Make Stuff, Feel Things

by Break Stuff Steal Things

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1.
Whatever 01:15
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
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Calvinball 03:05
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
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Sundance Kid 03:20
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
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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
5.
City Noise 03:29
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
6.
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
7.
Jetstreams 03:56
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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Cathode 03:17
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Tin Man 03:39
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TxtAdventure 03:16
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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!

credits

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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