by The Challenged

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released May 1, 2020

Recorded in September 2019 at Sawdust in Hoboken, NJ and Shitsky Studios in Brooklyn, NY.


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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: Fast Metabolism
You're taking, I'm giving
you'll win in this exchange
I've showed up, you're leaving
before the heavy lifting
My last bet, a weight around my neck
Could I gave more of myself?
Back again, in the center of bed
wondering if I stood a chance.
I miss you, I'm breathing hard
here at 4am
Avoid me, ignore this
live in risk assessment
My last leg's hung up in a cast
I'll never walk the same
I'm riddled now with my doubts and your silence
Track Name: Too Late
On a road I thought we could take the bumps
but you're sensitive to every gear shift
I'd say, "the big picture's the ultimate goal"
and you'd say, "this isn't working for me"

Reliving nightmares always plaguing me
the choices indecision never makes.
The rabid dog asking, "please pet me..."
and you avoid realizing it's a mistake....until it's too late.

Little flashes of light keep us going
but they're just matches burning in a distance
slowly setting fires and closing in
the toxicity of being this close
Track Name: Wallfighter
I might take my fears along
for a ride filled with remorse.
Patience ain't a cure for all,
the restless leg stepping on bruised knuckles.
Searching through an old mind that waits,
while memory tends to exaggerate.
And all the drunken glory in rented storage bins-
a fistfight with the wall but the wall always wins.

And now that I'm older I wrestle with the boredom of everything
and I wanna quit the world around me.
Think of starting over, what I'd change and what I'd bring
to a table returning the same options.
Track Name: Feels Wrong
Sat around the past two months rereading every text message, so I booked a flight to the west coast to outrun my thoughts. I drifted through Los Angeles hoping to forge new experiences, you followed me on vacation- I clearly lost.

It feels wrong, ever since you quit me.

Found myself in San Diego drinking beers on a bar patio, unseasonably cold and uncomfortable, thinking of you. I've sat around the past two months reevaluated every outcome, a decision's made for both of us...all is lost.

It feels wrong, ever since you quit me.
It would feel right, if you were here with me.
Track Name: What Kind of Person
Somebody ought to know just how you got so cold,
left me here with your purse and came back with a poor excuse.
Night is closed as you mouth "bye" through the window
the only noise I let in is my pulse everyone in this bar is too distant.

Someone ought to explain why there's too much ice in my drink,
too much ice in your heart, numbed out all my thoughts.
What kind of person are you?

Do I get to walk you home? No mixed messages this time,
I cross the street while you sneak out your house.
Night is closed as you mouth "bye" through the window,
the only noise I let ins is my pulse, everyone in this bar is too fucked up.
Track Name: Mongo's
Never grew up to be the man you thought I should be.
But now with older, wiser sights- I think you want to be me.
Enjoy your white picket fence 2.5 kids and manicured lawn.
Your wife and kids laughing at that silly scar on your chin.

You through living vicariously? Following your instincts- where has that gotten you? You through???

Years down here I stand. Your words slurred but still echoing. Years down here I stand. Your words slurred but still echoing...ken koll....

Got a straw in your drink and a foot in your mouth. I'll be as dry as a desert cuz I never forgot. Never grew up to be the man you thought I should but now with older wiser sights- I think you want to be me.
Track Name: Windshield
I'll take a day of arguing with you
over a day of solitude in my room.
I burn my ache on whiskey in a glass,
senses deprived- a blown out kerosene lamp.

It's hard to be with you,
counting down the days 'til you leave
a temporary escape artist. A self-fulfilling prophecy

I'm ashamed of having to think of you. My inability to keep moving forward.

I put my headphones on,
try to drown out reality.
I'm like a drunk driver
flying through a windshield.
Track Name: Binoculars
I keep thinking
you're playing hard to get.
I keep waiting
when there's no reason to.
The most silent people
are the hardest to forget.
You can't help reading
them incorrectly.

I search from a hill with binoculars. No sign of you.
I search from a hill with binoculars. No sign of anything
except a fog creeping in. a storm creeping in...

I get by
with my delusion-
of me coming home
and you at my door.
Track Name: For Hope's Sake
Life is misleading. A compass points the direction of pain. While the deceptive people always find pawns for their game. The candle sits in the window only so long until the breeze from the storm will blow out all its glow.

All you see is old shadows flickering on the wall and all you dream are nightmares.

After months you'll realize you need to wipe your feet clean and soil the rug with wasted time and memories. Start to lean backward, hope luck can catch you, take a risk and leave room for something new.

And you don't see flickering shadows on the wall, nightmares become new dreams.

She's gonna be my new hope...I hope I'll be hers...I hope I'll be hers too, but I know I won’t.
Track Name: Things Only You'll Know
Your choice took too long to make
you've exhausted the outcomes
Your patience is just
a cheap knockoff
and you get what you pay for

Sometimes paths in life don't necessarily meet
but when you left you pulled the rug from beneath my feet
and I fall to the floor, try to go with the flow, but what hurts the most is
things only you'll know….

things only you'll know

As I drift, I tend to neglect
what a fortunate misery
You're anxious, an emotional wreck
as you stole the pieces of me

I know you know something...
Track Name: The Current
I can't wrap my head around this anymore. This past year has been too much for me to absorb. Wasted 2 1/2 years with someone horrible. Didn't have enough time with someone I adored.

We threw love into the river, watched it break apart on stones and foam away. There's nothing left to recover, no lessons to be learned...this current leads to a fall.

Control is the shadow I cast by circumstance. I'm holding you saying "it's ok" trying to convince myself. Luck runs out and memory comes to collect the debts (the funhouse mirror, warping your fears) telling you what you lost.