Get Things Done

by The Tonics

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1.
Sunday Night 02:35
Well it's me whom I wake up next to in the middle of the night When those fever dreams preach to me About what's wrong with my life And when you drink too much on Sunday night Well Monday's such a fight But it's the only way to stop those thoughts that cut like knives Sunday night Well my words twirl just like debutantes and my friends are there at the ball And all the possibilities do get flaunted and some fly but not all But it doesn't matter when Sunday is drunk 'Cause I'm no lie till after Monday's sunk And I can back away, you know, playing the fool Just with both my empty hands drawn It's a catch up race of headaches I know these weekends keep giving me the shakes Staring at your bathroom mirror Mouthing sure things you'll probably never hear Sunday night's rough when you drink too much I know it with a tired sigh But it seems to me, I guess it's the only way To get to see Monday's light Sunday night Sunday night
2.
Mean Song 02:08
It's not everyday you get to be pretty So you better get out of here in a hurry With a little good looks and a little bit of money You know the good times will come flowing like honey So you better get out of here What about those of us you leave behind? You know we're turning round that "Open" sign 'Cause we never did anything anyway Maybe that's why we never had a thing to say So you better get out of here
3.
Distance 02:20
Who should know better than me what I should do? Baby, I thought that was you I guess I'll just smoke cigarettes And maybe come out in a dress Shake the blues Just shake my blues Just shake my blues I read the books you gave me And heard the music you played me But now they're just spilled bottles I guess I'm just a prude 'Cause when you're rich and young Shouldn't you be having fun? Just shake the blues Shake the blues Shake the blues It's hard to be sad It's hard to be sad It's hard to be sad
4.
Save The Day 02:48
I'd say sometimes I feel turned off and down All the things I've had Well, have had me This constant swagger Of time and haughty days Doesn't hold back And doesn't crush because You are my love I missed the bus I missed so much Did I hit the books Or just ignore the looks? The burning back of my mind Could turn the tides of oceans Hare Krishna, Sandinista You are my love And the books have helped, have helped And the music have helped, have helped And you, you seem to save the day You seem to save the day You are my love
5.
Starlight breaks in my summer's eye Oh God I am so high tonight The conversations simmering as the day is dimming There's so much left to do that I I just can't seem to get things done Well, maybe I'm just spun But who the hell knows with me? I just seem to get things wrong I come off too strong But it's on my mind all the time In our self-constructed dreamery With ham-fisted poetry We have so much fun 'Cause we'd rather recreate the past Than stew in the present's vat I ain't that kind of man I just can't seem to get things done Well, maybe I'm just spun But who the hell knows with me? I just seem to get things wrong I hang on too long But it's on my mind all the time
6.
Lucy 04:21
Lucy we knew we couldn't have walked out alive oh Lucy from the beginning we walked on the fire Oh Lucy Lucy Lucy Lucy Little by little the rain disappears Out of the shelter emerge without fear One tiny moment the radiance is near Without you the walls start breaking The house it will crash down burning How can they find us and say yes again? Can we still be together like stones and the water? And can we just fall apart like we're dust to each other? Oh Lucy Lucy Lucy Lucy The rising moon flown in out of the blue The sinking sun face the smile of the moon One tiny moment that seems to hold true Without you the windows blocking The house that goes beatless and starving Inside they will find us and say yes again Lucy you know that we could have walked out together Oh Lucy if we had never by chance heard each other Oh Lucy Lucy Lucy Lucy
7.
Bartleby 01:57
8.
I was only looking for nothing Till you came along with your predetermined mission I was only hoping to see life Till you came along with your self-indulgent vision How many kids have you tricked lately? How many kids have you tricked? You're so very nice I was reading my imagination When you came along with your plotting to exploit it You decreed that I was really something 'Cause alas I was a puppet of your fiction How many kids have you killed lately? How many kids have you tricked? You're so very nice
9.
Hamlet 03:24
The cruelest thing is to let a child into this world so cruel The cruelest thing is to die and let your answerless question continue Is one of me not enough? I am one too much The greatest thing is to die and know that at least one wasted life ended The greatest thing is for us as human to accept this strife ended Is one of you not enough? You are one too much. The cruelest thing is to let more people read themselves into Hamlet The cruelest thing is to drown more people them entangled in Eliot Is one of we not enough? We are one too much
10.
Greenback 03:26
When we were together all I wanted to be Was a father just like every one before me And now never wanting anything is just as easy for me Blank white page with a green back I'm a blank white page with a green back Green back Stranger now because my only mystery That anybody could ever feel in me I know it's actually nothing but creative self-hatred Blank white page with a green back I'm a blank white page with a green back Green back So let me get silly sad and vomit sick again And say stupid shit like I'm a jingle I'm so useless But it'd half true 'cause we both expect money And I seem to be pretty flat and easy Blank white page with a green back I'm a blank white page with a green back Green back
11.
You came into my life when I was not ready to be broken yet Seemed to much for me and I'd go back where we were before we met The ageless agent of this Fancied construction and I'm gonna bet Love makes people stupid If only that I knew before we fell The rite of spring and all the silly things Diamond rings and all those silly things The way you handed me the Smoking remains of your last cigarette Oh I'm burning bridges And counting all the ways that we'll forget
12.
Who is that standing round? Who is that giving sense? To a blind and deaf and angry lonely girl wondering Ooh what is love? You washed her hands And saw her lips remain untouched Love is two in one Goodbye, Annie Sullivan Who was that standing round While he was growing up And who seduced a world that's looking for a passion? Swept down those icy clouds above Showed us the way to stay corrupt, Like a loaded gun Goodbye Mrs. Robinson These are the things you've given us Red visions of that sensual trust You made us dangerous Goodbye from your graduate.
13.
Thank You 02:21
When we stood in the cold And talked in the park Till the stars froze above With bated breath It was everything I needed I was so tired I couldn't see And your voice went soft Like a velvet dream I knew you knew It was everything I needed Thank you... When I was lying in a sick little ball And you hardly knew my last name You said, oh you're a person It was everything I needed Thank you...

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Get Things Done is the debut album of Los Angeles-based band The Tonics. Written when the band members were still in college, the album explores themes of love, depression and friendship, with an abundance of youthful urgency and energy. "Sunday Night" kicks off a five-song salvo of power pop gems, followed by a darker second half led by "Lucy." As is the case with many an early work, there are flaws - the band can be heard reaching beyond their abilities ("Love Makes People Stupid," "Hamlet"). But there are far more examples of brilliance (that chorus on "Mean Song," the drastic key/rhythm changes on "Lucy Tricked Me Into Something," and the heart-melting lyrics of "Elegy For Anne Bancroft," to name a few). Originally released in 2005 as a low-run CD pressing, Get Things Done is now available as a digital download on Pedal Tone.

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released August 21, 2012

Written, performed and produced by The Tonics
The Tonics are: Alek Zarifian (live band), Andy California, Ian Asbjornsen, Mark Williams and Steven Chow
Original album artwork by Lisa August-Schmidt, Andy California and Jimi Martinez
Reissue album artwork by SK Chow

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