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released March 13, 2016

Recorded at: Rats Nest and EMAC studios
Engineered by: Joel Kuehn, Matt Grady, Kyle Ashbourne, David Winstanley, and Tokyo Speirs
Mixed by: Joel Kuehn
Mastered by: Tokyo Speirs
Produced by: Joel Kuehn, Tokyo Speirs, and The Cardboard Crowns
Vocals: Joel Kuehn except "Si Triste" + "Vacances" - Francois Cuningham, and "Silly Hearts" - Matt Megannety
Guitars: Matt Megannety and Joel Kuehn
Bass: Francois Cuningham except "Silly Hearts" Matt Megannety and Joel Kuehn
Drums: David Winstanley
Organ + Keys: Joel Kuehn
Album Art: Matt Megannety and Emma Cochrane

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The Cardboard Crowns Toronto, Ontario

The Cardboard Crowns, a band creating a mischievous maelstrom of adventure from the raw tenacity of punk, the majestic swagger of ska and not forgetting a very healthy dose of pop. High-energy entertainment is what they deliver and they're not afraid to show it!

Joel "The Rat" Kuehn, Matt "Googs" Megannety, Francois "Mystery Skunk" Cuningham, and David "Dubs" Winstanley
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Track Name: Hold On
I don't know but I been told only time can tell you so I'm sitting here on this bed.
No it's not mine and that's fine, now I must define myself and where exactly I stand.

Well our situation has changed and left me wondering well good God is there nothing left at all?
And now the fire's been lit, yes I've admitted that I’m guilty of the crime of forcing the fit.

Oh, but it happens all the time
So don’t take it so hard, don't make this so hard for yourself
You'll be better for the pain,
And you did all that you could do,
This is such a good move for you.
This is such a good move for you

But hold on...
I'm still waiting for a call that never comes.
Hold on, just hold on

I don't know but been told only time can tell you so I lie awake on this bed.
All the lines that we had drawn have gone and maybe I'm a bit confused
As to where I should land

Hold on, I'm here waiting for your call it never comes,
This is such a good move for you
Quit your waiting on a call that cannot come
Track Name: Little Voice
Speak up little voice, speak up and be the last sound that I hear
Step it up little voice, step it up cause you’re speaking for yourself now dear.
I was riding in the back inside the boxes that you packed and left here.
Being careful where you park but the danger in the dark is just your fear.

Live it up little voice, live it up live it cause you’re living by yourself now dear
Cough it up little voice, cough it up cough it up, you’ve been choking on this wave of tears.
We’re finding solace in the glass and in the hours as they pass just like years.
Making sure that we’ve done right by ourselves but we’re still fighting with our mirrors.

I couldn’t show it, I couldn’t throw it, and I couldn’t let one person know it:
It had to stop.

My stupid voice can’t laugh it up, laugh it up laugh it up, so I put my fingers in my ears.
Had to stop little voice, had to stop had to stop.

I couldn’t show it, I couldn’t throw it, and I couldn’t let one person know it:
It had to stop.

Had to stop little voice, had to stop had to stop
So now I’ll put my fingers in my ears.
Track Name: Silence
Hey those were some hateful words I used to express my loathe for the verbs you squeeze onto your pallet to paint yourself into another day in the lives of... all of us, we're really quite the same we use the same words and those same excuses to break each other down in accordance to the belief "well hey you'll only live one life..."

So why be rash when we know that we're fashionably late for the fate we've all come to believe's been caged in by science... but wait for the silence of the grave.

Well Yeah those were some painful words I used to explain how "yeah that hurts" Don't keep pressing can't you see that wound's still open... up the blinds just to check the sun is still shining down on everyone strange I see no light down the road... but here's to hoping…that I'll only live one life.

So let's be rational yeah we're fashionably late for the fate we've all come to believe’s been caged in by science... but wait for the silence of the grave
Track Name: Vacances
Je pense à toi,
souvent tu sais,
la vie avance,
c'est les vacances

L'hiver a été long,
chu trop pucké, chu fatigué, paye moi dont une autre tournée.
La fin d'une saison,
le soleil arrive, chtais pas certain qu'on allait y arriver.
On sait que tu seras pas capable de l'oublier, on sait que tu seras pas capable de l'oublier.


La vérité
c'est que je m'ennui.
De toi, ton sourire et de notre liberté.
Je reste
quand même bouche bée,
face à cette vie, ce vite passage ou tout le monde se voit pressé.
Pourquoi dont (faut-il que) tout ces jeunes cœurs sont brisés?

It Happened,
When we were young,
I can’t think straight, its too late come over here and bite my tongue.
Tomorrow
I’m on my own.
In my smile, I'll pack your heart and I’ll wear it for a year.
Cause life shouldn’t be spent focusing on fear.
My dear, my dear, my dear
Track Name: Dance
I don't want to waste another moment of our time,
and I wouldn't want to turn
up late to see these opposites combine,
you know it's such a lonely road to trade
heartache for battle lines

Today is the kind of day that I'd like to spend with you, and with all our friends
Today is not the kind of day that I'm just getting through, counting down seconds until it ends
and I'm not thinking about tomorrow.
I'm not stressing about a thing
You know i normally don't dance
And I don't want to waste
another goddamn moment of our time
Track Name: Silly Hearts
What direction will we dream
once our senses are wiped clean?
All these adventures sound like melodies to me
In my head, in my head they’re spinning

We were once,
Big people silly hearts
Running from the days to the days we can’t get back
We are lost, but we’ve got these scars,
Running from the days to the days we can’t get back

Will I leave you or you leave me
Who will we face when we fall asleep?
But let’s connect our feet beneath the sheets you and me
if I leave you or
If you leave

We were once,
Big people silly hearts
Running from the days to the days we can’t get back
We are lost, but we’ve got scars
Running from the days to the days we can’t get back
Track Name: Take the Blame
we were never gonna to save the world
we just wanted capes for when we jumped off our buildings
we were never going to save the world
we drank product placement then we ate all the profits
we were never gonna change the world
while we focused in on all the things that we still wanted
we were never gonna change the world, no we were never gonna save the world

we had never planned to change a thing
we just needed an illusion to hide what we’d been doing
we had never planned to change a thing
we had built too much for us to go about undoing
we had never planned to change a thing
we had weighed out all the outcomes but somehow come to doubt them
we were never planned to change a thing, and we were never gonna save the world

and all we’ve got when the fashion ends
is to wash the blood off our strangling hands
for our intentions were as scattered as our brains

I’ll take the blame
It’s the only thing you’ve left
I’ll take the blame

we were never gonna lay it down
we had our date with sacrifice and went to bed with actors
we were never gonna lay it down
we were convinced we meant it but it seems not, it seem to me
we’re never gonna lay it down, and that we’re never gonna save the world
Track Name: Tired
I’m so tired I just wanna lay down my head.
You’re talking so fast I couldn’t catch a single word you said
Except the days go by yes the days go by…
Well I'm so tired, I just wanna lay down my head.

Why don’t I want it?

The spinning in my head and from this world’s gotten out of sync.
Can’t even tell if what I mean is still in line with what I think.
Yes these days fly by oh the days fly right on by…
Well I’m so tired, I just wanna lay down my head.

Why can’t I feel it. Can you feel it.
I was not in line for this.

No it’s not that I have been let down
And I wouldn’t say no I shouldn’t say
I expected so much more
Well these days drag on these days keep dragging
Well I'm so tired, I just wanna lay down my head
Hey would you mind it, would you mind it
If I couldn’t find, I still can’t find it

You ain’t got no time for this.

Pulling back the blinds, I should not have let this sit
You sold yourself a line and now you are in bed with it
Baby I'm so tired.

I was not in line for this.
And you ain’t got no time for it.
Track Name: Panic
Well it's evil and it's in your head,
It’s lying next to you in your bed.
Bullets can't kill it so save your lead,
Still no one panics, they just smile instead.
It doesn't only come out at night,
Can’t hear the bark over the bite,
It’s killing people in the broad daylight,
Don’t defend yourself, don't you quote your rights.

Well no one panics cause there's nothing to see,
Their view's obstructed by a shoreline wall of plasma T.V.s
No one panics for the sweeping wrath of death and disease,
cause the murder and the rape happens overseas.
Now let's PANIC.

Well it's evil and it's in your head,
it's lying next to you in your bed.
Bullets can't kill it so save your lead,
still no one panics, just smile instead.
It doesn't only come out at night,
can't hear the bark over the bite,
it's killing people in the broad daylight,
don't defend yourself, don't you quote your rights.
Track Name: Si Triste
Ce Lac gelé ne tiendra plus, mes souvenirs seront O fracassés.
Cette armure que je ne porte plus, s’effondrera à tes pieds.
Une fois tout ces morceaux coulées, saurons-nous les retrouvés?
Une face cachée dans un miroir, sourire facile c'est un autre regard.

Pourquoi cette mère est si triste? Je le sais bien,
je laisse ces vagues si douces m'emporter jusqu'a demain.

Un saule pleureur affronte le vent, il est brave mais il est seul.
Ses larmes coulées et puis son sang...il est vidé il est sur le seuil.
Mais ses racines profondes le retiennent à se monde.

Pourquoi cette mère est si triste? Je le sais bien.
Je laisse ses vagues si douces m'emporter jusqu'à demain.
Pourquoi cette mère est si triste? Je le sais, j'en suis certain.
Laisse ses vagues si douces t'emporter jusqu'a demain.

Et puis toi l'artiste, tu n'en sais rien.
Tu pars et tu viens en tournée le chagrin la tête dans les mains.
Pourquoi prendre des risques? Pourquoi faut-il être certain?
Pourquoi la guerre et les riches quand tout ça mènent à rien?
Track Name: Strangle
Well I’ve known since the day you told me that you’d stow yourself inside my vaults,
That you would beg me silence sail inside me you’re the one to coincide my faults,
But I grew fins to fade into the sea,
Watching through the waves to see the birds come sailing downwind on the breeze.

Now quit your praying for the way I’ll be.

Cause I’ll be lazy sinking from the ways that you’ll be thinking I should be.
And you’ll keep running circles round the jericho that is garrisoning me.

But the children slowly creep up from beneath.
Take hostage all the dials that keep us spinning around our sunset galaxy
and ransom off the walls around us

Don’t you see that this is where we’ve been?
We strangle out the green

Well you’ve known since the day I told you that I’d stow myself inside your vaults…that I’d be begging endless don’t pretend this secret sentence
can be all my fault

But you grew wings to sail where I can’t be,
Now diving at my waves you’re shouting
“Things aren’t always what they first may seem”
Well the water bends the light into a dream