Sunk Costs

by The Challenged

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released November 1, 2016


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Track Name: Oh What a Day
Oh what a day!
I feel so vulnerable. A cold sweat on my skin as I slip a letter under your door. It says, "I'm sorry how everything turned out. I wish we both had more patience. Double-standards don't allow the continuation of this relationship."
Oh what a day!
I had to write to keep sane. A cold sweat on my head as I read your email. It said, "I want someone to be there for me- cuz you are strong and I am weak. In a perfect world we wouldn't have met. Let's not pretend to be friends."
Oh what a day.
Track Name: Fire Escape
Look at what I've done
laying shattered on the ground
thrown shit into the fan to cool me down
Bandages are futile
and painkillers are solutions
Guilt and Weakness eats your insides out
Irony winks at me
bad luck in human form
Gravity pulls at me as I climb
Live with a mistake
crawling in self-hate
I'm reliving the trauma here I go......

Falling off the fire escape
Crawling for my sanity

Time will heal all wounds
rehab for my bones
Plant the seeds for positivity to bloom
I'm passing out again
drowsy from the meds
Asleep into a nightmare I'll relive...
Track Name: City of my Town
My favorite part of you is features
Your pretty lips, your nice white teeth
Why don't you throw caution into the wind
And join me for some flowers at my table on the beach, girl.

I want the key to the city
The city of my town

I'm not mistaken for a genius
But I know I like your nice long hair
I'm not mistaken for a crazy man
But I once ran into traffic without a look or a care, girl

I want the key to the city
The city of my town
Track Name: Unkind Words
speak right now, tomorrow morning might be too late and I've got demons ready to escape. One more blow, a fragile ego hit in poor taste, inner regrets can only reconcile.

Kind words erase the sorrows of 100 days.
A long walk will reverse my self-prescribed mistakes.
you packed your bags, folded my sheets back on the bed, disgust and fear blend into paste. Smear it on, it won't be a permanent strong hold, there will be healing left in its place.
Track Name: Fucking the World
Every night hast to end with an act of aggression
A pill box of self-sabotage
Will you tell me what I want to hear
I’ll confirm “we’re both fucked up”

With greater risk better rewards
We’re playing cards with shitty odds
Pulsing libidos cooking thoughts
But it’s distracting both of us

Fucking the world was a bad idea
Indentured servants on unfruitful fields

Some days are words flow like waterfalls
Today they’re stifled dripping faucets
Isn’t it strange just how suicidal we’ve become
Pulling strings like automated machines
Track Name: Hypoxia
Sometimes it's better not to know
because words always have penalties
when your mind grabs for straws
it only picks out the better things

And somewhere very far away
in an alternate universe
it could be just you and me
while humanity's depending on us

Now we'll have to strive for something bigger than ourselves
Now we'll have to try just a little bit harder
Push the boundaries as oxygen runs out
Revealing only our weaknesses

Sometimes it's better not to dream
this ain't a science fiction novel
the situation's as it seems
and human characters aren't moldable

In a dire circumstance
living off expired promises
and contempt's on the surface
but beneath its something valuable
Track Name: Hindsight
You didn't ask me to change
you just asked me to listen
I figured this all out
while racing towards the red lights

Feel lucky to be mad
Fortunate to be sad
that's a luxury that only
people with time have

the grass is always greener
truth is always clearer
from hindsight
the value of any moment
can only be appraised
from hindsight
(right now my only vision)

You don't wait for me
you close your shades
I'm bringing your mail back
and you keep waving me away

An offer once made
a smeared expiration date
you miss 100%
of the shots that you don't take
Track Name: Vintage Replayable Tape Machines
She sits idling
Union Hall Tuesday, we're knee to knee
a sudden crash and I feel the shock

"well you live in the neighborhood- keep in touch!"

the drinks dry the hipster leave the scene
she said she's done with recycling
used relationships will never be
vintage re-playable tape machines

she wants nothing to do with me...
Track Name: Driving Backwards
I got so sick of feeling numb so I dragged myself to your going away party. Completely knowing all the risks of being there and sitting amongst your over-educated circle of friends.

While everybody's doing better. I sit dreaming out of broken windows. Put the car in park or idle. While I debate reverse and driving backwards.

I swallow hard and I sweat easy. Tomorrow morning you'll be across the country. I spit hard from gullibility, this is goodbye, we're too smart to be naive.

You're moving on and doing better. I sit dreaming out of broken windows. I think about how far along I've come, and can't help reverse and driving backwards.
Track Name: Lockout
Can't say sorry again
Won't say sorry again
today or tomorrow

How was your day
Dog pissed on me
That's the way my day unfolded

Forever is losing time
Handles on the inside
Stuck on the outside of what was mine

I let down
I can't do
anything you approve
Track Name: Happy Anniversary
There's gonna be 1,200 miles between you and me
you sold your shit and got out of your lease
Minneapolis will be frozen in the winter
but New York will be colder without you.

So Happy Anniversary
9 months, now things change with the fall leaves
Who knows where the wind will carry them

Uncertainty dances on the side of a dime
I know love's not bulletproof precision
Loss of controls and magnet poles will misalign
Where's the bond to keep us from moving apart
Track Name: While It's Honest
This night is fucking freezing but this island still breathes life and I'll admit that us meeting was nothing but coincidence. We’re just trying to squeeze juice out of limited time and no one is in the predicament of reading each other's minds
so let's just

stay here
while it's honest, while the moment's genuine
stay here
while we're tourists and the pressures disappear
stay here
while it's honest, while the moment's genuine
stay here
while we're tourists then we can go our separate ways

This tiny night life can bring
repeating faces at times
but I don't want to let an
opportunity slip by
We're just trying to squeeze juice
out of limited time
when the bar closes let's take the road dogs and appreciate this town.
Track Name: No Need
This world can beat but can have no heart
On a stoop but lacking the street smarts
Let’s get together and see more of each other
You don’t have room for me on your weekly calendar

I’m breaking down this wall of distance that you made
With a drink on Bleecker street
Sometimes honesty’s like pulling teeth

no need to lie to me
I can handle the truth
no need to dig a hole
Deeper than it was

Bear witness to a false presumption
That friendships last even when you don’t keep in touch
Hear the sound of the bar doors closing shut
And I doubt I’ll be seeing you at all