Year 1 (the demos)

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Project Tu started with the goal in mind of writing an EP every month for a year. This is a compilation of our favorite 16 tracks from the first year that we hope to re-record and remix to make our first album.

The "EP a month" model is going to become a song a week model once we put up our website in April (www.projecttu.com).

We are incredibly proud of this album and we hope you share our enthusiasm and enjoy the music.

Ben & Joe
Project Tu

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released February 3, 2012

Project Tu is Ben and Joe
with our friends Dan, Emma, Lanna, Ted, and Trevor

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Track Name: 01 Icarus
Push a little more and the fire will give you birth
Icarus hold on
As you crash into the earth

Focused on you in a concentration camp
Beaten black and blue I still asked for this chance
I ask you to dance Between the barbed wire fences
We stole furtive glances and made up future tenses

I used to be soft like a Kashmir sweater
Now lost in the Kashmir weather
I’m Blackened smooth skin as I hide, call me leather
But my thoughts smile like my bride, for the better

Married in the dark with rings of barbed wire
Love took us higher, towards a pyre

Our blood spilled like our hearts were too full
And we radiated love like an atom bomb could
I was drawn to you like red to a bull
If I could do it all again then I would

Push a little more and the fire will give you birth
Icarus hold on
As you crash into the earth

Pristine landscape awes, then it explodes
Snow covers up bullet holes filling foes on silk roads
Leap of faith over walls and smashed gates
Creeping safe in the dark and cold place

Not a minefield if it's our field
Peel off dust like stitches that seal
Our fate as third rate victims
Watch my weight like obesity symptoms
Take these dogs and sic them

On whoever I come across
God will have to chain me to the cross
I didn't mean to be a bother
But our Father was abusive father

(Not a godfather but I sobbed father)
(Spoil the child spare the rod father)
(Go fast go further go harder)
And if I’m fodder for naught then why bother)
And I carry the cross then why falter
And I’ve nothing to hold on I’ll stall for
Fields of poppy grow slow but pass fast
Two hearts crunch glass shattered like their short past

I feel your palm in the napalm
hold my hand as the missiles fly by
This meteor shower will never be gone
Unless this nights the night that we die

Our blood spilled like our hearts were too full
And we radiated love like an atom bomb could
I was drawn to you like red to a bull
If I could do it all again then I would
Track Name: 03 Proximity Buddies
I heard the garden being overpowered by the AC
I wondered to myself which comforts me more
Your zen, your buddha is just a pimp
A drug cartel king pin
And you are its beggar
But men have died for lesser lies

I love how when you say something degrading
It makes you feel like you’re right
I’ve been doing a lot of questioning
And I Don’t like what I’ve been finding

I will not support your self indulgence
(when your reliance)
Is all on me and my friends
(Its time for you to rethink your life again)

I took off my headphones and opened up my eyes to see you
But can the world look any more dead to me?
Took a look around and remembered
Why I had stopped looking
Feed your indulgences
On this time of mine you’re wasting

I got sea sick when the ship started sinking
I’ll spell it out so simply
I’ve been doing a lot of questioning
And I Don’t like what I’ve been finding

I will not support your self indulgence
(when your reliance)
Is all on me and my friends
(Its time to rethink your life again)
Track Name: 04 Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
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: 05 Too Safe To Save You
Bring me a word
And I will listen
Bring me a wound
And I will heal
Set all your groceries
Down in the kitchen
Come on upstairs
I’ll be your home
O my darling why do you test me
Why do your sorrows close your heart
I thought I’d leave you, instead you left me
unfinished lines that lead me here ….

And I’ll hear What i wanna hear
Close my eyes, change my clothes
And i’ll bear, what I have to bear
…. …. Alone

I work so hard
And I’ve been missing
Your evening gloom
Your nightly feel
O baby oh please
Put on my mittens
Its cold outside
Don’t walk alone

And I wonder, if I’m already
Too safe to save you, just to far gone
I thought I’d leave you, instead you left
Unfinished lines, and broken words, and no more song
Track Name: 06 Mr. Security Officer
Hey Mr. Security Officer
You are always there
Are you aware?
That I'm in a sarcophagus, sir
And I'm running out of air
I'm running out of air

Passion can't really last this day and age
Cuz your paranoia takes your mind to the firing range

Hey there's a problem growing
Things just get worse every year
What do I fear?
That I'm afraid of things worth knowing
So I'll keep drinking my beer
The water isn't clear

Roses only survive by their thorns
For me, it's bud light next to Jesus and the frozen corn

You should worry what that means

The best thing was to play Robin Hood for them
All I lost was dignity
I game the rules but you ignore them
Who do I, who do I envy?

Wait let's (stop for a moment)
And think about this
And think about this
When your red hands are all over me
You miss the real threats
I'm not a terrorist

To you I'm just anonymous, but that's your loss
Too bad there's no easy way to hang up from a cross

You should worry what that means

The best thing was to play Robin Hood for them
All I lost was dignity
I game the rules but you ignore them
Who do I, who do I envy?
Track Name: 07 Answer With Your Body
Stop
Hesitation
The timings right to talk with you alone
But I’m waiting
Cuz I’m not sure how to tell you how I feel
Inside
In a way that you’ll accept
Without taking two steps back
Baby let me win you over


If I tell you just how fine you look would you believe me
If I gazed forever in your eyes would you look at me
If I reached out to touch your hand would you keep near me
If I led you on the floor to dance would you move right through me

You should listen to the words
And then answer with your body
Call a taxi on from the curb
And I’ll take you to the lobby
Elevator ride above
To the roof above the ceiling
Fall so passionate in love
And begin to feel the feeling

Ah
Sun is rising
I’m now I’m sleeping soundly in my home
New horizon
Now I gently whisper in your ear wake up
my baby
Like the painting by manet
Let us go and dejeneur
Baby let me love you over

If I tell you just how fine you are (would you believe me)
If I gazed forever in your eyes (would you look back at me)
If I reached out to touch your hand( would you keep near me)
If I pulled you on the floor to dance (would you move right through me)
Track Name: 08 Big Storms and Lightning Bolts
Verse 1:
Wake up to bells and coffee it's just another Sunday
As far as I'm concerned there's no need to be alarmed and
I'm stuck here waiting or anticipating for
Some big storm or lightning bolt to jolt me to believing
Cuz prayer has never dealt a hand to people in distress
We fix up all the messes with science (it works, bitches)
I'm stuck here waiting or anticipating for
Some big storm or lightning bolt to jolt me AWAKE

Chorus:
Don't
Don't call my bluff, it won't be enough
To make me change my mind
And no I won't start to gloat
When life has put us behind
Don't call my bluff, it won't be enough
To make me change my mind
And no I won't think to boast
When your stuttering tongue is put in line

Verse 2:
Have you ever felt that life is just in playback?
I suppose that that's a feeling you let the thieves keep stealing
I'm stuck here waiting or anticipating for
Some big storm or lightning bolt to jolt me to believing
But you're grasping at straws, last chance to pass off all your flaws
To save you from a lost cause: a conscience dipped in torpor
I'm stuck here waiting or anticipating for
Some big storm or lightning bolt to jolt me AWAKE

Chorus

Verse 3:
Why is logic tied to a year from two thousand twelve?
As far as I'm concerned there's no need to be alarmed and
I'm stuck here waiting or anticipating for
Some big storm or lightning bolt to jolt me to believing
Don't call this a comeback as my back comes closer to a wall
Bricks and straw will be my downfall (don't cross me off, Paul)
I'm stuck here waiting or anticipating for
Some big storm or lightning bolt to jolt me AWAKE

Chorus
Track Name: 09 Month of Gluttony
You disgust me
Your ugly face reflects my reactions well
I still love you
But if you touch me my sanity will melt
You reflect me well
You reflect me well

This is a month of gluttony
I want money
I know it won't make me happy
But I wouldn't have to worry

Every cut we
Left was a reminder of how much we cared
Pain is our way
Of admitting there was something we still shared
It's so sad to see
We could have been happy
It's so sad to see
We could have been so happy

This is a month of gluttony
I want money
I know it won't make me happy
But I wouldn't have to worry

Darkness and light fuse together till we can't tell the difference anymore
Keep telling myself I don't care, I don't care, I won't swear that I
will anymore

Each time we kiss
The dependency makes me wanna fight you more
I bite you but
With every scab you add I feel you contort
I wanna fight you more
I wanna fight you more
Track Name: 10 When Darkness Falls
When darkness falls chaos ensues
Destruction is the only truth
When we were young the world was bright
Now it has turned, it's turned to right

When darkness falls the light I see
Comes from your eyes and I believe
That in darkness I'll pioneer
A new escape away from here

When darkness falls so'll fortune too
When you lose all, you find the truth

When darkness falls I let you in
Your cold hands steal warmth from my skin
I want to go back to before
Were we in love? Or was it war?

When darkness falls so'll fortune too
When you lose all, you find the truth
When darkness falls

Alone a couch
TV control
The static burns
Into our soul
Reality
Shows lust grew old
The passion rusts
And you grow cold

When darkness falls we'll live in hell
When darkness fell no one could tell
Track Name: 11 Forty-Eight Hours
Is this what I have become?
A man who waits on the weekend
A man who waits on salvation
In forty eight hours
To clear my head
A son
A boy who thought he was god sent
But I don't have a savior
And I don't have three days
To rise from the dead

Shrugging on
You may stop me and say
That everytime I leave
You hate me this way
In the forest
If I can't see the trees
You'll have seen the best
And it wasn't in me

Not enough, it's not
Not enough, it's not

Is this what I have become?
A man who waits on the weekend
A man who waits on salvation
In forty eight hours
To clear my head
A son
A boy who thought he was god sent
But I don't have a savior
And I don't have three days
To rise from the dead

I thought I'd have
Had forty-eight more years
Before I'd have stopped
Before I came here
Wish I could've been
So out-classed I'd've thought:
"Not enough, it's not"
Not enough, it's not

Not enough, it's not
Not enough, it's not

Is this what I have become?
Track Name: 12 May I
My room smells like old beer
(Even though I don't drink)
You're a blank face and a briefcase
(No, you are just my time sink)
Why don't I lend you my ear?
I will only take a minute to think

May I? May I? Capture all my thoughts?
I can't keep a closed mind on all the paths I've walked
Pack up, last shots
I'm tied up so high, with all that I've caught
I got in
May I
May I

I walked right past your puke
(I might have stopped for it)
In such a place of distaste
(It's probably best to ignore it)
I won't set my mouth on mute
But I do not have the time to commit

Everyone is an artist now
Tweets are poems that will outnumber the stars
That could have inspired them
Before they all burned out
Track Name: 13 Mother Jones
Mother Jones for
all our new poor

Take the trash out once a week
And cover up the hide we seek
Wash the car, and mow the lawn
Spare the calf, and kill the fawn

Wash the clothes and hang them dry
Shut the cage and close your eyes
Watch some baseball have some pie
Pluck the feathers, chop the thighs

(This is my body, this is my blood)
Your muscles ready time to feed
(You’re life was given up my god)
Here’s a bucket for when you bleed

Take the kids to sports and dance
Here’s the hormones and the corn
Put on your Sunday football pants
Doomed before the egg was born

Bake new cookies in the jar
We package limbs and bits and parts
Kiss your wife and start the car
Do you know who the bodies are

(This is my body, this is my blood)
Your muscles ready time to feed
(You’re life was given up my god)
Here’s a bucket for when you bleed
Track Name: 14 *Bonus* The World Is A Beautiful Place (When You're Not In It)
(instrumental)
Track Name: 15 *Bonus* Three Things
Pick the 3 top things that you love in life
Then take 1 away. I call that strife
Now take away the second, watch for the third,
Till you’ve got none left, and now you feel hurt (life’s bitch, ya heard)

You think you look good babe, well look again
The clocks ticking down your face say when
Cuz vanity mirrors tend to break apart
And the middle and end don’t resemble the start

You found your soulmate homey I’m impressed
You must feel this feeling of love inside your chest
Just watch out for the lies, the pain and the rest
Can you handle the bad, or will you empty the nest

Nic you’ve found your job your purpose your career
Built your house with your blood and your sweat and your tears,
Are you ready to lose it, to let go of it all,
Because we make plans, but fortune makes the call

Don’t you know
In the end you’ll go,
To bed alone

Pick the next 3 things that you love in life
Please Cut them loose, supply your own knife
Now say goodbye, if you can find the word
Attachment is pain, time to sever the cord

You like to go out, bro out ho out
Say bye to your health, hello to gout
Cuz alcohol will halt your booty call
And hoes exchange blows until the cards fall

You might be King and Queen until she finds a Jack
And then nick nack paddy wack find a new home
Because when you gave that dog a bone her mouth foamed
And the rabies and babies cling like hair to a comb
Track Name: 16 *Bonus* Images
Images grow in my mind
They spill over and fill the lines
They're cracks in my skin
Smiles carving deep within

In dreams I dance with Frankenstein
Reality and I resign
I finally crawl
I always used to stand too tall

I never knew that I was falling
Falling and breaking down
I never knew that I was calling
Calling out to monsters in my head

I told myself that life was short
So now I'm twenty and I'm bored
My train's en route
To someplace I could live without

I never knew that I was falling
Falling and breaking down
I never knew that I was calling
Calling out to monsters in my head

Images grow in my mind
This is how I spend my time
Track Name: 17 *BONUS* Beats for Better Days (Transient Society original demo)
Can you imagine
The people living in the shade of sin?
Where only the insane
Get what they wanna see
I'm jealous their blessed
But the best part is I guess I'm a guest
The rest of the fold is
Just what they're told to be

You passed by Jesus
Last year as we picked up the broken pieces
Saw that cross in the sky
And I thought you'd died
I wasn't so wrong
It wasn't long til you were too far gone
I know you are through with
The spark you've since denied

Well my heart beats - beats for better days
My head ache - aches for better days

And you should know now
You kept this place alive and I go now
To find somewhere else that
I can go crazy in
Don't these words still sting?
Or will you fill your days with a gold ring?
Married to the mute of
A million violins

Well my heart beats - beats for better days
Your head shakes - shakes away the days
My heartbeat - beats for better days
My heartache - aches for better days