The Way Things Used To Be

by Girlcrush

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GIRLCRUSH:
J - vocals, bass
Al Rosenberg - guitar, backup vocals
Jayne Henson - drums, cameo backups on "Subway"

Tracks 1-13 recorded at Rubber Tracks Studio on October 10, 2012. Engineered by Geoff Sanoff, Mixed by John Meredith at Mollusk Studios.

Tracks 14-17 recorded at a converted Jews For Jesus Church on May 26, 2013. Engineered & Mixed by Michael Kerchner.

Lyrics & artwork by J
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released October 12, 2013

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Track Name: All of You
ALL OF YOU

Zine dates and bad breaks
Another raise of the stakes
How much can I take
And what am I to do?
I want all of you

Not just your body,
But also your mind,
Shortcomings, bad dreams,
And sometimes your time

Your arm lingers against mine
But what am I to do?
I want all of you

If it were easy, we would probably
Call it something else
If it were easy, we might think
Of only ourselves
If it were easy, I might know
What the fuck to do

'Cause I want all of
I want all of
I want all of...

Zine dates and bad breaks
Another raise of the stakes
How much can I take
And what am I to do?

I want all of
I want all of
I want all of you
Track Name: I Could Write You a Letter
I COULD WRITE YOU A LETTER

I could write you a letter
About my life
And you could write me a letter
Sayin', "It's alright,"
And we could cut out all
This pointless time
Of trying to get together

'Cause lately I've been thinkin'
You're not half bad
But you remind me
Of all that I can't have
So, let's cut out all
This pointless time
Of trying to get together

'Cause I keep trying
To keep waiting
But we are in different worlds
I keep trying
To keep waiting
But maybe you're not the right girl

'Cause the right girl wouldn't
Drag my heart around
On this dirty string
The right girl wouldn't
Make me mix tapes
And whisper sweet nothings

Then not deliver
You'll say, "It's not deliberate,"
But I know that it's true
If you're not gonna deliver,
Don't make me an idiot, too

I could write you a letter
About how I
Wish I could somehow make it feel alright
And we could cut out all
This pointless time
Of wishing we were together

'Cause lately I've been thinkin'
You're not half bad
But you remind me
Of all that I can't have
So, let's cut out all
This pointless time
Of wishing we were together

'Cause I keep trying
To keep waiting
But we are in different worlds
I keep trying
To keep waiting
But maybe you're not the right girl

'Cause the right girl wouldn't
Drag my heart around
On this dirty string
The right girl wouldn't
Make me mix tapes
And whisper sweet nothings

Then not deliver
You'll say, "It's not deliberate,"
But I know that it's true
If you're not gonna deliver,
Don't make me an idiot, too

I could write you a letter
About how I
Wish I'd said certain things that night
And we could cut out all
This pointless time
Of wishing I'd done it better

'Cause lately I've been thinkin'
You're not half bad
But you remind me
Of all that I can't have
So, let's cut out all
This pointless time
Of wishing I'd done it better

'Cause I keep trying
To keep waiting
But we are in different worlds
I keep trying
To keep waiting
But maybe you're not the right girl

'Cause the right girl wouldn't
Drag my heart around
On this dirty string
The right girl wouldn't
Make me mix tapes
And whisper sweet nothings

Then not deliver
You'll say, "It's not deliberate,"
But I know that it's true
If you're not gonna deliver,
Don't make me an idiot, too
Track Name: Damned If You Don't
DAMNED IF YOU DON’T

Damned if you do
Damned if you don’t
Get the feelin’ that she’s leavin’
But I know that she won’t

Damned if you do
Damned if you don’t
Get the feelin’ that she’s cheatin’
But I know that she don’t

And I’m getting tired of her
Puttin’ on her clothes
And I’m getting sick of these
Games nobody wins
And I’m exhausted from her guilt

Maybe loneliness feels better than this
Track Name: Subway
SUBWAY

I'll never see you on the subway
I'll never see you at church
I'll never see you
In the sunlight of the afternoon
Reflect the ashes of what I'm worth

I'll never ring on your doorbell
I'll never knock on your door
I'll never sit you down
In my bedroom to tell you
I can't do this anymore

And you know it's been some time
Since I've thought about a yard
And a hammock and a bathmat and
A tiny little car

And you know that I've been waiting
For circumstances to change
But the tumultuous daydreams spin
And I miss feeling sane

I'll never see you on the subway
I'll never see you at church
I'll never see you
In the sunlight of the afternoon
Reflect the ashes of what I'm worth

I'll never ring on your doorbell
I'll never knock on your door
I'll never sit you down
In my bedroom to tell you
I can't do this anymore

I'll never see you on the subway
Passing me by
Track Name: U-Turn
U-TURN

Heard a blonde joke today
But it was really about you and me
Just like all the blonde jokes
All the blonde jokes
All the blonde jokes
You told me in your Jeep

The sign said “No U-Turns for Trucks”
But it meant No U-Turns for Us
‘Cause now I can’t go back
To the way things used to be

Heard a blonde joke today
But it was really about you and me
Just like all the blonde jokes
All the blonde jokes
All the blonde jokes
You told me in your Jeep

The sign said “No U-Turns for Trucks”
But it meant No U-Turns for Us
‘Cause now I can’t go back
To the way things used to be

Heard a blonde joke today
But it was really about you and me
Just like all the blonde jokes
All the blonde jokes
All the blonde jokes
You told me in your Jeep

The sign said “No U-Turns for Trucks”
But it meant No U-Turns for Us
‘Cause now I can’t go back
To the way things used to be

Maybe, with you,
I was the best I’ll ever be
Track Name: 33rd & Lombard
33rd & LOMBARD

Never thought much of that corner
‘Til we held our bikes and each other there
Now I don’t think it’d be unfair
To call it the best corner ever
‘Cause the best part is parting
When we’re together

So we’ll bike home from the bar
And then I’ll kiss you hard
At 33rd and Lombard

We’ll bike home from the bar
And then I’ll kiss you hard
At 33rd and Lombard

Now I’ve kissed you in other places
I don’t mean for that to sound racy
We keep coming back to the one I like most
It’s true, it’s my favorite make out post

So we’ll bike home from the bar
And then I’ll kiss you hard
At 33rd and Lombard

We’ll bike home from the bar
And then I’ll kiss you hard
At 33rd and Lombard

You give me the energy
To get up that big hill
I just remember the thrill

It’s a place I can’t resist your kiss
It’s a place that doesn’t even exist
But “Walnut” didn’t rhyme
So I took some poetic license

So we’ll bike home from the bar
And then I’ll kiss you hard
At 33rd and Lombard

We’ll bike home from the bar
And then I’ll kiss you hard
At 33rd and Lombard
Track Name: A Song To Woo Her By
A SONG TO WOO HER BY

I’ve already got tracks 1 through 8
Of all the songs that I’m gonna put on your mix tape
And I think about you every time I...
Play the bass

I think I’m fallin’ in love with
Fallin’ in love with
Fallin’ in love with

I don’t know you at all
And sometimes I think I’d be
Better off
Without thinking about you all the time
And having you screw up my best lines

But, although it can be frightening,
You came to me like lightning,
And my hair is still a mess
So, it’s my best guess

That I’m fallin’ in love with
Fallin’ in love with
Fallin’ in love with

It may seem insincere
If you read the list of everyone
I fell in love with last year
It doesn’t change the fact
That I need you here
Which is precisely why I fear

I’m fallin’ in love with
Fallin’ in love with
Fallin’ in love with

I already have
Tracks 1 through 8
Of all the songs
That I’m gonna put
On your mix tape
And I think about you every time I...
Track Name: Nothin' Freezin'
NOTHIN’ FREEZIN’

It’s a brand new season
And there’s nothin’ freezin’
‘Bout the way I feel about you

It’s a brand new season
And there’s nothin’ freezin’
‘Bout the way I feel about you

I know we’ve only hung out
A couple of times
But I’m determined to make you mine
And I know you’re taken
So we better start shakin’
To the beat of a new reason

‘Cause it’s a brand new season
And there’s nothin’ freezin’
‘Bout the way I feel about you

It’s a brand new season
And there’s nothin’ freezin’
‘Bout the way I feel about you
Track Name: Maybe
MAYBE

Finally heard you call him baby
And I thought maybe
You're not the right one for me

Finally heard you call him baby
And I thought maybe
You're not the right one for me

'Cause I see the way you look at him
I see the way you joke with him
See the way you work together
I used to think that I could do better
Those times are through
Uh-woo-ooh-ooh

Finally heard you call him baby
And I thought maybe
You're not the right one for me

Finally heard you call him baby
And I thought maybe
You're not the right one for me

I'm not saying I just quit
Not saying I don't give a shit
Of course it's true that I still care
Just recognizing what's always been there
Between you two
Uh-woo-ooh-ooh

Finally heard you call him baby
And I thought maybe
You're not the right one for me

Finally heard you call him baby
And I thought maybe
You're not the right one for me
Track Name: Rough Patch
ROUGH PATCH

Is this just a rough patch
Or are we falling apart?
I try to consider you
In spite of my heart

Against the cuts and the staples
But it seems I am unable
To play an active part
In this community you call home
'Cause I still feel I'm all alone
Most of the time

I keep feeling avoided
You keep feeling disappointing
And we're staying up all night
But can't seem to get it right

Is this just a rough patch
Or are we falling apart?
I try to consider you
In spite of my heart

Against the cuts and the staples
But it seems I am unable
To play an active part
In this community you call home
'Cause I still feel I'm all alone
Most of the time

I can't remember the last time
We felt so happy
You can't remember the last time
We felt so sad
And, when you're lying next to me,
I think of all I've never had

Is this just a rough patch
Or are we falling apart?
I try to consider you
In spite of my heart

Against the cuts and the staples
But it seems I am unable
To play an active part
In this community you call home
'Cause I still feel I'm all alone
Most of the time

Is this just a rough patch
Or are we falling apart?
I try to consider you
In spite of my heart

Against the cuts and the staples
But it seems I am unable
To keep running out of time
To keep it together,
To try to make it better,
To "change my paradigm"

It feels like
We keep running out of time
Track Name: My Return
MY RETURN

They tore Pearl Street up and down
Mom is living with her boyfriend now
And they’re closing Spaceboy down
So I’m told it’s a good thing
I came back to town

There’s a new hit song on the radio
That I don’t know
No, I don’t know
And so-and-so got together
And so-and-so broke up
But that’s not even
The worst of my luck

‘Cause they tore Pearl Street up and down
Mom is living with her boyfriend now
And they’re closing Spaceboy down
So I’m told it’s a good thing
I came back to town

The worst part is I can’t seem to hang out
Like I used to
Things have changed
That I got used to
I got used to you

I got used to you
I got used to you
I got used to you
Track Name: Someday
SOMEDAY

Someday I’ll laugh at the way
I cried over you every night
Someday, at the end of the tunnel,
There will be some light

But, until that day comes ‘round,
I’ll have to deal with bein’ down
And think of you
What else can I do
When unwanted love is found

Someday I’ll pass you on the street
And you’ll take a second glance
And, when you make your move,
I’ll just say that you already had your chance

But, until that day comes ‘round,
I’ll have to deal with bein’ down
And think of you
What else can I do
When unwanted love is found

Someday I’ll be disgusted at the way
That you try to lure girls in
Someday I’ll be able to
Look back and form a grin

But, until that day comes ‘round,
I’ll have to deal with bein’ down
And think of you
What else can I do
When unwanted love is found

I’ll think of you
What else can I do
When unwanted love is found
Track Name: The Last Song
THE LAST SONG

I’ve got a list
Of people I have kissed
And I wish
Your name could be on it

I’ve got a list
Of those that I’ve been with
Designated by a star
But we’ll never get that far

I’ve got a list
Of those I’ve cuddled with
Somehow, your name’s not on it
Well, doggonnit

I’m starting to get pissed
Wishing you were on the list
Your name could be on it
And on it
And on it

Sign your name on the line
Maybe I could make you mine
(Whoa-oh)
Maybe I could make you mine
(Whoa-oh)
But it’s such a waste of time
(Whoa-oh)
Yeah, you’re such a waste of...

This is the last song
In this series about you
This is the last song
In this series about you
This is the last song
In this series about you
This is the last song
In this series about you

I hope you had fun
Track Name: Singin' Along
SINGIN' ALONG

Lookin' at strings
But all I see is your face
Drowning out the guitars
And you're drowning out the bass

I'm tired of thinkin' about our last kiss
When I should be on the guest list
I'm tired of feeling like this
I'm tired of feeling all wrong
I'm sick of thinkin' about you
When I should be singin' along

Lookin' at the band
But it all feels like a dream
'Cause you're not here
And that's pretty lame

I'm tired of thinkin' about our last kiss
When I should be on the guest list
I'm tired of feeling like this
I'm tired of feeling all wrong
I'm sick of thinkin' about you
When I should be singin' along

Time to unwind
But I keep losing track of my mind
It's wandering in your direction
But it isn't a good time

I'm tired of thinkin' about our last kiss
When I should be on the guest list
I'm tired of feeling like this
I'm tired of feeling all wrong
I'm sick of thinkin' about you
When I should be singin' along
Track Name: Sayonara
SAYONARA

You want a baby
I want a dog
Unfortunately, we have to say so long
I never thought
I'd think of things in these terms
Now it's sayonara
The moment we get burned

By a fire or a flame
The results are just the same
I never thought my dating life
Would end up this way

You want a baby
I want a dog
Unfortunately, we have to say so long
I never thought
I'd think of things in these terms
Now it's sayonara
The moment we get burned

By a fire or a flame
The results are just the same
I never thought my dating life
Would end up this way

And way out on a limb
Is not a place that I have been
'Cause as soon as we get close
Excuses start rolling in

You want a baby
I want a dog
Unfortunately, we have to say so long
I never thought
I'd think of things in these terms
Now it's sayonara
The moment we get burned
It's sayonara
The moment we get burned
Track Name: Fury or Love
FURY OR LOVE

Stop insulting me
With all your niceties
'Cause no amount of bullshit
Can withstand insecurities

Don't waste my time
'Cause when push comes to shove
Just give me fury
Or give me love

Seeing you under lights
Blindsided by your smiling face
Exhausted by friendship
Fists have more poise and grace

So don't waste my time
'Cause when push comes to shove
Just give me fury
Or give me love

Stop disrespecting me
With all your pleasantries
Here's a little newsflash
Life can't always be a breeze

Don't waste my time
'Cause when push comes to shove
Just give me fury
Or give me love

So give me love
And make it real
'Cause I'd rather go through it all
Than act like everything's no big deal

So don't waste my time
'Cause when push comes to shove
Just give me fury
Or give me love
Just give me fury
Or give me love
Just give me fury
Or give me love
Track Name: You Were a Bird
YOU WERE A BIRD

You were a bird
And you had to fly
With or without me
For more than a little while

You were a train
Who fell off the track
No matter how hard I pushed
I couldn't put you back

And now, down and out,
I see you in my dreams
Bringing me safety, solace,
And misery

And I
Wonder why
It was your destiny
To leave me behind
But I have to remind
You couldn't replicate truth
You found in my eyes
In my eyes
In my eyes
In my eyes
In my...

'Cause you were a bird
And you had to fly
With or without me
For more than a little while

You were a train
Who fell off the track
No matter how hard I pushed
I couldn't put you back

And now, down and out,
I see you in my dreams
Bringing me safety, solace,
And misery

And I wonder why
You couldn't
Replicate truth you found
In my eyes
But I have to remind
It was your destiny
To leave me behind
Leave me behind
Leave me behind
Leave me behind
Leave me...

'Cause you were a bird
And you had to fly
With or without me
For more than a little while

You were a train
Who fell off the track
No matter how hard I pushed
I couldn't put you back
No matter how hard I pushed
I couldn't put you back