Still Burning

When it comes to music, most people probably find themselves in the words of Lennon and McCartney, Simon and Garfunkel, The Clash, Michael Jackson, Oasis or whoever’s in the charts this year (Oasis to now is quite a leap, granted; but I honestly don’t know who’s popular these days). For me, it’s a ska band from Gainesville, Florida, whose lyrical depth is in constant contrast with their musical style.

I simply wanted to share some of their words.

(05/10/16)

You told me that your 20 years have gone by much too fast
And you’ve been hoping this year will be better than the last
You said you’ve been waging a war against the loneliest of nights
With the strongest drinks and longest lines
It’s not that big a surprise
That you’re feeling more dead than alive
You’re feeling more dead than alive

So I’ll let you know
If you need, somewhere to go
I’ll be listening when you call
And I’ll be there if you fall off
If you need someone to believe in you
I’ll let you know I will

 You said the hole in your head has gotten bigger than the hole that’s in your chest
And you’re stuck between the past and present tense
You said you’ve been waging a war against so many years of lies
With stronger drinks and longer lines
It’s not that big a surprise
That you’re feeling more dead than alive
You’re feeling more dead than alive

 So I’ll let you know
If you need, somewhere to go
I’ll be listening when you call
And I’ll be there if you fall off
If you need someone to believe in you
I’ll let you know I will

 So this pen is starting to become
A pipebomb and these songs
Have turned to anthems again
To everything that’s changed and to the everything that’s gone away
Here are my condolences to the future I never met
It’s gone and never coming back, it’s not coming back
So don’t hold onto your past,
you gotta let it go

Cause friends leave as time fades away
The people and the places along the way
Without a doubt
Screws fall in and screws they fall out

 Tomorrow’s gone up in smoke
And I wonder when I’m alone
Where’d my convictions go
So to everyone that’s gone away
Or fades away or stays the same
Here are my apologies to the person that I used to be
Before I burned down every bridge and every inch
Of everything I used to know,
I gotta let it go

 Friends leave as times fade away
The people and the places along the way
So don’t hold onto your past
No, it’s never coming back,
you gotta let it go

The Brightest Bulb Has Burned Out / Screws Fall Out
Less Than Jake (Anthem, 2003)

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