Peace Sign

you make a peace sign every photograph i take
you bite your bottom lip, you pout, you smize, and you look great
you always make me take it twice, you grab my phone
so you can scrutinize
i wanna see you every single second I'm awake

but you sounded kind of mad on the phone
you sounded kind of mad on the phone


i need someone to remind me
i'm alive and i'm okay
everybody needs reminding
needs to hear somebody say:
i'm here! i'm here!
i'm here and i'm okay!

you make every minute happy you make every minute real
i wanna tell you all my secrets, let you in on how i feel

but you sounded kind of mad on the phone
you sounded kind of mad on the phone

i need someone to remind me
i'm alive and I'm okay
everybody needs reminding
needs to hear somebody say:
i'm here! I'm here!
i'm here and I'm okay!

you sounded kind of mad on the phone
you sounded kind of mad on the phone
you sounded kind of mad on the phone
you sounded kind of mad

Stay In Touch

it was a really cold night
i remember
the bars were all closed
so we just drove
back to my parents’ house
i was crashing on the couch
they turned my old room
into something new

when I moved away
to get close to the city lights
to get far away
from the good old days
but every December
we get back together
and say

“it’s so good to see you again -
i know I always say let’s stay in touch
but this time let’s really stay in touch”
i can’t even remember when
the last time was I felt so much love
but I guess it doesn’t matter much
it’s so good to be back together
we can just sit around the house
or hit the road and go wherever
i got no plans and no place to be
and all this sitting here alone remembering
is killing me
so I can pick you up, or you can pick me up
i’m easy

there was this big as hell storm
i was driving
down the same old roads
where we always drove
and I started to cry when I passed the place
where we lived for the winter 2008
there were some really cold nights
but we didn’t mind

then we moved away
to smoke under the neon signs
to grow up and live large and get cool, fall in love
in the glow of the city lights
and now once a year we fly in for a week at a time

“it’s so good to see you again -
i know I always say let’s stay in touch
but this time let’s really stay in touch”
i can’t even remember when
the last time was I felt so much love
i guess it doesn’t matter much
it’s just so good to be back together
we can just sit around the house
or hit the road and go wherever
there ain’t no place that I’d rather be

cause all we ever wanted was some place that we were going
so we all packed bags, spun globes, said our goodbyes, and hit the road
and I guess you gotta leave before you learn how to come home

it was a really cold night
i remember
the bars were all closed
so we just went home

Emily’s Famous

emily booked the new CSI
it's set in new orleans
but it shoots in atlanta

emily's name got put up in lights
her picture’s on bus stops
all over the city

i used to drive her to auditions
she still owes me for the head shots, baby

emily's famous now
she never calls me back
but she never called me back
before she was famous

emily's killing it
she's in the news again
if you said you knew her when
she wouldn't admit it

emily flew back home for the week
she's got this new boyfriend
i saw on the internet

it's incredibly weird to see her around
to walk through the same streets
of the same shitty town
where i probably loved her
i thought she'd be home by now

i used to drive her to auditions
but she's got her own car now, baby

emily's famous now
she never calls me back
but she never called me back
before she was famous

emily's killin' it
she's in the news again
if you said you knew her when
she wouldn't admit it

they wrote her off the show in season 4
they wrote her off the show in season 4
maybe she asked for too much money
maybe her character just wasn't working anymore
but they wrote her off the show in season 4

Boys In Bands

she likes boys in bands
she likes movies that she’s already seen
she grows her hair out again
goes to places that she’s already been
she likes books on tape, she shoots on film
barely makes her rent, always skips her pills
she likes cool guys, tastemakers
and she probably always will

but boys in bands won’t ever get your back
sure, they’ll beg you to come over, say it helps them to relax
boys in bands are always out of town
jumping in and out of vans
you know they’ll always let you down
don’t ask me why
you know they’re all the same

she likes basement shows
she works the door so she always goes
she drinks for free
cause the boys in the bands got her covered
there’s a different party every night
they got beer and ice and buckets
she likes boys in bands
but they ain’t never there in the morning

because boys in bands don’t ever stick around
yeah, they sing it like they mean it, sure, they worship you for now
but girl they’re only in it for the song
yeah, they figure out the words, steal back their shirts, and then they’re gone
don’t ask them why
you know they’re all the same

she likes boys in bands
she likes the way that they look on the stage
she likes to be part of their master plan
she likes the way they spend her minimum wage
and all these nights blur together, all these songs sound the same
but she likes boys in bands
and they usually like her back
so, yeah

You’ve Got To Be Kidding Me

it’s a blur, but I remember
i was good, and you were better
i know the future, I’ve seen what I’ve seen
it’s a lot to be living
it sure beats giving up
trust me

hey there
how have you been
you’re my sunbeam
stay safe
orbiting me
sleep tight, sweet dreams
honest
you’ve got to be kidding me

stare at the sun
drink its powers
twenty years
in half an hour
you’ll be invincible, floating in space
i’ll see you in telescopes
grab every microphones
and say

hey kid
how does it feel
are you lonely
well godspeed
whatever it means
and it could be anything
trust me
honest
you’ve got to be kidding me

hey there
how have you been
you’re my sunbeam
stay safe
orbiting me
sleep tight, sweet dreams
honest
you’ve got to be kidding me
hey kid
how does it feel
are you lonely
well look down
what do you see
that could be me
that could be me

honest

you’ve got to believe me

Crap

i went out in the rain to buy you candy
everyone knows exactly what I mean
because I was born in this neighbourhood
when it was still a little bad
before it got too good
but I went out in the rain to buy you candy
that’s right


First Of The Month

you can leave your shit here
while you look for a new apartment
but i need you out by the first of the month
i need you far away
where you can't hear what i'm dreaming of

i stay up all night
i can't even shut my eyes
without thinking of you
sometimes it's alright
sometimes if i really try
i can forget about love

you can leave your shit here
while you look for a new apartment
but i need you out by the first of the month
just get as far away as you can
nah, that ain't far enough
no, farther. no, farther. no, farther
alright, fine, further

sometimes it's alright
sometimes if i really try
even in the summertime
i can forget about love

you can crash on the couch
while you look for another boyfriend
but it really sucks that you're bringing them home
go on and pack your shit
cause i can't keep living with the ghost
of all the good days
and all your cool plates
are making me cry
so if i can keep the stereo
then you can have the cat
but maybe i could visit sometimes?

these days i take my time
i get up at half past five
hit the gym and tell myself
i don't give a shit about love

i bought a new TV
60 inches 4K HD
blast "The Waiting" on repeat
so i can forget about love

Okay Okay

when you walk in
when you go by
it hits me like a fist
i lose my cool
i lose my mind

i wish that i could whisper in your ear
i wanna tell you what you wanna hear

i never ever wanna make you cry
i never wanna be that kind of guy
i only wanna fall asleep at night
beside you

you get so close
i get so high
i really wanna say
i want to see you every night


i wish that i could look inside your head
i wish that i could wake up in your bed

i never ever wanna make you cry
i never wanna be that kind of guy
i only wanna fall asleep at night
beside you
i wanna get to know the things you like
i wanna tell you every single night
i never ever wanna live my life
without you

okay okay okay i get it
okay okay
okay okay okay goddammit
okay i get it

okay okay okay goddammit
okay i get it

i never ever wanna make you cry
i never wanna be that kind of guy
i only wanna fall asleep at night
i never ever wanna make you cry
i never ever wanna say goodbye
i never ever wanna see that smile slide off your face

Try Hard

you were driving too fast
in a cool car
you were trying so hard
to look like you weren't trying

you were being so coy
at the movie
you thought I didn't notice
that you were crying

you pretended to be busy
when I called you
as though you didn't want to
talk all night

so hang up
no you hang up
you hang up
no you hang up
hang up
no you hang up
shut up
no you shut up

you were driving so fast
trying so hard
you don't have to try so hard
but it's alright if they see you trying

Deep V

it always happens when i look ‘em in the eye
first i want ‘em for a minute then i want ‘em every night
but it's only for the summertime

and then i'm wasted, i can taste it, i’m so close
but i'm just lying in my bed
i've had enough, i'm giving up, i'm overcome
and i'm just trying to divine what she meant when she said
"hey" with two y's

i'm only human what am i supposed to do
when she's looking in my direction when she's walking in the room
it was supposed to be just something to do

everything happens at exactly the same time
i see her smile and i just die, her digits bring me back to life
it's always only for a couple of nights

and now i'm staying in i'm playing like
it's not like i was living for her texts
man i don't know what i'm doing am i losing it i'm screwing it up
you think i would've guessed

deep v
grey t
i know
you'll hurt me
eventually

grey t
i know
you'll hurt me
eventually

your eyes
so blue
i'm gonna
hurt you
i always do

grey t
i know
you'll hurt me
eventually

grey t
i know
you'll hurt me
eventually

grey t
i know
you'll hurt me
eventually

grey t
i know
you'll hurt me
eventually

grey t
i know
you'll hurt me
eventually

There She Goes Again

back when she was seventeen
before she was a winner
back when things was still in black and white
some singer told her she could be
anything that she’d ever dreamed
no one told her singers always lie
so she assumed the radio was on her side

there she goes again
wasting her time with the band
bumming cigarettes
and lending a hand

and then she’s twenty three
sore about some singer
until someone leaves her alone with a book
some long dead poet guaranteed
nothing that she'd ever believed
was worth even half of the trouble that it took
so you can imagine what she thought she understood

there she goes again
running around with those dudes
smoking mary jane
to get in the mood

this was all before I met her
way before I could forget her
in those days every minute was a mess
now I'm not saying that I understood
let's just say it wasn't good
let's just say it was morning when she left
but I hope things worked out for the best

there I go again
running my mouth
saying anything
to keep you around

there she goes again, waving goodbye
she's got a smile on her face, but she doesn't say why