my mind, i get the feeling
that there won’t be no son, but i still can’t believe it

and it’s been a tough week and there won’t be no sunshine
but soft is not weak and i don’t need a tough guy
Track Name: Learning To Dance Again
we been taking our breaks where we can get them
just gimme a little something
to hang on to, so i can be hopeful

Working late to afford the weekend
just gimme a little something
to pick up the pace, so i can be hopeful

1, 2, 3, believing in what we see,
compare it to the way things are, fire the old guard
we fucked up, or maybe we’re just on the hook
for something that wasn’t our problem, that we didn’t choose
debt is an asset, i learned that from a cartoon

don’t always have to worry about it, all our favourite bars agree
this is a bad time, but you can’t dance to it
we write our own obituary, the lights come on and they tell us
this is a bad time, but you can dance to it

i can be hopeful, i can be optimistic
i can show you, just gimme a little bit
print out a picture, like on paper, like an old man
yeah it’s been a long time, but i’m ready to dance again
Track Name: Naloxone
last call i guess but we’re getting outta here
we’re going across the street,
there’s a place that won’t kick us out till a quarter to three,
and that’s alright with me

and the cops carry naloxone now but they won’t use it on anyone else

Got a second job but i don’t work till saturday
i’ve got a friend who gave me a bag of something to do
to forget about you, and i might take two

and the cops carry naloxone now but they won’t use it on anyone else
and i won’t write a protest song, i just can’t help but complain

when i broke my wrist i went to hospital
they said “you’ll never get better you need to accept,
here’s a pill that’ll help you forget, and here’s a lifetime supply”
Track Name: Writing On The Wall
i seen the writing on wall, i see it all the time
i read it when we have a round, mm hmm

and right there right there all the darkness alright
and right there right there always at the strangest times

i seen the writing on the wall, i had to tell someone
i had to get it off my chest, mm hmm
that i been walking round alone, at least most the time
then you call me on the phone, mm hmm

i seen the writing on the wall
i said i’d meet you at the show, and after closing time
you don’t have to go home, uh huh
i seen the writing on the wall, and maybe halfway down
i see you name is up there too, uh huh

i seen the writing on the wall…
Track Name: The Patricia
we don’t go to the patricia anymore, they tore it down
and also, it was awful, even after the hells angels left town

and we don’t care about the latest action plan,
cause you’re never gonna do it, and don’t mind the good times
in the lot behind the record store, woah

and we’re gonna go to college anymore, we all dropped […] out
cause straight As are good […] grades
but it turns out that nobody cares
and we don’t go to the patricia anymore they tore it […] down
and also it was awful, even after the hells angels left town

can’t go back, but it’s probably for the best
all our friends, making out with what we got
bittersweet, i think we missed last call
can’t go back, but it’s probably for the best
lights come on, and they’re telling us to leave
and i’ll wait, till i have something to say

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