A Novel Approach

by A Trivial Hero

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The follow-up to the debut acoustic album by A Trivial Hero takes nerd-rock to a whole new level. A Novel Approach features songs covering various literary works. Sporting more of the melodic, lyric driven style as the previous effort, this album shows more of what makes A Trivial Hero creatively unique.

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released December 3, 2013

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Track Name: ______
Just give me some time to come up
With the answers to the questions
Because we don’t have to learn our lessons
The hard way
With a written history to record
Every possible mistake
And map out all our escapes
We’ll carve our own way

But the teenage heart dances in wonder
Where the open mind finds solid ground
So we sing “Hey-ey”
But do we even hear the words?

Because we weren’t meant to be alone
We were not meant to wander blind
We weren’t meant to make the same mistakes again

I spend my time inside of
Minds you’d call complicated
I’ll tell you that is understated
A long way
With the ups and downs and in-betweens
Rendering hopes and doubtings
I find myself in new surroundings
Along my own way

Still the teenage heart dances in wonder
Where those who’ve sought have often found
So you sing “Hey-ey”
But do you even hear the words?

Because we aren’t meant to be alone
We are not meant to wander blind
We aren’t meant to make the same mistakes as them

Don’t be so sure
That you know it all
When you haven’t been there
And there’s those that have
So all I want
Is you to take my errors
As your own

Because you aren’t meant to be alone
You are not meant to wander blind
You aren’t meant to make the same mistakes as me
Track Name: Perfect on Paper
She's after a world so fleeting
She wants it all
She's tried every bed but found them all
Too big or too small
Still it's her persistence redeeming
Committed to the cause
If only she'd learn to appreciate
The beauty of flaws

Please tell me you're open to change
Please say that you're not grown up yet

She lives in a dream utopic
Proprietarily
Lone architect and foreman
Commissioned voluntarily
So waking seems catastrophic
To untrained, open eyes
But the dreams will manifest themselves
To the patient and wise

Just make sure you're open to suggestions
But don't fool yourself

It's only perfect on paper
Turns out the pictures we've drawn became the life we lead
We'll all learn sooner or later
To cope with the dissatisfaction of having our dreams come true

So this is the road not taken?
Traveled by many
Journeyed for gain
This is the path I've forsaken
Badge upon my own chest
To my father's dismay

It's only perfect on paper
Turns out the stories we write get imitated by our lives
We'll all learn sooner or later
To cope with dissatisfaction when all of our dreams come true

Is it that we never dreamed big enough?
Or that we expected once we got here all the work could just stop?
We created this present with past thought
So let's think the future that we want

That's not only perfect on paper
Turns out the songs we all sing shape our reality
We all learn sooner or later
To accept the satisfaction of all of our dreams come true

It's not only perfect on paper
Turns out the songs we all sing shape our reality
We all learn sooner or later
To accept the satisfaction of all of our dreams come true

Not only perfect on paper
It's not only perfect on paper
Track Name: 22
I hear the engines roaring overhead
And watch my scheme crash and burn
I'm feeling irony, I'm seeing red
No, I'm not ready for the urn

So don't count me out
I am still on the ground
Don't send a letter home
I'm trapped by all my lies
I never took to the skies
Let me out of this catch
But don't let me go

You'd think it'd break her to hear I'm gone
But she's got a different plan
She's getting done up and moving on
Finding herself a new man

Baby, don't count me out
I was still on the ground
Don't believe that letter, oh no
I was trying to lie
You know I hate to fly
This is part of that catch
Please don't let me go

This doesn't make any sense
I shouldn't be in this fight
I'm a healer
A man dedicated to life
Mostly my own
Admittedly
How could she move on
Forgetting about me?

I guess just count me out
I'm as good as in the ground
Maybe if that letter says so
I'm trapped by all my lies
I'll never take to the skies
I created this catch
She let me go
Track Name: Scout's Honor
Another summer romance
Pretty girl across the street
I’ve got my eyes on you
Have you got your eyes on me?

Show me the ropes of this place
Mischief will be our game
Tell me another story
You do well to entertain

So take me on another adventure
Can’t stop laughing, can’t stop smiling
We carry on and on
I swear the angels sent her
Just ‘til the summer’s over
Then with it she’s gone

Let’s run this small town ragged
Pardoned by innocence
Let’s find where limits lie
Somewhere beyond this fence

Return for sunny seasons
A year well worth the wait
Whenever you’re around
It speeds up my heart rate

So take me on another adventure
Can’t stop laughing, can’t stop smiling
We carry on and on
I swear the angels sent her
Just ‘til the summer’s over
Then with it she’s gone

Come on let’s lure him out
You should thank me when this saves your life
No please don’t wear me out
Feels like I’m fading with time

Another summer romance
Pretty girl across the street
I’ve got my eyes on you
Have you got your eyes on me?

Show me the ropes of this place
Our game will be mischief
Don’t let this season end
Without a summer’s kiss

So take me on another adventure
Can’t stop laughing, can’t stop smiling
We carry on and on
I swear the angels sent her
Just ‘til the summer’s over
Then with it she’s gone

Take me on another adventure (Take me away)
Don’t stop laughing, don’t stop smiling (To this Maycomb County)
Just carry on and on (And teach me everything you know)
I swear the angels sent her (Take me away)
Don’t let this summer end (To this Maycomb County)
‘Cause with it she’s gone (I want to go)
Track Name: I Am the Underground Man
This tank keeps running dry
These words are useless
Label me useless
So full of hot air
Still unable to fly

Confined to this cranial cell
In solitary silence sits the cynic
This mental state
Magnifies mistakes
And loathing

Please tell me that there’s something left
Please tell me I can be more than this

I feel all the gears grind
These notes are fleeting
Tick-tock keeps beating
And every last drop of sand
Is ingrained in my mind

Constructed this cranial hell
In solitary silence suffering is cyclic
These carnal stakes
Border on insane
A thin line

Don’t tell me that there’s nothing left
Because I know that I should be more than this
Track Name: Some of Us Watch the Sunset Too
The screen is so bright down at the drive-in
Dark nights have seen some big crowds
It’s a nice escape into a different type of hell
Where the flames are in the forms of turn downs

We pass the time watching the sunset
Distant worlds connected by a thread
It’s my escape from otherwise endless hell
But when it rises I descend

So it’s nice to know that you can see me
Though it means you always could
Don’t get your hopes up, kid, you’re too nice
I’ll just cut my losses and my feelings
I guess it’d be too good
‘Cause the kindest guys with the brightest minds ain’t her type

So save us from social degradation
It’s not up to you
Still we’ll take out all of our frustrations
Not taught what else to do

And ignorance breeds violence
As seen in you and I
And it festers in the silence
Of those who ignore and choose to close their eyes

So it’s nice to know that you can see me
Though it means you always could
Don’t get your hopes up, kid, you’re too nice
I’ll just cut my losses and my feelings
I guess it’d be too good
‘Cause the kindest guys with the brightest minds ain’t her type

So it’s nice to know that you have feelings
Though it means you always could
Don’t get your hopes up kids of east side
So just cut your losses and start healing
Maybe go do some good
‘Cause the kindest guys with the brightest minds can’t waste time
Track Name: Je Suis J. Alfred Prufrock
I’m walking through the city
Surrounded by the lifeless
This world is not meant for me
L’amour c’est pas pour moi

The same old subjects of art and overwhelmed
And overdone
Such loyal subjects to those up at the helm
I’m not their son

Detachment is my claim
A resignation to the effects of age
Forfeited chances
But only one-time dances
And I don’t dare to try

[In the room, the women come and go talking of Michelangelo]

But now the talk is of JT
And I cannot measure up
Despondent eyes fall on me
Je connais les yeux trop bien

Detachment is my claim
A resignation to the effects of age

I know just what they’ll say
They see my every flaw
Is that even what they see?
Or do I pin myself to the wall?

Detachment is my claim
A resignation to the effects of age
Forfeited chances
But only one-time dances
And I don’t dare to try
Track Name: Call Me Caterpillar
You’ve got your medication
Is that all you need?
Is an excuse?
Your liquid inspiration
Has an expiration
Sooner than mine

So get your mad-hat on
I know you want to
It’s all you have left
But when the last grain of sand is gone
Just remember
You once lived on a beach

This world grows to addiction
It’s all you think
Until you use
Live in that place, it’s fiction
Written by prescriptions
For the lack of mind

So dive down that hole
And see how long it takes
To reach the rocks
Replace the sound of your soul
With hallucinations

Well I’ve got news for you
I’ve got no use for you
This body doesn’t match the mind
Yeah, I’ve got news for you
I’ve got no use for you
I’m not that stagnant kind

You can’t give me reason
And that’s all I’d need
It’s my abuse
Constructed this condition
Loss of all ambition
While I’m always short on time

“Off with this head”
You made the call yourself
Relinquished all thought
You’ll be interested instead
But not interesting

Well I’ve got news for you
I’ve got no use for you
This body doesn’t match the mind
Yeah, I’ve got news for you
I’ve got no use for you
I’m not that stagnant kind

And the looking glass reveals
The unbecoming form
That you’ve become
So you can claim that this heals
But it’s no solution
It just makes you numb

So get your mad-hat on
I know you’ve got to
It’s all you have left
But when the last grain of sand is gone
You’ll remember
Me

Well I’ve got news for you
I’ve got no use for you
This body doesn’t match the mind
Yeah, I’ve got news for you
I’ve got no use for you
I’m not that stagnant kind
Track Name: Movies with Min
So close close close I'm out
I spent this day all wrong
'Cause without you
So far away from you
It should be easy not to think
But that's all I do

I could've stayed in bed
For hours on end
Enveloped in you
But I locked up in my head
I'll lie in lyrics instead
And wish it was truth

So close close close I'm out
I spent this day all wrong
'Cause without you
So far away from you
It should be easy not to think
But that's all I do

This is just like that scene from that one film
Where she turns to walk away slowly
And he buries his head in his hands
Meanwhile we're all left to wonder
If he had spoken up at all
Might she have turned around and stayed?

So close close close I'm out
I spent this day all wrong
'Cause without you
So far away from you
It should be easy not to think
But that's all I do

So close close close I'm out
I spent this day all wrong
'Cause without you
So far away from you
It should be easy not to think
But that's all I do

So close close close I'm out
I spent this day all wrong
'Cause without you
So far away from you
It should be easy not to think
But that's all I do
Track Name: My People Shooting Hat
I’d ride the bomb all the way down
And watch destruction on their faces
I’ll ride this wave until it crashes
And the beach is my mental state

There is a gun in my mouth
Yet you’re the one in danger
It’s not pointed in, it’s aiming out
Don’t give me a reason to pull the trigger

Just tell me I’m fine
Yeah, act like I’m fine

I’ll push you away
Cut you down
I don’t need you around
I’ve got a talent to affront

No more to say
Just read the signs
I haven’t got the time
I’ve got people to hunt

You say I’m headed for a fall
And I won’t be there to catch me
But once I’ve reached the bottom
I’ll catch all the youth who fall after

And tell them they’re fine
I’ll help them stay fine

But I’ll push you away
Cut you down
I don’t need you around
I’ve got a talent to affront

No more to say
Just read the signs
I haven’t got the time
I’ve got people to hunt

‘Round and ‘round she goes
Keeps reaching for that golden ring
But don’t try and stop her
You know that’s not right

I’d ride the bomb all the way down
And see the judgments on their faces
I’ll ride this wave until it crashes
And the beach is my mental state
Track Name: Becoming the Wind
Will you miss me when I am god?
Will you cry out?
And when they ask
Will you tell them we danced?
Would you brag?

I was once your pawn
I was once your piece
Just an arm
That you could choose to link
I was once a hole
Where you'd pour yourself into
And I feel no shame
I feel no pain no more

Will they search for me when I am god?
Asking questions
About what they thought
and for the things they've sought
They look to me

I was once like them
Looking out from me
Body was a fence
Sky was out of reach
But dug in my soul
And found the whole world waiting
And I became
The hand that wrote the same before

Baby, you've got the answers
It's just if you choose to know
How your mind was once captured
And how they tried to subdue your soul

So shake it off, I swear I'll be back
Send your kisses on the wind until then
I've got to pursue my legend

So please don't miss me while I am god
Track Name: Conceptualist Life Support
I’m back on top
And it feels so good
The words flow freely
Just like they should

And I’m fine
It was all in my mind
And you can’t take this from me

It’s all that’s left
The concepts and theories
In what I’ve said
I have to find meaning

And I’ll be fine
When it’s all in my mind
But that’s not where it will stay

So don’t take my words
They’re all I have
They’re all I have
Dependant on their every meaning
And these songs get me my fix

You held me down
But the muzzle’s off
So I take my mission
And I’ll never stop

You’ve taken everything else
I have to ration logic to survive
These notes are the only things that help
Definitions keeping me alive

No don’t take my words
They’re all I have
They’re all I have
Dependant on their every meaning
And these songs get me my fix

Don’t take my words
They’re all I have
They’re all I have
Dependant on their every meaning
And these songs get me my fix

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