Commuter Fatigue

by Charlie Crane

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These 10 tracks were (for the most part) recorded and written between February 16 and February 28 for the RPM Challenge (rpmchallenge.com).

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released March 1, 2013

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Track Name: Piledriver
siteswapping torches ain't as fun as it looks
once gravity makes itself known
the smoke always scorches and you're gonna get cooked
by fire that can't be blown

and i'm only losing because i gambled
you just can't make an egg unscrambled
i'm contemplating the fall from grace
when the whole thing blows up in my face

i thought i could handle it all
but now i'm startin' to fall
cuz it's getting too hard and this house of cards is coming
down on me like a p-p-piledriver

the descent's getting faster as i fall from the edge
but i'll never hit the ground
cement and the plaster are so far from the ledge
i'm hoping i'll just rebound

but now i'm feeling the consequence
of having no decent common sense
and why'd i put myself through this crap?
my rubber band smile is about to snap

i thought i could handle it all
but now i'm against the wall
because it's getting too hard and this house of cards is coming
down on me like a p-p-p-p-p-p-p-p...

i thought i could handle it all
but now i'm startin' to fall
because it's getting too hard and this house of cards is coming
down on me like a p-p-piledriver
Track Name: Staccato Stilettos
staccato stilettos speared
her lipstick-smeared cigarette
and it's all that i could do to stay upright

behind her in the cafe line
her perfume smelt of sparkling wine
i reminded myself staring ain't polite

well, i'm a freshman fish out of water
and she could be a senator's daughter
eye contact's not even in the cards

grabbing my large coffee to go,
i ventured out into the snow
but as i left i thought i caught her smile
Track Name: The Expectation Of Intuition
i hate the lighting in this place
makes it hard to read your face
not that i normally can
am i straight or am i blind
i can't tell what's on your mind
am i supposed to understand?

how long can two restless souls remain in parallel?
our resilience surprises me
but we're closer to the end than the beginning, i can tell
when the expectation of intuition paralyzes me

we've settled into patterns here
it's easy to be cavalier
and claim that everything's fine
but when a game that once was fun
becomes an ultimatum
it's time to draw the line

we don't want to lose each other to the great unknown
we've become entwined so completely
but each and every date is increasingly argument-prone
and the expectation of intuition terrorizes me
Track Name: Art & Science
she saunters through the bar
to a string of muted wows
and gestures to a jar that reads
'tipping's not just for cows'

and i wonder what she's doin'
workin' such a dive
til i pick up on the atmosphere
upon which she can thrive

she hones in on me cuz
i take pride in what i wear
and ignores the slack-jawed yokels
who can't control their stares

and by night's end she is counting
the money she's amassed
working seven nights a week,
you know it really adds up fast

and she says i was a pleasure to serve
so i close my tab and work up the nerve
to ask her if her job satisfies
she laughs and tells me i couldn't do it if i tried

there's an art and a science to it
mixing business with pleasure is such hard work
there's an art and a science to it
not to say that it's not without its quirks

when men with suits and wedding rings
compete for her attention
ignoring all decorum and
defying all convention

laying charge cards on the counter
like marking territory
doing primary research
at a seduction laboratory

she smiles at them and settles their bill
but it takes a fair amount of will
not to Google them and locate their wives
and message them about what their husbands do at night

there's an art and a science to it
mixing business with pleasure is such hard work
there's an art and a science to it
not to say that it's not without its perks
Track Name: Love-Me Tenure
last night's talk was no fun, but now i am a different man
i'm doing everything i can
to make sure i don't take advantage of her trust

i came so close to losing her i can see clearly now
and i have learned exactly how
to ascertain behavior that i should adjust

but changing overnight is hard for anyone to do
and i wouldn't put it past her to install a fail-safe or two

i'm aware that she's putting me through a test
so i don't want to betray my eagerness
i'll be on best behavior, show her i've changed
and hope it won't seem strange

so i'm sitting on a bar-stool waiting for my whiskey coke
listening to indie folk
these guys will never graduate past opening band
when a girl way out of my orbit asks if i would care to dance
and i'm tempted to take a chance
but say i'm spoken for and sit upon my hands

i spend the rest of my night on high alert
never shaking the suspicion this
bombshell was hired to flirt

i'm aware that she's putting me through a test
and now i'm living in fear of an arrest
and all the eggshells are strategically placed
tell me, how many more days?

i'm aware that she's put me to the test
this i know because now she has confessed
and after careful thought now she is sure
she's granting me tenure
Track Name: Kuminjay
instrumental
Track Name: The Final All-Aboard
your party was such fun
it's too bad that no one
was able to give me a ride

so i race to the turnstile
it's only a half mile
but time isn't quite on my side

the pathway is winding
and my sweat is blinding
i'm getting blisters on my feet

but i cannot turn back
as i reach the train track
and finally collapse in my seat

just in time to hear

the final all-aboard to a train that i nearly missed
i shouldn't have stayed so late but it's far too hard to resist
your lips, and that final goodbye kiss

my timing was perfect
it was totally worth it
to get to see you for a while

my heartrate's subsiding
on metra i'm riding
and the memories all make me smile

the pizza and red wine
and forgotten punchlines
to jokes we've heard somewhere before

and those last stolen minutes
we kissed in the kitchen
before you led me to the door

the final all-aboard to a train that i nearly missed
i shouldn't have stayed so late but it's far too hard to resist
your lips, and that final goodbye...

kisses make me reckless, this is true
but i wouldn't miss the last train home for anyone but you
Track Name: Doubletime
this almost never happened
i almost didn't try
but i saw that you were blushing
and knew we both were shy
i think it might be love because i'm feeling so sublime
and every time you're near i feel my heart start beating doubletime

we will talk until
we've got nothing to say
then look in each other's eyes
we've found a better way
i'm sure it must be love because i'm feeling so sublime
and every time you're near i feel my heart start beating doubletime

we're walking through the park
we stop somewhere to rest
your hands are on my head
my head is on your chest
i know that you're in love i know you're feeling so sublime
because thru your ribcage i hear your heart is beating doubletime
Track Name: Hearty Regards
When I think of the things I've been thinking of, I feel insane
Like if I dwell on them for much longer, they could leave a stain
And so to those who have let me know I've not been wasting my brain
Hearty regards, hearty regards, hearty regards

When I walk into a crowded room, it tends to give me pause
I find the corner with the household cat and get acquainted with his claws
So anyone who shows me human contact is not a lost cause
Hearty regards, hearty regards, hearty regards

I wasn't issued the user's manual about how to deal
I never know the answer to the question "how do you feel?"

When I have a conversation, some time later in my head
I will hear an instant replay of each sentence that was said
So anybody who makes those moments less imbued with dread
Hearty regards, hearty regards, hearty regards
Hearty regards, hearty regards, hearty regards
Hearty regards, hearty regards, hearty regards