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released June 12, 2012

Joshua Cain - Guitars
Jesse Johnson - Keyboards
Justin Pierre - Vocals, Guitars
Matthew Taylor - Bass Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards, Programming
Tony Thaxton - Drums, Percussion

Produced by Ed Ackerson and Motion City Soundtrack
Engineered by Ed Ackerson
Assistant engineered by Peter Anderson
Recorded at Flowers Studio, Uptown Minneapolis, MN
Mixed by Chris Shaw
Mixed at Chris’ Mutha F’in House, Bed Stuy, NY
Mastered by Greg Calbi
Mastered at Sterling Sound, New York, NY

String arrangement on “Everyone Will Die” by Matthew Taylor
String arrangement on “Everyone Will Die” performed by The Laurels String Quartet: Josh Misner – Violin, Zachary Scanlan – Violin, Erica Burton – Viola, Dan Lawonn- Cello.

All songs written by Motion City Soundtrack
All songs published by Spanish Pantalones (ASCAP)

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Management: Doug Lefrak for Feisty Management LLC & Josh Newman for SweaterWeather

Booking (North America & Japan): Ron Opaleski for the William Morris Agency

Booking (UK, Europe & Australia): Geoff Meall for The Agency Group

Publicity: Sue Marcus for Stunt Company

Legal Representation: Richard Grabel for Davis Shapiro Lewit & Hayes LLP

Business Management: Louis Tommasino CPA

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Track Name: Circuits and Wires
I am all circuits and wires
Conducting symphonies
Of heat exchange and energies

Fueled by a nervous system
Thrust through the great unknown
A timid mess of frightened bones

I pledge to make no difference
I aim to take no stand
This bitter silence is the only play I have

In light of all their laughter
I’ll take to keeping shut
A resolution that I’ve finally had enough

Can’t speak, can’t speak, can’t speak at all
Don’t even think you know the reason

I know there’s something wrong
Within my faulty brain
I lack the proper behavior

My temper addled tongue
Can’t seem to force it out
The words that linger inside me

Can’t speak, can’t speak, can’t speak at all
Don’t even think you know the reason
Can’t speak, can’t speak, can’t speak at all
Don’t even try to understand

I am all motors and gadgets
Organically designed
To last a finite length of time

Locked in this rotary motion
The wheel spins round and round
I comprehend it all but still can’t make a sound

I know there’s something wrong
Within my faulty brain
I lack the proper behavior

My temper addled tongue
Can’t seem to force it out
The words that linger inside me

Can’t speak, can’t speak, can’t speak at all
Don’t even think you know the reason
Can’t speak, can’t speak, can’t speak at all
Don’t even try to understand

I am all circuits and wires
Conducting symphonies
Of heat exchange and energies

My temper addled tongue
Can’t seem to force it out
The words that linger inside me
Track Name: True Romance
You better believe it’s true
You know I do I do
You better believe it’s true
You know I do I do

I’m a screw up of epic proportions
A walking hand grenade
Hyper-manic, a dimestore dramatic
A conduit for pain

She said:
Don’t speak, don’t think, just take it off
Take it off
I said:
Don’t speak, don’t think, just mess me up
Mess me up

You better believe it’s true
You know I do I do
You better believe it’s true
You know I do I do

Don’t speak, don’t think, just take it off

I’m pathetic, overly apologetic
I’m a tightrope tragedy
Yo, Chicken Little, I’m the monkey in the middle
There is something wrong with me

She said:
Don’t speak, don’t think, just take it off
Take it off
I said:
Don’t speak, don’t think, just mess me up
Mess me up

You better believe it’s true
You know I do I do
You better believe it’s true
You know I do I do
You better believe it’s true
You know I do I do
You better believe it’s true
You know I do I do

Humming a slightly varied tune
Opposite angles of the moon
Buried in layers of ourselves
Leaves room for no one else

I believe it’s true
‘Cause nothing matters when I’m all wrapped up in you
I believe it’s true
‘Cause nothing matters when I’m all wrapped up in you

You better believe it’s true
You know I do I do
You better believe it’s true
You know I do I do
You better believe it’s true
You know I do I do
You better believe it’s true
You know I do I do
Track Name: Son Of A Gun
Have you had enough?
Are you tough?
Are you broken?
Hit me where it hurts
Don’t just curtsy and sulk
I know I deserve every elegant word that you’re
Hurlin’ at me

When I listen to your voice
Squakin’ noise
I am thinkin’
How to counter back
With some nonsense and stink
I see little raindrops of love forming under your eyelids
As I push you too far

I know I’m a son of a gun
Pissin’ you off just for fun
You’re overdramatic
I’m aerodynamic
It’s oh, so romantic
That’s why I’m a son of a gun

When we started out
There was doubt
There was caution
But I wore you down
With my slapstick and passion
Tricks of the trade
I’m a loveable knave
I’m a handful
It’s true

All the itty bitty quirks
Used to work
In my favor
Now they tend to rot
And affect your behavior
I’m still the same freakonomical pain
But I love ya
And that will never change

I know I’m a son of a gun
Pissin’ you off just for fun
You’re overdramatic
I’m aerodynamic
It’s oh, so romantic
That’s why I’m a son of a gun

You’re overdramatic
I’m aerodynamic
It’s oh, so romantic
Our hearts filled with panic
If you’re the Titanic
I’ll swim the Atlantic
Addictions I can’t kick
To movies you don’t pick
I hate those romance flicks
That’s why I’m a son of a gun
Track Name: Timelines
Sifting through the broken glass
The echoes of my ancient past
Came flooding into every pore
Like scattered seeds of Sycamore
Suddenly I started wondering how I got here
Was it a matter of timing?

Catholic School my private hell
I stuttered ‘til the age of twelve
Discovered sex at seventeen
And soon thereafter self-esteem
The days did not matter and years were a lifetime away

Drowning in a heavy stock
Of teenage girls and Indie rock
I flunked out of each College course
And set my sails for no remorse
The nights were for nowhere and that’s where I wanted to be

Someone said:

It’s not a matter of time
It’s just a matter of timing
Do you ever wonder how you got to here?
It’s not a matter of time
It’s just a matter of timing
Do you ever wonder how you got to here?

Branded, marked and paper thin
This angry saint went marching in
To war with scores of 90 proof
Found nothing but the ugly truth
A decade of wastage an instant and everything’s changed

Woke up feeling thirty-five
Though grateful that I’m still alive
Another chance at normalcy
To chase the dream but now it seems
The days run away like wild horses over the hills

Someone said:

It’s not a matter of time
It’s just a matter of timing
Do you ever wonder how you got to here?
(It’s just a matter of timing)
It’s not a matter of time
It’s just a matter of timing
Do you ever wonder how you got to here?

Take it in and hold on while you can
All the destruction will one day end
And you’ll finally know exactly who you are

It’s just a matter of timing
Do you ever wonder how you got to here?
(It’s just a matter of timing)
It’s not a matter of time
It’s just a matter of timing
Do you ever wonder how you got to here?
(It’s just a matter of timing)
It’s not a matter of time
It’s just a matter of timing
Do you ever wonder how you got to here?

Do you ever wonder how you got to here?
Track Name: Everyone Will Die
Everyone will die
And everyone will lose
So what you gonna do with the moments you have before it’s you?

It doesn’t mean goodbye
It’s just a simple truth
The shedding of a lifetime of layers that once embodied you

Like Winter into Spring
And Summer into Fall
A cycle of intense introspection before the curtain call

‘Cause everyone must die
And everyone must lose
So who you gonna love in the meantime before it catches you?

Everyone will die
(Everyone will die)
And everyone will lose
(Everyone will lose)
It doesn’t mean goodbye
(It doesn’t mean goodbye)
It’s just a simple truth

Every single smile
And every single tear
Reminders of the moments we shared in the instant we were here

If everyone will die
And everyone will lose
Then who you gonna love in the meantime before it catches you?
Track Name: The Coma Kid
Oohh Oohh
I need time to get it right
Oohh Oohh
I need time to get it right

Always trying to illuminate the past
Questions answered but the insight never lasts
So I won’t look back
I won’t look down
I’ll focus on the comfort of the cold, cold ground
Comatose and singing

Oohh Oohh
I need time to get it right
Oohh Oohh
I need time to get it right

Always trying to decipher what it means
Hours wasted in the land of hopes and dreams
But I won’t look back
I won’t look down
I’ll focus on the planet spinning round and round
Comatose and singing

Oohh Oohh
I need time to get it right
Oohh Oohh
I need time to get it right
Oohh Oohh
I need time to get it right
Oohh Oohh
I need time to get it right

No I won’t look back this time
I’m gonna welter in this lie
Dizzy is this coma kid
With all the things
I never said
And never did
With all the things
I never said
And never did

Oohh Oohh
I need time to get it right

I won’t look back I won’t look down again
(I need time to get it right)
I won’t look back I won’t look down again
(I need time to get it right)
I won’t look back I won’t look down again
(I need time to get it right)
I won’t look back I won’t look down again
(I need time to get it right)
I won’t look back I won’t look down
I’ll focus on the tension building pound per pound
Comatose and singing

Oohh Oohh
I need time to get it right
Oohh Oohh
I need time to get it right
Oohh Oohh
I need time to get it right
Oohh Oohh
I need time to get it right
Track Name: Boxelder
Hey Boxelder
Where’d you go?
Hey Boxelder
Take me with you

Loneliness
I don’t exist
That’s fine
Ok
A slickened wrist and all of this will end
Ok
Hey Boxelder
I’m terrified of everything at night
Hey Boxelder
I’m terrified of what I lack inside me

Caught me talking to myself again
One by one we all go marching in

I hate myself and no one else
But I lie so well that you’d never tell
If I let you in it would end us both
I care too much to leave this host

Loneliness
I don’t exist
That’s fine
Ok
December’s gift a constant fist to spine
Ok
I’m terrified of everything at night
Hey Boxelder
A dying wish to care if I exist
Hey Boxelder

Caught me talking to myself again
One by one we all go marching in

I hate myself and no one else
But I lie so well that you’d never tell
If I let you in it would end us both
I care too much to leave this host
When loneliness comes crashing in
I will always sink
I will never swim
It’s the game I play
It’s the course I curse
A constant captive at my worst
When I’m at my worst
When I’m at my worst
When I’m at my worst

Hey Boxelder
Take me with you
Hey Boxelder
Take me with you
Track Name: The Worst Is Yet To Come
There is no safer place
Than in between cold embraces
Say it again
I like how you work my name
Embroidering the pain
On every speck of skin
The distance has been not so kind; I curse this caveat
And the temperatures are wearing paper thin
I am sick of listening

The worst is yet to come, my dear
I’ve been fighting back for what feels like nearly several hundred years
If you’d just let me make my own mistakes I promise I’ll behave
Only in the worst way

Too heavy to hold my own
Evaporating soul
Sweltered and sandwiched in
The middle of this melting heart of major compromise
I have one foot out and one foot almost in
I am sick of listening

The worst is yet to come, my dear
I’ve been fighting back for what feels like nearly several hundred years
If you’d just let me make my own mistakes I promise I’ll behave
Only in the worst way
Only in the worst way

I won’t say I’m sorry
This hasn’t been a waste of time
Tell me do you think we’ll be fine after all?
I’m all nerve
An anxious sort of complicated fear
The worst is yet to come my dear

The worst is yet to come, my dear
I’ve been fighting back for what feels like nearly several hundred years
If you’d just let me make my own mistakes I promise I’ll behave
Only in the worst way
The worst is yet to come, my dear
I’ve been fighting back for what feels like nearly several hundred years
If you’d just let me make my own mistakes I promise I’ll behave
Only in the worst way
Only in the worst way
Only in the worst way
Track Name: Bad Idea
I’d like to tell you all my bad ideas
I hang them with the good
To dilute the awful truth
I’ve been asleep for nearly fifteen years
All the dreams I’ve ever had
Outweigh the life I’m not yet living

I’ve felt along the walls of here and there
But nothing ever seemed quite right
So I kissed off into the night
There was a thought
There was a fleeting thread
But nothing ever lasts that long
Within the confines of my head

I’m here to tell you I’m not ok
And all those things you can never say out loud

I want to tell you there was no one that I ever believed in more than you
I want to know if there was anyone you ever believed in more than me

I’ve terrorized the seas of way back when
This little heart of mine
Has drunk its weight in blood red wine
A little lost a little out of time
But as the years begin to creep
I have to hope that I’ll be fine

I’m here to tell you I’m not ok
And other things I could never say out loud

I want to tell you there was no one that I ever believed in more than you
I want to know if there was anyone you ever believed in more than me

I’m here to tell you I’m not ok
And all those things you can never say out loud
I’m here to tell you I’m not ok
And all those other things

I’d like to tell you all my bad ideas
I hang them with the good
To dilute the awful truth

I want to tell you there was no one that I ever believed in more than you
I want to know if there was anyone you ever believed in more than me
I want to tell you there was no one that I ever believed in more than you
I want to know if there was anyone you ever believed in more than me
Track Name: Happy Anniversary
I can feel it in my bones tonight
Drain me slowly of the will to fight
Glowing yellow in the bedroom light
I can feel it in my bones tonight

There’s a terror in your eyes tonight
Something awful has you wrapped in white
Take me in your arms and hold me tight

‘Cause I won’t be here for long, my dear
Settle our accounts
Happy Anniversary
Show me how to calm your fears
I’ll do what I can
Happy Anniversary

I can feel it in my bones tonight
Swallowing whatever’s in its sight
Struggling to breathe with all my might

‘Cause I won’t be here to dry your tears
Send the kids my love
Happy Anniversary
Promise me you’ll laugh, my dear
After I am gone
Happy Anniversary
Happy Anniversary

‘Cause I won’t be waking up, my dear
Time has run its course
Happy Anniversary
Now I’ll say goodbye, my dear
This will be our last
Happy Anniversary

I can feel it in my bones tonight
Track Name: Floating Down The River
I have a few things to say
I’ll just say what I need to
I have a few years to go before I’m floating down the river again

So it appears I’m alive
Hey, it’s been quite a long time
I’ve spent a handful of years negotiating terms in hospital gowns
If you believe what you read
You’ll be dead before nightfall
That’s why I’m starting again without the pages in my head

Do you feel the same?
Caught beneath the weight of it all?

I am attempting to change
After years of destruction
Don’t be alarmed I’m still stupid, awkward, anxious, and a terrible bore
But I’m excited these days
It’s the strangest sensation
I only wish I were younger so I’d have more time to explore

Do you feel the same?
Do you understand?
All the pieces of this game are caught beneath the weight of it all
Caught beneath the weight of it all

I have a few things to say
I’ll just say what I need to
I have a few years to go before I’m floating down the river again

Do you feel the same?
Do you understand?
Every letter in your name is caught beneath the weight of it all
Caught beneath the weight of it all
Caught beneath the weight of it all
Of it all
All
All
All