The Wilderness

by Settle Your Scores

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released January 23, 2016

Settle Your Scores is:
Christian Fisher: Vocals
Ricky Uhlenbrock: Guitar/Vocals
Patrick Bryant: Guitar/Vocals
Jeffrey Borer: Bass
Caleb Smith: Drums

All music and lyrics written by Ricky Uhlenbrock
Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Nick Ingram at Capital House Studio
Artwork by Alduane Maño

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Track Name: Just Because You Shot Jesse James, Don't Make You Jesse James
It's time to move
Right now
Track Name: Poster Boys for Bad Luck
Don’t push your luck
Or you’ll never make it out alive
It’s time to choose whether to spill your guts
Or choke swallowing your pride (time’s up)
You’re just another hurdle that is standing in our way
You have so much left to learn
And you’ve got nothing left to say

So count your wins and cut your losses
‘Cause we know you’re keeping score
You won the battle but you lost the war
So let’s go

We’re bad news and we’re coming for you
‘Cause we’ve got nothing to lose
I bet you think you’re special
But you’re a fake and every breath you take
Is the worst mistake you’ve ever made

So listen up and I’ll break this down for you
We’ve been down on our luck since 1992
You keep running your mouth
And now we’re running out of patience
We’ve had enough with all these one way conversations

Count your wins and cut your losses
‘Cause we know you’re keeping score
It won’t be long until you’re back for more
So let’s go

This is the worst mistake you’ve ever made
Though the wounds will heal with time
The scars remain
Track Name: Life: A Fate Worse Than Death
I could think of a million better ways to spend my time
Instead I’m sleepwalking through days while life’s just passing me by
And I’ve been trying hard to count my lucky stars in the blackest skies
Truth is, I don’t think I’ve ever felt less alive
Now I don’t mean to play the victim
But I’m so stuck in repetition and I can’t escape

Over and over, the days run together
Time flies by but my life’s going nowhere
And I’ll drown if I don’t make it out of this dead end town
Cause I swear this routine is gonna be the death of me

With the weight of the world crashing down on my head
It’s no surprise that I can barely drag myself out of bed
When every day is the same
Feels like I’m wasting away
This monotony is killing me
My life is like a broken record still stuck on repeat

Can’t break this cycle of apathy
Is this what’s left of me?
Stuck in this hell I’ve built myself
Is it too late for me to make it out?

If I don’t get the fuck out of this town
Track Name: Behind the Scene/Nothing Without You
So here we go and we’re on a crash course
For empty wallets and sleeping on floors
But we have no remorse for filling our time
With what we live for
We’re gonna run this town
We’ll cast our doubts and then we’ll burn them to the ground
Tonight
But we’ve always known
That we’d never get anywhere on our own

And all this time
You’ve been picking up the pieces
That we've left behind

So stop the presses and start the headlines
We’re leaving all that we know behind
From the start to the bitter end
You know we wouldn’t be here now without our friends
We will never forget
The places we’ve been or the people we’ve met
In thick and thin you pulled us through
And now we know we would be nothing without you

We’re setting the gears into motion
And it feels like all these years were building up to this moment
There’s no turning back
Well it’s a long, hard road
But at least we know we’re not walking it alone
We’re taking what is ours and we’re never letting go
We’re taking control

We’re fighting for the best days of our lives
Track Name: Worst Intentions (You Had 'Em)
You had the worst intentions
And I let you get the best of all my friendships
You cut ties with no regrets
But in the end I hope you get what’s coming
With your worst intentions, worst intentions

So have another drink
And try to think of the last time that you lost sight
Of everything you had within your reach
Before the ground fell from beneath your feet
Face facts, I know you’re just dying for all the attention
All of the tension’s been building up, building up
Just to come crashing down when you’re not around
So you can say what you will but I know

Let’s set this story straight right now
You dug your own grave
Your lies will bury you alive
Now it’s time to lie in the mess you made
You’ve got your back against the wall
But this time there’s no one there to take the fall
‘Cause you’re alone and all on your own
With nowhere to run to, who will you turn to?
So you can play me but I should have known

Tell me something
How do you fall asleep at night?
Knowing you’re the cause of all of this

You set yourself up for failure
You took the best of me and made it history
You set yourself up to fail
And I know you will
Track Name: Cashing Your Reality Check
I’d like to say that everything will be alright
But I’m just not in the habit of telling lies
The world is gonna kick you while you’re down
But you can’t spend the rest of your life on the ground
I bet think that you’re invincible
And the world revolves around you
But the harsh truth is nobody owes you a damn thing
You’re stuck with the life you choose

You’re on your own but you don’t know it yet
Out here alone in the wilderness
Nobody’s gonna give you what you want
You’ve gotta grab your chance and hold on

I wouldn’t wish this uncertainty on my worst enemy
But it’s a part of growing up
And just because you’re afraid of change
It doesn’t change the fact that things will never be the same again
So go on pretending that your youth isn’t ending
You can lie to yourself but you can’t blame your fate on anybody else

You’re running out of second chances
And second guessing everything you do
But while you’re wallowing in self-pity
The world keeps spinning
It’s not waiting around for you

Time to face the future
Time to face reality
Time to wake up

The world won’t wait for you
Track Name: If Loose Lips Sink Ships, Then You're the Titanic
Save me from possibility
‘Cause lately you’re just a memory
I’ve gotta pull myself together
‘Cause you’ve been tearing me apart
You’ve got deceit down to a science
But you make it look like such an art
Take this to heart
If you have one

I hope you float ‘cause your ship is sinking
I’ll bet you’re set on your wishful thinking
I’ll sit back and watch you fall
When you thought you had it all
‘Cause your buying time that you can’t afford
And we’re going overboard

Breaking hearts like breaking habits
I turn my back and then you stab it
But I’ll find something here
Aside from all these wasted years
I hope your anchor pulls you down
Just long enough for you to drown
‘Cause you’ve been burning bridges far too fast
Treading water with your sails at half-mast
So save your breath
‘Cause it’s over
Track Name: Friend or Faux?
Can’t let this go
It’s been eating at my insides
The way you left us high and dry
And even though it’s been keeping me up all night
It’s plain to see you were nothing but a waste of time
You, you take a bad situation and find a way to make it worse
Reveling in my frustration with no regard for who gets hurt but
It’s coming back around

So just take your best shot and make it count
‘Cause it’s all that you’ve got left
You’ll never live this down
Take your best shot and make it count
‘Cause it’s all that you’ve got left
Until your luck runs out

It used to be so black and white
Now all your true colors are coming to light
But it’s still strange to think that we thought of you as a friend
When all we really were was just a means to an end
Now mark my words
We’ve had enough of your bullshit
I hope it was worth it
So get up ‘cause I see right through you
You’d double-cross anyone and you don’t care who
Who knew that you could sink so low?
Anything to keep your ego flying high
Before you hit the ground

You’ll be gone before you know what hit you
And it’s safe to say nobody’s gonna miss you
You’re nothing more than a setback in the past
A memory that won’t last
You’re done
You’re gonna eat your words
It’s been a long time coming but you’ll get what you deserve
You’re gonna die alone
Because you ruined everything with everyone you’ve ever known

We’re gonna break you down
Track Name: Anti-Social Butterfly
What’s another night full of disappointment?
Trying to convince myself that things will be different
What I wouldn’t give to be anywhere else right now
I just keep doubting myself and I
I’m in a room full of people
But I’ve never felt so alone

We’ve got nothing in common
So cut the small talk, it was a long shot
Maybe I don’t belong
I’m just a voice in the crowd and no one’s listening

To a single word I’ve said
I guess everyone would rather hear themselves instead
Now I’m hanging by a fraying thread
As the minutes turn to hours inside my head and I
I feel so alienated
And I don’t think that I can take it

Everyone’s running in circles
While I’m just running in place
I can’t decide if I am winning the fight or losing the race
Track Name: There's No 'I' In Family
We’ve been down and out
But we’re not going quiet so there’s no use in fighting it
Just bite your tongue
Because we’re only getting started
So hold your breath, ‘til you’re left with nothing
I’ll say at least I stood for something
So turn the page, set the stage, ‘cause we’re running on empty
But we’re still running
Out of time and out of line
Desperate for some peace of mind

We’re not growing up and we’re not giving in
We’ll fight for what we want
‘Cause our days are numbered
And we play to win

We’ve set our sights and we’re starting anew
Cause we’ve got big dreams
And just enough naivety to see them through
Oh, haven’t you ever wanted more than this?
This cyclic pattern of letdowns and hit-or-miss
We’ll light this up, and set it off
We’re not leaving ‘til we’ve had enough
Track Name: Underachiever of the Year
I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in hand
But I had so many chances to be a better man
Opportunity was pounding down my door
But I was passed out, lying on the floor

I guess I wasn’t meant to be much of anything
I hope like hell that I’m wrong

Cause I’m the underachiever of the year
I could be anywhere else but I’m stuck right here
And as I waste away what’s left of my days
I wonder why I’m even here in the first place

I’m not a picture perfect portrait of success
I’m more like a worn out Polaroid with a lack of focus
But I really can’t complain because I know that I’m to blame
I’ve only got one life but for the life of me I can’t get it right

I guess that I’m supposed to be another nobody
I hope like hell that I’m wrong
And that I find where I belong

I’m hopeless and helpless
I’ll never get through this
I can’t help but feel like I’m out of time
Cause I’m on my own and I’ve got nothing to show
For every chance I’ve blown and every moment I’ve thrown away
Today
Track Name: How to Screw Up Your Future and Disappoint Your Loved Ones
I’ve been grindin’ my teeth in my sleep and
Each night I try to count all the wolves in sheep’s skin
But there’s just too many and
No matter what I do
It’s clear to me I’m born to lose
I’d complain but who would listen?
It doesn’t make a bit of difference

So here’s to all the years I’ve wasted
I never thought I could become this jaded

I’m givin’ up, given everything I’ve ever done has gone so wrong and
I gave it all, gave it everything I’ve got
But I guess that wasn’t enough
I’m letting go, letting all that I’ve been working for slip through my fingers but
I’ve gotta say, I’ve gotten used to feeling useless
Will I ever gather the strength to get through this?

I’ve been asleep at the wheel for the past three years
And it’s too late to wake up
I never thought I’d live to see
My best laid plans crumble right in front of me
Is it my destiny to fail?
I’ve been at this for years and to no avail
The universe has spoken and it won’t rest ‘til my spirit’s broken

Or will I fall?

Will I ever find my place in this world?
Will I ever gather the strength to move on?
(When will I know?)
(I’m givin’ up, I’ve given up everything)
(I’m letting go, I let it go too far)