How to Be Human

by The Classic Crime

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Francis Berglund
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Francis Berglund Cuts deep and stays with you. There is an earnest honesty in the lyrics that pulls you in. If, like me, you thought this album was merely "good" when you listened to it the first time, give it a few more plays. You might just fall in love with it. Favorite track: Driftwood.
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Nathanael de Boer The Classic Crime is one of a very short list of bands that I feel has grown with me. They were there for me as an angsty teenager, and they're still there for me now as an adult. This album wrestles with topics of doubt and purpose, topics which really hit home for me, being at a place in my life where a lot of these topics are uncannily relevant. Favorite track: Shades of Green.
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Ben I was hyped for this album the moment I heard Holy Water on Indie Vision Music, can't believe that now I've listened to it all it's not even one of my favourite few tracks! Top album. Favorite track: Not Done With You Yet.
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released April 28, 2017

Produced by Michael (Elvis) Baskette and Matt MacDonald
Engineering and digital editing by Jef Moll
Mixed by Michael (Elvis) Baskette
Assistant engineer Kevin Thomas
Recorded and mixed at Studio Barbarosa, Orlando, FL
Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, NY

Cello recorded by Brian Chan
Violin recorded by Caleb Chan

Cover art by Renee Robbins (
Art Direction & Design by Alexander C. Sprungle (

Songs written by Matthew James MacDonald, Scotsman (ASCAP)

The Classic Crime is:
Matt MacDonald
Robbie Negrin
Paul Erickson
Alan Clark

Copyright (c) 2016 The Classic Crime Music Inc., released in partnership with BC Music, 4611 11th Ave NW, Suite 4,
Seattle, WA 98107, Manufactured & Distributed in the US by Future Management / Amped Distribution, a division of AEC


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Track Name: Holy Water
midnight stop on the street red light  
feet on the ground and it feels right
quiet besides the engine I
escape into paradise
it goes green and I’m back at top speed
not another body in sight  
i am this perspective
I’m the witness tonight
I am alone but I'm alive
every drop of holy water
comes from the ocean
every atom in my body
comes from exploding stars
billions of years ago

outside craning your neck blue sky
stretching your back with your arms wide
talking deeps breaths to purify  
you’re pretty sure you that you
could be certified
there is no god-damned thing in sight
it’s all deemed good in his eyes 
you are this perspective
you’re here to witness the light
you are alone but you're alive 

all that rises must converge
its only pain that makes us learn
exclusive, separate
turns infinite to infant
so I dive in and I get burned
the depths are deep and dark and hurt
baptize and resurrect 
each death a new perspective

every drop is holy water
all of us are sons and daughters
every breath inhaled
is heaven sent     
Track Name: Not Done With You Yet
life can be senseless
I try to make sense of it
flashing fake smiles at my friends
beats defenselessness 
I cannot clean up a mess
without making more
it’s time to settle the score

I can’t be charming
if you can’t be charmed
if you give me everything that I want
I will disarm
you are the only one
who can stop me from giving up
and just my luck

you always have the fall before the lift
whether you drink to remember
or drink to forget what you did
I am the closest thing
to a modern day poet fraud
but I met god
in a velvet elvis painting that I painted myself
in a bar where I was
pulling off the bottom shelf
when I had to quit before I killed myself
I met him there and I was scared

and so I asked god if he could fix my flaws
he said I gave them to you 
I know they are killing you
but I'm not done with you yet

I can be a wreck with my friends
to act impressive
I can drink too much and then
curse away the sadness
ranting like a lunatic
walking with a bottle of wine
and I’m not fine because
I spent ten years on the road
that made me different
I created patterns of thought
got new perspective
I was just once immigrant son
of a silenced preachers wife
but black and white both died

so when I asked god if he could fix my heart
he said I gave it to you 
I know it’s broken in two
but I’m not done with you yet

I once met god in an apartment floor and said I give it to you
I’ve got nothing more
and I’m not done with you yet
Track Name: Ghost
A young man lacking sense
sells his soul to circumstance
his movements indecise
he does not know that it will cost his life
she’s a harlot
boisterous and rebellious
her husband gone this fathers daughter
leads the young man to the slaughter

In shadows you sleep
too careless to see
the things that matter most
so much that when you
are faced with the truth
you look like you’ve seen a ghost

a young man lacking sense
pushes on to consequence
he lives to feed his flesh
the scavengers will clean up what is left
she’s a harlot
simple and persuasive
with seduction she always gets her way
her bed will be his early grave

but I still know the shadows evidence the glow

I’ll only be your ghost
I’ll only get so close
I’ll only be your ghost
In shadows we sleep
I’ll only be your ghost
Too careless to see
I’ll only be your Ghost
when faced with the truth
I’ll only be your Ghost
Track Name: Driftwood
every whisper is a gunshot
in a crowded terminal
every cry for help so quiet
it is barely audible
every callous numbing feeling
gets invited to the bar
instead of salt on all your wounds
you pour well whiskey on your scars

but you're not hard
and no one sees who you are
so you ward off the drunken stares
at last call

but you've got what I want

call me a name if it feels good
I’ll be the break where your ache has stood
all of your failures are widowers
but I'm still right here 

and you're not hard
I can see who you are
I'll work hard
to bring you back to the start

you've got what I want

as the driftwood whittles down
you see the beauty that it had
carried through the open ocean
’til it finely reached the sand
where I came upon it's sadness
saw the glory it contained
you let me cut you slowly
until only you remained
Track Name: Wonder
wonder what I’ve got
under doubt more than not
wonder why I can’t
amend my constitution
wonder who I am
becoming a bad person
wonder if I can
find a good solution  

have I fucked up my head
with all the books that I read
was I too hungry for the truth
to find you

wonder why I’ve lost my wonder
why the ship is going under 
wonder why I’ve lost my wonder
why the night has got my number
wonder why the wonder died in me

wonder what comes next
opposite of annexed
wonder if I’ll stay
pretend everything’s okay
oh I can’t
‘cause I’m not the same 
are we just beggars all hanging on
for a little piece of bread
that's not coming around
and it’s been too long
since I have tasted wine
not spoiled by the ghosts
inside my head

and I’ve seen good people die
while I’ve been barely alive
and I can’t live another minute
if I’m in it just to live a lie

all I can say is something inside me
has suddenly changed
and I'll take the blame
since I was raised to embrace my shame

wonder why I’ve lost my wonder
why the ship is going under 
wonder why I’ve lost my wonder
why the night has got my number
wonder why the wonder died in me
wonder why the wonder died in me
Track Name: Spare Time
you clutch the cross around your neck
and hope to god there’s still time left
you turn back down the path
to find your way

but in the dusty summer breeze
in this ghost town you hear the sea
it’s salted crashing melody still haunts you to this day

and it says where were you when I
call you to be wild
now the ships set sail
and you’re stuck in a prison

if you are trying to dance alone in this life
then do it right
but if you are dying to live somewhere
on the other side
there’s no such thing as spare time

the higher you climb the father you might
fall behind
yeah it’s a fight
but you might never get to see the sunrise
there’s no such thing as spare time

you bought all your philosophies
and carved out your philanthropy
it didn’t take you much to do your part
but you closed off opportunity
with narrow cold hypocrisy
and in the end you traded
petty comforts for your heart

but all your ornaments
and trinkets cannot mend
the broken heart you’ve hid
and all the things you did

if legalism saves
then I guess that we’re all dead
i for one am not stopping
in my grave i’ll rest my head
i’ll rest my head
Track Name: Shades of Green
gave up god for lent this year
stopped going to the church
learned to fight within myself
the war beyond the words
found a way to reconcile
forget my fears and learn
the inner price of peace
from endless posturing and work

here's the thing
I'm finding the truth I've always known
it's a blink
you only get one shot always go

I want different shades of green
let the wilderness teach me something
different shades of green
I want different shades of green
I want to imitate the mystery
different shades of green

the spirit is unbroken
yeah the potions everywhere
charting all the oceans
hasn’t hid me from it’s stare
classified as hopeless
now they pity me with care
but the rising tide that sunk my ship
left it beyond repair
Track Name: More
maybe I’m the bastard romantic
who will watch you sleep
I never had anybody before you
to teach me anything of love
maybe you’re the constant reminder
of what I’ve gained
before you came around I was a kid
in the crowd without a name
but now I have everything

and I still want more
until I hear the trumpet sound
until my body is in the ground
I want more
until I finally find the source
I want more

maybe I’m the bastard romantic
who will watch you dream
as a kid my father could never
admit to loving me
so now I pour my heart out
despite losing all control
and I’m afraid to speak cause it goes
deeper than my words can go

all I know
is I want more
until I hear the trumpet sound
until my body is in the ground
until I finally find the source
I want more I want more
I want more

too cautious to commit
I always felt inadequate
but since I felt the warmth of love
I chase the sun
‘til we become one

we want more
we are young but only once
we want to drink from life and love
until we finally get enough
until we finally get enough
we want more
Track Name: The Third Way
you think you know who you are
but everyone has a charge
now every act is a desperate move to try to 
reassemble the parts

despite your narrative arc
now all the actors throw sparks
complete your chores while the house is burning down
and you’re afraid of the dark

see truth
refuse to blame

you’re not saying goodbye
you got several seconds left before its time
you’re still saying you’re right
but right and wrong are not options 
resurrection happens when you die

it’s written into the stars
each time fidelity starves
no healer ever could help a wounded life
without first sharing his scars

you think you’ve suffered your part
so calculated and smart
the dreams and visions all point to healing but interpretations an art

only death can bring you life
only death can bring you life

only death can bring us life
only death
the final compromise
Track Name: Hold On Let Go
hold on
let go
just be
Track Name: Black & White
purpose is everything
a hopeless romantic sings
give me my chemicals
I’ve fallen in love with one
‘cause it never does me wrong
except when it’s gone

why don’t you wake me up
from my sleep tonight
and in the morning light I will face you
why don’t you wake me up
from this wasted life
and in the morning light I will face you

hindsight is everything
in the darkness that morning brings
the shadows from sunlight
the contrast is deafening
from the blur of the midnight street
to the morning of black and white

why don’t you wake me up
from my sleep tonight
and the in the morning light I will face you
why don’t you wake me up
from this wasted life
and in the morning light I will face you

savior save me
am I alone