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Parallel Person

by VARSITY

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1.
Have you ever noticed Your days are all the same Doesn’t seem to matter Much cause Gordi you’re a saint Oh yeah Gordi you’re a saint Never have to wonder About responsibility And you don’t ever wander Because Gordi you’re with me No yeah, it’s not hard to see I was only just trying to tell you All along that you’re the dog, I’m the person All along Waiting for the appropriate time To sit you down and find the words I’m the person, you’re the best, and I’m the worst Last night had a dream that You were chasing me I was chasing boys and Maybe popularity Like I got you on a string Hey it’s been a while And it’s not so black and white But isn’t that just like you, Gordi To keep it all inside Never did say my goodbye I was only just trying to tell you All along that you’re the dog, I’m the person All along Waiting for a good time To sit you down and say that you’re the dog I’m the person, you’re the best, and I’m the worst
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Settle Down 02:58
Do you have to look the part To mess up a work of art Hate my tools forsake my craft Everything I touch is trash It’s a mess here on the bottom So why do I even bother Yes I know it’s self-inflicted Self-aware and self-addicted Line em up Knock em down Nice tries are thin on the ground Wait up Hang around Nice tries are quick to be found All I want to do is let you down (All I want to do) All I want to is mess around (Is think of something new) You, too And do it better than before Doesn’t have to be complete It doesn’t have to masterpiece Insecure and wafer skinned What I got is what you’re gonna get Line em up Knock em down Nice tries are thin on the ground Wait up Hang around Nice tries are quick to be You, too And do it better than before
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Lied For You 03:26
Hey don’t I know you Back from the restaurant I folded napkins while you Got ready up front I’m none of the things that I thought I’d be by now It matters but you hide it well You bring your bike up You lock it to mine I say I love you when I’m drunk And you kindly oblige I’m so hung up on all the what, the how, the when, the where, the why I’ll never make it through the night I’ll lie for you If you want me to I wanted to Wait till we’re alone Before I confess I’m so far gone What’s wrong with you Guess it’s safe to say That I never really know We were both goners Or don’t you remember I lived on your windowsill From May to December Whoever said that A still life was static Apparently never lived with me and My homemaker erratic I’m so hung up on all the what, the how, the when, the where, the why I’ll never make but I’ll try I’ll die for you And sometimes I do I wanted to Wait till we’re alone Before I confess I’m so far gone What’s wrong with you Guess it’s safe to say That I never really know Yeah I never really know But that’s ok
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I’m uncomfortable with you asking All the time Cause you know there’s nothing wrong It’s just my mind It’s okay if you don’t wanna say I’m a tough nut to crack Once it’s out there and floating away You can never get it back Isn’t it enough to be laughing On my dime And you never have to question If my love is on the line It’s okay if you don’t wanna say I’m a tough nut to crack Once it’s out there and floating away You can never get it back I’ve got a friend named Paul You know he’s no friend at all He is the one to call And I don’t know if I’ll make it After all Come over tonight Bring a candle We’ll just sit and stare We can share in the feeling of going nowhere Does it have to be stated Does it have to be said I’m a Sunday painter in grey I’d rather stay inside instead I’ve got a friend named Paul You know he’s no friend at all He is the one to call And I don’t know if I’ll make it After all Would you die Would you die for me anytime? Ok just wondering.
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Krissy 03:42
Krissy it’s so hard to see you now You’re someone else but it’s not all yourself One part is me and I can’t part with shit I’ve tried all my old tricks but you’re so curated I just can’t get in Right now you’re more like a photograph I wanna go back to the time we cried the whole drive home from the canyon Krissy don’t believe it You can never be your own best friend Left me for a while So I settle on the back of your head Hate to break the news to you You never can go home again Pretty people saying things on screen Can’t be all you take your life to mean Like it or not we leave it up to luck And all things that you been calling your outtakes are really fuck ups I don’t know what But there’s something to lose You can’t pretend That there’s room for me too Krissy don’t believe it You can never be your own best friend Left me for a while So I settle on the back of your head Hate to break the news to you You never can go home again
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Off again, no man’s land Took the stuff on hand, to begin our best laid plan There were signs, otherwise Take tonight, must be nice, and I’m passing you left and right Talking in circles Being there I never let you know Cause you’re so sincere And I want you And I need you Can I see you And I’m being there And I want you And I need you Can I see you And I’m being there I know I can’t cry in front of them But if I could One by one, down the hatch Must be nice, I guess, to be on the mend Talking in circles Being there I never let you know Cause you’re so sincere And I want you And I need you Can I see you And I’m being there And I want you And I need you Can I see you And I’m being there We both careen From heaven to hell A bitter pill To give to yourself I know I can’t cry in front of them But if I could it’d go something like
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Discipline 03:32
Baby I don’t think of anyone else Lately you’re not acting like yourself Hanging round at Nico’s end to end Hoping that I would get noticed Is there enough to go around, I don’t know why I suspect that other people have more of your time This is the hill I want to die on Can you kinda kill me just this once Watching you up there I disappear Into the chromatic atmosphere I’ll give up the alcohol, the temperament, and the clothes Can I give you discipline, well I don’t know
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Watching You 03:36
Whether or not it’s true Does it matter anymore I’ve been there done that Found it’s never what you bargain for As far as I can see Inside your painted dream machine There is a melancholy scene And I’m no part of it, I mean One thing that I knows that I want more Hanging above my head There is a parallel person Who makes mistakes Commands respect Walking around like I’m the best Bridge burning late night Pretending, not saying goodbye I mean I’m sorry I sympathize just fucking open up your eyes One thing that I knows that I want Taken For granted All I’m asking fors the advantage Had you When I had it Wouldn’t you know I couldn’t stand it All I’m asking for is your love All I need it for is a crutch And I watch you When I want to Yeah I watch you When I want to and I want to and I want to
9.
Isolation 03:35
A flowering field descends Into the depths again No hesitation In Isolation Agrarian cults somehow Figured it out and now now No light behind me No torch beside me Sending seeds and lightning Sacred right of tithing But here I go, here I go, here I go Return to earth in Spring Remembering everything No education In Isolation The undertow is strong It cuts the year headlong headlong No light behind me No torch to guide me Sending seeds and lightning (And when I try to see you you’re not around) Sacred rights of tithing (And when I come to meet you you’re not in town) But here I go, here I go, here I go Isolation Comes to find me I can’t solve it By running after you Contemplation Does remind me Of my problem Alone alone alone again Isolation Comes to find me I can’t solve it By running after you Contemplation Does remind me Of my problem Alone alone alone again
10.
We bought the car and Drove away for the next few months You picked a place up north Somewhere where it could Be just us But I spent some time rearranging myself and found I wasn’t there at all I wish I was Under the bubble is where I belong Breathing that rare air you know I get along Your outline fades from view You fade with it too Come on, I notice you But I cannot move on No We stopped for gas so I got out to collect my thoughts By the time I came back I looked around and you were gone But I spent some time rearranging myself and found I wasn’t there at all You turn to look at me and say it’s about time we get just what we want Is that because Under the bubble is where I belong Breathing that rare air you know I can be strong Your outline fades to blue You fade with it too Come on, I notice you But I cannot move on I will go on Hasn’t anybody been here long? Give it about a hundred years and we’ll both be gone Hasn’t anybody been here long?

about

Parallel Person is a record about the uphill battle of isolation, popularity, and artistic frustration.

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"Varsity's keen knowledge of what makes indie-twee work – crunchy rhythm sections, quivering guitar lines, plainspoken observations of interpersonal minutiae – leads to surprising experiments..." - Maura Johnston, Rolling Stone

"It is the interplay between major and minor, light and dark, that creates an ongoing tension throughout Parallel, and the primary element that makes it as engrossing as it is accessible." - Connor McInerney, Post-Trash

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Must Be Nice via NPR
www.npr.org/event/music/583622550/take-a-psychedelic-indie-pop-road-trip-with-varsity

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Parallel Person is out now on Babe City Records.
www.babecityrecords.com

credits

released April 27, 2018

written & performed by varsity

stef smith - vocals / pianos / synths
dylan weschler - guitars / vocals
pat stanton - guitars
paul stolz - bass guitars
jacob stolz - drums / percussion

engineered & produced by dave vettraino at minbal studios in chicago, il
mixed by dave vettraino & varsity at decade studios in chicago, il

mastered by sarah register
www.sarahregister.com

artwork by clare byrne
clarebyrnework.com

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