Good News From The Stereo

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Brandon Johnson Local band from my area; blew my mind as a teen and easily found its way into my top albums, and the most nostalgic record I own. Favorite track: Steve Turner.
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released February 1, 2007

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Track Name: You Set The City On Fire
You set the city on fire with your heart when the field reports came though
I call it an over-reaction you claim it's not that hard to do
I call it a constant push
in truth I don't want to be the one who changes at all
And I won't go through another second of setting the record straight
Track Name: Unit 91 To Radio
Wake up angel and open up sore eyes
What's the red for?
These have been long nights but I have arrived and I am here to stay
They'll have to kill me before they take me away from you again

And we're only kids but that's no excuse to write us off the way they do
It's so much more than they give us credit for and you're sure and we're on our way to go
And you're safe and we are...

I don't want to see anyone right now
I'm sounding the retreat
I'll lock my door and lay down
I plan to fall asleep forever

Wake up angel and open up your eyes
What's the red for?
Why the hiss and fight?
And all the liars who whisper in your ear somehow divide us and make us insincere

Oh what a shame how they ruin names and build their walls
We'll build a fortress of our own
And cables running through the trees will be cut off like a disease
We'll throw our phones into the street and be an island in the sea where you are safe and we are sound asleep

So play the songs that remind us of how warm it was in August
'cause this cold can't last forever
And the sun will re-invent these barren trees

Bringing up the past call out everyone for who they are
Take it all back
Don't go home all alone
Never got a blessing out just cutting down
Track Name: Steve Turner
It's not about the times I doubt
They simply never cease
I don't think that I can honestly be sure of anything
I'm getting tired of being scared to make a move
Oh it's so tired
I'm getting so damn tired of all this waiting

Cool and confident
Lyrical and talented
Wouldn't that be nice? Wouldn't that be so...
"But don't you change the way you are and don't you lose that static frown
You simply wouldn't be the boy we know."

Well when you're right you're right

So I'll tie my hands at the wrist
I'm so panicked over being wrong
I'm can't seem to finish anything at all
I'm all focus and determination when the page is blank then I am stalled incomplete and written off

You've got nowhere else to go

I want to be the boy you fell in love with once again

For every single second that you my dear have wasted on me
I apologize for the indecisive boy I can be

I want to be cool and confident lyrical and talented
Wouldn't life be perfect if I was?
Track Name: Don't Try To Be Stronger Than You Are
Let go following some girl that I barely know
We'll take these cars as fast as they can go on this far too open road
Spill carbon on the concrete and leave a trail

I don't care

You'll catch me if I'm lucky I won't hide my hands

I don't care

Good news from the stereo: I'm not the only one

It was a flat gray line but that's life
She was good to me
Patient and waiting and everything a good one's supposed to be
But we lost what I admired with no why
And I strangled out that fire like old times

You're alone wondering why he won't answer his phone
And you think that after everything you've been through he'll never want to leave you
But he's in his car smelling all the perfume on his clothes
And he thinks it's wrong but if he has to tonight he can forget you

Just because you're not sad it doesn't mean you're happy are you?
Just because you're not scared it doesn't count as bravery
Track Name: Is This Good For The Company?
His loving wife
She said she misses him dearly
And she still gets up early in the morning like to wake him up
She said life was much better when they made it up
She's got his pension check in a frame next to the bed
Kisses it every morning so she'll never forget who he was, what he did
It should matter more than this

Few things remain clear to her about him
That voice, that phone. without his calls that he's late, it doesn't feel like home
We'll build an overpass so the underclass won't cross our street
As you write zeros, the boulevard grows

And this was him
He was a company hero
He was a martyr for zeros and the bottom line
But he traded his family for the overtime.
You always say you want to have kids but your life's over when theirs begins
And all the money that you're always saving for vacations that we never take.

Take all your money and give it away to some cause that we can relate to
Sponsor a corporation and keep the markets alive

Remember your sweet hair and how you used to let it down for me?
Was that passion?
Or just the fashion?

Not one more late night dinner alone
Not one more goodnight over the phone.
There's too many empty rooms in this house.
We'll tear down the walls til everything falls down
Track Name: Ladybug
novia, we're blessed and we were always on the crest
and we were best of friends long before the night could end
now we'll point our fingers to whose fault it was we took so long to come around
but i vote we be happy now

novia, it took a lot of courage to say the things you did
and i'm glad that you found in yourself what i couldn't find in me
we shouldn't care whose fault it was we took so long to come around
i vote we be happy now

what's meant to be will surely someday come to pass
i'm so sorry he left you somewhat thinner
but your past is gone, focus wrong
stoke the fire that burns the letters
ship to shore, swim some more, no one can hold that against you now

and you'll believe somehow

somewhere between the actions that i can't stop and the words i can't get out
let the way my fingers part your hair speak volumes to you now
and novi, you're the strong one
novi, you're the strong one

what's meant to be will surely someday come to pass
i'm so sorry he left you somewhat thinner
but your past is gone, focus wrong
stoke the fire that burns the letters
ship to shore, swim some more, no one can hold that against you now

open up your eyes
morning bless your sight
oh, and i cannot believe the things we did last night
now you are like a ghost
living in my town
everywhere i look and yet you're nowhere to be found

but your past is gone
focus wrong
stoke the fire that burns the letters
ship to shore
swim some more
no one can hold that against you
you're the accident that happens
when we're busy making other plans
i never saw you coming
i hope i never see you go

what's meant to be will surely someday come to pass
i'm so sorry he left you somewhat thinner
but your past is gone, focus wrong
stoke the fire that burns the letters
ship to shore, swim some more, no one can hold that against you now

not now..
Track Name: An Unbroken Line
Oh darling, I claim responsibility.
Thought it was one of those silly things T was through with believing
But also true, I blame this awful fate on you
You're so young and so far, what fools we are
But there will always be roads between our homes
And there's an unbroken line from your door to mine

And I said, "Oh darling, I barely know a single thing that I'm sure is true about you, oh what will we do?"
And she said, "Oh baby, now that don't really change a thing 'cause it feels an awful lot like love, ain't that enough?"
Well, oh darling, I've got an ugly selfish streak
But I'm trying so damn hard to be what you believe

There will always be roads between our homes
And there's an unbroken line across four hundred miles and two state lines
There will always be roads between our homes
And there's an unbroken line from your door to mine
Track Name: All Their Charity
And she said, "God, you know I love you so much
How could you let this happen?
What did that boy say to you?
Did he say he cared?
Well even if he says he does, believe me he will leave you
And if you need to lie I'll do that for you."

Take your sleep with a glass of water
Say goodnight and hope tomorrow will be better
I know you just want to sleep all day and dream the rest of the week away
But when the birds sing to the sun
You need to wake up

We'll take our chances with the wolves

She said, "No, not my little girl
We'll take care of this, angel, no one has to know"
But I don't care for that attitude or the senseless ways you make your points and all the selfish things you do

You need to wake up

You want to get back there before it hurt
Or maybe skip forward into the earth
Well I would do anything I can to make it work
I think it's just that trying to forget only make it worse

Baby it's your heart
Only you know when these feelings start to grow
We're past dreams of letting go
but know that you're not alone

To all the things I've ever hated
Add being underrated
And I can't wait to show how wrong you are
Track Name: Your Majesty
beautiful, proud and pure and oh so radiant
that's not enough? i can go on
as the list grows long til you're satisfied
and you can sleep at night
believing that you're perfect in every single way
(are you perfect now? do you believe me? we'll see)
and you ask for my opinion, but i can't disagree
well i give up

your majesty

it seems like you had to be
constantly reassured by me
i'm sorry but this forced compliance
it will not fly
and if we're failing you're a liar
and i'm a fool to fight
no, i'd die for you

your majesty

let's be honest please

this was one mistake that i can not forgive
you fold out long before we do
you're gonna have to change
Track Name: A Road Called Nineteen
We are barely getting by
We are liars of the worst kind
If you're scared then I dare to be insightful

Who left who? Me vs. You

Sleep through another wasted holiday
The social life never was my style
But I remember staying up all night and watching your eyes sleep
Track Name: This Place Could Be My Home
I didn't choose the state I was born in like you didn't choose the day you were born, so don't you tell me how inconvenient I have become.

There's not much more than sentiment that's keeping me, not much case for hanging on. Who says where your belongings are is where you belong?

I think I'd be happy wherever you are and each time I come back, it doesn't seem as far.

I'm kinda disappointed that I only just met you and envious of your home town and everyone that always had you around.

I'm starting to think that it's not the goodbyes but the in-between that gets you down. We've walked the streets of your town a few times now.

God knows how uneasy I feel about change, but the more I come here the more I wanna stay. And I don't know these streets and I don't know the way but this place could be my home if you want me to stay.

You should know that I'm not quite deceiving, just sometimes quick about moving on. Some ghosts need to be hid before they move along. I'm banking on your loneliness and I hope you don't take no offense to that. It's nice to be the place where you keep coming back.

And I don't mind my role or your predictable ways. I swear the more you love me, the less I'll be away. And I don't know these streets and I don't know the way, but this place could be my home if you want me to stay.

If you ask me to stay, this place could be my home.