Burn White Hot

by The Coastals

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released December 23, 2011

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The Coastals Washington D.C., D.C.

With what is described as “incredibly catchy, with gorgeous instrumentation, honest lyrics, and sweet vocals”, The Coastals have since returned with a brand new album that there best work yet. After the successful release of Under The Covers (July 17, 2011), The Coastals returned to the studio with Mike Bridgett and Paul Leavitt (All Time Low, Senses Fail, Circa Survive). New album this Fall! ... more

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Track Name: Saint Christopher
Well it turns out all my travels circled right back to the start
All around a trail of half-accomplished deeds and broken hearts
A decade passed, back digging out my space behind the ball
And falling back on wishful thinking, imbalance, and alcohol

So while I really do appreciate the thought
Well I need ten thousand dollars and a ticket to the top

I never stuck around long enough to watch nothing take hold
Wound too tight to play a less than perfect hand when I could fold
I start to think adults and adolescents are the same
But they’re just wearing different faces and they’re playing different games

And it might seem to you that I’m an open book
A bit more like an open casket
Either way it’s worth a look

And so I pledge that I’ll start over
Appeal to Saint Christopher again
And see it to the end
I don’t know where I have gone
I just know where I have been

So while I really do appreciate the thought
I would rather that you join me as I spit and burn white hot
Track Name: Don't Owe Anyone
I’m not my brother’s keeper
My mother’s son
These aren’t my father’s footsteps
I don’t owe anyone

I’m not my girlfriend’s boyfriend
The chosen one
I’m not my best friend’s best friend
I don’t owe anyone

Everyone I know is pointing a direction I should go
And I hate to disappoint
But can’t be all things to all my best friends

Please try to understand I’ve got my own path and my own plans
And I’d love to see you there
But don’t paint me untrue because I don’t owe you at all
Track Name: Rich Kid at the Bar
Well I’ve been working nights
Picking fights
Getting pushed around
And I’ve just about had all that I can take

And you’ve been dressing up
Making out
Nights out on the town
And it seems the fun is never going to end

But I won’t do what you do
Because you’re convention and I’m breaking all the rules

You’ve settled for the old solutions
I’m starting my own revolution
You’re just the latest dull sensation
Of this worthless generation
And after all
The only thing you are
Is some rich kid at the bar

We’ll its been endless days
Daily haze
Burning down and out
And I feel like I am just about to break

And you’ve got your mother’s card
Breaking hearts
Down the corridor
And it’s plain to see that you can’t get enough

But I won’t trade for what you’ve got
I’ve got my dignity and you’re a fucking snot

You’ve settled for the old solutions
I’m starting my own revolution
You’re just the latest dull sensation
Of this worthless generation
And after all
The only thing you are
Is some rich kid at the bar
Track Name: Stormy Weather
I’ve got your hairclips and some jewelry
An old charger to your phone
Your naked pictures on a hard drive
I don’t think the new girl knows

I got the message from your sister
She says that you’ve been doing well
I’m so sincerely glad to hear that
Wish I could say it ‘bout myself

I hate to say but since you’ve been away been kinda lost without you
It seems the days have been slipping away since I went and tossed you

But I won’t tell my friends who
Never got why I was with you
They say I’m better off without you
I say I’m better on my own
But I know so much better
I wasn’t built for stormy weather
I’m hoping that I’ve not upset her too bad
But some things I’ll never know

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen you
But it seems like longer still
But I’m okay I swear I’m fine now
Let’s just talk ‘bout something else

Say what I will I’ve been popping the pills just to sleep without you
Lie awake cuz’ when I go to sleep I just dream about you
Track Name: Alexia
I met Alexia in a record shop
I was short on time but I had to stop
To find out if I had a chance with her

She bought some Hollies and was wearing Chucks
And she looked so cute it kind of shook me up
So I asked her if I could sit down beside her

Alexia
I’m trying hard to do my best for her
She’s always giving me just what I need
She’s got me thinking ‘bout the man I want to be

I got her number and I called her up
I bought two tickets and she took me home
Since then we’ve not been apart for very long

I not quite sure just what she sees in me
And its pretty clear her Mom and Dad agree
But I’m looking out for their little girl

Alexia
I’m trying hard to do my best for her
She’s always giving me just what I need
She’s got me thinking ‘bout the man I want to be

Alexia
I’m trying hard to do my best for her
She’s always giving me just what I need
She’s got me thinking ‘bout the man I want to be
The life I want to lead
The things I now can see
Track Name: Born for Colder Air
All punk rock and humid heat
These unplanned evenings
And we don’t have nowhere to go
Nothing to be right now

The cheap sex and cigarettes
With no consequences
The better days of better years
But I’ve got to go now dear

Because I don’t want to love you
And I know that I could fall for you
The summertime is gone and so and am I

The caffeine and grenadine
And these classic records
For now we have the time to spare
But I just can’t stay here

This life could wrap me up
An eternal summer
But I was born for colder air
And I just can’t stay here

Because I don’t want to love you
And I know that I could fall for you
Don’t think I’m above you
I just know that I’m not right for you
The summertime is gone and so and am I
Girl I’ve got to leave you and this world
To get on back to the place that I belong
Track Name: Bright Lights and Broken Bones
Bright lights and broken bones
Shook violent by the notes and overtones
Indelible on the lenses of these silent eyes
Inevitable one day you’ll step it up or step aside

Cold mornings spent alone
Long nights in endless fights all on your own
Still believe the stories that I tell myself
Still rebel in vain against the hand that I was dealt

What of the pure impassioned hearts
And all the better men who face the guns cool and composed
What do they grasp and what do they let go?
On the darker side of this world
I’m standing all alone
I stand alone
Stand down

Bright lights and broken bones
Pulse quickened by the shots that come too close
Projected on the lifetime that I’m floating through
Never quite alive, just dreaming, disconnected, black and blue

What of the pure impassioned hearts
And all the better men who face the guns cool and composed
What do they grasp and what do they let go?
On the darker side of this world
I stand alone
I stand alone
Stand down
Track Name: Death and Taxes
Let’s quit our jobs and let’s disown our parents
Fall back a while on the welfare state
Cut out
Head down south
And get a little place

I’ve had enough of these pretentious neighbors
I’ve had enough of this bullshit town
Let’s go
On the road
I can’t just hang around

So let’s end these doubts and close our accounts
And just get in the car
Go down the coast
On the straightest roads
Until we can’t feel the city no more

I’m sick of thinking ‘bout death and taxes
I’m sick of praying for my daily bread
And you’re Mom
Is rambling on
Just like she always does

So let’s leave our phones and tear up our loans
Cut our ties and leave
Because the way we’re living and the way we struggle’s
Not the way it’s meant to be

And let’s end these doubts and close our accounts
And just get in the car
Go down the coast
On the straightest roads
Until we can’t feel the city no more
Track Name: Betrayed
Just look around
At this once productive town
Now deadweight off the interstate
And storefronts crumbling down

The tale of our time
As old as humankind
Of honest men being pushed around
I don’t know what to say
But we have been betrayed

Betrayed Betrayed
By the men who profit off what we make

Best learn a trade
That can’t be shipped away
Because after taxes
And market forces
There’s not much anyway

They all take a part
The hawks and the bleeding hearts
The finance whores and the circuit courts
The bankers and the state
And we have been betrayed

Betrayed, Betrayed
By the men who profit off what we make
Yeah we have been betrayed, betrayed, betrayed
And still they order us around and we obey
Track Name: Starstruck
I’ve been held up
And thought that I was tough
And I’ve been pulled down
And thought myself too weak to hold myself up
Just not good enough
A million failures I have dreamed of

I’ve seen myself
Treating others well
But I’ve seen myself
Hurting those I love with cruel attacks
I’m not proud of that
So many things I’ve said I would take back

So now starstruck and seeing double
I say goodbye, so long, and farewell
To these fatal ways of mine

I have been bold
and faced down the unknown
But I’ve been afraid
Of letting go of blades that I know too well
They’re sickness, they’re health
With them or without them I rebel

So now starstruck and seeing double
I say goodbye, so long, and farewell
To these fatal ways of mine

So now starstruck and seeing double
I’m dumbstruck always making trouble
And lock stock, bullet barrel
I’m living out a life imperiled
So nuts, bolts, brick and mortar
I’m making sense out of disorder
I just can’t do it all in a day

I’ve seen myself
Go with grace through hell
But I’ve seen that I
Can fall apart without a reason to fail
To sink or to sail
To burn white hot or smolder blue and cool
Track Name: Sparta and Atlantis
Full up with obscenities
My mouth was opened wide
And she was the centerpiece
And had just started to cry

I know that it’s not easy to let go
Of something you’ve been trying hard
to nurture and to grow

I had my orders and
I had my enemies
While she had a purer mind
For beauty and for peace

Our differences were clear and growing stark
And they’re better left out in the dark

I was a soldier
And she was an artist
I left for Sparta
And she for Atlantis
Now that we’ve gone there is no coming home
Our bones have set
Our roots have grown

And since those simpler days
I’ve been moving on
But I still hate to think of her
With another man

Who’s got a poet’s tongue and painter’s hands
While I’m shipped off to some foreign land

I was a soldier
And she was an artist
I left for Sparta
And she for Atlantis
Now that we’ve gone there is no coming home
Our bones have set
Our roots have grown
Track Name: Razors and Pearls
I’m not liking loving you girl
You’re a cruel animal
Your concertina wraps me up
You stole my heart and you took my luck
But still I cannot keep my hands off you

I’ve got you underneath my fingertips
But you have got me by the throat
The nighttime is for sin and sex
And in the morning prayer and regrets
But atonement’s not a game for two
It’s not a game to you
It’s not a game to you

You’ve got your shining teeth in me
And I like it too
Your whispered promises keep me bound to you

With cold hands and with senses sharp
You’re eyes turn dark
I hold your fragile body down
you tear me apart

You’re razors and pearls
You sick little girl
Track Name: Worth Defending
Well tell me brother can you feel the way
That things are always slipping through our fingers and down the drain
And tell me don’t you want to find a way
To find a way to make it all work so we can say
That we went hard
That we did what we could

Because the time is always sliding past
And with it goes the willingness to keep a steady grasp
Of the things we really care about
The people and pursuits that give some meaning to the racing hours
But our time has come
And that time is now

It seemed those days were never-ending (oh darling)
But all our dreams were worth defending (this moment)
The moment that defines a life
A life lived in defiance and truth

I’ve got my anger and an amplifier
I’ve got the passion and I’ve put away the hours
I’m getting pressurized from all sides
From all these people thinking I should move on with my life
But they don’t know the drive
They don’t know what it takes

So boys let’s carry on
Because one day this will all be gone
We’ve got this moment and we’ve got to make it last
And feel it as it rushes past

No need to be so condescending