The Good Names Are Taken

by Val Emmich

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released May 19, 2015

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Val Emmich Jersey City, New Jersey

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Track Name: Downtime
left a note on the table
thrown away with the junk mail
started up a brand new hobby
quit because of competition
meant to go to California
I don't want to miss the party
cut my hair in the mirror
nothing's different
nothing's different

dreaming of a better life
too much downtime
downtime
dwelling on what isn't right
all this downtime
downtime

pretty things make me jealous
wish someone would paint my portrait
available for children's parties
friends are working, always working
America is dumb and broke
I'm the only one without a gun
dive into the open water
swim with dolphins
swim with dolphins

dreaming of a better life
too much downtime
downtime
dwelling on what isn't right
all this downtime
downtime

I spend hours and hours
and days and days
so much to do
but nothing at stake
and my hear just breaks

I spend hours and hours
and days and days
I'm living in a daze
so much to do
but nothing at stake
and my heart just breaks
Track Name: Better
I've been tucked away
for the longest time
tried to find my peace
but I lost my mind

and the phone keeps ringing
but I don't pick up
try to wear that smile
but you call my bluff

everybody wants to know

how am I doing?
I'm doing better
I was in ruins
I got it together

and now right this second
I feel okay
the smallest victories
I celebrate

I go from sane to crazy
day to night
not sure I have the stomach
for a long life

everybody wants to know

how am I doing?
I'm doing better
I was in ruins
I got it together

see my emotions
rise and fall
keep moving forward
even when I crawl
I have to crawl

you know, progress is very slow
sometimes it don't even show
but if you really want to know

how am I doing?
I'm doing better
I was in ruins
I got it together
Track Name: Wino
where do I begin?
the hardest thing
to push my doubts off to the side
let go and speak my mind
what if I sound stupid?
or repeat myself?
it's easy when I've yet to mend the trouble underneath
the news is bleak
the scientists agree
the future's pretty fucked
we're out of luck
I have a daughter
how will she survive the horror that awaits the world?
she's just a girl
it makes me want to cry
I'm just one guy
I do recycle
use less energy
it's all a bitter comedy
like Kansas said:
we're dust in the wind
I love that song
does make me less cool?
and why do I even care?
it makes me sad to think
that everything is a contest in the end

when you get a certain age
your friends just fade
into their own communities
and no one sees anybody
there is no fun to have
it's only work and work
and work and work and work
we never stop
bodies drop
time just ticks away
and now we want it back
all the hours that we wasted getting wasted
we were such a bunch of idiots and lunatics
I wish I was insane
cuz now my brain it thinks too clear
I feel the fear inside of every sneeze
a new disease
it waits for me
and who is gonna miss me when I'm gone?
or play my songs?
and sing along?
I'm scared I'll disappear
was never here
my darling dear
promise me you'll sing

I know exactly who I am
a total piece of shit
but I also am a genius
that the world has yet to recognize
I guess that makes me typical
just add it to the list
you get the gist
like Marshall Mathers did
I'll take away what you can say
my sign, it is a pisces
pair of fish that swim in different ways
of course I don't believe in signs
or god or fate or party lines
only that I'm rotting
day by day, I am dying
what am I doing with my time?
I wine, I wine, I wine
I drink my wine
fine
Track Name: Outtahere
I'm asking for a reprieve
I'm ready to leave
honestly I wanna sleep

been trying to get with the scene
it won't get with me
I don't know why I even try

I am a stranger
in the place I was born
an all-night rager
I don't want to dance anymore

get me outta here
I'm done
get me outta here
I'm not having fun
get me outta here
I give up
you won

the chatter about your affairs
nobody cares
can I bum a cigarette?

see past me to a taller success
well, I have undressed you
in my mind a thousand times

my head is hurting
the lights are too dim
save all your flirting
cuz none of this is happening

get me outta here
I'm done
get me outta here
I'm not having fun
get me outta here
I give up
you won

I don't know what I'm doing here

ambition fills me
with dread and despair
I'll head to the forest
take my chances with the bears

get me outta here
I'm done
get me outta here
I'm not having fun
get me outta here
I give up
you won
Track Name: Return
you alone make me dumb
a Bengal tiger got my tongue
a heavy weight lifted up
I can never have enough

you return me to the boy I used to be
wide awake for hours
armed with superpowers
you return me to the kid I was before
full of hope and joy
you make me the boy I used to be

fold me up in your purse
I can watch you while you work
let me soak up what I can
you may never come again

you return me to the boy I used to be
wide awake for hours
armed with superpowers
you return me to the kid I was before
full of hope and joy
you make me the boy I used to be

my living breathing time machine
you're a living breathing time machine
take me back
take me back
every time I close my eyes
return me to a former life

you return me to the boy I used to be
wide awake for hours
armed with superpowers
you return me to the kid I was before
full of hope and joy
you make me the boy I used to be
Track Name: Wire
I want to feel it
I want to feel it now
I want to feel it
just need to be taught how

why do I procrastinate?
push it all aside
afraid to get inside the ring
get a knuckle in the eye
but I don't want to miss it all
watch the day expire
down to the wire

give me a reason
I need a reason now
to keep believing
time is ticking down

while they're busy arguing
over some ideal
the rest of us are starving
give us something real
We can't keep delaying
how's it feel to watch it?
the fall of the empire
down to the wire

don't know where to start
but none of us do
none of us do
got a burning in my heart
to get up and move
get up and move
a burning in my heart
to get up and move
right now

what are we waiting for?
everybody now
put your mouth where your passion is
let me hear you shout
we've been down for so long
it's time that we got higher
down to the wire

I want to feel it
I want to feel it now