At The Campfire

by The Capitalist Youth

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1.
I found myself at the campfire With all the passion I could command And we were singing there for years Before I started to get tired Maybe there was some mis-orientation Maybe there was insufficient effort But the coals are dark and I'm still looking For that holy conflagration I can't believe because I believe I can't find reasons after settling The passion was there, the feet left the ground But nothing lifted them up so they came back down
2.
02:18
When we got to Arcade we pulled off to the side and started to kiss But we were afraid of the slippery slope so we didn't go far Later I got a ticket and she thought it was punishment A higher warning against being together in the dark If there's a light at the end of the tunnel but you don't fit through Keep cutting parts off until you do If you find your body's primary goal is to reproduce Try not to do what other animals do At the funeral home people were crying at the service next door It was explained to me it was because they had no hope They should have been glad because there's an eternal reward Provided you do the right things before you go If there's a light at the end of the tunnel but you're too big Just leave behind your wife and kids If you find that you have weeks instead of years Try not to fear what every animal fears
3.
02:39
Promise to stop after tonight, promise to stop this afternoon Write it down, tell a friend, act like stopping's what you want to do It's a magical time when you find that you're back to where you began Nothing has moved, much less improved It's a magical time You try but something inside gives and you don't try so hard You start to think it's not too bad, not so bad to leave things how they are It's a magical time when you find that you're back to where you began Nothing has moved, much less improved It's a magical time Statistically speaking you won't improve Thinking of this you think you can't move This shame is growing, growing like mold This hope is draining, draining like sink water
4.
Standing alone in the dark in the woods You said I could have kissed you but I didn't know I could Standing in the water in the shower next to mine I can hear you calling to someone walking by You're so pure that we can't talk together now So I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have worked out But it's something I can't help thinking about Lying on tables you talk and we see stars Lying in bed your dreams are familiar and bizarre There was a report from your mother after the time had passed Then there was another guy cause I'd been afraid to act You're so pure there's things I don't want to tell you now I'm sure it's best that things didn't work out But it's something I can't help thinking about Everything looks better far away It gets distorted when it's right in your face So which is better is hard to say It's a decision I'm always having to make
5.
01:54
I got you saying you don't want to go back to Canada You've got me saying I don't want to go back to the way it was before I've seen there's something that I lack And maybe it's not something no more I've got you hoping a hope that I can't guarantee I think my hoping made me act like a fool before Looking for something that I lack I can't and I won't be so rash anymore You're saying you won't go back I'm saying I won't go back We're saying we won't go back to before You're saying you won't go back I'm saying I won't go back We're saying we won't go back to before
6.
You're going to die You are going to cease to exist The woods will grow over the paths you used to take There won't be memories or future plans to make You are going to die You have no control You're the sum of chemicals Magnetic waves, history, the food you eat Decide if you will fail or you'll succeed You have no control You're morally adrift You don't know what to do Love and truth could help you find what's right But they're made of DNA and childhood life You're morally adrift So try to smile It's gonna be a while Or not, but why not try to act like you won't die?
7.
I know what I ought to do But I don't, but I don't I know what I want to do But I don't, but I don't First you're campaigning against immorality Then you're paying for women regularly Produce a person with the best to learn how Whatever goes in, you can't predict what will come out I know what I ought to do But I don't, but I don't I know what I want to do But I don't, but I don't Waves align just right inside of you To create success in everything you do But then certain chemicals get together and you decide To do something and ruin your life I know what I ought to do But I don't, but I don't I know what I want to do But I don't, but I don't It's a magical time in the morning before the news gets around Make preparations, look out the window, walk around the house You will tell them when they ask you, "What do you have to say now?" "All I know is I got from there to here but I don't know how"
8.
03:43
Sometimes I think that maybe You could save me but you just don't care Sometimes I think that you'd be There completely but you're just not there
9.
I wanted to put into words what's going on And give our movie script a score But everything I put down wasn't the truth And every sentence demanded a sentence more Fairy tales are bastardizations of real life The prince and princess get married and that's the happy ending But we won't fit between two covers They'd have us end at the beginning while things keep happening I wouldn't describe this as a fairy tale Or put us in a movie still But when I say I love you I do and I will Our car starts at A and proceeds to B And on to C, but we're guessing where that is Like our trips in the southern tier life's unpredictable The uncertainty's eclipsed by the princess I'm with We don't know where we'll end up We don't know what's over the next hill But when I say I love you I do and I will
10.
You were a gift from above, that's what I thought That we'd be together and that's how we'd stay Then a man of God came to address the faithful He said, "The word of the Lord orders throw that boy away" It cut me in half - empty bottles on the ground It cut me in half - full bottles can be found I don't know if God himself gives marching orders Or why he would want to replace one with two Maybe your parents gave that prophet a special donation Whatever the case, there's nothing I can do It cut me in half - empty bottles on the ground It cut me in half - full bottles can be found I heard you're engaged to that boy from our old town I guess it's true God smiles on those in his favor You can buy flowers or candy, you can write a song But how can I argue with orders from the savior? It cut me in half - empty bottles on the ground It cut me in half - full bottles can be found It cut me in half - empty bottles on the ground It cut me in half - full bottles can be found Some say it's all in how you look at the cup But I say empty it and fill it up But I say empty it and fill it up
11.
If I had one piece of advice I thought it would say That life's not solved by a song, it doesn't work that way But thinking again I'd say, "Just keep on singing You'll have a song too You'll learn what I do" You're asking questions, you won't get good answers If we had the time I could explain it better But what is there to do? Just keep on living You'll grow up You'll learn what I do The road signs are missing For that ancient place where living is simple Maybe it sank into the sea Maybe it's hidden at the highest peak Maybe it's lost, maybe we'll never have that again Oh, we'll never have that again

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The Capitalist Youth’s debut album, At the Campfire, contains lyrically driven songs that struggle with love and religion, and music that draws on the strength of friends and community. The album’s friends-in-a-room indie rock may appeal to fans of Pedro the Lion, the Frames and the New Pornographers. The album is both organic and synthetic, combining banjo, glockenspiel, and improvised percussion with synthesizer and distorted bass. While recording in living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens the Capitalist Youth harmonize, clap and stomp through songs about summer camp, existential crises and gubernatorial indiscretions.

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released June 1, 2010

The Capitalist Youth is Eric Heveron-Smith, Frank Wartinger and Greg Kamprath. Album recorded by the Cosmonaut Union. Includes performances from Scott Hallam (guitar and background vocals), Brian Heveron-Smith (percussion), Kelly Kamprath (background vocals), and Seth Faulk (drums).

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