The Wilderness

by Settle Your Scores

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The first full-length of Settle Your Scores, pop punk/easycore from Ohio.

The band consists of:

Christian Fisher - Vocals
Ricky Uhlenbrock - Guitars/Vocals
Patrick Bryant - Guitar/Vocals
Jeffrey Borer - Bass
Caleb Smith - Drums

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released January 23, 2016

All music and lyrics written by Ricky Uhlenbrock

Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Nick Ingram at Capital House Studio

Artwork by Alduane Maño



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Track Name: Just Because You Shot Jesse James, Don't Make You Jesse James
It's time to move!
Right now!
Track Name: Poster Boys For Bad Luck
Don’t push your luck or you’ll never make it out alive.
It’s time to choose whether to spill your guts or choke swallowing your pride.(Time’s up.)
You’re just another hurdle that is standing in our way.
You have so much left to learn and you’ve got nothing left to say.
So count your wins and cut your losses cause we know you’re keeping score.
You won the battle but you lost the war, so let’s go.

We’re bad news and we’re coming for you cause we’ve got nothing to lose.
I bet you think you’re special but you’re a fake and every breath you take is the worst mistake you’ve ever made.

So listen up and I’ll break this down for you.
We’ve been down on our luck since 1992.
You keep running your mouth and now we’re running out of patience.
We’ve had enough with all these one way conversations.
Count your wins and cut your losses cause we know you’re keeping score.
It won’t be long until you’re back for more, so let’s go.

This is the worst mistake you’ve ever made.
Though the wounds will heal with time, the scars remain.
Track Name: Life: A Fate Worse Than Death
I could think of a million better ways to spend my time, instead I’m sleepwalking through days while life’s just passing me by.
And I’ve been trying hard to count my lucky stars in the blackest skies.
Truth is, I don’t think I’ve ever felt less alive.
Now I don’t mean to play the victim but I’m so stuck in repetition and I can’t escape.

Over and over, the days run together.
Time flies by but my life’s going nowhere.
And I’ll drown if I don’t make it out of this dead end town, cause I swear this routine is gonna be the death of me.

With the weight of the world crashing down on my head, it’s no surprise that I can barely drag myself out of bed.
When every day is the same feels like I’m wasting away.
This monotony is killing me.
My life is like a broken record still stuck on repeat.

Can’t break this cycle of apathy.
Is this what’s left of me?
Stuck in this hell I’ve built myself.
Is it too late for me to make it out?
Track Name: Behind The Scene/Nothing Without You
So here we go and we’re on a crash course for empty wallets and sleeping on floor, but we have no remorse for filling our time with what we live for.
We’re gonna run this town.
We’ll cast our doubts and then we’ll burn them to the ground tonight.
But we’ve always known that we’d never get anywhere on our own.
And all this time you’ve been picking up the pieces that we've left behind.

So stop the presses and start the headlines.
We’re leaving all that we know behind.
From the start to the bitter end.
You know we wouldn’t be here now without our friends.
We will never forget the places we’ve been or the people we’ve met.
In thick and thin you pulled us through, and now we know we would be nothing without you.

We’re setting the gears into motion and it feels like all these years were building up to this moment.
There’s no turning back.
Well it’s a long hard road but at least we know we’re not walking it alone.
We’re taking what is ours and we’re never letting go.
We’re taking control.

We’re fighting for the best days of our lives.
Track Name: Worst Intentions (You Had 'Em)
You had the worst intentions, and I let you get the best of all my friendships.
You cut ties with no regrets but in the end I hope you get what’s coming with your worst intentions.

So have another drink and try to think of the last time that you lost sight of everything you had within your reach before the ground fell from beneath your feet.
Face facts, I know you’re just dying for all the attention.
All of the tension’s been building up just to come crashing down when you’re not around.
So you can say what you will but I know...

Let’s set this story straight right now.
You dug your own grave.
Your lies will bury you alive.
Now it’s time to lie in the mess you made.
You’ve got your back against the wall but this time there’s no one there to take the fall cause you’re alone and all on your own.
With nowhere to run to, who will you turn to?
So you can play me but I should have known...

Tell me something, how do you fall asleep at night knowing you’re the cause of all of this?
You set yourself up for failure.
You took the best of me and made it history.
You set yourself up to fail, and I know you will.
Track Name: Cashing Your Reality Check
I’d like to say that everything will be alright, but I’m just not in the habit of telling lies.
The world is gonna kick you while you’re down but you can’t spend the rest of your life on the ground.
I bet you think that you’re invincible and the world revolves around you, but the harsh truth is nobody owes you a damn thing.
You’re stuck with the life you choose.

You’re on your own but you don’t know it yet.
Out here alone in the wilderness.
Nobody’s gonna give you what you want, you’ve gotta grab your chance and hold on.

I wouldn’t wish this uncertainty on my worst enemy, but it’s a part of growing up.
And just because you’re afraid of change it doesn’t change the fact that things will never be the same again.
So go on pretending that your youth isn’t ending.
You can lie to yourself but you can’t blame your fate on anybody else.

You’re running out of second chances and second guessing everything you do.
But while you’re wallowing in self-pity the world keeps spinning, it’s not waiting around for you.
Time to face the future.
Time to face reality.
Time to wake up.

The world won’t wait for you.
Track Name: If Loose Lips Sink Ships, Then You're The Titanic
Save me from possibility cause lately you’re just a memory.
I’ve gotta pull myself together cause you’ve been tearing me apart.
You’ve got deceit down to a science but you make it look like such an art.
Take this to heart, if you have one.

I hope you float cause your ship is sinking.
I’ll bet you’re set on your wishful thinking.
I’ll sit back and watch you fall when you thought you had it all.
Cause you're buying time that you can’t afford, and we’re going overboard.

Breaking hearts like breaking habits.
I turn my back and then you stab it.
But I’ll find something here aside from all these wasted years.
I hope your anchor pulls you down just long enough for you to drown.
Cause you’ve been burning bridges far too fast, treading water with your sails at half-mast.
So save your breath cause it’s over.
Track Name: Friend Or Faux?
Can’t let this go, it’s been eating at my insides, the way you left us high and dry.
And even though it’s been keeping me up all night it’s plain to see you were nothing but a waste of time.
You take a bad situation and find a way to make it worse.
Reveling in my frustration with no regard for who gets hurt, but it’s coming back around.

So just take your best shot and make it count, cause it’s all that you’ve got left.
You’ll never live this down.
Take your best shot and make it count, cause it’s all that you’ve got left until your luck runs out.

It used to be so black and white now all your true colors are coming to light.
But it’s still strange to think that we thought of you as a friend when all we really were was just a means to an end.
Now mark my words, we’ve had enough of your bullshit.
I hope it was worth it.
So get up cause I see right through you.
You’d double-cross anyone and you don’t care who.
Who knew that you could sink so low?
Anything to keep your ego flying high before you hit the ground.

You’ll be gone before you know what hit you.
And it’s safe to say nobody’s gonna miss you.
You’re nothing more than a setback in the past, a memory that won’t last.
You’re done.
You’re gonna eat your words.
It’s been a long time coming but you’ll get what you deserve.
You’re gonna die alone because you ruined everything with everyone you’ve ever known.

We're gonna break you down!
Track Name: Anti-Social Butterfly
What’s another night full of disappointment?
Trying to convince myself that things will be different.
What I wouldn’t give to be anywhere else right now.
I just keep doubting myself and I.
I’m in a room full of people but I’ve never felt so alone.

We’ve got nothing in common so cut the small talk, it was a long shot.
Maybe I don’t belong.
I’m just a voice in the crowd and no one’s listening.

To a single word I’ve said...
I guess everyone would rather hear themselves instead.
Now I’m hanging by a fraying thread as the minutes turn to hours inside my head and I feel so alienated.
And I don’t think that I can take it.

Everyone’s running in circles while I’m just running in place.
I can’t decide if I am winning the fight or losing the race.
Track Name: There's No "I" In Family
We’ve been down and out but we’re not going quiet so there’s no use in fighting it.
Just bite your tongue because we’re only getting started.
So hold your breath till you’re left with nothing.
I’ll say at least I stood for something.
So turn the page, set the stage, cause we’re running on empty.
But we’re still running out of time and out of line.
Desperate for some peace of mind.

We’re not growing up and we’re not giving in.
We’ll fight for what we want cause our days are numbered, and we play to win.

We’ve set our sights and we’re starting anew, cause we’ve got big dreams and just enough naivety to see them through.
Oh, haven’t you ever wanted more than this?
This cyclic pattern of letdowns and hit-or-miss.
We’ll light this up, and set it off.
We’re not leaving till we’ve had enough.
Track Name: Underachiever Of The Year
I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in hand but I had so many chances to be a better man.
Opportunity was pounding down my door but I was passed out, lying on the floor.
I guess I wasn’t meant to be much of anything.
I hope like hell that I’m wrong.

Cause I’m the underachiever of the year.
I could be anywhere else but I’m stuck right here.
And as I waste away what’s left of my days I wonder why I’m even here in the first place.

I’m not a picture perfect portrait of success, I’m more like a worn out Polaroid with a lack of focus.
But I really can’t complain because I know that I’m to blame.
I’ve only got one life but for the life of me I can’t get it right.
I guess that I’m supposed to be another nobody.
I hope like hell that I’m wrong and that I find where I belong.

I’m hopeless and helpless.
I’ll never get through this.
I can’t help but feel like I’m out of time.
Cause I’m on my own and I’ve got nothing to show for every chance I’ve blown and every moment I’ve thrown away today.
Track Name: How To Screw Up Your Future And Disappoint Your Loved Ones
I’ve been grinding my teeth in my sleep and each night I try to count all the wolves in sheep’s skin, but there’s just too many and no matter what I do it’s clear to me I’m born to lose.
I’d complain but who would listen?
It doesn’t make a bit of difference.
So here’s to all the years I’ve wasted.
I never thought I could become this jaded.

I’m giving up, everything I’ve ever done has gone so wrong and I gave it all, gave it everything I’ve got but I guess that wasn’t enough.
I’m letting go, letting all that I’ve been working for slip through my fingers, but I've gotta say, I’ve gotten used to feeling useless.
Will I ever gather the strength to get through this?

I’ve been asleep at the wheel for the past three years and it’s too late to wake up.
I never thought I’d live to see my best laid plans crumble right in front of me.
Is it my destiny to fail?
I’ve been at this for years and to no avail.
The universe has spoken and it won’t rest till my spirit’s broken.

Or will I fall?
Will I ever find my place in this world?
Will I ever gather the strength to move on?
(When will I know?)
(I’m giving up, I’ve given up everything.)
(I’m letting go, I let it go too far.)