Coma

by School Friends

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Tiffiny Holsten
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Tiffiny Holsten Love everything about this album really. From the amazing wordplay to the graphics and writing on the album cover itself. The vocals are amazing and it's fun hearing all the different instruments involved in making such a beautiful piece of work. My new favorite album! Favorite track: Hourglass.
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credits

released October 1, 2015

All songs written, recorded, and mixed by Joel Hinojosa
Additional tracking by Rob Ernst at Noise Root Studio
All songs mastered by Rob Ernst at Noise Root Studio

Artwork by Emma Silverstein & Joel Hinojosa
Insert handwriting & background art by Amy Holsten

Joel Hinojosa - voice, guitar, bass, keyboards
Jenny Coker – voice
Matt Giella - trumpet
Hana Piranha – violin
Taran Plamondon - french horn
Lance Allen - mandolin
Patrick Marmorat - lap steel guitar
Plavakuca - pedal steel guitar
Roberto Diana - slide guitar
Alexander Hinojosa - voice
Nate McLean - violin
Amy Holsten - crystal, bottle
Marcus Horndt – rhodes

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Track Name: Homestretch
Well it feels like the homestretch
But the gun just went off
And we're learning with each step
But the map says we're lost

And our eye was on the target
But the arrow missed the mark
And we tried to flame the fire
But we never had the spark
So we question every answer to the bone
Can we learn to pull the sword from the stone?

And the silence don't suit ya
But you can't make a noise
And your words they pollute ya
Wish you were still a boy

And your head was in the cloud once
But the rain came pouring out
Your ideas flood like cities
But you learn to live without

And you watch the clock as hours turn to days
You gotta start it from the top without the weight

Something sinister has come this way
My anxieties have come to stay
Biological and terminal dismay
Track Name: Nonexistent
Back into life got a new one
Out of my way I can function
Breeze by highways
New city smells got me feeling alive

Too many dreams not to have one
Too many towns to be so numb
Lose that weight
It must be dead cause you're taking a dive

I traveled far from the west
Held my head upon your breast
On solid ground again but somehow I'm still

Lost in my thoughts I can't comprehend them
I can't bend them
Drowning and down I can't seem to fix it
I'm adrift and nonexistent

Too many days with the same sound
Head in the mud with the same ground
Icy walks waking me up when I'm in daze

I traveled to the east coast lights
Made ourselves home where we could write
On solid ground again but somehow I'm still

Lost in my thoughts I can't comprehend them
I can't bend them
Drowning and down I can't seem to fix it
I'm adrift and nonexistent
Track Name: Backwards Habits
Calm your mind down
You're going too fast
Take your time now
You'll soon be ash

With your backwards habits
And head full of traffic
Can you see your way from this?
Do you need a way to live?

You've been silent
For much too long
You should find it
Your wayward song

Let your words be honest
Just like you promised
Are you living life awake?
Do you make the same mistakes?

And do you feel home inside of your bones?
Do you feel home?
And do you feel home inside of your bones?
Do you feel home?

Calm your mind down
You're going too fast
Take your time now
You'll soon be ash

With your backwards habits
And head full of traffic
Can you see your way from this?
Do you need a way to live?
Track Name: Buried
I was weak, I was scared, I was young
When I fought you with silence
When I left you undone

I was hurt, I was torn, and ashamed
I didn't mean to betray you
But I could not explain

Did you know what you had done?
And the dark web we spun
And did you see how we had died?
Our words buried us alive

I was lost and emerged on a new side
Tore you out of my chest to be free
You were my friend but I could not surrender
But just the same it felt like defeat

I was all , in my head, on my own
Started talking in circles
Far from any unknown

I was all, underground, under siege
Had to fight my way conscious
Recall what I still believe

I couldn't see what I had done
And how my days were reruns
How my dreams had fallen through
That I needed something new

I was lost and submerged on the wrong side
Bound in cloth where my eyes ought to be
Needed friends but I had none beside me
And all the weight felt like defeat

I wanted to believe I could
Still become the man that
I was not ashamed of
Didn't have to defend and

I was getting sick
I was learning to die
Staying in one place
Learning to live a lie

I was lost and emerged on a new side
Headed east, left my home, to be free
I was told that I should learn to surrender
But there's no way I would concede
Track Name: Two Cents
I may be out of my depth
I may be out of my mind
I've been dreaming so long my real life fell behind

Fame and fortune was the main event
No real progress for the effort spent
So I've been taking my time
And giving it my two cents

I may be out of my depth
I may be out of my mind
I've been dreaming so long my real life fell behind
I've been dreaming so long my real life fell behind
Track Name: Swimming to Sink
Lift me up, let me down, pick a side, turn around
We got more than you think, but we're swimming to sink

Cracking up, showing signs, you've got yours, I've got mine
Wearing masks, looking fake, can't we stop making mistakes?
Oh lord

Feeling scared, showing teeth, acting tough, looking weak
Now that push came to shove , what's the odds on our love?

And you know, but you don't, sinking down, sinking low
When the love starts to hate, and you're about to break, well

You got something that you cannot lose
And you don't want to kill that part of you
Love you always, love you true
But we're about to lose

Making war, making peace, losing faith, losing sleep
At the hour of our debt, will we face our regret?

And we're here till we're not, love is born, love is lost
And we know that we're gone, but we try and hold on, well

You got something that you cannot lose
And you don't want to kill that part of you
Love you always, love you true
But we're about to lose
Track Name: Move
I've been wasting time
Waiting for some sign
Like a new inspired song

Got my head on backward
I can't even tell where I am going wrong

I've got my finger on strings
Playing all these things
But it's the same old hopeless chords

I guess my minds made up
Just to be in a rut
Don't know what I'm playing for, anymore

I'm losing sight
I'm letting all this get in the way
I'm losing time
I'm messing up what I want to say

I've been planning too much
Not doing enough
For a future I'll never have

I should write more songs and record them all
Even if they turn out bad

And I should make every film
Like it's the last one I'll ever put in the world

And I should kiss everyday and have sex every night
Cause I already found my girl

I'm losing sight, I'm letting all this get in the way
I'm losing time, I'm messing up what I want to say
I'm stumbling now, I got some freedom so I gotta move
I'm tumbling now, I have to lose my need to prove
I'm losing sight, I'm letting all this get in the way
I'm losing time, I'm messing up what I want to say
Track Name: The Dead
Sold my phone
And found my own way home
Felt the air like nothing I'd prepared
Solid ground and seed to sew in now
Sang my woes but how were they to know

If my head was on the ground
Hollow brush and hollow sound
You were always taking notice, taking care
If my bed was death to me
Embolden life embolden sea
You could always be the sister to my prayer

Sold my heart
And felt us worlds apart
Blind my sight
And turned the world to night
Tepid sea and weakness underneath
Shed my skin and long to be again

If my mark would raise the dead
Wretched heart and wretched head
You could lift out of the seams I didn't sew
And if I hold the remedy
Emulsive time emulsive beat
You developed in the dark and I let go

If my head was on the ground
Hollow brush and hollow sound
You were always taking notice, taking care
If my bed was death to me
Embolden life embolden sea
You could always be the sister to my prayer
You could always be the sister to my prayer
Track Name: Hourglass
When I die will I leave you behind?
Will I have made you my wife?
Or will I be that lucky?

And when I die will it be after you?
And what would I do with all my time remaining?

It's hard to conceive of now
Theres not much I believe in now
But I always get things wrong

And I'm thinking that the time will fit
Maybe I'm an optimist
But I won't stay that way too long

When I die will I have prayed for the day?
Would I have wasted away?
When all my dreams have faded

When I die will I wish I had more
Time and love to explore
My thoughts no longer jaded

There is nothing like a grand design
Death exists inside of time
I'm meaningless inside a void

Culture won't account for this
we're always on a precipice
Too obscured by all the noise

We came from nothing and we'll only be destroyed
It's hard to keep still, the nights I'm just clinging to my voice

When I die will I have given enough?
Will I have shown you my love?
In all the ways I lived it
yeah In all the ways I meant it

My clock is just an hourglass
And all the grains escape my grasp
But I'll hold tight to what I can

And I imagine all the galaxies at work
And I want you right there, in all the despair and joy on earth
Track Name: On a Scale
Systematic and she'll lose control
Positive at every other turn though
I've been worried about her future every night

Body failed what her mind has been
Makes me sick to think of my complaining
been a year and I've been mostly out of sight

She was cut open like a fish
Bone and metal pressed to flesh
Spoke of every outcome that we feared
Nothing we could do just yet

I would have guessed heartbreak at best
But she's nothing less than full of life

I knew this girl with impressive eyes
Fucked with any drug or any guy
Used to tell me about her dreams right after school

Made me feel just like a confidant
Told me any deed or act shed done
I would tell her she could become something new

Not too long she moved further away
Hadn't talked much since that
After rehab called me up one day
Said that she was glad

I would have guessed heartbreak at best
But she started fresh, and lived her life

Life is a balance on a scale
Happiness gets pulled down
The moment we exhale

I would have guessed heartbreak at best
When I'm at my best, I scream to life
When I'm at my best, I scream to life
Track Name: Whiskey Neat
Creaky floors
And whiskey neat
Late night talks on the balcony

Chipping paint
And cafe drinks
You hold my hand on the foreign city streets

Well we've been dreaming long enough to know that there is more
Even though were sand upon the ocean floor
I've been feeling long enough to want you evermore
I'd follow you to grave or the grocery store

Steady meals
And heavy loads
Sunset eyes on the open country road

Broken signs
And city sprawl
Snowy nights, like a final curtain call

Well we've been dreaming long enough to know that there is more
Even though we're words in a forgotten lore
I've been feeling long enough to want you evermore
I'd follow you into fire or a town offshore

All my feelings under lock and key
You're the only one can open me
I was only ever meant to be
Someone else's century

Well we've been dreaming long enough to know that there is more
Even though were sand upon the ocean floor
I've been feeling long enough to want you evermore
I'd follow you to the grave or the grocery store

I'd follow you into fire or a town offshore
I'd follow you to the sea or the forest floor
I'd follow you to the sky or our bedroom door
Track Name: North
Oh the lightning storm
From my inside voice
Like a wall of sound
Coming out without a choice

Drag my name through mud
Paint me all in red
I won't be comatose
Before you find me dead

I'm on my instinct now
Following the torch
I'm feeling inside out
Following the north

You're always out there on the side
Make another plan where you can hide

As you're learning
As you're learning to die

Oh the road again
Like an unmarked map
Set my sites ahead and I don't think I'm looking back

See where I can run
Till my feet have bled
Want to kill me now
You'll have to shoot me dead

I'm on my instinct now
Following the torch
I'm feeling inside out
Following the north

I was out there on the side
Made another plan where I could hide
So I'm learning
Yeah I'm learning
So I'm learning
So I'm learning to try