Thinking Inside The Box

by DirtyBird

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released April 29, 2014

All songs written and performed by John Elkins except "Just What I Needed" written by Ric Ocasek.

Produced by John Elkins and Jeremy Wilkins.
Recorded by John Elkins at HEARTH
Except "Just What I Needed" recorded by Jeremy Wilkins at underwater research and design.

Mixed and mastered by Jeremy Wilkins at underwater research and design.

Additional programming and keyboards by Jeremy Wilkins.
Backing vocals on "Just What I Needed" by Britt White.

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Track Name: Collapse
Oh no another, short fuse day
I swear its true, its like the other day
Listening to everyone else or throw it all away
Everything you’re fighting, is right in here
Show your face and the short fuse causes everything

You can't do this on your own
No matter what you say, the chaos is all over your ways
I can’t stop the madness so much inside
Like a hi-speed chase, stuck in drive, drive, drive

Are you still following
Collapsing at the seams

No room for complaint
No more curveballs thrown in the rain
In and out of crazy town never letting out the clown

Are you still following
Collapsing at the seams
Track Name: Steady Head
Bring to me, suddenly
Your world arrives, sight unseen
Try not to blow your mind
Thank you for your steady head

One, for real, but I don’t need you to think and feel
Lift your head and tell it all, tell me something I don’t know before I fall

Its with me all the time, reminds me how to shine
Sorry to be stuck in memory lane, when does fun turn into pain

You’ve become something, something more
What did you bring, subtlety, lingering, subtlety

One, for real, but I don’t need you to think and feel
Lift your head and tell it all, tell me something I don’t know before I fall
Track Name: Nu Balance
Bet you‘d come out on top for good
And I’d take the bad, like I should
Life don’t work like that, grab into what you had
Like it should it don’t work like it could
Never knew what to say, planning all the same
A window with no seal slipped through and disappeared
Everything is skewed, no sure it’s me or you
What are we waiting for, when does this clock really start?

I can’t change, start me up again
I can’t change, get me going

Tiptoe to death when does time work in your favor
Gone with the wind, my voice prevailed
Time to contain, shut the fuck up live this pain
Judge, critique, and stare,
A modern day Neanderthal, is it natural not to have it all

I can’t change, start me up again
I can’t change, get me going

When does this clock really start?

I can’t change, start me up again
I can’t change, get me going
Track Name: Behind The Lid
I don’t want to give the gift of getting through this mud with you
This mind control, letting go
I can’t believe how fragile I’ve become, what happened to confidence
Will I get I back?

It’s all behind the lid
I’m running into everything
Trapped inside caveman like
Every day is survival, rate

Thoughts are everything but what if your thoughts are the worst kind of enemy
How cowardly I found

It’s all behind the lid
I’m running into everything
Trapped inside caveman like
Every day is survival, rate
Track Name: Real Big Tear
We had you later in life, you were a true miracle
So scared of what to become, completely random like everything else is
Someone calls it god’s will, I call it natural, but its all really the same
Because

You come with real big tears,
Way to make us bitter sweet day is tough
Bringing so much fear

You have no idea what I keep inside, I might blurt it out, I might slowly die
But I’ve come full circle back to you and that should be enough because

You come with real big tears,
Way to make us bitter sweet day is tough
Bringing so much fear