Demo Tracks 2011

by Surly Temple

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released May 21, 2011

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Surly Temple Santa Barbara, California

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Track Name: Respire
Breathe in
Breathe out
Breathe in
Life comes, life comes, life comes so fast

Tonight’s your last chance to get out of this town
The decision is yours, so quit dicking around
Just know that no one’s waiting
Yeah, know that no one’s waiting there for you
When all you do is talk talk talk
Choices must be made
And your time is running out

I could go on for hours
About responsibility or your lack thereof
But I’ll only say this once
And I’m saying it out of love
The choice is up to you
But you better make it now
Because this shit adds up so quickly

Breathe in
Breathe out
Breathe in
Life comes, life comes, life comes so fast

We can talk about all the chances we’ve missed
But if you remember one thing, just make sure that it’s this
There’s no sense in waiting
Yeah, there’s no point in contemplating
Sometimes you need to do more than talk
So get up off your ass
This life it moves too fast

Have you figured it out yet?
Do you see what it’s all about?
There’s no winning in this game
And there’s only one way out
If you want to know the answer, then you’re shit out of luck
It doesn’t exist, you gotta make it for yourself
Track Name: Smoke & Mirrors
In the old days
In the old days
In the old days things were better x2

In the old days things were better
We had our whole lives ahead of us
With nothing to lose
Yeah, we did alright

But if we always tell ourselves those were the best days
Then there’s really nothing ahead of us
We’ve already lost
Given up the fight

You’re kidding yourself if you think things were better then
You drank too much and I treated you like shit
If we’re always looking backward
We’re never moving forward
And living’s a one way street

Why don’t you get over yourself,
Pack it in and walk away?
Been dragging us down for far too long
I’m not listening to a word you say
There’s nothing in the past that’s better than our future
I believe that with all my heart
So it’s now or never, time to cut the cord,
And make a brand new start

In the old days
In the old days
In the old days things were better x2

By now you have to see nostalgia’s a luxury
It’s something that I can’t afford
I’ve got my own life
I’m moving on

And if those days were so great
That’s not the way it seemed to me
Because back then
We couldn’t wait to grow up


And to tell you the truth, I wasn’t really happy then
I always wanted more and you would never give
I’d never take it back
But I’d never go back either
And that’s just the way life is

Why don’t you get over yourself,
Pack it in and walk away?
Been dragging us down for far too long
I’m not listening to a word you say
There’s nothing in the past that’s better than our future
I believe that with all my heart
So it’s now or never, time to cut the cord,
And make a brand new start
Track Name: Long Time Coming
Are giving in and giving up all that different?
Because I feel like it’s a pretty thin line
And I’m sick of you always telling me I’ll be fine

Compromise isn’t the word for it
If you’re always on the losing side
It feels like it’s been twenty years since I tried

I barely knew you
I never knew myself
But that’s all gonna change
Tonight

I’m digging my heels in even if it kills me
I’m gonna stand my ground this time
Been pushed around for far too long

Just how long did you think I’d put up with it?
And is your life worth more than mine?
It’s so hard to see which one of us was blind

Yeah, this may all be a bit dramatic
And you may have my best interests in mind
But for the first time in my life I don’t care

I barely knew you
I never knew myself
But that’s all gonna change
Tonight

I’m digging my heels in even if it kills me
I’m gonna stand my ground this time
Been pushed around for far too long
Track Name: Droning
Making wealth for someone else
Never sounded that great to me
But still I’ve got to feed myself and pay the rent
Can you tell me is this what it means to be free?

It’s about survival
About making do
It’s about having to put up with all of their shit
Instead of doing what’s right for you

But I just shut my goddamn mouth
Always keeping to myself
Is this the way we have to live, to deal with it?
Or is there a way out?

It’s about survival
About making do
It’s about having to put up with all of their shit
Instead of doing what’s right for you

You’ve got lungs so fucking use them
Shout it out like you’ve got one day left to live
I don’t care who you think is listening
All that matters is that you give

Because I think we could be happy
Living lives we want to live
And I highly doubt we chose this mess, but it’s ours now
And I think it’s time we cleaned it up
Track Name: Stays The Same
It stays the same (everywhere I go)
It stays the same (everywhere I go)

As I walk these streets at night
I catch my reflection by the neon light
Mistaking satellites for shooting stars
Am I the only one that sees things as they are?

It stays the same (everywhere I go)
It stays the same (everywhere I go)

Another block down and I see the same things
Concrete and glass cover over everything
Could it be that it was always this way
Or is there a reason for a world painted gray?

It stays the same (everywhere I go)
It stays the same (everywhere I go)

Call it what you want and call it what you will
But when I look around I see a fucking oil spill
We’ve covered this place in our own toxic waste
Is it too much to ask for an escape?

It stays the same (everywhere I go)
It stays the same (everywhere I go)