Stenographer

by False Plaintiff

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FALSE PLAINTIFF IS:
Brandon Tanoto - Vocals
Bryner Tan - Guitars
Nicholas Phang - Guitars
Jonathan Vincent - Bass
Sydney Long - Drums

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released January 17, 2016

Recorded and mixed by Leonard Soosay of Snakeweed Studios
Mastered by Sage Audio in Nashville, TN
All music by False Plaintiff
All lyrics by Brandon Tanoto
Artwork by Brandon Tanoto, Bryner Tan & Nicholas Phang
Special thanks to Daniel Sassoon, Leonard Soosay & Paulo Alvarado

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Track Name: Fangtooth
Wasting away, I’ll count all of the hours I know I could’ve spent on more fruitful things. If the equal affection cannot come to be, let the more loving one be me.

Though at times you’d think your future is bleak – I guess it’s only right that you let who you are decide who you could’ve been. If the equal affection cannot come to be, let the more loving one be me.

Time fell short, the second hand; it ticks away
Time fell short, I know we all had better days
Time fell short, the second hand; it ticks away
Time fell short, I know we had much better days

Cause it’s nights like these, it gets harder to feel.

Wasting away, I’ll count all of the hours I know I could’ve spent on more fruitful things. If the equal affection cannot come to be, let the more loving one always be me.

Timing is everything, I’ve learnt it the hard way.
Timing is everything, I’ve learnt it the hardest way.

You’re a memory that slowly fades away inside my head.
And you’re a melody that finds its harmony amidst the pain.
Track Name: Stenographer
Why do we do this to ourselves? It’s so absurd how we never learn from things. Well, I’ve been told that my rigidness won’t do me good. It seems they’ve mistaken determination for stubbornness. And in the view of things to come, I hope the bridges I burn will light the way.

I’m caught completely unaware.

I swear I never thought that I should care or in any way prepare myself for the possibility that what seemed like an apparition was just pattern recognition – an indication that I’m certainly not where I’m supposed to be.

Well I am done and through with feeling so darn helpless even in my hiding places.

So rough it out and try to find a way.
I’m brushing off the price I’ll have to pay.

I’m sick of clawing at the walls to find some form of comfort, so knock some sense into me and tell me to get by again.

Well if you want the rainbow, won’t you come and sit through the rain with me?

Cause I will bury all the doubts and all the woes in the graves that I have dug so you can tell me how to love again, tell me how to love again.

We’ve all been here before, and I know too well: the winter stasis will not thaw. But we could just sit by and just, yearn for something more. And at the end of the day, we’ll rough it out and try to find a way.

It sucks to know that I can’t deny it.

I know I lie about many things, but I’m dreading how I miss you.
Track Name: Paper Tigers
I can’t see the beauty of things anymore. Does it scare you that all I notice now are flaws? Cause in a mind where a glass is never half full, I’m pretty sure I’m playing the role of fool in an instance where what you give is not what you get. I hate to say that the instances are somehow just so hard to forget though.

Let’s keep the pace slow.
Expectations are best if kept low.

But maybe if I tried again or fixate my attention on something that would double as a good distraction, then I could sway my mind and sway my thoughts from the very images that constantly taunt me but until then, you are nothing more than a mental hindrance.

You are nothing more. You are nothing.

I want others to know that this is not a song about sadness but about how I am so sick of human nature.

Some things are better left unsaid.
Truth is, I don’t want to know.

Free will is the devil’s gift, is it rude if I refuse?
Free will is the devil’s gift – an offer that I can’t refuse.

It’s not the distance that keeps us apart, but the lack of trust and affection.
Track Name: Early Bright
There’s this thing about your smile and the sparkle in your eyes that makes me feel all fuzzy and warm inside. And there’s this thing about your love for coffee and your morning hair that makes me tremble and joy and feel like we’re walking on air.

And I want you to know that I’ll always be by your side.

Because I’m truly happy when I see your smile.
Because I’m truly happy for the love I’ve found.
Track Name: Mimosa
Is it sad when the people who gave you the best memories, become a memory?

I understand that you can’t explain so I shan’t trouble you to even try. Cause sometimes, what we’re looking for comes when we’re not looking at all. Bloodied fists and broken glass – my hate and rage will clash at last.

We can’t choose what stays or what fades away.
Perhaps the rain is a chance for the lonely to be touched.
My heart and mind is torn, within my soul I face the harshest storms
Perhaps the rain is a chance for the lonely to be touched.

I was tired of saying sorry, so I figured I’d just say goodbye.

Discovered that I question myself more than before and I’ve got the deepest shades of blue.

And in the furthest reaches of my consciousness, there’s a flame that flares and burns at the edges. And it’s dancing back and forth as it slowly screams upon my skin. Scar me with you tenderness – burn away!

So if I died tomorrow, what’d be the one thing that you need me to know?
When we don’t know who to hate, we turn and hate ourselves instead.
So if I died tomorrow, what’d be the one thing that you need me to know?
And when my spring arrives, the flowers conceived are all yours to take.
There’re all yours to take.

We can’t choose what stays or what fades away.
Perhaps the rain is a chance for the lonely to be touched.
My heart and mind is torn, within my soul I face the harshest storms
Perhaps the rain is a chance for the lonely to be touched.

You are terrifying and strange, and beautiful – and it’s something not everyone knows how to love.

And when I pause to take in every inch of this view, I’m terrified when I quiver at thoughts of you. Like a man that waits in tender lunacy, for the answers that reside in nowhere else but only his dreams.

I know what giving up feels like, I wanna see what happens if I don’t.
Cause when the world comes caving in, I’m confused to what I think I should do.
I know what giving up feels like, I wanna see what happens if I don’t.
cause when the world comes caving in, I wanna know what happens if I don’t.

And in the land of the heartless, the unloved is king. I wear my heart on my sleeve for the man in the mirror to stop and see.
Track Name: Consolation
Cause I still hope my silence could be the ringing in your bones. Well it’s a long long time since I felt like I was ever close to home. Let the gentle breeze sweep through my fingers and brush against my face, and for the first time in many years I can finally lift my head.

And to those who walk away, they take care not to stray. So if the exit wounds won’t heal, I promise that I’ll take the blame. Cause there is just so much I was planning to say – that all I ever wanted was for you to stay. Yet my voice has always felt like an echo in a cave, I can’t muster up the courage needed to be brave.

Cause I still hope my silence could be the ringing in your bones.
It’s a long long time since I felt like I was ever close to home.
I let the gentle breeze sweep through my fingers and brush against my face.

And for the first time in many years, I can finally feel my head.
Track Name: Secret Speech
I’ll try to keep my feelings on the shelf, than learn to keep it together. The color of the leaves are changing but look, I’m still here.

I’ll tell myself that I’ll make do with this solitude.

Shrug off the shackles, take a dive and disregard your fears. I’ve got to learn how to distract and console myself from the demons in the gloom that are scowling at every move. Call out its name and sing it loud, let our voices drown its sound.

Well, we could talk but we’ll never see eye to eye. My mind is fixed on things that I will never find – at least I know I’m making progress in your absence.

I wished I could I put this into words – I’m having trouble standing on my own two feet.

I know what’s best for me, so here’s to letting go.
Track Name: Coping With The Worst
Maybe what’s tugging at the heartstrings is the merest thought of you – brooding over all the moves that I’ve made and I can’t undo or all the little expectations we could never live up to.

Is this what it’s like to fall apart? I’ll try to mend the broken even though at times it’s hard. I need some form of reassurance that I’m not heading towards points where we have to part.

Is this what it feels like to fall apart?
Well it pains me that the broken can’t be fixed.

Or are we all too busy and too consumed that we can’t afford to think?
Or are we all too busy and too consumed to even care?

Time is the overseer of all things that I have come to know and love, my mind is yours to loathe cause how I think won’t change the landscape of things.

It’s like the itch is lingering at the edge of my skull and I can’t decide if I want to or if I will forget you and the way that we were, well I’m not a good liar so I’m coping with the worst.

Pains me that I can’t find the appropriate words to bring comfort to my friends who have felt much worse, but the least I could do is to by your side and warn you of the dangers I know first.

These cold hearts, they beat as one.
Track Name: Void Moon
Cause if you love me, won’t you let me know? And if you never did, please just let me go.

Someday our gravities will find a way to bring us together.

It seems like hell is empty, since all the devils are here.