R U OK?

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released May 10, 2016

James Lampe - Guitars, Bass, Vocals, Drums, Ukulele, Banjo
Mike Evans - Piano, Organ, Synth
Music by James Lampe and Mike Evans
Lyrics by James Lampe
Recorded by James Lampe
Mixed and Co-Produced by Eric Westmaas
Mastered by Doug Van Sloun of Focus Mastering

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Track Name: R U OK?
I remember when it seemed like we never had time of our own
we were never alone. You were never at home
and the days you'd spend sleeping in on the couch staying up every night
you'd regret it each day. threw your twenties away

And the moment when it hits you, you realize you hurt all your friends
I'll be here to say, "Hey, R U OK?"

Like the time that you threw the bottle and broke all the glass in that car
you were quick to decide it was better to lie
but it's over now. it's been years since I've seen you- I hope that you're well.
But I need you more now, than ever before

And the moment when it hits you, you realize you hurt all your friends
I'll be here to say, "Hey, R U OK?"

when the years go by and you find you're still running away from your lies
I'll be here to say, "Hey, R U OK?"
Track Name: If you wanna go
Well Hello. Boy, it's nice to meet you
will you grab yourself a chair? it might take awhile, there's lots that we should share
what's your age? do you feel as old as I do?
Like it's doubled in 5 years, and those pains you thought you'd never feel are here
I know the apartment's cold
but it's all I ever think about and that thought is getting old

So it's all right if you wanna go
I don't care

It's been days since I felt like I said a single word wasn't crazy on my lips
Like I'm watching myself in conversations and I
I don't know- I'd never try to blame you for the way it makes me feel when I realize that your sad and I'm not home
Time flies when you're having fun
so let's watch another TV show and maybe we'll stay young


So it's all right if you wanna go
I don't care

It's time you should act your age
stop running from your problems and just tell them to me straight
That's all I've got to say

So it's all right if you wanna go
I don't care
Track Name: Time Machine
i stared at these creations made by a man with a passion like mine
the desired to get from point A to B in the least amount of time
and I was inspired. inspired to create the time machine

I want to be the first man to truly stop the clocks
and the importance of every watch and calendar my machine could lock
and I breathe, without wasting seconds. we'll be there faster than minutes
we won't have hours, days or even weeks by which we feel restricted

Just moments, I can love the way you make me feel alive
like that chill in my neck is my soul half dead and seeing you helps it survive
and I know this is where I want to go

I'm so tired of charts and hands
and all these man made faces that must be flawed if they're holding me away from you
I don't know what I have to do

I inhaled the medicines I found inside these blankets
in your bedroom watching hair cells falling lazily through sunbeams
and I recognized I was inhaling you

I read in a book that life is calculated measurements
and all the little things we do are letters in the alphabet
and if you exempt 2 or 3 then all my letters A-Z
are moments I spend thinking of you

I'm so tired of charts and hands
and all these man made faces that must be flawed if they're holding me away from you
I don't know what I have to do to make sure I'm always with you
I don't know what I have to do
Track Name: I hope I never
There's this guy I knew at the office and he's giving up all he's got here to move to Seattle, cuz it's where he wants to be. and he's cutting his couch in half, taking nothing but his cat and he's alright.

There's these guys I met on a road trip, said they didn't know where they're going and it didn't matter if they left the USA. cuz the best part of the trip is never knowing what you'll get and it's all

I know I'll never completely get over you

There are nights I lay awake, cuz I'm fixed on the tug of my veins like a piece of hardware with a code I need to break
and while I think about these things, I'm scared that others don't think these things and I'm unique

or does everybody change, so if we had thoughts we'd saved from the time we were 8, would there be a single trait we could recognize as ours? do we lose ourselves in boxed garages

I know I'll never completely get over you
but I hope I'm never completely lost under you
Track Name: Joey
I just got the news. I can't believe it was you, and all the great things you do are done now
The memories help but they're the only thing left and they just make me regret there's so few

Wait now, you shouldn't be the one they found. you shouldn't be the one they found lying down

a bittersweet dream and haunted me all day. we were laughing and drinking in the back yard.
the moon was full and our hearts were full. until the sun came up we talked shit in the dark


Wait now, you shouldn't be the one they found. you shouldn't be the one they found broken down

Wait now, you shouldn't be the one they found. you shouldn't be the one they found lying down

You shouldn't be the one they found