Like You Know

by Bracket

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about

Recorded at a rustic, sunny, hillside ranch known as Prairie Sun Studios in Cotati, California, during a month long recording session in the spring of 1996. Each member of Bracket brought with them every musical instrument and noisemaker that he owned or could borrow. These included a vintage Wurlitzer upright piano, professionally “de-tuned” for a honky-tonk effect, a complete array of vintage guitar effects, various instruments and percussive toys, just to name a few.
Tracking was done on a Neve console, purchased from Pete Townsend’s Eel Studios in England. It was previously used to record landmark albums by Thin Lizzy, The Who, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Motorhead, The Damned and countless others. Session musicians were brought in, among them a string quartet, woodwinds, horn section, keyboardist, pedal steel player, and guest vocals.
Bracket had plenty of songs, imagination and time. Here’s what resulted while the record company wasn’t paying attention…

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released 07 January 2013

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Track Name: Hermit
I keep on thinking that I've
Seen it all before
I can't see through the shades
It's getting hard for you
To know me anymore
I'm hiding from the days

And I want to keep all of my privacy
And keep it to myself
A circle of friends in my memory
I hope they're doing well

I saw sunshine yesterday
I looked to the sky
Then I ran back inside
I saw sunshine yesterday
It blinded my eyes
It made me realize
That I'm not missing anything

I'm drawing pictures of myself on the wall
They're not that flattering
I'm singing songs that I've never heard at all
And singing out of key

Please uncle, please show me
What I should do now
Please uncle, please show me
Show me the way out

I'm scraping all I can from the bottom of a jar
So I don't have to leave
I'm keeping shelter from a giant burning star
That isn't kind to me
Track Name: Serena Hides
Serena Hides behind a face
That isn't really hers
She always tries a different way
To put time in reverse

I wonder what it is that she's hiding from
She's passed on all her friends
When will her crying end?
Her family wonders where she is.
Is she happy feelin' lonely now?

Serena Hides behind a mask
That she paints on herself.
The painted smile will never ask
For undeserving wealth

I wonder what it is that she's hiding from

She puts a shell around her.
And colors her lies.
And then she'll start to wonder
About the disguise.
Will she ever find a way
To find a way out?
Track Name: Eating Pie
I can't complain
I always try
I know no other way
I go against the grain
And eat some pie
I don't feel well today

I don't feel need to compromise
It's something I despise

I think that I should never try
Eating pie

I'll change my mind three times a day
It all happens against my will
What must go down must always come up
So I can search for my diet pill

Everything I do is so overdone
It has to be that way
I want it all or else I want it none
There are no shades of gray
If I'm crying out to everyone
I'm crying everyday
Track Name: My Very Own Apple Tree
Sitting underneath the apple tree
I'm wiping all the dirt right off my knees
But I don't mind

Mr. deer is looking down at me
He says I've lost all of my dignity
But I knew that long before he did

Spent a long time breathing dust inside of me
Mr. deer is becoming my enemy
In a way, this has become my second home
Not everyone has a tree of their own

I'm sitting underneath the apple tree
The sun is draining all my energy
But I don't care

I've been sittin' down for 13 years
Father told me I need to change gears
But I can't seem to get motivated

I spent a long time breathing dust inside of me

I'm sitting underneath the apple tree
I'm painting pictures in my memory
But I've lost my brush

Sitting underneath the apple tree
The sun is draining all my energy
And I can't seem to get motivated
Track Name: Flea Market
I don't want anything from the flea market

Please don't pressure me
I don't want to buy anything that is in front of me
Why do you try to pawn on me your worst disease

I have no need for sunburnt tapes of Spanish songs
I cannot wear a pair of used brand new thongs

I'm waiting for the chance I can go home
So I can show someone how much I've grown
Track Name: Whatever Piper
I can't hear a word you say
When I push you away
I'll read your mind
My eyes pointed to the ground
Ears shutting out the sound

To save all I've done
I know that I'm wrong
I'd no sooner die than
Admit that you're right
I don't care what you think
Cause I'm driven to drink it away

I know that I'm wrong
Please don't ask why
I should put out the fire
Oh, I'd rather be dead than
Hear anything you said yesterday

I'm ridin' my high horse
In spite of his 4 broken legs
He's had too much to drink
And, now his memory's so vague
He's havin' trouble gettin'
Out of this starting gate

I'm stuck in my stubborn ways
Miserably livin' days
With my anger
With my selfish addiction
To drug-induced fiction
I am a stranger

Now that I know that I'm wrong
I'd no sooner die than admit that you're right
I won't care what you think
Cause I'm driven to drink it away
Track Name: Shoe Gazer
I had something else to say
But someone took it away
And I, have a fear of being trampled down
And being thrust into the underground

I'm just a shoe gazer
And I, am just a daydreamer

There's not much for me to do
Except stare right down at you
And I, have a fear of being trampled down
And being thrust into the underground

I'm just a shoe gazer
And I, am just a daydreamer

I don't have anything to say
But, I know I'm wise
I'm searching for all the answers on the floor
I don't hear all the words you say
When you criticize
I don't know what I should be listening for

And I, am just a shoe gazer
I think my shoe's untied
I'm just a daydreamer
My day turns into night
I'm just a shoe gazer
I think my shoe's untied
I'm just a daydreamer
Track Name: Betterman
I'm sorry for what I've done
I know I've hurt everyone
It's time for me to change
And become a betterman

I've lived too many lives
I've told too many lies
I hope I can change
And become a betterman

I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry
I wish it was a different story
I wish I was a betterman

I live in the third degree
It always tortures me
I need to leave this place
And become a betterman

I'm searchin' for sympathy
But, it never follows me
It's time for me to change
And become a betterman

I said things that I wish that I never said
Tired of sleeping inside my head
When will things be as they were before?
Woken up from a dream to find

I've lost everything that I had
Swept under a welcome mat
Will they forgive me
When I'm a betterman?

I'm shedding my extra skin
I'm taking the wrong medicine
If I disappear now
Am I a betterman?
Track Name: Warren's Song Pt. 6
I sat there on a school bench
Sitting by myself like any other day
When someone stood in front of me

He looked at me with his pale brown eyes
And started to talk with me
And laugh with me
And stand around me

He said he could not understand
Why I've been treated the way I always have
And, we became the best of friends
I waited all my life to meet someone who
Would talk with me
And laugh with me
And stand around me

I thought we would be friends
'Til the end of time
I thought we would be friends
'Til the end of time

Every time I saw his face
It took me to a better place
I've gone somewhere I've never been
The feeling of having a friend

Monday morning, I came back to school
Thinking that everything was fine
Then, I saw the empty desk
Then, I was told that I had lost
The only person who would talk to me
And laugh with me
And stand around me

I thought we would be friends
'Til the end of time
I thought we would be friends
'Til the end of time

Every time I saw his face
It took me to a better place
I've gone somewhere I've never been
The feeling of losing a friend
Track Name: Shadow Puppets
Shadow puppets on the wall
Coming to me when I call
Everyone thinks I'm insane
My shadow puppets think the same

But they are my friends
And they don't follow senseless trends
And they have a mind of their own
They all give me company
Now they’re contradicting me
They can come and go as they please

Shadow puppets on my wall
Coming to me when I call
People think that I'm insane
My shadow puppets are to blame

But, I'm startin' to find
That they gain control of my mind
So they can have a mind of their own
They all seem to understand
What I'm doing with my hands
Waiting for a new command

I like how it feels to be alone

Shadow puppets on my wall
Coming to me when I call
Everyone thinks I'm insane
My shadow puppets play the game

But, they're dying to be
And, if they want, I'll set them free
So, they can have a life of their own

If we go our separate ways
I'll be lonely for the rest of my days
And I will dream of yesterday
Track Name: Envy
I see myself with nothing to do
Nothing to show for the last year or two
I don't have much left that I can prove

I try not to dwell on past mistakes
I try not to believe my life's been a waste
But it comes to haunt me everyday

Envy fills my mind
Envy takes up all of my precious time
It leaves me with nothing else

I've lost my pride
Jealousy has become part of my life
And everyone else can tell

Suffering regrets of things that I have done
I don't feel content with second to me
I feel like I let down everyone
Track Name: Speedbump
Next to the sidewalk
I have been laid up there for days
And if I could walk
I would walk away

Does someone miss me?
Does someone wonder where I've gone?
Are they unhappy?
They won't see me again

My bones are broken
But I need to get up and go
My insides showing
They don't need to show

This situation seems to have put me in a hole
I need attention
They won't see me again

I don't think I'll be going home today

I'm not that healthy
I don't imagine I look well
I'm getting messy
Everyone can tell

I've been invaded
There's something picking at my skin
I am degrading
They won't see me again

I'm so ashamed now
I'm well behaved now
I think I'm tame now
I've lost the game now
I'm rearranged now
I feel estranged now
I need a change now
I don't feel pain now