Make Stuff, Feel Things

by Break Stuff Steal Things

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about

Here it is: the first Break Stuff Steal Things album! It's a good five or six years behind schedule, but it finally has its shoes tied and is out the door (regardless of what the rest of its outfit looks like).

Most of the album was made in college and hasn't changed much, though some parts have been re-recorded or otherwise tweaked over the years. Other songs are new or revamped; "Whatever" and "Jetstreams" are both completely post-college, while "Anthem of Justice" was recorded in 2011, shelved, then given a completely new set of lyrics by bassist Qbit in 2015.

Nothing on here is perfect (which is why the album has been continuously held back), but among the imperfections there are also plenty of small victories - satisfying solos; hidden homages; certain sounds that came out almost exactly as imagined.

So, it's high time to call it done, breathe out and move on. There's a second album to get working on, after all!

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released October 4, 2017

Music and lyrics by Jordan Persson
Lyrics on "Anthem of Justice" by Qbit and Jordan Persson
Guitar on "Aurora Boreality" by Ian Campbell

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Track Name: Whatever
Act like this should be saying more
Derivative of something, sure
But it's all carbon copied
On this floppy
Choose your toppings

I'll never give up
I'll never give in
I'll use the same chords, just listen

I'll write what I know
I'll learn as I go
I won't sweat the rhymes, they're for show

Act like this should be saying more
Derivative of something, sure
But it's all carbon copied
On this floppy
Choose your toppings

Act like I should have written more
This line's devoid of meaning, sure
But maybe in this section
Or the next one
I'll find direction

I'll never give up
I'll never give in
I'll use the same chords, just listen

I'll write what I know
I'll learn as I go
I won't sweat the rhymes, they're for show

I'll never give up
I'll never give in
I'll use the same chords, just listen

I'll write what I know
I'll learn as I go
I won't sweat the rhymes, they're for show
Track Name: Calvinball
I'm early twenties and I barely recognize my face
They say I grew up, but I think that I just grew in place
Keep playing Punchbug 'cause I've never gotten in a fight
It's not my bedtime until right around the time it gets light

Skipping breakfast every morning
Drinking coffee close to black
Overdrawn but overdriven
Tell the world I'll pay it back

I want to explore
I want a pirate crew
I want to stay up late and build treehouses with you

We'll sit on statues
We'll count red cars
I'll draw a treasure map and put the X where you are

It's hard to keep up when nobody set the bar for us
Still playing the games that they taught us in back of the bus
I can't be sure if being mature's worth all the bother
Keep treading lightly 'round sore subjects like the floor was lava

I want to explore
I want a pirate crew
I want to stay up late and build treehouses with you

We'll sit on statues
We'll count red cars
I'll draw a treasure map and put the X where you are

I want to play tag
I want to lose
I want to eat Fruit Gushers and then turn your tongue blue

I'm early twenties and I barely recognize my face
They say I grew up but I think that I just grew in place

No need for reasons
Except that it's fun
Can't miss your closed-eyed grin through the scope of my Nerf gun

We've crashed the party
Played hide and seek
I've watched you walk on walltops, cursed myself for being meek

I want to explore
I want a pirate crew
I want to stay up late and build treehouses with you

We'll sit on statues
We'll count red cars
I'll draw a treasure map and put the X where you are
Track Name: Sundance Kid
I've been chasing after pipe dreams
Of a storyline off the screen
Or a lyric lifted from something upbeat

All those scenes and songs that guide me
Seem to come from down inside me
But their writers couldn't spot me on the street

I live my life the way my stereo says to
I eat my steak cooked medium rare
I shape myself the way I want the world to see me
I care too much if anybody else cares

I wanna be your favorite radio station
The one you tune to every night
I'll sing the songs you need to tell you how you're feeling
I'll whisper softly while you turn out the light

Astroturf is always greener
And the stage lights look much cleaner
Than the stars I have to live with in my room

In all the movies, I've been told
That it just takes guts to win gold
And if I'm loud enough, I'll be in tune

Just wait until the denouement
I'll get the things I'm s'posed to want
But before then I shouldn't be so sure

I'll show you I'm the leading man
Have happy endings on demand
'Cause after all, how could I ask for more?

I live my life the way my stereo says to
I eat my steak cooked medium rare
I shape myself the way I want the world to see me
I care too much if anybody else cares

I wanna be your favorite radio station
The one you tune to every night
I'll sing the songs you need to tell you how you're feeling
I'll whisper softly while you turn out the light
Track Name: Aurora Boreality
It's not about the destination
Could dock at any new station
No journey's end to stop the ride
Just wanna see what we can find

We'll make it up there, get away
We'll sail the ocean milky way
I'll close the airlock, you raise the mast
An eager countdown, then avast

So cross the Lite-Brite sky with me
Aurora boreality

We'll swab the decks of space debris
Unfurl the sails in zero G
Freeze-dried ice cream and mugs of Tang
We plundered from Neptune's domain

"Come on down," they told me then
I was a kid of only ten
They wanted me to go to bed
I climbed onto the roof instead

It's not about the destination
Could dock at any new station
No journey's end to stop the ride
Just wanna see what we can find

Discover each star system's charms
Orbit to sleep in the moon's arms
See comets graze the starboard bow
Forget tomorrow, live for now

Climb to the crow's nest, up the rope
Watch from our fun-size Hubble scope
Check the star charts for hidden lands
Abandoned loot and Tom's tin can

Connect the dots from you to me
Aurora boreality

We'll swab the decks of space debris
Unfurl the sails in zero G
Freeze-dried ice cream and mugs of Tang
We plundered from Neptune's domain

Discover each star system's charms
Orbit to sleep in the moon's arms
See comets graze the starboard bow
Forget tomorrow, live for now

So cross the Lite-Brite sky with me
Aurora boreality
Connect the dots from you to me
Aurora boreality
Track Name: City Noise
Somewhere out there
Past the asphalt glare
Lies miles of a new horizon
Those city streets
Have got to beat
This town that there's no surprise in

I've given the wrong impression
Dotted my Ts and mixed metaphors
Everywhere I go
There's one thing I know
Gotta find something worth fighting for

Someday I'll make my way
To parts where I can say
I feel like I belong here
I think I'm gonna stay

I'll roam each new district
To see what makes them tick
I'll ride the subway crosstown
And race across the bricks

And late at night
It's kinda trite
But I hear the two A.M. train
Reminding me
Where I could be
Like anywhere not quite so plain

I've been careless on occasion
Let go of a fair few red balloons
Gotten out of line
Every single time
I get up again before too soon

Someday I'll make my way
To parts where I can say
I feel like I belong here
I think I'm gonna stay

I've got way too many dreams
But they're only building steam

And when I watch the sky
There's a feeling deep inside of me
I'll never say die
That's no way to be

I took a walk
Just down the block
Sat gazing at power towers
I'll find a way
Can't spend my days
Waiting for my finest hour

I've gone bobbing for bad apples
I've ditched out on dates and danced alone
Tried life on for size
Maybe I'll get wise
When I have a place that feels like home

Someday I'll make my way
To parts where I can say
I feel like I belong here
I think I'm gonna stay

I'll roam each new district
To see what makes them tick
I'll ride the subway crosstown
And race across the bricks

Someday I'll make my way
To parts where I can say
I feel like I belong here
I think I'm gonna stay
Track Name: Great Expectations
Merlot on your skirt
Oh did it hurt
When your name was tarnished?
Such a silly thing
So did it sting
When you lost your varnish?

Somewhere on your way
To here today
You stopped being perfect
Wait, don't get upset
You're not done yet
And that choice was worth it

Got no hangups to hold you anymore
So live your life the way you like
You've left the building and you didn't use the door
Tell hanging back to take a hike

Now you're on your own
But not alone
'Cause you're not the only
One in the same boat
Keeping afloat
And it's hardly lonely

Merlot on your skirt
Oh did it hurt
When your name was tarnished?
Such a silly thing
So did it sting
When you lost your varnish?

Those expectations can't control you now
You've fallen down and gotten out
That ten-ton legacy can take its final bow
Now you know you can go without

Got no hangups to hold you anymore
So live your life the way you like
You've left the building and you didn't use the door
Tell hanging back to take a hike

You've only lost your sense of boundaries
No need to take a different track
But it's not hard to sleep this soundly
Now's not the time for turning back

Got no hangups to hold you anymore
So live your life the way you like
You've left the building and you didn't use the door
Tell hanging back to take a hike
Track Name: Jetstreams
I'm not a whiz
Who knows who he is
Hope I'll be someone soon

If I took flight
Can't blast, but I might
Lift off like a lost balloon

Send my signal washing over
Dusty gray transistor farms
Broadcast to the stars above me
That I can't resist their charms

I'm a sucker for jetstreams
I'm a fan of things soaring through the sky
If I could find my rocket
The midday moon would be my guide

No plan, and yet
I've got my sights set
On targets past a postal code

I know it's hard
But we all discard
Those dreams that we let erode

I may be just a molecule who's tryin' to find his place
I want to take my song and make it resonate to space

I don't know just what to say
But I swear I'm gonna say
I don't know what tune to play
But by god, I'm gonna play it

If I could ride on those jetstreams
I'd find my very own corner of the sky
Somewhere to plant a campsite
Somewhere to watch the rocks go by

I'm a sucker for jetstreams
I'm a fan of things soaring through the sky
If I could find my rocket
The midday moon would be my guide

I'm a sucker for jetstreams
I'm a fan of things soaring through the sky

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