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From Can Through String

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Skiploader:
Tom Ackerman - Vocals, Guitar
Kevin Higgins - Guitar, Vocals
Craig Koozer - Bass guitar
Jeff Turner - Drums

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released February 13, 1996

Produced, engineered and mixed by Tony Lash
All music, lyrics and arrangements by Skiploader
Additional engineering by Rob Bartleson
Recorded at Musicraft Studios in Wilsonville, OR
Mixed and Whitehorse Studios in Portland, OR
Graphics by Steven Birch from SERVO
Cover photo by Arthur Meyerson
Band Photos by John Dunne

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Skiploader Portland, Oregon

Skiploader was an, err, "emo"/alternative band from Portland, Oregon. Active from 1993-1996. Members were Kevin Higgins, Craig Koozer, Jeff Turner and Tom Ackerman.

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Track Name: Unlearned
I keep the pictures but I trim them down
Quick cuts with a pair of dull, left-handed scissors
I save friend's faces, but I take mine out
I try to show what I would say if I knew how

The red is positive, the black is ground...
I read directions but I learn from shocks and burns
These sounds from can through string move out of mouth
I'd take back all the noise I've sent if I knew how

My heart stores this black charge
Burns cold like some dry cell
Lust is an ugly jump start
But it's a jump start

I'm trying to unlearn
What I know now

My heart stores this black charge
Burns cold like some dry cell
Hate is the empty jump start
But it's a jump start

Everyone is better off without me
I'm trying to unlearn
Track Name: King Regret
To my chest I grip fierce all I've kept
the dog-eared snapshots from the long year
that we spent turning on each other

I should have been there for you

Is this all we get?
These too few moments of pink and blue?
Just skin, then loss?

I should have been there for you
(I've done it all wrong)
I should have been there for you
(I wish I could take it all back)

If this is all we get, then crown my head:
King Regret

I should have been there for you
I've done it all wrong
I should have been there for you
I wish I could take it all back

I've done it all wrong
Track Name: Synonym
The lighted houses spell a word
I could have learned to pronounce
The lighted houses spell a word
Another synonym for doubt

Leanne read it from the sky
She read it from the sky

You'll never drag it out of her
She only told me once or twice
You'll never drag it out of her
She keeps her secrets at least tries

She keeps it written on the inside

I never ... I should have ...
Now it's too late
Track Name: Secondhand
Theft is a tired fit, a tired fit
And one I will not soon wear again
Theft is a tired fit, a tired fit
And I'm so sick of stretching it
I'm so sick of stretching it
I wish I was thin

It always hurts to see you trading my smiles in

Thrift is a bitten lip, a bitten lip
And a bitter taste I won't soon accept
Thrift is a bitten lip, a bitten lip
Wish I was I different
I wish I was loud

It always hurts to see you trading my smiles in

I wish we were different
I wish we were brave
You know we're not

It always hurts to see you trading my smiles in
Track Name: Name Dropping
I can't wait to hear this one
I bet his story's got some skin
He hates his, but he wants her
He hates enough to make him like her

It's bad enough that I like him
Without having to listen to him
Again and again
Please don't make me listen to him

I bet his story's about some old friend
Who went off and made a big score
They always seem to go and leave him
I'm just like him
Track Name: Haste
I guess I've stripped these threads out
Set it all on blocks
Haste, my shiny friend
Watch out the wiring is shot

I'm not the one that needs repair
And I'm not the one that needs you

What are you waiting for?

Sometimes things they don't work out
Especially if they're supposed to
Track Name: Psammite
Hey dad, I know it's been a long time coming:
How's it been?
Am I wrong for the things I said I'd do
But never did?

I don't mind leaving
It's the best lesson you taught me
That and hands full once were full of nothing
I am bankrupt so I owe you nothing now

Red rock tendered my hands in those moments
I was ten
The time there hasn't shaken the temper taught to me then

I don't mind leaving
It's the best lesson you taught me
That and hands full once were full of nothing
We are bankrupt so we owe each other nothing now

I didn't think you would want it...
I just want to trust again...
Track Name: For Holly
My year is told in hard endeavor
The first day...
It hurts now to remember
The call that woke me from sleep

Wish you'd called me out
Would it make a difference?
Will this help me remember?

My dear was lost in gone December
It's been three years
Still hurts to read your letters
Recall the first day

Why was I so indifferent?
Now I'm forced to remember life

Me in my car, I won't be here alone anymore
Velocity sent you through the window
If you had called me out now
Track Name: Entropy Anthem
I'm sure i'm not the first one to notice this
But the things you touch don't work
Appreciate your gifts
I hate people sick with bad habits
Like always fixing things...

Let's slam their hands in their car doors
Break light bulbs ono their bathroom floors
Pour pop rocks in their soft drinks
Hit their heads until they think:
Leave it broken

Wind the watch too tight
Just to lose some time
Leave plastic in sunlight
Just to watch it twist
Beauty is in all the flaws
Bad hair, soft shape
Always saying stupid things

Mistake, misfire
Track Name: Hubris
She looks the same to me
I guess I notice cause I always catch her looking
At what a trophy she makes
From her vanity

I don't trust how I'm starting to like my own voice
The sounds of my head swelling
Think I was cooler when I hated myself

I feel the same to me
And she can always catch me looking
At what a trophy I make

I don't trust how I'm starting to like my own voice
She just keeps on reminding me I haven't a choice
My sound is my head swelling
Wish I was cooler than just hating myself
Track Name: N2O
Say enough about disappointment
Never mention being afraid
I try each new way to avoid it
Just I do a lot of talking
Say nothing

I should save my head
For the nitrous
Instead of thinking

First I had him in my mouth
Then I had him in my body
I was drunk but I think I liked it
Guess this proves a lot of nothing
Improves nothing

Laughter is my best friend
Nothing hurts like thinking

I'm so afraid of being me
And So afraid of what that means
Track Name: 2-17-95
I just watched him crumble
A time-lapse anxious wither
Jason, slow dissolving in solution

I can't watch another
Real-time self destruction
With you always jumping in the pictures

I will not share this again
Not with you
Know this this is not yours
This is not for you

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