Short Films on Self​-​Control

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released December 11, 2007

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Good Night, States Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Guitars erupt over vintage synths as Good Night, States fuses familial indie quirks with steady rock and roll sensibility. Four part harmony, homemade guitar pedal white noise, and warbly vintage synths augment stand-alone songwriting to craft a memorable, melodic live show. ... more

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Track Name: I Am The Loser
I read the news with my heartache entire,
and it all seems right to me.
I sing the blues with my jacket on fire,
and it all feels right to me.
I take the time to make my money.
Safe is the fable of fools.
So set aside your hardhat, honey;
ten to one, you ain’t got the time to choose.

I wish a wish on a radio star,
’cause it sure seems bright to me.
A silver fish on a company car-you could drive it home!
Is it true that you’re taking me down to lose?
Is it true?

Everything was designed for my losing.
I am the loser.

I shop a day in the Devil’s bazaar and it seems alright to me.
He’s got some amps, yeah he’s selling guitars for a reasonable finder’s/broker’s fee.

Everything was designed for my losing.
I am the loser.
Track Name: Not Come Around
All alone and working hard on my background.
Giving up on drinking hard for my best friend.
In you come, riding hard, with your aim set.
Well you can just come right on,
and I’ll tell you what you’re going to get.

Well, you better not come around.
I’m a hard man, and you better not come around.
If you gotta take a swing,
then love when you bring it ’round-now everyone knows that’s the way that you get down.
And you better not come around.

Sister, ain’t you been that down?
Ain’t you been there?
What about that time in town,
when you showed no care for him?
I’m thinking that you know that sound,
that you’ve been lied to.
I’ve stilled all lying tongues and now you’ll find me a lot tougher when I’ve got the truth.

And you better not come around.
I’m a hard man, and you better not come around.
If you gotta take a swing,
then love when you bring it ’round-now everyone knows that’s the way that you get down.
And you better not come around.
Track Name: Only Thing
I’m pouring orange tea.
You’re presiding over me.
I didn’t know what would make me free,
but you are the only thing.

Done lost my taste for drink,
even the drink I need (I think).
Back from the edge, from the balmy brink,
to say you are the only thing.

Night wrestling, no reprieve-why do you strive with me?
I only see ’cause you made me see,
that you’re the only thing.

Just in my room, listening on the Kinks,
took me to the stream and I took a drink.
I’m not the same as I used to be.
Now you’re the only thing.
You are the only thing.
Track Name: Far Side Of The Boulevard
Far side of the boulevard, I got lost for good.
Just here for the friendly fire, on the streets where my demons stood smoking kids like cigarettes,
smoke and mirrors that’ll show you regrets.
In this town I can always spend some time.

Long time in that tired house, I set aside the good.
It’s hard to tire that feeling out,
driving through this neighborhood.
Turn, my soul, not right or left;
all turns to glory and the promise is kept.
In this town you could always change my mind.

Sound and furious light!
Fires go not out in the dimly grey divide, this town.

Long time ’fore the final days, all the prophets looked.
They had a message for the modern saint,
all their lives not understood.
So in my own, small weekend way,
you’re building something here for some other day.
In this town, I will always change in time.

Sound and furious light!
Fires go not out in the dimly grey divide, this town.
Track Name: Killer Of The One
Ooh, you are the killer of the one, I know.
You are the killer of the one.

Oh, telephone, you know I never get time alone.
Out on my bed, you apparitions dial my number.
Oh, to condone-I say I’m sorry enough, Lord knows.
But is it Son, Holy Ghost, or superstition?
Dial my number.

Ooh, you are the killer of the one, I know.
You are the killer of the one.

Now, all harm done, guilt expunged, contest won,
I’m a’ break my killer’s run with admission:
I am the killer of the one I know.

Ooh, you are the killer of the one, I know.
You are the killer of the one.
Track Name: Spring Is The Winter's End (Down To The Heart)
I’m a’ take you down to the heart;
must be changing then.
I’m a’ rake you over the start,
’cause spring is the winter’s end.

I’m a’ raze what cities you got;
change is coming in.
This whole crazy world’s gonna rot,
but spring is the winter’s end.

And in that place where never any tears will flow,
where nobody knows...

On that day, you wonder how the change will show,
but nobody knows.

I’m a’ take you down to the heart,
’cause spring is the winter’s end.
Track Name: The Family Dark
Are you at home now,
watching short films on self-control?
Are you alone now?
Maybe you should let that play a role.

You want to take your family dark down, too?
It gets harder and harder to do.
Take your family dark, you’ll see,
it gets harder and harder to be free.

The early outside,
yeah we’re feeling newer all the time.
You had a long night?
Man, I just stayed up late trying to write this right.

Take your family dark down, too.
It gets harder and harder to do.
Take your family dark, you’ll see,
it gets harder and harder to be free.

And when I met you,
pulling down dark spots out the rain,
I’d have never guessed you had the gravity around to pull out so much pain.

Take your family dark down, too.
It gets harder and harder to do.
Take your family dark, you’ll see,
it gets harder and harder to be free.
Track Name: Not Come Around (Reprise)
All alone and working hard on my background.
Giving up on drinking hard for my best friend.
In you come, riding hard, with your aim set.
Well you can just come right on,
and I’ll tell you what you’re going to get.

Well, you better not come around.
I’m a hard man, and you better not come around.
If you gotta take a swing,
then love when you bring it ’round-now everyone knows that’s the way that you get down.
And you better not come around.

Sister, ain’t you been that down?
Ain’t you been there?
What about that time in town,
when you showed no care for him?
I’m thinking that you know that sound,
that you’ve been lied to.
I’ve stilled all lying tongues and now you’ll find me a lot tougher when I’ve got the truth.

And you better not come around.
I’m a hard man, and you better not come around.
If you gotta take a swing,
then love when you bring it ’round-now everyone knows that’s the way that you get down.
And you better not come around.

(Ain’t it hard to have God’s love?)
Track Name: Change Of The Seasons
Healer the heart, what a disease I’ve had!
Take it apart; higher release from sad.
Tell me about that victory sign in summer; retire.
Healer, remark-color a peace in, glad forever.

I’ve seen your cover on the corner of Broad and Main,
silent and steady like the change of the seasons rain.
Change of the seasons...

Running for cover on the corner so oft on Jane,
went back to school after the change of the seasons came.
Running for thunder in the blind and I’m deaf with pain,
silent and steady like the change of the seasons rain.
Change of the seasons...

It breaks across my bow, (inside and sudden)
feeling of fire, and it makes the here and now (inside and sudden) entire (inside).

All my stories are the stories of who you are,
changer the seasons and the healer of every heart.
All my stories are the stories of who you are,
changer the seasons and the healer of every heart.
Changer the seasons.