A Nightmare

by People Like Us

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released May 11, 2013

Written by People Like Us
Produced by Patrick Simms at Slanty House Studios

Shane Fester - Vocals
Bradley Cousins - Guitar, vocals, and aux percussion
Jordan White - Guitar and vocals
Mark Allin - Bass
Benjamin Cousins - Drums, vocals, and saxophone

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people like us. Burlington, Ontario

A group of musicians and friends playing songs in their basements and bed rooms over the years has lead to the formation of People Like Us.

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Track Name: Prologue to a Nightmare
Lying in bed, this is so far from what I want to be
Want to be dead, these dreams of perfection are the ones that have haunted me
Lying in bed, this is so far from what I want to be
You know what I said, and these dreams are so beautiful it's a shame to wake up
Lying here with a pillow under my head
The only thing that is missing is your kissing and I think that's enough said
You know what I want and these dreams are what will give it to me
You know what I want and these dreams are so beautiful it's a shame to wake up

Wake up, wake up!

So I went to the therapist
And what did he tell me, oh what did he tell me?
"These dreams you had of a strange nature
These thoughts, these ideas they intrigue me
Tell me more about these things that you see"
Do you really do you, do you really want to know?
No you don't, no

It's all about this beautiful specimen that I crave, no one knows take it to your grave
Yeah and when I go unconscious, the best I do just to make it through
It's all about this beautiful specimen that I crave, no one knows take it to your grave
Yeah and when I go unconscious the best I do, she can help me through
The best I do just to make it through yeah
Please patients have patience, have patience

At the end of these dreams she comforts me with every one it seems
I know you should prescribe something that my body will recognize to knock me out

And she saves me when the monsters try to take me
And she's there for me when everything goes wrong
And she saves me when everyone tries to blame me for everything that ever went wrong

I know you can help me to put me to sleep for a while
Because that is where I'm happy, you can truly make me smile

And she saves me when the monsters try to take me away
And she's there for me when everything goes wrong
In your eyes it's alright
And she saves me when everyone tries to blame me for everything that ever went wrong
Track Name: Batten Down the Hatches
Standing on the pier watching as the ships pass near to the shore
Wishing you were here to live another year and guide me through the storm
Red skies this morning, black clouds on horizon
The captain's warning, "the sky might open up"

Isn't she beautiful on a lifeboat sailing away

It was a north wind when the clouds came tumbling in shooting lightning bolts across the sky
Unlike anything I've seen throughout all my years at sea, shaking her from side to side
Red skies this morning, black clouds on horizon
The captain's warning, "the sky might open up"

Waves are crashing around, so strong they'll knock you out
We can't stay here, now we've got to take cover under
Only god can save us now
Rain is coming down, a thousand pounds, a thousand pounds
Lightning hits the bow, this ship is going down, going down

Let your presence shine like we did before
Like a lighthouse beacon on the ocean floor
Can you play captain and sail us home?
On a lifeboat battered and worn
The clouds have parted, blue sky on horizon
The healing started, things are looking up
Track Name: A Dare, a Chase, an Escape
An innocent yard left behind, change of plans we crossed the line
Who thought the fields out of town would make me lose you by my side
You said "come on I dare you to"
I said "there's no way that's what I would do"
And then the sun dipped behind the trees and the shadow cast a darkness over everything

This could have been no fault of mine
I was not the cause of this
The thought of which would cross my mind
It's not supposed to end like this

So sorry that I lost you babe, I turned a moment and you're gone
So sorry that I lost you baby, I turned a moment and forgot

Run back and wonder what could have happened here
A moment ago you're beside me but now you're somewhere else my dear
It's colder in the evenings ever since you disappeared
Feels like ages since I've seen you, I've heard you, or been near you

In the words of your father, "you grew up too damn fast"
Think back now to all those years and retrace your footsteps
I know you didn't parish, I know that you're still holding on somewhere, somewhere out there

Oh I've grown to regret standing here once again
No clear path to take while I find my footing
Who's heart will break?
A life without knowing or knowing again
My love's deeper than my life in sorrow

I've never felt quite like this
Running from a feeling and I don't know what it is
Will I see you again if I can't escape from this hell?

And I want you to know that I am the hunter and you are the hunted
If I lost you once I won't do it again

I've never felt quite like this
Running from a feeling and I don't know what it is
"Will I see you again?"
"Can't you see me right here?"
The path that you take is the path that will lead you right you fate
We wouldn't have to make up for all these years if I'd just accepted your dare
Track Name: Changing Roles
We're taking these corners rather fast
The headlights shine the way and cut the path
We're out of control and there's no time
We're changing roles

A child dies alone, only a child
I have crossed the line every day
Every day I pray that we will see an end to these crimes
For the last time
Am I paying the price?
Incarcerated for mistakes I've made
I know mistakes are made but I can tell this wasn't an accident

Changing roles, I am the victim and his family
There's so much pain and so much grief
And in a heartbeat the heart can stop, doesn't make sense to me
Caught up in the mystery I can't believe it's happening again

And the killer always knows how good it feels to be alive

I'll drive all the way, I'll drive

Listen up son, you better show some remorse in front of the jury
The judge may show you mercy but I will take no prisoners
Because tonight my name is Justice

I have driven all the way out to the shore
The last thing I'll ever see is the ocean floor
I have dug my grave, now I must lie in it
Track Name: Follow the Sun
We were angels on the pavement last night, looking back at the stars
Not noticing the passing cars because there were none in sight
And then we looked at the trees, they were floating in the summer breeze
As still as a pond as the evening light lingers on

God only knows why we follow the sun every day until the day that we die
We were made in the stars and then we fell down from the greatest heights
Oh yes we did

When everything is right, you don't have to say a word tonight
Let me follow your lead into the forest, into the trees
The path is gone beneath our feet and it doesn't seem like anyone can help me
Just let me take you home and let you know that I'm as scared as you are feeling
And we can get through this if we need it
Track Name: Epilogue; a Doctor's Monologue
Running through the corridors that I've been through before
I know this time the walls are painted white
If you take the lead, you're the saviour, you're my heroine
With you by my side I am free
Oh the air is as cold as ice and it's sending shivers down my spine

Do you feel like your mind is an open book? Who's reading this? Who's reading this?

Hello hello, hello mister dead man walking
You're making me sad to say goodbye as you lie in your bed sleep talking
These tired eyes will soon realize that they have seen all they can see
So what does this mean?
And when was the last time that I feel asleep?

Wind whipping past our faces, ripping up the tiles with every stride
We sure are making great time
I'm not calming down, why aren't you talking to me now?
Get through to me somehow
And now the air is as hot as hell but still shivers go down my spine

I told you that night, on the pavement outside,
That the river bend's too deep to touch so your shallow grave will be inside
As the waves were crashing in the crew was soaked right through their skin
You called on me to take the helm, well now it's your turn
Step right up just step right up, I want you to be the man that you are
It's time to take control of your life

When I came to I found myself an honest truth, like a broken record skipping tune
Enter the Doctor and strike up the band
Let loose and play while we still can
Fuck this hold you've got on me, hit the lights and press record
Now why can't I remember the last time that I fell asleep?

It was 4 o'clock in the morning when you decided to stop breathing
A complication of sorts making your blood run cold
What was the reason for this?
Making your heart stop beating
Well we tried everything but there was no saving your soul
A little hard for me to take
I told your sister, she said she'd miss you for sure
She told your brother, he didn't bother to retort
Now I lay down in my bed and try my best but the ambulance song rings through my head

I'm tossing and I'm turning, my eyes are red and burning
Through the darkness I can see a figure of pure beauty
She speaks to me with these lips dark red, voices, voices of the dead
She whispers, "are you on your own? Follow me and you will never be alone"
So I give in and I tell her
I tell her "I'm yours, I'm yours, lead me through the darkness, I'm yours, I'm yours"