make real friends - EP

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This record was written in a small sunny courtyard adjacent to my room at my mom's house in Palm Springs, CA, where I spent six months in a post-college haze reading, walking my dog, writing, playing ultimate frisbee, making new friends, and reacquainting myself to the town I grew up in, and the accompanying memories, after being away from it for the past seven years. It was fun.

BAHAMAS VIDEO: www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZ94kdxQLQ4

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released 18 May 2013
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Written, Arranged, Recorded, and Mixed by Will Sturgeon
Mastered by Andrew Maury

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Track Name: Echoes
when's the next time she will call you up
and tell you to come over
she's been drinking
dancing and spinning some fleetwood mac
on vinyl

she's the girl that you've been longing for
three years of back and forth
and suddenly
staring at cracks in her ceiling
are you happy

talking till two
bout writer's block
and beatles songs
and no thought of how
we get along
and kiss a lot

what if she don't
like you at all
at least you've got
one perfect night
of echoes in
her tile halls

open your eyes when the sun comes out
and close em cuz you're both worn out
dream about days
you spent daydreaming about a night
at her place

talking till two
bout writer's block
and beatles songs
and no thought of how
we get along
and kiss a lot

what if she don't
like you at all
at least you've got
one perfect night
of echoes in
her tile halls

maybe tomorrow
it will be just a fog
living in my head
until I recall it
and if you answer the phone
one time a month or at all
maybe I'll give her a call
to talk about how right we are

***
(taylor swift-style break)
hello?
HAY
oh...
you know, I really like you girl
thanks....

***

talking till two
bout writer's block
and beatles songs
and no thought of how
we get along
and kiss a lot

what if she don't
like you at all
at least you've got
one perfect night
of echoes
Track Name: Bahamas
i met a girl in the bahamas
couldn't catch her name through her accent
so I just called her Lacey
cuz she sold my friend some janky-ass shoes

she wore dark sunglasses
and a jogger's stopwatch on her left wrist
i told her i'm in a pop band
and she don't give a shit

i guess i'm singing alone

i followed her back to a starbucks
i can't believe it's in a place like this
did my wizard impression
it got a laugh so i sang her a surefire hit

"that's me in the corner
that's me in the spotlight
losing my religion"
she left me singing alone

and what happened
i thought that all bands were dope
but in the bahamas
they don't

i guess i'm singing alone

i stormed my way back through the shipyard
picked up some pot from a ten year-old kid
didn't get to smoke my friends out though
cuz a sea cop caught me with it

now i'm stuck in a jail cell
tryna tell them i'm famous
i'm the bassist of the miracals
they think i'm daniel radcliff

and what happened
i thought that all bands were dope
but in the bahamas
they don't

i guess i'm singing alone
Track Name: Make Real Friends
maybe I should make real friends
so I can go out again
we can drink at houses where we don't know anyone
and grumble why we got no friends

I could text James again
but he's got a new best friend
I could text my friend with benefits
but she don't like when I try to be her man

so I'll just sit alone
scrolling through my phone
wonder who my real friends are
and I could count them on my fingers
but I'll draw
their faces where my calluses are

maybe I should make real friends
maybe I should make real friends

so I drove to a rooftop bar
blasting music in the car
met up with a real good friend surrounded by her roommates
I heard that they hated me

so we went to a different bar
and I got drunk and felt her up
now I lost another friend to sex
I should resist it
I should be a better man

so I'll just sit at home
for days I sit alone
and wallow that I got no one
to put my arm around
and drive to the griffith
hike in the midday sun

maybe I should make real friends
maybe I should make real friends

but I don't understand
am I not friendly
cuz the pretentious kids
all have it in for me

they don't know who I am
maybe that's my problem
am I a decent friend
anyone need a friend
like me


everyday I go outside
walk in the park, sunlight
go to a show
call it a night
and I wonder why I got no friends

maybe I should make real friends
Track Name: In The 90's
I met a girl
with shiny hair
and perfect skin
I went
over to play with her

but she ran away
so I followed her
the teacher stopped and put
us in our own corners

my hair would be so dope in the nineties
a part in the middle
matching my ripped blue jeans
I'd meet my Topanga
and we would be best friends
and get married

we'd only have three walls
and I'd go to school with my best friends
and my hair would look better than
it's looked
since the nineties

a couple years went by
our lockers right beside each other
still but I couldn't say hi

now I'm stuck watching you with
boys with watches and frosted tips
never got the guts to put that shit
in my hair

but it would have been
so dope in the nineties
a part in the middle
matching my ripped blue jeans
I'd meet my Topanga
and we would be best friends
and get married

we'd only have three walls
and I'd go to school with my best friends
and my hair would look better than
it's looked
since the nineties

but I
don't wanna be your boyfriend
we might just stop talking
cuz that's how I am

so I'll
IM you in the morning
while you wait for the Johnson's
they're running late again

so I'll mess up my hair
lemme play with my hair




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