Final Act Of Selflessness

by Abandin All Hope

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Final Act of Selflessness; the group's fifth full length release and quite easily their best and most defining album to date. The Albertan Quartet stayed true to their roots and paid homage to many of their influences amid perfecting and dialling in their own signature sound.

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released January 1, 2016

Produced by Abandin All Hope
Mixed by Jeremy SH Griffith
Mastered by Bill Henderson @ Azimuth Mastering
Artwork by Leo Matsuda

All Songs Written by Abandin All Hope
Engineered by Shane Alyward & Abandin All Hope
Guitars re-amped by Dan Precision @ Bombshelter Recording Studio
Edited by Shane Alyward, Tim Creviston, Russel Chai,
Max Papushin, Matt Black & the Nimbus crew
Band & Album Logos by Pete Nguyen

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Track Name: Wonderfall
grasping the prison bars
and demanding that they be set free
but their crimes are inherited
and the prison remains to be seen
i know you regret not putting
more of an effort in
that's how i felt
but now i'm starting to believe
this was never made for us
to achieve
i wanna live like they do
the way that we perceive hollywood
so many movies
make me wish that i were them
but reality started sinking in
and the view from
this prison cell
looks to be more and more
of the same
i'm planning my escape
(for what it's worth what it's worth)
tell me there's a better way
(for what it's worth what it's worth)
i said i'm planning my escape
(for what it's worth what it's worth)
you can lie to me today
(for what it's worth what it's worth)
i'm changing the pages
of my future biography
awful confusing
as the story's gonna be
more attempting to satisfy the need
of an insatiable host
an ever-changing identity
constantly planning how
the future's gonna be
with a struggle to see it happily
and the view from
this prison cell
looks to be more and more
of the same
i'm planning my escape
(for what it's worth what it's worth)
tell me there's a better way
(for what it's worth what it's worth)
i said i'm planning my escape
(for what it's worth what it's worth)
you can lie to keep me sane
(for what it's worth what it's)
worth
we'll never quench this thirst
unless you're
born free from here
there's a fat chance
you're going anywhere
defy it if you dare
i'm but a fraction of one
in a majority stripped
of their freedom
(nowhere to go)
never regret
at least that is what i believe
Track Name: Karma's a Bitch
i know there's
at least a pinch full
of sincerity where
someone who couldn't care
about anybody else but
their superior self
said they'd settle up their share
though this fable
we've been told
seems incredibly fiction
i'm suggesting a dictionary
and to look up the word
(look up the word)
karma
they say that karma's a bitch but
you're obviously
weaving your way through it
and so we're all nonbelievers
as i get the shorter end
of the stick
ya
a bridge burnt
a pattern repeated
another bridge burnt
puts you out onto the street
i walk past
a part of east hastings
and share a quick glance
double take and see your face
at least i predict you'll be
with a cup on the corner
always drunk and disorderly as
a result of one thing
(a result of your)
i know it's hard
when you come home to
those puppy eyes
staring at you
to puff up
and discipline
the way your folks do
i know it's hard
when you come home to
those puppy eyes
staring at you
to puff up
and kick that bitch out
off your front stoop
i once felt
a bit of compassion
but never once felt
that from you in any way
now you're gone
and you feel no remorse
you have nothing to say
just walked away
can't say that we're surprised
you made little attempt
and had so little expected of you
the only thing you've got left
(all you've got is your)
karma
Track Name: Poisoned Apple
i've got the feeling
that you're on your own
as of recently
and you want somebody
but now the poison
of your phacebook feed
leaves an awful taste
in the mouth surrounding you
there's no way
there's no escape
it's running through
your veins
'less you sever off
what brings the pain
some lead a life
without a trace
others stalk the past
or they stalk potentials
leaving them the apple on
which a witch hath laid her hand
this network hides its face
behind a potent glamour
in truth would rather
you and yours crash
in what's soon to be your past
somebody told me
that the only way
you can win the game
is by quitting early
before temptation
puts you in checkmate
when you least expect
missed your opportunity
warn the others
too late
they've succumb to
the bait
we're the victims
we stay
you're the snow white
the prey
now there's a soft spot
in all of us
a sweet tooth that tends
to loosen you
free of the gums that
imprisons us
but the fall alone could break
the tooth in two
Track Name: Black Sheep
04 Black Sheep

all of your life
what've you tried to find
you've opened the door
but you've locked
yourself inside
blinded
by the light
the gold reflects
the sun back into your eyes
but your greed
told you to lock the door
and slowly you regain
your sight
there's no where
for you to go
you're left alone
with no food or water at all
but you've got
the fortune of a king
and nobody will ever know
through the slit of
the door you count the
cycles of dark and light
hoping that someday
someone will find you
offer to give you
a way out for a price
before you dry up
and shrivel away
and as it turns out
he shows his face this night
he is the ghost of
your former self
he says i'll show you the way
but you will pay
every last dime
you gave
it all away
in exchange for the way
your life used to be
and you question
making a mistake
but i'm afraid that it's too late
this organ that is
caged inside
hinders my sight
once in love
with a black sheep
underneath my bedsheets
i toss and turn
then one day learn
life's too short
to be selfless
you've sheared that wool
now end it
Track Name: Banana
bring this old
banana na na
bring it back to life for us
just a little
just a little bit of time
'til its life is irrelevant
now brace yourself
na na na na
let me demonstrate to you
under the peel
for the peel is my cranium
my brain rots from
a lack of use
i'm nowhere as astute
as once upon a time
now i'm just getting by
on life support
i'm barely hanging on
my mind's given up
like the banana before
ya once upon a time
i thrived not getting by
on life support
i'm barely hanging on
my mind's given up
like the banana before
these days
ain't quite the same
(1 2 3 4) five six
peel this old
banana na na
peel it back
and take a bite
you hesitate
and ascertain
a late expiry date
the freezer
is where i sleep tonight
these days
ain't quite the same
decaying all that's left
of my brain
of my brain
(1 2) three four
it turns out the way
things align
have catered to this
depleting pride
my confidence has been
stomped on twice
with enough left
for one last lullaby
but such is life
rotting more
each passing night
i'll be surprised
if unlike this banana
i survive
Track Name: O'Hare
i feel so lonely
in this crowded place
feels like it's been a month
since i've seen your face
but the truth is
earlier today
you dropped me off
and i flew away
and every minute here
that passes by is one more
minute without you
that i can't rewind
so here i lay
in a so called cot
under the sheets
with my tear drops ya
ooh ya
ooh ya
some ain't as tough
as they seem
ooh ya
ooh ya
i'm missing you
more than anything
sleeping alone
at o'hare international
wishing that last night
was tonight
cuz all i want every night
is you there by my side
like a dream life
coming to life
all alone
at o'hare international
wishing that last night
was tonight
cuz all i want every night
is you there by my side
like a dream life
coming to life
i lie awake
in a conscious state
thinking about you
as the night withers away
i wanna hop
on the first plane back
but life will get
in the way of that
turns out this layover
will have me flying
out of here tomorrow
back to mountain time
leaving you naught
but a song composed
here in chicago
o'hare tonight ya
like a broken record
again again
again again
again
repeating someday
(i'll come back to you)
love hurts
and leaving reminds me
(i'll come back to you)
how soon 'til we
can be back there
(i'll come back to you)
just never soon enough
Track Name: Alex
hey
remember the day
the day i promised
someone something
that to this day
seven years late
remains untried
and hey
all of this time
this time i wasted
doing nothing
is gonna bite me
in the ass
and set me right
cuz what did i do
with my time
what did i do
what did i do do do
i'll tell you this
my neglect now nurtures
a growth of selfishness
in my life
so this man
years ago said
as i lay buried
in his debt
talks of his son
and tells me to
write a song for
that boy
that boy's got talent
ain't that right
he's got that city
locked up tight
that boy
will be alright
and i said hey
there's more to be told
more that should not be
conveyed lightly
for this boy's father
won't be there
he'll never know
that hey
the promise i made
with him would one day
be fulfilled but
i will regret
not having been
more punctual
cuz what did i do
with my time
what did i do
what did i do do do
it was a test
and i failed it now
i'm rotting with regret
'til i come through
cuz this man
years ago said
as i lay drowning
in his debt
talks of his son
and tells me to
write a song for
that boy
this is for you
alex
know that this is what
your father
asked me to do
ooh
this is for you
sorry for catching you
off guard
but please
i owe it to you
yaa
when i knew you
alex
you were just a boy
but boy
the things you could do
ooh
when i knew you
on those
boards and bikes
you rode better
than all the young dudes
ya
i owe this one to you
ya
Track Name: Happy
i see it in the distance
less than a month before me
a brand new place to call my home
the place i was meant to be
and if i chicken out
well then what else
can i say
don't wanna die
don't wanna die thinking
i could never satisfy
the life that i've been craving
so give it up give it up boy
back the feeling
with action
get away
don't wanna die
don't wanna die thinking
life is simply this
and it's so simple i'm complaining
so give it up give it up boy
but still i have doubts
does it
just seem so impossible
to feel a little bit happy
ya just a little bit happy
i wanna feel a little bit happy
ya just a little bit happy
i feel a little selfish
leaving these things behind me
but in a way i'll stay
cuz this is what you've made me
but who knows
all this change
could be all for nothing
we all slave and betray
for what could be something
and then we crawl back and beg
but they give us nothing
and so i'm torn
but I've sworn i'm on my way
what would you say
if i said we'd all play songs
again like this
someday
but then again
who knows what lies
or even hides
behind every next corner
i'm sure there
will be one more shot
Track Name: Number More Numbers
i'm asking you only
for what you don't need
you're unlikely
to hear
from a thousand feet
i scream at the top
of my lungs but it seems
that my echo
came wandering
back to me
somewhere past
the distant skyline
there is a place for us
a place we can unwind
the proper outlet
to have this place for us
a place we can define
though
for now we are stuck in limbo
the distance is too far to travel
equipped with the proper tools
or not
this remains our home
this place was not meant for me
we're the outcasts
we're losers
all lacking in modesty
still we're hungry for more
we're all stubborn
and spoiled
relentlessly at your door
oh ya
there's places
for all these faces
seeking a place to be
but you've barred up your doors
cuz you'd rather
have them for yourself
than finding clients
for your whores
i feel as fierce as a flee
we need numbers
more numbers
but numbers that won't be reached
all we can hope to achieve
is to bring you discomfort
'til dealt with accordingly
oh ya
Track Name: Diss Like a Boss
days go speeding by
i remember that night
20 years ago
clear as the sky
i was ok
just a kid with a dream
to work for the comic
companies
so i mailed my art in hope
they'd notice
without a microscope
and they replied
they wrote
you're doing great kid
keep chasing your dreams
someday you'll succeed
don't you get discouraged son
all hard work pays off
way out of the way
some will go for your sake
some in a bad way
and some ok
this kid i know
had his priorities placed
with his hockey
taking the front row
and good for him i say
but his boss didn't feel the same
the choice this kid
was forced to make
shattered dreams that day
but why i'll never know
(pleasure gained by pain)
ya ya
(some people live that way)
but if i were that kid's boss
i know what i'd say
i'd say
you're doing great kid
keep chasing your dreams
someday you'll succeed
don't you get discouraged son
all hard work pays off
Track Name: Quitter
i apologize for every time
i give my wing to a hitter
neglecting the most important
things in life
to me
all i want from you
my friend is for you
to get back on the horse that
you fell off before
cuz i know what you've got
in you
don't you cry so loud
put the white flags down
white flags down
ya don't stop
cuz you quitters never can be winners
(as we all know)
i can't stand back here
watching you destroy your liver
(as do we all)
i don't think that you
realize you're a homerun hitter
(as we all know)
so get back up and finish
what you put together
together
whoah
i recall the day
when you would tell
whatever it was
to get the hell out of the way
but now the new results
are in
in all honesty
i still believe
you've got a piece of that person
rolled up in your sleeve
so let the magic show
begin
where did the things that you love go
when you took it upon yourself
to crush 'em up and throw 'em away
i looked through the trash
and all i found was a stash
of all these dirty syringes
and a bag of some leftover cocaine
i've never been there before
but there's more love for you here
than there'll ever be there for you
at the bottom of a trash pail
Track Name: Another Year
do my dishes
do my laundry
make my bed
waste all my money
never shaven
never showered
hit the bars and wonder
how i'd make it home
hello
this sucks i've gotta find
some place to go
another year
and i'm jumping off the boat
ya
wake up
there's so much better
don't wanna be
an oil rig veteran
can't wait to spit
on this shitty state we're in
ya
intoxicated
for the sake
of contemplating
my escape
i'm overwhelmed by
overvalue
twice the price
in half the time you
turn around
i've jotted down
opportunities i've found
but for the market that i'm in
ya right
this is bullshit
when i'm old
and opportunities unfold
you be sure to count me in
one day i'll be wanted
but i'm not wanted