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Thank You For Being A Friend

by 88 Fingers Louie

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1.
Meds 02:35
The world's a dark and cruel place Sometimes you have to get away Such circumstances tend to drive a man insane This medication is so untrustworthy Another trip inside an ambulance "For the last time" you said until you get the chance to overdose and do it all again The cycle stays in line Your liver's damaged goods You said you did the best you could We both know the lies you tried to hide away In your dedication to ruining everything You need some help finding the clarity Unclench your fists, sit down and just listen to me I've seen and done it all before, and lived to speak my mind They tell you five you're taking ten You're self-defeated once again You're swallowed whole and all the vitriol can't put you back in place I need to speak my mind Let go of the wheel, and let us steer this time They tell you five you're taking ten! You're self defeated once again! Don't take 'em all, don't take 'em You're body's been through hell In your dedication to DIE! Another trip inside an ambulance "For the last time" you said until you get the chance to overdose and do it all again The cycle stays in line They tell you five you're taking ten You're swallowed whole and all the vitriol can't put you back in place
2.
Pick a day from memory, when innocence was common It's just not like that anymore We've all seen better days, been bitten by familiar ways The result of giving til it hurts This is our time, so take some sound advice A simple life is a life worth fighting for Make their antics deafening, while the drama queens keep punishing all the time Cuz what they say is ridiculous Rehashing history lives little left to mystery and what's the fun in living in the past? This is our time, so take some sound advice A simple life is a life worth fighting for Make their antics deafening while the drama queens keep punishing all the time Swerving down memory lane We've moved ahead, you're still the same Forget those memories, move forward once in awhile Cuz we're still changing Changing all the time All the time All the time We're changing Swerving down memory lane We've moved ahead, you're still the same Forget those memories, move forward once in awhile Cuz we're still changing
3.
Knock It Off 02:57
Change the frequency because I don't have an inkling to provide My complacency is killing this relationship And I'm moved to say that I don't have the answers you've denied Just some mumbling The beat goes on and on and on I won't stand in line and suffer through so knock it off Knock it off Stay far away cuz I've had enough All the poor complaints The world is cruel and owes you everything But the fact remains, you're not as bright as you're insane But it's news to me Sound the alarm because I don't care You're irrelevant and I'll go on and on and on I won't stand in line and suffer through so knock it off Knock it off Two heads are whining, yeah it's typical It's getting close to where it's comical You rode my ass til it's hysterical Hysterical This ain't no exaltation That wouldn't make sense I won't stand in line and suffer through so knock it off Knock it off
4.
For as long as I remember, you've been the answer to my prayers I've wasted life just to skirt by, only hurt by my confidence Now the sun rises and sets, and I'll take every chance I get All the pieces finally fit, and I explode a little bit I finally found all the right words. Euphoria won't go away. This happiness feels so familiar. I'm betting my life honestly. It's where I wanna be Of course there's been confusion, and we let our tempers flare In spite of all the loss that crippled us, we both had to push it away because we care I'm a better man inside since you instilled a sense of pride Now our time is finally here. The sound is ringing in my ear I finally found all the right words. Euphoria won't go away. This happiness feels so familiar. I'm betting my life honestly. It's where I wanna be We got it right. Love's got its hold on me. I hope it never leaves Let's meet tonight. I'll stare into your eyes. We'll laugh until we cry I finally found all the right words. Euphoria won't go away. This happiness feels so familiar. I'm betting my life honestly. No more sorries. We're going to liven up today. Never worry until the end of time again
5.
I can tell you're lying. It's clear as day. I wish there was some other way Another broken promise in a trail of tears Destruction never clears away It's not up to me. You made your bed now lie in silence We both moved on far away I wanna see those once sparkling eyes that entertained us They both went dark and turned to grey We used to sing "Don't Turn Away" until we made it to the end Now the songs you're singing have no refrain They always skip back to the start It's becoming clear to me, life isn't guaranteed now It's not up to me. You made your bed now lie in silence We both moved on far away I wanna see those once sparkling eyes that entertained us They both went dark and turned to grey See them. I really wanna see them. See them. I really wanna see them now. It's not up to me. You made your bed now lie in silence We both moved on far away I wanna see those once sparkling eyes that entertained us They both went dark and turned to grey Turned to grey Turned to grey
6.
Do you remember wasting time when time was all we had? You sat there and smoked your cigarettes and left nothing for me The biggest worry we all had was just a passing grade Street Fighter 2 and LSD, they meant everything Let's raise a glass to days gone by I just wish I could've said goodbye Here's to that innocence the decades kept alive I only wish you had that drive The years went by and separately our paths went different ways I married young, you married old, but the music remained I wish I wasn't too busy to check on how you'd been Those memories down at Club Abe I'll keep remembering Let's raise a glass to days gone by I just wish I could've said goodbye Here's to that innocence the decades kept alive I only wish you had that drive I'll keep that innocence alive That you kept bottled up inside There's no more innocence inside When you lost that drive Let's raise a glass to days gone by I just wish I could've said goodbye Here's to that innocence the decades kept alive I only wish you had that drive
7.
I tried to reconcile that night Suppress the anger in a pill I'd rather throw away than numb it out I'm going to honor this emotional fallout Catastrophe awaits. My sanity's at stake. These words are tough to hear. I'm acting out of fear. I used to bristle at the words you said. They remind me of a time I used to bottle up to hold it down It's no wonder that I never stuck around Catastrophe awaits. My sanity's at stake. These words are tough to hear. I'm acting out of a childish self-made fear. Live in the moment. The past mistakes can suffocate. It's hard to breathe in this awkward war of words It's so hard to live in the moment. The past mistakes can suffocate me. It's hard to breathe in this awkward war of words. Starting to think I'm in a better place. It took some time to realize the threshold Pain of mind is one I don't take light. I'd rather run away than stick around and fight Catastrophe awaits. My sanity's at stake. These words are tough to hear. I'm acting out of a childish self-made fear. Live in the moment. The past mistakes can suffocate. It's hard to breathe in this awkward war of words It's so hard to live in the moment. The past mistakes can suffocate me. It's hard to breathe in this awkward war of words. I'm moving on. This time I'm moving on. I'm moving on. Live in the moment. The past mistakes can suffocate. It's hard to breathe in this awkward war of words It's so hard to live in the moment. The past mistakes can suffocate me. It's hard to breathe in this awkward war of words. I'm moving on. This time I'm moving on. I'm moving on.
8.
April days seem far away Hanging out, all over town We made plans for a life of plans Seems over now with this darkened cloud This silence stretches miles And there's no way that we're ever recovering the violence of denial it's over put the gun away tonight For 90 days I kept away Writing down and not reaching out Your angry texts, and who knows what's next They've done the job, as I'm finding out This silence stretches miles And there's no way that we're ever recovering the violence of denial it's over put the gun away it's over put the gun away tonight Fooled me once and I forgave you We picked up where we started Fooled me twice, no make that three times This time I'll stay more guarded This silence, day and night Now that it's over, it's alright You go your way, I'll go mine it's over put the gun away tonight This silence stretches miles And there's no way that we're ever recovering the violence of denial it's over put the gun away it's over put the gun away There's no more guilt from me tonight
9.
2810 01:56
Sink or swim it's time to let it go Fake friends - let 'em go They count for nothing - they're just for show Respect is never owed You've got your reasons, all your own Don't sit back and do what you're told Your path is all your own Things mean a lot When everything feels cold, now you know It's a part of growing up, to say "I don't want to go back to that. I like this skin" Another go, another chance to hit the road To get a fresh start on your own Be stoked on what you've done We're proud to see what you've become and we're excited for what's to come These walls are always home Things mean a lot, when everything feels cold now you know It's a part of growing up to say "I don't want to go back to that. I like this skin" Don't give up. Don't give in You can do this. You can win.
10.
I'm drinking to calm the memories Thinking of darkened revelries I made decisions based on lust and now you’ve lost all trust Fair enough Midnight, I'm dying to reach out These changes feel stranger 5 years out I know these sorries can't compare I left my conscience there I left it bruised and bare Would you like to compare? So free up your demands and take my heart into your hand You feel that? That's real Remember how I made you feel Free up what's real The one thing that's real She's moving on, she's moving on She's moving on, she's moving on Think back on our tired vices We got along, just like fire and ice, kid I'm moving on, moving on I'm moving on, moving on
11.
I made a big mistake Led my beliefs astray All because another website told me, what to think and how to breathe Drink up the water's lead-free And Flint's just an old memory Michigan itself ain't worth the effort What have they done for me? This country's gone to hell, let's blame it on the blacks Any critique from them is subject to attack Obamacare was just a poor man's handout Your food stamps won't pay for shit You'll never say you’re sorry You gave in, you gave in to them You'll never say you’re sorry now Keep with your own best interests Let them figure it out You'll never say you’re sorry now Who's sorry now We're dying And I just can't hide it anymore Can we take back what we lost March on, these fuckers can't shake Our resilience cuz we'll never break Try your best to turn our words around and Regret that big mistake Four years, let's hope for less These red states, they don't know what's best Progression's in and their regression's played out Until that happens, we won't rest You'll never say you’re sorry You gave in, you gave in to them You'll never say you’re sorry now Keep with your own best interests Let them figure it out You'll never say you’re sorry now Who's sorry now This time, is our time We can do anything So say something, we won't back down again today We're dying And I just can't hide it anymore Can we take back what we lost And save it like we mean it
12.
I'd feel sick without this smile on my face Haven't felt failure in awhile It doesn't seem so long since I was enthralled At the very thought of checking out I held a mirror to all my thoughts It feels different now that I'm involved If this is my final story, let's get it right Leave no regrets along the way And let the people say, that "he gave it a good fight" You'll see these chapters aren't the same each page, each page Don't try and turn that page on me Is this the final passage now? I cut no corners when the going got tough At least that's what I told myself Mistakes were scattered when two wrongs made a right Now the audience can see my intervention I held a mirror to all my thoughts It feels different now that I'm involved If this is my final story, let's get it right Leave no regrets along the way And let the people say, that "he gave it a good fight" You'll see these chapters aren't the same each page, each page Don't try and turn that page on me Is this my final passage Make sure to leave a copy for all I love Don't take my life away

about

88 Fingers Louie (named after a shady piano salesman from the Flintstones cartoon) has played a very important part in Chicago’s rich punk rock heritage. The seminal Chicago melodic punk/hardcore band got their official start in 1993 they quickly started writing, playing shows and released three 7” records during their first year as a band. The band’s sound was unique and a combination of all the things they loved about punk-rock— drawing influences from 80’s California punk, east coast hardcore as well as midwestern hometown heroes the Bollweevils, Naked Raygun and Pegboy.

A lot has changed in the 18 years since Chicago’s 88 Fingers Louie last released an album. Shortly after the release of a split EP in 1999 with Philadelphia’s Kid Dynamite, the band decided to call it quits due to differences in vision for the band’s future. Its previous members went on to form and join almost a dozen new bands in the wake of 88FL’s demise (Rise Against, Explode and Make Up, The Story So Far, Paper Mice, Alkaline Trio and many more). This is a story with many stops and starts, ups and downs and many of the players have come and gone throughout the band’s career. What’s most important is that they are back with a new album entitled Thank You For Being a Friend, and they can’t wait for you to hear it.

88 Fingers Louie has teamed up with Florida’s Bird Attack Records to release the new album and they are aiming for a summer 2017 release.
Not a day goes by since we got the band back together that I don’t scratch my head once a day and say ‘We’re actually doing this now—this is crazy,’...but I couldn’t be more excited.”

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released June 30, 2017

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Fast, Loud, Shredding, Melodic, Skate punk to be exact.

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