Strange Brew (2015)

Scott’s Selection: 7/31/16 – 8/6/16

Theme: Punk

Band: Millencolin

Release Date: 4/28/2015

Runtime: 34:44

Label: Epitaph

Track Listing:

1). Egocentric Man – 2:34
2). Chameleon – 2:58
3). Autopilot Mode – 2:00
4). Bring Me Home – 2:27
5). Sense & Sensibility – 2:37
6). True Brew – 3:22
7). Perfection Is Boring – 2:59
8). Wall of Doubt – 2:45
9). Something I Would Die For – 2:51
10). Silent Suicide – 1:20
11). Man of 1000 Tics – 2:52
12). Mr. Fake Believe – 2:36
13). Believe in John – 3:21

Lyrics:

1). Egocentric Man

I dress up in jackboots and shirts colored brown
I don’t kiss up but love kicking down
I’ve got no education but Jimmie is good
I love Scrooge but I hate Robin Hood

‘Cause I’m an egocentric man
I’ve got a little narcissistic plan
So if you ever need a helping hand, I don’t give a damn
I am an egocentric man

I sure do like country but Guthrie was wrong
It’s only my land and for me to belong
My house should have been the last one here to be built
I was naturally born free from guilt

‘Cause I’m an egocentric man
I’ve got a little narcissistic plan
So if you ever need a helping hand, I don’t give a damn
I am an egocentric man

Yeah, I’m an egocentric man
I’ve got a little narcissistic plan
Yeah, I’m an egocentric man
And this will never be your land
If you ever need a helping hand, I don’t give a damn
I am an egocentric man
An egocentric man

2). Chameleon

Like a chameleon
You’re just crawling on
Changing color again and againYou do the things you like
Don’t care if you’re alike
Anyone of your friendsYou focus on the things that you cherish
And you reinvent yourself over time
Haven’t seen mountains too high for you to climb
Everything you are now will perish
Who you are today will later be gone
Your need to be free and change your colors is mighty strong
Like a chameleon

You cannot please them all
You won’t be no one’s doll
So put their bull to the side

You always change your course
Got an elastic force
Man, you just let it ride

From pink to blue to red to green to black
Once you start there is no turning back
From punk to dad to brewer to schoolboy
Life’s too short not to be enjoyed

You focus on the things that you cherish
Who you are today will later be gone
Everything you are now will perish
Like a chameleon

3). Autopilot Mode
I set the course and fly away
I’m not sure where I’m going
And I lack the time to careIt’s a strategy they say
To keep myself from knowing
Too much about the world’s despairI don’t use my brain so I won’t go insane
I’m in autopilot mode
And to not lose my mind I would rather be blind
I’m a danger on the road

And I’m not the only one out there
In autopilot mode

Like a herd of elephants
It’s hard to tell the difference
Between a brute and me

Is it fear or arrogance?
I just can’t make any sense
Of this ruinous mystery

I don’t use my brain so I won’t go insane
I’m in autopilot mode
And to not lose my mind I would rather be blind
I’m a danger on the road

Like the def and the dumb I’m just marching on
I’m in autopilot mode

My survival instinct tells me not to think
Or my head else would explode
And I’m not the only one out there
In autopilot mode

C-3PO’s no different than me
I’ve been well programmed by society to consume my identity
A rat racer who’s never looking back, but likes the back seat
Where you never have to take responsibility, no

I don’t use my brain so I won’t go insane
I’m in autopilot mode
And to not lose my mind I would rather be blind
I’m a danger on the road

Like the def and the dumb I’m just marching on
I’m in autopilot mode

My survival instinct tells me not to think
Or my head else would explode

4). Bring Me Home
I’ve had a thorn in my heart, it was there from the start
I had a life it was sad, it was all I had
I died a bit every day
I had a girl she was fine, we could walk the line
A fat house and a car, thought I was a star
I died a bit every dayAnd when the lights go out, you can see me go
All filled up with doubts, yeah it’s all I knowThen you tell me,
Get up, come on, don’t worry now my old friend
Get up, come on, together now there’s no end
Get up, come on, we’ll show them now the way we roam
I’m gonna bring you home

I had a change for the good, hope you understood
I had to go underground and you were not around
I improve a bit every day
I’ve got no girl, no big house, still I’m living large
Got the peace in my mind it was hard to find
I fight and now it’s looking bright

And when the lights go out, you can see me go
With a smile on my face, yeah it’s all I know

And I tell you
Get up, come on, don’t worry now my old friend
Get up, come on, together now there’s no end
Get up, come on, we’ll show them now the way we roam

You know I’m gonna tell you
Get up, come on, don’t worry now my old friend
Get up, come on, together now there’s no end
Get up, come on, we’ll show them now the way we roam

I’m gonna bring you home
Yeah, I’m gonna bring you home
Oh, I’m gonna bring you home
Yeah, I’m gonna bring you home
Yeah, get up, come on
Don’t you worry now my old friend
Get up come on

Yeah, I’m gonna bring you home
Get up, come on, don’t worry now my old friend
Get up, come on, together now there’s no end
Get up, come on, we’ll show them now the way we roam

You know I’m gonna tell you
Get up, come on, don’t worry now my old friend
Get up, come on, together now there’s no end
Get up, come on, we’ll show them now the way we roam

I’m gonna bring you home

5). Sense & Sensibility
I’ve got ideas how this planet works
It gives perspective on all the racist jerks
Like yin and yang there’s a certain balance to everything we know
Some brains are fast means that some brains are slowThis is the rational side of me I guess
The same side that I use when playing chess
Lex yin and yang there’s also the other side of me
Acting based on emotion and sensibilityAnd that’s the side of me I turn to
When I read about your worldview
That’s not my cup of tea
Yeah, it’s a side of me I take on
It tells me you got it all wrong
And how clear we disagree
You’re just a racist clown to me

I always thought I was a tolerant man
The kind that always tried to understand
But there’s a darker force inside of me that wants me to
Be as bad and be as sad, sad as you

And that’s the side of me I turn to
When I read about your worldview
That’s not my cup of tea
Yeah, it’s a side of me I take on
It tells me you got it all wrong
And how clear we disagree

Yeah, it’s the side of me that’s saying
I would like to kick your head in
You’re so far out at sea
This state of mind is hard to get through
It makes me hate as much as you do
And clearly makes me see
You’re just a racist clown to me
You’re just a racist clown to me
You’re just a racist clown
A racist clown to me

6). True Brew
Some say that nothing lasts forever
But no one knows what happens when you die
So if this is all there is, it’s now or never
Life’s too short to not give it a try
Try your wings, find out if you can flyI don’t wanna live my life doing stuff I don’t like to do
I just wanna spend my time on creating something true
I don’t wanna live my life just pretending what I’m not
I just wanna spend my time living my life on the spotI’ve spent my last three years in college
As the oldest guy there I got my degree
I guess it all gave me some kind of knowledge
But anyway I’m still just as naive
Hoping greener grass is still waiting there for me

It’s not about the size of any wallet
It’s not about the fortune or the fame
True brew is what we’d like to call it
It’s a freedom both scary and lovely that you want all the same
True brew will always be the aim

I just wanna live for something true
I don’t care if it’s good enough for you
I just wanna create something true

7). Perfection Is Boring
Hey little sister where are you going so pale
Is it really the end of your days
They say you’re only learning when you fail
Could it be you’re stuck in a phaseIn my world perfection is boring
The cracks and the scars is what make things unique
It’s hard, but it’s best to ignore it
To chase the horizon for something you will never see
Perfection is boring to meHey little brother I hope you know you’re ok
Tall ladders can be tricky to climb
As we all know Rome wasn’t built in a day
With baby steps you’ll get there in time

It’s a trap, it’s lie, it’s a mental ball and chain
It’s a thorn in your side
It’s a hungry pitbull untied

It’s a spell, it’s a joke, it’s a trick played by your brain
It’s the models sickly pale
It’s a pointless twice told tale

8). Wall of Doubt
You’re off when I am on
You’re up when I am down
We rub each other the wrong wayI want it all when you take none
When you smile I tend to frown
Our situation’s gone astrayWe’re stuck behind a wall of doubt
It’s clear that you and I are trying to figure out
How we can reach the other side
In ways where we just don’t have to collide
I add when you subtract
I’m left when you are right
You attack when I try to defend

You’re silent when I’m loud
You like the dark when I need light
You begin when I’m about to end…end this thing

Just like Tom & Jerry you get double trouble when dealing with us
Like Itchy & Scratchy our acting is just way too brusk
Like an old nagging couple we come as a duo cast under a spell
Why we’re still stuck together I guess no one can tell

9). Something I Would Die For
Why don’t you like me the way I am, it’s something I don’t understand
Cause still you need me when I go, yeah you’ve lost it need my flow
What’s the reason for this mess, we’re stuck don’t need all this stress
I know you watch me from where you stand, I hope you catch me when I land
I swear, I hope you careIt’s something I would die for,
It’s something I would die for…Why don’t you feel it the way I can, I’m stuck in the way I am
Life is upside down you scream, it’s not ok living in a dream
Why don’t you like me the way I am, all this tension is in your hand
Why do I need you the way I do?

Well, you’re someone I would die for
You’re someone I would die for…
You’re someone that I care for
When you know that I don’t dare more
It’s something I would die for

What’s the problem you can’t complain
You loosen up but you feel the strain
It’s ok to be on your own
If you choose to be alone
Come on down, break free and live
It’s not my problem, it’s what you give
You’re out of focus, can’t comprehend
I know it’s up to you, I’m feeling blue
So what ya gonna do?

10). Silent Suicide
Some people say that they believe
Some people say that they believe and wonder what they will achieve
Some people think that they are strong
Some people think that they are strong, someone will prove them wrongListen to this silent suicide, we’ll listen
Speak up now before they will decide
A silent suicide for nothingYou think we’d freeze if he was gone
You think we’d freeze if he was gone, yet we come out strong
On top of you, that’s where we’ll stay

11). Man of 1000 Tics
I’ll interrupt you again and again
I’ll imitate and mimic your accent
When playing games I have just got to win
I can name every street in Berlin… at least well-nighI’m the man of a thousand tics
You never know what I’ll pull out of my bag of tricks
I’m not sure where it’s coming from
All I know is that it sure makes me look dumb
Be aware for what I have in store
Be aware from where it’s coming there’s coming more
I’m the man of a thousand tics
I’m in a state where I just cannot be fixedI’ve got the jitters and the shifty eyes
I’m making sounds without knowing why
I can’t tell how I got these symptoms
If it’s lead singer or maybe tourettes syndrome… it won’t let go.

Environmental or genetic cause?
Just want to know the nature of these flaws
Can it be a combination of them both?
I’m kind of worried about it’s rate of growth
Oh, doc find me a cure somehow
For this chemical imbalance now
I know these complex tics
Are too heavy for an easy fix

12). Mr. Fake Believe
I’ve got a friend who will always let me pretend
I am better than what I am, some kind of own personal scam
We got a bond based on an addiction that goes beyond
Anything I felt before, there’s nothing really else here to care forI change personality when we’re together, now it’s clear
You make me forget about my problems and all my fearsI’ve got at friend and on him I do depend
I’d guess he’s my best one now that most of all the others are gone

It’s crazy how far this has gone still I just can’t stop right now
I’m too busy focusing on popping the tops tonight

They call him Mr. Fake believe
He’s the kind of friend that never wants to leave
A tragedy, condition and disease
He’s got tricks about denial up his sleeve
That’s why they call him Mr. Fake believe

The more we’re together the the closer we get it’s true, we do
The first thing I think of when I wake up in shame is you

13). Believe in John
John Lennon said it’s all you need
In theory it’s hard not to agree
But when you look around today
The spirit of 67’s long gone away
When you were young you let elders have your seat
You’d say hello to strangers in the street
Everything today has got a prize
But it’s hard to look the beggar in the eyesDo you still believe in John
Do you still believe in love
Do you still believe in John
Or is it lack of empathy you’re suffering fromSelf-centered motivation all around
The holy lord’s ten commandments upside down
Obsessed with buying stuff that you don’t need
In theory it’s hard not to call that greed
The pressure’s on to live a perfect life
With no pressure drop you might live a life in strife

Slow down, you move too fast now
If you want to make the moment last now
We’d all like to admit it’s getting better
But saying that’s like posting a dead letter
It’s still in our hands to change it all around
We need to come around
Before the world gets too upside down… so let’s come around

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