Everything I Think I Know Is Wrong

by Liz + the Baguettes

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Twelve new studio tracks from Chicago-based songwriter Liz Bagby and the fabulous Baguettes.

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released November 13, 2015

Music and lyrics by Liz Bagby
Recorded at The Workshop Jones
Mixed and mastered by Charlie Crane
Vocals, guitar: Liz Bagby
Guitar, drums, organ: Charlie Crane
Bass: Thomas Zeitner
Drums, guitar, mandolin: Zachary Sigelko
Keyboard, glockenspiel, backing vocals: Sarah Scanlon
Backing vocals: Liesl Downey

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Track Name: Everything I Think I Know Is Wrong
Of course you're right, of course you're right, of course you're right, of course you're right
Of course you're right, of course you're right
I didn't think we'd have to fight
We'll be all right, we'll be all right, we'll be all right, we'll take all night
I don't want to waste my time

Get out of here, get over here, get over her, another her
An overture, an impetus, it's over here, just look at us
I don't want to waste my time

Oh, I thought I could be strong, but
Everything I think I know is wrong

I should have said, I didn't say, I should have said, I wouldn't say
I didn't know, I didn't know, forget I said it anyway
I don't want to change my mind
No sooner do we speak the truth than I begin to doubt it
Say it with me, scream it with me, testify it, shout it
I'm not going to change your mind

Oh, I thought I could be strong but
Everything I think I know is wrong

Oh, how long can we pretend
It's what we want, it's not the end
It's temporary, we can stay friends forever?

Apologize, apologize, apostrophize, philosophize
Soliloquize, just meet my eyes, it's no surprise I'm getting wise
I don't want to waste my time
We'll draw the line and cut it fine, divide it into yours and mine
And yours and mine and yours and mine and yours and yours and yours and mine and
I thought I could be strong
But everything I think I know is wrong
Track Name: Like
Do you Like button me
If I like you like I like you
If I like, like think about you
If it's likely I'm without you?
Do I Like button you
If I like you (like-you-like-you)
Do you know it like I know?
Do I like it? Does it show?

And if you order me a drink
What should I think?
Is it a Like button?
Like, what if I feel nothing like like?

This is something like love
I like love, I like you
The OMGs and emojis
And I just want to get through
It's too simple, it's too strong
It's too much to reach and touch you
Something digital will do
And it's almost like I like you

Do I Like button you?
We're slipping past the layers now
The points and clicks and hesitations
Bated breath and resignation
I, like, button you
When we're breathing the same air
And I'm aware of every heartbeat
Every flutter, every dare

And if I order you a drink
What should you think?
Is it a Like button?
Like, what if you feel nothing like?

This is something like love
I like love, I like you
The OMGs and emojis
And I just want to get through
It's too simple, it's too strong
It's too much to reach and touch you
Something digital will do
And it's almost like

It seems to me the picture's getting clearer
Everybody gazing in the mirror
Until they can't stand what they see
Or is it just me?
I turn away, turn away, turn away...

And if you order me a drink
What should I think?
Is it a Like-button like?
What if I feel nothing?

This is something like love
I like love, I like you
The OMGs and emojis
And I just want to get through
It's too simple, it's too strong
It's too much to reach and touch you
Something digital will do
And it's almost like I like you
Track Name: Get Out
Your clothes don't fit, your eyes are full of sand
Pins and needles fill your hand
It's all engineered to taste good, and you can't stop eating, can't stop eating
All carpeted walls and padded floors
Ants in the kitchen and fog at the door
Walking around as numb as the dead but your heart keeps beating, heart keeps beating

I see your eyes wander to the door
So what keeps making you ignore
The little voice that whispers
Get out, get out
There's nothing for you here
Get out, get out
There's nothing for you here

You don't know how to be a wife
You're living out your mother's life
If the rumors were true you wouldn't dream of misbehaving, misbehaving
Said "I think you're lying" and he might be right
But who knows where he slept last night
Whatever you planned, you can't save a man who don't want saving, don't want saving

I see your eyes wander to the door
So what keeps making you ignore
The little voice that whispers
Get out, get out
There's nothing for you here
Get out, get out
There's nothing for you here

There's nothing on TV
There's nothing not on TV
What's your pleasure, what's your pain, what's your craving?
There's nothing here to see, folks
There's nothing here to be
Whatever you might dream, you can't save a world that don't want saving

I see your eyes wander to the door
So what keeps making you ignore
The little voice that whispers
Get out, get out
There's nothing for you here
Get out, get out
There's nothing for you here
Track Name: Whiskeyboots
Yeah, the drinks were cheap
But that's no excuse
For stumbling home, Whiskeyboots
Dropping the keys
The apartment is dark
And all that Maker's is finding its mark
And you've gotta find someone to believe in

The subway platform
Was hollow and damp
The conductor waved as you went down the ramp
Another late-night denizen
Bathed in the light
Of fluorescents flickering, sepulchral and white
And you've gotta find someone to believe in

Where will you go with your heretic heart?
Settle down, happy enough, if you're smart
But where is the joy in "happy enough"?
And for this you square off, you walk like you're tough
You've gotta find someone to believe in

This and that
And them and those
Well, it's some kind of life, I suppose
But one of these days
You're gonna do
Something dangerous
You know it's true
You've gotta find someone to believe in

What will you do with your apostate soul
When three a.m. opens and swallows you whole?
Your feet scraping out a familiar tattoo on the sidewalk
Your foolish face to the wind
And you gotta find someone to believe in

Oh yeah, the drinks were cheap
But that's no excuse
For stumbling home, Whiskeyboots
You've gotta find someone to believe in
You've gotta find someone to believe in
Track Name: Manhattan Up
I see the whiskey in your gaze
A little reckless, little glazed
I see your hips twitch, your hips twitch
But you won't dance
You're cool, you're cryptic and elliptical
Hunching on your stool
But you should do something foolish for a change
Something foolish for a change

Come on and let me break your heart
Come on and let me climb inside your head
Come on and get your hopes up, your hopes up
Come on and let me break your heart

Oh you're so world-weary, all-knowing
Something in you going
Run away, run away--
And yet you stay
I know you hear me, maybe fear me
But I'm showing you a good time, a good time
Won't that be strange?
Won't that be strange?

Come on and let me break your heart
Come on and let me climb inside your head
Come on and get your hopes up, your hopes up
Come on and let me break your heart

And it's the time of night when your cigarettes smell like nostalgia
For things I'll never get
You might be an unsafe bet for me too
Did you ever think of that?

Come on and let me break your heart
Come on and let me climb inside your head
Come on and get your hopes up, your hopes up
Come on and let me break your heart
Track Name: Hookup Song
I don't want to be rescued
I can make this mess alone
I got into it, I'll get out of it
Or leave the crows to pick my bones
I don't want to be rescued
I know I've left the track
I'm aware of the possibility I might not make it back

It's a mistake, yes, I know
But it's one that I must make and so

I I I I I don't want to be rescued
I can stand on my own two feet
Or crumple to my knees or lie down battered in the street
I don't want to be rescued
Though I'm getting deeper in
And it doesn't look like any stretch of truth calls this a win

It's a mistake, yes, I know
But it's one that I must make and so

I don't say no, I don't say no, I don't say no

Hey ho, I don't know, we can go wherever you want to go
Okay, hey, yes, we can watch whatever's on, I guess
Hey ho, I don't know, this isn't where I thought you'd go
Hey, no, hey, no, I mean I guess I thought that even so
Hey, no, hey, no, you should I should we should go
Oh, yes, more or less, here we go: another mess

And I don't say no, I don't say no, I don't say no
Track Name: <3
Heart
Break me wide open
This double life, double face, doublespeak will be the double-death of me
Heart
So much goes unspoken
He and I and you are somehow more than two, less than three

Is it polite not to cry?
Is it polite to quietly die
A thousand little unassuming deaths,
Forfeit my life to a lie?

Heart
I think I'm in trouble
I'm starting to crack from the strain of being what they think I should be
Heart
I'm bent nearly double
Bowing and scraping and scurrying and sorrying to every last man I see

I have been seen and not heard
Like a good child, a--what's the word?
Bent like a supplicant, living my life on my knees
Help me please

Oh, heart it began with such promise
But everything's falling apart
It's be loved or be honest
And I can't live up to the start

Heart
My mind is broken
So you're my only hope and if I'm yours, then I'm sorry, I've let you down too
Heart
Give me some token
Let me know I'm brave enough or sure enough or dumb enough to get through

Oh, heart it began with such promise
But everything's falling apart
It's be loved or be honest
And I can't live up to the start

Heart
Break me wide open
This double life, double face, doublespeak will be the double-death of me
Heart
Here's how it goes
Just nod and smile, no, I'm not upset at all, why should I be?
Track Name: O Chem
I’ve been reading up on what I ought to be, a syllabus of intelligent design
I’ve come to terms with my deficiencies. I’m drawing up a schedule to refine
Every last mistake, every tiny ache

I’m learning how to be a girl today, flawless from my head down to my feet
Skinny in that expensive way, wrapped up like a sugar-free sweet
A spray tan for the beach, a little dental bleach
I’m pretty sure it’s all within my reach

Silicone, acetone, collagen, prednisone, what you want is what you see
Money shot, polkadot, Hydroderm, polyglot, I am nothing but possibility

And baby, with a little extra cash, maybe I can go the extra mile
A heart that only ever needs to glow, a face that only ever needs to smile
The kiosk at the mall says I can have it all
Packaged up size zero, extra small

Lollipop, Photoshop, overdub, lemon drop, what you want is what you see
Botulin, aspartame, avatar, username, I am nothing but possibility

Ritalin, adrenaline, retinol, lecithin, your longer lashes, your baby skin
Babydoll, Demerol, propylene glycerol, unleash the beauty within
Toluene, ephedrine, Orthocept, Listerine, the silken feel, the lifelike touch
Juvederm, Restylane, blister pack, cellophane, men who love women who love men who love women who love men too much
Mocha whip, microchip, Dexatrim, acid trip, what you want is what you see
Silicone, acetone, crinoline, methadone, I am nothing but possibility
Track Name: Coward's Blues
Maybe I don’t want it enough
I settle for the comfortable B plus
Maybe I can live with knowing I sort of tried

Maybe it’s the force of my ambition
Locked with life in a long war of attrition
And I begin to sense I’m on the losing side

These are the coward’s blues you sing when you got nothing left to lose
But honey, who’s keeping score?
These are the coward’s blues, and if you ain’t gonna pay your dues
Then what’s the use of wanting more?

Maybe everything is just too hard
I’ll go ahead and play the chord unbarred
It never looks as cool as in the glossy photograph
Maybe it was never meant to be
When I find the one that is you’re gonna see
It’ll snap right into place and we’ll all sit back and laugh

These are the coward’s blues you sing when you got nothing left to lose
But honey, who’s keeping score?
These are the coward’s blues, and if you ain’t gonna pay your dues
Then what’s the use of wanting more?

They say these things are won and lost by inches
Well, I’m the one who forfeits in the clinches
It’ll be my turn next, I’m sure, if I’m polite
And I’m still waiting when they sweep up and kill the lights

Maybe this is just the thing I do
I mean: think about that chance I had with you
Stepped right up and whiffed that one too

These are the coward’s blues you sing when you got nothing left to lose
But honey, who’s keeping score?
These are the coward’s blues, and if you ain’t gonna pay your dues
Then what’s the use of wanting more?
Track Name: Cryptomnesia
It was a dream of a dream of a violin
I dreamed I woke up, I fumbled for a pen
And I was drenched in the flood, in the song, in my blood
And it's a joy I'll never get again

Help, I said, I've lost the pace
But I see time consume your face

It was a good thought. I think it made me happy.
It was an idea someone entertained.
Was it me? Was it you? Everything is true and false, and I'm squirrel-brained.

Help, I said, I've lost the pace
But I see time consume your face

Should I sing along?
I was strong until I thought of you
Then it all went wrong
Someone tell me what I'm supposed to do
How does the song go? How does the song go? How does the song go?

Was this spot always there? Was it always dark?
I never know what I'm looking for
There's a distant beauty beckoning, I dodge the point of reckoning
Anxiety and influence have left their mark
Help, I said, I've lost the pace
But I see time consume your face

Should I sing along?
I was strong until I thought of you
Then it all went wrong
Someone tell me what I'm supposed to do
How does the song go? How does the song go? How does the song go?
Track Name: Whatever, I Know
I don't know how it looks from the outside
Can they see how badly I'm shaking?
Does it show, does it show
What we already know
That we're a mere second from breaking?
I don't know how to say what I'm thinking
But I suspect you've already guessed it
There's a point at which pain's unignorably plain
I might as well have confessed it

I know, I know, I know, I know some things can't be forgiven
I know, I know, but I need to start living while there's some living left in me

Whatever it is you want, I can't want it for you
Whatever it is you want, I can't want it for you
Whatever it is you want is something I can't be
Whatever it could have been, it's lost already
Whatever we celebrated with torn confetti
Whatever I promised you, it is no part of me

I don't know how we let it unravel this far
Maybe we gave up resisting
We could have repaired it
If we'd been prepared
But there's no honor left in persisting

I know, I know, I know we've been through this shit before
I know, I know, but I can't carry this burden around any more

Whatever it is you want, I can't want it for you
Whatever it is you want, I can't want it for you
Whatever it is you want is something I can't be
Whatever it could have been, it's lost already
Whatever we celebrated with torn confetti
Whatever I promised you, it is no part of me

I know, I know, statistically speaking, it had to be someone we knew
I know, I know, but that doesn't help when I'm taking my last look at you

I can't want it for you
I can't want it for you
This is something I can't be
Whatever it could have been, it's lost already
Whatever we celebrated with torn confetti
Whatever I promised you, it is no part of me

Whatever we said we'd do, it got complicated
Whatever we promised, we never contemplated
Whatever we planned was time we were never going to see
Whatever we thought we wanted evaporated
Whatever we turned into, it was all I hated
Whatever we thought we knew wasn't true, wasn't you, wasn't me

Whatever it is you want, I can't want it for you
Whatever it is you want, I can't want it for you
Whatever it is you want is something I can't be
Whatever it could have been, it's lost already
Whatever we celebrated with torn confetti
Whatever I promised you, it is no part of me
Track Name: Sleepwalker
Tell me where I've been
There's a stranger in my skin
My bearings and my memory are stripped
Can you place me on a map?
My mind is full of gaps
Lacunae like an ancient, half-burned manuscript
I know you shouldn't build your faith upon a dream
They're never quite as solid as they seem

I tried to memorize
The events behind my eyes
Their sick momentum and their deathly glow
Was it fantasy or sleep?
The rapture of the deep
Almost left me breathing out my last below
It's a cold, rocky, unforgiving world rising all around
Tell me: am I lost or am I found?

I've been wandering for a long long time
I've been wondering if it's just coincidence that I'm
In need of a master fabulist, a conjuror of scenes
Oh, who knows what it means?

I must have traveled far
Underneath uncharted stars
And icy contrails crossing in the foreign skies
So this is coming to
When I startled up I knew
The naked world had peeled back its disguise
And yet it seems to me there must be some mistake
Am I the only one awake?