My Best Friend Lives Alone

by Spobo and the Sing-A-Longs

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released December 10, 2011

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Spobo and the Sing-A-Longs West Valley City, Utah

I am Spobo. I write angry folk music.

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Track Name: Dear R.M.
I’ve been thinking about the two years you’ve been missing and we’ve been lonely but never alone.
At times I worried or I tripped and stumbled but I always found my way home.
I feel like I am doing better and I can put my old ways to an end
I’m learning that the world will keep on spinning but it’s up to me to know where to begin

I’ve been readying, studying, learning while you’re teaching and I can honestly say that I know
What you’re doing is what I want to be doing, you’re showing others how to make it back home
We’ve all got our battles and I’ve been in the middle of mine most the time that you’ve been gone
I got myself lost, confused and sometimes frightened, but now I know just where I belong

You were right when you chose to go and you never faced that decision alone
I’ll be by your side when you come home, I won’t watch you face the world on your own

Each night I’m dreaming is a night I won’t quit hoping, I’ve been sleeping better than I have in a while
But I’m still wanting, all of us are wanting to, live so we can meet you with a smile
It’s fast approaching, the day you’ll be arriving, but you have no idea where I’ve come from
Throughout our speeches, telling stories and our singing I’ll never forget the good and bad things I’ve done

I’ve been readying, studying, learning while you’re teaching and I can honestly say that I know
What you’re doing is what I want to be doing, you’re showing others how to make it back home
We’ve all got our battles and I’ve been in the middle of mine most the time that you’ve been gone
I got myself lost, confused and sometimes frightened, but now I know just where I belong

You were right when you chose to go and you never faced that decision alone
I’ll be by your side when you come home, I won’t watch you face the world on your own

Ain’t it beautiful when you know you’re not alone?
Track Name: Jessica's Happy Thought (The Jig's Up, Pedro!)
Big plans. Gonna live them some day.
What people do doesn’t matter. Nothings’s getting in your way.
When you’re small everything is so possible.
Your limits, they never seemed so far away.

But the jokes up. They’ve ratted you out.
Free-thinkers and dreamers, they’re just not allowed.
Now that you fit in
the visions you once felt inside of Freedom,
now they’re looking dim.

You’ve just got to remember you’re not like the rest
when they gave and gave in you stuck out your chest
You’re a dreamer in a world where dreams don’t exists
And when thick comes to thin you are the best

Slow down. Time is on your side.
It’s not gonna be easy but it will be alright.
Reach out. Clear you mind.
Let the secrets you hold be your guide to the other side.

Just try to remember you’re not like the rest
when they give and give in you stick out your chest
You’re a dreamer in a world where dreams don’t exists
And when thick comes to thin you will be the best.

Everyone’s trying to pay for their own happiness
When they finally get there it no longer exists
The best way to live ain’t through this man-made bliss
Just try and remember this.

There’s a long way to go and the road ain’t always clear
Things that seemed easy will just re-appear
But you’re better than most. You can persevere.
You just have to remember this.

And soon you’ll realize you’re not like the rest
When they get up and get out you’ll pass the test
Your dreams are the fuel to all your success
You will be the best.
Track Name: Anger In The Knight
They say it helps to count some numbers, ten being the preferred anecdote
But I’d rather read a letter, the last reply to the last one I wrote
And I just wish someone would ask me almost anything at all
But every word is fading in the night ’til the last one falls

I’ll walk the streets for another hour
Moon barely showing in the sky
It seems to reflect the hopes of people
Fading but no one dares ask why
I can feel it getting warmer
But winter’s deep within my bones
And the regrets from this last weekend
Just won’t let go

A passing glance through an open window
An entrance to another side
Wandering to where the wind blows
A fast escape for a broken knight

Sunlight floods the lonely valley
Early hours for such a light
The house, it stands as a reminder
What happens when you try to fight
What everyone has long forgotten
The feelings deep within the mind
Taking the idea for granted
What you knew was never right

A passing glance through an open window
An entrance to another side
Wandering to where the wind blows
A fast escape for a broken knight
Track Name: The Music Never Lied
Ever since I left your town I’ve been feeling like I’ve been missing something
Counting those times you said I’ll be alright, I think that’s been our theme all summer
Now I’m the one that’s saying the line because I finally found a good reason not to die

The last two summers I spent on the road, maybe it’s good I spend the next six months doing something
I let myself get out of control I just hope next year I find a good place to call home
But home is where the heart is, I belong with the kids in Roseville and Weymouth
I hope this time we do it right, I think together we can make it
For every time you’ve picked me up I promise I’ll be there when you think you’ve had enough

I’ve seen that look in your eyes you get when you sing “things are gonna be alright”
And you believe that the music doesn’t lie
We’ll be alright

Ever since I left your town I’ve been feeling like we can accomplish something
More than just laying around, I think we can live the way that we’ve been hoping
Trust me when I say our line, in a few months time I’ll show you reasons not to die

I’ve seen that look in your eyes you get when you sing “things are gonna be alright”
And you believe that the music doesn’t lie
We’ll be alright

I’ve seen that look in your eyes you get when you sing “things are gonna be alright”
And you believe that the music doesn’t lie
We’ll be alright
You’ll be alright!
Track Name: Something Greater Than A Midnight Walk
Late nights on our telephones explaining things we really could care less about but it’s just nice to know that somebody is still there. Everyone needs an escape and you are mine tonight to tell me that everything’s alright. You’ve shown me that we will be alright.

Another early morning and I just can’t get out of bed. Depression gets the best of us. And you’re still running through my head, but the promise that we made last night I swear I’ll never break. Sometimes I just wish that that could change.

And when everyone has gone somewhere else I promise I’ll be right here. When the hard part comes will you still be around to whisper in my ear that everything will all work out and there is nothing left to fear? But sometimes it’s all too much and I need you around. Right now it’s just too much, won’t you come back to town.

Please promise that you will call me before you dare try that again. If I can’t help you out of it I’ll be with you through the end. In case that’s sooner than we had hoped I guess I better tell you now that I love you friend. I just wish you’d come to town because I’ll miss you when I need you like I do now.

And when everyone has gone somewhere else I promise I’ll be right here. When the hard part comes will you still be around to whisper in my ear that everything will all work out and there is nothing we should fear? But right now it’s just too much and I need you around. Sometimes it’s all too much. Won’t you come back to town? Because right now it is just too much and I need you around.
Track Name: Solid Ground
You say this time it will all be over in just a little while
But you know deep inside that you just started the ride
Your heartbreaks and headaches the routine that you try to run everyday
Because change is one thing you still can’t face

And it feels like everyone’s pushing you down
Because your feet can’t find solid ground
If you could remember the reason you left
You’d be happier now

But the games that you play feel like a loaded die in the hands of fate
You’re a pawn and every move you’ll make as been paved.
Every three steps forward means a day in reverse
You lose the turn ’cause you never learn
It’s your own hands that put you there in the dirt.

And it feels like everyone’s pushing you down
Because your feet can’t find solid ground
If you could remember the reason you left
You think you’d be happy now

Truth is, everyone is reaching out
To pull you on to firm ground
But you won’t forget the reason you left
You’re still looking down
Track Name: Four Words
Looking through the window as the rain fogs up the glass, I can’t help but wonder if you’re listening to the echos in the room after all’s been said and done. I’ve got the feeling something’s missing. Let the quiet music play from the broken radio because even white noise is enough to fade out the tragedies taken place this evening. All that’s left is to pack up and head home.

But is it too late to take those words that I didn’t say?
Sometimes the unwritten are the hardest things to say.
Is it too late?

The car starts as I head back to the place I came and I know I’ve been defeated once again. The soundtrack is progressing but I feel so far away that the words seem just as distant as the rain. The warmth of the memories and the comfort of the dream are not enough to put my chin in the air. Before the words were said, without the impression in my head, was the feeling ever there?

Now is it too late to take back those words I just didn’t say?
Behind the conversations that I had to lay to waste
is it too late?
Track Name: Hey Tyler, Three Words Is Enough!
My first crush was years ago and she looked just like a dream
But my best friend asked her out and that was the end of me
What a lonely life you live when you’re first name is Teague
Because that girl still won’t say hi ’cause she thinks that I’m a creep

I’m a hopeless romantic that never can relate
To the stories of love because I never have a date
So this one is to spending forever alone
In the basement of my parents house hiding from the world

My second year of high school I saw her come through the door
She had a smile to lift you up and a fist to beat you to the floor
I asked her to hang out and she asked me ‘Whatever for?’
And still to this day I am promptly ignored

I’m a hopeless romantic that never can relate
To what other people talk about because I am just half-rate
So this one is to spending forever alone
It’s the story of my life and it’s the only one I know

My third crush had the cutest of laughs
But I also liked her sister so guess which one I asked
Her sister thinks I’m crazy and she knows I’m insane
But she still had the decency to talk to her today

I’m a hopeless romantic that never can relate
To the stories of love because I never have a date
So this one is to spending forever alone
In the basement of my parents house hiding from the world

Now I swear that I’m in love or twitterpated or diluted
Because soon I’ll be living with the cutest girl from Massachusetts
My friends aren’t very happy and Konrad, he is mad
But it’s the future that keeps me going and it’s why I’m not still sad

We’re both hopeless romantics that never can relate
To what normal people talk about ’cause we are both half-rate
So this one is to sharing our forever alone
It’s the story of our lives and it’s the only one we’ve known
Track Name: Boing! Makes Me Foreget That LIFE SUCKS.
Last night I followed my old footprints that I’ve left over the years on the side of the road, and I saw my old regrets that replaced my hope. But I kept walking down once familiar streets where people lived that meant everything to me. Now they’re gone and it’s time that I moved on.
I found the field where I spent my nights back when she lived here before all the stupid fights. I know it’s just been years but it feels like it’s been lifetimes. Now she’s gone and it’s time that I moved on

I’ve been running longer than you’d believe trying to be the person you see in me but I know now that all you’re going to see is what I want to be. And I want to be a punk of the SLC.

Because the kids downtown have once saved my life. I rarely see them now but think of them every night, and they’re small collective on the other side of town. There once was a time that we could all meet, any gender, race, religious or political belief. Music bringing us together and nothing could tear us down. But now people avoid that little house

So I’ve been running longer than you’d believe trying to be like the people that once saved me because I know now that I can be anything. And I want to be a punk of the SLC.

A misfit that learned how to fit in, replacing my regrets with my hope once again because I know now that I can be anything. And I want to be a punk of the SLC.
Track Name: Slaughter Wagon's Hopscotch
I don’t think I’m good enough and I know I’ve got confidence issues, but somehow I don’t think it’s that. So I always look down and you think there’s got to be a reason, but there’s not and it’s upsetting to me that you can’t accept that. I do my best to hide feeling because I know what they say when they see I’m not normal and I just can’t change but I’d be lying if I said there aren’t a few good friends that I’ll love forever because they still love me just the same.
But nothing has changed. The world is poisoned and the good guys are losing again. So this is goodbye my friend

I can see the sun rise over city lights as the smog rolls out that snug in through the night. Once a pretty landscape, now a suburban blight. From when I wake up in the morning til I pass out in the evening, and sometimes even in my dreams, the thoughts never escape me: “When will I be left alone? Ever since we were young you saw the promised land, I saw a loaded gun.”
Why do you blind yourself from what I’ve become? I know I’m not like you but I’m still someone. You run after empty dreams, I run from my memories. I’ve been reaching out calling out your name, but you just turn away. I only bring you shame. It seemed you never heard my cries but I dug up the lies. When will I be left alone? Ever since we were young you saw the promised land, I saw a loaded gun

I’ve gone from city to city and nothing is different, there’s still cuts on the wrists and this feeling of hopelessness. It’s true what they say, it doesn’t matter where you’re living you must still live your life day to day. There’s no use running away.
But nothing has changed, the world is still poisoned and the good guys are losing again. So this is goodbye, my friend.
Track Name: For Those That Asked "Why?"
I’ve seen it time and time again
Another vice takes another friend
Tricked into thinking some day they are coming back
They’ve been lied to so many times
They forget what they’re doing is a crime
And some of us are starting to think they have it right

So grab your knife if you think it helps
And down the pills you hide on the shelf
Anything to block out emotions you wish you never felt
You can spend your whole life
Searching for a paradise
But every path you take will someday let you down

One day your philosophical heart may die
And I now how you’ll feel because it happened to mine
But that’s not the end, you move on somehow
Your spirit takes over when your heart shuts down
It’s just another bodily instinct
Your spirit can be one of the toughest things
But without will-power you’re an empty shell
Depression kicks in and that’s worse than hell

So grab your knife if you think it helps
And down the pills you hide on the shelf
Anything to block out emotions you wish you never felt
You can spend your whole life
Searching for a paradise
But every path you take will someday let you down

So many years spent on the run
Wishing you had a loaded gun
Because the side-effects of your messed up life
Are worse than the scars left from the knife
And now the accusations fly
With the distressed faces asking “Why?”
“It’s the coward’s way out” she said with tears in her eyes
Let me be the first coward, give me that knife!

You can take it from me if you think it helps
I’ve still got pills hidden on the shelf
I’ll do whatever it takes
If it takes the pain away
Track Name: Freeway Overpass
Tell my mom I’m coming back
It wasn’t her fault and it sure wasn’t dad’s
I just needed to find myself and…well…I found him
And tell my dad I’m coming home
I’ve never said and meant this but I’m sure he knows
Somewhere inside after all the fights I kind of love him
And I’ll probably never admit this again
But will you please tell everyone of my friends who knew
…They were right…
And won’t you, for me, please hold them close tonight

Remember our view from the freeway overpass?
Before I could take that step you pulled me back
You said “There’s going to be so much more,
I know you don’t see it now, but you’re gonna soar.
But I can see
what’s in front of me
And I know that’s not you
Tell me what you really want to do.”

Who have I become inside?
I’m scared of the answer, maybe that’s why I tried
And last of all I want to tell you
Without you here I don’t know what I’d do
It was you that showed me I’d gone too far

What a wonderful view from the freeway overpass
Before I could take that step I’m glad you pulled me back
You said “There’s going to be so much more”
I know I didn’t see it then, but I’m gonna soar
But I can’t see
Where my path will lead
All I know
Is I want you to come with me
Track Name: Look Mom, I Built A Fort!
It came off as a warning when she said do not look back
I promise once you do you’ll never find the feeling that you now lack
And ain’t that what you’re looking for?
It ain’t blowing in the wind
What you want no one can help you with, you got to look within
But you’re asking the wrong questions
It’s not where you once went wrong
You’ll find the inspiration on the roads you have yet to walk upon

Everyone’s got desires
But do you have a dream?
I’ll start the fire
If you plant the seed
We’ll build it together
Starting with you and me
And maybe in time we can show the rest just how great it can be

Don’t follow yellow brick roads or directions from signs
It’s best to follow one’s heart not the voices that are in the mind
When you reach a destination, or rather somewhere to go,
Don’t forget the place that you came from that you once called home
Because it gave you the courage to look for yourself
It helped you find me and that’s a story we’ll always tell

Everyone’s got desires
But do you have a dream?
I’ll start the fire
If you plant the seed
We’ll build it together
Starting with you and me
And maybe in time we can show the rest just how great it can be

It came off as a warning when she said do not look back
You’d think someone’s out to get me with the way she said “cover your tracks”
But I think she’s just caring about someone other than herself
Not enough of us are daring enough to help anybody else

But we’ve got the desire
And we’ve got the dream
We’ve started the fire
And we’ve planted the seed
We’re building on each other
Starting with you and me
And maybe in time we can show the rest just how great it can be
And maybe in time we can show the rest just how great it can be
Track Name: Amnesty Is History
I believe that looking back is the wrong way to go
I learned from experience that holding on ain’t a sure-fire hope
All these memories of past mistakes are framed and on the wall
It’s a surprise to me the sickness hasn’t caught up with us
All over town it’s gone around
And now I’m scared to go out
The safest way is just to watch the ship go down!

Burning bridges to my past regrets so I can build again
On something harder than emotion and stronger than this cage I’m in
Amnesty is history and welcomes have grown cold
I plan to walk along forgotten paths alone
Until I’m tired of moving forward signing the same sad old songs
I’ll look back at myself knowing once I do I won’t move on
All these memories of past mistakes are framed and on the wall
It’s a surprise to me the sickness hasn’t caught up with us all
It hasn’t caught up with us all

Moving forward ain’t a sign that things are going to change
Nothing’s different when you’re looking back through the glass remains
It’s easy to recall the life that you once had
But staying still won’t help you bring that back
So don’t tell me you have questions when the walls come crashing down
I plan to be far away myself when the problems catch you all

All these memories of past mistakes now framed and on the wall
It’s a surprise to me the sickness hasn’t caught up with us all
It hasn’t caught up with us all
But the sickness will claim us all!