Understand?

by The Means

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"Understand?" is the sophomore EP from Detroit based rock trio The Means.

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released August 23, 2014

All songs written and performed by The Means
Produced by Steven P. Stocker and The Means
Recording, mixing, and mastering by Little Elephant, LLC.
Lyrical concept for "Understand?" contributed by Brian Zinck

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The Means Detroit, Michigan

The Means are a power trio based out of Detroit, MI on a mission to create a Motown-inspired style of rock and roll that stands on its own without the need for qualifiers such as "pop", "alternative", "punk" or "indie".

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Track Name: Understand?
If you want somebody you better tell them
If you need them let them know

Don't fly off the handle
I'm warning you

If you want somebody you better tell them
You better let them know

Now don't you fly off the handle
I'm warning you

I'm warning, I'm warning you
And all you really need to know is there's no earthly reason to be scared

There's an interstellar governor in the rhythm of the stars
He says, "This is fun for me."

We used to just be numbers but now we're shooting stars
There's no earthly reason to be scared

If you want somebody you better tell them
You better let them know

Don't fly off the handle
I'm warning you
Track Name: Off My Mind
Moonlight supersedes the room
Light a match, bring it back
Dearest vacuum tubes
Double the dose and be torn asunder
Alabaster capsule slumber
And if I am well I'll be with you

I swear I'm no failure, but I am a liar; deceitful by nature
It's true; take my word for what it's worth or...

Take my mind off my mind
Off my mind, off my mind

When all is said and done
At least I'll still have this song
Tell me is it really "just a job"
Or a piece of my heart?

Take my mind off my mind
Off my mind, off my mind

If they only knew what my thoughts have been up to
They'd turn and go; they'd turn and go

Take my mind off my mind
Off my mind, off my mind
Track Name: The Quiet Side
Yeah, you're so innocent; please go on
Yeah your soul don't exist; oh my god
Keep your self-made promises (You made them)
Any return is worth the risk (Or is it?)
Don't think I'm lying baby
I wouldn't try it

Look on the bright side; don't be so low
It all goes back to...

A long time ago, back where we called home
Together we settled down on the quiet side of town

My car is old, dilapidated
It don't run, it don't run
Some days it purrs
Today it didn't; spoiled all my fun

All right, ok, you're right, I'm lame
We'll have the best day in all the worst ways
All the wonder, all the shame
You know it ain't the same as...

A long time ago, back where we called home
Together we settled down on the quiet side of town

I know that's just how the story goes
Can we ever truly know anything for sure?
Will we even get along or just get wasted?
Take the trip or take the chance on 696, east or west
All of our best laid plans led us down this path

My car is old, dilapidated
It don't run, it don't run
Some days it purrs
Today it didn't; spoiled all my fun

A long time ago, back where we called home
Together we settled down on the quiet side of town
Track Name: Beast
Endless summertime; absent the divine
I'm sure I told you so
Anything you see don't mean much to me
I'm sure I told you so

I am the beast beneath your bed

If I rise before I wake leave me resting
Should I be consumed in flames leave me combusting
If I appear a little dazed leave me tripping
Will we walk this earth again? Hell yeah.

Most of us ain't so bad but as for me I will burn in hell

I'd give up all my money; I'd give my very soul
I'd take a little time to take a walk and walk around the world
Don't you let me

Most of us ain't so bad but as for me I will burn in hell
I'd give up all my money; I'd give my very soul
Have mercy, lord

Am I on my way?
Everything's a lie
Am I right or wrong or is that a lie?
Everything's a lie, right through my teeth

I am the beast beneath your bed
Go on, run to you mother, child; I'll tell you what she says
"Oh darlin', don't be afraid. You see? The only monsters come when you're wide awake."

I stared the devil down
You know evil don't need no one around
Track Name: Let It Go
Burn, moon, burn!
Get in the car
This is it and that's a start
Press the floor to the swings and sways
Some believe all they perceive; some leave anyway

Let it go; it's already done
Already in the past
Let it go; everything's alright
Nothing is that bad

Why are you so angry?
Why are you so ornery?
Left and in peace and melancholic blight
The more I seek the less I find but typically I try to...

Let it go; it's already done
Already in the past
Let it go; everything's alright
Nothing is that bad

I roam on, where most souls fear to tread
All because I didn't know better
There will be times when you'll cut me off
And then threaten me, so sweetly
Even when I'm right I'm still wrong

Let it go; it's already done
Already in the past
Let it go; everything's alright
Nothing is that bad
Track Name: Honey
One quick request; scatter me in the mountains
Tranquil at last; no infernal internal combustion engines

Read a book, honey; wipe that drool off of your chin
I'd tell you to build a synaptic response but I know that you don't know what that is
Read a book, honey; validate my lack of faith
My god wouldn't waste the gift of consciousness on a creature with shit for brains

I've been giving too much of my time away to those that least deserve it
But no more; my time is my own

Vacuous void; beneath the luminous seams of order
Blind humanoid grasping at smoke finds no answers
Like an insect suspended by surface tension his world ends where his feet begin
Until a mighty swell plunges him, gasping for breath into the depths of his oblivious oblivion

Read a book, honey; not that pre-teen paperback trash
The chip on your shoulder's been writing checks that your vocabulary can't cash
Read a book, honey; god damn you're fucking dumb
I'll keep my sentences short and my syntax simple so you don't get overwhelmed

I've been giving too much of my time away to those that least deserve it
But no more; my time is my own

It begins in a silent burst, a cloud of hot light inflated to existence by a high-strung vessel
Crushed by consciousness and carried out to sea, further and further
As the land grows smaller and smaller in an ocean of instances, seas of subconsciousness
Drifting in white-capped thoughts, just searching for a sign
Wholly one and only one hiding in the solar hues
If it exists all we need is a sign
All we need is a sign and it could be anything; anything at all

I've been giving too much of my time away to those that least deserve it
But no more; my time is my own

God, you're fucking boring
Empty head, empty heart