QUARTERBACKS

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released 10 February 2015

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Track Name: USUAL
I HAVE TO FORGET
YOUR NUMBER
BECAUSE IT'S BEEN GETTING
ME IN TROUBLE
LAST NIGHT ON THE PHONE
I SAID I WAS OK ALONE

BUT HERE I AM AGAIN
OUTSIDE YOUR DOOR
PREDICTABLY YOURS
AND I KNOW THIS FEELING
BECAUSE I'VE FELT THIS WAY BEFORE
I'M IN LOVE AS USUAL

WHEN YOU SAID YOU LOVED ME
DID YOU JUST MEAN YOU MISSED ME
BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE
AND THESE FEELINGS GET CONFUSING
NEXT TIME YOU VISIT HOME
MAYBE I SHOULDN'T KNOW
Track Name: NOT IN LUV
I'M NOT IN LUV
WITH ANYONE
WHAT'S WRONG WITH ME
MY HEART BEATS LIKE
A BOWLING BALL
THAT SLOWLY TURNS
AND ROLLS ALONG

I'M NOT IN LUV
WITH ANYONE
AT LEAST NOT THIS MORNING
SOMEHOW LOVE GOT BORING
MY HEART WAS BROKEN
AND I BARELY NOTICED
Track Name: CENTER
SAW YOUR BIKE
ON YOUR FRONT PORCH
SAW THE LIGHT
UP IN YOUR WINDOW
THOUGHT ABOUT KNOCKING
ON YOUR DOOR
BUT I WAS CONCERNED
YOU HAD SOMEBODY OVER
I WAS CONCERNED
YOU WERE ALONE

THE NIGHT
I FIRST MET YOU
WE WERE DANCING
IN THE LIVING ROOM
AND WE KISSED
IN FRONT OF EVERYONE
I HAD WAITED TWO YEARS
TO TALK TO YOU
HELPED YOU MOVE
INTO YOUR NEW HOUSE
LEFT HAND PRINTS IN THE CLOSET
BEFORE WE MOVED YOU OUT
LOOKING UP
AT THAT ROOM NOW
STILL HALF HOPING THAT YOU'LL COME DOWN

BECAUSE THERE'S SUCH
RELIEF IN COINCIDENCE
A UNIVERSE THAT FINALLY WORKS
HOW YOU ALWAYS SUSPECTED
WITH YOURSELF NEAR THE CENTER
AS I GET OLDER
I RECOGNIZE THAT LOVE
IS MOSTLY SITUATIONAL
Track Name: STAY IN LUV
WHEN I FELL IN LOVE
I WROTE A SONG EVERY WEEK
THEN I STAYED IN LOVE
AND IT WAS LIKE I FELL ASLEEP
THE SILENCE WAS SO PERFECT 
I DIDN'T WANT TO SPEAK

THEN I WOKE UP
AND YOUR ABSENCE 
BEGGED FOR SOUND
AND I TRIED TO FIND A WAY
TO FILL THE EMPTINESS I'D FOUND
BUT AT FIRST 
I COULD ONLY WHISPER
BUT THEN THE MURMUR 
GOT LOUDER

I CAN'T SEEM TO STAY IN LOVE
I CAN'T SEEM TO STAY IN LOVE
I CAN'T SEEM TO STAY IN LOVE
I GUESS MY HEART
JUST BEATS TOO FAST
OR WHATEVER
Track Name: WEEKEND
I FEEL BEST
WHEN I AM
DRIVING EIGHTY
HEADED DOWNSTATE TO
YOUR HOUSE DAVID

WE'LL WAKE UP LATE
WE'LL LISTEN TO TAPES
MAYBE GRAB SOME BAGELS
GO TO A SHOW AND AFTERWARDS
RECORD SOME DEMOS

WHENEVER I FEEL
KIND OF TIRED
ALL I HAVE TO DO
IS CALL ELAIZA

JUST HEARING HER VOICE
MAKES ME FEEL BETTER
I JUST WISH WE COULD
ALWAYS BE TOGETHER

BUT WE CAN'T
THAT'S WHY I NEED
THESE WEEKENDS AWAY
TO SEE THE PEOPLE
I SHOULD SEE EVERY DAY

I KIND OF HATE THE TOWN
WHERE I LIVE
BUT AS SOON AS I LEAVE
I START TO MISS IT

THAT'S WHY YOU GOTTA
COME AND VISIT
NEXT TIME
YOU NEED A WEEKEND AWAY
YOU GOT A SPOT
WHERE YOU CAN STAY
Track Name: POOL
I THOUGHT I'D SEE YOU AROUND
NOT EVERY DAY BUT PRETTY OFTEN
NOW THAT YOU'RE REALLY LEAVING TOWN
I JUST WISH I HAD BEEN MORE HONEST
REMEMBER OVER THE SUMMER
WHEN I FIRST GOT YOUR NUMBER
I THOUGHT THAT WE COULD BE FRIENDS
OR MAYBE SOMETHING BETTER

MY HEART SKIPPED
IN NEW BRUNSWICK
YOU WERE ALL SWIMMING
AND I FELT SO HOMESICK
WALKED TO DEV'S CAR
TO MAKE A PHONE CALL
BUT YOU DIDN'T PICK UP
AND I FELT SO DESPERATE
IN THE BACKSEAT
SWIMSUIT DRIPPING
I MADE A PROMISE
THAT WHEN WE GOT BACK
TO POUGHKEEPSIE
I WOULDN'T CALL YOU
WOULDN'T INVOLVE YOU
I GUESS
YOU WERE JUST TOO BUSY

ONE TIME I SHOWED YOU A SONG
YOU ONLY THOUGHT THAT
IT WAS KIND OF GOOD
I NEVER PLAYED IT AGAIN
IT WASN'T EVEN ABOUT YOU
Track Name: KNICKS
WHY DON'T YOU COME OVER
MAKE SOME DINNER
WE CAN MUTE THE KNICKS GAME
AND PUT ON A RECORD
HEAD OVER TO MOBIL
PICK OUT A SIXER
PRETEND YOU DON'T MISS HER
NOT ANYMORE

HOW WAS YOUR WEEKEND
DID YOU GET A COOL BOYFRIEND
YOU DIDN'T
BUT I BET YOU WILL SOON

WHY DON'T YOU COME OVER
SAME TIME TOMORROW
AND EVERY DAY AFTER
UNTIL YOU FEEL BETTER
Track Name: THE DOGS
SAW A GUY DRIVE BY
WITH TWO PUPPIES
ON HIS LAP

MADE IT SO
HE COULDN'T SEE THE ROAD
AND HE DROVE UP
ON THE GRASS

SEEMED LIKE A FAIR TRADE
TWO DOGS FOR A DIRTY CAR
AND I WISH YOU COULD HAVE SEEN
THE DOGS AND EVERYTHING
Track Name: SPORTSCENTER
I CALLED MY
FATHER AND
I DRANK SOME
BUDWEISER AND
I WATCHED TOO
MUCH SPORTSCENTER
WHILE I WAITED FOR
THAT WARMER WEATHER

AND IT CAME
LKE IT ALWAYS DOES
IT ALWAYS COMES
BUT YOU HAVE TO WAIT
Track Name: LAST BOY
THESE CHORDS
HAVE PROBABLY BEEN USED
A THOUSAND TIMES BFORE
TO WRITE SONGS ABOUT GIRLS
I DON'T THINK THEY'VE BEEN USED
TO SING ABOUT YOU
BUT HONESTLY I CAN'T BE SURE
YOU PROBABLY KNOW
LOTS OF BOYS WHO PLAY GUITAR
YOU'RE THE KIND OF GIRL
WHO ATTRACTS
BOYS WHO WRITE SONGS
WRITING ONE ABOUT YOU
REALLY WASN'T HARD
I'VE ALWAYS LIKE GIRLS
WHO HAVE
BROKEN A FEW HEARTS

BUT I WANT TO BE
THE LAST BOY
TO LOVE YOU

WANT TO BE
THE LAST BOY
THAT YOU LOVE TOO

ALL THOSE BOYS BEFORE
ALL THOSE GIRLS BEFORE
ALL THOSE
STOPS AND STARTS AND ENDS
WE CAN JUST IGNORE
THE PAST NEVER ADDS
UP TO MUCH
WHERE YOU'VE BEEN
ISN'T HALF AS IMPORTANT
AS WHERE YOU END UP
Track Name: NEVER GO
I CAN'T REMEMBER 
WHAT IT FELT LIKE 
TO NOT BE IN LOVE WITH YOU 
BECAUSE ALL MY MEMORIES 
HAVE YOU IN THEM TOO 
THIS ABSENCE OF PAST 
ISN'T HARD TO UNDERSTAND 
BECAUSE MY LIFE
BEGAN WHEN YOU
FIRST HELD MY HAND 

I'LL NEVER GO 
ANYWHERE 
WITHOUT YOU 

EVER AGAIN
Track Name: PROVE ME WRONG
YOU'RE THE ONLY GIRL
I KISSED THIS YEAR
AND NOW IT'S JUNE AND
YOU'RE STILL HERE

BUT SINCE THE END OF MAY
YOU'VE BEEN DRIFTING AWAY
YOU'VE ALWAYS FELT SO FAR
MOVE AWAY FORGET MY NAME
IN THE SUMMER YOU'LL BE GONE

BUT YOU COULD PROVE ME WRONG
I DON'T WANT TO BE RIGHT THIS TIME
PROVE ME WRONG
I DON'T WANT TO BE RIGHT TONIGHT

I KNOW I ALWAYS CARE TOO MUCH
IT'S ONLY BEEN A COUPLE OF MONTHS
BUT I'M SO SCARED YOU'LL LEAVE ME HERE
HAVING FUN WHILE I STAY HOME
YOU WON'T CARE THAT I NEED YOU HERE
SPEND THE WINTER ALL ALONE
Track Name: SPACE
I MADE SPACE FOR YOU 
IN MY TINY ROOM 
MADE MYSELF SMALL ENOUGH 
SO YOU'D FIT IN MY BED 
AND THAT SPACE WAITS FOR YOU 
NOT TO COME BUT TO RETURN 
A MONUMENT TO ABSENCE 
AND A HEART THAT NEVER LEARNS 

I KNEW HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOU 
AND I KNEW JUST HOW TO WAIT 
WHEN YOU FINALLY CAME TO ME 
I DON'T KNOW 
I GUESS I JUST THOUGHT THAT YOU'D STAY
Track Name: SIMPLE SONGS
I BELIEVE IN POP MUSIC 
THE WAY I WISH I BELIEVED IN GOD 
COMPLETELY
AND WITHOUT QUESTION 
I WISH THERE WAS
SOMETHING HIGHER 
THAT I COULD SUBSCRIBE TO 
TO GIVE MY LIFE
SOME DIRECTION 

CUZ I DON'T HAVE
A LIFE PLAN 
I JUST HAVE
THIS LITTLE BAND 
SIMPLE SONGS
WITH SIMPLE CHORDS 
BUT SIMPLE SONGS
WON'T SAVE YOUR SOUL 

THE ONLY THING
THAT SPEAKS TO ME 
ARE CATCHY MELODIES 
THE SAME CHORDS
ALL THE TIME 
E C G 
THE ONLY DAMN THING
THAT SPEAKS TO ME 
Track Name: TWENTY
I GUESS THERE WAS A TIME 
WHEN I DIDN'T KNOW YOU
AND I GUESS THAT TIME 
WAS PRETTY MUCH MY WHOLE LIFE
EVEN THOUGH I DON'T LIKE 
THINKING ABOUT IT
BECAUSE EVERYTHING NOW
FEELS TOTALLY RIGHT

EIGHTEEN YEARS 
TWENTY MILES APART
RIVER LIKE AN OCEAN
THAT WE COULDN'T CROSS
BUT RIVERS CAN'T
DEMAGNETIZE HEARTS
YEAH WE'RE MAKING UP 
FOR THE TIME THAT WE LOST

EVERYTHING'S PERFECT
IT ALL FEELS FATEFUL
BUT I DON'T BELIEVE IN FATE
I JUST BELIEVE IN PEOPLE
BUT EVEN IF THERE'S NO DESTINY
I'M GLAD YOU ENDED UP WITH ME
ENDED UP WITH ME
Track Name: LAUREN
I LIKE THE WAY
YOU SAY MY NAME
THE WAY YOU
STRETCH OUT
THE MIDDLE VOWELS
SO THERE’S A SMILE
ON YOUR FACE
BUT YOU LIVE
SO FAR AWAY
I WISH THAT I COULD JUST
PICK YOU UP AND PUT YOU
IN A CLOSER PLACE

LAUREN
WHEN WILL I
SEE YOU AGAIN?
WHEN WILL I
FINALLY GET BACK TO YOU?
WELL I HOPE THAT IT’S SOON

HALF THE COUNTRY
ISN’T NEARLY FAR ENOUGH TO
CANCEL THE CONNECTION
WHICH HAS QUICKLY GROWN
BETWEEN US
AND I FEEL EVERY MILE
THAT IS KEEPING YOU FROM ME
AND I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL
THEY MELT AWAY
BENEATH YOUR AIRPLANE SEAT

AND I HATE ALL
THE DALLAS BOYS
WHO FUMBLED WITH
YOUR HEART
BECAUSE I’D DO JUST
THE OPPOSITE
IF WE WEREN’T
SO FAR APART
Track Name: LOVESEAT
SITTING ON YOUR LOVESEAT 
MAKING CONVERSATION 
WE HAVE IDENTICAL INTENTIONS
FOR TONIGHT 
AND I'M PRETTY SURE
YOU WANNA TO KISS ME 
BUT I'M TOO NERVOUS 
TO LEAN IN
AND FIND OUT IF I'M RIGHT 

I KEEP TOUCHING YOUR KNEES 
WHENEVER WE AGREE 
THE ROOM IS SO WARM 
YOUR LIPS ARE
OVERWHELMING ME 
THE WAY YOU FORM YOUR LETTERS 
EACH WORD JUST MAKES IT BETTER 
THE FORMATION'S SO DISTRACTING 
THAT THE CONTENT BARELY MATTERS 

YOUR PARAGRAPHS
ARE AN EPITAPH 
FOR MY SELF RESTRAINT 
MY PATIENCE IS WANING 
NOT SURE
HOW LONG I CAN WAIT 
BUT YOU'RE LOOKING AT ME 
WITH FULL MOON EYES 
SO SOFT AND CLEAR AND BRIGHT 
AND I KNOW IT WILL
BE WORTH IT 
EVEN IF IT TAKES
ALL NIGHT 

IF YOU KISSED ME WHEN 
I WALKED THROUGH THE DOOR 
I PROBABLY WOULDN'T
LIKE YOU AS MUCH 
BUT THESE ANXIOUS HOURS
OF ANTICIPATION 
WILL JUST MAKE IT
THAT MUCH BETTER 
WHEN OUR LIPS
FINALLY TOUCH 
Track Name: SCHMICTIONARY
I WANT TO TAKE
PICTURES OF YOU
EVERY SINGLE MOMENT
BUT ESPECIALLY IN THE MORNING
WHEN SUN'S POURING
THROUGH YOUR WINDOWS
BUT I DON'T NEED PHOTOGRAPHS
I KNOW JUST WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE
YOUR IMAGE IS INTERNALIZED
YOU GO WHEREVER I GO

WHO LOVES YOU BABY?

I NEED NEW ADJECTIVES
TO TRY TO DESCRIBE YOU
WORDS ARE SO MEANINGLESS
WHEN THEY'RE APPLIED TO YOU
DICTIONARY SCHMICTIONARY
I NEED SOMETHING BETTER
THAN THESE
INSUFFICIENT COMBINATIONS
OF SOME STUPID LETTERS

WHO LOVES YOU BABY?

I LIKE YOU
COMPLETELY
EVERY LAST
ASPECT OF YOUR
ENTIRE BEING
EVERY DAY WE
SPEND TOGETHER
IT GETS EASIER TO SEE
THAT YOU MAY NOT
BE PERFECT
BUT YOU'RE PERFECT
FOR ME
Track Name: POINT NINE
I'VE ONLY KNOWN YOU 
NINE TENTHS OF A PERCENT OF MY LIFE 
AND YOU'VE ONLY KNOWN ME FOR 
POINT EIGHT OF YOURS BUT 
THERE'S SOMETHING IN THE WAY WE KISS THAT 
KEEPS ME ASSURED 

I HAVE NO EXPECTATIONS FOR THE FUTURE 
THE PRESENT'S TOO PERFECT TO THINK ABOUT THAT 
SOMETIMES I WONDER IF I SHOULD SLOW DOWN 
MAKE SURE MY HEART STAYS INTACT 

BUT I TRUST YOU 
BECAUSE IT FEELS
LIKE I CAN 
AND I CAN'T WORRY
ABOUT ANYTHING 
WHILE YOU'RE HOLDING MY HAND 

I CAN'T KEEP
MY HEART FROM BEATING 
TWICE AS FAST AS IT
NORMALLY WOULD 
BECAUSE EVEN IF
I WANTED TO STOP IT I DON'T 
THINK THAT I COULD 

DON'T THINK THAT I COULD 
AND WHY WOULD I WANT TO 
YOU'VE ALWAYS FELT SO GOOD