.​.​.​Too Bad

by Elway

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released July 2, 2009

Recorded and mixed at Dead Pigeon Studios, Fort Collins by Benjamin Buttice in September of 2008

Mastered by Jeremy Aragon



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Elway Fort Collins, Colorado

Elway started back in 2007 as a drunken mess called 10-4 Eleanor. They released a few records under the old moniker before changing their name in 2010 after signing with Red Scare Industries. 3 LPs, 2 EPs, 500+ shows in 23 countries later, they are still a drunken mess. ... more

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Track Name: Whispers In A Shot Glass
sit down if it suits you, darling/ pour yourself a drink/ because nothing gets you down when you're too drunk to think/ i've got a two ton iron weight that weighs heavy on my spine/ and i'd love to toss it on this table/ but now is not the time/ cause it's too late to dream boys/ she's already gone/ i've got nothing left but pain and grief so throw a record on/ and we'll sing until the sun comes up/ and we'll dance until we crash/ til our sorrows are just whispers in a shot glass/ sit down sing me a song girl/ tell me how you feel/ because we've been wearing these fucking goofy smiles and we both know they're not real/ maybe you could ease me of this pain/ i'd pluck the thorns right from your spine/ if i had the guts i think i have when i'm drunk then i'd try to make you mine
Track Name: Fuck Yer Star, Cybertron!
congratulations are in order/ you made it out alive/ you don't need to have a conscience girl/ i'll be far out of your sight/ counting all the things i have done and the things that i have said/ and they're so easy to forget/ i guess I have to hand it to you/ you made short work as me/ i'm played on as easily as a pipe when i'm made weak in the knees/ was it just too hard to say what you were thinking/ or did the deception keep your ego running smooth/ and you might escape unscathed, but you can't hold back the truth/ you knew i wouldn't run away/ so you took from me what suited you
Track Name: It's Alive!
i'll greet the sun today/ barely standing on my own two feet/ but if there's a truth to find/ i will find it/ i've seen saints become abandonment and heroes lose lucidity/ so i try to stay two steps ahead of the hard times/ all that is forever is the struggle that we share/ if we loved half like we hated we could climb above despair/ i recall what it is i live for/ why it is i'm fighting/ the reasons stay the same/ i retrace every step i've taken/ every song i've written/ it's love that leads the way/ do you remember how it feels/ i've seen hearts bloody and calloused forging love out of their anguish/ i've heard choruses two hundred voices strong/ i've seen basements full of dancing kids with hearts that span for miles/ and i hope one day you'll be singing this song/ do you remember how it feels to be alive
Track Name: Adventures in the Great American West
my faith is only here in jest/ inside the same spiraling stupor/ can't help but think that this all will end with me letting myself down/ i get used to the ground around my feet/ i'm standing somber in an estuary/ miles from a single set of ears/ in the mire or self-doubt/ do you remember the warming glow of summertime/ your foggy breath is so damn haunting/ i cannot muster up the courage to finally tell you that to hold you in my arms is all i've wanted/ for years i've been out of good excuses/ been forced to settle in this skin/ these shaking hands will be my namesake/ shooting wide of the mark/ inside my bedroom the smell of blood and amatol/ this charmless battle cannot wax poetic/ my eyes are so beguiled by terrestrial emotion that i dare not even look up at the sky
Track Name: Soul Searching vs. Lift Kits
this room revolves at 33 rpms and this broken record's all i've got/ these winding walls are all that's left here to protect me from the pain that waits outside/ if i lost it all would i even know/ how'd i get so low/ where did these 8 months go/ i rise and fall/ take arms against the past/ and though it's never meant to last/ i smile/ i've been down but i'm feeling better/ it's been hell but i'm feeling fine/ you've gone away and i've never been so alright/ can't help but feel like i'm losing my soul constantly/ but that means i've got a soul to lose/ i've got my friends my band my love my life and this guitar/ and that's all the soul i'll ever need/ i'm tired of searching for a soul/ so i gave in/ i'll find it on my own
Track Name: Lonely Shoals
you left me like a bird leaves it's pedestrian soul/ stranded on a desert island/ you just flew away/ and i'm stagnant as the sky/ a backdrop for your setting sun/ you drift westward with the stars/ and i'll watch you float away/ it's to late to save this lonely shoal/ from the raging undertow/ those arms will take me home tonight/ and i cut up all the memories/ and i tried to start brand new/ i still remember every word you spoke/ and how you looked at me/ is there a way out/ will i ever be the same/ what if we cross paths again/ i need to sleep
Track Name: Rebox/Deetoks
these streets are paved with bloody assholes and all roads lead to the capital/ the people stand there holding there hands out/ they're begging for more/ but not me/ i don't want to plead/ i'd rather sit back with a gun in my lap waiting for them to come get me/ so let's go/ it's time to leave this town/ emergency pull out/ i'm never coming back/ this town is such a greasy shit hole/ white trash and soccer moms/ it smells like metalheads and meth sweat/ it's just how we roll
Track Name: Kristina's Last Song
looking back today at songs i wrote in this notebook/ they were all for you/ looking back today at a history of forty pages/ this will be the last one/ i've been digging this grave long enough/ i've been hung up on your smile/ but if i lift my head up high enough/ i can see for miles and miles/ looking up today at the sun-stained hills of the western slope/ and i won't look back again/ driving north today back to the streets of old fort collins/ tonight i'm home with all my friends/ fuck no i won't miss you/ i've got some other shit to do/ god damn it's about time for me to get on with my life/ dust of your shoes son/ we're going out to have some fun/ it's all good now
Track Name: Nothing Without Providence
lift my head and see it through cause i don't know what else to do/ everything else just goes wrong/ all i can do is write these songs/ and this song's for you/ but this condition never ends/ i'll burn a bridge to warm my hands/ i'll shine a light so i can see/ i'm doing this cause i believe i'm doing something right/ but wouldn't you like to be back home/ where it's warm/ where it's safe/ but i can't go/ so i laugh and cry/ i drink my liver dry/ if i go down in flames at least i tried/ to put up a fight/ to be honest with my self/ and say the things that i believe with no apologies/ if i had faith would it be the same sad ending/ never mending ache in my heart/ and i've got no way to make it right/ but i wont forget you/ and we'll keep on living/ we'll keep on singing/ with no apologies
Track Name: Touched by an Angel: SVU
my frustration is a product of biotic routine/ and so is the faith that keeps you down on your knees/ you can sail that ship the width of oceans and sounds/ but you can't ignore the truth when the boat runs aground/ your delusion keeps a plastic smile strapped to your face/ your kids lobotomized and your wife in her place/ she keeps her faith by staying strong standing over the stove/ do you feel empowered/ they'll take away everything you wanted/ they'll take away everything we've worked for/ how dare you motherfuckers try to say that you care/ you would first see women dead before you'd give them their share/ and your faith is an ad campaign to spread the disease/ and you'll assimilate reprogram do whatever you please/ well you can cling to the bible and ignore the rest/ but your a fossil in the making with no heart in your chest/ or you can open your eyes because it's sunny outside/ you've got the rest of your life to decide
Track Name: To Epic Fer Words
you're too young to let this city destroy you/ and you're too old to be afraid/ don't believe the hype we've so much left to live for/ you're much to strong to run away/ the sea is still and calm as it washes up on silent shores/ you can almost hear the snowflakes fall/ beneath these streetlamps and traffic lights and blinking neon/ there's a symphony of hearts that call/ don't let it carry you away/ whatever gets you through the day/ just believe that it will come/ whatever keeps you holding on/ and you'll make it/ your way across that sea/ and you'll live on/ even if it's without me/ so climb aboard seafarer/ wish well this sinking ship
Track Name: Dance Like JJ Nobody's Watching
i'm brave/ or at least i used to be/ but another day is gone and you've gone away/ that's okay i've learned to live with my mistakes/ i keep them safely packed away/ your keys left on the table/ i'm passed out on the floow/ tonight you'll call from another airport bar and i'll know i truly am alone/ there's some days when i don't know the road to take/ and growing up's caught up with me/ that's okay i'll learn to make it anyway/ i'll take every hit with a smiling face/ and my dreams of sailing softly have all washed up on the shore/ tonight i'll lie with a bottle of cheap wine and i'll know i truly am alone/ does it wear you down knowing we're alone/ are we emptied out when no one saves our souls/ when the crowd thins out were do we go/ do we scream and shout until there's nothing left/ move on/ we've got some fight left in us yet/ with broken hearts and whiskey breath/ we've got a reason not to quit/ one day i'll find out what it is