The Rules

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lyrics

Always remember
My truth is always your lie
Don't be discouraged
From giving new things a try
Open your heart up!
And shut your mouth when it's time
Open your throat
Sing from the chest or else cry
Don't be embarrassed
At giving new things a try
Don't be embarrassed
To flay the skin from your hide
Practicality's only sometimes a crime
(But when it is, it's a right one)

Take the way you're told that life is
Throw it out, write your own shit
Pluck the notes that play in your head
Strum the chords you know mean something
Play the way we did as kids
Look at the world through glass eyelids
These are the rules, ignore at will

Don't ever ever use your friends as weapons
Don't abuse the right to say nothing
Remember always that a word unsaid
Is a word that'll never be heard when you're dead
Don't be afraid to play the villain to a fool
Consider it essential to invite death in
There's no sense in leaving anything behind
So take it all with you when you die

Take the way you're told that life is
Throw it out, write your own shit
Pluck the notes that play in your head
Strum the chords you know mean something
Play the way we did as kids
Look at the world through glass eyelids
These are the rules, ignore at will

I know, it always feels like a struggle
It feels like gasping for air
Each breath just short of a lungfull
Puts you two breaths in despair
Just keep your head above water
Keep chopping waves with your fists
I'm not so sure it gets better
I'm not sure better exists

Take the way you're told that life is
Throw it out, write your own shit
Pluck the notes that play in your head
Strum the chords you know mean something
Play the way we did as kids
Look at the world through glass eyelids
These are the rules, ignore at will

These are the rules, endorse if you will

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from Tough Mitts EP, released January 11, 2013

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Tough Mitts Vancouver, British Columbia

Tough Mitts are two guys from the West Coast of Canada who use guitars, synthesizers, and drum machines to make gloomy pop songs.

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