Chump

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On this EP, I really tried to capture and articulate the situations I was living in at the time of writing: getting stuck in relationships I shouldn't have been in, losing friends to college, and making rash choices after drinking alone. But don't worry I made it sound really fun!!

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released November 25, 2016

Songs, guitar, vocals, keys by Nick Stoup
Drums, percussion by Steven Warstler

Recorded, mixed, mastered by Steven Warstler
Additional production by Dean Tartaglia

Cover photograph by Jacob Scott

Co-released by All Sounds and Counter Intuitive Records

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Track Name: One or Both
Eyes fixed on the clock
Wondering when I can take off
Sitting with this girl
Eleven months, we still can't talk

Or keep up with the pace
Put a mask on every day
Free time is erased
I can't say this to her face

And one or both lie
But neither admit
Just hold their stance long enough
To kill their regret

And one or both lie
About how they feel
Just trying to see
How far they can get

Sorry all my friends
For I have left you in the dark
She just likes to pretend
That she's the only one I see

Dug myself into this hole
Made a promise I can't keep
If I'm stuck, it's 'cause of me

And one or both lie
But neither admit
Just hold their stance long enough
To kill their regret

And one or both lie
About how they feel
Just trying to see
How far they can get

[dope synth break]

(You don't have to
Stay if you don't
Want to, you can
Leave whenever)
Track Name: Commuter
At least my parent's place
Is bigger than your dorm
My cost of living isn't
Quite as high as yours

But all my friends are happier
Than I've ever seen
With these people I don't know

Just had to pick the place
Convenient for me
And now I'm finally alone

And though I love my girl
She lives so far away
Oh it's torture waiting
Ages for for each stay

And all my friends are happier
Than I've ever seen
With these people I don't know

Just had to pick the place
Convenient for me
And now I'm finally alone
Track Name: You Did It
Congratulations man, you broke her little heart
Her favorite person was a chump right from the start
You tried your best, you gave her all that you'd think she'd want
But after all, you only ended up departing

You wanted to get past everything that caused you trouble
You couldn't dismiss all of the problems you two had
But now you got to bail out, on the double
A single look back and you'll only break down again

Just take the hits, just deal with it
You may be broken but you're making her smile
Don't leave her side, give up your pride
You can't just settle forever

You can't go back on it now,
It's too late, you told yourself that this was all for the best
You try to reason that you're hurting more than her

Go sit in your car for half an hour
Go out for a walk to try to settle your brain
You ain't no victim, you're the one who wanted the change

Just take the hits, just deal with it
You may be broken but you're making her smile
Don't leave her side, give up your pride
You can't just settle forever

Just take the hits, just deal with it
You may be broken but you're making her smile
Don't leave her side, give up your pride
You can't just settle forever?

You know you two never seemed to work it out
She was the only one that ever made you wanna shout
You won't hurt her no more (who are you kidding, man?)
She won't hurt you no more (why do you beat up on yourself?)

Just take the hits, just deal with it
You may be broken but you're making her happy
"Don't leave her side, give up your pride"
I can't just settle forever

Drive off a cliff, jump off a bridge
There's no way out, just end it now
Don't leave her side, she's gonna cry
You care way too much
Track Name: Phone Calls at 3 AM
The very last thing
I need right now
Is your lousy cosolation
Pity's never really been my thing

You have no reason to feel bad
It was my imagination
That took me to the peak
Of this heap of dismay

Don't worry though,
I'll try again
When I find a little of confidence
At the bottom of a cup of vodka
Pleading on the phone

You're a mess, Nick
She's gone for thirty seconds
And you're flying off the handle

You're the worst, Nick
How can you expect them all to stay
If you won't entertain

Your cowardice is showing
on your sleeve
You tell her it's okay
Through your teeth

One day she will ignore
All you say
You sell yourself short
And it's lowering the value, buddy

Don't worry though,
I'll try again
When I find a little of confidence
At the bottom of a cup of vodka
Pleading on the phone
Track Name: Boring
He treats me nice, but he's so boring
Sometimes I wonder how he thinks we're going

I wish he'd just act like
A normal guy, but there's
Something off about him
He pisses me off all of the time

Sometimes I'm catching myself grieving
Because I know I won't be leaving

I can't get him to feel empathy
He sits there like a statue
It's hard to picture what he thinks of me

Where did you learn how to give so easy?
You can't spend forever softly dreaming
It's obvious he has no place in your fantasy
But how could you leave him?

I saw his sweatshirt on your carpet
Our relationship's a carcass

Think of all you could've said to me
You act just like the victim
You got what you want, you're free

Where did you learn how to give so easy?
You can't spend forever softly dreaming
Every chance you get,
You loan yourself absently