Chasing Hamburg

by Polar Bear Club

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released September 8, 2009

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Track Name: See the Wind
No rhyme in relics passed the hands that made
The storytelling, the times, beg for change
Can we stand for reason and the things we know are sound?
See, I chewed the bitter pill.
Did you just swallow down?

This year I did away with riding fences
When it comes to doubt and be damned,
I'll take my chances

There are days I catch the sunrise and it hits me like it does
But I don't see a tailor's trademark, I see light and dust
Miss Street-Prophet in the black car, she's not alone
She saw something in my face, living easy with the unknown

We talk of religion.
She asks if I'm seeing,
She asks if I can see the wind

Can we stand for the reason and the things we know are sound?
See, I chewed the bitter pill. Did you just swallow down?

All we live for is now or never (All we live for)
All we live for is now or never (Now or never)

Live with all your nature
live with light on the narrators
Now or never
Track Name: Living Saints
I cut my fingers on a broken picture frame
The welling up waxes and wanes. It's not fair and it hasn't been
All my friends are living saints. Been killing me for weeks
A garden weed that cracks concrete. It hasn't been fair for long
Growing up isn't moving on.

Do you miss our broken reason or the nights spent treating
Troubles and normalcy to bottles and comedies?
You forgot your necklace upstairs on purpose
It was you golden ticket scam and it always made us laugh
Do you see me as your acquaintance, your death by time, age and long distance?

Broken picture frames
The welling up waxes and wanes. It's not fair and it hasn't been
All my friends are living saints. Been killing me for weeks
A garden weed that cracks concrete. It hasn't been fair for long
Growing up isn't moving on

All my friends are living saints
Broken still but never breaking ties

I never pictured this, disperse in fall and don't reminisce
See it's just not fair, not everyone moved on
Track Name: Boxes
Introspection, fabricated. Pretend to hate it, pretend to hate it all.
The attention, it's not a bad thing. Pretend to hate it all.
When you first walked these roads what were you so afraid of?
The thought of a different life, it sends you off the deep-end
When you scream "I'm just a normal guy"
It's painfully apparent your aim is to be deified
Get yourself back home so the accolades can let you go

We seek relation and you degrade us
You don't have to be an asshole to be an artist

When we were young, we'd watch our idols act above it all
Invented introverts all fighting for the sake of not
Looking like us, looking like us
Don't forget who you need, yeah we paid your way and more
(We paid your way)
Get yourself back home and remember us

We seek relation and you degrade us
You don't have to be an asshole to be an artist

Dare to what we have been all our lives
You may be outside of one box but it doesn't mean
There are no more boxes
No more boxes
When we look up at you
We seek relation and you degrade us
Track Name: Take Me to the Town
I'm gone, gone and going.
Pay the way with change
I had to leave I was talking strange
Won't be back soon, so please don't wait for me
Love all the same, all the same and more

You've gotta' come get me or someone will take me,
I'm wasting away to bone
You know I'm barely a burden and my arms have been hurting,
A wandering man stuck home.
Take me to the town I can, I can miss
Take me to the town I can, I can miss

Another wasted day, another dead end place,
Another push away (push away)
There's gas on my shoes, blood in my veins
I'm fuming and wide eyed for feeling estranged
I say it's not for nothing, not for nothing
Another war to wage, to wage

It sinks like bricks, it lives like lions
It sinks like bricks from hollowed houses,
Hammered on, whittled down
It lives like lions before they pounce with hairs on end, tightly wound

It sinks like bricks from hollowed houses worn down
Worn down, worn down (take me to the town)
You've gotta' come get me or someone will take me,
I'm wasting away to bone
Cause I'm worn down, worn down (take me to the town)
Track Name: Drifting Thing
Forgive me my ties, connections and loose ends
This is for the eyes buried in my neck
With a promise of the future, of the uncertain I play it so sure
Our drifting thing will someday land

And I could take you home
The lights would twitch and blow
And you could finally see
The "us" that we're supposed to be

When you picture me away,
It's Alfie Elkins '66
But you didn't see my face,
When all the kids dancing brought down that place
I was more Alvy Singer
Each time you put me on the train,
I'm less and less sure you'll do it again
Don't do it again

'Cuz we could raise our flag
First hem the tattered edge
Close our eyes and be
In love at seventeen
(Close) Close our eyes and be
(Close) Close our eyes and be
(Close) Close our eyes and be in love at seventeen
Track Name: Light of Local Eyes
The glow of gray, it lights the rain on borough streets
And the kids who stayed, they aren't holding out for their apology
Days like today make reconcile seem far away
But I hold old memories,
Like a kid who laughs hard and grabs his ribs

There was a time when this city shined
The lights in the parking lots would lead us
Through the night and to sunrise
There was no place that we didn't own or deface
The grooves in the road would spark for us
But that book is covered in dust

The local kid I was to all my older friends
I held convictions like a stubborn door with a rusted hinge
I sat down and thought, what of here makes me proud?
Proud to not dismiss this place and hold it all from gold to gray

There was a time when this city shined
The lights in the parking lots would lead us
Through the night and to sunrise
There was no place that we didn't own or deface
The grooves in the road would spark for us
But that memory will rust

It'll rust and fade away, it'll sour these days
The rainy streets, they shine to me

We lived life out of this place
We wore its map on our faces
(When this city shined)
To say the least we left our trace
Burned off the tips of our laces
When this city shined
From the light of local eyes
Track Name: Song to Persona
And it goes, like sunshine to snow
The bitterness inside with cause has been dethroned,
In my song to persona

St. Cecilia, I'll love you for all time
But our relationship lately has been no fruit, all rind
My heard can't take it and I've nowhere to go, so fix up your fuck ups

And know me, know me
Know me, 'cuz I know no I

Know me, Know me
Know me, 'cuz I know no I
Made hateful from lie after lie

And still it's my wish under all logistics to be loved and understood
It'll never be had. I've choked on every chance
I've watched the people of this world
The craftsmen, the crafted, the masses
of distracted rushing alters of cheap plastic
Innocent, blissful and bored. It's feared and desired

So know me, know me
Know me, 'cuz I know no I

So know me, know me
Know me, 'cause I know no I

Know me, know me
You don't know me when you're telling lies
Your mistakes are many
But we forgive and we wait
We wait, we wait

We wait for times that set our souls on fire
We fill up the dead space with work we don't despise
Bestow on ourselves the quality control
We face the void and fill it. We face the challenge of being known
Because no one can know me like you
Track Name: The Old Fisher Burial Ground
There's always music playing near the fountains
And I don't think I've ever seen the band
The people, they walk briskly through the courtyard
With their kids and plastic bags in either hand

All this waiting and no one is calling out
The sound of footsteps makes room tones fade and drown

There are speakers on a pole in every corner
The wires go unchecked for days and days
Dry leaves gather at bases of buildings
What will become of here when wires fray, when wires fray

All this waiting and no one is calling out
The sound of footsteps makes room tones fade and drown
Like reveille at dawn to me, the floor is shaking
All this waiting and no one is calling out

Seven stones they stand on city limits,
With their backs to the town
No one knows the story, it's how they'd want it.
It's how they wanted to be found

No escape, No relationship
No escape and only one to miss
There's the Fisher plot off highway twenty two
It overlooks the road from raised ground

Seven stones they stand on city limits,
With their backs to the town
No one knows the story, it's how they'd want it.
It's how they wanted to be found

No escape, no relationship

I know I'm small-time, I know this city's mind,
I've seen some places, so what I take
And what I leave are one the same (one and the same)
They're nothing
Track Name: One Hit Back
You wanna' talk intention?
We can meet at my home in Sanremo
You don't mind taking your shoes off
We just waxed the limestone
What were you saying?
The acoustics suck in the grotto
But that's life, I'm sure that you know
Yeah fucking right

You say I've changed from this to that
It's funny that we haven't met
I don't know what's worse
This or this getting to me
Can't refute on the message boards
So I'll piss and moan to power chords
And that's okay
One song is all you get from me

And when it's done (and when it's done) will it be gone?
No chance, hearsay is too fun
If we're on intention, let's try and make some sense of yours
Talk shit, complain from the sidelines
Wrench the gears and twist up the ties we've laced
Keyboard cowboy

Broke, sore, laughing more
Got my friends, got my songs, got it out and I'm moving on

You say I've changed from this to that
It's funny that we haven't met
I don't know what's worse
What's worse?
You can't refute on the message boards
So I'll piss and moan to power chords
And that's okay. One song is all you get

You say I've changed from this to that
A hundred cheap shots, I'll get one hit back
Track Name: Chasing Hamburg
When I walk, I run
'Cuz I'm far behind now
Been climbing long
In my sleep I hear starter guns
It seems less wrong to live this life
Back to front, no chase at all

Today the mirror shows all the things that fade
But there are lots like us, with no grave but the stage

I watch the shows
From behind the players
A voyeur to the smiling payers
I'll live this night until my end
The lows are low but the highs are home
And tonight the chase is on

Today the mirror shows all the things that fade
But there are lots like us, with no grave but the stage
We're gonna' waste and wither with the stories that bore our friends
We're gonna' cling to bitter memories until the spots go dim

Mistakes that you made light of start weighing you down
When there's no more "well at least yours",
It's just you and the ground
You think that there's no more room for love
There's no more room for love
There's no more room for love
There's no more room for love
There's no more room for love
And then the lights go up

Today the mirror shows all the things that fade
But there are lots like us, with no grave but the stage
We're gonna' waste and wither with the stories that bore our friends
We're gonna' cling to bitter memories until the spots go dim

There's no more room for love
There's no more room for love
There's no more room for love
And then the lights go