Vicious Circle

by Mike Errico

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released April 15, 2014



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Track Name: Daylight
Love songs to you are just flowers in my tomb but it’s all right
I think of this as you walk into the room and I check myself twice
And your new piece of cheese looks suspiciously like me
I guess my worst qualities
Were the ones that you liked but I knew that
Yes I knew that
But I won’t ask you to sympathize

Everything is all right
I’m finally getting some sleep at night
And when I open my eyes
I’m finally getting some daylight

You got my sweater and a couple of CD’s but it’s all right
Your darkest secrets sit here right in front of me
I know what you smell like
And if my life were a movie, you’d be buried in the credits
You’d be “Woman #2 with her head up her ass”
And it’s too late, yes, it’s too late
And even anger does not last

Cause everything is all right
I’m finally getting some sleep at night
And when I open my eyes
I’m finally getting some daylight

Everything is all right
It’s only me, and it’s only life
You took my ass for a ride
I have to laugh, it’s the only way to survive
And I jump out the window of wasted time
and I stand up, and I’m still alive
Pull the pennies off my eyes
I can feel it

I can feel the daylight
Track Name: Sooner or Later
Wake up my friend
And let me take you home
The party’s over
It ended long ago

And everybody’s gone
So convinced you’ve gotten out of hand
Now that every bridge is burning
I understand

Sooner or later
It all builds up till you explode
And sooner or later
You find your own way home

Wake up my friend
You take everything too far
But I love the strength of your convictions
Even when you don’t know what they are

And I don’t know where we’re going
But I’ll bet that they won’t miss us here
Now that every bridge is burning
It’s so easy to disappear

Wake up my friend
You put on quite a show
I hope they all got what was coming
But I guess that’s hard to know

And I heard you were throwing punches
Drunk and screaming about the end of the world
And you laughed while they were running
And it makes me proud that you’re my girl
Track Name: Springtime
Still entwined in your arms
Barely reaching the alarm
I feel the breeze
Slow and smooth
And it moves my hand like a lazy raft
In an empty Southern California swimming pool

And the day clocks in late
Takes the keys from the moon
Kicks up its feet and falls asleep
And I'm guessing it's a Wednesday
Like it matters anyway

Creeps through the blinds
You open your eyes
The sun shines

And the birds have returned
They got stickers on their suitcases and pictures of the big vacation
And I wonder what you've dreamed
That makes you smile that way at me

And I'm drifting
Drifting over you

I don't care what you got to do today
I got something better for you anyway
I got something that'll make you wanna stay
Track Name: On This Train
At 7:41
The best part of my day is done
As Howard Stern tears the sheets off of my bed
I’m still dreaming as I hit the floor
When I won’t need this anymore
The shower drains those thoughts out of my head

And behind all of my Gap jeans
Is a pinstriped suit I’ve never cleaned
I don’t know many folks who’ve died
And I run my fingers through my hair
Brace myself as I prepare
For Monday morning’s little ride

On this train off the tracks
I might never make it back

In the world of ads and magazines
That try to sell me my own dreams
I make them coffee I do my best to blend
I’m just filling in temporarily
But the Mac lights up and smiles at me
As if to say good morning my new friend

And with a Dunkin Donut in my hand
I do my best to understand
How life could be turning out so strange
The New York Post predicts the end of hope
But I flip it to my horoscope
That says hang on man things are gonna change
It says hang on man things are gonna change

And it’s blowing hot black smoke into the sky
And the wheels are grinding gravel
I can see the sparks fly
And I don’t know how to stop it man
I couldn’t if I tried
And I don’t know if I’ll make it out

Two years are almost up
And they gift wrap a corporate coffee cup
That says Thanks To You We’re #1
And I check the inside for the fact
That they did it standing on my back
As I take the money you know I never run

Because somewhere deep inside I know
There’s another way to go
Or at least a better way of wasting time
And one day I’ll spike this world against the floor
And find the peace I’ve been looking for
And when I do I’ll kiss their ass goodbye
And when I do I’ll kiss each ass goodbye

And I’ll ride this train off the tracks
And I’ll never make it back
I won’t ever make it back
Track Name: Someday
Someday I'm gonna get where I'm going
Someday, someday
Somewhere past the blindness of my faith
I keep my eye on the plans I've made
And someday I'll get there

Past the smiles that crack like frozen lakes
Under children’s figure skates
Well, I am going
Past all of my own mistakes
A thousand more I've yet to make
But I am going
I am going

I’m gonna get there, I know it

I do not care how long it takes
I do not care what stands in my way
I don't care what anybody has to say
I know myself
I know myself and I am not afraid
And someday, I'll get there

I know it