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This Is Life

by Atlas On Strike

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released December 6, 2012

All Recording/Mixing done by Josh Jurss at the McKern Studio Complex and Largeman Audio.

Mastered by Jason McGlone at Essential Sessions Studio

Assistant Engineers: Jordan Goldberger and Joe Kimple.

the humans that play on this:
Jack Sibilski - vocals/guitars/backing vocals/some bass/claps
Josh Jurss - guitars/vocals/keyboards/piano/claps/some weird foreign instrument
Matt Trunk - bass/vocals/mandolin
Paeton Gillette - drums/percussion/backing vocals/claps/salt shaker

Horns on tracks 1, 4, 6 and 10:
Luis Benavides played saxophone.
John Benzon played trumpet and trombone.

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Track Name: Lawyered!
this is the best idea we’ve had in months
making the best of what could be our last summer
all together sitting in lawn chairs
moving on
money moves fast from our sticky fingers
what you said doesn’t make much sense
songs from ’89 are caught in my mind
bust a move
don’t waste your time just waiting around
and don’t get caught up in what’s going on
there’s no reason to find yourself alone
there’s always someone else who feels the same way as you
Track Name: I Won't Remember This In The Morning
i spent the last 12 months on my deathbed waiting
for me to die and leave this whole world behind
but i’m not dead yet so why am i still in bed
the game’s not over so get off the bench and fight
growing up meant moving on from all my friends in high school
i’m still holding on to just a few
growing up doesn’t mean i’m giving up
but it doesn’t mean i’m going nowhere
whoa-oh
i’m ready to go
pack my shit into boxes
leave my past behind on the road
whoa-oh
i said i’m ready to go
you could ask about my future
but man who the hell wants to know
another year i’m spending far from home
spending all of my money on vinyl and tickets to shows
i used to be sober about 6 drinks ago
maybe the next one will help me to let go
whoa-oh
i’m ready to go
pack my shit into boxes
leave my past behind on the road
whoa-oh
i’m fucking ready to go
you could ask about my future
but man who the hell wants to know
i told myself that i was over it
Track Name: Mark Hamill
it’s clear to see mistakes i’ve made
looking back on what i’ve done
i feel like i’ve been someone else all summer long
my last semester’s almost here
i’m not as scared as i used to be
i’m ready to move on from what this place has done to me
i’m losing sleep
you’re out of reach
i can’t let go
you’re moving on
and when the weather breaks i’ll find my way back home
drink away another day
you’re never happy you’re a mess
i’m not the same you haven’t changed i’m unimpressed
looking back i’m overwhelmed
this is life and this is why
i wouldn’t give away my past for anything
i’m losing sleep
you’re out of reach
i can’t let go
you’re moving on
and when the weather breaks i’ll find my way back home
Track Name: Stop Living In The Past
well i don’t see what the big deal is
there’s more important things to life than nervous feelings
pictures to preserve the worst times (the worst times)
i am doing fine without you
well you don’t see
just what you’ve done to me (whoa-oh)
don’t waste your breath
you won’t ever see (whoa-oh)
there is no way you can take back what you did
no bad feelings after all you were just a kid
and you won’t ever have to face the consequences
you can’t stop yesterday (whoa-oh)
why won’t you go away (whoa-oh)
after all this time i’m wishing that i never met you
and now i’m living with the shame
well you don’t see
just what you’ve done to me (whoa-oh)
don’t waste your breath
you won’t ever see (whoa-oh)
there is no way you can take back what you did
no bad feelings after all you were just a kid
and you won’t ever have to face the consequences
you won’t be here anymore
just watch yourself walk out that door
see if i care at all
well i don’t see what the big deal is
there’s more important things to life than nervous feelings
pictures to preserve the worst times (the worst times)
i am doing fine without you
well you don’t see
just what you’ve done to me (whoa-oh)
don’t waste your breath
you won’t ever see (whoa-oh)
there is no way you can take back what you did
no bad feelings after all you were just a kid
and you won’t ever have to face the consequences
you can’t stop yesterday (whoa-oh)
why won’t you go away (whoa-oh)
after all this time i’m wishing that i never met you
and now i’m living with the shame
Track Name: There's No Money In Here (How Delightful!)
i’m giving up
the american dream to charity
drop it off at goodwill
cause nothing i do can help you out
and nothing you can say
will make me happy
so please don’t be angry if i tell the truth
cause i’m only being honest
it’s saturday
on the morning you called me up
to ask me how i’m feeling
i’m doing fine
we only have this one chance
to get everything we want in life
we only have this last chance
to get over ourselves and finally have some fun
we only have this one chance
to get everything we want in life
we only have this last chance
to get over ourselves and finally have some fun
1-2-1-2-3-4!
Track Name: All My Friends
goddamn i wish it was summer
days when i could wake up at 11am
walk downstairs and eat breakfast at noon
the day’s just beginning but it’s already halfway over
i’m just trying to relax for once
there’s nothing to do today
and i’m taking advantage of it
by sitting on my ass
thank god i don’t fucking have to work today
i can sit around and do nothing
‘til all my friends call me up and say
“let’s get this shit started”
there’s a movie on but no one’s really watching
we’re all telling stories from months before
cause we’re all home from college
and we rarely see each other
it’s days like these i cherish now i wish you guys would too
thank god i don’t fucking have to work today
i can sit around and do nothing
‘til all my friends call me up and say
“let’s get this shit started”
but i feel like you don’t care
or maybe you’re trying to avoid knowing
this summer’s going to end
and i just don’t want to
go back to life without knowing
all my friends
better get to bed
cause tomorrow’s another fucking morning
Track Name: Mischief Managed
we’re only saying what we’re all thinking
and it doesn’t suit you well
i’m sick of the town i grew up in
but i guess it’s done me well
i feel bad for the things i’ve done
but i would never change them
cause the future shows what i’ll become
and the past made me who i am
all we are is a tragedy
and we’ve dug ourselves in too
deep this time around
all we are is a tragedy
i can’t believe you
i can’t believe myself
i’m heading back with just one bag
and it’s been packed for days
my blurry vision can’t see the road
and i’m fighting the urge to sleep
i feel bad for the things i’ve done
but i would never change them
cause the future shows what i’ll become
and the past made me who i am
all we are is a tragedy
and we’ve dug ourselves in too
deep this time around
all we are is a tragedy
i can’t believe you
i can’t believe myself
Track Name: Future Us
you told me don’t worry
the future us would set things straight
you told me you need me
but you don’t really want me
you told me forget me
that i should move on quickly
you told me don’t worry
everything’s gonna be just fine
you said i’d be alright
but everything’s not fine
you said i’d be alright
but i’m not and you’re lying and EVERYTHING’S NOT FINE!
hey!
Track Name: Friends We Used To Know (Pow Wow Song)
well the night’s not getting any longer
and i’m here with my old friends
singing songs with off key melodies
cause our lives can wait until tomorrow
we’ll talk ‘bout when we were younger
and we’ll drink to friends we used to know
and everybody’s coming home
whoa-oh whoa-oh
to winter nights and winter snow
whoa-oh whoa-oh
and everybody’s coming home
they’re coming home
well the night’s not getting any longer
and i’m here with my old friends
singing songs with off key melodies
cause our lives can wait until tomorrow
we’ll talk ‘bout when we were younger
and we’ll drink to friends we used to know
and we’ll drink to friends we used to know
and i’ll drink to friends i used to know
Track Name: Cap'n Crunk
i’m taking chances on a ship that’s sinking
it’s going down but i’m never looking back
full speed ahead
we’re getting nowhere
have no regret
we’ll think about this later
anchors up boys it’s our time today
hope’s not lost but we’ll find a way
we’re never giving up
lost at sea but we’re not overwhelmed
suck it up and give ‘em hell
we’re never giving up
who am i kidding
i can say this is the last time
1000 times and always change my mind
we’re not getting any younger
might as well just give up now
anchors up boys it’s our time today
hope’s not lost but we’ll find a way
we’re never giving up
lost at sea but we’re not overwhelmed
suck it up and give ‘em hell
we’re never giving up
la da da da da da
Track Name: Fuck Keanu Reeves!!!
everybody sing along
everybody it’s our song
we don’t know the words but we’ll make them up
this is the song that reminds us who we are
you’re scared in your eyes i can see it
and i hope one day you’ll come crawling back
can’t you see for us this is it
no re-do’s or second chances
this is our lives not a fucking trend
and this feeling it won’t go away
and these words mean everyhing to me
dark nights and sweaty overcrowded rooms
they make us who we are
everybody sing along
everybody it’s our song
we don’t know the words but we’ll make them up
this is the song that reminds us who we are
Track Name: Just My Life
it’s days like these when i feel like i’m dead
like the town i grew up in and all my friends
american football keeps telling me not to leave home
but i don’t know where it is in the first place
for one last time
i’m still trying to figure out
how things are
and how we got this far
but i’ve got my friends and they’re who i believe in
still my cardboard sign reads
at least i’m alive today
i’m just fine
i guess that it’s just my life
i’m sleeping in a loft in a freezing cold room
covered up in old t-shirts in a blanket made for 2
i know i’ll sleep well cause it’s almost 4am
and if i had to i’d stay up all night to be there for you
for one last time
i’m still trying to figure out
how things are
and how we got this far
but i’ve got my friends and they’re who i believe in
still my cardboard sign reads
at least i’m alive today
i’m just fine
i guess that it’s just my life
so now i’m waking up to
generic ringtones because
alarm clocks are in the past
and i’m begging for more time in bed
cause it’s better where i am
and i’m still confused and misled
today’s just not a good day