Setting All We Need on Fire

by eleven seventeen

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released August 18, 2012

Written and recorded by Alex Daniel.

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eleven seventeen Busan, South Korea

A sometimes-band, sometimes-solo project started in 2004, featuring a rotating cast of members and collaborators. Eleven Seventeen features smooth guitars, driving beats, stark lyricism, and occasional electronic flourishes.

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Track Name: Fuck This, I'm Moving
Shitty job
Flaky friends
Ungrateful girl
Broken plans

Sick of food
Sick on booze
Sick of this city
Nothing to lose

Crowded highways
Scorching skies
Over-hyped festivals
Everyone's high

Plastic fashion
Two-faced talk
Fifth grade humor
Rehashed thought
Track Name: Silky Blouses and Trashy TV
It's not that hard to see
That you've been living for all the wrong things:
Silky blouses and trashy TV.
But instead of setting things right
You choose to run and hide:
No intimate connections, no battles to fight.

But they end up owning you
Because of the power you give them through non-confrontation
And purposely misstated views.
And yeah, I'm mad, alright?
I gave you three fucking years of my life
And every chance to speak your mind.

But hey, it's no big deal.
I'll just uproot the life that I started here:
Skip an ocean, turn a new page.

Yeah, this is actually great!
I can put a few new things on my plate:
Learn Korean
And find a heart softer than yours to break.
Track Name: You've Been Faking It
For as long as we've been keeping time
We've been wasting it
And as long as we've been shading sun
We've been chasing it
And as long as I have held your heart
I've been breaking it
And as long as you've said you found love
You've been faking it

Well, I wandered along half asleep
Through your Spanish streets
And I stumbled my way half-stoned
Past the alleys of graffiti
And we sat at sunset half drunk
By the Mediterranean Sea
But just like rain against a weathered stone
Joy just slips right off of me

Because as long as we've been keeping time
We've been wasting it
And as long as we've been shading sun
We've been chasing it
And as long as I have held your heart
I've been breaking it
And as long as you've said you found love
You've been faking it

And I can't get by
On piecemeal portions of larger lies
But you just hold back
As if evasion keeps us on the right track
It's strange to pretend
That patience heals what months haven't mended

But we try and pretend
Track Name: No Romance in Destruction
I'm done with sad endings.
I'm stomach sick from pretending
That there's romance in destruction.
That there's beauty in a broken heart.

All I ever wanted was a constant companion,
But after this three year audition
It's clear that you can't play the part.

There's no romance in destruction.
There's no beauty in a broken heart.