Nothing Seemed So Perfect

by The Black Sox Scandal

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This is an album about growing beyond a part of your life that you thought was everything. When you fall down, you pick yourself up. Be defiant. In the end, you'll find what you're looking for.

Deepest gratitude goes out to anyone that downloads these tracks. We worked extremely hard for them to come out the way they did, so we appreciate anyone who gives us a chance. Thank you.

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released March 12, 2013

Written by Dan Lisi and Tom Smeaton

The Black Sox Scandal:
Tom Smeaton - Vocals
Dan Lisi - Guitar, Synth
Zac Wong - Piano, Synth

Producer: Doug Rockwell & The Black Sox Scandal
Engineer: Doug Rockwell
Mixing & Mastering: Doug Rockwell
Recorded at Animal Sound Studio

Additional Musicians:
Assorted Percussion: Doug Rockwell
Synth on Track 6: Doug Rockwell
Moral Support: Joe Zorzi

Cover Photo: Danni Siminerio Photography
Cover & Logo Design: Tom Smeaton

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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: Capsized
I heard the Hudson River screaming
When I finally hit the ground
I count the beats of my own heart
'Cause no one else will make a sound
I gotta get out of here
It turns out I can’t stand it after all
While you’re trying to tear me down
And lift yourself above me as I fall

Don’t say hold steady now
The act is tired, my patience’s growing old
But here comes that wave again
The one that sweeps right through
And swallows me whole
Go speak mind and call me a loner
Just know someday you’ll say I showed you
Capsized, I’m turning over
I’ll find my great escape

I’d try to run but it’s not worth it
So I just tread and hold this in
How hard it is to keep my temper
And water underneath my chin
You’ll swear it’s obvious
Why people cut my throat and I should see
Then I’m sure I’ll figure out the reasons
For all these holes you’ve cut in me

And here comes that wave again
To sweep right through
And swallow me whole
Go speak mind and call me a loner
Just know someday you’ll say I showed you
Capsized, I’m turning over
I’ll find my great escape

Capsized, capsized, capsized
I’ll find my great escape

I can’t help feel that I’m still sinking
Though I should feel worlds apart
It’s no surrender ‘til the end
Or when this wave comes in
It swallows me whole
Go speak mind and call me a loner
Just know someday you’ll say I showed you
Capsized, I’m turning over
I’ll find my great escape
Track Name: Anchors
I heard an empty sound on the radio today
It took the place of all the things you used to say
I’m just the optimist while we sit here wasting words
I say it every time, but maybe that’s the last we’ve ever heard
Shout, shout! The whole room spins and people won’t let go
Why we live so anchored down, I swear I’ll never know

You could be my rock
And I’d keep you anchored to the floor
At once, I thought I missed you
Now I couldn’t need you more
Can you save me?
Would you save me?
After everything, would you still stay
And save me, be my anchor after all?

Now we’re right back where we started way back when
But time passes by the people that we’ve been since then
At night, the highway burns an auburn shade of red
A sky filled with everything I had the chance and know I should have said
Take, take a part of me that I know isn’t real
Why we live so anchored down, I swear that I can’t deal

You could be my rock
And I’d keep you anchored to the floor
At once, I thought I missed you
Now I couldn’t need you more
Can you save me?
Would you save me?
After everything, would you still stay
And save me, be my anchor after all?

You could be my rock
And I’d keep you anchored to the floor
At once, I thought I missed you
Now I couldn’t need you more
Can you save me?
Would you save me?
After everything, would you still stay
And save me, be my anchor after all?
After all, can you save me, would you save me?
After everything, my anchor after all
After all, can you save me, would you save me?
After everything, my anchor after all…
Track Name: Something Left To Say
Tell me what you never, ever told me
Before I go, I just wanna know
What tomorrow brings
And if I’ll be spending alone without you
Tell me, won’t you tell me what I can do?
I know, I know I could stay in doubt
Or keep holding out
I’m spending so much time just thinking of you

Everything fell in place so fast
Too early for perfect when it never lasts
Weeks went by, but we’d both see
There’s something about the dynamics of you and me

Tell me what you never, ever told me
Before I go, I just wanna know
What tomorrow brings
And if I’ll be spending alone without you
Tell me, won’t you tell me what I can do?
I know, I know I can’t stay in doubt
Or keep holding out
I’m spending too much time just thinking of you

Promise found in the winter air
I saw it in the spark off your long brown hair
So beautiful in the soft moonlight
Fate felt secure as we held so tight
Bulletproof, though the night was young
And three simple words danced their way off my tongue
The months went by, but we’d both see
Why can’t you just make yourself vulnerable like me?

“I know we can make this work”
Do you remember those words that you said to me?
On the pier as we stared at the ocean
Your head on my shoulder, I asked you for honesty
Trust me, still, I would pick up that phone
And I couldn’t care less to know the intent was wrong
Even gone, there’s this much for certain
I know you’re the one that I’ve wanted for so long
But I’m sorry if I didn’t turn out
As the person you wanted me to be

Tell me what you never, ever told me
Before I go, I just wanna know
What tomorrow brings
And if I’ll be spending alone without you
Tell me, won’t you tell me what I can do?
I know, I know I can’t stay in doubt
Or keep holding out
I’ve wasted too much time just thinking of you
Track Name: Effort & Error
When push comes to shove they say
You gotta get out of your own way
And I do agree
But when pieces don’t come together
My greatest threat’s in the glass
Looking back at me
I’ve been alone and forgotten
But I’ve had people talking
The worst of two extremes
If I said that the words didn’t get me
That they never affect me
I’m lying through my teeth
But there’s always time we’ve left to change

Open your eyes and tell me
You won't find I’m over you
At long last I’ve found my voice again
And all told, your time is through

Truth is, there were mis-held perceptions
All the flaws in perfection
That drew these critics here
And I’ve spent too much time in the fire
Pushed back the liars and
Wasting in my fears
But there’s none left to stop me now
It’s amazing how much the time can turn your way
And my path might have fell of course
But I’m on track now
I just need a place to say

Open your eyes and tell me
You won't find I’m over you
At long last I’ve found my voice again
And all told, your time is through

There's always time to change
And I just need a place to say it
There's always time to change
And I just need a place to say...

Open your eyes and tell me
You won't find I’m over you
At long last I’ve found my voice again
And all told, your time is through
Open your eyes and tell me
You won't find I’m over you
At long last I’ve found my voice again
And all told, your time is through
Track Name: X Me Out
So here we are, you never wanted any bit of this
But you never made it anywhere close to obvious
And I can never hold my breath again
On the words that leave your mouth
Like daggers pressing deep against my skin

So X me out, there's no turning back now
I've been waiting here all night.
Just let me know if it's really over
We can move on if you learn to let go,
And let me leave, as a distant memory

So here we are, you work it like you wanted this to be
Everything you crossed from my heart without the cost of me
I needed anything to pull me up again
You think you’ve got me figured out
But trust me, you don’t get the half of it

So X me out, there's no turning back now
I've been waiting here all night.
Just let me know if it's really over.
We can move on if you learn to let go,
And let me leave, as a distant memory

So X me out, there's no turning back now
I've been waiting here all night.
Just let me know if it's really over
We can move on if you learn to
X me out, there's no turning back now
I've been waiting here all night.
Just let me know if it's really over
We can move on if you learn to let go,
And let me leave, as a distant memory
Track Name: Perfect In The End
Make me spit out a thousand words that I never meant
And I’d be lying if I said that I could fight it anymore
It’s just in everything you say
And every word that takes your breath
There’s always longing for a feeling we left in the past

You know it just as well as I
That fate can’t be stalled and everything dies
And I know everything I’ve heard
She said, nothing seems so perfect in the end

Don’t tell me it’s over now
We all just need a reason to believe
Don’t tell me it’s over now
Our time will come again

Forgotten promises and everything we’ve built falls to the ground
Half-heart goodbyes are all that’s left and maybe I’ll see you around
And I know that I can catch this fall
She said, suppose you’ve got to prove it after all

Don’t tell me it’s over now
I just need a reason to believe
Don’t tell me it’s over now
Our time will come again

When I tell you this was everything to me
I don’t exaggerate I swear
I bled my soul and shelved my life
To hold this feeling in the air
It’s over, ALL of this
You know I told you twice that I was through
But my heart keeps beating on
I’ll make it out alive without you

Don’t tell me it’s over now
I just need a reason to believe
Don’t tell me it’s over now
Our time will come again
She said, nothing seemed so perfect in the end