the American Way EP

by John Schmitt

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released June 12, 2016

Produced by Gio Lobato
Recorded at duotone audio group, NYC
Mixed and Mastered by Gio Lobato

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Track Name: Family and Problems
“Family and Problems”

Daddy’s got a new friend
He says that she’s a secret
So Daddy doesn’t call no more
Mama’s in the front yard
She says she’s got it real hard
And Daddy doesn’t wanna come home

Grandpa’s got a new car
He says he’ll drive it real far
So get in or get out of his way
Grandma says it’s funny
With Grandpa’s kind of money
He ain’t in the position to say

CHORUS:
Family and Problems
Well everybody’s got em
Lately they are one in the same
Family and Problems
You get ‘em when you got ‘em
It must be the American way

Brother’s in the corner
Wishing he was warmer
Wishing that the bill had been paid
Sis is always dreaming
It’s better than believing
That someday she’ll get out of this place

CHORUS

BRIDGE:
It’s all part of the human condition
It’s all part of the war
At the heart of all this human drama
We forget what we fight for

Daddy’s got a new friend
He says that she’s a secret
So Daddy doesn’t call no more…

CHORUS
Track Name: Return to Sender
“Return to Sender”

Boy on a Broken Block
Shuffles his backpack
Wears it backwards, on his front
So his books won't hurt his back
And I don't need protecting
But I sure could use a friend
So let's all pick out our nicknames
And pretend we haven't met

And it's all so frightening to say
Found a letter to myself on my doorstep yesterday
From 10 to 21, look what I have done.

In the silence
And the pauses
All the failures
All the losses
The Performer
The Conformer
Do what they want
Believe what they say
Who am I today?

I'm on a different block
I check my mailbox
I'm not the same boy
I'm changing all the locks
The dead leaves haven't fallen
So my feet don't make a sound
And this could be the moment
When I turn it all around

And it's not so frightening to say
I wrote 'Return to Sender' on that letter yesterday
It's not so frightening to say
I wrote 'Return to Sender' on that letter yesterday
I wrote 'Return to Sender' on that letter yesterday
I wrote 'Return to Sender' on that letter yesterday
Who am I today?
Track Name: Going Back
“Going Back”

I don’t want to speak about it
I just want to get used to it
You make me want to drink about it
You make me want to get loose with it

CHORUS:
So cut me down, and cut me loose
Because I choose to walk alone
With a hangman’s noose
I have found the only truce
Either you’re gonna leave
Or I’m gonna leave
We’re basically the same
I’m going back from whence I came
I’m going back from whence I came

I don’t want to ask about it
‘Fraid it might make too much sense
And I don’t want to hash it out
It’s not my place to make amends

CHORUS

So take my home
The one I own
And change the pictures on the table
The Walls agree
They always did, with me
We never fit the married label

CHORUS (2x)
Track Name: Incomplete
“Incomplete”

I had a picture of what it would be like
if I moved back home in the spring
I’d get a job and a downtown apartment
And we’d find some space for your things

It’s eating away at me
All those moments alone
When I’m drunk and I’m hopeless and weak
It’s eating away at me
I’m incomplete

I had an idea of what it would be like
When all of my plans had been set
I’d sing you songs while you made me lasagna
And I’d kiss that spot on your neck

It’s eating away at me
When the woman I’m with
Doesn’t make me feel quite as at peace
It’s eating away at me
I’m incomplete

BRIDGE:
Well, this ain’t a turning around
This ain’t a lost-and-found
So look me in the eye and tell me why

I had a picture of what it would be like
if I moved back home in the spring