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Leftovers and Underwear: B​-​sides and Early Works

by madcrasher

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Raining 07:12
My Apologies 04:50
Why do you look at me Like I'm some little kid you have to Teach about growing up. Move past These "childish dreams" of mine and Join the rest of the "real adults." Why do you look at me Like I'm some little kid that doesn't know A thing about human nature. How People are always out to get you And you gotta watch your back or else... That's right. They'll lie to you, they'll cheat on you, They'll spit on you, they'll disrespect you, Your biggest enemy's your closest friend Only matters who's on top in the end Keep a sharp eye open; look out for number one Keep to yourself, and when the day is done You might have something to stick under your bed, but This world isn't kind if you don't plan ahead 'Cause then you'll be a leech like the people on the street Always asking for money to buy something to eat But you know what? They're just gonna buy alcohol, Drugs, or worse, look around for some number to call And all those people that say that want to help While reaching in your pockets until you pay up There's no charity; no, it's all just a cop To satisfy wallets and consciences-- --Wait, stop. I don't quite agree with the things that you're saying Not everyone can be in on the game that you're playing There's gotta be something to explain what they did Besides selfishness, guiltiness, and-- --Shut up, kid It's the truth, you know it just as much as I do No one in the world's looking out for you. Politicians? Ha, just follow the trail of money Back to the interest groups and you'll find the key. The media? They've got their agenda to push on you. They'll yell until your face turns blue from Holding your breath, waiting for the next thing But when it comes, it never seems to bring What we needed. It's always over in a flash. Build your hopes up only to have them get dashed. Where you're at now is where you'll be for eternity 'Cause life's not fair, but it's all we got, you see. I beg to differ; there's gotta be life after this... Listen to me now kid, or you're gonna miss the obvious. The church you believe in is wrong. Every last shred of honesty's been long gone. TV preachers that sell you salvation While praying to God to smite the enemies of the nation Murdering the doctors that help people end it all Trying to force religion where they don't want it at all Raise money for a building while there's people left to feed Offering them God while not giving what they need Eternal life? Ha! All they care about is stuff Not to mention the priests-- --Okay, that's ENOUGH! First of all, get your excuses right: I don't have faith in the church, I have faith in Jesus Christ! As humans, we all make mistakes now and then We get knocked off our feet, but we get up again. God is perfect, not the humans who lead the church In its quest to fulfill the needs of All those God has called to carry His Name, See, we are the ones that are causing all the shame That you're talking about, that you're ranting about; The church, like everything, is not without its Bad apples, bad people, and singers of songs, But it doesn't mean that the whole system is wrong! See, God is in control no matter what we do, If I'm right or wrong, he still comes shining through. If a preacher's lying to me, God'll still show me What's right and wrong, good and bad, and all that is Holy. The thing is, God works in spite of our failures And gets His work done no matter what our behavior. So you see, it doesn't really matter what I hear, 'Cause with God on my side I got nothing to fear. Heh, too bad your god isn't real. Don't try to win me over with those feelings you feel. Everything you've said depends on a deity That no one knows for sure what it could possibly be. Is that it? I guess it boils down to the fact That God's either real, or it's all just an act. It's something we all have to feel inside, But as much as I want to, I can't let it slide Because everything that I am counts on My sovereign God watching 'til the day is done. I know that he's got my best interests in mind Even if the good part seems so hard to find. As for people, like I said, we all fall down, And from what I've seen as I look around this world I see I mess up more, despite my good health, So forget everybody, I can't trust myself! I'd rather make friends I can stand to be around Than worry over which of them is going to let me down. Plan for the worst, but hope for the best, And leave it up to God to take care of the rest. I freely admit this world isn't perfect. That's not my point, and I don't think it's worth it To waste time worrying about this life When on the horizon is an end to this strife. This world's not my home, I won't stay any longer Than I'm meant to. I couldn't be any wronger Than to think I'm just another human from the store When God's planned for me to be so much more! I've got dreams and plans, and I won't let them go Until they come true, or God decides to show me A better idea, but even then I'll be living The best life possible with the stuff I've been given. Bottom line is, God's watching out for me, And I trust Him to make me who I'm meant to be. If that's not the case, I'm a pretty lucky guy, But I can't count on luck because it always runs dry. You say you've been there, you say you've been around, But you've got both your eyes fixed straight on the ground! (I can't live that way!) "Forget about Heaven, concentrate down here," But I can't live my whole life with that kind of fear! (I can't live that way!) Your misery wants company, but your misery'd be Gone if you could only see what I see! (I can't live that way!) Your "healthy cynicism"'s gotten out of control, Killing off all your dreams until you don't feel whole. (I can't live that way!) Why do you look at me Like I'm some little kid That's the bane of your existence Just because I believe in something You don't understand? Your claims offer me no hope, So I choose to believe in the God I can't see! Even if it's a lie, I can still die happy, But the truth is, there is a God, And I can't say there isn't, Even if I wanted to... "Forget about Heaven, concentrate down here," But I can't live my whole life with that kind of fear! (I can't live that way!) Your "healthy cynicism"'s gotten out of control, Killing off all your dreams until you don't feel whole. (I can't live that way!) Bottle up your ambitions, isolate all your friends, I don't wanna be stuck playing a game that never ends! (I can't live that way!) I appreciate your advice, and maybe you're right, But I've looked down that road, and I've come to see that I can't live that way!


Before I released my album Identity, I had made a few CDs of material that I gave to my friends and family to consider. There was the Calling Long Distance EP from 2004 (senior year of high school, woo!), the follow up Free Nights and Weekends EP in 2005, and the Quality Control CDs that led up to the album. The best made it onto Identity, the leftovers are here in all their BAD glory. And to quote John Reuben, "not bad meaning good but bad meaning bad."

So here's the b-sides and the early demos. Some are finished and just not up to my low standards, and some are recorded with a desktop microphone and a $15 shareware sampler. Check the notes on each song for its history and, as always, let me know what you think.


released May 15, 2012

Compilation produced by Evan Hildreth. Album name and photography by Brittany Hildreth.




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