Where Have You Been, Where Have We Been? (The First Five Years)

by Brigands

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"Where Have You Been, Where Have We Been? 'The First Five Years'" is a retrospective look back at the last five years/albums from Brigands.

Select tracks have been taken from each album and touched up/completely remixed and remastered along with the addition of never before released acoustic versions of a handful of songs.

This compilation is an opportunity to look back, take stock, and take a breath after the first five years of our existence.

It also serves as a great introduction to the band for anyone coming to our music for the first time as it's a decent representation of what we've done over the last five years and albums of our career in Brigands.

Thank you so much for listening and we look forward to what the second chapter holds for Brigands as we continue on.

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released June 3, 2016

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Track Name: Discreet Love
i fell in love so discreetly
well i was sure
i'd slipped your mind

that when i shook off all the shackles
would have to find my place in line

but then i found you on my doorstep
and you were asking for the time

i never found them less attractive
your cornered desperation lies

(chorus)
how was i to know
you were trying to take it slow


i played along burning daylight
making up and changing minds

and stepping back just out of sequence
the dissonance all by design

best of friends dubbed you my best chance
and i grimaced out of pride

i never felt so quite distracted
as when we jumped on the l line

(chorus)
how was i to know
you were trying to take it slow
what all could we be
when the world is in my reach

(solo)

(chorus)
how was i to know
you were trying to take it slow
what all could we be
when you're living at my feet
Track Name: Dewar
back when i heard about the ring
i made up my list starting with your name

and then i pointed to fate at the littlest things when
we worked in the mall or i'd give you a ride
when your friend flaked

(chorus)
randomize or change up the order
i'm not worried at all
it's my fault
if we go wrong
but then
why would you play the game

i don't know where
you've been sleeping
what you're dreaming
that's why we're in this thing
let's get to work now babe


jump to now and you've run away
call the Midwest home, i don't see your face

i know i shouldn't complain you weren't mine any day
but this link gives me hope that i can get in our head
from the rain

(bridge)
they'll never try to understand
they'll never touch the things we'll have
they'll never want you like i can

(chorus)
Track Name: Friends With Cars
we were counting cars like we used to
but you'd never know
i was searching hard for a sign of
should i stay or go
so honey let's drink too much tonight
two years ain't enough to figure out this life
you can waste it waiting there
or use your eyes

(chorus)
slow burn
running on empty
i learned
pretending to care


elevator love letter playing
from my stereo
you would never love anything if
i had told you to
so wouldn't you see this as you like
you can walk to someone who would share your mind
cos you don't know you'll look back
through starry eyes

(chorus)
slow burn
running on empty
i learned
pretending to care

and you're playing the fool
set on waiting on me
but i can't figure out
who i want you to be
slow burn
covered and bare

(instrumental bridge)

(chorus)
slow burn
running on empty
i learned
pretending to care

and you're playing the fool
set on waiting on me
but i can't figure out
who i want you to be
slow burn
covered and bare
Track Name: Had to Try It
no
this wasn't supposed to be
this awkward scene
but she found a way
to fuck this too

on your own for a minute babe
but you'd trade away
your independence for a mistake

we turn around
we turn around
and duck through crowds
to find an out
it doesn't matter now

passed table games
and drama queens
i took the lead
we didn't mean to see the things we'd see

(chorus)
said it's cool but we had to try it
so we tried it
left our backs on the concrete floor

said it's cool but we had to try it
so we tried it
left us piecing those last hours


woke and found some words for you babe
won't be your wake
without a hangover hanging round

self destruction has been calling
and at this speed
he looks a little bit just like me

crowds gather round
they gather round
to scream and shout
and in my eye we're going to the ground

just come around
yeah come around
we'll tear it down
and build it better than it was in sound

(chorus)
+
so tell me now what can i do
this falls on you
this falls on you

so tell me now what can i do
this falls on you
it's all on you

(solo)

(chorus)
+
so tell me now what can i do
this falls on you
it's all on you

so tell me now what can i do
this falls on you
this falls on you
Track Name: Sunshine
you wake up one day and you don't mean a thing
carry on and then you live through that
yeah something came up someone she'd rather see
and the world is left to hear her sins

(prechorus)
alright
oh yeah
no i didn't need all that


i heard about him heard your plans have been made
but you still come around now and then
our time is gone we salvaged skin in the remains
so it's skin that holds me back again

(prechorus)

(chorus)
sunshine
i'm not living for you anymore
sometimes
we find our way to each other's door
but when the lights go on just to see us run
you oughta know that that was not the plan
sunshine


friends ask about me but no they're not with me
see their lives see them settle again
can't we be bigger than everybody's dream
no we rust you run to be like them

(prechorus)

(chorus)

(bridge)
will you drive me crazy
my little miss play me
will you lead me on like we both know you can
will you drive me crazy
my one chance to save me
i want to get by again

(chorus)
sunshine
i'm not living for you anymore
sometimes
we find our way to each other's door
but when the lights go on just to see us run
i'll tell you now that that was not my plan
sunshine
Track Name: One and One
walk right
like you still have control
i lie
just so you'll come around

i don't know what the summer's done to you
and i don't know where you found things you have to prove
i'm supposed to be the one you turn to when things don't go right
not your ride
she loves to tell me bout how

(chorus)
one and one
are always the same
but with everything i do
you'll just get further away

we want our summer weather
lives together
you don't have to love me
but don't throw it away


their eyes
they look to bring us down
just like
their empty lives are now

make your way
to the studio and pool
if you don't turn back
by now you'll know what to do

i turned down the best the world has
at the last possible time
and you smile
but then you tell me bout how

(chorus)

(solo)

(chorus)
+
she tells me
you're not the one for me and
you can't expect to be but
til something changes you can stay with me
out in the
summer weather
neverender
you don't have to love it
just don't throw it away
yeah

well trust me
we'll never throw it away
Track Name: Late Tonight
(chorus)
stayed out late tonight
cos there's no going back
we've nothing left
stayed out late tonight
with hopes of stretching this
to make it last
she said
the sun will take you far from me
so let's not think about the morning


woke up on the beach
10 hours after dawn
when we met again
it went like it should
i laughed when she smiled
she smiled when i stood
i lit us a joint
the crowds just looked on
(and)

we picked the first stars from the sea
wondering who else could see them burning

(chorus)


picked up by the cops
we fell through the cracks
got back to the beach
as the lights went dim

got down on my knees and meant what i said
you laughed as you picked me up by the hand then
we swam out far beyond the breaks
knowing an ocean's coming our way

the surf sent us back to the beach
content now just using our bodies

(chorus)

(post script)
woke up with the sun as the stars escaped
used the light to burn your face into me
and i held you close as my flight's looming
but i loved the way you said til we meet again
Track Name: Reach Girl
so i'm choosing my past
one that she'll understand
one that's calling me back
now i'm holding my breath
and i cancelled our plans
said you don't understand
no you won't understand

(chorus)
she's my
reach girl
she's my
reach girl
all my friends are already with
who they'll die with or get bored with
but she's mine


just go on bout your friends
yeah you love me like this
it's been years since you quit
but each drunken poet
conjures her through their pen
every idealist script
works to fade out on this

(chorus)

(coda)
now everyone says i am crazy
to lay at your feet
without asking for anything
i come around
with magic soaking
to ask you on knees
are you falling for anything

now i'm holding her back
and i die with each breathe
no you don't understand

does she know where you're meant
to stand up in the end
does she scare you like that
no one scares me like that

(chorus)
Track Name: Brooklyn Girls (Part One: The Wrong One)
we're out here looking for attention
but there's something i haven't mentioned
we've got someone at home that's waiting
to sway this foolish heart

too right there's something in between us
cheap thrills masquerade as wanderlust
i think in points and how i was first
i'm sticking with my crush
just help me dig this grave when

(chorus)
i'm out with the wrong one again
i'm out with the wrong girl again
my head is spinning all around
can't believe the girls in this town
the girls in this town


kid myself
like no one has met her
it's understood no one else matters
there's something bout aiming for the stars
and idealistic scars

while you're here eating by your lonesome
it's clear i'm the one with the problem
tell myself you ought to be smiling
i'm taking back control
come on just give me this one

(chorus X2)

(coda)
that was the very last time that i felt alive
there with the diamonds in the sidewalk corner of 8th and 9th
and with our single last breath we changed the warning signs
well there's your meaning before i'd seen it
i could swear i was all right
swore i was all right
Track Name: Beach House
living without you
won't work for long but

i can't help but notice
everyone you're not

we fell to the carpet
and never once bothered
to think we're wrong

we'd cling to the surface
like we don't deserve
what's been going on
round us


no one else matters
you can fill the role babe

if that's what you've been after
then you've got the wrong place

we tried to imagine
if things hadn't happened
like that would work

went out for some air to the surf
to be fair we were not in love
enough

(bridge)
and she is not the one for you
no she has just been there for you
just no one is calling when she's gone
and no one around here has been speaking up


this was supposed to be my
first three in one night
this was supposed to be you're
finally doing things right

(chorus)
the currents are stronger
than they ever bothered than they'd let on

the floor of the Atlantic
it's never been concerned
with what's above
we're calm
Track Name: The Door's Closed Now
i knew a boy who was blank and happy
he'd sit on his own with plans and poetry
and i watched him burn burn burn burn

two weeks it all fit in a february
the scene and a girl with words still coming
what if we never learn learn learned and

(prechorus)
i know what you said
i heard what you said
yeah i know what you said
but see she's the only one
with some words that could change things still

(chorus)
the door's closed now
would you get out of my head


i knew a girl who could make you lonely
she'd sit on my mind with weight to hold me
and she had the nerve nerve nerve nerve

to breathe out the words as if she's sleeping
you'd laugh at our lives, the distance between
how i left to fix my version

(prechorus)
and i know what you'll say
i know what you'll say
yeah i know what you'll say
but now after all of this
it's just a name that'll change things so

(chorus)
Track Name: We Are We Are
our souls are spotless so we're taking our aim
bandwagon sniffing out a harmless mistake
i gave you half a chance you couldn't
come the whole way
but i'm sure you'll be fine
by the end of the day

(prechorus)
come we'll meet
anonymously
grab your pitchforks and your torches
and your mob mentality

(chorus)
we are we are one more person to blame
we're hunting for someone to shoulder our shame
we never miss a chance never go on our way
we are we are one more person to blame


i sleep so sound each night cos someone agrees
with where i put a line that nobody sees
if you're not fine in time well it's not on me
my soul is spotless cos of what i believe

(prechorus)
come we'll blow
this up til it explodes
grab your soapbox and your pedestal
and gobs of throwing stones

(chorus)

(bridge)
and oh how fast you're hiding
if the light ever lands on you
and oh how loud you're crying
you're crying out but just for you

(chorus)
Track Name: Off the Table
i'm sorry that i
won't be around for awhile
i think i let you down

i'm sorry i've been trouble
i like the idea of you
that's til i looked around

but what am i supposed to be
a lifeless saint or cynic in your grave?

i'm sorry that you find it
so easy to rely on
the shit i never say

but in a moment you will
be coming back in style
no we don't know change

and you'll die for my pretty phrase
and i should have the guts to stay away

but it's cold outside
and it's not my night
in the face of my dream's failure
i run back to this disaster
i'm yours tonight
just for the night

i'm sorry for suggesting
that you run
just i know my mind

i'm sorry i risked your life and lost
but i thought i would try
i thought i'd try
i fought one night

i'm sorry i'm off the table
i'm sorry i'm off the table
i'm sorry i'm off the table
i'm sorry i'm off the table
but you're gonna be fine
Track Name: Train Stations in November
i drop you off to work
about all i can do
cos since they took him off
darling my life's fallen through

now i drive back to sleep
airborn ranger in bed
just til i ink this script
and i fool myself out west

(chorus)
trainstations in november


don't ask me questions now
i don't have answers to
like if you are the one
darling i don't have a clue

cos now the floor is gone
i take to st. andrews
i leave you for someone
just to find out i'll miss you

(chorus)

(bridge)
i'm only here for the summer
but i'm staying on through the winter

we got a couple hours left to last
this waning afternoon
and in the back of this old bookstore
we see toys and hear the tunes

well if i hold you for too long
well darling could you please excuse
i don't think anyone's been lost
as much as i am needing you

i'm only here for the summer
but i'm staying on through the winter

(chorus)
<train stations in november>

we got a couple hours left to last
this waning afternoon
and in the background of this bookstore
we see toys and hear the tunes

well if i hold you for too long
well darling would you please excuse
i don't think anyone's been lost
as much as i am needing you

i take you off to work
Track Name: Have a Good Summer
broken bones
and tattered clothes
don't need an explanation

you left your name
and said you'd ring
we need a reason do we?

(chorus)
if i don't see you
then have a good one darling
summer's coming for you

if i don't see you
then have a good one darling
summer's coming for you


picks and stones
sewn round my throat
i swore the start of something

and took a step
from what you know
you say i'm always dreaming

(chorus)

(bridge)
and that's the way we are
deciding every star
was meant for something more
won't settle for everything

now look how scared
realizing all we are
are ghosts who've long since starved
can't survive on honesty

(instrumental)

(chorus)
if i don't see you
then have a good one darling
summer's coming for you

if i don't see you
then have a good one darling
summer's coming for you
Track Name: Lie Upon Lie (acoustic)
We've been holding on through the night
And stacking on each lie upon lie
I'm asking please just once do it right
You owe that owe that

I can never see through your lies
I'm asking please just drop your disguise
I'm bending over backwards inside
I know it's over

I don't want to sleep again tonight
Well i'm sure you learned your lines
And i'm sorry yeah i'm sorry
Didn't ever mean to waste your time

We've been holding on late tonight
And stacking on each lie upon lie
I'm asking please just once do it right
You owe that owe that

I can never see through your lies
We work so hard ignoring the signs
When i'm alone and changing my mind
It's unattractive

I don't want to sleep again tonight
Well i'm sure you learned your lines
And i'm sorry yeah i'm sorry
Didn't ever mean to waste your time

I don't want to sleep again tonight
Well i know that you're my life
But i said it there i said it
Whatever happens next, we end tonight

I'm growing up
I'm growing up
Though you might not notice yet
I'm growing up
I'm growing up
Could you tell me where to go

I don't want to sleep again tonight
Well i'm sure you've learned your lines
And i'm sorry yeah i'm sorry
Didn't ever mean to waste your time

I don't want to sleep again tonight
Well i know that you're my life
But i said it there i said it
Whatever happens next, we end tonight

No it's never gonna be like that
Don't you know that it won't be like that
Track Name: Forgot You (acoustic demo)
once in your life, could you try to put together a stretch you can remember when you
wake up on time, or perhaps it's better said that you don't live for someone

and you're sat in your room
and you're using my key
and you lose track of time
and you fall to brilliant pieces
that nobody sees
too far down in their dreams
is it too late to be
what you don't know that you want to be yet

someone in your life at some point they just forgot you
you can stay right here or decide to try for something


i can't convey, how it's strange and unbelievable
that you can't conceive of all the
limitless ways, that i work myself up every time
i see no sign

and you're quick with the truth
that our youth has been used
you don't hang round those days
no you just serve to remind me

my bridge too will fade
further every day
all the love that we'd made
disappeared off with the sunrise to now

someone in your life at some point they just forgot you
you can stay right here or decide to try for something

and you want to know forever
i want a little better
we meet end of days
to compare all our scrapes

and we know we're good for nothing
an awful pair my darling
a fortune in days
that don't add to anything

on my mind
Track Name: Like Crazy (acoustic)
wait every day
i'm your stray

wait every day
like crazy

and every perfect day's
one more show of fake proof
i'm running out of ways
to say i can see through

(chorus)
every little thing
doesn't have to be for you


sleep as you wake
worlds away

we make mistakes
patiently

and under weight of wine
my head runs to join you
despite needs to survive
won't or can't forget you

(chorus)

(bridge)
so i say
never show
you would never know
from me
forced smiling
save the date
is it too late to save me

(chorus)
+
stare down the barrel every day
we've seen too much to walk away
repaint the scenes just like we knew
we're burning out to keep us cool

i never saw them as regrets
always assumed there was no end
i walked an odd way and just knew
i've got it now i'm lost on you
Track Name: After Noon (acoustic)
your house
friday night is saved
i've got something to do

show up
by myself round eight
with bottles of home brew

and i don't know anyone but you
i don't know anyone

waking up after noon
and i'm killing time with you
Track Name: Everybody Has a Boyfriend (acoustic)
i want it all is that so wrong
i know we don't need one more song
but everybody has a boyfriend
so where does that leave me

i woke up late again this morning
the sun is high to remind me
i know you only see what's easier
asking what's wrong with what you lead

(prechorus)
so i thought and walked the afternoon
well don't you see there's nothing i can do

(chorus)
some souls are meant for california

some souls are made to never figure out their place

give my regards to what we planned for
i know you'd have me see this through
without a trace
but everybody has a boyfriend
so where does that leave me


i woke too late again this morning
to have that girl falling for me
convinced myself of what she's after now
but i'm so far from what she needs

(prechorus)
when i saw her on the avenue
i realized there's nothing i can do

(chorus)
some souls are meant for california

some souls are made to never figure out their place
give my regards to what we planned for
lord knows we don't need one more song
to take the blame
but everybody has a boyfriend
so where does that leave me

(bridge)
thousand oaks crush
you found the best of us
they took it all away
and say we can't expect a thing

they built us up
until we couldn't stop
we couldn't turn away
so why the fuck wouldn't i complain

(solo)

(chorus)
some souls are meant for california

some souls are made to never figure out their place
give my regards to what we planned for
i know you'd have me see this through
without a trace
but everybody has a boyfriend
so where does that leave me