Bones & Beaten Heart

by The Luxury

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released February 16, 2015

THE LUXURY

Steven Borek: keyboards
Matt Diekmann: bass, vocals
Jason Dunn: vocals, guitars
Mark McGettrick: drums, vocals, percussion

additional musicians:
John Ducharme: guitar on For You Only
The Alcott Manor Choir: Anne­Marie Dunn­Watson, Ariella Green, Callie Hastings, Rick Taylor, William Woodworth III, David Jackel, David Mirabella, Matty F. King, Joe Turner, Timothy McVeins
Golf Claps: David Eve, Jenn Freeman, Mark McGettrick
special thanks to the community at freesound.org, particularly the following members: bosk1, speedenza, felix­blume, mohomran, dobroide, and jasonelrod

Bones and Beaten Heart

Produced by Jason Dunn and The Luxury

Recorded and mixed at Mad Science Studios, Allston MA by Jason Dunn
Additional lead vocals recorded at Barefoot studios, Brighton MA by Taylor Barefoot
Additional choir vocals recorded at Camp Shira, Lyman ME by Jason Dunn
Sage advice from Joel Simches and Phil Dubnick
Mastered at New Alliance East by Nick Zampiello
Sequenced at New Alliance East by Rob Gonnella
Artwork by Tyler Littwin

Our love and appreciation to all of our supporters, families, friends, musical cohorts past, present and future, and thanks and/or apologies to anyone we happen to have written about.

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Track Name: In Lieu of Goodbye
So when you’re lonely, will you come round?
I’m gathering dead moths and memories in our house Somebody has to tidy this place
Imagine our precious little things just taking up space

Lady, I’m lost in the cracks and the corners we danced around We were living a dream, we were turning it up too loud

And I’m so sorry that I’m not sorry enough

So, should I leave them, the table and chairs?
Still facing off in the shadows like old legionnaires Because they don’t want to tell me this war has been won Leaving me planning my victory and polishing guns

Lady, I lose my command and my words are just sand in your shoes Did you accept my surrender? I’ve only just learned how to lose

So I’m kicking the rugs out, you could eat off the floor This place is a box of history the book will ignore
In light of the Camry rolling on by
I’m leaving the keys in the letterbox in lieu of goodbye
Track Name: Static and Vertigo
So I pull myself apart
Flesh and fear and fifteen years away to bones and beaten heart And if I slip and fall behind
I know you well, I know you’ll shine
Come on, the pedestal so well-designed for you

You are the last daydream
But you are a lasting dream
You are lasting

And I dream a knock upon my door
A shadow cast across the floor in sympathy You cover me again
Years on years, I think we’d know
We keep it close or we let it go
We are all or nothing, static and vertigo

You are the last daydream
You are a lasting dream
You, everlasting

And all my words contained in paper planes
Will fold the same, will melt in rain
Will only fly so far, will never breach your heart
But who ever asked forgiveness before they went too far?

And now I drink me down to sleep
Pray the lord my bones to keep intact for maybe one more winter For if I end where I began, I see no need to scream again
You heard me once, bring on the happy end

Lavender’s blue, dilly dilly, lavender’s green When I am king, dilly dilly, you will be queen
A penny for your thoughts my dear A penny for your thoughts my dear I owe you for your love
Track Name: Ring Around The Ghost
The tireless sun is hard to take
Pull up the blankets, hide your face
The “song that knew just what to say”
You never learned to sing it

On a sea of sugar she belongs
Far too sweet for mortal tongues
She’s at the end of every song, and still you sing along

Oh lovely, you seem lonely
And I wish I was your one and only
I got sweet words, believe me
Oh lovely, you seem lonely to me now

Still playing ring around the ghost
Still dancing with the devil that you know
You tread along this narrow street,
Never turn, never speak

Slip the leash around your soul
Nobody says they want control
But we’re still tugging at the ends
The best and worst of friends

We are so lovely, you seem lonely
And I wish I was your one and only
I got sweet words, believe me
But you never really made it easy on me now
Track Name: This House
Down the fire escape, run to where it’s safe
Ghost of my life, you win this time
All our demons, all our saints, etched into the paint
And will never leave without a trace

Oh, the damage that we do
Oh, the mess we leave behind

Quicken the dead, open your arms
(This house will hold you in these walls long after you have come and gone)
The words that we said, the rise and the fall
(This house will hold you in these walls long after you have come and gone)

The panic in your brain, the site of every stain,
Every corner hides my face
In symmetry we dug ourselves under the rug
And we’ll never leave without a trace

Oh, the damage that we do
Oh, the mess we leave behind

Quicken the dead, open your arms
(This house will hold you in these walls long after you have come and gone)
The words that we said, the rise and the fall
(This house will hold you in these walls long after you have come and gone)

Oh, the damage that we do
Oh, the mess we leave behind

Quicken the dead, open your arms
(This house will hold you in these walls long after you have come and gone)
The words that we said, the rise and the fall
(This house will hold you in these walls long after you have come and gone)
The blood that we bled is nothing at all
Quicken the dead, open your arms
(This house will hold you in these walls long after you have come and gone)
Track Name: Losing My Time On You
The house can be sold, the paintings and plates can be broken or broken up
Scratches and stains, they can be covered over ‘til we are engraved here
But no-one would know

You can be quiet, I will be screaming my heart ‘til it’s hardened
And I will be brief when we meet, just a smile as real as your magazine star In your checkout aisle

But losing my time on you is bringing me down
Losing my time on you

Somewhere’s the problem with something I may or I may not have said
Try as I’d like to, I cannot stand up to or ever compete with the voice in your head
Track Name: For You Only
I’ll grant you, this passing is harder to grieve through the windows and smoke in the air
Cordially mistaken branches and leaves slip and stumble as shadows on stairs
I’m leaving this place, I’m a ghost, I’m erased, I’m a figment, a footnote, a fear
Leaving the dust and the smell of a closet unlocked after seventeen years

For you only, from your only, for the lonely, from the lonely, you don’t owe me, you don’t own me, you don’t know me
Track Name: Sleep Through Summer
Come inside, slip into the worst, the very worst of you, the very worst of you
Sprawl in the fire where we spin, baby’s gonna scream, what is one to do
But drop one for the skin, for the damage and the drain
Drop one for the shallow and the shouting and the shame
Drop one for every hour that I’m living with your name
Drop one and I’m gonna be fine

I’m sleeping through summer

Come inside, slip into my dream, the coma that I love where the world cannot be heard
Overrun, the way I like to be, it’s easy staying quiet, I never say a word

I drop one for the skin, for the damage and the drain
Drop one for the shallow and the shouting and the shame
Drop one for every hour that I’m living with your name
Drop one and I’m gonna be fine

I’m sleeping through summer

Have you ever tried staying in? You save so much money
Have you ever tried sleeping alone? You save so much money
Track Name: Moment of Clarity
Not waking next to you is simpler now
Than I could have ever dreamed
Not waking tethered to those little things
Those little things
Track Name: Why Don't You Cry Anymore (Like You Used To)?
Something too big and too good to fail
Run aground by the wind that prevailed
Broken, hollow, my own
Guided by the great, gaping hole in our sails

Something hardened by trial and time
Sectioned off in the back off your mind
Sealed up and happy alone
Antiseptic and watertight

Why don’t you cry anymore like you used to?
Why don’t you cry anymore like you used to?
Is it something I said? Is it all in my head?

Have we made our final vow?
Are you serving up a severance now?
Finally the truth comes out

Here at the end we can go comatose
Everyone’s an expert and nobody knows
If silence is gold then you’re so far ahead
I came alive now
Track Name: All I Ever Do Is Win
I hear the rumours of me over the wire
Call me the answer, pray I never retire
I never meant to be so misunderstood
You just... you need an enemy to feel this good

And I’m a rich man coming for your money
I’m a poor man coming for your pity
I’m the left hand reaching for your gun
I’m the right hand coming for your sons, and

All I ever do is win
The women and the wine just don’t run deep, not deep enough to drown me in
All I ever do is win

We are your brothers, we are here to advise
Just stop the others and we’ll keep you alive
We’ll keep your baby and your family safe
Give me your money and repeat my name

All I ever do is win
The river of the righteous don’t run deep, not deep enough to drown me in
All I ever do is win

Is there some common disease that makes you so easy to play?
I’m only words on the breeze, and words are so easy to say.
Track Name: Season of Perfection
Writing a letter to a dear old friend that I never see no more
I start to wonder just how long you can fool a believer for
I’m thinking of the wires we wind, the tracks on the train set
Gathering all the toys in my basement
Leaving you everything before I lost control

‘Cuz I don’t want to pick you up and turn you round facing your reflection
I don’t want to slow you down or pull to ground your aviation
When you’re so high so long, you outlive any intervention
Far be it for anyone to interrupt your season of perfection now

Tell me another, give it all you’ve got while the fire’s hot enough
Tell me another, now you’re ten feet tall, at the top of the wall
I never really left and I’m never leaving, still a mess even off of your list But close your eyes and just keep on dreaming
Kiss the rings that I won’t kiss

‘Cuz I don’t want to pick you up and turn you round facing your reflection
I don’t want to slow you down or pull to ground your aviation
When you’re so high so long, you outlive any intervention
Far be it for anyone to interrupt your season of perfection now

Call the lesson learned, call the cynic silenced
Call the bridges burned, no man an island
Each of us is the sum of our secrets, everything that we break and build Best of friends at the end of the season, where the love outweighs the guilt
Track Name: You Noisy Thing
She came for the cake and all of the shiny things
And the rattlesnakes coiled around her feet
You’re giving off heat, you’re giving off just enough
We’ll be animal things, we’ll be the blood and guts

So rattle off that fairy tale that ends so happily
You crazy thing, you crazy thing

She gave me a song, a lesson in joie de vivre
And I left my life and became a stranger
You’re giving off love, you’re giving off just enough
We’ll be captive things, We’ll be the secret drug

Will you be another casualty of some scene
You crazy thing, you crazy thing
Will you have another cautionary tale to sing
You noisy thing, you noisy thing

And it turned out no-one wondered where you were
You crazy thing, you crazy thing
Just settle down, my dear, and no-one else gets hurt
You noisy thing, you noisy thing
Track Name: Nobody With You
I made a pretty good bastard, if I say so myself
Raising many a glass to my own sinking health
And it just very well may surprise you to learn
How every mistake was supposed to occur
And amid all of the smoke, the violence and noise
I found pictures for frames, I found playgrounds and toys
All the things you once enjoyed, so

If you’re not gonna be somebody
Can I be nobody with you?
Dressing to the nines for no-one
Parading an abandoned avenue
If you’re not gonna be somebody

Please, put your heart into your feet
You can run or you can bleed
Is it really such a trick, such a mystery?
I tried, but a little bit too hard
Strumming my guitar
As you sang a little Freddy Mercury

We know there’s a fighter down below
But without the nerve to show
So we give it up and go

If you’re not gonna be somebody
Can I be nobody with you?
Dressing to the nines for no-one
Parading an abandoned avenue

‘Cuz I could pull the melody from out of my head
And never sing another song
Or play another note before we’re dead
But your harmony sings on