Death v. Decline (single)

by Clip Art

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released 08 May 2012

Written by Andy Rosenstein and arranged/performed by Clip Art
Produced by Josh Shapera and Andy Rosenstein
Recorded and mixed by Josh Shapera at Black Sheep Music

Andy Rosenstein - Vocals, Mellotron, Guitar, Synthesizer
James Johnston - Guitar
Steve Schuster - Bass Guitar
Mike Holtz - Drum Kit, additional Percussion

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Clip Art Chicago, Illinois

Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andy Rosenstein has been making music under the Clip Art moniker since 2008, but spent most of that time playing in other people's bands. In 2014, he left behind life on the road with JC Brooks and The Uptown Sound (Bloodshot Records) to put his own music first. Clip Art's debut LP Culler comes out in April 2015. ... more

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Track Name: Death v. Decline
Well there's Fate and then there's fate
Conditions and the decisions that we made
There's still time so don't cry
It's a subtle salvation
But I fear death more than decline
Cause I need the time
Since you changed my mind

Well you don't believe in souls
That makes soul-mates a laugh
Well I suppose
That is fine cause neither do I
Oh but every time you're near
All the profane turns divine
I've drawn a line
Since you changed my mind

If my future is my past
Hard to say if this change is gonna last
But you know that I'll try
It's a subtle salvation
But I fear death more than decline
Cause I need the time
Since you changed my mind

Never loved my life enough to stay
Used to be a struggle every day
But now I see that optimism
Ain't so foolish
When you have someone to struggle with

If my future is my past
Hard to say if this change is gonna last
But you know that I'll try
It's a subtle salvation
But I fear death more than decline
Cause I need the time
Since you changed my mind
Track Name: Pains of the Young
Poor young man
You lack perspective
Sitting under the table crying invective
Pencils stab all your letters
You've pinned them to the floorboads
Bleeding forevers

Raise your glass to the pains of the young
Open arms to the passionate ones
Pray for those who passionately wait

Afternoon earthquate
Last false start
Struggle to slow the traffic through your heart
Poor young girl
Your head just aches
Car horns and that ghost you've got to shake

Raise your glass to the pains of the young
Open arms to the passionate ones
Pray for those who passionately wait
Smile and suffer the pains of the young
Nod your head to the passionate ones
I'll never passionately wait

I find myself at Grand and Western
Armless and trying to hail a cab
You wore a blue dress to the lectern
Icon of the things that I can't have

Dreamer generations
Procreate
Second gilded age no time to wait
On the web
Headlines could read
Myopic ears redeemed by harmony

For all the years that I squirreled words away
When the moment came I had nothing to say
So I'll live to passionately wait
I'll hold her hand on the way to the movies
Kiss in museums and alleys on Tuesdays
I'll live to passionately wait
So raise your glass
And I'll live to passionately wait
Smile and suffer
The pains of the young