Are We Breaking Up?

by Noel Stephen & the Darlings

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about

I don't know how this album came to be. The truth is it is not autobiographical. However, I set out to write a break-up song and kept going. I think in these times there is something about being "down and out." Sure it is miserable, but it makes for some great music.

So if you are feeling low, or you want to feel low, I hope the Darlings and I can deliver with a smile.

Thanks for listening,
Noel

credits

released October 20, 2012

To the best band ever formed.
Amber, Kyle, Jonathan, and PJ. They are not just accomplished musicians but also good people.

Beth for the artwork. It is easily better than the music.

Joey for the support. I wish he wasn't in Korea.

Samantha, Brendan, Leslie, Kyle, and Jacob. They are some of the best friends that don't miss a show.

Mixed and Mastered by Party McFly. Cool guy!

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Track Name: I Porcupine For You
I porcupine for you, because the kiss of your quills sticks me like darts
So I sit here and lick my wombs and realize how close I was to your heart

Some people say, "Love is like a skunk and it stinks"
Or a opossum at night looks so dead when its alive
They don't know, love is like a porcupine
It looks like it will hurt until you get to the softer side

What can a poor boy do then sit here porcupining for you
Take me to the forest!

Some people say, "Love is like a raccoon attack"
Once your bitten by love. You need hundred shots in the stomach
They don't know. It's a great mystery in fact
To love a wonderful creature and ask if they love you back

I'm sitting here licking my wombs
And hope and pray, that some wonderful day
You'll come back and say.

I porcupine for you.
Track Name: Die Before You Dance
You keep on telling me that life is a bore
Because the only place we go is to the grocery store
And going out for coffee is such a treat
But I got to go to a place where I can move my feet
Let’s get out of this stupor and let’s get into a trance
But you keep on telling me you die before you dance

So come let’s go out on the town
You can be Lucy and I’ll be Charlie Brown
And I know that the music can get kind of loud
But lights are dim so forget the crowd
I know you are anxious but just give it a chance
But you keep on telling me you die before you dance

So get out of the house and get on the floor
And leave those pills you don’t need them anymore
Dancing is sweet and dancing is fun
So move your feet and leave your gun
But you’ve got to be right when you make your stance.

I always told you...
I'd die before I'd dance
Track Name: Your Beard Got in the Way
Your beard got in the way of loving me
Your beard got in the way of devotion
What else can I say
You're a cold hearted killer with no razor blades
Your beard it got in the way

I told my friends you were some mountain man
Someone who communed with nature and worked with his hands
But then I realized, you were some comic book guy
Who sat around the house and kept thoughts in his mind

So then I thought you were some academic intellectual
Who knew how to cook while keeping his cool
But your food it makes me queasy and your IQ is beneath me
So go back to your friends cause you never gonna see me

Your beard got in the way of loving me
Your beard got in the way of devotion
Your beard got in the way of kissing me
Your beard got in the way of emotion
What else can I say
You're a cold hearted killer with no razor blades
Your beard it got in the way

Don't you come over like a wolf in sheep skin
Don't you come over reading EE Cummings again
Don't you come over like a mild-mannered Clark Kent
I know you are evil by the costume that your kept

All of my friends say you been crying around town
But with all of those whiskers, I can't see those tears falling down
But until you smell like Gillett, I will never forget
It's my turn now to act like we never met

Your beard got in the way of loving me
Your beard got in the way of devotion
Your beard got in the way of kissing me
Your beard got in the way of emotion
What else can I say
You're a cold hearted killer with no razor blades
Your beard it got in the way
Track Name: HMO
What can I say, I’m doing OK
Even though the doctor doesn’t know when it’lll go away
But girl don’t you know an HMO doesn’t pay

I paid my deductible, but I am still suspectible
Of living out this pain day after day
But girl don’t you know an HMO doesn’t pay for a broken heart

I know you are spending time with Caldwell
He’s a poetry professor and an intellectual
But I want you to know you’re a carrier
of a disease that makes your heart a barrier
So think about that when your with him
Well as I come to think of it kiss him again

And then he’ll get the croup
As you leave his coup
And you can nurse me back to health with love and no chicken noodle soup
Cause girl don't you know

Doesn't pay for a broken heart
Track Name: Zelda Fitzgerald
Remember when. You said you would love me then.
And we would write all day. And talk in the cafes.
being all that is Parisian
And maybe our love would last.
Or flame out like the heroes of our past.
We would live simple and cheap. It's an immovable feast
But I just have to ask.
Why we weren't made for those times
Oh... I wish they were our times

Chorus
But I want you to be
My Zelda Fitzgerald
And I want you to say about me
Oh he is my dapper young fellow

So dream that little dream
Dream that little dream
Dream it for me.


Verse 2
Remember when. You said I was too modern
I wasn't made for the twenties.
I wouldn't roar, I would sneeze
I am allegic to style and sin.
But I think about it all the time
I would wear my suit and you would pin your hair up tight
We would dance all day with Ernest Hemingway
That's a dream of mine
But we weren't made for those times
Oh... I wish they were our times

Chorus

Well I know they were the lost generation
But I am just generally lost
And you my love
Are the only
Vintage thing that I’ve got


Chorus
Track Name: Let Us Suffer
I just called you to uncover
My suspicion did we suffer
I don't remember it's all fuzzy
But I thought you really loved me

Chorus
I don't even cry anymore
ever since you walked out the door
but tonight I want to shed a tear
and dream about you being here

I came home to an empty room
From a night out with you know who
Don't make me say it just can we meet
You are so close just down the street
You know I'm right you dont love her
But tonight just let us suffer

Chorus

I remember but it's remote
Let's get together and emote
All the feelings good and bad
And the suffering we once had

Chorus
Track Name: Rolling the Credits
Are you rolling the credits on our love?
Am I going to be girlfriend number one?
Or am I going to be... girlfriend number three?
The cast according to appearances doesn't even suit me

Can I write the sountrack to the end?
Will it be joyous with a lot of happy feelings?
Or will it make you somber and then you start to wonder
What happened to the characters when the movie is over

So don't roll those credits
Don't roll those credits
Don't roll those credits on our love
So don't roll those credits
Don't roll those credits
Don't roll those credits on our love

I don't want to see
A black screen
I don't want this to be the end of our movie