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The Basement Takes (2015​-​2016)

by VARSITY

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1.
Didn't mean to fantasize Hangin' out behind your eyes You don't tell me what I'm talkin' about Couldn't help but complicate Plagiarize or imitate You don't tell me what I'm thinkin' about, doin' without You wanna make it end But can you let me pretend I'll see your face up on the other side You tell me give it up Humiliations enough to keep me company through the night Guess I didn't realize You were everybody's type Couldn't run or quit, I figured it out I was pissed when I came to Underneath your pedestal You don't tell me what I'm thinking about Anyhow You wanna make it end But can you let me pretend I'll see your face up on the other side You tell me give it up Humiliations enough to keep me company through the night My body is a burden And I'm trying to put some weight on you My legs are heavy working Can you carry me a mile or two I have a heavy pressure on my mind Here are some thoughts to think My major motivation Is my cult of personality
2.
So sad, so sad I could never make you stay Too bad, too bad I could never walk away So sad, so sad I reply upon cliche To help me explain Why I will never be the same Trying to be a perfect circle Neat just like I take my drinks A crumb upon my plate leads to a week of crying streaks I could never walk away... I could never make you stay It's such a shame Even wind knocks me around It’s not that I don't try It’s just that I'm better on the ground What if I gave My ambition for a brain Only a fool Would approve that trade Trying to be a perfect circle Weak just like I take my drinks A crumb upon my plate leads to a week of cryin' sleep I could never walk away... I could never make you stay
3.
It was over by mid October She had already packed up her bags by then I can’t remember by mid December She was desperately trying to leave Michigan She won’t know she’s made it until she hates it Excellent taste in terrible dudes Her five year plan is to get out of the basement With stakes so low it’s hard to know what to do I was taken by another guy You, taken by surprise I can’t, I don’t like the look in your eye But you, you were taken by surprise Not impressed with the time she’s taken Five years has suddenly turned into eight The person of interest had always been faking An interest in everything she loved to hate It was over by mid October She had already packed up her bags by then I can’t remember by mid December She was desperately trying to leave me again I was taken by another guy You, taken by surprise I can’t, I don’t like the look in your eye But you, you were taken by surprise I cannot help you I can not help you, no I can not help you go
4.
Eye to Eye 04:08
I wake up, hang out Wondering if it was my idea To pass up a handout Isn't that just like me You're up in my zone Making small talk in my sleep I can't stand to go home I didn't ask to be here but as far as I'm concerned it’s only fair Was I really so wrong not to let you know but I couldn't find out I wake up, space out Wondering if it was my idea To pass up a handout Isn't that just like me You're up in my zone Keeping myself company I can't stand to go home I didn't ask to be here But as far as I'm concerned it’s only fair Was I really so wrong not to let you go But I turn on myself Eye to eye to eye to eye…
5.
Kelly 03:01
Walk into a circle Walk into the sun Our favorite books are all bricks Our favorite bricks are all gone Everything I notice Occupying space Everyone around me Falling into place You don't wanna hear it, do you Kelly You don't wanna be here, do you Kelly I didn't mean to do you wrong, Kelly I'm just trying to tell you that I’m sorry Why so heavy handed When we're wide awake Can you stop pretending For your own sake I went onto the rooftop On my lunch break Why so heavy hearted Was it all a mistake You don't want to hear it, do you Kelly You don't want to be here, do you Kelly I didn't mean to do you wrong, Kelly I'm just trying to tell you that I'm sorry
6.
Second Act 04:08
I made a list of the people who left And swore up and down that they would come back It was the length of my body twice over And over, they told me the distance would make me grow stronger But mother, don’t worry Tell your people we’re coming back It’s not that easy Why does everyone always leave me Wasting away I’m never coming back Haven’t you said I need a second act I’m never coming back I won’t look back I’m never coming back If finding yourself is something that matters Well me ask me again and I’ll tell you just who you are It won’t cost anything except your loyalty Why don’t you promise me You’ll try not to worry Every time is a compromise It’s not that easy Why does everyone always leave me But, Mother, don’t worry Tell your people we’re coming back, coming back It’s not that easy Why does everyone always leave me Wasted away I’m never coming back Haven’t you said I need a second act I’m never coming back I won’t look back I’m never coming back But mother, don’t worry Tell your people we’re coming back, coming back It’s not that easy Why does everyone always leave me But, Mother don’t worry Try not to worry I made a list of the people who left
7.
Smash 02:49
It wasn't right To start tonight Dissect my lines What I was thinking There's nothing to get It's only a script It's only a trip What you were thinking I thought a soccer ball could have it all It made me feel like I was seven feet tall Hey, no offense Before you begin I'm phoning it in What were you thinking It was all right Thought you were bright You're still a ten But I'm not thinking I'm tired and I'm stupid and I think I can't get bored I'll back you in a corner with extended metaphors I hate talking about myself and hate to be ignored I'm out of jokes I’m out of luck I'm out of scores I thought a soccer ball could have it all It made me feel like I was seven feet tall I thought a baseball bat was where it was at A revolutionary way to fight back
8.
Still Apart 03:22
You don't even know my name You don't even know the game anymore You don't even know my name But you want to Have a little decency Stop, stop playing around me Used to getting what you see But not this time I know I shouldn't go out after dark Hanging around all these cars in my car But Was it me or tell me Are we still apart Hanging all around my neck I don't see with her like that Have a little self respect Don't you wanna Follow me around for days No use trying to dodge your gaze Have it any other way I know I shouldn't go out after dark Hanging around all these cars in my car Was it me or tell me Are we still apart

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released November 15, 2019

Performed By:
Stef Smith - Vocals / Keyboards / Synths
Dylan Weschler - Guitars
Pat Stanton - Guitars
Jake Stolz - Bass (1-3), Drums (4-8)
Paul Stolz - Bass (4-8)
Spencer Smith - Drums (1-3)

Recorded, Engineered & Mixed by Dave Vettraino at Public House Sound Recordings in Chicago, IL 2015-2016

Mastered by Sarah Register

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