The Threat of Joy

by Days Off

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released 01 June 2009

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Track Name: Carefree
Hello nothing
Nothing in my head
Goodbye to nothing
Nothing gets me sad

Someone said something, but

Im so carefree
I get weird stares but
I got no cares

Your thing,
I got nothing against it
I just know good things come to the indifferent

Im so carefree
Folks got grudges
But Im above it

I pass some kids as theyre out at play
Riding from work on the CTA
They look happy and so carefree
They got nothing on me

I pass the park, all the Sunday pairs
And this sound you know it fills the air
Spirits from beyond singing right on

Think youre cool and so with it
Acting bored, getting noticed,
But your heart, it seeks advantage doesnt it?
Track Name: Animal Management
I can see you looking at me
I cant hear what anybodys saying to me
Dont let me fall apart
Nobodys in charge here
I was fine I got a hold
I had remote control
Now its getting so
I think its starting again

Animal Management
I got nothing
I got nothing the wind wont approve, singing I love you to the stars

Come on you could be my type
Were both white and shy
The world the way it is
Lets get indiscriminate

I got nothing
I got nothing the wind wont approve, singing I love you to the stars

ELECTRIC BLUES

You can express yourself
Keep the kids up late at night
You can steal our songs
But youll never ever get em right

Its like electric blues
Its the sound of nothing
Electric blues
And small hands clapping
Emotion is not the enemy,
but the wolf cries that bury its meaning
Were birds of a feather
Thats why we got to stay together
Your emotions and you
Change from minute to minute
This is heart baby
Can you dig it?

A single shrill note, sustained and sustained
Well unless youre blind,
turn it fucking down
Track Name: Electric Blues
You can express yourself
Keep the kids up late at night
You can steal our songs
But youll never ever get em right

Its like electric blues
Its the sound of nothing
Electric blues
And small hands clapping

Emotion is not the enemy,
but the wolf cries that bury its meaning
Were birds of a feather
Thats why we got to stay together

Your emotions and you
Change from minute to minute
This is heart baby
Can you dig it?

A single shrill note, sustained and sustained
Well unless youre blind,
turn it fucking down
Track Name: Midway Sunset
I heard from a friend of a friend just the other day
I already knew youd leave
Pack all your shit up in the trunk and
Leave the bass right next to you
On the seat
New things
We all need em
Is your heart in it?
Is your mind all made up?

Hello
Where you been?
Looking out on that Midway Sunset

Ash into the cold
with the window cracked
way out on 80s end
If you find something wild or peace and quiet
Its the same haul to the ending

Hello
Where you been?
Looking out on that Midway Sunset

We all strain our eyes
for what comes next
But you left your light on
That Midway Sunset

If youre living rad as daylight comes
I know Ill see you at ten in the morning
Out to Midway with 2 coffee cups
Ill come and pick you up
Im so down on 59th
Keeping busy, doing fine
Time wont wait for misery
So I guess Ill feel it when I see
That Midway Sunset
Track Name: The Rookie is Tight
The sun is up, people are smiling
Aint that a thing
This is a wide room
There are wide doors swinging in it
Worries replaced with a smile on my face and a positive feeling
These strangers all around, they are family

Everything you said is just a matter of fact
But I had to learn it for myself
The rookie is tight

Name of the game is adaptation
Explosive emotion
Words cant explain

Name of the game is adaptation
Excited,
but I didnt know it was a game

You know how to get up, how to rise, and how to begin
So many cannot make that transition
Sometimes it seems like, sex, love, and fun- its all work
But its a matter of time, and practice makes perfect

Everything you said is just a matter of fact
And I heard it
But I had to learn it for myself
The rookie is tight
Track Name: Shake Your Skeleton
The wind is walking
All out of bad ideas
Chalk scrapes the old house
Insults as inert as the wind
I didnt know about the shape youre in
Something got underneath your skin
Some old pain rattling round
Gotta get up and work it out

Shake your skeleton
Understand the real me
Try to love me for me
Come on get underneath
Its as easy as it seems

The way it starts is the way it ends
Trauma come just when you begin,
Talk with a lisp and walk with a limp
Shake your skeleton
Track Name: Staying Here
Long time whats going on?
I dont know, nothing at all
No ones cool, no ones kind
everyones so closed minded

Dont have to try to hear the sound
Of those old places closing down
Shut down the spots we hated
And something worse took their place
But its all right
you can stay here
Were not going anywhere
Its all right stayin here

Down to the park on Friday night
Some kid smoking in the lamplight
Learning lines to some punk song
Somebody had their bass on them
If we were anywhere else
Im not sure wed recognize ourselves
But if you were born three years to either side
There was someone to find you

Over the wall to somewhere new
I know I because I was there too
May you stay yourself when you hear about somebody else
So gone you just cant even imagine
So close you can reach out and grab it
Answers there in your past
But you mumble when anybody asks

Look back on something gone
Its like, what was it at all?
Its hard not to laugh or start to bawl
When you say,
I remember it all

So many people afraid of whats coming
so many people ashamed of where theyre from
If youre mad I suggest you lose it
Some other people
They didnt have music
Track Name: Can't Keep Running
I said Id be there
Whenever you needed me
When it went down
I was nowhere to be found

Im so sad about
The way it all turned out
Give em some line while
We roll on in time

Im all burned out on emotion
As sad as that notion is
I cant keep on running
Well I tried to say how can anybody change?

Meet in some messed up place
To see how long its been
Tell me whats so natural about it
To lose someone like this

I stay up nights but
I dont need Christ
To tell me to ease up on the line
Shit is heavy all the time
Go nowhere without you
Cause I think so much about it
I cant keep on running (x3)
Track Name: Women (Why Do They Party All The Time?)
People shuffling in a positive motion
In this line its eye for an eye
You need someone
Just like I do
Chance or fate
I met you today

Your narrowed eyes are only on me
Other guys they can fill out a form
You come on like a nuclear bomb
Thats just the way you are

How do I reconcile myself with another?
Is it wrong to not know how?
Why is it so hard to see yourself?
Why do we feel so blind?
And womenwhy do they party all the time?

Youre tough, shes tough
So tough that youre wrong every minute
Search my wallet and I break out in sweat
Just trying to keep up I guess

Is it fear if I hang out back?
Why when we love have we got to possess?
Why is it so hard to see ourselves?
Why do we feel so blind?
And womenwhy do they party all the time?

I cant forget that summer,
That too-early summer
Love in the hundreds,
99, its oh no
Track Name: No Fires
On the one hand, some big box
on the other, old ethnic pride,
future as stupid and sad as the past
How are we supposed to begin to decide?

Buying, razing, building nothing
On the outside, looking in
that empty aisle
No air, no spark, no fires
See smoke in photographs,
In the past
No air, no spark, no fires

The ramp curves back to the city
Theres no house in the wild
And no part of us deep in the concrete
We knew as a child.

And when theyre done?
What then?
Same old thing man
Well, tear it down again