Aspirations EP

by Corporate Hearts

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released November 27, 2012

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Corporate Hearts at the Green Lodge in Warminster, Pa., in the summer and fall of 2012.

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Corporate Hearts Pennsylvania

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Formed in November 2010, Corporate Hearts is a two-piece, mainly acoustic punk rock band from Bucks County, Pa., made up of brothers Zack and Craig Needles.
With influences ranging from Alkaline Trio and the Lawrence Arms to the Replacements and the National, Corporate Hearts play punk rock with a heavy focus on lyrics, harmonies and rippling Danzig-esque physiques.
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Track Name: Unemployed or Underemployed
Woke up to new snow on the ground
And it felt like 10 steps backwards again
Thought I'd better start digging myself out
And then said "Fuck it" and went back to bed

I guess it's never getting better
I guess it's never getting better
I guess it's never getting better
I guess this is it

Called out and never went back in
Another chapter ends in mid-sentence
And I'd like to think we choose our own adventure
But you and I know how this one will end

No it's never getting better
No it's never getting better
No it's never getting better
I guess this is it

And the actors playing lawyers on commercial breaks
Tell me who's to blame and how to make them pay
They say, "Act now, before it's too late"
But it's my fault and I've got nothing to my name

Yeah it's my fault and I've got nothing to my name

Went out for the first time in months
And it felt like coming back from the dead
Only to find that all your loved ones have already moved on
It just feels like everyone's forgotten who I am

But if it's ever getting better
If it's ever getting better
If it's ever getting better
I guess I better deal with it

Because the days are getting longer and the mornings come quick

And at night when I should be asleep, it's just me and the 7-Elevens
And at night when I should be asleep, it's just me and the 7-Elevens
It's just me and the 7-Elevens
It's just me and the 7-Elevens
It's just me and the 7-Elevens
Track Name: A Short Drink From A Certain Fountain
A change of clothes and a case in the back seat
I always sent you a text from the road
I used to drive through the arch on Lake Street
To a place that I used to call home
I still send you messages from the road
Sometimes you don’t respond and
Sometimes you’re despondent
Sometimes you’re reminded that I’m a hundred miles away

We cracked the seal and we cranked up the volume
Ignored the knocks from the kids down the hall
Everything froze in the cold mountain air
But we were on top of it all
I wonder if you’ll remember this when I call
You may not respond and
You might be despondent
You might be reminded that I’m a two hour drive away

One of these nights we’ll have a short conversation and lose touch forever
I’ll be so far away that nothing I say will matter when you find something better
I spent so much time reinforcing the ties we’d inevitably sever

Time doesn’t stop for anyone
But let’s turn back the clocks
And try to stay young
Track Name: Advances
I’ve always been about 3 years behind
When it was time to go to school, I was still asleep
When it was time to move away, I still wanted to be
At home with all my friends
When she wanted to be friends, I was by myself
When she wanted me to want her, I wanted someone else

Well, I know I should be sleeping, resting up for another day
I can’t waste time dreaming, they’re all nightmares anyway

But everything we regret will fade if we can make this work
Everything we regret will fade away
Everything we regret will fade if we can make this work
Everything we regret will fade away

We walked with with her friends all the way to CVS
It was a cold northeast PA night, but you couldn’t tell by the way she was dressed
She was mad because she smoked another cigarette
All the way back to campus, I tried to make her forget

'Cause everything we regret will fade if we can make this work
Everything we regret will fade away
Everything we regret will fade if we can make this work
Everything we regret will fade away

I slept through classes
I slept through knocks on my door
I ignored advances
I don’t live there anymore
Track Name: The Walking Winded
Cut back my smoking
From too much to a lot
Downsized my drinking
To exclusively shots
And I can still sleep through a firing squad
Thank God there's no reason to get up

And I canceled all my plans
So I'd have more time
To make plans I can cancel
Somewhere down the line
When I look up from the TV and 10 years have gone by
I'm still magnificently fucked

I've resolved to never make another resolution
I've proven the pointlessness of self-improvement
It's a never-ending exercise in futility
And I'm fucking winded

Well I never feel good but right now I don't feel well
The only difference between the two is this time you can tell
Just by looking at me
And you're looking at me like I look like hell

Well believe me, I believe you, I have seen it for myself
Black bags are carrying my eyeballs
Like dead bodies from motels
And you'd be hard-pressed to identify my body to the cops
Without the help
Of DNA
It's hard to say how far I fell
But safe to assume I no longer have my health

I've resolved to never make another resolution
I've proven the pointlessness of self-improvement
It's a million mile marathon straight off the edge
And I'm fucking sprinting

Well supposedly it's better to burn out than fade away
But no one ever talks about spending your life engulfed in flames
Or just smoldering and smoking in a dirty bar ashtray
Until someone stamps you out

And I can tell you what it feels like if you are a masochist
It's similar to being smothered under 20 tons of bricks
It's a monument to just how bad these last few years have been here
Since you left
Fairweather friend you almost made it to the end
If you're my better half then I'm better off dead

I've resolved to never make another resolution
I've proven the pointlessness of self-improvement
It's a battle to the death between the devil and me
And he's fucking winning