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Something Something Pinball

by Test Dream

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You were the first to the DMV And we would all pile in with no plan or direction Searching for something born in the books we'd read And grown in the glow of the theatre And I was maybe 14 at the time All stock and nerves and poorly veiled insecurity And looking back, man It meant so much that you would even want me along And I remember all those weekend nights There was so much possibility We could spend a whole night just deciding on a thing to do Never doing anything And I remember driving in your car Soaking the sound of other generations' radio stations And waiting, hoping one day That we would find our own Our lives weren't laid out for us We hadn't started to dig that hole Like our parents before us We had no idea at all We thought we could make the world outside more like the one we'd built inside our heads We found our own way Still, this path seems a little worn When we got the call that you were gonna leave It sounded so strange, like we had heard it before Like it was hid in the background of all those songs we loved Like the hum of a fender guitar And it all seemed so familiar Like we had known all along That all our best made plans Were just a drop of sweat to the sea
Team Britta 02:16
I woke up early but went back to sleep It's 1pm, I'm finally on my feet Sprawled out in front of me a half a dozen books half read One on gardening but all my plants are dead My good intentions buried in the dirt still under my nails I meant to read the next chapter Went out drinking instead I meant to be better than I was yesterday But I'm still sleeping off last night
Indoor Kids 01:42
I spent an hour and a half drawing a picture of my bike while my daughter watched "Lady and the Tramp" Instead of riding it Instead of taking my girl outside The perspective was a little off But the shading was really on point I could stare at all this beauty until I died of malnutrition I could sit in an ecstatic silence just taking in the world But I feel like I am a little kid in a big department store Trying not to look lost when all these conversations take on the slightest weight I'm in a cave with a giant penny. a shattered childhood. a mecha T-Rex. I'm in my head with a song again But I know I should be here with you now when I'm tired eating dinner in silence It's just some nights I can't sleep for thinking about Batman I can't think for thinking about The Clash Sometimes, pinball And I know it makes you mad I'm always staring at my phone When everything's in front of me But everything can be overwhelming And I know that I shut down But I'll try to harder to be here I swear to you, I'm right here with you now
There’s been radio silence for weeks now And I can only call so much Whether I’ve made my own messes tied both my own hands Or simply been left in the dark Are left to things that I cannot comprehend Could you do me the decency of spelling it out to me? I don’t mind some grey, but could we temporarily focus on a shade I know you’re preoccupied, surrounding yourself with mirrors But everyone has to grow up sometime, and I can’t seem to decide who was left behind You could never be still for long And I’m good at being stone But though I want to keep pace, My fingers grow numb Could you please speak up? I can't see what you can Could you have some guts? I wish I did I can’t forget, my brain is slowly sinking my heart I’d rather sail away, than tread this winding path I thought this was where I wanted to be But my hands have become fists I never thought it’d be like this You let me down and I know you’re fine
Drew back a breath and then I picked up the phone I always try to be polite I know that I can be soft spoken And I know it doesn't change a thing about who or what I am But about 8 times out of 10 they call me ma'am And sometimes when I feel brave I lower my voice so they know they were mistaken But most times I just get real nervous and try to get through it before they notice. I know I'm a doctor But I'm scared to see the doctor because I know all of the tests they'd run And the unhealthy way I'm living would be filed and documented and I'd be made to stand for all the shit I've done Because once you get results there's no more lying to yourself like you've got time That you'll get yourself together You'll be better than than you are when things slow down We all fucking know by now things don't slow down I grew up in the light or in the shadow of a light of someone I was told would always act in love Then I grew up in a world that is so heartbreakingly broken I don't know what to believe in anymore But sometimes when I'm afraid I lower my head And send out hope for something better But most times it feels like I sent a message in a bottle Into an ocean with no direction
On the drive home there was no music Because I didn't want to hear anything But the ringing in my ears The rain on the glass And the sound of the past few hours Because what could compare to what happened Dripping in sweat from head to toe And as we stepped into the summer rain I remember A girl was dancing to my right My face raised to the heavens Walked to the car arm-in-arm with my best friends They were riding on the high too From the top of the rafters To the indie kids dancing on the floor So now I'm sitting here Humming along to the ringing in my ears Woah. And I can't explain what happened here tonight But I know that it felt right Yeah I know it felt all right My face raised to the heavens Walked to the car arm-in-arm with my best friends They were riding on the high too From the top of the rafters To the indie kids dancing on the floor
This skin, it used to cling to me Like a young love Like a shirt outgrown Now when I move it's not a simple thing All creaks and shadows of a former grace I want to run but i don't have the breath Senses are dull but I remember the taste Of you that summer like a lucid dream The light reflected off the tv screen Your mother's living room, we made our plans We never stood a chance When I used to run A fire in my bones The burn let me know I was building something Now I'm laying down So selfish and free But I'm not the person I thought I'd be All those parts of me you cared about never died They just pack up and leave I get their baggage in the mail sometimes, when they get lost in between flights So now I'm boarding a train with a map pieced together from postcards, luggage tags, and itineraries I'll pull myself together And when I arrive New lines on my face from the sun and the road and the spray of the ocean, you'll say, "There you are, sweet boy Just the way I remembered."
I’m feeling cold, and caught up in this All these little details, clog my synapses And all the words I wish I never said All the things I wish I had, follow me around I’d be on my way over state lines If I thought there were some answers to find Oh, anywhere out there anything to set forth this calm Everyone thinks they have the worst sicknesses Everyone thinks they are the worst off But the hands of time spare no one So spare me this static and pick me up We'll sing our harmonies and clap our hands We’ll find the rhythm yet I’d be on my way over state lines anything to set forth this calm
Space 00:46
I swear I walked into this room in a good mood With nothing but fondness for you But now the temperature keeps dropping Every time I try to talk And in the awkward silence I can hear my feet crunching snow Don't know what I'll get A gentle breeze or the coming storm But we don't talk about the weather Though we're sunk in standing water I can't seem to shake the feeling we should Swim in opposite directions Until our arms and legs give out We'll wash up in different countries Take our time make it back I'll take odd jobs in the village You'll get work in some cafe Until we save enough to fly back home And see each other again Maybe then we can have a pleasant conversation
Oh, Hi 01:26
I see a man sitting across from me Wrinkles on his forehead Maybe he’s just passing time like the rest of us You say it’s foggy, I say we’re among the clouds Sometimes I just want there to be more to the story Say these words and know that you mean them I want to know all the stories around me I want to walk in someone else’s shoes My own feet lead me nowhere I want something more than meets the eye These nerves are surging through me again The electricity that carries me These wonders grab ahold I can’t help but want to believe I want more than shallow views of deep blue water I want to try for more than good enough
She had a treble clef on her chest And on the staff she had the melody to "Judy Is A Punk" And when her parents and her friends asked about it she said "Oh, I don't know why" You know, I really don't know why I guess that I just want to feel something as strongly as I did when I was young That all this sound isn't just noise That all those words weren't decoys And I just want to feel something That let's me know I'm not the only one Because all this shit is just toys And all these men are just boys But when we're all in tune something feels right And I feel a lightness around me Where i thought I only felt a weight. And all of these people around me We hurt but we're going to be ok We'll build something better We're all just making the same sounds But we're making them together
How do you throw out your old junk, cleaning out your room or your car? I’ve always had such a hard time forgetting their history Like reading a book that you used to love We’ve been searching for replacements to things that we’ll never find again So I’ll keep this Boston shirt long after it doesn’t fit How do you make room for something new to grow? All these intricate connections may not affect you at all But they cost me so And when I feel it, I feel it When I'm singing Spider Song with you It's heavy in the core of my stomach I’m so glad you’re right beside me I’ve got my brothers and sisters here with me The temporary has taken our hearts tonight


We worked hard on this one. Thank you to everyone who stayed up way too late to sing along with us over the last few years. We hope you like it.
Take care of each other.


released June 13, 2014

Test Dream is:
Mikey Allen
Steven Allen
Casey Anderson
Mason Chumpia
Ryan Curtis
Katelyn Hassencahl
Brian Wakefield

All songs written and performed by Test Dream
Audio engineer and xylophone enthusiast: Matt Skudlarek
Mastered by Jay Maas
Album artwork by Esther Wilson




Test Dream Elizabethton, Tennessee

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