False Start

by The Family Ghost

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about

This is the first full-length Family Ghost album. We recorded it ourselves at Robert's apartment between November 2004 and November 2005.

credits

released February 20, 2006

Played, recorded, mixed, and designed by The Family Ghost:

Jacques Granger
Josh Summitt
Brad Thompson
Robert Traxler

All songs written by The Family Ghost, except:

- "Homage" written by The Family Ghost and Keith Pike.

- "Taken" and "The Longest Day of the Year" written by Jacques Granger, Keith Pike, Brad Thompson, and Robert Traxler.

Photo credits:

- Josh Summitt took the front-cover photo.

- Brad Thompson took the back-cover photo.

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The Family Ghost Memphis, Tennessee

The Family Ghost is a post-punk/noise/rock band based in Memphis, Tennessee. They've been playing serious music to sparse, mostly disinterested audiences since the summer of 2001.

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Track Name: Taken
This is what it takes for you
When you put me on your shelf
You can pack it away
You can keep it for yourself
There's one thing you've forgotten
And that's where I stand
But I'm losing ground
Since you've taken my hand
You've taken everything that's mine
Tried to give me what's yours
But I don't want it
I do not want it
I do not want it
I do not want this
I do not want this
I do not want you
I do not want you
I do not want you
I'm taking it back
I'm taking it back
I'm taking it back
I'm taking it back

- Robert Traxler
Track Name: A Series of False Starts
I had an impulse to wash it all away
It's been so many years and it still just feels like days
We could try to start a new life elsewhere
If there's truth to what you claim
But you've made so many promises
And things always turn out the same

So you had a weakness
For exploiting mine
Why make a promise you know you'll break with time?
But you made the most of your youth
So you'd have me believe
My instincts could have saved me
But I wouldn't let them speak

Please make the decisions that I can't make for myself
Please make the decisions that I can't make for myself
Please make the decisions that I can't make for myself
Please make the decisions that I can't make for myself

- Jacques Granger
Track Name: Homage
You pull the air out of the room
You pull the air out of my lungs
You know you've always had my word
I can't believe it's not enough

Some things I guess you can't avoid
If you won't learn when to say no
I try to shake it off my back
But it just keeps taking hold

- Jacques Granger
Track Name: The Yellow Light
I'll burn out in a second
I'm only a warning
That you'd better slow down
You'll soon have to stop
I'm without my own meaning
A reference to another
But if you pay attention
I'll at least be worth something

- Robert Traxler
Track Name: Phantom Limb
I took a second chance I didn't want
I counted every day we spent apart
Trapped in a mistake that never ends
Living a mistake that never ends

You found a clever way to use your fists
And made another joke at my expense
Didn't take too long to lose my nerve
I tried to get you back, but it didn't work

- Jacques Granger
Track Name: Like Clockwork
What once was here
Has now been removed
Taken away
Without a word
So now fill the space
Replace the part
Without you here
It still goes on
So much has passed
Stagnate and move
Another change
Won't mean a thing
So stay away
You're just an empty space
I don't care what you do
You've done enough

- Robert Traxler
Track Name: Placeholder
It's not hard to tell
That it's all over now
Accept the choice we made
And watch the years run out
If I could stop your talking
Then I might get some rest
If I had known what to refuse
Then this might never have progressed

I doubt I've ever cared less
The compromises never end
This was a bad idea
In a history filled with them
I know that I'm in trouble
I know that this is wrong
I say I'd like to see you
When I know you'd like to see me harmed

- Jacques Granger
Track Name: The Longest Day of the Year
It's closing in faster now
It's always the same
You gave me so much guidance
And I let it go to waste
This will pull me to pieces
Before it ever lets me go
It's a battle not worth winning
And now it's out of my control

Now every crisis I resolve
Turns into something else
And every problem I create
Soon replicates itself
So this turned out a mistake
And now it follows me around
How could you leave me when I needed you most?
How could you leave me now?

- Jacques Granger