The Restlessness

by Brent Stewart

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released March 24, 2017

The Restlessness
Brent Stewart and the Sympathizers

Brent Stewart: acoustic guitars, vocals; Benjamin George: drums; Chris Keith: electric guitars; Pat Jones: bass guitar; Andrew Staff: electric guitars, bass; Nathan George: electric guitar, slide guitar

With Steve Saunders: organ; Mike Lescellius: synth

Recorded in Nashville, TN; Murphysboro, IL; Madison, WI; Carmel, IN; Franklin, TN and West Frankfort, IL by Brent Stewart, Nathan George, Mike Lescellius and Steve Saunders

Mixed and mastered by Mike Lescellius at Misunderstudio, Murphysboro, IL

Produced by Brent Stewart
Arrangements by Brent Stewart, Benjamin George and Chris Keith

All songs written by Brent Stewart except “Fisticuffs” by Heather Heaslett/ Brent Stewart

(c) 2017 Brent Stewart

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Track Name: Flying at the Speed of Sound
Life can be so drab sometimes
try to find something to occupy your mind
all this nervous, pent-up energy
need an outlet for your creativity

but look at you now, you’re flying around
you feel good
for a little while
you’re in the air now
flying at the speed of sound
but it all goes south when you have to come down

trapped in a room, no one to be with
naked and shaking, the walls are closing in
your ideas move too fast for your body to keep up
much less the simple minds of the rest of us

but look at you now, you’re flying around
you feel good
for a little while
you’re in the air now
flying at the speed of sound
but it all goes south when you have to come down

I don’t get why all the geniuses go mad
is it because they can’t cope with what they have
all this nervous, pent up energy
all the vision to fly into eternity

but look at you now, you’re flying around
you feel good
for a little while
you’re in the air now
flying at the speed of sound
but it all goes south when you have to come down
Track Name: I Just Don't Know What to Do With You
Last night you were late
Coming over to my place
I could yell and get real mad
But I know it wouldn’t last
When I see the way you smile
I want to kiss you for awhile
Sometimes you know it’s true
I just don’t know what to do
With you

I’m not your old man
I won’t keep track of where you been
It is true that I care
But we don’t need to go there
You know I won’t just leave
No matter what you do to me
Sometimes you know it’s true
I just don’t know what to do
With you

When I feel like I’m insane
I know it’ll pass one day
There are times I can’t believe
You’re sitting next to me
And I will play the fool
I guess if I have to
Sometimes you know it’s true
I just don’t know what to do
With you
Track Name: Wondering What's Out There
The headlights on the highway
Shine bright against the night
In an hour there should be
A gas station in sight
When I get out of this car
I’ll just stand there and stare
All the while wondering
All the while wondering
What’s out there

The constellations are bright
As I look up into the sky
My telescope is cold
As I press it to my eye
If I could fly that high
You know I wouldn’t be scared
Instead I’m here wondering
Instead I’m here wondering
What’s out there

When you reach the outskirts of town
Will you keep going or will you
Turn around

My bag is heavy
As I head down the path
I knew there were a lot of things
I should have packed
There are things in life
For which you can’t prepare
It will leave you wondering
It will leave you wondering
What’s out there
Track Name: Ringtones
You saw him again last night
You watched a movie
An hour spent talking
You have no clue what you’re doing

Now you spent all day staring at the phone
Wanting to feel something other than alone
Sitting on a barstool but too scared to
Do anything but continue to

That guy at the bar is
Hitting on the waitress
As you sit there writing
In a passive voice

Now you spent all day staring at the phone
Wanting to feel something other than alone
Sitting on a barstool but too scared to
Do anything but continue to be used

Around the midnight hour
Your phone goes off
You stop to answer it
And you take the call

Now you spent all day staring at the phone
Wanting to feel something other than alone
Sitting on a barstool but too scared to
Do anything but continue to be used
Track Name: Fisticuffs
I let my emotions get the best of me
And then the worst of me
They took the rest of me

And when you put your hand out to rescue me
I said just let me be
You made a wreck of me

Oh baby can’t you see
There’s nothing left of me

I opened up the book and skipped ahead
Couldn’t believe
What the pages said

Now everyone that’s in my bed
Thinks I’m too well read

Oh baby can’t you see
There’s nothing left of me

Now the cards have been laid down
Every queen has peace
In the kings they’ve found

I just can’t help but look around
And find I’m one hand down

Oh baby can’t you see
There’s nothing left of me
Track Name: When Orson Welles Ruled the World
You were a wonder boy
The one they said would take over the world
You were the one that everyone expected
So much of

It wasn’t so much that your flame burned out
But they kept pouring water on your dreams
The fire in your eyes was always ablaze
Even though they couldn’t see
Though they couldn’t see

Everyone admitted that you didn’t it best
But they wanted no part of you
Is it because you were temperamental
Or because they feared what you might do

It wasn’t so much that your flame burned out
But they kept pouring water on your dreams
The fire in your eyes was always ablaze
Even though they couldn’t see
Though they couldn’t see

I saw you when you were older
You looked different than before
Everyone said you lost your marbles
But no one was sure anymore

It wasn’t so much that your flame burned out
But they kept pouring water on your dreams
The fire in your eyes was always ablaze
Even though they couldn’t see
Though they couldn’t see
You still had the passion
And you still had the joy
Even in an old man’s beard
You were the same wonder boy
Track Name: The Last Time the Cubs Won the World Series (2016)
you gotta have hope
you gotta know there’s something coming down the line
it’s hard to think that way
when the romantic ideals of youth
fade over time

you get used to disillusionment
you get used to thinking
like something will never happen
you compromise your faith
and feel that less and less matters

another year has passed
another time of loss and regret
we should have done this
we should have done something other than that

second guessing is our nature
our way of coping with our mistakes
it’s hard to admit that sometimes
those are just the breaks

it seems that in the spring
we’re able to think so positively
by the time the leaves have fallen from the trees
we’re hit with reality

any way you look at it
it takes a lot of grace to get by
we get through the winter
and find the strength
to give it another try

the last time the cubs won the world series
I wasn’t even born
neither was my father
my grandpa was only 1

but somehow we have hope
despite the cynicism of our age
we kept the faith all those years
and it was worth the wait
Track Name: The Restlessness
When you got home this morning
Looked under the sink
Another mouse caught in a trap
Get a beer out of the fridge
Look at the TV
Try to find something to make you laugh

And you feel the restlessness eating you up inside
You don’t know where it’s coming from or why

Laying on the couch
Under the covers
Can’t seem to get comfortable
You’re hot and you’re cold
And you don’t want to be touched
By anyone in the world

And you feel the restlessness eating you up inside
You don’t know where it’s coming from or why
You find it hard to think
It’s hard to breathe
You can’t tell that you’re alive even if you bleed

You think back to when
You were a girl
It’s like another lifetime in another world

And you feel the restlessness eating you up inside
You don’t know where it’s coming from or why
You find it hard to think
It’s hard to breathe
You can’t tell that you’re alive even if you bleed
Track Name: Romeo Rides Again
The front porch is empty
There’s nobody home
He’s out there walking the streets
All alone
Hands in his pocket
Eyes to the ground
Aimless shuffling
His feet around

And he can’t remember
When he’s felt this lost in town
And he can’t remember when he
Ever felt found

On the corner of eighth
He lights a cigarette
Stares for a minute
Then he tales his next step
Old Lady Krantz
Yells from her second floor
“Shouldn’t you be at home?
Don’t walk by here anymore”

And he can’t remember
When he’s felt this lost in town
And he can’t remember when he
Ever felt found

It’s a quarter to two
And he’s still walking
Down by the bridge
There’s a couple kids parking
Guess he should go home
He lights a cigarette
Shuffles his feet
And don’t look back

And he can’t remember
When he’s felt this lost in town
And he can’t remember when he
Ever felt found