HATE IT HERE

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1.
You said "I'm sorry" as you went to leave And I lit a match to throw down at your feet And screamed "Don't come back" As you turned toward the door And I ached as the flames grew up from the floor And I'm tired of going out And I'm tired of staying in bed And I'm tired of your heart beating its way into my head The old incantations I kept to myself "I miss you" and "I love you" are weak protections spells I held myself to the sound of my own breath Settled down and slept in the crook of my own neck And I looked out the window And I wondered aloud Will the sun ever come back? I'm so tired of the clouds And I'm tired of going out And I'm tired of staying in bed And I'm tired of your heart beating its way into my head The old incantations I kept to myself "I miss you" and "I love you" are weak protections spells
2.
You are the shadow in the doorway Gently bleeding on your pickguard And I wanna be the band-aid Wrapped around your finger You said you wanted to steal me away So I packed a bag but you never came And I know that you don't owe me anything I'm just sick of loving meaning waiting And you are so hard to hold He'll call you up but he never shows Why do you act like you don't when you do? Just because I used to like you back in high school? You've got your checklist of shitty excuses And I've got a habit of making boys like you my muses And you are so hard to hold He'll call you up but he never shows
3.
Happy happened while we were doing other things I still feel your hand sliding up my knee Softly softly Makes me look at dead flowers and wanna cry Because I didn't look hard enough While they were still alive You watered my heart like summer fruit Nurtured me 'til I grew until I was too ripe for you and Fell into the arms of someone new Rhythmically I erase your name From the places that I see every day The memories start to fade The way you look at me changes You were a big city trapped in a small town With sacred places I learned and I loved well He was a small town trapped in a big city Couldn't cut himself to fit so he tried to cut me He tried to cut me He tried to cut me Maybe when you're not a thousand miles away We can make out in your car on some music-less day Maybe by then we'll be ready We can pretend it's the first time The day you knew you were synesthetic Sensed the way I tugged on his jacket I loved you more than that even then I always loved you more than him You were a big city trapped in a small town With sacred places I learned and I loved well He was a small town trapped in a big city Couldn't cut himself to fit so he tried to cut me He tried to cut me He tried to cut me You were a big city trapped in a small town With sacred places I learned and I loved well He was a small town trapped in a big city Couldn't cut himself to fit so he tried to cut me He tried to cut me He tried to cut me
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Hate It Here 02:28
Teenage feelings got me down Teenage feelings got me down In the middle of a summer night In the house where I learned how to die Stupid questions that keep haunting me: Am I ever gonna be happy? Am I looking for another reason so be sad? When something touches you, do you touch back? Am I ever gonna be okay? Am I allowed to like myself one day? Will I keep building prisons Making cages to keep myself in? I am a pit I dug I am a pit I dug Better than I was but Not quite good enough I am a pit I dug I am a pit I dug Better than I was But not quite good enough Everything is crystal clear Everything is crystal clear Don't know where I'm supposed to go but Wherever I go I know I hate it here
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Sunday Song 02:49
In seven years time, I will wake up and sigh Every cell in my body has died And I will make tea and build myself a fire And examine my work with pride And I will eat sweet yellow peaches And lick my fingers clean And I will burst like a flower from the earth knowing you Have never touched me And I will burn everything you ever saw me in I will grow a new layer of skin And I will fix my eyes on the ground As I pass you on the way uptown Watching your fingerprints as they fall from my face I will look you in the eyes and feel nothing I will look you in the eyes and feel nothing

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Praise for Hate it Here:

"[Hate it Here] is made for peering into darkened summer skies and counting the stars... Pom-Pom Squad shares their whole heart with us and its resounding heartbeat sticks with you long after its conclusion." - The Grey Estates

"There exists both a gripping dynamism and compelling vulnerability about the work of New York-based Pom Pom Squad... Hate it Here, demand[s] attention via a dramatically delivered yet highly believable emotional purge; a deep exhalation of inner turmoil and an impassioned reminder that it's okay to feel things and to feel them intensely."
- A Lonely Ghost Burning

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released April 13, 2017

Written by Mia Berrin

Mia Berrin - vocals, guitar
Alex Carr - lead guitar, percussion
Zoltán Sindhu - bass, percussion

Produced and engineered by Alex Carr

Photo by Jacqueline De Gorter
Graphics by Mollie Charlotte Suss

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