GARAGE HYMNS

by Empires

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released 12 June 2012

Words by Sean Van Vleet
Music by Empires
Produced, engineered & mixed by Max Steger
Recorded at Thunderdome Studios, Chicago, IL
Additional Assisting by Will Masisak
Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering,
Boston, MA. Assistant Mastering Engineer: Maria Rice
Artwork & photography by Tom Conrad
All songs published by Spit The Music (BMI)
Except 'Hitchhiker' by I Want Blood Publishing (ASCAP)

© 2012 Empires LLC

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Track Name: Can't Steal Your Heart Away
You can have your party
In your momma’s garage
Laughing and drinking
In a nice mirage
With bowie in the background
Crying over girls
Somehow I’m playing
In your made up world

Hey
can’t take your heart away from me
Hey hey hey
I’ve got control of everything
Hey
Can’t steal your heart away from me
Hey hey hey
You lost control of everything

If you don’t love me
You better learn
Quit being so dramatic
And invite the burn

With bowie in the background
Crying over girls
Except that I ain’t lonely
In your pretty world

Nothing that you can do
Watch my eyes rewind you
Everything you have I take
Track Name: Keep It Steady
I saw you dancing like you need to forget
Did you forget did you forget
The way you got me with the side of your hip
It made me forget, made me forget
I’ve got an endless itch in the pit of my chest
I’m being my best, I’m weak in my chest
I’ve got the spine of a snake when it comes to my head
You’re into my head

Are you ready
Are you ready or not
Keep it steady
While your heart is hot
We’re going to freedom
In this parking lot
Are you ready
Are you ready or not

All the cars eyes are peaking out from the side
You see the headlights
I hear the engines cry
I fear the bullet coming close
From the one you know
Already jealous thug
Lets see who’s having fun
I hear high groan
As you melt away
You lost the pain
In your pretty face
Mind’s coming out as you hold me down
You suck the pain that I’m sending

All this is ending for now
While we wait in a cloud of unconsciousness
Maybe we are falling
It’s all gonna happen again
Track Name: Hell's Heroes
My first love, he went away
He wrote a letter
And he hit the grave
He said "I don’t believe that anything
lasts forever"
Was curious to burn up
He wondered if he was man enough
Said "I don’t believe that anything lasts forever"

I cry and I still cry

Hells got my hero
Maybe I’ll fall in

I find it hard to stay awake
The world’s bed is a tempting place
But I don’t believe that anything lasts forever
I don’t think I'll burn up
I don’t think I’m man enough
I don’t believe that anything lasts forever

I cry and I still cry

Hells got my hero
Maybe I’ll fall in
Down to hell with all my heroes
Is that what love is
Is that what love is
Is that what love is

Sometimes I get lost in the morning
Sometimes I get lost at night
Sometimes I throw up in the evening
Sometimes I throw up in the night
Track Name: Night Is Young
Someone’s got their hands on you
Not the way you want them to
But you ain’t got a real fight
Living in your eyes

Somewhere in your newest fears
Sunday morning won’t appear
I say oh the night
Oh the night is young

Maybe its your young age
Holding like a prison cage
You think you’ll grow old
In the same damn place
You’re always thinking of somewhere
Cause anything is better than here
Your screwing for love
Cause it gets you there
Somewhere in your newest fears
Sunday morning won't appear
Oh the night, oh the night is young

You know your daddy lived hard
And it took his heart
Go out and knock on his grave
See if he’ll wake up
He'll slap you right in the face
Say oh honey hey I don’t think
Your day has come
Honey oh the night is young
 
Someone’s got their hands on you
What the hell you gonna do
But you know oh the night
Oh the night is young
I say oh the night is young
Track Name: Runaway
Freedom gave
You too much time to go and misbehave
You are no longer anybody’s slave
You’re free young runaway
You got them holey feet
Two pin cushions, you think you're. so discreet
You’re sick of sticking with the alley creeps
Now you’re sticking with me

You say you're broken down
Beg me to help you out
Heart like a megaphone
I ain’t your telephone
Why don’t you go on home
Why don’t you go on home
Why don’t you go on home
The truth is I'm a runaway
I'm running from the modern day
The truth is that your paradise
Ain’t my paradise

Your eyes I love
But I don’t think they shine enough
I really wish that they would lighten up
Instead of looking all fussed
Beg me to break it down
You got a nervous sound
Heart like a megaphone
You’re scared to be alone
Why don't you go on home
 
Run back to your mother
She will save you
She will be your lover
No more misbehavior
And I’ll be your savior
Run back to your mother
She will save you
She will be your lover
No more misbehavior
I will be your savior

Heart like a megaphone
Track Name: Shame
Emotionless to the love of your life
Is it all you have left
Have you gone with rebels of heart?
Such a terrible place to go

We were close
We were cold
We were sure to grow old
Where did you go
Where did you go
This is all such a low down dirty

Shame
On you tonight, little girl
For expiring in our world

Emotionless in the dead of night
Where we normally laugh or fight
What’s it like when your heart carries vice
Toward the meaning of your life

Just turn your head
and go all night
I’ll be here
I’ll be alright
Just turn your head into the night
Turn Away
I’ll be alright
Just turn away
Track Name: Surrenderer
I heard a shot outside my door
I think it's hardly something I should explore
My ears are ringing and my eyes are wide
I start begging for mercy
I ain't ready to go

When nobody knows you, nobody cares
and nobody see's you, cause youre not really there

You got me where you want me come and get me come on
You got me where you want me I surrender come on
You got me where you want me come and get me come on, come on
Surrender

I'm outside I think I'm alone
I got no pockets got no cellular phone
I hear a whisper, is it my ghost?
I start begging for mercy, I aint ready to go
I aint ready to go

When nobody knows you, nobody cares
and nobody see's you, cause youre not really there

You got me where you want me come and get me come on
You got me where you want me I surrender come on
You got me where you want me come and get me come on, come on
Surrender

You got me where you want me come and get me come on (repeat a few times)

You're not really there
Nobody see's ya, nobody see's ya, nobody see's ya

You got me where you want me come and get me come on
You got me where you want me I surrender come on
You got me where you want me come and get me come on, come on
Surrender
Track Name: Hard Times
Stranded in the dead of night
Wishing for another time
Something tugging at my soul
I’m learning what the junkies know

Does anybody else know
Does anybody else know
Does anybody else know you like I do
Does anybody else know
Does anybody else know you like I do

I found heaven in hard times
I found the crazy place where it all hides 

I lost sight of Gloria
She never lost sight of me
I'm gonna reach Gloria
She’s holding her hand to me
You gotta little of the hard times baby

I took a road off main street
Then something got a hold of me
I've challenged all the ones I love
It gave my heart a heavy rub?

I want to see you
I want to see you
She says I’ll never leave you alone
I’ll never leave you alone
Track Name: We Lost Magic
Lady I got a thing for you
And I hope you like me too
There’s no reason we should admit things
Talks for lovers dancing under moon beams
We’re two strangers drunk in a taxi cab seat

It ain’t my heart it ain’t my heart
That’s in your hands
Do what you want with it
It ain’t my fault, ain’t your fault
If this goes bad
We lost magic
We lost magic

Lady, I’ll never read to you
And you’ll never ask me to
You’re so happy I’m so relieved
We can hide this memory under our sleeves
One man’s watching but its just you and me
Oh its just you and me

Oh we’ll disappear
And we’ll never come back
And oh we’ll disappear
We'll be unwelcome here
Oh we’ll disappear
And we’ll never be welcomed here
Track Name: Hitchhiker
I keep forgetting every night and day
Every last minute every way
Looking out looking out
From a car window
I forget everything I know

On a howling road
On a howling road

I keep on looking for familiar eyes
I wish for someone I can recognize
There’s a hole in my heart like a wishing well
I’ve think it's dry as far as I can tell

On a howling road
On a howling road

I found a pretty soul?
Hitchhiking on the howling round
She says

I don’t know the way
Won’t you lead me on
I don’t know your name
But won’t you turn me on
I don’t know the way
Won’t you lead me on
I don’t know your name
But won’t you turn me on

Now you got me and you know you do
You got me real fascinating move
Where you’re coming from
Don't think I’ve ever seen
And now you’re showing your whole world to me

On a howling road
On a howling road

I found a pretty soul
Hitchhikin on the howlin road

I don’t know the way
Won’t you lead me on
I don’t know your name
But won’t you turn me on
I don’t know the way
Won’t you lead me on
I don’t know your name
But won’t you turn me on
Track Name: Lord Have Mercy
I think I see things some other way
I think I've marched as an angel into the devil’s cage
I wanna fuck up society and piss in its grave
I wanna love somebody in a selfless way

Its time for the end and the beginning to meet
Time for what I lost to come back to me
I wanna challenge my death by coming back to life
I'm gonna do it all over, gonna make things right

Lord have mercy
On me

I wanna suck out the venom
Coursing your veins
I wanna do something nice
So I ain’t ashamed
When I stand like a prisoner
Outside of heaven’s gate
I wanna get some pity for my actions made

Time doesn’t make me scared at all
It only makes me think I better jump not fall?
Its time for me to sacrifice
I wanna smile for the problem child in god

Lord have mercy
On me