Leave It All Behind

by Please Do Not Fight

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1.
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”
2.
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
3.
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?
4.
New Song 05:54
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 …
5.
Monster 04:50
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
6.
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?
7.
Dorian Waltz 04:50
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
8.
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!
9.
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
10.
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
11.
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

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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 plays Loud Indie Rock music born of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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