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Here's some songs I recorded with Tyler and Joe a while back. What babes <3

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released May 22, 2017

All songs written and performed by Aaron Hibbert
Percussion arranged and performed by Joe Scala
Bass guitar and back up vocals performed by Tyler Bisson

All tracks recorded by Tyler Bisson @ Audio Geography
Cover photo taken by Marji Dickmann
Logo by Lauren Beecher

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The Great Repression Agawam, Massachusetts

Aaron Hibbert:
- Vocals/Guitar/Sax
Joe Scala:
- Drums
Tyler Bisson:
- Bass/Guitar/Vox
Joe Raffa:
- Guitar

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Track Name: Sammamish
Sitting shotgun going east out of Seattle
I managed to catch a glimpse of Interstate 90
Swore that I could see my house from here
Over the mountains, over the plains
Across the Appalachians, over the Great Lakes
Where will I be in another year
Am I doing well if this is my only fear?

Got off the highway when we got hungry
I had no idea where we were
So I grabbed some Subway and thought to myself
My life's passing me by in a blur
With the world in my hand, and my seat in the van
We would travel the land as a family band
And somehow they knew that this was all part of their "god's plan"

Religion is ridiculous, at least I've always thought so
It's been the cause of almost every war
But these people were kind, and they thought with their minds
And their hearts, not with Bibles you buy in a store
If you live for your "god" then live by his teachings
Live for the love and help the out-reaching
If you don't confuse oppression with being an oppressor
If life is your classroom and the world's your professor
Maybe there's some hope for this world yet

I've learned a lot in my travels and I hope that I'll always stand for
Kindness, compassion, knowledge, and a thirst for more
Track Name: Happy
I was hoping I would find you here
And I was hoping you would lay down
Near to me so I could watch you breathe
It would make me happier than you'd believe
I was thinking that my skies were grey
And I was waiting every single day
For you to come along and save me
I would be so grateful for the chance you gave me

I see a world in you that you don't see
Limitless potential, endless possibilities
But if you're happy just the way you are today
Then I wouldn't want you any other way

I was hoping we could just sit down
And talk about the ways we'd paint the town
A shade of red that no one's ever known
We could reminisce about it when we're grown
I was hoping we could dance all night
And I was thinking if we got things right
Then we would never have to be alone
If you like this life, it's yours until we're home

I see a world in you that you don't see
Limitless potential, endless possibilities
But if you're happy just the way you are today
Then I wouldn't want you any other way
Track Name: Silver Sands
If your new boy should ever break your heart
Just know that I will still be standing, waiting here with open arms
To catch you if you fall, we'll go get pretzels at the mall
Reminisce about our lives and all the old times
And realize we had it all

I've got some secrets that I'll keep forever
Like how I love you more now than I did when we were still together
And it might not make much sense
I don't regret the day you left me, don't regret the way you left me
I regret not fighting you for one more chance

But it's your life
You better live it while you're living, better feel while you're alive
And it's always been your way or the highway, no surprise
Took the highway every time, but tonight I'll stay until the sunrise

I hope you're happy now
I truly hope you're happy now
I hope your heart is more complete than I'd ever allow
I hope he never breaks your heart
And I hope he helps your soul to start
I hope he loves you just as much as I do now

But it's your life
You better live it while you're living, better feel while you're alive
And it's always been your way or the highway, no surprise
Took the highway every time, but tonight I'll stay until the sunrise
Track Name: King Daddy
Hello! I am the reason I'm sad and alone
I'm the reason I'm sitting at home
And slowly losing my whole mind
I am ice in a world caught fire
And I'm losing myself to desires
I had thought were long left behind

Now I know just what you're thinking
There's a reason for the drinking
It's the feeling slowly sinking
As I'm compulsively blinking
It's a chemical imbalance, but without I fear my talent is lost

Hello! I'm an angel who's lost his place
I'm a self-righteous, self-centered case
Of losing my wings before the fall
Call me the Devil, I've found heaven in hell
And I'm learning the things I knew well
Before I knew I knew anything at all

And I find it quite annoying
All the words you are employing
That the universe could possibly
Be anything but toying with me
Ever since I was a boy, the joy of life was simply the cost
Of a life of feeling like I knew so much more
That the world could somehow settle scores
If I could just prove them wrong

Hello! I'm a patient of patience herself
I'm the child of ego and loneliness
And I've come to speak my peace
I am the image of self-absorption
Self-described contortion
Of self-loathing and narcissism, see?

As long as someone's paying attention to me

I'm just a human who's sad and alone
Bent over backwards for people I don't know
I just wanted someone to see
Track Name: Real Time
Everyone has something, I need something to believe
Maybe something I believe to come true
Everyone has someone, I want no one else to leave
Unless they plan on bringing me too

Are we drowning? Am I drowning in real time?
Across the ocean, across the ocean, across the ocean blue
To where I should be standing right there next to you

Don't worry about me, cause I'll be fine
They all got theirs, like you got yours, and I'll get mine
Don't worry about me, cause I'll be fine
I'll be fine

I was too busy blowing steam
While you were out chasing your dreams
I've got a lot to learn about balancing on tightropes
And not letting my bridges burn
There was a thing silk thread of hope
Lifted it up and watched it go away with you

Across the ocean, across the ocean, across the ocean blue
To where I'll always be here holding out for you
Track Name: Pictures of Old Broken Dreams
If the world should fall around me
I would find no closure in the end
If the sky starts raining flames, and mountains crumble
I would just pretend that somehow, the ground will break my
Falling for a soul who couldn't
Plant its roots to deeply to begin
Such is the curse of the purest hearts, who can't begin to fathom
When to just keep trying, or when to just give in

I'm wide awake, but I'll be passed out soon
Wake up in the middle of the night in my own room
Look out of the window at a big bright moon
And wonder if somewhere you're looking at it too
I was crushed at dawn, woke up in the morning
You were already long gone

Tell me, when you look at me what do you see
Is it pictures of old broken dreams
Or someone that you could believe in
Tell me, when you look in my eyes do you know
That there's nothing at all in the world
Could make it okay that you're leaving
If there's anything at all I can say
To make you not go away
I want you to know that I'll say it

If the world should fall around me
I would find no closure in the end
If the sky starts raining flames, and mountains crumble
I would just pretend that somehow, the ground will break my
Falling for a soul who couldn't
Plant its roots to deeply to begin
Such is the curse of the purest hearts, who can't begin to fathom
When to just keep swimming, or when to just give in

If there's anything at all I can say
To make you not go away
I want you to know that I'll say it
Track Name: Casual Encounters
So my friend we meet again
In the least likely circumstances
No honesty in who we claim to be
Shame and lust, like web and dust
Have covered up the best of us
Hiding me from you and hiding you from me

So my friend you thought it'd end
You thought you'd seen the last of it
Addiction or affliction, either way
Point and click to get your fix
Standards only in statistics
Casual encounters growing
More and more and more and more the same

I'll meet you in the alleyway
But never in the light of day
If anyone were to discover
The secrets we keep locked away
We'd see the way that worlds collide
When friends are faced with choosing sides
All the while, the fact remains
You're going to have to face yourself someday

So my friend the story ends
With severed lines of communication
Same old story, nobody's surprised
A one night stand, a master plan
No matter what we've got at hand
The issue that remains is that
We've both been leading double lives

I wish the best to all the rest
Who've lived this life and not confessed
Gone to bed and curled and cried
With stress and wanted nothing but to
Die alone and be forgotten
Rather than to live a life gone rotten
Being afraid to love

If we can learn to love ourselves
The world is ours, we're going to be fine
Track Name: Townie (To Leave Or Die In New England)
Get up, get up, come on, let's go
Hurry, we're trying to leave before
It snows again, we're stuck at home again
Just can't deal with another god damn season
New England, I'm running out of reasons to stay

So we drove down south to the Florida coast
Singing all the stupid songs we loved the most
We learned to measure distance in Declines
Can't help but feel like I'm running out of time

I'm just one suburban kid trapped in captivity
Between shopping mall suburbia and mediocrity
And I'm starting to almost accept the thought
That I might just never leave
If i'm a townie, would you be a townie here with me

If i just keep swimming in the same pond all my life
How am I supposed to impress someone I like
Always say I wanna see the world outside
But I'm really only looking for another place to hide

Tried to find a sanctuary
But instead I found the point of no return
All I wanted was a safe place
When will I ever learn
That all I ever wanted
And all I really need
Were standing right in front of me the whole time
But I wanted to leave

I want to swim in the Pacific
Wanna dance in Mexico
Kiss beneath the Eiffel tower
But that's quite a ways to go
Or we could just stay here
Where the water's cold, but the air is clear, yeah
Or we could get the hell out of New England

I'm just one suburban kid trapped in captivity
Between shopping mall suburbia and mediocrity
And I'm starting to almost accept the thought
That I might just never leave
If i'm a townie, would you be a townie here with me

Or we could get the hell out of New England