The Radio EP

by American Pinup

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1.
I was the happiest I’ve ever been When I was on the hunt for happiness I couldn’t see it the same way That you can’t look at your own face But now those days are far behind me I’m so comfortable it hurts me I am so content with the mundane And it’s like pouring vinegar over my brain So this is living the dream So this is what they mean So you just pass on your genes And if you’re good to them They’ll miss you when you’re dead eventually Well I used to love the city lights And I used to stay up late And I would never dream of going home When I could make the world my own But now I think instead I’ll stay And wonder my whole life away Maybe I will turn into a stone But at least I am not doing this alone So this is living the dream So this is what they mean So you don’t have to be free If you still get fed They tell you that you’re in good company
2.
The Radio 05:22
The concrete’s glistening and the glare is awful You can’t see your screen Some indiscernible song thumps through the window It just beats, beats, beats The air is warm and easy and I'm slicing through it And it's too hot for drugs And I choose violence, I choose violence over peace And you’ll choose silence over listening to me And you turn up the radio it hisses like a pipe and drowns me out But you don’t make a sound It’s just a power that you have to know you have but you’ll never use What else is new? I am scattered out through too many battles out to Collect my head I see clearly that I’m going nowhere Don’t pretend you feel bad Just give me something, give me something I can use So my idle hands don’t take it out on you And you turn up the radio it hisses like a pipe and drowns me out But you don’t make a sound It’s just a power that you have to know you have but you’ll never use What else is new? We all see it coming There’s nothing we can do I’ll shut my eyes and listen And just try to forget it’s you The concrete’s glistening and my lungs are dragging They scrape the ground But I’m still breathing and I’m still repeating That insufficient sound And I’ll be waiting, I’ll be waiting in your bed And I’ll inherit things that I deserved instead And I’ll turn up the radio it hisses like a pipe and drowns you out But I won’t make a sound It’s just a power that I have to know I have but I’ll never use That’ll be new
3.
Start 04:24
This image that you paint Meticulous, a poised display But I know to look outside the frame Sometimes the cracks along the wall have more to say And I see you shake And this is where Your story falls apart I’ve heard this all before I already know all the words by heart So don’t even start You molded a dream from clay Let it bake, thick and fake But it’s delicate, it doesn’t last You let me hold it and crumbles in my grasp I should not have asked And this is where Your story falls apart I’ve heard this all before I already know all the words by heart So don’t even start This mask is wearing thin God forbid anybody see in And I take it all to heart ‘Cause I let you take me apart You poke around, your grubby hands Never noticing you’re running my plans But you’re only a man And this is where Your story falls apart I’ve heard this all before I already know all the words by heart So don’t even start
4.
Committed 05:24
You’ve been walking on eggshells with your eggs in a basket Every cell is under a microscope And every step that you take, you just get further away From turning back, but you are in command And you won’t slip, let it slip through your hand And let it all break and shatter everywhere There’s no giving up But you never start what you finish Before you know it, it is gone But it’s what you want You’re committed And you’ll still be here everything is done You’ve been waking up slowly every day from a nightmare A grotesque collage is in your head And in the blink of an eye, you could be further behind Your biggest fear, you forgot what you were after But you just see black so it doesn’t really matter You are stuck on track and you only want it faster Now there’s no giving up But you never start what you finish Before you know it, it is gone But it’s what you want You’re committed And you’ll still be here everything is done You have an artist’s mind But you do betray your kind You have a lover’s eyes Looking for a perfect sign A cup of coffee every day And a social cigarette at night Small addictions aren’t a big deal With every sorry excuse, it’s more and more like abuse And pretty soon, you’ll be a lost cause And even if you tried, you probably couldn’t stop Because in the end this is all you’ve got And there’s no giving up But you never start what you finish Before you know it, it is gone But it’s what you want You’re committed And you’ll still be here everything is done Just wondering where everybody’s gone With your half a heart, that’s all it ever was

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Lauren West - voice, guitar
Tim Robbins - bass
Rob Peralta - guitar
John Casale - drums

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released August 21, 2015

"Living the Dream," "The Radio," and "Committed" written by Lauren West (BMI). "Start" written by Rob Peralta (BMI) and Lauren West. All lyrics by Lauren West.

Recorded at Lakehouse Recording Studios, Asbury Park, NJ. Produced and mixed by Matt Labozza. Engineered by Matt Labozza, Erik Kase Romero, and Tim Pannella. Mastered by Tom Ruff at Asbury Media, Asbury Park, NJ.

Photography by Natalia Gubinski. Artwork and layout by Veronika Lugo.

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