Manic

by Knockout Kid

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released February 26, 2016

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Track Name: Stay Lit
So let’s skip the introductions
It’s my turn to talk, so just shut the fuck up
And drink to better judgment
I’m drunk as hell, but I’m fluent when I talk

I tell stories on the fringe of what makes you uncomfortable
I toe the line of what you said and what you’ve really done
I’ll change your mind and then your heart and soul

I scream on and on, on a regular basis
How long do you think you can take it?
But I’ll tell you one thing
I’m having the time of my life

I scream on and on
Someone is bound to call the cops
“They’re here! Everybody out!”
I won’t stop ‘til I’m in a fucking cell

If I’m going down, I’m going down in style
It was worth it just to see you smile
They gave me a phone call, you know who I’ll dial
I’ll waste your time and make it worth your while

I scream on and on, on a regular basis
How long do you think you can take it?
But I’ll tell you one thing
I’m having the time of my life

This is an offer I can refuse
I will never be the same as you
Until my body is cold and blue
I will scream, yeah, I’ll scream yeah so fuck you
Track Name: Going, Going, Gone
When did your politics become lyrics to your favorite fucking song?
I must’ve heard you wrong,
Cause I thought you said you don’t do this for fun
I don’t belong here, I guess I’m in the wrong here
Just trying to do what I know, playing shows
So who’s with me?

Call my lawyer and tell him I’m sorry
Cause we’re the kids who came here to party
Yeah we’re going, going, gone
Passed out on the lawn after this song
I’ll see you in the morning

We’re going out, don’t care where ‘til we get there
And that’s just fine by me
Don’t give a fuck about the trends or fairweather friends
This isn’t a fashion, its passion, its opportunity

Raise your glass to mistakes that we’ve made,
Let us never repeat them
Tip your hat to the liars and fakes,
Hope we never will meet them

Call my lawyer and tell him I’m sorry
Cause we’re the kids who came here to party
Yeah we’re going, going, gone
Passed out on the lawn after this song
I’ll see you in the morning

I’ll see you in the morning
BLEGH

Raise your glass to mistakes that we’ve made,
Let us never repeat them
Tip your hat to the liars and fakes,
Hope we never will meet them

Call my lawyer and tell him I’m sorry
Cause we’re the kids who came here to party
Yeah we’re going, going, gone
Passed out on the lawn after this song
I’ll see you in the morning
Track Name: What You're Afraid to Say
Blank pages will read how we once were.
Blank faces will be the remedy, our cure.
Forever & always got lost in the hallways of a place we used to know.
But I'm in the crowd and you're going home another night in a row.

Made a promise you know I can't keep,
So be honest, cause I know you can't sleep.
Tell me all the things you're scared to say to me,
What you're afraid to say to me.

Wait, maybe I was wrong all along.
I've been speaking my mind, let it come out right.
Another line lost.
What would we have to do if we didn't fight?

I think it's too late for "I love you."
I think the writing's on the wall.
It reads just like an anthem:
We don't need this anymore.

Made a promise you know I can't keep,
So be honest, cause I know you can't sleep.
Tell me all the things you're scared to say to me,
What you're afraid to say to me.
In your silence with your back turned to me.
Tell me all the things you're scared to say to me,
What you're afraid to say to me.

You are the past and you're haunting me.
You're screaming. Fuck.
We're not what we're supposed to be:
What you're afraid to say to me.

Made a promise you know I can't keep,
So be honest, cause I know you can't sleep.
Tell me all the things you're scared to say to me,
What you're afraid to say to me.
In your silence with your back turned to me.
Tell me all the things you're scared to say to me:
"This time I'm fucking gone."

You better fucking run.
Track Name: Empire Business
If you don’t know who I am or what I am capable of,
Perhaps your best course of action should be to tread lightly

Of virtues and valor, we all have none
We built this empire on extortion
There is no sun in the sky; just eyes out in the dark
Our hands are steady and we don’t miss our mark

With the precision of a surgeon
We can dissect you from the inside out
Let’s see what you’re made of
Run, cause that’s all you can do now

I am not in danger, I am the danger
I am the one who knocks
I am not in danger, I am the danger
I am the one who comes knocking

Of virtues and valor, we all have none
We built this empire on extortion
There is no sun in the sky; just eyes out in the dark
Our hands are steady and we don’t miss our mark

What goes up must come down
What blows up must rain down

Of virtues and valor, we all have none
We built this empire on extortion
There is no sun in the sky; just eyes out in the dark
Our hands are steady and we don’t miss our mark
Track Name: Jurassic Park After Dark (feat. Trey Sexton)
When I awoke I wasn’t on your street, or even in the vicinity
I’ve got no phone, no clothes, no friends from home
But you’re never alone now, you aren’t one to strike out

I hope you wake up on your back
Cold sweats in a panic attack
I like you better when you’re broken

So what if all our friends were dead?
(Keep the bones, mount the heads)
Nothing happened here, at least we can pretend
(It’s all okay)
Don’t you remember when I promised you forever?
But I’m not the man that I used to be
And I’ve got your head right next to me
You’re dead to me, right next to me

I told you, you could have my heart
But that I’d need collateral
“This isn’t natural”
But that’s the thing, I don’t need you breathing,
You’re better sleeping

So what if all our friends were dead?
(Keep the bones, mount the heads)
Nothing happened here, at least we can pretend
(It’s all okay)
Don’t you remember when I promised you forever?
But I’m not the man that I used to be
And I’ve got your head right next to me
You’re dead to me, right next to me

And as the sun sets, I come alive
I’m the devil on your shoulder, the demon deep inside
And you can run, but you can’t hide
I’m the face behind the mask, the liquid in your flask
The heart attack you’ll someday have
The only one who won’t turn their back when you’re gone

So what if all our friends were dead?
Nothing happened here, at least we can pretend

So what if all our friends were dead?
(Keep the bones, mount the heads)
Nothing happened here, at least we can pretend
(It’s all okay)
Don’t you remember when I promised you forever?
But I’m not the man that I used to be
And I’ve got your head right next to me
I’m not the man I used to be
Track Name: Handbook for the Recently Deceased
You’ve had it all wrong, all this time
You played it by the book that I rewrote and redesigned
You thought the words were yours, but they were always mine
And that’s fine by me
Now, I’m the next big thing
And you’re the waves in my wake
No one and nothing can stop me now
I’m taking names and I’ve already got yours down

Say you’re sorry one more time
Then get the fuck out of my life
You had me at goodbye
I hope this keeps you up at night
(I know it will)

Can you feel the earth trembling
Beneath the sleight of my hand?
Grab ahold of your loved ones
And pray to God that this all ends
What have I become?
The monster in my dreams
Who am I, personified?
The head of this machine?
You can’t kill the king

Say you’re sorry one more time
Then get the fuck out of my life
You had me at goodbye
I hope this keeps you up at night
(I know it will)

I fucking know it will

“What have you become, imposter of my dreams?”
Who I am, personified?
The head of this machine?
You can’t kill the king

Say you’re sorry one more time
Then get the fuck out of my life
You had me at goodbye
I hope this keeps you up at night
(I know it will)

You can’t kill the king.
Track Name: Atlas Absolved
I think I found love
But the lighthouse only shines for those at sea
And in times like these, I only seem to make things worse
How much worse could it be?
You knew that we were different, them and us
Cause in four more weeks we’ll fall asleep, but I, I won’t wake up

I don’t want to be alone
But it’s so crowded in my head
Father please, please just forgive me for my sins

The doctor said there was a problem
My heart was shutting down
With your hands over your mouth
You say “we’ll figure this one out”
But there’s no taking me from destiny
Eventually we all come home,
We all go back to sleep

Save your tears for better men
Someone will come to fix you
And I’ll fade out of memory,
The way things always do

My hands, they started shaking
The blood dripped from my mouth
And I could see, I could see, in reflection
My face, so pale and cold
The beating of my heart begins to slow…

The doctor said there was a problem
My heart was shutting down
With your hands over your mouth
You say “we’ll figure this one out”
But there’s no taking me from destiny
Eventually we all come home,
We all go back to sleep

There’s no taking me from destiny
Eventually we all come home,
We all go back to sleep

Save your tears, you’re gonna need them
Someone will come to fix you
And I’ll fade out of memory,
The way things always do

The doctor said there was a problem
My heart was shutting down
With your hands over your mouth
You say “we’ll figure this one out”
But there’s no taking me from destiny
Eventually we all come home,
We all go back to sleep
We all come home
We all go back to sleep
Track Name: No Words
The devil knows that you can’t swim
But he took you to the water;
He gave you a drink
It all happened so fast
I still can’t believe it, won’t believe
You were running but you were always coming back to me

They’re gonna tell me you felt nothing at all,
But your eyes gave you away
I’m going room to room in this empty house
But there’s no one here to say

It’s a new day and I’m happy to see you
Good morning, how are you?
It’s all gonna be okay
Who gives a fuck about yesterday?
Its all in the past, you’d said
You’d say you love me back

The devil knows that you can’t swim
But he dragged you in when I wasn’t looking
I’ve heard the devils making deals again…

I’ve never written a song without you hear
You know every word I’ve ever sung, you sing it back so loud and clear
I don’t know how to hear you through the silence,
Because it’s so unlike you

They’re gonna tell me you felt nothing at all,
But your eyes gave you away
I’m going room to room in this empty house
But there’s no one here to say

It’s a new day and I’m happy to see you
Good morning, how are you?
It’s all gonna be okay
Who gives a fuck about yesterday?
It’s all in the past, you’d said
You’d say you love me
You’d love me

The devil knows that you can’t swim
But he dragged you in when I wasn’t looking
I’ve heard the devils making deals again
Just give me one more year and you can have me instead.
Take me.
Track Name: Legend of the Bare Knuckle Bronson
It’s not the sound of “I’m sorry” as you’re waiting alone in the lobby
It’s the smell of the desperate looking for white coats with paper and pen
Between the loved and the lost, I don’t remember where you even saw me
But it’s not me to refuse a fix, so here I sit,
And wait ‘til they call me

I wanna taste the sun
Remember how it was when I was young
And if I can’t remember,
As far as I’m concerned
If I don’t remember
I can never get burned

You can’t convince me I’m not alright,
You can’t convince me I’m not ok,
…To trade sober for sane

What’s God got to do with it?

There is no light in my darkness
No angels guiding the way
Please tell my mother I love her
And let me die here in peace

I wanna taste the sun
Remember how it was when I was young
And if I can’t remember,
As far as I’m concerned
If I don’t remember
I can never get burned

I wanna taste the sun
Chase the high, feel alive, I’m not coming down
If I can’t remember,
As far as I’m concerned
If I don’t remember
I can never get burned
Track Name: Redwood Original
I’m not proud of what I’ve done,
But I am who I’ve become
And when they come for me,
I won’t be coming back

I hear them knocking at the door
“We have a warrant, get on the floor”
I’m not hiding anymore

When you take the bench, tell them everything
Just get it off your chest, I’ll do the time
You can see me on the inside
I swear I’ll be alright
And I guess this is goodbye
If these walls could talk, do you think they’d tell the truth?
Been locked up for too long, they lost their minds and you did too

It’s never too late to confess,
Unless you’re speaking to the dead
Counting the voices in your head

When you take the bench, tell them everything
Just get it off your chest, I’ll do the time
You can see me on the inside
I swear I’ll be alright
And I guess this is goodbye

I was the arsenic in the well
(In the fucking well, yeah)
And I’m the one who went to hell
(I went straight to hell)
I was the arsenic in the well,
And you’re the one who has to tell

When you take the bench, tell them everything
Just get it off your chest, I’ll do the time
You can see me on the inside
I swear I’ll be alright
And I guess this is goodbye
Track Name: House on a Hill
There's a house on a hill in my backyard
It’s been burning there for days
I never called for help;
I should’ve called for help.

Go on, ask me what I would have changed
If I could rearrange the past and reconcile the pain
I’d never say the things I said, time and time again
But it’s all concrete beneath our feet
Our footprints sank in way too deep

And I’m here, and you’re there
We’re never in the same place anywhere
You’re looking for a boy who’s long since disappeared

There's a house on a hill in my backyard
It’s been burning there for days
I never called for help, I can’t find the words to say
That it’s me inside
And now I’m desperate just to hear you
To feel the heartbeat of this house
To tell you that I'm sorry
And not to miss me when I'm gone

I’ve never felt so homesick for the road
We’d drive all night and sing until our throats were sore,
When we got bored and decided that we’d fight it out
Scream and shout, our hearts shut down

I never meant to tear those pages out.
The story of a house.

There's a house on a hill in my backyard
It’s been burning there for days
I never called for help, I can’t find the words to say
That it’s me inside
And now I’m desperate just to hear you
To feel the heartbeat of this house
To tell you that I'm sorry
And not to miss me when I'm gone

I’ve got my cardboard box and tether rope
I’ll carve my name in the ceiling before I choke

There's a house on a hill in my backyard
It’s been burning there for days
I never called for help, I can’t find the words to say
That it’s me inside
And now I’m desperate just to hear you
To feel the heartbeat of this house
To tell you that I'm sorry
And not to miss me when I'm gone
Track Name: Knife Fight in a Phone Booth
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a problem in the sky
Sixty-seven people and not one of them can fly
When the plane descends, I’m afraid we’re all gonna die
And as for me, attendant seventeen, I’ve never prayed before.
I thought that I had time.

As I fight for air I can see you smile
I’m headed to the great beyond

Please stay calm,
The cabins losing pressure
Put your lifemask on
Just keep yourself together
Don’t be scared but don’t look down
We’ll walk on water or we’ll fucking drown

You won’t find me at the bottom; it’s too dark to see down here
But it heightens all your senses and makes bad things disappear
So if you can’t fix your problems,
You can always send them here

So call your family one last time
Turn to your neighbors, say goodbye
This is the last ride of our lives

I’m an aviator
My heads up in the clouds
I’m an aviator
My heads up in the clouds
(We’re dropping)

As I fight for air I can see you cry
We’re all alone up in the sky.

Please stay calm,
The cabins losing pressure
Put your lifemask on
Just keep yourself together
Don’t be scared but don’t look down
We’ll walk on water or we’ll fucking drown

You won’t find me at the bottom; it’s too dark to see down here
But it heightens all your senses and makes bad things disappear
So if you can’t fix your problems,
You can always send them here

What goes up must come down
What goes up must come down
I am the king; I wear this crown
I won’t abandon as we head straight for the fucking ground.