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Release Date

April 14 2009

Label

Dangerbird Records

Track Listing / Lyrics

Swoon

There’s No Secrets This Year

who would know all the reasons your alone
if the seeds were planted firm my dear
wouldn’t the branches tear it all apart
i’ll tell you a secret
make it perfectly clear
there’s no secrets this year
i’ll tell you a secret
i’ll make it perfectly clear
there’s no secrets this year
so your heart’s blown open
pulsating in your ear
the beat is insincere
i’ll tell you a secret
let’s make this perfectly clear
there’s no secrets this year
too late little one
i’m on the run
you think i’m having all the fun
i don’t mind
i’m still here
everything seems perfect from down here
that’s the reason you still fear
if the screams aren’t buried OH MY GOD
you’ll let the echoes shake it all apart
i’ll tell you a secret
make it perfectly clear
there’s no secrets this year
i’ll tell you a secret
i’ll make it perfectly clear
there’s no secrets this year
so your heart’s blown open
pulsating in your ear
the beat is insincere
i’ll tell you a secret
let’s make this perfectly clear
there’s no secrets this year
lay your head down rest your feet
i’ll blow you kisses while you sleep
and when i know you’re safe and dreaming
my escape plan’s in full swing
who would know all the reasons you’re a bore
cuz the seeds were planted firm right here
let the branches tear it all apart
i’ll tell you a secret
make it perfectly clear
there’s no secrets this year
i’ll tell you a secret
i’ll make it perfectly clear
there’s no secrets this year
so your heart’s blown open
pulsating in your ear
the beat is insincere
i’ll tell you a secret
let’s make this perfectly clear
there’s no secrets this year
(swoon)
you better make sure you’re looking closely
before you fall into your swoon

The Royal We

we are ready for the siege
we are armed up to the teeth
be careful how you live and breathe
release what’s brewing underneath
how many times do you want to die
how many ways do you want to die
to feel safe again look over your shoulder
very carefully look over your shoulder
we can laugh about it now
we hope everything works out
be careful how you lick your wounds
believe the change is coming soon
how many times do you want to die
how many ways do you want to die
to feel safe again look over your shoulder
very carefully look over your shoulder
you used to do a little but a little wont fly
and right before you hit your prime
that’s when we fell in love but not the first time
can it please you still
renaming your father’s will
or does it make you ill
let us bruise their knees
we will aim straight for the feed
and you’ll be relieved
so relieved so relieved
turn on full desire
feel the sparks of the friendly fire
injuries inspire
your throat has been cut
several times before
never noticed the size of the flow
it can’t be ignored
to feel safe again look over your shoulder
very carefully look over your shoulder
you said you believed it but believing wont fly
and right before you hit your prime
that’s when we fell in love but not the first time
and when it’s all over and you open your eyes
to see the room turned on it’s side
you’ll be lying by a note on the floor signed…
…the royal we
the royal we
the royal we
the royal we
the royal we
the royal we
the royal we
the royal we
love, the royal we

Growing Old Is Getting Old

so we all are growing old and it’s getting old
pressure on our hollow bones and the varicose
suddenly we decompose but we’re not alone
so we all are getting old…
maybe we’re sealed in silence
maybe we feel a guidance
maybe your own devices
will keep you afraid and cold, but i…
memorized your smile lines when lips divide
kept alive your childlike reaction time
we’re allowed to expire with ourselves in mind
so we all are getting old…
put out the fear of silence
put out the need for guidance
put out your own devices
don’t be afraid of the cold, because we…
we sing
we sing
we sing
we fight
we fight
we fight
we cry
we cry
we cry
we slide
we slide
we slide into delight
we sing
we fight
we cry
we slide
we slide
we slide into delight
maybe we’re sealed in silence
maybe we feel a guidance
maybe your own devices
will keep you afraid and cold
put out the fear of silence
put out the need for guidance
put out your own devices
don’t be afraid of the cold
afraid of the cold
afraid over time we’ve got nowhere to go but here…

It’s Nice to Know You Work Alone

it’s the beauty of confession
in the sound when the levees break
and all the air is wrong
wrong
redesigning the connection
a composition painted on my face
with a smile drawn on
drawn on
sit back and breathe
it’s nice to know you work alone
my head is reeling
it’s nice to know you work alone
it’s nice to know you work alone
disembody the infection
with water marks on the pillow case
and all my nerves turned on
overriding the obsession
to take it all and be on my way
dragging the lead along
along
sit back and breathe
it’s nice to know you work alone
my head is reeling
it’s nice to know you work alone
it’s nice to know you work alone
but all the grace is gone
gone
and the desire’s gone
gone
and all the fire is gone
gone
but the reveal is gone
gone
sit back and breathe 
it’s nice to know you work alone
my head is reeling
it’s nice to know you work alone
reaching the serene
it’s nice to know you work alone
my hands stopped bleeding
it’s nice to know you work alone
it’s nice to know you work alone
it’s nice to know you work alone
it’s nice to know you work alone

Panic Switch

time is never worth my time
blue shine bleeds into my eyes
i still sleep on the right side
but white noise can’t leave the scene behind
could i be anything you want me to be
if so is it meant to be seen
when you see yourself in a crowded room
do your fingers itch are you pistol whipped
will you step in line or release the glitch
can you fall asleep with a panic switch
when you see yourself in a crowded room
do your fingers itch are you pistol whipped
will you step in line or release the glitch
do you think she’ll sleep with a panic…
i’ll try to hold on tight tonight
pink slip inviting me inside
want to burn skin and brand what once was mine
but the red views keep ripping the divide
if i go everywhere you want me to go
how will i know you’ll still follow
when you see yourself in a crowded room
do your fingers itch are you pistol whipped
will you step in line or release the glitch
can you fall asleep with a panic switch
when you see yourself in a crowded room
do your fingers itch are you pistol whipped
will you step in line or release the glitch
do you think she’ll sleep with a panic…
movements are made slow motion in frame
i’m waiting and fading and floating away
the curtains are torn and the setting decayed
i’m waiting and fading and floating…
i’m waiting and fading and floating away
i’m waiting and fading and floating away
i’m waiting and fading and floating away
waiting and fading
waiting and fading
when you see yourself in a crowded room
do your fingers itch are you pistol whipped
will you step in line or release the glitch
can you fall asleep with a panic switch
when you see yourself in a crowded room
do your fingers itch are you pistol whipped
will you step in line or release the glitch
do you think she’ll sleep with a panic…

Draining

you ask me to be stone again
been wading out here for awhile
at least the weight could be the end
but not likely
and it’s draining
and it’s draining
you see my shadow coming in
dirty sheets pulled to your chin
maybe we can now begin
but not likely
and it’s draining
and it’s draining
we’re evading
and it’s draining
you’ve asked me before 
you’ve asked me
to consider operating 
we’ve been here before
we’ve been here
the delivery’s no good
we’ll leave it alone
we’ll leave it
that’s when we start repeating
don’t ask anymore
don’t ask me
the delivery’s no good
and it’s draining
and it’s draining
we’re evading
and it’s draining
and its draining
and it’s draining

Sort Of

do you think i’m sort of alive
should i set these motives aside
do i feel well sort of benign
when you walk your body through mine
what’s keeping my tongue tied
i see when you roll your eyes
i swear any moment you will hear
my spirit explode
when there’s fire on the ground
should it turn my whole world around
when a wheels in the lake
should i think it’s a big mistake
when there’s smoke in the sky
please don’t wake me i don’t know why
when your hand stretches out
is it way beyond
way beyond my reach
do you think it’s sort of a crutch
when you try to move me to touch
do i shake
well sort of
but not much
when my shades are summoned and crushed
what’s keeping my tongue tied
i see when you roll your eyes
i swear any moment you will hear
my spirit explode
when there’s fire on the ground
should it turn my whole world around
when a wheels in the lake
should i think it’s a big mistake
when there’s smoke in the sky
please don’t wake me i don’t know why
when your hand stretches out
is it way beyond
way beyond my reach
reach
keep reaching
for me
does it make you nervous
when you hear my bones
animate my body
without a soul
what’s keeping my tongue tied
i see when you roll your eyes
i swear any moment you will hear
my spirit explode
when there’s fire on the ground
should it turn my whole world around
when a wheels in the lake
should i think it’s a big mistake
when there’s smoke in the sky
please don’t wake me i don’t know why
when your hand stretches out
is it way beyond
way beyond my reach

Substitution

there’s a vulture perching right offscreen
it’s bitter and whispers chaotic things
and the weeps turn quick into bullying
it’s so easy to see everyone can agree stop listening
i know you’ve heard it before
but then it wasn’t enough
you don’t want to be held back from the substitution
i know you’ve seen this before
and now enough is too much
you don’t want to be set back when the substitution comes
i’m sorry
you’re a marionette in the center of
the twisting of strings coming from above
it may seem too deep to recover from
it’s so easy to see everyone can agree just let it go
i know you’ve heard it before
but then it wasn’t enough
you don’t want to be held back from the substitution
i know you’ve seen this before
and now enough is too much
you don’t want to be set back when the substitution comes
i’m sorry
when the voices start spitting just be aware
i’ve brought enough stones for us to share
that one’s grinning that one’s burning aim for the throat
let em choke on the stones that we have to throw
it’s the great downfall
the big overthrow
if we shoot them down
it’ll make you soar
when reactions turn into hurricanes
and the middle ground feels a little tame
whether full or empty it’s all the same
it’s so easy to see everyone can agree you’re not to blame
i know you’ve heard it before
but then it wasn’t enough
you don’t want to be held back from the substitution
i know you’ve seen this before
and now enough is too much
you don’t want to be set back when the substitution comes
i’m sorry

Catch and Release

pardon me
wanna live in a fantasy
quietly
show you everything you’ll ever need
i hope you’ll take it
i know you’re faking just a little bit
c’mon and taste it
just get excited cause you’re giving in 
come and see 
how the wind in your hair will feel differently
catch and release 
the lure above
here we are
in the bathwater overflow
later on
don’t say i didn’t tell you so
maybe i didn’t but you’ve taken it
knew you were faking just a little bit
now that you’ve tasted
no need to fight it cuz you’ve given in
follow me 
down the streams of sweat on your body
can’t believe the lure was enough
do you see
how the wind in your hair now feels differently
catch and release
the lure above
who knows how this feeling grows
was it truly worth
truly worth the starting
who knows why the engine’s blown
hope it’s truly worth
truly worth the parting
follow me
down the streams of sweat on your body
can’t believe
the lure was enough
do you see
how the wind in your hair now feels differently
catch and release
the lure above
guess the lure was enough
guess the lure was enough
yes the lure was enough

Surrounded (or Spiraling)

remember when you were the hunted
remember how i swallowed you in
remember the rewards shimmering on the floor 
off the clear plastic chandelier
remember when i saw you in orbit
remember when i pulled you back in
remember looking on blinking into the dawn
thinking how this will never end
surrounded
let’s romanticize
our beloved memories
surrounded
let’s demonize
 our softest injuries
surrounded
can we get behind
distortion of liberties
surrounded
we’re surrounded or spiraling
remember when i played assassin
remember when my joking turned grim
remember how we thought if we followed the dots
it would stop all the accidents
remember when you broke my halo
remember how i tied your wings in
remember how we slipped on the lies we equipped
just to bring back the goods again
surrounded
let’s romanticize
our beloved memories
surrounded
let’s demonize
 our softest injuries
surrounded
can we get behind
distortion of liberties
surrounded
we’re surrounded or spiraling
is it perfect in our little hell
are you dancing or stumbling beside me
well this might not be
let’s wait and see
so now that we’ve stopped hearing echos
and now that the replay’s worn thin
just remember who held you
remember who held you
remember who held you
remember who held you
remember who held you
surrounded
let’s romanticize
our beloved memories
surrounded
let’s demonize
 our softest injuries
surrounded
can we get behind
distortion of liberties
surrounded
we’re surrounded or spiraling
is it perfect in our little hell

 

Credits

Produced by Dave Cooley
Mixed by Tony Hoffer

Silversun Pickups

Brian Aubert: Guitar, Vocals
Nikki Monninger: Bass, Vocals
Joe Lester: Sounds, Keyboards
Christopher Guanlao: Drums

Thank You

99 (r.i.p.). the afternoons. bret allen. sterling andrews. philip andelman. amusement parks on fire. iain archer. the aubert household. dawnne aubert. austin. reyner banham. billions corp: adam voith. candace bo. john broeckel. segundo broggi. kevin bronson. christoph buerger. cliff burnstein & family. chris & jennifer cafferty. the caldwell family. will canzoneri (darker my love). the captains: jethro, bill, clint, dax, allen, and dee. the carnavas household. jeff & jo ann castelaz. cawliflower (r.i.p.). rob & charlie brown sound. alex church (sea wolf). todd clifford. dave cooley. dave cooley’s house. phil costello. sara cumings. natalie curtis. dana at ben sherman. dangerbird records: jeff castelaz, peter walker, pablo castelaz, matt solodky, ben berry, acacia newlon, hrishikesh hirway, steve nice, justin reeve, josh white, adam harrison, kat sambor, reed seerman, rory wilson, erin chandler, chip adams, steve gottlieb, lou smith, donna ross, aj tobey & the rest of the family. the dark. darker my love. david weise & associates, inc: wayne kamemoto, rob salzman, terri beverford & the rest of the family. diamond. peter dibiasio. rebekkah & the overland park drakes. dave dupuis. earlimart. the fabulous stains. mike feerick (amusement parks on fire). foo fighters. james frost. gale & Johnny. elvira gonzalez . eric gorfain. jason gossman. great northern. grnappletree. steve gullick. the guanlao clan. the happy hollows. wes hayden. tiffany hendryx. tony hoffer. katherine hoffert. graham hope. dash hutton. ink tank: juliana plotkin & tim plumley. jethro. enny joo. yuko (shadow) kageyama. kashyyyk. kennedy. brandon kilgour. daniel knowles (amusement parks on fire). the lambert clan. shana. levy (let’s go sailing). the lester clan. john (speck) liccardello. scott lichen @ istanbul cymbals. marcos lopez. los angeles. the marcellino household. tracy marcellino. stephen marcussen. jenny marsh & the gibson family. matrushka. peter mensch & family. fritz michaud. bill mims. mom and pops guanlao. the monninger family. eric morgan. joan mucci. hammylamby murray. tamara milagros-butler & the myman, abell, fineman, fox, greenspan & light, llp family. naty at freedom of choice. steve and emilline nice. timothy norris. ocean way. paramount. nashon and hilda petrushkin. joaquin phoenix. pig. jim (the radar brothers)& ela putnam. q prime: cliff burnstein, peter mensch, marie rodrigues-oldham, marc reiter, warren christensen, tony d, michelle munz, erica collins, michael “goldie” goldstone, matt surrena,  tara richardson, kate heath and the rest of the family. mcrae reed. byron reynolds. rhino entertainment: john, dave, robin, sophia, raena, kathy and the rest of the family. steven rhodes. kristian riley. sam from DC. michelle sarrat. sea wolf. yosi sergant. michael shamberg. phoebe sinclair. snow patrol. sonic flyer. sound factory. christian stevenson @ kerrrang radio. sunset sound. patrick spain. stella. swoon (r.i.p.). taz. brian thornell. the three legged golden horse (which now has no legs). twilight sleep. dana tyson. suzie vlcek. peter and brie walker. darren waterston. s.b.w. & the webber family. clint welander. paul (pablo) wilson. the woods.

all of the bands we’ve played with recently
all of our friends we’ve danced with recently
and of course you.

special thanks to marjorie aubert… the world isn’t as warm now.