Midnight District

by Runaway Butlers

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"Midnight District" is the first (and last) EP from the Runaway Butlers, a Dallas-based indie rock band.

Make sure to check out the digital lyrics booklet that accompanies the album!

credits

released September 10, 2014

All songs written by the Runaway Butlers:
Thomas Molash: vocals, telecaster, acoustic, keys
Reece Jackson: gretsch, stratocaster, acoustic
Sam Ketha: rickenbacker, p-bass
Miko Tanco: drums, melodica, keys

Additional vocals by Isabel Tanco on Track 6
Vocal sample of Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Track 5

Mixed by Scott Mulkey at Gemmy Industries

Cover artwork by Jackson Spencer
Additional artwork and design by Thomas Molash
Additional photography by Miko Tanco and Ann Molash

We would like to thank all of our families, Mr. and Mrs. Tanco for providing food and shelter while we were recording, Scott Mulkey, Dan Flaherty, Fr. Philip, Troy Light, and Danny Saad

© 2014 Runaway Butlers

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Track Name: Midnight District
I walked outside into the night
To calm my nerves and ease my mind
But on the road I saw a man in rags
How could I ignore his eyes
His terrifying gaze met with mine
It seemed to cry for some forgotten days

That same night I saw a girl
With bright red lips and long blonde curls
She roamed the roads to make a buck or two
Her voice rang out so sweet and calm
Calling out the siren’s song
“Hello there, sir, do you need a friend tonight?”

Please, please, don’t tell me this hell is what’s left of the road I see
Please, please don’t tell me this hell is what’s left of the path I lead

I stepped into an alleyway
And saw something that made me back away
A man in stripes alone with a glass pipe
He lunged at me with a blunt knife
Egged on by the words of his mind
I turned and ran to where my road began

Please, please, don’t tell me this hell is what’s left of the road I see
Please, please, don’t tell me this hell is what’s left of the path I lead

How can we shake the sights we see?
No, no, no, no, I can’t
No, no, no, no, I can’t
Track Name: Coppell, Texas
Home is where I always thought I’d be
But home doesn’t feel that close to me anymore
I feel the pull of the cities now
Try to break out but I don’t know how

So I say hey, hey, hey,
Save me from all these rows of empty faces
Hey, hey, hey,
I need to get out of these quiet and tired places
Hey, hey, hey
Save me from of these rows of empty faces
Hey, hey, hey
I need to get out of these tired and quiet places right now

I’d come to know the roads, the plains
But now, I don’t feel much warmth in my veins
Pretty soon I’ll be on my way
And as I look ahead I can’t help but say

Hey, hey, hey,
Save me from all these rows of empty faces
Hey, hey, hey,
I need to get out of these quiet and tired places
Hey, hey, hey,
Save me from all these rows of empty faces
Hey, hey, hey,
I need to get out of these tired and quiet places right now
Track Name: Think Twice
Look again, you don’t know the half of it
While you wait here, the city burns back home
But you can’t see now, you’ve come to far
And you’ve fought long, but no, the time’s run out

You’ll fall before you think twice
But don’t take your time to breath
The sun doesn’t shine here so you can’t see
You only pretend to leave

So count your cards while you hold them close
Whoever said seeing was the hardest part?
But no more white can hide these lies
You’ve gone and missed your chance to hide

You’ll fall before you think twice
But don’t take your time to breath
The sun doesn’t shine here so you can’t see
You only pretend to leave

I wouldn’t try to be the first to tell you
That you were lost in your own head

You’ll fall before you think twice
But don’t take your time to breath
The sun doesn’t shine here so you can’t see
You only pretend to leave
Track Name: City With No Lights
It’s 3 o’clock in the morning
She’s alone in Lincoln Park
All the drunks and hopeless outlaws
Have come out into the dark

At two a thief took her money
Her phone and keys stolen away
Now she wanders like a vagrant
So helpless with no place to stay

I’ve been searching for some right in this city with no lights
I’m trying to find my way home but I can’t see where I’m going

She stopped an hailed for a taxi
“Can you help me out sir, won’t you please?
I’ve gone and lost all my money
But could you have some charity?”

He cracked his window with a smile
“I’m sorry ma’am no rides for free
But don’t you worry now, young lady
There’s other ways you can pay me!”

I’ve been searching for some right in this city with no lights
I’m trying to find my way home but I can’t see where I’m going

She likes to think that it’s different
Her eyes closed to the city’s scares
But with each and every footstep
She had to face the evils that were there

I’ve been searching for some right in this city with no lights
I’m trying to find my way home but I can’t see where I’m going
Track Name: Douleur Exquise
I hate the sinking feeling I get when you walk out my door
I crave a fleeting touch just to share some connection with you

I close my eyes and see nothing but the reflection of you
You’ve had this hold on me for more time than I should have allowed

But I now must shake the thought
Yes my love must slowly thaw with every passing day
But I now must shake the thought
Let my heart no longer rot with the fire of your name

I get a sinking feeling whenever you walk through my door
Each time I close my eyes I must block the reflection of you
Away and out the door you move on to new roads that you’ve found
I guess that my mistake was to think I could know who you are

But I now must shake the thought
Yes my love must slowly thaw with every passing day
But I now must shake the thought
Let my heart no longer rot with the fire of your name
Track Name: Bella
Bella was born with her eyes to the stars
Watching things from moving cars
Instead of TV she would make up games
Laughing and dancing without any aim

With crayons in hand she would color what she saw
To adults they were scribbles, but to her it was Renoir
She would talk to her friends through a toy telephone
In a language of their own she was never quite alone

Never grow up now, never grow old
Stay away from this cold and senseless world
The children awake and they are filled with dread
Cause things aren't as colorful as they were in their head
Never grow up now, never grow old
The days will pass by until you're left alone

Bella now walks with her eyes to the floor
She's got no time for daydreaming anymore
She watches TV for three hours each day
She doesn't sing, she doesn't laugh, she doesn't even pray

The worlds lost it's color, it's all black and white
It's hard to paint a picture when it's as dark as night
She goes to work each morning and sits at her desk
Hoping that the day brings something better than the rest

Never grow up now, never grow old
Stay away from this cold and senseless world
The children awake and they are filled with dread
Cause things aren't as colorful as they were in their head
Never grow up now, never grow old
The days will pass by until you're left alone

Bella is broken, shattered and washed out
Crushed by a weight like the sea
Starved for connection, ripe with repression
She takes the leap and fades away