KEEP IT IN THE DARK

by NORTHERN BELLS

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released December 4, 2012

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NORTHERN BELLS Brooklyn, New York

Northern Bells is a five piece indie-rock outfit hailing from Brooklyn via Ohio, Portland, and Maryland.

Comprised of members of past, present, and future Brooklyn/NYC bands (Oberhofer, The Hold Steady, Demander, The Spies), their sound fuses elements of poppy rock, modern grunge, and lo-fi sensibilities with addictive melodies that often build to epic crescendos.
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Track Name: Animal Kingdom
animal kingdom

i hope there's some good in goodbye
i tried to tell you of all the things that I keep in the dark

it's a slow comedown
shadows of doubt cast aspersions on
i won't make a sound – and I keep it in the dark

this is an animal kingdom - we all live in but it feels like...

give up and you won't stop losing battles of young hearts
it's so draining when you – when you keep it in the dark

i know there's no good in goodbye
I tried to warn you of all the things that I keep in the dark

it weighs me down
it hurts like hell when I think of you
i will let you down – and keep it in the dark

this is an animal kingdom – we all live in but it feels like...

give up and you won't stop losing battles of young hearts
it's so draining when you – when you keep it in the dark

i can't explain it to you – I got pink sunglasses on
i'm afraid to hurt you – so I keep it in the dark

you can't run
this is an animal kingdom
Track Name: Communist Lecture
communist Lecture

this is starting to sound like a communist lecture
it's starting to look like a forced Armageddon
hell calls hell - how could I forget it?
i'm beginning to think this string of events is in the wrong sequence

do you remember the time that I met you?
you were blue in the light - good god I was a disaster
the first time I saw you - I lost my balance
When I saw you last - I lost my balance

i won't let you be alone
i won't let you forget to take a bow for all the things you've done by now
i don't want to blink - nor stop to stare to fare thee well for everything

i think I've confused movement with action
i take a step forward but I swear I'm retracting
you tuned my head to your numbers station
your surrogate dreams are thinning my patience

looking around the humor is gallows
i'd jump right in if it wasn't so shallow
we eat our heads - more truth in our fiction
you're pulling me down, down, down and I'm drowning

i won't let you be alone
i won't let you forget to take a bow for all the things you've done by now
i give and you take - We hang ourselves with all the things we save to say

this is starting to sound like a communist lecture
it's starting to look like a forced Armageddon
hell calls hell - how could I forget it?
this is starting to sound like a communist lecture
Track Name: Congregation
congregation

they’re coming from the north but our guns are pointed south
surrounded by vampires trying to tire us out
they’re coming from the north but our guns are pointed south

who you foolin' with the fools around
if we don’t see smoke how do we know that the flame is out?
surrounded by vampire choirs distorting our sound
if we heard it once, it will echo forever - love crowns

the congregation sings

lay down our arms we can take them out
raise our fists. this is it. we are putting our foot down
surrounded by vampires dying to put us out
we demand, we demand, we demand that you leave this town

the congregation sings
you got the world on a string

they’re coming from the north but our guns are pointed south
surrounded by vampires trying to tire us out
they’re coming from the north but everywhere we look is south

the congregation sings
you got the world on a string
Track Name: Wake Up
wake up

she said “all life’s a chance,” as she moved me to dance
“play it safe,” she said, “and you’re dead!”
it won’t be too long and i’d rather be wrong than be right too late

all our convictions were once whims unwritten when we were just drawing in sand
and though we fall back - we fall and we laugh and we close our eyes

it’s time to wake up

she said "i know things change," as it started to rain
"play it safe," she said, "and you're dead!"
each saint has a past - and pretty flowers never last just like you and me

all our convictions were once whims unwritten when we were just drawing in sand
let's stiffen our spines and raise up our sights we can't miss this time

it’s time to wake up

we shoot at moving targets
if we wait until we know where, then we will never get there
we shoot at moving targets
if we don't make mistakes well then we will never make or break anything at all

it's time to wake up

it's time to wake up and shake off the yoke and arise
it's time to wake up and take out the plank from your eye
Track Name: Years
years

i have always loved what i've lost
i have always loved after i have lost

each year I'm closer to starting all over - and each day I'm further away
no feeling is final - no chance to survive all the funerals in my brain

all wars are holy wars

i used to thrill to your love
i used to thrill and tremble to your love

each year the coastline gets further from my sight - and each time I drown in the sea
i just want to die while I'm still alive but I can't find the right time to leave

all wars are holy wars

this time i'll try to form an open chain-less mind
each year I'm back here again
i'm up against a wall - everywhere I turn, I'm up against a wall
i'm still waiting for something more

all wars are holy wars
Track Name: Spiders
spiders

i've been thinkin' 'bout you, drinkin' myself into oblivion
i've been thinkin' 'bout you, wonderin' where you are tonight
i laid it all on the line, and I don't have the time ­
to be thinkin' 'bout you, wishing you were here

you keep coming 'round here, why'd we have to get so serious?
i've been racking my brain, playing back the years
we must of said our goodbyes, a hundred thousand times
you keep coming 'round here repeating all your lines

let's give it up the curtain's calling
i can't do this anymore
bombs, bombs away - the city's burning
but all is fair in love and war

i've been bitten by so many spiders in this city
i've been bitten by so many spiders in this pretty town

i've been thinkin' 'bout you, drinkin' myself into oblivion
i've been thinkin' 'bout you, wonderin' where you are
all of our cares could drop like flies if we just let this die ­
i've been soaking my drink reaching the flood tide

let's give it up the curtain's calling
i can't do this anymore
bombs, bombs away - the city's burning
but all is fair in love and war

i've been bitten by so many spiders in this city
i've been bitten by so many spiders in this pretty town - so what's one more?

i've been bitten by so many spiders
Track Name: Burn
burn

i'm not going back with my head in my hands
i'm so restless and weary, I don't know what to do
i'm not going back with my head in my hands

i'm down and out on the edge of town
a little poison now and then makes for better dreams
dark is the night on the edge of town

i've got a taste for blood and they gonna chew me up and spit me out

you have to learn how to burn in this fiery spiraling city
you have to burn, burn, burn out bright

i think so much of right and wrong
it never learned how to walk until i learned how to run
i'm not going back to the beasts up town

i only need my name in the paper twice, once when I was born free and when I die
and I guess if I find a wife (good god)

how can i live unbroken? love is mad and the world's on fire

you have to learn how to burn in this fiery spiraling city
you have to burn, burn, burn out bright