By The Time We're Through

by The Pickpockets

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released September 2, 2011

Brian Baseggio: Guitars, Backing Vox, Handclaps, Tambourine, Programming, Lead Vox on 3 and 8
Allen Duarte: Bass, Backing Vox, Handclaps, Tambourine, Lead Vox on 10
Kiri Klawitter: Lead Vox, Backing Vox, Handclaps, Tambourine, Keyboard
Shelly Uehara: Drums, Backing Vox, Handclaps, Tambourine, Percussion

Thanks to John Bliss for keyboards on 13

Recorded, Engineered, Mixed and Produced by Brian

Mastering by Rare Form Mastering

Album Cover Photo by Brian
Design by Allen; Thanks to Sara Linder for art assistance

(p) 2011 Baseggio/Duarte/Klawitter/Uehara

© 2003 Tracks 3 and 12; © 2008 Tracks 5, 6, 8 and 13; Written by Baseggio; Published by Surly Sage Music (ASCAP)

© 2003 Tracks 9 and 11; © 2008 Tracks 1, 2, 4, 7, and 10; Written by Duarte; Published by You're Not Fooling Anybody With These Songs Publishing (ASCAP)

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Track Name: The Ostrich Defense
I've never been
One to complain
And I’m not about to start today
But I need you to know
That things can't go
On like this anymore

You've never been
Too good with words
At least not the ones found in books
But nevertheless
You make me distressed
'Cause you keep sayin' nothin's wrong

You keep telling lies
I keep acting surprised
But we know
It’s for show

It's time you realized
That this doesn't make any sense
And the ostrich defense
Won't do you any good

It's not too late
That’s what I think
But only after half the bottle's gone
And it just isn’t fair
To always compare
You to someone less like you

Its time you realized
That this doesn't make any sense
And the ostrich defense
Won't do you any good

I've never been
One to complain
And I’m not about to start today
But I need you to know
That things can’t go
On like this anymore

You keep telling lies
I keep acting surprised
But we know
It’s for show
Track Name: Stalingrad
You can mount a great defense
Like they did at Stalingrad
When the smoke has finally cleared
You’re going to wish you never had

It’s all tactics and logistics
In this battle of attrition
I am happy to inform you
I have stockpiled ammunition

You rejected a dialogue
Wouldn't meet me at the table
I didn’t want things to end up like this
There’s no shame in an armistice

I don’t need your lengthy speeches
You can save the big dramatics
In the end I will drag you
All the way to Appomattox

There will be a big parade
With confetti in the streets
We will cap the celebration
With champagne and rumpled sheets

I didn’t want things to end up like this
There’s no shame in an armistice
Track Name: Eyes For Light
Have you even got a smile? I wouldn't know
Have I lost my sense of style? Please say it ain't so
And have you ever kicked a child, ‘cause he walked too slow?
You're really not so bad, now would you mind if I go?

Would you give your eyes for light?


Do you ever try to see just how far you can go?
I slept through a dream about you - I don't think too much about you
Do you speak another language? That's how it seems

It's not so bad - I'm the best you'll never have
Would you give your eyes for light?

Have you ever really tried? I didn't think so
What crazy thoughts fill his mind? Hell if I know
Have you ever laid flat on your back, starin' up straight at the sky
Thinkin' that you just can't figure it out, and wondering why you bother to try?

Would you give your eyes for light?
Track Name: Why Would I Want To Do That?
I could sit around all day
And write bad verse 'til I was grey
That wouldn't be very hard
I could dream scenarios
And wish that you would kiss my toes
But why would I want to do that?

I could wildly fantasize
Let reason go to its demise
I've done that before
I could get your name tattooed
And let your smile improve my mood
But why would I want to do that?

Why would I do something so dangerous?
Why would I do something so rash?
Why get worked up - - oh, what's the point
Of getting my nose all out of joint
Why would I let myself go to the edge?
Why should I stay awake all night?
I'm gonna get through this - - oh, I insist
No matter what I shall resist

You should stay away from me
Shut me out, gradually
I think that would be best
I don't want to be your friend
That's a choice I can defend
But I know better than that

I have been through this before
Every time it's been a chore
I won't soon forget
I should learn from my mistakes
Grab the reins - - hit the brakes
I think I'll try doing that

Why should I do something that I'll regret?
Why should I question what I know
It won't end well if I obsess
No matter what, I won't regress
Why should I stumble down the primrose path?
Why would I plunge the dagger in?
I'll take control - - oh, what's the use
Of letting my thoughts run fast and loose?

Time its gonna take some time gonna take some lies
Track Name: Something Good
Stay in or go out tonight
You can’t win but don’t lose sight
Of the face in the mirror
And all she can be

I’m sick of the hangovers
Tales of impromptu sleepovers
And the sadness in your eyes
You still don’t swallow your own lies

Blame the fall on your loss
It’s winter’s mental floss (powder gloss)
Springs renewal’s still far away
Summers excuses still rule the day

Fate blew smoke in your eyes
Took the best part of our lives
But don’t you turn away
Something good’s gonna come your way

Wake up it’s time to rise
Clear the sleep out of your eyes
They were bad while you were away
It doesn’t have to be that way
Track Name: Soul Selection
In the field of my mind
I dance among the turnips
And look into the sun
To swallow it whole

I cook myself a new life
With an extra set of eyes
And the wooden woman calls me
As only she knows how

I can feel it all from here
Every flavor in the rainbow
It doesn't make any sense
That's the point - don't you see?

Look into the fan
While the woman has her way
Breathe into the carpet
Said a purple plastic rain

And I can't tell you how to trim your
Fingernails to help you stop the Rain

The flower holds a secret
With such simple curves
Tears can stop a monster
If red is not as dry

I can taste it all right now
Every [Em]moon in the sky
It doesn't make any sense
Now can't you see why?

With a simple little movement
I'm told all I need to know
But you're taken by an olive
To watch the river flow

I could really use another
But you're naked instead
With pink and blue and purple
match to save my soul
Track Name: Fuck You
I called you up just to let you know I’m
Going out for the fourth night in a
Row and I’m gonna go home tonight with someone
I don’t even know

Did you think I’d shrivel up and die ‘cause
You and I are no longer you and I
Hey I’m gonna go out tonight and tell
A pack of lies

Gonna
Fuck you right outta my head
I’m gonna fuck you right outta my mind
I’m gonna fuck you right outta my life
I’m gonna fuck you right out of existence tonight
Na na na Na na na
Fuck you right out of my memory tonight
Na na na Na na na
Fuck you right out of the picture tonight

Tell me that I’m vapid
Tell me that I’m coarse
I’ll admit to every last bit
For the record, I’ve got no remorse
Tell me I’m malicious
Tell me that I’m shallow
My veins all run with poison
And my heart is laying fallow

Your parents always treated me bad when
They should’ve told you to hang onto what you
Had ‘cause I’m gonna go out tonight
You can run home to mom and dad
Track Name: Colour Shines
With a soft-spoken voice, I'm carried away
To sit on a lamb until the light of day
A note in the stones, left earlier to-day
And I'm a captive tonight, or so I'd claim

But who could have known
Could it be shown?
The moment is lost

My thinking's confused and my mind is a haze
The hours pass by and the wishes take shape
Stories are told, and try though I may
I won't even recall all the things we said

But who could have known
Could it be shown?
The moment is lost

Her colour shines, and pantomimes
All the nifty things to find if I'd only take the time
But who could have known
Could it be shown?
The moment is lost

On the feet are the keys that open the door
It could hardly be less, but it needn't be more
Than the simple fact that they're so well worn
Such are the ways of our stupid war


Her colour shines, and pantomimes
All the nifty things to find if I'd only take the time
I watched her fly, and I was oh so shy
Of all the ways that I could kill her if I gave it a try
But who could have known
Could it be shown?
The moment is lost
Track Name: Lies In Stereo
There's half a bottle gone
I don't feel any better
I think I'll go on home
I think I lost my sweater

The Russian soldier's dying in the snow
Giving up can be the noblest way to go

I'm sick to death of the radio
I hear your lies in stereo
You can't fool me with the tales you tell
'Cause I know these songs too well

I'm slipping in the slush
And bumping into parked cars
I think I hurt my leg
Will that leave a big scar

Can't see a thing through this mop of hair
Don't want to whine but this just isn't fair

Booze isn't gonna help
Learned that the hard way last night
The cops made me explain
Why I'd climbed the street light

They all saw you break my heart in two
Like people watching feeding time at the zoo


I'm sick to death of the radio
I hear your lies in stereo
You can't fool me with the tales you tell
'Cause I know these songs too well
Track Name: It's Not Rocket Science
I don't like the way this feels
My emotions have congealed
Around a nucleus of decomposing truth

If you don't know what I mean
That's ok - - I'm not too keen
On having you decipher every clue

But I'm running out of hope
That the day of reckoning won't come
You shouldn't need a telescope
To figure out where I'm coming from

I don't know how you don't know
I don't know how you don't know
I don't know how you don't suspect anything

It's not rocket science - - it's one plus one
It's not astrophysics - - it's bubblegum
It's not Ulysses - - it's See Spot Run
It's not aerodynamics - - it's two plus two
It's not Thomas Pynchon - - it's Nancy Drew
It's not genetic mapping - - it's me and you
It's not anything you can't understand

I've got nothing to explain
I'm not going against the grain
Just wanna keep things strictly need to know

In the end it'll be for naught
Soon enough I will get caught
Up in some betraying word or deed

It's not rocket science - - it's one plus one
It's not astrophysics - - it's bubblegum
It's not Ulysses - - it's See Spot Run
It's not aerodynamics - - it's two plus two
It's not Thomas Pynchon - - it's Nancy Drew
It's not genetic mapping - - it's me and you

It's me and you
It's me and you
It's me and you
It's not anything you can't understand
Track Name: Glimmerless
I crashed my car again last night
What we're doing just isn't right
My insurance premium’s through the roof
They say I was careless but they’re lacking all proof

I called in sick to work today
Thoughts of you get in the way
My boss complained that I had let him down
You could hear him screaming all the way across town

You make me lose my mind
This must be some sort of crime
And that's the good news
Yeah that's the good news

I thought that we were through
You were sick of me and I was done with you
Our resolve was weak
And our conviction fleeting
You’re bad news that bears repeating

I yanked our picture off the wall
You don't even bother to call
You and I will have to put this to bed
I hope you don't misconstrue the words I just said

I tore up all your Hallmark cards
My self-respect sends its regards
Our happiness has been lost to the past
As for the spark that remains I hope it won't last

You make me lose my mind
This must be some sort of crime
And that's the good news
Yeah that’s the good news

I thought that we were through
You were sick of me and I was done with you
Our resolve was weak
And our conviction fleeting
You’re bad news that bears repeating

You make me lose my mind
This must be some sort of crime
And that's the good news
Yeah that's the good news
Track Name: Never Turn Around Again
There's a devilish red moon in the sky tonight
As I watch you take your flight
To let you go I know it isn't right

It's a wonderful now with a beautiful sky
If I let you take it from me
I think you'll laugh me out of town

Never turn around again

Now I sit on a curb and watch you go by
And soon your soul might fly
But I sure hope you don't die tonight
Born a wicked clever soul
left a disappointing light on outside

Never turn around again

Sure the night will likely see you through
my worries all untrue
Your feet flat on the ground
Your soul not heaven bound

I think about you all the time
Drag your character through the grime
But it really doesn't work
and it doesn't rhyme

Never turn around again
Track Name: In My Place
Sometimes you need a pulse
To know you're alive
Sometimes you need the truth
To know a lie
And sometimes you need a heart
To keep it inside
Sometimes you need a soul
To know you've died

I look around
And all I see
Fools and liars
Smiling at me
They make it cold
They make it dull
They make it dry
They make it slow

Take your memories
Take your frowns
Take your ugliness
and take 'em down
Don't need your rhetoric
In my face
I've got everything I need
Right here in my place

You've been disconnected
And put to bed
What really happened
Is better left unsaid
It's not worth getting up
Not just yet
Just try to be quiet now
And don't get upset

We're so alone
You and I
We walk together
Heads in the sky
Feeling strange about it
And not knowing why

Why

Take your photographs
Take your smiles
Take your pretty things
And drive for miles
I need your absurdity
to keep me in my place
I've got nothing that I want
Right here in my place