When People Assume the Importance of Their Lives

by Earl Grey

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The self-produced, DIY debut album from Mid-Michigan-based alternative rock trio Earl Grey that has been 8 years in the making. After several studio sessions, a stolen computer, and years of trying, Earl has finally compiled an album of "hipster-funk" tunes sure to simultaneously delight and terrify.

Recorded July 2015 for the Theatre Sessions in Flint, Michigan
Some tracks recorded January 2016 for the Basement Sessions in Otter Lake, Michigan
Guitar tracking and mastering by Arctic Sounds in Kansas City, Missouri

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released May 27, 2016

Lyrics by Matt Coggins
Music by Earl Grey
Tracks 1 & 5 with Aaron Kolb

Mixed, mastered, and produced by Matt Coggins
Production consulted by Tim Windy, Chris Ohmer, and Will Wood
Production assisted by Ashley Kok and Alex King

Earl Grey is:
Chris Ohmer - Drums, Percussion
Tim Windy - Bass, Guitar (6)
Matt Coggins - Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Harmonica

Thanks to founding and establishing members Alex King, Bethany Hickey, and Aaron Kolb.
Thanks to Doug Mueller, Will Wood, our many friends, family, neighbors (sorry for the winter session), and all the amazing performers who have shared countless bills with us over the years - in particular: Brites, Birdhouse, Fernando Solis, The Tom Toms, Arlow Xan, Oliver and the Attack of the Lovely, Death Trucker and the Slaughter Time Pals, Zepwhotles, Phosphor Elephants, David Siev & Kisses for Charity, etc etc etc. I'm sure I missed far too many but from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much. - Matt Coggins

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Track Name: Sleeping With Eyes Open
Well I woke up one night from a dream
I dreamt that I was trying to go to sleep
And I can't see why it seems to hard
When I can fall asleep driving a car

I've been sleeping all day with my eyes wide open
Did I miss anything? I didn't miss anything.

Well I fell asleep one day in a chair
My mind didn't feel like it was going anywhere
And right when I felt like I was learning something
I woke up from a deep deep dream

I've been sleeping all day with my eyes wide open
Did I miss anything? I didn't miss anything.

The path of life is made of straight lines
The lines are very small
And the path is very wide
And it winds

Well you say your life hasn't been the best and that
Makes you want to cry, and you think
Why doesn't anybody feel the way that I do,
Why doesn't anybody else just want to die?

Because you've been awake for hours,
And they've been sleeping their whole lives
You could bury your head and go to bed
Or you could live and sleep with open eyes
Track Name: In Love
I've got this feeling in my head
My ears are still ringing from what she said
Different flavors of alarm clocks in her dreams
But in her conscious mind she dreams of me

I'm in love, I'm in love
Track Name: Seasick in a Car
We all try to float on the best we can
But the water is so fearful how long can we last
My life is the water the boat is my head
The fishes are dreams that never began

Getting seasick inside my car
And dramamine won't do a thing
I'm getting a little overwhelmed
The waves are crashing down
And I'm getting farther away from shore

It's becoming so hard to prioritize
When people assume the importance of their lives
And here I've got one paddle and a hole in the sail
People can't you see that I'm destined to fail

Getting seasick inside my car
And dramamine won't do a thing
I'm getting a little overwhelmed
The waves are crashing down
And I'm getting farther away from shore

Oh well, we all get a little seasick some times
But we'll all soldier on alright
Track Name: Politician
I've spent far too much of my life
Working hard on wasting time
I've been on my ass all day
I learn a lot that ruins my mind

Life is like a rickshaw
and we're pulling everyone behind
and our back's just screaming
but we tell everyone that we're doing fine

Well maybe I'm always wrong
You know that that sounds vaguely right
I'm going to tell you the truth
Everything I say is just a lie

I know that lying's a sin
I'm just a politician
I know what I think is all wrong
but I'd have nothing to think if I changed my mind

I wish I had amnesia
I'd forget before I forgave
and I remember wronging
the people that don't even know my name

I don't want to sound complaining
but time seems like a waste of time
We spend our whole lives wondering
how the hell are we going to die

Well maybe I'm always wrong
You know that that sounds vaguely right
I'm going to tell you the truth
Everything I say is just a lie

I know that lying's a sin
I'm just a politician
I know what I think is all wrong
but I'd have nothing to think if I changed my mind
Track Name: Single-Celled Organism
Try and put your life into perspective
When you miss your respective
Girlfriend, boyfriend -- it never ends
Loneliness when you're not alone

And you say that you can't get a job
They gave it to some lazy slob
But everyone's getting laid off
Fuck off if you think I'm wrong

Well you could have been
A single-celled organism
On some far off planet
But you're not

You want to go to some far off place
Because around here you can't show your face
To the losers, the boozers, the stoners and whores
They're not worth your trouble anymore

You tried so hard to fall in love
And you try so hard to keep your love
The fighting, the lying, the crying, the dying
All worth it after all

Well you could have been
A single-celled organism
On some far off planet
But you're not

You try and master the art of living
But you're multi-celled, and it's hard
Track Name: Virgin Again
Love, oh no, a feeling that you've felt before
And you know you're a virgin all over again

You know the feeling that comes over you
When you walk into the wrong bathroom
Or when you feel you've come] too soon
To the party

It's been with me my entire life

You know I'm trying to be a better man
But I just can't understand
Why everyone's an ampersand
And and and and I'll change my plans

I give up. Trying to be a human is too damn hard

We get high on soft-core porn
We play video games, watch TV, waste our day
You think she might be the one
But you just want to get laid, roll around and have a little fun

You can fight but you can't fight how you feel
Maybe you're right, this thing feels so damn real
But you're a man, you grew out of this shit since two-thousand-and
You're a virgin all over again
Track Name: Hipster Funk
Let's stop before this gets to hip
Let's buy our big fake thick rims
I'm near-sighted, you're short-sighted
Let's all go hipster funk again

I swore those hippopotamuses
would never try to follow us
Ugly sweaters, what's the weather
Let's all start the hipster funk again

And yeah I hate cats that's not the point that I'm trying there's no point round blunt fat retarded
Let's all pretend we don't pretend

And I pray for love and I pray for death
You can send me to hell, it can't get much worse than this
I don't want to be loved, I don't give a shit
Let's all go hipster fuck with it

My band's so underground we play in the sewers
We're so unheard of no one's heard of us but the deaf
All our old stuff is better than the newer
You're only cool if you heard of us back in 2010

That was back when I sang of a wonder walrus
Before any talent had ever found us, let's stop
Before this gets too hip

And I pray for love and I pray for death
You can send me to hell, it can't get much worse than this
I don't want to be loved, I don't give a shit
Let's all go hipster fuck with it

I just want my life to make some sense
I just want my life to make some sense
And I pray for love and I pray for death
Let's all go hipster funk again
Track Name: Mangy Cats
I've got a bunch of mangy cats
Living in my garage
They shit on everything and I hate them more than anything
Please just let them die, oh God

Nothing seems to go my way
I realize I've spent all day
Walking around with shit
On my shoes

And I would never hurt a fly, but please someone just tell me why
I have to wait for cats to die before I can be happy again?

Shut the fuck up
You don't know what you're talking about
I know better
So please shut your mouth

When you talk just to contradict
You come across as kind of a dick
I understand the need to speak
And make your thoughts seem legitimate

That's why the crowds clap and why they scoff
That's why, when it's quiet, they all cough
Because they can't stand to go without
Making any kind of fucking sound

And the girls from my high school
Getting pregnant like it was cool
They all get passed around
More than a joint on the playground

I'm not too smart, I don't know much
I'm just a guy who thinks too much
But I can keep it to myself
No one cares about anyone else
Track Name: Leasing My Soul
I had a dream once that we were God's dream
But God can dream what he wants, why would he dream of me?
I imagine what I want
Pretend how I feel
But I'm scared like a child
To reveal what's real

And when the sun sets, when I see the moon shine, another day dies, I know you'll all be here when I open my eyes

I'm not a perfect man
I'm doing what I can
This isn't my life
Belongs to everyone else

I know I'm too young to feel this old
Sometimes I feel like I'm leasing my soul
I know I don't have a whole lot left
But for you all I'll never go to bed

And when the sun sets, when I see the moon shine, another day dies, I know you'll all be here when I open my eyes

Don't know why I try so hard
To show you what I'm not
I'm not a perfect man
This is all that I've got

It's never enough
Why do I even try to love?
Track Name: Bathroom Stall
Smokers have nothing to do so they do nothing at all
And nobody writes anything good on a bathroom stall
And I've been watching people watching people all day
Now I'm just waiting on waiting on people to wait

Life's not as hard as it appears to be
But it seems pretty hard as far as I can see
And beauty's in the eye of the beholder
But it seems I'm getting blind as I grow older

You can never run away from it all
Because the shadow of yourself will always follow
You can talk shit about me right in front of my peers
But just so you know I have two highly functioning ears

Life's not as hard as it appears to be
But it seems pretty hard as far as I can see
And beauty's in the eye of the beholder
But it seems I'm getting blind as I grow older

When life hands you lemons, kneel down and pray
When it feels too hard to make lemonade
If we can stand all this pain
Maybe living life won't be in vain
Track Name: Powerlines
I've got power lines connecting my heart to my brain
And I can't tell if I'm happy or if I'm just insane

Everybody seems to know when there's something wrong
Even if you try to hide it in the lyrics of a song
And nobody seems to care when there's something wrong
They just wanted to confirm the suspicions that they had all along

Nobody seems to think they've said something wrong
Tears fall into their laps, they never see what's going on
Nobody seems to care that you're all alone
They carry on with their own lives and there's no answer on the phone

I've got power lines connecting my heart to my brain
And I can't tell if I'm happy or just insane
Track Name: End of the World (live on Arctic Sounds)
Laying with you on the blades of grass
And the setting sun is parting ways too fast
Not looking toward the future, mind and heart are here
No sense thinking about tomorrow when the end is so near

This world's going down in this mushroom cloud
Take my hand, don't let go
Look into my eyes, behind this burning sky
Don't be afraid, it's the end of the world

Acid rain can't dissolve our hearts
And the sinister sky will never tear us apart
Don't think about the past, our lives are done
But my love for you will go on and on and on...

This world's going down in this mushroom cloud
Take my hand, don't let go
Look into my eyes, behind this burning sky
Don't be afraid, it's the end of the world

Try my best to find you in this sorry hell
Try my best to show you that I'm still alive, I didn't die
I know our love can make it through most anything