Fourth of July

by The Lately

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released September 4, 2014

Produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Tony Anders except for the alternate versions (produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Sam).

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Track Name: Fourth of July
There’s only one thing and I swear its true
I said its just one night
Like amphetamine, the need only grew
Until it lit the sky

We're all about the circumstance
Complacency and consequence
We’re headed for a great big mess
And I can say, in my defense,
Its both our fault, a little bit
If you were willing to confess

I remember saying I wont fight with you
On the fourth of july
It was black and white, now its black and blue
I said baby don’t cry

There’s only one thing and I swear its true
I said its just one night
As you and he convened, on the floor of your room
You said everything’s fine

We're all about the circumstance
Complacency and consequence
We’re headed for a great big mess
And I can say, in my defense,
Its both our fault, a little bit
If you were willing to confess
And everything comes back to you
I know you know, I know its true
If you could hear the words you use
It always seems to come to this
A summer dress on summer skin
As sweet a season always ends
Track Name: Just a Little Bit
Cops came yesterday, said we're loud
Turn it up, young punks gotta get it out
Was my assumption there’d at least be some discussion, darling
You want it all, want it now, it doesn’t matter how

Outside of your place in the morning
Watched the sun rise on the side of your building
You weren't up yet so I lit another cigarette and
Convinced myself it wasn’t worth the conversation

Call it how you see it
I’m not one to argue with you on semantics
Tell me again, I want to hear it
Tell me how he’s just so funny and romantic
I wanna feel it, even just a little bit

Girls say they want a man with good intentions
But, you know, I'm just a boy that can't pay attention
Its not compulsion, no, its just the way I function, darling
I was bitter, now I’m better, but I'm missing something

They all said, boy, get out while you're still young
Don't be a fool, son, don't do what your daddy done
Before you know it, its another wasted a year or so and
You know its gone, and you know you only get one.

I don’t know, and even so (I guess it doesn’t matter)
And it shows, even though (I guess I'm getting better)
Take your time, I don’t mind (if it takes forever)
If you’re inclined and its mine (then you can take whatever)
Track Name: Beauty Queen
And if its all the same to you, I’ll save a table
If you make it out, yeah I’ll be around
Was sure as hell, I’m sure you knew, I’d never follow through
Without a doubt, I just don’t know how
And even if the summer’s gone, I’ll take the car on down
I don’t care where, I’ll meet you there
When everything is said and done, I know I got it wrong
I know my timing isn’t fair

I said baby you're my everything
A wrecking ball, a beauty queen
She stood there looking at her shoes
Said I gotta use the bathroom now
I’ve confessed, I should have guessed
I should have shut my mouth

And each and every one of them, even your best laid plans
Are knocked around, and don’t work out
You answer like a minuteman, as short as my attention span
A crash of sound, like a battleground
She’s nicotine and porcelain, she’s always calling him
He’s just a friend, or so she says
I’m possessive and aggressive and a bit obsessive
And I’m inattentive at my best
Track Name: Dirty Fingers
It was moving fast, did you see it?
Now its collapsed, just debris at best
Been a long time, you know
Been a long time, you know
I knew all along you were leaving
And if I was wrong would you even
Let me have the afterglow
Or care enough to let me know

And baby’s got her mind set
She says not to remind her
What its for - whats it for?
Yeah, we all want something more
And she’s tearing down the wallpaper
A decade’s worth of armor
Till there’s nothing left to bear
Now she’s just left standing there
Looking bored - there’s something more

Autumn’s coming, can you feel it?
Burned to the filter, but I’m breathing
Said I’d quit it years ago
Said I’d quit it years ago
Dirty fingers, ears ringing
Pushing faders just to hear it
Can’t even find the notes
Can’t remember words I wrote

Don’t you wonder, baby
Don’t you even bother
Rediscover words from younger summer days
Track Name: All In Your Head
I remember the first night and it tears me open
I'm overreacting, I’m not over anyone
As long as it feels right, as long as I’m coping
It feels like a war crime, it feels like moving on

Cause darlin don't compromise, she don't even try
Its all in your head
And baby its wrecking me,
What we used to be
What did I expect?

I know that you're lonesome, don't try to fight it.
Can't shake this feeling though I know that you've tried
I know its a problem, I know that you hide it
To my understanding, its a demanding supply
Track Name: Just a Little Bit (Alternate)
Cops came yesterday, said we're loud
Turn it up, young punks gotta get it out
Was my assumption there’d at least be some discussion, darling
You want it all, want it now, it doesn’t matter how

Outside of your place in the morning
Watched the sun rise on the side of your building
You weren't up yet so I lit another cigarette and
Convinced myself it wasn’t worth the conversation

Call it how you see it
I’m not one to argue with you on semantics
Tell me again, I want to hear it
Tell me how he’s just so funny and romantic
I wanna feel it, even just a little bit

Girls say they want a man with good intentions
But, you know, I'm just a boy that can't pay attention
Its not compulsion, no, its just the way I function, darling
I was bitter, now I’m better, but I'm missing something

They all said, boy, get out while you're still young
Don't be a fool, son, don't do what your daddy done
Before you know it, its another wasted a year or so and
You know its gone, and you know you only get one.

I don’t know, and even so (I guess it doesn’t matter)
And it shows, even though (I guess I'm getting better)
Take your time, I don’t mind (if it takes forever)
If you’re inclined and its mine (then you can take whatever)
Track Name: Fourth of July (Alternate)
There’s only one thing and I swear its true
I said its just one night
Like amphetamine, the need only grew
Until it lit the sky

We're all about the circumstance
Complacency and consequence
We’re headed for a great big mess
And I can say, in my defense,
Its both our fault, a little bit
If you were willing to confess

I remember saying I wont fight with you
On the fourth of july
It was black and white, now its black and blue
I said baby don’t cry

There’s only one thing and I swear its true
I said its just one night
As you and he convened, on the floor of your room
You said everything’s fine

We're all about the circumstance
Complacency and consequence
We’re headed for a great big mess
And I can say, in my defense,
Its both our fault, a little bit
If you were willing to confess
And everything comes back to you
I know you know, I know its true
If you could hear the words you use
It always seems to come to this
A summer dress on summer skin
As sweet a season always ends