Excuses And Likely Stories

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Excuses And Likely Stories, Copyright © 2009, She Hit Me First. shehitmefirst.com

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released August 31, 2009

Andy McLaughlin - vocals
Gareth Roberts - guitar, bass, backing vocals
James Millar - drums on 1, 2, 5-7, 9, 11-13
Ryan Say - drums on 3, 8, 10

All songs by She Hit Me First, except 1 and 10
by Hazel x and She Hit Me First

Recorded, engineered, and mixed by
Simon Handley at One Life Productions, London UK
Feb 2008 - Apr 2009

Mastered by Tim Turan at Turan Audio, Oxford, UK
May - June 2009 www.turanaudio.co.uk

Artwork by Krzysztof Chalik
www.kchalik.com

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Ceiling Cat, Szuting Chao, Andy Chapman,
Matt Chidzey, Daniel 'Bonao' Felipe,
Jenny Hawkyard, Regan Heath, Kim Hino,
Tricia Ingram, Ross Lacey, Fraser McLaughlin,
Sharrie Naylor, Steve Parfitt, Lisa Wilton,
Carmella Woodger, friends and family,
and all the bands who inspire us

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Track Name: See Things Sideways
Shiver in a quiet place
I couldn't even dream your face
for such a time
dirty chairs and cigarettes
I haven't read the message that you left behind

Don't believe it anyway
they're looking for some way out
not a single word they say
so I see things sideways now

Monuments and scenery
and other things that people did
to pass the time
movie stars in magazines
still I find your letters and I'm still surprised

Don't believe it anyway
they're looking for some way out
measure every word they say
try to see things sideways now

Secrets stop with knowing them
to end up with an education's worth the time

Copyright © 2009 She Hit Me First
Track Name: When She Asks
I only know your name
it's superficial and sad
and I'll take the blame
I don't know if you know who I am but I'm hoping

do you ever see
a boy far away who can't smile
well that's probably me
I try to say hello but I can't stop shaking

I sit by myself and I hope you're alone
it's all I can do not to follow you home
so what am I supposed to say when she asks
who's jenny

as far as I can tell
you've got some good friends in your life
and you're living it well
I've got nothing to add and I might as well face it

I know I'm lucky too
don't deserve this remorse
for things I wouldn't do
I try to focus my mind but the energy's wasted

I sit by my window and wait for a sign
if only a thought in the back of your mind
but you don't even look my way when you pass
do you jenny

I keep to myself but I talk in my sleep
the person who listens is so good to me
so what am I supposed to do when she asks
who's jenny

if I could tell you everything
if I could conjure up some words to say
if I knew you were waiting
would I stay silent for just one more day
and would it be too late

Copyright © 2009 She Hit Me First
Track Name: Take Me With You
I'm not sure if you're pretending
'cause your act is never ending
but I'm guessing you still like to
lead me on

I know every happy story
where no one is ever sorry
we are charmed and you're no good at
staying gone

It's okay with me if you throw away your key
'cause I'm sure you'll take me with you when you go
if the precedents apply, this is come on not goodbye
'cause I'm sure you'll take me with you when you go

If you want paint me a picture
empty streets or something bitter
just don't ask me to interpret
what you mean

Go ahead and change the subject
when I say that things are perfect
'cause you're thinking that they've
never ever been

It's just as if you're messing with me
but you're serious
it's not as if I'm chaining you up
I'll always be around but
it's okay if you try to run away
I will catch up in the end if you're not sure
'cause I am sure
in my world you're true and pure
I'll convince you in the end if you're not sure

Copyright © 2009 She Hit Me First
Track Name: Sweetness Calling
Time should stop ticking
people standing near should listen
I know sagging wills would stiffen
if they knew what I know

Soldier, hold your fire
electrons should still their wires
old enemies would soon conspire
if they knew what I already know

Hold the line, sweetness calling
not for me but even still
if she did my eyes would fill
that would be the sweetest

Lonely people, heal yourselves
airplanes go fly somewhere else
and cold hard stares would start to melt
if they saw what I've seen

Silence children please
pilgrims get up off your knees
your deities would soon concede
if they saw what I've already seen

Hold the line, sweetness calling
not for me but nonetheless
would she I could only guess
that would be the sweetest
of my life

Copyright © 2009 She Hit Me First
Track Name: Your Next Big Thing
When you get up
and you look for change
and nothing's changed at all
then you go out
on the paths you tread
sensation's sleeping

Every time you fall in love
for the last time
little things that fall apart
it's not the same at all

Your situation's not delivering
on a life that's never boring
and so you're searching your surroundings
for your next big thing

All of your life
you've been searching for
the thrill to top them all
someone like you
wants to skip today
wake up tomorrow

Every time you figure out
where your heart lies
that's the time you change your mind
you're restless after all

Your lucky stars are to guide
would you light them after all?
would you fall, after all?
or just wait for tomorrow

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Track Name: Experience
I don't have the motivation
to enjoy these new sensations
savour this new life I'm given
by all your shifting plans
but I know the season changes
so I'll suffer all your rages
and I'll be the little villain
behind your restless hands

I want to go
and I can hardly wait in here
but still I hesitate [in fear]

And I could reach that state
but I know I'll never get there
and I know that you'll be happier back home
and I might want to stay
but I can't admit the failure
and I know that you'll be happier back home

Well I won't hang any pictures
so you say I'm like a drifter
and I sold my television
so I sit and wait
for the day I'm back together
but you know that takes forever
for a minute there I wondered
if I would see that day

You tell me what you're thinking
but I get no explanation
should I tell all our friends
that I fucked up
you talk for half an hour
but I don't hear any reason
don't I deserve a reason

If you leave today
just be sure that you say
everything you want to say

Copyright © 2009 She Hit Me First
Track Name: Look What You've Done
You're tired of telling her your reasons
but they're your reasons
she'll just have to understand
you've done your best to break it gently
but there's no easy way
of showing her that you don't care
it's getting late, she's getting nowhere
you're sympathetic
but she'll just have to take it

She's a pretty Polly, lying on her bed
but it's over and you didn't lose your head
looks like you've made it through the flying fur
[but excuse me]
look what you've done to her
[congratulations]
look what you've done to her

Sure it's sad, but you've got the right
no point in trying to turn it around
and you know, that you're not so bad
someday she's going to know you're sorry

The days will pass and it's forgotten
well you've forgotten
she's still trying to understand
another week, another season
her confusion turns
to indifference and she's fine
you're missing pieces of her memory
she's sympathetic
this was your choice you made it

Copyright © 2009 She Hit Me First
Track Name: New Plan Of Attack
Watch you put on a show
fresh new scenes are made wherever you go
what you live is not a game
but everyone else around you is taking your blame

Make your mistakes, the things that you say
head in the sand but you hurt the man anyway

Your new plan of attack
it's suicide, and there's no turning back

Irony's not your style
but still it's excusable to laugh for awhile
never mind about the shame
you're making your angry demands and changing your name

Make your mistakes, the things that you say
blood on your hands that you understand in your way

So when you feel the sunshine
does it make you want to change your mind
can't you live for something
that you thought you'd left behind

Watch you put on a show
fresh new scenes are made wherever you go

Make your mistakes, the things that you say
head in the sand but you hurt the man anyway

Copyright © 2009 She Hit Me First
Track Name: Twenty Five Cents
Wait just a second, whilst I follow my muse
isn't there something that you wanted to do?
so can't you just amuse yourself
you always need somebody else
don't you like your own company?

Maybe I'm missing some clue I could use
if you're unhappy, there's something I could do?
I'm sorry I'm preoccupied
but I'm selfish with my time
it's just a part of living with me

So hey, where are you going?
can I come?
you say hey use your head
but I'm dumb

I've spent a nickel and two dimes
not to mention all this time
hey, is this all that I get
for my 25 cents?

This wasn't something I thought I could lose
I always thought I was being good to you
but I can see it in your eyes
you didn't know I'd be surprised
that you wanted a lot more from me

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Track Name: Instant Perfect Life
Portable good memories
make useful little tragedies
open them, drag them out
something you can write about

When I remember you in a better light
it's only cause I can't remember
how we used to fight

Forgetful three-day driving trips
make accidental one-night slips
navigating old events
looking back makes perfect sense

When I remember you in a better light
it's only cause I can't remember
how we fight

In stronger hands
you wouldn't make the same demands
you wouldn't have an instant perfect life
on your better days
try to focus through the haze
remember that you had a perfect life

Sleepwalk into troubled times
she never was a friend of mine
the friend that you wish she had been
would wake you up and reign you in

Copyright © 2009 She Hit Me First
Track Name: You're Juliet
So you think you can love someone
that you've never met
acting like he's Romeo
you're freaking Juliet
all the phone calls that you're not making
think we'll notice your voice is shaking?
Juliet so far, it's all you are

Seems you can't commit
and like you'll never let him know
so for now you're still with me
you wouldn't stay if you could go
saving up those picture postcards
that you guess you'll never send
leave them all with me
through it all I'm still your friend

It's just the life you can't give up
with all those memories that you love
though you can't handle it
breaking hearts and shit
you can't say that it's enough

Still you must admit
that like the carnival in town
there's the chance that if you go
same old circus, different clown
despite all your good intentions
and your faithful loyalty
and your pure, pure heart
this is all you'll ever be

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Track Name: Miss The Rest
Well it looks just like the day we left it
the place we used to live is dark and empty
how fitting is that?
the street still looks the same
the weather's fine, no life remains
this sunny silence is bitterly sad

This book has ended, it's a short story
there is no chapter four
but there is more, so I start the sequel

It's not alright, it never could be
it never made any sense to me
you're not around to see it today
you're dead, you miss the rest

Well I'm sorry for the way we left it
the life we used to live is just a memory
how sorry is that?
and so we move away
we find a place where life's okay
but it's a shadow of whatever we had

It's not alright, your head you see
you've stopped making sense to me
you're not around to ruin today
you're dead, you miss the rest

I don't want to tell a soul
I will keep this to myself
even though it's painful now
to even breathe this breath
I will keep your words inside
and recall them every day
so that now you've said it all
and you're better off this way

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Track Name: Scared To Say
Couldn't claim I'm not affected
I'm not cool, and not collected
so my friends can start a rumour
and I stutter with what I'm scared to say
tell me if that's not okay

I have faith that it's not a race
but it's vain and I can't win in any case

It's still glory to see you
and I'm so nervous to meet you
these eyes would never close again

It's pathetic
but I'm scared and ineffective
I'm tongue-tied and apoplectic
but I keep getting close to what I'm scared to say
do you know anyway?

I have faith that it's not a race
but its vain and I can't win in any case

It's still glory to see you
and I'm so nervous to meet you
these eyes would never close again

It's not real, it's just a worthless dream
if I don't close my eyes
I'll never see this place again

So I try to move you
in my direction
but I'll never make it
struggle with this connection
it's not normal for me
to be so conflicted
can't you help me get there
shatter this disaffection

Copyright © 2009 She Hit Me First