Apostrophes & Sophistry

by Certain Spiders

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released May 3, 2015

Stephen Spencer: Guitars, Vocals
Matt Flint: Bass, Backing Vocals
Joshua Green: Drums, Percussion

Kyle Gilbride: Backing Vocals on "Somewhere Like You" and "Big Sky Country"
Keith Spencer: Backing Vocals on "Scratch My Name"

All songs written and arranged by Certain Spiders, except for Better Ride, which was co-written with Chris Klingenberger, and Scratch My Name, which was primarily written by Keith Spencer.

All songs tracked, mixed and mastered by Kyle Gilbride at Wherever Audio at Bath House, Philadelphia, PA: whereveraudio.com.

Apostrophes & Sophistry artwork and design by Joshua Green at Subjective Designs: subjectivedesigns.com.

A special thank you to Olivia Marelic, Dennis Miguel, Nick Piro, Sara Wondergem and the swan for graciously posing for the illustration.

All songs © Certain Spiders 2015.

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Certain Spiders is comprised of Stephen Spencer on Vocals/Guitars, Matt Flint on Bass/Vocals, and Joshua Green on Drums. We reside in NY & NJ.

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Track Name: Scenery/Better Ride
but take time to read the writing on the trees
the walls are good, but nothin’ ever came
from prophecies, or so I have foreseen
there’s nothin’ new, it’s always been the same

sittin’ in the passenger side
waitin’ on a better ride
it’s gonna come into your sleep

but take it or leave, and tell me that you’re free
there’s nothin’ new, there’s no one else to blame

drivin’ down these dreary roads
takin’ time with your tomorrows
they’re comin’ fast, or they’re comin’ slow
we’ll never know
but there’s one thing I do
it’s sooner than before

better ride, you’ll see
better ride inside your scenic sleep
Track Name: Here to Hear Me
your love is the bitterest pill I think I’ve gotten all of my fill but I turn on a dime to my surprise you’re turnin’ that water into wine chased with a drink you don’t sink you’re comin’ up in shades of awful pink can’t you see can’t you see my misery it’s not about you it’s about me?

wishin’ you were here to hear me when I think out loud
the ends don’t justify the means, I mean to bring you down

sing yourself back to sleep these notes are counted sheep the sins in our hearts they don’t wash away they just get old and oh so grey my only advice is to take that vice and turn it to the left or turn it to the right can’t you see can’t you see my misery it’s fallin’ apart at the seams?

wishin’ you were here to hear me when I think out loud
the smile that’s creepin’ ear to ear, I believe it’s upside down

wishin’ you were here to hear
ends don’t justify the means
Track Name: Wishing Well
where do you hide your eyes?
take me to that place
seein’ the world, but the world that you see
it does not mean the world to you
it’s one of three

and you’re fallin’ down

do you hear that sound
ringin’ in your head?
listen to the noise, but don’t make the music
it’s gonna be a long night if you don’t choose it
choose to lose your eyes

these pieces of you, they fall down right back where they came from
but everyone knows this is nowhere to run and hide
you’re fallin’ down and wishing well

why don’t you bite your tongue
and bleed all over the place?
puttin’ it out, then you pull it away
why do you gotta be this way?
way to wish us well

I wish you well
Track Name: Breakin' Even
say it like you know it hurts
say it like you know there’s no one worse
anything you wanna say, any simple turn of phrase
you’re goin’ first

needle and the thread
sisters showin’ us to bed

every time you talk
every time you say you’re sorry
we’re breakin’ even all the time
but I don’t walk
I’m always drippin’ for your honey
we’re breakin’ even all the time

say it flippantly and fast
say it like it’s livin’ in the past
anything you wanna say, any simple turn of phrase
from first to last

sisters at the spool
always playin’ us for fools

but time unwinds
Track Name: Somewhere Like You
can you explain to me
how you grew?
why you flew
you flew away?

take time to open my eyes
to the possibility
the invincibility
of your defense
of your constructed fancy
of your amends

do you see softer sides of me when I go?
do you know where I oughta be?
it’s somewhere new
it’s somewhere down in the darkness
somewhere like you

what’s done is done – nothin’ but the cryin’ now
what’s fun is fun, but it’s useless anyhow

maybe someday we will sing in harmony
a predetermined key, in time
maybe all this conversation will take us somewhere new

somewhere down in the darkness
somewhere like you
you’re under cover of darkness
but it’s nothin’ new
I’m sick and tired of the darkness
And so are you
it’s somewehre down in the darkness
somewhere like you
Track Name: Scratch My Name
you pride yourself on bein’ humble
but you’re a long way from home
I’m kept in limbo just to have a body to hold

scratch my name from your memory
if you can’t do that, I ain’t comin’ back
so just scratch my little name from your memory

you pride yourself a prima donna
but you’re a long way from home
I’m kept in limbo just to have a body to hold
Track Name: Big Sky Country
it was a pretty good day, a pretty good year
we told ourselves that we would disappear
but we don’t know if we’ll reappear

it was the end of the road, the end of our time
we told ourselves that we’d be fine
but don’t you know that’s just a line?

still I find no way without you

it was a couple of weeks, a couple of months
you told me this is simply just too much
but I don’t know, I think it’s not enough.

you don’t see what I see
you don’t see the demon in me
and I don’t see it in you

somethin’ in disguise makes enemies of willing eyes
somethin’ in the air brings me to you without a care

you took me by surprise, seeped under skin and opened eyes
see the bigger sky
somethin’ in the air brings me to you without a care

you don’t see what I see
you don’t see the demon in me

I don’t see what you see
I don’t see the demon in you
Track Name: Power Nap
(voice 1)
and I see what’s the matter with you
try to make yourself useful
and I know what’s the matter with you
can’t you see that it’s beautiful?

(voice B)
my open eyes are ruinin’ me
my wicked heart is beatin’ slow

(voice 1)
and I say what’s the matter with you
take a stab at the fruitful

(voice B)
my open eyes are killin’ me
my wicked heart is closin’ soon

(something else)
Do you want to sleep?
Seep into your dreams?
The wanton cruelty – it’ll come back to you any time you want or need.
But for now, it’s time to take a little sleep.
Track Name: Deep Sleep
(sleep: want seep dreams. time. cruelty. time now. need/want sleep.)
Track Name: Consolation Prize
you’re takin’ away my every awful tell
you’re feelin’ down and out
but you’ll need my sympathy

you’re feelin’ down and out
so here it comes again
your consolation prize

happiness comes away the only thing to win
you’re feelin’ down and out
but you’ll hear my masticated ear

there’s nothin’ to say and somethin’ to lose tonight
nothin’ to say and somethin’ to lose tonight
nothin’ to say, somethin’ to lose

you’re playin’ the cards you never knew you held
and you don’t know you lost
so I’ll give all that I want to give

deal it once again
take it one more time
consolation prize