Nostalgia Poisoning

by Steven Gullett

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released May 1, 2005

Star Heartless Records #1004.
All songs published by Star Heartless Music / ASCAP.
All songs written by Steven Gullett.

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Track Name: Train Wreck
SHE'S LIGHTING UP THE BAR LIKE A NEON ARCADE
AND EVERYBODY STOPS LIKE IT'S AN AMBULANCE WAKE
AND ALL THEY REALLY WANT TO KNOW IS WHO'S CALLING THE SHOTS TONIGHT?

SHE'S TALKING LIKE A JACK HAMMER, LAUGHING LIKE A FIT
SHE'S A USED UP PIN-UP WITH STAPLES IN HER WRIST
SHE'S A MAGNET TO THE GIRLS AND BOYS THAT SHE'LL LEAVE TONIGHT

OH TRAIN WRECK BABY
HOW DID I LET YOU GET SO NEAR
OH TRAIN WRECK BABY
I'LL BE HIDING OVER HERE X2

IT'S A SUICIDE MISSION BUT I THINK I'M GONNA TRY
BUT AS I'M GETTING CLOSER SHE STARTS TO YELL, SHE STARTS TO CRY
SO I SIDESTEP THE CHAOS LIKE I WAS HEADING TO THE BAR ALL THE TIME

BUT IT'S TOO LATE SHE'S GOT ME IN HER SIGHTS
SHE'S KNOWS THAT I'M A SUCKER WHO'LL LISTEN TO HER PLIGHT
ALL HER CRAZY STORIES AND HER BOYFRIEND'S ALIBI

OH TRAIN WRECK BABY
HOW DID I LET YOU GET SO NEAR
OH TRAIN WRECK BABY
I'LL BE HIDING OVER HERE X2

SHE'S WALKING IN THE BAR LIKE SHE'S FRESH FROM CONFESSION
AND EVERYBODY PARTS LIKE IT'S A FUNERAL PROCESSION
AND ALL THEY REALLY KNOW IS SHE'S CALLING THE SHOTS TONIGHT
Track Name: Fiction Sells
IT'S A CONSTANT STREAM OF LITTLE WHITE LIES
SEEMS ALL I WANNA DO IS CRITICIZE
WHEN DID IT ALL BECOME SUCH A GAME

I DON'T EVER WANNA ACT LIKE THOSE GUYS
TALKIN' SO TOUGH & LYING ABOUT SIZE
NOW YOU'RE ON THE TIP & TONGUE OF FAME

SEEMS LIKE EVERYBODY'S UNDER A SPELL
THEY SAY THAT BULLSHIT WALKS BUT AS FAR AS I CAN TELL ...

FICTION SELLS

ALL YOUR COMPLIMENTS ARE MADE OF GLASS
BUT I WON'T BREAK 'EM IF YOU THROW 'EM BACK
OR MAKE YOU TAKE YOUR MAKE-UP OFF ALL NIGHT

I'LL BELIEVE YOUR SCRIPT IF YOU BELIEVE MINE
TALK YOUR TALK & I'LL BUY YOUR LINE
CAUSE IT'S THE ONLY THING YOU HAVE FOR SALE

SEEMS LIKE EVERYBODY'S UNDER A SPELL
THEY SAY THAT BULLSHIT WALKS BUT AS FAR AS I CAN TELL ...

FICTION SELLS

SO TELL ME THE TRUTH I WANNA HEAR IT
WHY DO SO MANY FEAR IT?
Track Name: I Am Not
JUST LIKE YOU I AM SO DISTRAUGHT
BY ALL THESE THINGS THAT I AM NOT
MAYBE ONE DAY I'LL GET A SHOT
AT ALL THESE THINGS THAT I AM NOT

HEAVY CLOUDS THEY DON'T DISCRIMINATE
WHILE IT RAINS REMINDERS AND CONTAMINATES
BETWEEN WHAT YOU WISH FOR AND WHAT YOU'LL TAKE
SEEMS A LONG, LONG LINE AND A LONGER WAIT

BUT OH...
YOU CAN'T LET IT TAKE YOU DOWN X3 (NO OH WHOA...)
THOUGH IT WOULD BE
SO MUCH EASIER TO HIT THE GROUIND
I KNOW IT TAKES A
TOUGHER SKIN FOR YOU TO STICK AROUND

AND JUST LIKE YOU I AM SO DISTRAUGHT
BY ALL THESE THINGS THAT I AM NOT
MAYBE ONE DAY I'LL GET A SHOT
AT ALL THESE THINGS THAT I AM NOT

I AM NOT (REPEAT)
Track Name: Indie Rock Love
INDIE ROCK GIRL X2 YOUR T-SHIRT'S IRONIC
YOUR PURSE IS ICONIC INDIE ROCK GIRL


INDIE ROCK GIRL X2 YOUR GLASSES SYMBOLIC
DATE AN ALCOHOLIC INDIE ROCK GIRL


INDIE ROCK BOY X2 YOUR COME-ONS ARE HOKEY
YOU DIG KARAOKE INDIE ROCK BOY


INDIE ROCK BOY X2 YOUR HAIR IS UNKEMPT
SOMEONE ELSE PAYS YOUR RENT INDIE ROCK BOY


WITH A THRIFT STORE POSE
IN YOUR OVERPRICED CLOTHES
YOU TAKE YOUR CONVERSATION BLAND
AND YOU BEER IN A DISCOUNT CAN


INDIE ROCK GIRL X2 SKIN LIKE PEARL
SO BORED WITH THE WORLD INDIE ROCK GIRL


INDIE ROCK GIRL X2 PICTURES ON YOUR SKIN
FROM BACK WHEN THEY WERE IN INDIE ROCK GIRL


INDIE ROCK BOY X2 SPORADICALLY VEGAN
BUT YOU DON'T HAVE A REASON INDIE ROCK BOY


INDIE ROCK BOY X2 YOUR PARENTS HAVE MONEY
THE GIRLS THINK YOU'RE FUNNY INDIE ROCK BOY

OH THERE THEY GO
TO THE HIPPEST SHOWS
THEY LIKE BANDS FROM CHICAGO THAT CAN'T SING
AND BANDS FROM NEW YORK WITH A PHRASE FOR A NAME

INDIE ROCK LOVE X2 WATCH 'EM SWAGGER & SWOON
TO GUITARS OUT OF TUNE INDIE ROCK LOVE

INDIE ROCK LOVE X2 THEY'RE SO TRAGICALLY IN
JUST LIKE THURSTON & KIM INDIE ROCK LOVE
Track Name: Riddle By Riddle
RIDDLE BY RIDDLE
PIECE BY PIECE
WONDERING IF
I'LL BE RELEASED

FRIENDS THEY LIE
WHEN THEY DON'T KNOW
THAT'S HOW WE ALL
KEEP UP THE SHOW

LITTLE BY LITTLE
STEP BY STEP
IT CREEPS INTO
OUR CONSCIOUSNESS

AND STILL WE CRY
CAUSE WE DON'T KNOW
WHY DO SOME
THEY HAVE TO GO?

SOME WILL FIGHT
WITH YOU ALL DAY
THAT YOU MUST
SEE THINGS THEIR WAY

THEY'RE DROPPING NAMES
THEY'RE QUOTING BOOKS
FLASHING RIGHTEOUS
DIRTY LOOKS

RIDDLE BY RIDDLE
PIECE BY PIECE
WONDERING IF
I'LL BE RELEASED

BUT WE ALL
MUST FIND OUR OWN
CAUSE FAITH IS WARM
WHEN YOU'RE ALONE
Track Name: Attention Junkies
A DANCER'S SHAKE AND GINGER MOAN
DISASTER IN A FIVE FOOT FRAME AND A PADLOCK HOME
A LAZY DOG WITH SKILLS TO HONE
A DANDY WITH A GUTTER VISION AND A STAR SHAPED HOPE...HOPE

DUELING TO THE DANGER POINT
I LOOK DOWNTOWN AND I END UP NORTH
DEAR WHOEVER I CAN'T TAKE YOU HOME
BECAUSE YOU'RE JUST AN ACCIDENT
AND I LIKE DREAM WRECKED DARLINGS MORE

YOUR RESUME' - DRUGS AND ABUSE
BOTTLE COLORED HAIR AND SLUT FUELED DUES
EXCITEMENT TRAINED IN DREAMY TALK
13 ROUNDS OF CHOKING AND I WATCH YOU WALK AWAY...
I WATCH YOU AND YOU NEED ME TO

FLIRTING WITH THE DANGER POINT
I LOOK DOWNTOWN AND I END UP NORTH
DEAR WHOEVER I CAN'T TAKE YOU HOME
BECAUSE YOU'RE JUST AN ACCIDENT
AND I LIKE DREAM WRECKED DARLINGS MORE

THE ONES WITHOUT MUCH CHANCE
- A DIME OR LESS A DANCE

GIVE THE TRASHY ONES LAST CALL
- BUY A DRINK FOR THEM ALL

SEE 'EM BOUNCING OFF THE WALLS;
WATCH 'EM WRITHING ON THE FLOOR
CAUSE DREAM WRECKED DARLINGS ALWAYS WANT...

ATTENTION JUNKIES AND THE POWER OF WANT
THEY LIVE FOR CENTER STAGE AND KNOW HOW TO TAUNT
ATTENTION JUNKIES AND THE POWER OF WANT
DREAM WRECKED DARLINGS ALWAYS WANT...MORE
Track Name: Only A Comedy
YOU'RE RELIGIOUS DISEASE WAS A MYTH
IT WAS SCARLET FEVER YOU HELD TIGHT IN YOUR FIST
JUST A BABY IN DEGREES OF PLATINUM BLONDE
IN 8-2-6 WITH YOUR SAPPHIRE RING ON

AND NOW YOU'VE GOT THE PRIZE I HOPE THAT YOU KEPT YOUR RECEIPT

DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND JUST HOW BAD THIS WORLD CAN BE?
YOUR PICTURES AND CONCEPTIONS THAT NEVER LET YOU BE

AND NOW YOU UNDERSTAND THERE AIN'T NOTHING LEFT TO BE
THIS MORNING WAS YOUR DRAMA TEST & LAST NIGHT WAS ONLY A COMEDY

YOU LOOK FOR FAMILY IN EVERY FACE YOU SEE
AND WONDER WHY YOUR DISAPPOINTMENTS ALWAYS COME IN THREES
YOU SAID YOUR MOTHER WAS NAMED AFTER ME
THROUGH TANQUERAY AND TEARS THAT YOU NEVER LET THEM SEE

AND NOW YOU'VE GOT THE PRIZE I HOPE THAT YOU KEPT YOUR RECEIPT

DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND JUST HOW BAD THIS WORLD CAN BE?
YOUR PICTURES AND CONCEPTIONS THAT NEVER LET YOU BE

AND NOW YOU UNDERSTAND THERE AIN'T NOTHING LEFT TO BE
THIS MORNING WAS YOUR DRAMA TEST & LAST NIGHT WAS ONLY A COMEDY
Track Name: Leaving Town
I HOPE THAT YOU DON'T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKES AS ME MY FRIENDS
I KNOW THERE'S BETTER THINGS THAT WE COULD HAVE IN COMMON
I NEVER WANTED TO BE TELLING YOU A PACK OF LIES
BUT NOW ALL I'VE GOT LEFT ARE ALIBIS

I'M LEAVING TOWN
I'VE PASSED MYSELF AROUND
I'M HALFWAY TO THE GROUND
SO I'M LEAVING TOWN

I DON'T WANNA HAVE
THE THINGS YOU WANNA HAVE
I JUST WANNA HAVE THE ROAD

I'M LIKE A BROKE MACHINE THAT NO ONE HERE CAN SEEM TO FIX
IT'S SUCH A LOSER'S CHARM THAT SOME WOULD FIND ROMANTIC
THEY GIVE YOU CREDIT IF YOU'RE GOING DOWN IN HISTORY
BUT NOW I PAY UPFRONT FOR LUXURIES

I'M LEAVING TOWN
I'VE PASSED MYSELF AROUND
I'M TWICE AS LOST AS FOUND
SO I'M LEAVING TOWN

I DON'T WANNA HAVE
THE THINGS YOU WANNA HAVE
I JUST WANNA HAVE THE ROAD

I HOPE THAT YOU DON'T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKES AS ME MY FRIENDS
Track Name: Off Our Backs
BACK WHEN I WAS ONLY FIVE
THERE WERE SECRETS STILL ALIVE
BUT THEY'VE BEEN BURIED NOW FOR SO LONG
I DON'T EVEN KNOW IF THINGS WENT ON
I CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT WENT ON

I'M NOT THE MAN I USED TO BE
AND THAT SEEMS NATURAL TO ME
I COULD ONLY STAY THAT WAY FOR SO LONG
I DON'T MIND THE CHANGES WHEN THEY COME

IN THE WARM OHIO SUN / IN THE CALIFORNIA SUN / IN THE NEW YORK CITY SUN
I'LL BE MISSING EVERYONE
BUT I DON'T WANT THEM TO KNOW

IT WON'T MATTER WHEN YOU'RE OLD
THERE'S JUST STORIES TO BE TOLD
OFF OUR BACKS, LET IT ROLL

HE SAYS HE'LL LEAVE IT ALL BEHIND
BUT IT'S STILL PLAYING IN HIS MIND
LIKE A MOVIE STUCK ON REWIND
ONE DAY HE'S WAKING UP TO FIND

THAT THE TIME ZONES DON'T ERASE
YOU STILL HAVE TO RUN THE HUMAN RACE
WE CAN ONLY CARRY YOU FOR SO LONG
THEN AFTER THAT YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN

YOU'RE HOLDING YOUTH THAT YOU DON'T HAVE
AND IT'S GETTING KIND OF SAD
HOW YOU'RE SET TO SELF-DESTRUCT
AND THEN YOU BLAME IT ON BAD LUCK

ON YOUR SHOULDER THERE'S A CHIP
YOU CAN'T REMEMBER WHY THAT IS
BUT IT'S BEEN SITTING THERE FOR SO LONG
YOU MIGHT MISS IT IF IT'S GONE
Track Name: Nostalgia Poisoning
IT'S A BATTLE NOT WORTH FIGHTING
YOU'RE LIKE THUNDER, I'M LIKE LIGHTNING
SEEMS YOU'RE ALWAYS FOLLOWING ME AROUND

IT'S A SKIN I TRY TO SHAKE OFF
A ONE WAY RIDE I'M GONNA GET OFF
BUT YOU'RE ALWAYS FOLLOWING ME AROUND

WHEN YOU PULL IT FROM THE GROUND
YOU DRAG PIECES OF ME DOWN

PLEASE OH PLEASE
I WON'T MISS YOU WHEN YOU LEAVE
IT'S A FAIRY TALE YOU LIVE IN
IF YOU THINK YOU ARE FORGIVEN

PLEASE OH PLEASE
WON'T YOU LESSEN MY DISEASE
DON'T YOU BOTHER ME NO MORE
AND IF YOU TALLY UP THE SCORE

I STILL WIN
IT'S NOSTALGIA POISONING

ALL THE KINKS AND BUGS ARE WORKED OUT
I DON'T NEED ANOTHER LETDOWN
YOU CAN WALK YOUR MEMORY LANE ALONE

TIME IS MOVING ONE DIRECTION
SO LET GO OF THE PAST YOU'RE STUCK IN
YOU CAN WALK YOUR MEMORY LANE ALONE

WHEN YOU PULL IT FROM THE GROUND
YOU DRAG PIECES OF ME DOWN

PLEASE OH PLEASE
I WON'T MISS YOU WHEN YOU LEAVE
IT'S A FAIRY TALE YOU LIVE IN
IF YOU THINK YOU ARE FORGIVEN

PLEASE OH PLEASE
WON'T YOU LESSEN MY DISEASE
DON'T YOU BOTHER ME NO MORE
AND WHEN YOU COUNT UP THE SCORE

IT'S NOSTALGIA POISONING
Track Name: Stay
I NEVER THOUGHT IT'D HAPPEN SO FAST
THEN ALL WE HAD WAS SUDDENLY CASHED
YOU SAW RIGHT THROUGH MY FEEBLE DEFENSE
AND SOMEHOW WOUND UP STILL ON THE FENCE

AND WHEN IT ALL FALLS DOWN
LIKE TEENAGE ANGER TO THE GROUND
I HOPE YOU LET ME STAY

THE FEARS AND FROWNS
HAVE FINALLY FOUGHT THEIR FINAL ROUND
I HOPE YOU LET ME STAY

I TOOK MY JOYRIDES AT OUR EXPENSE
AND ALL THAT CRASHING LEFT A FEW DENTS
I NEVER WANT TO DARKEN YOUR EYES
LIKE THAT AGAIN THROUGH ALL OF OUR LIVES

AND WHEN IT ALL FALLS DOWN
LIKE TEENAGE ANGER TO THE GROUND
I HOPE YOU LET ME STAY

THE FEARS AND FROWNS
HAVE FINALLY FOUGHT THEIR FINAL ROUND
I HOPE YOU LET ME STAY
Track Name: My Worried Mind
MY WORRIED MIND KEEPS CONSTANT TIME
IT DOESN'T SLOW, DOESN'T UNWIND
WHILE I'M AWAKE MY THOUGHTS WILL GRIND
CAN SOMETHING NUMB MY WORRIED MIND?

THE PILLOW'S A ROCK AND THE BED SHEETS THEY ITCH
I THROW IN THE TOWEL AND I HIT THE LIGHT SWITCH
WATCH TV 'TIL THE BIRDS ARE SINGING
MY SKIN VIBRATES, MY EYES ARE RINGING
MY BRAIN PACES LEFT AND MY BRAIN PACES RIGHT
IT DOESN'T KNOW IT'S THE MIDDLE OF NIGHT
I'M NOT HUNGRY OR ANXIOUS, I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S WRONG
BUT THE THOUGHTS IN MY HEAD WON'T LEAVE ME ALONE...LEAVE ME ALONE
Track Name: You'll Get Over It
WHEN I WAS A LITTLE BOY
I WANTED TO STAY INSIDE AND DRAW
DIDN'T WANT TO SEE NO PEOPLE AT ALL
WINTER, SUMMER, SPRING OR FALL

BY MYSELF I HAD MY FUN
WITH MY IMAGINATION
SOME SAID IT WAS JUST A PHASE
I'D SNAP OUT OF IT ONE OF THESE DAYS

THEY TOLD ME, YOU'LL GET OVER IT

OFF TO SCHOOL THEY MADE ME GO
WHERE WHEN YOU'RE FAT THEY'LL LET YOU KNOW
THEY SEE THE MOLES OUT ON MY FACE
POINT & LAUGH OR TRY TO ERASE

I'D WONDER WHAT IT'S LIKE TO FIT
MAYBE TRY TO BE ONE OF THEM
THEY'D SAY, ?THAT'S JUST THE TEENAGE YEARS,
YOU'LL GROW OUT OF ALL THOSE FEARS'

THEY TOLD ME, YOU'LL GET OVER IT

A FEW YEARS LATER MY HEARTS WAS BROKE
I PUNCHED THE WALL AND GAVE UP HOPE
DRAINED WINE BOTTLES & BREAK THE GLASS
AND ON MY ARMS I'D CUT A GASH

LOCKED IN MY ROOM WITH THE STEREO ON
ONLY PLAYING THE SADDEST SONGS
THEY'D SAY, ?THERE'S MORE FISH IN THE SEA,
YOU'LL CHEER UP EVENTUALLY'

THEY TOLD ME, YOU'LL GET OVER IT

FRIENDS AND FAMILY SUDDENLY DIED
THE REST OF US ARE LEFT ALIVE
I FIND I'M CRYING LESS & LESS
FALLING INTO SPIRITUAL DEBT

I'VE FALLEN FOR BOOZE, I'VE FALLEN FOR DRUGS
I'VE FALLEN FOR SEX WITHOUT THE LOVE
I DON'T HAVE A CLUE WHAT LIFE'S ABOUT
FRUSTRATING TRYING TO FIGURE IT OUT

THEY TOLD ME, YOU'LL GET OVER IT

SO I'M WAITING...