Live at WSAM

by The Fifth Down

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recorded on a weekend in march, in WSAM studios in Hartford.


released October 6, 2016

thanks a ton to our friends at ThatBirdDid Music, as well as WSAM at the University of Hartford. this was a heck of a good time.



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Track Name: Pressing
i watched you, from an upper level window pain in your leg,
so i walked you back to your car.
my face was close to the glass,
your hands coming apart in the dark green light,
making me remember the reason why i keep
pressing my face in closer.

because the cement may have claimed his liver,
but the rest of it can be blamed on sub-par glue.

her voice sounded like good news,
but the phone receiver reeked of melting plastic.
caress the edges of the waveforms,
make my stutter sound more homeopathic.

i'm really alright, now i'm really much better.
you know, i'm just a goddamn ten out of ten.

the sign on the door said good news,
like birthday cake and friends that you couldn't lose.
oh my god, i swear by the hand pressed against the handle,
it's not just warm. it burns.

yeah, i'm alright, now i'm feeling much better.
you know, i'm just a goddamn ten out of ten.
Track Name: Corners
anxious and decoding, instead of vividly exposing.
the tile corners felt too stale, so we replaced them all
with craft store felt and dry wall,
and knock-off wrapping paper from your aunt's house.

the cynicism starts from the corners of your smile,
all the way down to your mouth.

it's a new way to talk about it,
it's your best friend's couch.
half a six-dollar bottle away,
every goddamn day.

she just feels too chic,
spouting misread quotes from a philosophy text book,
she speaks in breaking voice and cracking verse.
the corners would've looked much better.
all the way down from the corners of your temples,

it's just getting better.