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A Lifetime of Learning [Japan]

 

Click for larger image Better Luck Next Time
Release Date: December 29, 2009
Format: Album - Japan Release
Label: InYa Face


Track Listing:

  1. Charades
  2. Down and Out
  3. The Soundtrack to My High School Years
  4. A Better Day
  5. Remember When
  6. One More Time
  7. Living In the Airwaves
  8. Trapped Inside Me
  9. Love Answers Everything
  10. On My Own
  11. Gone, But Not Forgotten
  12. Truth For Two**
**Exclusive Japanese Bonus Track

 

Charades

I’ve been thinking that lately you’ve been being far too honest; you waste my time away
And you know it; you always show it, nagging me for hours to drive me out
And I’ve been thinking for months just dreaming that for once you’ll get it; we’ll set the record straight
But this time, it seems to be another flaw in my mind; I’ll get it done in time

Running on empty one too many times, I haven’t had a decent sleep in nights
Is it in my head?
Nothing was ever said to give it all away

Playing your game of charades
The secret to your mind means I’ll come back in time playing your game of charades

I’m getting tired, lacking motivation, I deny frustration; I can’t get out
Always reminding me of dedication, procrastination is how I pout
Constant aggression is a killer lifestyle; my mind just runs wild when you’re around
Take it or leave it, I am out the door now and taking my vow; I’m homeward bound

Running on empty for the very last time, I haven’t had a decent sleep in nights
It appeared to be, she blamed me
Can’t you take the blame about your game of charades?

Inside lies a chance to stay, you pushed away
And I find you’re waiting, dying
You’re lying, I’m trying, don’t let me go

Lyrics by Brian Bortoli
©Better Luck Next Time

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Down and Out

I sit alone with my notepad writing, better yet I’ll stare up at the stars
Look at me; I’m still here trying, while the night moves on and on and on
Getting closer every time, by now you should be mine
Guess I’ll try again tomorrow, but will you follow me down and out to what we’re all about?
It’s the way you stare at me when I’m not there

Running in circles, I’m up then I fall
Dragging me deeper, I’m gone and never coming back for more

I’m feeling certain if I draw the curtain from behind my eyes, you’ll believe
I wrote this song for you to sing along, and if you find it true, then you’ll see if you follow me down and out to what we’re all about
It’s the way you stare when I’m not there

Now I’m gone and not coming back for more

Lyrics by Brian Bortoli
©Better Luck Next Time

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The Soundtrack to My High School Years

This is the saddest state for those who can relate; we’ll line the streets and we’ll push on today
This is a broken love song for those done in wrong; we’ll take on the worst of our fate
In 1999 when all was looking fine, I was so unaware; I’m sure you’ve had your share
Every corner that you turn down leads nowhere

Me waiting for your call, it made no sense at all
The waste of time my heart has yet to find
Step outside to see it’s raining all thru the night (so get your feet wet, and change your mindset)

It won’t be long now, that I found you
It won’t be long, now that I figured you out

By now you’ve read thru letters with goodbye headers; the art of the “so long, fuck you”
But come to find no meaning; you’re just left thinking “tomorrow will bring something new”
In 1998, the year I called the great, I had the best of friends and little dead-end girlfriends
Breaking bottles contemplating how it ends

Lyrics by Brian Bortoli
©Better Luck Next Time

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A Better Day

Let me stay here for a while, and try to figure out
I’ve been here so many times before, and everything’s the same
As I go making my way into the dark, I lose control, but at the end of the tunnel I see a spark

I know when you show up I’m gonna’ be ok
You’ll show me tomorrow is a better day

Let me stay here for a while, and try to figure out
I’ve been here so many times before, and everything’s the same
Where I go, things never were this way
Now that it’s done and gone, all that I know is that the end of the tunnel leaves nothing for me

I know when you show up I’m gonna’ be ok
You’ll show me tomorrow is a better day
When all is broken and we don’t seem to listen
We’re alone, you know it
We’ll be here, I’ll keep holding on

Come rescue me my dear, please hurry
You’ll see it all makes sense in time
We’re on the edge and close to falling
If we don’t make it thru tonight, then it’s goodbye

Lyrics by Brian Bortoli
©Better Luck Next Time

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Remember When

On Monday, I tore the world apart
On Wednesday, I came down really hard
By Friday, it was so clear to see that on Sunday, I’d need you here with me

Remember us hanging after school, the thought of it being me and you
Our friends would laugh and say it’s so un-cool
Remember the future looked so bright; we’re turning it on to see the light
The start of my day was holding you so tight

But distance seemed to take a turn on things, and now it’s nothing but a dream

Remember the time would seem to stop, and yet I’m thinking, it’s funny now it’s happening a lot, so I’ll keep drinking
Do you understand what’s taking place; you’ll never win this race
Days pass and I don’t see your face

‘Cause distance seemed to take a turn on things, and now it’s nothing but a dream

Once I went off at night and lost all my feeling, would I lie?
I’d gotten in my own way and I saw my hopes fade away, out of sight
If I said there was a time when everything would never break in two
Once again I tell myself it comes around when only I’m with you
What’s a lie without the doubt, a simple doubt that nothing will stay true?
If it gets to be that hard, I’ll write it off considering I knew

Lyrics by Brian Bortoli
©Better Luck Next Time

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One More Time

Let’s start this off, while we take a walk, down the road like all the others
What we entail, why we won’t fail, lies ahead while we lead on

She doesn’t know what she might say
She turned her back; no need to run away
Now that she’s gone, and words were said, what will she do now that her boyfriend is always miserable?

And I say, yea I know everything will be alright when I say, try me out one more time

Now that I’m back, I need to get it right ‘cause I’m, I’m right on track
Not knowing where to go and I’m trying to find the words to say, stuck inside my yesterday, the world that tells me I’m ok; where am I today?

Lyrics by Brian Bortoli
©Better Luck Next Time

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Living In the Airwaves

We’re all in need of someone to get it right and bust on thru that door
And don’t forget to trample all the DJ’s who make us hit the stores
It’s just another wasted hour trying to get the kids to buy the shit that they don’t need
And all the while they flood your ears with everything they can to find the next big thing; it all just sounds the same

We’ll tear this highway down, we’ll tear it all down
We’ll tear this highway down, so let’s get started

Woah, woah; turn off the radio
And see what’s hiding in your dusty record collection

There’s gotta’ be a secret in the airwaves that makes us all want more
I thought I heard a message living in the airwaves that we just can’t ignore
Another number one just hit being constantly rotated and we’ll never hear the end
It’s gonna’ be the same old song you love to hate, and after years gone by it all just sounds the same

Lyrics by Brian Bortoli
©Better Luck Next Time

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Trapped Inside Me

I’m far from the world that’s been trapped inside me
Living in the make-believe
Someone pick me up faster than I fell behind

Another night I’m all alone, direction isn’t what I know
Somehow, someway, I relive thoughts of yesterday
And my influential voice, telling me I have no choice
Somehow, someway, I’ll find the light that leads the way

And now my time is running out, I still don’t know what I’m about
Somehow, someway, I still don’t know the words to say
Take a ride with me tonight; this isn’t home, this can’t be right
Goodbye today, I’ll soon be on my way

When you’ve given up all hope, there’s nothing left to try
When you’re giving up there’s nothing left to feel on the inside
When regret is all you’ve got, you believe it, but it’s not
Look outside your window, it’s time to let go; we all have the time
So give it up before you fall behind

Lyrics by Brian Bortoli
©Better Luck Next Time

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Love Answers Everything

Have you been sad that you’re all alone?
Can you take back what you never know?
Take it from me that you’ll be alright
Just know tonight that I’m by your side

I cannot stand here talking by myself when I’m with only you and no one else

There’s nothing left of the heart, and the hardest thing is not regret, but the fact that I’m wondering
If you’ll come back, and at that, will you be the same?
I guess we’ll find out if love answers everything

My mind is telling me that it’s something I don’t know
Maybe I’ll get it right if I turn it off and go
I can’t predict the future, I can’t ignore the past
Yet everybody says that it’s something that will last

Should I be trying now?

Lyrics by Brian Bortoli
©Better Luck Next Time

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On My Own

I can’t work this out on my own
I feel that I need you right here by my side, we’ll be just fine; ‘till the end of time, you’re all that’s on my mind
And if you leave me here on my own, I feel that I would have to break down and cry to clear my mind; is this really right?
Our love will never die

And I, I won’t feel the same
You’re playing my heart like a game, and I feel ashamed to tell you what I think
I have no time to blink
I’ll open my eyes once you’re gone; goodbye and so long

I’m on my own now, it won’t be long before I drown
So meet me halfway between a smile and a frown
I found you once before, but I have not given thought to being someone I’m not and now I’m on my own

I feel so alone on my own
I can’t help but think what our love could’ve been, but that was then, now this is the end; it’s something I can’t mend
I never thought I’d be on my own
I felt that you were just the one for my needs, but now I see we weren’t meant to be; we’ll meet eventually

Lyrics by Brian Bortoli
©Better Luck Next Time

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Gone, But Not Forgotten

It didn’t kill me when you said goodbye, though it did upon the second try
Music I had never heard before; opportunity closing the door

Gone, but not forgotten, you’re still watching
Sooner than later, there’s no failure
Gone, but not forgotten, you’re still watching; just know we’ll all be strong

There will be another time when it’s all over, until then I’ll find a way to just move forward

Another one is gone before their time, days after everything was fine
Taking everything that I have learned, we’re all just waiting for our turn

And I don’t want to be here crying over everyone, so keep me busy underneath until I’m done
I never wanted to be crying over anyone, I’ll only be here all alone until I’m done
And I don’t want to be here crying over everyone, when it’s my turn then I’ll be ready for my setting sun; when I’m done

Lyrics by Brian Bortoli
©Better Luck Next Time

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Truth For Two**

**Exclusive Japanese Bonus Track

Yea I’ve been told that I conceived a lie another time today where giving up, and pure bad luck, makes everything ok
Have you worked hard tonight to get your story right?
Or did you run to the other side?

In the end, we could’ve had something
And at best, you could’ve been honest
Giving up is alright, but I’m not; keep me here tonight

You’re my everything, even if we can’t be, I’ll make sure you’re sorry
You’re my everything, even if we can’t be, I’m telling you another truth, another truth for two

And that’s ok, never mind today
You’ll be someone else in time, I’ll be fine
Stubborn girl, it’s your world
Have you worked hard tonight to get your story right?
Or did you run to the other side?

Hear me out, don’t get me started; left me with tension all night
Tear me up, now you got me started, trying to see the light
For every time that I close my eyes (the other side that’s bright), I see another little piece of your lie to end this story tonight

Lyrics by Brian Bortoli
©Better Luck Next Time

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