my tires keep spinning, i'm pretty sure i'm stuck

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about

music is always present, and sometime i forget how important it is to just listen. listen to the street. listen to the birds at 5 am. listen to your dog as they dream. listen to the drip of water in the sink. listen to the laundry tumble and feel the warmth of that sound. listen to the muffled radio in the car next to you at the stoplight. listen to the sound of the microwave turning. listen to the sounds of living. you never know what you may hear or find in these moments. also, listen to the classical radio. you can always learn something new from tuning in, and the radio hosts always have soothing voices.

thanks for listening, please shoot me a message if you want to collaborate or chat for any reason

best,
-griff

credits

released December 20, 2016

THANKS
miranda costco for the support, feedback + vocals on kiss kiss

peaches for being a literally ray of sunshine and simultaneously a devil dog spawned from the fiery depths of tennessee

brooke and aaron from deadplant records, u are both thebomb.com and i have been so grateful and happy to know you

saic bulllies boys, you all keep me going strong

AND to Janna Nathan who drew and painted the incredible cover art. thanks for taking the time and energy to produce the great work you do, i am honored to have your work on this album cover

deadplant records 2016

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Track Name: 9-5
only open 9-5
i'm feeling quite alive

2 hot cans
1 string of lights

i am gonna scream again
roses crushed under a trash can

spilled beer, slippery hands
sticky mess, split chest

hope they told you not to move
hope that you listen, dude

only open 9-5
i'm feeling quite alive

2 hot cans
1 string of lights

cold nights
cold nights
warm car this
cold night
Track Name: writing on things helps my brain
writing on things helps my brain
when i am tired

writing on things helps my brain
when i get a little wired

maybe i am just a
highly visual thinker
thats at least what academia said

maybe i just can't see any clearer
with my bottle pop glasses


a ha oh a ha oh

i slept on my hands

a ha oh a ha oh

pins and needles again

the car dies in the rain
my stomach acid's alive and raging
pushing plastic is so hard
feel the bumper of this buckled car

we are stuck in the mud
we're dead
out late
and way too drunk

slept on my hands again
pins and the needles
woke up in bed

under all the pillows

writing on things helps my brain
when i am drunk again

writing on things helps my brain
when i am tired

what happens when you touch a rose?
does blood flow from your heart?

what happens when you touch a rose?
does blood flow down to your toes?
Track Name: vanilla whiskey
i have nothing to give
i have nothing to gain
i have nothing to love, but you
my soul darling

this world is a mess
this world is a lot
what do i have left
but a life passed and gone


remember the good times we had
the light whiskey sky and the
passing of time
caught in the winter's first snow

well, where did the hours go
where did they go
or more
where did i go

i have nothing to give, my love
nothing to gain
i have nothing to love, but you
my sweet darling
Track Name: kiss kiss
shut up
come here
lay down
feel near

drink up
smoke in
eat up
begin

oh………laugh sad
oh……….shame feel
cry now
my dear
cry now
my dear

tuck in
sleep well
a morning
swell

kiss kiss
goodbye
farewell
high five

oh……….goodbye
Track Name: droves of doves
cotton candy sticky mouth
pink face lady get out

necklace
pearl ring
game on
begin

i hear my mom
talk to my dad
on the phone
in spite of it i listen in

solid concrete


drinks, dreams, despair, and droves of doves
drinks, dreams, despair, and droves of doves
Track Name: my tires keep spinning, i'm pretty sure i'm stuck
when did everybody get so
mean and callus?
i walked to work today and i
got a nose bleed
nobody stopped to ask me if

i was okay

nobody stopped me at all

where did i leave my bike
somebody help me
where did i leave my bike

my legs are sore
walking to the grocery store

i see a woman
she is dressed in
all the shades red

she waves across the hot hot hot
pavement

i smile
back
blankly

my pocket
only has 2.50
i can't buy cigarettes

only 1
only 1
cigarettes or wine
only 1
only 1

on the way home
i got a nose bleed

no one asked asked if i was okay
when did everyone get so mean and callus?
when did i stopping learning

what things mean
Track Name: how are things?
you are a peach
you are a dear
it's 12 am
and something's clear

all i can do is think and see
don't want to
end up
on my head
i'll be

the wrong way
in the center aisle
left there
for dead
all the while

in the background
in the haze
elevator music plays

i am not the peach i once was
i have become glum and unloved

i am not the peach i once was
i have become glum and unloved

how are things? x 8

all i can do is think and see
don't want to
end up
on my head
i'll be

how are things? x 8
Track Name: friendly bully
i don't wanna be a lawyer
i don't wanna be a pizza boy
i just wanna get higher
on your roof tonight

could you hold my wine, cause
i just wanna dance to the
only record that i have in time

dad duh da da
do book she whap oh
gin flea swap x 2

i'm a friendly bully
don't believe me
i'm a friendly bully
don't scream

dad duh da da
do book she whap oh
gin flea swap x 2

that's not for human consumtion
now i've got gumption

we only get older
we only lose track of time
just wanna hold you
wanna fuck up big time

dad duh da da
do book she whap oh
gin flea swap x 2

i don't wanna be jesus
i don't wanna be a dead head
i just wanna get used to this
existential dread
Track Name: a soft pat on the back
can you feel the tension
between two springs
do you know the long distance call ring

do you have a quarter to talk to me
do you know how to defend your plea

no more violence
in the street
division never left me free

no more insults
shouted back
don't give yourself a pat on the back
Track Name: drank all the water
headache dove
fly away at 6 below

matchbox 20
and a slow drive down the road

what do you think of the sun?

i drank all the water
i'm so sorry that it's gone

keep me close
go far

*oh you know that*

i am gross-
-ly underpar

headed now
out to the open field
hands up
in the clouds
unreal

fell into waves, too loud

too loud x 16

i drank all the water
i'm so sorry that it's gone

let's start over
let me move my 2nd pawn
Track Name: fluorescent pinks and deep navy reds
i'm on a plane
flying high across the ocean air
the precipitation on my face
sticking to my hair

my neck is sore
my back is aching
the headaches bore
deep into the earth its

shaken me up
shaken me up
shaken me up
shaken me up

in the nighttime
i see your glass on a ledge
illuminated
with florescent pinks and the deepest navy reds

we had a connection in that room
plants above us
living zoom

we shared a glass or two
we shared a glass or three or two
we shared a glass or two
we shared a glass or three or two

we shared a glass or two
we shared a glass or three or two
we shared a glass or two
we shared a glass or three or two
Track Name: thick pants thick skin
i feel a little older
this winter a little colder
warm hands
soft feet
thick pants
thick skin

wonder if i'll ever
make a better version ever
of myself
of myself

oh oh
no way
oh oh
no way
oh oh
no way
oh oh
no way

eyes glassed over
rings pass over wine

new york
new me
new pain
new glee


we sit still
happy fleeing
stomach ache, new drinks
new pains, come with
new aches, snowy days