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These are songs that were written by A Trivial Hero. A Trivial Hero also performs the songs. When listening to this album, one should use one's ears, though exceptions can be made. This is the first, full-band release from A Trivial Hero, and it provides for a much different, more powerful sound.

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released March 18, 2014

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Track Name: Forget the Ellipsis
This is the first time I’ve felt anything at all
This is the first time I’ve opened myself up

Don’t let me suppress these feelings down
Don’t let me forget the sound
Of her lies

This is the last time I ever try to leave
This is the last time I let him place blame on me

Stand by me we’ll track lost treasures down
Into the abyss we make the sound
Of life

Convince me I’m nothing
And show me I’m all
And though we have nothing like the places once called home
I feel at home right in your arms

Can’t make me suppress these feelings down
Can’t make me forget the sound
Of her lies
Track Name: Holophone Lessons
Punched in from eight to five, but that’s alright
‘Cause I’ve got no reason to hate
Immersed in all new worlds and a romance
As we deliver through space

And maybe it’s foolish to think I could be the apple of that eye
But I’m sure it’s stupid not to try

‘Cause if these notes could make pictures
We’d only see your face
If I’d write you an opera
Could your heart find me a place?
And if you’d give up your hand
Just to spare my heart
Then maybe you already love me
And I don’t need the devil’s parts

I don’t care if you’re old and manly
Would you mind if I had claws?
I’ve come from past and future to find you
You once loved me as Lars

I’d give you my air
I’d prefer it for you
I’d give you my chair
Off this earth before it’s gone
Where I choose one over two
Purple over blonde
I’d be a mutant for you
I’d love everything you are
Track Name: Underestimating Cinzia
I held your hand by the ocean
And let my dream stretch out to the horizon
You show me that, this world doesn’t have an end

Lay next to you under starlight
As we let ourselves float out into the night sky
Get you the moon just to see the ends of your mouth bend

Waking up is never
As hard as
When I’m dreaming of you
When will I
Get to wake up in
A world where dreams come true?

Your father’s tears line the aisle
I lift a veil revealing a smile
You show me that my dreams will never have to end

Waking up is never
As easy as
When I’m lying next to you
I guess we can
Wake up in
A world of dreams improved

I held your hand by the ocean
I held your hand by the ocean
I held your hand by the ocean
I held your hand by the ocean
Track Name: Surviving the Vortex
Remember what you said when you set me down?
You said, “I’m sorry, but we’re done”
Remember what I said when you set me down?
I said, “I’m sorry that I’m not the one”

Well maybe it’s time that we got perspective
It’s probably high time that I grew some balls
I think it’s either time that I got aggressive or forever let go

I took the world in my hands and I passed it off
Saying "I’m sorry, but I’m no god"
You took the sun in your hands and you tossed it out
Thinking it’s you we’d now revolve around

Well take a cake crumb and get perspective
Or set yourself next to a gaseous ball
If that’s what it takes until you’re reflective inside that black hole

Remember what we sang as we laid tracks down?
(Remember how we laughed at their ignorance?)
Claiming such brilliance though we’re dumb
Remember how we danced syncopatedly?
(Remember forgetting what they all thought?)
We looked so foolish but had such fun

Well I wear a big smile from this changed perspective
Broke my ego so now I just have a ball
Once I saw that happiness was elective and I grabbed hold
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: 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
I know that I should be more than this
Track Name: Breaking News for Hearts
The news breaks and so does my heart
You’re leaving this town for good
And it’s all that I can do to hang the pieces on the staff
And hope they get to you
But if you wanted more
Well I’m sorry that’s all I’ve got

This news deserved better than rumors, hearsay
I should have heard it straight from you
Don’t you know that it’s not right to break a heart on speculation?
Yeah, I’ve been holding back
But if I wanted more
Well then I guess I should have asked
‘Cause I should know by now
That what you give is what you get back

So say goodbye
To everything you wanted
You’ll never mean more than this
And force a smile
Don’t let her see you hold your tongue
Or see your discontent

But I should know it’s not alright to keep your heart on reservation
I shouldn’t have held back
‘Cause if I wanted more
I’d have to do more than ask
Because one thing I’ve learned
Is you can give but not always get back
Track Name: Yak-42
This was the last thing that we needed
To see a piece of the sky fall down
Watch gladiators drowned and burned
On their way to the coliseum
Let’s not forget there are risks involved

And they gave everything
Yeah, they gave everything
They gave everything
Just because that’s what we asked

Maybe this was just what we needed
To remind us what we have now
With feet still on the ground, we learn
And make our way towards the coliseum
We can’t forget there are risks involved

As they gave everything
They gave everything
They gave everything
Just because that’s what we asked

So we’ll give everything
Yeah, we’ll give everything
We’ll give everything
Just because that’s how we’re tasked

We’ll give everything
Yeah, we’ll give everything
And we’d give anything
Just to see those who’ve passed
Track Name: Comically Cold
You can hide behind your inhibitions
But cannot give them reason
Go on, fool yourself with these addictions
But your tolerance will cause you pain

The chemistry is not simple
Nor is the psychology
This is how a rock can cause a ripple
And while it’s you who drops, it’s me you drain

So tell me you’re scared
Funny, I don’t find myself caring
You’ve made your bed
Now go lay in it

Reality keeps bleeding
Some day soon you will lose grip
It’s a psychosis that you’re feeding
But when you’ve lost your head, I’ll be the one who’s insane

So tell me you’re sorry
Funny, swear I’ve heard that line before
You said you’re done
And then asked for more

So tell me you’re scared
Funny, I don’t find myself caring
You’ve made your bed
Now go lay in it
Track Name: Phoenix Feathers
A bird that grew roots in the city
After migrating south against the wind
A mother without getting to see her own eggs hatched
A mother to me, though Oedipal

And maybe she’s crazy
For clipping her wings
But I’ll count myself lucky
For the chance to hear her sing

She was not meant to be caged up
Instead to fly
Visiting bird baths around the world
All filled with wine
Learn the language of Paris
Molding minds en Asie
Building homes in the states
Where she takes me under her wing

And some say she’s different
Well I’d say that’s quite right
Because it takes a unique strength
To burn so bright

So don’t think she’s crazy
When she rips up her roots
‘Cause with such a wingspan
One suffocates in this coop
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: Staying Young
Long walks without a reason
Except maybe I’ll get the chance
If I put up with all your teasin’
Maybe we could find some time for romance
Can’t stop or fight this feelin’
My heart is being such a pest
And my mind’s one focus is stealin’
Every last moment that you have left

Late nights and troubled hormones
About how far do we let this go?
Car rides and dying cell phones
‘Til there’s nothing left that I don’t know
Casinos and cattle towns
And a whole lot in between
Scared by the footstep sounds
That’s what I get for sneakin’ in at 3

But I wouldn’t have it any other way
Although you drive me crazy
‘Cause lately I’ve been making too much sense
And I need to loosen up
‘Cause at my age I shouldn’t need help staying young

Ping pong and board games
I can’t hold back the tears
Hammock talks, body parts named
Other people just think we’re weird
Long drives to watch you run
I’ll be part of your victory
Can’t believe I found someone
Who means so much more than me

And there’s nothing else that I could ask for
Although I loved you more
Than anything you ever felt for me
But this song is sung
‘Cause I’m so thankful you keep me young

Distance makes talking hard
And your walls certainly don’t help
You’ll always hold a place in my heart
But it’s in yours I can’t tell

What do I do?
I can’t help but miss you
And you want your space
So I continue the chase

But I can’t have it any other way
Please don’t stop driving me crazy
‘Cause sometimes life just makes too much sense
And I can’t help growing up
So please be there to keep me young
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: Voluntary Confinement
I want to go to sleep
Lose every memory
Run off without fear of hurting anyone
I want to climb aboard
A boat, never see shore
Crawl below deck and hide from the sun
And I'd have such fun

I want to flee this town
Ride the waves of my sounds
Surf couches, flipping cushions for spare dimes
I'd like to sink my teeth
Into what lies beneath
This world of poppy, self-betraying crimes
That I commit

Commit me
Commit me

I know I've lost to the knew white man's burden
I paid the cost for the comfort I live in
Track Name: Conditional Powers
I’ll leave my mark
With scathing remarks
The burns and bruises sign my name
Let’s play verbal darts
And they’ll call it art
Without these chords I’m called insane

So color me the same old bastard
New terms and tragedies
Nowhere to point the blame but me
‘Cause I waste my time on ghosts
Of exes and sad affairs
This is all I’ve got, we’ll see if anyone cares

Such a nice boy, where did he go?
He blew his mind out on the radio

I’d say I’m sorry if I could fake sincere
I’d save us all if you could use your ears
Can say all the right things at all the right times
But only heard when veiled by rhymes

These sober thoughts
Scream “Forget me not”
No cries for attention, just hopes to convey
The answers I’ve sought
Can’t let go for naught
I will not die on the anthology’s page

I’d say I’m sorry if I could fake sincere
I’d save us all if you could use your ears
Can say all the right things at all the right times
But only heard when veiled by rhymes

I’d say I’m sorry if I could fake sincere
I’d save us all if you could use your ears
Can say all the right things at all the right times
But only heard when veiled by rhymes
Track Name: I'll Be
Sing me a song among groceries
Shoppers stare
But you hum along like there’s no one listening
So sweet to my ears though it’s country
I don’t care
So proud with your food stamps; decline my currency
Bring me to life on unknown streets
Lay me bare
I have nothing to do, but I do it with you so I don’t care

I can’t help but fall
For those whom I shouldn’t
But it’s hardly my fault
This heart is not wooden

So it rhymes and rhymes around my neck
Pull them tight, so tight steal my oxygen

Until I’m smothered in all that you are
Two states away is just two states too far

Be my kindred soul
Prematurely pruned
Oregon has swallowed me whole
Caused me to swoon
Will she swoon?

Can we take this jump?
Will we bounce back?
Let’s separate from this clump
In the streets, we’ll unpack
Should we even pack?

Take the rhymes from my mouth
All apologies
(Formulaic! Formulaic!)
Throw me back to my art
Rediscovered
(Inspiration! Motivated!)
Take my brain; wash it out
Leave your autograph
(Least Resistance! Memory Inflicted)
As Isaac says: “Float on”
(Forget all structure, images, ideals)

If you could set me free
Though I’d confine myself voluntarily
If only it were as easy as you say:
“If it’s where you want to be, be”
Just Be

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