Cedar Rapids, MN

by Led by Monsters

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released May 11, 2014

All music written, performed, recorded, and poorly mixed by Led by Monsters over the course of roughly one week in May of 2014.

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Track Name: Ready When You Are
Let's go back to the swing set
For one last staring contest
And remind ourselves of attrition
And its consequence

And I am
Ready
When you are...

And all the ghosts birthed in our minds
And our stale hearts, and weak spines
All came from when we tried
Using band-aids to stop fault lines

And I am
I am
I am
I am ready
When you are...

And I never wanted to say "I told you so."
But at least now I know
To always say "goodbye" and "I love you"
Before I go

I never wanted to say
I never wanted to say it
I never wanted to say it
But I guess it can't be helped now...

So I am
I am
I am
Ready
When you are...
Track Name: Still Swings
You, you walk down this road
You and I both know
We have been here before
The doors on the houses are all locked
And you're scared and you're afraid
Because you and I both know
Exactly where this goes

Fear is an old quiet house
Full of echos of your childhood shouts
Fear is a place overwhelming and loud, close like love
But sharp and cold and black
And here we are now...

I swore to God on the day I left
I'd never come back to this place
I'd rather die instead
A whole 'nother life
Buried but not dead
Are we just the pets of our fears
Led by the monsters in our head?

This house was always open for you
We don't need keys
It'll still open for me too
The stairs, like jaws, the glass, like eyes, I wanna run
We shouldn't be here again
Well isn't that the guilty truth?

It's hard, now, to imagine why
You'd ever come back here
After you tried so hard
The swings are still and the playground's empty
And God, we're not kids anymore
Or maybe that's just our favorite lie...

I swore to God on the day I left
I'd never come back to this place
I'd rather die instead
A whole 'nother life
Buried but not dead
Are we just the pets of our fears
Led by the monsters in our head?

[Instrumental Bridge]

We, we walk down this road
You and I both know
We have been here before
The doors on the house are all locked
And you're scared and I'm afraid
Because you and I both know
Exactly where this goes

I swore to God on the day I left
I'd never come back to this place
I'd rather die instead
A whole 'nother life
Buried but not dead
Are we just the pets of our fears
Led by the monsters in our head?
Track Name: The Wrecking Ball
You talk in old tongues
About what used to be
You say it can be ours again
You just need me

Just like the rest
To me, you died
But now your voice rings in my head
And you want inside

I'd let you but I don't trust you
And I'm not so sure this time
Understand that I can burn my
Own house down just fine
I'm more than capable of holding the wrecking ball
Break my own supports and walls
It's not enough just to watch me struggle
You want to speed the fall

You say it best
"Why even try?"
"Come on, let me in..."
"And we can waist the night."

You show up
And you want to see
The person you "used to know"
Come out of me

It's a wonder I'm even alive
And now you wanna go back in time
It was fun but those days are over
You're not gonna change my mind

You're still a child you haven't grown at all
I should have hung up when you called
You're just alone since I left
And now you wanna drag me down as you (fall)

I'd let you but I don't trust you
And I'm sure this time
Understand that I can burn my
Own house down just fine
I'm more than capable of holding the wrecking ball
Break my own supports and walls
It's not enough just to watch me struggle
You want to speed the fall

You say it best
"Why even try?"

You would know...
Track Name: Airport Walkway
I've got a bad habit of running in place.
It's like one of those moving walkways at the airport.
Except I'm going the wrong way.
And I've been doing it for the last twenty years.
Track Name: The 54
Minnesota needs more volcanoes
And wanted advice
From hidden angels in potholes
Who always know what's right

And it's been years since I've seen the Northern Lights
And from what I've read in books and heard Iceland seems nice
And there's only so many ways I can rearrange the rocks on the sidewalk
Before I have to start again

[Instrumental Interlude]

With training wheels for roads with dead ends
And paper maps to navigate
Through gods and ex-girlfriends
Just smile, honk, and wave...

And the forecast is a gas station postcard
By the shot glasses and cereal bars
And there's a million Camry's on the Plexiglas
And the schedule is telling me that it's six minutes past

And it's cold at the bus stop
And I'm far from home...

The bus here runs on time
But some day it won't
Maybe everything won't be alright
But maybe that's not the point.