Elsewhere

by Worst Days Down

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Available digitally and physically March 3rd, 2017.
North American release through Manatees and Jack-O-Lanterns,
in The UK and Europe through Gunner Records.

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released March 3, 2017

Recorded by Mr. Brad Smith at Velvetein Audio, Edmonton, Alberta in the December 2016/January 2017

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Worst Days Down Edmonton, Alberta

A punk rock band based in Edmonton, Alberta. Initially started by vocalist/guitarist Ben Sir in 2011 as an acoustic project, it transitioned to a full band at the beginning of 2014.
Featuring members of notable Edmonton bands such as Audio/Rocketry, Fire Next Time and Desiderata, Worst Days Down aim to record, perform and tour as many places as possible.
New album 'Elsewhere' coming Fall 2016.
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Track Name: Fumes
I don’t have any brown eyes waiting, you point it out and that much is true
I’m not sure what you want me saying, that your boy is running off fumes
But that’s alright kuz I’m not staying one minute longer than I have to
There ain’t no time for hesitating, when you know what you’re willing to lose

Time moves so slow when you’re waiting for a perfect moment that may never come
I sympathize with everything you’re saying, but standing still is the same as running from
But that’s alright kuz I’m not staying one minute longer than I must
There ain’t no time for hesitating, when you feel your bones collecting dust

So mama I’m not sorry I won’t bring you grandchildren, but I wish that you’d find some piece of mind
I know this ain’t the vision that you had for your boy, as he next approaches 29
I saw that life of stability and I left that world behind
I’m trying and I’m desperate, better that than desperate to try
I’m trying and I’m desperate, but tell me, please tell me, what more does it mean to be alive
Track Name: Anchors
Let’s not conclude this story, kuz I hope this day would never end
Just a sliver of time and comfort, embracing nothing and talking nonsense with my friends
I swear most times I can’t recall a single good goddamn day but that’s alright, yeah that’s alright
Most times I force these smiles, but it just don’t feel that way tonight

They’re the grass under my soles, the water seeping through the holes
The words you feel but never take the time to say
The substance over style that keeps you laughing all the while
You’re the anchors keeping me from drifting away

And the drugs, there were a couple drugs, none were half as strong as the bond shared between us
I’ve made mistakes, some big mistakes, none of which are relevant or important today
I’ve been a fool for far too long, most if not all my life and that’s alright, yeah that’s alright
Most days I run for miles, just to keep these shadowed thoughts behind

The holes in my soul and heart, have been tearing me apart
No time to talk but a thousand things to say
And when the times have got too tough, well your laughter sews me up
You’re the anchors keeping me from drifting away

Oceanside down at CRAB park, the sun sets quick and it’s nearing dark
Girls walk by in their summer colors and we pay them no mind
Standing in the Vancouver rain, on the corner of 12th and Main
I wish I found a single place I didn’t want to leave behind
But I’ve been running for so long, but could stay for the right reasons
The truth is life is only as good as the folks that we believe in

But the holes in my soul and heart, have been tearing me apart
No time to talk but a thousand things to say
When the times have got too tough, your laughter sews me up
You’re the anchors keeping me from drifting away
Track Name: A Song For David
I’m gonna try to not let you be defined by sorrow
I’m gonna fight to smile when I think your name
Chain smoke these cigarettes through tomorrow
When every gust of wind feels like a hurricane

And I wake to hoping I dreamed that phone call
And I wake to the knowledge you’re not there
The corner that we walked by one million times
Would come to be the place that our childhood died
There’s heavy hearts in the city tonight

You said we need to live with energetic action
You sang songs to work towards a better place
Where love could overcome politics and fashion
Now all I hear is static on the radio waves

I won’t waste a single second looking for a reason
I won’t wait for an answer that’s not there
I try to eat the pain that I feel inside
Drive down to the corner where David died
There’s heavy hearts in the city tonight

It’s like spinning into gold
Every lie that we’re ever told
How to turn something hideous into something to behold
But I looked into your mother and your father’s eyes
I can’t begin to think the pain they feel inside
There’s heavy hearts in the city tonight
And I wake to hoping I dreamed that phone call
And I wake to the knowledge you’re not there
I try to eat the pain that we feel inside, Drive down to the corner where David died
There’s heavy hearts in the city tonight
Track Name: Cresco, IA
It’s been two years, and two years been hard
His place at the table sits empty, she misses lying in his arms
The taxes and operations don’t make sense
She feels uprooted like they had to do with a couple miles of fence
That used to line the farm, arteries and proof of its function
59 years together, she stands alone now at this junction

But no grandson wants to hear his grandma say she’s lonesome
No grandma wants her grandson to see her less than strong
But no one wants to sleep alone all winter
6 months here in the Midwest, they last five months too long

The farm dog’s walk is stiff and arthritic, his coat now old and grey
There’s a plot set aside in the backyard for when he has to pass away
And she can’t bear the thought of her old friend’s imminent departure
Proof of the man that they both loved and followed through years and hardship
Each day this place changes more and more
Renter’s now tend the cropland, she can’t stand the bathroom floor
Where she sat him down for a haircut, and there came the palpitations
A part of their home now a scene of loss, and failed resuscitations

And every Grandma wants to hold her grandson’s hand
And every grandson wants to prove to her that he’s become a decent man
And all along these winters get no better
“My darling, these winters won’t last forever”

These winds blow in fast and they blow in cold
Until today I did not know how much this place was home
There’s a strength in you I can only hope grows in me
A hopeful part of our family’s history
The wind blew in today with such ease
I turn my head up from his gravestone amidst the fallen leaves
And though I’m not a man of God there’s nothing that I want more
Than when your final day comes he waits for you on Iowa shores
Than when your final day comes he waits for you on Iowa shores
Track Name: Heavens No
A car pulls off a suburban highway
The driver’s crying, her summer just turned cold
I stand back and watch the world unfold indifferent
Don’t ask me what the wind said, it was all so big and empty

Searching for purpose in this story
Stare in the mirror at night alone
And you wait for something new, it’s been the same since 22
And we both know, there ain’t no certainty approaching

Nothing happens for a reason
Oh heavens no, we put reason to what happened
I see the comfort in believing
But to believe for the sake of comfort, sounds so hollow

Searching for purpose in this story
Wander through the streets at night alone
And you wait for something new, made that mistake and I have too
But we both know, there ain’t no certainty approaching

We are our only authors, we’re trading threat for promise
We are our only saviours, in search of something honest
Track Name: Everything You Never Did
Enough years have passed, so we can both collect our thoughts now
As for the sacrifice you asked, time has forgot now
But I never thought I’d see the day that you laid down
I never wanted to watch you drown

I remember when you came home, you were here in body but not in mind
And I was the same as this city, just something you had to leave behind
But I heard you never got the guts to leave this town
I got a question now
How’s your house in the suburbs, and the life you swore you’d never live?
You told me you learned to be selfish, I hope you’ve learned to give

But I never thought I’d see the day that you lay down
If you wouldn’t say you were lost, how can you say you’re found?
I never thought I’d see the day that you laid down
Go on and take a bow
Bitterness comes easy and faith is hard to find now
If you’ve made this home I hope it’s both in body and mind now
I never thought I’d see the day that you laid down
For everything you never did go on and take a bow
I once knew a girl who let me down but I must thank her
She showed me the dangers of settling and dropping anchor
Time can betray anyone, there’s no point to question how
For everything you’ve done, take a bow
Track Name: Elsewhere
You got a head just won’t stop. They had a pocket full of calm
You had an 18 hour drive and doubts that keep you up most nights
You got a memory in your head of things they did of never said
Most days it stays ignored, in empty bottles on your floor
For so long you just felt weak, with all the words you just can’t speak
Years and silence piled too high, it came pouring out that night

And I said, we could get lost in something
And I said, maybe we could just drive
Away from this skyline

You called me up and I was there. You sounded tired, sounded scared
The flames had risen far too high for you to keep them still inside
I couldn’t stand to see you hurt. A whole life doubting what you’re worth
It isn’t right it isn’t fair. It’s time that we left for elsewhere

And I said, we could get lost in something
And I said, maybe we could just drive
Away from this skyline

It’s not your fault so don’t be sorry
It’s time our paths took us elsewhere

But you were shaking, your breathing, you were choking on your words
Most times I can’t decide which is worse
We’re breaking, we’re leaving, but we’re not running scared
It’s time our paths took us elsewhere
Track Name: Iowa Won't Wait Forever
I see you crying across this church room floor
Your grandma ain’t sitting where she was two weeks before
The casket line it grows and grows, too many this month is all I know
Your favorite souls are somewhere else tonight
And death took me back to that gravel Iowa road
Grandpa can’t do the chores kuz his flesh has run cold
And grandma says she’ll never move from the farm
Where they raised kids and horses we’ll bury her heart
The boys carry the casket, the others lock their arms tonight

Us grandkids been drowning in a world of choice
Our relatives smile at the sound of our voice
They’ve worked all along to leave the stage poised
Knowing Iowa won’t wait forever

And we sing the songs we think they’d like to hear
And we say we won’t be defined by what we fear
If we live brave and our courage burns strong
No loss is in vain and no life’s ever gone
With our childhood refrains, the dead sing along
The dead will sing us to sleep every night

And we sing the songs we think they’d like to hear
And we say we won’t be defined by what we fear
So boys let’s pick up these pens and guitars
We’ve never found comfort in a house or a bar
Come on let’s be men, and follow through these plans
Kuz folks living and dead have shown faith in all that we are
Track Name: Manatee County
Face to face, and eye to eye
16 states, 5 thousand miles
And I drove all this way in the hopes that I might see you
And I drove all this way in the hopes I might

Disconnected, and discontent
Only now that I’m with you do I forget
And for the first time in forever I felt certain
For the first time in forever I felt calm

They say these cold winter months can bury you
You gotta run as far as your feet will carry you
I know we’re landlocked here but it’s not that hard to drown
In the darkest days of late December
When it gets hardest to remember
There’s things so beautiful you’d never let them down
Some things are so damn beautiful you could never let them down

Standing silent in the dark of the deepest south
The words that I’ve been lacking come pouring out my mouth
And I’ll keep coming back all this way just to see you
I’ll keep coming back because love is never wrong
Track Name: Entropy
On the long drive home I turned off the radio
It stirred an emptiness deep inside me, to the depths of my soul

If we’re the ones still breathing, let’s get back to our feet instead of falling back asleep
If it’s emptiness you’re feeling, with a purpose underneath, lace up and we’ll hit the streets

No death, no girls, no dark places or funerals
I made a promise I’d say something, that wasn’t colored black and red
For those we’ve lost and love at any cost
I’ll do the best to silence the war raging in my head
And live with energetic action just like David said

So goodbye to our past selves, and goodnight to our doubts
It’s why we sing our hearts out
Goodbye to our past selves and goodnight to our doubts
It’s why we sing our hearts out
Goodnight