The Casual Distractions

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Chris Rueger Music to melt away to... lush, atmospheric, yet groovy. Love this stuff. Favorite track: Getaway Cars.
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    This is a limited edition of the Casual Distractions' self-titled double album, released in March 2014. It includes 25 original songs for over two hours of music in a beautiful 2-disc standard-size jewel case with full color artwork. (Note that this edition does not have the two bonus tracks, though they are freely downloadable.)

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1.
What things have been said? In comedy! Oh, the funny, funny things! They make no sense to anyone But you and me, just you and me Who’ve all we tricked? Cover with lies, so, so sweetly Warm sweaters with moths Buried so deep, so deep Things that make most weep Put us to sleep It’s bad, there’s no doubt about it Things that make most smile Ain’t really our style It’s sad, there’s no doubt about it With all we’ve done Could we ever sleep? Oh, the bad, bad things! Makes perfect sense, life in debris Carry on from here Toss away with joy Oh, the sad, sad things! Another chance, simply destroy Things that make most weep Put us to sleep It’s bad, there’s no doubt about it Things that make most smile Ain’t really our style It’s sad, there’s no doubt about it
2.
Erased 05:27
Here we meet again My long lost pride I’m taking it on the chin Just to see your face erased once again Erased I got an idea A little time away from the fear Close your eyes Wipe those tears Higher and higher and higher My dear Craving that sticky sweet Lack of trust, lack of speech I came down from heaven To deliver you a message I shower you with bullets I shower you with kisses Once again Here we meet again My long lost pride I’m taking it on the chin Just to see your face erased once again Erased Once again
3.
Both Sides 03:58
What's good for some is bad The choice, your life, your plan What you wanna do, who you wanna do, who you wanna be? The wrong, on the books, this land Square pegs smashed into round holes Numbers stamped on your soul Constant turn of events Try not to ever get sick Thoughts burned on a drive Locked away in The Mind Be sure to look at both sides Be sure to look at the… Truth, for some, is myth Your choice, your ways, your risk Created with dollar bills in mind Wrongs! On these books! Out of your hands! Square pegs smashed into round holes Numbers stamped on your soul Constant turn of events Try not to ever get sick Thoughts burned on a drive Locked away in The Mind Be sure to look at the truth Be sure to look at both sides
4.
Yellowed stacks in empty attics Evidence of things before Empty leavings of a thousand moments caught in time Documents and nothing more Photograph - still life in silence Photograph - proves that you were there Photograph - is where I will find you Photograph - you're beyond repair The long distance brings me down The long distance brings me down Patterns gone and yet projected Only memories remain All your cells have melted back into the quiet earth Nothing left for me to claim Photograph - still life in silence Photograph - proves that you were there Photograph - is where I will find you Photograph - you're beyond repair The long distance brings me down The long distance brings me down Things I've written, things I've said Many pictures left of me Air that filled my lungs now circles in the stratosphere Nothing else for me to be Photograph - is where you will find me Photograph - I'm beyond repair The long distance brings you down The long distance brings you down The long distance brings you down Such a long distance brings you down
5.
Inside-Out 04:28
Time rests upon the willing Egging on the rest of our days to end Trusting the sunrise will find us spilling The truth about all the lies that are labeled as sins Taking out a few loans Making sure that nobody knows Exactly what’s going on right here Changing face and changing styles Move away a few miles Rewrite the past Turn it inside-out Time won’t wait on the holes you’re filling The lost, the found, all turned around, in the ground Shying away, the start of new days, the killing The truth about the selfish times we spent Taking out a few loans Making sure that nobody knows Exactly what’s going on right here Changing face and changing styles Move away a few miles Rewrite the past Turn it inside-out  
6.
The Beaver 06:04
There’s a beaver in my dreams His home is blocking the stream He’s a friend of mine, he’s a star that don’t shine, no more There’s a beaver in my dreams His home is blocking the stream He’s a friend of mine, he’s a star that don’t shine, no more I saw gold light on green hills I saw bruised clouds and cheap thrills I remember when the river ran clean I remember when the music played in my dreams There’s a beaver who lives upstream He’s pissed off, his shouts are steam His home is blocking the flow So long, my friend, you’ve got to go I saw gold light on green hills I saw bruised clouds and cheap thrills I remember when the river ran clean I remember when the music played in my dreams
7.
Eagle 05:03
A man can’t live in desperation In a never ending chase A man can’t concentrate on useful things With nothing in its rightful place I can dream that it’s over That I have nothing left to do in this world I can dream that it’s over That I have nothing left to lose with this anymore Busy hands will do the devil’s work It’s an endless kind of race A man in hell can be a happy man With things in their rightful place Once begun Never done This hopeless task Will never pass I can dream that it’s over That I have nothing left to do in this world I can dream that it’s over That I have nothing left to lose with this anymore
8.
Seraphim 04:30
Seraphim light up the night Tell the news everything’s gonna be all right The tried and true has left you feeling blue Now you’re sick of everything and everyone Brick and mortar build up a wall In charge of hiding away from it all The night has always been good to you Now you’re sick of everything and everyone Evergreen the shades of the day Tell your friends that the path is the only way The daily grind has led you from the truth Now you’re sick of everything and everyone Clairvoyant, clear as a bell Cancel last minute coz you’re not feeling well The past you’ve lived is up for review Now you’re sick of everything and everyone
9.
Antenna 05:03
Can I own you? Can I control you? Just for a little while? Can I speak to you? I make no sense It doesn’t matter what I choose The time I kill Flipping up and down Nothing good’s ever on The time that I need In my time of need Always something to pass the time It’s your fun that I need Your thoughtless shows I found someone to talk to me!
10.
Wolf 04:13
We meet every once in a while Won’t look you in the eye Traveled so long, traveled so far The pleasantries are all mine Tell me your secrets and I’ll give you nothing in return Show me your smile, your riches, your rainbows And I’ll make it all burn A wolf dressed up like a teddy bear I’ll take you by surprise Traveled so long, carried such hope Holiday to welcome demise Tell me your secrets and I’ll give you nothing in return Show me your smile, your riches, your rainbows And I’ll make it all burn
11.
Eventually 03:53
(instrumental)
12.
Landfall 05:55
(instrumental)
13.
Grace 04:03
Speak to me of your revolution You stand on the outside looking in Speak to me of your substitution Acting as though you’ll eventually win Any time, any place You will fall out of grace Living in your perfect seclusion Dreaming up a popular front Only fools believe the illusion Look at me and see what you want Any time, any place You will fall out of grace Collecting all your new complications Tripping on shadows, embracing defeat Falling short of the grand expectations Another plan becomes obsolete Any time, any place You will fall out of grace
14.
Headcleaner 04:12
It was brightest in your sunlight I put my mind aside for a time You drove ahead as if on rails I saw it coming but I followed you into the dark A thousand miles of glowing neon A blur of speed and burning chrome I couldn’t turn this thing around, not that I wanted to A hall of mirrors was our home But I knew this before Yeah, I knew this before Before today You left me blinded in the open, it was no surprise And now I’ve only got to say Headcleaner
15.
Getaway Cars 04:28
All eyes are glued to the set Of glowing white stars No matter how far away You cannot hide from the deep down lonely and lame People around here are a threat Of glowing red scars No matter how far away You cannot hide from the deep down lonely insane All thoughts are turned to this mess Of getaway cars No matter how far away You cannot hide from the deep down lonely clouds and rain Waiting in line to be blessed With fingers wrapped around bars No matter how far away You cannot deny the weight of these lonely black chains
16.
Soul Oh No 03:37
You don’t know the first thing About being let down and being abused Neither do I but drama lies In every word I speak and every goddamned thing I do I’m ready to rock and roll Morals gone out of control A million dollar bill Couldn’t save my soul I’m ready to rock and roll Morals gone out of control A million dollar bill Couldn’t save my soul Because it’s rotten to the core I don’t need it anymore Oh no
17.
Key 05:49
The noise that it makes on the way down Sharpens the morning air The last 8 hours have been a playground The rising sun don't care The sense that you've been here b4 As your memories stare Back at your front door, the key don't work You're on your own from there Remember don't play by the rules Your faith, orders you prayers The last eight hours will be payback Deceit, out of nowhere The times that you swore to do it right It's not much to "hang in there" Promise as empty as your head Once again! Loaded for bear!
18.
Make Amends 05:48
Certain sounds, bring me down, thoughts tend to stray Certain times, by surprise, please, please go away Certain thoughts burn my mind, each and every day, that's right A certain dull frame of mind, certainly to stay, to stay Turn around Plug your ears from the sound Make amends Kill your friends! Certain finds clear your mind Dust to dust, wrap it up! Real tight! Certain minds think alike, washing your mind away, away Certain mates will stay up late Will listen to what you've got to say Certain gems will make you fend for yourself, that's right Turn around Plug your ears from the sound Make amends Kill your friends! Cross to bear, oh mistakes that you've made Make amends It doesn't make any sense Cross to bear, oh mistakes that you've made Taking vows, oh It doesn't make any sense Certain days are like a year Time to turn the page Certain clocks seem to stop When you're sad and gray Certain ways to make you stay Promises that you cannot keep Certain chains of command Afraid to slip away, away
19.
Silver 03:48
You've terrified me now I never thought I'd see you this way Known you to do simple things to brighten up my day Now I've got to look at the situation and not get carried away You nearly lost it all Escalating lies! Broken promises to get it straight The final happy end, not a day too late It hit me like a slap in the face Your mind’s out in outer space Gunshots ring out tonight Gonna make you feel all right! You've terrified me now I always knew you’d end up this way Known you to do simple things to darken up my ways Now I've got to look at the situation and not get swept away You nearly lost it all Escalating lies! Broken promises to get it straight The final happy end, not a day too late It hit me like a slap in the face Your mind’s out in outer space Gunshots ring out tonight Gonna make you feel all right!
20.
Vacuous people And the lives that they live Having the credentials To care about no one but themselves Vacuous people And the life that you live You're stumbling and you're mumbling You’re turning off the little light bulb inside your head Vacuous people And the life that I live Crowded as hell but lonely in here One day I'll pack up this bullshit And try to disappear Vacuous people And the lives that they live Having the credentials To care about no one but themselves
21.
Cupid 03:59
Out of the blue Fascination sets upon you, yeah That awkward first glance Then a taste of romance, and a second chance Girl, I’d like to get to know you I'll close the deal Girl, I'd like to get to love you, now and again To smother you! Girl, I’d like to get to know you All your ins and outs Girl, I'd like to get to love you, now and again Then ignore you Now you're surely through Paranoia sets upon you, yeah That awkward first glance Then your thoughts of a happy past There's got to be a way out Girl, I’d like to get to know you I'll close the deal Girl, I'd like to get to love you, now and again To smother you! Girl, I’d like to get to know you All your ins and outs Girl, I'd like to get to love you, now and again Then ruin you
22.
(instrumental)
23.
Barb 03:06
I know a girl and Barb is her name She thinks bad thoughts, but she’s far from tame She’s been running and hiding And picking her way through the ashes That lay on her name For years and years and years and years This chick’s been underground Sharpening her blades Sharpening her witty remarks and running her mouth again She’s crazy I know a girl and Barb is her name She thinks like the devil and she’s out for fame She’s been plotting and planning and cursing my name The ifs and the buts are driving her insane For years and years and years and years This chick’s been underground Sharpening her blades Sharpening her witty remarks and running her mouth again She’s crazy Oh no Oh no For years and years and years and years This chick’s been underground Sharpening her blades Sharpening her witty remarks and running her mouth again She’s crazy
24.
Limbs on a tree Are a lot like you and me We grow apart over time Until one day you find I’m gone, gone for good Never spoken yet understood No goodbye, no speech I’m forever out of reach There was a time but it’s long gone There’s nothing you can do about it It was real for a little while But it’s gone and you can never doubt it My life in a box No way in, the door is locked Build up the walls Against the day that you try to call A face in the crowd Is as close as you’re allowed I won’t play your games I keep my head down and out of range Ghosts in your mind Are all that I’ve left behind There was a time but it’s long gone There’s nothing you can do about it It was real for a little while But it’s gone and you can never doubt it
25.
Burn Again 05:47
(instrumental)
26.
Good Times 03:19
Good times are waiting for you I know that you will take them All the way All the way Blue times are waiting for you I know that they will take you All the way All the way They love you more than you could know With a deep and fearsome undertow Unmarked bills to lend A small concession to a friend You are a fierce contender I know that you will take them All the way All the way You are the great pretender I know that you will fake it All the way All the way Your halo and your afterglow You had but lost them long ago Unmarked bills to spend A small concession to a trend All eyes are on you now I know that you can take it All the way All the way Entirely surrounded I know that they will take you All the way All the way As the sun will follow snow One last world to overthrow Unmarked bills and then A small concession to the end
27.
What dreams lost before Will you wake up to them now? What peace cost before Will you crawl back to it now? What you have What you want Make you feel like crying out What you have What you hope Make you feel like lying low What you have What you hold Keep it close for comfort now What you have Keep it close for comfort now What sleep lost before Will you stay all night for me? What streets dark before Will you dim the light for me? What you have What you want Make you feel like crying out What you have What you hope Make you feel like lying low What you have What you hold Keep it close for comfort now What you have Keep it close for comfort now It's too far away now It's too far away now

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Our self-titled double album of alt-shoegaze pop classics, completely remixed and remastered in November 2015 and now available as a free digital download with two new bonus tracks: "Good Times" and "Close For Comfort."

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The Casual Distractions Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

The Casual Distractions are a duo from Pennsylvania that specialize in effects-drenched alt-rock and electronic soundscapes.

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