Be Brave

by Auditorium

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released 18 January 2011

Written/recorded/mixed by Spencer Berger

Mastered by Pete Lyman at Infrasonic Sound, Los Angeles

Album cover by Kris Miller
Album art direction by Karin Nelson

Original art by William Baker: desaturate.net

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Track Name: Be Brave
You, boy, I offer this warning:
“Be brave son or your love will die”
Whisper my words back with feeling
“Be brave son or your love will die”
My son, you’ll never hear a truth that right

Now I know what you’re probably thinking
That there’s vagueness in the old man’s style
But the more that you find yourself living
You will focus on those words and smile

You, boy, I offer this warning:
“Be brave son or your love will die”
Whisper my words back with feeling
“Be brave son or your love will die”
My son, you’ll never hear a truth that right
Track Name: Sunday
Sunday
We woke up and you made us coffee
I don’t tend to drink it but everything that touches your hands
Is slowly becoming the things that I want to and need to be part of the plan

We walked out your door and the city was singing
On Prospect Park West there were old men and women just dancing to old songs
The kind that were played when your parents were sleeping inside their old homes
Dreaming while their parents touched and grew bold

And then we stopped and stared up at the clouds
For we had noticed that they’d opened up and so had the crowd
The first snow
We all cheered
And I grabbed your face in my hands and I kissed you and I promised you that

Someday
Our best days won’t only be Sundays
The world will unfold all around us
A thousand directions for just us
And we’ll close our eyes and we’ll spin ’round
Our fingers outstretched as we fall down
And wherever chance has decided
That you and I should both be guided
Then that’s what we’ll aim for

There’s no sense in planning for joy we’ve been told
But every Sunday we can’t help but hope
Track Name: I'm The Enforcer
Here’s Charley, he’s a defector
I will never ever let him infect her
He uses concentration
To steal love songs off the radio station
In the middle of the night he holds on to tight to the chorus and reflects on life
But that’s Charley, he’s a defector
I will never ever let him infect her

Here’s Lenny, he’s a protector
I would never ever let him defend her
He finds constellations
Then he sells them to a desperate nation
In the middle of the night he holds on tight to his starlight and reflects on life
But that’s Lenny, he’s a protector
I will never ever let him defend her

Now hear me, I’m the enforcer
I would never ever let you deform her
I’ve made calculations
And I’ve proven that I am your salvation
In the middle of the night I hold on tight to my purpose and reflect on life
But that’s me, I’m the enforcer
I will never ever let you deform her
Track Name: If Your Girl Sings Loud
If your girl sings loud that means she’s in love
If your girl sings loud that means she’s in love
It’s a girl, it’s a girl
It’s a new-found world
If your girl sings loud she’s in love

If your boy claps hands that means he’s in love
If he shakes that pretty body to heaven above
It’s a boy, it’s a boy
It’s a new-found joy
If your boy claps hands he’s in love

If the golden rings don’t mean anything
And the earth feels firm but sinks like a dream
If your girl sings loud, if your girl sings loud
If your girl sings loud she’s in love

All the powers I have are gone
I clocked my heartbeat at 555 per song
Believe me when I say I’m weak

I wake every day
Take a moment to “God Bless” her ways

If your girl sings loud that means she’s in love
If your girl sings loud that means she’s in love
It’s a girl, it’s a girl
It’s a new-found world
If your girl sings loud she’s in love

It’s a lonely rock but, boy, there’s a choice
You can share your body and double your voice
It’s a dream, it’s a dream
But if you can sing
If you both sing loud you’re in love

If the song you sing means everything
And you trust that girl to sleep with your dreams
If your girl sings loud (if your girls sings loud)
If your girl sings loud (if your girls sings loud)
If your girl sings loud (if your girls sings loud)
If your girl sings loud she’s in love
If your girl sings loud she’s in love
Track Name: Saturday Soldier
Wake up, Saturday Soldier
Tune in to a world on fire
Your friends tell me you’re lonely
I told ‘em, “Look, the man’s just tired”

Your arms, thicker than sunshine
Your eyes, brighter than mine

Hold on Saturday Solider
I need you for Saturday night

I know that you get lonely
I know that you must get so tired
You don’t know you save me
I swear I must be made of fire

Your arms, thicker than sunshine
Your heart stronger than mine

Hold on Saturday Soldier
We need you for Saturday night

My friend, I’ll never leave you
Until you say to
Track Name: The Beat Of The Box
Who are you? Who are you?
That’s what she asked me as I slipped into the room
She was staring, hoping and praying so I
Flashed a smile and purred, “Don’t you know me?”

We moved a little closer together
All around us strangers and jokers kissed to the beat of the box that was moving the room

Everybody looks so lonely
Maybe we’re the same
But every night we can try to beat them
We are young
Keep asking

In this life you’ll find, you will find you’re always cold
In your own sweet eyes, I’ve seen lights and
Signs of hope

Who are you? Who are you?
That’s what she asked me as I slipped into the room
She was staring, hoping and praying so I
Flashed a smile and purred, “Don’t you know me?”

We moved a little closer together

Then the music stopped
Track Name: New York Sky
Oh, New York Sky
Your vaulted ceiling shining bright
But down below
There’s too much light
Your stars don’t show

I know
There is a plan for me, I know
I know
There is a plan for me

I came for you
3000 miles just to view
My favorite show
Your black heart beats
I watch below
Track Name: All Your Days
When I was young my friends would play
Outside my house we’d climb on everything and
When we’d show off for our moms they’d say
“That’s my boy” and then we’d start all over

We never seemed to find it strange
That every single day was such a joy and
When we’d have to say goodbye we’d cry
And our moms would dry our tears and promise

“All your days will be just as grand
Your days will be long and, I swear, just the same
Just the same as this one”

In times of sorrow and of pain
I’ll think about the days I spent in splendor and
The promise that could only break
But why would the ones who love us fool us?

They must have known that all would fade
They must have known that every word they said was
Just a lie to keep our poor hearts safe
And I’ll probably do the same for my child

“All your days will be just as grand
Your days will be long and, I swear, just the same
Just the same as this one”

Every moment I spent unaware of my fate
That was heaven, truly
Never suspecting the years would undo me

I’ve got your love behind me
Dear God, stay right beside me

All your days will be just as grand
Your days will be long and
All your days will be just as grand
Your days will be long and, I swear, just the same
Just the same as this one every day
Just the same the same as this one
Track Name: Oh, My Desperate Soul
Oh, my desperate soul
You need a girl who’ll make you whole

Oh, my desperate soul
You need a night that’s long and cold
To make you realize what you hold

All rise
Take your places
Lift your hands high

You’ve all done so well
You deserve all things
Clap hands
All sing

I hope that you know
How much you control

Oh, my desperate soul
Track Name: Girls Will Love Your Lips
I bet you anything that girls will love your lips
They’re just waiting for your hands to grab their hips
Believe me now when I say
I bet you anything that girls will love your hands
They’re just waiting for your arms to understand that they are meant for holding

There’s no danger
There is no crime
There’s no God here
Go forth and fight

I know you
You were standing next to the door
You were flashing all of your lights
But they were ignored

I bet you anything that girls will love your lips
They’re just waiting for your hands to grab their hips
Believe me now when I say
Drop all your planning, all your praying
All your life you have waited for this night
So don’t you dare feel fear
Your night is here, boy

There’s no danger
There is no crime
There’s no God here
Go forth and fight

I know you
You were standing next to the door
You were flashing all of your lights
But they were ignored
I know you
Man, you’ve have wasted most of your life
But I come to you now with a chance,
I give you this night

It’s a treasure
If you’re shaking, shake with your hands
In the dark you can’t read off your palms for plans
There’s a power that is higher than your rage

Hold your temper, always remember:

I bet you anything that girls will your lips
Yes, I swear that they’ll cherish every lick and every kiss
In your life there is nothing you can win that’s more than this
This is you
This is right
This is all of your heartbeats wrapped up in one night
Track Name: Beautiful Things
Your eyes
This ocean
No words do them right
I pray
Pray, “Oh Maker…Maker make my song worth life”

A song
My song
It fails unless it gives new meaning
To life
This life
But there is nothing I can add tonight

There’s magic in the fact that something as pure as love
Can never quite be conjured by words
But man must aim to conquer heaven from earth

He’ll fail
He’ll cry: “Is anybody out there who’ll show me
How to come to peace with how lowly
Every effort I make within me
To describe a sunset or this oak tree
Is when I compare it to the beauty
Of the sight I behold before me”
Track Name: The Owl
You were once my world
Ocean and sky were both my girl
I don’t think that I can ever be sane
Now Darling
I don’t think I can now
Think when all’s a whirl
Rivers and smoke rip through your curls
I don’t think that I can ever be sane
Now Darling
Once in a lifetime you came
Now darling
All of the figures are plain
Now Darling
Once in a lifetime
Track Name: One Time Never Hurts
One time never hurts
I’ve said this line so many times
First I turn
Make sure that my grin is right
Shy but stern

Hello, hello
I’m here
I’m everywhere
Yes, I know, I know
My fear is hard to care about
That’s your job:
To shake it out

I told you never to touch me
You don’t like that very much
In a moment you’ll be waving your hands
Shaking and shocking my limbs like a vicious wind
In the morning I’ll be broken but glad
Happy that I followed my nose like a hungry hound
I told you never to touch me

One time never hurts
I’ve said this line so many times
First I turn
Make sure that my grin is right
Shy but stern

Old friends: Block the doors, lock my hands
Hold tight to my arms
Save my life
Track Name: Smile
I don’t know why I get sadder every day
I keep my head held high, though I always feel its weight

And the magic that I felt as a child
Every time that song would play
It’s gone away

I don’t know why I can’t seem to stay awake
I know that I should try, but I don’t think I can change

Cause the wonder that I felt as a child
Moon at night and sun each day
It’s gone away

But if you make no noise, make no noise, you’ll hear my heartbeat singing out:
“This too will pass, this too will pass, this too will pass”
It won’t let me cave

I don’t know why you think that I’ll be okay
When every moment I’m not around you I just break

No, I’m not as strong a man as some
I’ve been lucky but I’ve not been brave
Here comes the pain

But if you make no noise, make no noise, you’ll hear my heartbeat singing out

No, I’m not as strong a man as some
I’ve been lucky but I’ve not been brave
Here comes the pain

And so I find that I smile anyway
And try to end each night with a prayer for each new day
Maybe tomorrow I’ll hear that song I used to play
Maybe the notes will sound like they did when I was eight

Yes, every child knows the meaning of life
But as we grow it slips away
That’s why we pray

But if you make no noise, make no noise, you’ll hear my heartbeat singing out:
“This too will pass, this too will pass, this too will pass”
It won’t let me break
Oh no, it never lets me break