The Public

by The Public

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The Public traveled to New York City in February 2008 to begin production on No Love Is Permanent.

Most of the rhythm tracks were done at Water Music in Hoboken, New Jersey and the lead guitars and vocals at Translator in DUMBO. The Public returned to New Orleans to complete vocals and overdubs in their home studio at The Fountainebleu.

No Love is Permanent was set to be released in fall of 2009 but it's release was delayed due to the death of The Public's bassist, Ryan Plattsmier and the dissolution of Five03 Records.

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released September 20, 2010

Bryan Besse - Drums
Ryan Plattsmier - Bass
Jack Champagne - Lead Guitar
Travis Shuler - Vocals, Guitar

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The Public New Orleans, Louisiana

The Public was formed in New Orleans in 2003 by drummer Bryan Besse and guitarist Jack Champagne. Singer Travis Shuler and bassist Ryan Plattsmier joined the lineup and they began work on a few songs influenced by UK post-punk,90s Britpop and American underground alt-rock. They broke up in 2010 a year after losing Plattsmier to suicide. Bassist Ronan Bradley played for the last year of the group. ... more

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Track Name: Burn Victim
I can't sleep. It's like my head is on fire.
I'm in love but I'm a terrible liar.
I'm colder than nuclear winter,
my half-life fades while my thoughts are slipping. I
don't know what I was waiting for. all the people that
I adored are now the people that I ignore all trapped
inside my revolving door and I...

I'm waiting for a day that'll never come.

In spite of ourselves... In spite of ourselves?
can we spend the night together?
is the answer in the question?
with your shiny, shiny boots of leather
one hand hard, the other a feather.
should we even be together?
is the answer in the question?

I'm waiting for a day that'll never come.

I can't sleep. it's like my head is on fire.
I'm in love but I'm a terrible liar.
I'm cold from your nuclear winter,
my half-life fades while my thoughts are slipping. I
don't know what I was waiting for. all the people that
I adored are now the people that I ignore all trapped
inside my revolving door and I...

I'm waiting for a day that'll never come.
Track Name: Ghosts
I've got a feeling something is about to go wrong
nothing is making sense no, i could be paranoid but
I've got a feeling something is about to take hold
of me oh no I think I've lost control

the ghosts in my head
and the dust in my bed
dull reminders of all
the things that I've said

I've got a feeling something is about to explode
inside of me oh uh oh and there it goes and
I want to wait but waiting always takes too long
I want to wait but waiting always takes too long

the ghosts in my head
and the dust in my bed
dull reminders of all
the things that I've said

I'm beginning to feel like there's somebody waiting to want me
I'm beginning to feel like there's somebody standing behind me
I'm beginning to feel like there's somebody waiting to want me
I'm beginning to feel like there's somebody standing behind me

the ghosts in my head
and the dust in my bed
dull reminders of all
the things that I've said
Track Name: Control Self Panic
don't get your hopes up
this ain't gonna last
it's just the same as the day before and the one before
let it pass

i'm feeling nameless
and untrue to myself
I don't know how to say this
I don't know how to say this
but there's somebody else
there's somebody else

get get a hold of yourself
get get a hold of yourself, boy

standing closer than i should be
and entertaining wrong thoughts
fighting my true nature with every weapon i've got

I'm faking "fearless"
and "too good to be true"
there's someone else here baby
there's someone else here baby
between me and you
between me and you

get get a hold of yourself
get get a hold of yourself, boy

and now this night is almost over

get get a hold of yourself
get get a hold of yourself, boy
Track Name: This Night is Almost Over
I've been looking for a lover
I've been looking for a lover or a friend
i've been looking for someone
i've been looking for someone
who could understand
how could you understand?

i've been seeking out a signal
i've been seeking out a signal or a sign
some kind of good fortune
in this misfortunate design

and now this night is almost over
and there's no one left but you
who do i turn to?
who do I turn to?

I can feel it all
I can feel it all
slipping away slipping away through my fingers

i've been seeking out a signal
i've been seeking out a signal or a sign
some kind of good fortune
in this misfortunate design

am I becoming a stranger?
oh no the nausea overtakes
je ne sais pas, je ne sais pas
this feeling has no name

and now this night is almost over
and there's no one left but you
who do i turn to?
who do I turn to?

I can feel it all
I can feel it all
slipping away slipping away through my fingers

we step out on decatur street
we step out we step out in the smoldering heat
and the air is thick as thieves the air is thick as
thieves and so are we, yeah so are we

we step out on decatur street
we step out we step out in the suffocating heat
the air as thick as thieves the air is thick as thieves
and so are we, yeah so are we

and now this night is almost over
and there's no one left but you
who do i turn to?
who do I turn to?
Track Name: An Almost Perfect Moment
I've been waiting by the phone
wait waiting all night
wait waiting for some kind of sound
sound sound ring ringing in my ears
seven years, seven years
hangs in the balance and

this could take all night, but she's thinking it over
and she could take it off, but she's taking me over

my heart gets stuck in my throat
whenever you come around
I hate when you come around
I love when you come around

my heart gets stuck in my throat
whenever you come around
I hate when you come around
why don't you ever come around
anymore?

I've been waiting by the phone
wait waiting all night
wait waiting for some kind of sound
sound sound ring ringing in my ears
seven years, seven years
hangs in the balance and

if i could kill myself then all this would be over
but i just scare myself, cause all this would be over

my heart gets stuck in my throat
whenever you come around
I hate when you come around
I love when you come around

my heart gets stuck in my throat
whenever you come around
I hate when you come around
why don't you ever come around
anymore?

I've been waiting by the phone
wait waiting all night
wait waiting for some kind of sound
sound sound ring ringing in my ears
seven years, seven years
hangs in the balance
Track Name: Capgras Syndrome
peel off the plastic
wait for the reaction to come
peel off the plastic
wait for the reaction
no I can't feel a thing for anyone

I can't feel a thing for anyone
I can't feel a thing for anyone
I can't feel a thing for anyone
I can't feel a thing for anyone

peel off the plastic
wait for the reaction to come
peel off the plastic
wait for the reaction
no I can't feel a thing for anyone

I can't feel a thing for anyone
I can't feel a thing for anyone
I can't feel a thing for anyone
I can't feel a thing for anyone

"I'm faking this for the last time"
she tried to tell me
"I'm faking this for the last time
got to believe me"
"I'm faking this for the last time"
she tried to tell me
mirrors lie
mirrors lie to everybody

peel off the plastic
wait for the reaction to come
peel off the plastic
wait for the reaction
no I can't feel a thing for anyone

I can't feel a thing for anyone
I can't feel a thing for anyone
I can't feel a thing for anyone
I can't feel a thing for anyone
Track Name: Suicide Casanova vs The Honest Lovers
this anticipation is murder
feels like the devil's breathing down my neck
I'm egotistical, still ashamed
and saving my last breath to voice my regrets

Just give me something to take me away from myself
there must be someone to take me away from myself
I just want someone to love me like i was somebody else
wait no wait, no I want someone else

so what if you stole my heart,
if you stole my heart?
it's just another worthless heart
to a thief in the dark.
now you're a thief in the dark
hanging close to the walls like a creeping assasin
i've got your knife in my back and still haven't learned my lesson
and i'm dying to dance, but you're still, scared to death.
I'll hold my breath til you're ready
I'll hold my breath til you're ready

somebody love me to death

it gets worse, your touch is like glass in sugar
the light hurts, my skin is all pins and needles
if I let go, I may be falling, but I'm falling free
if I let go, I may be falling, but I'm falling free
if I let go, I may be falling, but I'm falling free
still I leave, somehow, Incomplete

somebody love me to death
Track Name: These Transition Hearts
is this independence?
my heart lurches, leans and spins
is this co-dependence? no no no
I can't breathe and no-one's safe to hold
down here I'm nowhere bound
and sick of every face in this faceless town
I can't hear their words, but I fear their sound
build it up build it up build it up
now tear it down

chest hurts, breath burns, tongue tastes like dirt
never kiss, no never love, never hurt
never feel, never touch, never never burned
never never never try to "make it work"

it hurts to be in love
it hurts to be alone
I need you I need you to know

no bright white light no heat no spark
no nothing's left for us but this desire in the dark
and these transition hearts so wild
I'd re-invent my life if I could only find the time
i've never been that bold, I'm still nowhere bound
and still sick of every face in this fucking town
I can't hear the words, only feel the sound
build it up build it up build it up
now tear it down

chest hurts, breath burns, tongue tastes like dirt
never kiss, no never love, never hurt
never feel, never touch, never never burned
never never never try to "make it work"

it hurts to be in love
it hurts to be alone
I need you I need you to know
Track Name: No Love is Permanent
what was it that i said?
Is this to be the night you can't forget?
am i your best mistake?
am i the thing you most regret?

all this has got to mean something
it hurts too much to be nothing at all
i want to be the worst thing you've ever seen
if i can't be beautiful

and i'm killing myself in increments
i give myself away in bits and pieces
i kill myself in increments
now there's nothing left of me but bits and pieces

and i'm killing myself in increments
i give myself away in bits and pieces
i kill myself in increments
now there's nothing left of me but bits and pieces

and now time goes by and
our blood runs colder
and nothing seems all that important anymore
it's just action, action, reaction
action, reaction, distraction, and then nothing at all

i want to be the worst thing you've ever seen if i can't be beautiful

and i can't be beautiful

I gave you everything i had
then reached for more, but nothing's left
and now every kiss is a mistake
now every heart something to break
now every word just sounds so fake
and no love is permanent

oh i kill myself in increments
i give myself away in bits and pieces
i kill myself in increments
there's nothing left of me but bits and pieces

i kill myself in increments
i give myself away in bits and pieces
i kill myself in increments
there's nothing left of me but bits and pieces

what was it that i said?
is this to be the night you can't forget?
i made a big mistake
but don't make a scene we'll both regret

lets start over with nothing
just you and me you and me and nothing at all

I want to be the worst thing you've ever seen
If I can't be beautiful

and I can't be beautiful

i kill myself in increments
i give myself away in bits and pieces
i kill myself in increments
there's nothing left of me but bits and pieces

and I can't be beautiful

i kill myself in increments
i give myself away in bits and pieces
i kill myself in increments
there's nothing left of me but bits and pieces

and I can't be beautiful
Track Name: Three Last Words
I want to give up the ghost but my heart is relentless
and I've got so much to learn about keeping my distance
I'm sorry my love, if my love seems malicious
I've still so much to learn about keeping my distance

vodka drains her girl mystique
but, like me, she laughs at the saddest things
I dodge the bullet but still my ears ring
like me she laughs at the saddest things

lust in the static dark, then the room was hostile white
did you mean what you said to me last night?
I've got a head full of noise and nothing feels right
did you mean what you said to me last night?

and I cry out your name, but nobody listens
and i've still so much to learn about keeping my distance
she offers the path of the least resistance
and the look in her eyes negates my defenses

it's so hard to let go of love

I want to give up the ghost but my heart is relentless
and i cry out your name but nobody listens
I need the antidote but all you've got is more venom
and not enough, it seems, to put my heart in submission

she fades in, she fades out
she's faking her smile
but it what she's all about
mystery eyes, but such a pretty pout
she's faking her smile but it's what she's all about

lust in the deep black dark, shivering in delight
did you mean what you said to me last night?
I've got a fistful of hate. hate and nothing feels right. hanging on every word you said to me last night

and I cry out your name to resounding indifference
and i've still so much to learn about keeping my distance
seeking your understanding, settling for her forgiveness
i cry out your name but it's sound is just vicious

it's so hard to let go of love

I want to give up the ghost but my heart is relentless
and I lie to myself that this time will be different
but my hand shakes, as does my conviction
as if three last words could make some kind of difference

she holds me, can't breathe now, room gets dark
and the light in my eyes goes out
she takes me in her deep red mouth
she sighs and the light in my eyes goes out

"love" in the static dark
fight the hostile white light
did you mean what you said to me last night?
I've got a heart full of glass and nothing feels right
hanging on to the words you said to me last night

til I cry out your name
and make one last decision
as I follow the path of the least resistance
I want to give up the ghost but my heart is relentless
and I've still so much to learn about keeping my distance

it's so hard to let go of love

i warned you