Pure Muscle

by The Pleasure Centers

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Welp, recorded and mastered by Joe Tessone at Mystery Street Recording Company in Chicago, and with keyboard help by Sam Scranton.

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released April 21, 2016

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The Pleasure Centers Chicago, Illinois

Chicago area power pop band that just wants to make the mommies proud and the daddies swoon.

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Track Name: Butch as Fuck
Whenever I buy some shoes
well I scuff them up
cause I’m butch as fuck

whenever I buy some jeans
well i rip them up
cause I’m butch as fuck

I never really know
what to say
how to strike the pose
I never really know
and so it goes
cause I’m butch as fuck

whenever i buy CDs
well I scratch them up
cause i’m butch as fuck

whenever i wear my shorts
well i hike them up
cause I’m butch as fuck
Track Name: High Standing
If I said you were killing me bro
is it something you could believe oh
cause the winter's been tough on us I know

But if I could just bother you boo
with a couple of words or two
then I got something to share with you

no matter what, I wanna be in
high standing

take a second to think it through please
talk it out on roof top balconies
take some time for spring to come our way

and if things should come to pass oh
well we made a lovely tableau
and I’ve got something to share with you

A 2 minute tune, to pass the time away
but I wanna stay in
high standing
Track Name: Momentary Lens
Take my weights on Monday
I don’t think
I can lift em anymore

take my books on Tuesday
I’m probably only
gonna ever be a bore

gimme back my weights
I’m great!
but wait!

oh, the momentary lens
plotting 2 points to my death
in momentary trends
better if you took another breath

routines and reminders are fun
but I can feel low for no reason
in momentary trends
better if you took another

Take my friends on Wednesday,
I can barely think of anything to say

Take my job on Thursday,
I feel weary and I’m barley getting paid

Give me back my friends
I’m a mensch!
then again!
Track Name: Say Right
Friends and neighbors
Save your anger
Times still ticking
Call in later

but no
I couldn’t even say right now
I couldn’t even say right now

Faint acquaintance
Reversed payments
Rents still backed up
Anxious cadence

Why can’t we get along like children often do?

Subtle shifting
Work relenting
Favorite CDs
Saved up plenty

but no
I couldn’t even say right now
I couldn’t even say right now

I love ya
you love me
i love me
oh no
Track Name: Keys to Your Heart (Lease on Love)
Last night we saw a movie
we were hanging out at your place
you were kinda sitting next to me
well, girl, I know what that means

‘Cause Baby it’s getting late
and my neighborhood is far away
So maybe I should stay
‘Least ’till your lease ends next May

Last wednesday we were shopping
at the Target just around the block
the savings were so shocking
well, Baby, you know what that means

This feels like home…
Take this moment and pause it.
Gonna make a deposit!

‘Cause baby it’s getting late
(I got the keys to your heart and…)
and my neighborhood is far away
(I got the keys to your apartment)
So maybe I should stay
‘Least ’till your lease ends next May
Track Name: Operator
Operator, can you hear my call
His line his busy, I’m against the wall

Please help me, please forgive me
i’m feeling down down down down, oh oh oh

Operator, please patch me in
and my problems, where to being?

Please help me, please protect me
i’m feeling down down down down

but on the telephone, but on the telephone

Operator, stuck between the ring
does my message, mean anything

Please help me, please connect me
i’m feeling down down down down

but on the telephone
my heart’s on hold

1-800-help-a-me i need advice, i need relief
Oh someone someone someone call me please
Track Name: Roses on Your Mind
I won the battle just for you, my darling
and I’ll propose to you real cool, my darling.
Everyone will come and see
but it’s on hold because one thing is missing

So I want you to come back
In a little more time
You’ll be a little more mine
And I bet there’s roses on your mind
Well if you come and see
I made a garden like a movie

Now a pinata holds that garden, darlin’
It’s so big I brought in archers, darlin’
You’ll know that I’m not just a flirt
Maximum roses and minimum dirt

So I want you to come back
In a little more time
You’ll be a little more mine
And I bet there’s roses on your mind
Well if you come and see
They’ll be raining down on you and me

I know you’ll want me (and I’ll want you, too)
Track Name: I'll Take You Back
If I have ever wondered wrong
The way I will eventually

I know you lied
you know I cried
I know the truth
I’m gonna tell it to ya

Hey! I’ll take you back!

The second time we made amends
I shuttered with anxiety

These feelings I can’t understand
and these worries I can’t comprehend
as they’re knocking down my door
so my darling understand
and be tender towards me please
as I struggle with these things
as I struggle just to say…
Track Name: Rent Out Your Room
When you walk out the door
well I’ll tell you what I’ll do
I’ll go on the Craigslist
and I’ll rent out your room

When we go to the store
well I’ll tell you what I’ll do
I’m looking straight ahead
as if I don’t know you

Where did you go?
Track Name: No Touch is a Bad Touch
When I’m riding my bike
Right ’round Wrigley Field
This no good snot
tries to boister a lot
I tell him how I feel

When I’m shopping for food
and I’m stuck in line
people trying to cut
so I say “what the fuck?”
I give them a little piece of my mind

No touch is a bad touch
is a cold punch to me
No time is a bad time
for a good rhyme to feeling happy

When I’m stuck at work
and the boss is tough
he’s on my back and then he’s at my throat
I tell him straight off the cuff

and when I’m stuck at home
and my faucet breaks
call my landlord man
he says he’ll do what he can
then I tell him the stakes

A cheap lie or a stink eye
can save you in a bind
but a good ‘tude
and the right mood
can make you feel less entwined

No touch is a bad touch
is a cold punch to me
(come back to me)
No time is a bad time
for a good rhyme to feeling happy
(so I won’t feel so lonely)
Track Name: Save My Soul
Its too damn hot I can’t find the breeze
I bought two fans. I chugged down all the drinks
summers here bring us the fall
a cool cool guy who’s sweat starts to break
the tension resolves the stress starts to fade
summers here bring us the fall

And the temperature just keeps on rising
Who will save my heart
and who will save my soul?
Who will save my heart
and who will save my soul?

Was going on home but ain’t going to stay
I’ve had it now. my hearts going to break
summers here bring us the fall
Too much work but done for the day
we’ll have a drink and we won’t have to pay
cause we take some things when we have some drinks

The handclap track’s always anonymous
Track Name: Alone
I met him at a record shop
at the letter f, in the section pop,
I said, “have you heard of a band called ‘Foam’?”,
he said, “let me guess, you’re in a band called ‘Foam’”

I took him to a coffee place
where the coffee’s “blah” but the music’s ace
I said, “Is it true that you live on your own?
If so, can I see your home?”

Are you alone, alone, alone?
I don’t want to be a creep, I just want to know
Are you alone, alone, alone?
here my seven little digits, so put them in your phone
Are you alone, alone, alone?
I don’t want to be a creep, I just want to know

Cause if you are alone tonight,
well I’ve got a cure that I thought we’d try

somewhere round a half-past-ten
I was feeling down so I called his friend
I said “do you think that he wants me bad?”
she said “who is this? Do you mean my dad?”

It could be so easy, if you would try to talk to me

You can bet at 10 in the morn’
I was at his front door w/ my electric horn
I said, “come on out and we can being,
come on over and see how I order my bins”
Track Name: I'll Have You Know
He went away from me
why, I couldn’t say
He went away from me
Oh, no
So now I say to you

I’ll have you know
I ain’t no star falling low in the sky

The things he said to me
you wouldn’t believe
The things he said to me
Oh, no
So now I say to you