Cynic

by Joe Bartel

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Observations on modernity told through folk-punk, acoustic rock and melodicas. Available as a digital download or physical disc!

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released November 18, 2015

Music & lyrics by Joe Bartel
Produced & engineered by Joe Bartel
Recorded at Hatchet Shed Studio
Mastered by Mike Geronsin
Photography by Joe Rachwal & Joe Vokracka

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Joe Bartel Minneapolis, Minnesota

Stateless Minneapolitan.
Bedroom musician. Well poisoner.

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Track Name: thinkin bout drinkin
thinkin bout drinkin
each and every night
sippin, i’m slippin
girl i know you’re right

i have gotta stop
cos it’s fucking me up
i can’t go a night without the sickness
i have gotta quit
cos i’m sick of this shit
i can’t go a night without my love

thinkin bout drinkin
each and every day
druggin, mean muggin
girl i’ve lost my way

i have gotta stop
cos it’s fucking me up
waking in the morning with the sickiness
i have gotta quit
cos i’m sick of this shit
waking up without my love
Track Name: Love You Miss
I’m singing that I love you miss, you
get too close and I will kiss you
on the neck or on the cheek, whatever
helps you fall asleep at
night when demons come

I dreamed that you were next to me, you
looked so real I could see your
Pretty smile, your pretty face, you
brought me back to better days
before my demons come

I made a couple sour bets, got
that much further into debts, got
broken hearts and broken knees,
regrets as far as I can see at
night the colors run

The things you done, all they will haunt you
in the night, the demons taunt you
for the ways that you have sinned
for letting all the spectres in with
things that you have done

I’m the luckiest man at the end of the world
I’ve got wolves and shattered shields
I’ve got you by my side at the end of the world
I’ve got wolves and shattered shields
So won’t you ride to the other side with me?

I’m singing that I love you miss, you
get too close and I will kiss you
on the neck or on the cheek, whatever
helps you fall asleep, I’m
Singing that I love you miss, you
get too close and I will kiss you
on the neck or on the cheek, whatever
helps you fall asleep, at
night when demons come
Track Name: Handgun
You never had time for your daughters
You never made time for your wife
You left in your car
Whisky plates parked at the bar
And never came home in the night

You never had time for a handgun
You never had time for a knife
The oldest of tricks
The river and the bricks
Were dragging you down from the light

More of the same, more of the shame weighing on you
Another night is biting the dust
And it’s alright being broken cos I can be repaired
But I'd prefer rebuilding our trust

But your days are numbered

You’re wearing that lead anchor necklace
And sporting those cinderblock shoes
Look back on the years and the lives of all your peers
If you could live it all again what would you choose?

I’m feeling that burning sensation
I know no relief to be found
Tonight I am gold, but tomorrow I know
That ever creeping need will come around
Track Name: Two Trains Pass in the Night (interlude)
Instrumental
Track Name: Hatchet Shed
Darling, you make me kind of crazy
Sometimes you drive me kind of mad
You make me wanna bury this hatchet in your back
And go finish myself off in the shed

I grew up in a normal family
I even had a normal dad
He never even beat me and
He never even left
Not even when I was being bad
And holy shit was I ever bad

You grew up in the suburbs and you wasted your life
But you should just be glad you only wasted your life
Cos it’s better for you soul to be empty inside than it is
for your stomach to be empty inside
That’s life in a first world country

Sometimes, you make me kind of angry
Sometimes you make me kind of mad
You make me wanna bury this hatchet in your back
And go finish myself off in the shed

You said everything can be beaten
You said that it isn’t hopeless yet
But baby you get anxious and I get depressed
and I think about the future I get the sweats
Cos this is as good as it gets

You grew up in the suburbs and you wasted your life
But you should just be glad you only wasted your life
Cos it’s better for you soul to be empty inside than it is
for your stomach to be empty inside
That’s life in a first world country
Track Name: Runaway Spirit
Another morning slips away
Another evening dragging on
Don’t know why I had to take it this far
I’ve been a lazy friend
Worse lover, son and brother
You told me "I don’t know who you are anymore"

I am more than the worst that I have ever been
I am more than the things I have done
I’m reaffirming my commitment to the bare minimum
Tell me what you need to get by
If you need me to burn,
If you need me to leave,
If you need me to go, I’ll be gone
But I think that you could be happy again
If I could just admit I am wrong

If you need me to burn,
If you need me to go,
If you need me to leave, I’ll be gone
But I think that we could both be happy again
If I could just admit I am wrong

Runaway spirit
Hit the open road tonight
You don’t know what’s coming after me
You don’t know what’s out there
Track Name: The People's Anthem
Can’t you hear the people singing?
Hear their voices rising in the square?
They’ve been waiting for the hour to arrive
and take back what is theirs

The circus elephants have left town
And the markets have run out of bread
As the king is served a banquet from the throne
His people are not fed

So, the people grab their pitchforks
And the torches light a glowing pyre
The people gather in the night to put an end to this thieving empire

Can’t you hear the king is screaming
As the people storm the castle walls
The royal guard is overtaken by the crowd
The king’s defenses fall

Drag the royals to the town square
Put the children in the guillotine
The queen is begging for some mercy from the crowd
But none that day was seen!

Can’t you hear the people singing?
Hear their voices rising in the square?
They’ve been waiting for the hour to arrive
and take back what is theirs
Track Name: Baby Son
You prolly haven’t thought of me in years
I dreamt about you last night
Broken commitments were your first condition
Lied to my face, but it’s alright

You washed your hands of me and changed your clothes
You’ve got a newborn baby son
No need to think about the ones you left behind
or everything that you have done

You broke it off, you told me it’s for the best that you move on
Don’t make a scene, don’t cause a fuss
I wish you and I were still just friends
I wish that’s all we’d ever been
Instead of turning into dust

I am your city burning to the ground
I am your future up in flames
I am the smoke and ash that choke you in your sleep
and leave you nothing but a name

it keeps me up at night
still burning here despite
our understanding
was I just being too demanding

You broke it off, you told me it’s for the best that you move on
Don’t make a scene, don’t cause a fuss
I wish you and I were still just friends
I wish that’s all we’d ever been
Instead of turning into dust
Track Name: Stop Treating Me Like the Sea
Stop being so mean to me
Stop treating me like the sea
You fill me with your garbage and your toxic waste
And overfishing from my dignity

Stop bitching at me so much
Stop using me as a crutch
Lean on me for support until I can’t stand up
I just wish you would use a lighter touch
Track Name: Long Drive
It’s time to move on, get a fresh start
Sold off my apartment and packed up my car
I will return here when the moon is full,
I’ve got a long drive ahead of me

You grew up too fast and started to get nervous
Love can give you purpose it can chain you up
Hold your spirit tight for it may try to flail and kick you
down

I’ve only given bitter strife to the women in my life
And I don’t know how to make it up
If my dad could see all that I’ve done he’d say “this isn’t how I raised my son”
And I don't know how to make it better

Winter came to early and you had to run
You went away to play in California sun
These midwest memories will only bring you down
You’ve got a long drive ahead of you

So come on home, I know you miss your city
It’s such a pity that you had to stray
It’s hard to find true love when you’re not really trying in this
town

I’ve only given bitter strife to the women in my life
And I don’t know how to make it up
I wish that I could be just half the man that my mother thinks I am
and I don't know how to make it better