Lessons

by The Sharp Shadows

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Ian Cat Short on length, but not short on quality. A stellar set that blows by quick and begs you to listen again and again. Favorite track: Push Push Push.
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1.
It’s been temptation in the past for a feeling that could never last and yet you’re waiting fingers poised and they can seem what you want to see but you know they’ll never be any more than a rush of dopamine Why don’t you do it? Why don’t you do it? Why don’t you do it? while you’re feeling weak Why don’t you do it? Why don’t you do it? cuz the last that you see will be the first that you regret In that moment are you feeling bold? Or have you lost all self-control? that itchy trigger finger stings And though it starts to cast a spell And you know the feeling well Experience teaches differently and it’s never what you expect it’s just a cheat at a human connection just to circumvent rejection so it’s better well enough alone than staring at your phone tapping the glass of a picture postcard someone else’s life that you wish you could discard Cuz the last time that you did it didn’t work out And the feeling in your gut says it won’t be much better now
2.
Walk right past me don’t even say Another stilted phrase before you go away I just know that we’ve been here before So nothing’s gonna change when you walk out the door from me Ohhhhh I’ve heard that look in your eyes I’ve seen the way the chew the left side of your lip before you say the words that you’ve been meaning to say Sooo Is this another one we talk about but don’t figure out and share the same bed like it’s just gonna go away and there’s a rhythm and a symmetry to these I know so well and it won’t be long until you’ve had your fill and you bid farewell and you Close, it was a close call this time but it won’t be long before I do it again, do it again do it again, again again again and So, will you lose your mind? Or just admit that we’re different people Different still Start with good intentions just about until and there’s a rhythm and a symmetry to these I know so well and it won’t be long until you’ve had your fill and you bid farewell and you
3.
I’ve been watching you grow so long makes me proud to see you take these baby steps out into the great wide world but once you do I hope you never forget that I’ve been standing in your corner oh for oh so long Believe in yourself but don’t take on the world alone There’s a shadow that rules your heart hangs like a cloud over every thing you do But don’t you let it pull you apart remember words that I said to you that so you know I’m by your side the greatest friend you’ve known Oh how I wanted to be a contender I’ve ended up just another pretender I judge myself by the deeds of others now I tried to paint a smile on my face To benefit the rest of the human race My confidence is just faking till the next chance A fog of doubt’s hanging over you You keep telling yourself it’s over now but the next push could be the one that breaks could make it worth all of the heartache and I’ll be standing in your corner until this faith has shown
4.
I am worthless There’s no use crying here Lacking purpose Might as well die down here Tried so many times to tell you What I mean, oh oh whoa, oh oh oh whoa, oh oh Don’t say you’re sorry to me Save your breath I’m not worth the air that we breathe Save your words There won’t be a reprieve You’ve brought me down here so might as well leave me be oh whoa, oh oh oh whoa, don’t say you’re sorry to me Is it worth it to go with the flow when I’m feeling so low? Don’t you care that it hurts me so? Don’t say the words if you don’t mean them No, oh oh oh No, oh oh oh No, oh oh Don’t say you’re sorry to me Don’t say you’re sorry to me Don’t say you’re sorry to me
5.
you’re quick on your feet, I know you’ve had this stored up for days, it shows Every word is practiced every manner is learned but that doesn’t do a damn thing for my ways no that doesn’t do a damn thing for my ways and you’re forcing me to finish when I don’t want to and you’re forcing me to say when I’m not ready you push push push push it’s never gonna go your way you say you don’t got a temper, that’s bull you’re just stern instead of angry, so-oh you’re a mountain of a mole hill your words are tiny fists pounding through my ribs until I split pounding through my ribs until I split we’ve got a long way to go but you have stopped the flow you’ve gotta wait to get the answers and not just the words that you want to hear
6.
02:23
You’re standing in the shadows next to me I wish I had the words to set you free but you’ve got your head in the sand and your fists in your ears and you’re putting your faith in inconsiderate years I whisper in your ear, Try All you gotta do is try All you gotta do is try All you gotta do is try You started from the top and you don’t know how it feels to rise up from below your sympathy’s spent on your own backyard you gotta a long way to go but you don’t go that hard just let down your guard So now you’re playing for the sympathy you’re everybody’s favorite refugee You think it’s your turn to cry, you want empathy but you gotta pay it first if you’re in the lead you just really need to we don’t need believers just your best fact seekers don’t feel beleaguered Try
7.
She’s already gone there’s no reason to hold on to anything for any longer you’re yesterday’s news the wrong side of a story dripping ink into the sewer but don’t you wait there’s a world outside just waiting for the taking she’s already gone so just walk away She’s happy at last now that she’s moved on and you no longer need to ask so take the hint stop searching every subway car and street for that shadow of the past and don’t you waste any more of this time that you’re losing by the minute she’s already gone so just walk away it’s what you wanted a reason to get up and push yourself back to the light so don’t wait to get started it’s been more than enough time and you know that the time is right
8.
04:38
I feel a flutter down below It’s been a long time since I almost didn’t recognize this feeling Like the past come back to life taking on new flesh Sometimes i can’t believe what I’m seeing I’m paralyzed by the touch of your gaze Brings me back in sync with my old ways Don’t talk to me, don’t break this spell I turn to stone I know this feeling well But are you such a mystery if you’re a person just like me? with hopes and fears and dreams and tears, and things that go so deep they hurt And is there even room for crush songs or is it too naive to go on? how do I reflect the paths I’ve tread be bold in places that I’m led? Don’t talk to me Don’t break this spell

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released August 31, 2018

“The Sharp Shadows play a rare blend of pop-punk mixed with post-punk, two genres that are propelled by anthitetical forces (speed+melody and tension+experimentation) but that have cohabitated some records of the late '70s - the first two XTC records and the punkier tunes by early The Police come to mind. In tracks like "Why Don't You Do It?" and "Push Push Push" edgy and tense backing tracks are charged with the speed and energy typical of punk and resolved following pop canons, in part reminiscent of the elegant melodies of Elvis Costello.” - NYC Deli Magazine

"With Lessons, it’s abundantly clear that Sharp Shadows have mastered their craft of big guitars and even bigger hooks. Bailey is no question a student of the power pop game – there’s a little Graham Parker, a little Big Star and plenty of confidence here. If there’s something to learn after this album is over is that Sharp Shadows are continuing to evolving in their quest to create the perfect pop song. They’re pretty darn close as it stands." - Obviate Media

"Sharp Shadows continue to display some really good production and song writing. These guys remind me a lot of bands like newer power pop bands Locksley and Free Energy. I’m not even sure if those two bands are even around anymore, but if they are they’d be wise to pick Sharp Shadows as their next touring mates!" - Audio Ammunition

All songs written by STEPHEN BAILEY
All songs arranged by THE SHARP SHADOWS
MICHELLE HUTT appears on “Push Push Push” courtesy of
King Pizza Records

Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by JOHN MEREDITH at
Mollusk Studio
Cover Design by TIM BAILEY
Cover Layout by GABE SMOLLER
Exterior Photograph by THOMAS CHALIFOUR
Interior Photograph by JEANETTE MOSES

The band would like to thank:
Maiko Kikuchi, Frances Howell, Darrell Dumas, Michelle Hutt,
John Meredith, The Plesses, Mellingers, and Baileys, JT. Fitzgerald
and the Dadstache Records Crew, Greg Hanson, Bettina Warshaw,
and The KP Family.

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