Breaking Down the Barriers that Break Down Your Music

by Billy and the Lost Boys

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released January 1, 2004

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Track Name: Between the Lines
It means nothing to you
But it meant everything to me
Why are we building walls around our cemeteries
When we've already died
But not like we'd planned
What are you left with after giving all you can?
And we'll battle our graves into the ground
And we'll curse our mortality right across this bloody town
And we'll bury our bodies in idle dreams of sleep
And we'll crumble at the mercy of the virtues that we keep
And it doesn't even matter what came first

When everyone's the chorus and you're just the verse
And nobody's got any time to stop and read between the lines
And it doesn't even matter what came first
When everyone's the chorus and you're just the verse
And nobody's got any time to stop and read between the lines
It means nothing to you
But it meant everything to me
Why are we building walls around our cemeteries
When we've already died
But not like we'd planned
What are you left with after giving all you can?
And we'll battle our graves into the ground
And we'll curse our mortality right across this bloody town
And we'll bury our bodies in idle dreams of sleep
And we'll crumble at the mercy of the virtues that we keep
And it doesn't even matter what came first
When everyone's the chorus and you're just the verse
And nobody's got any time to stop and read between the lines
I had so much to say
But I didn't say a thing
I had so much to say
But I didnt say a thing
I had so much to say
But I didnt say a thing
I had so much to say
But I didnt say a thing
And it doesn't even matter what came first
When everyone's the chorus and you're just the verse
And nobody's got any time to stop and read between the lines
Track Name: You Get What Everyone Gets (You Get A Lifetime)
When even honesty seems so cliché
Takes one brave set of lungs
To scream out what you understate
And they'll never get it but that's alright
'Cause when my amp's turned up
This is all I need to stay alive
At least you've got tomorrow
Better yet you've got today
At least you've got tomorrow
Better yet you've got today
So save your troubles for another day

When we can take them out and wash them away
Can't do it now, now's not the time
The stage is empty and the day's not waiting for you to be fine
At least you've got tomorrow
Better yet you've got today
At least you've got tomorrow
Better yet you've got today
Track Name: Good Intentions
Crying out apartheid on the south side
Raising up their weapons to the sky because the past lied
Picking up the anger of so many generations
Fighting for a nation that'll stick 'em in the station
Your good intentions
Weren't good enough
Your good intentions
Weren't good enough
With no one to run to, she's a woman in distress
Getting judged at the doctor's office 'cause a stranger got her in a mess
And before she can even leave their stares behind her

One decision, one incision kills the life inside her
Your good intentions
Weren't good enough
Your good intentions
Weren't good enough

Could it be that everyone of us is right
In the right person's eyes
You'll find them if you try
Could it be there's two sides to this coin
Well let's just hope the one you join
Is the one where everybody's going
Or maybe you'll be on the other side
Just fighting for your life
To do what you think is right
Well let's just hope the side you join
Is the one where everybody's going
The one where everybody's going
Well your good intentions aren't good enough
Your good intentions aren't good enough
Your good intentions aren't good enough
Your good intentions...
Track Name: Hastings & Main
No shoes, no shirt
If I give you my last dollar is that going to make it worse
And if you need a change is spare change what you need?
And why is everybody so hungry on this single street?
I didn't catch her trip
I didn't catch her name
I always see her on that strip
In the middle of the day
Trying to turn a trick
Just trying to make her way
It's not a matter of what you give

But more a matter of what you take
Oh the things I see
Day to day
Down on Hastings & Main
Oh the things I see
Day to day
On Hastings & Main
No shoes, no shirt
If I give you my last dollar is that going to make it worse
And if you need a change is spare change what you need?
And why is everybody so hungry on this single street?
I didn't catch her trip
I didn't catch her name
I always see her on that strip
In the middle of the day
Trying to turn a trick
Just trying to make her way
It's not a matter of what you give
But more a matter of what you take
Oh the things I see
Day to day
Down on Hastings & Main
Oh the things I see
Day to day
On Hastings & Main
On Hastings & Main
Track Name: Nothing to Prove
There's someone in this room
With a manifesto on their mind
And they've got nothing to prove
And they prove it all the time
So if you've got nothing to prove
If you had nothing to prove
Well if you've got nothing to prove
What are you gonna do?
Unleashed like the blood on the battle ground
This is the sound that the lost children have found
It's the only priceless thing they own

One posession for a generation
That's got nothing to call their own
This is the anthem of our underground
(Who cares they don't and neither should we)
Don't care who's listening or what you've found
(So save the drama for the TV movie)
Locked in the soundtrack of our lives
(Who cares you don't and neither should we)
This is the one way we'll survive
(So save your drama for the TV movie)
And this is how we'll die
It took so long just to get wrong
And it took so long just to move on
It took so long just to get it wrong
It took so long
It took so long just to get wrong
And it took so long just to move on
It took so long just to get it wrong
It took so long...
This is the anthem of our underground
(Who cares they don't and neither should we)
Don't care who's listening or what you've found
(So save the drama for the TV movie)
Locked in the soundtrack of our lives
(Who cares you don't and neither should we)
This is the one way we'll survive
(So save your drama for the TV movie)
And this is how we'll die
So what have you got to prove?
This is the anthem of our underground
(Who cares they don't and neither should we)
Don't care who's listening or what you've found
(So save the drama for the TV movie)
Locked in the soundtrack of our lives
(Who cares you don't and neither should we)
This is the one way we'll survive
(So save your drama for the TV movie)
And this is how we'll die
Track Name: Bitter Confessions
To me it's not about the money or the copies bought and sold
It's about what I thought would happen
Cause that's what I was told
We used to stay up all night
Just trying to figure out this crazy world
But now I'm up all night
Just trying to figure out
What went wrong
I took the only thing I had into the record store
And now it ain't mine
They're selling it for more than it's worth
I see them do it all the time
It's not so much the way they present it
I never thought I would regret it
I bet they thought I would forget it
But now the record's finally out and nobody can get it

And the music doesn't matter anymore
Now that it's packaged and sealed and lining the walls of this war
Why can't the melodies burn into silicone circles
The ink on this insert explain what it's worth
Or go back to when I would just do it myself
When I had enough and did not need your help
Rather than let you play the middle man
With sour explanations and purchasing plans
And we'll give twice as much and be left with much less
In our verbal contact this was not addressed
Track Name: Whodini
What's in a nickname
It's not the name your mother gave you
But it just might save you
From not knowing how to behave
You just want to get away
Don't know where you're going to stay
But it doesn't matter anyway
'Cause everything is gonna be okay
If you just keep running
And it won't catch up if you don't look back
It won't catch up if you don't look back

It never made much sense
When you got so good at leaving
Even when you're screaming out
That you couldn't think of a reason
Why you always had to go
But it felt like home out on the road
Even when you didn't know
Why you left or where to go
And i guess you've always known
That you'd be on your own
When it comes to where you're going
And you never knew quite how
To sit down and stick around
But it doesn't matter now
Maybe it's just me
But it seemed so boring
Without empty clubs at 2am
Promoters with the same old story
Track Name: Not Giving Up
All your father's daughters couldn't tear your hate from you
The thought of hope is dimming and you just don't like the view
Of death on the horizon when the martyr takes his cue
The candle burns away the scars but bears new gifts of pain for you
And if self contempt can't rid the bodies riddled with despair
Of any instigation of truth in all the shallow burns you wear
And I could take the name that plagues you with this endless shame
Would the memory of your cursed birthright still remain?
I'm Not Giving Up Today
They Can't Take That From You
And I don't know what you've done or what you've been through

And I don't know what they've done or what they've said to you
And I don't where you're from or what they think of you
Well all I know is I'm not giving up on you
All the ocean's waters couldn't drown the hate in you
Forgiving is like quicksand when you've done all you can do
To keep yourself above it, to hold on to what's true
To get through this for one more day 'cause what's giving up done for you?
Track Name: Wake Up
She wakes up
To the cold lashing at her bones
She packs up
So the police will leave her alone
She looks down
For the change that's been dropped on the ground
She cheers up
One small smile for every dime she's found
And you tell me your life is so hard
You've overcharged your credit card
You tell me you can't take this stress

Stock market's in a mess
You wake up
To the comfort of your heated home
You take up
All the resources you think you own
Off to work
To exploit your workers aren't you nice
You walk by
A dozen starving kids and don't think twice
And you tell me your life is so hard
You've overcharged your credit card
You tell me you can't take this stress
Stock market's in a mess
She walks on
Scouting out for food along the way
She's aware
That this life could kill her any day
She remains
Another starving child without a voice
She goes on
Living this as if she had a choice
And you tell me your life is so hard
You've overcharged your credit card
You tell me you can't take this stress
Stock market's in a mess
Track Name: Name All Your Songs After Their Choruses
You were like a window in the rain
Clarity, always so restrained
But I always knew there was something there
And even though it never lasts I'm still painting pictures on the glass for you
Just in case the message might get through
From the fog's left over residue
Reflecting sunlight in mid-June
And though I'm not one to quit
I know when to walk away
So what highway do I take
To watch the miles fade away?

You were like a tired metaphor
No less true than before
And it wasn't that anything had changed
But it seems the easier it gets to say
The faster all it's meaning goes away
And what a part perception plays
When you trade in all your rainy days
For one tsunami wave
You were a long coversation on a short winter day
You were like a run-on sentence when there's nothing left to say
You were something I had lost that wasn't in the lost and found
You were like a foreign film without the subtitles or sound
And though I'm not one to quit
I know when to walk away
So what highway do I take
To watch the miles fall away?
Track Name: Breaking Down the Barriers That Break Down Your Music
We build empires of our downfalls
And monuments of our flaws
And we tell ourselves it's just a means to an end
But where's the end to this means
And when can we trade in our day jobs and move on to our dreams
And I'd stay up all night
And I'd stay up all night
And I'd stay up all night
Just to find something worth staying up all night for
Just to find something worth staying up all night for
We build mountains of our madness

And factions of our passions
And even entropy will see them fall apart sometimes
‘Cause it takes more to make something real
Than obscurity in the things you steal
And I'll spend my whole life looking for those lines
So now that life's become a series
of ink blots on receipt backs
And the censors in me delete months at a time
And the consequence of honesty
Resulting in obscurity
Looks better than an end result
Built of false intent and lies
And I'd stay up all night
And I'd stay up all night
And I'd stay up all night
Just to find something worth staying up all night for
Just to find something worth staying up all night for
Track Name: Soundtrack for War
You didn't leave much
But nails in the wall
Where pictures of better days
Always used to fall
Nothing ever changes
And nothing ever will
It comes down to one more night
out on the windowsill
When your wars inside how do you win?
When the days go by like they always did
And nobody noticed that you've changed

And you keep showing up but it's just not the same
When you're living your life
Eight hours at a time
It isn't very hard to leave
What you left behind
It started so young
And it ran so deep
And it all comes back
When you land on your feet
You stay up all night and it's all you can do
When dreams just remind what they took from you
And you won't change a thing by not letting go
At least that's what they say but you don't want to know
And everyone told you you'd be all right
And everyone told you you would forget
But in the back of your mind it didn't sound right
And it hasn't happened yet
This is your war
But what are you fighting for?
And do you have the courage
To make soldiers of your words?
I'd shut my mouth for centuries
But time speaks volumes
And I'd give my whole life
Just to see you smile one last time
Your time was showing up in floods
And I'd drown to follow
But no one listens like an empty page
And that's just fine
But why does it take a lifetime just to want to be a child?
To watch the petals of perception fall away like railroad miles
Out an open window
In an open mind
Like worlds we've lost to worlds we'll never find
When we were young it all seemed forever
Now that we're older the time just passes us by
Remember the days of those endless summers
Now that you're gone it all means nothing
But nine weekends and five paychecks
Why keep speaking when no one's listening
Why keep screaming when there's no meaning
Why keep sleeping when no one's dreaming
Why keep breathing when we're all leaving?
Track Name: Drive All Night
He slams the door and drops his keys and it almost brings him to his knees
All he knows is that he's got to go
The crows start sounding murderous as he thinks: "It couldn't get much worse..."
And he starts his car like someone starts a war
Those suburban streets once seemed so clear
Now his face is soaked with tears
And he's got to get back to that open road
Sometimes that girl, she drove him mad
But she was the best thing he ever had
Now she's driving mad the boy next door
And he thinks of all the thing he has changed
Just to share the same last name
And then he thinks "What the hell was it all for..."

As far as he can tell, the highway's never lied
So he gets into his car
And drives all night
He gets into his car
And drives all night

She takes a seat and holds her head in both her hands as the end seems to stop he little world from spinning
It's so quiet she can hear the sound of all those wasted years echoing throughout the bedroom walls
And the memories start flooding back
And she knows that there's no turning back
You don't play with these things if you plan on winning
And she wants to follow him outside
But nothing she could do could ever make it right
Unless she could go back to the beginning

In real life it takes more than three left turns to make a right
So she gets into her car and drives all night
She gets into her car
And drives all night

Pretend you've got somewhere to go
Or that things will change by the time you're home
Just get into your car
Get into your car
Get into your car
And drive all night