Happenstance And Alcohol

by BrodyGreg

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Paid downloads are hugely appreciated and help me get by, but you can also download this album for free or by donation at Productive Pursuit Records. You can also copies of my split CD with Pat Broxton there, which includes this EP! productivepursuitrecords.bandcamp.com/album/happenstance-and-alcohol

Happenstance and Alcohol was recorded almost entirely live (save for a little bit of mandolin in Barbed Wire Fence) in one day.

Mixed and Mastered by Pat Broxton (patbroxtontas.bandcamp.com)

Cover Art by Rob Frost (www.facebook.com/Rofrodesigns)

Absolutely massive thanks to: Pat Broxton, Joel Bennett, Kimberley Lethborg, Brittany Cook, Al Mirabella, Rob Frost, Zena Mohamad, all the people I've ever shared a stage (or a kitchen!) with, and absolutely everyone who has supported or enjoyed this music habit of mine. You lot are champions! I'm sure I'm forgetting a bunch of people but I'm rushing to type this right now.

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released July 15, 2015

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BrodyGreg Launceston, Australia

I play chords and swear about things.

I also run a little PWYW record label/digital distro called Productive Pursuit Records. All donations go to the artists!

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Track Name: Flood The Tamar
The night takes the weight of the past day
As I wander streets that I don’t know the names of
Above me is empty black, in front buildings of grey
The street lights attack the milky way

And the blackened sky reminds me of the countless nights spent lying on the balcony
With the best of company
A beer or 12, a deck of cards, my blurry vision brings out the stars
hidden by the city lights
We look over a river of mud
I silently will it to flood
And when the levee breaks and the town drowns
The balcony will keep us safe and sound
And we’ll never have to go back down there ever again

All anyone in this town wants to do is leave
I say we stay and claim it as our own
We could tear this whole place down
And build it up into a brand new home

And where is the love? Certainly not here
One by one all my old friends disappear
Running away for jobs we need but don’t want
So let’s fucking drown the whole fucking lot

Play drinking games until the town is gone
We'll discuss what we knew all along
Our greatest friendships are built upon
Happenstance and alcohol

We look over a river of mud
I silently will it to flood
When the levee breaks and the town drowns
The balcony will keep us safe and sound
We’ll never have to go back down there ever again

No we’ll just get drunk up here instead
Track Name: I'm Shit At Apologies
I was ready for your party
I had hardly seen you in the past 12 months
I was busy fucking up my life and getting drunk
Then I turned on my phone and I heard about what had happened
Your boyfriend told me, all he could say was
There’d been an accident and you definitely were not okay
And I’ll be honest it didn’t hit me as hard as it should have
It didn’t even make me cry because I had pretty much said goodbye over a year ago

And the distance gets greater
I feel like a traitor
See you on Facebook think I’ll talk to you later
It’s hard to find the time when all we have is memories of a high school life
And I talked to your mother after another
Half-assed attempt at being your brother again
I’m just way too obsessed with the bullshit in my own head
But sis you know I still love you
I just wanna be family again
So if you let me lean on you one last time
I’ll be there if you ever need a crutch again

When you finally got out you slapped me in the mouth
Then you hugged me and screamed “where the fuck have you been?”
And I didn’t have an answer
So I just brushed you aside

And the distance gets greater
I feel like a traitor
See you on Facebook think I’ll talk to you later
It’s hard to find the time when all we have is memories of a high school life
And I talked to your mother after another
Half-assed attempt at being your brother again
I’m just way too obsessed with the bullshit in my own head
But sis you know I still love you
I just wanna be family again
So if you let me lean on you one last time
I’ll be there if you ever need a crutch again

And I didn’t visit your hospital bed
I’m so sorry but I was scared of what I’d see
But when I found out you could walk again
I swear it was the happiest I’d ever been

And the distance gets greater
I feel like a traitor
See you on Facebook think I’ll talk to you later
It’s hard to find the time when all we have is memories of a high school life
And I talked to your mother after another
Half-assed attempt at being your brother again
I’m just way too obsessed with the bullshit in my own head
But sis you know I still love you
I just wanna be family again
So if you let me lean on you one last time
I’ll be there if you ever need a crutch again
I’ll be there if you ever need me again
No I won’t disappear again
Track Name: Barbed Wire Fence
I’m afraid to look out my window
And see the world staring back at me
The light it burns my eyes
Through the glass I don’t dare to see
So I'll just stay inside
Keep the curtains as closed as my mind
The television screen beams
Is this what you meant when you said you wanted to be free?
Remember when you said wanted to be free, my friend?
I show you my songs
You’ll tell me not to yell so loud
Well are you proud of me now?
Are you fucking proud of me now?

Remember when you said
You wanted to be free my friend?
It’s their prison or your own
At least out there you’re not on your own
It’s all in your head
The barbed wire fence you've built
It isn’t there

‘Cause I’m sick of being the guy
Who’s the first to say something but the last to act on his words
And I guess these songs let me do just that
But I swear that’s gonna change soon

So let’s tell it how it is
The day I claimed freedom was the day that I gave up
‘Cause I ain’t fighting for anything
When it takes 2 hours just to wake up

And 18 years ago, to that very day
I was born to a loving mother and some prick who ran away
And it didn’t take me long to figure out
That choosing who you want around is what family’s all about

Remember when you said
You wanted to be free my friend?
It’s their prison or your own
At least out there you’re not on your own
It’s all in your head
The barbed wire fence you've built
It isn’t there
It isn’t there

It’s just a
Bottle of whiskey that you’ve sipped back
A bullshit system that you just can’t hack
You can run but you’ll always come back
You’ll never be brave enough to make an attack so
Call up your friends
Spend all your money
They’ll laugh at your jokes
As if they’re really funny
Down a few beers and play a few games
Distract yourself from what really lies in your brain
Track Name: S.L.S
This bloke in City Park, he turns to me
He says “You know this place ain’t what it used to be”
I tell him, “Man, I don’t know what to say,
I was born in ’95, I haven’t known it any other way”

Well it turns out, he had no account
Of what life was like back then
And it seems like everyone around today
Has nothing good to say about Launceston

And just sometimes, you know I feel the same
But please don’t think I mean to complain
We could make this more than just another city
But I’m not quite sure if that still interests me or anyone around here at all

Most of the time, the people seem alright
When I stay locked up in my room or go to shows every night
Don’t need a car, I’ll walk to where I need to be
Ignore the people and places that can’t seem to leave me be

There’s a bunch of kids spoiling for a fight
They make fun of the walking man, that’s not very nice
All the franchise stores only grow stronger
I find myself buying more than I wanna

This place means nothing, nothing to me
Yet I doubt I’ll ever leave
Maybe one day we’ll see
What community really means

This place means nothing, nothing to me
I find it hard to believe
That one day we’ll see
What community really means

Until that day this is just another city
Track Name: Unemployment As A Productive Pursuit
Look me in the fucking eye and tell me
that working for millionaires
in exchange for minimum wage
is a fucking privilege

I’ll be okay
I won’t ever have a job like that
Or at least I hope not

And I buy whiskey with money from the government
‘Cause they don’t give me enough to pay any rent
So I sit in my grandmother’s house and write stupid fucking songs
I only hope I get to do it somewhere else tomorrow
And I insist
This life is a life worth living
So close to freedom I can taste it on my lips
This is all I’ve ever wanted
To stand in a room
And shout along to my thoughts just like this
I apply for jobs to get everyone off my back
But if I ever actually get one I have no idea what I’d do
I’m not lazy I’m just doing what I want to

So why aren’t you
Trying to make something more of your life
Life is what you prevent them from making it
I know it’s hard
I may not feed myself with this guitar
But if I end up sleeping next to it
On the tracks out by the showgrounds
That’s fine by me

So what am I supposed to do
When the world pushes me away
And tells me that I’m the one to blame?
So what are we supposed to do
When the world pushes us away
And tells us we’re the ones everyone should blame?
So what am I supposed to do
When the world pushes me away
And tells me I’m the one to blame?
Well I’m not going to live in their cage
So put me in a van
There’s gotta be a way
For me to escape
A life as a slave
Maybe I’ll write some songs
That people wanna pay for
Save up some change
For food every day
And enough left over
For me to make my way
To the next place
A life on the run is better than the one they have for me here
And I swear
This life is a life worth living
And I’m so close
So fucking close to being free
Working in a bank was never an option
It’s not a matter of choice for me
This is the only way of life for me