Phoenix

by The Classic Crime

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
Young Again 03:55
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?
4.
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
5.
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
6.
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
7.
Let Me Die 03:53
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
8.
Glass Houses 04:21
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
9.
Dead Rose 04:03
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
10.
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
11.
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
12.
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
13.
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

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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 August 14, 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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