By The Time We're Through

by The Pickpockets

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1.
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
2.
03:12
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
3.
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?
4.
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
5.
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
6.
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
7.
04:36
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
8.
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
9.
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
10.
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
11.
03:10
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
12.
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
13.
05:00
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

credits

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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