Learning Lessons

by Alex Retro

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about

This is my second full length album, the follow up to last year's "Get Rad!". With this one, I continue a lot of the same things you may have come to expect since the first album, but I also touch on some more serious topics about growing up and learning lessons. It's got pop punk, it's got ska, it's got lyrics about life. I'm super stoked to release this album, and I hope you will enjoy listening to it yourself. Thank you for your support, and maybe I'll see you at the show sometime! Until then, try to eat a lot of sugar donuts and visit a lot of garage sales.

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released December 2, 2014

Alex Retro - Vocals, Guitar, Ukulele
David Delarosa - Additional vocals on "It's Okay to be Sad"
Eric Slusher - Additional vocals on "Double Your Money"
Gavin Richardson - Additional vocals on "Life on the Road"

All songs written and recorded by Alex Retro.
Artwork by Alex Retro.

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Track Name: Down to Earth
I know that I said we should blast off into outer space
But I admit it now, there's so many problems on Earth that we must face
And problems just get worse when you run away
There's no oxygen in outer space anyway

I just wanna be down to Earth
I just wanna be down to Earth
Don't wanna be a jerk no more
Rather be honest to the core
Don't wanna run from trials
Rather just run a few more miles
I just wanna be down to Earth
I just wanna be down to Earth
Right down here... on Earth

And problems just get worse when you run away
There's no oxygen in outer space anyway

I just wanna be down to Earth
I just wanna be down to Earth
Don't wanna be a jerk no more
Rather be honest to the core
Don't wanna run from trials
Rather just run a few more miles
I just wanna be down to Earth
I just wanna be down to Earth
Right down here... on Earth
Track Name: Baby Face
Well I just shaved my Goatee
And now I look like a baby
Now I'm employed, but now my face is cold
And I still look like I'm 5 years old

Baby face (6X)

All the girls will call me baby face
Track Name: We're Under Attack
Watch out or you'll fall in love
Like missiles dropping from above
It looks like we gotta put up a shield once again

Unsuspecting victims fall
When a pining heart begins to call
Now you're risking heartache when it all comes to an end

Put up a shield, we're under attack
Not gonna let those feelings come back
Put up a shield, we're under attack, my friend

It might just blow up in your face
If you return to that time or place
You gotta just move forward because you can't relive the past

Said goodbye and now it's done
For awhile it was fun
The future calls for something new, so you can't force things to last

Put up a shield, we're under attack
Not gonna let those feelings come back
Put up a shield, we're under attack, my friend
Track Name: Your Semester
I wasted my semester
I admit it, I threw it all away now
I should have gone out more
But I didn't, and I regret it

Well I was broken hearted from the start
And I let it tear my brain apart
I wasted my whole year and now it's almost gone

I sit with my notepad writing
Songs about things that aren't exciting
But don't think that I'm complaining
Go do what you want
It's your semester

Well I was broken hearted from the start
And I let it tear my brain apart
I wasted my whole year and now it's almost gone
See you around
Track Name: Life on the Road
Takin' this lifetime day by day
Tryin' to accept whatever comes my way
Play with fire and you're gonna get burned
But that's the only way that I've ever learned

I'm growing up but I don't know where I'm going
I only know where I have been
I Guess I'll head on down the road
Go a little further
Even if that means, taking a risk of the unknown

I'm just a boy
Here at 23
Don't know what to be
But I know who I am
And I'm working on a plan

It seems like everyone acts like they know everything
I admit that I don't know anything
I guess I'll take it day by day
A lifetime full of lessons
Try to figure out, what it's really all about

I'm just a boy
Here at 23
Don't know what to be
But I know who I am
And I'm working on a plan
Track Name: Ichiban Has Gone
The Ichiban
The Ichiban has gone away
The Ichiban
The Ichiban has gone away

I went down to the Ichiban one day
Only 8 dollars, for the lunch buffet
It became my favorite Chinese restaruant
What could ever go wrong?

But I came back
Winter break of last year
To hear the words
I didn't wanna hear

The Ichiban had closed down
Now there's no Chinese Buffet in this town

The Ichiban
The Ichiban has gone away
The Ichiban
The Ichiban has gone away

I drove down to China Pearl on North Dale Mabry
It was good and almost just as savory
It became my go-to Chinese restaurant
But I still miss the Ichiban

The price is more
Things will never be the same
But I still adore
Eating way too much chow mein

Broccoli and Beef
And General Tso's
So many things to eat
And in the end you know where it goes
Track Name: Flea Market Girl
I went down to the flea market
With Jeff and Josh on a Saturday afternoon
When I saw the raddest girl
And I knew that I had to write this tune

She was the girl straight from my dreams
And I could never win her heart
But if I ever got a chance
I'd buy her nachos at Kmart

A girl like her just might be perfect for a guy like me
Because we're just a couple geeks
I saw her and my mind went blank
In the moment my heart sank
Oh whatever could I do?

Thought about at the flea market
When I saw that girl and I didn't say a word
I knew when my heart exploded
I could have tried
But it would have seemed absurd

She'd think I'm weird and I got problems
So many that I could live without
But if I ever found a way to solve them
I could maybe ask her out

A girl like her just might be perfect for a guy like me
Because we're just a couple geeks
I saw her and my mind went blank
In the moment my heart sank
Oh whatever could I do?
Track Name: TV Dinner
I'm aware that I'm not cool and I'm a geek
But I was thinking that we should hang out some time next week
And if you're up for doing stupid stuff
We could we could watch cartoons if you think that sounds good enough

I haven't planned my life out yet
I'll sit in front of the TV set tonight
With another frozen meal

I've been wasting all my time on songs that I'll forget
Strumming these bar chords and trying to make lyrics to fit
Sing along with oldies in my car
I would write a hit song, but I'm not Ringo Starr

I haven't planned my life out yet
I'll sit in front of the TV set tonight
With another frozen meal

I haven't planned my life out yet
I'll sit in front of the TV set tonight
With another frozen meal
Track Name: It's Okay to be Sad
It's okay to be sad sometimes
It's okay to look back on the past
It's okay if you feel brokenhearted
Let out all the tears you've amassed

Some may say that you should drown your sorrows deep in hate
In order to disguise the pain
But I am here to tell you that is not the best of ways
Instead
It's best
To take your time to heal up from the past

It's okay to admit your defeat
It's okay to look back now and then
It's okay to take time to retreat
Get over what came to an end

Some may say that you should drown your sorrows deep in hate
In order to disguise the pain
But I am here to tell you that is not the best of ways
Instead
It's best
To take your time to heal up from the past

Some may say that you should drown your sorrows deep in hate
In order to disguise the pain
But I am here to tell you that is not the best of ways
Instead
It's best
To take your time to heal up from the past
Track Name: Juniper Springs
Juniper Springs
Juniper Springs
Go for a swim down at Juniper Springs

Juniper Springs
Juniper Springs
Pack a bagged lunch down at Juniper Springs

I almost stepped on a coral snake
With my flip-flops on, I could have met my fate
Drying off from the water on a nature trail
It's adventure paradise
Down at Juniper Springs

Juniper Springs
Juniper Springs
Feel the sun's rays down at Juniper Springs

Juniper Springs
Juniper Springs
Enjoy all your days down at Juniper Springs

Palm trees and mysteries all around
Why are there human bones on the ground?
A world full of wonder, and it's all right here
Adventure paradise
Down at Juniper Springs

Juniper Springs
Juniper Springs
Juniper Springs
Track Name: Decades
Where do I see myself in a couple decades?
Will I stay young at heart, or will those powers fade?
I don't wanna turn into someone
Someone who forgets to have fun
But I know
I don't wanna give in
I Don't wanna cave in
I don't wanna grow up into another angry lazy man
Track Name: I Like Love
Love can be a funny thing
It makes a stupid punk kid sing
I find myself in my own world
Dreaming of that special girl

My favorite word may be "adore"
So let's be friends or maybe more
MY head is full of silly words
I've got the hopeless romantic curse

Candy hearts and pop punk songs
Grab a guitar and sing along
Don't you know I like love
So where's the one I'm dreaming of?

And if you ever take a chance on me
I'll play you a song by The Kung Fu Monkeys
From Eagle Rock with Love, Last Day of School

Last day of
Candy hearts and pop punk songs
Grab a guitar and sing along
Don't you know I like love
So where's the one I'm dreaming of?
Track Name: Garage Sale Junkie
I went to a yard sale at somebody's house
Got some of the best deals that I've ever found
Never thought I'd buy so much for five dollars
And throughout the day, the prices get smaller

You know how I love it when I'm on my bike
And then I see that neon paper sign
Gonna buy some oldschool video games
Or just look back on the fads of yesterday

Garage Sale Junkie
That's my name
Garage Sale Junkie
Video Games
Garage Sale Junkie
That's my claim to fame

Garage Sale Junkie
Don't wear it out
Garage Sale Junkie
It's what I'm about
Garage Sale Junkie
Planning out my Saturday route

I was at a yard sale trying to shop
When some girl who lived there wanted to talk
I replied "NO WAY!" and she thought I was weird
But to tell you the truth, I... I really don't care

I don't wanna spend my time talkin' to you
Because I've got more yard sale to get to
Collectible are on my mind
They're waiting at yard sales for me to find

Garage Sale Junkie
That's my name
Garage Sale Junkie
Video Games
Garage Sale Junkie
That's my claim to fame

Garage Sale Junkie
Don't wear it out
Garage Sale Junkie
It's what I'm about
Garage Sale Junkie
Planning out my Saturday route
Track Name: Double Your Money
What's the product the advertisements sell?
A so-called life enhancer
To take away yourself
And who you are doesn't even matter
Just as long as they can make money faster

Woah-oh
All they care about is cash
(Making money fast)
Woah-oh-oh
They couldn't stand to self destruct
(Going bankrupt)
Woah-oh-oh

The advertisements sell more than just a proudct
A life style on sale, just a couple bucks
Doing what it takes, saying anything
Abusing the public to keep the sales rising

Woah-oh
All they care about is cash
(Making money fast)
Woah-oh-oh
They couldn't stand to self destruct
(Going bankrupt)
Woah-oh-oh
Track Name: Time Constraints
I've got so many things I wanna do
But never seem to find the time
They're hanging over my head
And invading my dreams
They wake me up at night

I feel there's so many projects that I'll never finish
Dog days of summer said goodbye to opportunity
I plan out my year with all the goals I should accomplish
Then comes winter and another year has passed by me

I've got those time constraints hanging over my head
Why can't I be living my dream instead?
I don't want to waste my life

I feel there's so many projects that I'll never finish
Dog days of summer said goodbye to opportunity
I plan out my year with all the goals I should accomplish
Then comes winter and another year has passed by me

I've got those time constraints hanging over my head
Why can't I be living my dream instead?
I don't want to waste my life
Track Name: Everyday's a Lesson
I don't hear any words
Track Name: Big Blue Sea
Now this has been my favorite heartbreak yet
Because you can't keep me controlled
I've got a map and I'm finally set
Now watch as my plan unfolds

I'm learning lessons every single day
And this time nothing's gonna stand in my way

Unstoppable
I'm unstoppable
Now watch me run away

I could contemplate what's right for me
But then so much time would be lost
I could stare into the big blue sea
But I'd rather just swim straight across

I'm learning lessons every single day
And this time nothing's gonna stand in my way

Unstoppable
I'm unstoppable
Now watch me run away
Track Name: Whaddya Say?
It's a brand new year
My senior year of college
Would you like to maybe give something a try?
We can go down to that cheapo carnival
That I pass by every day on my way to school

Whaddya say? Whaddya say?
We could go to Sound Exchange, then go to the Chinese buffet
Whaddya say? Whaddya say?

I've got a crush on you
But I don't know what I should do
What if a creepy old man comes around and he hits on you?
If he does, I swear
I will take him aside
I'll break the news to him that he's not your type of guy

Whaddya say? Whaddya say?
We could shop at MovieStop, and I'll buy you your favorite Blu-ray
Whaddya say? Whaddya say?