Greater Lakes

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released February 14, 2012

This album was written and recorded by Craig Ramsey and Charlie McArthur over the better part of three years in Cleveland, Ohio and Chicago, Illinois.

Produced by Luke Moellman & Bears
Mixed by Luke Moellman
Mastered by Josh Bonati at Bonati Mastering NYC

Cover art by Kate Pugsley • katepugsley.com

Our live band currently consists of Rachel Hart, Jared McGrath, Nick Perry, Shannon Sullivan, Craig and Charlie.

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Track Name: Eleven a.m.
When I sleep in I end up feeling like there is more that I should do
Eleven a.m. on the weekend, do I have anything to prove?

A Saturday spent on the couch and only take a shower before bed
Make a big list of things to be ticked, don’t accomplish anything

Do you ever have trouble doing anything when you have lots to do?
Do you prefer to push it off until tomorrow when you’ll add several more tasks to your list, too?

The anecdotal evidence I’ve found suggests
that if there’s something to look forward to I’ll try
to tick the most important boxes from the list
leaving me with nothing but free time

Do you ever have trouble doing
anything when you have lots to do?
Do you prefer to push it off until tomorrow
when you’ll add several more tasks to your list, too?

Do you ever have trouble doing
anything when you have lots to do?
Do you prefer to push it off until tomorrow
when you’ll add several more tasks to your list, too?
Track Name: You're Going
I don’t want to feel this way, you’re always blowing my mind
You just want to go today and leave our history behind

I know that you’re gone
I know that you’re going
I cannot move on without ever knowing

I don’t want to play your games ’cause they just bring people down
Things just haven’t been the same since I got back into town

I know that you’re gone
I know that you’re going
I cannot move on without ever knowing

I found it once before but let it slip away
I cannot change the past, just living for today

I found it once before but let it slip away
I cannot change the past, just living for today

I just want to trust someone and never feel insecure
I just want to have some fun and live a life that is pure

I know that you’re gone
I know that you’re going
I cannot move on without ever knowing
Track Name: From Good to Bad
Would you want to know which kiss is the last?
It’s so fast how things can really change from good to bad
Would you want to have a little more time?
’cause I find that I keep wanting back the thing I had

Maybe I should be glad I found out now not later

Want to let her know how sad she’s made me
but maybe she’s sad enough without me saying so
Want to make her feel the way I do now it’s weird how
she seems ok with it won’t let it show

Maybe I should be glad I found out now not later
Tell me how to be friends ’cause I don’t want to hate her
Track Name: More Left Out
Most people I meet like to be seen
Doing everything I don’t need
Weekday afternoons inducing cravings
for evenings spent focusing on sating

Why don’t I feel more left out when I go home instead of going out?

It never bothered me before today
and I have every intention of continuing that way
I sincerely don’t give a shit about what anyone else has to say
For what’s considered normal, that’s usually the case

I’ve heard people are people
I know most things never change
This is simply one of many things that I find strange
That even with desire to be individuals
they end up just like everyone that they will ever know

Why don’t I feel more left out when I go home instead of going out?

It never bothered me before today
and I have every intention of continuing that way
I sincerely don’t give a shit about what anyone else has to say
For what’s considered normal, that’s usually the case
Track Name: Don't Wait
Don’t wait until it’s too late
You’re making me hate the way I let myself fall for you once again

Take time but please don’t waste mine
’cause I would be find if you’d just tell me what the hell is going on

Just try to open your mind
And I think you’ll find that there is really no one better for you now

Last call I’m watching you fall
And I’ve given all I’ve got; your move, your choice, your life to figure out
Track Name: The City Still
We’re living in the city still
Our new neighborhood has a different feel
People seem more relaxed here

I have never understood the need
To get ahead at a different speed
We’re all stopping every few blocks anyway

What’s the hurry? You don’t look around
How can you think when it’s up so loud?
From the decals, we can see you’re proud
to be what it is you think you are

Now I ride my bike over to the train
Nearly every day it’s almost the same
There’s nothing wrong with a good routine

If I need a ride, hasn’t happened yet
I can call you up, the weather’s inclement
We are just a few minutes away by car

We tend to like things that are quieter
Than what many people our age prefer
Like staying home and doing our own work
A night inside will always do us good
Track Name: I Don't Have You on My Mind
And now I’m all alone
And now I’m all alone
But I am feeling fine
I don’t have you on my mind

And now the days are long
And now that nights are long
But I’m still feeling fine
I don’t have you on my mind

I don’t have you on my mind
for the first time in a long long time

Still I would like to find
A way to change your mind
And maybe things are better off this way
And I’m sure it’s how they’ll stay
And we’ll both be fine

Still I would like to find
A way to change your mind
And maybe things are better off this way
And I’m sure it’s how they’ll stay

And now i’m all alone
And now I’m all alone
But I am feeling fine
I don’t have you on my mind
I don’t have you on my mind
for the first time in a long long time
For the first time in a long time
Track Name: Perfect Girl
I found the perfect girl
Pretty as can be
I guess just not perfect for me
I want to change my ways
Then maybe she’ll see
That I can be just what she needs
But I don’t know if I’ll succeed

She’s got a style, got a smile that I love
I just cannot get above these thoughts that linger in my mind

I don’t know what it is
I’ve liked girls before
I guess I just like this one more
I’m going crazy now
It’s worse every day
And there is nothing she can say that I won’t take in the wrong way

It makes me sad when she’s out having fun
And I’m stuck here with no one
I can’t pretend like I’m all right

She’s got a style, got a smile that I love
I just cannot get above these thoughts that linger in my mind

I found the perfect girl
Pretty as can be
I guess just not perfect for me
Track Name: Wash My Hands
Somebody has stolen your heart
Make sure they’re not playing a part
I’m serious I know from experience
Time really does pass you by
After a few months you would be wise
To figure out what their motivations are

Time heals many wounds
What are you going to do?

Don’t want to be around when everything crumbles down
It’s time to wash my hands of all of this
If you think you are smart, this is the hardest part
Realization something’s going wrong

What about the other shoe
Some girls says she loves you
What do you say if you’re not feeling it?
Well, I just chickened out
Affirmed despite my doubts
Did not turn out too well for anyone

Time heals many wounds
What are you going to do?

Don’t want to be around when everything crumbles down
It’s time to wash my hands of all of this
If you think you are smart, this is the hardest part
Realization something’s going wrong
Track Name: I Can't Make Things Right
I can’t make things right until I make it right inside
But I’m not doing well
Trying to forget what happened
Trying to move on
But I am still in hell
I’m still in hell

I don’t want to see you
I don’t want to think about you but I have to go
I wish I could just be happy
I want to move on, but I can’t let you go

Everyone
So in love and they’re just out there having fun
And I’ve tried
It was too hard, so I guess for now I’m done

I can’t make things right until I make it right inside
But I’m not doing well
Trying to forget what happened
Trying to move on
But I am still in hell
I’m still in hell

Everyone
So in love and they’re just out there having fun
And I’ve tried
It was too hard, so I guess for now I’m done
Track Name: Until the Very End
I can’t believe how hard I’m falling for you
Girl, you’re my best friend
When you’re around I just don’t care what we do
I don’t want it to end

I just love how we notice things that no one else sees
Or how we almost died
When people around us talk so seriously
We know why

Now that we’re talking, I feel so many things
But mostly I feel great
I’m so excited that you might come live here
that I can hardly wait

Even though I’ve waited ten years
to hold you again and tell you how I feel
I want to keep you for the rest of my life
This is real

So now I will hold on tightly
I don’t want to lose you again
I need you in my life
Until we’re very old, until the very end

I’ve tried before to find somebody like you
They just don’t exist
I never thought it could get better than this
Until the night we kissed

I just love how we notice things that no one else see
Or how we almost died
When people around us talk so seriously
We know why

So now I will hold on tightly
I don’t want to lose you again
I need you in my life
Until we’re very old, until the very end