Small Victories

by The Sharp Shadows

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Go It Alone 02:46
want it can't get it feel it can't stand it but it's gonna drive you mad so take it or leave it stop it you're just a socket a conduit, a breaker, a part time tastemaker hot air in the stratos hanging with the clouds for status Just an arm chair king in a furniture store but if you want to live at home you'd never have to go it alone so nevermind, nevermind, nevermind forever just be inside mean it don’t seem it leave it for the world to see if you remember this it’ll make the list along with all the things you wanted to be: a coat of paint is nothing without the house underneath
lost and lonely down in Central Park I lay it out for you to hear but what about that crucial second part where you come back to me sincere? maybe if I climb up to you maybe if you reach down for me it doesn’t matter what I say none of these words are gonna make you stay meet me in the middle now I often find myself crushed by memory Try not to let it get me down But how can I enjoy anything if you’re all I see around? it’s a cruelty to which there’s no defense that you haunt my present tense I think I’ve found a perfect body think I’ve found a perfect soul but I’m still in love with you then what good will that ever do if you’re never coming back?
Feel So Low 03:07
grind my teeth, never used to do that grip the wheel and feel my knuckles crack. I’ll take that off ramp, it’ll be an easy step. As for my next of kin spinning slow, and I feel so low head between my knees and I know though my feet shiver cold it burns in the places that I can’t ever reach haunt my desk, try to look awake type so much, can feel my fingers ache just automate me what you want anyway is someone that’ll say “Yes sir!” everyday going home, but I’ll be back looking fine, but I’m pummeled flat
Tubes 03:09
I feel like a human sardine wash my hands but never feel clean and I was never claustrophobic but I feel pent up it’s a drag and these bags are pulling down my eyes from sunset to sunrise well everyday I’m running through tubes but it’s the only way to get to you sold my car never bothered with a bike so it’s down to tubes can’t bring myself to speak people stand rather than share seats and if I hear “showtime” one more time I’m gonna lose my fucking mind it’s down to tubes
and I remember fireworks from your roof heat lightning mixes in the sky, as if I needed proof rising up like a crown of fireflies for the only set of eyes I want in Boston that night and I love you but I don’t know it yet it’s just waiting in the wings for a rush of strings and sunset you’re turned away dazzled by the sights and the sounds of Independence Day if I could speak it’d all come with ease a union of our own two states and I want to hold you close more than any warmth I’ve ever sought and if I can’t feel you breathing then my heart will never beat again I search for words but my tongue is often tied when it comes to saying things that aren’t white lies but it’s the truth just the secret to the ruse buried deep inside this beating bruise
you’ve heard this all before and you’ll hear it again I’m a cheap date maybe but at least we’re still friends ‘friends till the end’ what a message to send you had the fate of those words in the grasp of my fingers tremble quiet at the sound of a voice quavering on the line what an easy choice handle on my own or in a crowded room, alone well I’m flat on my back again eyes blinded by this street light interrogation lamp I swear to tell the whole truth and nothing but it, sure even if you’re heard it all before and I guess I’m left to wonder wonder what’s worse to lose it all at once or be left to linger I felt it in my bones as the phone dropped to the floor so I stare out at the night from the railroad tracks as the lights burn out I know you’re never coming back my soul is sinking’ from the weight of big thinking’ now
what do you call a dream that you wish you didn't have? is it a nightmare if it made you whole? I wish I could understand but I'm not wiser than I was you might be the one if you can last don't rely on me tangled in another ‘neath the covers where we work if I squint her face just might be yours I was never like this but take the bull by the horns if I don't sow myself then I might burst and when I feel the heat it comes as no surprise it's often far away from your patient watching eyes I wish I felt complete but these urges pull me in I'm strung out on a wire creaking hunger pulls me thin don't rely on me
slowly losing all I came to be search for something but all I can blame is me maybe I started something maybe I started something maybe I started something maybe I started something that I can’t win never happy, but then what does that mean? search for someone, but all I can see is me passing closer as it’s far away makes me glad I chose to I stay away


“…blisteringly rhythmic music that electrifies the ears…” - - Motif Magazine

"... pretty bitchin'. If you like stuff like Husker Du, and that Minneapolis kind of alt sound like The Replacements, then you would like this…” - - The Lutherist

“… it's hard to believe the band isn't right there in the room, sweating and eager and laying it all out to bare just for you … [The Sharp Shadows] cultivate a sound that is simultaneously intimate and immediate.” - - BreakThru Radio

"The Sharp Shadows are solid rockers with that likeable underdog personality who in the movies, you’re hoping will get the girl and the rest of the school will finally see what terrific fellas they all really are." -- Audio Ammunition

"There’s an earnestness to songwriter Stephen Bailey’s lyrics that evades these comparisons — he’s not as bitter or snarky as Jackson or Costello, he's not as daft as Sweet or The Knack, he's not as devil-may-care as Pirner — but he’s recognized the pop sensibilities of these diverse musicians and drawn a surprisingly convincing circle around them." -- This Means Gnar


released May 15, 2016

Stephen Bailey - guitar/vocals
Thomas Chalifour - bass
Matt Jones - drums

All songs written by Stephen Bailey.
Engineered and Mixed by Matt Jones.
Produced by Matt Jones, Ian Laczynski & The Sharp Shadows.
Recorded at Woolly Mammoth Sound, Waltham MA over two long years.
Mastered by Scott Craggs at Old Colony Mastering, Boston MA.

Front cover photos by Kevin James.
Interior photo by Thomas Chalifour.
Design by Stephen Bailey & Thomas Chalifour.

The band wishes to thank Dave Minehan, David Westner, Sara Sambrook-Jones, Zac Pless, Max Schneller, Matthew DeMello, Cryptic Carousel, Dana Cataldo, Taqueria el Amigo, Nicolette Orlemans, Lauren Vanags Davis, Matt Stepanski, Timothy Dillon, Liz Wagner Biro, Alissa Simmons & Frances Howell.

Salieri Records 2016




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