They Make Beer Commercials Like This

1. Fine +2 PTS

She said, “You look like a guy I used to know,”
and she was right.
She stood biting on her lip,
eyes upturned and then she said,
“I know we’ve met before.”

Transparent in the city today
Our basic program is the same
We’re the only

I said, “You look too familiar too be wrong,
just let me find the moment,
let me find the face.”
Dark eyes, dark hair,
and looks that need a song.
“I think I loved you,
but I forget the place.”

Transparent in the city today
Our basic program is the same
We’re the only

We walk down this street we stand on
With our eyes on sunset or dawn
Substances moving through our veins
you were the Queen I was the King

2. Let’s Play Clowns

Before we leave home, our night is still
And we lay on the bed fully dressed
This is a new thing:
And we both deserve this.
One night with no one

It’s rare to feel this expensive
But next to a girl like her
It’s impossible not to.
In this house, in this town.

Before we leave home, we are alone,
And now new thoughts come.
If the car won’t start, would it be better if it did?
But I know it will
and this we’ll lose:
A moon to look to,
from inside out,
Without the lights on.

It’s rare to feel this expensive
But next to a girl like her
It’s impossible not to.
In this house, in this town.

It’s still early
A bright 10:30
And we speed through the evening

3. Dog Park

Out here we don’t hear anything
but the clicking of the rain
against the leaves
and the way each other breathes

Make this home–
we’ve never we never had one

Out here we turn out all the lights
and sit inside looking out
and the bay’s still,
she’s wearing the night’s expression

Make this home–
we’ve never we never had one
we’ve never we never had one
let’s stop calling this a vacation

(We’re just here for two nights)
Count the beats of your heart
And no city streets to break up cars
We can lie here

We want no one and no one comes
Every song plays just for us
we got it

4. I’m Totally Not Down With Rob’s Alien

At noon the wind comes through
across the bay on a clear day
and I can watch the boats come in and set their anchors.
And my folks are away at the store,
so I don’t have to listen to anyone say anything.

And I swim out as far as I can
and float on my back
just waiting for nothing.

I hope they never come back to this house,
it’s a lot more fun alone:
I can do anything I want.
And so I’m swimming,
more like floating,
and I’ll just stay out here
until the night comes crashing down.

And I swim out as far as I can
and float on my back
just waiting for nothing.

They always come home
at the wrong time,
like when I’m all right
and don’t need no one at all.

“They Make Beer Commercials Like This”
Suicide Squeeze S-074
CD / LP / iTunes / Stream
Released July 13, 2004
Running Time: 22 Minutes

Produced, Recorded and Mixed by Matt Bayles at Studio Litho
Mastered by Ed Brooks at RFI

Additional vocals on “I’m Totally Not Down With Rob’s Alien” by Heather Duby

Design by David Knudson

5. Hey! Is That a Ninja Up There?

We’re racing through the dark
On a road along the shore
And the law says we should stop
So we break a couple more
With the windows all down
we just throw the cans out
And now you’re laughing through the wind
swearing we won’t do it again

We’re off too much now
But the pay off sells itself
We cough too much now
But we’re too young for ourselves

We’re racing through the dark
Down the beach by the pier
And you ran into the sea
Like a cop without fear
“You’re gonna ruin your shoes!
You’re gonna ruin your shoes!”
You waded through the bay
Like you do it everyday

We’re off too much now
But the pay off sells itself
We cough too much now
But we’re too young for ourselves

This bay is so uncertain
It’s too cold but we swim
Rain could come at any moment
the gray sky’s closing in.

I couldn’t sleep for days
and I couldn’t move.
You couldn’t come too soon
to break me from that room
and now I’ll sleep for days,
but in a different place

6. Pony Up!

You raise your eyes to mine like the sunrise
Your eyes move me like the nightfall
How can we claim that we know ourselves?
But you can know me.

7. Houston, We Have Uh-Oh

Stand here with the mountain in background:
the copper mine up the hill from the town
sits asleep like a retiree,
once used and now no use for.

People used to work here
and mined their lives from this ground,
crushed them in these machines
and forged them in the future.
We just take pictures
of hearts that stopped beating.

Sometimes you’re a tourist with a camera
stealing souls for scrapbooks.
Sometimes you’ve got a life back home.
Sometimes you’re really alone.

We go home, after fishin’ all day
and get our hands dirty
getting the catch clean.
Mike is in the kitchen.
He’s heating up the fry pan
and we’re in the front yard
watching the sun fall.

People used to live here
and lived their lives on this ground.
Raised them in these fields
and lost them in the future.
We just take pictures
of hearts that stopped beating.