Positive

by Short Hand

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I moved my eight-track in my basement, from that one place—over there, to that other place—there. From that spot the whole room felt different. Also, it had been on this little table, but now it was on an even littler table and was only a foot or so off the floor. So, the whole time I made this record I was on my knees in front of it. From there I could reach a cheap semi-hollow body electric guitar, a Casio keyboard, and a bass, but that was about it. It was cold that winter. I wore a stocking cap and pulled it down over my headphones.

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released January 1, 2011

All music, vocals, and lyrics by Shorthand P. Davis ©2011

Mastering and Post-Production by Kyle P. Snyder

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Short Hand Muncie, Indiana

Short Hand figures that it's easier to learn to play an instrument than it is to find someone who can play it. He also figures that it's easier for him to do the writing, recording, mixing, artwork, and anything else that might need to be done. In the end, a set of sounds collect themselves into different shapes one might call "albums." Some sound like this and some sound like that. ... more

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Track Name: Positive
You should say something new
Say something new
You should say something new too
You should know something new
Know something new
Know something new and true

I'm positive

You should want something new
Want something new
Want something new too
Want something new?
Want something new?
You should want that shit too

And you know it's the truth
You know it's the truth
You know it's beautiful
It's very beautiful
Very beautiful
Very beautiful and new

And think something new
Think something new
You should think that through
And know a new you?
Know a new you!
Find something new in you
Track Name: St. Peter
Who's that reading his bible? I believe it is St. Peter
You put the hammer down and then you're gone

Who's at odds with a rival? I believe it is St. Peter
You put the hammer down and then you're gone

Who's that holding a rifle? I believe it is St. Peter
You put the hammer down and then you're gone

Who's that wounded in his left side? I believe it is St. Peter
You put the hammer down and then you're gone

Who's that reading his bible? I believe it is St. Peter
You put the hammer down and then you're gone
Track Name: Makin' Out
You had a leather belt, your hair was feathered
You were sharp
We were at the campfire
Our skin was cold, but our hearts were hot
Our skin was cold, our hearts were hot

Nothing better to know about
Than how it feels makin’ out
Nothing better for a mouth
Then time spent makin’ out

Laying down in the tall grass, o, listen to the hum
Of the stars
Learning things about our tongues
We could only learn in the dark
We could only learn that stuff in the dark

Nothing better on a couch
Than two people making out
Nothing better then or now
Than two people makin’ out
Track Name: Heavy Metal
I know there's something practical about the ways of heavy metal
There's a something very practical

As a kid, I was terrified when the night light went off
I went chalk white when the night light went off

In the summer, a porch light was the best light in the night
On my bike I did race through those neighborhoods at night

In a forest, in the dark, as a kid, heavy metal
In a forest, with my brother, in the dark, heavy metal

I know there something practical about the ways of heavy metal
I know my brothers love iron maiden
Track Name: Run DMC
I could centipede in the gym
I could spin on my back
Pop and lock
Reverse moonwalk
Do suicides and flares

My b–boy name was sugar free
I didn't tie my shoes
Fat neon laces
In a checkerboard pattern
I slip on my Adidas

Like Run DMC

Breakdance, man. Man, breakdance
Unfold the cardboard
Blast the boombox
Rock your top rock
That shit is so fresh
Track Name: Walk Tough Miles
It's not just for you it's for you and me baby
O yea, circulate our brains together

Have a tough life
Have an easy life

You were a good decision
I was lucky
Track Name: Real Long Time
I think I could love you for a real long time
I think I could love you for a while
I think I could love you for a real long time
It's just my style, child

I think I could wake up with my eyes all shut
I think I could wake up without eyes
I think I could wake up or just die, my my
It's just my style, my child

I think I'm a miner in a hard mountain
I think I'm a minor in a bar
I think I'm a minor when maybe baby
I'm a major baby, a major, baby

I think I could love you for a real long time
I think I could love you for a a while
I think I could love you for a real long time
It's just my style, child
Track Name: Concentration
It's good to note
Harmonica solo
Opening your throat
Just before the flood

So satisfying
To watch a breath feed a new breath
So unsatisfactory
To watch yourself become yourself

Concentration
Is making a burden out of me again
Concentration
Is looking in the mirror so thin
And it hesitates and lies
And it compromises

And there ain't nothing like being warm
When I am wrapped inside her arms
This girl I am in love with
She holds me in her arms
Concentration
Holds me in her arms
Concentration
Folds me in her arms
Concentration
Track Name: Bike Helmet
You want to go somewhere
But you're just a little kid
All you've got is your bike
So you want a bike ride

But your parents are adamant
You will wear a helmet
But a helmet seems so lame
You don't want to be that way

So you stash it in the bushes
(The bike helmet)
And retrieve it coming home
(The bike helmet)
And you hope you're not busted
By your parents driving bye

And you're pissed because
Your parent care about your skull
You're pissed because
And unprotected skull is cool
Or something like that

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