Swells

by Thomas Crystal

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Swells is the first full length album by Philadelphia's Thomas Crystal. Please enjoy.

Thomas Crystal is 1/2 of the indie pop band Work Drugs.

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released May 19, 2017

Written and recorded in the Derivative Room, Collingswood, NJ
All songs by Thomas Crystal

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Thomas Crystal Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Thomas Crystal is a musician from Philadelphia by way of the sea. This is a place for solo material. Please enjoy.

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Track Name: What a Time to Be Alive
what a time to be alive
we can make it if we try
what a time to be alive

you can take it as it comes
you can fake it till it goes
like a phone without a hand
or a cop without a note

what a time to be alive
we can make it if we try
what a time to be alive

our words will all live on
in zeros and in ones
electrostatic scars
our wounds have come undone

what a time to be alive
we can make it if we try
what a time to be alive
Track Name: Lost in Love
fantisize
let it take you away
like cassettes
flip us over, press play
let's retire
before we're older
and under played
this is torture, and not our fate

we might as well be lost in love
we might as well be lost in love

heading west
with our arms out the door
coalesced
looking for what is ours
all is pure
running valleys in monochrome
you're all I need to feel at home

we might as well be lost in love
we might as well be lost in love
Track Name: Tunnel Visions
I know what my heart is for
memories that burn and hum
it feels so good inside me
an unexploded bomb

it feels so good beside you
it feels so good when we're wrong
wrapped up in your melodies
paperweights and hopalongs

castaways are glamorized
memories that come alive
who knows where we'll sleep tonight
just you and I
you and I

it feels so good beside you
it feels so good when we're wrong
wrapped up in your melodies
paperweights and hopalongs

it's just you and I
Track Name: East River, Part 2
Brooklyn nights
roof deckin'
Union Pool, the McCarren
going broke
just trying to fit in

feeling lost
side steppin'
took the G in the wrong direction
in a place where they know perfection
the East River's got its own collection

sky line views from the cracks in the roof
bills are due
shares were lost in the move
the cities gonna clean you off
and hang you out to dry
now your trust funds all dried up
your parents won't ask why

everybody knows about the city
all the glitter and gold
everyone in town just feels so pretty
when the future's on hold
Track Name: Hard Luck
passing out rhymes to make the weekend
barrier islands and older friends
seven nights to prove you mean it
it always catches up
in the end

hard luck
it took some hard luck
it took some hard luck
to find the bottom

part time lovers in the deep end
they warned us all to look for the risk
we risked it all for the feeling
the summer was our glass ceiling
one by one we joined the trance

hard luck
it took some hard luck
it took some hard luck
to find the bottom

time marches on when you're watching
time marches on when you're not looking
Track Name: Swells
is it wrong
to move on
to Tehran
or Hong Kong
where the air
is hand drawn
like the scripts
that go on and on and on and on...

is it right
to stand by
while the world
is in flight
like a puzzle
that's too fine
while the mothers say
goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

release me
release me
don't tease me
Track Name: Teen Mall Culture
nobody knows
where the secrets go
but i'll show you who knows

nobody cares
what's in the air
but I care about you
but I care, it's true

angels in the fold
Track Name: California's a Second Home (Let it Be)
growing up alone
California's a second home
barely above the ground
making pennies for every pound

tonight, we're going about this wrong
tonight, we're going about this wrong

thought I'd pave my way
in a place where dreams are made
yet I'm hiding out
like a fault you can't live without

tonight, we're going about this wrong
tonight, we're going about this wrong
tonight, we're singing the same songs
tonight, we're going about this wrong