Lyrics

On the Outside

Words and Music by Mandy Prater (BMI)
Copyright 2020

No bars on these windows
But I’ve been locked away
And I just had this feeling
I need to escape
I don’t know if there’s something wrong
But nothing’s really right
I’m sitting in a tunnel
Looking for the light

‘Cause I just want to run
Where I don’t have to hide
Get into the sun
Meet me on the outside
Before I come undone
I wanna take a ride
We already won
You can meet me on the outside
Meet me on the outside

Put some Zeppelin on the stereo
Get the hell outta town
Racing down the backroads
With no one else around
Let’s go find that place again
Where we used to wait for trains
And empty out this ruination
Rattling around my brain

‘Cause I just want to run
Where I don’t have to hide
Get into the sun
Meet me on the outside
Before I come undone
I wanna take a ride
We already won
You can meet me on the outside
Meet me on the outside

How can this day get better
It’s feeling like a shot in the dark
How can this day get better
When’s the last time you just looked up
At the stars
At the stars

No bars on these windows
But I’ve been locked away
And I just had this feeling
I need to escape…

‘Cause I just want to run
Where I don’t have to hide
Get into the sun
Meet me on the outside
Before I come undone
I wanna take a ride
We already won
You can meet me on the outside

I just want to run
Where I don’t have to hide
Get into the sun
Meet me on the outside
Before I come undone
I wanna take a ride
We already won
You can meet me on the outside

Meet me on the outside
Meet me on the outside
Meet me on the outside

released October 22, 2021

Keep Calm

Words and Music by Mandy Prater
Copyright 2020

Is now the time
To run before we crawl
Maybe it’ a time to pause
Or do nothing at all

Is now the time
To say it’s not enough
Keep playing the odds
Keep testing the gods

But the beauty in waiting
Is a little more certainty
Keep calm
Keep cool my baby
Tough it out with me

We got the rest of our lives to
Run wild in the streets
For now you’re gonna sit there
Patiently

Is now the time
To try to have it all
You gotta have probable cause
Or have a reason to call

Is now the time
To try to raise the bar
To take it all the way
Can you love someone from afar

Cuz what i’m anticipating
Is a little more certainty
Keep calm,
Keep cool, my baby
Stare down hell with me
We got the rest of our lives to
Run wild in the streets
For now you’re gonna sit there
Patiently

Those Days

Words and Music by Mandy Prater
Copyright 2008

You can hope all you want things are gonna change
You get worried a lot you think I’m actin’ strange

And you try to forget
And you try to forget
Those days
And you try to forget
And you try to forget
Those days

You know it knocks the wind right out of me
That look that you give when you get so fuckin’ angry

And I try to explain it
I try to explain it away
When I try to explain it
I try to explain it away

Bridge

I don’t know what I’m trying to hang on to
When I can’t figure out why I’m here with you

And I try to forget
And I try to forget
Those days
And I try to forget
And I try to forget
Those days

And I try to forget
And I try to forget
Those days
And I try to forget
And I try to forget
Those days

Bridge

You can hope all you want things are gonna change

Kill the Messenger

Words and Music by Mandy Prater
Copyright 2020
 Chorus:
The weatherman’s dead no rain today
the weatherman’s dead he was slain today
the weatherman’s dead don’t complain today
the weatherman’s head is on a cane today
you can see him go insane today
smilin forever no pain today
the weatherman’s dead no rain today
they smashed him under a train today

[the verses are subject to change]

February 4th

Words and Music by Mandy Prater
Copyright 2019

Hear the sound
of the snow that’s fallin’
It’s ten below
Vagabonds are droppin’ down
To the ground

See her frown
‘cuz her mother’s callin’
Time to go
Just start walkin out of town
They’re unwound

Lookin’ down
at her teardrops fallin’
on the sink
Now she’s just a queen uncrowned
Mind unsound

That’s Gonna Leave a Mark

Words and Music by Mandy Prater
Copyright 2019

He shows too much affection
When he’s talkin’ bout parabolas
And when I saw my reflection
I could tell he had a bit of a buzz

He’s got chalk white fingers
As he tightens up his jaw
He sent me through the wringer
And I came out just a little bit raw

Well he’s allowed me
To bite through the string
I quit tryin to flee
But I can still feel the sting

He’s got chalk white fingers
As he tightens up his jaw
He sent me through the wringer
And I came out just a little bit raw

And there’s a shaky hand
Inchin past my knee
He says I’m with the band
Hold you breath and count to three

He’s got chalk white fingers
As he tightens up his jaw
He sent me through the wringer
And I came out just a little bit raw

 

Parachute My Paramour

Words and Music by Mandy Prater
Copyright 2000

My stars
Behind bars
Angels driving
Stolen cars
Green light
Here tonight
Strapping me in
Nice and tight

I won’t be the one
Holding you down
It’ll be me
Slipping out of my gown
You’ll be the one
Taking drinks on the side
It won’t be me
With my eyes open wide

La da da da da La da da da
La da da da da La da da da

That spark
Burnt a mark
flashed a blast
To end the dark
Rain pour
Airplane roar
Parachute my paramour

You were the one
With the holes
In your head
It was just me
with a heart
Full of lead
And it was me
Saying where did you go?
But I already saw
Cuz I always know

La da da da da La da da da
La da da da da La da da da

I cry
I rust
I turn
To dust

 

Don’t Call Me Anymore

Words and Music by Mandy Prater
Copyright 2008

I stopped by but left the car on
Threw your stuff out on the lawn
There’s just some things I can’t ignore
Like that time you grabbed my arm…
Kinda set off the alarm
Just making sure you know the score

Don’t call me anymore

Every word you say,
you dig your own grave
Your story’s frayed
and there’s nothing to save
Do you even believe yourself anymore?

You wanna see me one last time
so you can commit the perfect crime
I think it’s time I gave you what for…

Don’t call me anymore

I drove by the other night
I see you put up Christmas lights
I slipped a note under your door…
Don’t call me anymore

Every word you say,
you dig your own grave
Your story’s frayed
and there’s nothing to save
I don’t know what I’m even here for…

Don’t call me anymore

Sucks to Be Me

Words and Music by Mandy Prater
Copyright 2008

I’ve got no friends
I have split ends
I quit my band
I lost five grand

It sucks to be me
Sucks to be me
It sucks to be me
Wouldn’t want to be me

I wrecked my car
I smashed my guitar
My boyfriend’s always high
I got no plans for the 4th of july

It sucks to be me
It sucks to be me
Sucks to be me

Kazoo Solo

My tire is flat
I think i’m fat
I hit the road dropped out of school
And people think i’m a fool

It sucks to be me
It sucks to be me
It sucks to be me
It sucks to be me
Yeah, yeah
It sucks to be me
It sucks to be me
It really sucks to be me
It sucks to be me -ee-ee-ee
Yeah..
It sucks to be me

Runaway

Words and Music by Mandy Prater
Copyright 2013

I…
I wanna leave you feeling weak
I wanna leave lipstick on your cheek
I wanna leave my socks between your sheets
I wanna fog up the windows in the backseat

Will you runaway?
I know I’m a lot to take
How many times can one heart break?
How many nights can I lie wide awake?

I…
I only get this much but I want more
I don’t wanna leave it all on the dancefloor
I can’t let you go now you’re the one that I came for
But I just saw you headed back towards the door

Will you runaway?
I know I’m a lot to take
How many times can one heart break?
How many times can you make the same mistake?

…and runaway, runaway
Runaway
Runaway….

I might have to stake my claim
I might have to change my name
I will only have myself to blame
when I go down in flames

If you runaway?
Because I’m too much to take
How many times can one heart break?
How many nights can I lie wide awake?

Wolf

Words and Music by Mandy Prater
Copyright 2013

Try to hide in the night
Between tall trees
Stay out of the light
When he moves I freeze
I can keep out of sight
Until he catches the breeze
If I just hold still
I’ll hear him stalk through the leaves

If he bites my lip
It won’t make me cry
If I bleed a little bit
I don’t think I’ll die

But when he’s on my trail..
I cry wolf

Blue green eyes
come out of the dark
When the shadows rise
I skirt around the park
He won’t make a sound
While he’s tracking his mark
Because he’s gotten wise
To my telltale heart

If he bites my lip
It won’t make me cry
If I bleed a little bit
I don’t think I’ll die
But when he’s on my trail…

If he bites my lip
It won’t make me cry
If I bleed a little bit
I don’t think I’ll die
When I lose my grip
I know it’s real inside
But when he’s on my trail….
I cry wolf
I cry wolf
I cry wolf
I cry wolf

Player

Words and Music by Mandy Prater
Copyright 2020

Scrape my heart together
Turn back to myself
Why would I wanna watch you
Wasting your time with somebody else
We only hurt ourselves if we buy in
It was a stolen season but otherwise i’m dyin’

Can I love a player
Who pretends to love a fool
And while you play around
I can play it cool

Did you think I never knew
I see all the things you do
I just didn’t want to believe
It was really true

Feel like I’ve been robbed of something
I can get never back
There’s nobody at the brake
The train is coming off the track

I don’t think you’ll ever take the blame
All I know is I really hate the game

Can I love a player
Who pretends to love a fool
And while you play around
I can play it cool
Did you think I never knew
After all that we’ve been through
Just didn’t wanna see
What was really true

Scrape my heart together
Turn back to myself
Why would I wanna watch you
Wasting your time with somebody else

Better

Words and Music by Mandy Prater
Copyright 2019

I can see how
This is gonna go wrong
I can see that
I should probably move along
And Even though
This is all I’ve ever had
You make me want to be better
He makes me wanna be bad

Back in the day
When I was no more than a child
you had to know
I would end up running wild
And I know you
Gave it everything you had
You make me want to be better
He makes me wanna be bad

You can hate that
I’m wasting your time
Just don’t hate me
Because you’re all mine

While he holds onto me tight,
There’s a broken toy, little boy
That I can’t bring into the light
I said before
I don’t want to have to hide
You know where I am
When I’m not by your side
And I know it
Makes you a little sad
You make me want to be better
He makes me wanna be bad

Remnant

Words and Music by Mandy Prater
Copyright 2020

You come to me
Like you’re lookin’ to be saved
Wrapped up in a wild hide
But fragile is your native way
You burnt your tongue
Trying to drink it all in too fast
Then you wonder why it didn’t last

You can cut and run
You can hide, turn your back
Until your eyes are dry
But youre holding a remnant of
What could have been, love

It doesn’t measure up
To the movie you wrote in your head
You won’t work it out
Because of all the things you left unsaid

Not gonna a put my heart on a scale
To weigh against a feather of truth
Because there’s nothing i can say
Nothing i’m trying to prove

You can cut and run
You can hide, turn your back
Until your eyes are dry
But youre holding a remnant of
What could have been, love

My heart won’t end up on the floor
In the hall of truth

Here you come again
Just as easy as you went away
You know you wanted to let me in
Maybe this time you’ll be brave

You can cut and run
You can hide, turn your back
Until your eyes are dry
You’re still holding a remnant of
What could have been, love

Yeah you’re holding a remnant of…
What could have been, love

Storm

Words and Music by Mandy Prater
Copyright 2019

Feels like rain
Here comes the pain
Down to the bone
It’s mine alone
Pressure change
Sky looks strange
Stay inside
Let it ride

You can’t see
The storm inside of me

Overcast
Will it last
Where’s the sun
Darkness won
Black Cloud wall
Looks like nightfall
Sit and wait
While it devastates

You can’t see
The storm inside of me

You can’t see
The storm inside of me

The air’s too heavy to breathe
when it clears up I’ll be relieved
if you break through that wall
On the inside it’s calm

Feels like rain
Here comes the pain
Down to the bone
It’s mine alone
Pressure change
Sky looks strange
Stay inside
Let it ride

You can’t see
The storm inside of me

You can’t see
The storm inside of me

Strong Current

Words and Music by Mandy Prater
Copyright 2019

Swimmers and poets beware
Tide covers the sand bar
Better take care
I’m crashing hard tonight
And you can’t tell the depth
as well with the moonlight

A strong current’s
Pulling you to sea
Are you treading water
will you drown for me?

Up by half moon bay
The water man
Went too far and was swept away
it was sink or swim
Had to let him go,
couldn’t hold on to him

A strong current’s
Pulling you to sea
Are you treading water
Will you drown for me?

The ones that believe
went diving for gold
but most won’t find what they’re looking for
it’s hard to see
where it’s deep it’s cold
but they won’t heed the warnings anymore

A strong current
Pulling you to sea
can you hold your breath
Will you drown for me?
A strong current’s
Pulling you to sea
Are you treading water
Will you drown for me?
Will you drown for me?

 

You’re No Good For Me

Words and Music by Mandy Prater
Copyright 2020

Saw you across the room
You caught me looking at you
This no contact rule
It’s so hard to do

But I’m not about
To restart the clock
Cuz I’ve got plenty of time
To stop and take stock

You’re no good for me baby
It’s the same old story
You’re no good for me baby
Quite honestly you bore me
You’re no good for me
You’re no good for me

After I never heard back from you
I get a DM asking for nudes
It came off pretty rude
I thought you weren’t that kind of dude

But I’m not about
To restart the clock
Cuz I’ve got plenty of time
To stop and take stock

You’re no good for me baby
It’s the same old story
You’re no good for me baby
Quite honestly you bore me
You’re no good for me
You’re no good for me

I don’t take this lightly
I’m used to hearing from you nightly
But you weren’t what I thought
So I had to cut you off

You’re no good for me baby
It’s the same old story
You’re no good for me baby
Quite honestly you bore me

You’re no good for me baby
It’s the same old story
You’re no good for me baby
Quite honestly you bore me

You’re no good for me
You’re no good for me
You’re no good for me
You’re no good for me
You’re no good for me

One More For The Road

Words and Music by Mandy Prater
Copyright 2019

Well you know my friends have gathered in
And it sure was swell to see you all again
But I guess I better pack it in
Collect myself and make for the door, but first

Get that bottle down Joe
Pour me one more for the the road
One more for the road
Pour me one more for the road

Well you know I’d love to stay up all night
Til the man with the hammer comes to put out the lights
But when you’re seeing better with one eye
You know your time’s almost up, so

Get that bottle down Joe
Pour me one more for the the road
One more for the road
Pour me one more for the road

Well you know my friends have gathered in
And it sure was swell to see you all again
But I guess I better pack it in
Collect myself and make for the door, so

Get that bottle down Joe
Pour me one more for the the road
One more for the road
Pour me one more for the road