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What Makes This Place Worth Calling Our Home

by Courtesy Drop

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released December 16, 2011

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Mikey Allred - mikey@mikeyallred.com

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Track Name: Who I Could Have Been [who i never became]
If there's a life after death
I hope it's not based on what I'm living
Because it's a stretch to say that I'm not dead already
to say that I'm not taking more than I'm giving
I'm all out of hope of repaying my debt
because I've seen a side of this life I won't soon forget

It's not my fault that I'm not the same
and I'll blame anyone it takes to take this pain away
I'm not sorry for being selfish
because in this life it's nothing short of what's to be expected

Maintain the pain
Track Name: This Song Is About My Old Music Scene
They say that some people never change
and in this case I wouldn’t have had it any other way
I shudder at the thought of who and what I might have
been without you

Because in those days
you taught us to relate
leave our differences at the door
and share the same dreams
so that even when you’d gone
the passion would never fade

You gave us a song to sing
and a place to call home
and we’ll always hold them close
People come and go
but we’ll stay the same because
this is all we know

The pressure’s on
because we have some shoes to fill
and if we keep our head on straight
I think we will
Even if we fall
even if we fail
we’ll always remember

I won’t let go of what’s been buried deep inside my chest
Track Name: NewSangWan
Like a ship built free of a sail
I was stranded before I’d begun
And I couldn’t sleep for fear of the nightmares making
their way into my dreams
and corrupting every part of me

I wasted my time
waiting for better days to arrive
but they never showed
and I was left broken and alone

If I’d been any weaker
I would have drowned in the sea of my own inabilities
but I found the strength
to make my own better days
and bury the pain

I finally see
the difference between
what I want
and what I need
I’ve sorted out that my mistakes
serve to mark the miles on the paths that I take

I understand
the clarity
in giving up on everything
but regret has been my world
for long enough
Track Name: What Makes This Place Worth Calling Our Home
We've had our share of dark days
when every breath seemed harsher than the last
Trying to carry the world by our own strength
Gamble with the future
sacrifice the past

We always ran
from the obvious answers
and turned a cold shoulder to the warmest of hearts
ignoring their acts
ignoring the fact
that only when the pain fades
will the healing start

But when we let go
of our pride
and let the bitterness inside our eyes die
we found the will to repay
all of the debts we'd raised
and let passion lead
instead of aimless hate

We fought too many battles,
and embraced the pain of the weight all on our own
but finding friends that counteract the stumbles
is what makes this place worth calling our home
Track Name: Tylenol and Fireball [revisited]
I can't take these headaches
they're so needless
so exhausting
I'm only trying to be a better man
I didn't know it'd be this taxing
I'll pass on the pills and therapeutic sessions
I can fight through this on my own
I'm finding my way back to where I was before

Keeping my chin up high
walking tall
taking strides
I'm making this effort to better myself
I may need help or I may be fine
but either way it's just a matter of time
before I make it out and get all this weight off my shoulders

It's not the same as before
so don't take my hand
because all I know about where I'm going
is where I've been
But I know that I'm doing the best I can
and that the struggle's worth it in the end

I'm taking back what I used to say
because I can make it another day
and if I'm wrong
well at least I tried hard enough to die satisfied
Track Name: Blood of my Blood and Jam of my Jams [revisited]
I'm taking this back from you
because you don't know what you're doing
and I can't watch you destroy
what so many tried to build
So why don't you do us all a favor
and start swallowing your pride
We need to think and act for the good of the long run
because it's not like we have anywhere else to go
Let's leave a legacy
a thriving community
instead of similar ruins

If it's worth anything
I think we'll be alright
When it's all said and done
when all our time is gone
we'll know it was worth the fight

We're all getting older
but these rooms will live forever
so tell me what's the sense
in hoarding them for ourselves
What we need goes so far past
double standards of respect
and social ladders ranked in ignorance

It seems that we have finally come to terms
with who it is that we all strive to be
and even with the questions that still need answers
we're all living our lives proud and free

We're not giving up
We're not backing down
We've worked too hard for this
this is our sacred ground
We'll hold each other up
as we rebuild and start anew
Making the world feel the impact
when we finally break through

We're all family here
Track Name: The Good Old Days [revisited]
I can't wait for the end of the world
when everything goes back to black and white
Track Name: High Ground, Low Expectations [revisited]
We used to be happy
when we let ourselves tell us that we could do anything
We could have done anything
Maybe our hopes were misplaced
Maybe our love was too free
but at least we still trusted in living
Now we sit
a body of cynics
putting nothing but doubt into everything and everyone
We should have known we were going wrong
when we called it 'growing older'

Now we're content with second best
in this dead-end town where we swore you'd never see us again
Because we gave up when things got hard
We weren't man enough to wear the scars like trophies

Now my feet are restless
and all I'm doing here is standing still
And your defeat is evident
but you're just fine
because you're used to everything going downhill

But I'm not content like all the rest
and I'm getting out of this town while I still have the chance
I'll never give up when things get hard
I'm man enough to take the scars on proudly

Oh my god
what have you become?
Such a pathetic shell of yourself
working for nothing but the end

If I had known that it'd be ending like this
I would have saved you instead of hoping for the best
Track Name: What Makes This Place Worth Calling Our Home [group effort]
We've had our share of dark days
when every breath seemed harsher than the last
Trying to carry the world by our own strength
Gamble with the future
sacrifice the past

We always ran
from the obvious answers
and turned a cold shoulder to the warmest of hearts
ignoring their acts
ignoring the fact
that only when the pain fades
will the healing start

But when we let go
of our pride
and let the bitterness inside our eyes die
we found the will to repay
all of the debts we'd raised
and let passion lead
instead of aimless hate

We fought too many battles,
and embraced the pain of the weight all on our own
but finding friends that counteract the stumbles
is what makes this place worth calling our home