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Fourth Strike Song Jam 2021

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mother nature why dya wanna hurt me everything's on fire the smoke, we keep breathing, the smoke, we keep breathing nature mother's coming for you you're up past your bedtime and it's time to start sleeping, time to start sleeping but i look in the morning the sky has turned red with blood and the ground has fell shallow with bones, with bones, with bones DISASTER, DISASTER the world is spinning faster and we're leaving it all to the rubble DISASTER, DISASTER the planet is a bastard that is kicking us all into space in disgrace mother nature i keep saying sorry nothing seems to fix it the smoke we keep breathing, the smoke, we keep breathing nature mother's tryna call you why'd you never call her she needs your attention, she needs your attention
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I got a twenty dollar tattoo last night and it burns like hell A stick and poke from a guy at a show and it’s already starting to swell He was hangin’ out in the back of a van with a bled out pen He had some flash and was short on cash so I said “What the hell, let me in” Y’know the crusty kids ain’t too clean traditionally But I figured some ink would get me some cred in the scene I got a twenty dollar tattoo last night and I ain’t too smart It’s supposed to be Crass but it looks like ass and the dude said it’s a work of art The spot on my thigh is bleeding and why did I take this on I rode my bike to the venue today but of course what the fuck he was gone Y’know the crusty kids ain’t too clean traditionally But for all of this anguish I say fuck my cred in the scene (it ain’t worth it, fuck this) Y’know the crusty kids ain’t too clean traditionally But I figured some ink would get me some cred in the scene I got a twenty dollar tattoo last night and it burns like hell A stick and poke from a guy at a show and it’s already starting to swell He was hangin’ out in the back of a van with a bled out pen He had some flash and was short on cash so I said “What the hell, let me in”
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Should’ve trusted my gut when it warned me Blamed the jitters, now that you knew how to make me hurt I’m conflicted over you inflicting this pain upon me I guess I just don’t appreciate the finer arts I've said my piece and made my peace, as I explained You know how I am, I always need the last word Now whatever sorry excuse of an apology you may have made Is sitting on a burner phone at the bottom of Lake Huron When was your love supposed to trickle down? Before or after I sold all my friends for a minute of yours? Love’s a losing game, but that minute I thought I’d won When you’re starved, you lose track of the hours I've said my piece and made my peace, as I explained You know how I am, I always need the last word Now whatever sorry excuse of an apology you may have made Is sitting on a burner phone at the bottom of Lake Huron I've said my piece and made my peace, as I explained You know how I am, I always need the last word Now whatever sorry excuse of an apology you may have made Is sitting on a burner phone at the bottom of Lake Huron Hello loneliness my friend It’s so good to see you yet again This time under ideal conditions On the waterfront with a turquoise sky No embarrassment and no denial Probably my favorite rendition I can’t wait to start my next fuck up, I’ll stay by your side for a while, I’ll meet you again in the buttercups But our ways part for now Hello loneliness my friend It’s so good to see you yet again This time under ideal conditions On the waterfront with a turquoise sky No embarrassment and no denial Probably my favorite rendition I can’t wait to start my next fuck up, I’ll stay by your side for a while, I’ll meet you again in the buttercups But our ways part for now I can’t wait to start my next fuck up, I’ll stay by your side for a while, I’ll meet you again in the buttercups But our ways part for now, so I’ll kiss you goodbye
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This is gonna fall apart This is gonna tumble down And there’s no fun in “I told you so” When everybody saw it coming At least I did my part At least I tried my best But what’s my best when Nobody’s ready for what comes next oooooh This is a disaster, disaster oooooh This is a disaster, disaster The writing’s on the wall The cracks are in the plaster When the signal sounds, I’ll hit the ground But nobody wants to pull it We say it’s one for all We might believe that’s true But what do we know when All for one means none for you oooooh This is a disaster, disaster oooooh This is a disaster, disaster There’s safety in the known There’s comfort in the same But nothing is certain when Someone keeps changing the rules of the game I’d like to think I’ve grown I’d like to think I’ve learned I hope when it’s over I walk away unscarred and unburned oooooh This is a disaster, disaster oooooh This is a disaster, disaster oooooh This is a disaster, disaster oooooh This is a disaster, disaster
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VERSE 1: It's 4am and I've been trying to sleep But all my thoughts keep Racing through my head I try to put those worries back on the shelf So I smile to myself And think of you instead PRE-CHORUS: You got a way... with words You got a smile... that's true You got a heart... like mine And I love... dancing with you CHORUS: So come a little closer And hold me tight Music and motion Everything feels right All of the lights low It's a lovely sight So come a little closer Like we did last night VERSE 2: It's not the first time I've felt this before But I'm feelin' sure This is here to stay Because we're dancing under neon lights And the moment is right At least for today (repeat PRE-CHORUS) (repeat CHORUS) BRIDGE: And if you need a promise You've got one from me Find me on the dance floor That's where I'll always be (repeat CHORUS) OUTRO: Come a little closer Like we did last night... Come a little closer Like we did last night...
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Climb trees all night after sunset Parachute down to the ground Dig a shallow bowl in the dirt Project a deep booming sound Like a beacon piercing the horizon Or a lighthouse, out to the sea But there are no boats in the ocean Only shipwreck debris
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my heart's been broken up for far too long been tired of tryin' to find a self in song i'm not beguiled by a stagnant life but there's no passion left and god knows why but i got this feeling so small but i hear it screaming so easy to get the meaning of a feeling oh so healing and baby you're no denier let the feeling take you higher come and step into the pyre you're the one that i desire (so light that shit on FIRE) burn it till the flame burns blue and feel the feeling felt for you together we'll be something new (is it disaster? maybe! LIGHT THAT SHIT ON FIRE!) the pyre reaches towards the sky a feeling felt for you and i so take your wounds and cauterize (come flick the lighter, baby LIGHT THAT SHIT ON FIRE) i can see the ember in your eyes and all the things you feel you have to hide so let the fire burn away those lies and from the ashes, watch the phoenix rise could it be much clearer? when we pull each other nearer come and look into the mirror baby, you don't need to fear her an electrifying sunbeam that'll wake you from your bad dream and a love that'll make our soul scream (holy SHIT is that a motherfucking BLASEBALL REFERENCE) (so light that shit on FIRE) burn it till the flame burns blue and feel the feeling felt for you together we'll be something new (is it disaster? maybe! LIGHT THAT SHIT ON FIRE!) the passion of the bonfire roar my darling you can be much more i'll show you what the fire is for (committing arson, baby LIGHT THAT SHIT ON FIRE) come flick the lighter baby light that shit on fire, fire (repeat like 5 million times)
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night sky, orange glow not a star in sight but through it all, through the smoke watch the engines turn heating up, freezing out but we conquered the moon and i’m sure the view is beautiful watching it all burn (chorus of voices saying burn) how much longer will we wait to save our home fires burning at the edge of all we’ve known looking down from satellite pretending we’re not where we are drilling deeper, manifesting destiny claiming all that we can see but still it burns, and still we turn can’t get away from a world on fire
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[verse i] when the first winds came to summon the storm i begged, candle in the breeze won’t you bring me close here and warm so i don’t ever freeze [verse ii] you thought, how noble, to give oneself up to bring a little light so you kept yourself burning, burned out until you couldn’t fight [prechorus i] the world isn’t safe for things like you and me we never know how to tell when a wind is just too strong to handle ‘til it blows [chorus i] you may have broken my heart and you may have torn me asunder but i watched as you tore yourself apart so i just can’t help but to wonder disaster, disaster, what a mess we are oh, my disaster, how do we go back to the start? [verse iii] i realized too late to be worth it you were shaped all wrong so i begged, oh, candle, please quit and stay with me a little longer [verse iv] you told me the flame gave you purpose and you’d have nothing left but a wick that was cold, empty, worthless a life much worse than death [prechorus ii] the world isn’t safe for things like you and me we never know how to make something good out of darkness without paying the toll [chorus ii] you may have broken my heart and you may have torn me asunder but i watched as you tore yourself apart so i just can’t help but to wonder disaster, disaster, what a mess we are oh, my disaster, how do we go back to the start? [verse v] i was young, pitifully dumb to believe it was just tough when our parts were more than our sum i could never be enough [verse vi] in the end, though we saved each other we couldn’t save ourselves you’ve gone dark; dark, cold, and smothered and now i’m lost as well [chorus iv] you may have broken my heart i’d still rather keep you here with me they say something better waits after dark when the sun rises, we’ll finally be [chorus v] free my disaster, we won’t have to be more than you and me don’t burn for your light, just look up and let yourself be [chorus vi] don’t burn for your light, just look up and let yourself be
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rudy you’re killing it downtown you’re quieter now rudy they’re calling out your name it’s never been the same rudy i’m staying on target my bitterness, my regret rudy they’re smoking out on the deck they’re a rope around your neck I was feeling fine for a while then it came to me, then it came to me then they put me away, then they put me away I don’t know what to say, I don’t know what to say Last night I was fine, tonight’s my last night rudy don’t look away now they’re killing you downtown rudy the budgets gone tight the pitchforks are out tonight rudy tell me you’re scared you’re tired and underprepared rudy the lines are getting crossed and you know that you lost, you lost I was feeling fine for a while then it came to me, then it came to me then they put me away, then they put me away I don’t know what to say, I don’t know what to say Last night I was fine, tonight’s my last night tried to call my friends but the line was cut (alone) tried to sleep in but my time was up (alone) light it up on fire I’m going out tonight I’m going out tonight gonna tear through the district rip their world apart brick by brick not going out without a fight tonight’s my last night I was feeling fine for a while then it came to me, then it came to me then they put me away, then they put me away I don’t know what to say, I don’t know what to say Last night I was fine, tonight’s my last night
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Five dollar burner phone If I make it out I’m never coming home Cuz the world’s on fire and I’m not fine And I’m waiting for you to pickup on the landline Watching news broadcasts in black and white I think color gave out just becuase of spite The world’s on fire and I’m not fine And I’m waiting for you to pickup on the landline And the phone rings three times (x2) I hang up before you can find The words to say I love you I cast the thing aside International spy they say They’ll kill anyone any day But I just want to find my way home I just want to go home (x2) Twenty twenty twenty four hours to go Until the bombs fly high and I’m all alone Unless I can get those secret codes And tell the world through my little phone “It’s ok” My hands are sweating as I find the phrase That will hopefully avert the end of days I want to get those secret codes And tell you through my little phone “It’s ok” And the phone rings I hang up before you can find The words to say I love you I cast the thing aside International spy they say They’ll kill anyone any day But I just want to find my way home I just want to go home (x2)
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(intro) there is an old saying the wicked never rest well- god? he took the seventh so i think that fails that test but if that ain’t enough now, another i’ll supply for someone “spared of resting” lonely rudy sure could lie (verse 1) oklahoma born and bred high school sweetheart, newly wed muscle car- the picture of “tough” rudy on that wedding day made a vow to always stay but two weeks in one woman ain’t enough (chorus 1) oh rudy, lonely rudy do all roads lead to roam? you’ve got two precious children and a lovely wife at home life isn't a game, boy do you still need to score? you’ll lose what you’ve got if you keep lookin’ out for more (verse 2) i’ll tell you now- i am that wife swore to love him all my life thought my man was faithful and true he kept his secrets, four years long couldn’t tell nothin’ was wrong till he called me “luanne” and i just knew (chorus 2) oh rudy, lonely rudy why did you have to roam? were we lacking something in this family and this home? you’d tricked me long enough then that i could not ignore before long i knew i had to settle up that score (bridge) he snuck back drunk late one night woke our son, gave him a fright and that? that was the last fucking straw after that, well who can say? i plead the fifth, and by the way, it’s not that hard to evade the law unlike rudy, i keep vows, i never lied i swore that i would love him up until the day he died (chorus 3) oh rudy, lonely rudy there’s nothing left to say if you hadn’t been so lonely you’d still be alive today at least you helped me see it your rotten heartless core with the worms to keep you company at least you won’t be lonely any more
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am i on fire? or am i merely burning up? are you okay? am i all but running out? am i still you? or am i nearly my own soul? are you annoyed? or am i just so paranoid? (buried autotuned screaming)
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Ladies and gentlemen, tonight’s next match is scheduled for one fall, and is a no disqualification street match for the FSW Heavyweight championship. Weighing in at 228 pounds and hailing from Halifax Virginia, your challenger Tank Morgan. And your Fourth Strike Wrestling HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD: Tony Neeeeeedles [TANK] I'm approaching the throne that's built on the bones of the ones who came before me But your flaw is that you let it go to your head I fight for everyone who's had to claw to see the setting sun I will burn this tyranny [NEEDLES] You can't see You're fighting For nothing but false ideals I am reality You reach for the belt like a fucking life raft I’ll leave your body broken and lifeless [TANK] I won't let you down I can't let you down I let you believe in me [NEEDLES] While you're blind By your insecurity I will take what rightfully belongs to me [TANK] Inside these ring ropes I write my destiny I won't let someone like you Take it away from me I'm not dead yet (Ring the bell!) (Ring the bell!) Metal needles pierce my skin But I'm still standing (Ring the bell!) (Ring the bell!) [NEEDLES] Ring the bell! Ring the bell! Ring the bell! God damn you, ring the bell! [Outro (Both)] Inside these ring ropes I write my destiny I won't let Someone like you Take it away from me Metal needles pierce my skin But I'm Still Standing I won't let someone like you take this away from me.
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---------- foggy melody When Nils Frahm wrote All Melody I gasped at the first sight of it To phrase a theme so legibly? That confidence eluded me ---------- Berner Phone Ring ring ring ring ring ring ring, Berner phone! Ring ring ring ring ring ring ring, Berner phone! When you're in need of an answer from a dog that's fluffy, Lift up an ear and ask them softly, Berner phone! Oh Berner phone, bop bop sha doop Berner phone, ski ba do ba doo boo Berner phone, dee ba do boo doo boo ---------- Event Horizon As the world spins out Under pulsar review Will we escape this info paradox From the tower, from the mountaintop As the walls close in At the end of everything You can bet I'll remember you Cause I might not make it through ---------- UNDERWATER FUNK MONK!!! 1234 THROUGH THE HIDDEN FOREST REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR TRUNK NOW IT'S TIME FOR THE CHORUS [chorus] UNDERWATER FUNK MONK!!! [solo] ---------- taco bell, taco bell Taco bell, taco bell Taco in a taco shell If you eat taco well you won't go to taco hell If you eat taco sweet You might get a taco beat [amen break] Thanks. That's the wrong number.
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they say the third time that a person dies is the last time that their name has been said but i think that i might just be an exception to that idea 'cause i'm just gonna keep on living in your head it’s been some time but i find it’s still hard and maybe i should think about other things but moving on is strange, and i swear i won't ruminate i know it's just a fucked up way of coping and i know that i gotta get out of my shell sometime we got matching tattoos the last time that you came here of a bullet through a heart as if it were something that we held dear we got our twenty dollar tattoos from the shop out on the pier of a bullet to the heart even though there’s nothing really in there, no there’s nothing really in there night after night i'm sleepless in my bed, and so i keep finding myself up on the internet i keep tossing and turning and why can't i just/stop myself from thinking of the stuff that we would say and knew we'd regret hey - i think that i should be getting paid overtime ‘cause it turns out that grief is much slower than setting it all on fire i just wanna be your focus, i just wanted you to know this, know that i'm fine, i'm fine, i'm fine, i’m fine i’m - oh god i'm just so fucking tired and i know that i gotta get over this sometime we got matching tattoos the last time that you came here of a bullet through a heart as if it were something that we held dear we got our twenty dollar tattoos from the shop out on the pier of a bullet to the heart even though there’s nothing really in there, we got matching tattoos the last time that you came here of a bullet through a heart as if it were something that we held dear we got our twenty dollar tattoos from the shop out on the pier of a bullet to the heart even though there’s nothing really in there, no there’s nothing really in there and i know i gotta get out of here sometime and i know that i gotta get out of my head sometime they say the third time that a person dies is the last time that their name has been said but i think you just might be an exception to that idea ‘cause i think that you’ve been living inside of my head
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i saw a psychic and she told me you were coming home soon and i believed her cause i cannot stand another faithless day down by the river while i wait and wait for you i saw your mother and god help me but i bit down on my tongue even hopes a bitter drink and i dont know what you’d think of where i get hope from and and you got that from your childhood home don’t you ask me where the rolling river goes cause i dont know and i do not want to know saw a numerologist and asked him to read seconds of my life asked where god would find me why faith never dignifies me and how far as im aware of time im seconds off im never quite aligned i saw him frown i saw him pray for me without the nerve to speak the words and i went right back to the river and i tried to bathe it off and i tried to be a baptist but im still just seconds off don’t you ask me where the rolling river goes cause i dont know and i do not want to know so i saw the undertaker fingers with all rings of many stones and gold tried to turn my pockets out sent pennies falling graceless to the ground i saw it cross her then it wouldnt be enough to bring you home and im a saint now im the patron of all beatup dawn commutes and i think faith’s for those with healthy homesteads rosarys and rings of gold when youve got nothing left there is no food of faith just pennies in your hand don’t you ask me where the rolling river goes cause i dont know and i do not want to know i go back to the river and i dont think it means anything at all ive been witherd bone-deep i keep heckling your ghost see i give everything ive left and let it sink and now theres nothing but to drink deep from my open palms and pray in time that summer calls me down and i let it revive me let the river crucify me i let everybody in and i let everybody see me as i am and i will see your loving face again i will see your loving face again mercy, i gave you all that i had left i will raise you from the river bed don’t you ask me where the rolling river goes cause i dont know and i do not want to know
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You're acting pretty sus around me you're acting pretty sus can't tell if you are real around me why are you so sus? You're acting pretty sus around me you're acting pretty sus can't tell if you are real around me why are you so sus? There's a traitor in disguise I can see with my own eyes It's not too late to give them something More than they could ever ask for The needles piled on my desk Will fit inside my wounded chest I hope some day I'll capture you And you'll deserve it, I know it's true Fuck the haters, talking trash I'll just wait here with my tasks You can get me, you can try The last time you did someone died My plate is empty, fill it up I'll just break another cup The engine's fixed, the stars aligned But you'll be stuck here in my mind You're acting pretty sus around me you're acting pretty sus can't tell if you are real around me why are you so sus? You're acting pretty sus around me you're acting pretty sus can't tell if you are real around me why are you so sus?

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In October of 2021, we held the first ever Fourth Strike song jam. Every week, members of the discord were given a prompt, a title, and 7 days to write, record, and mix a song. The result is one of the wildest, wide-ranging displays of the talent on our label.

The First Week ("On Fire" & "Disaster Disaster"): The prompt for these songs was to use at least one instrument you've never played on a recording before. Each of these songs has the writer at least a little out of their element, bringing in instruments like Autotune, Wrong-Handed Guitar, and Metal Pipe.

The Second Week ("Needles" & "$20 Tattoo"): Our best work comes from collaboration, so this week everyone had to work with someone they'd never collab'd with before. The genre mashups that resulted continue to blow my mind—where else are you gonna find Power Metal Synthwave and Ukulele Dubstep?

The Third Week ("Last Night" & "Lonely Rudy"): Subtitled "The Jepsen Method," this week challenged writers to include three choruses, each more intense than the last. It became a bit of an arms race to really get the contrast in—some achieved it by starting with just claps and their voice, while others ended their song with maximizer shredding shoegaze

The Fourth Week ("Burner Phone" & "Wrong Number"): Our end of camp songs, where every track had to include gang vocals. Everyone had their own unique take on the concept, but all of the songs featured the exhausted camaraderie of musicians who had been eating, drinking, and dreaming music for an entire month.

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