The American Dream Is Dead

by Giants at Large

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The American Dream Is Dead was recorded by Gary Cioffi at Maximum Sound Studios in Danvers MA during October 2013.

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released March 3, 2015

All songs written by Giants At Large
Production, tracking, and mixing by Gary Cioffi at Maximum Sound Studios
Mastering by Michael Fossenkemper at Turtle Tone Studios
Artwork by Laura Murray and Bob Wulff

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Track Name: The American Dream Is Dead
My thoughts are racing at a manic pace
Adjacent, I'm on automatic
My whole body isn't syncing
The urgency inside my bones
Ache for somewhere else to go
Impatient shaking under my skin

Auto pilot
Progress stagnant
This can't be it
The American dream Is dead
Exhausted
We lost it
In my head
The American dream is dead

A haunted headstock won't go away
A whisper that's become a habit
Getting louder than my thinking

So I'll sit and play the lottery
Until I've run out of time and money
And I feel that point inching toward my back
Is it time to wake these anxious eyes
From fiction fed back in 95'
But I've got a few more minutes
And a handful of dimes

The American dream is dead
Track Name: Summer
Hey there summer
What exactly are you trying to do
You've got me thinking
Maybe I don't need to think this through

No we don't
Need a hand to hold tonight
No we don't
We don't care if we're wrong or right

Hey there brother
Have you heard that looks can really kill
The views the same
Except the feelings missing from the thrill

If we're right
Track Name: Dead Letter
We'll spend the night in frames
We felt so clever
An expected guest
Keep it together

And oh the rooms spinning
It's all just beginning
The whole rooms spinning
Don't play the fool
Yeah the whole rooms spinning
It's all just beginning
The whole rooms spinning
So play it cool

We we're young
We we're kids
Didn't know what we did
Couldn't run
Couldn't hide
Couldn't open our eyes

I hope you know
That we all turned out A-OK
I hope you know
I think about it everyday

So go and write me off
Cause I should know better
Come on just leave me here
I'm just a dead letter

I hope you know
That we all turned out A-OK
I hope you know
I think about it everyday
And I know that we're tired
But we didn't burn out
On the things that you think
We we're never about
I hope you know
That we all turned out A-OK
Track Name: Party Crasher
As I look out
To the sea of traffic lights
It all slows down
As I am hypnotized
I've been stuck here
The ground's consumed my feet
I'm a statue
On the busiest of streets

Wait it out
Wait it out oh

So as I face the world
One day at a time
I'll be taking back
What is really mine
And I've been holding on
For all this time
But I need to see a sign

As I lay here
With my back against the ground
I'm a marquee
In a backwards nowhere town
It's a routine
That I just can't seem to break
It's a fever
That I just can't seem to shake

Sweat it out
Sweat it out oh

The in-between
An awkward place to be standing still
I've got my feet
You've got the shoes I know I can fill
I'm not invited
But I swear I'm coming anyway
The party crasher
Coming faster at you everyday

Wait it out
Let it out
Sweat it out
Let it out
Track Name: Waste Your Life With Me
Stay far away from those boys outside
They sing the words that the devil writes

Yeah they're all out there dancing
Like machines
And they're constantly gambling
Making a scene
With the neighbors complaining
What can I say to make you see
Won't you take my hand
And waste your life with me

Let go the free throw aint being caught
They should have listened to what they're taught

So waste your life with me
Track Name: Suckers
Suckers
We're all buying it
Suckers
We're all giving in

As the stolen sound waves
Start to swim
Come on anchor down baby
You diving in?

Search the vacant signs
For deeper meaning
Cracked in the design
The colors fleeting
Back to quiet gray
And everything will fade away

Suckers
We're all marching in
Suckers
It's so genuine

Suck in your prey
And entertain
Critically acclaimed
And we're all to blame
Track Name: Cambridge
And I made a wish on an airplane
Cambridge, how we've stayed the same

Stayed the same

Still such an unsolved mystery
You could be whoever I want you to be
(Violent waves)
The currents drifting me away
(Drift me away)
With violent waves
Tonight the Atlantic sings

And I saw your face through a white filtered frame
Pleasant, but it seemed so strange

Seemed so strange

And I saw your face
Through a white filtered frame
It took me away
To better days

Took me away
To better days
Track Name: Disconnect
So cold
It's all just getting so old
It's so repeated and dull
Half the time
Sorry
It seemed so good from the start
But now we're falling apart
And I don't have a clue as to why

Disconnected under my skin
Let this go it's far too gone

Quiet
Don't bother saying a word
Communications absurd
All the time
Sorry
It seemed so good from the start
But now we're falling apart
And it's all coming back to me why

Can't keep feeling this way
Track Name: Sympathy
Know what you're thinking
I can see through your stare
I'm not amusing
Don't bother clearing the air
I'll just keep my head down until we pass

No I don't like it
Another night in your debt
How can I fight it?
I might as well just forget
But I'll get you next round when I get the chance

No I don't want your sympathy
But I know it's something that I need
A symphony might feel so golden
Another case for charity

Appreciate it
But It kills me inside
Got shallow pockets
Although I know you don't mind
But I night in town is just too much to ask

What are we doing tomorrow?
What are we all doing today?
Are we on time that we've borrowed?
Have we over welcomed our stay?
No I got no one to follow
I just take it all day to day
Although it comes in staccato
I know that we'll all be okay
Track Name: The Last Song
Hope ignites a spark within
Making it a very dangerous way to live
Hanging on by just a thread
But we're singing again

And I wanted to be everything you need
And I wanted to be every song you sing
But even if I've fallen far too short
A thousand times or more
You know I'll be there wandering
Just like I have been
And always was before

When i'm home what shall I do
Lie await in bed another year or two
Making moves without a plan
But we're singing again

Don't lose sleep over me

And I wanted to be everything you need
And I wanted to be every song you sing

Be the last words that I sing
Know I tried my best to give you everything
If we fall short in the end
We'll be singing again