Smokescreens Leftovers

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While the Trial Of Errors leftovers felt as strong as the grouping itself, these are more of a mixed bag.

 

Getting it out of the way off the top, Lost And Found is one of my favourite things ever. It should’ve been on Smokescreens and I’m not quite sure why it isn’t. While it doesn’t reinvent the wheel, there’s something about it that I’ve always loved. My only theory is that I didn’t think it fit at the time, but come on… it slaps! It’s definitely better than some of the stuff that made the cut.

 

Anyway, Given Out is a favourite and End Of My Rope isn’t too shabby either. I only say that about the latter because I didn’t really get those lyrics right until years later. Working on a side-project called Seasons In Colour, they were included in a grouping called A Melody For Every Season. (Be sure to check it out along with other Seasons In Colour stuff in the Fireteddy National Library.)

 

Drive It Home is forgettable to me, but a version of The Past Contracts that almost ended up on Smokescreens can be found in the Fireteddy National Library. In the end, I went with the less positive lyrics for that grouping itself because they were more interesting and fit the mood better.

 

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01. Lost And Found

02. Drive It Home

03. End Of My Rope

04. Given Out

 

Lost And Found

 

It’s in my generosity

Confidence, hypocrisy

All the things that make me up

They try to drag me down

 

Lost and then I’m found

I’m lost and then I’m…

 

A need I find insatiable

A past that’s not erasable

All the things that make me great

Leave me wandering around

 

I’m lost and then I’m found

I’m lost and then I’m…

 

Lost and then I’m found

I’m lost and now I’m…

 

Trying to settle down

Trying to settle down

But it howls and then it hounds

It howls and then it hounds

 

Trying to settle down

Trying to settle down

But it howls and then it hounds

It howls and then it hounds

 

Come apart and now

I’m losing to be found

Losing to be found

Losing…

 

Lost and then I’m…

Lost and then I’m found

 

Lost and then I’m…

Lost and now I’m…

 

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Drive It Home

 

A name that comes from hell

You’re always better still

Most times I can’t tell

Stuck inside the will

Oh you never had control

You lost it long ago

You’re digging bigger holes

You’re thinking I don’t know

 

Well move yourself into the car

Drive it, drive it, drive it home

You never really get too far

Pretty soon you’ll be alone

 

All the while, reciting lines

Things you know you’ve said before

Hey man, we are not your kind

Now prepare to be ignored

 

And you’ve never shown restraint

You should look for someone else

You’ve got your number one complaint

With these rumours to dispel

So what is this today?

Are you looking for respect?

Can’t hear a thing you say

I’m afraid I won’t forget

 

So move yourself into the car

Drive it, drive it, drive it home

You never really get too far

Pretty soon you’ll be alone

 

All the while, reciting lines

Things you know you’ve said before

Hey man, we are not your kind

Now prepare to be ignored

 

Prepare to be ignored

Prepare to be ignored

 

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End Of My Rope

 

I don’t want to be here anymore

My anger turns to apathy, my anger turns to apathy

To watch it go ignored

I’ll be bored and go without

It’s only apathy and doubt

 

How do I get out?

How do I get out?

 

Everyday you’re living, some innocence gets lost

Everyday you live it out, you’re living out the costs

Everyday you’re living, some innocence gets lost

Well everyday you’re living…

Everyday…

 

And these days I’m not sure of where I’m at

My anger is my honesty, my anger is my honesty

These days I’m a rat

And that’s all that’s left to say

Some apathy today

 

How do I get out?

How do I get out?

 

Everyday you’re living, some innocence gets lost

Everyday you live it out, you’re living out the costs

Everyday you’re living, some innocence gets lost

Well everyday you’re living…

Everyday…

 

And baby, I’ve been bought

And baby, I’ve been bought

 

Don’t ask me if I’m living

Because these days I am not

These days I am not

 

Well baby, I’ve been bought

Well baby, I’ve been bought

 

Don’t ask me if I’m living

Turned to something that I’m not

Turned to something that I’m not

 

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Given Out

 

If I’m gonna break, break myself in two

If I’m gonna lose it, I’ll blame it all on you

How do we get out? How will we go down?

I don’t know why I’m asking when I know you’re not around

 

There’s a star that’s in the distance

And it’s burnt out, your curse for me

It’s devil sticks and magic tricks

To erase the things you’ll be

 

In your perpetuated destinies

There are changes that have formed in me

You’ve given up and given out

Given up and given out

 

If I had a wish, I’d wish to be there now

So I could find a way to mend these lines somehow

How will it end up? How does it subside?

Why am I still asking when I know we won’t survive?

 

There’s a star that’s in the distance

And it’s burnt out, your curse for me

It’s devil sticks and magic tricks

To erase the things you’ll be

 

In your perpetuated destinies

There are changes that have formed in me

You’ve given up and given out

Given up and given out

 

Now there’s nothing left to see

Nothing left to hope for, nothing to believe

 

So there’s nothing left for me

Nothing left to realize, nothing to receive

 

With our future still in doubt

You’ve given up and given out

Given up and given out

 

Given up and given out

It’s what you’ve given

 

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