Fall In Berkeley

by Better Promises

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This is a concept album that is best if listened to in it's entirety. It's also intended to be listened to on headphones to make the experience more intimate.Set aside an hour, Grab a beer or some hot cocoa, Go for a late night walk or cuddle into a pile of pillows, and listen to this story about a "Fall In Berkeley"

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released June 18, 2014

All lyrics and music written by Brandon Gross.
Recorded at "562 Studios" by Brandon Gross.
Album Art by Alex Hastings

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Track Name: 3D
Made out in a 3D movie
It felt much better then when we did it in 2d
Our glasses bumped and fell off our face as our lips and our tongues made a sweet embrace
I knew we were perfect for each other when your hand gripped mine like a pregnant mother
Cause I can tell you've done this before and I can tell you I've done this before
But it doesn't make it any less great the second time around

Take your hands and write love all over my body
Your eyes scream a promise that your lips want to keep
And I'll seal it tight right between you and I
This secret is ours, we'll hold it till we die
If you can do that one thing one more time
Can you can do that thing one more time
When you're leaving my tongue tied

Now the stars are calling out our names and we will never be the same
I don't believe in destiny but I believe in you
I don't believe in destiny but I believe in you

We paid 4 extra dollars to see it in 3d
I wouldn't take it back if I was poor and starving
I'd see that movie over and over and over again
Back to back and hope it never ends cause now
I'm tongue tied
Track Name: Kiss Me
My nose has never found a greater home
Then when It's next to yours
My lips have never felt a softer kiss
There was love in your eyes and there was love in mine
Let's not let it fade

Kiss me in the sunlight
Kiss me in the moonlight
Kiss me when the stars are shining awfully bright
Kiss me when I'm crying
Kiss me when I'm glad
Kiss me when I've been good
Kiss me when I'm bad
Kiss me when I don't deserve of your affections
When I ask for more than all of your attention
Kiss me when nobody else believes
When no one can see the real worth in me

Screw Google maps, I took the long way home
And purposely got lost pretending not to know
Now I'm driving slow down this moonlit road
And I'm pretending that I don't know where to go
My phone dies, My car dies
I guess We'll have to spend the night
Just talking and holding hands and stuff
And Holding hands and stuff

Kiss me in the sunlight
Kiss me in the moonlight
Kiss me when the stars are shining awfully bright
Kiss me when I'm crying
Kiss me when I'm glad
Kiss me when I've been good
Kiss me when I'm bad
Kiss me when I don't deserve of your affections
When I ask for more than all of your attention
Kiss me when nobody else believes

When no one can see the real worth in me
Track Name: Scars
Let's go out after midnight
We'll walk somewhere very far and lay under the night sky
Watching for shooting stars
Let's make a rule to just hold hands this time
There's nothing I want more in my entire life
Let's start it slow because I'm scared to death of where it could go

Cause I still have scars from the last time
I still have scars on me
Can I still fall in love or am I better off just giving up
Because I still have scars on me

I miss hiding hickeys
I miss holding your hand
I'm just afraid to fall in love again
I'll have to tell some pretty girl that I am still broken
Maybe it's best if i don't talk to them
Act like a jerk and keep my distance
Should I just tell her the truth
That I'm still not completely over you

And I still have scars from the last time
I still have scars on me
Can I still fall in love
Or am I better off just giving up
Because I still have scars on me

I've got a scar on my hand from dropping a knife on it
I've got a scar under my nose from a dirt bike accident
But nothing comes close to the scars on my soul that I got from you
Track Name: Falling For You
You were in the study room That I often go to
I quietly read for hours Just sitting next to you
And the butterflies crept out through my smile
I haven't seen them fly in quite a while

I take the wrong elevator
Just so I can walk down your hall
I stood in front of your door making sure
That I looked handsome and tall
Working up the courage to just say hi
I knocked and you didn't come to the door
I guess you weren't inside
I shrugged my shoulders and headed back to my room
Because after all I've got 8 more months to get to know you

I'm falling pretty hard for you
I'm falling pretty hard for you
It's not something that I wanted to do
But I'm falling pretty hard for you

You were getting sick, every 5 minutes you sneezed
So I snuck out to your room that night with 3 packs of Vitamin C
I wrote "Get Well Soon" on the front of each pack
And I began to slide them through the door crack
Then I heard a noise Thought it was your voice
I grabbed the packs and ran
You were sick for many more days just because I'm a such a chicken

I'm falling pretty hard for you
I'm falling pretty hard for you
It's not something that I wanted to do
But I'm falling pretty hard for you

You've got a boyfriend back home
I guess I'll leave you alone
But before I go
I need to let you know
You made my heart beat again
Tell your boy he's a lucky lucky
He's a lucky lucky
Such a lucky lucky man

I'm falling pretty hard for you
I'm falling pretty hard for you
Wanting you is like wanting my ex back
I seem to only want things I can't have
Track Name: Prayers Fall On Deaf Ears
If I'm falling in love again
Its probably a big mistake
But you made my knees weak made me double take made my heart skip a beat Made my hands shake
Made me talk in clichés
Straight up stupefied my brain
I wish I knew what to say

I swear I've seen you twelve times today
While walking between my classes
Realistically it's probably just another random blonde girl with bold rimmed hipster glasses
No one doesn't not like you
If that's a compliment at all
I wonder if I'm day dreaming or if that's your voice I'm hearing while I'm walking down the hall
I tell myself it will be different this time
I'm totally lying
But I'll say whatever it takes to make me stay okay
Gotta keep my attitude up for one more day
Come on why don't you stay

I prayed for the first time in a long time
Not because I'm ready to repent
But because I'm out of money
I don't have enough to pay for booze and rent
God would you give me, A big old money tree
It'll make me happy, then I'll think about loving you with my whole heart
This is a conditional promise
And even if you help me out I'm still not committed to the second part
Now while we're on the subject of your generosity
Can you cast a spell to make this girl fall in love with me
I'm not asking too much, I just miss having a crutch
The feel of a woman's touch to make me blush
Cause we all know I'm too weak to walk on my own
So come on god, do things my way

I promise if our positions switched
I'd give you everything that you wished
I wish you were as nice as I am god
But I think all the good opportunities have been missed
For you to prove you love me
When I was crying out in the rain
Convincing myself to abstain from drinking my problems away
When I had my arms spread wide
Screaming, God give my a sign
Left staring at the sky
Still waiting on your reply

Come on god, I need you today
Track Name: Black Room
I can't remember who kissed me
In the black room
In the black room
So if I saw her in a public place
I wouldn't even know her name

What am I doing

Kissing you was like kissing a pretty wall
I felt nothing at all
It was pretty, but it was still kissing a wall
I feel nothing, Nothing at all

What are we doing

For a couple months I thought
If there was another girl I'd be happy
I'm not
Happy
Will I ever be?

What the fuck am I doing?
What good is this?

I used to think things through
But lately I just do
I've never felt worse
Getting lost in college paradise

How do I know when
I'm ready to date again?
I'm ready to date again
I'm ready to date again
Track Name: Screw The Past
I don't mean to rude
By god there's nothing wrong with you
I just don't like you as much
As the last one
As the last one
I'm still caught up
In a past love
In a past love

I can't fuck her away
I can't drink her away
She's there in every sip
She's there when I slide my hands down another girls hip
Comparisons don't leave me alone
It's the same moves and tricks
That makes this girl moan

The first loves
The best love
The rest are just depressed loves
It's your face I'm seeing when I'm with her
It's your lips I'm kissing when I'm kissing her
I'm feeling terrible
Absolutely miserable
Maybe I'll find resolve
If I take one great fall

Cause I can't fuck you away
I can't drink you away
You're there in every sip
You're there when I slide my hands down another girls hips
Only one question that I'll ask
How did you move on so fast
Track Name: Snail Mail
I lied when I said I was over her
I just wanted you to like me
Cause I still have some snail mail
From a long distance thing that failed
I'll read the letters weekly
Still hold on to their beauty
I have them in a box full of all the things
That I'm a afraid to throw away

So go away before I hurt you
I really do want you to stay
But I capable of so much damage and I don't want you to be in the way
In fact I won't let you be around me because you'll just think you're responsible
When my emotions become too much for me too handle
Track Name: Falling Asleep
I just can't think about the way that I used to spend my Friday nights
Reading a book and drinking coffee is just fine
Who needs movie dates and hot sex anyways
I'm better off without it, better off playing board games
Don't think about the past, this isn't lame at all
Don't think about the past

I'm going a bit crazy
I don't know what to do with myself
I'm going a bit crazy
I don't know what to do with myself

Yesterday I was fine
Today I was fine
10 minutes ago I was fine
Then again you started to occupy every thought everything every place inside my mind
Now I'm curled up in bed with a fifth full of vodka and I can't stop thinking about ya
Hopefully I'll just blackout
Before the thought of killing myself comes around
Track Name: Satan's Whisper (Dream #1)
I'll take you down further than you thought you could ever go
I'll take you down to where no man should ever go

There's a deep enough pit I can push you into
My hate will be like sharks swimming around you
Fear me for I know not what I am truly capable of
Fear me cause I'm a reckless thing, There's No god who can stop me
I'm gonna make it hard to breath
I'm gonna take away your reasons for living
I hope yesterday was great
Because you're not gonna live another day
Without misery soaking your skin
Without your crooked heart flaking
It will feel like there's always coals in your guts
Your teeth will ache, and your eyes won't shut
You'll wish for an ounce of sleep
A reprieve from hammers hitting your knees

You'll come begging for me to let you go
And I'll say no
I'll say no

I'll take you down further than you thought you could ever go
I'll take you down to where no man should ever go
The only thing that I am sorry for
Is not hurting you just a little bit more
Before you died
Track Name: Fall In Berkeley (Dream #2)
If I jumped off this balcony
Would I land on my head or my feet
If I jumped far enough
Do you think I could clear that bench

Someone go bang on the RA's door
Because some kid needs help on the 5th floor
He's drunk outside his mind
And he's been debating suicide
Tears swelled up in both their eyes
As she begged him not to take his own life

Feet on the edge, Hands on the rail
Too much pressure, He's afraid he's gonna fail
They talk about this place like it's Full of saints
Getting good grades, High GPA's

Someone go bang on the RA's door
Because some kid just jumped off the 5th floor
The girl held his hand and she watched him die
Tears swelled up in both her eyes
How can this kid with a full ride
To Berkeley want to take his own life

500 dollar fine
For throwing projectiles of the side
I can't believes it's a misdemeanor
To commit Suicide

They put his name on a bench
That's still stained with his blood
And candlelight floods The courtyard
Everyone's wearing a red ribbon In memory of him
They openly discuss How this could happen to any of us
Track Name: Drunking
I probably never would have drank if it wasn't for you
I'm not pointing the finger just claiming a truth
You told me of all the cool things you would do and it scared me at my core
Will I turn against everything I stand for, break vows I made in my youth
If I don't follow then my love will leave me
Everything I've gained I will lose

I'll live for the here and now
Because the futures just too much to think about
I learned to turn off my mind
Because frankly it's been ruining my whole life

I pretended I was drunk just so we could fuck
And hopefully you would fall in love
I shouldn't have to do this to win your heart
I shouldn't have to do this at all

I'll live for the here and now
Because the past is just too much to think about
I learned to turn off my mind
Because frankly it's been ruining my whole life

I'll be digging myself a hole until I learn to let you go

Tell me what to do because god I've followed you far too long

I don't know what to do
Cause I don't want to follow you anymore
Track Name: Something Has Got To Change
I used to live for the long term
Believed in heaven and hell
Now I live for the short term and things aren't turning out that well
I got to the point where I was so lonely
That I bought a fish to keep me company
Two months in and it died
Truly Nighttime is the worst time to be alone

I can't stand up straight I can't feel my toes
I reached out my arms and I can't find my nose
My head is a globe, a giant yoyo
It just keeps spinning, I should stop drinking

Something has got to change
I can't keep on living this way
Something has got to change
I can't keep on living this way
Something has got to change
A fifth is way too for one day
I can't drink my problems away
Something has got to change

I've hugged other girls, I've held their hands
I've kissed a few, I've had one night stands
I've indulged too much sex and alcohol
I've lost the one thing that made me feel whole

I'm constantly running from my problems
Trying to run from what pains me but I can't run from me
No matter where I go there I'm gonna be
I can't keep blaming my dad or god or my ex girlfriend
If I truly want change these excuses have got to end

Something has got to change
I can't keep on living this way
Something has got to change
I can't keep on living this way
Something has gotta change
Pointing fingers is not the way
I can't blame my problems away
I've gotta make a change
Track Name: Break My Fall
Hold on when your hope dies
When you can't see that there's light
Hold on when the scars are overwhelming your life
Hold on through your crying that never seems to stop
Let go of the bottle, don't drink another drop
Forgive even if they don't deserve it at all
Give yourself grace and do your best to just stand tall
Hold on even if you don't believe in god, or in yourself or in anything