HIT THE DECK!

by THE MIDLIFE

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Recorded at Grandview Studios and Studio 2100 December 2017 - August 2018

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released September 23, 2018

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THE MIDLIFE Springfield, Missouri

Springfield, Mo - Writing songs on Sundays, back to work on Mondays.

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Track Name: Hit The Deck!
It seems so odd to say it, but it seems so necessary.
nothing really matters, if we can not put an end

to all the violence, and all the pain, simple indifferences yet remain.
lives are taken and we watch it happen every day.

what kind of world will we create, by sitting on the fence, wishing for it all to go away?

I cant believe this kind of talk… left and right would rather walk away, not today, I refuse their brand of hate, its all the same, were here to tear it down., tear it down.

Mission abort - its too late, the final head count’s in. standing in line, brothers and sisters, stuck in this stalemate.

The disconnected, and abused, our houses are divided, can we relate, to save each other, as it remains unclear, never mind who put us here.

what kind of world will we create, by sitting on the fence?
Track Name: Tomahawk
Set Ablaze! I’m not required, to set myself on fire, just to keep you warm and safe.

And I’m losing my devotions, with every passing moment, but I’m anchored in you just the same.

growing up always meant a 9 to 5,to me.
I never knew that passion didnt have to die...

A wasted youth, to a troubled teen, a dream dared dreamed, but
and growing older doesn't mean anything.
I hope my son will see the plan, no one person can determine how the future will expand.
Growing older doesnt mean we have to learn to love a lie, our passions never have to die.

The storming leagues of progress, with nothing more than regrets, won’t compromise, another day.

And in the end we’ll be here, a knife a throat, a new year, broken bones and new fears all the same.
Track Name: Gustavo
You're a madman connected
With a family neglected
You don't seem to be the type to know!

We drink from poisonous rivers
The same water that shivers my bones...shivers my bones.

Meanwhile,
Their alone,
No ones talking on the telephone.

Breakdowns,
And Blackouts,
Not a single minute spent at home.

And I better for it,
And I'm stronger without it.
I'm better off, now that you aren't here.

I'm not the danger you'd think,
To make the pit of your stomach sink.
I don't have a single regret,
Just so you'll never forget.
Track Name: Swiftly
I know im not the only one, who wonders where this leads.
To the end, from the beginning someone tell me where I stand.
Im telling you im ready for, what ever comes my way.
Be it painful resolution or a simple space left blank.

I want to know, where does it go from here? Can I be the one to shake it, shake it off this time?

I wouldn’t be surprised, if the world came crashing down.
The walls we built up, were never meant to, weather nights like these.
You never had to stay, and you should have walked away.
The walls we built up, were never meant to, weather nights like these.


Here we are again it seems, im looking for the answer key.
To the end, from the beginning someone tell me where I stand.
Im telling you im ready for, what ever comes my way.
A perfect storm, or Aphrodite, I know what im falling for..

I want to know, where does it go from here? Stuck on a roller coaster and I cant get off this ride.
Track Name: Shipwrecked
My lungs fill with fire for the one last song, I know all the words and I sing along, im captain of this ship and im steering wrong, but ive learned from my mistakes.
Waking up still tired isn’t hard to do, but I promise next time ill make it up to you, because im counting down the days, just to make it through. The last of my mistakes was you.


This wreck of a vessel, has so many holes, i cant quite find a way to keep it afloat.
Bucket after bucket of water disposed, a simple song left a man empty and alone.

My lungs fill with fire for the one last song, I know all the words and I sing along.
Im captain of this ship and im steering wrong, but ive learned from my mistakes.
Im counting down the days, just to make it through, the last of my mistakes, my mistakes was you.

Its hard to find a balance, or time to explain. The last of my concern washed ashore with the rain.
I know that its uncertain, with no compass to direct, the greater plan derived to protect my neck.

My lungs fill with fire for the one last song, I know all the words and I sing along.
Im captain of this ship and im steering wrong, but ive learned from my mistakes.
Im counting down the days, just to make it through, the last of my mistakes, my mistakes was you.
Track Name: Full Measure
No dreams, lessons learned, calloused hands turning pages burned.
Writing words into this screen, my whole life a book being read to me.

And you remind me, every time you roll your eyes, I could have been something more.

And you remind me, while you sit and bide your time, to even up the score

I'll never be like you.

And without you, this trip was a beast for me, broken hearts and broken teeth,
Minimal dignity, what did you expect to see?

Lets wrap this up, I've gotta be to work in the morning.
Track Name: Country Fresh
It breaks my heart, to see you hurting now, It tears my soul apart, to see how much you’ve had to bear.

Its not right, and its not fair…
Don’t be ashamed, youre perfect how you are.

It doesn’t really matter what anyone else thinks, youre exactly how, and who that you should be. There will always be someone who doesn’t really understand, and that’s okay… youre perfect how you are.

My heart it aches, I know it hurts, It doesn’t matter what they think, im proud of you.

I only hope that you can see,
Don’t be ashamed, you're perfect how you are
Track Name: To Better Days
So many times I told my self, it cant get worse than this.
Everytime you left id think, id never feel the same.
The ground beneath begins to shake, my legs stop working now.
Here we are again, you’re back, and now im caught up in this game.


And I saw you closing in, your eyes a silent death.
Like burning embers in your head, the silence deafens me.
You swear it over and again, that you’ve changed so much since then,
hook, line and sinker here I am,
to better days again.


I never had regrets before, before you heard my name.
You pulled me underneath the sheets, straight to hell we go.
I need out of this tragic mess, and im never coming back.
It never felt so good to stand, and bury your name with this.

So tired of being used.
So sick of each excuse.
I dug a hole for your memory.
Six feet beneath the ground.

And I saw you closing in, your eyes so filled with fear.
Put the past behind us both, you cant believe it now.
I swear it over and again, that ive changed so much since then.
Hook line and sinker here you are,
To better days again.
Track Name: Lavender
Here lies the dead, a soul decomposed. You’ve washed clean your hands, no thought of remorse.
The broken promises, no heartfelt goodbyes. The last remaining scent of you sprayed on a note, Lavender.

On a note that read “I guess ill see you around.”
Wouldn’t it have been so simple to say good bye,
Even in the way you leave, its hard to accept…
that it, that it was all a dream.

A failure of design, a critical flaw. Its hard to believe I didn’t see this at all.

When it comes to games, ive never played them well. The last remaining scent of you sprayed on a note,
Lavender.

I know that you feel like, feel like, youre innocent.
I know that you, you think, you think, im difficult,
But this is what you said; this is what you said I get for being so damn jaded.
Track Name: Just Another Day
Just another day, passes Annie by. Shes all alone, waiting for the world to end.
And everyone, just passing by, they never saw the truth inside of her.


Would it be fine, if I sit here, if I sit here to watch the world burn with you and,
Did you notice, that girl is fighting, to find the heart to carry on.

Here she is again, waiting all alone, burning pictures of every memory
He doesn’t know, how much she feels, how much she needed him to handle her with care.

Where did it go? Where did it go wrong? She cant blame her self any more.

Where did it go? Where did it go wrong? You cant blame your self any more, just keep your cool it gets better I swear...
Track Name: Righteous Indignation
This Righteous Indignation has set us all apart, through thick and thin, until the end, I don't know where to start.

A populace of heritage, tradition born in war, funding mass destruction while we overlook the poor.

But again we'll be alright.

Just take a minute
just take a breath
lend me your hearts
while I sing this song to death.



The fires in your heart, arent enough to keep them warm, the chill of words unspoken while they weather one more storm

Remember where you came from, while your legacy unfolds, are you a part of the solution, or another passive soul.
Track Name: Living Dead
Why is it so hard to relax, getting back to what I know is really hard
Cant stop, the feeling that im the living dead, waking up to live the same thing again, im not crazy, For feeling this way
if I take the same medication that, keeps me grounded here, ill have another drink.

Please tell me that im living again.
Please tell me that im normal like him.


I cant get out, out of my own head for a day.
I want to know, if I move on will I be replaced?
This is a test, will I pass or will I fail?
I need to get, out of this town just for a while.


Tell me how it has to be, how I have to find a way to live knowing that he replaced me.
Falling short, of all the words I wanna say, wont stop trying find them anyway.
I'm not crazy, for feeling this way.
Track Name: Why Be A Ten (When You Can Be An Eleven?)
This feeling, this feeling I can't shake...
Tomorrow's so close, closer than today
Counting down all your mistakes...
never taken for granted, never taken away.

And I feel my soul is leaving
With your heart attack believing.
that we're all alone this season.
And I know you'll call me home again.

Trepidation, nervous at the core
memories of what I was before
and granted I won't let you lose
but Im breaking down to you, breaking down to you.

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