THE REDS, THE BLACKS, THE GRAYS

by INSTEAD OF SLEEPING

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The Reds, The Blacks, The Grays is an attempt to organize the three main feelings Instead of Sleeping writes about. Red: High energy and fun times. Black: Darker feelings of doubt and loss. Grey: Acceptance of imperfections.

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released September 21, 2012

Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Matt Very of Very Tight Recordings
Produced by David Hidek of Treelady Studios
Album Art by Josh Elsass

Thank You also to:
Andy Widdowson, Caleb Breckon, Kristin Lantree, Kyndra Szymanski, Jeff Binando, Elise Colley, Celena Gump, Gabe Parke, Mike Busowski, and Bryan McClaine

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Track Name: Indian Giver
Well, my God what a night it’s been
Starting to break a sweat before the alcohol kicks in
I know I told you once, and I hope that I was wrong
But you never listen unless the words are in a song
The truth is I seek forgiveness for the things I’ve done
It’s so easy to be a man
But hard as hell to be a good one
In fact I’m surprised that I’ve made it this far
And just as disgusted as I am sure that you are

Does it bother you that your painting’s on my wall
And you’re not here
Does it bother you that I don’t sleep alone
And you’re not here

Should they bother me: the reds, the blacks, the grays
Staring back at me while I have nothing left to say
A picture’s worth a thousand words and this one screams in pain
I swear to god that I would write you back
If only I could paint

There. Is not a reason. To apologize.

But I pawned the necklace you threw back
In my face
To by her dinner then I took her back to my
Place
I laid her down on the bed that we used to share
And it felt so right, as if you were never
There.
Track Name: Black Light
Folding chairs and paper cups
This room we share isn't big enough
For her not to have noticed me
As she takes her seat
Six inch heels on her feet

She's taking her twelve steps
Feet haven't hit the floor
Lips pursed around a cigarette
With one foot out the door
Well hindsight is twenty twenty
But it felt too good to stop
Of all the sacrifices that I've made
You're the only vice that I couldn't bare to drop

We are all so far from home
Who's there to point their fingers

Take off your black tie
You're in the black light
The subject of debate
Feel like you'll suffocate
We're in the rewind
But we don't mind
Sick from sitting still
Arms on the window sill
Eyes open looking down
You're not a child now
The skin you barely fit, I
Sink my teeth into it

You're in the black light
You're in the black
Track Name: When in Sligo
This is just temporary
It’s just necessary
I am secondary
And I know it
This interaction is arbitrary
But still discretionary
But I’ve walked away before
Feeling hungry wanting more
But something’s different than before
Something I just can’t ignore

She said to me
I think I need to get you out of my system
I think it’s best that we stop now
Before we both fall apart

We’re out of liquor now
But she still wants some more
And I can’t even count
All the off license stores
That we spent all of our euros in
This quiet little town
Before we flee back to the hotel
Where we know we won’t be found
Because
When in Sligo, the rules just don’t apply
When in Sligo, you don’t even have to lie
You’re so far from home
You can just let go
Before your conscience waning
Guilt starts fading
Faster and faster until
Track Name: Mr. Wright Now
Yeah I've got a feeling
That everyone's cold
When I started thinking
I've got nothing to show
For myself
Anymore

Bad news after a bottle of wine
Yeah, you're in my bed
But he's on your mind
Keep acting like we've done nothing wrong
But you know
If he knew
What we do
He'd leave you for good

Hello girl, nice to meet you
I'll give you what you're afraid to ask for
No, I'm not Mr. Right
I'm Mr. Wright now
Hello girl, nice to meet you
Leave your heels on your feet but your dress on the floor
I'm not Mr. Right
I'm Mr. Wright now

Is there something wrong with that
No

Can you keep a secret

I'm not Mr. Right
I'm Mr. Wright now
I used to be a keeper
Track Name: Defibrillator
Something’s wrong with my voice now
I can’t form words with my tongue that’s bleeding
What’s been holding my voice down is the
Sound of the dead horse you keep beating
Spreading down through my lungs now
As bad as it gets
And I can’t breathe but I can see
The weight of living with regrets

Could someone please check my pulse now
And recharge the defibrillator
Once I’m conscious please disavow any
Knowledge I have on leaving craters
Taking over my heart now
As bad as it gets
And I can’t breathe but I can see
The weight of living with regrets

No need to resuscitate
I’m starting over a clean new slate
I’ll just die right here in the street
I’ll just die right here in the street
Brand new body but the same old soul
Minus all the blemishes from life before
I’ll just die right here in the street
I’ll just die right here in the street

Life looks so much different now
Then I’ve seen it before
Wish I could tell you how
But you won’t be hearing from me anymore
Metastasized to my brain now
As bad as it gets
And I can’t breathe but I can see
The weight of living with regrets

I can’t breathe but I can see.