Needs To Relax

by StaG

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1.
My head's in a blanket While you reach for the door On time with a bad stint Add on a wager You wanna see me get angry? You'll have to rip off my skin Climb deep in my sternum, and find That fucker within All I really want is a bad scene and some cellos to play me out All I really want is a bad scene and the inside to reflect what's out My chips on the attic but my heart's on the floor I'll let it get wrinkled left out, to eat mold All I really want is a bad scene and some cellos to play me out All I really want is a bad scene and the inside to reflect what's out
2.
I know we're scared In a huddle of family opinions And on the one side: A little push for a ring And with my friends So much love for the independent And when I watch the type to give away all their future and their confidence... I don't want nights where I try to prove I am easy going but I want time just to prove I am right So here I come I don't wanna miss the wait And I don't wanna miss all the silly interactions and I just wanna see you say "can I come live in the cracks of your walls" Everyday under the sun you should know I'm alive I know my heart And I know I'm inclined to say this but I think it's dumb, for what keeps us apart? Oh just a job - I complain on a daily basis - and okay a book, or maybe a song So here I come I don't wanna miss the chance to wake up on a sunday without any pressure to get out in the world and prance plan a trip to Colorado or a trip to France I'm scared our time is limited here I feel it in my stomach and between my ears but I know one thing that keeps it clear I care about you and I want you here. Everyday under the sun you should know I'm alive
3.
Take me down To a river On the bankside and strip my clothes off Point it out - we're so fucking scared to seem the tiniest bit attracted to hair I like the smell It gives me shivers and I see our bones crack reflected in that river And I don't care I like this keep it coming Shed my armor Kick my heart in I like this Keep it coming Love me stupid Love me stupid I like this keep it coming Shed my armor Kick my heart in I like this Keep it coming Love me stupid Love me stupid It's a little judgemental I get it but holy shit if I have to listen to one more conversation about rental prices or traffic or the question how's work or a comment about a movie I can't do it no I can't... I like this keep it coming Shed my armor Kick my heart in I like this Keep it coming Love me stupid Love me stupid I like this keep it coming Shed my armor Kick my heart in I like this Keep it coming Love me stupid Love me stupid
4.
Jessica 03:12
Jessica exits the bathroom With no shoes and a confident smile With a hand she will trace the wall as she walks down the hallway like somebody's watching And then there's Harrison On the dance floor With the girl from Argentina He is drunk and dim, he's not seeing right Arms to the left he kinda shouts through some laughter "Baby is it so simple?" She says "Darling you can figure it out. It is empty, so have a drink dear" He says "I don't know if that is allowed" And then he shouts something off like "Yeah you know you're still so young. And we live for the night grab my hand and come along" Jess says "Harry when we get back home, let's cuddle under blankets and read alone. Let's tell each other secrets and never atone, you're my very best friend in the world you know." Harry says "Jess you know I often joke, and I'm a little too drunk so please don't save this quote. I would be alone, just a pathetic bloke. If I didn't have you I'd never stay afloat." "Baby is it so simple?" She says "Darling you can figure it out. It is empty, so have a drink dear" He says "I don't know if that is allowed" And then he shouts something off like "Yeah you know you're still so young. And we live for the night grab my hand and come along" Then she gets real close to his face with an open palm "You're repeating what I said Harry, how could you be so dumb?"
5.
Is this something? Do I feel the same again? Or it's nothing. But do I feel the same? Well I'd like to do it all again And I'd like to brush your hair behind And I'd like to see it in your eyes And I'd like to hold you through the night But it's messy. I don't think it's the same again Even though I miss it I don't think it's the same Dance it off To kill the bones It's funny how easy it is to trick my soul Dance it off To kill the bones It's funny how easy it is to trick my soul It's funny There's a scene in a movie here Where I run to you And get down on my knees But it's the look I give my friends at home The lie I tell my co-workers The amount of clothes I choose to pack And the kind of joke that makes you laugh Yeah it's messy I don't think it's the same again Even though I miss it I don't think it's the same Dance it off To kill the bones It's funny how easy it is to trick my soul Dance it off To kill the bones It's funny how easy it is to trick my soul
6.
Tear It Open 03:15
In my bed It's late at night Staring upwards Knowing she has the real me I'm terrified Bugs and insects and whiter noise Clutter my ears so I put on my headphones and fall asleep light Please Tear it open for me now I need help Tear it open for me now Please Tear it open for me now I need help Tear it open for me now I know The comfort is in the way I Close off And I will choose it every time Please Tear it open for me now I need help Tear it open for me now Please Tear it open for me now I need help Tear it open for me now
7.
Well I feel young Probably two days a week Maybe drinking to excess in sin And I feel young because I'm living in a city with 36 year-old children But then I find you It's always at a party We meet through a mutual friend And you are eager, and joyful but with a wonderful sense of the end Then you kiss me And I'm a little weakened But secretly I love that skin And I hold you a little too tender But that's just how it begins I'll make you love me till your heart stops I need love to drag me up from nothing and push me to a wakened state I need love to wrap me up in presence give that shock back to my brain And so I take From all of your fire, your flaws, your love and your hate. Yes, I take And you respond with kindness just giving up rate after rate I'll make you love me till your heart stops Well that sad kid trick doesn't work You'll just drag your love through the dirt No that sad kid trick, it doesn't work You'll just drag your love through the dirt I'll make you love me till your heart stops
8.
Is there anything sadder Than the look of reservation That you told me didn't matter when you were filled with frustration Well I'm just blind to the obvious sometimes It got quiet in the room but I thought it was the weather The lights are gone but we're going through the motions The lights are gone but we act it out like we're on stage I'm just blind to the obvious sometimes It got quiet in the room but I thought it was the weather Will all love fade like the need for sweeter breakfasts And as I age will I ever feel so reckless The lights are gone but we're going through the motions The lights are gone but we act it out like we're on stage
9.
Just Myself 02:55
I wanna scream until my cords rip out I wanna see what happens when I don't make a sound It's a comfort knowing it could end A tragedy and I can't make amends Who to tell? No one else Who to tell? No one else I figured I ain't gotten over this My friends are a crowd in a one congested kiss I'm back where I belong again Everyday is such a struggle out of bed Who to tell? No one else Who to tell? No one else Who to tell? No one else Who to tell? Just myself
10.
I often imagine a voice under the moon "hey nobody gets there too soon" It's a comfort and I listen gently and I love it tenderly I wish it were my parents but My mother and father, they had similar advice But it just didn't sit right Kind of like real life I'm on the lookout so constantly seeking for someone to tell me I'm doing my best out here I talk shit when I'm on the right sip But it's more of an empty quip A cry for a tighter grip But there's something inside of me I can't explain it I don't wanna stop, no I don't wanna stop It's the rhythm of the crossing guard It is feeling so alone, but in charge of our hope It's the little ones who won't just cross to their home Giving patience to the "oh please stop me I'm giving up" Enough of the doom and gloom and I don't know how It's always been how do I fit in the crowd. What a cliche, and this is silly, and I don't know a person who doesn't have this problem But there's something about the untouchable moment when people admit they're just having a tougher time It's the rhythm of the crossing guard It is feeling so alone, but in charge of our hope It's the little ones who won't just cross to their home Giving patience to the "oh please stop me I'm giving up" There's something about the untouchable moment when people admit they're just having a tougher time It's the rhythm of the crossing guard It is feeling so alone, but in charge of our hope It's the little ones who won't just cross to their home Giving patience to the "oh please stop me I'm giving up"

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Recorded in the spring/summer of 2017 in and around Los Angeles, CA

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released January 19, 2020

StaG is:
Matt McGuire: Keys, Vocals, Production
Will Walden: Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keys, Percussion
Casey Baird: Drums, Percussion
Tony Denove: Bass

Produced by Andrew Lappin
Mixed by Doug Boehm
Mastered by Chris Goering
Album Design by Taylor Englert
Album Photos by Will Walden

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