Don't Die

by Nightmares For A Week

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- digipak jacket - uncoated finish
- 6 panel booklet

vinyl information:
- gatefold jacket - uncoated finish
- full color innersleeve - uncoated finish
- full color center labels
- shrinkwrapped

tracklisting
SIDE A:
01. You Destroy Me
02. Baby
03. Veins
04. Old House
05. Bear Mountain
06. Our Vessel

SIDE B:
07. Alright
08. Lightning Rod
09. New Solitude
10. Breath's As Hard As Kerosene
11. Don't Die

credits

released 07 December 2010

Guitar & Vocals - Bill Manley
Drums - Steve Markota
Bass & Vocals - Sean-Paul Pillsworth

Additional musicians:
Accordion - James Felice on "You Destroy Me", "Our Vessel", & "Don't Die"
Saxophone - Tony Manley on "Lightning Rod"
Keys - Frank McGinnis
Backing Vocals - Walter Schreifels on "Breath's As Hard As Kerosene"

All songs written by Nightmares For A Week
Produced, Recorded, Mixed, & Mastered by John Naclario in June 2010 at Nada Recording Studio in New Windsor, NY
Additional production and engineering by Eric Castillo

Thanks to everyone that has shown us love and support in the last year and a half. Special thanks you to Zac Shaw at Music For End Times & John Naclario at Broken English Records.

This record is in loving memory of Tim Williams, Chris MacConnell, Brian Stromer, Angelina Sangaline, Mike Dul & Anthony Missasi.

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Track Name: You Destroy Me
Wake up in the mornin’ wipe the sleep from your eyes
Stretch your arms out and greet sunrise
The coffee's made now a cigarette
Can you face the day with no regret?

I thought of you and I couldn't breathe
All the blood in my heart makes me weak in the knees
I reached out to you, but my arms wouldn't work
You destroy me

Put on your makeup so beautifully
Your eyes like diamonds shine right through me
The coffee's made now a cigarette
Can you face the day with no regret?

I thought of you and I couldn't breathe
All the blood in my heart makes me weak in the knees
I reached out to you, but my arms wouldn't work
You destroy me
You destroy me
Track Name: Baby
One last time
I write it down with a pen and paper now
Swimmin’ in your own blood, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound
All the while
These scary thoughts used to shake my brittle bones
All that's left of you
These old pages align like tombstones

Off the wagon, dive head first into the grave
I'm sure you'll find God someday
A born again, same old baby you've always been
And you can't wait to lie here

Cold days in hell
Is your favorite weather, as far as we can tell
Don't call it a comeback, don't call it an anniversary
Swimmin’ in your own blood
This is my favorite injury from a self-inflicted puncture wound

Off the wagon, dive head first into the grave
I'm sure you'll find God someday
A born again, same damn baby you've always been
It's been a while now get ready to die
It's been a while now get ready to die

Now that you can see the bitter half of me,
I watch you grow up, I watch you die out it's like your life's stuck on repeat.
I heard you clappin’ loud for me, you're such a bad act.
Is that all you have?
You're such a bad act.
Is that all you have?
Is that all you have?

Off the wagon, dive head first into the grave
I'm sure you'll find God someday
A born again, same old baby you've always been
Same old baby you've always been
Same old baby you've always been
And you can't wait to lie here
Track Name: Veins
And if I stay here and watch you go
Just let me be damned straight to hell
I'll lie in my grave, I'm buried just as well
While I'm underground
I know Pacific waves crash in your eyes
A place I hope your happiness lies

We'll share the same old pain
It's your blood, it's runnin’ through my veins
It's your blood, it's runnin’ through my veins

I'll find a light to keep you warm
I'll find a shelter to keep us safe from the storm
I can, and I will find liars
There's a fire that can't be killed
In the hearts and minds of those who know this feeling well
(Know it well)

We'll share the same old pain
The only one who can make your heart feel sane
The only one who can make you go insane

I want to eat your ocean eyes
The sky looks bright today, and if you ask
"To swallow my pride is my greatest fear"
"To swallow my pride is my greatest fear"

You're runnin’, runnin’ out

And still you're blood, it's runnin’ through my veins
And still you're blood, it's runnin’ through my veins

I want to eat your ocean eyes
Wash them down with red rivers
It warms the cold blood and bones traveling through November
(I'm on fire)
It's your blood, it's runnin’ through my veins
It's your blood, it's runnin’ through my veins
Track Name: Old House
It's burned in our brains
We're branded, we're stranded all the while
These memories won't let me go
First time in days, we didn't think about the old house
We weren't ready for this
We weren't ready for this

Stale beer and cigarettes
Old food and a love I'll never forget
We'll sing, "Moments like this never last"
Winter felt alive when we would sing
I still remember (I still remember)
The Misfits on the stereo
We'd pump our fists and let ourselves go

And we'll save our philosophies
We'll make good times, not tragedies
In the end, we'll drink down our only saviors
We'll stumble like drunken sailors

Not a worry or a second guess
At 21 I start all over again
By 22 I had couple regrets
Freeloaders and no nights alone
Somehow it always felt like home
Milo's on the stereo
Never grow up, never let go

And we'll save our philosophies
We'll make good times, not tragedies
In the end, we'll drink down our only saviors
We'll stumble like drunken sailors

I never thought tonight would alright
I never tonight would be goodbye

And we'll save our philosophies
We'll make good times, not tragedies
In the end, we'll drink down our only saviors
We'll stumble like drunken sailors

And we'll burn our apologies
We made good friends
We made enemies
"To the end"
We'll drink down our only saviors
Stumble like drunken sailors
Track Name: Bear Mountain
It’s 28 years later now
That’s the day that he walked out
Fell out of love and off a cliff
To these sharks, they’re waiting here below
You faced a coward, it burned your eyes
It came as a surprise, one that’s wearin’ down your bones

Please believe the words you write
Since I, I’ve seen your letter
Realize, it struck a chord inside
A self-worth you must recognize

It’s 28 years later now
That’s the day that you found out
A comfort’s warning, a taste that’s longing
(All for him)

Please believe the words you write
Since I, I’ve seen your letter
Realize, it struck a chord inside
A self-worth you must recognize

Without compromise
Without salty eyes
Without parasites
One day this song will be in your head
As I lay here and die

It’s drunk and cold inside
I’ve seen your letter

These are the songs that will bring us together
We’re all going down together
Track Name: Our Vessel
Please think good of us, been stuck between the wake
Our cabin’s flooded and our soul’s been ripped apart
We might find land, might be our funeral
We’re here alone
We’re here alone

Some say it’s over
The anchor drags its heaviest
Above the current’s wrath, this holy battleship
The sea has seen a fight it can’t resist
We sink, we’re sober
Our blurry eyes can handle this

And we’ll row on
The sharks are circlin’ but we keep our faith strong
We’ll keep movin’ until Death, He calls us out
Please remember us, please think good of us

Storm winds howling, the ocean spits itself to death
Our vessel's shedding planks
Oh God a sacrifice!
Consecrate this sea with our blood
"And to the old days!"
“And to the old day!”

And we’ll row on
The sharks are circlin’ but we keep our faith strong
We’ll keep movin’ until Death, He calls us out
Please remember us, please think good of us
Track Name: Alright
If all you had to say was “Alright”
There wouldn’t be a reason to bleed

A whole 48 hours, 2 fragile nights
The dishes in the sink and lights left on
I thought I saw your shadow
But it ran away ashamed

Call it a day, just another ceremony
Clap your hands away
(Clap your hand away)
I used to be full of guts and glory

Now, they all seemed to fall out

Where the hell are my best friends?
They’re standing in the ice-box neatly single-file
It hasn’t been that long, since we last met

A whole 48 hours, 2 fragile nights
The dishes in the sink and lights left on
I thought I saw your shadow
But it ran away ashamed

Call it a day, just another ceremony
Clap your hands away
(Clap your hands away)
I used to be full of guts and glory

And I was walkin’ wounded, for 48 straight hours
And I was talkin’ foolish, for half a year

(I won’t waste my time for anything worth shit,
and still believe in half a year, “alright”)
Track Name: Lightning Rod
I wanna be your lightning rod
Take your pain and misery away, through these lightning bolts I’ll take
Electricity, it owns me
Through my fingers, through my toes

I wanna be at your dead-end drop
Pull you from the car as your tail lights fade away
For a moment we are safe
Then reality, it kills me
I kept us alive today

So say goodnight
Eyes glued open till the daylight comes
A graveyard shift, with all these skeletons
No one is safe, their bones are on display
I got you safe and sound, when I got you safely underground

I wanna be your stunt devil
Take your cuts and scrapes to bear
Till I wear my skin away but I don’t care
(I don’t care)

So say goodnight
Eyes glued open till the daylight comes
A graveyard shift, with all these skeletons
No one is safe, their bones are on display
I got you safe and sound, when I got you safely underground

Tonight we feel alive
The cold beer keeps us warm inside
We always keep the dead within our hearts
They live in four-chord songs, our memories and sing-alongs
We are far from lonely
We are far from lonely

So say goodnight
Eyes glued open till the daylight comes
A graveyard shift, with all these skeletons
No one is safe, their bones are on display
I got you safe and sound, when I got you safely underground
Track Name: New Solitude
Friends who watched you fall
Now they sing redemption songs
As you put your faith in the bottle
At night you pray, and now you wait
For a sign from God
Or someone else to reconcile your thoughts
This will be a good year after all

Down that road, we want to feel lonely all the time
Cause I know, the one who steps in front of the line
Will get torn to pieces

I can see you must be tired
And the Hell in your eyes
And your patience long expired
You didn’t want them to know
That you had hoped for cancer to take away your fear and pain
It’s your alternative, to a life you thought you lived in vain

Down that road, we want to feel lonely all the time
Cause I know, the one who steps in front of the line
Will get torn to pieces

(You make me want to believe)

Down that road, we want to feel lonely all the time
Cause I know, the one who steps in front of the line
Will get torn to pieces

To pieces
To pieces
Track Name: Breath's As Hard As Kerosene
God I love the stories you tell
One’s in Heaven, one’s in Hell
Shake the dust off of your wings
I’m moving forward cause I got your songs to sing
And I’m grateful
Yes I’m grateful

More punk than Sid or GG
You gave up all your sanity
The music was your remedy
It keeps us movin’ along
But I stop now, a long overdue
“So long and thank you”, overdue
“So long and thank you”

A man with his guitar
Pickin’ on the Texas sunset while
The bottle says, “Hello”
An open mouth kiss, hello my Love
Come to my lips and get washed down through me

You left us your songs and legacy
Some say it was a tragedy
They’re dead wrong!
We’re singing this song
To celebrate and keep him movin’ on
To celebrate and keep him movin’ on

A man with his guitar
Pickin’ on the Texas sunset while
The bottle says, “Hello”
An open mouth kiss, hello my Love
Come to my lips and get washed down through me

There’s so far you can go
There’s so far you can go
Out of kindness I suppose
Cause when you stick to what you know,
There’s so far you can go

A man with his guitar
Pickin’ on the Texas sunset while
The bottle says, “Hello”
An open mouth kiss, hello my Love
Come to my lips and get washed down through me
Track Name: Don't Die
If you’re feelin’ beaten down
Come and join us my friends
There’s too many hours in the day your legs don’t seem to stand
You’ve given all your blood, you’ve given it away
Something in return, that’s all we have to say

Come on and join us the beaten and the bruised
Raise you glasses to the heavens in a world that seems so cruel
We’re all in this together, the hell with all the rest
We’ll be swept away, seize the day, and make it all the best

No money or riches
Nothing from you man
Just a nod of the head and a shake of the hand
No charity or handouts, any kind of fame
Don’t point at us, when you need someone to blame

Come on and join us the beaten and the bruised
Raise you glasses to the heavens in a world that seems so cruel
We’re all in this together, the hell with all the rest
We’ll be swept away, seize the day, and make it all the best