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Battery Lower

by The Cell Phones

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Intro 00:32
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I knew the very second that you held my stare That this electric feeling wasn't goin nowhere I can't be the only one that feels it every Time we get together, oh, won't you let me Talk to you about it, yeah, we should share Everybody says communication is key And there's been a lot suggested between you and me Dancin round each other in opposite directions Put it on the board as a missed connection So now that that's established, may we speak freely? If we weren't already involved Tell me what you would do What you would do If we didn't already have it so good Tell me what you would do What you would do Honesty's the only way to break this spell And honesty is something that we do real well We don't wanna ruin what we have in better others Our timing's purely for indulgence, won't you tell me? And if it's all the same to you I'd still like to hear it Compare notes, how mature! A glimpse into an alternative dimension, like a sci-fi And I just wanna know you overall And I just wanna answer when you call But still I want you to tell me
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Welcome home Welcome to your family We're always here if you ever need to talk But as long as the subject matter is what I deem appropriate And suitable for the Queen's table I just need ten minutes of no talking I just need ten minutes of no talking But you can come over anytime Welcome home Welcome to your family I have officially tuned you out Why don't you just give up and go upstairs Or whatever it is the fuck you do I just need ten minutes of no talking I just need ten minutes of no talking Can you take the trash out?
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Less 02:30
You, you're the one I want I give you all my love But you want less I said you, you're the one I want I give you all my love But you want Hey, you, backwards thing Won't you let me give you all my love I can't hold it back I've never been good at doing that I've got all this overstock of love Could be upbringing Possibly a "gender" thing I was raised to give a lot, a lot of love I'm sorry, but let me say I don't do anything halfway So won't you be okay will all this love With all this love [x3] How dare you How dare you make me think this isn't typical Men are starved for love all over town Lucky you Lucky you, what I got is mega-multiple Men are starved for love all over town
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Winter is a clothing prison The snow is blocking all my vision Winter is a clothing prison So mad that all I see is crimson And when I get to your front door All my clothes will be on the floor Winter is a clothing prison But the layers were a good decision OUT LET ME OUT LET ME OUT LET ME OUT And when I get to you front door All my clothes will be on the floor
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Kelly 03:19
Kelly wants me to write a song about her How we're best friends and how we love each other Kelly says this should be a no-brainer We've got material, been friends forever But all I write about, all I write about is boys All the little woes around me, the noise And why can't I get out, get out of my own way? And focus on singing the praises of a woman Focus on singing the praises of a woman Kelly wants us to be pregnant at the same time Sounded like an easy request, but it's a crooked line Kelly's got a knack of watching people judge me While I'm so numb to it to even see And I am oftentimes, I am oftentimes at my wit's end Kinda terrified that people think that I just pretend But she don't see that when she looks at me So let me focus on singing the praises of a woman Focus on singing... You've got my whole heart [Kelly] When you're near and when you're far [Kelly] This took me long enough But please just always know that You've got my whole heart [Kelly] Kelly wants me to write a song about her [x4]
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I am a journalist Hard-hitting on the street Rocking that paracord bracelet Breaking the story And I've got a hot girlfriend If I ever met an alien He would think I was the man Oh my God he Emasculated me! How does he even know that word? He's been on Earth for an hour Unless he got it... from me? Does that mean I called myself a pussy? DOES THAT MEAN I CALLED MYSELF A PUSSY? He has shown me my true self I THINK I LOVE YOU VENOM
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Andrew 03:16
Andrew, just like a white winged dove Andrew, where on Earth did you end up? Talking late into the night, do you remember? [oh] Tell me, did I make it up, all of the tension? [woah] Andrew, when I laid down in your bed I knew all the dirty thoughts inside your head When you dream of anything, do I meet you there? Or was it such a tiny thing, you don't even care? If only you were, if only you were mine But the party we threw only gave us so much time Andrew, if you'd made up your mind I could, I could have made a move or saw a sign Then I would be where you are, wherever that me be Making jokes about if you weren't with me It was for the best We were young and dumb Was it even there? Andrew, I just like a white winged dove Andrew, don't you know I was in love In love with you
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Typing out little letters To tell you how I feel I wanna hear your voice Soft n' low in my ear Why won't you get on the phone And talk to me I've never felt more alone Than when we're texting Or did you forget How to let your guard down Increase the distance Out of convenience
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Am I merely out of breath or is it a heart attack? Why won't my body say? Is that little pinch I felt the beginning of the end? Why won't my body say? Don't look on WebMD, you're gonna lose your mind Don't discuss it with your friends, you won't explain it right When you call your mom at night, just calm yourself down Soon you'll just forget about it Am I legit upset or is it hormones? Why won't my body say? Do I have a parasite or a tumor I can't feel? Why won't my body say? What are you trying to hide?! What's with the secrecy?! My body is a super-spy capable of killing me! When you call your mom again, just calm yourself down Soon you'll just forget about it, til it comes back around Til it comes back around Til it comes back around Why won't my body say?
12.
You can roll your eyes but you know that I mean it [You're the greatest] thing and don't you know I call it like I see it Every time we kiss, it is the first time but like a deja vu [Baby you're a] magnet and I'm always comin' right for you I wish that you wouldn't flinch when I say you're gorgeous [I no longer] want to keep it to myself so let me give into this Boys from the midwest can't take a compliment save for a talkin' sweet to you Lemme give into this for a minute Then it's back to standard adoration Babe, let's just say all that I wanna say won't sound true But in this moment, I would burn the whole world down to keep you
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Hey, it's me, up on this stage Hair, voice, and tits What are you looking at [x2] Using you mostly drunk Mostly white male gaze What are you looking at [x2] An hey, do not go to that black girl in the audience And say, "your sister did a really good job!" [why] Mistaking me constantly With other loud-looking girls What are you looking at [x2] I know you think, "it must be her," "Who else could it be?" But what were you looking at? What were you looking at [x2] And hey, the woman that you thought was me Was just playing along with you She's done this multiple times She's just sick and tired of correcting you at this point [and we know how much you hate being corrected!] I've had enough of the cross race effect Keep it up, son, it's gonna get you wrecked Still haven't grown out of the cross race effect Keep it up, son, it's gonna get you wrecked Mistaking me constantly... I know you think, it must be, must be, must be her But what were you looking at What were you looking at [x4] And hey, cross race effect affects us all There's a scientific reason for it, you should go look it up [Wikipedia] But now that we know better, we can do better So learn from this and move the fuck on
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I'm gonna die How do I make sense of life? I'm gonna die Did I do everything right? I'm getting lower Than I ever have before Battery Lower Than it's ever been before But with you by my side, I'll be dyin' alright [x4]
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53% 02:42
She said with a straight face "Men can make decisions better than us" This is a mother with a daughter Saying, "that's how it always was" Listened to father, never trusted mother "You know how we get worked up" So who chose a man to represent them? 53% of all white women Excuses are done I've heard every one If not now then when? Women, men have had their chance Stand up, say enough Cuz we can overrun This resentment , competition Who do you think egged that on? If we got together, held each other up We'd prove them wrong Men are only stronger When a woman's made to feel she's weak There's a shithead in the White House Who wants to just "grab" you, Bleed you, then forget you Excuses are done I've heard every one Don't you think we've been here before? Don't you think we're repeating ourselves? Gender's not a thing anymore And still I think we're repeating ourselves Girls have lived and died under someone's thumb Still I think we're repeating ourselves Repeating ourselves [x4] And if not now then when? Women, men have had their chance Stand up, say enough Cuz we can overrun

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Battery Lower is the third full-length album from girl pop grind trio, The Cell Phones!

"The Cell Phones capture the gathering outrage that’s peaked in 2020—they go from zero to blastoff in seconds flat—but they also express love, hope, and seemingly every other emotion in a way that’s downright life affirming. When your days feel bleak and long, Battery Lower can help you recharge to keep fighting." - Leor Galil, Chicago Reader

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released October 29, 2020

The Cell Phones are:

Justin - Drums
Lindsey - Vocals
Ryan - Bass

Recorded at Jamdek Recording Studio - jamdek.co
[Untitled tracks recorded at The Chortleplex]
Recorded and Mixed by Damian Wiseman - damianwiseman.com
Mastered by Carl Saff - saffmastering.com
Vinyl pressed at Smashed Plastic - smashedplastic.com
Released and distributed by Don't Panic Records & Distro

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LINDSEY : VOCALS

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