The Teenage Years

by John-Allison Weiss

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1.
The minutes pass and it's hours before I sleep, 'cause I'm still contemplating when it's over, where we'll be. And I can't speak when I'd rather give up now and make this last forever. There's just got to be somehow. When Autumn's drawing near, and my vision's got less clear, will you be worth the wait? That's a chance I'd like to take. We're going nowhere fast, but we're growing up at last. Will the end be worth the scare? Well, we'll see when we get there. I can't deny these feelings anymore. I'll tell you that I need you, and I'll tell you I want more. The timing sucks, just like it always has, but someone tell me, why's it gotta turn out bad? When Autumn's drawing near, and my vision's got less clear, will you be worth the wait? That's a chance I'd like to take. We're going nowhere fast, but we're growing up at last. Will the end be worth the scare? Well, we'll see when we get there.
2.
If I had another choice, I'd make it in a second If I had a second chance, I'd take it from the start If my heavy heart were strong enough I'd stay and let you keep it But to know you is to love you And I don't want to love you anymore It's selfish and I'm sorry but you know I had to do it And I'll miss you every second but you know it's for the best If my weary heart were well enough I'd stay and let you keep it But to know you is to love you And I don't want to love you anymore I'm doing better now I know you'll be ok without me I'm doing better now I know you'll be ok without me I'm doing better now I know you'll be ok without me 'round You know I never meant to go and throw away a future I guess I can't expect to ever hear from you again If my broken heart were brave enough I'd stay and let you keep it But to know you is to love you And I don't want to love you anymore I don't want to love you anymore I don't want to love you anymore I'm doing better now I know you'll be ok without me I'm doing better now I know you'll be ok without me I'm doing better now I know you'll be ok without me 'round If I had another choice, I'd make it in a second If I had a second chance, I'd take it from the start If my heavy heart were strong enough I'd stay and let you keep it But to know you is to love you And I don't want to love you anymore I don't want to love you anymore I don't want to love you anymore
3.
I've got a knack for moving forward, a history of not A permanent solution that I've found but haven't got A face against my fingertips, a feeling I have learned 'Cause a lifetime full of liars taught me I don't ever get what I deserve So I'm staring to the silence and wearing just a smile I'll take what you will give me, be it inches, be it miles 'Cause I'm here for the duration, the frustration, and the trial I'm not leaving in the morning Even though I know you're leaving in a while It's okay And I'm fine There's no way And no time So just stay For right now Right now The days are passing slowly, and I'm still on my own But with this unfamiliar feeling, suddenly I'm not alone And I'm missing all that emptiness that got me through my teens If you don't mind me being honest I just don't know what that means And for the first time in my life, I can't sing what's on my tongue 'Cause it's scary when I say it, or when you say it, or when I hear it Sung by all those people who have felt what I can't hide No solution to this problem So just listen to me now and don't decide It's okay And I'm fine There's no way And no time So just stay For right now Right now
4.
Oh Yeah See 02:47
I'm sinking deeper to the bottom of my mattress Waiting for a sign from you, or something I can't believe that I even had to ask this What are you waiting for? I believed in you more than you believed in you and me We were meant to fall apart Oh, yeah, see, I saw it from the start So why do you still break my heart? I had a dream that you still liked to lay next to me now and then, and we never stopped talking I can't believe that you ruined such a good thing What were you hoping for? I believed in you more than you believed in you and me We were meant to fall apart Oh, yeah, see, I saw it from the start So why do you still break my heart? Break my heart Break my heart Break my heart Yeah I believed in you more than you believed in you and me We were meant to fall apart Oh, yeah, see, I saw it from the start So why do you still break my heart? Break my heart Break my heart Break my heart Break my heart Break my heart Break my heart
5.
Every time I think I'm feeling better, I feel better off alone. I'm better off alone. Every time I go out thinking, "this could be the night", I change my tone. I'm better off at home. I'm better off alone. I'm better off at home. 'Cause I don't want to be here. I don't want to see you have the time of your life, the time of your life. And I just want to let go, but you had me from the get go. Have the time of your life, the time of your life without me. Every time I feel like giving up you always seem to change my mind. It happens every time. And every time I think we're going forward we start going in rewind. It happens every time. It happens every time. And so I'll change my mind. I don't want to be here. I don't want to see you have the time of your life, the time of your life. And I just want to let go, but you had me from the get go. Have the time of your life, the time of your life without me. Without me. Without me. The time of your life without me.
6.
Here comes morning, will you remember what we had? Will you look at me the same way as before? Here comes nothing short of feeling like I failed Took a chance, I don't take chances anymore How am I supposed to pass this off like you have done so easily? How am I supposed to figure out what you're about anyway? I am falling faster every second that I'm here with you Can't walk away I am running faster than and farther than I ever could Still can't get away Next time, if there is a next time anyway Maybe I won't fall for what you'll say Here comes next time, I question every move you make My heart's pounding and I wonder why I stay How am I supposed to pass it off like you have done so easily? How am I supposed to figure out what you're about anyway? I am falling faster every second that I'm here with you Can't walk away I am running faster than and farther than I ever could Still can't get away I am falling I am falling I am falling I am falling I am falling faster every second that I'm here with you Can't walk away I am running faster than and farther than I ever could Still can't get away
7.
I don't care where you're coming from, I'm never going back You could beg and you could plead but I wouldn't recommend that The day has come to say my piece, but calm and quiet I will keep Your secret's mine, and I won't be the one To try and raise the dead So rest your worried head Remember what I said You chose to do the things you did back then And this is just the end My stranger, not my friend No you are not my friend I know, I know about the girls before I know, I know what happened on my floor So stay in Boston, babe, don't hold your breath I already forgot we ever met
8.
Many many weeks And I'm still sleeping on my own Waking to the whispers of the night And I'm finding out the secrets That I wish I'd never known Keep me at a distance, I'm alright But I'm lying to keep me afloat And I'm trying to keep my eyes closed Soon the dark will be gone And the right won't feel wrong But I'm dying to know where you go, oh Many many times I've wrestled thoughts of giving up Swear I'd give it all to you tonight But I've been told by many Not to trust the one you love Keep them at a distance. Yes, thats right But I'm lying to keep me afloat And I'm trying to keep my eyes closed Soon the dark will be gone And the right wont feel wrong But I'm dying to know where you go, oh So I'm lying to keep me afloat And I'm trying to keep my eyes closed Soon the dark will be gone And the right wont feel wrong But I'm dying to know where you go Where you go, where you go
9.
I want to walk in the cold with your arm on my shoulder, stay here forever, and never get older. Laugh at eachother for things that we've said in the past and the present. And what lies ahead. I want to wake up beside you, stay half asleep, get lost in the covers, and forever be in a fine state of mind with our bodies intwined, and the passage of time won't matter anymore. Anymore. So here is a song that I wrote on a good day. I hate to make you sad with all the bad ones that I play. You know, even though that I sometimes get angry, I'm really just crazy. So tell me that maybe I want to wake up beside you, stay half asleep, get lost in the covers, and forever be in a fine state of mind with our bodies intwined, and the passage of time won't matter anymore. Anymore. I could make you pancakes in the morning. I promise you that this time I'll have eggs. Please forgive me thinking you're adorable. Maybe we should spend the day in bed. I want to wake up beside you, stay half asleep, get lost in the covers, and forever be in a fine state of mind with our bodies intwined, and the passage of time won't matter anymore. Anymore.
10.
I'm Ready 02:50
11.
December 03:41
December skies remind me of all the things I put behind me. Can't fight back all those memories anymore. But I'll face the facts, stay calm, relax. Take a breath and let this feeling pass. Tonight is the night everything feels like it's okay again. Tonight is the night we'll put back the past and face this as friends. Everyone's happy just be talking, forgetting what we fought about. Can you hear me? Can you hear me? I'm writing this note to let you know I'm still around. I'm tired of avoiding what happened and hating you for it. I want to do better. I want to feel better. I want it to be the way it was. Tonight is the night everything feels like it's okay again. Tonight is the night we'll put back the past and face this as friends. Everyone's happy just be talking, forgetting what we fought about. Can you hear me? Can you hear me? The way it was before we were. Before I loved your every word. Before I looked into your eyes. And back before I realized that everything I'd ever need was standing right in front of me, and somehow I just let that moment pass. Tonight is the night everything feels like it's okay again. Tonight is the night everything feels like it's okay again. Can you hear me? Can you hear me? Tonight is the night everything feels like it's okay again. Tonight is the night we'll put back the past and face this as friends. Everyone's happy just be talking, forgetting what we fought about.
12.
What I Need 03:56
I've got plans to make, but planning might be risky I've got time to waste if you will waste it with me And I know I dont know you well But this could be good I can tell So won't you keep me company please? Lately I've been spending my time under the covers wishing you were hiding with me, wash away the world 'Cause nothing that I've ever felt compares to what is happening now Maybe I am crazy, but I'd like to be your girl So strange to finally feel like what I need is there And I'm no longer scared And all my inhibitions vanish into the night air And you and me will be what we will be But only time will tell so I guess we'll see Twenty years is long to wait I've battled broken hearts, I'm great at being really independent, but its not as fun as Sharing songs and sharing thoughts And making out in parking lots And being so inspired by the things that we could do So keep me by your side, I'll stick with you, I swear Cause I'm no longer scared And all my inhibitions vanish into the night air And you and me will be what we will be But only time will tell so I guess we'll see And all the problems we have to endure I've been through all kinds of problems before And these are nothing at all I assure you The good outweighs the bad, times a million yeah! I don't care, 'cause I'm no longer scared And all my inhibitions vanish into the night air And you and me will be what we will be But only time will tell so I guess we'll see Only time can tell so I guess we'll see

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JAW crest artwork by Hiller Goodspeed

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released November 1, 2012

All songs written and performed by John-Allison Weiss.
"When We Get There" produced by Andrew Futral.
"I Had to Do It" produced by Dan Romer
"Stay Right Now" produced by Joanna Katcher
"Oh Yeah See" produced by Chuck Brody
"I Don't Wanna Be Here" produced by John-Allison Weiss
"Here Comes Morning" produced by J.D. Samson & Johanna Fateman
"The Disappearing Act" produced by Wildlife Control
"Here's the Plan" produced by John-Allison Weiss
"I'm Ready" produced by Bess Rogers
"December" produced by Ace Enders
"What I Need" produced by Paul Hammer

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