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Make A Break, Make A Move

by The Torn ACLs

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1 2 3 4 3 2 1 With the buildings there, can we still see the sun? 2 4 6 8 6 4 2 If we can't get around, then what do we do? 4 8 12 16 12 8 Who's in charge? Who's running this place? 8 12 24 48 24 We're all out of space; can we make room for more? We can just do it all ourselves Loosening watches, tightening belts 1 2 3 4 3 2 1 The streets aren't safe; the cops have guns 2 4 6 8 6 4 2 There's a bad, bad storm that we've got to get through 4 8 12 16 12 8 We need to tell them what we want and communicate 8 12 24 48 24 It's quid pro quo just to get out the door We can just do it all ourselves Loosening watches, tightening belts 12 24 48 96 There's water all around and it sinks the ships 96 48 24 12 It's looking like we might need some help It's looking like we might need some help It's looking like we might need some help It's looking like we might need some help Loosening watches, tightening belts
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Somewhere in Alaska, in the snow Somewhere in Alaska, there's a telephone Hanging by the wire, it's making feeble noises Hisses and clicks There's a booth withstanding the wind Not a soul for miles I'm on the other end I'm on the other end I'm on the other end Operator, patch me through There's someone I need to talk to Operator, patch me through There's someone I need to talk to There's someone I need to talk to There's someone I need to talk to Broad facades of towers don't know But they don't care either They'll leave you alone Leaving me to wonder about How much space I take up Darting through the crowds Operator, patch me through There's someone I need to talk to Operator, patch me through Sometimes we can't breathe 'Cause the air gets caught between Longer names, higher numbers, longer names With our arms, we turn the cogs Making clouds, floating north I want to take them down Operator, patch me through There's someone I need to talk to There's someone I need to talk to There's someone I need to talk to
3.
Can't Say No To Friday (free) 02:38
I can't stay mad at you, Friday I can't say no to you, Friday I don't want the others, just Friday I'm always waiting for Friday Waking up on a Friday Going home on a Friday I can't go six more before Friday Why can't there be more Friday? Give me an excuse I need more time to go as fast as I can To make it go as fast as I can Ah-ah-ah, ah-ah-ah This isn't my kind of Friday But every second it's Friday I wish that they were all Friday I need more time with my Friday Waking up on a Friday Going home on a Friday Ah-ah-ah Ah-ah-ah, ah-ah-ah Ah-ah-ah Ah-ah-ah, ah-ah-ah Ah-ah-ah
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All Gone 03:05
We'll be rich as youngsters We'll be rich without the numbers When they're all gone It won't be long Save a jar of pennies Soon there won't be any at all We will be so careful rounding We'll be fed, we won't be howling When they're all gone It won't be long Keeping heavy pockets Keeping heavy pockets for luck With both hands up, no one interrupts It's all a bit self-conscious But if it's got to be so obvious At least it's not my problem Oh, we smile and we wave at the cars that don't hit us While we cross the street to go home for a minute Oh, we smile and we wave at the cars that don't hit us While we cross the street to go home for a minute Oh no, we won't take it back Oh no, we won't take the work that's thrown at us I've got something else I've got something else
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Covered with raindrops and coal We'll get hidden in port cities with colds and be very loud It'll be terrible out But we won't want to stay in the house on election night It's just about the best thing to do The best thing that you can do Just wait, just wait, just wait, just wait 'til it gets worse Just wait, just wait, just wait, just wait 'til it gets worse Just wait, just wait, just wait, just wait 'til it gets worse Just wait, just wait, just wait, just wait 'til it gets worse Nobody's got an alarm Waiting for them and a beep beep beep beep to their name Nothing wakes them up They pull out the pins from their knees Shifting their weight, limb to limb, shin to shin Trading sloppy eyes It's just about the best thing to do The best thing that you can do Under these conditions Just wait, just wait, just wait, just wait 'til it gets worse Just wait, just wait, just wait, just wait 'til it gets worse This might be the only chance we get so we should try to lose our minds On hardwood floors, we'll break our legs, we'll stay up late, because we can We'll stay up late, we'll break our legs We'll stay up late, we'll break our legs
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Emergencies 05:04
I close my eyes and I push them in What I see are maps and gridlines Normal things, normal things, normal things are happening on time The lock's pulled up, the door ajar There were fingers in the glovebox They're trying to clean it up It may be a longshot, but it's all we've got Some of those planes seem a little loud And some too low so I get on the ground I want to take my money back The parking meters eat too well in this town There's construction going on All of the fucking sidewalks are closed The water's cloudy, clouds won't move Information gets around, you don't It's not just me, I can tell It's not just me, I can tell It's not just me, I can tell It's not just me, I can tell It can't be This place is just a body, it's legs and arms I didn't know I'd make it so very far And everyone descended with building blocks They took me all at once and they dressed me up I'm having all kinds of emergencies The fog is filling up on a dirty breeze The sketchy slouching terrors are spreading out It's nothing but alarms when I look around I don't want to hear it I don't want to hear it I don't want to hear it I don't want to hear it I'm bracing for the digging and tunneling These robbers got the choppers all hovering right in my ear I don't want to hear it I never get to wake up to see the sun A dull fatiguing chill gets to everyone This time of year I don't want to hear it I don't want to hear it I don't want to hear it
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Bass Drum 02:08
The bass drum's too shy, it doesn't want to come out tonight The bass drum's too shy, it doesn't want to come out tonight The bass drum's too shy, it doesn't want to come out tonight The bass drum's too shy, it doesn't want to come out tonight It stays in at home, without picking up the phone It closes the doors, it does all the usual chores The bass drum feels old, it doesn't have a place to go The bass drum feels old, no no no place to go It looks at its watch, it's too late to take a walk It's raining in sheets, the days just go pause and repeat The bass drum needs help, it can't move all by itself The bass drum needs help, it can't move all by itself It's sick of the trees, it pines for industry Congestion and crowds, adventures and city sounds The bass drum needs help, the bass drum needs help
8.
What's it like to be in charge? Just don't crash the boss's car Oh my heavens, oh my stars Just don't crash the boss's car We'll go further, we'll get far Just don't crash the boss's car We're a great team, yes we are Just don't crash the boss's car There can't be accidents If you write it down first And repeat it ad verbatim 'Til it happens, happens, it happens What's it like to be in charge? Just don't crash the boss's car Oh my heavens, oh my stars Just don't crash the boss's car We'll go further, we'll get far Just don't crash the boss's car We're a great team, yes we are Just don't crash the boss's car There can't be accidents If you keep your head up Keep your head up Keep your head up Smoke runs off the tops of buildings Rolling off the tips of fingers Smoke in columns, supervillains Smoke will turn this all to cinders Smiling, awful vats are spilling By the plateful, what's for dinner? Smiling dozens, hundreds, millions Smiling if you are not injured You don't want to be in the driver's seat You don't want to feel that steering wheel You don't want to be this company's achilles heel You don't want to be in the driver's seat You don't want to feel that steering wheel You don't want to be this company's achilles heel Just don't crash, uh-uh Just don't crash, uh-uh Just don't crash, just don't crash Just don't crash, uh-uh Just don't crash, uh-uh Just don't crash, just don't crash What's it like to be in charge? Rue my heavens, curse my stars We'll go far Just don't crash the boss's car
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25 mph 03:58
25 miles per hour doesn't seem very fast 25 miles per hour, 25 miles per hour When you're coming off the freeways When you have a time and you have a place When you have something to chase We could all be devoured in the jaws of life so fast We could all be devoured, we could all be devoured When your eyes move to the rearviews With the lights in your back that you try to lose All the burning reds and blues And all the coffee being had took over the air With a deep, sick breath out It's not a day until she says it is and she's not there yet To be fair, it's getting late And everybody with their mugs looked rather peculiar Drooping down to the floor, awake It's not a day until she says it is and she's not there yet To be fair, it's getting late It's not a day until she says it is and she's not there yet To be fair, it's getting late It's getting late, it's getting late Honestly, it's getting late
10.
Recognize 02:49
Shooting through tubes like irregular cubes We always stand at angles, waiting to be taken somewhere All of the faith is going to waste on taller, taller places And the vertigo that has to go with that Making canyons out of concrete The books are the buildings, the books are the buildings The library's overwhelming You really have to focus not to freeze So many more on top of so many more until one doesn't matter as much Or seem like it could make a difference I'll think but I won't do the talking I see something I see something I see something I recognize and it brings me back I quietly stare and I look very carefully for any break in the pattern Or anything that might be hiding The breeze rolling off the bay is blowing up my sleeve I see something I see something I see something I recognize I see something I see something I see something I recognize and it brings me back It brings me back
11.
It's getting too clever but all of this weather still keeps us indoors and in sweaters Putting on extra pounds, too many sounds and my head's in the data clouds Whatever it takes and whatever will save a trip Now I don't hesitate, now I'm too quick to hit birds with stones I got a bite out of something that's waiting for me back at home But there's still money in my teeth I got a lot of problems I don't know how to solve And I don't know how to solve my problems I got a lot of problems I don't know how to solve And I don't know how to solve my problems I got a lot of problems I don't know how to solve And I don't know how to solve my problems December, December, we'll get there whenever we can December, we should get together, it sounds like a plan December, December, right to the bus shelter I ran December, we're so close together
12.
My heart thanks your heart every day For being, for beating away Every day

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released January 6, 2012

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