Uncomplicated Songs About Complicated Issues

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Recorded by Anthony Davis in December of 2009

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released June 1, 2010

Danny: Guitar/Vocals
Al: Bass/Vocals
GB: Drums/Sunglasses

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Track Name: Ridgleacoreasaurus
Swan song It's been 11 years since 1997 So long I'd love to get nostalgic but I got better things to do now Not saying that I'm the only one Not saying this hasn't been done Not saying that you're having any fun

Swan song I'll never be the kid that I was when I was 16 So long I'd love to get all weepy but it really doesn't matter Not saying this hasn't been done Not saying that i'm the only one Not saying that you're having any fun

I'm just a ridgleacoreasaurus Fossilized but not quite dead

[I always overthink stuff I did in the past, like playing shows at Ridglea Theater in Fort Worth and sometimes being a jerk to people I like. This song is about not doing that.]
Track Name: Taste the Rainbow
I used to be arrogant and naive And now I'm just stubborn and I'm not sure what I believe Because my whole life is just a matter of consistency And all of my old habits are all it takes to comfort me I keep telling myself it'll all pay off one day But I know it doesn't really matter anyway

Everybody's growing and moving on And I'm still here wondering where all my friends have gone But I really love this place, it's all I know But is it really love or just a fear that I don't know where else I'd go? I keep telling myself it'll all pay off one day But I know it doesn't really matter anyway

[When I was younger I was really idealistic and opinionated. Now I'm more worried about being comfortable and enjoying myself. I'm kinda happy just staying where I am.]
Track Name: Whitney (The Girl, Not the Lake)
First day of school no no no no I mean yeah it's cool but wouldn't you know after all this time You're just sitting right there asking about a friend of mine What was I to do? Cuz Whitney Whitney I've been watching you Not like a stalker, but someone's who's got a major crush on you

Second day of school I ask you out You said Daniel, Daniel what's this all about? OK well fine I made up that part I'd have asked you in time What was I to do? Cuz Whitney Whitney I've been watching you not like a stalker, but someone's who's got a major crush on you

Last chance I got Would you come to the show? It's a long long way if I take you we can drive real slow I got a Pontiac It doesn't start sometimes if it does when we get back Would you stay with me? Cuz Whitney Whitney I've been watching you Not like a stalker, but someone's who's got a major crush on you

[When we started this band, we wondered how we would write pop-punk songs now that we're not obsessed with girls we barely know. My solution was to resurrect a song I wrote in high school about a girl I barely knew.]
Track Name: Butcher Cover
I don't smoke I don't drink I don't fuck At least I can fucking think About all the fun that I missed out on when I was younger But you Know I wouldn't trade those years for the world

Cuz who knows? I might have had a shitty time Or ended up jaded and alone by now Instead of being happy and believing in something

I can't keep up with my mind sometimes I can keep up but you know that's just fine Cuz I have no regrets at all

[A few years ago I worried a lot that I had missed out on a lot of fun in my youth because I was straight edge. But I realized that I am really happy with how my life is now, so why would I change anything about then?]
Track Name: Stop Six is Not a Shortcut to Anywhere
Wake up it's six in the morning Wake up don't you hear your alarm? Wake up we gotta get back to Texas Wake up before the weekend's gone Go!

So many shortcuts through my heart, but None ever ending here on Ramey after dark We'll never save any time Moving in a straight line Stop Six just seems to never end

Wake up we flew past Bedford Wake up now we're on the East Side Wake up you can call this a shortcut Wake up I just hope we don't die Go!

So many shortcuts through my heart, but None ever ending here on Ramey after dark We'll never save any time Moving in a straight line Stop Six just seems to never end

[This is about getting lost in a bad part of town while trying to avoid traffic. It's probably also a metaphor for something, but I don't know what.]
Track Name: Are You There God? Oh Yeah, You're Not
I'm surrounded by it every fucking day This bullshit superstition doesn't go away In god we trust oh my god god Bless you When I say goddamnit I'm guilty of it too

I'm not stupid But it's fucking everywhere And it's driving me insane

Don't call me prejudiced cuz I've heard it all before Your arguments are everywhere and impossible to ignore It's good to be open-minded that's not what I doubt But not so open-minded that your fucking brain falls out

I'm not stupid But I know that you're wrong And that I'm fucking right

[It's socially acceptable to prosthelytize about religion, but not against it. This song is about people who want to talk to people about their religion, but get offended when somebody tells them that they are wrong]
Track Name: Pets Are Great, But Other People's Pets Are Even Better
Put on your shoes ask the question of me What luck I've been waiting all day to see just to see If McGregor's on the lawn I know it won't last long If you could be a dear Leash me behind my ears You know I don't get much excitement around here

I have so much already look at my things all strewn about I get one square a day a couple of treats and when I ring I go out But there's this one little thing I need to make my day complete If you could be a dear Leash me behind my ears You know I don't get much excitement around here

I don't know much about the things I do but I remember what I've done It's 10 pm don't act like we've already been because I would surely remember something so much fun

There's this one little thing I need to make my day complete If you could be a dear Leash me behind my ears You know I don't get much excitement around here

[My wife's family has a dog named Murry. It's amazing how he can go straight from sleeping to being happy. I can't do that.]
Track Name: Confessions of a Teenage 25-Year-Old
Every morning I feel like shit don't wanna work but I can't quit and every night I'm wide awake I don't know how much more of this shit that I can take cuz I'm tired and I'm sick all of the time I'm exhausted and I'm only twenty-fucking-five I don't like feeling old I don't wanna feel old anymore

I'm going to college again I'm gonna get a job that I can stand I'm gonna figure out my health I'm gonna quit feeling so fucking sorry for myself and I have no real reason to be sad cuz I have to admit that everything's not all that bad I'm glad I don't feel old I'm not gonna feel old anymore

[Sometimes I wake up and I hate everything and all I can do is feel sorry for myself. I did this every day for a couple of years. Now I'm taking care of myself and doing something about the stuff in my life I'm unhappy with.]
Track Name: Monterey
Would you tell me, Could you sell me Something I have never done before? I think I need you I don't believe you When you tell me that we're stuck here on this moor I've got some work to do and You've got some thinking too

But I don't wanna live in the town where we're from and Don't wanna go to no fucking senior prom So tell me that we're leaving on the day after today and I'll pack my shit in boxes and we'll leave for Monterey

Fuck the apartment Fuck SuperTarget I used to like them but now they're just a bore Chuck the car keys We'll buy some Surlys After work we can cruise down to the shore I've got some work to do and You've got some thinking too

But I don't wanna live in the town where we're from and Don't wanna go to no fucking senior prom So tell me that we're leaving on the day after today and I'll pack my shit in boxes and we'll leave for Monterey

[I'm not sure if this is more about wanting to live in California or not wanting to live in Texas, but it's definitely about not getting too comfortable where you are.]
Track Name: Maraca Kabob
I don't know why I thought it'd be different It always just ends up the same Every four years it's the same stupid bullshit Well I'm not gonna play their game

That's why I won't vote anymore

Iraq and Palestine the policy's the same We'll be in Afghanistan for years Military funding pretending Al Qaeda exists They're still playing off our fears

That's why I won't vote anymore

When the White House and Pentagon have burned to the ground and Military funding just isn't around and We refuse to give Israel a dime Well maybe just maybe then I'll change my mind but til then

I won't vote anymore

[I got swept up in the whole craziness surrounding Barack Obama in the 2008 elections and I voted for him (just like I did for John Kerry in 2004). Then I remembered (afterwards) that voting in America is the last way to affect any political change. So fuck them all. I'm staying home until some real change starts happening in this country.]