Only If You Promise

by Gatsby's Shipwreck

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We like to think that, after a certain point, you cross a threshold where you have to commit yourself to something, all or nothing. After our last album, Tasty Jams, we took a bit of a break to collect ourselves before we dove into writing "Only If You Promise." We’re both immensely proud of this EP because of the what's behind the songs. Each one truly is a piece of us, and that’s what we’re taking so seriously. Every one of these songs strikes a chord with us in one way or another, which is what we want to do for you too.

Despite this, despite what we intend to be, we’re still very much the kids who started this band in a living room, recorded an album in a garage, and play shows in our back yards. Although we're making the transition into the kind of musicians we grew up idolizing, we're still just two kids trying to figure out what to do with our hands in pictures. Don't take us too seriously.

This journey from having fun to setting out to change lives couldn't have been done without our fans' undying support. As cliched as that is, we really mean it, and want to thank you from the bottoms of our hearts. Here’s what the past two years have led up to. Here’s what the next two have to beat.

Get rad. Get sad.
Love,
Jeffrey and Cullen

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released December 12, 2014

All songs written by Gatsby's Shipwreck
Guitar and Vocals: Cullen Quinn
Drums and Vocals: Jeffrey P Fidler
Additional Vocals: Alec Marcus
Recorded and mastered at Silk City Music Factory in Manchester, CT on December 7 and 10, 2014, by producer, Phil Mann.

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Track Name: Punch Me In The D!ck (Please)
I wanna feel hurt
So lie to me, lie to me
Hurt me in excess
I'm a mess of good times and memories
And that ain’t good for shit for writing songs
So knock me down, kick me around
Gimme something to write about honey
Cause we both know that I wanna make it
And you wanna be quote unquote famous
Stab me in the back
Go on the attack on my heart girl
Treat me like shit so I can do the same for you
Spit me some lies
Let me feel victimized this time baby
Cause love’s a two way bridge
And I wanna burn it down this time
Treat me like dirt
Walk all over me, over me
Leave me at the curb, disturbed
When you’re through giving the knife a turn
Cause I could use a change of scenery 
So shut me up, drag me through the mud
Gimme something to cry about honey
Cause I confess, I'm a mess
But only in the sense my problems are future tense
So stab me in the back
Go on the attack on my heart girl
Treat me like shit so I can do the same for you
Spit me some lies
Let me feel victimized this time baby
Cause love’s a two way bridge
And I wanna burn it down this time
Stab me in the back
Go on the attack on my heart girl
Treat me like shit so I can do the same for you
Spit me some lines
Let me feel victimized this time baby
Cause love’s a two way bridge
And I wanna burn it down this time
Stab me in the back
Go on the attack on my heart girl
Treat me like shit so I can do the same for you
Spit me some lines
Let me feel victimized this time baby
Cause love’s a two way bridge
And I wanna burn it down this time
Burn it down this time
Track Name: Pierrot
Listen up you piece of shit
I've put up with you
And now I'm done with it
And unlike spinach
You don't taste gross or make me strong
I'll paint over the walls
Where we used to laugh
And hope every word I said to you
Can still be taken back
I'll rip off the petals to all your flowers
And I’ll just sit here
Still holding the thorns
I bleached my hair
Cause you prefer blondes
It's funny how you still change who I wanna be
I'm proud of who I am
As long as you are
My moral compass will always point to you
I'm just your average case
Of feeling out of place
But solitude don't make me feel half as alone as you do
Hey just a sec, give me some time
Cause if I squint real hard
You still remind me
Of the woman you had
Every fighting chance to be
This may sound redundant
As if I've said it all before
But you won't hear a word I say
Over the sound of a slamming door
A few months later
We'll interact
And from your high horse
You'll assume my heart is still intact
Well I've got some news
Both good and bad
Just cause this clown is always laughing
Doesn't mean it can't feel sad
This tear don’t make me a sad clown
This tear don’t make me a sad clown
This tear don’t make me a sad clown
Because this clown is always laughing
Doesn’t mean it can’t feel sad
Track Name: Doll Fetish
Please don't mind if I find you boring
I'm just looking for a girl
I won't hate in the morning
Rest assured, that will not be you
Cause you're a doll
With almost human eyes
Porcelain skin and something to hide
But then again, I think I do too
I'm just looking for a girl
Who won't ask me how I feel
And at $2.50 a minute
Yeah, I think you're a steal
And please don't yell your thoughts through the pillow
Or ask me how far I think that we'll go 
I don't see us lasting to see the morning news
Cause I'm a fox who learned how to talk
To not feel a thing
And I will not give that up
Cause feeling nothing can't beat not feeling used
I'm just looking for a girl
Who admits to all her lies
All of her shortcomings
And every single vice
I’m not in love
I’m not in love
But rest assured, I’m getting there
I’m not in love
I’m not in love
But rest assured, I’m getting there
Well please don't cry
Get up from the carpet
It's that when I'm high
I tend to be heartless
I've been trying to come down
Since the moment I met you
My skin might be steel
But inside I'm just glass
I'm trying to force the temporary to last
So would you please forgive me
If I started to tell the truth?
Cause I’m just a boy
Who's been hurt before
And has always been scared
To reopen that door
So trust me it's not you
It's who I used to be
I’m not in love
I’m not in love
But rest assured, I’m getting there
I’m not in love
I’m not in love
But rest assured, I’m getting there
I’m not in love
(Please don’t mind if I find you boring)
I’m not in love
(I’m just looking for a girl I won’t hate in the morning)
But rest assured, I’m getting there
(But rest assured, that will not be you)
I’m not in love
(Please don’t mind if I find you boring)
I’m not in love
(I’m just looking for a girl I won’t hate in the morning)
But rest assured, I’m getting there
(But rest assured, that will not be you)
I’m not in love
(The little lies)
I’m not in love
(We tell ourselves)
But rest assured, I’m getting there
(These are the little lies we tell ourselves)
I’m not in love
(These are the little lies)
I’m not in love
(We tell ourselves)
But rest assured, I’m getting there
(I’m getting there)
Track Name: At Least I'm Good At Something
You're not a punk
Upper middle class
No absent dad
Your brother's not in rehab
White privilege life
You don't get cat called or harassed
Cops only pull you over
To help you pay for gas
Tell me why you're sad
Well you know scars
They're not only skin deep
You don't choose your brain chemistry
And truth be told I'm sick of me
Let me tell you about anxiety
It's not scared of being watched
It's scared of being seen
It's double checking the oven
When you haven't cooked for weeks
Let's set one thing straight
You've played the victim as of late
The only illness you have
Are the ones you've learned to fake
You're just a guy
Who gets sad from time to time
You make mountains out of mole hills
And the next day you'll be fine
Now just a second, let's rewind
If you think disease
Is just the ailments you can see
I got news for you
That shit ain't true
I'm not defined by disabilities
Let me tell you about anxiety
It's not scared of being watched
It's scared of being seen
It's double checking the oven
When you haven't cooked for weeks
I don’t know doc, this is pretty fucked up
I am not "three pills a day"
Panic attacks on crowded trains
I am not a walking disorder
Who just happens to have a name
My body might be able
This smile's a little fake
I'm not asking for attention
I'm asking for a break
Trust me I'm not joking
When I'm shaking in a crowd
And I shouldn't have to write tis song
For you to figure that out
My body might be able
This smile’s a little fake
But I’m not asking for attention
In fact, I’m asking for a break