Better Off Dead

from by Xander Nelson



This track was originally recorded by Phantom Companion.


What have I got to say to you to get you to stop lying to me?
With all your tricks and messin' around, I don't desire your company.
When you come my way, I'll have nothing to say and Lord, I just wanna be free.
From a straight laced prick to an anarchist, why can't you just make up your mind?
Between iron wills and your Prozac pills, leave all your worries behind.
Detach your brain from this silly game or by God, you'll go blind.

Well your time has come and gone
Cause I realize that I was a pawn
In your master plan, but who do you think I am?
I packed my bags and I left today
Too bad for you, I like it better this way.

When the war was done, I had only begun to see the shade cast over her eyes.
It was a shade of gray they kept her wits at bay against the three guys I despise:
A stud, a tool, and a lanky fool that kept puttin’ tears in her eyes.
Once again, those old tricks began, but this time no one wins
Because I thought to myself that it'd be better off dead than to go through this again.
Your worst fears were music to my ears as I broke the establishment.

You must have some kind of bright idea
'Cause if you don't, I don't know why I'm still here.
Think long and hard, but if you don't know fast
You're gonna be stuck living in the past.
You know your lover ?He's a smart one
And you didn't see through his lies
So now you get struck by the loss of trust
And of our emotional ties.

Wake up and smell the dead roses, girl, we're as done as done can be.
So just shut up and get your mind unstuck and face reality.
Now that I'm away, I'd just like to say that, finally, I'm free.


from DEMOS, released April 9, 2012
Words and music by Xander Nelson

Xander Nelson - Vocals , Guitar
Lee Larson - Piano
Conor McGrory - Bass
Chris " Clag" Gilbert - Drums
John Zebley - Producer



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Xander Nelson Portland, Maine

Xander was born in the spring of 1994 in Portland, ME. He started playing music at age 12, and has been performing at local clubs and concert halls since the age of 14. He has released two EPs with his band, Phantom Companion, and played in front of hundreds of people. In the fall of 2012, he will attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, and will continue spreading the joy of music ... more

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