Better Days

by The Flips

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released November 27, 2015

Nick Sintos - Vocals, guitar
Mike Carlson - Drums, percussion
Annette Nowacki - Keys, vocals
Maccabee Kelem - Bass, vocals
Dustin Martin - Guitar

Engineered by Joseph Muzyka and Tony Pagorek, Hey Charlie!!! Studios
Mixed by Joseph Muzyka
Mastered at The Boiler Room, Chicago, IL
Artwork by Annette Nowacki

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The Flips Chicago, Illinois

We're an indie rock band from Chicago, currently supporting our second LP "Better Days."

Nick Sintos - vocals, guitar
Mike Carlson - drums, percussion
Dustin Martin - guitar
Annette Nowacki - keys, vocals, percussion
Maccabee Kelem - bass, vocals
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Track Name: Better Days
Verse 1:
All the while, you’re left as someone you revile
You didn’t seem to
Come to pass, you broke down and found someone to ask
You why you’re not the same

Verse 2:
Head in hands, left out and left alone again
What’s the plan, save face and fight off all you can
We’re horrible and plain

Chorus:
I’m so ashamed of what I had to say
And I can’t wait for better pastures
I’m so ashamed of what they had to say
And I can’t wait for better days

Verse 3:
Hitch a ride, holed up and hindered all your pride
You always seem to
Come to pass, you broke down and found someone to ask
You why you’re not the same

Chorus:
I’m so ashamed of what I had to say
And I can’t wait for better pastures
I’m so ashamed of what I had to say
And I can’t wait for better days

Bridge
It’s always there, in the back of minds, hidden in plain view
And it’s so aware, waiting for its time, to shake your world up
It’s always there, in the back of minds, hidden in plain view
And it’s so aware, waiting for its time, to fuck your world up
Track Name: Take Cover
Verse 1:
I wish that I was brave
The terrible times that I could never change
Well maybe I’m a fraud/Favorite but flawed
Too horrible and wrong to you

Chorus:
I’m going/I’m going/I’m going out of my broken mind
I’m losing/I’m always looming/I’m losing all…
Verse 2:
I wish that I could make
The terrible choice to rise or run from pain
Well maybe I’m just lost/Alone, afraid, and flawed
Too horrible and loud for you

Chorus:
I’m going/I’m going/I’m going out of my broken mind
I’m losing/I’m always looming/I’m losing all…

Bridge:
Take Cover
I’m turning
And I don’t feel fine
You notice
I own this
I don’t feel fine
Track Name: Selfish
Verse 1:
You once said you were better off dead
So off came your head, but you still couldn’t bleed
Forge away all your troubles and pain
Leave nothing in vain you could horribly see

Verse 2:
Knew a man who had fashioned a plan
To share his demands with a new family
And once a bride who had lost all her pride
She opened her eyes but she still couldn’t see

Chorus:
Forced away from what we pine
Taken to the back of our broken minds
Cuz I want it all
Yes I want it all

Verse 3:
I saw your face getting caught by the waves
An honest mistake – swimming down on your knees
She was fine until her health had declined
Her problems weren’t mind, I was selfish you see

Chorus:
Forced away from what we pine
Taken to the back of our broken minds
Cuz I want it all
Yes I want it all
Track Name: Down in Waves
Verse 1:
I don’t think I’ve ever seen your head so low
Where’d you get your darkness from
It’s not from me
I don’t think I’ve ever seen your prayers all gone
I don’t understand this son
Where’d you get your darkness from

Verse 2:
I don’t think I’ve ever seen your face like that
Where’d you get your sadness from
And where’s your dad
I don’t think I’ve ever seen your faith so lost
Weren’t you one of Rita’s sons
Where’d you get your darkness from

Bridge 1:
A straight jacket surprise
With an itch you just can’t scratch
I can see it in your eyes
I can find it on a map
Do you think you got a plan
Why can’t you just adapt
I don’t think I understand
Are you sure it’s not an act

Chorus:
All of your rage, it comes down in waves all around this place
(I’m so sad/ I wanna leave this place forever / I just wanna die)

Bridge 2:
The time is here
We all forgot
We spent our lives trying to wake you up
The end is near
It’s all for naught
You’re out of bed but it’s not enough

Chorus:
All of your rage, it comes down in waves all around this place
(I’m so sad/ I wanna leave this place forever / I just wanna die)
Track Name: Ideations
I’m not saying I’m killing myself; I just wanted you to know that I stare at my veins while I contemplate just how red my poor blood will glow. And I hate seeing doctors. I’m ashamed that I’m on pills. And I’m tired of hiding, and always confiding in friends who have run for the hills. God I wanna be better. Lord just please make me good. Oh I wanna be better. Don’t you think that I could? God I wanna be better. Oh just please make me good. Lord I wanna be better. Don’t you think that you should make me good?
Track Name: Doubt
Verse 1:
There’s a thought that lies inside your head
You would make the past come back again
Eyes closed, you know exactly what you’d do
All that’s old will never feel like new

Verse 2:
Feel your ghost place hands on top of my eyes
Saved a soul, instead lost both of our lives
Arms raised, there is a sickness shouting my name
All that’s lost will never feel the same

Chorus:
You’ll never make it on your own (4x)

Verse 3:
Waste a life and hold your feelings close
Take a bow; you lost your will to boast
Fast forward, you know exactly how this all ends
All the breaks begin from all the bends
Chorus:
You’ll never make it on your own (4x)

Bridge:
When you’re feeling so sad or feel nothing at all
Don’t hold it all inside (2x)
When you’re feeling so mad, Oh God I feel nothing at all
Don’t hold it all inside (2x)
You feel nothing at all

Chorus:
You’ll never make it on your own (4x)
Track Name: More Than You'll Know
Verse 1:
Broken, battered, I’m left shattered
Don’t remember who I am
I’ll open wide for what’s inside
I’ll eat your pills for every meal

Verse 2:
Tortured eyes and blood stained thighs
I grind my teeth to lose my will
I’m chained to bed; I think of death
I’m so wound up, I tell the time

Chorus
And it’s more than you’ll know

Verse 3:
Break a heart to see your demons
Haunted by my past despair
Close my eyes and wish for clear mind
Blanket state of all my fear

Chorus:
And it’s more than you’ll know
Track Name: No Hope for Me
Verse 1:
I think about my father
And all the things he’s done
I think of how I’d love to lay him six feet underground
I think about the lashes
From his silver tongue and belt
I think of how he’d make me hug him covered in my welts

Chorus:
But I know it’s not in vain
There must be some refrain
To the fucked up bullshit crowding up my brain

Verse 2:
I think about my sisters
And the women they’ve become
I think of all the horros that my child brain had done

Chorus:
I know it’s not the same
Then why am I so insane
My wandering heart has binded with my pain

Bridge:
No there is no hope for me

Chorus:
I can settle on a choice
Escape my empty voice
To leave the earth or sit atop my throne
And I’ll sing for the depressed
The issues not addressed
Cuz at my worst, I’ll take you for your best
Track Name: Broken Road
Verse 1:
We made a fire but we never thought we’d ever get burned
We’re all invincible, on second thought, we always get worse
Don’t curse the air at home, don’t burn the lake, you’ll only wash out
We all self-medicate to motivate, but only come down

Chorus:
I’m not going down that broken road
No I’m not gonna go down that empty broken road again

Verse 2:
We’re all a shipwreck once the captain goes and makes a wrong turn
It’s not irreversible, let’s storm the bow, and run a new course
Don’t blame the man in charge, let’s make a life and not sink our own ship
My moral compass goes from north to south a little too quick

Chorus:
I’m not going down that broken road
No I’m not gonna go down that empty broken road again

Verse 3:
I had a dream I had a baby, but she had to go away
I kinda wish I was a baby, cuz I’d get a new brain
Track Name: Don't Have to Die
Verse 1:
Believing in something new
Less horrid and from the truth
I confide and I can fly for now
Shooting for better days
You’re sober but much too late
I can try or I can sigh tonight

Chorus:
But I don’t have to die
No I don’t have to die

Verse 2:
I grasp for a place to start
I stand up with feet apart
My back is straight now I’m okay for now
Feeling is what I’ll do
Speak loudly but have a clue
I can try or I can fight over night

Chorus:
But I don’t have to die
No I don’t have to die

Bridge:
When the stars in the sky have come alive
I won’t be watching from the grave
In your eyes, in your eyes I’ve come alive
My soul, my heart, it’s okay

Verse 3:
Arranging my heart and head
I came close to a bitter end
But I awoke, now I can cope, for now

Chorus:
But I don’t have to die
No I don’t have to die