Atlas (Debut Album 2011)

by Columbia Buffet

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released November 24, 2011

All songs written and recorded by Columbia Buffet throughout the Australian Autumn of 2011.
Mixed by Dave Williams.
Mastered by Kim Rosen.

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Track Name: Atlas
So there you are again, drunk, slurring your words across a bar in Brisbane. In the state that you’re in you’d be lucky to make it through another round. Won’t you set it down, set it down. You’re wasting words on false ideals, half realised life equations. They’re bouncing off these walls and filling up this room with contradiction, contradiction. What you’re searching for, my friend, won’t ever end. Answers only lead to questioning. It’s an endless struggle, your mind won’t win. You won’t reach the bottom of anything. So hop a plane to London but you still won’t find the answers that you seek. You’ll search out and in and up and down from Paris down to Rome up to Berlin and no-one can see what a mess you’re in. What you’re searching for, my friend, won’t ever end. Answers only lead to questioning. It’s an endless struggle, your mind won’t win. You won’t reach the bottom of anything. There is no bottom. No bottom. There is no bottom. So grab that bottle.
Track Name: Keep Around
I’ll wash my hair clean of this night and race into morning. From that shameful feeling you’ve held inside for all time. You don’t know who you are, but you know everything you’re not. Is that what keeps you here? What is it that you haven’t got? Those you keep around, the happiness you’ve found can never quite compare to what you find elsewhere. It’s cold out, please open up, for these ashtrays are filling up but I don’t smoke, I’m losing hope. Drinks down, I’m full up and out of coin. An eighty-dollar cab ride home, with no credit left on my mobile. You don’t know who you are, but you know everything you’re not. Is that what keeps you here? What is it that you haven’t got? Those you keep around, the happiness you’ve found can never quite compare to what you find elsewhere. Morning calling.
Track Name: Sendai
I was down at the bar with three of my friends. That’s when April stepped in. She said, “How are you Dan?” I said, “All right, how are you April? Where have you been?” “Oh, I’ve been around,” She said. “I fell in love with an American man; we bought a house off the coast of Japan. How about you? Are you still working that same old job? Still wasting all of your time hanging around in bands? Still getting drunk on the weekends?” “Oh yeah,” I answered, ‘yes’ to all of them. If you could change your name, if you could start again, what would you do? So I ran into April the following year while we were down at the bar again she said, “How are you Dan?” I said, “All right, how are you April?” She said, “I’m miserable Dan, I’m miserable. I want it to end. To hell with it all.” If you could change your name, if you could start again, what would you do?
Track Name: Twenty-Four
Awkwardness. Unpleasantries and music in my ears. The memories we pile up while racing through these years. The battles fought. The wars we lost. I’m sure the gain outweighs the cost. Through the heartbreak and the tears, it will all work out for us my dear. So we’ll ride success then take a punch and make it home in time for lunch. We’ll find our feet on distant shores then fall and beg and prey for more. We’ll take the good with all the bad. Then laugh for all the fun we had. We’ll conquer all our fears until we one day up and disappear. The world, the world won’t listen. So try to keep on living with all your best convictions. Don’t hide. You live and then you die
Track Name: Twenty-Five
I’ve been sleeping with the light on ’cause I’ve got monsters in my bed. I’ve been staying out too late at night ’cause I’ve got demons in my head. But as time goes the life I’ve chose has led me to this open road. Forever ticking boxes off that list. But as time goes the life I’ve chose out here on this open road has led me far away from one thing I have missed. Twenty-Five years alone, Twenty-Five years I’ve roamed but now I’m coming home. Twenty-Five years alone. For Twenty-Five years I’ve grown. But now I’m coming home.
Track Name: We All Grow Old Without Dreams
Your values count for nothing here boy and these people aren’t your friends. They’re all just playing the lead role in a movie made just for them. But at the centre of it all we’re all heading for a fall: the only certain thing that the coming day will bring. Embrace the fall. Forget it all. What do you want? ‘Cause I don’t want a thing. Your beauty counts for nothing here girl and all that make-up cannot make up for a thing. You won’t find happiness in homes, careers or cars. No piece of clothing could ever define who you are. Embrace the fall. Forget it all. What do you want? ‘Cause I don’t want a thing. What keeps us going on? What is anything? It’s only what we’re told. We all got caught in make-believe. We all gave up on our dreams. We all grow old without dreams.
Track Name: Don't Go
You come on strong and it won’t be too long, until a head so heavy is made so empty from thought so pure. I thought I’d found the cure to all those blues. But it’s no use because they never seem to stay. Please don’t go. No, please don’t go away. I need you in my blood and in my brain. Please don’t go. No, please don’t go away. I feel you in my bones and in my veins. You come on strong and it won’t be too long, until a head so empty is made back heavy from thoughts like those. I need to settle down. I need to set it down. But when I turn to face the crowd, I’m only singing to myself. Please don’t go. No, Please don’t go away. I need you in my blood and in my brain. Please don’t go. No, Please don’t go away. I feel you in my bones and in my veins.
Track Name: Lights
Dark grey clouds move in from the east. Two birds converse on a streetlight. I watch from this train station platform as daylight turns to night time. All the leaves in the nearby trees start to sway with a song that circles in my head. Oh God, I should have stayed in bed. Time to take some time away, take some time away. The rain falls down now but I’m safe. Those faded lights disappear in the distance. I know all their secrets now. Just live through it all – will make sense further down the line. All we’ve got is time. Time to take some time away, we’ll take some time away. Now all the lights have faded on nights you spent alone just wishing that you were home. All the lights have faded on nights you spent at home just wishing you weren’t alone. On your own. You’re on your own.
Track Name: Coffee and Toast
Happiness can be achieved. It is a possibility to live each day happy. It’s easy to be consumed by negative thoughts. It’s easy to hate but bad shit happens. You’ve got to deal with it and move on. But don’t regret. It’s easy to miss something. But it’s a fact, You’re much better off without it. Alone. Everybody needs to be alone at some point of their lives, to find out who they really are. But desire is a powerful thing. My thoughts mean nothing to no-one but me. Truth is only what we believe to be the truth. What we don’t know can’t hurt us; until we find out. What did you find out? To experience. To travel. To meet. To hear. To greet. To breathe. To see. To live. To laugh. To cry. To dream. We’ll be better people for it. To love.
Track Name: The Girl That Ate The Flowers
Time, it seems, is only make believe and life is but a dream within a dream. We might as well ’cause there ain’t nothing else. Don’t dwell in the past or in-between. ‘Cause I’ve been down and cold and I’ve been mean. But I found out that’s just no way to be. Don’t write it down. Just yell it out. Make no plans, just get from A to B. Silence bores so make some noise and jump for life at every opportunity. ‘Cause I’ve been down and cold and I’ve been mean. For any pain I’ve caused I’m so sorry. I found out that’s just no way to be… So live and love and let yourself be free.
Track Name: North
I leave my car to board a train. I’m headed north. I’m heading anywhere. Away from here. Finding ways to shift the blame. I’m finding days just follow days. I can’t fill the spaces in. When all you need is right in front of you and everything you hide from ain’t nothing but the truth. Where did my youth go? I leave the platform and I head down to the sea, to watch an ocean breathing waves. They all start breaking around me, just like everything. Where did my youth go? When all I need is right in front of me and one thing that I know is nothing comes for free. Where did my youth go?