getting better getting worse

by loosestrife

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released April 26, 2015

recording by Anne Gauthier
additional vocals recorded by James Irwin
artwork by Estraven Lupino-Smith

drums and vocals by Claire Lyke
guitar and vocals by Shaun Weadick

SR002

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loosestrife Montréal, Québec

Loosestrife is about being vulnerable and noisey, generous and queer. Claire Lyke (drums, vocals) and Shaun Weadick (guitar, vocals) make visceral punk rock. We flirt with pop music and have a crush on post-hardcore. In our live shows we want the audience to dance and we make up dances for you as well. We want to make power, not take it or guard it but build it up all together, in solidarity. ... more

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Track Name: popcorn
pop pop pop pop pop pop like kernels of corn
hop hop hop hop hop hop hop to keep warm
walking round waiting to kettled tonight
it might be raining but the company’s nice

glad to see we’re all together
glad to see we’re all here
bouncing around bouncing around
glad to see we’re all together
glad to see we’re all here
bouncing around bouncing around

class action

glad to see we’re all together
glad to see we’re all here
bouncing around bouncing around
glad to see we’re all together
and you brought your friends too
bouncing around bouncing around

pop pop pop pop pop pop like kernals of corn
hop hop hop hop hop hop hop to keep warm
dum dum da da rum dum dum……..
Track Name: I know how to wait
want to stay home so you’re always late
wait to put on that suit you hate
love your kids gonna put them first
getting better by getting worse

you don’t know the way
but you know how to wait

still the same
always changing
still the same when we’re always changing

give out smiles so I can make more tips
buy some time to figure out my shit
love my friends won’t leave them in the lurch
getting better by getting worse

I don’t know the way
but I know how to wait

still the same
always changing
still the same when we’re always changing
my hand in your hand
your hand in my hand

we don’t know the way
but we know how to wait
Track Name: she shook
shame
shame
shame

shook shook shame
shook shook shame
shook shook shame

she shook, she shook
my shame
she shook, she shook
my shame

fuck them

she shook, she shook
my shame
with her, dirty
deeds

fuck them

we are going back to bed
we are going back to bed

fuck them

we are going back to bed
we are going back to bed

fuck them
Track Name: take me home
I wanted to come back
and i wanted you to come back
but will we take this?
pick it up?
but will we take this?
pick it up

can we save this?
can we save this for later?
take me home

i love waking up to you
Track Name: job hunt
i really need to work so please won’t you just give me a job
i really hate the work but i’m still going to take this job
i really want the work but i just can’t take this job

pay me
Track Name: severance
we never really go home
6 miles on either side of the grand river
stolen land on either side of the grand river
and that was my home
but it was never really my home
never really mine - never really my home
but its in my bones

farmers in the city work in factories
farmers in the city worked in factories
go to church on sunday

i asked my dad what his work had been
i asked my dad how his work had been
big factories eat themselves
big unions eat themselves too
big fish move production south
we never lost a house
i never lost a house

from careers to contracts

severance! severance!
i got a chorus
severance! severance!
it goes ‘nah nah nah nah/ nah nah nah”
severance! severance!
I cut my hands so i can feel
i cut my eyes so I can see
there is no home to go home to

no one’s talking about a living wage

this city stinks
but it smells like paychecks, it smells like jobs
now we’re waiting for the smell to come back

the smell of oil, the smell of tires, the smell of malt
the smell of oil, the smell of tires, the smell of malt

subdivided
subdivided
6 miles on either side….
a gridlock maze of model homes
and that was not my home
but shit, that was someone’s home
and it was never really their home
sold, foreclosed


severance! severance!
i got a chorus
severance! severance!
it goes ‘nah nah nah nah/ nah nah nah”
severance! severance!
I cut my hands so i can feel
i cut my eyes so I can see
tell me, what home are we making?
Track Name: mas o menos
si, si lo hablo
pero mas o menos

si, soy latina
pero mas o menos

si, soy una paisa
pero mas o menos

si, lo entendi
pero mas o menos

chévere que chévere hey

no, no entendi
disculpa, disculpame

no, no entendi
explica, explicame

chévere que chévere hey
Track Name: enough enough/walk
I’m so greedy
need to keep it all for me
my clothes, my shoes, my land, my man
need to keep it all for me

I’m so greedy
need to keep it all for me
my car, my books, my heart, my hands
need to keep it all for me

need to need, to be good
need to get, to be good
need to have, to be good

and i can’t get, can’t get enough
and i can’t get no satisfaction
and can’t get, can’t get enough
……

all I am

we’re all going to go for a walk
we’re all going to go for a walk
like this is last year
like this is every year
we’re all going to go for a walk