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All songs written and performed by Battleshy Youths and Friends in the U.S.A.

Copyright © 2011


released February 22, 2011

Battleshy Youths is Michael Natrin, J. Danny Hill, Mitchell Ebbott, M. Andrew Johnston, and Eric Wilkins.

Produced by Mitchell Ebbott, M. Andrew Johnston, and Michael Natrin

Recorded Fall 2010 at Blind Sea Studios in Newark, Delaware by M. Andrew Johnston and Mitchell Ebbott, recording engineers.

Art design by Justin Weber


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Battleshy Youths Newark, Delaware

A mellow blend of folk, Americana, and alt-rock from Newark, DE.

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Track Name: Two Hands
Even though I threw them all away
Those memories still haunt me today
Sunsets bright and starlit nights
Will never be regained
It's been a slow train coming towards my home
I'm stretched thinner every day

Two hands can only do so much
But you do have to do that much

Sail around the bend my friend
We’re worn in but not worn out yet
Wearing so many hats for far too long
Confused about your own identity

Two hands can only hold so much
But you do have to carry that much

Even though I threw them all away
Those memories still haunt my dreams
Sunsets bright and starlit nights
Are gone for good

Two hands can only do so much
But you do have to do that much
Track Name: Call Me
It’s a catch-22
Involving just me and you
And everyone else in our lives

Stop this verbal abuse
Who knows what I’ll choose
To stay or to go
Run fast or run slow

If you need anything
Need me at all
Don’t be afraid
No don’t be afraid to call
Call me

It’s that time of year
Throw off your fears
And do something new
Forget what you thought you knew

You gotta have heart to sing
You gonna let your soul take wing


Hunt and gather night and day
Don’t be afraid to lose your way
Track Name: Down
Went down the water late last night
Got a 6-pack of nothing gonna fight this fight
With you
Got nothing to do

Drove down the water late last night
Got a free-ranging pickup truck and nothing to write
About you
Got nothing to do

Every time we sing the blues
Gotta keep it tight gotta make it you
Each time I see your shoes
You got two left feet watcha gonna do

Biked down the water late last night
Got a heart full of sorrow wanna fly a kite
Please do
Got nothin but you

Sailed down the water late last night
Got high hopes and my hopes let’s make it right
Love you
Watcha gonna do

Walked on water late last night
I was dreaming I was thinkin everything just might
Be true
Finally got you
Track Name: Temporary
Loved his girl more than anything
Got him in some trouble when
He shipped off to school (he shipped off to school)
Writing got harder and fighting got louder
Happiness is like a whiff of a flower

Snow fell, opinions changed
Caught her off guard took her breath away
She said let’s try this one more time

One more beats no more which is what I’ve got
Green turns to gold turns to gray turns to dust

If all we have to show
For all this hard work
Is a bunch of electrons and binary bits
Then what are we really useful for?
Take control of your machine


Trust me
This life is only temporary
Track Name: Battle
It was a long, hard battle
Fought across two seas
And the sweet disarray, it suffers me to say
Brought me to my knees

The borders were crossed too
Many skirmishes lost
Oh we can’t turn back now
When we were young
We’d never make mistakes like this

Paper castles made of thoughtless hearts and endless tomorrows
Youths shy of battle with their cardboard swords and slippery shadows


This is the hand I've been dealt this is the way I've always felt

Track Name: Don't
I don't want your coffee
I don't want you to change me
Go through the pains of watching everyone walk by
You just want to be happy

Say what you mean to me please
It's the last chance you'll have

I don't want your crappy cooking
I don't want anything but you
Be with someone you can't be without
Be without someone you can't be with


I don't want anything except you