The Middle Initials

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Recorded/mixed/mastered by Eli Crews
at New, Improved Recording (Oakland, CA)
August 18-19, 2009
Assistant engineer: Jonathan Gomez

Artwork & design: www.darrylblood.com

Music by Sebastian Abraham Bach, except as noted
All lyrics by Bach
All songs published by Straight Pathos (ASCAP)

Thank you Eli Crews, Jonathan Gomez, Darryl Blood, Shareef Elfiki, Claire Lesnick, Jon Hershfield, John Burke.

website:
www.themiddleinitials.com
contact:
themiddleinitials@gmail.com


PLEASE BOOTLEG ME

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released December 11, 2009

Sebastian A. Bach played guitar and sang
Ryan E. Campbell played upright bass
J. David Carrera played electric guitar
Diego R. De la Rosa played drums
Chrissa E. Hayes sang
Arthur C. Lee played banjo

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Track Name: No Unified Self
There is no unified self
Any more than there's a unified everything else
There is no heaven or hell
But no myth has or ever will be fully dispelled

There's nothing to wedding bells
Unless you listen carefully and stay real still
'Cause there is no unified self
So each of us for both of us is really just as well
It's really just as well

There is no wasting of time
So don't throw out the meaning just because the words rhyme
No intelligence nor design
Accounts for all this distance 'tween your arms and mine

I'm flying blindly for home
That door inside your heart I didn't see till it closed
But there is no wasting of time
So this could be the valley that leads into our prime
Into our prime

I didn't know this could be you
I didn't know what you were gonna change into

There is no unified self
So I can't really love you more than anyone else
There is no heaven or hell
So whatever gets you through the night should work out swell

There's nothing to wedding bells
So you can plug your ears and just run like hell
'Cause there is no unified self
So I'll just give that love we made to somebody else
Track Name: Still Alone
If we're gonna fall in love, let's get busy
You know being friends is just fine with me
You know being friends is all there is really
For geniuses like you and me

We got this weird obsession with the truth, you know
We got God talking to us through the radio
We hear Satan's voice ringing in the overtones
We know everything; why are we still alone?
Why are we still alone?
Why are we still alone?

If you're gonna kill me softly, start strummin'
I only seem to put nails in coffins, see
So now I only sing songs 'bout make believe
But you can play a song for me

And I'll know the truth when I hear it, yo
Studied a quarter of a million love songs or so
I know every lyric and every note
I'll teach you everything if you tell me why I'm still alone
Why am I still alone?
Why am I still alone?

To wait another day
'X' marks the date on the calendar
Another day I'd just as soon forget
Immortalized in song

Wait another day
'X' marks the date on the calendar
Yet another day I'd just as soon forget
Immortalized in song

(solo)

I'm gonna fall in love, I can feel it
I'm still not sure how I'm supposed to deal with this
I don't have a move, I won't steal a kiss
I am at peace with my awkwardness

And I know it shouldn't be a struggle
And I refuse to let this thing get overblown
I won't throw a fit, I'll drop you right at home
Just tell me one thing: why are you still alone?
Why are you still alone?
Baby why are you still alone?
Baby why are you still alone?
Baby why are you still alone?
Track Name: Noise
I need so much noise to hear the inner voice
If there ain't something humming at all times
I might lose my mind, I may lose my mind

Twenty pedals on the floor just gets my foot in the door
If I ain't pulverizing every note
Can't even hear what I wrote, I don't know what I wrote

I have to conjure a girl just to speak a single word
And I've thought up some pretty ones, to be sure
But they was all for her, what am I without her?

I wanna call her honey pie, I wanna look her in the eye
I wanna make up for lost time
I want an alibi, I want her to be mine
Track Name: 2002
I'm singin' a song I wrote you in two-thousand-and-two
I'm sure you'll get around to me, your train just ain't come through
I wish I could make love to you, or at least find me a substitute
I'd play her all the songs I wrote you in two-thousand-and-two

You're the one-hundred-some-odd pound elephant in the room
You're always somewhere else, but you come back and haunt on cue
I wish I could get rid of you, or at least tie you down and marry you
So I could stop relating so much to those songs I wrote in two-thousand-and-two

I'm sitting on a goldmine, why are these songs all mine?
It still don't figure, can't put my finger on why
I still ain't caught your eye, I'll give it one more try

I'm singin' a song I wrote you in two-thousand-and-nine
There's no time for patience now, quick and sloppy's fine
I wanna feel you in my arms so lie with me tonight
I'll pick up where I left off my life
Think it was sometime back in two-thousand-
And-one
Track Name: The Gag
get a load of little blue boy
blue guitar in hand
blue eyes all bright & wide
with a cute little cleft chin

he thinks you're there with him
he wants to have your word on it
he thinks you're there within
he's convinced that you understand

his face might get stuck like that
if you don't let him in on the gag

feast your eyes on little blue guy
his blue comforter has failed
blue sky is irrelevant
as long as he's on your tail

he thinks you're dropping hints
he wants to have your word on it
he thinks your heart's with him
and your pain is equivalent

his face might get stuck like that
if you don't let him in on the gag

so think of a number between one and ten
if he guesses right, tell him you're never coming back again

(solo)

throw a wink at captain blueballs
show him the slightest hint of skin
your curves comprise the talking points
for mother nature's spin

he thinks you're into him
he wants to have your word on it
his faith is wearing thin
heart walls are closing in

his face might get stuck like that
if you don't let him in on the gag
Track Name: Dissociative Fugue in D Minor
Deep down I hope
Someone's been keeping score
I hope somewhere inside me
Someone's been paying attention
Cause I haven't been for some time

If you can make memories up
I wouldn't want to but I would
And probably have and probably will
And probably am
I've been okay with that for some time

But you and I alone
I know we were
Weren't we, some time ago?

You and me both
I know we did
Didn't we, once upon a time?
You were mine

I seem to have forgotten
What have I been up to? How have I been
For so long since I pressed pause on life
And walked away from it?
Any last second heroics?

All I have to cling to
Are some songs that I wrote you posthumously
Let's have a cup of a tea
I'll tell you of my dreaming
Lyrics can be deceiving

But you and I alone
We really were
Weren't we, a long-ass time ago?

You and me both
It really happened
Didn't it, in some lifetime?

You and I alone
I know we were
Weren't we, some time ago?

You and me both
I know we did
Didn't we, once upon a time?
You were mine
You were mine