THE GROW OPS

by The Grow Ops

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A collection of old and new tunes spinning yarns about love, loss, lethargy and every burnout's pursuit of life's endless party. With the help of Mass Giorgini (the man who brought you legendary albums from bands like Riverdales, The Queers, The Groovie Ghoulies, Screeching Weasel, Squirtgun and The Lillingtons), Dave Parasite of 'Parasites' and the continuing support of our friends and families, these 12 bodacious tracks bring a reveling sound to the modern scene that almost seems reanimated! So grab a beer, pack a bong, crank up that old stereo and get ready to party like it's 1994!

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released August 1, 2015

Recorded by Travis Crofton at Sonic Iguana Studios in Lafayette, IN.

Produced by Dave Parasite, Travis Crofton and The Grow Ops.

Edited & Mixed by Travis Crofton and Mass Giorgini.

Mastered by Mass Giorgini at Sonic Iguana Studios.

Joey: Guitar/Vox, Kyle: Bass/Vox, AC: Guitar/Vox, Sticky: Drums.

All songs written by Joey Hooson and Kyle Breedlove.

Sequenced by Dave Parasite, Travis Crofton and The Grow Ops.

Album art by Benny Dale and The Grow Ops.

Dedicated to the memory of Kurt Rothlisberger (1953-2015).

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The Grow Ops Elgin, Illinois

Four suburban losers just lookin to have a good time.

Joey:
Vocals/Guitar

Kyle:
Vocals/Bass

AC:
Vocals/Guitar

Sticky:
Drums
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Track Name: Together For Good
When I first laid my eager eyes on you
My mouth was speechless I just didn’t know what to do
You are the girl that I’ve been dreaming about for years
It feels like nothing is alright when you’re not here

I don’t know why (or if there even is a reason why)
You make me feel like I’m not afraid to fall
Off the edge of the world (I’m gonna have to anyway)
We’ll be together for good someday.

So many things that I’d be foolish not to say
You’re everything that means anything to me
There’s not a moment I don’t wanna be with you
Making love and smoking up the whole night through

I don’t know why (or if there even is a reason why)
You make me feel like I’m not afraid to fall
Off the edge of the world (I’m gonna have to anyway)
We’ll be together for good someday.
Track Name: Blow This Joint
Changing direction, there’s a fork stuck in my path
My heart’s been yearning for escape
From this place that’s better known as nowhere fast.
Distraction’s done its best to suck away my dreams
Replacing my ambitions with an overwhelming sense of high-despondency

Running away from the cold surroundings forcing me to
Forfeit everything for a life that’s oh so mundane
Led astray, stripping everything away until I’ve
Got no choice but to move along

For now I’ll sit and watch the clouds as they go by
Pretending time is standing still
And she’s the only thing that’s keeping me alive
Just grit my teeth and hope the best is yet to come
The worst defaces my emotions to the point where I’m "asking what have I become?"

Running away from the cold surroundings forcing me to
Forfeit everything for a life that’s oh so mundane
Led astray, stripping everything away until I’ve
Got no choice but to move along

Now I’ve got no choice but to stand up strong
Track Name: Desk Jockey
The alarm is sounding at 6am every day.
Hitting snooze about a million times before I’m up anyway
‘Cause now it looks like my whole life
Is taking shit working nine to five,
But every other day you’ll find me sitting on my ass
Whoa oh oh

With a job in a cubicle now I know it’s not my place
I’m getting sick of having to slap a stupid smile on my face
Give me a break ‘cause it’s getting old
It’s for the best or so I’m told,
But someday soon I’ll show up with a bomb strapped to my chest
Whoa oh oh

Growing up way too fast
Whoa oh oh

Well the world outside is a sight for the sorest of eyes
When you feel like a prisoner hung by your neck in a tie.
Here’s hoping soon that things will change,
'Cause I don’t wanna live my life this way.
I’d rather waste my time just toking bongs with my best friends.
Whoa oh oh

Growing up way too fast
Whoa oh oh
Track Name: Can't Get Enough
Just got off work so I pack it up
And I wanna get fucked up so I pack it fat
And it doesn’t do the trick so I do it again
And by the end of the session it’s way been more than a gram

And when I take a pull
Wanna smoke another bowl
I think I am in love
And I just can’t get enough

Now I’m heading out packing one for the road
‘Cause if I’m going anywhere I’ve gotta be stoned
Then I get so high I can’t feel my feet
Taking snap after snap and I load them with keif

From the time I take the first pull
I already wanna smoke another bowl
I swear it was love at first puff
And I just can’t get enough

I just can’t get enough but I guess that it’s worth a try
Track Name: Trippin' Up
I waited for her to get home,
she said to come after everybody left
Whoa oh
My heart is pounding out of my chest
I’ve gotta talk and walk and look and act my very best

Tripping up
My head is spinning fast
I’ve had enough
But maybe it will last
Whoa oh

We sat around for an hour or so
Smoked a bowl and she said she had to go
Oh no
Somehow I thought we’d be more than friends
I guess it’s true every little good this has an end

Tripping up
My head is spinning fast
I’ve had enough
But maybe it will last

You oughta know
The way it makes me feel when these things go
Exactly how you wanted them to

Just another of your clueless guys
You gave me hope that just turned out to be lies
Whoa oh
Now I just want you to let me be
Don’t want you ‘around anymore manipulating me

Tripping up
My head is spinning fast
I’ve had enough
'Cause love will never last

Tripping up now I’m burning through my stash
I’ll light one up, but it might just be my last

You oughta know
The way it makes me feel when these things go
Exactly how you wanted them to
How you wanted them to
Track Name: Shit Goes On
Stop acting like I feel this way just to annoy you
How fucking selfish can you be?
You think that everything happens just for you
Nothing happens just for you
When you’re on everybody’s nerves

We try to find the best way that we can say it
But no matter what we’re gonna have to pay for it

Shit goes on and on and on and on, but we don’t care

You think you’re at the center of the universe
But even your mom thinks you’re not that great
You walk around out of step with the world
I hope you trip and land on your fucking face

Oh damn I didn’t mean to make you this pissed
And I think that I am really getting sick of this

Shit goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on
But we don’t care

Because we’re all sick and fucking tired of your stupid problems
We never wanna help you ‘cause you always cause them
Your hold on me, please let me be
Track Name: One For The Road
I’m tired of working way too long
I’ve got a few more hours and Im gone
I just wanna act like I am four years old
Let’s get some of our friends together
When I get off work will be much better
Grab a couple grabs and hit the road

I know you’ve been wasting all of your time
Considering all that shit on your mind
Well you don’t even have to think about it at all
Because it doesn’t even matter

Let’s pack another one for the road
And we’l be cruising all night yeah

I’ve gotta get myself back home.
It’s time we drove around to just get stone
Get off the fucking phone, c’mon let’s go
Well I told my girl that I’d be over in a second
To pick her up so we can cruise a fucking fat one
I can’t wait to see her face whoa oh

Baby I can tell you need some kind of escape
You’re painting pictures that are just too hard to portray
Well can I say I think it’s time you let it go
I know it doesn’t even matter
Track Name: Red Eye
Skipping breakfast, stone myself instead
Both my eyes are shot looking blood red
If that’s too hard to contemplate, allow me to reiterate
I’m getting away with getting stoned every morning

Skipping work, I’ll stone myself instead
I hope my boss don’t think I’m a pot head
Tearing up, my eyes look sick, redder than the devil’s dick
Still I’m here getting stoned in the morning
Track Name: Limerence
So many things I want to tell you
But every phrase would come out wrong
The countless hours I pursued you
Were all for nothing it seems
This has all gone on for just too long

The very first time that I saw you
I was dumbstruck at the sight
There was never once a single moment
Where I expected you to haunt my memory through sleepless nights

I'm stuck relfecting on those times we'll always have
Thought there'd be so many more but there's just no place for that
You've had your fix now I'll be fine
Too late to say you're sorry this time

We used to sit beside the fire
Shared so many cigarettes
Didn't take too long for you to get tired
Now I am anxious to see just how far on your own you can get

And every time you tried to tell me it's alright
I could never take it with anything more than a grain of salt
Get off my back now I'll be fine
If it's not your fault well babe it sure as hell ain't mine

If I could change things then I wouldn't be where I'm at today
Now I know the limerence I've felt for you all of those years
It finally slipped away
Away

(This all ends here)
I'm finally finding my way
It had to have happened someday
Makes it easier for me to say
I'm moving on
Track Name: Diem Tea
Haven’t been to school for a week or two
‘Cause I’ve been out thinking ‘bout you
You know you really fucked my mind
Took a look at the world so amazing
Then came to find that everything was changing
No time to unwind but I think I’m alright

Do you think that this could be more than it really seems?
But I don’t really give a shit ‘cause I’d rather take DMT
And live in a fucking dream.

Don’t judge me
DMT whoa

Haven’t had a job for a year or two
‘Cause I’ve been out thinking ‘bout brew
You know I really fucked my life
Took a look at the world so amazing
Then came to find that everything was changing
Don’t wanna lose my mind or put up a fight

Man I thought that this could be more than it really seems
But I don’t even give a shit ‘cause I’d rather take DMT
And live in a fucking dream.

Don’t judge me
DMT whoa
Track Name: I'm On Something
I blow through something once a day
My mom can’t tell me what to say
I’m walking ‘round town so high on speed
talking to people I don’t need

I blow through something every night
Because it makes me feel alright
I’m staying up late watching TV
Wasted with nobody but me
Because I’m on something
Track Name: Malaise
Staring out of my window
The sun’s just going down, another day I’m letting go
It’s 2AM and I’m still here
Smoking ‘til I look retarded, the same shit that I’ve done for years

And these days I feel like I’m just getting older
Each year that passes seems like winter’s colder
I don’t know when or if again I’ll feel that drive
that made me so alive

That’s why I’m ever backing down.

So many things that I’ve gotta do
Show the world in years to come that we were all here too
But everything has changed so much
Say goodbye to better times, it really fucking sucks but still

I’ll do my best to make the most of getting older
And with this time that I’ve got left I’ll turn a new leaf over.
I’ve gotta shake this lethargy that’s holding me down,
So from here on out.

I’ll say I’m never backing down.

The false comfort of procrastination could never cure thanatophobia, ‘Cause I’m alive and I’ve been for all this time.
That fact alone should be enough to let me know
That I’ll be satisfied.
The day that I die, I'll be satisfied