Young Americans

by Ian Bravender

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released May 30, 2016

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Track Name: Young Americans
Hours
Watching the time
'til we turn on a dime
And go back to erase
Our numbered days
All lost in the haze
Of America's Aims
We don't learn to prepare
All the time so scared
And nothing's even there

We're breaking ground
(I've found a way)
I'm floating up
(I've found a way)
I've found a way, I've found a way

We
Don't learn to forget
We'd be better off dead
We're in over our heads
But the timer is set
We all learn not to care
'til we're caught unaware
Everything is a dare
All the time so scared
But nothing's even there

We're uptown living on the balcony
With the phobia of everything underneath
(Something pushing me off the balcony)
We're uptown living on the balcony
With the phobia of everything underneath
(No one ever looks up to the balcony)

Watch from up high on the balcony
No one ever looks up to the balcony
Track Name: We're Oh So Uncomfortable
Who are you?
What are you?
Where do you stand?
Beside me
Or over
You take command

I see the
Connection
And possibilities
I’m right here
Beside you
Hidden among the trees

Oh we’re always uncomfortable
Oh we’re always always always always always uncomfortable

What is this
A friendship
Or a loose cannon?
Got wasted
And wasted
According to plan

So next year
I’m waiting
To fade away
But this year
We’re living
Day to day

And always so uncomfortable
Oh we’re always always always always always uncomfortable

I'll be there
I'm in it
For the long run
Ignoring
the pretense
To know right and wrong

It's building
Around us
We’re making friends
The feeling
Is mutual
We start to pretend

That we’re not uncomfortable
But we’re oh so uncomfortable

I woke up
With bite marks
Still on my neck
Thus proving
The rules of
Cause and effect

Ironic
Isn't it?
That this is how we bond
A brand new
Direction
We’ll do just what we want
to make us

A little less uncomfortable
A little less uncomfortable

A little bit less uncomfortable
A little bit less uncomfortable
Track Name: Benefits
He said he wanted the job, asking what’s the benefits
Said this better be good or else I'll call it quits I said no shit
That’s how life is, it works better with benefits
But all the humans wait until the beat drops

They said I got the job now we’re learning the benefits
This interview is over now we’re making connections
We all know life, it works better with benefits
I’m not a human, I’ll wait until the beat stops

We’re too afraid to ask for a raise
It’s a matter of guts, not substance, it’s a matter of science
And I’m not overly pious
And I’m not overly

He said tell me your story, and I’ll tell you the benefits
Work history, don’t worry about the other shit
History is a machine and this is how we benefit
Tell me your rules and say goodbye to a friendship
And say hello to your benefits

Life is a job it works better with benefits
You are nothing more you’re happier with benefits
Track Name: Who Do You Know Here?
Clear the floors
This party’s going nowhere
Do you feel the Bass?
Oh, if only I could show you

Who do you know here?
Well that’s a good question
I’m looking but I just can’t find a friend
And I won’t pretend
That I don’t deserve this
Seems that I turned out the crazy one in the end

Envision life
The most perfect things will happen
In the dark
Miracles pop up out of nowhere
I get hit fast
And then the depth will set in
I feel the signs
But nothing’s perfect, no, not you
We’re all adults
We have responsibilities
And we are kids
In battle with insecurities
Together alone
We’re both lonely motherfuckers
Death of the party
Alone here sitting in the corner

Run away
We can hang out in the dark
All alone
We’re both alone in our hearts
Paralysis
Like the martyr of the day
Beat me down, cut me out
Like a heartbeat in the brain
Drinks spilling on the floor
Bent over waiting for a sign to fix this pain
Toke up
Throw down
Waiting for a friend to fix this pain

Reaching
Blackout
Words are slurred, and lights are blurred
This party’s over, no doubt
Memories
Fade out
Making a fool of myself
Everything
Slows down
Track Name: My Flaw
I’m sleeping in my own bed tonight, try as I might
There's something brewing in my soul
Last night I worked to build my own brand,
Man, you can't understand my flaw

Making frustration and
Barking at strangers
The immaculate glooming on
Their bitter faces
Is the reason I live today
The reason I celebrate
The reason I compare myself
To the already dead

You're building a constellation one by one
I'm thoroughly undecided as to what my life’s become
Am I content to be a star, one of trillions
Or one of three
Well that's not me

I'm following my muse tonight, try as I might
Still need the help of a good friend
Using alcohol to build my own brand,
Man, you can't understand my flaw

I'm aiming for euphoria tonight, try as I might
Still need the help of some good friends
Smell the flesh and burn my own hand
Man, you can't understand my flaw

We’re building a friendship bit by bit
I'm thoroughly undecided as to what's at the end of it
Am I content to be alone in the future
Just a memory
Well that's not me

I'm trying to forget last night, try as I might
It's just so hard to still pretend
And act like there was nothing there but damn
Man, you can't understand my flaw

Alone in the apartment tonight, try as I might
I can't pick through the mystery
Every clue walks me through a wasteland
Man, you can't understand my flaw

I was happy for a single night, try as I might
Can't ever see that coming back
Forever waiting for your next command
Man, you can't understand my flaw

I've been here before, again I ran
Man, you can't understand my flaw

Pacing through the penitence again
Man, you can’t understand my flaw

Man, you can’t understand my flaw
Man, you can’t understand my flaw
Man, you can’t understand my flaw
Man, you can’t understand my flaw
Man, you can’t understand my flaw
Track Name: Waste
Now I won’t let you go to waste you pretty thing
But you know that I always waste up everything

I brought you gifts of goodwill back from the new age
I never could have done a thing without you on the stage
But I was climbing up a mountaintop and sharing a look
I was looking for my life and playing it by the book

But we’re animals, that’s all we are, the violence will break though
We’re strong enough, we’re wrong enough, to get ours too

I wrote a million poems ‘bout the world today
I sent them through the wire into yesterday
But no one saw, they just dismissed and walked away
To send me into a world that no one made this way

It's gradual, it's natural, it's buried underground
We're strong enough, silently keep the bitter pill down
Track Name: The City
Cut the light
Bring the night
Choose your vice
Choose your rights
Slow the time
Prolong the life
In the city tonight

Cut the light
Bring the night
Pick your fights
Pick your rights
Slow the time
Prolong the life
Kill the lights
Kill the lights

Cut the light
Bring the night
Pick your fights
Pick your rights
Slow the time
Prolong the life
In your bed tonight

Perk me up

In the city
there is only light
Everyone is watching
Waiting to see us die
I live in a city
There is no night
I live in a city
I can’t escape the lights
Track Name: Isolation
Isolation, over watching
I can tell what you’ve been thinking
Tell me that you trust me
Tell me that you think I’m cool
But where are you

Isolation, under, hiding
I can tell you what I’m thinking
Tell me that you trust me
Tell me that you think we’re friends
But who are you

Hey!

Isolation, overtalking
I don’t know what you’ve been thinking
Tell me that you understand
And tell me that we’re cool
but where are you?

Isolation, overheating
In my room by myself, breathing
I only ever hang out once or twice a week anyway

Did you really ever like me
Did you really think you'd be free
Write me down as a could-be
Find me at the bottom of the Dead Sea

They're piling in the backseat
They're generating steam heat
Unfazed by the backbeat
And be sure to keep it discrete
Track Name: Living on the Balcony
I know all your secrets, you know mine
I never failed to shield my eyes
We both know that it’s true
But when you say I'm just a loser
And you don't want to hang out tomorrow
What's a true friend to do?
What's a true friend to do?

So we’re up here living on the balcony
With the phobia of everything underneath
We’re up here living on the balcony
Disregard the world beneath

I know all your secrets, you know mine
I never failed to shield my eyes
The slate was never wiped clean
But when you say that you still love me
And there’s something stirring in the water
What does friend even mean?
What does friend even mean?

Now I'm up here living on the balcony
Disregarding the world beneath

We're up here living on the balcony
But don't be scared when the sandbar breaks
Track Name: October
Alone and unmoving, he lay for a day
A month had gone by, he had nothing to say
And all the while deadlines drift out of his grasp
So much a waste, the time wouldn't last

One night as I looked out on October skies
My legs fallen weary, a tug on my eyes
I noticed that all the importance was gone
And I waited and felt tiny until the dawn

Desert sands unleash my demon
Soul, it stands before me breathing
Bellowing its pulses through the air
But only reaching me the
Fury all is self-contained and
Oh, it melts my eyes away but
I am left here standing on my knees
And nothing’s reaching me
I’m buried underground

Rocket stars are always up for
Anything that crawls through the door
Anything that registers a sound
Is cast away to shadow
I won’t tell truth and I won’t lie but
Toss the secret rolling dice and
All the others they won’t make a sound
They’ll act like they can’t see
Me buried underground

Then one night I broke out of October skies
Eyes filled with energy and ready for sight
Discovering an alternative life
Jump off the balcony and into the night

Jump off the balcony and into the night
Track Name: The Dream Lives
I saw the ruin in front of me
The future stories desolate and bleak

I saw the lights fade to dark
Nowhere for us to go from here, it's off

And in the end we turn it over
We turn it over
To me

I felt the warmth of human touch
I felt the spark of life inside me swell

Another chance at happiness
How I got here is anybody’s guess

The dream lives on
The dream survives
Bruised but alive

And in the end nothing is over
And it will never be

The future is a bleak pit of despair
The future is a promise of elation
Oh, why can’t it be both?

The future promises clear skies
The future promises red eyes
The future promises both

Day to day is more content
The reason I'm upset these days
Is hating myself and loving my friends too much
I hate myself for loving my friends too much

The dream lives on

As time counts down
The truth comes out
We’re slowly growing
Fragile young Americans

And in the end
Our lives are made
Rejecting norms
And loving every second