The Better Friends EP

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released January 15, 2016

Lyrics by: Daniel Basden
Music by: When the Clock Strikes

Produced by: CJ Cochran

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When the Clock Strikes Muskogee, Oklahoma

Daniel Basden
Steven Walker
Blake Westerby

Drawing inspiration from mid-2000s emo/pop punk and a few decades' worth of video games, the band specializes in upbeat tunes, with prominent melodies, distinct guitars, and emotionally-charged lyrics.

The band debuted with the Glowing in the Dark EP in November 2014, and recently released The Better Friends EP in early 2016.
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Track Name: Too Many Cooks
I think I'm getting closer now
to who I wanna be,
But everybody else I know
Has other plans for me.
The keep feeding me advice
On what to do, to get it right,
But too many cooks will spoil
The direction of my life.


Tangled up in social norms
You wish you could forget
It's cool to act like you don't care
And go along,
But I suspect that
Happiness will never come to those who please the crowd,
So if you've got objections,
Make 'em now and play 'em loud


No matter what we may tell them,
They've all made up their minds
So I'll just show them instead,
and challenge the thoughts
they fabricate in their minds.
And I'll wait for the day
That they take my words
and twist them around,
Try to use them against me,
Then I'll know they're finally listening.


I can't afford to sell out every week to what tests well
In Focus groups & market research
Treading water in the sea of Plebeian trends,
But greatness doesn't go out of date
Track Name: Better Friends (From a Distance)
You don't have to stand so close
To talk to me, I swear
Tell me about your life from over there.

There’s nothing you could do or say
That could make me love you less
(Your invasion of my space
Already put that to the test)

But I still need you in my life,
Maybe just in smaller parts,
‘Cause you help me
Decide who I don't wanna be.

I hope that you can see
I know we're both on the same team,
I just need some room to breathe.

We're better friends from a distance,
Even better than you know,
And this affection will grow stronger,
But I can't miss you 'til you go,

We’re better friends from a distance,
Even more than I can say,
And I hope we're reunited
After many, many days.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder
And so I know
It's better that we go our separate ways

And I can keep the memories
Of all the best that you can be
As long as you're not here

So I mean it when I say
It's endearing when you stay away from me

I mean it when I say
It's endearing when you stay away,
I mean it when I say
It’s endearing
Track Name: Fair Weather
I've been hanging with the fair weather crowd
'Cause my real friends are a real drag.
And when the winds change, I'll go home alone and I'll think how it isn't so bad.
'Cause my friends they care for me when times of trouble come,
But in the moments in between I've found they just aren't very fun.

I've been hanging with the fair weather crowd
'Cause my real friends are a real drag.
And when my real friends disappear for weeks,
I won't let it get me so mad.
'Cause they don't know my favorite songs,
They just play the ones I hate.
But even if they drive me crazy
I still love them anyway.

Good weather comes and goes,
But I guess I'm stuck with you.
Track Name: Redemption
We all know what it's like
To be in fear & be in pain,
But in yours you did unspeakable things.
And as my heart gets past the shock
It's filling up with such disdain,
But honestly my apathy was just as much to blame.


Now you have to atone for all the lives you chose to take,
And I must bear the weight of all the ones I couldn't save.


This is how we'll always be
Me and all my enemies
Trapped in this imperfect skin
Until redemption


When we catch you in a lie,
The rest of us feel justified,
And It's never hard for me to say you're wrong.

It's easier to focus on
Your flaws instead of mine
But I know that I'll screw up again,
No matter how I try.


This is how we'll always be,
Me and all my enemies
Trapped in this imperfect skin
Until redemption

This is how I've always been,
I fall and then get up again,
And pray for the cycle to end

[Bridge]
But I have hope
I'm keeping it inside
This broken heart
This broken world
Our broken promises aside.

I found my second chance,
So maybe I can help someone else to do the same
Yeah you could do the same,
you could do the same


But this is how we'll always be,
me & all my enemies,
trapped in this imperfect skin.

This is how we'll always be,
all my friends, and you and me
We're waiting for redemption
Track Name: Better Friends (From a Distance) [Lumpy Space Mix]
You don't have to stand so close
To talk to me, I swear
Tell me about your life from over there.

There’s nothing you could do or say
That could make me love you less
(Your invasion of my space
Already put that to the test)

But I still need you in my life,
Maybe just in smaller parts,
‘Cause you help me
Decide who I don't wanna be.

I hope that you can see
I know we're both on the same team,
I just need some room to breathe.

We're better friends from a distance,
Even better than you know,
And this affection will grow stronger,
But I can't miss you 'til you go,

We’re better friends from a distance,
Even more than I can say,
And I hope we're reunited
After many, many days.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder
And so I know
It's better that we go our separate ways

And I can keep the memories
Of all the best that you can be
As long as you're not here

So I mean it when I say
It's endearing when you stay away from me

I mean it when I say
It's endearing when you stay away,
I mean it when I say
It’s endearing