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Chapter 3: The Moment Of Truth

by The Emo Diaries

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"This is emo, what music should be all about. Get all of these. Each album is incredible! Some bands you may have heard of, some obscure you'll die to find. I just listened to all the Diaries albums in a row, and it's pretty fascinating to see the way that this documentation of the emo style has changed just in the past two or so years. It seems that this style of music has evolved significantly, in part reverting back to its hardcore routes and also spreading outside our humble home, proving that America doesn't hold the only license to powerful, emotional rock. I don't think ANY compilation album will be quite as good as the first chapter of The Emo Diaries, with the second Emo Diaries close behind. Deep Elm is the best label out there." - Delusions of Adequacy

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released February 9, 1999

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Track Name: Starmarket - Last Verse
so far away just a whisper on the phone. your words just drowning in static on the line. sad to hear your voice doesn't sound the same. something is on your mind. nothing much to say about it anyway. can't take the pain away. just wanna be right there beside you. with the comfort i can't offer when i'm not around you. all of these thoughts need answers. but i'm left with just a sense of emptiness inside me. last verse of this summer. what will we become. will we drift apart as days grow shorter. will it ever be the same thing. are you just a goner. will you stay around. there is no use looking any further. i just wish that i could reach you. sorry that you can trust me when i say. you're the only one. don't need nobody else. sorry to know that you're lightyears from where i am. not just the actual distance as in the worlds we live. wish that i could say something so you'd feel safe. and make it sound okay. this time it's for real. i promise that this time i will be honest. but i just wanna have a confirmation. so that you won t disappear without an explanation. maybe this will sound too selfish. i can't hide the way i feel. the anxious desperation
Track Name: Planes Mistaken For Stars - The Past Two
and i swear i tried to find the light in this i held my breath for as long as i could hold on. you've known i'm not much for complaining but there's not much left of me this winter got the best of me. december killed the best of me. and i'm sure it's been catching and gaining but how could you see. and even if you spun cartwheels with sparklers in your hands it wouldn't be enough for me december killed the best of me. and i just called and i just wrote to say goodbye. cuz i'm afraid when the snow clears there won't be much left of me. december killed the best of me
Track Name: Penfold - Microchip
would you forget me. this time. forget the taste. of your lips. over mine. it's absurd to give up on me. anyone else. and it would have been easy. instead you were my world. i'm no where. except inside of you. waiting. waiting till the end. cause i've found love. you're not the part of me. that's died. it's the part of me. that would have cried. and i wish my luck would change. but you're the only person. i would ever want. to break my heart
Track Name: Saddest Girl Story - VW Keychain
when you asked me. what i was thinking. i told you. that i'm not what you've wanted. am i man. or mouse. i can't take this anymore. i can't deal with this. and i'm sorry. that i'm not perfect. or even beautiful. but i can still. feel it in my heart. so may i have this dance. i'm sorry to interrupt. i just gotta take this chance
Track Name: Cross My Heart - Hearing Things
there's pieces in the hallway. are your lights on. are your thoughts dim. but i. i don't have the time. to say. fading in obscurity. don't know if i'll talk again. challenging aggression. but i'm fading fast. spitting untouched thoughts. but i. i don't have the time. to say. fading in obscurity. don't know if i'll talk again. it's starting to make sense to me. i'm hearing things. so i won't have to prove something
Track Name: Sweep The Leg Johnny - New Buffalo
one. reflect her eyes. in the round mirror. above. distort the stars. in the pool. where she sits. and deliberates. and emotion. two. breathe. breathe and term. the black river. and tear away. from despair. three. unwind and use. the cool breeze of nature. i will dissipate. disappear with the tide
Track Name: Schema - Vanishing
thunderground. spinning like a top in the singing sands. sifting the seconds. through the palm of his hand. the wolf's at the door tonight. and it bleeds a lot for a ghost. sooner than you think lights go out. upside down. inside out. back to front. front to back. and then the lights are back. on a dusty road. nowhere to run. nowhere to hide. as dragonflies see through cats eyes. once he filled the holes with words. but now he's caught between the line. tightrope walking. with the sands of time. on a long long road
Track Name: Ultramagg - One Thousand Directions
you don't have to wait until tomorrow. time is never on your side. you won't get to sleep until tomorrow. time just lets you down. can't you see nothing's right. wait for me tonight. time after time i'm spending all i have. trying to make it last. love slips away so fast. trying to keep, keep my grasp. you don't have to sleep until tomorrow. i'm always on your side. we won't get to sleep until tomorrow. you used to get me. now you've got me gone. you've got me going one thousand directions. will everything be all right
Track Name: Speedwell - Pacifique
don't start. it's gone to far now. lying words. so soothing. i don't want to feel it. swallowed pride. swallowed. goddamn not again. the blame is cast with blind eyes. i wash my hands. backhand. apologize. to me. i'm sorry. for whatever i've done. let go
Track Name: Psara - Christopher Columbo
i ran all the way to your house. and i knew why. or at least that's what she said. everything was on the edge of my mind. but the breeze blew them away. damn those trade winds
Track Name: Biblical Proof Of UFOs - Cigar
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Track Name: The Chase Theory - Pharaohs & Kings
we awake in a strange day. i try not to cave in. as the trials that face me. are slowly wearing me thin. down to the bone. time will turn me to stone. and leave me standing alone. we try to keep it on the down low. in time we learn to say. pharaohs and kings. never mattered much to me. we live. i breathe in. we feel. believe what helps us wake up everyday. pharaohs and kings. i bet they did the same thing anyway. a minor glitch in the mainframe. could make the structure fall down. i found myself on a tight rope. it chills me just to look down. down to the bone. time will turn me to stone. i and leave me standing alone. we try to keep it on the down low. in time we learn to say. pharaohs and kings. never mattered much to me
Track Name: Epstein - Right Hand Rule
disowned and disavowed. placed salt in wounds. reprieve the right hand rule. a hearsay headstall. this guilt becomes trite. heels on hands. i drove for miles to watch. the tears fall across your lips
Track Name: Last Days Of April - Nothing's Found
the wave has left the shore. the storm has left nothing behind. a man is out there searching. for something he can't find. the shepherd has found his one lost sheep. got back and found the other thousand gone. so hard to stand up straight. see life in the eye without being someone else. so hard to stand up straight. she always walked the line. one day found a track. made of tiny stones. her candle was lit. but the storm will blow it out. the stones will close her eyes. from what she wants to see. she won't see me. no. so hard to stand up straight. see life in the eye without being someone else. a girl was found but it wasn't hers. try not to fail out. you said you would be with me until the end