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Less Than Jake lyrics

Album: Anthem [2003]

Tracks14
 01  Welcome to the New South
 02  The Ghosts of Me and You
 03  Look What Happened
 04  The Science of Selling Yourself Short
 05  Short Fuse Burning
 06  Motown Never Sounded So Good
 07  The Upwards War and the Down Turned Cycle
 08  Escape from the A-Bomb House
 09  Best Wishes to Your Black Lung
 10  She's Gonna Break Soon
 11  That's Why They Call It a Union
 12  Plastic Cup Politics
 13 The Brightest Bulb Has Burned Out/Screws Fall Out
 14  Surrender
all Less Than Jake lyrics



Welcome to the New South
Welcome home outcasts
Because I know how you have
Felt over the years
The truth is that
Looking at me is like
Looking in the mirror
And I know how it feels
To be the best part
Of a running joke
To all of your friends

And to be on the edge of your bed
With your head buried in your hands
Wishing that everything would end
Yeah, I know how it feels to be the loneliest

Welcome back outcasts
Because I've told myself
That it would be alright
Probably about a million times
Over every minute of all of my life
I know how it feels
To be so confused
That you're so far out of control

And to be on the edge of your bed
With your head buried in your hands
Wishing that everything would end
Yeah, I know how it feels to be the loneliest

So you sit and wait for a sign
That the coming days will be alright
And you drink
So you can forget another night
Bruised from the blackouts
And your blood red eyes
Try to start looking
For the brighter side
And wait for a sign
Wait for a sign
Wait for a sign
Welcome home
Everything will be alright

Welcome home outcasts
Because I know how you have
Felt over the years
The truth is that
Looking at me is like
Looking in the mirror
And I know how it feels
To be the best part
Of a running joke all of your life

Welcome home
Outcasts welcome home
Outcasts welcome home
Outcasts welcome home
Welcome homeback to top
The Ghosts of Me and You
I've been down
Wondering past 2nd Street and looking at the ghosts
Of you and me and thinking back on all those memories
Of how we used to be

I've been hearing
I hear those voices over the noises of the breaking glass
And all those plans we had to get us through
They're never coming true

And I hope and hope
That you won't forget
And I'm hoping
Hope you know that

I can clearly see
The ghosts of you and me
And I'm just a moved on memory
And you're still alive
And I'm still getting by
On these dead end streets
The ghosts of you and me

I'm still talking
I talk of what we'll do to the ghosts of me and you
And I'm still looking back into the past
When we were all we had

And I hope and hope
That you won't forget
I'm hoping
Hope you know that

I can clearly see
The ghosts of you and me
And I'm just a moved on memory
And you're still alive
And I'm still getting by
On these dead end streets
The ghosts of you and me
The ghosts of you and me
The ghosts of you and me

I hope you forget
I hope know that I'll always regret
Those things I've said
Hope you know that I can clearly see

The ghosts of you and me
And I'm just a moved on memory
And you're still alive
And I'm still getting by
On these dead end streets
The ghosts of you and me
The ghosts of you and me
The ghosts of you and me
The ghosts of you and meback to top
Look What Happened
And I swear it's the last time and I swear it's my last try
And we'll walk in circles around this whole block
Walk on the cracks on the same old sidewalks
And we'll talk about leaving town
Yeah we'll talk about leaving
I swear it's the last time I swear it's my last try
We rode across that bridge all night
We talked our way through city lights
Traced all the lines we're killing time
Under those buzzing signs
From downtown to anywhere but here
Tonight yeah I swear to these rooftops
And just hoped that car would never stop
We drove around this place all night
Past closed signs and familiar sights
We're moving by passing time
Counting those center lines
With 20,000 lines left to go
That lead to somewhere I don't know
It might be the time tha twe leave this all behind
There's been a few times
That we thought it felt right
To take all the westbound signs
And just leave town tonightback to top
The Science of Selling Yourself Short
Have come to ma scences
That a become scence less
An I could give you lessons
How to ruin your friendships
An every last conviction
A smoke them all away
An a drank ma fustrations
down the drain out of the way
So a sit an wait in wonder
Does anyone else feel like me
Someone so tired a there rutenes
an disapear inside those dreams
I'll sing along
yeah with every emergency
just sing along
I'm the king a catastrophy
I'm so far gone
That deep down inside a think its fine by me
That on my own was dead in there
I could be an expert
on co-dependency
An a could write the best book
On underage tradgedy
An a bin spending ma time
at the local liquer store
An a binsleeping nightly
On ma best friends kitchen floor
So a sit an wait in wonder
Does anyone else feel like me
Am so overdosed on apple tea
put diamonds in her hair
A'l sing along
yeah with every emergency
Just sing along
am the king of cotastrophy
I'm so far gone
That deep down inside I think its fine by me
That on my own was dead in there
Let the meaning slip away
Lost ma Faith in another day
Sept application seems O.K.
A never thought
I'd make it anyway
I'l sing a long
yeah with every emergency
Just sing along
am the king of cotastrophy
I'm so far gone
That deep down inside I think its fine by me
That on my own was dead in there
That on my own was dead in there
That on my own was dead in there
That on my own was dead in there
That on my own was dead in thereback to top
Short Fuse Burning
These are all reasons why
I'll be exploding tonite
and why this chip on my shoulder
feels like a mile wide
it's from the overwork
overtime compromise

[Chorus:]
So I'm looking tonight
for some peace of mind
maybe then I'll find some strength inside
'cause I've lost any hope of ever changing
I'm a short fuse burning

And remember who I
who I used to be
just this one-trick pony
so strung on routine
yeah, stuck on repeat
like you couldn't even believe

[Chorus]

And everybody don't forget me
forget me
and everybody don't forget me
I'¨„ forgot who I used to be
and everybody don't for--
and everybody don't for--
and everybody don't forget me
I'¨„ forgot who I used to be

[Chorus]

And everybody don't forget me
forget me
and everybody don't forget me
I've forgot who I used to be
and everybody don't for--
and everybody don't for--
and everybody don't forget me
I've forgot who I used to beback to top
Motown Never Sounded So Good
So you say, all your white flags are up
And that you've had enough
And you're tired of collecting dust
You say everything always looks the same
And you need a brand new face
To match a brand new place
You say all your distress calls have gone out
And your ship is going down

Well, i say it to myself all the time
Stop living half a life and stop
Feeling like im half alive

I can't get enough, I'm not satisfied,
I've wasted my time with this daily grind
In single file lines, is this real life?
I keep telling myself sometimes
What matters
Is on the inside

Do you remember when we had all the answers
And can you really remember
When we wished for anything better,
Does it feel like a broken record,
Head full of yesterdays
You keep wishing your life away
You can't keep looking over your own shoulder
things will never look up unless you start to look forward

Well, i say it to myself all the time
Stop living half a life and stop
Feeling like im half alive

I can't get enough, I'm not satisfied,
I've wasted my time with this daily grind
In single file lines, is this real life?
I keep telling myself sometimes
What matters
Is on the inside

I can't get enough, I'm not satisfied,
I've wasted my time with this daily grind

I can't get enough, i'm just getting by,
I can't stand this design for our bitter lives
I keep feeling lost, I'm not satisfied,
With traffic and turnpikes and these tired eyes
I can't get enough, I'm not satisfied,
I've wasted my time with this daily grind
In single file lines, is this real life?
I keep telling myself sometimes
What matters
Is on the insideback to top
The Upwards War and the Down Turned Cycle
All my friends always talk about,
The stories of moving on and getting out.
Then packing up and heading south,
Their heads full of hopes and dreams,
They're just like me.

My friends aren't going anywhere.
My friends all act so unaware.

Now they have to face,
The best plans have all gone up in flames.

They're just looking for something to take,
To break up the day to day and all its,
Lonliness, vacant space,
Tragedy of minimum wage.

All my friends always talk about,
The stories of moving on and getting out.
Then packing up and heading south,
Their heads full of hopes and dreams,
They're just like me.
Just like me...

My friends are worried about last calls,
And working jobs at shopping malls.
Because they're in between,
A mixed up pride and apathy.

So tonight they'll talk of calling in,
Calling in with bitter grins,
Laughing at the state they're in,
what a mess, I'm just like them.

All my friends always talk about,
The stories of moving on and getting out.
Then packing up and heading south,
Their heads full of hopes and dreams,
They're just like me.

All my friends always talk about,
The stories of moving on and getting out.
Then packing up and heading south,
Their heads full of hopes and dreams...

So they're alseep walking their way though life.
Sitting there and getting by.
Like all the other friends of mine,
Wishing for something more,
Wishing for something more.

All my friends always talk about,
The stories of moving on and getting out.
Then packing up and heading south,
Their heads full of hopes and dreams,
They're just like me.

All my friends always talk about,
The stories of moving on and getting out.
Then packing up and heading south,
Their hHeads full of hopes and dreams,
They're just like...

Heads full of hopes and dreams,
They're just like...

Heads full of hopes and dreams,
They're just like me...

Just like me...
Just like me...
Just like me...

All my friends always talk about,
The stories of moving on and getting out.
Then packing up and heading south,
Their hHeads full of hopes and dreams,
They're just like me...back to top
Escape from the A-Bomb House
Dear Mom and Dad,
Iíve been making plans
To leave this house and yes Iím sure
So lock the door, and turn the front porch lights out

After all the endless fights
The whoís been wrong and whoís been right
We just never saw eye to eye

So thereís no need to apologize
Donít wait up, Iíll be fine
If you could see inside my head
Maybe you could understand
That Iím better off
Iím better off gone

Dear Mom and Dad,
Iíve been making plans
To leave your house and yes Iím sure
That nothingís wrong, so just be strong on my way out

After all the endless nights
The whoís been wrong and whoís been right
We just never saw eye to eye

So thereís no need to apologize
Donít wait up, Iíll be fine
If you could see inside my head
Maybe you could understand
That Iím better off gone
Iím better off gone Ďcause we donít see eye to eyeback to top
Best Wishes to Your Black Lung
By this time tomorrow,
You'll be out on the streets of Chicago.
walking all the way home,
From commuter trains.

By this time tomorrow,
You'll be back at home in Chicago.
At the bars until they close,
Back at places that you've known,
And, It's gonna be skylines and rooftops.
And it's gonna be crowded tourist stops.

So it's goodbye,
To your band new life.
So it's good luck,
Best wishes to your black lung.

So it's goodbye,
To your band new life.
So it's good luck,
Best wishes to your black lung.

By this time tomorrow,
You'll be walking home through Chicago.
Past the nine to five crowds and underneath
Those unused fire escapes.

By this time tomorrow,
You'll be at the bars in Chicago,
Back with people that you know,
Going to places you used to go.

And, It's gonna be skylines and rooftops.
And it's gonna be crowded tourist stops.

So it's goodbye,
To your band new life.
So it's good luck,
Best wishes to your black lung.

So it's goodbye,
To your band new life.
So it's good luck,
Best wishes to your black lung.

So when you're leaving a party just to beat the crowd,
Just make sure that you're the first one out...

So it's goodbye,
To your band new life.
So it's good luck,
Best wishes to your black lung...

Your black lung...
Your black lung...
Your black lung...

And, It's gonna be skylines and rooftops.
And it's gonna be crowded tourist stops.

So it's goodbye,
To your band new life.
So it's good luck,
Best wishes to your black lung.

So it's goodbye,
To your band new life.
So it's good luck,
Best wishes to your black lung.

So when you're leaving a party just to beat the crowd,
Just make sure that you're the first one out...

So it's goodbye,
To your band new life.
So it's good luck,
Best wishes to your black lung...

Your black lung...
Your black lung...
Your black lung...back to top
She's Gonna Break Soon
She's gonna break soon
With so many problems in her life
It really comes as no surprise
She's gonna break soon
She's gonna break

Welcome to her busy, dizzy life
Of going out and getting high
And following all the latest trends
While shredding all her oldest friends

She's gonna break soon
With so many problems in her life
It really comes as no surprise
She's gonna break soon
She's gonna break

She's been thinking, wishing she could hide
from the girls with comments passing by
It's the boys and bars on friday night
That replace the emptiness inside
She'll be spending her whole weekend
faking laughs and faking smiles
With her fake friends

She's gonna break soon
With so many problems in her life
It really comes as no surprise
She's gonna break soon
She's gonna break

The promises you made back home
Are crumbled like the goodbye notes
last nights dirty clothes
Are on the floor next to the phone
It's been disconnected months ago
No calls from her friends back home
You lost your point of view
Now its got the best of you

She's gonna break soon
With so many problems in her life
It really comes as no surprise
She's gonna break soon
She's gonna breakback to top
That's Why They Call It a Union
Hey! this is my first tab so rate it for me please

Artists: Less Than Jake
Song: Thats Why They Call It A Union
Album: Anthem


There's a black cloud over this house
Thats been around for three years now
There's a thunder storm inside
And it won't go away
No, it wont go away

Thats Why They Call It A Union
Thats Why They Call It A Union
Thats Why They Call It A Union

I remeber him turning around
He said "Son I'll be leaving now
I can't be the person you want me to be"
Then she said "So things are finally ending now
Yeah, I knew you'd be walking out
You can't be the person that you want me to be"

Three years of all the arguements
For years of all the saddness that I'm feeling now
To last me a life time
Three years of all the arguements
For years of all of this pain
Thats Why They Call It A Union

Thats Why They Call It A Union
Thats Why They Call It A Union
So, will both of of you please forgive me tonight?
Thats Why They Call It A Union

I remeber him turning around
He said "Son I'll be leaving now
You can't be the person I want you to be
Want you to be"

Three years of all the arguements
For years of all the saddness that I'm feeling now
To last me a life time
Three years of all the arguements
For years of all of this pain
Thats Why They Call It A Union

Thats Why They Call It A Union
Thats Why They Call It A Union
So, will both of of you please forgive me tonight?
Thats Why They Call It A Union
So, please for give me tonight

I can't look at the pictures anymore
Because I know how it's running towards
I know how the story ends
I know it hurts!

There's a black cloud over this house
Thats been around for three years now
There's a thunder storm inside
And another fight tonight

There's a black cloud over this house
Thats been around for three years now
There's a thunder storm inside
And it won't go away
No, it wont go away

Thats Why They Call It A Union
Thats Why They Call It A Union
So, will both of of you please forgive me tonight?
Thats Why They Call It A Union
So, please for give me tonight
So, please for give me tonight
So, please for give me, good nightback to top
Plastic Cup Politics
Hello six pack of confidence
Been so many nights since we first met
glad to see you've brought all your friends
for another night of
PLASTIC CUP POLITICS!

Hello Mr. six pack of confidence
I'm glad to see you've already met
Ms. Twelve ounces of loneliness
And mr. Plastic cup politics
I see you're under the influence
Of warm beer and the comfort of all your friends
And i see that Mr. Loud mouth has had his forty ounce
And will pass out
I have no doubt
So drop your plastic cups and clear your clouded heads

I keep asking myself if they realize
That thier fears are really just the same as mine
Do they know all thier insecurities
Are the same ones that are inside of me
As people come and go
Do they know they're really not alone?
And the life of the party just left
And i guess i couldn't cure the emptiness
Like all the rest
So drop your plastic cups and clear your clouded heads

Here we are, another wasted night and
I am right along the side
of forty sets of bloodshot eyes
And plastic smiles miles wide match
Plastic cups we'll leave behind

It's just another night of Plastic cup politics
So drop your empty cups and clear
your clouded headsback to top
Surrender
Awesome song and very fun to sing.

Mother told me, yes she told me, I'd meet girls like you.
She also told me, stay away, you'll never know what you'll catch.
Just the other day I heard of a soldier's falling off.
Some in-doneasian junk that's going round.
Mommy's alright daddy's alright, they just seem a little wierd.
Surrender, surrender, but don't give yourself away, ay, ay.

Father says, "Your mother's right, she's reallt up on things."
Before we married mommy served in the WACs in the Philippines.
Now I had heard the WACs recruited old maids for the war.
But mommy isn't one of those, I've known her all these years.
Mommy's alright daddy's alright, they just seem a little wierd.
Surrender, surrender, but don't give yourself away.
Mommy's alright daddy's alright, they just seem a little wierd.
Surrender, surrender, but don't give yourself away, ay, ay.

Whatever happened to all this season's losers of the year?
Every time I got to thinking Where'd they dissappear.
Then I woke up, mom and dad are rolling on the couch.
Rolling numbers, rock and rolling, got my KISS records out.
Mommy's alright daddy's all right, they just seem a little wierd.
Surrender, surrender, but don't give yourself away, ay, ay.

Away,__________________________Away.___________________________

Mommy's alright daddy's all right, they just seem a little wierd.
Mommy's alright daddy's all right, they just seem a little wierd.
Mommy's alright daddy's all right, they just seem a little wierd.
Surrender, surrender, but don't give yourself away, ay, ay.back to top
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