before you knew me​.​.​.

by downshift

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released September 1, 2000

Steve Zuppa, Derek Wyatt, Gary Hazelton, Mark Zurawinski
Recorded at Easter Island Studio in Sudbury.



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Track Name: ground zero
somethings wrong again, i see
it in your eyes as you stare at me,
and i can feel what's going on inside your little mind.
it all seems simple now.
"the weight of your world pulls me down."
but i was too blind to see all that you've done to me.

i missed the point of it all.
you waited and watched me fall.
but now i'll give my problems all to you.
i've opened my eyes, now i know we're through

i fought back tears last night,
as i thought about your lies
and all your broken promises and my empty dreams.
i'm alone once again.
i'm lost without any friends.
i close my eyes and dream about better days and better times.
Track Name: hold my head up high
i'm trying, i swear to god i'm trying
but all i get from you are looks that tell me i'm no good
you're lying, to my face you're lying
you turn around and put me down with all your words

i swear to myself every night
your remarks won't phase me
i'll pull your knife from my back
until you realize you can't break me
i'll hold my head up high
i know i'll try to do my best
to laugh it off one more time
i'm going to be all right
Track Name: false sense of security
i look towards the sky
and i shout out all my deepest questions,
i seek a thousand answers that i'll never understand.
time ticks so slowly now... as i spend my nights alone and lost.
i feel as if i'm losing faith in everything that i've been taught.

one more time around... my friends all falling down.
i watch them waste away one by one.

i'm lying here alone
and i can't help thinking "why go on now?"
i'm lying to myself in pretending that i'm gonna try.
i choose to quit now... i'll let depression steal my soul,
i'll take my pills, rescind it all, i'm giving up the fight.

i look towards the sky...
see my dreams come crashing down...
Track Name: sipping corona
question me with your hesitation and
i'll reply with indecision, the score is settled
and you're no better, i won't hear your fabrications
difficulty in showing pleasure comes with this pain
i don't know where you're coming from these days
expressionless i stare, sipping beer
cold winter's day
in solitude no new issues will come my way

i don't need your help anymore

my diminished pride, animosity builds inside
rejecting sobriety, unwelcomed anxiety
too many words, too many nights
i won't be the same
too many times i broke down
and took all the blame

i won't see it,i won't believe it
why won't you relinquish?
you're opening old wounds
Track Name: mere images
would you comply if i decided not to try
should you disagree if i opposed all your beliefs
could you see everything i told you to see
can't you be tough and stand your ground

or would you just go changing your mind
after all, you're not what's important in your life
have you forgotten that it's all in your hands
it's up to you to make your own plans

it's funny that you act the same way as me
and listen to everything i say, except "think for yourself"
what would you do with no one to guide you
what would you do for my advice would you
compromise your mind, your conscience

look into your mirror, reflection of all my ideals,
you're so shallow.
Track Name: worth repeating
seeing things just as straight as 'real' men claim to be
grown-up fears
the tired remnants of ornamental tears
muse the hinterland until everything turns grey
not bound to happen in this day and age

it's unfortunate but it's true
no one around me is quite like you

what can i do thus deserving you
do my best to be who i should be
shine and glow and not be scared,
of what others think at all
ignorance is the only life for me
Track Name: transition
she left her old ways behind to never look back
threw away her old life and her small town girl persona
a new disposition the party girl
indiscretion having her fun
with a new outlook on the world

and now she's on her back for some sweet talking motherfucker
he laughs inside as she believes his lies that she could be 'the one'.
he tells her that he's falling in love with the person inside her
she's too naive to know that tomorrow he'll be gone

she was at a loss for words again, how could it happen?
made a promise to herself that it would be the last time
someone got the best of her
until she found out she was pregnant a new outlook on the world

and she's feeling lost, like the whole world turned against her
she tried to live a life where she didn't belong
she feels like everyone she meets looks down at her
everyday she regrets leaving he small town
Track Name: unbroken
you remind me of someone i used to know
someone close to me,
someone i didn't deserve, i'll shed this curse
if i could just get unbroken
and now we've met on my quest
for happiness, a twist of fate
and here i am and there you are
i lost my nerve

and would you let me in?
complacency in the end
if i could only start to begin

a subtle glance of the eyes a chance to see if i
could fill that void
that you complain, they're all the same
i could be different by coincidence
a gentle tug at my shirt
a seductive silent little smirk
and there you are and here i am
i lost my nerve

maybe tomorrow will be the day i won't retreat
i won't be defeated by anxiety
satisfy my need to achieve complacency,
i won't hold back
Track Name: the reason
i need to find the reason why i'm here
realize i doubt myself, day-to-day life becomes unclear,
and all the pieces that fit so perfect
angles changes, reach out of range, i'd quit if i had the chance to exit

all my efforts go unnoticed, self-pretentious in desperate need to be
inimmune to all i've experienced before

i need to find the reason why i'm lost
in disillusion, a failure to reach a conclusion
why i tried to keep my feet on the ground
it looks like i faltered, every second seems a bit longer

i don't want to be the same as you
but i can't understand the reason why you let me go
i feel i'm drowning here all by myself
while you've become faceless, you're everyone else.
Track Name: crossing lines
we never really listened,
now look at where we are
void of answers we just float around
to scores of questions we never could keep
i try to play but it's too tekked out for me
i'm inferior

melancholic are the stages this emo ride presents me with
attempts to walk but where's that led me now?
weeping minds and streamful tears
flitting through the blues-filled sky
i coloured passed the lines once again

strive to sleep but then i creep, to consciously achieve
my equally pathetic way of life
undefined, rearranged
i may just get happy to that point
where i believe

a blissful feeling i'm yet to keep
as mine my own, it's unattained
i must say it's obviously by my choice
i tried my best not to rock the boat
i guess that wasn't good enough
i coloured passed the lines once again.
Track Name: the road less travelled
"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."

-Robert Frost