Getting Stranger By The Month EP

by The Martial Arts

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1.
Rose from my bed more than anxious today in the morning Tried to find something constructive to say, but before long Gathered my thoughts in a pittance of underexposure Try and say something of comfort to me - I’ll ignore you And you would feel guilt by association with these thoughts of mine I’d give them away if I could find the time It’s running out fast, it’s sad, you know Your friend just looks appalled, she never even talked to me at all Now I’m just curled up in a useless ball I’m no use to you, it’s sad, you know Pondered the scene of just how I am going to get over Wandered the streets for an hour or so, but you weren’t there Oh and I tell myself, I could excel myself But nobody gives if you’re sorry or sick, so best beware That you would feel guilt by association with these thoughts of mine I’d give them away if I could find the time It’s running out fast, it’s sad, you know Your friend just looks appalled, she never even talked to me at all Now I’m just curled up in a useless ball I’m no use to you, it’s sad, you know Best make your excuses and go What hope remains now for the dreams that I once held inside Words are all guttural and these much I utter Will serve to keep those stars inside And I ask myself, could I ever go far All of those concepts to shout in the context of useless inhibition But no one would hear me, no one would hear not a word I say No one adheres to the rules I obey, I’ll just miss out on it all Nobody hears me, nobody hears not a word I say All of my fears dictate my every day, it’s been going on so long And you would feel guilt by association with these thoughts of mine I’d give them away if I could find the time It’s running out fast, it’s sad, you know Your friend just looks appalled, she never even spoke to me at all Now I’m just curled up in a useless ball I’m no use to you, it’s sad, you know Best make your excuses go
2.
Bethany 04:20
I tried to be careful with the way things go You’ve been running around in a maze I suppose I thought it easier to take it slow But I painted myself in a corner, and no Well I don’t know why You keep me hanging on a string by your side When I’ve been talking to you every night Has my world passed by before your eyes? Generally this comes as no surprise Separately just living out our lives Bethany, your coldness leaves me blind Hang up or hold the line Heavily you’re weighing on my mind Say to me you won’t let me down this time Bethany, your coldness keeps me trying Hang up or hold the line My heart might break and maybe you won’t bend I’m still hanging around with the need to pretend Your dog may bark and maybe you won’t bite I’ve been sticking with you in the hope that you might Though I don’t know why I’m subservient to your every reply And I’ve been talking to you every night But my dream remains unrealised Generally this comes as no surprise Endlessly just living out our lives Bethany your coldness leaves me blind Hang up or hold the line Heavily you’re weighing on my mind Say to me you won’t mess me up this time Bethany your coldness keeps me trying Hang up or hold the line, with ages to decide Or let me go, go - or tell me, I don’t know, know Or let me go, woah - or tell me, I don’t know, know Because of course, I’m falling apart Temptation’s going to decide this time Overpower my heart Make out you’re going to be mine? Generally this comes as no surprise Desperately just living out our lives Bethany your coldness leaves me blind Hang up or hold the line Heavily you’re weighing on my mind Say to me you won’t mess me up this time Bethany your coldness keeps me trying Hang up or hold the line, with ages to decide OR LET ME GO.
3.
Found my time to fall out of favour, or so it goes You assumed we would resume it later, but what do you know They say that time, it will show the wiser - well, here I am I was primed for the sacrificing Inhuman signs when things go wrong will cast you back where you began Getting stranger by the night But remaining ordinary I’ve tunnel vision when I open my eyes Is it oh so necessary? I’m worn out from so many years of silence Harder to conceive a time When no one is listening to the power to deceive Caught in a chain of archaic worries Caused too much agony I long for things to be dead and buried Sweet relief that liberates and won’t infect your mind or body Getting stranger by the night Yet remaining ordinary I’ve tunnel vision when I open my eyes Is oh so necessary? And is it all because of me? Everybody temporary I’ve run out of reasons to be out of my tree Is it oh so necessary? One by one Watch them fall away Getting stranger by the night Everlasting ordinary I’ve tunnel vision when I open my eyes Is oh so necessary? And is it all because of me? All my friends are temporary I’ve run out of reasons and I’m out of my tree Is it oh so necessary?
4.
Nicechap 03:57
Well he used up his share of prosperity His quota of good fortune And he set out to repair the wreck he made For it was broken again too soon But this treasure he’s far too volatile He’s never known to smile I think he’s messing up your whole plan You see his stumbling block is this backwardness And how your presence here could mean that much He’s got aversions to all your adult ways I see him flinching at your every touch And as stars are shining up overhead As you lay in bed, will he just tremble all around you? Find me, find me your endeavour If it’s not looking out for someone new And we could try to, try to stay together Because there’s nothing more that I can do Oh I can try to, try to hold my head up higher But I’ll never get inspired I’ll just undertake the sheepish things I do And I can be that way if I want to But I never wanted to Find me, find me your endeavour If it’s not looking out for someone new And we could try to, try to stay together ‘Cos there’s nothing more that I can do Oh I can try to, try to hold my head up higher But I’ll never get inspired I’ll just undertake the sheepish things I do I’m just trying to find the way out
5.
Rewrite the plan of conventional helplessness Am I not the man with perpetual nervousness? I know that you know what I want I always seek your advice Must it all bear down on me? I dig deep inside for a way to get motorised Felt so misguided, futility overrides I don’t understand what you need I understood the old times Must they all bear down on me? With all this noise in my head Forever when lying in bed with a bout of tinnitus that can never be tamed Catastrophising away and all for reasons I can’t explain On my back and going crazy, singing: “Time on my hands has sucked my ability” Makes it twice as heard to push it aside Try to understand the mental agility It’s a drag to keep the spirit alive Cruel to be cool and feeling the biggest fool Who went back to school just to major in ridicule I can’t comprehend why I did Was nothing like the old times Must they all bear down on me? The invite of eyes brought a stomach of butterflies But to my surprise, her intentions were otherwise I don’t understand what she meant Kept playing tricks with my mind Must it all bear down on me? As you’re removing the rug, cocaine’s a hell of a drug And how I’m feeling inside “What kind of girls do you like?” And now I’m running away ‘Cos what I’m feeling I can’t display In a taxi going crazy, singing: “Time on my hands has sucked my ability” Makes it twice as heard to lock it inside Try to understand the mental agility Can I crawl right back to routined life? Oooh - I gave all my best away, my best away Oooh - while keeping myself alive, myself alive, oh oh Oooh – you’ve got to help me now, ah ‘cos Oooh – I fear everything and anyone Time on my hands has brought me humility As I run away from you each time Time makes demands and each a catastrophe The futility… I’ll let you go and walk away merrily Just as fast, I see, as you’ve begun I’ll let you know, every day is a test for me My mind is my enemy In the wild humdrum Stripping the heart and soul from me I will come undone Must it all bear down on me?

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released August 12, 2022

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