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Non​-​Fiction

by All Systems Go

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1.
For the longest time we tried to Leave behind the days back when we started Where one bad night would mean A lack of approval, consider it pointless But it's part of who we are We learn from our mistakes From the first power chords on the porch in the summer Don't think we should've done it any other way We're still here And we're still in this For a record year and all the Memories that are bound to go with it Learned to pour our hearts out on paper And make it all count at the end of the day So let's keep doing this thing our way So here's to shitty strings and playing out of tune Raised hands from the front to the back of the room Staying out real late and far from home Living this adventure we made on our own We took a chance and made this mean something Greater than any of us would ever know No real leaps and bounds but the whole way up A ton of small steps to show Don't know how far we'll go If a finish line exists But if we're in this thing together then This will be the way we'll all remember it We're still here And we're still in this For a record year and all the Memories that are bound to go with it Learned to pour our hearts out on paper And make it all count at the end of the day So let's keep doing this thing our way
2.
Wish I could release this hold on me Created out of other people's dreams Waiting on the possibilities To push me past the breaking point of sanity The feelings that can occupy my mind Are strongest when they aren't even... My head is spinning 'round and 'round again Inventing critiques of me without end They say you shouldn't be mean to your friends What if I am only mean to me? Really need to try to find a way To find out what I really have to say I just need to please all night and day Expectations bring me to a darker place The feelings that can occupy my mind Are strongest when they aren't even... My head is spinning 'round and 'round again Inventing critiques of me without end They say you shouldn't be mean to your friends What if I am only mean to me? The feelings that can occupy my mind Are strongest when they aren't even... Where do I even go from here? I just can't get out of my own head today Are all these raging thoughts sincere? I just can't get out of my own head today Will silver linings making things clear? I just can't get out of my own head today Someone please tell me what to do Will this guilt trip lead me to a lesson learned or burden Through and through and through My head is spinning 'round and 'round again Inventing critiques of me without end They say you shouldn't be mean to your friends What if I am only mean to me? My head is spinning 'round and 'round again Inventing critiques of me without end They say you shouldn't be mean to your friends What if I am only mean to me? What if I am only mean?
3.
Christmas lights and it's after midnight Hoodie weather at the coldest time of the year Lately nothing's like it used to be and I'm Realizing there's nothing left for me here Walking in the dark, I can see my breath Warm month, fifteen above freezing It's a ghost town here, everybody left To search the world and find their meaning Now it's almost time to say goodbye to this part of life There's a million other places just like this A G-rated suburbia But when we were all younger, this town was way better And it really felt like a home to love Facing change doesn't seem so scary When you feel like it's been a wasted year When we were all younger, this town was way better Now there's really nothing left for me here Now in the blink of an eye it's summer time Green grass, sunsets in an orange sky A good view, a reminder of home But it wouldn't be enough for me even if it could try If I told myself I hate it here, then that would be a lie But it's almost time to say goodbye to this part of life There's a million other places just like this A G-rated suburbia But when we were all younger, this town was way better And it really felt like a home to love Facing change doesn't seem so scary When you feel like it's been a wasted year When we were all younger, this town was way better Now there's really nothing left for me here There's been talks of our 10-year reunion Celebrating everyone's success But hardly anyone's talking about it Maybe I'm not the only one who feels like a mess Honor Roll didn't get me to leave yet Though it would've made perfect sense Maybe I'm just scared of the real world And learning at my own expense
4.
I've always been on the outside Looking in through a window or a door And if I could have anything It would be a connection or some humanity I feel like a stranger In my own skin and bones Don't hurt me, don't desert me Don't let me go Sometimes I feel like I'm barely hanging on Don't let me go, stay with me until the dawn Don't let me go I've always been in the distance A figure vague, undetected, ill-defined But can't you see you give me definition? Can't you see with you I'm somewhere Someone or something real? Sometimes I feel like I'm barely hanging on Don't let me go, stay with me until the dawn Sometimes I feel like I've been cursed by angry gods But I know I'm wrong because there's you Sometimes I feel like I'm barely hanging on Don't let me go, stay with me until the dawn Sometimes I feel like I've been cursed by angry gods But I know I'm wrong because there's you Don't hurt me, don't desert me In my own darkest hour Don't hurt me, don't desert me Don't let me go
5.
Give me one reason to believe The greater good is in the words that you speak When this pretense you've got on display Is really only good for the attention you crave You're advocating for change But you can't change your ways You're lacking empathy And stigmatizing common beliefs Only in favor of the things That you could only ever speak for yourself You think you're doing so well While we're being pulled apart at the seams You're advocating for change But you can't change your ways It's a narrative of chasing the fame So give me one reason to believe The greater good is in the words that you speak When this pretense you've got on display Is really only good for the attention you crave And from the back of the room I can tell that perfect smile is fake And do you even contemplate your divisive takes? Or is it all for the image that you want to create For yourself, inauthenticity sells 'Cause you know we're all just sheep anyway You'll never influence me And I won't ever see How you get the validation you seek So give me one reason to believe The greater good is in the words that you speak When this pretense you've got on display Is really only good for the attention you crave And from the back of the room I can tell that perfect smile is fake How can you be the one to look up to In a time where we all need to break through? It's only about whose side you're on How can you be the one to look up to In a time where we all, all need one view? It's only about whose side you're on You make this whole thing about you That's all it's been all along And whose side you're on
6.
If you asked me a year ago today The difference between stepping away and leaving I'd say they're one in the same I've learned it's a shame But one leads to the other I did enjoy the times we've had But now it just makes me sad that we're drifting And the more things change I can't help but feel It might be all for the better How did we even get here? I don't remember I'm just sitting back to hear what time will tell And it's saying that it's all for the better I'm looking to be the best version of me If that story doesn't involve you I'm still going to follow through Moving on never seemed so easy I'll do it if it means I'll be the best version of me If things change or stay the same I have to say I fear for the latter How did we even get here? I don't remember I'm just sitting back to hear what time will tell And it's saying that it's all for the better Maybe we're not so alike And it's no one's fault no matter what And maybe it's not meant to be But it seems okay for the both of us So I don't know if there's anything That we should do to try and stop this If the best is really yet to come We should just be going along with it In such a good time you'd never think to say "Just know, this won't last, it's only temporary" Never really know what will happen someday Maybe this is just what it needs to be Maybe we're not so alike And it's no one's fault no matter what And maybe it's not meant to be But it seems okay for the both of us So I don't know if there's anything That we should do to try and stop this If the best is really yet to come We should just be going along with it
7.
Only have so much time To make our way to the other side It's getting dark and hard to see But we like to live dangerously Journey through the great unknown All alone and far from home But if we stick together I know it'll make this better Going off the beaten path We still have a chance to turn back around But where's your sense of adventure at? It's easier said than done, I've found Won't be a straight shot forward That's the one thing we always hope for Getting cuts on my legs and hurting all over And right now I'm just wishing we're homeward bound Close calls, pitfalls, and broken spirits Got us crawling on our hands and knees We pick ourselves up and break through these walls With each step forward, I finally see the forest for the trees Moving through this endless maze Feeling like we've lost our way Turning back is too far gone We've covered ground for far too long No choice but to press on then Through the trees and reach the end If we're ever in these woods again I'll bring this journey with me And we're gonna make it out of here safe, don't worry Close calls, pitfalls, and broken spirits Got us crawling on our hands and knees We pick ourselves up and break through these walls With each step forward, I finally see the forest for the trees And we're gonna make it out of here safe, don't worry And we're gonna make it out of here safe, don't worry...
8.
When we met, you caught my gaze A cold-ass night near the holidays I couldn't find the nerve to just say something Dark room, late night I felt the warmth behind your eyes Six years since then With no idea this would happen May have failed, but I had schemed To get the girl who was in my dreams I played my favorite songs and caught you humming Dive bars, rock shows The joy they bring will always grow When I'm with you I know you feel this too 'Cause all we ever wanted was to be a couple of kids In an empty concrete jungle on a distant trip Where the world had gone away And you and me could play We'd see all the lights and nobody could stop us Just a couple of kids Leaning for a kiss She's a queen in the modern day And no one can tell her what to say She's a rebel and a saint But you'll never hear me complain Ice cold bong rips May feel good but they never hit Like kissing you Where I want to be when the night is through 'Cause all we ever wanted was to be a couple of kids In an empty concrete jungle on a distant trip Where the world had gone away And you and me could play We'd see all the lights and nobody could stop us Just a couple of kids Leaning for a kiss Even when we don't agree I know you'll stay here with me You're the only thing I need to get me to sleep (And I couldn't survive without you in my life)

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released October 6, 2022

All music and lyrics written and performed by All Systems Go, except where noted.

Matt Pezza - Vocals/Guitar
Devin Kollmar - Vocals/Guitar
Dean Mason - Bass
Joe Codispoti - Drums

Track 6 co-written and co-performed with Aftyn (@aftynband)
Chris Maher - Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin
Guinnevere Philipp - Vocals

Producer - Nik Bruzzese
Mixing - Matt Weber
Mastering - Dave Downham
Addtl. Engineering - Dom Maggi
Recorded at The Gradwell House, Haddon Heights, NJ.

Cover Art - Keith Glidewell
Photography - Joanna Mizak
Videography - Ryan Hanratty, Frosted Green Productions
Marketing/PR - Megan Langley, Cross Management

We’d like to give a special thank you to Chris Maher for connecting us with Nik, our producer; members of the bands Cheer Up Dusty, Sweep Echo, Win by 2, Two Eyes Open, and podcasts Talk of the City, D-Note Speakers, and In the Paint, for all the effort it took to keep things going without live shows; our team of Ryan, Joanna, Keith, and Megan who have all helped shape the image of our band; and promoters throughout 2021 and 2022 who gave us great opportunities to put on some kickass shows as the music scene opened back up. The writing process for this record began at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, a huge time of uncertainty for the music industry as a whole. That said, we’d like to give the biggest thank you to everyone who continued to support our band during that time and encouraged us to keep the project going and make this record possible.

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All Systems Go Delran, New Jersey

Pop punk music, rock & roll vibes.

Matt Pezza
Devin Kollmar
Joe Codispoti
Dean Mason

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