Higher Learning

by The Napoleon of Crime

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AKA songs about women, mostly.

As a bit of a loner, and an only child to boot, my first relationships were a real education in learning to deal with and understand other people in a way that I'd never had to before. That these primarily occurred during or immediately after college suggested the album title. This isn't a concept album; these songs aren't about any one person, and we're not following any kind of storyline too closely.

This one has way more acoustic guitars, but as before, turn it up real loud.

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released July 10, 2013

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The Napoleon of Crime Washington, D.C.

"He is the Napoleon of crime, Watson. He is the organizer of half that is evil and of nearly all that is undetected in this great city. He is a genius, a philosopher, an abstract thinker. He has a brain of the first order . . . My horror at his crimes was lost in my admiration at his skill." -- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Final Problem" ... more

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Track Name: You Move Yourself Around
there's an awful lot to do here
but not so you could tell
we learn what we can from TV
and we put ourselves through hell
let's wait until we shouldn't drive
and then we'll both attack
but every time I left alone
there's a reason I looked back

it's in the way you move yourself around
it's in the way you move yourself around

but now that that's over
you say, "I feel bad, you see --
there must be someone out there now
who needs you more than me"
but I've tasted every lick
that you've run across your lips
and I know there's nothing else
that I'd trade for this

it's in the way you move yourself around
it's in the way you move yourself around
Track Name: The Getaway Girls
let's run wild tonight
and have some fun
let's careen around
like toddlers with guns
nothing's wasted
'cause there's nothing to win
kiss the trigger
and pull the pin

we need chasers for the pride
that we swallow as the night unfurls
bite the bullet, take the drugs
and hang with the getaway girls

wait all week
to anesthetize
with the patience
of wife-beaters' wives
we can steel ourselves
for another hit
we'll be back again
in a little bit

there's not enough gravity
to keep the car on the surface of the world
and nobody brought the cash
to take care of the getaway girls

we're lost on a sugar rush
that would make your stomach curl
sweetness hangs in the air around
the heads of the getaway girls

then we wake up
and about face
we faked a getaway
now we're stuck in place
Track Name: Split Lip
the weekend's coming but you know it never lasts
you're distracted, honey
I'll see you later when the curtain hits the cast
we'll be off and running

it's alright that we've been stretched so thin
I'm fine exhausted
'cause there's an eye to the swirl we're living in
we haven't lost it

it's when we're in bed, damning our phones
'cause the outside world won't leave us alone
but it goes away

when it stays
we can share it
if it goes away
it's still worth caring
let's raise our glasses
to the moment as it passes
'cause all good things are temporary

I don't think there's anything to change
with prayers and curses
just get it started and stand right in its way
don't dare reverse it

there's a little madness to all this anyhow
the way things happen
circumstances will not get me down
a man can dream again

I'm getting better but I'm still learning
who's not afraid of what isn't certain?
but it goes away

when it stays
we can share it
if it goes away
it's still worth caring
let's raise our glasses
to the moment as it passes
'cause all good things are temporary

I've got my doubts
I've got to face them
you might give me scars
but that's like saying
"when lights go out
we won't replace them
we'll sit around in the dark"
and that's just crazy

I'm getting better but I'm still learning
who's not afraid of what isn't certain?
but it goes away

when it stays
we can share it
if it goes away
it's still worth caring
let's raise our glasses
to the moment as it passes
'cause all good things are temporary

when it stays
we can share it
if it goes away
it's still worth caring
let's raise our glasses
to the moment as it passes
'cause all good things are temporary
Track Name: Drink Deep
it began
and lately I've been ruined
'cause even then
I knew I couldn't hold you to it
but I grew brave
and tried to win an answer
tried to make
something brilliant even grander

drink deep these moments one by one
they taste like summer on my tongue
'cause once you know, they're gone

you won't rust
in my imagination
if you'd just
succumb to this temptation
but just like that
you fade into the sidelines
fade to black
like deer escaping headlights

drink deep these moments one by one
they taste like summer on my tongue
'cause once you know, they're gone

well, it started off bad and then got worse
but I remember a moment things seemed to work
we were lying on our sides
breathing hard and ignoring the light
and in this tangle of limbs we're holding
I still remember what you told me:
"no matter how we feel when we're done
drink deep these moments one by one"

drink deep these moments one by one
they taste like summer on my tongue
'cause once you know, they're gone
Track Name: The Blind Side
you don't believe that beauty lies
in the eye
of the beholder

instead you find it in the grain
of the chip
on your shoulder

all you want is a place to hide
an infirmary for your wounded pride
you could tear this world apart
looking for something to do

I never know which way you're facing
which side is the blind side going to be?
I never know which way you're facing
which side is the blind side going to be?

every day you rail against
whatever
comes closest

it all runs together, though
the same problems
in different poses

oh, you pitiful engine of bones
spinning your wheels out here alone
you keep taking this world to heart
for not being brave or new

I never know which way you're facing
which side is the blind side going to be?
I never know which way you're facing
which side is the blind side going to be?

it's a shame there isn't more to celebrate than this
we're just rolling around, getting our Sisyphus kicks

the feeling hangs around like smoke
it gets into our hair and clothes
you're still waiting for the world to start
looking for someone like you

I never know which way you're facing
which side is the blind side going to be?
I never know which way you're facing
which side is the blind side going to be?

I never know which way you're facing
which side is the blind side going to be?
I never know which way you're facing
which side is the blind side going to be?
Track Name: The World Won't Wait
you keep getting defeated
by the things you try to save
you keep running into burning buildings
from which there's no escape
you say if things would slow down
then you'd just kick down the doors
stop the clocks for one hot minute
but that's time you can't afford

honey, I'm sorry that the world won't wait
but the world won't wait (no, the world won't wait)
you can't catch your breath without an even break
and you deserve better than that
honey, I'm sorry that the world won't wait
but the world won't wait (no, the world won't wait)
it's got nothing to do with justice or fate
but one day will be better than that

I can't change your mind about
the universal plan
don't look too close if you don't want to see
something you can't stand
like a world that just won't let up
or a world that won't let you be
or a world that doesn't break a sweat
over folks like you or me

honey, I'm sorry that the world won't wait
but the world won't wait (no, the world won't wait)
you can't catch your breath without an even break
and you deserve better than that
honey, I'm sorry that the world won't wait
but the world won't wait (no, the world won't wait)
it's got nothing to do with justice or fate
but one day will be better than that

you shouldn't have to go without
and for a while you didn't need to wonder
who will kiss you on the mouth
to bring you air when your head goes under
but who could do that every day
and keep themselves afloat as well?
I'm sorry that the world won't wait
but you might need to catch up yourself

honey, I'm sorry that I couldn't wait
for the world to wait ('cause the world won't wait)
I've seen what happens when the spirit breaks
and I can't stick around for that
honey, I'm sorry that the world won't wait
but the world won't wait (no, the world won't wait)
it's got nothing to do with justice or fate
but one day will be better than that
Track Name: Fingerprints on Photographs
I think my heart's on my sleeve
but yours stays in your chest
traces of expression fade
like secrets you've confessed
all the things that made you
only you can know
but sweetheart, there are times
when your history starts to show

how often do you think of
the people you've kissed?
there's not a lot who know you well
and fewer still that you'd miss

is there a box or a book of pictures?
sepia scenes and younger figures
memories stored and bound in leather
stained by tears and shifting weather
that changes like minds
that change like the tides

you've got a beautiful past, you know
anyone would be proud
to be a featured player there
if they were so allowed
you can't ever see your future
although you've come so far
you'll only ever know who you were
or, if you're lucky, who you are

but during some nighttime
you changed once again
and who you were in the morning
was not who you had been

now it seems you don't remember
first your fortune glows like embers
but what hits closest to the nerve
is you know that ashes never burn
and fires can die
if you change your mind

I leave fingerprints on photographs
signatures in oil
you can tell I've been here from
the way your pictures are spoiled
Track Name: Anywhere But Here
you're put upon by fortune
you've lost another year
you're looking around for answers
but nothing's coming clear

everything is cracking
crumbling beneath the veneer
you take your worthy memories
and hold them someplace dear

but you're so far from hopeless
you've got nothing to fear
and if this place once held you down
one day, you'll be anywhere but here