For Old Age

by Brian Smith

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"For Old Age" is an EP of demos for the band Old Age. "All Looking for Love," "Catalogue of Complaints," and "A Dream To Follow" were written by Brian Smith and recorded in Room E at The Brick House on July 13th, 2012. "Long Road" is a cover of an Old Age song and was recorded on July 20th, 2012. To listen to Old Age, go to www.oldagemusic.com.

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released February 2, 2013

Cover photo by Amanda Long.

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Brian Smith is a geofolk musician on an endless tour around the world.

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Track Name: All Looking For Love
The lights are dim; a texture of sweat in the air
As I enter into the arrogance hosting vices and despair
Past the hopeless romantics, I climb the stairs
To a large room of passions seeking their pair
Is this a layover or a wrong destination?
As each offering is made to a misguided persuasion
Whom among you will realize the false promises made?
Before offering your body until the break of day

And we’re all looking; we’re all looking for love
Yeah, we’re all just looking, just look, look, looking for love
And we’re all looking; we’re all looking for love
Yeah, we’re all just looking, just look, look, looking for love

I have known the emptiness and the shadow it casts
I have stood in the present and felt the weight of the past
Oh have you ever been the king of a mound of dirt?
Ever gloated at the expense of another’s hurt?
Well I see it where I live and on the screen
And I’m not surprised when the monkeys act in the way of what they see
It’s as if every one of them is the most important on the earth
And a night together is all anyone is worth

And we’re all looking; we’re all looking for love
Yeah, we’re all just looking, just look, look, looking for love
And we’re all looking; we’re all looking for love
Yeah, we’re all just looking, just look, look, looking for love
Track Name: Catalogue of Complaints
This weather is terrible, please get me away
But this settlement’s an anchor, so I guess that I’ll stay
My complaints in a catalogue that fills up each day
But I’ve got my health and good manners, so everything’s ok
And I heard them all shouting, “if it’s not perfect, it’s broken!”
The gains were miscounted and the talking heads misspoken
There’s a change that’s a coming but they don’t know the direction
They’re too busy practicing their lies for the election

They say patients is a virtue, but I believe it can hurt you
Waiting for a kingdom that never will come
And your problems lack solutions, you prayed to wrong saint
Now hellfire and damnation are beating their drums
Slowly at first, but they’re quickly progressing
And by this time your obsessing about which rights went wrong
So you call in some favors, who’s the most powerful savior?
Who can cleanse your soul so you may dirty your tongue?
Track Name: A Dream To Follow
Life’s keeping me distracted; my leaves are still changing
And I’m still discovering what life’s supposed to be
I’m excited yet frightened about reaching adulthood
Or am I there already? Oh what does that even mean?
And my footsteps are frozen; I’m stuck in this moment
Between obligation and setting myself free
Now we must choose our steps carefully; let’s walk to the liquor store
Surely they carry a product I need

There’s a dream here to follow, just hold out your hands
I’ll keep mine in my pockets and we’ll both walk away
We’re just too concerned about getting it right
But we can still get it wrong and follow our dreams

So step off your podium, you’re ahead of the curve
And I couldn’t care for your ego; it means nothing to me
But if you’ve got something to contribute, my ears are wide open
You can lead the discussion if you feel the need
We’re just trying to benefit; just trying to improve
Or at least stay stagnant rather than declining
But if you’ve got something to do, let’s leave this existence
I’ll hear you out right now for I’m too tired to speak

There’s a dream here to follow, just hold out your hands
I’ll keep mine in my pockets and we’ll both walk away
We’re just too concerned about getting it right
But we can still get it wrong and follow our dreams

Now I’ve reached the end and I’m drawing conclusions
I’ve seen all I need; my analysis complete
These days they take forever to get through
Can we speed up already? Can we skip a couple beats?
But the world is whatever; I couldn’t care anymore
But if it’s not broken, it’s uninteresting
And everyone seems so obsessed with succeeding
But I’ve never known the feeling, so it must be not for me

There’s a dream here to follow, just hold out your hands
I’ll keep mine in my pockets and we’ll both walk away
We’re just too concerned about getting it right
But we can still get it wrong and follow our dreams
Track Name: Long Road (Cover)
It’s been a long, long road that we’ve been on
And I don’t see it ending real soon
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When you make your way through the gates
And in front of you your mansion awaits
And a crown of diamonds and jewels has been placed
Firmly on your brow
Suddenly you realize that there are walls
Surrounding this entire town

And it’s been a long, long road that we’ve been on
And I don’t see it ending real soon
X2

When you’ve been there 10,000 years
Bright, shining as the sun
You think to yourself, “there must be someplace else
That I can go that I know that I belong”

But it’s been a long, long road that we’ve been on
And I don’t see it ending real soon

And if heaven’s not that far away for me
Then for you, heaven's got to be within reach
And when you step down on those golden streets
You will find out what it means to be free

It’s been a long, long road that we’ve been on
And I don’t see it ending real soon
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