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Cliche Definitions of Success

by Walter Mitty and His Makeshift Orchestra

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I just watched the news for fifteen minutes and goddamn am I depressed and I just spend an hour on fucking facebook until i realized that i couldn't care less and I keep fighting who we are, we've been, we've become I can't take it a sinatra song, and I'm bleeding nostalgia again and my role says I should sit up and take it but something tells me i should do my best to fight it oh fuck. and i just spent an hour on the 55 cause shelby fucking jacobson was on my mind try to convince her I'm a simple and happy guy but i just came off as the nervous and neurotic type somethings wrong my dear, when I don't know if I'll stand here in one year and i keep having all these thoughts of nihilism and how truth is only relevant, now i can barely brush my fucking teeth and I'm from southern california where we say words like gay and i don't mean to offend its just the way i was raised. because i'm always being hunted, taking stabs for who i am and i would say i don't care but I'm losing my friends and being force fed what to believe in like politics and horoscopes and cliche definitions of succes They're telling me my times up, a big choice the four year old in side of me just wants to go out and play and through all this bullshit i just wish that someone would say Come a little closer we've got otterpops in the icebox, we've got milk and cookies by the tv to make you feel alright.
And now I'm noticeably dumber than i was one year ago And I would like to think its a better thing, but I'd tell myself almost anything these days Its a little complicated, letting people down is a full time business My shallow commitments surrounding me, I snapped my cellphone escape Now somewhere in this town, theres a lynch mob for me Oh charlatan me, I can't control all these feelings Its getting hard to stand up straight. And now there's strangers in the kitchen I'm dodging people like they're bullets Cause we're not talking we're just practice our small talk and i've learned tricks about saving face, I gotta keep you all thinking that I'm loving this place I don't mean to be crude but I cant talk to you without a cigarette in my hand Its a crutch to hold me up Its my shield from all you Oh charlatan me, I can't control all these feelings ... you must me down, all because of me.
Claire you got some sun today and on my handlebars you look great, I really mean it Cause no one's got moves like that, and grace like that through all the panic Will you just sing to me? Cause claire when you sing you sound like a southern girl in sunday dress I wanna kiss you, I need to calm down, I wanna be a good american boy I need to concentrate, and get my hands on some ritalin and plan my days constructive and legitiment and go only places i feel comfortable My grandpa fought in world war two and here I am afraid to leave my room But i've seen your sad family and my sad family and all of the faces between I promised myself long ago I'd never try that, I'm not cut out to be a good american boy Claire and grandpa, I'm gunna need ya To get me through this phase With the heart of california and the second grade I'm guessing I should waste some time, enjoy the sunshine so many reasons i shouldn't complain But i could never put words to the way I'm feeling Milk and cookies will help me escape, ya thats what I'll do
Sometimes you can't fight the powers that be You end up sleeping on your bathroom floor But with the late april showers and the 4 am breeze At least you got a place thats dry and warm You got ahead of yourself and now your taking the toll I'll sit here indian style and sing you screeching weasel all complications aside, your just a sick animal So lay your head where it leads you. Sometimes I like to think theres a place we all go Its filled with chocolate milk and chips ahoy And with a good attitude we'll be kickin' it soon and taking shots with walt disney I called my mom today but it wasn't too nice she said "thanks for the call, now get a grip on your life" I said I'm trying so hard its just moving so fast These kinds of things scare me shitless and all of the while, I've got a friend on the floor, and i won't leave until he's counting sheep and in his bed nice and warm and all the barf is clean. I promise you'll wake with a smile, cause it happens to me once in a while I'll sing you songs til you can open your eyes, hold up your head, and tell me your fine.
Tally Ho 03:37
Tommy guard the house, I'm taking off Keep the dust out of my room I'll probably be gone for a while All these things come crashing down like cannon balls I got the wits knocked out of me, I gotta make sense of it all or just keep breathing I've been taking tons of little pills, to make my heavy head fall off to make my subconscious shut up, but she says theres decisions that i gotta make and oh, i keep dreaming of a wide open ceiling where we pull a peter pan and fly our sorry butts back to our old col-de-sac and dude, i really miss you, yea dude, i really miss you So now I'm waiting 'til i run out of oxygen I'm banking on this 2012 thing to resolve Cause maybe if we kiss the funny face of apocalypse Oh it would be so relieving if we all stopped breathing thats all I'm just a juvenile product of culture, and I'm getting older I just need to sack up and face it but dude, i really miss you, yea dude, i really miss you and all the things that we swore off, well they're happening to us now I know i cant sit quiet, but i don't know what else to do


This album was recorded in Walter and Kris's bedroom in San Luis Obispo, Ca with Walter, Kris, and Milk, and some other random friends probably hanging around.


released September 29, 2010


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