Laughing Along

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This album is about my friends. If you listen then you're my friend. Sorry no backsies.

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released August 29, 2016

Album artwork by Luis Gomez. Album features George Hajjar, Victor Rodriguez, Sonia Bernal, Luis Gomez, Matthew Sehrsweeney, Kyla Perlman, Ricky Guerra, Mariah Meehan, Grace Charles, and Brian Bushell.

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One time I heard someone say "Man, Icarus didn't need to be smarter or more cautious-- he just should have had some better wings".

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Track Name: Organic Sound
George:

gotta use organic sound

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gotta use gotta g-gotta gotta use organic sound

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Track Name: Six Feet
hey

I’m feeling 6 feet tall, ten feet off the ground
16 in all, I’m so fucking proud
and I’m still growing every day
ill float away one of these days
bet I’m gonna float on up to space

i mix my drinks with fruit punch-lines, I’m lyrical
ill be pulling glocks on motherfuckers, mines a glockenspiel
and when they said i wouldn’t make it by the skin of my teeth
my teeth had not even begun to feel
so now I’m grabbing the mic, I’m not done yet
this is it, this is where we go
never was the biggest guy, but i digress
everything we do is gold
i know I’m not great, got a head full of gases
but ill never be opaque, I’m as clear as my glasses

so you can call me so gay when i bike past
but i don’t wear a helmet on my life’s bike path
imma pedal hard, I’m living my life fast
so when i get old, never gonna need a bypass
i press go, never back, lemme go, i been packed
in the rat race, i don’t pull a bad face though
ill attack all the shit holding me back
and when i make it imma have a heart attack

everybody in the room look at me, I’m feeling 6 feet
gotta be a better way to live, in the dawn we found it, tasting so sweet
passing all my classes like I’m fastest to the basket
but instead of scoring i take all the glory and i pass it
life’s about the team work
friends who never back down
when i make it my friends won’t be faded to the background
better bet we’re seizing the moment
we’ll make it, we’re magic, the way of the world is succeed or be tragic
when I’m in here we’re going batshit
and now the world is gonna know

I’m feeling 6 feet tall, 10 feet off the ground
16 in all, I’m so fucking proud
and I’m still growing every day
ill float away one of these days
bet I’m gonna float on up to space

[AND THEY SAY WHITE KIDS CAN'T RAP]
and yeah, baby i may be a white kid
but you know i dance pretty pretty like this
my roommate showed me all the moves,
I’m getting my groove on
[MOVES: ON.]
so move on, and Move Along

i was just a dreamer, i was told to back down
first time that i seen her i was just like damn, wow
that girl is the dream and well i guess she felt the same
cause now I’m leaving my metropolis to hop up on a plane
I’m just a fool and I’m in love
and thats a blessed combination
the way she fits me like a glove
though she’s so high above my station

see she’s got these eyes that don’t let go
now I’m addicted to the flow
of every stanza of her breath
and every finger painted note
the way we lie, the way we speak
the way we’re not alone
and every day I’m falling deeper don’t you know

I’m feeling 6 feet tall, 10 feet off the ground
16 in all, I’m so fucking proud
and I’m still growing every day
ill float away one of these days
bet I’m gonna float on up to space

man you should know i spent my youth up in detention
and i guess i shouldn’t mention
that but (aw, fuck it) fuck it i don’t give a damn
cause who i was is over and i don’t let that define me
and now I’m feeling finer than those teeny tiny sharpies
like this is me
all my moving parts and all my history
all my broken hearts and broken bones
I’m claiming victory
the road has been long, and i got further to go
but the rest is for tomorrow you know, cause right now

I’m feeling 6 feet tall, 10 feet off the ground
16 in all, I’m so fucking proud
and I’m still growing every day
ill float away one of these days
bet I’m gonna float on up to space
Track Name: 201
201, scribbled on my friends brother’s chest
and if his mom had the same one, she’d never confess
and now his heart cover’s just another drunken regret
but i think drunk Dylan was on to something yet

so follow me, you see, the numbers are at least
a little tiny bit more than first three of my “call me, if you get bored”
so call me a pretend defender of metaphor
but backwards it had hung on my door

my first year away from home
when i was lonely and only a little sore
when everything around me was changing i asked for more
and I got it, a little bit of a prophet, they called me
but only the world is changing I’m still a boy

and this is it, man, this is where we were going
brought our cups to the fountain and now they’re all overflowing
close our eyes, only our smiles are showing
so we don’t see what we’ve done

and last year, 213, only a number away (if you move one and let the other change)
everything changes, i guess that’s the way that it goes
but imma fight that shit until they bury my bones

so listen even though the place that we lived in is gone
i still remember the melodies, i still sing the songs
the way it was is never gonna be in front of me
but i believe the spirit up inside of us lives on

cause every trinity is a like a house we built
and every night when we keep yelling at our bones “be still”
we wanna love and we will, this house is infinitely beautiful and i’ll be climbing in between the window sills

and maybe you’ll think that I’m crazy but this house is real
all you gotta do is dig a little lower to feel
the bedrock it’s been built on
and all the false starts from the times it’s been built wrong

all we do is add on to the structure, never demolish whats under-
neath the paint and the plaster and all the tears we spilled
and when it grows to sprawling epic proportions, we’ll patch up all of our porches and dig a well that we can wait to refill

yeah, this house is old, and it’s looking gone,
but i know the gold in the foundation is strong
this is the thing that we built together and someday my kids’ll live there
and hopefully when i leave it’s where they’ll bury my songs

now i want to take a moment or two
to look around at the view
at everything we’ve done this time
and I’m so glad I’ve spent this time with you
and shit that short kid too
i hope we’ll be by each other’s sides
when we leave this all behind

well 528
that’s a fucking ocean away, but ok
we’ll still make it be great, we’ll be brave
201’s not just a number it’s a way to believe in the weight
of all the lumber in the house below us
it’s the thing we built, it’s everything we need and more
it’s all our hopes and all our fears and all our open doors
and everything we ever need isn’t somewhere else it’s in the boards by our feet it’s the love that we share and the fact that we care
if you add them together
you get 3

so this house could bear any number it desires
i don’t care, I’m gonna keep lighting matches
and if the house don’t look so beautiful now
just sit here with me, and imagine

and we’ve lived inside this house for long enough now
we think we’ve seen all that it could be
but i swear to a god i never had any faith in
it could be a bit more if we just believe

and now i want to take a moment or two
to look ahead at the view
at everything we’ll do in time
and I’m so glad I’m on this ride with you
and shit that short kid too
i know we’ll be by each other’s sides
when we leave this all behind...
Track Name: Two Years
...but we’ve got 2 years left
so i say it’s time
we take all that sad shit
off of our minds
so break all the beer out
hell yeah it’s time
we’re doing fine
we’re doing fine

yeah we’ve got two years
let’s take it all and make it ours
Track Name: Thick and Thin
(Over the past couple weeks, I've had several of my friends write small, 4-or-8-line verses for this song. They didn't know what I had written already, they didn't know what each other had written, and they only vaguely knew how the tune went. All I told them was I wanted this song to be about how they felt about their friends. And it is. The names in parentheses are the people who wrote those respective verses.)

I'm sitting laughing over things, with my girl my friends and

everything that I could need
don’t care if the world was ending

If something happens tonight, we'd be the first to know
If something happens tonight, I don't mind I'm first to go

Me: Hey, it's Will - I love you
Victor: Oh!

Me: I just wanna let you know that I love you
Sonia: I love you too

Me: I love you
Luis: I love you too

Me: I just wanted to let you know that I love you
Matt: Hey! I love you too man

Me: I love you
Kyla: I love you too

Me: George, I love you
George: Aw, I love you too what's going on

Me: I just wanted to let you know that I love you
Ricky: Ah thanks bud, love you too

Me: I love you
Mariah: Oh yeah?

Me: I love you sis
Grace: Ok. Why'd you call me?

(luis)
and now we’re back to 5 am
sitting on the couch talking bout our pain
and i finally got around to solving this
so get comfortable and let me explain

(alvin)
take a deep breath, we’ll dive right in
you jump, i jump look around the bend
over the fence and down by the river
throw a rock in so you’ll remember
and on the beach, dig a hole in the sand
you stay, i stay, this is where we’ll stand
give em a smile as we turn to dust
we’re side by side i guess that’s good enough

(george)
and back in the nissan, it’s the same old shit
that essential type of love you ain’t never gonna quit
when you’re tune comes on and you tune out the extraneous
cause everything we need is here, it’s pretty plain to us


these young hearts are fire, we're the anomalies

lighter hearts burn brighter than the eye can see
laugh along, die in love

the way we wanna go
laugh till ya cry, love your friends

stone bridges don’t go up in smoke

laugh along, die in love

the way we wanna go
laugh till ya cry, love your friends

stone bridges don’t go up in smoke

we’re all together
we’re all in
we got each other’s backs through
thick and thin
we're all together
we're all in

(helena)
so let’s get lost today in the best kinda way
you can hold my hand, if I can kiss your face
cause there’s a few flights left, let’s ditch this town
I'll dye my hair if you run your mouth

(victor)
if i had a dime for every friend I’ve made here
we’d all be high as hell and there’d be no tears
yeah it’s hard sometimes cause we’re all far from perfect
but we’re the lonely kids who grew up into best friends

we’re all together
we’re all in
we got each other’s backs through
thick and thin

we’re all together
we’re all in
we got each other’s backs through
thick and thin

Brian: Hello?
Me: Hey Bri, it's Will
Brian: Yeah, what's up dude?
Me: I just wanted to let you know I love you
Brian: Aw I love you too dude
Me: Also I'm recording this call

Me: Brian?