You Snooze You Win

by Balance Lost

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These songs were originally going to be part of a double album along with the 3 EPs released between 2014 and 2015. Instead, we decided to make a separate album, but it can be considered a sister-piece to the 12 tracks that made up the preceding EPs.

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released February 1, 2016

Recorded by Pete and Matt in Pete's studio.
Design concept and artwork by Matt and Pete.
Photographs by Yu-pon.

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Catchy guitar and synth pop with drum machines and samples. Currently residing in Kyoto, Japan.

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Track Name: Subaltern
I don't speak for you
What you want is out there somewhere
Time's a-wasting, don't complain
Just walk away

New narratives are emerging
That you didn't think exist
What was once invisible
Five fingers became a fist
It's the dark side of the coin
And it's spinning in the air
Whichever way it lands
That voice will always be there

We will rewrite history
Right now I'm taking down a record
D'you recall the events of the 20th century?
We were drip-fed people's memories
But now I've got the means, I've seen the facts
Using devices made in Chinese factories by families
Tell their story
Fuck the royalty

New narratives are emerging
That you didn't know were there
It's the dark side of the coin
And it's spinning in the air
Whichever way it lands
They will always exist
What was once invisible
Five fingers became a fist
Track Name: Goobax
This was the wrong place at one time
A car from Sofia
I didn't work that hard
And what are my entitlements?
You can't predict how long you have to live
There are voices in the forests down beneath
What are their intentions?
We must presume malevolence

Sitting in the counties
Comforted and critical
No ordeals endured
Or sacrifices made
You can't predict just what you'll have to give
There are voices in the capital forcing your decisions
What are their intentions?
We must presume malevolence

This was the wrong place at one time
The cars, they come from everywhere
Building blocks of wrath
Something for their families
You can't predict how long you have to live
There are open mouths in the forests out somewhere
What are their intentions?
We must presume malevolence
Track Name: Outnumbered
Why try to recreate a feeling
Goals etched into my notepad
The sole task of spoiling all the seasons
Good reasons outnumbered by the bad

From Argentina down to Hiroshima
Souls are searching for a meaning
Stop, drop and gave up all we had
The good days outnumbered by the bad

Kind acts given at random
Stand up because you know you should
Such events happen in tandem
Bad men outnumbered by the good

Keen minds cannot be satiated
Only loyal to what is true
And anger like the poll tax created
Old facts outdated by the new

Why try to recreate a feeling
Goals etched into my notepad
The sole task of spoiling all the seasons
Good reasons outnumbered by the bad
Track Name: Fever Dream
A cold sweat soaking the sheets
Hallucinations on repeat
Has my subconscious come to find me
Shadow at the foot of the staircase
Say I'm fine but it's a barefaced lie
I'm using to persuade myself

What if all the plans I made come to nothing
What if I don't gain the respect of those I will never meet
Am I so far from the real life

A leaf held in my fingers
Something to calm the nerves
Before I start to drift away again
Memory duller than this pain
A small step from the train
That takes you away from my platform

What if all the plans I made come to nothing
What if I don't gain the respect of those I will never meet
Am I so far from the real life
What if all the plans I made come to nothing
What if I don't gain the respect of those I will never meet
When did I get lost from the real life
Track Name: Two Day Shadow
Quintessence of science is doubt, why'd it take two days to work this out?
Understanding comes from mistakes so does it matter if I fail?
Epiphanies won't come, what if I haven't won the fight against my
Superstitous minds? where do they find the time
To teach a fictional account? Can we survive without it?
Interrogate your mind. What do you think you'll find
Outside in daylight?
Never even find the time to shave inside this study now.
Track Name: Field Mouse
A little field mouse took a duck and a grouse
As a travelling companion on a trip down south
The took a freight train heading full steam
And didn't stop 'til they got to New Orleans
Tambourine!
Take it double time!

I've seen you crossing the car park
I want to meet in the city after dark
I made you a little bracelet charm
I want you walking on my arm, hey!

A little field mouse took a duck and a grouse
As a travelling companion on a trip down south
The took a freight train heading full steam
And didn't stop 'til they got to New Orleans, woo!

Bring in the kazoos!
Now gimme some o' that sweet synth

Stella ella ola
Say es chico chico
Chico chico cha cha
The toilet overflows
Say one, two, three, four
five, six, seven, eight
Nine, ten, eleven, twelve
Thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen!

Take it to the bridge!
Huh
Damn straight
No bring it all the way back
I think it's time for some ukelele
Rock the glock

Stella ella ola
Say es chico chico
Chico chico cha cha
The toilet overflows
Say one, two, three, four
five, six, seven, eight, nine

I've seen you crossing the car park
I want to meet in the city after dark
I made you a little bracelet charm
I want you walking on my arm, hey!
Track Name: September
I get bored so soon I'll have to leave
So don't waste your time with me, I will forget you
It meant so much one day but now
You just distract me from whatever my attention has found

OOOoooooOOOooooOOooOOOh

A hand-me-down-mattress on a hand-me-down bed
Trees showing off the leaves they're about to shed
A hand-me-down-mattress on a hand-me-down bed
Some pieces of me missing

So many love songs, never been in love
Tentatively share the things that I've covered up
So many love songs, never been in love
Some pieces of me missing
Some pieces of me missing

I'll take whatever heat remains
Not much I'll do about it now
I'll take whatever heat remains
Not much I'll do about it now

I get bored so soon I'll have to leave
So don't waste your time with me, I will forget you
September's disappearing fast
You're just distraction from whatever was hoping would last

OOOoooooOOOooooOOooOOOh

A hand-me-down-mattress on a hand-me-down bed
Trees showing off the leaves they're about to shed
A hand-me-down-mattress on a hand-me-down bed
Some pieces of me missing
Some pieces of me missing

So many love songs, never been in love
Tentatively share the things that I've covered up
So many love songs, never been in love
Some pieces of me missing
Some pieces of me missing
Some pieces of me missing

So many love songs, never been in love
So many love songs, never been in love
So many love songs, never been in love
Some pieces of me missing
Track Name: I Don't Want An Answer
Won't you stay, show me a smile
I'm going away for a while
More than a day, further than a mile
Tell me when you'll come back

I can't rely on you to come fly with me
Around the world, I won't slow down, girl
I can't wait for anybody, I've got the money
If you ain't saved up you can eat my dust
Everybody's invited, it's a rare sighting
To see me sat at home without writing
Once the verse is laid I'm on my way
Out the door to the next place, if it's exciting

I only heard what I wanted to
And it wasn't in line with the facts
I told you this question's rhetorical
No I don't want an answer to that

We can meet up in Madrid
And talk about the things you did
I'll admit I'm afraid to ask
About the things in your past

I only heard what I wanted to
And it wasn't in line with the facts
I told you this question's rhetorical
No I don't want an answer to that
Track Name: Full Of Courage
All the things I don't want to do
Walk up to you and the secrets started flowing
Committed to a humble page
I'll never save something fragile as a notebook

I'm walking the streets and it's late at night
And the only thing I can think is "fuck"

You're on your own
You don't know if help will come.

All the things you didn't say
You made my day, a small reward for being brave
Too soon I would forget and do what's easy
I'd laugh and curse, it never made me happy

I step off the train and it pulls away
The ticket falls from my hand and falls down onto the tracks

You're on your own
You don't know if help will come.

Every day you'll have to work
Or something worse, There's someone knocking at my door
What did you say? You saw it first?
Nobody cares and you'll never get to keep it
Unless you came to change our minds
Lay down your guns 'cause you'll never need to use them
And every time you run and hide
Who's there to judge if you win or losing

You're on your own
You don't know if help will come.
Track Name: Fixes Itself
A bitten apple drips down my fingers
There's no drops from the cumulonimbus
Expecting the call
I know you'll blow me out again

Machines become non-functional
Everything breaks with no help from me
They don't self-heal, don't self-repair
No, nothing ever fixes itself

Pay lip service to pretend that you care
If I took action as much as I prepared
I'll keep my appointment
For the times when we used to be friends

Machines become non-functional
Everything breaks with no help from me
They don't self-heal, don't self-repair
No, nothing ever fixes itself
Track Name: The Average Circus
The war on television was lost so I
Acquiesced so quietly
Bring myself up to speed
To be immune from spoilers
Supermarket aisles are the new arcades
I watched you waste away
Why wait until tomorrow
When you can buy today

Come one, come all to the average circus
I'm little more than a maverick worker bee
No entry fee, don't know what you'll get
But the show sure as hell ain't free
So come to the average circus
We spend time gathering purposes
To live our lives with no direction
'Cause somebody else drives

I hadn't even opened my eyes
By the time you pulled back the shower curtain
In a minute I heard the car door slam
I knew for certain
We would return by 6pm
And fall down on the bed
With your shoes more broken in
And do it all again

Come one, come all to the average circus
I'm more than a maverick worker bee
No entry fee, don't know what you'll get
But the show sure as hell ain't free
So come to the average circus
We spend time gathering purposes
To live our lives with no direction
'Cause somebody else drives

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