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Bittersweet Curse

by Handsome Midnight

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    After a year of work we are proud to present our debut full length album. Featuring 12 songs, lovingly wrapped in a cardboard digipack case that ages beautifully, and a booklet with complete lyrics.

    Enjoy this CD from beginning to end, full of songs ranging in subject matter from relationships, to androids, conspiracy theories, and of course love.

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Fall in Line 04:01
We all fall in our own time So it’s useless to try and make up your mind Shadows crawl behind your eyes Your fear is baseless And now it’s making you blind It seems this cycle never ends Never ends, never ends Your only defense to pretend Paint your dreams the color red But you’re disturbed by what’s been said Everybody else is living well Everyone living well You fall in line And drop your will Statues fall and cities crumble Your world in ruins Will you be left standing there? On your own or in your temple Your crown and orders but no one left to care I watched you criticize the world While taking notes you seemed Enchanted by the deed When you finally let it go All it seemed to do is show me- That you had a need After I’m done cleaning up your mess- Such a strange expression leads me- To your weakened knees But I wear my heart on my sleeve, and I don’t- Have time to give you what you say you need Time to go to sleep Time to go to sleep That’s what you say You say time to go to sleep Will I give a damn if you’re gone?
Coming out of a drill this would seem surreal But it’s dulling to the senses When you’re given a losing deal Kicked to the curb Like a drunken fool I’m better for it now and you’re forgetting- The golden rule Now you wanna forgive me You’re so sweet Remember how it used to be So complete If I hadn’t been so dull And you hadn’t been so mean I’d be ready to say Too little, too late Should have seen it coming Won’t again next time Cause I’ll never give enough Again to lose my mind Sure I reminisce And I have an ego But it’s easy to see I’ve grown Even more than you know Now you want to forgive me You’ve taken all you can take The next time you need me I won’t be there for you Well I remember the times I dropped it all for you Now the tables have turned It seems you never knew So I let it pass And I can tell That you’re alone In your own private hell
Your hidden master rests under your skin If you ever knew the truth You’d never sleep again It’s a trial without a jury By the long arm of the law That slips a little pill Inside of a tight lipped jaw Scream now if it helps you But it only fuels their pride These hidden overlords Have never left your side Searching for a purpose You’ll find your not alone But you’ll have to join together And fear not what may come Prepare your blinders for the fight As if everything would ever be alright Make sure your prayers are air tight Cause they’re coming- When you’re sleeping at midnight Now come in closer if you call me a friend Time moving slower and the Sun will descend As we come to the end The throng slowly awakens Still many choose to sit So comfortable in chains So fearful of the rift Well, the first line may be broken But steam rolling along The avant garde our heroes And the rest will sing our song
Empty View 04:12
Though sometimes we may fall Stumble and fall to our knees Won’t you get up off the ground And realize what you need Sometimes the answers aren’t so clear But if you open up your soul And let the light shine through You’ll never be alone I’ve got these friends in places You could only dream of having And I’ll leave these dreams to you now The only portion you were giving Enjoy your empty view The Sun’s holding up the clouds As though they don’t know their place It’s better without them now The Earth feels a warm embrace
Fill a Need 03:33
Just one more step to feel connected But the work is never done If you don’t enjoy the journey You’re in hell and never fun If you can’t live in the moment Are you ever really satisfied Or would you rather watch the clouds When you’re fried The truth is You’re the last line of the deed Had to make my day complete My missing puzzle piece So fall in place Accept impatient greed To pause would mean deceit You’re just here to fill a need As an idea you’re not a person I can use you as I may I’ve had so many in my room Before I threw them all away I will rewrite my road in riddles So that I forget my day So help me climb Or you’re just in the way You can run But you can never hide All you hold Is in your mind Give to me What’s mine to keep I take it away
Been hungry for some time But nothing seems to ease my mind Just been wandering aimlessly Through alleys, gutters, in-between For years I’ve been alone Walking my feet to the bone Hoping for a pumping heart Just as mine was at the start I finally found you Underneath To sink my teeth into Your skin like cherries on my tounge Your blood is warm and sweet, just like you Well, I’m sure I’d know back then Soon you’ll be just like me I’ve always waited for something like you I know I’m selfish but you’ll feel the same When you’re a zombie too So as you start to turn Your porceline skin will start to burn You’ll soon find out that you won’t care About your worries and despair Soon you will fit right in Like to others who gave in As years ago from gas above Before we met, my star crossed love
Replicant 04:02
When you’ve finally found you have no past Where will you be? Your clock has given up at last What would you know? Who would you see? I want to live a human life I want to feel the pain that comes with age Not falling on a knife Designed to give away the only thing I have I want to live a human life Of all of the glorious things I’ve seen My conscience found Every careless death, what did they mean? All that I know is under ground The cruelty of design Is the mark of the divine Death is an illusion Of being caught in time Twice as bright For half as long All of this violence Will be my swan song I want to live a human life Designed to give away the only thing I have Like teardrops in the rain
Mountain 04:35
Landslides come along And take away our view Futures that we planned Forgotten by the few Arriving at this land Hoping to pass through Soon took hold of us Horror no one knew Nothing really says I love you Like the heart we’re sharing now When I stare into your eyes Knew that we were going down There are not many that survive A savage love like that for long We could have but we took this mountain on Cold white blankets cover Everything we knew No time to prepare And nothing we could do We made a solemn vow That we’d never part Will you find me now I’m gone Searching here in the dark I just wish I could still hold you Wish I could hear your voice But this mountain came and took you As if I had a choice Still I haunt these broken hills As we they find their new home Never forget the consequence Never get trapped here alone
It’s a bittersweet curse One that won’t go away An itch you can’t scratch When you’re home for a day Out there on the road Confined yet free They want you back home But they’ll never see Just what it takes And how much it means When you pour out your heart And you’re down on your knees It’s a bittersweet curse One that won’t go away It’ll tear out your soul If you don’t let it play The freedom in life Isn’t given to those Who sit home alone In their baggy clothes It belongs to the warrior The one that pushes on When told not to go just to give them a song Nothing feels better Than going back home But sometimes You just can’t leave it alone You’ve got a soul that must be heard You’ve got to play out every single word Till you die You’re stricken with this Curse I walk a straight line My feet are happy to cross I feed a main line To my soul when I am lost What will I write of When I am old and alone My heart has stayed true Yet now I live through a phone
In dreams I never feel at peace These tired feet Have no where to run When it’s always beside me It’s not as sweet as Rivers say I try to wake Let this fear take hold of me Why can’t you let it be It’s 4 O’clock in this wasteland Please wake me up Cause I’m in this never-ending nightmare You know I’m not alone I’m not alone Dark creatures pull us to the dark From the start Just like before Ruins are obstacles A new awaking will be the only way First there’ll be fire We’ll be meniacal There’s fire on the horizon There’s demons dressed as lambs Yet it all seems to familiar As though it were a part of the plan
Stay awake out of fear I didn't think I'd still be here last year When the engine changes When ice starts to form I have to tell myself I've been forewarned I live in the clouds My love is on the streets I'd be surprised But I planned my whole life like one simple beat Though I've seen the world from high up above It's never the same for those that have to share What they call love When I'm alone in the clouds All I think of is what I've done wrong Wait For me longer I can't help but be there tomorrow Hate All you have to but rest on assured of my love Please If you don't call anymore I'll be lost with no story to tell I don't know if I'll die up here but I know That we're all going to Hell Warmed by bright lights You suffer alone My only chance relief Is when I hear a ringing phone Hold on real tight to anything nailed down It's going to be awhile before I'm coming back around All the things I've read And everything you've said It makes it hard for me not to see And when you change me Change me into a diamond So you can bleed for me
Been wandering down to face this empty, shallow darkness, hid from view I have carried this for decades now it starts again anew Once a kid without a refuge till I found this loser’s gang We stand together at the entrance of our past where we went insane Underground We’re facing all these fears Someone help me, please release me From this timeless ancient curse That’s been here all these years Now is our time under moonlight Does someone have to die to wake the living? It’s too late to turn around Holding to our pledge we’ll crack the dead lights And leave our past here underground A wicked smile, dark un-earthly, calls up to you from below Your mind is clouded from the vision and all thoughts begin to slow This crooked jester from you nightmare freezes you here at the scene Deep enraptured break the moment or he’ll rip you at the seams


After a year of work we are proud to present our debut full length album.

Enjoy from beginning to end, full of songs ranging in subject matter from relationships, to androids, conspiracy theories, and of course love.


released April 9, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to pick up a copy of our debut album. We write, record, and perform our music because it is our passion, and our goal is to share it with you. If you would like to know more about us, would like us to perform near you, or are interested in any other music or memorabilia we offer, you can visit us at our website: www.handsomemidnight.com

Thank you for listening,

-Handsome Midnight

This album was made possible by funding through Kickstarter.com. Some of the people we would like to thank for their contribution are: Lynne Berg, Erik Larson, Christopher “Curly” Welsh, Joe Jorgenson, Matt DeClark, Bill & Laurie Simmons, Russ Miles, Jennifer Larson,
Karl Koester, Lindsay Anderson, Chris Broden, Chris McNurlin, Jeff Schemenauer, Sandra Ammentorp, Gunnar Broden, Jennifer Kelley, Maria Amaro, Justin Schleppenbach, Herb & Peggy Rhoden, Jill Munn, Kelly Rhoden, Steve & Diane Blesener, and of course all of our family and friends for their support.

All songs written and produced by Handsome Midnight
Engineering, recording and mixing by Aaron Giese of Geeztown Productions
Recorded in Dayton, MN and Minneapolis, MN
Mastered at Magneto Mastering in Minneapolis, MN by Dave Gardner
Photos by Hilary Roberts. Logo by Ben Schuster. Album Design by Steven Rhoden

This album and all its contents are copyright 2013 by Handsome Midnight


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Handsome Midnight Minneapolis, Minnesota

Handsome Midnight is an alternative rock band native to the Twin Cities that has been active for over a decade catering their live shows to venues of all levels and age groups. They bring pop culture themes and relevant current events into their music for those to find that delve into their lyrics, and keep the melodies and energy engaging for a wide audience. ... more

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