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The City Introvert

by The Prize Fighter Inferno

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1.
It’s okay to be afraid Don’t worry about tomorrow Let’s play today Whatever hurt I may have caused you It should go away Cause in this life There’s no more separate ways Dear mama, I think it’s way too soon To abandon this world just to break the moon I’m so scared with all we’ve got to lose Cause lady I can’t do this without you When the streets on fire Don’t you call my bluff Cause I’m coming, it’s better my darling the two of us And when these days get cold And these nights are rough I’ll be your fire, baby Maybe it’s more than love Tell me something, tell me something true When there’s nothing out there left To look forward to Oh, it won’t matter much When you’re pulling through Cause I think my time here’s long overdue Cause when the streets on fire Don’t you call my bluff Cause I’m coming, it’s better my darling the two of us And when these days get cold And these nights are rough I’ll be your fire, baby Maybe it’s more than love
2.
Death Rattle 03:31
It only matters when it matters most I fell asleep a child and woke adult Now I complain My body aches in pain I try so hard to listen But most you say I’m missing These ears don’t work the same Forgetful they say But I just can’t place Where I left my brain Have I met my match? A stroke, a heart attack My fears are coming true Nothing I can do but Stand here waiting for While Death comes knocking at my door Someone who can’t let go Won’t let go of me Oh, I feel so broken An old person cliche It keeps me questioning “Did I lose out on something?” “Was I happier this way?” Alone I say, in my thinly numbered days It’s clear: I lost another year, so Stand here waiting for While Death comes knocking at my door Someone who can’t let go Won’t let go of me So it goes From the gallows pole I’ll hang my broken heart Time will weigh The old against the new Oh, here comes closure With his entourage of regrets He extends out his hand A card in his fingers He winks, wishes his best And so it reads “Oh, not everybody needs someone “It’s okay to be alone, son”
3.
I’ve got this broken body To show you my love now But there’s just one thing Oh, that gets in the way A mind so dirty I can’t get these feelings out to you Just what I want to do It’s all right When I’m out of my mind Crazy for you Oh, I think it’s better You try to get away There’s nothing good here for you My heart beats broken Oh, it just wouldn’t be all right To keep you from your life It’s all right To be out of my mind Crazy for you ‘Cause you got to go now Go now, go now, go Get away from here Even if it breaks my heart Mother, told me just you wait and See how life turns out But I don’t love like normal people Oh, just give me one more night
4.
I can see that your mind is made up After all the energy I'd take up I fear now that nothing can save us 'Cause both of us - neither one of us - is the same us See, I don’t even blame you for the Where-what-when-how Now it’s all pointless to care But I know I treated you badly But hardly a reason to let your madness mandate Your Thoughts and actions Just take a second and you’ll see I’m the man that you thought I was There is no place that I’d rather be than In your arms with all this behind us So please put the gun down angel We can both find peace of mind And If you just give me one more chance I swear on everything it’ll be different this time When I was a young man my father told me Hold everything that you love closely Don’t let it slip through When I said I loved you I thought that you did, too And now I’m sorry for what I did Can’t you find it in your heart just to forgive Can’t you remember a little piece of what we had 'Cause if you pull the trigger, sweetie There’s no turning back Save me My baby’s got a bullet with my name She wants to put it inside my brain I fucked things up Isn’t that enough? What can I say? I’m sorry I couldn’t give you everything I’m sorry I couldn't I’m sorry isn’t please I never said that I was innocent So isn’t it Typical that, of course, a compulsive sinner Would sin again? The two of us like a courtroom with its litigants Pinned against one another convinced The other shouldn’t win against So I guess in a sense I’ll end up the victim Why do my pleas seem to fall on deaf ears and I’m so sorry for the hurt that I caused you The kind of darkness that grows over the years and I can see that it’s consumed the whole of you There’s nothing left of the you I thought I knew Oh, darling, I can still feel a soul in you Should’ve said goodbye and just let go of you But I didn’t I tried to hold on Where on earth did we both go so wrong? The same song repeats itself all day long So until then So long When I was a young man my mother told me Hold everything that you love closely Don’t let it slip through You just have to hang on Even if it kills you So if this is my final goodbye I Want you to know that I honestly tried I Tell you I love you one last time You couldn’t save me but I’ll still See you on the other side Save me My baby’s got a bullet with my name She wants to put it inside my brain I fucked things up Isn’t that enough? What can I say? I’m sorry I couldn’t give you everything I’m sorry I couldn't I’m sorry isn’t please There's nothing left of the you I thought I knew When I said I loved you I thought that you did, too Save me
5.
Rock Bottom 03:45
I’m going to leave here with nothing Empty handed I fear But the absence brings that something In my mind’s eye I see it so clear This I all that I’ve got Just remember to stop And love all the ones around you Cause they won’t stick Cause they won’t stick around forever Stand back You made it a bad habit of Showing us that you just don’t care Tell me now Did you think you had that something? Harder than the floor This heart’s hit rock bottom It’s just too easy to plot your revenge Than to finally accept The flaws and then mend them This thing that we got This fire don’t stop We burn down the house around us Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face Stand back You made this a bad habit of Showing us that you just don’t care Tell me now Did you think we had that something? Harder than before This heart’s hit rock bottom Your eyes pan over her body Cold as ice there will never be somebody As good as she was You’ll never feel at home Stand back You made this a bad habit of Showing us that you just don’t care Tell me now Did you think we had that something? Harder than before This heart’s hit rock bottom
6.
Holiday Fool 04:16
Linda she laughs without warning It’s just those little things The morning was so full As the Delta made its way through the leaves Oh, the place Oh, my escape In a cabin where it could be just you and me I can confess my love Oh, Linda, you’re the one But now the sun don’t shine Need to let that go It’s a way different time The world is another place Digging up her grave crying My dear, don’t die I should’ve left that book alone Now Hell has come with a fight And fight back I just might Can you hear them calling? Dead by dawn I’m done come morning Why’s this night feel so long? We all know better than we want to let on Just some teenage fun That went from right to wrong Keep dreaming Trying to keep my cool This holiday fool With panic wrestling my mouth I locked an old girl in the basement Hoping she won’t come out From the dank and the mold She utters, “Boy, I’ll swallow your soul.” I submit my hand for the saw For the saw is fam As the dark pages say You’ll open a rift through time and space There’s no reason to question why When you’re the hero of the sky
7.
Sweet Talker 04:17
Everybody's broken here I'm touched Telling their secrets to me Sweet talkers But I can't let them go Oh, if it were so simple Would they fuss? They'd tell me everything But I don't care that much Cause when your last breath Fades you out Oh, there'll be no words left For anyone to shout Sweet talker, sweet talker Everybody's here against their will Oh, I'm dragging They're screaming at me again I'll be alright just need a little more time Watching these bad, bad people Playing the good guys Cause when your whole world Comes crashing down I promise you, I'll be good to you Somehow Cause when the good guys Can't save you Go run and hide Go run and hide
8.
When I open my eyes And the sky becomes clearer I realize I’m buried in the mud For days or weeks, but the worst is over As I stand before a world beneath my feet I beg your pardon Your name again? It’s been so long since I had The chance to call anybody my friend Let this life begin Let this love begin With swords drawn to the sky If no ones laughing, no ones listening Save your fear of heights For another time Cause tonight’s the night we fly So what’s it worth, worth, worth If you’re not, not listening? The wrong, wrong words You choose to keep on singing Save your fear of heights For another life Oh, she warned me, but I’m stubborn Now I can’t find a way into her arms These dark days, now upon us I’ll fight with every inch of blood and heart
9.
All that I found from the edge At the top I looked down Over my shoulder I hear her leave Now that you’re gone Who will sing to me, my dear? Let your echoes fill this house Your courage, my love, I need I can’t stand this new me Cause she’s the brains, my sweetheart Always I can’t make it up to you I can’t make this When there’s nothing I can do So tell me don’t you say, don’t you say That I don’t listen to you Don’t you say, don’t you say Baby, I’m over you Now this is all All I deserved To learn what living’s like alone Hide, hide my body Deep within the walls Before she returns with somebody
10.
Laura, save your tears I’ll be right here Over your shoulder Watching out for you We’ve had good times We’ve had bad But the one thing I can’t have And that’s forever, we knew I’d have to go Oh, isn’t it so hard this way, letting go But hold your fondest memory And hold it close, sing out Hallelujah Loud enough so the echoes know Where to go beyond the stars Just you stay where you are All the youth I knew so well I was lucky can’t you tell To see so much of the lives you would know With me inside them so clear I love you all, my dears But I’ve got nothing left So, leave me here Stay where you are… I love you, Beeps. I miss you.

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Fourteen years after the release of My Brother’s Blood Machine, Coheed and Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez has revived his Electronica/Folk Pop side project The Prize Fighter Inferno for his second LP, The City Introvert. An eclectic mix of electronic, rock, synth, and acoustic, The City Introvert is a welcome addition to the libraries of long-time Coheed fans and synth pop fans alike.

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released April 23, 2021

Producer - Claudio Sanchez
Recording Engineer - Claudio Sanchez
Mix Engineer - Claudio Sanchez
Mixed at - The Tarnaby Room, Crown Heights, BKLYN
Mastered by - John Naclerio
Mastered at - Nada Recording
Recorded at - The Tarnaby Room, Crown Heights, BKLYN

Claudio Sanchez - Vocals, Instruments
Claudio Sanchez, Josh Eppard - Vocals (on Stray Bullets)
“Dirty Ernie” Falconer - Glock Programming (on Stray Bullets)
Travis Stever - Guitar (on Holiday Fool)

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The Prize Fighter Inferno is the acoustic/electronica solo project of Claudio Sanchez, the lead singer and lead/rhythm guitarist for the band Coheed and Cambria.

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