Kid Lightbulb

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1.
switch on switch off switch on switch off switch on switch off switch on switch off switch on switch off switch on switch off switch on switch off switch on switch off switch on switch off switch on switch off switch on erratic behavior switch off the smile on his face it was an honest mistake swivel chairs shaking hands why would she leave? i can’t help thinking this is on me empty headed for a hemorrhage it’s nothing less than instinct a special way to deal with things switch off switch on switch off creativity, it waits for me there’s no way this is healthy we have only one night alone you should come to my place i need some help with this primal feeling i’ll be your charity case you can be my surrogate love i’m just a lightbulb, simple my main weapon is idleness and you just cannot help me through this a drum machine will tell you when i’m dead the siren in my head is all that’s screaming switch on the wandering mind switch off creativity how can i create when this is on me? where did you go? what did i do wrong? i think i need some help how could i just let this slip away? i must’ve drugged myself tension pulling at my drowning cornea i can’t even sit straight where has everyone around me gone? i might be dying i think i’m dying
2.
i hope you don’t like me ‘cause i don’t need you to you’ve got no need to worry ‘cause quite the jovial masses surround you they say i’m so, so scene express my individuality i’m proud to be smoke free drink away my insecurities let’s all quote our favorite songs, let’s hope that they make sense let’s all go out to the movies under the influence this classical music is surely something i don’t need i know that eventually none of this will make sense to me ethnomusicology will get the best of you you’ll see individuality will get the best of you i don’t want none of this who needs identity when everyone is a machine who needs rationality when there’s always a party scene let’s all quote our favorite songs, let’s hope that they make sense let’s all go out to the movies under the influence this classical music is surely something i don’t need i know that eventually none of this will make sense to me
3.
04:50
enjoy the moment...
4.
05:42
sitting in her room she curses all she sees it’s not me with little hope she tries to feel alive she’s hanging on with heroin and white lies it’s the little words that make her cry that little closet freak hiding behind the sheets don’t let her see you there giving you her closet stare she won’t admit, she won’t submit she won’t admit, she won’t submit i hope she hears the voice; can you? when all the pretty boys came out to play she stayed beneath the sea the serpent’s kiss they could not defy the hatred she released that little closet freak hiding behind the sheets don’t let her see you there giving you her closet stare that little closet freak she’s cold and feeling weak don’t let her see you there giving you her closet stare she won’t admit, she won’t submit she won’t admit, she won’t submit when they left her all alone she couldn’t make it up to breathe descent to misery a way out of the cold she couldn’t see she lost it on that day they ripped it all away that little dirty closet freak i hope she hears the voice; can you?
5.
04:53
a turn of the cheek and we’re left off at a place we don’t belong your face is hinting at your disrepair the way your stare invites me i wanna make it through with you as we travel through this wind i cry “i hope we make it out alive” we’re getting closer, can you tell? help me down this path you know so well we’re moving on in strides but i don’t even see this place there is no trace of seabreeze here how could we make it through? the way the trees look down it makes me think of giving into all these sins around me we’re stuck alone in here and we’re still fighting but as we travel through this wind i cry “i hope we make it out alive” we’re getting closer, can you tell? help me down this path you know too well they push apart from up above this needn’t split between us now i’ll hold your hand until the dawn we must persist, we’re moving on this i must finish without you the best i hope you feel it too
6.
03:25
“would you stop staring at me this is not quite what it seems” you think you know me that well but i know deep down inside it hurts to watch her suffer like this you really want to break this? what's in your mind i can see but I don’t know why you just won’t leave “it's not that simple you see, there's two sides to the story” I will not let her go so you’ll just have to settle for yourself walk out that door, why don't you this bed is not just for you fuck you and all your advice i had a life you compromised and i'm not ashamed don’t wanna leave in vain it's not alone with me this polyamory no i won’t settle for this shit no i won’t let you control this no i won’t take away the pain no i won’t let you win this game no i won’t take this
7.
05:10
8.
07:12
in between the silhouettes, intruder stands grin of deceit upon his face what is he doing here? no one invited him time for him to make his case he creeps under the canopy blank stare return then paranoia takes its turn (don’t worry kid, don’t worry) lately moral behavior need not apply the kid just wants to stay alive nobody’s watching, nothing to lose i’ve got all my jewels in the safe but kid’s just a lightbulb he don’t know from right or wrong is he walking in his sleep? he’s got some demons nothing to laugh about wish he could come out of the deep he don’t know peace because they’re coming to get me there’s nowhere to hide they’re looking for answers locked up inside lay awake i shiver shiver for the day the day that kid is in the right “coming to get us” he screams aloud throughout the day and through the night (don’t worry kid, don’t worry) but he seems mostly harmless, nothing to fear but there’s this glint in his eye can’t double-cross him; he might react but what’s residing in his mind? kid twists and turns he knows they’re coming to get me there’s nowhere to hide they’re looking for answers locked up inside someone’s in the kitchen and he’s dying to feed suffocating presence makes it harder to breathe don’t you double-cross him or he’s going to seethe will somebody stop the intruder intruder intruder someone’s in the kitchen and he’s eyeing the bed take a subtle razor to the back of his head no one’s gonna miss him if he’s already dead will somebody stop the intruder intruder intruder
9.
back to my home now how long has it been? can’t even remember where i put the keys i’ll sip my coffee, have a drink slip off your shoes, stay a while i love your company i haven’t had in years such a long time, been away this is so familiar, but something’s lost i wish it were easy to recall your name i wish you’d look the way i tell you it’s not that way such a long time, been away this is so familiar, but something’s lost
10.
05:15
never felt peace or guilt every you will subdue things to lose photo fades just waste me away in your room winter blooms coldest air freeze our tears no more fear numb to pain just waste me away moments old turn to stone stand outside ‘til we die grave of lies truth it fades just waste me away moments turn to stone stand out in the cold i’m not even listening waste me like a child throw me in the fire then i’ll start to fade mornings all alone was it worth it all? you will never tell me waste me like a lover throw me in the fire then i’ll start to fade away
11.
06:43
in a second it stops try to slip away the clock ticks nonstop decay, things lost and i’m grey with bitterness and time, ruptured experience make me the monster my mother couldn’t see the sight of your broken flesh triggers helpless feelings, you selfish being i’ve been empty yet drain more each day at the thought of you the one who cared for me and now my skin is a bitter grey since the moment she ran away never wanted for me to stay rationality led astray and every day is another day only she made me feel this way and i’ve got nothing more to say and i don’t know you just don’t know you anymore tried to call you, tried to save myself i can’t help this and now my skin is a bitter grey since the moment she ran away never wanted for me to stay rationality led astray and every day is another day only she made me feel this way and i’ve got nothing more to say i can’t help this

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taken by name presents: kid lightbulb
released in 2010

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released April 1, 2010

all songs written and performed by brandon green
except additional vocals by tess cychosz on “classical music,” “wind tunnel,” and “intruder”

all songs recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by brandon green @ an apartment in jamaica plain, ma

artwork by antony hollums
additional photography by mallory spector

special thanks to: my family, tony, tess, mallory, all my friends, everyone who’s come to support this project and everyone who is willing to listen, for your support, no matter how big or small. it’s been phenomenal so far.

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Sophomores Boston, Massachusetts

Sophomores is the noisy, contemplative musical alias of Brandon Lucas Green. Brandon makes music in Boston, MA, with roots throughout New England, USA.

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