Past Lives and Paychecks

by Party Nails

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Debut album from Party Nails
Cover art by Nick Runge

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released October 19, 2018

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Party Nails Los Angeles, California

Party Nails’ music lies between pop, alternative and electronic, with a slight nod to punk. Her work has been called “an absolute dream” - Neon Gold, “a fierce bit of pop” - Noisey and “part Charli XCX and part Cyndi Lauper” - Bullett Media. On October 19 of 2018 she released her debut album Past Lives and Paychecks . ... more

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Track Name: Paycheck
Feel like I’ve known you forever
Spent more than one life together
And so this is our song

I’ve seen you break down to nothing
You’ve seen me desperate for something
When it’s going wrong

Because the love the love the love
Oh love it doesn’t pay that much
With all the bills and such
It’s hard to keep on playing
But trust me cause I’m planning baby

I’m getting a big paycheck in a couple of days
Enough to change the way that you and I have been living baby
I’m getting a big paycheck in a couple of days
It’s hard to keep on playing it’s hard to keep on playing

Oh no

So say farewell to the grind
Now it’s good times all the time
Always gonna work hard for ya always gonna work hard

One day we’ll live like we’re something
Never forget we came from nothing
And now it won’t be long

Because the love the love the love
Oh love it doesn’t pay that much
With all the bills and such
It’s hard to keep on playing
But trust me cause I’m planning baby

I’m getting a big paycheck in a couple of days
Enough to change the way that you and I have been living baby
I’m getting a big paycheck in a couple of days
It’s hard to keep on playing it’s hard to keep on playing

Oh no
Track Name: With Time (I Will Come 2 U)
Wish I could take you home
But I can’t let you in
Been working all night long
And I need more money

Just wanna buy some clothes
A place to call my own
Good things they take some time
And we’ll have to wait and see

I’m not done with ya
I’m not done with ya
I want fun with ya
And I’m down with you

I’m gonna be okay
Just need to walk away
I know it hurts to wait
With time I will come 2 U

So let me in your world
I wanna be your girl
Riding around with windows down
With time I will come 2 U

Some people look for love
Some people dive right in
I’m standing at the edge
And that’s enough for me

Cause when the time is right
I’ll let you be my light
I will take you everywhere
And you’ll look good with me

I’m gonna be okay
Just need to walk away
I know it hurts to wait
With time I will come 2 U

So let me in your world
I wanna be your girl
Riding around with windows down
With time I will come 2 U
Track Name: Never Look Again
I know about the reasons
That you wanna keep her
I understand the theory
But I don’t wanna hurt no more

In my past life I learned what I came here for
Now give me something good to keep me coming back for more

You think you’re never gonna look again
You think you’ll never have to talk it out
You think you’ll never have to go back there again
Because you got it all figured out

Never look again
Never look
Never look again
Never look

Write a list of reasons
That you shouldn’t leave her
And what will she give back to you
When you don’t have anymore

In my past life I learned what I came here for
Now give me something good to keep me coming back for more

You think you’re never gonna look again
You think you’ll never have to talk it out
You think you’ll never have to go back there again
Because you got it all figured out

Never look again
Never look
Never look again
Never look

On the road all alone
Don’t know when I’m getting close
Got no home to call my own
Got to one to hold me close

In my past life I learned what I came here for
Now give me something good to keep me coming back for more

You think you’re never gonna look again
You think you’ll never have to talk it out
You think you’ll never have to go back there again
Because you got it all figured out

Never look again
Never look
Never look again
Never look
Track Name: Musician
Go on and let me in
Go on unlock the door
Cause I know you’re inside
And I know you’re not telling me everything

Because of what you say
And what you’re emphasizing
And it’s hard to give up all the good times
But you’re breaking me down with your lying

So we go onto the stairs
And we say another prayer
I’m all done being played with
You know I’m a musician too

And I play on my guitar
When I don’t know what we are
I don’t wanna adore ya
I just wanna ignore ya

It’s cause of what you do
Maybe you’re improvising
But you’re filling me up with your bad vibes and big cries
And I’ve had enough of your songwriting

So we go onto the stairs
And we say another prayer
I’m all done being played with
You know I’m a musician too

And I play on my guitar
When I don’t know what we are
I don’t wanna adore ya
I just wanna ignore ya

I play my guitar I don’t play people
Play my guitar I don’t play people
Play my guitar I don’t play people
Play my guitar

I play my guitar I don’t play people
Play my guitar I don’t play people
Play my guitar I don’t play people
Play my guitar

Oh no I’d never play you
I’d never play you
I’d never play you
Ooh
Track Name: Clothes
I wanna pull you close baby
I wanna pull your hair
I wanna strip you down baby
I wanna see what’s there
When your clothes are all gone gone gone

I wanna watch you move baby
I wanna see your beast
I wanna witness you baby
I want you underneath me
When your clothes are all gone gone gone

Cause you give me something
You give me something that I wanted
You give me something that I never had before
And maybe it’s piece of the mind
Or a flash of all of the passion we keep boarded up
All I know is that I’ve godda have it

So why don’t you roam with me
I know we’ll end up where we wanna be
I’ll never tell you no
I’ll never tell you no

I wanna be your ghost baby
I wanna haunt your dreams
I wanna be the most baby
I wanna bust your seams
When your clothes are all gone gone gone

I wanna be your muscle baby
I wanna be your meat
I wanna rescue you baby
I wanna be your heat
When your clothes are all gone gone gone

Cause you give me something
You give me something that I wanted
You give me something that I never had before
And maybe it’s piece of the mind
Or a flash of all of the passion we keep boarded up
All I know is that I’ve godda have it

So why don’t you roam with me
I know we’ll end up where we wanna be
I’ll never tell you no
I’ll never tell you no

And I’ll never give up
And I’ll never say no
And I’ll never give up
And I’ll never say no

So why don’t you roam with me
I know we’ll end up where we wanna be
I’ll never tell you no
I’ll never tell you no
Track Name: So Broke
I've been working like a dog
insomnia it comes and goes
my body's aching cause I'm spent
and I'm pinching pennies to pay my rent

yeah I'll never sleep again
bad thoughts are dripping and dropping from inside my head
yeah I've got the nightmare sweats
all night I'm losing time it makes me lose my mind

give me everything that I'd ever want
give me everything that I'd ever need
one day I'll make it from the record I wrote
right now I'm so damn broke

what am I doing besides flailing?
what is this business of entertaining?
blackout showdowns at the parties
you'll make it worse if you ignore me

yeah I'll never sleep again
bad thoughts are dripping and dropping from inside my head
yeah I've got the nightmare sweats
all night I'm losing time it makes me lose my mind

give me everything that I'd ever want
give me everything that I'd ever need
one day I'll make it from the record I wrote
right now I'm so damn broke
Track Name: My 404
Slow down what you running for
No one is chasing up behind ya
I know what you’re calling for
I don’t know why you think I’m wise

Can you make me wiser?

You’re my 404
The one I’m looking for
It’s how I wanna be
Moving to that beat

Cause you make me feel
How I wanna feel
So give me something sweet
Make me another beat

Locked up in a small town
It’s hard to put it all behind ya
I don’t wanna try, I’m just getting by
I don’t wanna understand my head, or your head

Can you make me wiser?

You’re my 404
The one I’m looking for
It’s how I wanna be
Moving to that beat

Cause you make me feel
How I wanna feel
So give me something sweet
Make me another beat
Track Name: Luxury of Love
I don’t have a trust fund
I’m not the type to want one
Dusty jeans and t-shirt
You like it, that’s what I heard

Now that you’re my lover
Black and white to color
Living in a fantasy

I don’t want no other
You don’t need one either
This is our reality

We’ve got the luxury of love
the luxury of love
I’ll give it up, give it all up
Give it up, give it all up

I hear music now
We’ve got the luxury of love

Santa Monica pier
Racing cars and root beer
Long line for the loveseat
Up to the top now kiss me

Now that you’re my lover
Black and white to color
Living in a fantasy

I don’t want no other
You don’t need one either
This is our reality

We’ve got the luxury of love
the luxury of love
I’ll give it up, give it all up
Give it up, give it all up

I hear music now
We’ve got the luxury of love
Track Name: I Go To You
When I’m worried
I can’t find my way to dreaming
I don’t wanna fight
I just wanna sleep at night
Cause there’s times I don’t know what to do
And I want you near
When the nightmares are too much to bear alone

I’m waiting patiently for you
Of all the good you’re partial to
There’s one thing that you just can’t do

You’re never angry, you’re never tired
You never judge or stoke the fire
But you don’t come to me
I go to you

I can hear it in your voice over the phone
Bad anxieties
You know you wear it on your sleeve
Your heart
Is bleeding all over my sofa
And I don’t even mind
I’ll clean it up some other time

Cause why look for me when I’ll find you
Of all the good you’re partial to
There’s one thing that you just can’t do

You’re never angry, you’re never tired
You never judge or stoke the fire
But you don’t come to me
I go to you

Oh, in the night
Oh, in the light
I don’t wanna call your name
I just wanna feel your face close to mine

You’re never angry, you’re never tired
You never judge or stoke the fire
But you don’t come to me
I go to you
Track Name: Brand New
Seeing you
In the studio you were brand new
You got your tattoos and your Converse shoes
Can’t help but want you so I make a move

Please take me there
My favorite bar you know exactly where
Sit in the corner get a drink to share
Eyes are locking we can’t help but stare

Seeing you
The perfect view
I don’t mind the wasted time
You make it all feel brand new

Come with me
I’m going down
To the edge I wanna know now
How we gonna turn out

You like me
I like you too
I got this feeling of brand new
Doo doo doo doo doo

Even now
I remember talking late and loud
About the plans that we were laying down
About the music that we’d make somehow, somehow

Remembering
All the nights I was alone again
Keep running circles but this is the end
Check the clock it’s time we were just friends

Seeing you
The perfect view
I don’t mind the wasted time
You make it all feel brand new

Come with me
I’m going down
To the edge I wanna know now
How we gonna turn out

You like me
I like you too
I got this feeling of brand new
Doo doo doo doo doo

Every day you keep me strong
You hold me tight all night long
Every day that you do me wrong
I’m picking up pieces all night long

Come with me
I’m going down
To the edge I wanna know now
How we gonna turn out

You like me
I like you too
I got this feeling of brand new
Doo doo doo doo doo
Track Name: On The Rug
Take me on the rug
Lost track of time I guess I gave it up
When the bottom of the bottle came
And the pills I took
Is this love?
Gimme all you’ve got until I’ve had enough

Take me on the rug
Fibers on my spine
Blood starts to come
Branded vertebrae
This world is so fucked up
Take me somewhere else
6am sun’s up and we’re still having fun

At night when I cry
I’m wondering why we’re everything and nothing
And when I wake up
I get on my knees and pray

Take me on the rug
A celebration it’s our ritual
Thanks for being here with me
I need tough touchin
I can’t give you lovin
I never meant to hurt you, babe
But time’s are rough

At night when I cry
I’m wondering why we’re everything and nothing
And when I wake up
I get on the train and go

Take me on the rug
Take me on the rug
Take me on the rug
Take me on the rug
Track Name: How Can We
I sit and watch the dark go by
It’s all I know to do to try
Remember all those streets I walked today
Remember all the things I told them all I’d say

How can we?
How can we?
Comprehend the things we’ve done
When we’re knowing there’s not one
Center of all gravity
Place where gods all come to be
How can we?
How can we?

I worry I’m not dreaming
I can’t believe I see them
I can’t believe they’re there

These humans all around me
These structures in the sand
Cause even when we’re out buying water
They only wanna sell it from a bottle

How can we?
How can we?
Comprehend the things we’ve done
When we’re knowing there’s not one
Center of all gravity
Place where gods all come to be
How can we?
How can we?

How can we?
Center of all gravity
Place where gods all come to be?
Humble my humanity...

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