My Awkward Compromise

by Project Tu

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    Thank you for taking a listen to our latest EP, "My Awkward Compromise". Our goal is to release a new 5-song EP each month and this is our fourth one for June! On this EP, I feel like we really pushed ourselves as musicians. We finally delved into odd time signatures and this is the first time we've made a complete rap track featuring Joe. We hope that you enjoy what you hear, and please check back next month for more music!
    -- Ben & Joe

     

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Having finally completed June's EP, I am *very* glad we are making 5 songs a month. The amount that we've grown as songwriters and musicians over the past few months has been staggering and I am very, very proud of this EP. This EP, for me, is probably the most emotionally naked of the songs we have written and I think it translates well when you listen to it!

-Ben

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released June 30, 2011

Project Tu is Ben & Joe.

Featuring Diane, Emma, Lanna, Ted, and Trevor

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Track Name: 02 Cautiously Optimistic
I once saw in myself a wolf
But I was dressed in sheep's clothing
It's about time I have a style change
All the while we're slowly decomposing

I have an itch where I can't get out all the bad blood
The face I show for my own good isn't the same as the one I show to the world
I am damaged, but I am still here

It's always on nights just like this
I get a feeling of condemnation
Among the big storms and lightning bolts
A light flickers with revelation

I have an itch where I can't get out all the bad blood
The face I show for my own good isn't the same as the one I show to the world

I am damaged, but I am still here
Track Name: 01 Sunburn
Whispers rise and graze the dew
Memories faded rise anew

Whispers in the dark of night
Haunting every waking step
Till I can’t see whats next

Come find me here
Don’t let me fall again
Soul seekers come and go
But mine is gone
In golden crystal halls
With cornerstones that call
Your name

Fire warms and it can burn
Melting down our rooms and staves
Change the names and never learn
Hide the holy in their graves

Valley of ashes
We climb the Mountains
Neared the sun
But lost the valleys
Shadows block my way
No Escaping

Heart is beating, then it stops
Burst my veins and there’s a flood
A corpse lies bare, ready for thieves
To steal and make their plea

Hit and scorned, it makes me bleed
Tears of rage, and curses I scream
No mercy here in our remains
For we are nothing, but shelsl of pain
Track Name: 03 Freetrayd
Free trade’s a joke, and I get the punch line
Let’s spread the wealth around, well, you get to take mine
Oh and by the way, now that we’re all connected
You’ll be taking my dignity too, as expected

Where I’m from there’s no shirt, shoes, or service
No food on the table, no room I can furnish
No water in the faucet, no heat in the furnace
No money in my pocket, and no way to earn it

Now look me in the eye and tell me you deserve it
Living in your world with your plans and your purpose
Visiting your girl on your days off from workin
Tipping 15, clipping coupons for purchase

Do you have any idea what the poor people go thru?
I don’t think you do so here’s a clue now you better stay tuned
Because it’s easy to turn the other cheek when you pass me
But I’m begging for change now I’m the pain in the ass see:

That latte you carry could feed my entire family
That car that you drive is worth more than my life
That house for your children could rebuild my village
Yes you’ve got it made but I’m a slave of free trade

Free Trades’ a joke, and I get the punch line
Let’s spread the wealth around, as in you get to take mine
Oh and by the way, now that we’re all connected
You’ll be taking my family too, as expected

If free trade was a person, he’d be a pimp
With the cane and the cup and the robe and the limp
He’d ask for my daughter, son, wife, he’d explain
That My families worth more than my labor or brain

Daughter a whore, son in drugs, wife a maid
Lover of your foreign thugs, life betrayed
Nights filled with sin, now look what you've done to me
Yes I’ll sacrifice my kin if you support my economy
Yeah as long as my country’s clean, safe and cheap
You’ll give us some money, and we’ll get to eat
Yeah the rich folk can visit our hotels, wives and daughters,
And fair trade it all for my family's future

Free trade’s a joke, and I get the punch line
Let’s spread the wealth around, well, you get to take mine
Oh and by the way, now that we’re all connected
You’ll be taking my dignity too, as expected
Track Name: 04 My Awkward Compromise
He's so good at playing the victim
While a better man takes all the blame
I'm bored to tears that I can't shed, everyday when I make this filthy bed
It's easy for you to judge so far away from the neglect and shame

If it's because you don't actually care
That's what's devastating
Human beings are so self-absorbed
And not worth the sweat of cultivating

That's the whole basis of me changing

There's a weakness there that endears him
But he didn't need/ to take care of you
You are content with the man, but everything we were was a sham
I don't regret what I've done but we're owed a moment to be true

You have fueled all the wrong reasons
the conflict is not wanting to swallow my pride
and say i'm happy for you