As I Am

by The Mizzerables

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released March 1, 2016

Joe Mizzi - Vocals / Guitar / Violin / Organ
Dave Vazzano - Drums / Percussion
Korey Brisendine - Bass / Vocals
Pete Mittler - Guitar
Jessica Lipon - Viola

Engineered by Jeff Dean
Produced by Jeff Dean and Joe Mizzi
Mastered by Jon Drew
Artwork by Ech

Thanks to all of our friends and family, all of the great bands we have shared a stage with, The Deans, and as always, our friends at Liar's Club.

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The Mizzerables Chicago, Illinois

Mixing gritty vocals and melodic-pop sensibility with a bit of an aggressive streak, the Mizzerables are the kind of punk band that makes you want to put your arm around your buddy's shoulders, raise your beer and sing at the top of your lungs. It's good time rock-and-roll meets pop punk. ... more

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Track Name: War
when evil is all that stands to power
well i tell you, this ain't our finest hour
they'll sell your kids from the right hand of god
while you sit and binge without any trousers on

being a legal junkie sure is any easy way out
when the color of your skin doesn't raise a brow
"but we're so far beyond that these days"
says the man on the hill livin' cozy and endowed

war - it’s so serene
war - on my tv screen
war - all colored in green
war - well haven’t you seen?

there’s kids playin’ in the streets
and they ain’t got no shoes on their feet
with tattered dolls and old shell casings
there’s a curtain call on youth worth saving

bullets, bombs, a million ways to die
but didn’t you see the top 10 ways to shed fat from your thighs
from baghdad to rio, ciudad to detroit
life on the line, ain’t no time to get wise

war - it’s so serene
war - on my tv screen
war - all colored in green
war - well haven’t you seen?

you think it's fine they all sit around and lie
as long as you can reach for that pie in the sky
but hey they burned the sky long ago
and they’re taking what's left, leaving us just enough to get high

war - it’s so serene
war - on my tv screen
war - all colored in green
war - it's so obsene!
Track Name: West Coast Horizon
right now i don't miss chicago, i don't miss detroit,
i damn sure don't miss the cold on these fragile bones
i could stay here with my toes in the sand for hours and hours

i've been putting in my time and towing the line
i can't even remember when i started or why
but being here right now, i don't care to recall

staring out across the west coast horizon
wonderin' when my life went racin’ of the tracks
staring out across the west coast horizon
wonderin' why, why i’d ever go back

there's a man coming down to let us know about the rules
says "no worries man finish your beers and stay a while"
back home you know we woulda, been kicked right on out

there's this firecracker of a girl workin' the joint up the street
she takes our orders, sits down with us while we eat
we hear her tellin' her friend wishes we weren't heading back east

staring out across the west coast horizon
wonderin' when my life went racin’ of the tracks
staring out across the west coast horizon
wonderin' why i would ever go back

staring out across the west coast horizon
wonderin' when my life raced of the tracks
staring out across the west coast horizon
wonderin' why i would ever go back

right now i don't miss chicago, i don't miss detroit,
i damn sure don't miss the cold on these fragile bones
i could stay here with my toes in the sand for hours and hours
Track Name: As I Am
i make no mistakes no apologies
i’m not part of your censored elite
i’m not here to line your pocketbook
i’m not here for your charity

take me as i am (as i am)
take me as i am or not at all

got some battlescars i refuse to hide
walk these streets at night and i do not abide
call it what you will that i defy
call it what you will that i defy

take me as i am (as i am)
take me as i am or not at all

take me as i am (as i am)
take me as i am or not at all
not at all
not at all
not at all
Track Name: Who'd've Thought
who’d’ve thought
i’d end up here
mid thirties and still not sober

packin’ boxes
movin’ out
‘nother over with a chip on my shoulder

who’s goin out tonight
i’ve got some gripes i wanna try
gotta get ‘em out before i die
come along with me i swear i won’t lie

this used to hurt
so much less
i'm such a mess

got some bills
from the good ol’ days
when i never thought i’d make it out alive

but i’m still here
still gonna die
sometimes i wish someone would tell me why

who’s goin’ out tonight
anybody need a shoulder to cry
go on get it out before you die
come along with me and we can fly high

this used to hurt
so much less
i'm such a mess

i’m still here
still gonna die
sometimes i wish i would stop askin' why

over and over and over and over
over and over and over and over
over and over and over and over
over and over and over and over
Track Name: You Keep Coming Round
you keep comin' round, even when i let you down
you keep comin' round, to comfort this tired old clown
even when it seems like you can't take anymore
you keep comin' round you keep comin' round

you were innocent
not yet broken by a broken man
full of wonder for what lied ahead
five years gone by now
i was a different man back then
full of life yet so full of myself

you keep comin' round, even when i let you down
you keep comin' round, to comfort this old clown
even when it seems like you can't take anymore
you keep comin' round you keep comin’ round

when the sun comes up
i can barely open my eyes
i can't remember where i've been last nights
roll on my side
wonder if i made you cry
i don’t even know where to begin

you keep comin' round, even when i let you down
you keep comin' round, to comfort this old clown
even when it seems like you can't take anymore
you keep comin' round you keep comin’ round

when everyone else has retreated
and there ain't nobody knockin' on my door
and i'm tying a noose at the end of my rope
you keep comin' round you keep comin' round you keep comin’ round

you keep comin' round, even when i let you down
you keep comin' round, to comfort this tired old clown
even when it seems like you can't take anymore
you keep comin' round you keep comin' round
you keep comin' round you keep comin' round
you keep comin' round you keep comin' round
you keep comin' round you keep comin' round
you keep comin' round you keep comin' round
Track Name: When You Fall
i can trace your tears
across these great lakes
falling further from the sunrise
with all i could take

i won't be alone tonight, my sweet little bird
take off your wings from flight
and i will be there to catch you when you fall

one touch of your skin
and i will be free
take me to far off horizons
of who i want to be

i won't be alone tonight, my sweet little bird
take off your wings from flight
and i will be there to catch you when you fall

when this is over
and the colors fade away
i will be right here
to catch you when you fall
Track Name: Drinkin' Brews and Singin' the Blues
this ain’t no hollywood ending no fairytail
shots been fired and it’s all gone to hell without fail
as the dust settles on the battlefield
lights out blacked out down for the count
but i know who’s comin’ round to pick me up off the floor

when it all comes crashing down
i know you’ll be right here
we’ll be drinkin’ brews and singin’ the blues
together oh we ain’t got no fear

woke up in a haze after all it was only yesterday
had a girl had a job had my pay had myself a place to play
took a pounding like an old country song
in a world of winners where i don’t belong
but i know who’s comin’ round to pick me up off the floor

when it all comes crashing down
i know you’ll be right here
we’ll be drinkin’ brews and singin’ the blues
together oh we ain’t got no fear
Track Name: Shell Shock
every times she turns her head in my direction
my synapses one by one come disconnected
if this is war well then i’m her prisoner
and she’s left me in shell shock

blood and bruises are her colors of affection
she leaves a trail for all to see as her lesson
if this is war well then we’re her prisons
ahd she’s left us in shell shock
shell shock
shell shock
shell shock

if this is war well then i’m her prisoner
and she’s left me in shell shock
Track Name: Second Hand Lover
tonight was right, you were all alone
he did his dirty work, left you to atone
a ring on the phone, well this ain’t no steppin’ stone
a means to an end with no end in sight

another knock on the door but who’s keepin’ score
a few minutes more we’ll be down on the floor
black blue and worn my second hand lover

morning air fills the room fills our black lungs
our times at an end like the days of the young
when a few small words, one slip of the toungue
could crush the illusion of a moment unsung

another knock on the door but who’s keepin’ score
a few minutes more we’ll be down on the floor
black blue and worn my second hand lover

another knock on the door but who’s keepin’ score
a few minutes more we’ll be down on the floor
black blue and worn my second hand lover
black blue and worn my second hand lover
black blue and worn my second hand lover
Track Name: Fuck 'em All
sometimes you know the worst things
well they happen at the worst times
think you got it all figured out
when they finally hunt you down for your crimes

you’ve done your time on the line
makin’ a life for you and your love
they know it, they think they control you
when they come for you you know they’re out for blood

you may tumble you may fall
but you’re still alive
kickin’ and screamin’ to the grave
so when they break down your door
raise your fist and fuck ‘em all
ain’t no better time to misbehave
yeah fuck ‘em all

got yourself a nice little house
down at 23rd and breckenridge
they say they’ll be your best friend
well only till you fall off of that ledge

so you go on the town
with your lover by your side
as they pack your dream pack up your home
take away your pay leave you for dead

you may tumble you may fall
but you’re still alive
kickin’ and screamin’ to the grave
so when they break down your door
raise your fist and fuck ‘em all
ain’t no better time to misbehave

you read all the books
you followed all the rules
you were told you had the tools that make a man
what they didn’t say on your proud day
they were holding all the cards
you couldn’t get a deal in all the land… no!

you may tumble you may fall
but you’re still alive
kickin’ and screamin’ to the grave
so when they break down your door
raise your fist and fuck ‘em all
ain’t no better time to misbehave
yeah fuck ‘em all
yeah fuck ‘em all
yeah fuck ‘em all
yeah fuck ‘em all
Track Name: Drown in You
four am still an hour to go
but i don't know but i don't know
i remember when i called her a friend
but now i know but now i know
smoke and mirrors and empty promises
she looks like heaven but she's not comin'
tomorrow you'll be suffocating
suffocating suffocating

it's so easy to drown in you
on a pleasure cruise so cruel
i drown in you

she never rests here in sin city
where the kids play, where the kids play
she'll take your money, she'll take your dalliance
it's not what she wants, not what she wants
listing words, and bouts of devotion
now she's got you you've been broken
she's counting down the minutes
down the minutes, down the minutes

it's so easy to drown in you
on a pleasure cruise so cruel
i drown in you

morning shakes and pills to survive
so i can keep on so i can keep on
some wear her as a badge of honor
how do they keep on how do they keep on

it's so easy to drown in you
on a pleasure cruise so cruel
i drown in you
Track Name: Stay Another Day
my head is a such mess like everything else around
every time i think i’ve got one room clean
turn around, another looks so obscene

and you'd been around for a while and knew me all too well
the way i live, the man i am today
mistakes i’ve made and times that i’ve strayed

god dammit, it wasn’t supposed to happen this way
you’d go home, i’d see you another day
but now it’s morning, and your still hangin' around
and i’d do anything, if you could stay, you would stay another day

another indiscretion and more and more excuses
but i can’t sit back play second fiddle
it only ends with my committal

but i want you to stay, i want you to say
that this is all real, you won’t just steal
but i should know better, i’ve been here before
i’ll fall to the floor and come back more

god dammit, it wasn’t supposed to happen this way
you’d go home, i’d see you another day
but now it’s morning, and your still hangin' around
and i’d do anything, if you could stay, you would stay another day