Leave It All Behind

by Please Do Not Fight

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'Leave It All Behind' - the debut LP from Please Do Not Fight – was written over the course of the four years leading up to the albums release. Singer-songwriter Zenith croons irked lyrics reflecting a discontentment with society and a fondness for community set to a backdrop of eclectic rock arrangements.

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released December 1, 2007

Music written and performed by ...

Zen Zenith - Guitar and Singing
Erin Keely - Violin, Synth, Piano and Singing
Beau Dorsett - Bass Guitar
Spike - Drums

All songs written by Zen Zenith
Except 'Maria Remind Me' by Zen Zenith and Erin Keely

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Aaron Hellam at Castle Ultimate Studios in Emeryville, California

Produced by Please Do Not Fight and Aaron Hellam

This album is dedicated in loving memory to Jim and Hazel Duffy

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Please Do Not Fight was a San Francisco based indie rock band. Now defunct.

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Track Name: These Are The Sounds Of Days That Are Passed
I’m so high that when I look down
I can barely make out my feet on the ground
Don’t you dare grab my hand, try to lead me around
I just wanna lean back, black out and listen to the sounds

Of days that have passed me by

One too many dramatic coffee time chats
A few too many drunken nights that were nothing more than that
I never did get, down and dirty yet
My shoes feel worn and my feet feel wet

It’s in my

Mind you I’m not sure how hard I tried
Though I’d dream of Hawthorne and fantasize
I never took full advantage of the night
The city offered up I just shrugged and let it slide

How selfish am I

I’m a rubber ball, I’m a wooden peg
I’m a broken alarm clock
I’m bouncing around from place to place
Trying to fit in and failing to wake myself up

To opportunity slipping me

By and by I’ve squandered my time
Is this a learning experience or just a sign
Just a second ago I was on track, turn it all back
And give it one more chance

You don’t have to start over
I’m not starting over
I may be going back
But I’m not giving in
And I’m not starting over

Again

Maybe I try too hard to believe
This built personality
And maybe I need to say goodbye
To this time and concede

It never did anything for me
It’s okay to say it’s been a waste
“It’s been a waste”
Track Name: On The Other Hand, Fight! Fight! Fight!
We should be doing something right now
Everybody’s sittin’ they’re just laying around
And we’re all watching
I guess we must be waiting for something
I think we’re sick
Yeah we must be exhausted
From observing all that’s going on and not being part of it
Though we all most definately have something we want to say

Well isn’t this strange?
I’m filtering my water and there’s this sudden change
In temperature
I cut my hair shorter each year
And I’m replacing bulbs
And it seems so small
It’s almost not worth doing, it’s almost not worth doing at all
No its almost not worth doing at all

Well maybe we
Should be fighting

They say “Settle down”
“Oh, settle down!”
But it’s hard not to hold back when civilization
Has come to stop us now
So shout “S.O.S.”, yes
And I’ll hold your hand so tight except
Not enough to get stuck in my ways
I swear that I’m letting go when that first fist is raised

Don’t be afraid
I can feel us changing
Track Name: What Am I Trying To Save?
I’m focusing but to what extent
Keep twisting the lens but the scene still makes no sense
Should have done something
Instead of lining up days off in hopes that they’ll explain
What it is I am trying to save

I’ve got todo lists I write on myself
But they’re fading away before I can cross anything out
No one ever does the right thing
She loves baseball and strip-malls but at least she loves
Something

So I ignore everything
Keeps my mind healthy
There just always seemed to be more important things
To do here
To do here

I’m focusing but to what expense
I still miss all of my old friends
They remain a world away
While I attend parties in nondescript apartments
So what am I trying to save?
Track Name: New Song
I don’t believe in coincidence, but you do
Seems you’ll believe anything at all
Obviously oblivious to the signs
Or the pretty smile the news reporter hides
Have you felt the rumblings, haven’t you been wondering?
Why everyones wandering these sad city blocks
Beats on plastic pots in parking lots
Searching for any rhythm to carry this message
These thoughts

But I swear
I’d do anything, anything
To keep this alive
We’ll survive
As long as there’s nothing
To keep us satisfied

I’m not democratic, political, republican, liberal, shit no
I’m just depressed
They keep chanting: New Ideas! Forwards, onwards, upwards, progress!
Well when did progress, turn into this?
So if you win don’t turn a blind eye
Because the face you’re supporting may be just a disguise
And there are bigger things going on here
Than you or I

But I swear
I’d do anything, anything
To keep this alive
We’ll survive
As long as there’s nothing
To keep us satisfied

You want to believe, I know, I know
You want to believe that eventually someone else will show, I know
Well here we are standing amidst tiny shards from a broken plate
And I’m not sure how we let it slip so we just watch it scratch our feet
Discontentment breeds rebellion and rebellion is what we need
Rebellion is what we, rebellion is what we need
If we’re ever to be happy
I want to be happy

But instead of taking action we’re all twiddling our thumbs
And waiting and waiting and …
Track Name: Monster
This world’s a monster, it scares the shit out of me every day
And if I want my answers I have to answer each riddle that it’s made
It’s got one eye so it can barely see
And it likes to hide so that it can jump out and scare me

So I may
Give up on it today
So I may
I may just leave it all if I don’t believe it’s possible
To cover up my eyes and make it go away

The world’s comprised of several million parts
It has ten sets of arms to restrain me but zero sets of hearts
And it has a thousand yellow crooked teeth
So it eats, whatever it wants to eat, yeah it eats whatever it wants to

So I may
Give up on it today
So I may
I may just leave it all if I don’t believe it’s possible
To cover up my eyes and make it go away
Track Name: All Stand Up At Once
I finally learnt what I had loved
Yes I learnt what I had loved when I left it
I never got sick
And I remember everything
Everything that drove me mad
The people were so sad

Well ooo ooo ooo, we all stand up at once
Well ooo ooo ooo, we all stand up at once

The grass is always greener
The streets are always cleaner
Life is always easier on the other side
So I gotta move
The next states set to improve my situation
But until then I think I’ll drink myself blind

Well ooo ooo ooo, we all stand up at once
Well ooo ooo ooo, we all stand up at once

There’s this constant shifting
Of people that I’m missing
Who are never
Who are never quite settling down

So I keep my head low
Press my nose to the grind stone
Working these supermarket-months just to save up
And when winters finally here
When these sweltering months have disappeared
I pretend that I will finally stand up

Well ooo ooo ooo, we all stand up at once
Well ooo ooo ooo, we all stand up at once

There’s this constant shifting
Of people that I’m missing
Who are never
Who are never quite settling down

I can’t follow you anymore …

If you really want to do
What you want to do
You’re going to have to hold still
Aren’t you?
Track Name: Dorian Waltz
The water main is broken outside of the house
And the water keeps rising so they’re not letting anyone out
This party’s an island and my car a ship wreck
2am and no one is able to leave just yet

The stars are bright but there is little they can do
The light from the pool tints everyone florescent blue
And I’m going to pretend that you’re somewhere in this crowd
3am and still no one is getting out

I’m going to break here
We all need some help

From the fire pit to the roof is a convenient path
I’ll hide atop the house, listen to the cars drive past
Trace messages in the air I can only hope you’ll receive
4am and we may never ever leave

I’m going to break here
We all need some help
Track Name: We All Will Sing
You’ve still got that bottle
And I’ve still got the buzz
The people are still laughing
But it’s not enough

There’s something differing, somethings missing
Everybody’s in the kitchen
All the elements are present
But there’s none of the inspiration

And there’s barely a meaningful word we speak
That’s not over drinks
And we hardly ever leave the house now
For fear our sneakers might get scuffed on the streets

So bring back that sense of adventure
You used to draw from your friends
I want to see your glasses raised until Pinkerton comes on
And then we all, yes we all will sing

Back when melody
Meant a thing or two
You wish someone still wanted that
Well I do

We all will sing, we all will sing
We all will sing, we all will

So come and spend the night
Sharing in a bottle of wine
We’ll buy a pack of cigerettes
The cheapest we can find

Purchased from corporations
Our intoxication attempts to forget
You can join me in jumping from caring too much
To not giving a shit

Back when melody
Meant a thing or two
You wish someone still wanted that
Well I do
Yes I do!
Track Name: Maria Remind Me
Erin:
I was running around from place to place
Never getting anywhere on time
Never getting anything done
As I promised to

This is not me, it’s not the way I want to be
This is not me

Zen:
Reduced to a presence, under the pretense
Of some positive influence
Dispersing energy, throughout and slowly
Waiting for the day, waiting for the day

That it comes back to me
It comes back to me

Chorus:
Maria please tell me this isn’t all
Maria please tell me this isn’t all
Remind me again

Erin:
Last night I dreamt of my schedule book
It was looming over me and
It threatened stress
In monstrous proportions

This is not me, it’s not the way I want to be
This is not me, it’s not the way
This is not me, this is not me

Zen:
The conversations aren’t one-on-one
These days, those ways seem gone
Chased away by homely comforts
And the TVs they turn on

This apartment feels like a box I want to kick my way out of
Break down and divide, provided
That it comes back to me
It comes back to me

Chorus:
Maria please tell me this isn’t all
Maria please tell me this isn’t all
Remind me again

Erin:
Maybe I’ll head the wrong way on 680
And end up driving down the coast
Leave it all behind
For a while
For a while
Track Name: Everything Automatic
I feel repressed here, surpressed
Like I’m being pushed down and forced to forget
Every hopeful thing that I represent
And everybodys been trying to convince me
That it’s okay, just deal with the BS
But I’m sick of each day blurring into the next

Until everything is automatic again

I feel like a child in need of constant attention
In order to get up and be able to function
Like there’s a key in the back of my mind
And if it’s not turned right it’ll start to unwind
Well California clouds my judgement, I can’t seem to behave
The air is not right here and now my head is beginning to ache

Until everything is automatic again
And the inspiration I felt before has all but come and gone

I don’t understand why you would come so far only to stop
Does it really make you happy, being a robot working for more robots?

Got a boss who’s telling me I’m two minutes late
Gotta make up for it, I could start by dedicating
My life to my job to get a higher GS score
Some customer comments to raise the stats of the store
They don’t mean nothing but at least it looks good on my review …

In the wars of the past we’d have rationed our food
Well keep on consuming because now we don’t have to
Thank god for yellow ribbons, those meaningless tokens that make us feel worthy
And thank god for George, for keeping matters abroad
For rising gas costs being the only sacrifice I have to see

We have it easy

I feel repressed here, supressed
Like I’m being pushed down and forced to forget
Track Name: Play Cards, Go Dancing
I’ve been making plans to stay
But they’re never quite threatening enough
I’ve been making plans to stay
But they’re never quite threatening enough

This is much more than just the distance across the Atlantic
You’re a lifetime away
You play cards and go dancing
Every night in your dreams you say
I already miss the birthday cards
Though they never said much
They kept my memories fresh
And that was more than enough

I’ve been making plans to stay
But they’re never quite threatening enough
I’ve been making plans to stay
But they’re never quite threatening enough

When did time
Start moving so?
And why am I?
Going so slow
I go so slow, so slow

You tipped over
When we all stood up at once
But you never let that baby go
No you never let that baby go
You held on, you held on
While you waited for her
Never once, never once
Letting what ails you keep you from being strong

I’ve been making plans to stay
But they’re never quite threatening enough
I’ve been making plans to stay
But they’re never quite threatening enough