Living Alone

by Old Best Friend

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released June 30, 2015

all music written by old best friend

co-produced and performed by mike comite and steve sopchak

guitar, bass, and voice performed by mike comite
drums and percussion performed by steve sopchak
piano on “living alone” performed by steve sopchak
guitar solo and organ on “divide your sleep” performed by steve sopchak

engineered, mixed and mastered by steve sopchak at the square studio in syracuse, ny (

artwork by will lambros (




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Track Name: Cold Came With
when the cold came with the fall
i watched the death of leaves and all
i thought that i’d never last the winter

but as the ice is melting down
i stand with both feet on the ground
then the memories bring me to my knees

it came as no surprise
the illness came with appetite
hungry for my legs and then my body

and as my knees were growing weak
they heard me singing in my sleep
a melody to take me through the night

i guess it only was a matter of time
now i’m staring at the ceiling
i thank the lord that i’m still breathing,
thinking, “when did i get so desperate?”

so i slept in that hotel
full of patients like myself
waiting for a visitor or a ride to take me home

though i find the more time that i wait
it seems the more pills i have to take
but they do wonders to alleviate the pain

as the tree begets the seed
there was an illness born in me
my father fell before me, he swore i would fall, too

as i lie to rest my head
i feel it creeping back again
it knows i would never sleep alone

and what it wasn’t wasn’t really what i thought it was
Track Name: Pretty Sure
i’m pretty sure you’re just my type
[most of the time]
i lost you once, i found you twice
[i don’t mind the other guys]

and if you let me go, i won’t put up a fight
i’m pretty sure that i’ll be alright

i’d wait around and stay up all night
[so come on by]
my friends say you’re poison, that you’ll bleed me dry
[i disregard my friends’ advice]

you could just walk away, shrug, turn off the light
you’re pretty, sure, so you’ll be alright

you’ll feel the weight release, the string it comes untied
watch the smile spread slowly across your face
as you open your eyes and you realize you are free
Track Name: Living Alone
soften your eyes as you pass by on the street
your eagle’s glare will burn a hole through every gaze you meet

look up from those pages that you read
the fantasy is comforting, but it’s not the life you’re living

but if you were bored of reading then you wouldn’t live alone

loosen your jaw, i know you clench it when you think
you spend the day so wound up without even realizing

then say something if only to exist
you don’t speak unless you’re spoken to, your silence is your death

but if you had wanted company you wouldn’t live alone

rise, young blood
rise, you shouldn’t be gone so long
if anybody would ever ask, you’d answer softly
“i’m fine”

open your eyes, i know you close them you sing
if the light’s too bright, we’ll turn it down but you have to ask for it

then forget the audience, there’s only me
you mean nothing to no one until they’ve watched you fall asleep

but if you had craved attention, then you wouldn’t live alone

rise, young blood
rise, you shouldn’t be gone so long
if anybody would ever ask, you’d answer softly
“i’m fine”

[turn down the heat to keep down the cost
break all the lights so you can live in the dark
couldn’t be any worse than before
you shouldn’t be gone so long]

you have run too far to quit these last few feet
i’m more content to take a while, don’t wait for me
Track Name: King Of Nowhere
i call myself the king of nowhere
least of all the mind i dwell
but if i could choose one dominion
i’d shack up in some shit motel

i’d gather all my loyal subjects
of half spun chords and loose ideas
and mold them into a perfect people
a magnum opus of mass appeal

do you see
what’s killing me
may actually keep me alive?

i am just the faint reminder
of a love so simple to forget
so when you strike up conversation
i tell you that i’m not there yet

i hold that the word forgiveness
means i could never live without
so i would rather hold my grudges
than spend a life consumed by doubt

do you see
what’s killing me
may actually keep me alive?

what’s done is done
a setting sun
has no obligation to rise

i can’t spot a violet in a bed of roses
for that i blame my eyes
see an open door
another one is closing
between them is wasted time

i was raised to bury boxes
within which all my troubles lay
i held on to one labeled anger
i view its contents every day

i am but a lamprey dining
on blood so sweet it rots my spine
years spent serving false devotion
mean as much as cheap goodbyes
Track Name: Conductivity
i was a conductive wire
you were so electric
i had no say when you came so near
and just passed right through me

i was a magnetic pole
a force unlike you’d ever known
you could travel the goddamn globe
end up coming right back to me

as you start to pass me by
i say “i miss you”
that has to be the worst of all the stupid things i said

disconnected at my own will
as bad an idea as it may be
and although you may have let me go
realize you never set me free

because every day i wake up
i can’t remember who i am [a sham]
i laced up and i ran
turned and screamed “i’ll be back just as soon as i can!”

if you start to wonder why
i’m not with you
you just have to start by counting
all the stupid things i said and all the space between us
and all the times i’d wake and say “god, i have to find a way out.”

when you told me it was fine that i kissed you
i couldn’t find a fault with that
because in the grand scheme of my life
you’re not an issue
still i couldn’t stop recalling
all those stupid things i said, all things i never did, all the shits i didn’t give
Track Name: Pause
ashamedly i wasted life
on shamelessly staying thin
i said my prayers before i closed my eyes
as i thought prayers did well to preserve skin

this is my ruin
under the light of an artificial moon

with eyes so bright
they were a mirror to the night
when i started looking for you

the spotlight shines and shows me where to stand
as i earned my living from applause
and as the light has died fear stands by my side
and we wait for the last unconscious pause

i cannot talk
as i assume my residence in dark

but with eyes so bright
they were a fire to the night
that i woke and finally found you
but then i cut you loose

i write from beneath you
i’ll die to remember you
i’ll die to come back to you
Track Name: White Picket Fences
i picked you out among a flock of sheep
an field of unkempt minds left unattended
you were meant for me
i pulled you out, away from everything
i blurred the line between all that you want and what you ought to be

i am the one who tore down all of your white picket fences
i am the one who called your name
out in a crowd where every voice and face were all the same to me
i am the thought you can’t erase

i dress you up and make you play the part
i give you just enough to keep you hungry
you were meant for me
i pick you up and put you down again
i make you stop and turn as you are trying to leave
Track Name: Trepidation
i approach the wall
my hands sweep across its surface
searching for fault lines
solid it may be
when i find the seam i’ll slip through to the other side

feel my skill dissolve
i don’t see you approach but i know i am not alone
keep me in my place
too scared to run, lest i end up here on my own

i spoke your name

lover, i was wrong
a power persists you’re firmly rooted in my spine
with my final breath
i rest, assured, that you’ll be laughing by my side

i could see the fire in the back of your eyes
i knew that you needed me
i knew that you needed a ride
i didn’t know what you were looking for

meet a man in the parking lot
you keep the bidding high
until he understands you haven’t got
means to keep everything you’re looking for

i’d have never even started the car
if i’d have known we’d be going this far
oh, brother, is this really what you’re looking for?

i turn away as you look to the ground
muzzle flash and an awful sound
the taste of powder and the salt of my eyes
my blood, my life

for the first time i’m alone
you have gone and i must follow

i approach the wall
Track Name: The Truth
i was watching you pour another drink
i thought maybe that you’d admit to it
i thought it would make you talk

you don’t say much when you come home at night
I start to think about all the things that you might hide
and what you could really do

in my dream I was on the witness stand
pressed for truth i was raising my right hand
my left, it just points to you

you’re on trial, the jury must assume
your innocence but they’re asking me for proof
of all the things you could do

at night it comes to me
the pieces click
and it wakes me while i sleep
your eyes were closed, my eyes are open and i think
“why couldn’t i just leave it alone?”
I turn it over and over and now i see a speck in you
though i don’t want to

it’s in the way that you move around the house
like your body’s possessed by something else
your feet, they don’t make a sound

since it happened you don’t eat enough
you avert your eyes and you’re shying from my touch
is it all the guilt that’s making you lose yourself?

at night you come to me
you whisper words
confessing while i sleep
you couldn’t see my eyes were open when you said
“why couldn’t you just leave it alone?”
you say it over and over and now i see the rest of you
the ice has cracked
and i don’t know
what i would really do
without you

at night you come to me...

at night you come to me
you cut my throat
and bleed me in my sleep
your eyes are wet, my eyes are open while you scream
“why couldn’t you just leave it alone?”
you said it over and over and now i know the reset of you
my vision fades to black
in darkness dies the the truth
Track Name: Divide Your Sleep
i’m trying hard to close my eyes tonight
i’m trying not to hear you whisper
anything to keep you wanting
what you don’t is never coming home

dark as your life as it divides your sleep
soft as your hand as it reaches for
what’s light as air but sinking like a stone
in air you’re sinking like a stone

touching your face
i’m back to where i was
are you afraid?
you’re left with a specter
silently watching you sleep

dark as your heart as it carelessly submits
dark as your head as it admits
it wasn’t worth it
i’m happier than i was
ain’t that a shame?

i’ve been replaced
you’re done and where is he?
he’s gone away
you’re left with his specter
silently watching you sleep
Track Name: Now I Don't
i ran to the second floor closer
frantic, in search of my coat
by the time i’d returned to the living room
you had removed all your clothes

such an act
so out of character
wearing a smile, timidly
losing all sense of all space or time
i’d forgotten where i had to be

i awoke late and ran for the bus stop
took a cab, then took a train
pushed my way through the streets of manhattan
through the crowds of a new year’s parade

you were cold
and seeming unfeeling
you shied from my hand on your knee
where we two part in a parking garage
you left with a kiss on my cheek

i was speaking
or maybe just staring
at nothing after my one call
those i reached claimed that i seemed to be
one with glob
or likely no one at all

i still recall when my head hit the dashboard
my first time embraced by the dark
now i sit til my eyes can’t stay open
my head hits the pillow
i’m gone

i returned to the second floor closet
the weather demanded no coat
stood alone in the living room thinking about
someone that i used to know

in that place where the light shines infrequently
i could once sit, now i don’t
i thought this room was our room
but you left me in search of your own