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Seen This Before

by Piramid Scheme

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1.
Didn’t want to follow couldn’t learn how to lead won’t you let me borrow some time to let me breathe All that ringing disdain coming around the block people act like they don’t know your name it’s what they got People wearing faces tearing them off at home taking up spaces with skin and bone And I could tell the difference between real and fake but I couldn’t tell the distance and the price you have to pay Hiding in the shadows hiding in the stairs would it make a difference if anybody could cared I didn’t know what happened you were standing there I didn’t know what happened but I knew you were scared Didn’t want to follow couldn’t learn how to lead won’t you let me borrow some time to let me breathe
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Well, I saw you standing there waving those big, blue hands. And when I looked down, you said you wanted to be my man. And you came around I couldn’t tell the score. All I know is that suddenly— I think I heard it before. And when you said you were coming, I didn’t think you were coming back. And you went into town throwing shade all around. And every time you call me on the telephone, you got some story in mind of how you’re feeling alone. And I couldn’t find anybody who wanted to go to town, and you were running around, surely out of bounds. And she said she was looking for a funtime friend, and I said I’m looking for the same thing… and you know how it ends.
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Modern World 03:22
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Tell me once, tell me twice, tell me 50 thousand times. I know you, coming ‘round, you don’t even know my name. All you know, you just trying, trying to get another game in. Every time you lay eyes, thinking that you got clever aim. I know your game, I played it before… I’m not gonna play your game anymore. I know your name, I yelled it before… I’m not gonna yell your name anymore. Say it once, say it twice, say it 50 thousand times. I know you, coming ‘round, returning to the scene of the crime. I know you, coming ‘round, maneuvering just like a boar. I don’t know what you’re doing, I’ve just seen this before. I know your game, I played it before… I’m not gonna play your game anymore. I know your name, I yelled it before… I’m not gonna yell your name anymore. I know your game, I played it before… I’m not gonna play your game anymore. I know your name, I yelled it before… I’m not gonna yell your name anymore.
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Darklights 03:54
It’s been going on too long You had me in hiding The curtains were all drawn The darkness was blinding me Turning down the lights I should have been in flight Keeping me at bay With too much to say Why are we hiding Who is watching Why can't it be our night Instead you’re messing with the gas lights The quiet was haunting Your cool glances taunting me I couldn’t trust my eyes to see I couldn’t be what you wanted me to be Turning down the lights I should have been in flight Keeping me at bay With too much to say Why are we hiding Who is watching Why can't it be our night Instead you’re messing with the gas lights Why are we hiding Who is watching Why can't it be our night Instead you’re messing with the gas lights
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Mean Streak 03:10
Johnny’s in the basement making time  I’m already out of my mind If I see that look come out of your face I’m sure it ends up in a disgrace I’m on a mean streak,  you gotta know I’m on a mean streak I can’t help but let it show If you want to pull me under I’m gonna take you down with me If you pull me under don’t expect to get back up Phil left the party a little too early Bobby’s telling me my hair is too curly Johnny’s stopped over for a nightcap And he spit his drink all over my lap I’m on a mean streak,  you gotta know I’m on a mean streak, yeah I can’t help but let it show If you want to pull me under I’m gonna take you down with me If you pull me under don’t expect to get back up I’m on a mean streak,  Don’t you know I’m on a mean streak I can’t help but let it show I’m on a mean streak…

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SEEN THIS BEFORE—EP 👁

Lisa Said: vox/rhythm guitar
Richard Benjumea: lead guitar
Abner Jara: drums
Sarah Brooke Purgal: bass/vox

music by Piramid Scheme
lyrics by Lisa Said
except for "Modern World" by Jonathan Richman

Recorded at Inner Ear Studio, Arlington, VA
Sound engineered by Don Zientara
Additional recording at Lazy Animals Studio, Falls Church, VA
Vocal arrangements by Sarah Brooke Purgal & Pat Hester
Mixed by Pat Hester at Lazy Animals Studio
Mastered by Joe Lambert at Joe Lambert Mastering
Collage art by Ayham Jabr

Special thanks to Pat Hester, Ted Niceley, Don Zientara, Howard Rabach, Darrien Day, Andrew Toy, Barnabus, Catsburg, and all our funtime friends.

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released January 31, 2020

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psych-garage-power-pop in Washington, DC complete with overtones of the mean reds and psychedelic blues

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