Growing Young

by White Oak

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released June 25, 2016

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White Oak Livingston, New Jersey

noah santos.

acoustic | punk | folk.

relying on noise & nonsense to take me to far away places.

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Track Name: Bizarre Love Triangle (New Order)
Every time I think of you
I feel shot right through with a bolt of blue
It's no problem of mine
But it's a problem I find
Living a life that I can't leave behind
But there's no sense in telling me
The wisdom of the fool won't set you free
But that's the way that it goes
And it's what nobody knows
Well every day my confusion grows


Every time I see you falling
I get down on my knees and pray
I'm waiting for that final moment
You say the words that I can't say


I feel fine and I feel good
I'm feeling like I never should
Whenever I get this way
I just don't know what to say
Why can't we be ourselves like we were yesterday
I'm not sure what this could mean
I don't think you're what you seem
I do admit to myself
That if I hurt someone else
Then I'll never see just what we're meant to be
Track Name: Apartment (Modern Baseball)
The first time I saw you was in your apartment
I had followed my friends single-file through the darkness
I looked your direction for excessive inspection
And I could not muster the courage to say a single word

For a while we were playing this game that your friends bought
But everyone cheated and no one could spell
You didn't say much of anything
I must have come off annoying, cause you went to bed

I walk home with my eyes low
Dreaming up conversations we'll have tomorrow
Your loose ends, my new friends
All the classes in high school we fell asleep in
But now I can hardly close my eyes

The next time I saw you was in your apartment
Oh, why do I keep ending up here on starlit evenings?
I should be home sleeping
But this time you sat next to me on the couch

(dude, nice!)

I stare out the window
Hands glued tight and sore
Praying to God-knows-what
That you would sever what's stuck
With something shiny from the kitchen drawer

I walk home with my eyes low
Dreaming up conversations we'll have tomorrow
Your loose ends, my new friends
All the classes in high school we fell asleep in
But now I can hardly close my eyes

I was wondering if, maybe, you wanted to hang out tonight
We could make dinner or something
Track Name: But I Do (Now, Now)
We can keep in touch if that's what you want
You can call me, too, if that's what friends do
It's not more than one, if that's what you thought
You'd say I don't have the time for you
But I do

I could stay inside if that's what you want
I won't say a word for a day or two
When I'm in my room, I know what to do about you

I can sleep soon

When I get home I am kept from everyone in the house
I'll walk down the hall where you have gone
To feel the way it felt again, again, again, again

I am what you need when you can't find it somewhere else
I am what you want when you don't have anything else
Track Name: Crescent-Shaped Depression (Title Fight)
The mountains surrounding
Mark the boundaries you're not meant to leave
I'll stay "far away"
But to keep my place
I want to write our names on a culm bank's face

Our hands only shake when we cross state lines
I've made hundreds of mistakes
And peace with dying in my sleep
But that's what's right for me
While the kids back home will leap
To the riverbeds below Market Street

The mountains surrounding
Haunt the boundaries only mentally
Never set free
You know where I'll be
There's a time a place
When and where they'll bury me

Our hands only shake when we cross state lines
I've made hundreds of mistakes
And peace with dying in my sleep
But that's what's right for me
While the kids back home will leap
To the riverbeds below Market Street
Track Name: Constant Headache (Joyce Manor)
[Verse 1]
I could hear you coming so I hide by the couch
You were talking so loudly, I don't know what about
You were drunker than high school, self conscious and sweet
I never ever felt so cool disguised in your sheets

[Chorus]
But I'm a constant headache, a tooth out of line
They try to make you regret it, you say no not this time
Just a constant headache, a dead friend's advice
You hang me up unfinished with the better part of me no longer mine

[Verse 2]
And then you finally found me pretending to sleep
You said such nice things about me, I felt guilty and cheap
You took two steps to the kitchen and just stared at the sink
I couldn't hold back a smile, I wish that I could have seen you
Having sex in the morning your love was foreign to me
It made me think maybe human is not such a bad thing to be
I just laid there in protest, entirely fucked
It's such a stubborn reminder one perfect night's not enough
Track Name: Veronica Sawyer Smokes (AFI)
Uh-oh, my story's not
The oldest of its kind
I was too touched to see you clearly
Far too young to realize
I, I had loved so dearly
You, whose world I had designed
But the sweet smoke came with mirrors
And it brought tears to my wide eyes
Dying just to see you
Dying since I misconstrued
Your blue heart, black eyes
Fading, falling, words I won't forget
I died right when I saw you
While you shared that cigarette
Uh-oh, I saw you every time
I closed my eyes
In the Hughes film I had scored
Produced and starred in, in my mind
I, I could recite you well
I'd written every line
But you strayed far from my flawless script
On which I'd spent a lifetime
Falling over dead
Dying since I had misread
Your blue heart, black eyes
Fading, falling, words I won't forget
I died right when I saw you
While you shared that cigarette
Falling over dead
Dying since I had misread
Your blue heart, black eyes
Fading, falling, words I won't forget
I died right when I saw you
While you shared that cigarette