Shop Talk CD (1998)

by Man Without Plan

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Recorded/Mixed in Spring 1998 by Arik Victor and Mike Bardzik at the Creep House.


released July 1, 1998

Barclay: vocals/gtrs
Christopher Skowronski: bass/vocals
Patrick Amuso: drums



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Formed in 1997, we have a lot here for you to enjoy.

We slash the piece pop band from New York City. We have insect bites, have been attacked by demons, as greedy play was furious. If we are set on fire, at least we had conquered the day; please destroy the world. ... more

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Track Name: Existential Crib Notes
we make our mark
we break our heart
I ask what for
Track Name: The Stars Don't Shine In Westchester
nothing going on
except in my head
so I went out to wake the dead
got a cup for the cold
hot brown brew to break the mold
got the music, the winter mood
on a quest to dissolve the glue
what am I waiting for?
what am I hurting for?
all those times are here no more
gone out through an automatic door
Track Name: No, I'm Pretty Sure It's The Heat
and I feel like fucking shit
what did I have to do
that was more important than you
why couldn't I invite you in for a cold drink and a place to sit?
come on in, have a seat, my friend
and escape the thick red lower Westchester sunset
Track Name: Cloister Bomb
you'll put in a call, it's inevitable
I'll go off the wall
why did I even get into this at all
just forget my name
it'll be easier that way
because I don't understand
fucking beat it, scram
you don't understand, and you never will
and I can't sit still through this
Track Name: Contact Sport Refugee
I tossed a ball
it made me think of everyone in school
all the sports I ever played just seemed like big excuses to hurt
all they ever asked was "when do we get to play with pads"
a bunch of water balloons ready to burst
quite a life I lead
quite a world we live in
security guard told me to stop
I contemplated rebellion briefly
then ended up just leaving
thought of everyone in school
fighting over lines drawn in the sand
I went home, sat down, and hoped to never stand again
Track Name: Suture Self
driving north but not to stay
pseudo-summer day
got my tunes and an excuse
got very little to lose
gets me right here
as near as I can say
times I thought would stay
now I'm on 95
passing trucks on the right
I'm a badass in the growing night
I'll drive till home is out of sight
gets me right here
but then it's hard to say
the ache, it melts away
converging outward while I stay
Track Name: These Aren't The Days
I didn't even know you, so how can I miss you?
And yet I find that I do, something's turning me blue
The saying rings more true when you say it like I do:
You can't go home again if there was never a home to go to
Something's bothering me
There's a numbness where my heart should be
Faces blurring before they ever became clear
Persons going missing before they ever became dear
Track Name: ...Or Be Destroyed
you'll never know what the fuck you're talking about
you'll never grow up, you'll never move out
because of you, I'm in hyperbolic doubt
I'm sorry
don't think that I don't care
it's not my fault, I swear
I had no choice
I'd have spoken, had I had a voice to use
now I'm leaving town
you'll notice I haven't left my number around
I've gone in with a scalpel and left without a sound
all witnesses have been gagged and bound
Track Name: 4000 And Climbing/Protection From Evil (10' Radius)
I'm screaming "sit beside me!"
but you always walk right by me
I'm crumbling and sighing
I'm bleeding and dividing
I'm 4000 and climbing
Track Name: I Think I'll Take Up A Dangerous Drug Habit
I'd sit on the floor before I sat next to you
(and it's a nice couch, too)
is any of this getting through
(or are you playing it cool?)
is it the screws in my head
(did you hear what I said?)
by all rights, things should be set
(but things are never like that)
sit back, have a heart attack