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American Hotel

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released July 17, 2010

Lyrics by Brook Lee
Music by The Brook Lee Catastrophe

The Brook Lee Catastrophe is...
BROOK LEE: vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, theramin
PAUL MITCHELL: strings, piano, organ, synths, backup vocals
MIKE DUNCAN: drums, percussion, backup vocals
GEORGE MADRID: electric guitar, backup vocals
RYAN NAKATA: bass guitar, backup vocals

"American Hotel" was...
Engineered by Kenny Woods at Bright Street Recording Studios
Additonal recording by Danny Nogueiras on tracks 7 & 8 at King Size Soundlabs
Mixed & Produced by Rick Parker
Mastered by Stephen Marcussen at Marcussen Mastering
Graphic design and photography by Vince Lara

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Track Name: 100 Behind
Our days they are numbered out one at a time
It's no secret that I live 100 behind
Holed up in the past or some dream that I had in my sleep
Though my legs they will catch up as fast as they can
They cannot control who I hold in my hands
So I letter and song to a drum that's offbeat with my feet

All the things we'll never say boiling up inside of me
Need a place to stretch their legs
Run around if just pretend
Lest their be conceived a doubt
Giving birth to eager mouths
Hold it fast or let it fade
As she slowly walks away
I know what time it is

There's a timing I’m sure for a start and an end
Sometimes we don’t notice sometimes we pretend And busy ourselves with the dishes the dancing the drink

But emptiness speaks and the clock never lies
And you can't hear her voice from 100 behind
Holed up in the past or some dream that you had in your sleep

All the things we'll never say boiling up inside of me
Need a place to stretch their legs
Run around if just pretend
Lest their be conceived a doubt
Giving birth to eager mouths
Hold it fast or let it fade
As she slowly walks away
I know what time it is

Our days they are numbered out one at a time
It's no secret that I live 100 behind
Holed up in the past or some dream that I had in my sleep
Though my legs they will catch up as fast as they can
They cannot control who I hold in my hands
So I letter and song to a drum that's offbeat with my feet

All the things we'll never say boiling up inside of me
Need a place to stretch their legs
Run around if just pretend
Lest their be conceived a doubt
Giving birth to eager mouths
Hold it fast or let it fade
As she slowly walks away
I know what time it is
Track Name: It's a Sin
It's a sin to be sincere
A lightning bolt in a sky that's clear
In a bedroom dark with a synapse spark
While you toil away in the loudest part
Of the breaking sound that you're making now
So you push it you pull it you fool it back underground

You learn to strum in a way that's numb
Trading space for the vacant hum of a body close
With a shallow bond
Of a time and place to a random song
That she won't sing now as you lay her down
So you push it you pull it you fool it back underground

"I don't care anymore," she says,
"I don't care anymore
Where you go
What you do
Who’s doing it with you
If I am not"

And it's a curse to come across
So self-assured when your boat is lost
And the tide is high
The waves are dense
A turn both of phrase and events
That you won't change now
As you're breaking down
So you push it you pull it you fool it back underground

"I don't care anymore," she says,
"I don't care anymore
Where you go
What you do
Who’s doing it with you
If I am not"

On a Friday night, in my only suit
On a drunken whim with no coat to boot
On a midnight flight in a time-zone fight
The bare despair that's there despite of her absent frown
When the plane touched down
So you push it you pull it you fool it back underground

"I don't care anymore," she says,
"I don't care anymore
Where you go
What you do
Who’s doing it with you
If I am not"
Track Name: Come on Strong
I come on strong, so strong sometimes
Come on strong sometimes but I don't mean it
I come on strong, too strong sometimes
Come on strong sometimes but I don't mean it
But I weighed the other side
And it's not what I needed

I come off sure so sure sometimes
Come off sure sometimes like a freight train coming
I come off sure so sure sometimes
And there's so much to be said
Like a freight train coming
But I weighed the other side
And I just can't say nothing

I come off soft so soft sometimes
Come off soft sometimes and I don't like it
I come off soft so soft sometimes
Come off sometimes and I don't like it
But I weighed the other side
And you won't see me hide it

You're not what you seem to be
I'm not what you seen in me
I see it clear
Track Name: Jump In
Still, I want you to know
It doesn't have to be
So sad for me to go
Still, I wanted to say
It doesn't have to be
Decided that you'll stay

You could jump in
Jump in heart first, head last
Hold on, hold on using both hands
Decide; don't just wait for a sign
And we won't be, won't be who we have been
Only, only to see it end
Decide; don't just wait for a sign

Still, I wanted to change
But I cannot pretend
I wouldn't feel constrained
So still, though I move on
No matter where you go
You'll never quite be gone

If we jump in
Jump in heart first, head last
Hold on, hold on using both hands
Decide; don't just wait for a sign
Won't be, won't be who we have been
Only, only to see it end
Decide; don't just wait for a sign
Track Name: Walking Backwards
Oh, sometimes we burn
Over and over
Only to return
Over and over
Slowly do we learn to stay gone

You've got it all
You've got it all
But it's not what you wanted
In-between wars and out of bars
With a heart that's still haunted by…

Words roll out like fog over the city lights
Each bulky void absent of meaning
I won't say such bitter things
That walking backwards tends to bring
Such dredged up dirt, such aftermath
That all points to those same few facts

That you've
You've got it all
You've got it all
But it's not what you wanted
In-between wars and out of bars
With a heart that's still haunted by…

(I won't say such bitter things
That walking backwards tends to bring
Such dredged up dirt, such aftermath
That all points to those same few facts)

That you've
You've got it all
You've got it all
But it's not what you wanted
In-between wars and out of bars
With a heart that's still haunted by…
Track Name: Buried, Like a Dream
What if it weren't too late
For running 'cross the Golden Gate
Planning through Castro streets
Of falling upon my knees

What if these crowded sheets
Buried the past up neat
Washing away when clean
Me falling upon my knees

What if you changed your mind
Just in the nick of time
Buried it like a dream
Me falling upon my knees

What if your sun won't shine?
Track Name: Saved
Somebody save me from myself
My whole world is going south
I've been living hand to mouth
Gonna have to do without
Somebody save me from myself

Somebody save me from my friends
We drink all night and day then
Where it starts is where it ends
Get up and do it all again
Somebody save me from my friends

Somebody save me from my job
Spend all day long being what I'm not
Kissing asses of my boss
Respect is just an afterthought
Somebody save me from my job

Somebody save me from my girl
Spends every day messing up my world
I try to fix to no avail
But everything I touch I fail
Somebody save me from that girl

Somebody save me from my life
I'd do myself if I only tried
When I said I did I lied
And it's a sin to be alive
Somebody save me from my life
Track Name: Not Your Pharmacy
I heard you talking about walking a mile above the rest of us where you ought to be
With some autonomy
Thinking we're weak and you're gonna speak on some truth that eludes the rest of us
Where you ought to be
There's no diplomacy

If you want it you gotta get it better believe it or not
I can't save you
If you want it you gotta get it better become it or don't

All your excuses are useless against the few that would listen to what you want to be
But it's a comedy
Long as you talk more than you look can you get any numb from me
Low-probability
I'm not your pharmacy

If you want it you gotta get it better believe it or not
I can't save you
If you want it you gotta get it better become it or don't

You always play some variant of the contrarian thinking there's some anomaly
To live in harmony
Thinking we're broke and we're gonna choke on some truth that eludes the rest of us
Where you ought to be
I'm not your pharmacy

If you want it you gotta get it better believe it or not
I can't save you
If you want it you gotta get it better become it or don't
Track Name: Shades of Grey
Right and wrong drawn like lines in the sand
Where all is determined by the place where you stand
Black and white's not so cut and dry
You live in shades of grey and so do I

Mama, I could really cry
Can't you see we're born to die?

Greater love has no man than this
That he lay his life on down for his friends
Track Name: The Seasick Sailor
The seasick sailor sails away although he isn't unsure
If it's the motion of the ocean or the notion of a cure
For the sound of her voice in the wind off the coast
Or the feeling that what's gone will not be permanently lost

If I lie, in the sea

Every port town has a brothel where the crew finds some release
He takes measures to deny himself the pleasures that he seeks
Takes whiskey as communion, routine is an homage
Ink is a rebellion through a needle in his arms
With an X for every failed attempt to join that watered grave
But it's only getting harder here and he's running out of space

Till he'll lie, in the sea

Then one day upon the water with a fair wind at his back
He heard a resolution in the ocean's salty breath
And he vowed to live a day for her for every one time stole
When the wind it swept, the ocean leapt
And she gently called him home

Now he lies, in the sea
Track Name: A Perfect Parrot
Become the beauty horse
Camouflage your flaws
7:30 New York City
Modern fucks the classic beauty

Beware those magazines that tell you what to think
What to wear
How to wear it
To become a perfect parrot

I am not so blind as to think
That you and I might live as I would like
But if that ship has sailed completely
Then you and I we might as well go sing ourselves unto the grave

I cannot reach you now
In your parents' house
Private cars and cocktail parties
You're not saying but you're departing
Become some other thing
You never meant to mean
In the time that it takes to sing these words
The world could fall apart, I've seen it

But I am not so blind as to think
That you and I might live as I would like
But if that ship has sailed completely
Well then you and I we might as well go sing ourselves unto the grave