In Search of Brighter Skies

by The Black Sox Scandal

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released May 13, 2016

Written & Performed by The Black Sox Scandal
Recorded & Mixed by Joe Dell'Aquila at Exeter Recordings
Produced by Joe Dell'Aquila & The Black Sox Scandal
Mastered by Bill Henderson at Azimuth Mastering

The Black Sox Scandal:
Tom Smeaton // Lead Vocals
Dan Lisi // Guitar, Vocals
Colin Hyland // Guitar
Brett Bretterson // Bass
Anthony Galasso // Drums, Percussion

Additional Musicians:
Zac Wong // Keys, Synth

Artwork & Design: Anthony Galasso
www.antgalasso.com

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The Black Sox Scandal Ewing Township, New Jersey

The Black Sox Scandal makes pop-punk music in the Asbury Park NJ area. With three EPs in the rearview and an established live presence, the five-piece is in the process of a writing a new EP about moving forward in the post-college world.

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Track Name: East Coast Bias
Stranded here I’m waiting
For someone to finally see this through
I saw a figure past the airline gates
But I’m scared it wasn’t you
It’s not the first time down this road
And maybe we should give it time
But how am I supposed to keep up
As the hours lag behind?

She’ll say it clear and I can’t fight
Casey said I’ve got an east coast bias
Rooted in my heart and in my veins
Casey said I’ve got an east coast bias
And I’ll stay stuck with no one left to blame

Through the winters in Poughkeepsie
Where my harshest doubts were sown
These were places I could make it
But could never call my home
Now the story changes
Jets take off in search of brighter skies
Toward a city for the angels
And I just might

Casey said I’ve got an east coast bias
Rooted in my heart and in my veins
Casey said I’ve got an east coast bias
And I’ll stay stuck with no one left to blame

Casey said I’ve got an east coast bias
Rooted in my heart and in my veins
Casey said I’ve got an east coast bias
And I’ll stay stuck with no one left to blame
Track Name: Breaking Even
Bring me all your problems
And I won’t ask any questions
You might say I have enough
And I might make that concession
But the truth is in the knife
And the choice to put it down again tonight

You’d catch me when I fall
But that’s not helping us at all
Damage pulls me through
I’ll relive my mistakes
Because it’s easier to bend than break
These habits that pull me back to you

Occupied in solace
With the hope of satisfaction
But it’s hard to make this progress
In a dark and troubled faction
Would it have been so hard
To give a reason why you’re leaving?
So shattered is this man
Who makes his living breaking even
Standing idly by to watch the world around us stretch him way too thin
Track Name: Places
Lost in translation for the message here
And what I’m supposed to see
The problem is you see right through me
There’s got to be a lesson
Just to make some goddamn sense
Of all the people that we’ve scattered
Or was this just supposed to be?

If there’s no math to loss and love
To find out what you’re made of
We could rule the world like kings
If we could see the sky above
If I could just escape this place
I know that I’d be fine
Absent of a shortcut
All we’ve left is to survive

If there’s a second for an exit here
And how this ought to be
The problem was it fell so simply

If there’s no math to loss and love
To find out what you’re made of
We could rule the world like kings
If we could see the sky above
If I could just escape this place
I know that I’d be fine
Absent of a shortcut
All we’ve left is to survive

You always wanted to know
If we could find other places to go

If there’s no math to loss and love
To find out what you’re made of
We could rule the world like kings
If we could see the sky above
If there’s no math to loss and love
To find out what you’re made of
We could rule the world like kings
If we could see the sky above
If I could just escape this place
I know that I’d be fine
Absent of a shortcut
All we’ve left is to survive
Track Name: Fading Out
Is this where the light fades out
Have you taken all that you can see?
Can you stand for what we’ve lost here
Or does it drive you mad like me?

Dancing in a circle
When timing wasn’t perfect
A copacetic pause for a promise kept
I’ve used my bookshelf as a trophy case
For lessons learned and purchased
But nothing in the text can paint the picture
As I’ve searched us for an answer
That grades out more than a cheap romancer

Is this where the light fades out
Have you taken all that you can see?
Can you stand for what we’ve lost here
Or does it drive you mad like me?

It couldn’t be enough to pour my thoughts out
Fair or not to put them on your shoulders
As “Recovery” filled the pauses in the air
I’ve made a lifetime of ignoring my own best advice
With nothing short tonight of full disclosure
As an escape device
Don’t press me for a reason why
Because you’re worth every goddamn second in my eyes

Is this where the light fades out
Have you taken all that you can see?
Can you stand for what we’ve lost here
Or does it drive you mad like me?

It’ll test me to the marrow in my bones
To leave without you
The last few weeks were like sleepwalking alone
But I’ll fade without you

Is this where the light fades out
Have you taken all that you can see?
Can you stand for what we’ve lost here
Or does it drive you mad like me?
Track Name: Prophet Margin
Judging by your apathy
And how you don’t remember me
I think we’ve got a problem here
When you’ve been to Hell and back
You know just how to take the heat
But now it’s burning me alive

And God, if you’re watching
Please cover your eyes

See it in the present tense
And know until it all makes sense
Pull me up, don’t let me drown
All alone, I’m feeling all alone
But I'm still relieved to feel the wind at my back

And now for this moment
I’ll cover my eyes

Look down from the clouds
Look down to the ground
And you’ll see me crawling
Back from the life
Where I sink to be safe and it’s in the margin now
I can hold my head up high
It’s a target but I call it life well spent

We could’ve had it all
But maybe that was just too much to ask
It takes more than one to want it
Your problem with rejection
Doesn’t mix with my affection
And it’s clear now we weren’t built to last

But now in this moment
Just cover your eyes

Look down from the clouds
Look down to the ground
And you’ll see me crawling
Back from the life
Where I sink to be safe and it’s in the margin now
I can hold my head up high
It’s a target but I call it life well spent
Track Name: Cap & Gown
Don’t we all look pretty in our cap & gown?
It don’t mean much to me right now
But sure did make my mama proud
And my father said to me,
He said, “This world is in your hands”
But I can’t fight it
I’ll never live up to grandeur that they think I can

But simple words struggle to say
Regrets are how we got this way
A chapter lost and gone
As I found, I found where I belonged

Don’t we all look pretty in our cap & gown?
I had all of these great big dreams
But myself, I shot them down
Because there isn’t time
For all of the things we want in this
And by the time my mind’s made up
I’ll have surely missed my ideal tryst

But simple words struggle to say
Regrets are how we got this way
Wasted pages, nightly rages
All gone in one day?

We forgot the power in our past
We lost the hours that went so fast
With brutal lessons and harsher themes
We finally found what it all means
This thing called growing up
Isn’t always all that it’s supposed to be

They offered me four years to finally find my fit
But high and mighty at seventeen and I couldn’t handle it
Someone tell me for all the work, what it is I have to show?
I’m unemployed, I’m miserable and worst of all I’m alone
Worst of all...

Simple words struggle to say
Regrets are how we got this way
A chapter lost and gone
As I found, I found, I found...

We forgot the power in our past
We lost the hours that went so fast
With brutal lessons and harsher themes
We finally found what it all means
This thing called growing up
Isn’t always all that it’s supposed to be
That it’s supposed to be