Phoenix

by The Classic Crime

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Copyright 2012

All songs performed by The Classic Crime

Matt MacDonald: Vocals, Guitars, Programming
Paul “Skip” Erickson: Drums, group vocals
Robbie Negrin: Guitars, group vocals
Alan Clark: Bass, group vocals

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released 14 August 2012

Produced by Matt MacDonald
Engineered by Brandon Metcalf
Recorded at Destiny Studios (Monroe, WA)
Drum editing and sampling by Jef Moll
Vocal editing by Matt MacDonald

Mixed by Michael “Elvis” Baskette
Mix engineered by Jef Moll
Mix assisted by Kevin Thomas
Mixed at Studio Barbarosa South (Altamonte Springs, FL)

Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound (New York, NY)

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Track Name: One Man Army (Intro)
I’ve been unalive
Been sleeping for days in this comatose state
I’ve been unalive
Prone to hide from the messes that I’ve made
I’ve been unalive

I used to let you fight the battles before me
But now I stand alone to prove you right
Just a one-man army
I used to let you fight the giants before me
But now I stand alone by a fire where I burn my plans to warm me

I’ve been unalive

I used to let you fight
But now I stand alone
I used to let you fight
But now I stand alone
Alone, alone, alone
Track Name: You and Me Both
The guardrail is tempting me
Standing like a sentry to the left of me
It’s guarding adventure that’s certain to be life threatening

I need a tragedy to wake me
from perpetual dreaming
The proverbial ‘pinch me’
I’m so sick of sleeping
I’m so sick of sleeping

And you wonder why my eyes don’t leave my phone
And you wonder why you feel like you’re alone
I think I need a new story
One where I take on the world
The one I’m living is boring
It’s killing you and me both

The car crash in front of me
Pulls me back from deep and desperate fantasy
Snaps me wide-awake to see the horrible scene
What’s happening?

Is this the tragedy I asked for?
Is this blood on my hands a consequence of my own war?
I’m so sick of sleeping
I’m so sick of needing more

And you watch every time
As I give myself to death and neglect life
and I blindly desert
the plot line you deserve
Track Name: Young Again
We never get it on the first time
We never get it right
So we wander through the desert under cover of night
Looking for a fire that can bring us to life
seen a lot of bad in a short time,
so we’ve lived in spite
yeah, we boarded all the doors to the good outside

but you only get as old as the callous on your soul
and if you let the darkness grow,
you will get hungry for more
until it consumes all

Oh, to be young again
To be confident and charming and believe it never ends
Oh, to be young again
I want to feel like I am closer to the start than to the end

I’ve been walking on a fine line
Between wrong and right
And it’s taken me to places I knew better to go
Put on a lot of faces at the theatre shows
Behind the curtain I am not a nice guy
I live with spite
And my bitterness compounded by the kids in the crowd
So innocent and open as they sing it out loud

There’s nothing you can do to stop from aging
All you have is this day
Every thought is a blessing
Every breath that you take
Everything outside of right now is illusory
It’s not real
The past, the future, they don’t exist.
All you have is now
Is this enough for you?
Track Name: Beautiful Darkside
The faster I find the bottom
The sooner I turn it around
It seems as though I’ve forgotten just how far down
I can go in an instant
And I can take you there
I can take all my friends and family and I won’t care

‘cause I have the most reckless heart when I try
and I have the most beautiful darkside
I need to find some meaning
Something true to believe in
‘cause left to my own devices
the beautiful darkside wins
the beautiful darkside wins

always one for a good time
always one for extremes
until the fabric of life starts tearing at the seams
and I can never remember
when it started to turn
I just simply forget all of the things I’ve learned

Someday I will die
Could be today or tonight
The truth Is I’m terrified
That I have wasted time

Have I just wasted time?

‘cause I have the most reckless heart when I try
and I have the most beautiful darkside
I need to find some meaning
Something true to believe in
I’m terrified of seeing
The beautiful darkside win
The beautiful darkside win
Track Name: Heaven and Hell
I’m like a lost boy
Looking for his father in the wilderness
Days in the wrong direction
Wondering if I’ll ever see his face again

But you know me too well
I bring it all on myself
Between heaven and hell
I’ve got no home

I’m like an old man
Tight lipped, filled to the bring with only emptiness
Alone in my apartment
with all my doubt and shame
Regret and bitterness

But you know me too well
I bring it all on myself
Between heaven and hell
I’ve got no home

We are the heirs to every throne
We wander far from what we’ve known
We wait for love to call us home

We are the heirs
We wander far
We wait for love
We wait for more
Track Name: The Precipice
I wish I could play the violin
I’d play ‘til tears rolled down your cheek and chin
And if you sang along
We could write the saddest song

Sometimes I indulge my every whim
And piece-by-piece I build the cell I’m in
But I only stay here long enough
to write the saddest song

I dreamt I stood on a hill that I wished was a mountain
To look back on all my accomplishments
Well they must have been small because I couldn’t seem to find them
so I took a leap off of the precipice

I wish I could play piano well
I’d hit the keys that make your spirit swell
And if you sang along
We could write the saddest song

Whatever the cost
Whether it works out or not
Whatever the cost
Whether it works out or not
I’ll follow you with my heart
Track Name: Let Me Die
Tossed by the tempest of life
A victim of storms I contrive
I feel like the best is behind
And I can’t go back

The eye of the storm satisfies
I watch the chaos from inside
But the wind turns and I realize
That I can’t go back

So I go
Pressing on through the wind and the waves
If I drown let me go so that you can be saved
It don’t matter if people remember my name
I have lived
I have lived
Let me die

I fight against what lies beneath
It’s just my will against the sea
I’ve never been one to give in
Of all the virtues I have lacked
The need to fight has been my anchor
I could never ask for you to save me
No your will could never calm the seas I’m braving

Let me die
I have lived
I have lived
Let me die
Track Name: Glass Houses
They talk of glass houses
Well I built a crystal cathedral
And I took my stones to the rooftop
To play target practice with people

I was too young to know the difference
I was just following orders
But when the glass shattered around me I learned a good lesson about my disorder

I thought I was happy
I said all the right things
I naively believed that my ship couldn’t sink
But it did

You got hung up on the outside
You fake like you’re living the good life
But death and decay on the inside
Just add pride and hate to your long list of crimes

Somewhere deep down you know the difference
Between love and following orders
And if the chorus I sing is offensive it’s proof that you’ve yet to address your disorder

You thought you were happy
You said all the right things
You naively believed that your ship couldn’t sink
But it did
You thought you were god and
Judge of all of your friends and
you naively believed that your ship couldn’t sink
But it did

Grace comes to those who wait
Comes to those who pray through tears
And they’ll sing
And we’ll all sing

La da da da, da da da da da da da
La da da da, da da da da da da da
Ooooh Waooooh, da da da da da da da
Ooooh Waooooh, la da da da da

We thought we were happy
We said all the right things
We naively believed that our ship couldn’t sink
But it did
we thought we were god and judge of all of our friends and we naively believed that our ship couldn’t sink
but it did, oh it did, oh it did
Track Name: Dead Rose
Dead rose, you were once so vibrant
As you stretched out towards the sun
And spread your pedals wide
To take it all inside
Dead rose, tried to keep you alive
But you drank the water dry
And now you’re facing down
Your pedals scattered on the ground

But you grew so naturally at first
And so this natural death occurs
A stem in water never lasts as long
As roots planted in dirt
And although we have had our time
It hurts to watch you fade and die
What once was stunning and alive
Becomes so cold and
Dead rose, I don’t love you anymore

Dead rose, you’re a symbol of the truth
Of the love we had for you
How all good things must end and with each death new life begins
Dead rose, how am I suppose to find
Something equally divine?
No matter where I go I plant the seeds but nothing grows

But you grew so naturally at first
And so this natural death occurs
A stem in water never lasts as long
As roots planted in dirt
And although we have had our time
It hurts to watch you fade and die
What once was stunning and alive
Becomes so cold and dead inside
How fleeting is love, how fleeting is life

When I came home and shut the door
I saw your last pedal hit the floor
And I was struck by something I’d never felt before
Dead rose, I don’t love you any more

We’ll look back on the day
when the dead rose from the grave
No more sorrow and shame
The new body and name
Nothing perfect will die
No more tears in our eyes
No more worries and trials
We’ll have faith like a child’s

When I come through that open door
I’ll finally see you as you really are
And I’ll be struck by something I’d never felt before
Dead rose I will love you forever more
Dead rose I will love you forever more
Track Name: Painted Dreams
We painted dreams and how we wished they’d all come true
We hoped for more than pallet brush and canvas could ever prove
Well maybe we could get our hopes up one more time
We’re not the kids we were that doesn’t mean we should be blind

Chasing the painting of a dream
Chasing the only thing that ever made sense to me

Oh, it is hard but it is easy
It might seem wrong but it’s so right
So let us conjure up the feeling
And paint the dreams we used to paint tonight

We flew so high, we didn’t know limits existed then
‘til we got older and woke up and stopped playing pretend
well what’s more real than how I feel and how I felt back then
I will dust my paint and brushes off
And I will dream again

Chasing the painting of a dream
Chasing the only thing that ever made sense to me

Oh, it is hard but it is easy
It might seem wrong but it’s so right
So let us conjure up the feeling
And paint the dreams we used to paint tonight
Oh, it is hard but it is easy
It might seem wrong but it ‘s so right
So let us conjure up the feeling
And paint the dreams that used to make us feel so alive
Track Name: What I'd Give Up
Woke up in a hotel
Three hours of sleep last night
Only thing real to me is a thirteen-hour drive
I lost my convictions
I have risked my life
I’ve seen the face of God through miles of black ice

Oh, I just wanted you to know
What I’d give up to give myself to you

I had my foundations
But I threw them away
Only thing real to me was moving
The rest was fake
But I’ve got new direction
I feel winds of change
Still I’ve got my good reasons to stay the same

No I don’t need it anymore
The hotel floors the stage the lights the road
All I want to do is build a home
You’ve got my heart and my soul
Track Name: City of Orphans
Jenny left from Idaho and made her home in Capitol Hill
In a 300 square foot studio above a coffee shop near the Broadway Grill
And every night she walks the block to trade in her time for cheap thrills
And everyone she meets is cool, but just out of reach and it kills

She used to spend her nights by firelight and singing to the stars
Now she’s ours

Kevin left from Denver where the air is clear and people are nice
And he traded it for sea level, for misty rain, what a bitter compromise
For now he felt like he belonged to those who understood him
But he sold his soul to fight right in and he watched his friends desert him

He used to spend his nights by candlelight and drinking wine to vinyl
Now he’s ours

It’s a city of orphans
Who had nowhere to go
So they cashed in their dreams
Headed northwest to the sea and they called it their home
But most don’t belong here
We’re all running away
And we’ll drain you dry of all semblance of life
We don’t give we just take, take, take

But this city has no Bible
There’s no meaning you can use
We’re all desperately searching for truth

We’re a city of orphans
Who had no place to go
So we cashed in our dreams, filled our glasses with Beam and our bodies with smoke
and we spend every weeknight
trading pints at the Streamline
and we talk about truth and we talk about love but we wake up to lies, lies, lies

it’s a city of orphans
where did our fathers go
we stumble around in the bad part of town at the end of our rope
but there are no answers
on the tables of oak
if God could just hear us
we think that He’s near, but He left long ago

we’re a city of orphans
what do we do to ourselves?
We take all the good and the heaven around us and turn it to hell
We take all the good and the heaven around us and turn it to hell
We take all the good and the heaven around us and turn it to hell

Jenny left from Idaho and made her home in Capitol Hill
Track Name: I Will Wait (Outro)
I will wait

I used to let you fight
(fight for me again)
but now I stand alone
(will you fight for me again?)

I will wait

Will you fight for me again?

Will you fight for me?
(again)
Will you fight for me?
(again)
I will wait for you
I will wait