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This is a collection of remaining demos, unfinished songs, rare trax, etc. I was inspired to release it since Guided by Voices put out stuff with blatant errors and they kick ass.

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released January 9, 2017

Mike Levinsohn: Production where listed--master @ Tegmental studios
Troy "Chroy" Doliner: Uke, Vox
Christine Henderson: Guitar
Zak Kopp: Sax
Veronica Martin: Backup Vox
Charles: Vox on A Moment Too Many

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Good Heads, Better Shoulders Boston, Massachusetts

Good Heads, Better Shoulders is a friendship collective. We are a songwriting guild. We're located in Boston. We try to share ourselves with you with our music. We play some kind of pop punk (tweemo).

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Track Name: Desire Aspire Retire
Slowly crawl under your own skin
Retreat to where you know the outs and the ins
Paint a picture in your eyelids; you'll make it glimmer and you'll make it hum
Embrace the cloudy mirage--your hands are open so why don't you clutch it with the strength you wish you had
You could've grown up to be much more like your dad
Do not let it fade, let it permeate
Blink for views of second rate fantasies
Just keep those eyes open

Keep your eyes peeled on the sea
Keep them looking out for guys like me
Keep them open just in case you wake up one day and realize you've made a mistake
Track Name: A Love Like a Flash in the Pan
Puberty is a sanctuary from which I could see clearly how tension manifests; how it robbed me of my best bets
Of sure things and long nights, of best friends and good lies

I have a name, can't have another
it's ingrained, like love from our mothers
Are you a bad martyr? We could use another!
A smile like a car crash
A love like a flash in the pan
I'll remember you if I can, I'll remember you if I can

I think my brain's just a program, cause it runs "if this, then that" on near endless repeat, until my life is complete.
I only care if this is okay for the folks who I'll see every day

I have a name, can't have another
it's ingrained, like our love from mothers
Are you a bad martyr? We could use another
A smile like a car crash
A love like a flash in the pan
I'll remember you if I can, I'll remember you if I can
Track Name: Happy Tonight
There is a grease fire that I need to tend
it's burned up this heart that I need now mend--
a worthwhile cost for being your friend
cause it's better than nothing in the end

Yeah I know it's a pain I will hide,
one I will watch eat up my insides
But I know in you I can confide,
so by these feelings I'll abide

I savor the folks who can get along
knowing full well they're not very strong
Please don't feel like you've done me wrong
We're not on the planet for too long

I promise I know what you're gonna say:
"Troy it pains me to see you this way,
It'd be better if I went away,
but don't worry, we'll see each other some day"

And there's nothing sadder than unwilling lies
The ones that you can't help but to deny
All I can say is at least you tried
to make me happy tonight...
Track Name: Like a Fine Wine
Well, I can't believe that I'm writing this down as I'm turning my back on this excuse of a town. Wherever I turn it seems that you are around; my heart's still pounding in an old lost and found. So do me a favor and let it all go as you're heading feet first towards the new undertow. I know there are things that I'll never know like what would've been if I hadn't let you go. These thoughts of you will bring me my tears when I'm sitting alone after all of these years. I said "I wish you the best" and I knew that I meant it, but that was the past and my anger's fermented.
Track Name: One of Them
Why should I write a happy song when so much in life so easily goes wrong?
It seems to me like we're already dead so what's the problem with me putting sad thoughts in yr heads

I won't apologize for saying the things that are on my mind.
Maybe it's just me but the world seems to be crazy
There are people who throw their love away with a disregard for the next day.
I'm one of them
Track Name: YTMYMM
You tell me you missed me but you lied through your teeth
I love how your smile hides all that's beneath
your vacant gaze that just fails to reach (to me)

I've climbed up this hill, just to tumble back down
I've swallowed my pride, now it's in the ground

So I'm leaving tomorrow, enjoy your drinks and your drugs
I hope that you'll need them like you did my precious mug
but I know that you'll forget me soon enough

I swam for some time, but then I drowned
whatever my body had lost, my mind has found

But worse than all of the facts are the things I can't know
like who will sleep over when your room's sealed in snow
but I bet that you'll cuddle, they'll be your new beau for some time

you said that you'd sell your soul, just to have me again
but what I need to know is would that make amends

You tell me you missed me
Track Name: Before You Left This Place
I took you for granted while you took me to lunch
You would do anything but it was never enough
I am shallow and stupid, selfish and small
whenever you did things you'd give them your all
But me I am rotten deep in my bones I'd rather fumble for hours than pick up my phone to call and tell you:

I took you for granted when you took me to heart
I can honestly say I didn't do my part
I was greedy and awful, totally fucked
But you'd never say I was being too much
I could've been there before things got bad
You were the best friend that I'd ever had

BEFORE YOU LEFT THIS PLACE
Track Name: Untitled
I awoke at 8:24 in the am dazed and high off a dream where I asked if you'd forgive me and you said: "there's nothing to forgive"

Suddenly we went from point a to point b and I felt warmth radiate off the small of your back--I held back a laugh

Two hours and seventeen minutes prior I thought I'd never sleep again as the ghosts of your own laughter prodded at my marrow.

The icy fingers clutched lifeblood and chilled, afraid I cried much like a child caught between divorcees blaming their self for everything

In the moments leading up to this I indulged in an ancient brew of savagery and entitlement that made me miss you

There's nowhere to go from here

But what about from way over there? Far past the rivers of our realities through the untold wonders and crevices of atomic planes and into the world where you and I are "us" and we are each others' world.

God bless America for giving me the tools that I needed to pry my eyes open and point them towards the infinite absence of life and love and blood and heat in exclamation and wonder

I will bathe in my irrelevance and shatter the shackles of determinism
and find my way back to you
Track Name: Bite Sized Pieces
They're songs to you but they're the truth to me
I sing these things so that I might sleep
You've minced me up into bite sized pieces
and now you pick me from your teeth

And try to spot all of my weaknesses,
even though they're right before your eyes

Whoever says they like me must be lying
Take one look at me you'll see I'm barely trying
I don't think I'm cool but more like a failure
Don't believe it's true? Go ahead and ask 'er

I don't keep my friends for long and I wish I didn't know why
for every thing I do there's always an alibi
When I hear my songs, I can't help my crying
All my lives unfold and show that I've been lying

I saw all of my weaknesses

Whoever says they like me must be lying
Take one look at me you'll see I'm barely trying
I don't think I'm cool but more like a failure
Don't believe it's true? Go ahead and ask 'er
Track Name: Buried in Blankets
Although I know we said goodbye
there's still a you-shaped hole where I lie

I'm buried in blankets and no warmer than
the way I felt inside knowing you're just a friend
who won't be sharing my bed with me again

You held my heart in your hands
while I held your hands inside my head

I'm buried in blankets and no warmer than
the way I felt inside knowing you're just a friend
who won't be sharing my bed with me again
Track Name: Faucet
I don't need you to tell me that I don't need you
I just want to tell you that I want to

Be around you
Be more like you
It's all I can do
It's all I can do

Our loves a faucet, it broke when we forced it
Track Name: Birthday Presents (Original Guitar Demo)
I don't buy birthday presents for the ones that I love
and I know it's the wrong thing but I do it because
I can't handle the passing of time
since my father just turned 50, yknow that's half a century come and gone
my mother rides in the same boat, she says don't worry my baby I'm still here
but my brain, it knows better, than to listen and nod my head (it's ok)
cause death comes for everybody, there are those who are ready, and those who never are like my grandpa on the ladder--he'll never know my name, he'll never know my face (that's ok)
My grandma, she went crazy, she didn't know me in her end
I miss her the way that she would smile, the prickly poke of her arm hair, the way she'd say "I love you to a million pieces and I love those too cause they're you"
Now I wonder if I'll inspire tragedies in litter me's in a future where I'm stable, if I could be stable, and I'm happy cause they love me--they call me daddy
I miss them cause they're not real, they're only portraits in my head (that's ok)
I heard words lose their meaning when you've said them too many times...
Track Name: A Moment Too Many
You're intricate and I am delicate
I'm fragile and unstable
well I am a stained glass table
built for me and you
You look at me for a moment too many
then your gaze slips through
well I am a stained glass table
built for me and you

I'm silent and inwardly violent,
anxious and barely conscious
Well I am that dusty novel
rolling around in your back seat
you pick me up a time too many
but you, you always put me down
Well I am that dusty novel
the one that won't ever be found
Track Name: Taking After You
Thursday morning there's no time for breakfast, I'm too busy thinking of my exes in excess. Noon Sweet noon I've returned to my room but find myself with nothing to do

Wouldn't it be oh so sweet if we could all see misery as something kind of sweet? Look at me thinking so naively, I'm not ashamed, but I should be

I'm alone but no more-so than you, it's a human thing and there's nothing we can do but bide our time and give into moral crimes, looks like I'm taking after you.
Track Name: Fickle
My heart's just a fickle thing that knows no boundaries
It's fraught with finicky feelings that know no boundaries
Malignant like my best friend's mother's cancer, I know they'll kill me too so I learn to make due with what I can do and with who I am when I can but I let you drown again

The two times I said goodbye I didn't mean a thing, I was only looking out for you the way I know to do
Track Name: Names
My name has no meaning because I'm a human being. Do you know what's cool? You're human too. Let us celebrate and say "Fuck our names! We didn't choose them anyway!" We didn't choose them anyway

Your names have no meaning because you're goddamn human beings. Do you now what's cruel. I'm a human too. Let us celebrate and say "Fuck our names! We didn't choose them anyway!" We didn't choose them anyway. WE DIDN'T CHOOSE THEM ANYWAY
Track Name: Proximity
They say that home is where the heart is
but for me home is where the hardest parts of life come from, where things get undone

I'm going home to Long Island and I think the saddest part is that I'd gladly see the city swallow me than live in close proximity

I played it safe this past December, I needed a sure thing I expected a Mr. November. I recall that was in vogue last fall

They say that home is where the heart is
but for me home is where the hardest parts of life come from, where things get undone

I'm going home to Long Island and I think the saddest part is that I'd gladly see the city swallow me than live in close proximity
Track Name: Perched
You are the pebble thats stuck in my shoe. I wish I could but I can't forget you
That's just how things are

We perched our love on top a mountain of our bones and like them it did rot
That's just how things are

I am the weekend that flies by too fast. You are everything I wanna forget about my past
That's just how things are