Posterity's Sake

by Protected Left

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released 15 December 2012

Recorded and mixed by Rick Johnson @ Coldwar Studios, Grand Rapids, MI.
Mastered by Joel Hatstat @ Joel Hatstat Audio, Atlanta, GA

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Track Name: Cursed Explosives
I'll keep it simple, I'll keep it direct
I'll spell it out so you can understand
You're just an image, a cheap facade
With fissures showing what you're trying to hide

A constant scowl, a strained rictus
Shallow breathing and a clenched anus
Hands that shake when not in a fist
From nerves that threaten to expose the myth

And when you fail because your act won't last
Call it a "phase," shrug it off and laugh
I'll laugh as well, inclined to agree
There's no passion in your dice and cherries

Just platitudes and thumping chests
Empty gestures that seem to suggest
You don't get it, you'll never know
No fucking way you guys are rock and roll

You just traded your jackboots for converse
And a pair of 501's
The look's complete, but not the conversion
You're still fucking knuckle dragging thugs
Track Name: "yeah, dude, i get it"
I can't keep waiting for things to change
And I can't promise that I can stay
And the silence said more than I ever could
Your silence said more than I ever could

I can't help feeling it's a mistake
Regretfully, one I can't erase
And the silence said more than I ever could
Your silence said more than I ever could

Label this arrangement 'subject to change'
Post-date all your feelings of empty rage
And the silence said more than I ever could
My silence said more than you ever could
Track Name: Closet Asshole
What did I expect?
I knew just what I'd get.
But, still, I can't keep myself from wanting.

This won't go anywhere.
I know, but I don't care.
Still wish that I'd been given and option.

Complications are not an excuse.
But now it seems oh-so convenient.
If it matters now, well, then it always did;
But you're not just a kid: Fuck you.

I said, "Let's keep it clean.
Simple, just you and me."
You smiled reluctantly, but agreed.

And now you've changed your mind,
And I think I know why;
I hope you had fun fucking at Bonnaroo.

Complications are not an excuse,
But now it seems oh-so convenient.
If it matters now, well, then it always did,
But you're not just a kid: Fuck you.

I let this bother me
For so long needlessly.
It was only my pride that took the beating.

The rest was in my head,
The pain from rejection.
Tonight I'll dine on black birds instead
Track Name: Elk Antlers
Shaken, scared, unsure
Return to the familiar
Hoping he might find
Sure footing on conviction

Solid, safe, secure
No risk or chance of failure
Resolve became rigid
And in the end he'd crack

There are times that I can relate
There are times that I can understand
The world can seem overwhelming
When not clear and whole

Lost, alone, afraid
No purpose or direction
The days began to blur
To blur until they'd stop

Shaken, scared, unsure
Return to the familiar
But even that had changed
Not static when you're gone

There are times that I can relate
There are times that I can understand
Sense of purpose, once shattered
Rarely returns.
Track Name: Life Off The Couch (RJ Dub Remix)
Some things you'll never know
Some things you'll never know
Some things you'll never really know

And if it pains your days
To feel and not explain
Well, I hope you live to see the day

When everything works out
When everything works out right for your
(2x)

Some doubts you'll always have
Some doubts you'll always have
Some doubts you'll always have with you

And if you just can't take
Pressure or crushing weight
Just grit your teeth for one more day

When everything works out
When everything works out right for you
(4x)

Ooo ooo Ooo ooo ...
Track Name: At Least I Didn't Cut My Ear Off
This old, sick, familiar feeling
Well, it keeps me up at night
It makes me question my own instincts
And it rattles my insides

I can't stop staring at the ceiling
Or retracing days' events
Each step examined from all angles
Until there's nothing left

I just can't help but think
How every ending might turn out
Peace of mind's been abandoned
Replaced with gnawing doubt

This old, sick, familiar feeling
Has replaced long nights of sleep
I search for some type of distraction
But there's none that I can see

I just can't help but think
How every ending might turn out
Peace of mind's been abandoned
Replaced with gnawing doubt
Track Name: Blacktop
Blacktop beckon me
Lure me from
White lines guided me
Over the road

And when asked, I know what I'll say
"I love you, but I cannot stay."
Please, don't ask me to wait.
Please, don't ask me to wait.

Yeah!
Track Name: Never Again
There's something I can't fathom
In my (very) limited wisdom
How my old friend can kneel down in prayer

The weight he gives to his faith
He gives no other place
How does he make this one exception?

*despite the obvious lack of any empirical evidence supporting his convictions

Never again, never again

Like others from a same place
I was brought up in blind faith
But quickly that had stopped making sense

It comes through one of two ways:
Tragedy, or how you were raised.
Not one free will readily submits

*not one single fucking person (nope!)

Never again, never again
Track Name: My Worst Nightmare
I know some others waste their time
Burn out and leave this life behind
For something simpler
More safe and more secure
Content to let content choke out their fire

At times I fear that I'll fade the same way
That the embers slowly will die out

This is my worst nightmare
To slowly rot away
To watch my efforts compound
As failures every day

Now should I just give up the ghost?
And let this chapter in life close?
Move on to bitter days
A life filled with malaise
Fulfilment seems forever out of reach

Each day one step closer to my own grave
But "you gotta keep on truckin' anyway"
Track Name: Exit Strategy
I often wonder what I'm doing here
I wonder why I'm still at home
And in the end I would go anywhere
As long as I am not alone

But when I leave, I leave here for good
I've waited so much longer, longer than I should
And when I leave, I leave here for good
I've waited so much longer ...

I often wonder why I've lingered here
I think because I am afraid
Of failure, solitude, uncertainty
Each one an outcome that awaits

But when I leave, I leave here for good
I've waited so much longer, longer than I should
And when I leave, I leave here for good
I've waited so much longer ...

I hope there's something out there for me to find
I hope it's not a waste of time
Track Name: Life Off The Couch (studio version)
Some things you'll never know
Some things you'll never know
Some things you'll never really know

And if it pains your days
To feel and not explain
Well, I hope you live to see the day

When everything works out
When everything works out right for your
(2x)

Some doubts you'll always have
Some doubts you'll always have
Some doubts you'll always have with you

And if you just can't take
Pressure or crushing weight
Just grit your teeth for one more day

When everything works out
When everything works out right for you
(4x)

Ooo ooo Ooo ooo ...