7 Brand New – Okay I Believe You But My Tommy Gun Doesn’t (159)

Okay I believe you, is part of the magic that is Deja Entendu.
It’s one of those albums that is incredibly difficult to not listen to in sequence, must like most of Brand New’s albums.
The only reason that okay I believe you stands on it’s own is that it was on one of my boys mix tapes that he made me. I now own all 4 albums, and have seen them live (twice actually – but the first time I didn’t know who they were. I made a lot of musical mistakes at that time of my life.)
I have cried to this song, I have been angry to this song, I have reflected to this song, I have looked into my boy’s eyes and felt so much love, this song has been with me through every single facet of emotion. And I am finding it incredibly difficult to write about.

I know every single word to this song.
I love every single word of this song.
If I was ever to get lyrics tattooed on me, they would be from this song.

And I can’t just pick out lyrics that mean something to me – so you’re getting the whole thing.

I am heaven sent, don’t you dare forget
I am all you’ve ever wanted, what all the other boys all promised
Sorry I told I just needed you to know
I think in decimals and dollars, I am the cause to all your problems
Shelter from cold, We are never alone
Coordinate brain and mouth,
Then ask me what it’s like to have myself so figured out
wish I knew

I hope this songs starts a craze,
the kind of song that ignites the airways
The kind of song that makes people glad to be where they are
with who ever they’re there with
This is war
Every line is about who I don’t write about anymore
Hope you come down with something they can’t diagnose,
don’t have the cure for
Holding on to your grudge
Oh it’s so hard to have someone to love
Keeping quiet is hard
‘Cause you can’t keep a secret if it never was a secret to start
At least pretend you didn’t wanna get caught

We’re concentrating on falling apart
We were contenders, now throwing the fight
I just wanna believe, I just wanna believe, I just wanna believe in us
Oh we’re so controversial
We are entirely smooth
We fit to the truth, we are the best at what we do
And these are the words you wish you wrote down
This is the way you wish your voice sounds, handsome and smart
Oh, my tongue’s the only muscle on my body that works harder than my heart
And it’s all from watching TV, and from speeding up my breathing
Wouldn’t stop if I could
Oh it hurts to be this good
You’re holding on to your grudge
Oh it hurts to always have to be honest with the one that you love
Oh so let it go

This is the craze only we can bestow
This is the price you pay for loss of control
This is the break in the ground
This is the closest of calls
This is the reason you’re alone, this is the reason you fall!

It is one of the most perfect songs ever written.
It is deliciously sandwiched between ‘I will play my game beneath the spin light’ and ‘the quiet things that no one ever knows’
And then you get ‘boy who blocked his own shot’ for desert.
It is the most perfect album.
And I really want to see them live again, very soon.


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