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The Afraid Brigade

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1.
Drown 01:27
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
2.
In The Dark 02:46
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
3.
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
4.
Belong 03:45
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)
5.
Annabelle 05:20
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
6.
Born To Die 03:16
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
7.
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
8.
Bad Days 03:37
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
9.
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

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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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