Dude, Don't Make It Weird

by Thirteen Towers

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released January 23, 2016

Mike Yaary -- drums
Edson Hinostroza -- bass, backing vocals
Jeff Skinner -- guitar, backing vocals
Xavier Pena -- guitar, backing vocals
Cory Rokes -- trumpet
Chris Williams -- tenor sax
James Tucker -- lead vocals

Other musicians:

Chris Tolbert -- trumpet (1,2,3,4,5,7,8,13)
Mike Dranove -- trombone (1,2,3,4,7,8,13)
Josh Early -- trombone (5,9,13)
Ume -- trombone (6,10,11,12)
Mike Tolbert -- backing vocals (10,12)
Jack Phillipoom -- live guitars
Daphne Cashion -- live alto sax

Engineered, mixed and mastered by Jeff Skinner
Artwork by Cory Rokes. All songs Thirteen Towers.

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Thirteen Towers is a ska-punk band from Fairfax VA. Buy our music on Bandcamp.com or thirteentowers.com for the lowest prices. Our full length album is also available on iTunes, Amazon and GooglePlay. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for photos, videos and information about upcoming shows. Email booking@thirteentowers.com to book shows. ... more

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Track Name: By Any Other Name
One! Thirteen! Thirteen! One! Thirteen! Thirteen! Hey!

I really wanna tell you it was my best day. It was a good day. A very complicated day. Cause I wasn't on my best behavior that day. After the things I said and the things I did. I was nervous, I was scared. I was totally unprepared. All I wanted was to bring you home safely, baby bear. But your mother needed me, your mother was undone. It was a Pyrrhic victory, but a victory ...

One! Thirteen! Thirteen! One! Thirteen! Thirteen! Hey!

That rose by any other name would always be as sweet as reggae is to me. That girl by any other name would always be the same, that's all I need ... all I need. That rose by any other name would always be a sweet as rock'n'roll could be. That girl by any other name would always be the same. She's my everything, everything.

Your mother tells me it was a black day on your birthday. A very complicated day. Cause she had some high expectations that day, before the things they did and for all that meant. She was hurt. She was scared. She was totally unprepared. She had wanted something better for you precious baby bear. When your mother needed me, we almost were undone. It was a tough delivery, but your family ...

That rose will always smell as sweet. That girl means everything to me.
Track Name: Take One For The Team
If you see a girl who’s flirty getting tipsy at the bar you gotta (pick her up, pick her up, pick her up up. Pick her up, pick her up, pick her up.) If you somebody litter on your favorite stretch of lawn you gotta (pick it up, pick it up, pick it up up. Pick it up, pick it up, pick it up.) If your friend is meloncholy and he wants to end it all you gotta (pick him up, pick him up, pick him up up. Pick him up, pick him up, pick him up.) If my bong is nice and clean and it’s packed and good to go you gotta (light it up, light it up, light it up up. Light up, light up, light up.)

So let it go, take one for the team. No control, nothing’s as it seems.
So here we go! No reason to pretend that no one cares, so just take my hand.

If you see two lonely people and you think they’d hit it off you gotta (hook ‘em up, hook ‘em up, hook ‘em up up. Hook ‘em up, hook ‘em up, hook ‘em up!) Cuz the problems on this planet aren’t gonna fix themselves, you gotta (fix it up, fix it up, fix it up up. Fix it up, fix it up, fix it up!) The tempo’s getting faster and the people feel the beat you gotta (pick it up, pick it up, pick it up up. Pick it up, pick it up, pick it up.) If a bully wants to fight, then there’s one thing you can do, you gotta (put ‘em up, put ‘em up, put ‘em up up. Put ‘em up, put ‘em up, put ‘em up!)

So let it go, take one for the team. No control, nothing’s as it seems.
So here we go! No reason to pretend that no one cares, so just take my hand.

Wuh-uh-oh! Wuh-uh-oh! Wuh-uh-oh!-o-o-o-Wuh-uh-oh!
Wuh-uh-oh!-o-o-o-Wuh-uh-oh! Wuh-uh-oh!-o-o-o-Wuh-uh-oh!

So let it go, take one for the team. No control, nothing’s as it seems.
Now let it go, take one for the team. No control, nothing’s as it seems.
So here we go! No reason to pretend that no one cares, so just take my hand.
Track Name: Facebook Whore
Facebook whore, your status update I abhor. I fucking hate you to the core. I just can’t take it anymore. Facebook whore, no one cares what you have to say. Will you please just go away. No one would miss you anyway.

You take a picture of your salad and you put it on display, along with all the pictures of you drinking Chardonnay. People comment on your pictures about croutons on display: “Oh how tasty, oh how yummy” and how much they’d like to have it. And how they could eat a salad almost every single day. Playing Angry Birds and Farmville keeps depression far away. You glow inside from all the comments you received. With high self-esteem! Mission achieved!

Facebook whore, your status update I abhor. I fucking hate you to the core. I just can’t take it anymore. Facebook whore, no one cares what you have to say. Will you please just go away. No one would miss you anyway.

Hey! Hey!

You check another timeline looking for an older post. You find a pic you like and you begin to boast of how you looked just 6 months ago. 20 lbs ago when you had somewhere to go. Just sit in the dark all day long in front of a screen is where you belong. The madness you feel is like this song. Brutal and hard all of the time.

Facebook whore, your status update I abhor. I fucking hate you to the core. I just can’t take it anymore. Facebook whore, no one cares what you have to say. Will you please just go away. No one would miss you anyway.

Facebook whore, let it go, let it go. Facebook whore.
Track Name: Inviting Disaster
My life today was wasting away. Nothing to do now and nothing to say. The question I asked would get no reply. I’m tired of hearing all of your lies

And nothing I do. Gives me a clue. There’s so many things that I couldn’t do. And I’m always awake when I’m lying in bed. So many thoughts running through my head.

And why are we inviting disaster? Inside you and me, are we? We’re inviting disaster? But I, I can’t believe why we would be inviting disaster? With no remedy for our disease. We’re inviting disaster! We’re inviting disaster!

Sometimes I feel like “what’s the deal?” I’m focused all the things that seem real. And maybe one day, I shall steal your heart again and then start to heal.

My life today was wasting away. Nothing to do now and nothing to say. The question I asked would get no reply. I’m tired of hearing all of your lies
Track Name: You're Not Wrong, Robert, You're Just An Asshole
I just want it to mean something - this endless passing of finite and burdensome days. Wanting to feel something besides this loosening grip on our forgotten dreams. There was a time when we wanted for nothing more than to see shitty bands at some shitty bar. Is this all that we hoped for? Should have planned for something more

And if I hum along to familiar threads and melodies. Will it make the clocks pause before they strikes two thousand and three. Before it all went wrong. Before nostalgia became of our young nights and days. Now we’re too fucking old to keep acting this way.

I guess they were right all along. Idealism is nothing but naivety. I’m giving up on it all. Go find a job, get a mortgage and fuck this scene. There was a time when we wanted for nothing more than to start shitty bands and write shitty songs. Is this all that we hoped for? We could have done so much more.

I guess that they’ve won. I’m still uncertain. Who is they?
I thought I was raging along. Now I’m certain that I have become a cog in the machine.
Track Name: Without You
Through a singular spectrum of color I see your beauty
Through a singular spectrum of color I see your delight (repeat)

Take a look in the mirror, tell me what you see
Hopefully you’ll see the same beauty I see
Inside and out, you make it clear to me
Your feelings for me will never ...

Without you. None of this happens, I could not chase my dreams
Without you. I would gain 40 pounds. I would dwell in the dark
Without you. I would hurt all day long knowing I don’t belong
Without you. I would lose all control. Things would slow to a crawl.

Now we’ve had our ups and we’ve had our downs
But even when you’re mad, I can still make you smile
Far and away, you know I’ll never stray
My feelings for you, you know they will hold true
When life gets me down it gets me through all these trials
Your affectionate smile keeps me going for miles
Inside and out, you make it clear to me
Your feelings for me will never …

Without you. None of this happens, I could not chase my dreams
Without you. I would gain 40 pounds. I would dwell in the dark
Without you. I would hurt all day long knowing I don’t belong
Without you. I would lose all control. Things would slow to a crawl.

Whoa oh, whoa oh oh oh …

Without you. None of this happens, I could not chase my dreams
Without you. I would gain 40 pounds. I would dwell in the dark
Without you. I would hurt all day long knowing I don’t belong
Without you. I would lose all control. Things would slow to a crawl.

Whoa oh, whoa oh oh oh …
Track Name: Find A Way
Taking your time to find the state of mind. Fading away each day and every day
Can’t swallow it down all pain from all the sound, what’s on your mind?
You get up and get down, refrain from the frown, but the highs aren’t so high and the lows are pretty low. Trying to sustain, find freedom from the pain, what’s on your mind?

Take another chance cause I don’t wanna fail this for you
You gotta know I’m trying (gotta know I’m trying) hard to find a way (x2)

I’ll take your pain away if you give me the time of day. Fading it out with the good vibes that I say. Don’t try to hide all the pain that’s inside, tell me what’s on your mind
Take a chance and please hear me out, you know I’m trying hard to figure it out
Don’t shut me out, you know you got clout. Tell me, can we find a way?
Track Name: Backwash
The room won’t stop spinning and I’m not feeling good. I’m never drinking again and I’m drowning in my drool.

So I stagger down the hall, as I’m grabbing for the walls, I feel a cold sweat taking over me. I feel dizzy and I start to heave. Not only that, I think I smell like pee. My head throbs as I open the door. Why, oh why did I have one more. My head throbs as I open the door. Why, oh why did I have one more?

Headache splinters through. Blurry vision has no clue. My pants are missing once again. Headache splinters through. Blurry vision has no clue. I drink the backwash from a can.

I try to get some sleep, sweat soaked through my sheets and sweat trickling down my buttcheeks. I feel diarrhea may be starting to leak. My breath reeks; I should’ve brushed my teeth. My head throbs as a lay on the floor. Why, oh why did I have one more? My head throbs as I squirm on the floor. Why, oh why did I have one more?
Track Name: Shake It Off
People still don’t know what happened here at home, not long ago, when the vultures were unleashed to prey and feed, feed on you! Whoa!

Remember when the credit froze and your home was foreclosed? Remember when your spouse wanted a divorce and left you? There you are with a gun in your mouth, wanting to leave. Oblivious to the fact that things can change, if you believe.

Shake it off, that sense of failure. Shake it off, you’ve done your best.
Shake it off, things will get better. Shake it off, things could be worse.

And now you’re fresh out of school, no options, but includes debt so big your stress breaks through, but you don’t know what to do. That’s when the panic starts to set in. You drive for hours and you don’t know where you’ve been.

1,2, 1, 2, 3, 4! Whoa! Life isn’t as easy as I was lead to believe.
Track Name: Fuck Your Selfie
You say I’m not up with the times. A social media curmodgeon. That it’s pure self expression. Showing yourself to the world. You’re an Instagram legend. You have have thousands of pictures. They’re all pictures of you. All taken by you.

Fuck your selfie, even if you’re hot. Fuck your selfie, even if you’re not.
Please get over yourself and you need to know it’s not all about you and it’s time to go
Fuck your selfie, even if you’re hot. Fuck your selfie, even if you’re not.
How self-involved do you have to be to hold up traffic just to take a selfie

Here’s a message to you kids, sharing more than you know you should. Keep your business your business. I only wish that you would. If you’re over 30, duck-lipping and all that, then clearly you’ve checked your self-esteem at the door.
Track Name: Meal For Free
Comment on my ideals and ideology, and just how little they had meant to me. You can keep on talking, but since we’ve broken up, I’m not caring. At least not as much

I’m not someone who listens well. At least not to you. Not no more.

Said some things about my past, how you knew it’d never last. Sat me on your bed and said all my kisses were made of lead. Well they weren’t, well they weren’t, well they weren’t.

I’m not someone who listens well. At least not to you. Not no more.

You said I didn’t talk enough about how I feel. Well, baby, listen up. I’m gonna scream! I’m gonna scream!

You went on a date with me just so you could eat for free. Your ex-boyfriend kicked you out, so you slept in my house and even after all of that when he asked, you took him back. What’d you take him back for, baby?

I’m gonna scream! I’m gonna scream!

I’m not someone who listens well. At least not to you. Not no more.

You said I didn’t talk enough about how I feel. Well, baby, listen up. I’m gonna scream! I’m gonna scream!
Track Name: Part Of Me
Take this time with me, please don’t just set me free. I fucked up many times, but I know we’re meant to be. I’ll take what’s on your mind and listen carefully. You did wrong sometimes, but you only blame me. I can’t take this any more, there’s nothing left to save. Every day is like a war and I’m losing you more and more. There’s times I spent with you that I never will forget. You just wash them out, all that’s left is regret.

You are a part of me and I can’t believe why you’d let me go only to be lonely

Take me to a place where I’m far away from here. I can’t stand the fact that you never really cared. Take what’s on your mind and listen carefully. You did wrong sometimes, don’t you only blame me. Sometimes I find myself wondering where it all went wrong. I think back to a time when I should’ve held my tongue. You always said to me, will we ever be happy? I tried so many times, but you wouldn’t let it be

You are a part of me and I can’t believe why you’d let me go only to be lonely