The Public

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1.
04:39
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.
2.
04:10
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
3.
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
4.
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?
5.
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
9.
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
10.
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
11.
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

about

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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