Perfect Recipe For A Smile

by Destroy Nate Allen

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about

A new double album bringing joy to sad hearts – featuring 10 sing-a-long, high-spirited folk-punk tunes co-written by Nate and Tessa and 10 lyrically driven banjo songs, written by Nate on his great grandfather’s banjo. Comes complete with lyrics and chords on an 8 panel insert with original artwork by Denman Rooke.

Also includes immediate download of [numtracks] track album in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.

Supported by the following tour dates:

2009:

June
Cut & Paste US Tour!
12 – 6 Month US TOUR Kick Off and Two Full Length Release Show SHOW w/800 Octane, Absent Minds, We Play Quiet, The Seditionists, Brian Griffing
13 – The Cretin Hop – Spokane w/Reverse The Curse, Echos of Harper’s Ferry, The Grocery Boys
14 – The Morgue! – Seattle w/ Echoes of Harpers Ferry, Reverse the Curse, The Damage Done
15 – Northtown Coffee – Yakima
16 – Cody’s House – Boise
17 – Boing Collective – SLC
18 – One Eyed Jacks – Denver
19 – Everyday Joe’s – F. Collins w/Lighthouse Band
20 – TREA – Rapid City, SD w/Stereotype Rider, The Redman
21 – Raziel’s – Vermilion, SD
22 – Bear Claw Mt. – Minneapolis w/A Paper Cup Band & The Intolerants
23 – House Show – Madison, WI w/The Intolerants
24 – Raziel’s – Vermillion, SD
25 – Picador – Iowa City, Iowa – The Intolerants
26 – Grand Manor, IL – w/Bill Tucker, Proles
26 – Risen Savior Church – w/Rodent Emporium, The Intolerants
30 – Cornerstone Festival – Fat Calf Stage
July
2 – Cornerstone Festival – Jesus Village – 3p
3 – Cornerstone – Merch Tent Show
4 – C-Stone – Impromptu Stage – Impromptu Show
6 – B414 – Lansing, MI w/Rodent Emporium
7 – Papa Pete’s – Kalamazoo, MI w/Rodent Emporium
8 – Brass Horse – Ft. Wayne, IN w/Rodent Emporium
9 – The Factory – Rochester, MI w/Rodent Emporium
10 – The Shack – 1520 merrick, Detroit, MI w/Rodent Emporium
11 – Pirateradicals – Indianapolis, IN w/Rodent Emporium
12 – 15th House – Columbus, OH w/Wingnut Dishwashers Union, Forever (PDX!), and like 8 more bands
13 – Joel’s House – Bloomington, IN 925 West Second Street
14 – Tuff’s House – Sidney, OH
15 – Derby City Espresso – Louisville
16 – Chaosome – Lexington
19 – Book and Bean – Berea, OH
24 – The Cellar – Pittsburgh, PA
25 – The Labryinth – Jamestown, NY
27 – The Last Stand @ 99 Custer St. Buffalo, NY w/Andrew Jackson Jihad, Delay, The Read
28 – The Mez (open mic) – Rochester, NY
28 – Java Cafe – Rochester, NY
29 – The Mez – Rochester, NY
31 – The Shop – Ithica, NY w/Firing Squad
August
1 – Slainte – Portland, Maine w/Arkansas, Dustin and The Furniture
2 – All Asia – Cambridge, Mass w/Mallory
3 – Midway Cafe – Jamaica Plain, Mass w/Arkansas, Dustin and the Banana Convention
4 – Little Tommy J’s – Waterbury, CONN w/Arkansas, Dustin and The Furniture, Mutiny Amongst Friends and Dope Girls
5 – As2020 – Providence, RI w/Distort John Kenny
6 – The Gathering – Salem, MA w/Elijah Wyman
7 – Spiritual Haze – Wooster, Mass
8 – Sub Rosa Party Presents – @ Larry’s – 1 Elm Street Danbury, CT w/LARRY AND HIS FLASK. Cartright
9 – The Sidewalk – NYC “Anti-Folk-Fest” – we play @ 9 PM.
12 – Avenue 209 – Lockhaven, PA
13 – 3712 Brandywine Street – Philly
14 – The Tea Party – Brooklyn, NY w/Brook Pridemore, Dave Dipores, Birth Control (two guys from moldy peaches), Crazy and The Brain
15 – 117 – Scott’s Run, PA w/Rob Lately, Glory Bound, Ark Royal, – 2 PM Early Show!
16 – 7th/Mifflin – Phillidephia w/Rob Lately, Curtis Irie, Greg Barnett (of The Mezingers), Ark Royal, Brandon Setta June
17 – Court Tavern – New Brunswick, NJ w/Great Unwashed
18 – The Meat Locker – Monte Clair, NJ
19 – The Blockley – 38th & Ludlow – Philadelphia w/Larry and His Flask, Dan Zimmerman, Curtis Irie, Thom Murphy
Canceled 20 – The Old Gallery – 933 McDonald Avenue Brooklyn, NY w/Wingnut Dishwashers Union
20 – The Hangout – Elmer, NJ
21 – New Revelations – Millville, NJ w/Banned Books
22 – Tabernacle, NJ -Delanco Camp: Bodinestock Early Park Show w/The Filthy 42′s
22 – Circle of Hope – Philadelphia w/The Filthy 42′s, Black Rat
23 – Fairgrounds – Norfolk, Virginia w/Sarah Carter, Ronny Moonshine
28 – CFDG – Greensboro, NC
30 – Hannah’s House – Hickory, NC
September
1 – Lyndon Street Artworks w.Tim Barry, Mat Masterson, The Leeves and Mousketeers – Greensboro, NC
2 – Mellow Mushroom, Greensboro, NC w/The Leeves
4 – X Fest w.Aaron Foster Buchanan
5 – X Fest w.Soul Junk
6 – X Fest w.Woven Hand, Insomniac Folklore and Aaaapooaa
12 – DIT Fest – Kent, OH – w.the Ghost of Asa Phelps, Ashley Brooke Toussant, Two Hand Fools, Playoff Beard, Signals Midwest, Higher Fives, Positive,Dustin and the Furniture, Saint Seneca, Busman’s Holiday, Reverse the Curse, Asinine, Bethesda, These Aren’t Candles, the Menzingers, the Sidekicks, Underdogs of Nipomo, Amelia, Endless Mike and the Beagle Club, Delay, No Target Audience
13 – Basement 414 – Lansing, MI
14 – La Iglacia – Kalamazoo, MI
16 – The Bean Coffee House – Peoria, IL w.Chase London
17 – Chuck’s House – St. Louis w.Harlot Bride, of Time and Tide, Gregory Lowe
18 – 208 Oak St. – Evansville, IN w/The Apprentice
19 – Casey’s Place – 1119 N. 2nd Street Nashville, TN w/The Hardy Boys
21 – Lexington, KY – Pizza Joe’s – potluck show – 320 Southview No. 104 – 6 PM
22 – 551 S. Washington – Bloomington, IN w.Imadethismistake and Neil Sutherland – $5
23 – Hurricane, WV / Columbus, OH / Maybe Stay in Bloomington
24 – Jackie O’s – Athens, OH (21+)
25 – Sidney, Ohio
26 – Indianapolis, IN – Studio 8 w/The Last Domino and Ranger
27 – Indianapolis – The Crossing / Harrison Street Arts
28 – Franklin, IN – Allender House
30 – UnMundo Cafe – Springfield, OH w/Charlie Jackson
October
1 – Annabell’s 782 W Market St Akron, OH w.19 Action News & Andy Gardner
2 – Mentor, Ohio – Seekers Coffee: the dam hoovers, colour my queen, doug maveric
5 – BBQ Party – Rochester, NY w/Angus McKinney & Tim Avery
6 – The Shop – Ithaca, NY w/Technicolor Trailor Park, Angus McKinney
7 – Derek’s – Buffalo, NY w/Megan Callaway
8 – The Labrynth – Jamestown, NY w/The Cobra Brothers
9 – Chris’s House – Youngstown, OH
10 – Flint, MI – @ The Guitarstring Basement! w/J Guitarstring
11 – Lansing, MI – Basement 414 w/J Guitarstring
12 – Bay City, MI – Snuggly Mug w/Thomas Gun
13 – Rochester, MI – The Factory w/Veritas, Destroy Nate Allen, Sights Set Through
14 – Kalamazoo, MI – The Westlycenter @ Western Michigan w/The Almanac Shouters
15 – S. Bend, IN – Ugly Mug w/Brian Griffing
16 – PVC hair extension Co-Op – 350 Richard Terrace – Grand Rapids, MI w/Brian Griffing
18 – C3 -836 W. AlDINE AVENUE – 8 Pm Free/Donation Chicago, IL w/Brian Griffing
20 – 728 E. Locust Street – Milwaukee, WI w.Tyson Ballew, Wabash, Plumbunion
21 – Euphoria Coffee – Oconomowoc, WI
22 – Madison, WI – 1950 E. Main Apt. 1 >> 6 pm
23 – Minneapolis, MINN – 3252 Pleasent Ave. S. 7 PM w/Griffin!
24 – Omaha – Sokol Underground w/Flatfoot 56, The Killigans
26 – Kansas City – Christian’s House
27 – Tulsa – Blue Jackalope w/Dave Dean’s Musical Forklift
28 – Oklahoma City – Cory’s House
29 – Springfield, MO – The Missiouri House
30 – Springfield, IL – The Black Sheep w/Flatfoot 56
31 – St. Louis @ Chuck’s For Halloween!
November
1 – Morton, Arkansas – First Press
2 – Little Rock, Arkansas – StarLight House
3 – Shreveport, Lousiana – Dazlell House
4 – Florence, AL – Black Owl Trading Company
5 – Mobile @ Alabama Music Box w/Pine Hill Haints, Underground Railroad to Candy Land, & the Coathangers
6 – Abundant Life – Fort Walton Beach
7 – Pensacola, FL – Sluggos
8 – Tallahasse – Free Radicals w/Bradley Hathaway, Todi Stronghands, & Starla Abiquidous
10 – Gainesville – Civic Media Center w/Dirty Fist, Charity Mondok
11 – Orlando – Stardust Video & Coffee
13 – Vero Beach @ Cunningham Liquor Lounge
14 – Vero Beach @ Vero Beach Heritage Center
14 – Jacksonville @ Shanty Town Pub
16 – Savannah, GA – The Wormwood
17 – Hickory, NC – Rollin Motors
18 – Wilmington, NC – Juggling Gypsy Cafe
20 – Richmond, VA – Black Hand Coffee – 7 PM
21 – Hot Metal Bridge Church – The Last Hope (CD Release Show), In The Wake of Giants, Code Orange Kids, Drought, Girlfight
27 – Madison, OH – Unionville Community Center – 7830 West St. w/The Dam Hoovers, Scully, Killer Whale Theory, Color My Queen
28 – Worldview Cafe Presents: The Miley Community Center @ Washington Union Alliance Church – 2119 West Washington Street – New Castle, PA
December:
1 – Cleveland, OH – NOW That’s Class w/1000 Miles and American War.
2 – Huntington/Welsh, WV – TBA
3 – Day Off
4 – Athens, GA – Home Show – The Carpet Bag – 55 Carole Lane
5 – Mobile – The Blind Mule
6 – New Orleans – The Dragon’s Den
7 – Houston – Super Happy Fun Land
8 – San Antonio – FBS HQ
9 – San Antonio – DAy off
11 – Garland, TX (near Dallas) – Generator Coffee
12 – Abilene – Building A
13 – Las Cruces – The BEAN – w/Rats & Birds, Shang-A-Lang
14 – PHoenixX – Trunk Space w/Andrew Jackson Jihad, DO IT UPRIGHT INITIATIVE and GILMORE GRRLS
15 – San Diego – The Park Gallery w/Soul Junk & Doves and Desperadoes
16 – Dead & Buried Merch Co – Santa Fe Springs, CA (LA) w/The Kris Special & LAKE
18 – Oakland – Hazmat Warehouse w/Blackbird Raum, Jesse Williams & The Booze Hounds
19 – Cupertino, CA – Homestead Lanes w/For.The.Win, Gnarboots
20 – San Francisco – House Show
22 – San Francisco – Retox Lounge w/The Taxpayers, Benjamin Francis & The Funyons
23 – Medford, Oregon – New Song – Last Show On Tour!

2010:

2010
January 16th – The Twilight – Portland w/The Wobblies & Rock n’ Roll Robot
January 18th – Roseburg, Oregon @ The AMERICAN LEGION HALL! w/The Builders and The Butchers, Abandon Kansas, Children 18:3 & Capture The Flag
January, 29 – 4209 SE 63rd Ave. Portland – The Zombie House w/Alex Hudjohn and Nothington (BYO Records), Danger Death Ray, Arose One, Bradley Riot
Feb. 12th – Good Neighbor Pizza – Portland, OR w/Kelli Schaefer and No More Train Ghosts – Benefit For the Salvation Army Female Emergency Shelter
Feb. 13th – The Borthwick House w/Nymphobraniacs, Pelican Ossman, Insomniac Folkore and Bill Skins Fifth Will Punch You Right In The Face
Feb. 28th – The Flipside w/The Menders, Insomniac Folklore & More
Feb. 28th – Private Event – Vancouver, WA
March 5th – Portland Community College w/Grey Anne, KC Killingsworth, The Crash & Betty Show
7 PM – $5 (in the Cedar Room behind the Cafeteria) – A Students4Giving Fundraiser
March 14th 9 @ Ash Street Saloon w/Brian Stevens (CA), Randy Stevens (CA), Mythological Horses, & Bootz Orchestra
March 16th @ The Zombie House – Smokestack and the Foothill Fury (OH), Brian Stevens (CA), Randy Stevens (CA) Liz, Attica! Attica!
March 18th, Albert Street Public House – w/The Hollands (members of Ballydowse) and The Menders
March 30th, The Parlour – w/Kelli Schaefer, The Kris Special (LA), Mike Hex
March 30th @ Irving Park – PDX w/Tyson Bellow, Iraquasoraus, The Taxpayers, Walt (Scum Grief), Raised By Television
April 3rd, Failhouse Rock – w/DELAY, The Taxpayers, Defect Defect, Fischer (CA), Scum Grief
April 7th – The Sea Shanty – w/Historical Babes and Fools Rush
April 24th – Portland, OR – Banana Stand – Live Recording w/The Nextdoor Neighbors
April 25th – Eugene, OR – The Wandering Goat w/Aeon Now & Normal Feelings
April 28th – Portland, OR – Zombie House w/Rev (of success), Ryan Remains, Davey Death Ray and Liz Snyder, Blue in the Face!
May 7th – Yakima, WA – Northtown Coffee w/Tumbledown, and Tyler Fortier 128 North 1st Street 7 PM $5 Map
May 8th – Olympia, WA – The Black Lake Grange w/Tumbledown & Phantom City 6011 Black Lake Blvd. S.W. 6 PM $8 Map
May 13th – Portland, OR – Backspace w/Soul Junk, Insomniac Folklore, Agents of The Future, Yum Yum Children – 7 PM $6 115 Northwest 5th Avenue Map & Flier
Tuesday 5.11.2010 @ our house 3836 N. Borthwick we’ll be having a sing-a-long recording party for our next full length!! Recording Starts around 7 PM – Seriously!
May 15th – Portland, OR – 3024 N Halleck St. w/Andrew Anderson (Austin, TX), Ghost Modern, Water Tower Bucket Boys, Fools Rush, Erik Anarchy, Bear Feet
May 27th – The Zombie House – 4209 SE Se Powell Blvd – Portland, OR w/Brook Pridemore (NYC on Crafty Records), Hey Tiger, Ryan Remains, Davey Death Ray & GRRRL FRIEND Map & Flier 7 PM $5
May 29th – House Show – 503 Spencer Street, Medford, OR w/Brook Pridemore & The Binary Syndicate
May 30th – Roseburg, OR @ The Riversdale Grange 4856 Garden Valley Rd.with Emery, Queens Club, Insomniac Folklore, Sent By Ravens, Kiros, Abandon The Shore, The Great Exploration, Behold A Pale Horse
June 1st – The Zombie House w/Jefferson Death Star, Kyle (Down We Go), Ryan Remains, Coax from Chuckanut, Davey Death Ray $3-5 4209 SE 63rd – Portland.
June 10th – My 500th Acoustic Show @ Satyricon with Fools Rush, Insomniac Folklore, Jim Strange & The Proud and The Damned, Alex Hudjohn, Heart Full of Snakes, Self Proclaimed NarcissistMap & Flier
June 19th – Roseburg, OR w/Insomniac Folklore, Self Proclaimed Narcissist, A Good Day To Quit, More @ Riversdale Grange – Riversdale Grange – 4856 Garden Valley Rd. $3.
June 20th – Sutherlin, OR w/Engaged – Sutherlin Family Church – 878 W. 6th Ave – Under 18 – FREE!
June 21st – The Farm House – 3836 N. Borthwick, Portland, OR – Insomniac Folklore (US Tour KICK OFF!), Engaged, Self-Proclaimed Narcissist, 10,000 Blades, Joe Foster. $4 – 7 PM!
June 25th – The Farm House – 3836 N. Borthwick, Portland, OR – Big Mike’s Killer Dance Party! Benefit Show / Killer Half-Birthday Send OFF! - The Binary Syndicate (on Tour!), Control Incorporated, Splinter Cake, No More Train Ghosts – $5 Donation – 7 PM!
June 26th @ Danger Death Ray’s Last Show @ The Zombie House w/The Tanked, Tuck & Roll, Hanalei, Attica Attica
June 30th – @ The Artistery – 4315 SE Division w/LUMERIA!!! & Neptune Skyline 7 PM
July 2nd – Portland, OR – Coffee Lover’s w/Brandon Reid
July 7th – The Farm House – PDX w/Brandon Reid, Evan, Self Proclaimed Narcissist, Fools Rush.
July 9th – GRN STRP House – Seattle, WA 819 NE 70th w/Jefferson Death Star, Brandon Reid, & Guests 7 PM $5 – a benefit for two women’s shelters – bring baby clothes!!
July 14th – The Zombie House – 4209 SE 63rd – Portland, OR w/The Secretions, Bastards of Young, Heart Full of Snakes, Ryan Remains, Davey Death Ray / 8 PM / All-Ages / $Donation$
July 30/31 – CAMPFIRE Fest – Lake Shasta, CA w/Johnny Young, Ryan Remains, Splitzville, Roy Dean, Julie Karr, Rock Creek Jug Band, Sons of Jefferson, Attica! Attica!, Fire Whiskey, Randy Stevens, Heart Full of Snakes, The Pillowfights, Know Your Saints, Davey Death Ray, Bastards of Young, Curt Baer, Brian Stevens, The Sweet Revenge, Bryan McPherson, Alexander Hudjohn, Brian Hanover, Tom Vanden Avond, Larry and His Flask

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released 01 July 2009

Written by Nate and Tessa Allen. Recorded, Produced.

Mixed by Sam Wartenbee.

Mastered by Gus Elg at Sky Onion.

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Destroy Nate Allen Kansas City, Missouri

Circle pits, power slides, and theater games generally aren’t associated with acoustic music. Then again, Destroy Nate Allen aren’t folkies they're punx.

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Track Name: Anchors Away
ANCHORS AWAY

Chords: G D C

Anchors Away yes I'm so glad to say
and I'll tell you a story my friend
yes it's not over for you yes this I know true
and this is not the end

You see I'm leaving I'm leaving the sunny side of town
So I can pick you up when ever you fall down

and somethings never change and I think that's kind of strange
when I have hurled all my worries in the sea with missing out
and throw all my problems away

so anchors away yes i”m so glad to say
and I'll tell you a story my friend
yes it's not over for you yes this I know true
and this is not the end

yes this is not the end it's just the beginning
Track Name: Turns Out You're Perfect For Me
TURNS OUT YOUR PERFECT FOR ME

Chords: E B A

Turns out you're perfect for me
In all the silly ways I thought you'd never be
Turns out you're perfect for me

I wanted a guy covered in tattoos
But I learned some of them have mommy issues
Turns out you're perfect for me

Well I wanted a girl and I got to choose
Went all around the country you're the one I couldn't lose
Turns out you're perfect for me

Chorus

Turns out you're perfect for me
Cause you scratch my back when it's itchy
You're gentle and kind when I'm bitchy
Turns out you're perfect for me

Chorus

Told him that I like Old Spice
But he didn't wanna take me old fashioned advice
That's before I learned what it could do
Now I recommend it to you

I didn't think it was punk rock to sing with a girl who had dreadlocks
But what did I know.... now she steals the show!
Turns out you're perfect for me
Track Name: Recipe
RECIPE

Chords: D A G

When you are trying to cook
Sometimes you use a recipe book
But theres danger in the air
if there's ingredients to spare
your common sense has been overtook

There's a science to cooking that less of us know
If you're not experienced then stick to the show
Leavening is tricky, so is substitution
My recommendation is lets make a resolution

Follow the recipe the first time that you do it,
After you do that you can add things to it.
Follow the recipe the first time that you do it
After some practice there's nothing to it!

When you are trying to cook
Sometimes you use a recipe book
If you don't have what you need
Be sure to stop and read
You'll find a helpful chart if you look

Bananas and Flax meal will substitute eggs
Accurate measurements the recipe begs
Timing is important, when mixing a solution
My recommendation is lets make a resolution

Follow the recipe the first time that you do it
After you do that you can add things to it
Follow the recipe the first time that you do it
After some practice there's nothing to it!
Track Name: Loving You
LOVING YOU

Chords: Am G A

She likes the songs that I don't like
She likes the songs that I don't like
She likes the songs that I don't like and I love her yes I love her

When we were first friends
We had these arguments about who was more punk rock
But things are different now
We've learned to get along and how to let things go

Truth is we're different
And it's not unusual to have to sit and talk for a while
Some of it's circumstance
Like she's from the East Coast and he's from the West Coast
But truly we were made differently

So in conclusion I guess were growing up and changing priorities
Because loving you means everything from me

So we'll sing songs that we both like
Yes we'll sing songs that we both like
Yes we'll sing songs that we both like
Loving you means everything from me
Loving you means everything from me
Loving you means everything from me
Track Name: White Flag
WHITE FLAG

Chords: A D Em

If it's true that this would happen before even time began then I guess I'll just surrender because I'm doing all I can
Yes in vain I've risen early just to stumble home to late
ignoring all the factors that determine my fate

I'm gonna raise the white flag
I'm gonna raise the black flag too
I'm gonna raise the white flag
and sing this song for you

you see these words they are not weapons
but these streets brew honesty
and we're all soldiers a journey
yes we're all pilgrims you and me

so may all fear be forgotten as the memories fade away
may the whole world join us in this song as we dance on yesterday
Track Name: His Lips Are Sealed Hallelujah
HIS LIPS ARE SEAL HALLELUJAH

Chords: E G A B

We had a show in Astoria I screamed and sang until I lost my voice
But instead of choosing to save his throat
So he could play the show in Seattle that night
He sang these words, he sang these words,he sang these words and he wouldn't shut up

His lips are sealed hallelujah, His lips are sealed hallelujah
His lips are sealed, his lips are sealed
His lips are sealed hallelujah

I learned early on in this relationship that I like quiet
more than I like to admit, waking up slowly and reading and eating
Breakfast is how I start the day

And if as in some mocking tone
He just won't leave me alone
Sometimes I wish he would go outside
Or that I had some place to hide

But I always, always have to say “Could you please just stop talking?”

His lips are sealed hallelujah ,His lips are sealed hallelujah
His lips are sealed, his lips are sealed
His lips are sealed hallelujah

But truth is I love to communicate
I like to talk early and I like to talk late truth is like to communicate with you
So sometimes I wake up in the morning and I won't shut up - His lips are sealed hallelujah
Sometimes I think I can't say enough
His lips are sealed hallelujah

Truth is you inspire me, like a poet without an editor
Sometimes I spill my words out on top of her

Late at night when I'm asleep (the only time I don't hear him peep)
She smiles and she softly sings with joy

His lips are sealed hallelujah, His lips are sealed hallelujah
His lips are sealed, his lips are sealed
His lips are sealed hallelujah
Track Name: Despite It All
DESPITE IT ALL

Chords: G C D

Strangely I'm feeling complicated about the rhythms and the chords
lately I'm feeling so conflicted about the things that I absorb
lately I'm realizing I'm no better off it's true
when I hold things more tightly than I need to

I have spent too many hours staring toward the wall
hoping in my strength I could make my demons fall
but consequences, circumstances, and perceptions just bring strife
and handcuff all my dreams and kill my quality of life

but I believe things can be different
I believe that we can change
yes I believe we never have to stay the same


Strangely it seems like my life is never slowing down
But I'm getting more at ease when she's around
I'm not sure if I'm looking forward to or fear the day
when she can stay at home and I not feel like I've walked away

see my priorities have shifted and I ever am so glad
because I am becoming less selfish and I'm dropping all my fads
but consequences, circumstances, and perceptions still bring strife
and handcuff all my dreams and kill my quality of life

but I believe things can be different
I believe that we can change
yes I believe we never have to stay the same

(you see)

this body could be a Bible if a bike could be a bomb
and there's nothing better than to find where you belong

come old friend let us reason together
come old friend let us reason let us reason today

despite it all I still believe in you
despite it all I still believe you're true
Track Name: Steady
STEADY

E/G#
18 hour drive I hope I see my friends alive
B A E
Ready steady ready steady go

E/G#
Scrabble, frisbee anyone? Together we can have some fun
B A E
Ready steady ready steady go

E/G#
Hacky sack dance moves, now you see how I got groove
B A E
Ready steady ready steady go

E/G#
Small town rock show everyone that you know
B A E
Ready steady ready steady go

E/G#
Back to school to start again library's my new best friend
B A E
Ready steady ready steady go

E/G#
It's been along week, sitting on the couch falling asleep
B A E
Ready steady ready steady go
Track Name: I Am Alive
I AM ALIVE

E
When a bad man comes into the store
B A
Say you're not welcome anymore (you're not welcome anymore)
E
When satan comes and knocks on the door
B A
Say you're not welcome anymore (you're not welcome anymore)
E
When that dirty old friend tries to even the score
B A
Say you're not welcome anymore (you're not welcome anymore)
E
And down by the riverside we'll park our van and try to hide
B A B A
We'll catch some fish and stay outside if it's how we have to stay alive
E
We'll learn to love and be good friends
B
Together will make it till the end, till the end

E
ALL SINGING
B A
I am alive, I am alive - Now I am safe and I can fly
B A
I am alive, I am alive - Now I am safe and I can fly

E C B E
Now is the time to get some rest soon we will try to
C B E
Escape this enemy we buy as fate
C B E
Truth is it is never too late

E
When silence cuts and things have been said

We'll shake off death and lift our heads
C B E
We'll make decisions built on trust
C B E
Yes this song is for all of us
Track Name: Smile
SMILE

E D
Don't know how I'm gonna let it go
B A
Don't think I want the whole world to know
E D B A
I'm still full of insecurity trying to get over what you did to me
E D B A
Whether it was real or fake, perception rules the life you make
E D B A
I still fight invalidity, trying to get over what I did receive

E B A E
Smile, my friend, this is the end, o' this is the end

E D B A
I've said my goal is resolution so we present a real solution
E D B A
Please forgive my judgment, please forgive my presumption
E D B A
Please forgive me when I know not what I've done

E D B A
Despite the facts we look past the consequences
E D B A
We draw a line & we choose to love
E D B A
And if fire comes as a result of these actions
E D B A
I say let it burn, let it burn, let it burn

E B A E
Smile, my friend, this is the end, o' this is the end

We can be filled, be filled tonight

When release our heavy burdens and give up this brutal fight

E B A E
Smile, my friend, this is the end, o' this is the end
Track Name: Phil Collins
PHIL COLLINS
B E B F#
I'm not phil collins but I might be henry rollins banging out a tune on this old banjo
B E B F#
I've only got a few minutes to tell you how I feel so I guess I should get started right away

B E B F#
Well the first time that I saw you, you didn’t really take my breath away
B E F# E B
With your big blues eyes and your surfer style you make every single day a holiday

B E B F#
I'm not phil collins but I might be henry rollins banging out a tune on this old banjo
B E B F#
I've only got a few minutes to tell you how I feel so I guess I should get started right away
Track Name: Don't Let This Smile Fool You
DON’T LET THIS SMILE FOOL YOU

E
My fingers are bleeding to the bone to the bone from being all alone all alone
My fingers are bleeding to the bone to the bone from being all alone all alone

A E B A E B
So every morning when I wake up I will put to silence all the hate, evil and injustice in myself
A E B A E
Yes with a little reassignment we can recondition our priorities and love our enemies

E
My fingers are bleeding to the bone to the bone from being all alone all alone
My fingers are bleeding to the bone to the bone from being all alone all alone

A E B A E B
Everyday I'm learning that I can do much better so I will say I'm sorry for the things I've done
A E B A E
Oh don't let this smile fool you it's in every picture on my parent’s wall

E
My fingers are bleeding to the bone to the bone from being all alone all alone
My fingers are bleeding to the bone to the bone from making a record on my own

A E B A E B
So every morning when I wake up I will put to silence all the hate, evil and injustice in myself
A E B A E
Yes with a little reassignment we can recondition our priorities and love our enemies
Track Name: 35, 35, 35
35, 35, 35

E
The dessert parched and the land be glad & the wilderness rejoice
A E B
Snow falls down and it covers the ground and I don't have a choice
E
It will burst into bloom it will burst into season
A E B E
Like a song that falls without any reason to help make sense of this world
E A E B
Steady these shaky hands, strengthen these knees that are going down and open the eyes of the blind

E A
35, 35, 35 reasons for the months that have passed when I ignored the seasons
E B

Trying to carry the weight of the world
Track Name: Guitar Strings
GUITAR STRINGS

D G
I love when you say things like “Nate don't break those guitar strings”
D A D
Trying to be somebody that you’re not
D G
It might seem kind of sappy but truth it makes me so happy
D A D
Because I've been waiting my whole life to get caught

D G D A D
I love my girl, I love my girl, I love I love I love my girl

D G
I love when I wake up in the morning sleeping next to you
D A D
And I can't get out of bed without waking you up
D G
It might seem kind of sappy but truth it makes me so happy
D A D
Because I've been waiting my whole life to get caught

D G D A D
I love my girl, I love my girl, I love I love I love my girl

D G
I love that I'm learning that loving you means setting them free
D A D
And I don't half to have control of everything
D G
It might seem kind of sappy but truth it makes me so happy
D A D
Because I've been waiting my whole life to get caught

D G D A D
I love my girl, I love my girl, I love I love I love my girl
Track Name: Glow In The Dark
GLOW IN THE DARK

E A
We spent most of that night not quite kissing
E B
Truth is we were on the swing set in the park
E A
Then the do crept up and ruined our conversation
E B
But somewhere in your words there was a spark

E A E
Hold my hand and we'll glow in the dark together
E B
Hold my hand like you've never held another
E A E
Hold my hand and we'll glow in the dark together
E B
Hold my hand like you've never held another

E A
And a few months later we watched End of the Century
E B
And I put my arm on the back of your chair
E A
You had nutritional yeast on your popcorn
E B
And I thought you might of figured out I cared

E A E
Hold my hand and we'll glow in the dark together
E B
Hold my hand like you've never held another
E A E
Hold my hand and we'll glow in the dark together
E B
Hold my hand like you've never held another

E A
A few years later you started the grandma's house
E B
And you said I could not move in
E A
Because somewhere deep inside of both our hearts
E B
We knew we could just not be friends



E A E
Hold my hand and we'll glow in the dark together
E B
Hold my hand like you've never held another
E A E
Hold my hand and we'll glow in the dark together
E B
Hold my hand like you've never held another
Track Name: How To Make A Girl Cry
HOW TO MAKE A GIRL CRY

E A E B E
My Tessa, I love you, you make me complete. I'd love to help you shake the dust off your feet
E A E B E
Oh My Tessa, you’re crazy and oh so brave. I love when you smile and shout YAY! It's contagious

E A E B E
My Tessa, I love you, you’re honest and fair. I love it when you let me shave the side of your hair
E A E B E
Oh My Tessa, you’re brilliant and oh so kind. You bring great things like band names to mind

E A E B E
My Tessa, I love you, you’re all that I’ve dream. I love when together in people’s faces we scream
E A E B E
Oh My Tessa, I love it when you get dressed up in clothes that remind me of how I dressed in high school

E A E B E
My Tessa, I love you. You push for my best. I love that you love me with hair on my chest
E A E B E
Oh My Tessa, you’re amazing and I dream of when I wake up early enough to watch you sleep in

E A E B E
My Tessa, I thank you for speaking the truth in spite of my reactions and careless rebuke
E A E B E
Oh My Tessa, my treasure, my hot pink punk rock doll, I love when you help me be a man and stand up tall

E A E B E
My Tessa, my hero, I'm so lucky yes it's true. You chase me toward our dreams and I'm so glad you do
E A E B E
Oh My Tessa, I love you and I'm thankful each day for our adventures together in work and in play
Track Name: Grandpa
GRANDPA

D
Grandpa I'm feeling kinda strange here
G D
Grandma, can you tell me how we got here?
D
Did our ship set sail as the sun went down?
D A D
Or did God shape the heavens when there was no one around?

D
Grandpa I'm feeling kinda strange here
G D
Grandma, can you tell me how we got here?
D
Did we come from the preachers did we come from the thieves?
D A D
Will we dance like the heathens or fall down on our knees?

G A D
Oh My God... they’re calling this vacation
G A D
Oh My God... this is no destination

D
Grandpa I'm feeling kinda strange here
G
Grandma, can you tell how we got here?
D
Did we come from Oklahoma to Oregon by chance?
D A D
Or did grandpa get things started with a wink and a glance?

G A D
Oh my God.... they’re calling this vacation
G A D
Oh My God... this is no destination
G A D
Oh My God.... there calling this vacation
G A D
Oh My God.... they’re need an explanation
Track Name: Ain't Gonna Rain No More
AIN’T GONNA RAIN NO MORE

E A E B E
When I was just 6 months old my grandpa bounced me on his knee
E A E B E
And as he bounced me on his knee he sang a song to me

E A
And he sang ain’t gonna rain no more, no more ain’t gonna rain no more no more
E B A E
How the heck gonna wash my kneck, if it ain't gonna rain no more

E A E B E
Now many years have passed since then Great grandpa could of never known
E A E B E
That I love showerin’ more than few things I've been shown

E A
So I sing ain’t gonna rain no more, no more ain’t gonna rain no more no more
E B A E
How the heck gonna wash my kneck, if it ain't gonna rain no more

E A E B E
Now great grandpa's up in heaven and the angels sing-a-long
E A E B E
And when they get to showerin’ they sing this washed up song

E A
So I sing ain’t gonna rain no more, no more ain’t gonna rain no more no more
E B A E
How the heck gonna wash my kneck, if it ain't gonna rain no more

A E A E
And people if you breathe and if you’re listening to me
A E B A E
We’ll don’t just watch and stare.. come on and sing it with some flair

E A
So I sing ain’t gonna rain no more, no more ain’t gonna rain no more no more
E B A E
How the heck gonna wash my kneck, if it ain't gonna rain no more

E A
So I sing ain’t gonna rain no more, no more ain’t gonna rain no more no more
E B A E
How the heck gonna wash my kneck, if it ain't gonna rain no more
Track Name: Suffer
SUFFER

E A E B
When I back away from you sometimes that's not what I should do
E A E
Sometimes there are some things we should talk through
E A E B
Like when we thought the tsunami would hit the coast all we told were awkward jokes
E A E
And skipped the chanced to talk about real life

E A E B
Cause I need to suffer the consequences and you need to suffer the consequences
E A B
We all suffer for not loving someone

E A E B
Pray tell you’ve heard analogy of the boy you burn himself on the stove
E A E
And never ever touches it again
E A E B
Or maybe you were just like me and you burned your coat and your best friend
E A E
And never want to go back their again

E A E B
Cause I need to suffer the consequences and you need to suffer the consequences
E A B
We all suffer for not loving someone

E A E B
Cause I need to suffer the consequences and you need to suffer the consequences
E A B
We all suffer for not loving someone

E A E B
Yes one day were all gonna die and I'm hoping that the angels fly
E A E
When the bombs they drop on us from the sky
E A E B
Well it probably will not be Iraqies but someone we sold bomb to
E A E
Look at the troubles we've gotten ourselves into
E A E B
Cause I need to suffer the consequences and you need to suffer the consequences
E A B
We all suffer for not loving someone
Track Name: Pardon Song
PARDON SONG

F# C#
You might ride a fix gear and I'll ride a mountain bike
B F# C# F#
You might ride toward the moon but I'll rocket out of sight

F# C#
But in the end it doesn't matter know in the end we are just fools
B F# C# F#
If we haven't made a lot of friends and broken a few rules

F# C#
You might like your paint job but I really like my breaks
B F# C# F#
Because sometimes we need to slow down and learn from our mistakes

F# C#
But in the end it doesn't matter in the end we are just fools
B F# C# F#
If we haven't made a lot of friends and broken a few rules

F# C#
So I guess in this conclusion well this is a pardon song
B F# C# F#
To wave goodbye to all our fears and find where we belong
F# C#
And as a benediction I pray that you find peace
B F# C# F#
And hope and resolution with the lover and the least

F# C#
But in the end it doesn't matter in the end we are just fools
B F# C# F#
If we haven't made a lot of friends and broken a few rules