The Afraid Brigade

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released March 6, 2015

Joe Ruff - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Tyler Boland - Lead Guitar, Keys
Ben Lander - Bass
Nick Kile - Drums

All songs written and performed by The Afraid Brigade
Trumpets on Annabelle and Bad Days by Matthew Preizendanz
Extra Vocals on Annabelle by Ebony Cleveland, Steve Kelly, Joe Galuppo and Eric Christopher
Drums were recorded by Adam Chichoki at Timber Studios
Everything else was recorded and mixed by Tyler Boland in Joe Ruff's basement
Mastered by Adam Chichoki at Timber Studios

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The Afraid Brigade Edison, New Jersey

Joe Ruff - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Tyler Boland - Lead Guitar, Keys
Ben Lander - Bass
Zach Lander - Drums

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Track Name: Drown
Drown your sorrows
There's love that you can borrow
On lonely nights and dark roads after work
And keep your head high
There's pills to keep you alive
Or dumb you down if that's what you'd prefer
Hold your hand out
I'll pass you on the way down
There's nothing they can say now to save my soul
So in love with what we can't have
Don't mean to make you feel bad
But I think I'll sleep better all alone

But if you're feeling for me what I'm feeling for you
And you tell me it's love well then darling we're through
But if you're busy this weekend the next and the next
Well I'm begging you just to let me down easy
Oooh
Let me down easy
Oooh
Let me down easy
Track Name: In The Dark
It was early in the evening
Autumn sun sinking past the trees
All the ghosts and goblins kissed their moms
And fled out into the street
And it was out there that I saw her
Underneath a streetlight hair of gold
Shadows hid the scars that twisted round her neck
As the air became so cold

And in the morning I hide
And in the evening I rise

Holding out your hand
(in the middle of the night)
Pulling me apart
(in the middle of the night)
Would you break my heart
(in the middle of the night)
In the dark
(in the middle of the night)

It was later in the evening
All the town scouring the ground
Autumn moon glowing with a ghastly light
But I would not be found
Fill my eyes with pure excitement
Fill my heart with vicious dread
All of the want and worry leaves our lives
As we're walking with the dead

Holding out your hand
(in the middle of the night)
Pulling me apart
(in the middle of the night)
Would you break my heart
(in the middle of the night)
In the dark
(in the middle of the night)
Give me your hand
(in the middle of the night)
I'll take you apart
(in the middle of the night)
I wanna break your heart
(in the middle of the night)
In the dark
(in the middle of the night)

And when the dead rise
(we don't scare)
And when the stars fall
(we don't care)
And when the markets crash
(we keep on)
Singing along

And when the bomb drops
(we don't scare)
And when your heart stops
(we don't care)
Give me all you've got
(gimme all you got)
Give me all you've got
Track Name: Back To Sleep
I miss the rain sometimes
When I'm alone and dry
But if a life could be as perfect as an hour
We'd no need for sunlight
I drove a hundred miles
2 hours and fewer friends
House overflowing with inside jokes
But you smiled at me instead

(she said)

You only get so far before you fall
And I've fallen far this time
Kiss me between the bars I'll be fine
I'll help you count the stars tonight
Before you go
Back to sleep
Lalalalalalalalalalalala
Lalalalalalalala

This talk of running away
A never ending escape
And everywhere we flee grows green grass
Till we've made it back round
I found there's nothing new to see
I miss the clouds sometimes
When everything's gone quiet
And all that's left is the soft reassurance
That the world weighs more than I can lift

(just grab my hands and move your feet)

You only get so far before you fall
And I've fallen far this time
Kiss me between the bars I'll be fine
I'll be up in the stars tonight
Before you go
Back to sleep
Lalalalalalalalalalalala
Lalalalalalalala
Track Name: Belong
It wasn't there in that old warehouse
The dusty smell of death clung to their bones
And all they preach about's the end of the world
Like its better than being alone
It wasn't there across the ocean
Well Gods plans are funny to say the least
The memories will all stay with us
There's nothing else I wanna keep

I don't know where I belong
Nothing feels like home
I don't know where I belong
But it ain't here with you

It wasn't there in Atlantic city
Where everybody bleeds the whole night
We've all a bandage in our left hand
An a sharpened stick in our right
It there under the stars
But a place can intoxicate you too
It wasn't out there in the cold
And I stuck around long enough to know

That I don't know where I belong
Nothing feels like home
I don't know where I belong
But it ain't here with you
I don't know where I belong
It's like I've a heart of stone
I don't know where I belong
So I'll be on my way

I don't know where I belong
(and I'm terrified that I don't)
Nothing feels like home
(don't tell me that I won't)
I don't know where I belong
(I don't need your filthy hands)
But it ain't here with you
(I got the smith and Weston retirement plan)
I don't know where I belong
(and hope is just like a rope)
It's like I've a heart of stone
(they aim to ring round your throat)
I don't know where I belong
(and if you go out in the sun)
So I'll be on my way
(you're gonna get burned)
Track Name: Annabelle
Skin and bones
I was all alone
I'm sorry that I left
But it breaks my heart
To watch you start to speak
When you've no breath

So I went digging in the dirt
And I've was molding the clay
And this bouquet of flowers
Will be your eyes
I'll bend branches for your rib cage

Annabelle
Don't leave me by myself
I couldn't tell you why
Nothing hurts like goodbye
Oh Annabelle

Together we
Named all the birds and beasts
And on the highest peak
I brought her near
But a butterfly
Chose her shoulder over mine
And she whispered a name
I couldn't hear

And she went digging in the dirt
And she was molding the clay
To form a skeleton hand from vines entwined in hers
to take my place

Annabelle
Don't leave me by myself
I sold my soul for you
I'd die if you asked me to
Oh Annabelle
He can't love you like I can
Cause dead twigs don't make a man
How could you understand
Oh Annabelle
Oh Annabelle

Annabelle
You made me do what I did
Scattered you to the wind
And I burned that forest down
Oh Annabelle
The shrieking that filled my ears
Came from my lungs as well
But I hope you're happy now

Annabelle
Don't leave me by myself
I was yours from the start
Gave you a pigeon heart
Oh Annabelle
I couldn't tell you why
Nothing hurts like goodbye
We're all such weary shells
Track Name: Born To Die
Devil may care but the Lord's indifferent

We are born to die
Decked out with spiked wristbands and knives
We take to the street to keep up the beat
We don't sleep to burn out our weakness
In a firefight
I wanna go out in the sun
Hail of bullets with the ones I love
We’ll relish in all the damage done

Now you’ve gone and started a war
I'm sorry but my heart can't take anymore
I got a bullet in my gun
I've been saving for you
Let’s move we're gonna finish this in the street

We're bred to survive
Bio electric tribes
Exploding stardust to skin and bones
Forgot the rules and made up our own
I lost some friends tonight
I'll wrap their colors round my head
This war won't end until we're dead
It's sure dangerous to be alive

Now you've gone and started a war
I'm sorry but my heart can't take anymore
You've got a bullet in your gun
You've been saving for me
Let’s move we’re gonna finish this in the street
Jenny don’t you walk out the door
I’m sorry but my heart can’t take anymore
You’ve got a bullet in your gun you’ve been saving for me
I never said that I would make it easy for ya

Devil may care but the Lord's indifferent
Track Name: Bad All The Time
I just feel so bad all the time
Bad all the time wherever I'm standing's the back of the line
Bad all the time bad all the time
One step ahead and still three more behind

The lights on the road have gone dark and these passing cars
Are on their best behavior with no traffic lights to keep 'em safe
And I'm on the straight and narrow but distractions surround me
And I can't keep my head around you
The lights of the rose start to dim and I'm faking it
The smile on her face seems quite genuine and I wonder if
She's really happy with him cause it looks that way
And my guilt is outweighed by my longing and I just want you so

Bad all the time Bad all the time
Pick up your shovel now off to the mine
Bad all the time Bad all the time
Is the pained look in your eyes Reflected in mine

I'm pouring another so I can blame it in the morning
And I'm warning you now I need more than you know
Cause this whole fucking town is just dead ends and roadblocks
And it's been that way since long before the storm
I want everything I can take
And I'll take anything that you give me for granted
like panicked drivers lined for miles just to fuel their failed plans
And they wouldn't hesitate to trade in their children to fill up their gas tanks yeah

Bad all the time bad all the time
It's been hard to carry this weight on my mind
Bad all the time bad all the time
Our words shared tomorrow won't speak of tonight
Bad all the time bad all the time
I've dug myself so deep I can't see the light
Bad all the time bad all the time
But I'm dreaming of your arms just holding me tight
Track Name: Bad Days
Wrote another song
Bad days come and gone
Don't know what I'm gonna do
I sing for a little while
It gives me half a smile but
All this black can make you blue

We've all got our little songs
Safe sound we all belong but
The girls we wrote em for ain't here
Sad as sight as you've ever seen
These attaboys and pleasantries can't
do a thing to keep me warm

The sun is going down and I've been boarding up the doors
And the desecrated bodies of my friends line the floor
I feel like I've heard all these songs before
Bad days are gonna come real soon

And there ain't no sunny day
Ain't no sunny day
Gonna rain on my parade of misery
Ain't no early grave
Ain't no early grave
Gonna rain on my parade of misery

Wrote another song
Bad days come and gone
Don't know what I'm gonna do
And age is a shameful thing
Water rising when you blink
And I fear the tide will come too soon

The sun is coming up and I ain't made it to bed
Cause the venom in their bite well it goes straight to your head
My darling, you look more alive than dead
Bad days are gonna come real soon
Track Name: The World Is All Just Awful
All aspiring alcoholics
Now a problem with pills
We don't got a hobbies
But could use a pair of gills
And if the world is all just awful
There's a cure for that too
I got a sad sad song for you

I'm in a bad bad way
And a miserable fight
I got a sad sad song
I could sing you tonight
And when the bombs start falling
Won't you hold me tight
I got a sad sad song for you

Another televised disaster
Just might yet set us free
Now the news is coming after you
With fiscal cliffs and murder sprees
And if the world is all just awful
I heard it gets worse
Until we board ourselves inside a fortress
Go out in a hearse

I'm in a bad bad way
And a miserable fight
I got a sad sad song
I could sing you tonight
And when the dead come calling
We’ll put out their lights
I got a sad sad song for you