Soul Asylum: Delayed Reaction [2012]

Released July 17, 2012
Recorded 2010 – 2012
Genre Alternative rock
Length 33:02
Label 429 Records
Producer Soul Asylum overseen by John Fields

Delayed Reaction is Soul Asylum‘s 10th full length studio album and their long-awaited follow-up to their 2006 studio release The Silver Lining. It was released on July 17, 2012 and debuted at #160 on Billboard. It is their first album released on 429 Records

“By the Way” was originally released in demo form 20 years earlier as a B-Side to the 1992 single “Somebody To Shove“, “Let’s All Kill Each Other” was originally released on Saturday, October 25th, 2008 on EnterTheSoulAsylum.com as a free download until the 2008 U.S. Election Day (Tuesday, November 4th, 2008), and “I Should’ve Stayed in Bed” was originally released in 1998 on “Live at the Palais Royale.”

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Dave Pirner

No. Title Length  
1. “Gravity”   4:32
2. “Into the Light”   3:58
3. “The Streets”   2:49
4. “By the Way”   3:21
5. “Pipe Dream”   2:45
6. “Let’s All Kill Each Other”   2:40
7. “Cruel Intentions”   3:54
8. “The Juice”   3:38
9. “Take Manhattan”   2:55
10. “I Should’ve Stayed in Bed”   5:10

Lyrics

1. Gravity

There’s a little old man, who can get his hands
On a brand new silver planet
Walks the walk, and he talks the talk
If I had the world he could have it

For every question there are ways to shoot it down
Well there’s a greenback, a green light
So we suggest we get this new thing off the ground

But I can’t stand the gravity, can’t stand it
The way you handled it, I got to hand it to you
No I can’t stand the gravity, understand it
The way you handled it, I’m coming out of my shoes

Shudder, and wind me up
Like a toy on my first day of school
Stranded, abandoned
It’s the rent and I’m out of food

For every answer there are questions to spare
It’s nothing but convenience though it’s not convenient
We ain’t going anywhere

But I can’t stand the gravity, can’t stand it
The way you handled it, I come and hand it to you
But I can’t stand the gravity, understand it
The way you handled it, I’m coming out of my shoes

Come on home
Drifting up alone
Burning away
Up in the space

Lie down in a dream
Tell me whatcha need
Just a circuitry
It’s only sanctity
Live how you wanna live

Circle like a satellite
Like a shooting star, still flickering, still glowing
The room is still on fire

For every answer there are ways to shoot it down
Down on the cold ground do you believe that this time you are comin’ round

But I can’t stand the gravity, can’t stand it
The way you handled it, I come and hand it to you
No I can’t stand the gravity, can’t stand it
The way you handled it, I’m coming out of my shoes

Lie down in a dream
Tell me whatcha need
It’s only sanctity
Just a circuitry
Live how you wanna live
Like a Shooting star
Like candle light, still flickering
Floating like a bumble bee, in a whirlwind, blowing
Like a candle light
Starting to disintegrate

2. Into the Light

Once you’we rolled the dice,
You can’t think twice,
‘Cause you would never take your own advice.
Skating on a grave, that’s …
You step into the light.

I wanna be sure, cause this is a sure thing
I’ll have some tangled pop into your strains,
Once you’ve the line
Step into the breaking horses,
Braze some candy, heading for the hills.
They’ll stay ever, just got better
It gets better still.

So, if you’re out tonight,
Pick me up.
Everybody hates being alone
Take me to a place that no one knows,
Step into the Light.

I wanna be sure, cause this is a sure thing
Not some puppy on the strains
Cause once you’ve the line
Step into the breaking horses,
Braze some candy, heading for the hills.
They’ll stay ever, just got better
It gets better still.

(guitar solo)

So, if you’re out tonight,
Pick me up.
You’re running out of chasing starrings
Red lights change,
No time left to kill.
Waving flags up, patronise
Find a cheeper thrill.

I wanna be sure, cause this is a sure thing
Cause once you’ve drawn the line
Step into the line, step into the light.
Breaking horses,
Braze some candy, heading for the hills.
They’ll stay ever, just got better
It gets better still.
Waving flags up, patronise
Find joy in the sun.

3. The Streets

It’s never quite complete,
It’s never ever discrete
But people just disappear
And the people you meet
They come from anywhere
But not just anywhere
They all got stories to tell
They all got secrets to keep
And meet by someone you like
It may go get a fight
Start feeling insecure, you think it’s something you like
But as you’re passing by
You kinda wanna cry
You thinking ain’t a dream
It’s in your life
She keeps meoff the streets,
But she keeps me off the streets
She keeps me off the streets,
She keeps me off the streets,

So I was shooting this shit
Like I could handle it
Like I could live on the door
Running…
And throw up crowd in a whole
Where it gets too cold
With nowhere to be and nowhere to go
And once to call my own,
… letting me someone, she’s in love with…
Never cheat again,
And yet the lie’s a joke
But she keeps me off the streets,
She keeps me off the streets,
She keeps me off the streets,
But she keeps me off the streets,

Hot … lava, when it finally breaks
Breaks over your head and leaves you on your way
Then she calls her dad and lies about the cash
And then she bails you out
And then you feel like an ass
Where have you gone, …
Got the self…you got nothing to eat…
I’ll see you on the streets
But she keeps me off the streets,
She keeps me off the streets,
She keeps me off the streets,
But she keeps me off the streets

4. By The Way

If I could remember what makes me feel good
I’d pound it down like a nail in wood
I’d never let go of that feeling again I know

I know that I felt this way before
I’d pound it down like a cellar door
I want you to know I’m behind you, by the way

By the way that you look when I confront you
By the way that I affect the things you do
By the way did I tell you I can’t leave you, by the way

I’ll be waiting for you on judgement day
To watch all these judgements pass away
And by the way the details fall, by the way

By the way all the people that care about you
Are all watching to see what your gonna do
By the way have I told you I can’t leave you, by the way

By the way that you built me up again
Back to a time when I was intense
And now I know you play for what you pay

By the way that you make me feel all right
By the way that you put up such a fight
By the way that my trust and faith is safe with you

5. Pipe Dream

I’m all alone, show is over
Night crawlers crawling closer
Somewhere is temptation
Could have just be my imagination
Wasn’t all just a dream at the bottom of a…
Next time you wake me up, all those..

Chorus:
Call me up when you find out what life means
It doesn’t hide in the fire of a smoke screen
Like a match burning fast in a cold breeze
Like a house made of glass in a pipe dream

Even so, it’s harder
Can’t finish what you can’t get started
Everywhere seems so broke down
Signs of life are happening anyhow!
Should I just disappear beyond the.. grass?
…invisible, all these demons last!

Chorus:
Call me up when you find out what life means
It doesn’t hide in the fire of a smoke screen
Like a match burning fast in a cold breeze
Like a house made of glass in a pipe dream

Late at night when I can’t sleep
Listen out in the sound on the street
And it’s dawn, dawn comes chasing
Doing money and the time I’m wasting!

Chorus:
Call me up when you find out what life means
It doesn’t hide in the fire of a smoke screen
Like a match burning fast in a cold breeze
Like a house made of glass in a pipe dream

6. Let’s All Kill Each Other

(Let’s all kill each other)

I’ve been reading everything, the papers and the magazines, believin’ every word I read
Way too many mouths to feed, but we can all agree believing everybody’s better off dead
If you’re lookin’ for some inspiration, blast off through the generation

Let’s all kill each other
Kill your sisters and kill your brothers
Take the fun out of one another
Let’s all kill each other

I’m not having any fun, I’m sick and tired of everyone, I wonder what’s the right thing to do
Knives and guns for everyone, now everyone protects someone, at least that’s what I learned from you
Just can’t trust anyone else, gonna have to do it ourselves

Let’s all kill each other
Kill your fathers and kill your mothers
Take the life of one another
Let’s all kill each other

Let’s all kill each other
Kill your sisters and kill your brothers
Take the fun out of one another
Let’s all kill each other

Maybe we could talk it out
Maybe I could shut you down
Everything’s so complicated
I can’t believe how long we’ve waited
I can try to figure it out
I know what to do about it
I know what to do about it

Let’s all kill each other

If you’re looking for a little reaction, here comes your coming attraction

Let’s all kill each other
Kill your sisters and kill your brothers
Take the fun out of one another
Let’s all kill each other

Let’s all kill each other
Kill your fathers and kill your mothers
Take the life of one another
Let’s all kill each other

7. Cruel Intentions

Cruel intentions harbored for thee
To view dimension, but not too hard to sea
True inventions and the … schemes
I need prevention now, do you see that is true?
All you care about is you
And maybe that’s cruel
So save your cruel intentions for somebody other than me!

Sweet pretensions, oh so cute and in style
Sails potential, yes I walk a mile
Unholy places and so much to see
I need a replacement now, do you see that is true?
Your whole world spins round you
And baby that’s cruel
So save your cruel intentions for somebody other than me!

Cruel intentions harbored for thee
To view dimension, but do you see that it’s true?
Your.. spins around you
And baby that’s cruel
So save your cruel intention for somebody other than me!
So save your cruel intention for somebody other than me!

8. The Juice

It was the day after vacation,
Heading back to school
Roll over, say goodbye
Whisper “I love you”.
You’ve loaded up around the room,
Kept towards the door,
And the phone rang,
The moment came, let be hold in …
Sometimes it’s just chills in the air,
Like I cry without a clue,
And just like that, you got me back
And you, you said “I love you too”.
I got my “I love you too”
I got my “I love you too”.
Well, I’m gonna squeaze that sweet right of you,
That’s when I know I got the juice.

We’re roasted at the ceilling
Is what we ought to do.
With Love this mixed up feelings,
Floating ’round the room.
You’re like a lost echo hanging in the hills
Tryna find the way back home.
Closer and closer,
Like a skipping stone.
I got my “I love you too”
I got my “I love you too”.
Well, it’s all I ever wanted from you,
That’s when I know I got the juice.

Hanging on that evening
From the time I get so tense,
The roof seem like ages
These walls, I confess.
I got my “I love you too”
Yes, I got my “I love you too”.
Oh, I-I was waiting for you
For you To say “I love you too”.

9. Take Manhattan

She started out working on a new simply life,
Not really what she wanted
Just dealing with the feeling when you’re feeling
Like you’d wished she was fine,
You just don’t talked about it.
And I’m walking on water,
From the .. field
They were strained on the end
And she can barely believe he was real,
So she said
Make it happen, take it to Manhattan if you like the latest cool
I know it’s … but how about the Mississippi?
I’ll go anywhere with you.

When we’re … of the river in the middle of the summer time,
He was out from the Coast and ever since he said he never stop until they got it right
Here’s what they wanted the most.
And he looked everywhere
And she been alone
They were just looking for a place to call it home
So he said
How about Manhattan? We can make it happen
Hope you can find it too.
I know it’s … but how about the Mississippi?
I’ll go anywhere with you.

I head any town with you,
I could die in a fire, but though with you.

10. I Should’ve Stayed In Bed

I’m gonna stay in bed all day
I’m gonna stay in bed all day
And this could be my lucky day
Or it could turn to black
I might get lucky anyway
I might never come back

And it’s too late for a wake up call
Too late for a wake up call

I’m gonna put it off today
I’m gonna put you off
Nothing I got to do today except for blow you off
My dreams are all just throwaways
My superstitions lack
I’m just unlucky anyway
All of my cats are black

Don’t let the sun pass you by
Don’t let it fall from the sky
Don’t let the sunshine pass you by
Don’t let the tear fall from your eye
I could have stayed in bed all day
I could have stayed in bed all day
Nothing I got to do today
I might just rise and shine

Don’t let the sun pass you by
Don’t let it fall from the sky
Don’t let the sunshine pass you by
Don’t let the tear fall from your eye
Its there each time I turn around I look away and you’ll be gone
I could have done so many things
I could have stayed
I could have stayed

I should have stayed in bed all day
I should have stayed in bed all day

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