Absolute Bearing

by Work Drugs

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Absolute Bearing is the second official Work Drugs album. Most of these songs were written during an intense recording session in the Cayman Islands during the winter of 2011/2012.

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released 10 July 2012
Words and music by Benjamin Louisiana and Thomas Crystal

Additional smooth vocals by Aermote aka Rachel K Haines
Saxophone - Maxfield Gast
Trumpet - Joey Argot

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Track Name: Perfect Storm
Utah nights of '94
we were barely man enough for Mormon lore
sneaking out past the temple locks
the silent lake is where we make the drop

can't stop me
the calm of the salt sea

can't stop me
who'd want to love me?

love's a perfect storm (I'm drowning in you)

I remember the way that you kissed
holding my hand in case you'd think to miss

brushing your hair across my salty lips
lets swim back home before we float or tip

can't stop me
the calm of the salt sea

can't stop me
who'd want to love me?

love's a perfect storm (I'm drowning in you)

don't wait
Track Name: License to Drive
I've got a license to drive
just teenage excuses and crystalline lies
I've got a reason to try
cause when we expire, we can't get much higher

Mercedes Lane, the curls I can't avoid
the pink dress looks better on the Caddy floor
save a sip for me, it's my night to dream
do you want me? want me?

I've got a license to drive
just teenage excuses and crystalline lies
I've got a reason to try
cause when we expire, we can't get much higher

the engines dead, the trunk becomes her bed
let's fix the dents and take the while again
Archie's glow, the last I'll ever know
less is more, Les is more

I've got a license to drive
just teenage excuses and crystalline lies
I've got a reason to try
cause when we expire, we can't get much higher

didn't even fail, didn't even fail
reverse rides, the coffee never spills
didn't even fail, didn't even fail
the White Golf, the girl, it's all too real

I've got a license to drive
just teenage excuses and crystalline lies
I've got a reason to try
cause when we expire, we can't get much higher
Track Name: Pluto
smoke rings it's a smooth attack
I guess we'll never make it back
stand up and come alone with me
the beat ticks, 1,2,3

staring out the window reasons aside
we're never gonna make it alive
speeds cold but these hands are warm
light speed will keep us hanging on

we're just two deep space lovers and this feels alright
zero gravity high in the cold sunlight

now the years, they're rolling on
moonlight fades into one
can't remember if the Earth survives
blinking lights in every single size

twinkle twinkle on all the stars
just make a wish and I won't be so far
sky's the limit, so close your eyes
space is dry, but you won't be tonight

we're just two deep space lovers and this feels alright
zero gravity high in the cold sunlight

zero gravity high
Track Name: Boogie Lights
They don’t even know you’re name
Anonymous blood and carnal gains

Playing hide and seek for days
Our love is buried in cocaine (sin pays)

Spell it out or swallow your pride (oh no)
Spell it out or swallow your pride (oh no)
Spell it out or say goodbye
Just look the camera in the eye

Faces on the corner
bodies on the screen
films can’t keep us younger
It feels so good (feels so good) to dream

Barely old enough to drive
You’re pulling the chord on these boogie lights

Spreading east past the 405
To the Valley, lust is life (it’s time)

Spell it out or swallow your pride (oh no)
Spell it out or swallow your pride (oh no)
Spell it out or say goodbye
Just look the camera in the eye

Faces on the corner
bodies on the screen
films can’t keep us younger
It feels so good (feels so good) to dream

you're gonna be a star
Track Name: Absolute Bearing
when I look in your window it seems like make believe
just an empty suit case, your car in a hole
you're free

the funeral couldn't change my mind
I know you're out there, I know you're out there

the police man says they never found a body
nobody

the lakes too deep, the hearts too weak

the newsman spewing the black from the bottle
the headlines bleed, the taglines cheap

the funeral couldn't change my mind
I know you're out there, I know you're out there
Track Name: Council Bluffs
the Silver Lake is emptied out
past the double lines that made you real

all the broken promises and the doted lights
that were born waiting on the deal

you're hustling the millionaires for the extra points inside the stars

with red hands pointing up, it's a lonely door you're behind
Johnny's not too far

it's you
when every song has a meaning
and you can't fake your love for me
(some never asked to survive)

going back to Omaha
spy the dirty vans, they're passing through

told me I should double down
but I'll fold my hands till I find you

it's you
when every song has a meaning
and you can't fake your love for me
(some never asked to survive)

who's the loser?

don't cross the border again

we never asked to survive
Track Name: Coral Gables
bills were made to burn
checks were made to take their turns

love is born on the dance floor looking at me
mirror balls can't hide the fact it's quarter to three

where do you want me?

all you'll ever know is what you buy tonight
rolling up the paper bonds
this high is mine

banks were made to fail
invest in easy love or just get lost in the bail
deposits on me

all you'll ever know is what you buy tonight
rolling up the paper bonds
this high is mine

I believe it keeps my heart from stopping
Track Name: Lisbon Teeth
fly away
across the pond where they get my songs
it's a holiday

who's to blame
if I take too much
I don't even need to know your name

borders crossed
Paris nights I chased away with Lisbon teeth

who'd have thought
the stamps that bind were made by western thinking teens

please won't your read my hips
mispronounce the chance
eastern time is all we know
(I won't read your lips)
(you don't steal my kiss)

Fabric calls
let's dance away the bass deflects but lingers on

it's hostel law
we're sneaking in and throwing love against the wall

push it off
to eastern girls
the ballerina china dolls

please won't your read my hips
mispronounce the chance
eastern time is all we know
(I won't read your lips)
(you don't steal my kiss)
Track Name: The Art of Progress
throw me out just like a foster on the porch
a hero behind the bar
I'm not insane like the doctors swore

scores were made to be shattered on the 8-bit screen
there's too much history
a California high life teen

because we're too young
to make this last forever
we're too strong
the art of progress

metal statues lining the sides of pixel road
where mothers dare to roll
the dice on a broken home

but it's too late now, I've gone and found the sea
you're selling pictures of me
good news it comes in threes

because we're too young
to make this last forever
we're too strong
the art of progress

our names, our names, inside these songs
even if our intentions come off wrong

our names, our names, inside these songs
we'll prove them wrong, we'll prove them wrong

we'll make this, we'll make this last forever

we'll prove them wrong
Track Name: Tourist Heart
"are you alone?"
that's how it started
saving half a shot to feel like it's worth it

amongst the chaos we'll grow
like a mushroom outside Tokyo

giants on the stage
ants on the scene
buying beauty to feel in-between

English girls with the tourist hearts
blurry photos won't finish what we started

did it translate the first time?
did I translate the first time? to you?

you're laying by the phone
we sang together
I just wanna hear your voice, even if we talk the weather

we're not gonna change our minds
feelings trapped inside, let's let them fall and die

did it translate the first time?
did I translate the first time?

it's a lonely way to live
"it's a lonely world"