The Chemicals Won't Balance

by Branden Mann

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released August 26, 2011

All songs written and arranged by Branden Mann

Branden Mann & The Reprimand are:
Acoustic Guitar / Vocals: Branden Mann
Drums / Vocals: Tommy Ufkes
Bass Guitar / Stand-Up Bass: Jeff Weller
Electric Guitar(s): Ben Kim

also featuring:
Keyboards: Tim Ufkes
Banjo: Jason Walker
Background Vocals on "Better Ways To Waste My Time":
Glenn Willis
Jason Walker
Timmy Held

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Track Name: The Chemicals Won't Balance
The chemicals won't balance like you need.
The chemicals won't balance like you need.
Questions can't be asked, so the answers will elude.
You're getting shot down by the fear that lives within you, but you know that I...

I've been there before,
Oh, know I've been there before.
When those chemicals won't balance like you need,
oh no, no, those chemicals won't balance like you need.

You're hating everything and loathing everyone,
you feel you gotta go and, go and buy a gun and
put a bullet in the chamber, and put the barrel in your mouth.
The walls are closing in and it feels like the only way out, but you know that I...

I've been there before,
Oh, know I've been there before.
When those chemicals won't balance like you need,
oh no, no, those chemicals won't balance like you need.

When you wake up in the morning you might just feel more alright. I don't think you need to end it, but just end this for tonight. When you wake up in the morning you might just feel more alright. I don't think you need to end it, but you just need to end this for tonight, cause you know that I...

I've been there before,
Oh, know I've been there before.
When those chemicals won't balance like you need,
oh no, no, those chemicals won't balance like you need.
Track Name: I've Been Questioned
I've been questioned on my motives and my reasons but the seasons won't wither and this evening won't fade. We'll light it up with a comma and a noun, and it sounds like tomorrow's comin' earlier today.

and we sing ooh, ooh ooh ooh ooh, yeah yeah yeah
and we say ooh, ooh ooh ooh ooh , yeah yeah yeah

Out comes the science and philosophized whatnot. It's hot and everything is making so much sense. So get a little, you might just be a genius, and we'll come together in a different tense.

and we sing ooh, ooh ooh ooh ooh, yeah yeah yeah
and we say ooh, ooh ooh ooh ooh , yeah yeah yeah

Well we get to laughing and it just won't stop, and the cops go home cause it's the end of the night shift. Water is a lesson we've all learned well, and hell's never coming on this passenger ship. And I've been questioned on my motives and my reasons but the seasons won't wither and this evening won't fade. We'll light it up with a comma and a noun, and it sounds like tomorrow came earlier today.

and we sing ooh, ooh ooh ooh ooh, yeah yeah yeah
and we say ooh, ooh ooh ooh ooh , yeah yeah yeah

....
Track Name: Words Can Kill A Man
I can do what I want to do. I can say what I want to say. Don't tell me what you think you're gonna do to me if you can't step back and talk to me politely.
What's wrong with asking for a little respect?
What's wrong with not taking this from anyone?
I don't need a handgun or a fist to fight, words can kill a man if you use 'em right. You gotta use 'em right, you gotta use 'em right, come on!
I don't need to prove my rightness, cause your words are doing you so much justice. Stand up even when you know you're wrong. Keep on standing and I'll push you down it won't take long, it won't take long, no no.
What's wrong with asking for a little respect?
What's wrong with not taking this from anyone?
I don't need a handgun or a fist to fight, words can kill a man if you use 'em right. You gotta use 'em right, you gotta use 'em right, come on!
Track Name: Staring Down A Barrel Of Monkeys
I'm staring down a barrel of monkeys.
I'm gonna drive my car right into a garage.
I've got this bottle of pills called Vitamin C.
I'm gonna take this needle, and sew a patch on my jeans.

I wanna live my life, wanna live my life, wanna live my life like I'm alive.
'Cause one of these days I know, one of these days I know that I'm gonna die.
In the meantime life ain't gonna pass me... I ain't gonna let life pass me by
I wanna live my life, wanna live my life, wanna live my life like I'm alive.

I'm standing on this bridge to try and get a good view.
I'm gonna take this knife, and I'm gonna cut my food.
Things ain't never gonna change so what's the use in whining?
I'm writing my last words that I'll write for the night.

I wanna live my life, wanna live my life, wanna live my life like I'm alive.
'Cause one of these days I know, one of these days I know that I'm gonna die.
In the meantime life ain't gonna pass me... I ain't gonna let life pass me by
I wanna live my life, wanna live my life, wanna live my life like I'm alive.

I'm gonna get me a pistol tattooed on my skin.
I'm gonna take this razor and I'm gonna cut my beard.
I've got this rope in my hand, and I'm gonna hang my clothes.
I'm walkin' out into traffic to try to catch a cab home.

I wanna live my life, wanna live my life, wanna live my life like I'm alive.
'Cause one of these days I know, one of these days I know that I'm gonna die.
In the meantime life ain't gonna pass me... I ain't gonna let life pass me by
I wanna live my life, wanna live my life, wanna live my life like I'm alive
Track Name: Don't Tell Me I'm Wrong
Put that dog in a cage if you want to push someone around. Look at me I'm walkin' away, cause I don't like you and I can't stand your kind.
I bent over backwards and all I got was curse words but I tried to be a bigger man. I did all that I could and all I got was misunderstood so this is when I say, this is when I say...
Don't tell me I'm wrong when you change your mind.
Get your story, get it straight. Is it a second or another or something different altogether? I say you need, you need to learn to communicate. It's no wonder that I'm not the first.
I bent over backwards and all I got was curse words but I tried to be a bigger man. I did all that I could and all I got was misunderstood so this is when I say, this is when I say...
Don't tell me I'm wrong when you change your mind.
Track Name: Trying To Do The Right Thing
What can I say in response? Anything that I argue will be shot down with ignorance. What you read, and what you see... that makes how you feel. So your beliefs on how to be, don't push 'em on me.

'cause I'm just trying to do the right thing when all you're doing is lying to yourself

These contradictions, they don't compute. The facts that you're claiming are up for dispute, but you take them by faith and you rely too much on grace, and that faith just serves to make a different kind of fake.

and I'm just trying to do the the right thing when all you're doing is lying to yourself.

If you can't find an explanation, don't threaten me with condemnation. If you don't like this information, don't try to sell me your salvation. If you won't listen to logic and reason, I've got no reason to start believin'. If you don't like this information, don't threaten me with your salvation

'cause I'm just trying to do the right thing, when all you're doing is lying to yourself.
Track Name: Where's This Train Goin'?
Hey! Where's this train goin'? Not that I care... but oh, what the hell, I'm curious! I ain't got no destination. I just keep a-goin' to be right where I am.

Hold on... don't be so sure of yourself.

Hey! Where you think you're goin', and what makes you think that you know how the hell to get there? I'm serious! You think you're headin' to Valhalla, but that ticket in your hand says you're going the wrong way.

So hold on... don't be so sure of yourself.

Hey! I'm not sayin' you're mistaken, it's just that if you keep heading in the same direction... It's dangerous if you think you know where you're goin'. So don't go blaming me when you end up where you don't wanna be.

And hold on... don't be so sure of yourself.
Track Name: Tone It Down
Boy, you've got to, you've got to tone it down.
Boy, you've got to, you've got to tone it down.
Boy, you've got to, you've got to listen up.
Boy, you've got to, you've got to tone it down.

I'm gettin' tired of you forgettin' your lines.
I'm gettin' fed up with having to remind you everytime.
I'm gettin' tired of making excuses for you.
I'm gettin' fed up with you bringing me down.

Boy, you've got to, you've got to tone it down.
Boy, you've got to, you've got to tone it down.
Boy, you've got to, you've got to listen up.
Boy, you've got to, you've got to tone it down.

I know you've got reasons to be who you are.
And I know, I know, I know, God damn it! Life is hard.
But listen up, and learn to play along,
and quit telling me how to play my own God damned songs.

Boy, you've got to, you've got to tone it down.
Boy, you've got to, you've got to tone it down.
Boy, you've got to, you've got to listen up.
Boy, you've got to, you've got to tone it down.
Track Name: Get Down To Business
I could tell you all the things that we could do if you'd come home with me, but
I'm afraid you'd laugh it off like it was some kind of joke.
I could shout, "I'm serious!" but I don't think you'd understand.
I've been fantasizin' 'bout you. I can't stop, oh no I can't.

I wanna get down... to business.
I wanna get down... 'til we can't get up.
I wanna let it all go when you come home...
Come on home with me...
Come on home...

You don't have to worry 'bout it, you ain't gonna do no wrong.
I just wanna make you see the fantasy to me that you are.
I could tell you everything but I would rather make you feel.
And you know I won't be stingy - you'll always come before me.

I wanna get down... to business.
I wanna get down... 'til we can't get up.
I wanna let it all go when you come home...
Come on home with me...
Come on home...

I could tell you all the things that we could do if you'd come home with me,
But something tells me that you've got a few tricks up your own sleeve...

I wanna get down... to business.
I wanna get down... 'til we can't get up.
I wanna let it all go when you come home...
Come on home with me...
Come on home...
Track Name: When I Light Up A Fire
Well you know I've been feeling not so good.
And you know I've been trying to talk to you about it.
And you know I just wanna be the one you desire.
And you know that I've been feeling like you just don't care.

I wanna feel like you want me, I don't want to feel like a chore. I don't want to push you to do what you don't want to do I just want you to want me too...

Well you know I've been trying my best to be patient,
and I know that I've been trying your patience, that's for sure.
But when I light up a fire and you try to freeze it, how am I not supposed to feel put out?

I wanna feel like you want me, I don't want to feel like a chore. I don't want to push you to do what you don't want to do I just want you to want me too...

I can't feel like your partner if you don't wanna dance with me. I don't want to push you to do what you don't want to do I just want you to want me too...
Track Name: Bang! Bang!
Bang! Bang! Kill the bad man, and everything will be alright.
(from the other side) Bang! Bang! Kill the bad man!

Who's right? Who's right? But' we're gonna be fightin', taking back sides, getting killed in the night-time.
Terror! Terror! Who brings the terror? We're bringin' down the house on the bad news bearer.
Let's shoot 'em up and get killed with our own guns... Shoot 'em up and kill some civilians.
Let's hate and murder in the name of freedom!

I give up!
I surrender!
I give in to this never-ender!
I submit!
I conform!
I give in to all the norms!

Most of the time I've got a lot on my mind, and the slavery goin' on has got me falling behind.
Too kind to be generous, so I've got to move it - to prove to the victims of compensatory hubris that:
Peer-pressure's schmeer pressure. Think for yourself.
Take a lesson from your mind and drink to your health.
Smell all the flowers.
Spike all the punch.
Take it all in no matter what form it comes.

I give up!
I surrender!
I give in to this never-ender!
I submit!
I conform!
I give in to all the norms!

Bang! Bang! Kill the bad man, and everything will be alright.
(from the other side) Bang! Bang! Kill the bad man!
Track Name: Better Ways To Waste My Time
He said if I spare a dime and put it on his plate, that I'd succeed for eternity and walk through Heaven's gate.
And if I spare a dollar against my common sense, that God might let me be a millionaire.

I'm on my way (I'm on my way)
I'm on my way (I'm on my way)
I'm on my way to the other side of town.
'Cause I can't take you serious.
I've got to get away.
I've got better ways to waste my time.

Now I'm not causin' problems, I'll stay the heck out of a fight. But I always thought that Jesus knew his wrong from right.
He knew when to make a scene, he knew when to talk, and he knew when to leave a man alone!

I'm on my way (I'm on my way)
I'm on my way (I'm on my way)
I'm on my way to the other side of town.
'Cause I can't take you serious.
I've got to get away.
I've got better ways to waste my time.

Now if you take offense to me, and fault you're tryin' to find, pick up that ol' Bible and read it line for line.
Jesus would have loved me, and Jesus would have cared, and I think Jesus would've called you a dirty whore!

I'm on my way (I'm on my way)
I'm on my way (I'm on my way)
I'm on my way to the other side of town.
'Cause I can't take you serious.
I've got to get away.
I've got better ways to waste my time.