This Bad Decision

by Sam Behymer & the Bowties

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released August 17, 2012

recorded at the study studios, simi valley, ca; mixed at yellow brick studios; produced by aaron burch; sound engineered by karl lutz and mark santos; performances by samantha behymer (vocals, keyboard, guitar), aaron burch (drums), ethan long (guitar), jack parmelee (bass), ginny luke (violin), michael christopher luebke (cello).

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Track Name: This Bad Decision
keep a light burning in the window
so the time you lost
and the faith you lost
and the love you lost
can come back home to roost

my undoing un-understood
thought i did the best that i could
take it slow, temporary home
and let it go

i don't wanna stay here
i just wanna lay here for a while

keep your friends close until they leave you
when the time's the worst
and it hurts the worst
and you'd do your worst
to keep them from the truth

all that healing un-undertook
all those years, not one backwards look
but now i know, temporary home
i let it go

i don't wanna live here
i just wanna sit here for a while

because this bad decision
has the power to erase
all the stupid things i said to you
when you were in my place
Track Name: Melt Your Wings
come along my friend i've seen where they keep the keys
come along you've got to shut your mouth and follow me
thank god the dark did not take you
before i got to you
come along my friend

there is a window of time
and i will meet you outside
and we will take to the sky

and the light that sets you free is gonna melt your wings
but if you're holding onto me you will not feel a thing
and the light that sets you free is gonna melt your wings
but just keep holding onto me i'll give you everything

keep it up my friend i know why they brought you here
keep it up, believe me, i'll make you disappear
this is an evacuation
you'll be a new creation
keep it up my friend

there is a window of time
there is a way to survive
but you must give me your life

and the light that sets you free is gonna melt your wings
but if you're holding onto me you will not feel a thing
and the light that sets you free is gonna melt your wings
but just keep holding onto me i'll give you everything

there is a window of time
and i will meet you outside
there is a way to survive
but you must give me your life
so you can lay here and die
it's just a matter of time
or we can take to the sky

and the light that sets you free is gonna melt your wings
but if you're holding onto me you will not feel a thing
and the light that sets you free is gonna melt your wings
but just keep holding onto me i'll give you everything
Track Name: Far Enough Away
there was never anything but blood between us
and i have shed the last of that
you will notify your followers of this grievance
and i'll be wanted dead in every major city
tell yourself whatever helps you sleep

and look at me - i can't get far enough away
still holding onto something i never heard you say
i know that i'll outgrow the pain
but i can't get far enough away

go on love parade your jealousy as reason
i'm lost but i'm not coming back
in captivity i fell for childhood demons
and when you find me there'll be nothing left to break
i tell myself whatever helps me sleep
and look at me - i can't get far enough away
still holding onto something i never heard you say
i know that i'll outgrow the pain
but i can't get far enough away

don't hang up the phone
allow me one moment of weakness before i let go

and look at me - i can't get far enough away
still holding onto something i never heard you say
i know that i'll outgrow the pain
but i can't get far enough away
Track Name: Hounds of Mercy
i am fighting the tide
reaching up from inside
my exterior calm
stacking bricks on my chest
keep your calf muscles flexed
are we doing this wrong

i am no hooded vagrant
i've seen the signs
release your hounds of mercy
take what you find

my oblivious friends
practice not giving in
to the people they are
build a toothpick chateau
knock it down with one blow
then go cry in your car

i am no spineless black sheep
i pay my fines
release your hounds of mercy
infect my mind

slide your hand through the bars
touch the teeth of my heart
i am vicious and true
kingdom's coming for us
i hear hooves in the dust
and we're not waiting for you

i am no bloated girl-child
these ties don't bind
release your hounds of mercy
leave me behind
Track Name: Those Who Favor Fire
take a knife to the mood
sever me from my own feet and i'll
find a new way down

set fire to the room
blue turning black as i breathe you
in and in and in and in and out
Track Name: Careless
if you could have seen you might have believed
but i feel you slipping now
with my newborn mouth i singled you out
and we lost our way somehow

all i know is what i want
all you see is who i was
we were bound to break
in the wake of careless love

count on the truth to untie the noose
and relieve the years of falsehood
but under your love you're holding that grudge
like any angel would

all i know is what i want
all you see is who i was
we were bound to break
in the wake of careless love
Track Name: The Snake
there was a snake in the road
and it was talking to me
had no mouth left to move
been dead at least a week
but i knew the voice right away
convinced my feet to stay
and as the moon rise high
i knelt by his broken side

and he said
i got you beat on borrowed time
i got your love in the same place i keep mine
now baby stay by me 'till your blood is dry
and i will find you on the other side

and now the earth shook below
and the snake showed his teeth
i felt knives in my blood
and i smelled something sweet
i watched the sky crack and peel
exposing bars of steel
and i looked the snake in the eye

i got you beat on borrowed time
i got your love in the same place i keep mine
now baby stay by me 'till your blood is dry
and i will find you on the other side
Track Name: More Love
this can't be real
i am unsinkable i am not here to be saved
but these recent realignments
have altered the way that the wind hits my face
and i know that you'll go

and there will be more love
but it won't be like this
there will be another
but i'll never be his
there will be more winters
and more morning rain
there will be more love
but it won't be the same

so just leave me here
one foot in the water and one heart in pieces again
and i will learn not to fear morning
but i'll still have the wheat and the wind
and these black and white nights if you're right

and there will be more love
but it won't be like this
there will be another
but i'll never be his
there will be more winters
and more morning rain
there will be more love
but it won't be the same
Track Name: Keep Your Hands to Yourself
come on down, i've got time
and my magnolia needs you
water black, water white
show me how to make it not true

i hear your voice, i close my eyes
what did heaven tell you
"leave her breath but take her life
and then we'll see who she runs to"

skin for skin, oh
lead i'll follow
sorrow

keep your hands to yourself
comfort me, help me sleep, fill the emptiness in me
and i'm gonna follow you through hell
but you've gotta keep your hands to yourself

tell me where you have been
what you saw there and what you stole
you call me sister and friend
but you don't know what i know

skin for skin, oh
lead i'll follow
sorrow

keep your hands to yourself
comfort me, help me sleep, fill the emptiness in me
and i'm gonna follow you through hell
but you've gotta keep your hands to yourself
Track Name: I Believe in Harvey Dent
he was the exception to the rule
you'd never accept that he could cut you down
like all the others did
you promise yourself you'll play it cool
and pay no attention to the man behind the curtain

when your champagne bottle heart explodes
and love gets on your sunday clothes
there's no way to seal it up again
everybody sees that you've got several missing pieces
but instead of what you need
they give you thread and a needle
to patch it up and move on

it's not at all comforting to know
that they chose to come for you
knowing that meant no one came for him
your shattered face is still exposed
paying the debt you owe in tears that burn your wounded skin

when your champagne bottle heart explodes
and love gets on your sunday clothes
there's no way to seal it up again
everybody ses that you've got several missing pieces
but instead of what you need
they give you thread and a needle
to patch it up and move on

your two faces are all i see