Adversaries

by The Cold Napoleons

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the majority of "adversaries" was recorded in autumn of 2012. this is the first official release by the cold napoleons.

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released 16 November 2012
ryan derobertis - vocals, guitar, keyboards, drum programming, bass

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Track Name: Holden
it's either hunger or illusion that's got me begging for a meal
but either way, i guess i'm hurting, and the pain is real

And you're still smiling through the rear view as we start passing by the sound
My skin don't crawl the way it used to when you first came around

but you won't go away
and i try and i try to get that ghost to sleep
but it's just another promise i've been failing to keep

remember those times we gave it all? (i'm holding on to what we had)
i never lost my pride before the fall (cause holding on is not so bad)
sometimes i can feel it in my bones (i'm holding on to what we had)
and now i think i'm better off alone

It's not my appetite I'm losing
it's just my heightened sense of pride
I don't know why I find it so hard to look you in the eye

but you've still got that sense of humor
and I'm still staring at the ground
i just don't laugh the way i used to when you first came around

but you won't go away
and i try so hard to get that ghost to leave
but we're moving so fast and i can barely breathe now

remember those times we gave it all? (i'm holding on to what we had)
i never lost my pride before the fall (cause holding on is not so bad)
sometimes i can feel it in my bones (i'm holding on to what we had)
and now i think i'm better off alone
Track Name: I Took Too Long
comfort me, let me know that you're okay
cause i'm not sure you ever found your way
we're memories, sitting on an empty page
unused unless we're borrowed for the day

what more can i say?
i know i was wrong
i tried to be true to you, but i took too long

say the word, and you know i'll be right there
i swear that i still miss you, i still care
say the word, and you know i'll run to you
and every vow i've ever made rings true

what more can i say?
i know i was wrong
i tried to be true to you, but i took too long

this all began just like it will end
i lost my dignity and now my only friend
and now your voice is ringing in my ear
i try and try but you just won't disappear
Track Name: Blue
you're old enough to make up your mind
forgetting everything we talked about
you're holding up the best that you can
you never wanted us to talk it out

you're so sure that the bastard's seen the lord
though you've never heard him whisper a prayer
but you'll find that the animal inside is still clutching at straws and gasping for air


i'm feeling less important today
and you're still sailing away
and i'm sure there's nothing more left to say, or to do, but i don't know if you've ever had it this blue
and as you drifted out to sea
you said there's nothing left here for me
and i know that we both disagree, but it's true, i'm without you and i've never had it this blue


you're cold enough to call me on the phone
and let me know you're really wishing well
if only just to open up a wound
because your heart is like a hollow shell

you're so sure it's love you can afford
though you're better off saving your change
but you'll find that there's one thing on his mind
you're a target and you're right in his range

i'm feeling less important today
and you're still sailing away
and i'm sure there's nothing more left to say, or to do, but i don't know if you've ever had it this blue
and as you drifted out to sea
you said there's nothing left here for me
and i know that we both disagree, but it's true, i'm without you and i've never had it this blue
Track Name: Sun & Moon
emma left me a note
she told me that she loved me so
and even in the midnight hours it's all that i needed to know

emma whispered my name
the sun was shining in the pouring rain
i thought i saw her crying when she got on the train

if i were the sun and you were the moon
there wouldn't be a distance that could keep my love away from you
we're growing further every day
but our hearts still flicker in time, it's enough to make me say i'm never all alone

emma's holding my hand
and she's smiling cause she understands
we're staring down the ocean with our feet in the sand

emma's singing a song
she's leaving early but she won't be long
with a love that could light up the sky, could nothing go wrong?
Track Name: Brighton Daze
when i met you, i was thinking of a dream where everything was just exactly how it seemed

and when i'm looking for you, you know exactly what to do
and when you take me away, i'll bring about a Brighton daze
oh baby don't be afraid, cause everyone cuts corners these days

and when you took my heart and ripped it at the seams, i found a little bit of hope in all my dreams
Track Name: When The Lights Go Down
her stare could chill you to bone
she spends her weekends just dancing at the disco
so when i saw her all alone, how was i to know


she had a style all her own
she'll leave you breathless and she'll turn your heart to stone
and now she's sitting on her throne, well how was i to know?


she hides behind a loaded gun
she's only satisfied when you're feeling numb
she'll look inside your soul, til she knows what you're all about
then she starts to take control, yeah she's got you all figured out

and when the lights go down, she'll look into your eyes
she'll tell you all her secrets and she'll tell you all her lies
and if you believe her, you'll probably never leave her, don't go


cause when the lights go down, she'll have your back against the wall
she's got you where she wants you and she's gonna make you crawl
and if you believe her, you'll probably never leave her, don't go

as sure as summer turns to fall
you've got a craving a feeling that you can't recall
you wanna leave but can't let go
i'd hate to say i told you so

she had intentions all along
and when she leaves you dry, your love burns twice as strong
her stare could chill you to bone
i wish i would've known
Track Name: Boxing Day
The minute that I saw your camera lens eyes
I lost my sense of dignity and it took me by surprise
I couldn't stop my heart from beating so fast
It kept the rhythm of a rendezvous that was never meant to last

It's only been a year, but you've been on mind
Everything used to be so fine
Every second's me thinking that all I really want is more time
And I just can't believe how the story has changed
We kiss like foreign strangers in the pouring rain

Remembering the summer, when the days felt way too long
We thought that they would never end, I guess that we were wrong
but Boxing Day is here again, I'm waiting in the park
i hope that you won't leave me in the dark
i hope that you won't leave me in the dark
Track Name: Staying Awake
like april passing with no rain
i guess i haven't been the same these days
the ghost of who i used to be is haunting me but i don't mind at all
he said that he'll be leaving in the fall

i keep begging him to stay
but i know he'll have to break away one of these days
i lose myself in photographs, those memories i'll never recreate
i know where i went wrong but it's too late

i've been staying awake
and you've been sleeping around
there's something missing and it's been getting me down

i made my mistakes
i've got my feet on the ground
but i can't help feeling like a king without a crown

the world is so deceiving, i'm having trouble believing that i'm gone, gone gone

i try to sit back and unwind
michael's telling me to get it off of my mind
but words are only words, they bend and break,
whether bitter as gall or sweet as cake
i take a bite and leave the rest for jake

the trees are dancing at the park
and i'll be fine if i make it home before it's too dark
cause mom and dad won't be too mad, they're worried that my mind is on the blink
i'd try to say they're wrong but i can't think

i'm feeling static and grey
while we're moving through town
i miss my friends and it's been getting me down


i've been staying awake
and you've been sleeping around
there's something missing i don't know if it'll be found

i made my mistakes
i've got my feet on the ground
but i can't help feeling like a king without a crown

take it slow, time is flying out the third story window
i might wake to see the dawn
home is home, but anywhere is better than being alone
and i don't know where i belong
the world is so deceiving, i'm having trouble believing that i'm gone, gone gone
Track Name: One Lonely Night
we're driving down the roadside in the middle of the night
you haven't spoke since sunset, and you won't until the morning light
the stars seem dimmer every day now that we've gone our separate ways

we're driving down the roadside, you try to shut your eyes
but the silence is speaking volumes so you'll be up to see the morning rise
i'd hate to start a fight, i hope you'll see me in this light 'cause it's been such a lonely night

I just want to hear you say that you'll love me more each day, that's all I need to hear to stay
so i waste the days away, hoping that we'll be okay, knowing our love's gone astray