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An Even Seven

by Milk Carton Superstars

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1.
You know it's easy You know it's easy to be manipulated Take it from me I used to be Such a dumbass I'm still a dumbass But now I know it I try to keep it low key, usually Such an abundance of rubes, we're redundant A loose collection on whom it is incumbent To not destroy ourselves but instead our ideology: What's in it for me? You earn a living Yeah you earn a living to be indoctrinated Just so you can see living ain't free Accept the charges or there will be charges Your fingerprint fine print is full of hidden fees and no guarantees Such an abundance of rubes we're redundant A loose collection on whom it is incumbent To not destroy ourselves but instead our ideology: What's in it for me? Or you could break out on your own Learn to text with a rotary phone Write some essays in the dirt Opinions that the ants subvert Before the wind and rain erase them with no trace And you finally crack like a CD case You know it's easy So goddamn easy to be manipulated Until you only see Your own and your enemy It's hard to miss it Don't be complicit, you'll see Critical thinking we can agree Can easily atrophy
2.
Remember what we used to know? Remember half an hour ago? Stay with me on this It will make sense Until it fades from relevance The future is so yesterday Cutting edge is so passé Never mind embellishing the resume Toss the syllabus This is the only quiz: Is there something after this? There is, of course there is Of course that's one analysis Where history becomes showbiz As we forget and reminisce Together at the end of wits With misdirected reverence And in the meantime Things keep changing but not what needs to change Things keep changing but not what needs to change Things keep changing but not what needs to change Stay with me on this We're on the path Straight to the latest aftermath
3.
How to Feel 03:12
Probably should’ve started slow But you don’t know what you don’t know Eventually though I caught on And on and on but gone is gone Now all my people set upon Just finishing this marathon Probably should’ve started slow But that was a long time ago I don’t know how I’m supposed to feel But I feel like this Probably should’ve let it be But can’t ignore what you don’t see Finally did just let it go And go and go but kept it though Now all my people wanna know Their inner self so apropos Probably should’ve let it be But that’s not the reality I don’t know how I’m supposed to feel But I feel like this Here come the walking self-help books Phones in hand and up they look Seven habits for six types Empaths with their water pipes They teach a class where you make the knife To cut yourself out of your life Probably should’ve tried before But I was sure that less is more So all I got I gotta give And give and give though relative Now all my people wanna live A little more cooperative Probably should’ve tried before But that’s before I heard the score I don’t know how I’m supposed to feel But I feel like this You don’t know what you don’t know
4.
God's therapist Is trying out a new technique It's experimental Oh man, there's just so much grief and guilt To the hilt But you with your tank top tan The world turns the way you spin So smart with that dumb grin A win-win It's fundamental To try and not bring work home That's detrimental Oh man, there's just so much one can bear And not sure But you with your tank top tan The world spins the way you turn All that time with no concern Lesson learned And if you want to pray Keep in mind they're in session today God's therapist Has had to dig beneath the grace Progress is incremental Oh man, there's just so much to unpack Looking back
5.
They pulled a fast one when they put me in charge Couple extra bucks, it ain’t exactly living large I gotta lot to do and I can’t leave til I’m done Gotta crew of weirdos, but last month I was one Hi I’m the night manager Supervising rank amateur We’re open all night so I guess you’re coming in Pajamas and sports coat Tryin’ to find the margarine Never mind the stock guy higher than a Georgia pine No matter what you ask he’s gonna tell you aisle nine Yes I’m the night manager Calculatin’ work/life balancer Piped in music round the clock Background loop of 80s pop So What About Love sticks like clay No, Ann Wilson, I won’t let it slip away I might need it someday I probably won’t last I’m already burning out Cashier called in so now I’m covering checkout Need to find a job where I can get home before dawn I gotta lot to do and the list goes on and on and on and on… I have a store key but we never really close This institution of low-priced hi fructose (2 for 1 on Oreos)
6.
Your friend doesn’t really care I guess that’s fair Someone has to leave a hole It’s out of your control Maybe someone did them too How they did you Which leads us back to you know who Hey isn’t this your shoe? Check the footnotes Note the air quotes Read the captions Avoid distractions Someone needs a compliment There’s no dissent Everybody has been there In fact we’re all still there Let me take the time to say You’ve done okay Now your friend sends a late night text They’re a complete wreck Check the footnotes Note the air quotes Take a deep breath or your pills or both Embrace impersonal growth Just heed the signals As if it’s simple Deduce intentions Make the corrections Look both directions Your friend doesn’t really care I guess that’s fair Everybody has been there In fact we’re all still there We’re all still there
7.
If you knew me You’d know I wish you well And not only Because I don’t know you well Hopefully You’ve got someone to tell And can truly Still be who you thought you were Before whatever came And left you drifting and unsure I feel the same We feel the distance Almost disappear Occupying Our common lonely atmosphere My friend told me Something so long ago It stayed with me Like something I need to know Hopefully He still believes it’s so And will only Reflect fondly on those days Before whatever came And with it all new rules Changing the game We feel the distance Despite the bond Occupying A time that was once upon I'm not trying to sugarcoat It’s not like me To mislead or oversell But I know that if you knew me You’d know I wish you well You’ll be who you thought you were Before whatever came And you’ll feel tethered and assured Hope I feel the same We’ll feel the distance Almost disappear Occupying Our common lonely atmosphere
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Tell me what to say You always had a way with words And maybe afterwards Teach me to believe them Let me figure out How to use my mouth for good To be understood And maybe finally reach them Or not There’s this thing you do I can’t get into it now But that’s how I knew you could Help me understand myself Long enough to try to help Someone, who knows? Tell me how it goes You always seem to know the words And maybe afterwards Teach me to believe them Until I can repeat them Forwards and backwards

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An Even Seven is the seventh studio album by Milk Carton Superstars. It was recorded between May 2021 and September 2022 at Behind the Curtain in Melbourne Beach and South of Milk in Orlando.

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released December 2, 2022

Guy Larmay - guitars, bass, synthesizer, piano, sound effects
Jim Myers - vocals, drums, percussion, piano, sound effects

All songs written, performed, recorded and mixed by Milk Carton Superstars.
Mastered by Bruce Hensal.

Video for An Abundance of Rubes:
youtu.be/j6A4HuNZZfU

Video for Things Keep Changing:
youtu.be/HPkBlet3CF4

Video for Terrific Tank Top Tan:
youtu.be/WvUxO46oHyg

Video for So What About Love:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=bc25RVt4jjc

Dedicated in loving memory to Tigger the Dog, who provided percussion on If You Only Knew Me.

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Milk Carton Superstars Orlando, Florida

Milk Carton Superstars are the songwriting team of Guy Larmay (guitar, bass) and Jim Myers (vocals, drums) doing a fair approximation of a rock & roll band. People generally like them. They’ve written, recorded and released 93 songs since 2009. Most are made of guitars, drums and some reasonable words. MCS are often joined on stage by bassist Jeff Boyce and violinist Jennie Landau. ... more

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