Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Trash Can (2013) [Remastered + Expanded]

by Hallelujah The Hills

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Honey, Don't It All Seem So Phony My twin teleprompters humming in the night Trying to send a signal I should lose this fight But I never took a fall and you’re probably right This bout will yield nothing but losers I saw you breaking down in a magazine And I never told a soul what it meant to me Now I’m on a mission fueled by LSD Trying to break these patterns © But I assure you With a Capital A We’re just players in a fake play Honey, don’t it all seem some phony? © Ladies & gentlemen, may I introduce Some darker side of me that’s gotten loose He’s making the rounds, yeah it’s probably true They say he looks exactly like me While you’re back home making real life moves I’m in a motel outside a Baton Rouge Handing these pages to some local girl “honey won't you read my manifesto?” © But I assure you With a Capital A We’re just players in a fake play Honey, don’t it all seem some phony? © I been running a marathon It’s me vs. the hanger ons We keep singing the same song In the wrong key I’m not here to deliberate I’m not here to associate I’m only trying to escape my fate Though it’s not polite But It could happen tonight I’m gonna build a world that won’t fall apart Does anybody wanna come with me?
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Country Before Kings Knock, Knock here I am a civilian outpost I've been dreaming for two we look out for quicksand cuz we bottle and rebrand & return nightly home to you c'mon Ghost-o, is this your card? I've been rehearsing this trick for weeks summoned and sunburned, enormously ticked off I'd fade away if this wasn't sweet Last night I figured out how this will work and it's not some slight of hand it's a different way not to die you could trust me and try it for awhile Country Before Kings! And Kings After: 1) This most pleasant evening 2) Your horoscope's meaning I finally figured it out For Christ's sake knock it off the cameras are rolling let's explore the least we could two tandem sleepers like twin engine heaters hold a light & carry this through this is no song, there is no guide to lend a clue where we ought to be exalted and poised to type out a paean this isn't for the king it's for me [backwards guitar solo] Country Before Kings! And Kings After: 1) This most pleasant evening 2) Your horoscope's meaning I finally figured it out
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Confessions Of An Ex-Ghost Well I used to be a ghost but I am no longer a ghost there’s a way I was told now I know it was true now I want what I had so I’ll take it from you On my game and off the clock What kind of mess turns you on? Well, I used to be a ghost You know I can’t recall my name (trap door looming in the morning sky) I guess I threw it all away (split like heaven in the royal night) I got lost (hit the lights )in the woods (far away) Sat in capital thrones I got shot (here’s a torch) by the dunes (c’mon man) Walked the streets like a drone In my prime but nodding off What kind of wreck do you recall? You know I can’t recall my name I'm coming back not without injuries I'll make my repairs up on your roof you lost hope when you read my obituary i'm here to tell you the papers were faked the threw some mannequin in a lake if you moved on well you made a mistake I used to be a ghost but I am no longer a ghost
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Here we go Sno-Cone Baby, I love you in the morning Sweetest Lows KO, Uncle, I'll meet you in the driveway Watch this space unseen terrors crashing into our lives boxes check but no more spark than any average romance Go ahead and hook me to the polygraph we got a lot of people hoping for the best I remember this! Don't mention the odds Meet me in the car I am the setting sun You are the rising moon
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Pour me a drink Let me explain the wall paper It’s not impossible to translate this dream You’ve kept it afloat Tell me about some love affair It’s maybe the case that it won’t bother me now We once had our best interests Stripped & tied to some American sound Just press record We’ll cover mistakes with harmonies It’s not impossible to sing what you mean But it might be the last thing that we need I caught some heat in the reviews When I betrayed American sounds I’m calling from the club’s phone In a bad part of some American town I met the man who played you every song That some American found We once had our best interests Stripped and tied to some American sound I’ll need about 3 minutes / to explain / just how / I feel for you now
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Some Of Them We Lost For the kids, at the time these decisions all seemed right when the militant party lines said, "you're coming with us and we'll show you how to shine a light" so some went ahead with a certain look in their eyes Was it me or was it you that convinced us that we knew which parts we made up on the spot now the translator has some interesting words for the press i'll explain it again though I think that you all know the rest And some of them we lost when the city turned its lights out but all of them were still screaming "yeah! yeah! yeah!" Hey Man, you're alive
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Amateurs 05:07
LYRICS Big time issues in air tight jars There’s a furnace fuel that can outpace cars We all made the cut so let’s break some laws Can you turn me up in the speakers? We’re amateurs but we speak like pros If you leave by dusk can you leave me a note? We both know the score but keep hitting the ropes Can you deal with unconditional clauses? No more light sources from the to and the fro We’re coming out loud & clean Making the most of the moves, oh A-M-A-T-E-U-R-S Later on we killed some time Kicking down some doors on the company’s dime The mystery’s here to be thrashed and mined Can we almost hit the edge of the pulse point? Make like millions & speak with care There’s a suit laid out for a formal affair They can’t spot a novice if he acts like an heir And an heir only acts as he pleases No more short cuts through the halls of the king We’re coming out loud & clean Making the most of the moves, oh A-M-A-T-E-U-R-S Amateurs! Amateurs! We wish you well, we wish you well “We’re Amateurs” A-M-A-T-E-U-R-S
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gentlemen he said forever so we can talk about it, talk about it talk about it 'till it's all akimbo and if it's true that we've all forgotten something you can take a potent memory pill and we can reconstruct the past with a sail and a mast and we'll float on into the sunset our phones our wide open introductory saints you are the secretary of my security and I'm the czar of whatever it takes and darlin' one of us, one of us one of us is one of them watch your weapons there are those who do covet and the last thing we need is an obituary feed that scrolls with names that we all know and if it's true that we've all forgotten something you can take a potent memory pill and you'll remember why you're hear and you'll cry in your beer 'cause the next week is gonna be rough our phones our wide open introductory saints you are the secretary of my security and I'm the czar of whatever it takes and darlin' one of us, one of us one of us is one of them
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I saw your name on a blacklist in the city assembled outright by committee they play to win, they play to win I've come around out of my mind out of context, on a substance in the bathroom of your apartment I've got a note from a doctor that this is allowed and all of these unbelievable villains come my way they hold up photos they say they know you you and I and that ticking sound hear let's pay it no mind let's pay it no mind
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LYRICS The girls are here The rules have changed To the streets, up the hill, over plains Come on team So I can feel Lost, harassed, and new There’s nothing They’ve shown us We’d kill to have There's nothing like this at all Come on team So I can feel Lost, harassed, and new To the trustees of a verified nation Where have you been, what have we done? To the old friends who scavenge for an anecdote Rummage no more, we’ve got one for you And Here’s to the predictions of amateurs Their net cast so wide, their Hail Mary moves And what creeps in the dark resides in all of us Keep transcripts and notes and meet me out back Ooooooooh Caress me now And I'll come back again The girls are here The rules have changed To the streets, up the hill, over plains Come on team So I can feel Lost, harassed, and new Whatever it is in the way Tear it down - make the time Come on out for the week Bring the wife - no regrets
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Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Trash Can
Collected Singles, B-Sides, & Non-Album Tracks
[Remastered + Expanded 2021]

Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Trash Can collects the singles, b-sides, and unreleased material from Hallelujah The Hills' storied “career” and lovingly places it all together in an order that plays out like the double album they never released. Much of the material is brand new, with 5 songs coming out of 2013 which is, as we know, a year that isn't even half over yet. The lead-off singles “Honey, Don't It All Seem So Phony” and “Confessions of an Ex-Ghost” waste no time ratcheting up the stakes, volume, and storytelling the band has often been accused of. For a guided tour of the proceedings, check out band leader Ryan Walsh's song-by-song notes.

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released May 7, 2013

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Captain's Dead – May 17, 2013

"They just put out a odds and sods double record that is made up of b-sides, non album tracks, etc and god damn if it aint better than most bands/artisits real records."

Clicky Clicky – May 8, 2013

"A brilliant lyricist and a cracking coterie of collaborators and it's easy to see why there's gold at every turn here."

Bucket Full Of Nails – May 6, 2013

"Much like a good work of fiction, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Trashcan warrants return visits. I’m already picturing dog-eared copies of this album years from now."

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Hallelujah The Hills have been releasing critically acclaimed albums and touring the U.S. since 2007 because a band is something to figure out.

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