Kid Lightbulb

by Taken By Name

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taken by name presents: kid lightbulb
released in 2010

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released April 1, 2010

all songs written and performed by brandon green
except additional vocals by tess cychosz on “classical music,” “wind tunnel,” and “intruder”

all songs recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by brandon green @ an apartment in jamaica plain, ma

artwork by antony hollums
additional photography by mallory spector

special thanks to: my family, tony, tess, mallory, all my friends, everyone who’s come to support this project and everyone who is willing to listen, for your support, no matter how big or small. it’s been phenomenal so far.

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brandon lucas green Boston, Massachusetts

Brandon Lucas Green is a songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist living in Boston, MA.

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Track Name: Switch On/Switch Off
switch on switch off switch on switch off switch on switch off switch on switch off switch on switch off switch on switch off switch on switch off switch on switch off switch on switch off switch on switch off
switch on erratic behavior
switch off the smile on his face
it was an honest mistake
swivel chairs shaking hands
why would she leave?
i can’t help thinking this is on me
empty headed for a hemorrhage
it’s nothing less than instinct
a special way to deal with things
switch off switch on switch off
creativity, it waits for me
there’s no way this is healthy

we have only one night alone
you should come to my place
i need some help with this primal feeling
i’ll be your charity case

you can be my surrogate love
i’m just a lightbulb, simple
my main weapon is idleness
and you just cannot help me through this
a drum machine will tell you when i’m dead
the siren in my head is all that’s screaming
switch on the wandering mind
switch off creativity
how can i create when this is on me?

where did you go? what did i do wrong?
i think i need some help
how could i just let this slip away?
i must’ve drugged myself
tension pulling at my drowning cornea
i can’t even sit straight
where has everyone around me gone?
i might be dying
i think i’m dying
Track Name: Classical Music
i hope you don’t like me
‘cause i don’t need you to
you’ve got no need to worry
‘cause quite the jovial masses surround you
they say i’m so, so scene
express my individuality
i’m proud to be smoke free
drink away my insecurities

let’s all quote our favorite songs, let’s hope that they make sense
let’s all go out to the movies under the influence
this classical music is surely something i don’t need
i know that eventually none of this will make sense to me

ethnomusicology will get the best of you you’ll see
individuality will get the best of you

i don’t want none of this

who needs identity when everyone is a machine
who needs rationality when there’s always a party scene

let’s all quote our favorite songs, let’s hope that they make sense
let’s all go out to the movies under the influence
this classical music is surely something i don’t need
i know that eventually none of this will make sense to me
Track Name: Seabreeze
enjoy the moment...
Track Name: Closet Freak
sitting in her room she curses all she sees
it’s not me
with little hope she tries to feel alive
she’s hanging on with heroin and white lies
it’s the little words that make her cry

that little closet freak
hiding behind the sheets
don’t let her see you there
giving you her closet stare
she won’t admit, she won’t submit
she won’t admit, she won’t submit

i hope she hears the voice; can you?

when all the pretty boys came out to play
she stayed beneath the sea
the serpent’s kiss
they could not defy the hatred she released

that little closet freak
hiding behind the sheets
don’t let her see you there
giving you her closet stare
that little closet freak
she’s cold and feeling weak
don’t let her see you there
giving you her closet stare
she won’t admit, she won’t submit
she won’t admit, she won’t submit

when they left her all alone she couldn’t make it up to breathe
descent to misery
a way out of the cold she couldn’t see
she lost it on that day
they ripped it all away
that little dirty closet freak

i hope she hears the voice; can you?
Track Name: Wind Tunnel
a turn of the cheek
and we’re left off at a place we don’t belong
your face is hinting at your disrepair
the way your stare invites me
i wanna make it through with you

as we travel through this wind i cry
“i hope we make it out alive”
we’re getting closer, can you tell?
help me down this path you know so well

we’re moving on in strides but i don’t even see this place
there is no trace of seabreeze here
how could we make it through?
the way the trees look down
it makes me think of giving into all these sins around me
we’re stuck alone in here and we’re still fighting

but as we travel through this wind i cry
“i hope we make it out alive”
we’re getting closer, can you tell?
help me down this path you know too well
they push apart from up above
this needn’t split between us now
i’ll hold your hand until the dawn
we must persist, we’re moving on

this i must finish without you
the best i hope you feel it too
Track Name: Polyamory
“would you stop staring at me
this is not quite what it seems”
you think you know me that well
but i know deep down inside it hurts
to watch her suffer like this
you really want to break this?
what's in your mind i can see
but I don’t know why you just won’t leave

“it's not that simple you see,
there's two sides to the story”
I will not let her go
so you’ll just have to settle for yourself
walk out that door, why don't you
this bed is not just for you
fuck you and all your advice
i had a life you compromised

and i'm not ashamed
don’t wanna leave in vain
it's not alone with me
this polyamory

no i won’t settle for this shit
no i won’t let you control this
no i won’t take away the pain
no i won’t let you win this game
no i won’t take this
Track Name: Intruder
in between the silhouettes, intruder stands
grin of deceit upon his face
what is he doing here? no one invited him
time for him to make his case
he creeps under the canopy
blank stare return
then paranoia takes its turn
(don’t worry kid, don’t worry)

lately moral behavior need not apply
the kid just wants to stay alive
nobody’s watching, nothing to lose
i’ve got all my jewels in the safe but
kid’s just a lightbulb
he don’t know from right or wrong
is he walking in his sleep?
he’s got some demons
nothing to laugh about
wish he could come out of the deep
he don’t know peace

because they’re coming to get me
there’s nowhere to hide
they’re looking for answers
locked up inside

lay awake i shiver
shiver for the day
the day that kid is in the right
“coming to get us”
he screams aloud
throughout the day and through the night
(don’t worry kid, don’t worry)

but he seems mostly harmless, nothing to fear
but there’s this glint in his eye
can’t double-cross him; he might react
but what’s residing in his mind?
kid twists and turns

he knows they’re coming to get me
there’s nowhere to hide
they’re looking for answers
locked up inside

someone’s in the kitchen and he’s dying to feed
suffocating presence makes it harder to breathe
don’t you double-cross him or he’s going to seethe
will somebody stop the intruder intruder intruder
someone’s in the kitchen and he’s eyeing the bed
take a subtle razor to the back of his head
no one’s gonna miss him if he’s already dead
will somebody stop the intruder intruder intruder
Track Name: Left in Ignorance (Underwater Version)
back to my home now
how long has it been?
can’t even remember
where i put the keys
i’ll sip my coffee, have a drink
slip off your shoes, stay a while
i love your company
i haven’t had in years

such a long time, been away
this is so familiar, but something’s lost

i wish it were easy
to recall your name
i wish you’d look the way i tell you
it’s not that way

such a long time, been away
this is so familiar, but something’s lost
Track Name: Waste Me
never felt peace or guilt
every you will subdue
things to lose
photo fades
just waste me away

in your room winter blooms
coldest air freeze our tears
no more fear
numb to pain
just waste me away

moments old turn to stone
stand outside ‘til we die
grave of lies
truth it fades
just waste me away

moments turn to stone
stand out in the cold
i’m not even listening
waste me like a child
throw me in the fire
then i’ll start to fade
mornings all alone
was it worth it all?
you will never tell me
waste me like a lover
throw me in the fire
then i’ll start to fade away
Track Name: Bitter Grey
in a second it stops
try to slip away
the clock ticks nonstop
decay, things lost
and i’m grey with bitterness and
time, ruptured experience
make me the monster my mother couldn’t see
the sight of your broken flesh triggers helpless feelings, you selfish being
i’ve been empty
yet drain more each day at the thought of you
the one who cared for me

and now my skin is a bitter grey
since the moment she ran away
never wanted for me to stay
rationality led astray
and every day is another day
only she made me feel this way
and i’ve got nothing more to say

and i don’t know you
just don’t know you anymore
tried to call you, tried to save myself
i can’t help this

and now my skin is a bitter grey
since the moment she ran away
never wanted for me to stay
rationality led astray
and every day is another day
only she made me feel this way
and i’ve got nothing more to say

i can’t help this