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released February 15, 2019

all music written by mike comite

co-produced and performed by mike comite and steve sopchak

guitar, bass, and voice performed by mike comite
drums performed by steve sopchak

engineered, mixed and mastered by steve sopchak

recorded in march and october of 2017 at the square studio in syracuse, ny (stevesopchak.com)

cover art "caught" by marinda martin (marindamartin.com)

cover lettering by julia nunes (julianunes.com)

"anna" is based on the short story "when i met anna, she" by dan forward (eunoiareview.wordpress.com/2012/03/19/when-i-met-anna-she/)

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Old Best Friend Brooklyn, New York

Mike Comite is your Old Best Friend.

He lives in Brooklyn.

His first full-length is called Living Alone. It's about living alone. It also sounds like living alone.

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Track Name: Living Together
You never want to come
You always have to go
Why can’t we just wake up
Together
And have coffee?

You’re always staying up
When I go to lie down
You come into the room
Late at night and
Turn the light off

Then you just fall asleep

You always want to say
All of the things I really don’t
We pass it back and forth
We’re impatient
And we’re hungry

You‘re never speaking up
You’re always looking down
And when I try to ask
You a question
You can hear me

But you don’t say a thing

I’m always reaching out
You’re always drawing in
Do you think we could be close
For a minute?
Feel a heartbeat

You’re always speeding up
When we’re just standing still
My ear against your chest I
Hear a racehorse
I hear thunder
Track Name: Anna
When I met Anna, she could charm 
But I, myself impregnable
Thought myself immune to it 
The words she spoke and things she did

I was unimpressed to say the least 

And Michael was a friend of mine 
With eyes so wide but not too bright 
When Anna, she came into play
She chewed him up, then walked away

I rolled my my eyes, I'd heard before
To expect these things from those like her

So I called her my friend Anna
At arm's length from my friend, Anna 
I was only something new to her

I graduated, left the state 
And Anna, she could just not wait
To travel north to visit me 
I barred the door romantically

And I felt so prepared to see her face

And in one night I'd never seen 
So many men fall to their knees
And Anna, all the cause of it 
The words she spoke, the things she did 

To put me firm beneath her thumb 
But damned if I'd be overcome

So I turned away from Anna
No goodnight to my friend Anna 
By the time that I awoke, she had deserted me 

The next time that I'd see her face 
After a year, her wedding day 
The groom a man near twice her age
Their child only months away 

I saved the date begrudgingly 

When Anna came to speak to me
I couldn't take her seriously 
She asked if we could Keep In Touch 
She'd said the same to everyone 

It seemed like something she would do
What a strange thing when she followed through 

So I'd say hello to Anna 
Once a day to my friend Anna 
It was mostly just to pass the time 

Who's to say
Why anyone's inclined to tell a story 
Surely there's a reason Anna would have been the one anointed
Center in the grandest scheme 
When I can't discern what she means in it  

And that's how I think of Anna
Nothing more than my friend, Anna
When her husband called, what a surprise

He told me she had taken sick
With slim chance of recovering 
The way she talked, it seemed to him
That I could be her only friend 

It would mean the world to see your face 

I took a cab reluctantly
And told the driver wait for me
Approached their door, I feel the weight
Before I knock, I hesitate

And I had no desire to force a smile
To know her illness, meet her child
So I left her porch, I turned my back
And hurried back into the cab

I turned away from Anna 
No goodbye to my friend Anna 
Not a phone call or a note from her again

So I turned away from Anna 
No goodbye to my friend Anna 
I sing the story of a girl, completed 
Track Name: The Noose II (No, Thank You)
I am the bits from when the bomb went off inside of me
Over time I changed from dust into the air your breathe
I heard a voice that begged "Please come home,"
And I said "No, thank you."

I am the sentry in the back, I let you take the lead
I am the eyes and ears of truth, watch what you say to me
Son of the world, I made your middle name Nothing
It says what you are to me

Calculate currents and I welcome the windows down
Once a snare, turned to a noose
Most of the time I keep the lion in line
Except for when I think of you

I am the scribe, I sit inside and take the landscape in
My pen spews only truth, don’t even question it
And I recall what a sweet offer
Then I wrote "No, thank you."

Calculate currents and I welcome the windows down
Once a snare, turned to a noose
Most of the time I keep the lion in line
Except for when I think of you

I never tried to dodge collision or catastrophe
I only tried to do the best with what would come to me
I never thought that I could feel so small…
Until I walked away from you

Calculate currents and welcome the windows down
While I fucking hang from a noose
Most of the time I keep the lion in line
Except for when I think of you
Track Name: The Noose I (Hey Hey)
I am
I mean
I think
I was you as a young man

So full of piss and spit
And no one to let it out with

So I tied the noose
(Hey hey, hey hey)
Then untied the noose
(Hey hey, hey hey)
So I tied the noose
(Hey hey, hey hey)
Untie the noose

I caught a glimpse of me
And saw a starving actress
Inject my courage then I level with the carpet

So I tied the noose
(Hey hey, hey hey)
Then untied the noose
(Hey hey, hey hey)
So I tied the noose
(Hey hey, hey hey)
Untie the noose

"A holy war against my brother, St. Peter
He's taking what he wants
He's got money to burn
And just a few years left
My family thought that I could just be better than this."

"A holy war against my brother, his daughter
His son and his wife
I've got nothing to learn, and nothing to lose"
...but what I meant to say was

So I tied the noose
(Hey hey, hey hey)
Then untied the noose
(Hey hey, hey hey)
So I tied the noose
(Hey hey, hey hey)
Untie the noose
Track Name: Wherever You Go

Please say hi to the Spanish ladies
They'll forever have my heart
I always tried to keep up with them
But I could never talk the talk

On my mind
All the time
Convincing me to talk it out
And give it one more try

Wherever you go, I know you’ll find it in the end
Wherever you go, I know you'll find an audience
You always said I bring out the best in you in front of all your friends
Wherever you go, I know you’ll find me in the end 


It’s when I sweat on the hottest days
I let my thirst control my thoughts
I start to crave coca-cola
That’s when I know things will come apart


On my mind
All the time
Convincing me to talk it out
And give it ten more tries

Wherever you go, I know you’ll find it in the end
Wherever you go, I know you'll find an audience
You always said I bring out the best in--
You have got so many friends!
Wherever you go, I know you’ll find me in the end


Wherever you go, I know you’ll find it in the end
Wherever you go, I know you'll find an audience
You really know I bring out the wretch in you in front of all your friends
Wherever you go, you know I'll find you in the end


You always said I bring out the best in you
Say HI to all your friends!
Wherever you go, I know you'll find me in the end
Track Name: This Time
Watching the clock
Running the day down
Turning it off

Stay in one spot
Eat when you're hungry
You live in the dark

What time'd you hit the hay last night?
'Cause you're not looking great
Were you trying to catch some shut-eye?

Do you ever get tongue-tied?
It's on the tip of it now, still you're
Searching for the word you can't find

Caught in the fog
You were a figure
That cut through the clouds

Looking at you
Was salt on the wound
it was the least you could do

I had to say to you two times
If there's an easy way out then
Somebody's gonna take it

You don’t deserve to be two-timed
But you’ve been in love before
And there’ll always be a next life

Could it really hurt you this time?
Could it be the—

Alone in a drought
You were a cool drop
Into my mouth

Try to beat the sun
Can’t go it alone
I'd pair with anyone

I was wanting something else
But I couldn’t put a name to it
I was wanting something else
I wasn’t sure that I could live without you

Could it really hurt you this time?
Could it be the one that sleeps beside you?
Could it really hurt you this time?

You were a thought
Crossing my mind
While I was out on the block

When you came into view
Sharpened my tongue
It was the only thing to do

Sharpened my tongue
It was the only thing to do
(You don't deserve to be two-timed)
(I was born of something else)
Track Name: What Was I Supposed To Say To You?
The sun cast my shadow on the pavement of your neighborhood
I didn't know what i was looking for
I was retracing footsteps you took some ten years ago
I went out alone

What was I supposed to say to you?

High atop the hill, it seemed the tallest on the coast
At least to me it was the steepest slope
Following directions from the return address of an envelope
A tiny, yellowed note

What was I supposed to say to you?

Then I came across a small tree, newly bearing fruit
A theft that I could justify
My mouth was dry, I needed to
Remind myself you were far too young
To see this tree in bloom
You come in on cue

"I don't know,
If it wasn't for the time spent during adolescence
Sending letters back east
Would you have forgotten me?

A former friend that
Faded to the west
Was not a cause for concern
Vague promises to return

Twisted my arm
To pull me in
Before I left
You captured my violin

Went to my parents
Asking for their blessings
In remembering me
Haha, how flattering."

Even though
I know that
You're not home
There's a part of me that still hopes you'll be

Somewhere up the stairs
Sitting in your desk chair
Covering envelopes in bits of tape and string

Because if I don't forget you,
Then you're not forgetting me

What was I supposed to say to you?
Feels like I barely knew you
Really, what was I supposed to say?
Track Name: Run Out
Take just a little bit more than you were given
Doesn't seem such a slippery slope while you're still living
You were upset to find it's not your call and after all
You've got your whole life ahead of you

You’ve got a whole lot of time

Stay up a little bit later than you wanted
Then you wake up, you're feeling like your insides are overflowing
Think you'll try again tomorrow? I'm sure you'll sleep it off
You know they day can't demand that much

Lie just a little bit easier than you want to
It's a bad habit, who's ever really gonna call you on it
Don't think that they'll show up, but then they do
I heard the crowd lose its shit over you

You’ve got a whole lot of time
Until you run out of it

Sing just a little bit louder than you'd say it
You're the sad sack that nobody else is gonna play with
Watched it burn down to nothing while you stood behind the curtain
Keep 'em lined up and waiting for you

You’ve got a whole lot of time
Until you run out of--
Track Name: Highly Replaceable Me
End of the day
But I still want to hang around
End of the day
Got nowhere to go

I was thinking about
Heading out, I don’t know
Would you mind if I
Tagged along?

And that's all that you get
The truth leaves you dumbfounded
You walked away from your time being wasted on
Highly replaceable me

Nothing to say
I know I tend to babble on
Nothing to say
But I’m all out of breath

Hung up on you
And it made you laugh
And I know it’s wishful thinking that you’d
Call me back

Please be patient and
Please be kind
We are empty vessels
We float together alone

And that's all that you get
The truth leaves you dumbfounded
You walked away from a life almost wasted on
Highly replaceable me

All that you get
Is a truth you don’t understand
You walked away from a life almost wasted on
Highly replaceable me

All that you get
Your fears are not unfounded
End of the day in a bed softly breathing just
Highly replaceable me
Track Name: Together Apart
I lie in darkness
I lie awake
Just thinking of you
on your side of the bed

Restless we grow
As the fist morning light
Crawls up to the ceiling,
You sigh and say "This is fine."

You close your eyes
I stare straight ahead
You toss and remember
Lie still to forget

That a new day is born
As the nighttime subsides
Just one more chance to collide

I had to go
But you stayed
And then when you’re gone
I remain

You got your wish
You kept my heart
We fall asleep
Together, apart