Basic Mechanics

by Run Dan Run

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The Band:

Dan McCurry - Voice, Keyboard, Piano, Guitar, Bass, Violin, Etc.
Ash Hopkins - Guitar, Bass, Voice, Etc.
Nick Jenkins - Drums, Percussion, Piano, Voice, Etc.

Guest Musicians:

Erin McKinley - Voice
Katie Thigpen - Trombone

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released June 28, 2007

Produced by Dan McCurry, Nick Jenkins, & Ash Hopkins
Engineered by Dan McCurry & Ash Hopkins
Mixed & Mastered by Ash Hopkins

All Songs Written by Dan McCurry except "Points of Departure" by Dan McCurry & Nick Jenkins

Album Art by Nick Jenkins.
Album Layout by Nick Jenkins & Lindsay Windham

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Charleston, SC-based indie rock band formed in 2006 by Dan McCurry, Ash Hopkins, & Nick Jenkins.

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Track Name: Withheld Information
If I don’t believe it, it must not be true
I tell them just what they want to hear
I know that secrets don’t make friends
So all this time I ‘withheld information’

There should be truth, there should be lies

If I close my eyes it won’t be there
If we fake it enough it’ll never come
There’s a pill for it all, always ‘the next-best alternative’
And then there’s honesty, how can we be honest anymore?

There should be truth, there should be lies

All you have to do is just sound like you mean it
To make it feel like it should

There should be truth, there should be lies
Track Name: Enough for Crimes
We tore our bodies
We bit our lips
We sighed and we whispered
Things we didn’t understand

The words we spoke only once, then repeated
With tied hands and doubt stands between us

We clawed at our skin
Swallowed our spit
And bled with conviction
For things we didn’t understand

The words we spoke only once, then repeated
With tied hands and doubt stands between us

We weren’t enough for crimes
Track Name: Multi-Colored Lights
All the multi-colored lights light up
And take their place

Traffic accidents, incurable disease
Are just some of the things stopping me
From enjoying the safety of the window seat
Holiday lights outline bare branches of trees

Caller ID kills the mystery
And fate kills a poor man
But the doorman who holds all the keys
Says to me “What are you waiting for?”

All the colors of this spectrum
Are separate, are defined
And the lights that blink, year to year, they dare to hang there
Where you won’t be, on strings
I was once there and now I am not
I was once there and now I am not

All the good endings take too long
I prefer the bad ones that plunge into the depths
Of the deepest grief and sorrow with no hope for a morrow
I think I got it figured out this time

Agents sworn to secrecy
Know all the secrets surrounding
“Natural selection” dictates who gets picked to play
But you know in my pocket I house my empty wallet (so)

All the colors of this spectrum
Are separate, are defined
And the lights that blink, year to year, they dare to hang there
Where you won’t be, on strings
I was once there and now I am not
I was once there and now I am not

All the good endings take too long
I prefer the bad ones that plunge into the depths
Of the deepest grief and sorrow with no hope for a morrow
I think I got it figured out this time

Carcinogens and toxins
Always find a way into my lungs

All the good endings take too long
I prefer the bad ones that plunge into the depths
Of the deepest grief and sorrow with no hope for a morrow
I think I got it figured out this time

All the multi-colored lights light up
And take their place.
Track Name: Science
What is clinically proven, theoretically stable?
The operating system of a controlled environment.
When all things synthesize, Laws of Matter will compromise
Still you must color between the lines, color between

Intelligent design, schematics and conveyor lines
Are conveying all of the answers
While the Automated Teller Machine and Man, transactions pass between
Yes, they pass between, pass between

Let’s talk linear
Let’s draw diagrams
Let’s talk linear
Let’s talk

This is Science, Basic Mechanics
Track Name: The Setup: The Blackout
I heard the black waters roll
But I didn’t see you comin’
See you comin’

Patterned after the wreckage
There was the setup, of course it was setup
You knew it was setup

Out of the blackout
I did the right thing
Track Name: Stop Sign
The stop sign reminds me what to do
But I can’t stop thinking
Of things that didn’t happen and won’t
But I can’t separate reality from my tv

Are things going your way?
Or are you stuck waiting in waiting rooms?

The stop sign reminds me what to do
But I can’t stop thinking
A hundred telephone calls, a thousand unclasped bras
A million more hypothetical situations

Are things going your way?
Or are you stuck waiting in waiting rooms?

The stop sign reminds me what to do
But I won’t stop thinking
It’s full light outside and my alarm clock’s screaming
I’m just dreaming till I get the wake up call

Are things going your way?
Or are you stuck waiting in waiting rooms?
Are things going your way?
When you spend all your time waiting in waiting rooms?
Track Name: Your Name Escapes Me
For every word you speak there is a sound
And in each sound there lies a heart with a secret
And All these sounds sounded together
Sound like a song we could all happily sing along

People meet behind closed doors to sign papers that
Bind to keep formalities
Like components A and B must go together
Directions say this is how it should be

It’s talk talk, it’s touch touch
I don’t mean, you don’t mean, your name escapes me
It’s talk talk, it’s touch touch
I don’t mean, you don’t mean, your name escapes me
It’s push push, it’s shove shove
It’s shake shake to get what you want
It’s talk talk, it’s touch touch
I don’t mean you don’t mean, your name escapes me

For every promise there are two ends
And one end goes on while the other falls in
And all these promises promised together
Promise us nothing and so we move along

People meet behind closed doors to sign papers that
Bind to keep formalities
Like components A and B must go together
Directions say this is how it should be

It’s talk talk, it’s touch touch
I don’t mean, you don’t mean, your name escapes me
It’s talk talk, it’s touch touch
I don’t mean, you don’t mean, your name escapes me
It’s push push, it’s shove shove
It’s shake shake to get what you want
It’s talk talk, it’s touch touch
I don’t mean you don’t mean, your name escapes me
Track Name: Points of Departure
Terminals and bus stops
Coffee shops and boardwalks
Over the intercoms
Looking for someones

Islands of people
Drift along sidewalks
Points of departure
Distance and space

Maybe there’s a light on

But there could be no one
Track Name: Discreet
Our lips are sealed, we’re not telling
Our doors are shut, we’re not seeing
Our ears are deaf, we’re not listening
Our eyes are closed, we’re not believing
No one has to know
No one has to know

We are in this together
Our secret’s safe from each other
We will go on avoiding
And see how long we can be convincing
Have we hit the mark?
Have we hit all of our marks?

Let’s keep this discreet
Let’s sweep this under the rug
Let’s keep this discreet
No one has to know
No one has to know

My feelings need validating,
My feelings need validating lies.

Let’s keep this discreet
Let’s sweep this under the rug
Let’s keep this discreet
No one has to know
No one has to know
Track Name: The Turnover
There is no such thing as forever
And we will all be strangers again

And when there’s nothing we will start over

First talk of the change in weather
Asking to leave it all behind

And when there’s nothing we will start over

The time it takes to, the turnover
There are just endings and beginnings