Flashbulbs And Futures

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Jumping off from the last two groupings, Flashbulbs And Futures adds something new to the mix.

 

While exploring similar ground as In Times Of Transition and It’s The Thought That Counts, these lyrics cover new themes that prevent it from being a retread. Having enough distance from the last grouping allowed me to focus on things from an alternate angle and it made a huge impact .

 

What makes these different is the theme of expectation vs. reality. At the time, a lot of friends were getting married, having kids and dealing with domestic issues. As a result, I began picking apart how many things people do based on what they’re conditioned to think is the right thing. In that way, the title Flashbulbs And Futures is a metaphor to describe the idea: Flashbulbs represents the idealized version of life we’re sold and Futures is the actual reality of it. Playing these two off each other is the core conflict behind the lyrics as a whole.

 

Although they’ve been revised like most stuff here, I’m really satisfied with this grouping. While creating this page, I removed two things and replaced them with Flashbulbs. That means it’s a bit shorter and more concise, which is definitely a good thing. My favourites include Simple Complications, Heart Of Hearts, Falling From Fiction, No Sacrifice and Flashbulbs. (Struggle For Control and Telephone Booth also get honourable mentions.)

 

If you want to check out the original version of Flashbulbs And Futures (with all 12 pieces still intact,) it can be found in the Fireteddy National Library. For those interested, you can browse what didn’t make the cut here.

 

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01. Simple Complications

02. Heart Of Hearts

03. Might Have To Crawl

04. Bandwagoners

05. Falling From Fiction

06. Eaten Alive (Darwinism On Hold)

07. Put Out The Lights

08. No Sacrifice

09. Struggle For Control

10. Telephone Booth

11. Flashbulbs

 

Simple Complications

 

If I were a cynic would you wanna sit with me?

I swear I’ve paid my dues and I’ve been waiting patiently

Holding onto hope enough to last me through this life

Sonar waves and heartbeats bowing out before the night

 

there’s simple complications and I know that it’s the truth

But in these times of change, don’t let the flashbulbs get to you

Burning these horizons with some dark spots in your eyes

Rubbing all the sleep away to meet with your surprise

 

The only things that hold you back

Are the ones that you deny

Obsessions make you uglier

But these roles are well defined

These roles are well defined

 

If I were a cynic would you wanna sit with me?

I swear I’ve paid my dues and I’ve been waiting patiently

I’ve been waiting patiently, I’ve been waiting patiently

 

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Heart Of Hearts

 

You’ll learn to suck it up again

because that’s just the way you are

A martyr played for all your friends

Until you turn and fall apart

 

And somewhere in your twisted brains

It keeps coming through the fog

Some calculated fake restraint

To leave you chained up like a dog

 

But in your heart of hearts you feel

Forcing things you knew weren’t real

Selecting words you’d wanna hear

Inside your heart of hearts I fear

And words like that can disappear

 

Your terms will learn to meet the space

With some silent compromise

These fears aren’t processed face to face

But your thoughts are unrefined

 

It seems like you can’t go without

These ideals you were sold

Imbedded deep within your doubts

For some clout and more control

 

But in your heart of hearts you feel

Forcing things you knew weren’t real

Selecting words you’d wanna hear

Inside your heart of hearts I fear

And words like that can disappear

 

So watch these feelings come around

They’ll warp your mind and bring you down

Ground to dust and burnt to ash

 

I think the time for talk has passed

And nothing here was meant to last

 

But in your heart of hearts you feel

Forcing things you knew weren’t real

Selecting words you’d wanna hear

Inside your heart of hearts I fear

And words like that can disappear

 

So watch these feelings come around

They’ll warp your mind and bring you down

Ground to dust and burnt to ash

 

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Might Have To Crawl

 

Only blowhards still think that they know everything

Like there’s rules always written in stone

But if this were the truth, we’d have wasted our youth

With all the cynics who end up alone

 

In the song that you sing as you wait for that ring

With the couplets made of lines you were sold

There’s an image adorned as your life gets ignored

Now you’re dropping the things you can’t hold

 

If the love that you feel couldn’t pierce through these shields

What’s the point of your dreaming at all?

While you wait on the brink for your lips to be sealed

You should know that you might have to crawl

Well baby you might have to crawl

 

Why do you waste your time?

Why do you waste your time?

 

Every leper seems sick but they all have their tricks

From being selfless and humble in spades

Well they know how to hide and can find compromise

With the plans they still struggle to make

 

Don’t stop to forsake this

they’re praising your mistakes

 

If the love that you feel couldn’t pierce through these shields

What’s the point of your dreaming at all?

While you wait on the brink for your lips to be sealed

You should know that you might have to crawl

Well baby you might have to crawl

 

Nothing to say? Well it all floats away

But you don’t want to be in the cold

While the lines that you read only fall in between

You keep buying the lies you’ve been told

Like a squatter still mining for gold

 

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Bandwagoners

 

everybody’s in when it looks like we’ll win

But when it looks like we’ll lose they’re all out

Nevermind the times where we all stood in line

Because I guess that they’ve all got their doubts

 

It’s strange that we’d quit but that’s just how it is

And when we win they all act like it’s theirs

But the truth in the lies is that we all earned the prize

With the bandwagoners falling impaired

 

I’m not sure what you thought your responses meant

Can’t carry your weight without a stumbling stride

I don’t have the time for all of your compliments

Backhanded comments that’ll never subside

But that’s how the bandwagon rides

 

Nothing will change but I still find it strange

Yeah and they think they all fake it so well

Don’t stop to think of when we stood at the brink

For in the end they’ll condemn you to hell

 

Watch the ground swell, it’s no surprise

I’m sorry I can’t sympathize

 

I’m not sure what you thought your responses meant

Can’t carry your weight without a stumbling stride

I don’t have the time for all of your compliments

Backhanded comments that’ll never subside

But that’s how the bandwagon rides

 

Coming down, it’s coming up

But you can never get enough

And everyday you want some more

You don’t know what you’re looking for now

 

Yeah the lights are all going out

The lights are all going out

 

I’m not sure what you thought your responses meant

Can’t carry your weight without a stumbling stride

I don’t have the time for all of your compliments

Backhanded comments that’ll never subside

But that’s how the bandwagon rides

 

Yeah that’s how the bandwagon rides

And these shadows won’t ever subside

 

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Falling From Fiction

 

You’re a slave to the rules that define you

And I’m a slave to the things that you do

Well I really don’t need to remind you

But I can’t let this slide and it’s true

 

For every last reason I’m listing

In all of these problems I’ve had

I’ve found that there’s nobody listening

And I’m the one who’s been stark raving mad

 

Well somewhere I just lost my way

And now I’m trying to get back

I’m a slave left in line but I’m trying to find

Yeah I’m trying to stay well intact

 

I’ve been trying to find a few reasons

For these feelings I can’t set aside

You’ve got boundaries and rules to believe in

But I’m jealous and can’t compromise

 

Look into my eyes she said

It’s really all the same my friend

Look into my eyes again, look into my eyes

 

Well somewhere I just lost my way

And now I’m trying to get back

I’m a slave left in line but I’m trying to find

Yeah I’m trying to stay well intact

I’ve been trying to stay well intact

 

Sail into the starry night

I keep colliding with the dark

And everywhere I try to turn

I can’t get to where you are

It’s nothing but decay that’s torn apart

 

Nothing but anger and it’s all in the facts

Falling from fiction, I know that there’s no turning back

 

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Eaten Alive (Darwinism On Hold)

 

The strong survive but not this time at all

Our weakest links have held on for too long

While in this jungle there’s no refuge left

And nothing in this life is a sure bet

 

Hold on to your wallet and your change

It’s falling out but you don’t find it strange

Though in these lies the sky begins to fall

But that don’t seem to matter much at all

 

Well isn’t that the answer?

Isn’t that the reason we’ve survived?

In remission like a cancer

But it eats you up alive

It eats you up alive

 

A few things to get off my chest

It’s Nothing more and nothing less

And in your lust, you must confess the truth

 

A million served and selfishly repressed

Now you can’t even tell there’s something left

Attention paid just costs us way too much

And still they end up leaning on this crutch

 

Well isn’t that the answer?

Isn’t that the reason we’ve survived?

In remission like a cancer

But it eats you up alive

It eats you up alive

 

Take your time to fall back down

Don’t stray too far but look around

You’ll find your place is nowhere to be found

 

Well isn’t that the answer?

Isn’t that the reason we’ve survived?

In remission like a cancer

But it eats you up alive

It eats you up alive

 

A few things to get off my chest

It’s Nothing more and nothing less

And in your lust, you must confess the truth

I know it doesn’t matter much to you

 

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Put Out The Lights

 

For all the words we strained to shout

I’ve gotten tired of screaming out

It seems you find it much too loud

So you sneak by without a sound

 

Now hold on tightly to my hand

As I try my best to understand

Why raging rivers need a dam

You’re just a boy, you’re not a man

 

I’ve wasted so much time on this

But every single point’s been missed

Gone out of mind and out of sight

It’s late so please put out the lights

 

You know I love you in my heart

But now it’s being torn apart

I don’t know why it’s still so hard

To leave behind this house of cards

 

We waste our time with stupid games

While all these orders stay the same

Please tell me when you’ll just refrain

From judging things you can’t explain

 

I’ve wasted so much time on this

But every single point’s been missed

Gone out of mind and out of sight

It’s late so please put out the lights

 

Take responsibility, now look into this mirror

You’re always quick to criticize when the image isn’t clear

You think that we all owe you but we’ve never owed a thing

It’s a bond that’s made with bloodlines, we aren’t bound by puppet strings

We aren’t bound by puppet strings, oh yeah

 

I’ve wasted so much time on this

But every single point’s been missed

Gone out of mind and out of sight

It’s late so please put out the lights

 

I’m getting sick of all these fights

It’s late so please put out the lights

 

Well I am not a marionette

The things you say, I won’t forget

I’ll live my life with no regrets

But nothing much has happened yet

Nothing much has happened yet

 

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No Sacrifice

 

Don’t sign me up for a life full of bliss

A scratch on the line or confirmed with a kiss

With nothing to fight for but a taste of the top

Or how it’s perceived when the bottom, it drops

 

Holding my breath with a cynical glance

So in love with the past but it’s a fleeting romance

As the patience wains steady with a cursory thought

To pretend what you are through the things that you’re not

 

Well maybe I’m the hard one here

But I refuse to roll the dice

Life ain’t a game of chance to play

And it ain’t no sacrifice

It ain’t no sacrifice

 

Don’t push your feelings of love and regret

Obsessed with the image but living in debt

In servitude missing, you’re still missing the point

With some abstract intentions from the flip of a coin

 

You’ll stalk it for a living

But you’re giving us no choice

 

Well maybe I’m the hard one here

But I refuse to roll the dice

Life ain’t a game of chance to play

And it ain’t no sacrifice

It ain’t no sacrifice

 

I don’t regret a single thing

And I won’t let you clip my wings

It’s time I finally break away tonight

 

Well now that all your lies are breached

I’ll never turn on my beliefs

For you and now I’m giving up my plight

I think it’s time to push it out of sight

 

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Struggle For Control

 

I’m never good at awkward situations

Ugly and restrained, I don’t know what to say

Well maybe if I tried some salutations

My thoughts would all expire, retreat and fade away

 

But greed is such a simple thing I know

Falling to the wayside while we struggle for control

 

I’m sorry that I couldn’t be

Everything that you would want from me

Though maybe soon I’ll finally see

And figure out what’s wrong with me

 

I’m sure that every action has its reason

We’re all misunderstood, but it still won’t help a thing

While every time we face a changing season

Shopping for some fantasy, to find out what it brings

 

And greed is such a simple thing I know

Falling to the wayside while you struggle for control

 

I’m sorry that I couldn’t be

Everything that you would want from me

Though maybe soon I’ll finally see

And figure out what’s wrong with me

 

This isn’t what I ever wanted

Demons kept and memories haunted

Daunting tasks that we’ll relay

But we ain’t fooling anyone these days

 

I wonder if it’s make believe

But you don’t wander much at all

If nothing comes without a fight

Then tonight I’ll take the fall

Tonight I’ll take the fall

 

I’m sorry that I couldn’t be

Everything that you would want from me

Though maybe soon I’ll finally see

And figure out what’s wrong with me

 

This isn’t what I ever wanted

Demons kept and memories haunted

Daunting tasks that we’ll relay

But we ain’t fooling anyone these days

We ain’t fooling anyone these days

 

And greed is such a simple thing I know

Falling to the wayside while we struggle for control again

 

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Telephone Booth

 

The future’s bright as you want it to be

Don’t waste your time on the things you can’t see

It’s just an image that you stitch and you sew

To lose your head because you can’t let it go

 

Deep in your heart you can see that it’s true

They can’t decide each decision for you

To hold your head as you push us away

And live to fight as your memories decay

But you’ve waited all too long for an escape

 

I’m sorry but it isn’t so bad now

Well I’m sorry that you can’t call a truce

In the space where the fog’s slowly lifting

Crossing lines in a telephone booth

 

The past is bright if you live in denial

Don’t waste your time on the things you revile

While in your head there’s a space to react

A fleeting glance as you stop looking back

But you listened far too long before it cracked

 

I’m sorry but it isn’t so bad now

Well I’m sorry that you can’t call a truce

In the space where the fog’s slowly lifting

Crossing lines in a telephone booth

 

The noose is slowly tightening

And there’s nowhere to escape

Your stories only run so long

Until there’s nothing left to say

 

Decide on what you want, it haunts you

Forever’s gonna start again today

 

I’m sorry but it isn’t so bad now

Well I’m sorry that you can’t call a truce

In the space where the fog’s slowly lifting

Crossing lines in a telephone booth

I’m sorry that you can’t call a truce

 

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Flashbulbs

 

Falling to the wayside

I can’t pledge to see a thing

While this world’s still kept in darkness

Only strangers find the spring

 

But somewhere in your memories

Are the photos that you keep

Of some better times to file away

Down across these busy streets

 

Maybe soon we’ll find the light to guide us

Enough to make it through this endless night

Resistant to the rules that might define us

But somewhere with the flashbulbs out of sight

Somewhere with the flashbulbs out of sight

 

Sometimes out of focus

Not aware of what’s been taught

Always struggling for this image

Until it’s everything we’re not

 

Distraught and so you shy away

You want the future here today

 

Maybe soon we’ll find the light to guide us

Enough to make it through this endless night

Resistant to the rules that might define us

But somewhere with the flashbulbs out of sight

Somewhere with the flashbulbs out of sight

 

There’s a fire that’s lit beneath us

As we strive to make it last

Now it’s time to face our future

Because we lose ourselves so fast

And once you’re lost there ain’t no turning back

 

Maybe soon we’ll find the light to guide us

Enough to make it through this endless night

Resistant to the rules that might define us

But somewhere with the flashbulbs out of sight

Somewhere with the flashbulbs out of sight

 

And this is where we start our lives

This is where we start our lives

Somewhere we can move across the night

Somewhere with the flashbulbs out of sight

 

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