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Still Here

by Chalk Dinosaur

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Four useless hours lying in bed trying to sleep. My brain's on fire. I should try counting sheep. When I close my eyes, thoughts start to flood my mind. Why I get so deep I don't know, I just wanna fall asleep. Sun is creeping up. It's getting light. I'm wide awake. I'm doomed again. Plans or not, I'm sleeping late.
Indolent 03:09
It started slow and it crept up we didn't know that we were being pushed right out the door like dirt being swept up off the floor. No one's wrong and no one's right. There is no victor to this fight. It only served to shed some light, and change the directions of our lives. I can't say I was surprised. 'Cause I looked at you, and you looked at me, and we knew right there it wasn't meant to be. 'Cause when your worlds crashing down, but you're numb to the pain. It's apparent that we're never gonna feel the same. As friends we'd stay, but soon we started to drift away. You've never seemed so far away from me. How could this have happened? How could this be? A thought that stays in my brain every single day: That we don't know each other any more. I'm finding that hard for me to ignore, but it's not something worth changing for.
Still Here 03:53
I'll probably see you down the line, and we'll play it off like everything's fine, but I know you won't forget the things I've said, and you won't tell me what's going through your head. All the things you do that make me feel alright have disappeared. I know it isn't good to dwell on things that didn't go so well, but the way you captivate my mind, and the fact that I'm still here and you're just fine. All these things make it impossible for me to draw the line. I saw you walk away. There's so much more that I wanted to say. I'm sorry that the words never made it through. That's the last time that I saw you. The time is quickly passing by. And you probably aren't wondering why there's still a part of me that you still occupy when so long ago we made our last goodbyes. Though I should probably just leave this all behind, my heart's still tied.
Swoon 03:02
For you I swoon, and I hope I see you soon. And I wish you could have stayed 'cause you feel so far away. I used to see all the girls who do see me, and I needed something new, so girl I'm glad that I met you. Somehow you've climbed right into this brain of mine, and my heart can free its chains 'cause I'm thinking that you feel the same. In time we'll see what becomes of you and me. But for now I'll think of you 'cause I don't know what else to do.
Lo Mein 02:50
3:59 It's not looking like it's gonna be here on time. & my heads getting fried. It's not that I don't like you I don't know why I feel this but I do. Now we're so off track, I'm worried that we're not gonna make it back. Nothing matters when you're seventeen. 10:35 & you're waiting for me on the other side of this light that's frozen red. So close, & I'm losing my head.
I could say I know you, Kitty, and you could say the same. You're a friend of a friend of a friend. That's how I know your name. We had met before this, but I wouldn't say we've met. Now we've been acquainted through a night I won't forget. I don't know that much about you, but I'd like to learn. Will this be the same old thing, or an unfamiliar turn? Pinkerton's my jam and you've got "The Good Life" in your head. You and I see eye to eye. In Weezer you're well read.
You've lost all attachment to me. Now you have no investment in me. Our ties have all been cut in a stroke of rotten luck. Yeah. I was swallowed up in sadness. Almost to the point of madness. And now my neurons find it hard to strike up the needed charge to let it be. Seems it's pointless to remember what went down in that November. And now I'm losing sleep 'cause you've changed your view on me and now you're gone. Cryptic brief elusive contact. Terminating my new contract. She's cleared up any doubt as to what she's all about. She wants out.
I never thought I'd see the day I've never talked to you at all I wasn't sure what I should say but here's a number you can call a number you can call call, call, call, will you be calling me? I thought I'd throw it out there just to see if you'd call, call, call, and pick me off the wall, and catch me soon before I start to fall I thought it seemed a little strange that things were falling into place but I was ready for a change to bring me back from outer space and over to your place.
Dinosaur Jr. 04:08
Please don't put this on me by making me feel guilty. No, I can't. Find another ride. Please don't be hurt, like I don't care. I feel drama in the air. No, I can't. Find another ride.
Strung Out 03:36
Recycled thought passing through, A thought suggesting that you're stalling. Stuck in the back of my head, The subtle feeling that you're falling. Leftover feelings inside, That make you question your decisions. Misguided views of intent, A lapse of judgement killed your visions. Drifting away, I'm fighting through this foggy haze. Drifting away, And I'm trying to find my way. Drifting away. It's all a mess, A knot inside my head. & all in all it's still not clear. With the pressure building now, I'm feeling so strung out. I'd sleep it off If I could sleep.
You are on the edge, Of everything I know. I cannot look away. I cannot let you go. You crept into my bones. You are a part of me. That's why you're always there. That's where you'll always be. Somehow you made it through. Separated me from you. I'm stuck in last years thoughts, and everything that's not. I wish I could step outside. So I could ask myself, Why do you think you're wrong? It's time to move along.
Pawn 03:29
Verse 1: Go to sleep. Go to bed when you feel this again. You will feel better tomorrow. I should turn off the light and not start up a fight. I just need to make this night through. The things that you've said going straight to my head. I'm trying my best to forget. But you know how to push all my buttons so well. I'm tired of being your pawn. Chorus: I'm a pawn in your game. Someday you will feel this way. Verse 2: Go to sleep. Go to bed. Bring this night to an end. Thinking just worsens my mood. 'Cause when all I can see is how it used to be, then it's best just to sleep it away. As more time passes by I grow callous and I no longer bother to try. 'Cause my heart slowly dies with every new guy. What makes him better than me? Chorus: I'm a pawn in your game. Someday you will feel this pain. Someday you will feel this pain. Chorus reprise (4/4): I'm a pawn in your game. Someday you will feel this way. I'm a pawn in your game. Someday you will feel this pain. Someday you will feel this pain. Someday you will feel this pain.


Chalk Dinosaur's 2nd release. It builds and further expands upon the sentiment and style of the first album. Straightforward concise rock songs. Recorded during the summer of 2010 at Phantom Bag Studio's in Pittsburgh, PA.


released December 1, 2010

All songs written and performed by John O'Hallaron
Album Art: Christian Ghirardi

Song Credits:
Harrison Wargo: Piano in "Still Here" and "Pawn", string arrangement in "You Made It Through"


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