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This album is dedicated to Sam Charriez.

All songs written and performed by Winning The Loser's Bracket.
Additional lyrics on some tracks by Will Henrie.

Thanks to Matt Grieco for editing, mixing, and mastering the album.

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released April 2, 2013

Tyler Conrad- drums, guitar, vocals
Dustin Reinink- guitar, bass, vocals

Will Henrie- vocals on select tracks

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Track Name: A Bronze Will
There’s a pit in my stomach right now.
I’ll never be as good.
Why’d you have to leave,
If I could do this alone I would.
But I can’t.

Well I never fucking win.
And I’m not upset about that.
I’ll never come in first,
Or even have the loss of last.

Cause deep down I know
Bronze is where I’m comfortable at.
I’ll be a loser forever,
I’m finally accepting that.

And I want to break down. I want to cry.
I want to feel something for once in my damn life.
But I can’t. Please come back.
Track Name: Status Quos and Cliched Woes
This year is nothing more than a
Big fat headache.
I can’t believe this happened to me,
It was a mistake.

I was looking for some thrills
Instead I just ran up a bill
They gave me a bottle of pills
Are you happy with yourselves?

This city is so stressful,
And I can’t handle going home.
I think the air I breathe is killing me,
But without this I can’t be complete.

08/20/11
Is the day that I changed myself
08/20/11
I did it for Commonwealth

I hate change for the sake of change
My life here is so fast pace
But I guess I need this, I can’t complain
I think I’m happy with myself

This city is so stressful,
And I can’t handle going home.
I think the air I breathe is killing me,
But without this I cannot succeed.

For the first time, in a long time,
I am fine keeping you in mind.
For the first time, in a long time
I am just fine…

08/20/11 For the first time, in a long time, I am just fine.

This can’t be all that bad,
I don’t know what’s the matter.
This can’t be all that bad,
This should be my last semester.

This city is so stressful,
And I can’t handle going home.
I think the air I breathe is killing me,
But for once I see I am complete.
Track Name: Eat, Sleep, Repeat
I woke up to a shitty morning.
It’s cloudy outside and I lost my job.
I’ve only get enemies left if this god awful town.
I’m the last one left, I’m the last one left.

We can’t control the wind. But we control the sails.
I’d learn a lot from my mistakes, cause all I do is fail.
Let me take my own advice for once.
And maybe I wont feel this way.

The storm of a lifetime is spinning in my head.
I’m on my last lifeline; all hands to the deck
Have you seen the sky?
Can you hear the thunder?
Pull me out; pull me out!
Before I go under.

Know where you’re going to avoid ending somewhere else.
Advice given to me, because I needed the help.
Well I still need it, can you extend an arm to me?
I only wish for fair winds and flowing seas.

Pull me out.

Have you seen the sky?
Can you hear the thunder?
Track Name: Silver Linings
I remember that moment
Lying on my bed.
Hoping I could get up,
But knowing nothing was worth it.

It was just a box spring,
And the room was saddening
Just me by myself,
I didn’t even notice I.

was falling
back to the way I used to be.
What was, it caused by?
I don’t know, and I can’t help wondering

This is a call to arms.
Against apathy.
Against you and all that you do.

Lethargic,
Nothing and no one else makes me like this.
A demon on my shoulder.
No angel to lead me in the right direction.

I’m falling
back to the way I used to be.
What is it caused by?
I don’t know, and I can’t help wondering

I’m moving on
I needed better advice
I’m moving on
With or without you in my life.

I’ll give away everything
Just to know it’s going to be okay
I just want to feel alight.
I just want a simple life.

I just want to feel all right
I’ve never been this scared in my whole life.
I just want to feel alight.
I just want a simple life.

Simple path, simple life.
I just want to live a simple life.
Track Name: Singularity
I've never said "Thank You" enough
I know I can be such a shit
You work hard in a job that sucks
But you never quit

Or gave up on me
My home will never be in this city
You're top of the class, a first rate act
I owe everything to you and that's a fact

So I'll kiss the ocean with you
And I will not forget to do
The things you taught me, and how to be
A better man than "You know who"

Through angry moments and changing tides,
You'll always be a friend of mine
Please smile 'cause I can't stand to
see you cry.

Let's see what happens

I guess I never say “Sorry” enough
And these last five years have been real rough.
I feel bad for everything that got so fucked up.
And that I’m not there now to help you out.

You never gave up on me.
Those few years when we lived away.
You always stood up, always stood strong,
And taught me how to be a man.

So I’ll miss the ocean with you,
And reminisce on those six months we got through
In Michigan before we moved and
I found out where I fit in here.

Through angry moments and changing tides,
You'll always be a friend of mine
Please smile 'cause I can't stand to
see you cry.

I guess we’ll see what happens.
Track Name: Notoriety
There's a shadow.
That Follows.
It annoys all the time, through the day and the night .
It won't stop.

I've never learned to let go. And I've never let it be.
I was taught to never follow. And always end up questioning.
Things that don't even matter. Yet I still poke and pry.
And I’ll watch friendships shatter. For those reasons I say goodbye

This is inherited.
Through all your discontent.
You find yourself a fix.
While I watch as you walk away from me.

I'm not innocent.
More like a hypocrite.
Struggle with consequences.
But you'll watch as I walk away from you.

You blame everyone but yourself, yet I blame you
I guarantee you know what I'm going through
Your father did the same as you do unto me
I am tired of this fucked up family

I was so concerned about that man on the T.V
That I forgot about the man who was suppose to raise me
I go up, changed the channel, and now I do believe
That there is someone here who owes me an apology

This Is inherited
Through all your discontent
You find yourself a fix
While I watch as you walk away from me

I'm not innocent
More like a hypocrite
Struggle with consequences
But you'll watch as I walk away from you

It's not that I'm ungrateful, there's just something that you should know –
That the past few years I've been harboring some feelings towards you
I'm done with all the anger, I've seen it almost all me life.
I think it's time for us to part ways for now.

I'm not joining the family business. (It’s not over till I say it’s over)
I'm not like you, and I never will be.
I'm not joining the family business.
Find someone else to poison, stay the fuck away from me.
I'm not joining the family business.
This is then end, at last I am free.
I'm not joining the family business.
So don't expect to find me passed out in the streets.

This is inherited
Through all your discontent
You find yourself a fix
While I watch as you walk away from me

I'm not innocent
More like a hypocrite
Struggle with consequences
But you'll watch as I walk away from you

I was so concerned about that man on the T.V
That I forgot about the man who was suppose to raise me
I go up, changed the channel, and now I do believe
That there is someone here who owes me an apology

Owes me a fucking apology.
Track Name: The Gold Standard
There's been a death in the family.
There’s been a loss in the ranks,
How can I be expected to carry on,
When I have no more strength.

I hope that one day I'll be half the man that you were.
I’ll live each day with you I mind; that’s for sure.

How do I thank someone, who's not even blood?
When he did more for me, than any one else ever does?
How do I thank someone, who's not even blood?
And how can I be someone they’ll be proud of?

I saw my closest friends cry at the funeral.
I cried myself. But don’t let anyone else know.

We owe you this one.

How do I thank someone who’s not even blood?
And how can I be someone you’ll be proud of?
Track Name: Writing On Receipts
We measure distance with time
And I don’t like how I’m never on the right side.
Or either one, but I guess I never will be.
Please forgive me.

And my heroes put their foot down
So I will too.

And when you speak of things you shouldn’t speak of.
I get concerned with how much you really think you know love.
Just because you speak of and quote “have a dream”.
Doesn’t mean you really know, you don’t know what it means.

We measure knowledge by information.
So don’t tell me I have free will when you preach predetermination.

And my heroes put their foot down
So I will too.
And I’ll put my fucking foot down.
Cause some needs to.

Well what’s dead should stay dead,
So don’t quote things that haven’t been said.
You say you solved your problems
But they just fester in your head.

So do whatever you want with no regret.
No concern for the consequence.

There will be repercussions in time.
Track Name: Obstacle
I woke up late,
And the cold air burned my nose
I don’t know how it tastes,
Because my mouth is too full.

Of words I want to say,
Most are not my own.
Of dirt that I dug for a grave,
Six feet’s worth of words.

I just want you to relate to what I’ve said.
I want to steal what my favorite authors penned.

One night will never
Be enough to be satisfied.
Because I don’t know how it feels
To painlessly shut my eyes.

To me, falling asleep
Is a lot like falling love.
And I don’t know why I quote
Things I know nothing about.

I am trying to think on my own.
I am trying to breathe on my own.

I just want you to relate to what I’ve said.
I want to steal what my favorite authors penned.
I just want to take all that I had,
And have you know it all felt.

Well I’ll tell you how it feels.
To be borne back into the past.
Ceaselessly running towards a light.
I was the obstacle, I might just make it at last.

I know in single moment I changed.
Light’s coming in through the window.
And I’ll take that first step, I’ll be on my way.
Light’s coming in through the window.
I will be chasing that light with each move I make.
Light’s coming in through the window.
Because looking through this window will
Never be good enough for me.