Getting Better

by Stradlater

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released 02 August 2012

Recorded at Gamgam Studios. Mixing and mastering done by the lovely and talented Pete Adams. Songs inspired by and dedicated to the many girls who broke Nick's heart. Also hoag.

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Stradlater Haddon Heights, New Jersey

The last six months have been weird.


Nick Gandolfo-Lucia: Guitar/Vox
Ryan Citrino: Guitar/Vox
Griffin DeMenna: Bass/Vox
Rick Tredinnick: Synth
Greg Pfeifer: Drums
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Track Name: Marionette
So tell me is this how it ends
A night alone without my friends again.
And excuse me for being forward,
but you wanted to know if I'd heard.
You went back on your words, hung us out to dry,
It wouldn't be so bad if it seemed like you tried at all.
You've become so contrived, self-absorbed in your lies.
Isn't it sad? You can't meet my eyes anymore.

And as long as it stays between us,
I think that I'm finally sure:
This is, it there's nothing more.

So I sit here and come to grips with
Eternity and nothingness and bliss.
And excuse me for seeming flippant,
but I need to know if you went

To church last sunday I can't find my bible
Strangely enough, it seems that my morals are sound.
Life's much better when you drop out the safety net,
I'm now taking bets on who goes to heaven and who disappears.

And as long as we're being honest,
you're not something that I need.
You can't do this for me.

Keep on trying the phone,
You're still gonna find that no one is home
When the casket finds you alone.
Kid can't you see heaven's kept in the bones?
You keep on trying to see,
Meaning in these metaphysical prophecies
That live in a house with no keys.
You can't do this for me.

You can't do this to me.
Track Name: Deep Blue
It always starts with a dress
Innocent enough by design I guess
But in practice, it seems,
That's what gets the best of me.
And I, feel so awkward,
When you smile and your eyes beam,
You're waiting for something from me.

Several months will pass,
I'll grow impatient your talk will grow crass
You won't be happy, with me.
You never really were.

The picture in your head,
When you go to bed,
Yearns for something new,
No one's there but you.
And though I tried,
Not to say goodbye,
Do you want me to fold?

Things always change all at once,
You're going astray but my sails put away
And are you happy, with me?
Finally there since you know I don't care
Anymore about you and the shit that you do,
You broke me in two.

The picture in my head,
I just want you instead,
All I see is you,
You're burning up my view.
And though I tried,
Not to say goodbye,
Do you want me to fold?

There's twilight in your eyes,
Is this my demise? I wish I could help you.
You're trapped inside a cage of broken promises you made,
The sky has turned deep blue.
I'm staring down a page of prose and broken names,
Things that hold me down.
I guess we'll fall apart, you're still painting my heart,
Deep blue like this town.

The picture in your head,
When you go to bed,
Yearns for something new,
No one's there but you.
And though I tried,
Not to say goodbye,
Do you want me to fold?

The picture in my head,
I just want you instead,
All I see is you,
You're burning up my view.
And though I tried,
Not to say goodbye,
Do you want me to fold?
Track Name: Hopeless Blues
Something's eating at my chest,
Vicious thoughts like how you left
Me, like I'm over you,
I'm just another kid with these hopeless blues.
And it goes all night.
I'd give up every second
If a second chance could make it right
And make me new.
All I wanna do is dance with you.

There was finality about it all,
A certain squalor lit the halls while
the candles entertained themselves
Drawing stories on the walls like,
What we could've been.
If I said I loved you then
That Halloween outside your house
While the rain washed the lonely out of us.

It's not a lie for me to say that this has been the final straw.
I broke down in a Krispy Kreme then promptly got kicked out
I guess they couldn't quite relate to 18 and starry eyed
Nullified I stepped outside and kissed the whole damn world goodbye.


Something's eating at my chest,
Vicious thoughts like how you left
Me, like I'm over you,
I'm just another kid with these hopeless blues.
And it goes all night.
I'd give up every second
If a second chance could make it right
And make me new.
All I wanna do is dance with you.

So I know that it's just me and this
Broke down mentality
I'm fighting back the shakes with
Hagen Dazs and Tastykakes.
The sugar keeps me up at night
So I don't have to dream your
Face alive for me again
The mornings come but the nights don't end.

Something's eating at my chest,
Vicious thoughts like how you left
Me, like I'm over you,
I'm just another kid with these hopeless blues.
And it goes all night.
I'd give up every second
If a second chance could make it right
And make me new.
All I wanna do is dance with you.

All I'm trying to say in more words than I can text is,
That I really miss you and the other guys just want sex.

Something's eating at my chest,
Vicious thoughts like how you left
Me, like I'm over you,
I'm just another kid with these hopeless blues.
And it goes all night.
I'd give up every second
If a second chance could make it right
And make me new.
All I wanna do is dance with you.
Track Name: The Girl With The Orange Hat
What the fuck.
Track Name: Weatherman
You either get it or you don't,
But most times I think you won't,
Step up off the lonely road,
How it whispers, how it groans.
Like the way that we all feel,
Like a car without its wheels
Like a bird without its feathers,
We get fucked up by the weather.

Yeah, we get fucked up by the weather.

Then the things that keep me sane,
Like the patter of the rain
Or the turning of my tires against,
The cooly callous gyre.
But the faces that I see,
All they ever do is leave and I
Keep on getting older
Time could move a little slower.

(Move a little slower)

Time could move a little slower.

Some things never really change
I for one still feel the same
I still can't ever get to sleep
I just tear apart my sheets
Trying to fill the empty space
I'd hate to think it goes to waste and I
Wake up even sleepier
It doesn't get any easier.

It doesn't get any easier.
Track Name: Getting Better
Drowning inside this moral contention,
Living a line I forget for attention
And don't, don't let me go.
Sometimes I'm needing a little revision,
Caulk for healing internal division
And I, I'm made of led.
So I'd sink down instead of floating on you.
You're chocking me out, but it's you turning blue,
Let's slow down.

Let me turn this around you should try being me.
The world might look different if you'd get off your knees.
I'm telling the truth, stop feeding me lies.

Irony's sleeping with me.
I'm having trouble trying to breathe as
This small ocean swells around me,
I think you're just trying to drown me.
We both knew this wouldn't last,
I should've left you in the past but
These nights keep on getting longer.
We both know I'm not getting stronger
And you're, just getting worse.

I always knew that when playing with fire,
You'd either get burned or your match would expire.
But I, I still lick the flames.
So when I sense old bridges unturning,
I spark up a torch and burn down the yearning.
Why, do I feel like this.
Pulling these thoughts like pins from my head,
I'm sick of the nights spent alone in my bed
While you're on the town making somebody's night.
I'm kissing your dial tone one hand to my light
let's back up.

We'll both turn to dust, things change in due time.
I know I've been better, but are you feeling fine?
Don't try helping me, I'll get by myself.
You're just somebody else.

Irony's sleeping with me.
I'm having trouble trying to breathe as
This small ocean swells around me,
I think you're just trying to drown me.
We both knew this wouldn't last,
I should've left you in the past but
These nights keep on getting longer.
We both know I'm not getting stronger
And you're, just getting worse.

And though, I'm getting better, I still feel alone.

Some days I wake up and hope things have changed,
Most day I wake up I still feel the same.

Baby I'm fine, baby I'm fine, but are you staying in?
Are you staying in, with me?

Or are you drowning me out, tonight?
Track Name: Letters
I've been thinking
There's a lot left to be said for us.
It's not all letters and consequences
It's the meaning behind the tenses that keeps me awake.
And wondering what I'll do,
When I wake up without you.

I'm just trying to piece together,
Something sentimental that you said,
Couldn't be done without,
Thought to repercussion and
Eight months and three weeks ago,
We'd draw our figures in the snow,
Waiting for the world to turn,
We'd melt away but somehow never learn.

There's something beautiful,
About how you can't handle any of this.

I'm just trying to piece together,
Something sentimental that you said,
Couldn't be done without,
Thought to repercussion and
Eight months and three weeks ago,
We'd draw our figures in the snow,
Waiting for the world to turn,
We'd melt away but somehow never learn.

And still I think I'm getting better
With the way that things have gone
I want to say that if you need me
just call.