Final Beginnings

by The Reptiles

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released September 29, 2017

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The Reptiles Stony Brook, New York

Scott Terwilliger
- Guitars, Vocals

Austin Reed
- Keys

Alex Savin
- Drums, Percussion

Tom Schinkel
- Bass, Vocals

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Track Name: (Not Quite) In Bloom
A new mistake hiding in a beautiful costume
I would approach you but these discouraging thoughts loom
Autumn falls upon us while I turn over a new leaf
Winter's killing time by being a time thief

Sunglasses seal up sadness and solicitude
Can't contain my overwhelming ineptitude
My waterfall of words might drown you with affection
I constructed a dam for added protection

I watch the leaves change color only to be crushed
By other people's feet and it feels unjust
That what once was beautiful is falling apart
Put your shield up and give your heart a jumpstart

Winter's cold hands tied me to the tracks
My eyes red with resolve, I made my comeback
I ripped the ropes apart, adrenaline surging through
As I smashed the hourglass and made my way to you

Your piercing blue eyes froze me where I stood
When you asked me why I hide under sunglasses and a hood
I took them off as all my worries hit the road
Tried to find the keypad but there was no code

I watch the leaves change color only to be crushed
By other people's feet and it feels unjust
That what once was beautiful is falling apart
Put your shield up and give your heart a jumpstart
Track Name: Proprioception
To whom it may concern
I cannot discern
Any of the light at the end of the night
Technicolor friends are now black and white

My heart is T.N.T. with invisible debris
I'm flammable but swim in gasoline
Always hidden behind my smokescreen

I use all my money gambling
And I find myself at home scrambling
For loose change but it just disappears
I can't believe I've wasted all these years

A black and blue morale bullied by rationale
Flames extinguished won't burn again
My fragile wrist is sick of seeing my pen

Your hearts are weary eyes
Sick of seeing the same disguise
I'm covered in dark clouds but can't show the sunshine
Kindness can't help but disentwine

I use all my money gambling
And I find myself at home scrambling
For loose change but it just disappears
I can't believe I've wasted all these years
Track Name: Chasing My Tail
She knows how to exact
My interest with her eye contact
I'm wound around her finger

And I have come to learn
That she gives nothing in return
Yet my love still lingers

Chasing my tail, holding the rail
To help me 'cause my heart's so frail
Bridges I've crossed have all borne the cost
Of helping me become more lost

Three strikes but still up to bat
The umpire won't quit the chit-chat
Can't seem to leave home plate

The game is my demise
And I've been forced to improvise
Yet I can barely think straight

Chasing my tail, holding the rail
To help me 'cause my heart's so frail
Bridges I've crossed have all borne the cost
Of helping me become more

I've had enough
This day has been rough
I don't need to call her on her bluff

I'll pen some rhymes
Then shift paradigms
And I'll make the same mistakes next time
Track Name: Coffee And Cigarettes
Education won't give it to you
They'll just censor you
Easily and endlessly
Needlessly, relentlessly

Stick it to authority
Fuck superiority
We're in the majority
No silent minority

Would you care for another coffee or a cigarette?
We can discuss how each thought is a marionette
Our voices never heard, just our brains wired through the gazette
Heated debate in this country, but the faces drip cold sweat

Hey!

I don't like those words you chose
Don't step on other people's toes
Stay victim to the status quo
Don't look, don't wave, don't say hello

We need the facts, and not the feelings
Empathy has reached its ceiling
Hate the motives you're concealing
Biased content's unappealing

Would you care for another coffee or a cigarette?
We can discuss how each thought is a marionette
Our voices never heard, just our brains wired through the gazette
Heated debate in this country, but the faces drip cold sweat
Track Name: Black Mamba
The dialysis got rid of all the toxins in my bloodstream
But my heart kept bringing them in through all the ripped seams
Your venom's too addictive for me to leave behind
And it's worked its way up to my eyes to leave me blind

I was innocent before you decided to lead me astray
Your bites won't heal and always drive everyone away
But I'll take this last swig of confidence from my cup
So no one else can see how badly you fucked me up

Black mamba, beware
It's got you in its snare
Where'd it all go wrong?

Black mamba, beware
Engage if you dare
Where'd it all go wrong?

My brain runs on the fuel of question marks
My heart needed ignition and your infectious love was the spark
Now thoughts of you keep slithering inside my head
And they draw out any confidence to keep themselves fed

Every time I see you, my self-control turns to stone
I keep you close only to make myself feel more alone
Watch your venom turn my love into addiction
Spending so much money just to keep up my prescription

Black mamba, beware
It's got you in its snare
Where'd it all go wrong?

Black mamba, beware
Engage if you dare
Where'd it all go wrong?
Track Name: Kleptomnesia
You think you're the first to discover this?
Go to college, get a job, find a bliss?

Money does not equal happiness
It'll lead you down a path to loneliness

Mediocrity is getting to me
Why an average life, not who I want to be?
Too many questions to ask of myself
Guess I'll just have to put my dreams upon the shelf

You think you've got it all figured out?
Don't bother with the forgotten route

And drinking won't conceal that sudden urge you feel
When your head hits the pillow

And the way that you acquit
Is by admitting it's but another peccadillo

Mediocrity is getting to me
Why an average life, not who I want to be?
Too many questions to ask of myself
Guess I'll just have to put my dreams upon the shelf

Losing the passion, we get but a ration
Because that's what's in fashion

You have to wait in line and bide your precious time
For an invitation to cloud nine

Mediocrity is getting to me
Why an average life, not who I want to be?
Too many questions to ask of myself
Guess I'll just have to put my dreams upon the shelf
Track Name: Frostbite
I don't want you anymore
Don't have the stamina to endure
Another man at your fingertips
If I'm honest, need to cut it off and come to grips

Coco Chanel drives me to hell
Queen of Ice seemed like a nice brunette bombshell
Even though my heart gets torn asunder
Every time I see her eyes, I'm filled up with wonder

Play it hard, play it right
You're not on my mind tonight
Have him set your heart alight
While I warm up from my frostbite

Poured some coffee in my cup for coping
I'm jittery, not happy as I sit here hoping
This play does not mark an actor's work ending
I pin my optimism to the future's pending

My lyrics portray me as a self-sustaining undergrad
But my emotions and my heart are authoring help wanted ads
I know you're out of sight but your beauty lingers
A bee that's flown away but leaves behind its stinger

Play it hard, play it right
You're not on my mind tonight
Have him set your heart alight
While I warm up from my frostbite

Play it hard, play it right
You're not on my mind tonight
Have him set your heart alight
While I warm up from my frostbite
Track Name: Hustle And Bustle Of The Industry
Do you believe in magic?
Do you believe in miracles?
On 114th in my raincoat
The clouds started raining musical notes

Yes, I believe in magic
But it's starting to pour outside
Come inside where it's warm
So you can sit from 9 to 5

Dreams police me but I will resist them
Try your luck but you can't beat the system

My head is a steel trap
But it constantly operates at full occupancy
There's only one reservation
Is it for passion or living more profitably?

If I had to choose, I'd pick the former
When everyone tells me to be a conformer
But I know that I was born a reformer
And I'm better off expressing that as a performer

Work to live, or live to work?
I need a degree to avoid the smirks
Even at college I feel doubt lurk
About a hazy future and polymathic quirks

Conforming always seemed like a default
Something for which I'd never be at fault
It never knocked me down on the asphalt
But avoids aspirations with a pole-vault

Dreams police me but I will resist them
Try your luck but you can't beat the system
Track Name: Roadrunner
I once held her among the stars
Now I'm burning in her UV rays
Dripping down from DC
As she alternates her ways

I feel like this is the start
Of the end of our days

She's a roadrunner
Metropolitan stunner
She aims to be a pleaser
But she comes across a teaser

Roadrunner
Metropolitan stunner
She aims to be a pleaser
But she comes across a teaser

She'll rescue you from mundanity
Drive you into insanity
All with her eyes closed

Protagonist of your drama
She'll run on without a comma
Unopposed

Next time don't string me along
Go back to where you belong
Because you've got it all wrong

Won't play this game no more
All's fair in love and war
But no one told me lust was a chore

Roadrunner
Metropolitan stunner
She aims to be a pleaser
But she comes across a teaser

Roadrunner
Metropolitan stunner
She aims to be a pleaser
But she comes across a teaser
Track Name: The Great Unknown
Chase the butterflies
And lay in the clouds we did
But where have you gone?

I am lost
Lost without your touch
You have drifted into the great unknown
And no one knows

Where you've been
Led to now
Will we reunite somehow
Or is this the end?

Will I cry for the rest of my downs down here?
Living it out with fear?
Will the light between our worlds be shown?
Or will my darkness stay alone?

But you're not lost
Those notes you left behind
Are flowing in the breeze
Of my mind

Will you remember me?
Can you still see me?
If so, I send
You my love

I felt a thought when you disappeared
Knowing I'll be cold and lonely
Not a soul will make me whole
Just yours only

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