Born Strange

by The Manimals

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released June 19, 2012

Haley Bowery- vocal, music & lyrics
Patrick Deeney- guitar
Joseph Wallace- bass
Attis Jerrell Clopton- drums
Matthew Pop- additional vocals, keyboards

Produced by Andrew Krivonos with the Manimals at The Brewery Recording Studio in Brooklyn, NY.
Mastered by Kevin Carafa.

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The Manimals Brooklyn, New York

Glam/pop-rock/punk. With teeth.

The Manimals are Haley Bowery, Jack Breslin, Michael Jayne, Chris Norwood, and Matt O'Koren.

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Track Name: Born Strange
I was born strange
With a comet’s name
Trying to find a way to exist on this plane
I’ve heard tell
I had a rebel yell
I gave em hell, yeah I gave em hell

Well maybe I was crazy
Looking for someone to call me baby
Well maybe I was crazy

Because I left myself with those sad nights
On fire escapes smoking Camel Lights
Saying, "If you wanna just skip this drama
Go on take your clothes off like you got no mama
Take your clothes off like you got no mama, no mama, no mama"

I was nineteen
When he set me free
I moved quickly cause there’s so much to see
I’m just an alien
Swimming in this skin
I thought by now that my life would begin

Well maybe I was crazy
Looking for someone to call me baby
Well maybe I was crazy

Because I left myself with those sad nights
In piss-smelling bars on the Lower East Side
Saying, "If you wanna just skip this drama
Go on and take your clothes off like you got no mama
Take your clothes off like you got no mama, no mama, no mama"

Yeah baby I was crazy
None of those boys could ever save me
Yeah baby I was crazy

Because I left myself with those sad nights
Sitting on the curb in my ripped up tights
Saying, "If you wanna just skip this drama
Go on and take your clothes off like you got no mama
Take your clothes off like you got no mama, no mama, no mama"

I was born strange
With a comet’s name
Trying to find a way to exist on this plane.
Track Name: Blitzed
I know you are who you are
The one who always gets kicked out of the bar
The one who fucks around til he's numb
And I'm the one who's playing dumb

I know what's right
But I find a way to totally lose sight
I'll be fine
There are so many fish in the sea
To waste my time

I won't say I failed
I just tried to find my bliss
And I got blitzed
If you need me, boy
That ship has sailed

If I had friends, you'd never know
They only show up to say "I told you so"
"You always love them too much"
"You always give too much up"

I know what's right
But I find a way to totally lose sight
I'll be fine
Can't we just drink away, drink away the night?

I won't say I failed
I just tried to find my bliss
And I got blitzed
If you need me, boy
That ship has sailed

Listen baby I'm a smart girl
I'm so amazin' when my guns are blazin'
So what happened to the smart girl?
Sorry to find, he fucked me blind

You don't want me, but you want me there
You prefer girls with brown eyes and curly hair
I guess I knew that nothing would come
Ain't it something to trust someone?

I know what's right
But I find a way to totally lose sight
I'll be fine
Can't we just drink away, drink away the night?

I won't say I failed
I just tried to find my bliss
But I got blitzed
If you need me, boy
That ship has sailed

No I won't say I failed
I just tried to find my bliss
So let's get blitzed
If you need me, boy
This bitch has bailed.
Track Name: 29
If I could give you anything
I would give you youth
I would give you dreams so wild they’d runaway
I’d make all of the cities strange
And you and I would never ever age
Past twenty-nine

If I could turn the clock then
I’d live in your dorm
My room is on your floor
I’d meet you at the bar
“You’re that stud who plays guitar,
All of the girls know who you are”
I’d say

This is for you
No real moment you can pin down
We'll be digging for proof
We were here

If I could give you anything
I would give you time
I would give you getting all the answers wrong
Keeping secrets from your mom
And driving to your favorite song
On the radio

If I had a DeLeorean
We’d go to that park
We’d go to set off fireworks at night
Our parents don’t think we’re so bright
But until that day we’ve gotta get it right
We’ll be fine

This is for you
No real moment you can pin down
We'll be digging for proof
We were here
But you know the taste of it
So I’m sure we’ll find our way back to it
Our way back, our way

If I could give you anything
I would give you hope
I would lift the curse
And tell you it’s okay
It’s wasted on the young, they say
You’re born a little more each day
I find.
Track Name: Undertow
So you spent your life
Just getting ready with the girls
Makeup mirror portal to the world
But who will you be when you step to the mic, step to the mic
Boy you got a heart like a giraffe
Did anybody teach you how to carry that load
You’ve gotta rock and roll, cause where else can it go?
Just fight the undertow

So drink your whiskey up for the people
Who thought you’d never be more than a zero
Your voice is something strange and new
So come on and do what you came here to
On the brink of success and sorrow
Just waiting for a melody to borrow
Your mind is spinning endlessly with dreams they’ll never know
So fight the undertow

Although the night seems starless
Your records warned you about this
The restless sleep until you leap
Yeah

Babe you've got to run like the devil
You’re growing older, staring down the barrel of a gun
Don’t need to find yourself, create your life, the time is right
Only here in dirty New York City
Can they make them so fucked up and pretty
I know you sometimes feel alone, but that’s when you will grow
Just fight the undertow

So you spent your life
Just getting ready with the girls
Makeup mirror portal to the world
But who will you be when you step to the mic, step to the mic
Boy you got a heart like a giraffe
Did anybody teach you how to carry that load
You’ve gotta rock and roll, cause where else can it go?
Just fight the undertow
Track Name: Lobotomy
I can’t help but find it strange
Our eyes don’t meet on the train
Still I can’t complain
Spent my life on that chain

I knew better than to wait
I know how a bone can break
I know what a liver can take
I’ve got to live awake

Their names don’t matter anymore
I locked that front lobe door
This old mammal brain
Doesn’t know no pain
Still it amazes me
Don’t you find
You can go from fucking to nothing in no time

If I can’t construct his face
I could forget the taste
Of all the talent I’d waste
Just to be put in my place

Goldfish swimming in a bag
Playing reflection tag
Seconds are all we have
So I can't stay mad

Their names don’t matter anymore
I locked that front lobe door
This old mammal brain
Doesn’t know no pain
Still it amazes me
Don’t you find
You can go from fucking to nothing in no time

You’re nothing but a shadow
Or do you have life in you yet?
You’re nothing but a shadow
Or do you have life in you yet?

Their names don’t matter anymore
I locked that front lobe door
This old mammal brain
Doesn’t know no pain
Still it amazes me
Don’t you find
You can go from fucking to nothing in no time
Still it amazes me
Don’t you find
That we were fucking worth nothing that whole time.
Track Name: Jukebox Dive
I just found myself, can’t give it up
But you keep filling up my cup
Who told you you should say those things to me
Who told you you should sing me off to sleep?

Gotta be some way to hold on to
My peace of mind, and still hold you
I think you could see me through dark days
We’ve both got some darkness in our veins

This is a record that my daddy played
Jesus and Mary Chain
You came with these maps just in time
This is the place I’ve tried to find

I’ll go out searching for that jukebox dive
And stay up drinking with you til the sunrise
I just gotta know, how’s it gonna be
How’s it gonna be when you love me?

I only love the boys whose words are raw
I only love the boys who write me songs
I’ve always cried out with no response
This heart just wants wants what it wants

This is a record that my daddy played
Jesus and Mary Chain
You came with these maps just in time
This is the place I’ve tried to find

I’ll go out searching for that jukebox dive
And stay up drinking with you til the sunrise
I just gotta know, how’s it gonna be
How’s it gonna be when you love me?

All of those thoughts, don’t hold them in
And I’ll write my story on your skin
If this is how a beginning feels
What will we do when it gets real?

Well, I’ll go out searching for that jukebox dive
And stay up drinking with you til the sunrise
I just gotta know, how’s it gonna be
How’s it gonna be when you love me?
Track Name: Twelve Secrets
I know the fall you’re waiting for
I will meet you there
My skirt will move the leaves
When you look at me

I wanna tell my sister
You wanna tell your dad
But we are undercover
Keep it between each other

I know this time is different but I can’t say how
I will always picture you as you are now
I know this time is different but I can’t say how

I never thought I would
Find somebody, find somebody
This somebody, this somebody
Oh and we’ll adventure
Though we got no money
We got no money
No money, no money

You said that you would drive
Because I’ll never learn
Glad we agree on where
These secrets that we share

We’re not without reason, it’s all in the book
The song the band was playing and the pictures we took
We’re not without reason, it’s all in the book

I never thought I would
Find somebody, find somebody
This somebody, this somebody
Oh and we’ll adventure
Though we got no money
We got no money
No money, no money

I can’t read the future but
Surely I can read your face
Baby we can rip out the sutures
New skin grows now in their place

I never thought I would
Be so ready, be so ready
Feel so steady, I feel so steady
Even though my insides
They beat so heavy, they beat so heavy
So heavy, so heavy, so heavy...
Track Name: Halloween
I would've drank alone tonight, it's not a pretty sight
It's better if we take this glass together
And keep em coming all night long, we shout out another song
Every word is aching to matter

I know something is happening here
You've got that look in your eye my dear
Let's blow the rest of this lingering fear
We won't remember how it started

Are you gonna show your guts?
Gather your bones up, and wear em on the outside
Somebody to love, filling with new blood
We are getting we're getting alive

In my brain accordion, there are secrets there are sins
I really can't expand my mind this time
There's so much I don't wanna see
You laugh and you agree
The two of us are walking the line now

I know something is happening here
You've got that look in your eye my dear
Let's blow the rest of the lingering fear
We won't remember how it started

Are you gonna show your guts?
Gather your bones up, and wear em on the outside
Somebody to love, filling with new blood
We are getting we're getting alive

I'd love to be
Only happy
I'd love to be
Only happy
So fuck the rest of em
Baby let's party
So fuck the rest of em
Baby let's party
Track Name: Dream of the Chelsea Hotel
Is there a name for us, just shy of growing up
Hiding in the noise, we're lost little boys
Go on and follow she, faking so authentically
We've all been set adrift, maybe directionless

Punk rockers, poets and queens
Would-be geniuses and petty thieves
Just wanna drink til we're dead
Like Dylan Thomas did
My mind's playing tricks on me
Three decades of dreams
Is this where we should be
Are we really where we should be?

They closed Max's Kansas City, but we've got new mythology
Can't afford the Chelsea Hotel, still I feel that I knew her well
Downtown once upon a time, go-gos in the bathroom doing lines
Split a bottle of Jameson, but we'll remember everything

Punk rockers, poets and queens
Would-be geniuses and petty thieves
Just wanna drink til we're dead
Like Dylan Thomas did
My mind's playing tricks on me
Three decades of dreams
Is this where we should be
Are we really where we should be?

I gotta know, are we on the right track?
Cause we're just meteors looking for an impact
I gotta know, are we on the right track?
We're just some meteorites

Punk rockers, poets and queens
Are we geniuses or just petty thieves?
We'll let it go to our heads
Like Edie Sedgewick did
My mind's playing tricks on me
Three decades of dreams
Is this where we should be
Are we really where we should be?
Track Name: All Lies (album version)
She's so much younger than me
She's got the body I need
She's got command of the room
She's gonna have it all soon

I can be twisted and mean
I am afraid to be seen
I disappear in my beer
I say what you want to hear

I'd leave it all on the line
Got a titanium spine, I'm a tightrope walker
I'm the one who drew the route
I've got no doubts
I am some big talker, huh

It's all lies
I've got the better part of half a mind
To just hide in fear
Honestly I don't know what I'm doing here
Time never goes slow
So I'll watch the world, safe, from my window

He says til death do us part
Why should I question his heart
He wonders when I'll be happy
I wonder if it's even in the cards for me

In my dreams I'm brave and brazen
Laughing in the face of reason
And when I see that self on TV
She's superhuman, gorgeous, skinny

She'd leave it all on the line
Got a titanium spine, she's a tightrope walker
She's the one who drew the route
She's got no doubts
She is some big talker, huh

It's all lies
I've got the better part of half a mind
To just hide in fear
Honestly I don't know what I'm doing here
Time never goes slow
So I'll watch the world, safe, from my window

I'd leave it all on the line
Got a titanium spine, I'm a tightrope walker
I'm the one who drew the route
I've got no doubts
I am some big talker, huh

It's all lies
I hit the ground, grab at the sky
I trust, I fear
I make more mistakes every year
Time never goes slow
Before you know, you are grown