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released February 1, 2014

Produced by Jake and Toby Vest

Album recorded at High/ Low recording in Memphis on March 2-4 2013
All songs written by C. Hardee, J. Vest, B. Stabbs, G. Faison, K. Cooper, F. McLallen, except How I Come Up (Airbrush & Ecstasy) and* Porn Producers* by J. Vest, C. Hardee.

All Songs Recorded, Edited, and Mixed by Toby Vest.

Mastered by Leo Goff III

The Band:
Jake Vest (Rhythm and Lead guitars, Bass, Synth, piano, Background Vocals)
Brent Stabbs (Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals)
Greg Faison (Drums)
Keith Cooper (Lead and Rhythm Guitar)
Frank McLallen (Synth, Guitar)

Also featuring:
Toby Vest (Background Vocals on One Family's Mortgage Crisis)

Art Direction and Design by Josh Breeden

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Track Name: Moral Untold
Stoned there on the couch
Peacefully layin' about
Thugs kick through the door
Push our faces to the floor

Big, Big men, Big, BIg Guns
Have no idea just what they've done
Big, Big men, Big, Big Guns

Prejudice so thick
Beat em' with a night stick
guided by laws untrue
to justify just what you do

At times I wish there was a God
To clarify the laws you bought
Build a police state
I believe He'd be irate

Prejudice so thick
Beat em' with a night stick
using laws untrue
to justify just what you do

Feel so vulnerable
Jail bed oh so cold
Spirit is filled with scold
and the moral is still untold
the moral is still untold, the moral is still, the moral is still
the moral is still untold

Big, Big men Big, Big Guns
Have no idea just what they've done

Couldn't see them coming
Didn't know they was coming for me

Finger outstretched you Judge, you judge, you judge, you judge
Ignorance shows so boldly but you won't budge
Track Name: Spies In The Room, Drones In The Air
Spies in the room, Spies in the room
Spies in the Room, coming for your doom
Spies in the Room, Good God they're spies in the room

Drones in the air, coming to kill you dead
Drones in the air, they fly unwarranted
Dones in the air, coming to kill you dead
Drones in the air, they fly unwarranted

Spies in the room
Drones fly in the air
Track Name: Porn Producers
Starts with your stripper skills
when you're wearing clear heels
we pump your lips, we inflate your tits
and you look strange now, so strange,
completely rearranged

We are the porn producers now

Yellow camero
never lived life slow
plowing drugs up your nose,
you nearly overdosed, so strange
No longer just a game

We are the porn producers now

33 years old and you're heart is cold
you died inside, when you kid came home and cried
he asked you why, his friend,
saw you fuckin' 13 guys

We are the porn producers now

Pee Paw'svoice message, "Well Sherry, this is Pee Paw, I've been calling you for a while. Hope life is good there in the big Los Angel-leez. I can't imagine what its like. Me and your Mee Maw never left Wisconsin, we think about you every time we eat the aged cheddar. You're always our little super star. We know your doing big things out there. We miss you so much Sherry, we're so proud of ya."

(The porn producer speaks to Sherry simultaneous to her Pee Paw's message)
"Oh yeah, do a line of that and feel like somebody special. Gotdamn woman that ass could walk for days. Where did you say you are from? Wisconsin? Bet they didn't have blocaine like this in Wisconsin. Welcome to L.A baby, sunset strip, the land of dreams, all the dreams. Do another line with me. Gotdamn that's amazing, don't you feel alive?"
Track Name: No Gravity (Elise & I In Space)
You tell me it's only a placebo effect
that nothing I ever feel ever is direct
I could never ever doubt your intellect
but I need you to give my affection respect
one time, just tonight,
I dream of holding you,
think it'd Feel fine

But you tell me there's no gravity,
my feelings hold no levity
lies of no gravity
just to float away from me

My heart floats off into the sky,
like a dim lit star left to question why
he's sitting beside his brethren so bright
trying to reach your heart that won't ignite
my scars show boldly at night

The dim lit stars the dim lit stars
with bold, bold scars of inadequacy
they shine boldly through the night
they make it alright

Once admired your being aloof
I'm at my wits end now to tell you the truth
you deflate me, shatter my reflection
I feel like a balloon, on the floor
at a party that was long since forgotten

Cause you tell me there's no gravity
my feelings hold no levity
pretending there's no gravity
you've floated far away from me

You floated away, away from me
because of bullshit illusions
your protective delusions
spawned by inadequacies
for the dim dim stars
by the bold bold stars
shamed by half lit scars
drink whiskey through the night
just to feel alright
i blurred my sight
you were in my vision
my feet, my feet, my feet
my feet was on the ground
and the planets alligned
you remained blind
just to tell me lies
just to hide
hide from what?
just a hiding from feelings
staying under ceilings
you need you need
to get out
the world has love
that's what it's all about
put your feet on this ground
and get yourself around
people are here for you
helping them's what to do
they're here for you
just you be there for them
your feet are the ground
love the town
so whenever you are down
you can come find me
Track Name: How I Come Up (Airbrush & Ecstasy)
Daddy was a banker who stacked a lotta' funds,
the government came and took em' he stacked a lotta' guns
Woh oh woh that's how I come up
Daddy left my Mama to find a younger one
She never loved him she only loved his Mom
Now I notice me and girls don't get along
I'm a child birthed of hatred me and love go wrong

Woh oh woh that's how i come up

I'm the darkest sheep with the purest fleece,
The darkest sheep with the brightest lease on life
I've had a bright lease all my life

Huffin' nitrous oxide in a trailer park
coming of age, shit felt oh so dark
Who oh who that's how I come up

Next thing I know they had me on a plane
Ship me off some place to try to rearrange my brain
all they ever said, "that boy is bad, bad, bad"
ship him off to some Jesus freak rehab

Woh oh Woh oh, that's how I come up
That's how they did me, that's how they did me

Methodist Divorce
Airbrush, Ecstasy
Hatred, Arguin'
Questioning my intelligence
Questioning my enthusiasm
Wearin' on me
They put me down
Let me go, they let me go
and i'm far gone now
Track Name: Pills At Night
You used to have anxiety
till you found the perfect remedy
you've got that bottle you adore
life no longer such a bore
poppin, poppin' pills at night
poppin', poppin' pills at night
takes a pharmacy to feel alright
poppin' poppin' pills at night

poppin' poppin' pills
changin' changin' how you feel

Benzodiazapene
floats you into a dream
can't remember what you said
waking up in some strange bed
poppin' poppin' pills at night
takes a pharmacy to feel right

Poppin' poppin' pills
changin' changin' how you feel

Too much hydrocodene
affecting you something mean
your skin is starting to sweat
your spine feels so wet
poppin' poppin' pills at night
100 milligrams right?

Poppin' poppin' pills
changin' changin' how you feel

I'm gonna tell a tale of two Pumpernickels. There's Johnny Pumpernickel, Johnny Pumpernickel started with pills at night, and ended up taking pills in the morning. Johnny's Mama Linda started with pills in the morning and ended up with pills at night.

Johnny likes to go out and party on the weekends. Johnny is an all A honor student, his parents aren't worried about a thing he does. But now, Johnny has encountered a lil' thing we like call oxycontin, it make him float. He forgets about the pimples on his face. He feels ten feet tall. But Johnny started slipping a lil', his grades fell to C's. Johnny's parents sent him to counselor. Johnny couldn't tell the man about the oxycontin' so the counselor put him on adderol. Now Johnny takes his pills in the morning to get to his pills at night.

Johnny's Mama Linda found those aderols. She found they could feel all the holes deep in her soul. Her husband no longer seemed so boring. Her daughter no longer seemed so fat. Her friends no longer seemed so judgmental or at least she didn't give a fuck. So Linda gets jittery around 11 in the morning when her stories come on, she can't sit still throughout the whole story. Come 5 she is in a daze cooking look a champion wielding her kitchen cutlery. Come ten o' clock at night, when her husband goes to touch her thigh, and she's still awake and can't take him touching her thigh. She starts to take valium. Linda is doing a lil' thing we like to call

Poppin Poppin' Pills at night
Poppin' pill just to feel alright
Poppin' poppin' pills
changin' changin' how she feels

What comes through in the night
Always comes through in the light
The Lord said do my work
The Lord said do my work

Pharmaceuticals, Hallelujah!
Pharmaceuticals, Hallelujah!
In the suburbs,
In the church,
In the streets,
In the home
Pharmaceuticals, Hallelujah!
Pharmaceuticals, Hallelujah!
Track Name: One Family's Mortgage Crisis
All the stuff is packed now, The kids in the back seat
My wife is so angry, she can't even look at me
Hundred bucks in my wallet, that's all we have left
it's not enough gas for the trip, and i could't be more stressed.
We packed the last of the refrigerator in our lil' ice box
Behind us a U-haul that holds all we've got

A deed for your deeds, Your behavior's receipt
A deed for your deeds, Your victory, our defeat

Got family in Kentucky, my brother said we'd stay in his home
He's got one extra bedroom, but we cannot stay long
His wife she's expecting, He told me he's no savior
He has no fishes He has no loaves,
I think back on your pretty, pretty picture
you painted to show me I'd be richer
you never drew me

A deed for your deeds, Your behavior's receipt
A deed for your deeds. We've yet to see it.

It's a shame, such a shame, such a shame, sad, sad shame

My wife she once loved me, I don't blame her for not
The days were so safe then, seems like she's forgot.
All my bad investments loom within the room.
The children smile and laugh, yet to inherent our gloom.
Neither of us is the villain; it's hard to act WELL when you feel BAD
Stressfully consumed, she's belittling me I'm screaming at her

Shame to my name
A deed for your deeds, Your behavior's receipt
Shame to my name
A deed for your deeds, we desperately need it
Shame to my name
A deed for your deeds, Your behavior's receipt
Shame to my name
A deed for your deeds, and we've yet to see it
Track Name: Friend On Crack
I got this friend who started smoking crack
I kinda fear he ain't never coming back
He disappeared eighteen months ago
Last thing we heard he was in sunny Orlando

Living with two prostitutes, Trying to get by
They're alright, as long as they are high
They stay high, so high
Don't ask them why, they must stay high

Just chasing rocks all day
To smoke that pain away
seeking suffering's refrain

Stole a TV from me and money from our friends
Goddammit man, tell me this shit is gon' end
Had the prettiest smile, had the best laugh
Oh Goddamn man, get your life back on this track

Cause we need you and we love ya
oh we miss you, just come on home
Its so dark and so alone
We're here for ya, we need ya
Smile on yr face

Awe tell me man,
Would it be that bad?
Take a lil' break
and go off to rehab
talk about yr problems
just talk about ya life
try and rearrange
and get yo shit tight
We ain't gave up on you
We ain't walking away on you
We wouldn't give up on you
Why would we do that?
When we are here for you
When the world is round, so round
I am down baby, if your down
I am up baby, when you're up
I am here baby, just to lift you up
I am here baby, to not disrupt

C'mon baby, don't give up on me
C'mon baby, don't give up on me
I am here for ya, with love and affection
It ai't cheesy as it seems, its everything we need
we need dat love
we need affection
we need dat love
and so much affection
just bring us your love
we'll bring our affection
just bring us your love
we'll bring our affection
don't give up on me
wouldn't give up on you, wouldn't dream of giving up on you, why would I do that?