Negative Collector

by Shy Mirrors

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released January 22, 2013

Big School Records / BSR-009 (black vinyl)

Mastered by Brian Slusher at Weatherproof Records, Atlanta, GA

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All songs/recordings by Mike Downey. Shy Mirrors was active from 2010-2016.

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Track Name: Unavailable
I nearly lost my mind just a week ago. it didn't go so good on the telephone. the things I never said well they're messing with my head. I gotta try and sound it out. I tried to make myself unavailable. I tried to fix it with silence and alcohol. the things I never said well they're messing with my head. if I could only sound it out. every day of the week you were always there for me. yeah you listen when I speak. if I could only say it all to you.
Track Name: Tinted Windows
we can get some novocaine, a roll of duct tape and a cigarette machine. build a rocket and go away. we're gonna need batteries, razorblades and minor surgery. plant a flag for the USA. that ain't too much to ask of you because I think you want to. that ain't too much to ask of you. and tinted windows. don't forget to let me know your lucky numbers, call sign and your radio. we want the magnets in your speaker cone.
Track Name: I'm Supposed To
we were on our way to Minnesota. I finally got the chance to know you. we watched the road unfold I smoked and you drove all night cuz you liked to. then I disappeared across the Atlantic. you didn't know if I meant it. I tried to say goodbye but I couldn't find my line and I regret it. I get so emotional and it's not just because I'm supposed to. I'm over-analytical how I left you and i miss you.
Track Name: He's a Thief
you don't ever want anyone to steal your heart. so you won't go.
lock the door and let the boredom begin. stare at the mirror. watch them crawl up your skin. you don't ever want anyone to steal your heart. what do you know. thief the lock and tear the city apart. over and out he's a thief for your heart.
Track Name: Summer's Over
yesterday you went away, away from me. we rode the coasters. we drove the van past the rusted tracks and we couldn't get closer. don't need a degree to do the math. and you can give the garden back to god. flip your hood because summer's over. backyard to the basement. Solo cups and a pony keg. lightning bugs into bracelets. forget the discontent in our heads. and the landlord won't give the deposit back. you can pack your bags because summer's over.
Track Name: Sky High
never tried to blow your mind. never tried to make you mine. all I wanted was some time but you find I'm far away now. tried to share a cherry Coke. I tried to smoke but I don't. I know don't know what I'm talkin about. I know I'm just lost and found. just passing through if I run into you. we could take a plane to the sky. we could clean up if we tried. If I ever do make up my mind. I'll think of you next time. rather be with you.
Track Name: Tear Away
I don't care about cities, buildings or towns. I just want to tear away with you. tear away. I feel better already to talk about. I just talked about tearin' away with you. it's all I want to do. I'm ready.
Track Name: Dead Birch
that night the thunder cracked and it took down our tree. the one we carved into our names and what we'd be. had to find you.
put your hand in mine. I held it and it shook. I thought I saw a ghost. I told you not to look but I know you. first day back at school I saw your eyes were black. hearts carved in your arms. I thought I'd hold you back but I won't. sad but true kids can be so cruel. saw it in your eyes and I want it that way. fingers crossed there was nothing left to say. in the basement we broke mirrors and opened books. you scratched until you bled and I tried not to look but I will. me and you we can be so cruel. can't deny what I always knew. peel it back we can scratch the truth. saw it in your eyes and I.
Track Name: Discovery Club
the Halloween grads are kickin' in their Keds. blowin' borrowed tones and asking for rides home. you can't take the bus when you're as tight as this. and you surely can't parallel park a car outside Rainbo Club. I don't even know your name but I think I love you just the same. it's not your fault. it's what it is and it's your turn to discover it. you took some time to off to travel but you never went. you took a part time job walking dogs
so you could pay the rent. your roommates go to Columbia. they're from Joliet. your best friend had a kid, moved to the 'burbs but you haven't been there yet.
Track Name: Good to Go
you were dishonest. you were a mess and I was up for it. I couldn't wait to make a wreck of my pretty head. god that autumn was a rush and then you fucked it up. but you were all mine. at least that time. CD and stereo. come pick me up I'm bored. I'm home and I'm good to go. you told me lies from the very first second we met. I was a kamikaze pilot, no regrets. god that autumn, your shitty friends, I remember it. don't want to be alone. static radio. come pick me up I'm bored I'm home and I'm good to go.
Track Name: Rips
when your heart's ripped out I can bet that someone else is gonna come around. she'll have the right tattoos, a black heart, know her moves. she won't just talk to you she will own you. she'll stop callin' you. you'll start freakin' out. and I don't know what to say. I really don't have any answers. and I don't know where you go 'cuz if I do I would probably go there with you. well it's a bright light world. it's a beautiful day and she's a black star girl. she'll put her cigarette out, gas the town and then she'll burn you down.
Track Name: At Ease
wash your pretty face and get a uniform. put your blinders on. all in all divers down. have you any idea what they'll make you do? I wouldn't waste my time if I were you. you'll learn Army boy. your gun's your only friend. who put it in your hands? who controls your head? I wouldn't waste my life if I were you. a few years and a few days. you're back but everything has changed. home but you're looking for a way out.
Track Name: Dry Cell
hold a lightbulb under water for ideas. read the dictionary backwards on your head. trick the pony. trick him not to eat the flowers. watch the lamps explode. you've put in the hours. you are fine. you are great. you spark batteries all day. in the house. on the lawn. when the dry cell kicks you out you're out. hold a flashlight up to your computer drum. post it on Facebook we can check it later on. buy some supplies at a local random shop. knock a candle off a mantle it's not hot.
Track Name: First Wave Out
I bet it's gonna feel real good to scratch the surface of your hood. to fill the table of your house with idiots that you picked out. I'm on the first way out. I wonder it looks inside your books. the words start to suck. this book is fucked. I'm on the first way out. word on the street is there is no feeling. no way out. first wave out.