Retired from Sad, New Career in Business

by Mitski

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released August 1, 2013

Music by Mitski
Thank you to Trevor Fedele and Patrick Hyland for recording this album.
Also thank you to Patrick for mixing, mastering, and being punk rock.
Thank you to Will Prinzi for playing acoustic / electric / bass guitars. I only ever want you to play guitar parts for me.
Thank you to Mike Rasimas for playing the harder drum parts that I couldn't ever play.
Thank you to Scott Interrante for orchestrating and keeping me sane.
Thank you to the Studio Comp All-Stars (Sean Mcverry and Eli Wolf-Christensen) for the gang vocals.
Also thank you to Eli for playing mandolin.
Thank you to Kenneth "Kenny" Trotter, Sarah Wolffe, and Michael Mandrin for playing violin.
Thank you to Sophie Dolamore and Naseer François Ashraf for playing viola.
Thank you to Elise Linder for playing cello.
Thank you to Pete Olynciw and Kevin Schmidt for playing upright bass.
Thank you to Julie Yeaeun Lee for playing some bad ass flute (Strawberry Blond is intehhnse).
Thank you to Andrew Cowie for playing clarinet and bass clarinet.
Thank you to John Cummings and Jerome Burns for playing trumpet.
Also thank you to Jerome for playing cornet.
Thank you to Rich Liverano for playing trombone.
Thank you to Cristian Uraga for playing french horn.

Thank you to Emily Grigsby for designing the album cover.
Thank you to Jade Greene for taking the album cover photo, and thank you to the bad ass beauty on said cover photo.
Thank you to my very patient film crew of Heather Barcelo, Jovon Outlaw, and Alan Wertz for helping me make my music video series, and to Kevis Hillocks, Pete Olynciw, and Angelina Torreano for being in it.
Thank you to Ryan Galloway for making the video for "Goodbye, MDS".

Thank you to sages Silas Brown, Peter Denenberg, Jonathan Jetter, Chris Barron, and John Zorn.

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"her music is like an aging racetrack greyhound; graceful, but still kind of sad."
-Nate Thompson at Allston Pudding

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Track Name: Goodbye, My Danish Sweetheart
There's nobody better than you
It took me a while till I knew
But you knew from the start it was us, didn't you?
It just took me a while till I knew

Now I lay as I study a blank wall
Would you spare me your voice if I call?
'Cause you waited and watered my heart till it grew
You just grew a little smarter too

So I don't blame you if you want to
Bury me in your memory, I'm not the girl I ought to be, but
Maybe when you tell your friends, you
Can tell them what you saw in me, and not how I turned out to be

There's some kind of burning inside me
It's kept me from falling apart
And I'm sure that you've seen what it's done to my heart
But it's kept me from falling apart

Now here I lay, as I wonder about you
Would you just tell me what I'm meant to do?
'Cause I've waited and watered my heart till it grew
You can see how it's blossomed for you

And I don't blame you if you want to
Bury me in your memory, I'm not the girl I ought to be, but
Maybe when you tell your friends, you
Can tell them what you saw in me, and not the way I am

And I don't mean to make your heart blue
But could we be what we're meant to be?
I'm just about to beg you please, and
Then when you tell your friends, you can
Tell them what you saw in me, and
Not the way I used to be

'Cause there's nobody better than you.
Track Name: Square
Your room was square
I once noticed from there
In your bed, as you slept,
And I held my breath
Everything had its own place
And I wondered what space would I take
In the order you kept

I tried to eat like your girlfriend
Just tea in the night, I’d end up
Too hungry to sleep
So lying awake, I would follow the aching inside,
I would find
It’s for you won’t be mine

I tried my hardest, for I’d never learned
God’s very simple and love shouldn’t burn
And I would’ve offered you all that you yearned for
But I was still waiting for something to earn

What is that quiet of snow in the night?
The dark rings with white noise
As you stand and drown
Maybe it’s all of these snowflakes, screaming
A choir of mute
As they brace for the ground

Well that’s my ride
Hope you had a good night
You know, you made me happy
Here shake my hand
You make such a good man
Never once did you know me

I tried my hardest, for I’d never learned
God’s very simple and love doesn’t burn
And maybe you offered me all that I yearned for
But I was still waiting for something to earn

Silly me, waiting.
Track Name: Strawberry Blond
I love everybody
Because I love you
When you stood up
Walked away, barefoot
And the grass where you lay
Left a bed in your shape
I looked over it
And I ached

I love everybody
Because I love you
I don't need the city, and I
Don't need proof
All I need, darling
Is a life in your shape
I picture it, soft
And I ache

Look at you, strawberry blond

Reach out the car window
Trying to hold the wind
You tell me you love her;
I give you a grin
Oh all I ever wanted was a
Life in your shape
So I follow the white lines
Follow the while lines
Keep my eyes on the road
As I ache

Look at you, strawberry blond
Fields rolling on
I love it when you call my name
Can you hear the bumblebees swarm?
Watching your arm
I love it when you look my way
(Repeat)

Isaiah, Isaiah, Isaiah, Isaiah, Isaiah, Isaiah.
Track Name: Humpty
I'll live in the bathtub
It's cool and clean
It's smooth and it's steady
It's all that I need

I broke our belongings
They're all on the floor
The room is now empty
Nothing left to throw

All the eggshells are on the ground
And I try, I'm trying to pick them up
But they crack and crumble, it's much too much
Too frail for me to touch
(Repeat)

I'll live in the bathtub
Surrounded by tiles
All so square and so steady
I will die in their cool, cool arms

I broke what you gave me
But you kept giving
More
And I'm sorry for taking
But I keep wanting
More, more, more

All the eggshells are on the ground
And I try, I'm trying to pick them up
But they crack and crumble, it's much too much
Too frail for me to touch

All the eggshells are on the ground
And I try, I'm trying to pick them up
But Humpty Dumpty it's much too much
Too frail for me to touch

Humpty Dumpty
It's much too much.
Track Name: I Want You
I want you
I hold one card
That I can't use
But I want you

You're coming back
And it's the end of the world
We're starting over
And I love you darling
And I am done, dear

You're in the house
And I am here in the car
'Cause I just need a quiet place
Where I can scream
How I love you

I found you
I found the door
But when I stepped through
There was no floor

You're coming back
And it's the end of the world
We're starting over
And I love you darling
And I am done, dear

You're in the house
And I am here in the car
'Cause I just need a quiet place
Where I can scream
How I love you

I want you
I want you.
Track Name: Shame
It feels so good
It feels so good
And right outside the door nobody knows
They’re right outside the door and they don’t know how it
Feels so good
It feels so good

I never was very good
I haven’t been so good
But right outside the door nobody knows
They’re right outside the door and they don’t know how it
Feels so good
It feels so good

And I don’t need anything other than you.
Track Name: Because Dreaming Costs Money, My Dear
I can still smell the fire
Even though it’s long died out
The smoke still hangs in my hair
And on some quiet evenings it burns my eyes

So darling, play your violin
I know it’s what you live for
Darling, play your violin
We will manage somehow

I once lived in the sea
Bring me to your ear, you can hear
The tide where I used to be
Though now I’m but a shell,
Oh babe,
Don’t say sorry

Darling, play your violin
I know it’s what you live for
Darling, play your violin
We will manage somehow

Don’t dare regret anything
Remember what you’re here for, you
Just play your violin
And we will manage somehow.
Track Name: Circle
There’s a lie that I told to you
That now I can’t tell the truth
And it ate me inside, so one soft drunken night
I slept with a man you knew

Then in the morning I walked home alone
And the businessmen saw my bones
With my skirt in their eyes, they remembered the nights
When they were that man you knew

You told me once
You were happy to have me
But I never gave me away

There’s a lie that I told to you

I would give you my heart, I think
But it’s up in a branch of a tree
It was only to tease when he climbed up the tree
put my heart where I couldn’t reach

I didn’t mind, I adored him so
We forgot, and we left for home
And that was so long ago, now the tree it has grown

And nobody knows my lover is buried underground, nobody knows my lover is buried underground, nobody knows my lover is buried underground

There’s a lie that I told to you.
Track Name: Class of 2013
Mom, I'm tired
Can I sleep in your house tonight?
Mom, is it alright
If I stay for a year or two?
Mom, I’ll be quiet
It would be just to sleep at night
And I’ll leave once I figure out
How to pay for my own life too

Mom, would you wash my back?
This once, and then we can forget
And I’ll leave what I’m chasing
For the other girls to pursue

Mom, am I still young?
Can I dream for a few months more?