Don't Paint Your Days So Gray

by Man in a Crowd

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Written: December 2010 - May 2012 in New York City and Monroe, CT.

Recorded: June - September 2012 at The Record Co. in Boston, Greenpoint Recording Company in Brooklyn, Phase One Studios in Manhattan, and Virtue & Vice Studios in Brooklyn.

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released October 23, 2012

Produced, mixed, and engineered by Peter Recine.

Mastered by Jasper McClintock at Be Funky, Be Real Studios

All songs by Man in a Crowd

Lyrics by Matt Talmage

Artwork by Rob Fleming

Matt Talmage - lead vocals, acoustic guitars
Chad Elrod - drums, percussion
Dan Semenza - piano, organ, keyboards
Ian Tait - bass guitar
Meghan Riley - vocals
Peter Recine - electric guitar, lap steel, vocals

Additional vocals on tracks 4 and 7 by Emily Fromm & Kira Novak.
Additional vocals on track 10 by Brendan Puskar.

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Track Name: End of the Road
Where would you be
If you woke up from sleep
And had your whole life figured out?
Wouldn’t it hurt you to find
What you’d searched for your whole life
Could be found in the blink of an eye?

I think it would
Yeah I think it would

So hold on
‘Til the end of the road
Track Name: Wine & Excuses
It was a cold one in Philly
The winter dropped the storm off at my front door
And it kept us in for weeks
So you couldn’t leave
And maybe that’s what scared me
Yeah maybe that’s what told you to run
Just as soon as the sun
Thawed us up and out of here

When you said, “Baby, honestly
Just what the hell you want from me?”
But I swear I didn’t know
Any better than you do now
And you said, “Take a breath, focus
What should we both take from this?”
‘Cause I think I could have loved you
But I just didn’t know how, no

So you took the 9:10 AM
Eastbound right out of town
And you weren’t coming back
You knew I lacked the cash
To come chase you down across the bridge
My car was still plowed in
I put my head in my hands
Knew I’d done it again in the end

When you said, “Baby, honestly
Just what the hell you want from me?”
But I swear I didn’t know
Any better than you do now
And you said, “Take a breath, focus
What should we both take from this?”
‘Cause I think I could have loved you
But I just didn’t know how

And should I figure it out
I hope you’re still waiting around
But I doubt that you will be
‘Cause the morning came quickly
And the cold ripped right through us
We were all out of wine
Finally out of excuses
And you said, “It’s so hard to see
Or just feel what you think
When you smile right though
All the sad, sad songs that you sing

So I said, “Baby, honestly
I don’t think that I can be
As real as you want
Though I know you want it so much”
And I said, “Step back, relax
Let me sleep walk through all of this
I’m stuck in some nightmare
Where I can’t wake up”

And you said, “Baby, honestly
Just what the hell you want from me?”
But I swear I didn’t know
Any better than you do now
And you said, “Take a breath, focus
What should we both take from this?”
‘Cause I think I could have loved you
But I just didn’t know how
Track Name: Stuck
It’s that chance you didn’t take
It’s that smile you didn’t fake
That got you stuck here for a while
And it’s that game you didn’t play
It’s those three words you couldn’t say
That got you stuck here for a while

So now you’re looking for meaning
Does anyone else have this feeling?

Wait
Don’t you paint your days so gray
Let the sunlight warm your face real soon
Don’t let that winter gloom come over you

Well it’s that city that took you
Yeah it’s her words that shook you up
And got you stuck here for a while
And it’s that song that I couldn’t write
It’s those three chords I still can’t find
That got me stuck here for a while

So now you’re searching for a sign
Does anyone else feel alive?

The rain
Doesn’t have to wreck your day
So just search for that embrace so tight
It keeps you warm at night

You’re never gonna find the answer
And it won’t make you feel no better
Stop wasting your time
You’re only losing your mind
Stop wasting your time

Now the days and nights go slow without you
I never quite felt whole without you
And I was wrong about a lot of things
Yeah I was wrong about everything
Track Name: Make a Change
I woke up feeling heavy on the hardwood floor
Had to get myself up and out the door
While the walls were closing in on the room
So I took a little stroll down the Avenue
Just tried to clear my mind of you
I must have pissed away that whole afternoon

‘Til I spent my whole night getting lost in The Village
Trying to get myself right while my head was spinning
So I mixed in a little whiskey and sin
In some Bleecker Street bar
Mmm, mmm…

I couldn’t get a cab so I just started walking
I had a few smokes in my jacket pocket
Watched that silver trail touch the sky
And it hit 5 AM I was still wide-awake
So I just hopped aboard some subway train
Had my flask in hand, my bleary eyes

I spent the whole damn night just circling the city
Trying to drink myself blind or find some kind of meaning
Pleading, “Am I alive or am I only dreaming
In some hotel bedroom
Somewhere up the interstate?”

Been using all my time trying to reclaim
Some mood or some feeling
But what I really should be doing is getting out
And making a new one
You see, I wrote that song as many times, as many ways
As could be written
And I sung it out so often even my own friends stopped listening
They stopped listening

So I spent my whole night getting lost in The Village
Trying to get myself right while my head was spinning
So I mixed in a little whiskey and sin
In some Bleecker Street bar

And I drove myself crazy thinking about the past
And all those different ways that I should’ve acted
Finally got myself home and to bed at last
I think I slept a couple hundred days
Make a change or don’t complain
Make a change
Or don’t you, or don’t you complain
Track Name: Like the World is Ending
I felt it from a window seat
Of a westbound plane over Kansas City
On that flight I took to get myself away from you
When suddenly my hands went numb
And my face turned red and my breath got heavy
Prayed to that God that I’d been cursing – don’t let it happen again so soon

Took one last sip of Scotch and kicked my shoes off
Dimmed the lights and pulled the shades
And just tried to get some rest

What if I told you I would love you like the world was ending
If you could only meet me on the other side tonight?
And if this plane goes down in flames inside some field or ocean
Just know the last thing on my mind was how I never loved you right

I heard you date some author now
He’s a damn good writer but don’t put you in his stories
So I thought I’d write you just one more for old time’s sake
Remember when you told me this town
Was just like a magnet pulling us back here?
I never thought that I’d run far enough or strong enough to break

Hummed one last lonely melody as I drift to sleep
Crossed my fingers and hoped dreaming
Would carry me away

Baby, I will turn this plane around
And land it right outside your house
And I will take you in my arms
And never let you go again
So if I fall right from the sky
Now you will know exactly why
As I whisper in your ear
The things I never said…

Never said…
Track Name: A Little Too Far
The sun was smiling down over Market Street
It was my birthday
And you were with me
I was busy stressing out
‘Cause I knew this could not last
Your bags were packed; your bus was in the station

And so I held you tight
Said, “Baby it’ll be all right
You don’t have to worry
About anything we did last night
We were both drunk
And you were on vacation”

And everyone was laughing out loud at the party
We were both stoned and playing the guitar
When I caught your eye over some silly 90’s cover
Let’s get the hell out of here, take it a little too far

The rain was pissing down over Third Avenue
It was October
And I was with you
You were busy stressing out
‘Cause you told yourself this was a one night
Kind of thing

And so you held me close
Said, “I’ve got a funny feeling
That this ain’t the best idea
For either of us here”
And I said, “Don’t worry, it’s not a big deal
Kind of thing”

And everyone was moving to the music on the club scene
We were both bored, getting blitzed at the bar
When you caught my eye over some shitty Top 40
Let’s split a cab out of here, take it a little too far

And I’m sorry that I lied
But that was the best night
That I’ve ever had

So now I’m sitting on my hands
Trying not to call you
Making all my plans
To get out and see you
Cleaning out my closet
Trying to find a trace of you left in this place
And I’m breaking all the laws
That I set for myself
When I said I’d never get caught
Up in this kind of stuff
But I’m so wrapped up I don’t believe myself
I haven’t slept in weeks

Just thinking about you now…

The snow was falling down lightly on the house
It was Christmas Eve
I called you but you didn’t pick up
I called you but you didn’t pick up
I called you but you didn’t wake up
Track Name: I Can Feel It
I feel like the whole world’s gone crazy
I feel it die a little more each day

So I keep tensing up my body
I get these headaches that won’t go away

And every single time I think I’ve figured it out
There’s a whole new set of problems that just keeps on dragging me down

And I said that I could fix it but I don’t got a clue where to start
Where we gonna start?
I said I wasn’t worried but they’re breaking my hopeless heart
Again

I feel like we’re lost in our freedom
Just because we can doesn’t mean we should

But my warped little mind won’t stop racing
I can’t find a way to slow it down

And every single time I think I’m calming down
I hear the voices on the T.V. and they’re stressing me out again

So now we’ll take to the streets, man
Gonna hit ‘em all with a wall of sound
United we’ll stand with no message
Unless it’s a little too much standing around
Then the joke’s on you
We’re gonna sink some time soon
And there’s nothing we can do

‘Cause they’ve got less of an interest
In fixing this than being right

I can feel it, I can see it
Track Name: Wake Up
The snow fell on Halloween
So we took to the streets
And just for the evening no one could tell
Who was real and who was kidding anymore
The city never sleeps
But I feel so tired lately
I’ve been pinching myself for days
Now I can’t stay awake
And in this dream I keep having I just never seem to recover

The storm’s coming in
From the looks of it, it’s gonna be a bad one
And the snow’s gonna stick
Why don’t we stick it out ‘til the summer comes?

Wake up, wake up
What are you waiting for, my brother?
Get yourself out of bed and put one foot
In front of the other
And things will get better now

The sidewalks started to freeze
So we took to the streets
And just for the evening no one could blame us
For slipping up the avenue
We were too wired to sleep
But I haven’t felt that way lately
I’ve been dragging my feet for days
Yeah I can’t stay awake
And in this dream I keep having I just stay like this forever

The cold’s coming in
From the looks of it, it’s gonna be a long one
And the wind’s gonna whip
Why don’t we shake it out ‘til the summer comes?

'Cause how could it get any worse than it's been?
For the last few months I've been living just like I am dead

So here’s that hopeful song to sing when all you got is going wrong
And I know it hurts like hell, but we’re gonna heal up, we’re gonna move on
And here’s that hopeful song you know I’ve been working for years on
When the wind’s gonna whip, we’ll just shake it out ‘til the summer comes
It’s gonna come…

Wake up, wake up now
It’s gonna come right back around now
Track Name: Ellie
Ellie, I’m sorry I needed to be right
It wasn’t worth the fight
Now that I’m alone here
Ellie, I’m sorry I couldn’t let it go
It was the little things I know
That brought me down here

So I’m not looking for a second chance
At some teenage romance
I just need you to forgive me
So that I can catch some sleep

Ellie, I’m sorry I couldn’t walk away
It was the stupid games I played
That brought you down, love
Ellie, I’m sorry I never could relax
Or put you in the past
Just know I wish I could have

So I’m not looking for another shot
By now I’ve had quite a lot
I just need you to forgive me
So that I can make my peace

Wherever I go, I take a piece of you with me from home
Whatever I do, I remember what you said to me
“Don’t ever let that ground get too heavy underneath your feet”
And if you taught me anything at all I guess it’s this:
How to love with your whole heart
And when it breaks, just how long it takes
To fix
Track Name: Take the Edge Off
You told me once, nothing’s gonna happen
You told me twice, this is the last time
So stop calling me at night

And now I don’t know what I’m supposed to do without you
‘Cause nothing clears my mind out like you do

I tried it once, didn’t think I’d like it
I tried it twice, now I’m hooked on you
But you mean nothing it’s true

And now you don’t know what you’re supposed to do without this
‘Cause nothing digs as deeps as I once did

But you’re just wasting all your time
Picking up the phone when I call at night
And it makes me feel bad
‘Cause I know I’m holding you back
The truth is I know you’re not the one
But I don’t got the guts for being alone
So I’ll just keep on playing telephone
And cutting you to the bone
I keep cutting you to the bone

I told you once, I’m sorry that I did it
I told you twice, it’s never gonna happen again
But I can’t bring it to an end
You tried it once, didn’t think you’d fall in
You tried it twice, now you’re in over your head
Wishing this never got started

And now you don’t know what you’re supposed to do with yourself
‘Cause nothing makes you feel how you once felt

And one of these days we’re gonna cut to the chase
We’ll pick up and head our separate ways
And if I ever see your face again
Girl, I hope that you’re smiling
‘Cause deep down I know I want what’s best for you
But I’m not the man you should give that to
I promise I’ll straighten out real soon
But I won’t come crying

No I won’t come crying
Like I did before
I’m sorry for lying
‘Til you can’t take anymore
And I’m sorry I got drunk and wound up at your door
What did you let me in for?
What did you let me in for?

I called you once, said baby I’ve been thinking
I called you twice and said never mind you were right
What were we thinking last night?

And now I don’t know what I’m supposed to do without you
‘Cause nothing takes the edge off like you do
Track Name: Why Should They?
I know everyone makes
Their fair share of mistakes these days
But lately I’ve doubling up my neighbors
And not slowing down

Wondering, why should they love?
Why should they love me anyway?

When all I do is complain
About the weather when it rains
When I can’t get out of bed or sleep in it either
When all I do is piss and moan
About traffic on these highway roads
That I use as an excuse to keep from leaving
Yeah I do

I know everyone takes
A few steps the wrong way these days
But lately I’ve been walking miles at a time
And not getting tired

Wondering why should they love?
Why should they love me anyway?

When I write these songs when no one’s home
How I can’t stand sleeping alone
But I don’t like to share my bed with anyone
And I’ve been known to whine from time to time
On deathly silent Friday nights
But I need my peace and quiet just like anyone

I speak before I think
I know that all my nonchalance is just some bad act
And I speak before I think
I know that all of my opinions should be facts
But they laugh

When I want to act like I don’t give a shit
‘Cause I can’t relax not for a minute
Gonna suffocate myself with all my worrying
I said I’m bored to fly, let’s drive across
But they know I can’t stand getting lost
Gonna leave myself behind with all my hurrying
Oh yeah
Track Name: Tides
Quick just think of something
‘Cause everybody’s asking where you’ve been
But what’s the point in talking
When it all just ends right back where it began?

And I feel all these eyes on me now
And I know I’m due to let you down

But they say, “Wait for your moment
The days may be slow
But all these things go
Through their motions
The tides will turn in time
We know they will
We know they will”

If I keep on asking questions
I might never find those answers that I want
‘Cause I’ve seen life is just a contest
Who can learn the fastest to live with what they’ve got?

And I think all these dreams are gonna take me down
You can fall in line or just get out

Besides, where would you be
If you woke up from sleep
And had your whole life figured out?
Wouldn’t it hurt you to find
What you’d searched for your whole life
Could be found in the blink of an eye?

I think it would
Yeah I think it would

So hold on ‘til the end of the road

And they say, “Wait for your moment
The days may be slow
But all these things go
Through their motions
The tides will turn in time
The knots will all unwind
The sun will melt the ice
The days will turn to nights
We know they will