Fake the Bitters

by 8bit bEtty

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released 25 September 2013

Bitterness is a part of life and we all know the taste. To those who have the tenacity and courage to dig a little deeper, though, lies a world of complex flavors which will balance and enhance your existing sweetness. I think I'm finally on my way to finding a good recipe. I hope you find yours as well.

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Special thanks goes out to John McCaig of Panic Studios for his artful mastering of this album.

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Track Name: Everything Changes (prelude)
Everything changes

I made a mistake
I started dreaming about life in space
With my good friends James Webb and Hubble
I'd fly higher and farther than all the others
and because we were so far
from the ground below we'd look like stars
and with my xenon ion propulsion
I could finally escape my small town in Wisconsin

They say dare to dream
that creating worlds won't hurt anything
but I've been sleeping for many years
eyes closed, headphones on my ears
Meanwhile shuttles have gone
none of which I've been on
it's not that I think I can't fly
but I need to wake up before I can try

Everything Changes

Everything in life must shift
even the masses of land we sleep on drift
so does it make sense to change your dream
and if you let all that go, then what does it mean
It seems like missions launch every day
some commandeered by good friends and while they
have worked hard to learn to pilot these planes
it forces me to consider a painful change

Everything Changes
everything, everything
Track Name: Adventuring
Wake up bright eyes
I hope you slept well
I have missed you
I bet you can't tell

You're yawning
its' dawning
still sleepy
here's coffee
Let's put our shoes on
so we can go outside
it might be raining
but it will be alright

Let's go here we come
gonna have a lot of fun
we don't have a plan today
it's perfect for adventure
bicycle is rolling fast
wind is blowing in the grass
sandwiches are in our pack
and everything is sparkling

Paper, chalk, and bits of strings
cassette tapes of my favorite things
everything else we should bring
is in our imaginations
let's take pictures as we go
'cause making things will help us grow it
just feels good for me to know
that I can have a friend like...

We find pandas who are playing a game
we ask if we can join them, they tell us to come on in
we run for hours finding paper hearts
hidden in a field of flowers until it begins to get dark

Then we thank them for letting us play
and we find a clearing where we can make pretty things
the fireflies are glowing everywhere
their luminescence softly fills the air

(I love you)

Let's go here we come
gonna have a lot of fun
we don't have a plan today
it's perfect for adventure
bicycle is rolling fast
wind is blowing in the grass
sandwiches are in our pack
and everything is sparkling

Paper, chalk, and bits of strings
cassette tapes of my favorite things
everything else we should bring
is in our imaginations
let's take pictures as we go
'cause making things will help us grow it
just feels good for me to know
that I can have a friend like...

(I love you)

...that I can have a friend like you

I open my eyes
and everything goes away
if you still wanted to see me
that would have been the perfect day
Track Name: The Hedgehog's Dilemma
I am just a shy girl at heart
I wish I could say hi to you
why am I alone again tonight
when I am in a city filled with possibilities

I am just a shy boy at heart
and I know you expect me to say hi to you
I guess I'm afraid of what you'll say
so I guess I will read another book tonight by myself

And sometimes I wish things weren't this way
that I could change
but then I'd lose a sense of myself
Oh what a shame

I am always the girl alone at the show
I start to sweat when you say hello
I will make a reservation for one
I don't think that eating alone is fun

And sometimes I wish things weren't this way
that I could change
but then I'd lose a sense of myself
Oh what a shame

Someday I will find someone shy just like me
Someday I will find someone shy just like me
Someday I will find someone shy just like me
Someday
Someday

Someone shy just like you
Track Name: Keep the Dream Alive, Lil' Red
Lone wolf why are you so sad, why don't you walk with me for awhile
you see I am on my way to visit Grandma's house over four miles away
I don't mind if you don't want to talk, I can see you're feeling kind of blue
but maybe it will cheer you up if I share my lunch with you

Lone wolf all my life I have known that I'm kind of strange
I don't really play with other kids, I guess in that way we're both the same
it's not that we don't get along; it has nothing to do with that
but no one wants to come to Grandma's house because they don't want to walk the path through the woods

Maybe I'm dreaming, but I always thought that there would be more out there
so I will keep walking down this unpopulated trail
accompanied briefly by those who are looking for a little adventure
but to get where I'm going, I'll have to walk the path alone

Lone wolf perhaps you are down because you've got nowhere to go
I know it's hard to make plans when the future isn't known
but I have always believed that if you work hard at what you love
destinations will unfold before you, though I'm not quite sure if that's totally accurate

Lone wolf I think we could be friends, at least for a little while
I'll share my lunch with you daily if you promise you'll try to smile
maybe you wouldn't be lonely if we both travelled together
Lone wolf, what do you say? United we could brave any weather

Maybe I'm dreaming, but I always thought that there would be more out there
so I will keep walking down this unpopulated trail
accompanied briefly by those who are looking for a little adventure
but to get where I'm going, I'll have to walk the path alone

My, what big eyes!
My, what big ears!
My, what big nose!
My, what big teeth!

Here we are at Grandma's house.
Don't be afraid
Lone wolf, you can go in first
After all, what's the worst that could happen?
Track Name: The MTA (a love song written by an avid cyclist after having been doored)
There's a place that's always open
Like my arms 24 hours a day
Here's a map, where's your destination?
$2.50 is all you'll pay

(The MTA)

Here's your chance to make friends with strangers
Be protected from the rain
They say home is where the heart is
Then my heart is only a ride away

(The MTA)

Like the doors it's heart is open
you can ride no matter what your creed
It keeps you warm when it's cold outside
and air conditioning is free

There's no need to wear your helmet
or maybe you forgot your chain
stay from protected from the cars outside
heartless machines driving in your lane
Track Name: Try As I Might
I will never be as hardcore as you want me to be

So now that we've covered that, can we please just have fun?

(la la la)

Do you use a click track when you record your guitar?
Can you drive a stick shift when you're in your car?
Do you know everything about wines that there is to know?
Oh really? That's too bad. That's too bad.

When you have a dinner date, do you cook the food yourself?
Have you read every single book that's sitting on your shelf?
Have you transferred all your music onto tape cassette?
No! shut up! shut up! shut up! shut up!

I will never be as hardcore as you want me to be

Do you listen to this band of Brooklyn kids who nobody knows?
Even though they don't play live I've been to seven shows.
Have you eaten at this place that only serves vegan fish?
Oh really? That's too bad. That's too bad.

Do you make your music using only a telephone?
All the really hardcore kids build robots of their own.
Do you think you're cool enough to play shows with us?
No! shut up! shut up! shut up! shut up!

I will never be as hardcore as you want me to be
Track Name: Requiem For Pluto
Little planet among the stars

Let's take a moment to bow our heads
we've lost our dear friend Pluto
I know he was not large
and 4.6 billion miles is far away
but we loved him

And his twin brother Charon
or whatever they called him
He's also gone away
Console your mother who won't be serving any more pizza pies
and let's look to the skies
and remember our

Little planet among the stars

Once you were a god to Greek and Roman cultures
but now your nothing
Just like Santa, they took you away
Just like Santa, they took you away
Just like Santa, they took you away
but to me you'll always be a

Little planet among the stars
Track Name: Everything Changes (reprise)
Everything must change someday
(someday) Everything must change someday
(Someday) I won't be afraid

Someday I won't be so angry
someday I will fix my mistakes
some way I will be somebody
who finds some way
to become someone else

Everything changes
everything will change someday
someday soon

Wake up bright eyes
there is far too much at stake
they've got the place surrounded
this time there's little chance of escape

We've come too far to release the hostage
I guess there's no turning back
you must be brave, we must be brave
and prepare to be attacked

Everything changes
everything will change someday
someday soon
(everything must change someday
someday everything will change
someday someday soon)

What do we do when our path leads us through darkened woods
do we trudge on farther
do we go no further
and if we're found, we lose everything we've nursed for years
the torches are growing brighter
the howls of the wolves getting louder in my ears

Wake up bright eyes

Fine, I guess you win.
I'm tired of chasing what I believe in
No tears, no requiem
Just hold your breath and lift your chin
We'll walk towards this oblivion alone

(lone wolf why are you so sad)

My heart still beats, though I don't feel rhythm
My voice still speaks, but I hear no tune
What do you do when everything you thought you knew
turns out to be untrue

(everything changes)

I'm sorry, I have failed
and I can't hold on to this dream
(I could never be as hardcore as I needed to be)
should I finally lay to rest
this beautiful broken machine?
(I am just a shy boy at heart)

I'm sorry for I have failed
I'm sorry I can't be someone
I've tried so hard, I've given everything
but now I'm tired
feeling retired

I'm sorry my trials have failed
I'm sorry I'll never be someone
This song's a message
My heart's a message
That this emptiness is all I've left to give

I'm sorry I've failed my parents
I'm sorry I've failed myself
I'm sorry I've failed my teachers
I'm sorry, sorry

I'm sorry I've failed at music
I'm sorry I've failed my friends
I'm sorry I've failed expectations
(I've failed, I've failed)

Despite the efforts we expend
We're all just sorry people in the end.