Honesty & Happiness Lyric Sheet

 All words and music by Dennis Vogen
 
The Death of Van Doesburg (Introduction)
 
The mall's open, but nobody's shopping
It's not a sale if the prices are dropping anyway
La, la, la, la
Let's be honest
 
The bottle's spinning, but there's something missing
and that something is someone worth kissing anyway
La, la, la, la
Let's be honest
 
It would've worked if we were perfect
I work and work, but I'm not perfect
 
Honesty & Happiness
 
So I was looking at the long term
Three quarters and I quit school
Now I break hearts as a learning tool
 
And now I'm singing for the short term
Four quarters if you're keeping the beat
I'll break your heart if you pick up your feet
 
I'm honest but not happy
I’m honest but not happy
I’m honest but not happy
So what?
 
'Cause that's the way that it's going to be
 
So I was dying for a life term but this life is a business
It makes no sense to me
I'll break your heart for a nominal fee?
 
And now I'm giving in to your terms
'cause you're a villain with a violent scheme
You can take what you want but you'll never get me
 
I'm happy but not honest
I’m happy but not honest
I’m happy but not honest
So what? 
 
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BREAKDOWN
 
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The Breakup Breakdown
 
Now don't spray it if you think you have to say
the "single" meanest thing you'll ever say to me
I won't sweat it, but I won't let you forget
the "single" meanest thing you ever said to me
 
They found out and you're not able to drown out
the meanest things they've ever said about you
I didn't spread it, but it looks like you regret
the "single" meanest thing you ever said to me
 
They're talking and they say I'm okay
I'll be all right
But when they talk you walk away
So I say
"Are you all right?" 
 
Light speed!
And you think it's me you need
but I think you really do mean what you said
You're crying, and you're pretty sure I'm lying
but I really think you do mean what you said
 
In the spirit of irony
I'm helping you get over me
You're just mourning a memory
and I'm just your twelve steps
 
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BREAKDOWN
 
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(Additional music by Brian McDonough)
 
The Silent Type
 
So how was work?
Oh, I forgot, you're the silent type
So did you hear the news?
It's yesterday's but it's still black and white
So I like your shirt
Not the smell but the way it fits
So how was work?
Did I ask you that?
Did it just slip my mind?
Sometimes I lose my mind
 
You don't have to say
I already know
Always have
We don't have to wait
That light means go
Always has
You don't have to leave
I'll call in sick or just quit
I don't have sing
You already know
Oh, yeah
 
So I hate work
Waiting tables is a standstill life
So did you read the news?
The words are loud but it's a silent type
So I like your hair
Both the smell and the way it feels
So I hate work
Did I repeat myself?
Did it just slip my mind?
Sometimes I lose my mind
 
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SOLO
 
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A Clockwork Pink (The Shroeder House Prelude)
 
These dirty thoughts are a part of me like you are a part of me
These dirty thoughts are a part of me like you are a part of me
and if you try to take a part away, I will try to take my life away
These dirty thoughts are a part of me like you are a part of me
 
These words I speak are a part of me like you are a part of me
These friends I keep are a part of me like you are a part of me
and if you try to take a part away, I will try to take my life away
These dirty thoughts are a part of me, like you are a part of me
 
The Shroeder House, Pt. 1
 
My candle burns from both ends
So I drink to stay up
This town rots from both sides
But I built a new house
Throw your stones
I am the bird you were waiting for
I'm the one still trying
You're the one with clipped wings
 
You're lucky I'm a doctor
I gamble and I'm no proctor
I'm lucky 'cause you trust me
don't worry, you can trust me
 
My candle will expire
So I drink to speak up
This town's stuck in time
Segregate the scene
Throw your stones
I am the bird you were waiting for
I’m the one still trying
You’re the one with clipped wings
 
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The Shroeder House, Pt. 2
 
I had to build it so the people would come
I didn't know you would destroy it for fun
After the fire you so thought I was done
Oh, no
 
I had to sing it so the people could hear
You tried to break the things that I hold dear
After the fire you ignited the fear
Oh, no
 
Three, two, one – blast off!
 
I built and I sang
I burned and I sank
but ships and stones won't break my bones
Oh, no, no
So pick up your torch
and pick on my voice
but sticks and coal won't break my soul
No, no
 
I had to wake them so the people could see
I see you squinting at the irony
After the fire you uncrossed your arms
Oh, no
 
I had to strike them so the people could feel
I see you fuming and not tapping your heel
After the fire you bought a new guitar
Oh, no
 
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(Additional music by Tony Strandlof)
 
Second Drink
 
I have a headache but you have my drug
A twelve pack or bouquet of forget-me-nots
Our memories are so overrated
Our enemies are so underestimated
 
Sometimes, those nights are a little more apparent
Sometimes, I wish I didn't feel so alone
Sometimes, at night, you're a little more transparent
But sometimes, you make me feel a little less alone
 
I have a heartache, but you have my drug
A liter we can sweep under the rug
Our memories are so frustrated
Our enemies are so underestimated
 
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SOLO
 
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Like This
 
I won't want and I can't need
I won't talk 'cause I can't breathe
I won't take 'cause I can't give
and don't have much but the life I live
 
I'm feeling light-headed
You make me breathe like this
And that's alright
I didn't want to but I want you
and to feel like this
If that's alright
I'm feeling so fucked up
Do I sound tough or what?
Is that alright?
I didn't want to but I want you
and to feel like this
If that's alright
 
I won't wait but I can't leave
I won't lie but I can't be believed
And I won't cry if you say that you'll leave
But if you leave then I might cry
 
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SOLO
 
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Always On Time
 
If you want to we could try
to take on the world and never be on time
If we try we could take on the world and never be on time
 
Oh, what's the matter?
Oh, where are my manners?
Allow me to introduce myself to you
Allow me to tell you what I think we'll probably do
 
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Oh, what's the matter?
Oh, who needs manners?
Yeah, we'll just shake things up 'til they agree
Shake things up 'til they fall down before our feet
 
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BREAK
 
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Return To Sender
 
Your love is a minefield and I'm on the last leg
You make men stumble
You make cities crumble
My love is a pity party and I'm on the last keg
You make me stutter
You put me in gutters
Your love is a memory and I've played the last game
You made me quit but still  you make me sit
My love is a photo and I'm stuck in the frame
You put me down
You pick me up
 
You hold the past
You hold the plans
You hold the fragile dream
The package where I came read
“Handle with care please"
 
Break it!
Break it!
That's what you wanted, isn't it?
'Cause I didn't ask for this
Take it!
Take it!
And do what you want to to it
but know I didn't ask for this
 
My love is a china shop and I was born in may.
You make me destructive
and you're not constructive
My love is a glass house and you're addicted to stones
You go to meetings
but you're good at cheating
Your love is a memory and I’ve played the last game
You made me quit and still you make me sit
Your love is a photo and I’m stuck in the frame
You put me down
You pick me up
 
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SOLO
 
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(Additional music by Tony Strandlof)
 
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