the lossless e​.​p.

by The Calculus Affair

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A couple of years ago my wife wrote a book, and I hit upon the idea of writing an album for it. So I wrote ten songs. All but one of them sucked. I wrote ten more. All but one of those sucked, and that one 50% sucked. It went downhill from there, and then a bunch of time went by and so on and so forth. It's a boring story. Anyway, this e.p. is the salvage of that album: two new songs, two old songs redone.

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released November 26, 2013

Paul Mariz: everything except...
Gino Scarpino: additional recording for, and additional backing vocals on, "Men of Luggage"
Jason Hyatt: additional backing vocals on "Men of Luggage"

Mastering by Kevin Bressler at Whiney Cat Audio, Seattle WA

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The Calculus Affair Seattle, Washington

The Calculus Affair is the solo project of Seattle musician Paul Mariz. Paul plays music out in the world as a member of The Rejections, a band made up of novelists and their trailing spouses (of which he is the latter).

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Track Name: The Bridge
I'm going over the bridge it's the long way home
But the drive isn't half what it seems
And the red brake lights look like rivers of electric blood flows in parallel streams

But love gets you only so far
Regret gets you only so far

I'm going over the bridge and the water is rough
And the spray bursts up on the windshield
And glancing across, the lea side rests, the quietness there is concealed

She's living miles and miles and more from me now
And she'll only move further away.
It gets so hard to explain when you're living alone and it was always already that way.

I'm going over the bridge and I'm thinking of you
And how strange everything seems to be
I could go over the edge, I could dive right in, and the water I'd join easily.

But love gets you only so far
Regret gets you only so far
Track Name: Just This Once
Met a girl who works down the hall,
Never seen her before, I don't know her at all.
That makes this one thing hard to explain,
Why the absence of her just makes me insane.

Oh, I...just this once and then I'd never have to be alone again.

London calls and I'm off with the shot,
Only thinking of her and I like it a lot.
She calls in the night so she can explain,
Why the absence of me just makes her insane.

Oh I...just this once and then I'd never have to be alone again,
Never sigh again, never cry again
Swear I'd never ask for anything again
As long as I have you in my life and, oh, I...

Met a girl with the time to spend,
Think I'll be with her 'til the living end.
I know she'll never cause me pain,
Because the absence of her would just make me insane.
Track Name: Men of Luggage
Men of luggage, check your coats,
Sit down and stay awhile,
Loosen your ties.
Enough rope to hang yourselves
Is waiting on the nightstand
When you're picking up the phone.
I thought at least
You would have figured out by now

That same mistake
That you'll make over and over again

In your lives.
You're burying the past,
Then just digging up the graves.
Don't feel bad,
I know you'd fight it if you could.
Making up the rivals
Who are knocking down your door
Don't hang around,
They might be coming back for blood.

That same mistake
That you'll make over and over again,
That same heartbreak
That you'll make over and over again.

So travel light.

And you're wearing the coat
That isn't keeping out the cold
And you carry that torch for yourself.
And I warn you the flame
Might just burn you at the touch
But you don't want to hear about it all that much.
So travel light.

Men of luggage turn around,
Try to retrace your steps
I do not think they will be coming back for you.
Men of luggage it's okay,
It's hard to live this life.
In your shoes I don't know what I would do.

That same mistake
That you'll make over and over again.
That same heartbreak
That you'll make over and over again.

So travel light.
Track Name: I Take it Back
Sitting in a cold room, just dead air and I,
Edging toward the chasm to jump off and fly.
And the elephant in the room declined to even give his name.

Filter through the circuits, each one in turn,
Tearing out the records; none saved, all burned.
I'm so arrogant, I'm the man who imaged he could change the world.

And in my darker moments I imagine I am only here
To pick up all the extra slack.
I take it back,
I take it all back.

Wound up here unheaded, wasn't headed this way.
It wasn't were I wanted, so unwanted I stayed.
It's so elegant in it's own right. It'll be all right. It's the same.

And on the twisted road I travel I think I might be the one
Who's riding down the wrong track.
I take it back,
I take it all back.

The thing of it is, I have doubt;
I came and I saw; I fell out.
Now I don't want to be here,
I don't want to know,
Why can't they just let me go?

Does it drag you under and are you afraid?
Don't it make you wonder, these men I have made?
All this eloquence, you would think, would make the tragedy
Easier to bear.

And it my darker moments I can feel the walls around me closing in.
I start to crack.
I take it back,
I take it all back.
Track Name: Men of Luggage (Acoustic Version)
Men of luggage, check your coats,
Sit down and stay awhile,
Loosen your ties.
Enough rope to hang yourselves
Is waiting on the nightstand
When you're picking up the phone.
I thought at least
You would have figured out by now

That same mistake
That you'll make over and over again

In your lives.
You're burying the past,
Then just digging up the graves.
Don't feel bad,
I know you'd fight it if you could.
Making up the rivals
Who are knocking down your door
Don't hang around,
They might be coming back for blood.

That same mistake
That you'll make over and over again,
That same heartbreak
That you'll make over and over again.

So travel light.

And you're wearing the coat
That isn't keeping out the cold
And you carry that torch for yourself.
And I warn you the flame
Might just burn you at the touch
But you don't want to hear about it all that much.
So travel light.

Men of luggage turn around,
Try to retrace your steps
I do not think they will be coming back for you.
Men of luggage it's okay,
It's hard to live this life.
In your shoes I don't know what I would do.

That same mistake
That you'll make over and over again.
That same heartbreak
That you'll make over and over again.

So travel light.