Trivial Things

by SAFEWORD ✶

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What dire offense from amorous causes springs,
What mighty contests rise from trivial things!
- Alexander Pope, 1712

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released February 29, 2012

SAFEWORD is
Tim Coghlan, drums.
William Welense, guitar.
Maya Kuper, keyboard and vocal.

Lyrics by Maya Kuper, Music by SAFEWORD.

Engineered by Michael Govaere at Downbeat Studio.

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SAFEWORD ✶ Chicago, Illinois

In their 2012 collaboration, drummer Tim Coghlan and guitarist Bill Welense sharpen the edges of singer Maya Kuper's keyboard-based alt-rock songs, forging a high-energy power trio with influences from punk to prog.

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Track Name: Trivial Things
I live and die by your bad moods,
Your pet peeves and your favorite foods.
Holding on to every word you say,
It never occurred to me to walk away.
Ignoring small mistakes,
Phone calls you couldn't take,
I always treated you like a king,
And I was cheated like a trivial thing.

In a hundred years, will it matter
If you go home with her tonight?
I'll still drive myself crazy
Telling myself that it might.
I wonder, do these things happen for a reason?
Am I a pawn in your running game?
Played like a toy by a boy,
I drive myself insane over trivial things.

If my intuition's right
You won't be home tonight.
But I keep waiting for you,
Keeping dinner warm until the key turns in the door.
Ignoring big mistakes,
Chat logs and videotapes,
Through the prism of a diamond ring,
Our little schism is a trivial thing.

Push me around, push me over;
Shove me down with all your might.
I give you this privilege
And you take it as a right.
You wonder, are you still guilty of treason
If no one's there to hear you fall?
Am I a triviality that doesn't matter at all? No...
Track Name: Blink
Going out on the strip tonight.
The smog, it blots out starlight
'Til you only got one thing on your mind.
It doesn't require much thought.
It doesn't require a lot.
You got evolution on your side.

But three seconds is all you get,
So make it snappy: game, match, set.
In a minute, you're gonna learn
If your snap decision isn't gonna crash and burn!

What do you think? What about it?
Don't think about it, baby, just blink.
No need to think.
Tell me, what's attraction
But a gut reaction to an instinct?
I had no choice in the matter,
No voice in the matter but to blink.

The pitch is the itch you scratch.
I'm striking the perfect match
With which to set fire to this town.
It doesn't require that much.
It only requires a touch
Before my defenses all burn down.

Three seconds to make the catch,
So make it snappy: game, set, match.
In a minute, you're gonna learn
If your snap decision isn't gonna crash and burn!
Track Name: Actions Speak Louder
You turned me around;
I got lost, and I found
out that I don't know who to believe.
You tell me that I'm overreacting;
Am I imagining things? Are you acting
like you knew all along in the end you would leave?

This ain't the first time that I've heard
you make excuses, but these words
are the very last you'll hear from me.

Actions speak louder than words,
And when I feel you pulling away,
You might as well lay your cards on the table,
If you're not here to stay.
Then, goodbye and go.
Don't put on a show;
I won't hear a word you say.
Don't you know your actions speak louder that way?

Now you're shifting the blame
In this tic-tac-toe game.
We both know that you made the first move.
If I'm wrong I blew it out of proportion,
But if I'm right, that's the real misfortune.
Either way that I play, in the end I will lose.

And I think you may already know
that ever since we said hello,
this has been inevitable, inevitable.

Actions speak louder than words,
And when I feel you pulling away,
I might as well fold;
I'm not gonna hold on for one more day.
So, goodbye and go.
Don't put on a show;
I won't hear a word you say.
Don't you know your actions speak louder that way?

Actions speak louder than you.
Actions speak louder than me.
Actions speak louder than her.
Your actions speak louder.
Louder…louder than you.

Oh, your actions speak louder than words,
And when I feel you pulling away,
You might as well lay your cards on the table.
If you're not here to stay,
Then, goodbye and go.
Don't put on a show;
I won't hear a word you say.
Don't you know your actions speak louder that way?
Oh, don't you know your actions speak louder that way?
Track Name: Time Is Relative
I've seen the madness to your method;
I've seen the signs, seen all the lights turn green.
I learned easily.
(I've seen the madness to your method.)
Fireworks are over in a second.
Show me a flame that burns eternally
And never turns on me.
(That would be a first for me.)
I've heard that time's the greatest healer,
But if no one gets out of life alive,
Then how can time be on our side?
(How can the universe deliver?)
They tell me time's the greatest teacher,
But time kills all her students in the end.
No, time is not my friend.

Time is relative,
But I -- I'm absolute.
So you've got to give me all of you,
Or it does not compute.
This part-time love for the hell of it
Is not the love I need.
I'm 29 going on 30;
I'm in for infinity.

Don't tell me age is just a number,
When it's numbers you build your name around
And gild a frame around.
(Don't you reduce me to a number.)
Someday, the game you play will crumble.
It will humble you, when your towers fall
And numbers all get zeroed out.

Time is relative,
But I -- I'm absolute.
So you've got to give me all of you,
Or it does not compute.
This part-time love for the hell of it
Is not the love I need.
I'm 29, I'm going on 30;
I'm in for infinity.
I'm in for infinity.
I read your theory
Of your relativity.

Time is relative
But I -- I'm absolute.
So you've got to give me all of you,
Or it does not compute.
This part-time love for the hell of it
Is not the love I need.
I don't have time for all your theories,
I barely have time to me.
'Cause I'm absolute,
And you've got to give me all of you,
Or it does not compute.
This part-time love for the hell of it
Is not the love I need.
I'm 29, I'm going on 30,
I'm in for infinity.