Alive and Trying

by Impulse Control

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Recorded live at Kelly's Olympian in Portland, Oregon in June of 2017.


released January 5, 2017


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Impulse Control Ashland, Oregon

Slightly ironic, mostly loud, kinda quiet, a little awkward, fun at times, 25-ish, and we like the music.

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Track Name: Young Bullfighter (LIVE)
Young Bullfighter

Once a jailer's son
The boy was born to run on the precipice of death
Despite his eminent demise he looked the bull square in the eyes
And asked if he’d known Jesus

It drew a hush from the crowd
How could he care about a thing like that now?
Onlookers never turned nor looked away
They knew he could hardly stand
The boy never had a chance
He said the message over and over again

He was a young bullfighter
Younger than they've ever seen
He was a young bullfigher, fighter
Young than anyone could ever believe

It was hardly a match
The bull gored the boy so fast
And the blood mixed with the sand
Sparked a riot in the stands
How could we all let this pass?
And the body disappeared

It’s all because of you, all because of you
Everybody here is blaming you
It’s all because of you, It’s all because of you
He said the message over and over again

He had it coming
That’s what struck him as funny
His final tear
They were shed for you
Track Name: Shell Shock (LIVE)
Shell Shock

My Mind is fading
Slowly turning grey
I need a medic
Shell shock shell shock shell shock
I need a medic

Dear lovely, I've seen your pretty face round here before
Now tell me something: Do you think it matters, what you're looking for?
Well tell me something, you're living on your own and that's just fine
But, darling, do you trust me? And if not, and if not, and if not
What are we saying?

Hey darling, I've seen you walking round these streets before
But tell me something: Does your life need more?
Well tell me, lovely, you're living on your own and that's just fine
But, darling, do you trust me? And if not, and if not, and if not
What are we saying?
Track Name: Wait (LIVE)

"Those dreams were left for dead"
That’s what the old kids said
And I've never heard them lie before
Those dreams were gone yesterday
That’s what these old kids say
And I've just heard them talk before

How long before we hold on?
Equivocate so you’re not wrong
Then visualize what you're dreaming of

Close your eyes and you’ll be there
Fantasize here then toil out there
You beware

Wrote your dream on the back of your 401k
Got no more ghosts to blame
You're must pointing at sheets of grey

Wait! I see a light on, but there's no sign of..
Wait! You’re in no hurry to say you’re sorry
Wait! You need a purpose to see the surface
Wait! You need some violence to break the silence
Track Name: My Kind of Girl (LIVE)
My Kind of Girl

How long are you waiting
Before you call this off, your protest?
It's a Friday night under football lights; my hands are shaking
Please call home and let us see this through

And I've heard this all before
Knocked down, got me turned around
And then I end up on the bedroom floor

She still smiles despite all the pain
Love the stroms for the smell of the rain
My God shes loves almost everything
My girl, she's beautiful and always gonna be that way

Do you remember fall, duck in the park?
You named them something fun then I forgot them
We take the dog to the beach and everyone that we see
Is going grean from their jealousy
We take the dog to the park and everyone there are
Looking for something we've got

Always smile, then after a while, I'll always hold your hand across the airplane aisle
Track Name: Foresight (LIVE)

Everyday seems get caught in a haze that can’t be broken through
I search through the thick fog, get tired and everyday I seem to get lost
I choke up, keep my chin down; swing for the fences, always seem to hit it foul
The announcers in the top booth say, “that boy’s got no follow-through”

My foresight is falling away

I'm called to lead again, getting dizzy and I got no greys in my head
Shout above the white noise; just a cymbal in cacophony of clamoring boys
The elders step in and say “this is how you become a man”

Called to lead again; one day I’ll get to see them all just as friends
All this transpired under the guise that I could lead a holy choir
And all this faith left, I'm left with something that I fake with friends
My life has caught fire: It’s time to stop, drop, rock, and roll
Track Name: Bargain Bin Gold (LIVE)
Bargain Bin Gold

Got my guitar when I was eleven years old
Just after two years of failed cello
Got my guitar cause I thought I was hot
Plus a Yo-Yo Ma I was so so not
Fast-forward through high school then college
No record deals or money in my wallet
Ma says I write one hell of a song so I guess it wont me long
This all has to amount to something

One day this band will be bargain bin gold
Play all our sets for Rum and Cokes
Sell out the house show that we host
So all our friends sing songs they know

Impulse Control, Impulse Control
ADD and Adderall
Impulse Control, Impulse Control
I think I'm gonna have to call my mom

Hide away and the fans all disregard
Oh shit, my fans are coming out
It's these live shows that I love
Get the band in the van on a road trip
Get paid in IPAs and chicken strips
It's these house shows that I'll miss
Thank God for all of these kids

Subpop is gonna return my calls any day now
They'll print us all on vinyl any day now
They're all gonna scream and shout my name any day now
Track Name: The Oregon Song (LIVE)
The Oregon Song

So take the dream of a single soul
And multiply it by the multitudes around
We're all working for a single goal
To take our home and turn it into a battle ground

So take the spark of the dreamers
To catch like wildfire to everybody in this town
To make the whole state believe you
Yeah it's beautiful, I can just see it now

Our dream has just begun
To those souls to be won
We'll sing until it's done
This one's for Oregon
I need to hear you shout
To scream the anthem loud
We'll sing until it done
This one's for Oregon

Eugene, Salem, Portland
Klamath Falls to Sutherlin
Astoria to Ashland, Grants Pass to La Grande
Beaverton to Bend Coos Bay to Pendleton
Cave Junction to Corvallis, Wilsonville and Talent
Happy Valley, Roseburg, Gold Beach, Medford
Forest Grove, Brookings, all the way to Albany
The Dalles, Central Point
Come on people make some noise
For the state that we all love
Here's to us in Oregon

Fuck California

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