A​.​L​.​I​.​T​.​E.

by Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount

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We are very humbled to present our band's fourth LP to you, A.L.I.T.E. (Act Like It's The End).

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released 11 November 2014

Julia Massey: vox, keyboard
Dominic Cortese: drums, percussion
Geoff Gibbs: guitar, bass, vox

Tracks 1, 2, 3, 7, 9, and 10 engineered by Don Farwell at Earwig Studio
Tracks 4, 5, and 8 engineered by David Miner at Chartreuse Muffin Studio
Track 6 engineered by Julia Massey at Rupert Roe's house

Mastered by Ed Brooks at RFI Mastering

Album artwork by Heidi Estey

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Track Name: Die Before You Die, Part I.
Make it quick,
Life's a trick
In a fickle game of
Which way to go
In the show
When you're Romeo

Friend to foe,
But the end
Was careening toward the blade
That she made
Into something we eventually forgave

Cause the message was the same,
The message was the same,
The message was the same:

Die before you,
Die before you die,
Die before you,
Die before you die.

Take to task
All the masks
That were living in the crib
In the cold,
Taking roll,
While the soul

Lost a ledge
Gained an edge
On the leverage of the pain
Deemed insane
But the stuff that had eternally remained

Cause the message was the same,
The message was the same,
The message was the same:

Die before you,
Die before you die,
Die before you,
Die before you die...
Track Name: Protect This Place
Underneath a maple,
How's it ever able
To capture the colors? I'm
Watching while it dances-
From the brittle branches, the annual show, and I,

I feel, I feel, I feel,
Them on my face,
They will, they will, they will
Protect this place.

Over on the island,
An eagle is relying
On evergreen tops to see,

See us, see us, see us,
Through time and space,
He will, he will, he will
Protect this place.

There was always something
There was always something
There was always something there...

It'll get better, won't it?
It'll get better, won't it?
It'll get better, won't it...?

Always there, it is (It'll get better, won't it?)
Always there, it is (It'll get better, won't it?)
Always there, it is (It'll get better, won't it?)...

Catching up to mama,
Swimming through a drama
Of fear of a fear itself,

Feel her, feel her, feel her
Warm embrace,
Let us, let us, let us
Protect this place.

There was always something
There was always something
There was always something there...

It'll get better, won't it?
It'll get better, won't it?
It'll get better, won't it...? Always there, always there

It'll get better, won't it?
It'll get better, won't it?
It'll get better, won't it?
Track Name: Paralleloplan(e)s
What did you see way up high?
Something you couldn't identify?
Looking at the sky for another chance.

Sensory input: find the hoax!
What does it take to be a ghost, and
Who are the folks making this romance?

Rounding up all the videos and
Placing my bids with "yes and no"s cause
Crops ain't in rows when the patterns dance.

What if there isn't a right and wrong, just
Everyone singing every song,
Living along paralleloplans?

[whistling fun!]

What did you read on the page?
Critical words about the stage?
Energy output always gets received.

Here is some canvas and some paint,
Lungs and a heart, a breath and brain, and
Who can refrain from what's on the sleeve?

Wearing it all for everyone and
Nobody's time is ever done so
Coast in the fun of what's yours to keep.

What if there isn't a right and wrong just
Everyone singing every song,
Living along paralleloplanes?

[MORE whistle fun!+bing bong]

What did you see way up high?
Something you couldn't identify?
Looking at the sky for another chance.

Sensory input: find the hoax!
What does it take to be a ghost, and
Who are the folks making this romance?

Rounding up all the videos and
Placing my bids with "yes and no"s cause
Crops ain't in rows when the patterns dance.

What if there isn't a right and wrong, just
Everyone singing every song,
Everyone singing every song?
Track Name: Montana Capri
Keep her warm,
Keep her safe.
Give her time,
Give her space.

Hold the worst,
Hold the best,
Take what's first,
Love the rest.

Like a garden, you'll watch her grow,
'Til she's got her own thoughts to sew,
Sprouting out of the ground:

Taking care to renew an old dream,
That between all the tragedy
Is a teaching sound,

Of a lesson we're all 'sposed to learn,
Coming through with a thoughtful turn,
As the message you found

In the shape of your heart and mind,
Love is suddenly redefined
In the here and the now!

Whooooooooooooooooooooo
Track Name: Nuclear Disarmament
Trigger fingers round the globe
Heeding lessons from the road
Saving for the killing spree
And I hope the trees'll outlive me.

All the dances, all the songs,
All the ways we got along,
Mothers, daughters, fathers, sons,
Forgive us for the things we've done.

I'm as sure as I was before.

The whys of who we are
Is always getting answered,
Always getting answered.

Robbie Benson's own guitar,
Fighting fascists in the war,
Reaching for the galaxies,
And I hope his rhythm outlives me.

I'm as sure as I was before.

The whys of who we are
Is always getting answered
always getting answered

Always getting answered
Always getting answered
By all the ways you loved me.

Always getting answered
Always getting answered
By life as can and can't be's.
Track Name: New Neighbor
An important interview between Julia Massey and Rupert Roe.
Track Name: The Story of the Earth, So Far
Long ago a world was born,
Along a journey, timeless worn,
Made out of light and gravity-
Part of a stellar nursery,
And after many, many years,
Under an early atmosphere,
All of the fragile elements
Eventually commenced into:

All the oceans, all the lovely oceans,
All the oceans, all the lovely oceans,
All the oceans, all the lovely oceans,
All the oceans, all the lovely oceans,
All the oceans, all the lovely oceans,
All the oceans, all the lovely oceans.

And as the fires from within,
Combined with comets on the fringe,
The surface orbited and cooled,
Allowing microscopic ooze
To take a chance upon the shore,
Turning into something more
Than what the continental crust
Could've imagined as it blushed with

All the forests, all the lovely forests,
All the forests, all the lovely forests,
All the forests, all the lovely forests,
All the forests, all the lovely forests,
All the forests, all the lovely forests,
All the forests, all the lovely forests,
All the forests, all the lovely forests,

In between the greenery,
And oxygen it breathed
Into a placed where life evolved
And countless creatures heard the call
Becoming one part of the dance
And in the blink of time, the chance,
To realize the universe
As a gift and not a curse on

All the people, all the lovely people,
All the people, all the lovely people,
All the people, all the lovely people,
All the people, all the lovely people,
All the people, all the lovely people,
All the people, all the lovely people,
All the people, all the lovely people,

The power to predict
The future often tries to trick
Us into thinking that we're right
Until we disagree and fight,
But one fact remains the same:
The sun and earth will end someday,
Except that nothing gets destroyed-
Even a black hole fills the void with

All the colors, all the lovely colors,
All the colors, all the lovely colors,
All the colors, all the lovely colors,
All the colors, all the lovely colors,
All the colors, all the lovely colors,
All the colors, all the lovely colors,
All the colors, all the lovely colors,

All the oceans, all the lovely oceans,
All the oceans, all the lovely oceans,
All the forests, all the lovely forests,
All the forests, all the lovely forests,
All the people, all the lovely people,
All the people, all the lovely people,
All the colors, all the lovely colors

Heal the world we live in,
Save it for our children.
Track Name: 10,000 Things
Ten thousand things,
In one breath,
Grasping on-
To emptiness.

Catch a flame,
Feel it burn:
It's the same,
With all you've learned.

Drink a drink,
With one hand-
Everything
Has a plan.

Write a song,
Feel it's worth:
It's the same,
From death to birth.

Ten thousand things,
Ten thousand things.

Ten thousand things,
Ten thousand things.
Track Name: Turn It Into Everything
I tried to write you down-
Love got in the way-
Now with all the words,
There's nothing left to say.

So we went ahead,
Drew the ace of spades-
How did we forget
It started as a game (of)?

Turn it into everything
Turn it into everything
Turn it into every single thing,

Turn it into everything
Turn it into everything
Turn it into every single thing.

I tried to make some rules
With numbers, colors, suits,
But now the list is long
Enough to block the muse.

The scissors are in hand,
They're right to cut it down,
But nothing can destroy
The strings that make the sound.

Turn it into everything,
Turn it into everything,
Turn it into every single thing,

Turn it into everything,
Endless songs we'll always sing,
Turn it into every single thing.

Turn it into everything,
Turn it into everything,
Turn it into every single thing,

Turn it into everything,
Turn it into everything,
Turn it into every single thing,
Every single thing
Every single thing.
Track Name: Die Before You Die, Part II.
Die before you die,
Die before you die,
Die before you die.