Dead Youth

by Red Light Compliance

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Written & Produced by Red Light Compliance
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released 29 July 2014

Recorded & Engineered by Michael Govaere at Downbeat Studio
Mastered by John Naclerio at Nada Recording Studio

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Red Light Compliance Chicago, Illinois

Rock/Punk/Alternative band Red Light Compliance hails from Chicago, IL. After going through a few members and a name change, RLC has solidified their lineup with Jim Mack (vocals/guitar), Peter Mayoral (vocals/guitar), Rob Wash (bass guitar) and Joe Corson (drums). The band released their debut EP The Write Off in February 2012. RLC just recently released their full length album "Dead Youth". ... more

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Track Name: Plain Sight
My cars on empty
as I pull into the driveway of my parents house,
And the night sky fills the void of all my anxiety,
How I knew her,
How it gets to me as time is running shorter.

I need to get some rest; I need to find the key.
Unlock this fucking door; slam it shut or quietly.

Can't sleep again, now I'm praying louder;
Kill these demons, this nightmare never ends.
Talk about stability, I'm already growing weak,
And the girl I knew is gone as I'm buried in the Midwest.

Now I lay here as you're leavin' on a jet;
My mind cannot forget how I forced this concept of you and me.
I wanna forget that this winter’s barely over.
Where's the strength to start again?
I've been living this game of pretend and forget.
Postcards fail to send.
I shudder at the thought that I'm losing my best friend.

Can't sleep again, now I'm praying louder;
Kill these demons, this nightmare never ends.
Talk about stability, I'm already growing weak,
And the girl I knew is gone as I'm buried in the Midwest.

Bittersweet curse the blessing; hate the fall, it's always passing.
The last things I've got are cold shoulders again.
It was everything so perfect. Picture this so broken.
I'm blinded but I see just a memory.

Can't sleep again, now I'm praying louder;
Kill these demons, this nightmare never ends.
Talk about stability, I'm already growing weak,
And the girl I love is gone as I'm buried in the Midwest.

The fall is over, kill the blessing.
Track Name: The Seam
I wasn't blessed with words that save,
Couldn't ascend you from that hollow place.
Well I’m learning nothing’s as simple as it seems.
A practiced smile can mask all the faults underneath.

I never meant to cause you all that pain,
Well, I’m not sorry dear for the things I had to say.
Now I'm stuck with all this blood, soon deluged ground,
I’m sinking fast in this goddamn flood.
Not the first time that I was chosen to fail.

We were headed towards the rocks;
Pardon me for trying to save the crew.
No need for tears this time,
I won’t be coming back for you.

Awake, but in a coma state
With no desire but to stay out late.
They say that I would be okay;
Tomorrow is a new day.
Not the first time that I was chosen to fail.

We were headed towards the rocks;
Pardon me for trying to save the crew.
No need for tears this time,
I won’t be coming back for you.

Twenty one, and dying to feel anything at all, anything at all.
Tired of scripted conversation. Will anyone answer a call,
Answer my call?

We were headed towards the rocks;
Pardon me for trying to save the crew.
No need for tears this time,
I won’t be coming back for you.
Track Name: Surgery
Due to recent events, not like this hasn't happened before;
We are burning bridges, just a few more.
I don't want another song about this;
There's no other way to mouth this.
You are terrible with your lies,

And those shades you wear are a terrible disguise.

I hope you read these words
'Cause I know you’re hard of hearing me out.
Giving me the time of day
Is something like pulling teeth or
Heart surgery.

And I'll break this down for you;
Step by step, I will walk you through
How you keep crawling back
Just to tear the seam apart again.

I hope you read these words
'Cause I know you’re hard of hearing me out.
Giving me the time of day
Is something like pulling teeth or
Heart surgery.

Fuck you. You damaged everything we had;
Everything was planned. Fuck you.
I hope you know why I've gone mad;
You're nothing but a joke.

I hope you read these words
'Cause I know you’re hard of hearing me out.
Giving me the time of day
Is something like pulling teeth or
Heart surgery.
Track Name: Better Left Unsaid
Can’t seem to find the right words to say to you.
I wanna scream, but I know it will never do.
I’m burning up; should’ve never struck that match,
And now I’m stuck in a room that is sure to catch.

Heart’s beating in my chest,
Head’s retracing all the steps.
It’s 2:00AM, I’m sure I’ll be alright.
Stomach’s turning while I try
To rest these weary eyes.
It’s 2:00AM, I’m sure I’ll be alright.

She said I wish I could be with you.
Wanted to believe those words, but I knew they weren't true.
Some things should’ve never happened,
Some things are better left unsaid.
The sun will soon be rising,
And I've yet to sweep this dirty head.

Heart’s beating in my chest,
Head’s retracing all the steps.
It’s 3:00AM, I’m sure I’ll be alright.
Stomach’s turning while I try to rest these weary eyes.
It’s 3:00AM, I’m sure I’ll be alright.

Time keeps ticking by.
Same mistakes, yeah, same old stories.
Ain't one for telling lies,
But maybe you would want to start one with me.

Can’t seem to get it right;
Same mistakes, yeah, there’s no glory.
The songs, they’re alright,
But that soft voice there’s nothing else that calms me.

Heart’s beating in my chest,
Head’s retracing all the steps.
It’s 4:00AM, I’m sure I’ll be alright.
Stomach’s turning while I try to rest these weary eyes,
It’s 4:00AM, I’m sure I’ll be alright.

Heart’s beating in my chest,
Head’s retracing all the steps.
It’s 4:00AM, I’m sure I’ll be alright.
Stomach’s turning while I try to rest these weary eyes,
It’s 4:00AM, I’m sure I’ll be alright.


The birds are singing, and I am anything but calm.
Track Name: Honest
What does honesty mean to you?
To me, it means tearing out your heart
Like spilling cards on a table, sprawled out faced up.
Evidently so, you made it clear this year,
You replaced confidence with fear.

What does honesty mean to you?
To me, it means tearing out your heart
Like spilling cards on a table, sprawled out faced up.
I begin to itch, scratch, and peel.
To permanently seal the deal,
I mark and forget who I was from the start.

Place my bones with steady hands
Through the mud, dry me out with sand.
Let a puppet dance as me instead;
Hang me on a sturdy line.
Well kept manners are hard to find these days.
Well kept manners are hard to find these days.

Nothing meaningful to say;
Ended with something uncontrollably slain.
This is the price I pay;
There's nothing more from me to say.
I'll get out of the way,
And leave another mother childless far beyond the bay.

Place my bones with steady hands
Through the mud, dry me out with sand.
Let a puppet dance as me instead;
Hang me on a sturdy line.
Well kept manners are hard to find these days.
Well kept manners are hard to find these days.

Careful what you wish for, your dreams may come true.
For all you know, your nightmares are dreams that you once knew.
Unconsciously forgotten as something bright as new,
It's darker now, haunting the bed in your room.

Place my bones with steady hands
Through the mud, dry me out with sand.
Let a puppet dance as me instead;
Hang me on a sturdy line.
Well kept manners are hard to find these days.
Well kept manners are hard to find these days.

Why is it so hard to find? Why can't we read between the lines?
Well kept manners are hard to find these days.
Well kept manners are hard to find these days.
Track Name: I'll Be Ready in Fifteen with a Suitcase in Hand (George Bailey)
Cold hands won’t grasp how I walk these same streets at night,
Wishing for fight or flight. When it happens, I fall numb and dry
Like the ashes from your cigarette.
Feel the burn, opt to quit, break to pieces on the ground.

I hate all these street signs;
Their names are mocking me,
And I’m sick of the fools I've met in this town.
I’m just itching to leave.

And the girl that I think about the most,
Doesn't seem to notice me.
Well maybe at our next show she’ll turn up,
And finally get what I need.

I hate all these street signs;
Their names are mocking me,
And I’m sick of the fools I've met in this town.
I’m just itching to leave.

It has been some time now,
Since my friends all chose different paths.
Towards careers, and marriage.
Well I truly wish them the best.
I need out from this town.
It’s taken everything from me.
I need out from this cell,
And I think I've found the key.

I really must be leaving now.
You can tell my mother I’ll be fine.
As for that girl who haunts me now every other day,
I fear that we are running outta time.

I hate all these street signs;
Their names are mocking me,
And I’m sick of the fools I've met in this town.
I’m just itching to leave.

I hate all these street signs;
Their names are mocking me,
But I love all the friends I've made in this town.
I’m just itching to leave.
Track Name: Vaccine
I desecrated my imagination of home,
Where my heart is kept sleeping alone.
I've grown to be a burden,
And now I'm always certain
That I'll never know the answer;
Broke and overthrown.

Will I leave this town at all tonight?
Have I made it far enough to go?
I plead, when is the perfect time?
This illness is contagious;
Kill me, vaccinate the patients.
I can save you from me, save you from me.

I gambled with regression,
And another how to session;
How to be the man I see intangibly out of reach.
Because of me, I am my worst enemy.
Because of me, I'm not the man I thought I’d be.

Because you shut me out, since I have failed you now.
Thoughts of you sifting through with the wrongs for me to write
You're prescription; my perception.

Will I leave this town at all tonight?
Have I made it far enough to go?
I plead, when is the perfect time?
This illness is contagious;
Kill me, vaccinate the patients.
I can save you from me, save you from me.

Wish you could understand this is all I have.
This is my last stand; hope it serves us well.
Track Name: Fader
I knew this day would come,
But we were so damn young.
You left without a trace;
No one to replace this year.
In this state of repair, is there anyone out there?

Help me find a reason to move on.
I can lie, but I know in the end it's wrong.

Help me fade, help me fade away.
Help me fade; help me fade away

From you used to pass the time
Telling me all the things on your mind.
Walking through hallways,
I knew it all was kept inside.
Never spoken, but never left behind.

Help me find a reason to move on.
I can lie, but I know in the end it's wrong

Help me fade, help me fade away.
Help me fade; help me fade away

This is the last time,
the last time.
I will never leave this alone,
it's something grey and cold as stone.
I will never leave this alone,
it's something grey and cold as stone.
Track Name: Dead Youth
Lost a piece of myself as we all drove away.
Set the course; open road out to Dorchester Bay.
Sixty miles to go when she last crossed my mind.
Doesn't seem that long since we said our goodbyes.

That’s alright, we’ll move along;
Find the places we belong.

I can feel the city’s heart pulsing tonight.
All the light and cars and people, yeah, we’re feeling alright.
It reminds me of home,
And with that thought I’m not alone.

That’s alright, we’ll move along;
Find the places we belong.
Bar tabs and long lost dreams,
places we haven’t seen have got us singing
Because we’re the kids who never learned how to quit.

This is our time.
Will we waste it all away?
Will we falter, break, and die?

Now is not that time.
I know we’ll go our separate ways,
But that will not happen tonight.
Track Name: So, How Are You?
So how long darling has it been?
Recovering from surgery with different medicines.
You came and went with a flash set fire; all that’s left is ash.
You bet I won’t be letting you in, no not again.

I’m still waiting for the fumes to pour
Down and deep into my lungs, makes them ever so sore.
Heard of withdraw, not like this.
Never thought it would be from her kiss.
The fire still crackles and hiss;
You can bet I’m pissed.

So, how are you?
Is your life blooming like you always thought it should?
A collapsing tower, an alarm that goes off every hour
Is ringing in these ears, and bouncing off these walls.

Too long darling it has been.
I’m sick of all these different kinds of fucked up medicines.
All four walls of my room had shook
When you threw the door as you booked.
You took it all with you that last time; don’t worry, I’ll be fine.

So, how are you?
Is your life blooming like you always thought it should?
A collapsing tower, an alarm that goes off every hour
Is ringing in these ears, and bouncing off these walls.
Thought I’d never live with regrets. Truth is, I’m living with them all of you.
Track Name: Company to Keep
Filthy leads are followed by an exit strategy.
You were too afraid it was getting late
To reciprocate; you fled the scene.

Who would have known it was the company,
Company to keep?
You said you couldn't hold, this was growing old;
I'm pressed for time, I'm sorry.

These are the words you say.
Hidden is a guilty getaway.
Years go by; you toss and turn at night
wondering if I'm alright.
Haven't spoke in a long time.
A long, long time.

Who would have known it was the company,
Company to keep?
You said you couldn't hold, this was growing old;
I'm pressed for time, I'm sorry.

You said you couldn't hold
under all of this weight.
The pressure is a soul crushing thief.
You said you can't hold on, you're letting go.
But you can hold on; I'm giving you hope.
You said you can't hold on, you're letting go.
But you can hold on; I'm giving you hope.
Track Name: You've Got the Blood, I've Got the Time
It’s fading now, her face, and I’m anything but alright.
Heart like a tomb; I wonder where her ghost has flown tonight.
I can see it in your eyes with every smile, you are so lonely.
The sleepless nights become your friends, along with misery.

Let’s go bleed out all the poison;
Drain it all into the sea.
The stars at night never seem to let me down;
I’d trade them all for your company.

The days grow longer; your mind won’t sit still.
They say they’d take it all away with a simple white pill.
There’s something shattered inside, slowly cutting you.
Been there myself more than a few times;
These broken ears are yours, use at will.

Let’s go bleed out all the poison;
Drain it all into the sea.
The stars at night never seem to let me down;
I’d trade them all for your company.

Storms mix up the thoughts that you never spoke.
I wanna free you with words that save, but all I do is choke.
You've got the blood, and I've got the time.
Let go of regrets, let’s leave them all behind

You've got the blood, and I've got the time.
Let go of regrets, let’s leave them all behind

Let's leave them all behind.