Surrealistic Expectations

by Gringo

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An album trying to describe the confusion in this year thus far and all that it has brought. Each track was done take after take after take (after take) until it sounded right to me via my wonderful iPhone 4 voice memos. Hope you enjoy!


released July 5, 2017

Thank you to anyone who inspired the writing of any of these songs! Hopefully you'll notice the references <3



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Track Name: 4 Minutes and 20 Seconds
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Track Name: Foreign Relations
please don't worry about feeling your feelings out
please don't judge me i'm not too sure where to go from here
please don't carry all that it's a big big burden and you could damage your back

if you please forgive me i'm not too sure where to go from here
if you can be there for them
when you hear these words i hope you know what they mean
when you hear these words i wanna hear you say them to me
Track Name: Lost in Translation
Well you've been here for some time
Can I get you anything?

I can tell something's on your mind

Pink Floyd and Bob Ross get me through the bad times
But I know you like those things, too

I can tell something's on your mind
Fine you don't have to tell me
Track Name: Rainyday
Lately you've been confusing us
and by us I mean me and your friends
Am I going insane
I'm one big shitstain
flying up, up, and away

you can try

Time stops, flashes before my eyes
I feel I'm talking to myself

you can try
Track Name: Shake it Away
Stepped up to the center stage all alone
He played a song and he played along to his sweet guitar
All he could think of was his dad and what he'd said
One little thought in his head, but beer could never shake it away
Track Name: Shortcomings and Memories
Well I think that we should talk about the things that are too touchy
And I promise I'll never get too touchy
And I remember when I see you
Remember that I'd never hurt you

Well kindness kills
No offense, you got me there
We swore we'd never take it there
And I promise I'll never take it there
As if anyone cares
Dammit, I just wish that you would care

I can't complain
It's all the same, but I'm all to blame
shortcomings and memories I will remember
Track Name: Song Splinters
Hello world
this is my letter to you world
dear world
it's been a long and dreary winter
and all my songs have turned into splinters
that have callused my feelings
and it seems as though I've taken them myself
and just hibernated for the season
for no reason
i don't know but i believe that when one door closes, another one opens
and I mean that

So I think I'll pack up my case of suits
and go somewhere I've never thought of
I'll watch some paperview of something stupid in a hotel with my lover
And I will have stories to tell my parents when i come home
Track Name: Grey
depressive state to ground control
ground control we're losing time
as your love quickly fades away
mailboxes and lights all turn to grey
grey grey grey
all I could see this day

Well I should've been a better man
Blame myself everything sucks

I'll keep my memories in a jar
Track Name: Pick Me Up Song
Why is it so melancholy?
It's you
it's the bag of feelings you keep up on your shoulders

Why am I so difficult I'm sorry
but with space and time
I will have found you an antidote

I love you
I hurt for you

I'm too confused
my shoes remain untied in a similar fashion
but I'll love you
I'll keep it simple and sweet and hopefully you'll feel more complete

I love you
I hurt for you
Track Name: Game Over Man
You said you were done
just needed some time

game over man
yeah well i guess that i will find another way

You've got a new guy
who is this new guy
we fight all the time
but I'm in love all the time

game over man
yeah well i guess that I will find another way
Track Name: Lingo
Dancing is all it is
talking is all it is
all in your head it is

what does this all mean
the fifth time you called me
the sixth time was all me

she heard my new song man
heard my new song man
heard the new lingo
am i not gringo

dancing is all it is
talking is all it is
all in your head it is
all in your head it is

she heard my new song man
heard my new song man
heard the new lingo
am i not gringo
am i not gringo
i don't think i'm gringo
am i not gringo