I Hate You. You Always Do This.

by Union Pulse

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The second album from mid-western indie rockers Union Pulse. This disc (re)presents a transition of songwriting and production for the young group, between their rough debut and a more mature, alt-country sound audible in their later work.


released March 15, 2005

Written by James Tristan Redding. Engineered by Matt Brelje, produced by Rocky Orta, Jr. and Union Pulse. Words and music copyright 2005 by James Tristan Redding. Registered with BMI. All rights reserved.


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Union Pulse Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Founded by singer-songwriter James Tristan Redding, Union Pulse was an idiosyncratic icon at the intersection of Americana, roots rock, and alt-country. The band embodied James Redding's soul bound lyrics and leg bending rhythm. In their decade of recording and touring they released five original albums (and one live EP) and delivered over 700 performances throughout the lower 48 states. ... more

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Track Name: Do You Want To Be Right Or Do You Want To Be Happy
I don't want to believe you, it would mean I was wrong
I don't want to be with you, I was better alone
Well I guess I should ask me, now that I'm seeing clear
If it's only when lonely, would I rather you're near?

Do you wanna be right, or do you wanna be happy?

Politicians and kingsmen, all of that royal crew
Find humility paid for, not a love that is true

Do you wanna be right, or do you wanna be happy?
Track Name: Princess
I'm a frayed backseat soul sleepless nights
Getting sit on and spit on and torn
Between dusk, dawn, and daylight is gray light
Where memories love lost is born

I'm watching the lines trailing behind
Been driving so long I think I lost my mind
It's lonely and long, this road I pursue
But I'll be just fine if it leads back to you, princess

Sometimes I hide in the dark
Because I know that I can't win this game
So look to the leaves in your teacup
While the winter wind whispers my name

I'm watching your eyes look to the skies
It may not mean much but I'm yours 'til I die
Further from home with each passing day
The winter gets colder with each step away, princess
Track Name: Excuses
Snow on a bright summer's day, sparks in the rain
Men with more money than love homeless again

I make excuses, more than you know
I make excuses, it's starting to show

Tracing the tracks of a train coming my way
Giving a gift to a girl too scared to say

I make excuses, more than you know
I make excuses, it's starting to show

Scent of a flower in bloom just before dawn
Track Name: Idiot
In the dark sitting all alone
Fell asleep talking on the phone
Neat and clean, pretty little face
Make your love, leather and lace

What does it mean to say you think you love her
What does it mean to say you really care?
How do you know she feels the same way you do
How do you know the feeling that you share?

In a year, what did you learn
Soon enough, tables will turn
As our time slips away like a cigarette burning all day,
Will you waste all of your time
Like an idiot forcing a rhyme
Track Name: If I Drown
Learned how to swim in the shallows
Dived off the dock from the gallows
Taste like a dream, so elusive
Earn your respect, so abusive

Would you put your arms around me?
Would you pick me up and ground me -
Will you breathe some life between these lips
And tell me it's alright?
I'm on my last concession
Coming up from so much compression
And I've just got one more question
Will you tell me it's alright?..

If I drown, if I sink, fail to rise (oh, Sarah)
If the wind beneath my wings slowly dies (oh, Sarah)
Would you tell me it's alright?

Drunk on a glance from a shadow
Pray, beg a smile to remember
Smoke from the stream, autumn embers
Drift to the depths...let it burn
Track Name: By The Light Of An Exit Sign
Hold your hips, fingertips
From your lips poison drips
Pastel lies no surprise
Hear no more, close your eyes

In the middle of the night if the dark could shine like a light
I don't think I would miss you
On the interstate drive when the sun lets me know I'm alive
I don't think I would miss you

Trust is like free fall dives
Play it straight, save both lives
Summer fling, autumn green
Way past spring, far from clean
Track Name: Up In Arms
If stand fair and just, then fall to the dust
When dead on the ground, then rise with the sound

There's no escape, this life is difficult
I'm eating dirt and grinning wide
Red roses wilt, and violets pass away
But lonely turtles crawl inside

Stop time find a grip, rewind pause the song
No luck losing hand, still time grinding on

I can't help you John, if you won't let me in
I can't buy your love, my wallet drained bone dry
I can't win this war but it seems you're up in arms
The desert dirt has shined down upon the sun
Track Name: Not Too Late
I missed the bus cuz my eyes were clouded
I lost an eye when I shot off mark
I hit my head when I woke up angry
I lost a love cuz it got too dark

I lost an arm to my own hate
I want some peace if it's not too late

I'd pack your bags if you were leaving
I'd ride with you 'til light was gone
I'd miss your voice if we said no goodbyes
I'd drive all night to bring you home

I know that I can love my brothers
I found a way to love myself
My lesson now is in forgiveness
I have to love somebody else
Track Name: Dark Days
These dark days I lose my mind
Daylight fades to something else
I can't deny my homeless heart
I'm losing faith in saving self

When all is lost, what else is left?
Let me tell you what I've found
This plastic credit card soul debt
You keep on falling underground

Trailing smoke behind a train
Tells a story we all know
Just keep moving straight ahead
There ain't no place else to go
Track Name: Walking Home Again
Last call and a busty blonde gives in
Sucked up in a swig of midnight skin
Sad eyes try to force a thinline smile
Cheap touch and an even cheaper gin

Pants much too tight for her
These lights too bright for her
Quick ride to a place she knows too well
She walks in front of me
Unaware that I can see
Weak lies that she sells to selfish men
And I'm walking home again

Eyes shut to pretend tonight might last
Full moon silhouettes a twilight past
Heart thin and her thoughts begin to spin
Slow drag to forget the touch so fast

Stand slow to a copper glow 'round ten
Late lunch with a few white collar men
Two shots and a new sad song begins
Tick tock and it's half past once-again

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