Half​-​Mast​/​Steadfast

by Tuff Sunshine

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1.
Let 'em In 03:17
i lost my brother / the veins quit his neck i lost my sister / suburban shipwreck i lost my mother and my father as i split on the fly where was i where was i where was i where was i? i lost the feeling / in both of my hands i hit the ceiling / and they cheered in the stands and as i waved like a pennant saying good-bye where was i where was i where was i where was i? drop-kicked / flea-flicked spellbound / pin-pricked land-locked / seasick well i heard somebody knockin so i took myself a chance and let em in i started dreaming / but i got woke up i got to screaming / but i got choked up and as the team that i formed snuck away on the sly where was i where was i where was i where was i? i scraped my tongue / with my upper teeth tasted the terminals / and the spark underneath the circuit was completed with a tear from my eye where was i where was i where was i where was i? well i heard somebody knockin so i took myself a chance and let em in i was a believer / and i fought through the pains played wide-receiver / for the hometown hurricanes and as the hail mary went up like a prayer in the sky where was i where was i where was i where was i? tongue- tied/ eloquent hard-pressed / soft-bent time-out / misspent
2.
speaking to myself speaking to myself speaking to myself up in the whispering gallery and i don’t think i like what’s gettin back to me whistling alone whistling alone whistling alone down at pier 23 whistling alone whistling alone down at pier 23 and i think i just might have hit upon the hymn that set me free brother what makes you tick? wishing i was back wishing i was back wishing i was back down at the circular quay wishing i was back down at the circular quay in upsidedown moonlight back from where i used to be brother what makes you tick?
3.
we’re smilin brightly and stickin to our guns and if we’re shootin blanks at least we aint hurtin anyone we’re grinnin politely and staring into the tuff sun and if we break ranks the plan is to melt into one this is an act / no, this is a prayer this is a fact / this is something we share and i'm a hack / and you are paying the fare for going nowhere we’re smilin brightly and stickin to our guns...
4.
when the bridge comes low you learn how to duck real fast and when your last leg is broke you get used to dragging the cast and when your heart is tanked you learn how to live in the past well there ain't no one impressed you’re just a face in the crowd and if you pass the litmus test you get your face on the shroud and when your heart is blown rip it off your sleeve and be proud you’re being tested steadfast through the valley...
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i was stranded like a harbor tug out on the east river bank i was wheezing my last tune as i was weighed down and i was led to the plank and just when i knew the 4 chambers of my heart were sank i saw friggy near the shore with C-rations and an oxygen tank shake shake shaking in a suit of shells when i'm incommunicado and the conversation just got to wait when i'm trimming up a 5 o'clock shadow until a quarter after 8 when im in a night-sweat and my face is as smooth as slate when friggy finds me at last call and leaves me asleep at the gate shake shake shake shaking in a suit of shells let's let wine be our reward and we can wake up in a silhouette daze let’s let the million particles we are combine to make a perfect haze let’s let the herd run off the cliff sugar we dont need 'em anyways it's just like friggy said, or at least a close paraphrase shake shake shake shaking in a suit of shells

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released June 15, 2012

All Songs by Leitera/Stough/Cordero ©2012 / BMI

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"Play Loud!"--New York Times

"Cool NYC trio Tuff Sunshine does emotive indie fare that skillfully fuses funky soul with wiry postpunk." --Time Out NY

"NYC Band You Oughta Know" -- Stagebuddy.com

"New Band of the Day" -- Louder Than War Blog (UK)

"Yinz guys are soooo awesome" --Guy in Pittsburgh
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