Standing Up For Each Other

by Adventure Medical Kit

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released May 8, 2015

by benf, except many many thanks to andrew for brass, and jordan & nick for drums, and terren & the gcc for recordings.

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Track Name: Written Down And Acted Out
this is a song for you to sing when you're waiting for the bus
and the trees are flicking auburn off their paintbrush
you found the greenest energy: a bicycle you got for free
it's always public transport 'cause you smile when you're outside
but no-one knows it better than you what you done

in the autumn you take photos of the tags that own the town
the gangs leap out like solar flares but you won't back down
it's a parade of high-school threats, but nothing too bad's happened yet
but they've found a team that you'll never get
but no-one knows it better than you what you want

you went away, you came back; and everyone says they knew you would
you all signed a suicide pact with that neighbourhood
the empty stores, the empty homes, the rusted lingering commercial zones
the future's hard, but when you're gone they'll say "you had soul"
and no-one knows it better than you who you are
so if you write it down we'll act it out

she says she won't leave you behind even when geography's not been kind
but every day she's further away and it's harder to find something to say
when it's over at least she'll know she took it as far as it could go
but maybe that's the problem, who lets their own life get forgotten?
but no-one knows it better than you what you need
so if you write it down we'll act it out

she still goes dancing on her bad ankle - a crowded bar? she'll find an angle
and you wonder if there's any truth she won't ignore
but when they play your favourite song she wants you to get swept along
there's enough friends there to hoist her in the air, even if not for long
but no-one knows it better than you who you are
so if you write it down we'll act it out
if you write it down we'll act it out

but now it's time for all the words in your heart
to get written down and acted out
written down and acted out
written down and acted out

this is a song for you to take: put it in your pockets, hide it away
and take it out to hold when your hands are getting cold
this is a song that cannot sink "ah she's made of iron sir, i assure you she can" this is a song to help you break the ice as fast as you can

because no-one knows it better than you who you are
so if you write it down we'll act it out
you're always outside this and always passing through it
Track Name: Securities And Futures
i can't wait for that day when we are at the bottom of the food chain
and we all get eaten by worthier richer people
who don't perspire or cry
i hope that day is soon because they must be getting hungry in their basements

wild arms hang by your side and i wish that i could think of an interesting question

remember that you've got to be more confident
remember that you've got to be more confident
remember that you've got to be more confident
remember that you've got to be more confident

and if you don't exercise then you should exercise
you should be comfortable and grey you should let your songs fade away
into the sewers with the goldfish from the circus and the p.h. of their water

and when you wake up the sky will be black the colours will have dripped away the buildings will be empty because they always have been empty
and the silence will only be broken when you conduct the song of trash and garbage in your sleep: you sing it like this

there's candles all around the runway and you're running from the bones inside your flesh
and with that separation there can never be death

remember that you've got to be more confident
remember that you've got to be more confident
remember that you've got to be more confident
remember that you've got to be more confident
remember that you've got to be more confident
remember that you've got to be more confident
remember that you've got to be more confident
remember that you've got to be more confident
but i've seen what you do with your self-esteem
Track Name: Whatever You're Going Through, There Will Always Be Someone Who Is 100% On Your Side, And That Someone Will Be Me.
the people who yell at you now don't know what you're all about, so you yell out for strength
your memories grew wings and spread so everywhere you're pushed to now, your home is there one step ahead.
and everywhere you go, and whatever it is you do,
we'll always be there: a cloud of faeries around you

cos we just don't fit in this world the way it is: something's gonna have to change.
we just won't survive in this world outside: something's gonna have to change.
we just refuse to live in this world the way it is: something's gonna have to change.
we just refuse to live in this world the way it is: something's gonna have to change.

you're not who they all say you are, you're who you've always proved you are, and we never stopped believing in you.
well maybe for a minute we did but only for a minute kid, and now we're back for good.
and everywhere you go, and whatever it is you do,
we'll always be there: a cloud of faeries around you

cos we just don't fit in this world the way it is: something's gonna have to change.
we just won't survive in this world outside: something's gonna have to change.
we just refuse to live in this world the way it is: something's gonna have to change.
we just refuse to live in this world the way it is: something's gonna have to change.
Track Name: Three, Two, One, Go
a sunny spell melts all the glue inside the roof
momentum flickers; you found the quickest way to centre stage
but you're still clinging to the list of all the things you want her to say before you take your cue

the audience knows it's here: a ghost on an empty stage
you've got two lines - epilogue and prologue - deliver both at the same time.
but when you try to have your own opinions about things they never seem to fly

but he thinks about you all the time
and sometimes when it gets to the middle of the night
and he looks at you and he sees all kinds of light
then he knows that he feels something right the way through
and even if he can't make those feelings into words
well he might have success making them into music
and i know i'm just your bartender, but i think you should ask her
i know i'm just your bus driver but i think you should ask her
he's so (o0o0o0o0) in love with you
and i know i'm just your bartender, but i think you should ask her
i know i'm just your bus driver but i think you should ask her
he's so (o0o0o0o0) in love with you
and i know i'm just your bartender, but i think you should ask her
i know i'm just your bus driver but i think you should ask her
he's s (o0o0o0o0) in love with you
Track Name: Did I Miss Exit 60B?
i'm always imagining what our first kiss might be like
and i'm always wondering if what i'm doing is right
cos i've tried so hard to be the kind of man i think i'd wanna be with if i was you
and i wonder if tonight could be the night

so i sit on the edge of your bed and tell you all the things inside of my head
and i whisper please don't write it down it's just a secret
i mean it, i think about you all the time.

i look at you dead in your eyes and basically ran away
and whenever i see you now i never know what to say
cos i've tried so hard to do the kinds of things that people do when they think they're in love
and i wonder is any of that enough?

so i sit on the edge of your bed and tell you all the things inside of my head
and i whisper please don't write it down it's just a secret
i mean it, i think about you all the time.

and i just love you that's all. Not like a boy. Not like a girl. i just love you that's all. and i just love you that's all. Not like a boy. Not like a girl. i just love you that's all.
Track Name: Dust
you float on wings like empty angel freckles around your neck,
you've got a feathered faith you wear a collar that pirouettes,
you chased the nerves from my eyes in a way i didn't expect,
our skin's a cauldron with mysteries inside it yet,
i just don't know,
i just don't know,

you led me up those wooden steps,
i looked behind you looked ahead,
you've got a mucky little heart it came from the ground,
you took those big outstretched arms and you pushed them down,

i just don't know,
i just don't know,

i didn't know i was a part of you,
i didn't know you were a part of me.
Track Name: Is That What You Want? Because That's What's Going To Happen.
nights out
drinks and shouts
holding hands in the gutter and
adventures in the graveyard
spinning skulls by ourselves
and i want to know your favourite dinosaur

because i don't think that i could have made up a better friend than you

and i go to your house to cook things i can't cook on my own
and whenever you come to my house you always ask for tea because you know that i like to play that game
where you try to throw the teabag into the teacup from across the room
(and whenever it goes on the floor, i always have the one that went on the floor)

because i don't think that i could have made up a better friend than you

and silences with you are never awkward
and awkwardness is always fun
and ever since i came here you've been like a brother to me
and if you needed something at 3am i'd go to price chopper and get it for you
partly because i have an advantedge card and partly because it's open 24 hours but mostly because:

i don't think that i could have made up a better friend than you
Track Name: Binghamtune
you're cheap, you're good, you're the most attractive person who ever served me breakfast,
but you close at 1pm, it doesn't make economic sense.
you're danny's diner.
and you're on my top-5, all-time, all-star, desert island, favourite things about binghamton new york.

you're creepy, you're disgusting, but you've got a cracking sense of style,
you smell pretty bad and i haven't seen you in a while,
i get drunk whenever i'm inside you and we make so much noise that the police get called.
you're the abandoned masonic temple.
and you're on my top-5, all-time, all-star, desert island, favourite things about binghamton new york.

your jukebox is whatever's on youtube on the laptop behind the bar,
there's a portrait of reagan lurking where the shotglasses are,
you keep letting me play shuffleboard even when i'm trying to dance.
you're the brass rail, and you're on my top-5 all-time all-star desert island favourite things about binghamton new york,
i've got stockholm syndrome for binghamton new york.
Track Name: Like A Burnt Pie
i've made so many mistakes in my life it's hard to learn from them all
but the one the water won't carry away is the one that i just realised
there's so many things i tried to deny like how my pulse would fly when we used to hold hands

and it used to be i wouldn't hear it
and it used to be i wouldn't use it
but i've found a voice for you now, i've found a voice for you now
and at the time i wouldn't hear it
and at the time i wouldn't use it
but i've found a voice for you now, i've found a voice for you now

maybe if i give my lungs to the river it would roar for me
maybe when everything collapses in on itself then i'll figure out where to go
i'm just pushing in some other direction, i'm gonna get out of here one day.

and it used to be i wouldn't hear it
and it used to be i wouldn't use it
but i've found a voice for you now, i've found a voice for you now
and at the time i wouldn't hear it
and at the time i wouldn't use it
but i've found a voice for you now, i've found a voice for you now
Track Name: Inside Outside Inside Outside
you made a beautiful choice
your silent clothes from other wardrobes
you used to love those old pictures of your mother
but now
you understand
what was inside her.

you ran away from home or home ran away from you
you're outside inside outside inside outside
it's a desert rainbow. a desert rainbow. a. desert. rainbow.

you press your teeth against the carpet
there's no direction there's just surface
you wash in beer like carbon monoxide
you'd take your own life.
if you could find it.

two men without names put each other in the ground. you're outside inside outside inside outside
it's a desert rainbow. a desert rainbow. a. desert. rainbow.

but it's not changed you're still the same you've got the same expression on your face you had that day and all the pain it never healed it never went away so do you give up or do you give it one more day?
give it one more day.
Track Name: This Is The End
drive the midnight empty bus
this world and then you
these ideas where i put my hands these streets these shirts these open holes

this is the end and i ended
i got swept up with the volcanoes and the crumbs of the coral that burst when we burst

this is the end
and there was no miracle in the end

return to me like a wave inside
return to me like the tides
orphans and whales dance under the stars a sweating hand flicks the siren off

this is the end
and there was no miracle in the end.
this. is. the. end.
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and there was no miracle in the end.