Fire Escape (demos)

by The Challenged

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released July 26, 2014


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The Challenged Brooklyn, New York

long-running New York City Pop Punk Band. Formed in 2001 and playing to dozens and dozens of fans all around the USA. 7th full length, Wallfighter, out in May 2020.

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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: 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: 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: Kind 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.