Keep On Riding That Dirt Bike

by Total Downer

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released May 10, 2019

grace ritchie
connor ling
alex sherry
andy schumann

recorded & mixed by: james harris @ taxon studio
mastered by: steve perrino
cover art: jack wedge
lead guitar/drums on track 1+2: ben wolgamuth

wouldn't have been possible without: bella olivo, denise zhou, marcus guerrier, luis rodriguez, ethan ling, luke condrich, ryan homcy, mike ericco, jesse phillips, john armour, gabe friedman, justin fargiano, dad farm

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Track Name: Boys Of Summer
head wrestling
my dad outside the blockbuster

smashing our skulls at incredible speeds
loving that everyone’s watching

2003,
watching the iraq war on tv

alone silently,
to drown out the noise of family fighting

i always wonder if i’m destined to hurt someone
i worry nothing that i do is really good for the world
but i lie, lie, lie, lie
and i like to lie

bashing my head against the wall
the boys of summer are no more
but deep inside, i’ve always known
the boys of summer never were

walking past the blockbuster
now, it’s just a vacant lot
all of my memories feel made up
maybe, but i still remember

2005
i watched the virginia tech massacre
on a rental tape intermixed
with pictures of me as a little kid laughing

my old best friend just went to jail for killing someone
i know that nothing that i do makes me responsible
but i feel like i left him behind

bashing my head against the wall
the boys of summer are no more
but deep inside, i’ve always known
the boys of summer never were
Track Name: Bright Lights (Late Shift)
my head is glued to my clock radio
they're chatting up the freaks on a late paranormal show
scared for my momma to come home
bruised and broken as every night before

i'm begging for the bright lights of UFOs
to wash away the pain of her battered bones

an explosion rings over my stereo
trucker calling in started dozing on the road
crashed into a woman limping her way home
mom had a closed casket funeral

i'm begging for the bright lights of UFOs
to wash away the pain of her scattered bones

the bright lights come to save me,
blind me,
take me back before she had to go
i’ll stay inside the lights so
nothing ever hurts

in the lights, we won a million
you left your late shift for good
i know this isn’t real
but now nothing ever hurts

nothing ever hurts
Track Name: Nikki
nikki, where are you when i need you?
i miss you more than ever before
i saw your body in a casket wearing clothes i’ve never seen you in before

nik, you still believe in jesus?
like the way we did when we were kids?
yeah, i’m not sure if I still do, but i’m not sure I ever did

and i wonder if I could have helped you feel a little bit better
i thought that getting older would help you feel a little bit better

nikki, i could’ve been there for you
but i never know what to say
i guess that you must have been joking when you said that you were doing okay

nik, you still believe in jesus?
like the way we did when we were kids?
yeah, i’m not sure if I still do, but i’m not sure I ever did

and i wonder if I could have helped you feel a little bit better
i thought that getting older would help you feel a little bit better


when i was five we used to fight these made up aliens in our backyard
but you were a little older than me, and as we grew up, you told me that they didn’t exist anymore
that was when i first felt like i was getting old,
i couldn’t see all the magic in the world anymore

and we still remained close for a couple more years,
but slowly diverged in what we were interested
you stopped going to church
so i stopped going too
spent more time in your room alone
i didn’t think you were happy because you didn’t seem happy
but i didn’t know how to help

if i picked up the phone last friday right when you called in the middle of the night
it was weird and i didn’t know why you would call
plus, i was hanging out with friends i hadn’t seen in a while
but i should have picked up the phone
i should have picked up the phone
we could’ve talked, caught up and sorted things out
was i just scared, or did i just not care enough?

nikki, i’m sorry
nikki, i’m sorry
nikki, i’m sorry
nikki, i’m sorry
nikki, i’m sorry
nikki, i’m sorry
nikki, i’m sorry
nikki, i’m sorry
nikki, i’m sorry
nikki, i’m sorry
nikki, i’m sorry
Track Name: Everything is Gonna Be Fine
some days i pray i can somehow save
those kids from my middle school classroom
can i go back through time to warn all the guys
about everything that’s going to happen?

i will look into their eyes
faces i can barely recognize now
boys i haven’t seen in years
kids that society made disappear

but i’ll say everything is going to be fine
your dreams are gonna go how you planned
even to the kid that died
i’ll say everything is gonna be so alright
so alright

gotta talk to my old pal nev
shoulda known that he would end up in jail
black bags underneath his eyes
big pit stains, beat out polo

he lived next to my best friend
so we made a couple dumb youtube stunt videos with him
always called himself an idiot
but was a dirtbiking allstar since he was a little kid

got distracted in school
but only when his parents couldn’t afford his medication
one of the smartest people i knew
he was just born into a tough situation

but i’ll say
everything is going to be fine
your dreams are gonna go how you planned
keep on riding that dirt bike
and you’re gonna win every championship

everything is going to be fine
your dreams are gonna go how you planned
even to the kid that died
i’d say everything is gonna be so alright

everything is going to be fine
your dreams are gonna go how you planned

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