Waking Up Drunk

by Exiles Among You

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released November 13, 2015

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Track Name: You Expect Too Much From First Sentences
I need to stitch up all the seams of where I ripped out every tag,
Of all the people I don’t need, I need to shower, I need to clean.
Need to watch the world recede to the garbage bag that’s full of,
All my old friends, all my dreams.
I need to find a place to breathe.

Like I did when I was younger, when I lived inside
These thunderclaps and lightning strikes.
The hurricane that took your life.
I wish it had taken mine, there’s always downpours in my head.
Tell myself its getting better, say today get out of bed.

But drinks leave rings on coffee tables,
Beers leave cuts on the inside.
I’ve got a couple dollars, a backpack, my Dad’s old pocket knife.
I could get myself a ticket on a plane or on a train,
Get the hell away from Richmond,
Somewhere else where I could hide my shame.
Track Name: I'll Never Go Back To Cyprus
Saw you leaving down the corner of Grace Street,
Your hair was matted and your breath still reeked of cigarettes,
We shared last night.

Nothing you do could ever change me, nothing I do can make it easier to breathe.
Except tonight I got some pills that I think might.

I’ve got friends in high places that are never coming down,
I’ve got my folks back home who think I always frown,
And it’s okay, to feel like I do somedays.
I’ve got friends I don’t call, friends that don’t call me,
I’ll finish this beer or it’ll finish me.
You can keep the old t-shirts, but my head will be mine.

It’s been a whole year, and you’re finally gone.
I never thought I could cling to this so long.
It was hard to swallow, Texas swallowed you whole.
And fuck the south west, the way the south west fucked me.

I miss you, I miss your whole damn family.
But that doesn’t mean that tonight I’ll be drinking alone.

I’ve got friends in high places that are never coming down,
I’ve got my folks back home who think I always frown,
And it’s okay, to feel like I do somedays.
I’ve got friends I don’t call, friends that don’t call me,
I’ll finish this beer or it’ll finish me.
You can keep the old t-shirts, but my head will be mine.
You can keep the old t-shirts, but my head will be mine.
You can keep the old t-shirts, but my head will be mine.

You called me on my birthday, I was too scared to pick up.
I didn’t know what it is that you would say, but I knew you’d fuck it up.

You called me on my birthday, I was too scared to pick up.
I didn’t know what it is that you would say, but I knew, I knew you’d fuck it up.
Track Name: Not Daydreaming, Not Sleepwalking
We were drinking on a porch with a couple of our friends,
at a house just down the street from the place where we first met.
And I got a little stoned and said ‘hey, would you like to dance?’
You laughed and you said no, but then you winked and cut a glance,
and it said ‘yeah, I want to dance.”

Let’s sing our favorite songs in the backseat of a car,
I might never get to tell her that I loved her.
But in these choruses and rhymes that make me think of you at night,
I get a funny feeling that we both end up alright,
Yeah we’ll be fine.

When the summer finally ends and I never see her again,
Well I’ll drink for every night I can remember.
In years even better nights will fade and we will go our separate ways
But the records that we played they’ll spin forever and we’ll live forever.

Let’s sing our favorite songs in the backseat of a car,
I might never get to tell her that I loved her.
But in these choruses and rhymes that make me think of you at night,
I get a funny feeling that we both end up alright,
Yeah we’ll be fine.

So from the roots, to the leaves,
We’ve got a couple secrets that these trees won’t ever keep
And I’ve given up forever if I’ve given up at all,
I don’t know the words to this one so I guess I’ll hum along,
Just hum along.

Let’s sing our favorite songs in the backseat of a car,
I might never get to tell her that I loved her.
But in these choruses and rhymes that make me think of you at night,
I get a funny feeling that we both end up alright,
Yeah we’ll be fine.
Track Name: Free Refills
You and I were a concrete fortress,
You and I were the best of friends.
No one else could take away
What we had wouldn’t break or bend,
but it’s gonna be a long time.
It’s gonna be a long time.
It’s gonna be a long time before I see you again.

We got high at an old construction site,
You took hits while I watched for headlights.
While Tim was sleeping we got wasted,
Beers we stole from his parent’s basement.

It’s gonna be a long time.
It’s gonna be a long time.
It’s gonna be a long time before I see you again.

The end of summer, and adolescence,
We sang the end of ‘For Me This is Heaven’,
Do you still feel the butterflies?
Do you still hear that last goodnight?

It’s gonna be a long time.
It’s gonna be a long time.
It’s gonna be a long time before I see you again.

(Tommy McPhail of The Weak Days)
And all these days and nights awake,
What are they now that you’ve gone away?
I heard you finally graduated,
Congrats, I guess, but it’s belated.

It’s gonna be a long time.
It’s gonna be a long time.
It’s gonna be a long time before I see you again.

It’s gonna be a long time.
It’s gonna be a long time.
It’s gonna be a long time before I see you, see you again.
Track Name: Silently, Somehow
Last night I slept on the couch,
and thought that I could become someone else,
if I dreamed it.
So I dreamed it.

Last night I drank a bottle of wine,
and I pretended everything was fine,
and I dreamed it was.
But then I woke up.

Most things won’t go the way you plan them,
But the world still spins so I’ll just ride along.
Most things won’t go the way you plan them,
But the worlds still sings, please stay to sing along.

Today I’m gonna change my face,
I’m gonna pick it off and I’ll replace,
The broken parts.
The broken parts.

One day this will all fall in place,
and I won’t hate myself, I just won’t hate
Anything.
Instead of everything.

Most things won’t go the way you plan them,
But the world still spins so I’ll just ride along.
Most things won’t go the way you plan them,
But the worlds still sings, please stay to sing along.

I read an old novel about a western state
that I hadn’t been to, but I found my place.
These words about leaving and about regret,
Words about leaving, I haven’t left yet.

I read an old novel about a western state
that I hadn’t been to, but I found my place.
These words about leaving, words about regret,
Words about leaving, I haven’t left yet.

I’m not the kind of person you let in your life,
You introduce to your parents,
That would make you a wife.

No I can’t shake this feeling that everything ends,
But everyday I will get out of bed.
And I’ll put on some clothes and I’ll look at the sun
and I’ll go outside, try to have some fun.

And I’ll say, hey maybe this town’s not so bad,
But I’m scared in my heart that I’m just like my dad.
And I could never stay static, stay in one place,
My proximity to failure: It’s just blocks away.

And the headaches won’t stop, but the days don’t get worse.
And the headaches won’t stop, but the days don’t get worse.

And I’ve been working on me, but my hands must be cursed,
and I’m getting better, just got a lot of ground to cover.