Fortress of Solid Tunes

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released July 20, 2012

Written and recorded by Facts! in Ruben's dining room
Vocals recorded by Kyle Pulley at Headroom Studios, Philadelphia

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Track Name: Ocean City Windshield Punch
Ocean City Windshield Punch

Alex I apologize for the things I'm going to do tonight
Must have been the bottle that we shared out in the cold moonlight

I've been waiting so long...

I'm not trying to start a fight,
We all just want to know that we were right
We just want to make it home
Before those flashing lights

I've been waiting too long...

Every step I take is another step in to a waiting room
And when I reach the end I'll wonder why

Ocean City's sleeping
As we walk from door to door
When your family wakes up
I'll be passed out on your floor
When I arrived
I was bloody, broke and sore
But tomorrow
I'll be coming back for more

With knuckles bruised and a stupid grin
I'll hit the floor again
Wake up in a pile of melted ice
Let another day begin
Couple cups of coffee and we'll head down to the beach
And maybe I can put these fucking demons all to sleep
Track Name: Cheesesteaks
A duffel bag and a handshake
A couple months painting houses by the lake
Screaming loud, using God's name
Looking back for someone who felt the same
I know you feel the same
I always knew your name
I'm still the one to blame

Back home on the dry planes
Through the wires I can see red letters fade
I don't care what the books say
I'll wait till we see the light of day

I don't care about the odds,
We're better than this
And I swear this is permanent

But the train's too damn expensive
And the water's never been this cold
In this long line I'm finding out
They draw these lines on maps
And we do just as we're told
In this long line I'm growing old

And I'm the only one without

Your blood was never blue like mine
Or my family tree I tried so hard to hide
Never a drop with me, you looked so good with those
Sweet leaves burning between your lips
At your house down by the border
We pretend there's a reason left to stay
But I just can't see myself in your arms
With so much debt to pay
I see your face on the glowing screen and I swear
It's the best that you'll ever get from me
Wrap yourself up in your new arms
And I'll start running free

But the drinks are too damn expensive
And the air has never been this cold
In this long line I'm growing old
The leaves still make me choke
But they make the voices go
It's been a long time
And I'm still without
Track Name: Capo
We've been laying on the floor
Staring at the table
Who's walking through the door?
This is the time for nothing more
Than basements, bars and capos
And drinking on the shore

So pick this out and scream out loud
The words your mother said
Don't watch those planes fly overhead
And take the time to make those lights
As bright as they can be
I want them bright enough to see

All the promises they never kept
All the mattresses on which we slept
All the sidewalks we stumbled down at night
Every cigarette and every fight

All the history we never made
All the records we never played
All the ledges we tried to skate
And the classrooms we'd learn to hate

Tonight we'll run downstairs and hide
Hold each others necks
And watch the years go by

And all the cuts and bruises,
Racing hearts and sleepless nights
All the late night bus trips
Broken bottles and mismatched fights
Oh God I need to fall apart and fall in line
Still wasting my money
Losing faith and losing time
Track Name: Alliteration Special
See the steel door sliding, sliding shut
This metal box will lift me, lift me up
I need to see the view from up above
I need to see what life is like on top
Acceleration shifting, shifting
My weight shifts, I swallow, yawn and pop
I need to see the view from up above
I need to know what life is like on top

As the cables lift me up
I take the time to fill my cup
Nineteen stories up from the ground
No one can see me right now
As the cables lift me up
I take the time to fill my cup
Nineteen stories up in the air
No one can see, no one cares
The cables lift me up
Fill my cup
No one can see my face right now

I can feel my body rise and fall
My God, I'm sorry I never called
And all the promises unkept
But I'm begging you please don't leave me yet
You're all I have left

I swear, I swear I'm trying
But I fear, my dear, we're dying
I'm just so tired of flying,
So I fear my dear, we're dying

I hear the cables snap
I'm going down, I'm never coming back
But my one regret is the time I spent
The windows crack,
I feel the cold running up my back
The one thing I regret is the money I spent

My body starts lifting,
My life starts flashing by
Now that I'm weightless
I can finally close my eyes
Track Name: Love On An Airplane
Time Enough At Last to see your face
Following footsteps to your place
Soaking feet in peeling paint
Monsters Due now on your street
But there's panic on the street of Carlisle
In His Image you look the same
And I find no joy in your smile
And I can't smile at your pain

A Penny For Your Thoughts just to keep you talking

This coastal winter, you'll fly your feathers south
Tending forever, hoping things get better now

But I see monsters dancing on the wing
This revolver, but you don't hear a thing

And the alcohol still stings
There's No Place Like The Past
But you keep pretending

The heat in Nashville,…
I'm sure you'll play the part
To Serve Someone
The Eye Of The Beholder falls apart

Walking Distance makes a world of difference
With The Four Of Us Dying It's a Good Existence
Track Name: I Can Tuck It Like No Other
Cauterize and close it off,
It's getting pretty hard to breathe and pretty hard to talk
And if I ever want to shake this summer cough
I need to sleep it off
You dip those hips, the fabric slips
And the air still stinks in the Red and Clover
The Sun's down lower, I'm thanking God it's over

A deadbeat summer in the city and now we're older
But the calls keep coming and we try to keep it together
With the windows down, I'm writing out these letters
Your footsteps ringing and you keep on bringing it up
It goes from green to brown
It sinks in to this town
As the cold comes back around
Footsteps ringing and you keep on bringing it over
You dip those hips, the fabric slips
I hold her above my head and deconstruct

A summer with the covers off the bed
The time it takes to realize all the shitty things you said
One more night well spent
With a six pack and regret
But this time I'll see the signs
And even though it's cold, I'll dive right in
To this dark, October water
Waiting in these crooked lines,
I pour my spice in to my wine and drink
To broken wire and solder

So light it up and smoke the pack,
It's getting pretty hard to breath as a matter of fact
And as I lay here on my back,
I'll slip between the cracks of

A summer with the covers off the bed
The time it takes to realize all the selfish things you said
One more night well spent
With a six pack and regret
But this time I'll see the signs
And even though it's cold, I'll dive right in
To this dark, October water
Waiting in these crooked lines,
I pour my spice in to my wine and drink
To broken wire and solder
Track Name: The Peanuts Gang Rides Again
Shake the day away
Our nights will never be the same
Coastlines erode and fade away
The calls still come and we still pay
Pile in the back of the Altima and drive away
As long as that Third Eye Blind CD still plays

Hanging on to the life that made us sick
Gotta make your own kind of music

I'll meet you out in front of Hicks and Snyder
Talk over coffee and pie at the Melrose Diner
We were setting off firecrackers but now we're burning brighter
Friends on every corner and the malt could not taste finer

So let's shoot these flares in to the sky
Bottlerockets scream as they fly by
The years pass by, we're asking why
Bottlerockets scream

Shake the night away
Days will never be the same
The calls still come and we still pay
For all the nights we danced away
Track Name: Show Me Your War Face
I think last night I heard you crying
It must have been in my head
Because lately I have not been flying
I've been laying alone in bed
Two days after Christmas
Two days up in Maine
Sleeping at the airport
But I can't feel the shame

We're all chained down
To the tethers of our towns
We're all chained down

Miracles are only stupid luck
But God, I could use some
Because this town just doesn't give a fuck
And these chains, I wish I could lose them
Well maybe our time is up
When is enough enough?
I guess our time is up

I think tonight you'll be denying
The things my friends have said
But I'm too tired to keep on dying
And I've got no time left to be dead
Two months after New Year
Green walls and pink sheets
I'm not comparing notes
So there's no need to compete

I should be running to you
But it's hard when you've got no shoes
You couldn't catch me if I fell
So I'll rely on leather boots
I should be running away
You know I never had much to say
So pull me out by the roots
And I'll start again on New Year's Day
Track Name: Jazz Odyssey
Look at those eyes in the bedroom
By the closet when you turn the lights off
I can never tell what they're saying
But they tear the walls down
You told me you could see them
So I held my hand out
Pull me up to the rooftop
I want to see what brings you down
And all these fake vibrations
Won't help me understand
So I'll keep checking these books
And holding my hand out

Black and red skin
Black and blue I'll let you in

Look at those dogs in the kitchen
The commitment and the water on the floor
I can still see your grey sweatpants
With the bloodstains in my door
I won't let my fingers do the talking anymore
Pull me out to the West,
I want to see what brings you down

This town, these skies,
This winter can't provide
This heat, disguise
Your window full of flies
Coffee cups and shells
Just can't hold your purple eyes
Your disguise

I still see those eyes
On my ceiling and my floor
I can feel them watching
As I sit outside my door
Disconnected and affected,
I'm infected to the core
When you're lost without your friends
I want to see what brings you down

So maybe I'll see you down South
You know I'll always be around