Lifestyle Toxins, MVII​-​03

by Bullets or Balloons

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released February 7, 2015

Recorded, mixed, and mastered at Nieman Sound in Spokane, WA
Cover artwork by Mackenzie Anderberg



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Bullets or Balloons Olympia, Washington

Bullets or Balloons. A morbid, esoteric choice? Imagery of death versus celebration? An urban gun exchange program? None of the above.
Bullets or Balloons is a band that combines a variety of influences to create a genre hopping, beat dropping, time signature shifting rock band. The band consists of Aaron Anderberg (bass), Chris Henderson (guitar/vocals), and Cory Mason Phipps (percussion).
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Track Name: Cattle Fire
lean left or lean right/pro choice or pro life/red states or blue states/both states are useless/we’re told lies for so long that you believe they’re true/what is your truth but a point of view/we’re sold lies for so long that you buy they’re true/what kinds of lies are they selling you now/do what you’re told buy what you’re sold/everyone’s role will someday be sold
Track Name: Blasters
floor after floor all the same/xeroxed faces on each who came/the drab walls of the drab room/the lost hope of the lost youth/blank faces blank eyes empty minds living empty lives/break down the walls kick in the doors/smash in the ceilings and stomp down the floors/we can escape one at a time/can control bodies but can’t control minds/blank faces blank eyes empty minds living empty lives
Track Name: Bi Curious Anal Mouse
the buzz of the drone the eyes in the sky/these eyes don’t watch they judge others lives/a flash a puff the warhead strikes down/once a school now just a hole in the ground/looks so sanitary in grainy black and white/collateral damage of children and parents/unfortunate casualties of humanitarian efforts/are the good guys now bad are the bad guys now good/maybe these labels have been misunderstood/looks so sanitary in grainy black and white
Track Name: Mr. Ribs
you get your laws I’ll get my guns/it won’t be pretty this time I won/I will you will they will who won’t I will you will what/I’ve the laws I’ve the guns/no one ever really has won/I will I will I will who won’t I will they will what
Track Name: Shuffle
ask not what you can do for your country/ask what your country is doing to you to/ask not what you can do for your country/ask what your country is doing
Track Name: Blueprints
who says things have to be so not knowing what we don’t even know/groping for hope groping for change just hit the alarm and repeat it again/I’m looking for a new idea I’m looking for a new experience/tired of waiting for that new idea tired of waiting for a new experience/when I was young everybody told me that I could be anything that I want/now I’m older and it’s not that easy no one told me it would be this hard
Track Name: What Circumcision
their eyes keep looking out the backs of their heads/what once was their home is now from where they fled/run and hide can’t run and hide forever/live or die their futures who will decide
Track Name: Offensive Words
you keep saying I shouldn’t talk about/about these things coming out of my mouth/quick to offend slow to compromise/don’t believe the truths I’ve rolled into my lies/everything offensive that I say/disrespectful ungrateful in every single way/not the meaning no not the intent/I try to make it better but I really can’t
Track Name: Button on a Fur Coat
the truth is hard to hear/when lies are more convenient/ignorance won’t make it true/the truth is hard to hear/when lies are more convenient/the truth is hardest to hear/when the lies are the most convenient/disguise true thoughts through lies deny what’s inside/what are you trying to hide running away from your entire life/family and friends shouldn’t make you choose let you be you/stumble finding your own way through here just trying to love and support you
Track Name: C New
looking out the window on that foggy morning/hoping to see a bright future that lay ahead/but all he could see was what he never wanted/until he realized it was merely a reflection/he opened the front door to take that first step/not really sure what the second step had in store/they say that first step’s the hardest right/but not after the thousandth time anyway
Track Name: Six is One, Half Dozen is the Other
life’s little insecurities keep tugging at my mind thread after thread coming loose as the whole thing threatens to unravel/how are we going to make it how are we going to pay the bills what if I have an original thought lasting longer than 4 hours/but I’m not allowed to fall apart I’ve got to hold it all together put up the strong front put up the strong face and project that everything will be alright/how am I going to make it through today tomorrow the next ten minutes the next ten seconds relax breathe count from ten to one very slowly/I’m so nervous and anxious about being nervous and anxious that it’s making me nervous and anxious/my heart is pounding my pulse is racing the bile is boiling up out of my stomach like a pot boiling over on the stove/good god did I leave the stove on