Exits and Onramps

by Busted Luster

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Recorded between the periods of October 2012 and May 2014.

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released May 21, 2014

Busted Luster is:
Greg M. Smith

Additional vocals:
David A. Grammer II
James Morris
Aaron Barbee

All songs written by Greg M. Smith (BMI)

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Busted Luster Detroit, Michigan

Equally inspired by anti folk artists like Elliott Smith and Nick Drake as well as noisy guitar driven bands like Superchunk and Built to Spill, Busted luster is the songwriting project of Greg M Smith. The name literally means "broken glass" but it also is a reflection of life; how chaos and beauty often coexist in the same space. ... more

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Track Name: Taking Root
Tiny helicopters; they descend
I sit on my porch and I watch their
wobbly hap hazard fall to the ground

The journey will be treacherous
relying on the whims of the wind
One lands near me and I suppress the urge
to crumble it in my fingertips

By chance of by luck some find a spot
to take root and grow
While others get lost and wither away
never to reach the sky

I just hope this is not my fate
plant this seed and take root
Track Name: Thrilled To Pieces
From afar you were waving at me
Like a dream I had to strain to recall
your eyes and your hair
the way it blows in the air

But your voice it can't always be heard
It takes skill to decipher the code
and break through the wall
so thick and so tall

Color me confused, tangled up, amused
So thrilled to pieces over you
The phrase may be abused, of this I can't refute:
I'm so thrilled to pieces over you

Its true, I look up to you
You're so self assured or so it seems,
well is it all just a show?
Track Name: Life Not Lived
I see you there; you're flying so high up
in the air while I'm crawling on the ground
I'll ask myself what would it take
to get to heights my arms just can't reach

I'd like to join you there, up in the air
and leave this cage I've known far below

My residence: its been too long
A sentence earned for a life lived wrong
And I just feel that its a shame
like the greatest film that will never be made

I'd like to join you there, up in the air
and leave this cage I've known far below
I'd rather burn it down, down to the ground
than live a life that's never ever been lived

From this height, I can't stay long
and with this weight I'm bound to fall
Track Name: Next To You
Do you realize the weight of your words?
How each syllable draws me further in
like a fierce rip tide I'm helpless to escape

Do you somehow know how starving I have been?
Just to get a taste of sincerity
And when you are around the hunger only grows

I can see buildings falling down
and I can feel the decay of this town
But one thing will always allude me:
I can't imagine lying next to you

It hurts to think you'll never know
the only thing I'll never show
I'm so overwhelmed and I can't start
but time won't tear it apart
Track Name: Black Box
Came from behind, when I couldn't see
You never fail to surprise me
You came into town and then disappeared
Leaving behind the same stab of regret

Hey let it go, let it flow through your veins
Don't wait or hesitate, just pull the cord
and jump right out

At ten and taft there's a black box
It did record how I felt then
It did record what I never said
Though I may try it can't be destroyed

I can't explain it; I'm a prisoner
and I get carried away
And it may seem far fetched
but I will attest that box will persist
Track Name: Remember the Good
My obsession; it makes me blind
I can't see clear half of the time
When the days are too short
and the nights they are so long

The shoe will hang over my head
I wait for the fall and begin again
Apathy and anxiety take over me

They take over me
and I cannot see
They take over me
and I cannot see
They take till there's nothing left

There's a beauty to things we throw out
A busted luster that still shines through
Help me remember
remember the good
Track Name: Static Snowflakes
Thirteen below, I walk out alone
The minds are asleep on heathergreene street
They needed a break from distractions and noise,
the only sound now is the wind in the air

Its quiet tonight, the ground is bathed in moonlight
Like snowflakes minds will wander
no two the same

Reach out my hand, but I do understand
there's no guarantee I'll ever hear back
We stumble around and close ourselves off
In this storm of static its not hard to get lost
Track Name: Against All Odds
I'm standing by the side of the road
with my thumb sticking out
While cars criss cross lanes and semis roar by
They turn me down and I stick my thumb back out again

I'll walk this winding road
You keep steering tonight
There's so many things hanging over my head
Against all odds I'm waiting right here
for you

And if you pass me I will go without
You hold the key that turns the ignition
and starts the fire that burned me out before

I'll walk this winding road
You keep steering tonight
There's too many miles and I can't see the end
Against all odds I'm waiting right here
for you