We Are The Public

by The Public

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This was self-recorded in 2003 and is The Public's first demo CD/Release.

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released September 1, 2003

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

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Some rights reserved. Please refer to individual track pages for license info.

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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 (a day that will never come)
burn victim (a day that will 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.

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 hurting like a burn victim.
Track Name: I Hate My Radio
I think that everything is wrong.
I try to think at least twice a day.
she says I'm strange, but I try anyway
even though I'm wasting my time.
my thoughts are formed by the machine
popculture magazine all the blinking lights
and the glitter hype it's her favorite time
when the hours fall like stars

I hate my radio
(it's all wrong)

It's all part of the facade erected by our dear old dads
who would steal the black and make it white so we can
rebel like pointless poltergeists and all while we feed
the machine our each and every little thing their bankrolls
grow fat aristocrats oh wait those are thoughts
that I'm not supposed to have

I hate my radio
(it's all wrong)

We could go on as though nothing is wrong
Are we enlightened or blinded by the sun? oh we're just fine
frozen in time somebody said the kids are alright
but they don't know it's almost gone
there goes the same sad song and I don't know the words
but i caught the tune I hope this ringing in my ears ends soon.

I hate my radio
(it's all wrong)

I think that everything is wrong.
Track Name: Underground Transit
Say goodbye everyone
and we're gone away from here, at last.
we've nothing left to say, nothing left to hold us back.
everything you've ever wanted just outside your grasp

we could hide and wait

These are days we never thought would pass
Cities burn and fill the sky with glass
are we all victims of our own circumstance
or is it something else? there's something else. there's something else

you know it's
never easy letting go of all the things
in your life which seem to matter most
but if you let the fire out there is no choice
and no one cares and no ones left to hear your voice.

we could hide and wait

run for cover, give me shelter, hide me from the world
the clouds on the horizon shape the face of mars
secret windows, hide the sky i feel like a prisoner in life
but underground oh underground it's always warm and bright

they say it's
never easy letting go of all the things
in your life which seem to matter most
but if you let the fire out there is no choice
and no one cares and no ones left to hear your voice.

we could hide and wait
Track Name: Traumverloren
It's in her eyes, the way it all comes down on me
like a haunt, no one but her can see
on my back, god don't build your world on me
(you should) see her face such a latent tragedy

These things fade in my dreams of green eyes and black things
there we soar, unscathed by my disbelief
and my life it means so much to me
these things fade, these things fade
in my dreams

These nights fall like broken plastic wings.
These days just fill the inbetween
my life is a vacant memory,
I'm not the way, it's not the way
things are supposed to be.

These things fade in my dreams of green eyes and black things
there we soar, unscathed by my disbelief
and my life it means so much to me
these things fade, these things fade
in my dreams
Track Name: Suicide Girl
She's got a broken halo
She won't let it go for anyone
at night the sounds of the empty street
fill the space between everything
And she wonders, why the world won't stop

And I wait
Beneath a starless sky
And she steals my last breath
While the light leaves my eyes

I'd give anything to be wanted by her

I always wondered what would become of us
But life can stop you from saying all the things in life you'd like to
And it's a subtle type of suicide to be with her in the night
But I take the drug and don't think twice
She smiles at me and waits, but I just fade away
But there's so much left to say

And I wait
Beneath a starless sky
And she steals my last breath
While the light leaves my eyes

I'd give anything to be wanted by her

So this is it. It's the end of the world
The streetlights and this rooftop and this empty girl
And it's a subtle type of suicide to be with her in the night
But I take the drug and don't think twice
She smiles at me and waits, but I just fade away
But there's so much left to say

And I wait
Beneath a starless sky
And she steals my last breath
While the light leaves my eyes

I'd give anything to be wanted by her
Track Name: The Initiative
with their hollow eyes
and their faces white
they walk in line
they move on.
they move on.

In their empty lives
with their vacant smiles
in their suits and ties,
they move on.
they move on.

They move on, (automatons, automatons)
never really knowing who they are
they move on
they move on
step by step,
day by day,
one by one.

one step leads to another,
one foot in front of the other.
one step leads to another
until one mind is controlling the other

one step leads to another,
one foot in front of the other.
one step leads to another
until one mind is controlling the other

They move on, (automatons, automatons)
never really knowing who they are
they move on
they move on
step by step,
day by day,
one by one.
Track Name: There is a Light that never goes out
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

Lyrics by Stephen Morrissey
Music by Johnny Marr

Take me out tonight
Where there's music and there's people
And they're young and alive
Driving in your car
I never never want to go home
Because I haven't got one
Anymore

Take me out tonight
Because I want to see people and I
Want to see life
Driving in your car
Oh, please don't drop me home
Because it's not my home, it's their
Home, and I'm welcome no more

And if a double-decker bus
Crashes into us
To die by your side
Is such a heavenly way to die
And if a ten-ton truck
Kills the both of us
To die by your side
Well, the pleasure - the privilege is mine

Take me out tonight
Take me anywhere, I don't care
I don't care, I don't care
And in the darkened underpass
I thought Oh God, my chance has come at last
(But then a strange fear gripped me and I
Just couldn't ask)

Take me out tonight
Oh, take me anywhere, I don't care
I don't care, I don't care
Driving in your car
I never never want to go home
Because I haven't got one, da ...
Oh, I haven't got one

And if a double-decker bus
Crashes into us
To die by your side
Is such a heavenly way to die
And if a ten-ton truck
Kills the both of us
To die by your side
Well, the pleasure - the privilege is mine

Oh, There Is A Light And It Never Goes Out
There Is A Light And It Never Goes Out
There Is A Light And It Never Goes Out
There Is A Light And It Never Goes Out
There Is A Light And It Never Goes Out
There Is A Light And It Never Goes Out
There Is A Light And It Never Goes Out
There Is A Light And It Never Goes Out
There Is A Light And It Never Goes Out
Track Name: Shoegazer
sweet shoegazer, your eyes betray your smile
this silence, it surrounds us
for hours at a time

confidence waits in the other hand
you chose right
confidence waits in the other hand
you chose right every time

sweet shoegazer, they're only empty words
anonymity, a blessing and a curse

confidence waits in the other hand
you chose right
confidence waits in the other hand
you chose right every time

you're so perfect, everytime
(I see your face)
you're so perfect, everytime
I know you'll know someday