The New Old Fashioned Way

by Charles Only

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released May 25, 2016

All songs written & performed by Charles Only
All songs recorded & mixed by Waxless
Track 4 features additional vocals & lyrics by Korey Costa
Tracks 1-6 produced by Nemes1s
Track 7 produced by OB Beatzz
Track 8 produced by Waxless
Track 9 produced by Greg Barbone
Track 10 produced by Someone
Track 11 produced by Nom-Mineral
Track 12 produced by Korey Costa
Album art by Shawn Vales

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Charles Only New Jersey

Formerly known as Shameless Plug, Charles Only is a New Jersey-bred singer/emcee with a style all his own.

As a solo artist and the vocalist half of the duo The Yes Yes Yalls, he has shared stages with Rakim, The Roots, Action Bronson, A$AP Rocky and many more.

After a brief stint in Las Vegas, he's back in New Jersey and is working on a new album. He loves you and hopes you have a great day.
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Track Name: The Constant
I've changed
I'm the same thing
I play
All the same games
I break
All the same chains

I sleep
Have the same dreams
My team
Still the same team
My scene
Still the same scene

It's all the same
Nothin changes
Except the name
No longer Shameless
Reset the stage
Come on and take this

Until it all
Comes back a monster
Let's fill it all
With somethin proper
Let's kill it all
Come on and prosper

Cos when you think it's over
That's just cos you're older
That's just on your shoulders
Soldier on until you reach
Where you can walk up
To where you've heard talk of
Go to where you can fall off
And walk off
It's the new old fashioned way
Break the mainframe

I'm okay
I've just been drinkin
Most days
I let it sink in
I don't say much
But I've just been thinkin

I'm alright
I'm makin progress
Up all night
Forget the nonsense
All light exists
Within a dark sense

And when you think it's over
That's just cos you're older
That's just on your shoulders
Soldier on until you reach
Where you can walk up
To where you've heard talk of
Go to where you can fall off
And walk off
It's the new old fashioned way
Break the mainframe

Fame
That's what you all want
Capitalization
You type with all perfect spacin
But pick the wrong font
And you got all the right needs
But the wrong wants
Your knees
If you fall you might bleed
But it's all consequently the same
As keepin all of your blood inside
When you let it out
It's just the end of the ride
And I got plenty of time
To send mine through more capillaries
Plenty of mind
To pay none to my adversaries
I'm actually very adept
At avoiding conflict
But dive into it with no regrets
When someone wants it
And I can act like I'm beyond it
But if I'm bein honest
You can have it if you want it
And that's a promise
I'm off topic
I do that
I have a hard time stayin focused
But you knew that
It's one of the things I'm tryna change
In this brave new world
So sit back and watch it all unfurl

When you think it's over
That's just cos you're older
That's just on your shoulders
Soldier on until you reach
Where you can walk up
To where you've heard talk of
Go to where you can fall off
And walk off
It's the new old fashioned way
Break the mainframe
Track Name: Blue Checkmark
You already beat the world in your mind
Like everybody knows who you are
So many people know you online
It's over baby you're a star
Ever since you got verified
It's like you got the world in your arms
But offline you're still scared of life
It's just so hard

If we were to get to know ya
Then we'd all fall in love
Like everything about you
Is just sent straight from above
If we were to get to know ya
It'd make up for the way
That everyone ignores you
In your ordinary day
If we were to get to know ya
Then everyone would see
"Man they are just so different
They're so not like you and me"
If we were to get to know ya
You wouldn't be nameless
You're just dyin to be famous

You shouldn't have to go to work anymore
It's not fair you deserve the world
Everyday life is a bore
You're not like all these boys and girls
They're all so busy with their small little lives
Like any of em really matter at all
But none of them have been verified
They're just so small

If they were to get to know ya
Then they would understand
You're someone they should follow
On that thing that's in their hand
If they were to get to know ya
They'd see just who you are
And maybe they would love you
Like those people from afar
If they were to get to know ya
Then maybe they would see
That you're somethin to strive for
You're somethin that they should be
If they were to get to know ya
You wouldn't be nameless
You're dyin to be famous

Here in the world
This isn't where you belong
Here in the world
These people got you all wrong
Here in the world
You're just a face in the crowd
Here in the world
You wanna scream but you just can't be loud
Here in the world
You're dyin to be famous
Track Name: Mol
I can imagine how long that it took the scars
To heal from the things that I done to you
I can remember we'd sit there and look at stars
Never thought I woulda run from you
There's some things that I just can't change
I guess that's why you still live down there

We were just kids even though we could both rent cars
And we thought the world was just made for us
We'd get as drunk as we could at the local bars
And hope the world would never run away from us
Still there's some things that we couldn't change
I guess that's why you still live down there

Guess I gotta fix it in my dreams
Go in and fix it in my dreams
I have to fix it in my dreams
Cos I still see you in my dreams

I hope the years that've passed have been good to you
At least as good as they've been for me
Down there I did everything that I could for you
Lord knows you did everything that you could for me
Still there's some things that we couldn't change
I guess that's why you still live down there

Waitin on trains that's supposed to be here
You're on the ground with the track to your ear
You said that I said we'd grow old together
But darlin we did and it's been fifty years
I can wake up and go back to the world
Go back to my son go back to my girl
Where I spin a totem and know that it's real
And I don't just have to rely on the feel
Rely on a deal that I made with an architect
For a city he ain't even started yet
Sposed to meet me right here by this park bench
He ain't even done left his apartment yet
Here I sit and I wait and I spin
The totem and then I spin it again
I gotta keep checkin I don't wanna end in
A similar place as the one that I'm sendin
A message a bottle a carrier pigeon
You carried the water I'll carry the vision
We made an incision and just started diggin
Until we infected the world that we live in
It's sick now
When I put up a brick now
An invisible hand goes to rip down
Everything just gets flipped now
There ain't nothin to do but just sit down or skip town
But what happens to those that are stuck here?
When they dream it's just dreams of above here
There's no such thing as love here
And no one voluntarily chooses to come here
But for some it's a prison a home
A miniature dome they live in alone
And visitors never stay long
Cos when they wake up where they're from
They just vanish and gone

Fix it in my dreams
Go in and fix it in my dreams
I have to fix it in my dreams
Cos I still see you in my dreams
Track Name: E2P2 (feat. Korey Costa)
Earth to Earth
Why's no one pickin up?

Livin out here can be rough sometimes
All the way out here
Where you never come to see me
We're barely even in touch sometimes
I say I love you
But you don't even believe me
You leave me out here
On the edge of the sky
Here with a bunch of little stars
Who are tryna be me
But I'm kissin all of this
And heaven goodbye
I can't wait around
To see if you will ever need me

I get excited
When you say you'll come around
(And you just don't know)
And I just can't hide it
So I lay all my cards down
But there ain't no poker face
In this high of a room
And there ain't no one to chase
On this side of the moon
I can't just let you
Let me sit around and wait
Like I won't forget
You and me share all the same fates
You can't just see me
When you're sick of what you see
Like you don't mean a thing to me

I keep on callin but no one's pickin up
It's like the planet that I once knew as home
Is just gone

Livin out here can be rough sometimes
All the way out here
Where you don't get any service
The sound of silence is too much sometimes
I'd say to try it
But I know you don't deserve it
Just bein out here
On the edge of the sky
Here with these stars
Whose little names I can't remember
I send you letters
Almost all of the time
All I get back is just the same
Return to sender

I know you never meant to
Make me feel this way
But all of the evidence
Doesn't support this claim
So just excuse me
If I'm feelin cast aside
You can't just use me
And then think it'll all be fine
I've finally woken up
To what I need to see
Cos I finally broke the part
Of me that just can't be
Fine with believin
In what's only make believe
Like you don't mean a thing to me

I keep on callin but no one's pickin up
It's like the planet that I once knew as home
Is just gone

It was your home
But now it's all gone

Hey it's me
Okay listen I hate to be
So unremitting and faithfully
Dedicated to an idea that's make believe
Instigated me to drive here take a seat
Been a minute don't cry tears
Hate to see you feelin so sorry
This isn't a pitiful party
Bit off more than I can chew
I abuse the nostalgia
Just sit in the car please
No ignition or car keys
You been wishin to start me
Slow me down hold me back
Because misery loves company
So you been huntin me down
Used to ignore me and then you treat me
Like some brand new discovery
How?
Used to tease me
But you think you in love with me now
You're not in love with me now
You're not in love with me now
You're just a lustful untrustworthy
Lovehungry son of a
Eh now you get the summary now
What have we found?
Oh that's right
You treatin me like the long lost
When I needed you
You let me fall off
Now you want me back here at all costs
But I was always there for you
Your scapegoat and your parachute
This payphone call is obsolete
So how could I declare a truce?
I was always there for you
Your scapegoat and your parachute
You refuse to define our love
Connection lost the line is cut

I keep on callin but no one's pickin up
It's like the planet that I once knew as home
Is just gone
Track Name: Legacy
Watchin cartoons
Sittin in the kitchen
You're talkin gibberish
But I listen
I bet if I did a little dance
You'd laugh and you'd love it
It's somethin I would probably
Never do in public
It sounds silly
Cos it's only been a year
But I can't remember what life was like
Before you were here
Don't get me wrong
I wasn't in a dark place
But now it's like I got hotels
On Boardwalk and Park Place

I pass go every time that you smile at me
You changed the meaning of the word
And redefined happy
What it used to mean
Just seems a little empty now
And all the vices in the world
Don't even tempt me now
Yeah I still got a couple
But now I'm workin on em
Cos you make me wanna
Be a better person
Used to not care about my troubles
I would just ignore em
Hopin that they would get better
But they would only worsen
I'm sure you'll go through the same things
And take all the same swings at pitches
Tryna win all the same rings
This world can be vicious
But it's a beautiful place
When you can finally make it onto a base
And when you finish the race
You'll wanna look back
And see what you did
Now I can look back
And see it's a kid
If we should ever be apart
You'll forever have a part of me now
And you'll forever be my heart
The biggest part of me now is you

Even when I'm not around
You can listen to this song
If you're feelin down
Just think of me and close your eyes
You'll see me
Put this on and close your eyes
And I'll be there
No matter where you are
You can listen to this song
And I won't be far
Just think of me and close your eyes
You'll see me
Put this on and close your eyes
And I'll be there

I wonder what you'll wanna be
When you get older
I wonder if you'll even know
Cos I didn't
I just took the whole world
And put the thing up on my shoulders
Thought I would figure it out
But who'm I kiddin?
I just did what I had to do
At any given time
Just to make it through
Just to survive
Just to be fine
Just to try to find
Any little thing that made me feel like
I wasn't so alone
Cos yo at times it can feel like
Nobody understands you
And that can be the worst
And you can't find yourself
So you continue to search
But that's just life
Y'know what?
It's only for the better
Cos when the sun shines
You'll appreciate the weather a lot more
If you know what the rain's like
And the good times are sweeter
If you know what the pain's like
F'real tho I think you'll be fine
Cos you're a little me
And little me grew up to write down these rhymes
So when I'm

When I'm not around
You can listen to this song
If you're feelin down
Just think of me and close your eyes
You'll see me
Put this on and close your eyes
And I'll be there
No matter where you are
You can listen to this song
And I won't be far
Just think of me and close your eyes
You'll see me
Put this on and close your eyes
And I'll be there

Man I can't wait
To watch you figure the world out
Or watch you be confused
Tryna figure a girl out
I wonder if you'll be into sports
Or if you'll be in a band
Or if you'll wanna try to rap
Like your old man
Maybe you'll write a song like this
For your own son
Maybe I'll live long enough
To get to meet him
Maybe you'll be into movies
Maybe you'll be into books
I'll save mine
Just in case you ever wanna read em
Maybe you'll be
The President of the United States
Maybe you'll travel the world
Instead of stayin here
Maybe you'll be an astronaut
And go to different worlds
Ones we won't even discover for years
Maybe you'll just be a regular old guy
Who does whatever he has to do to get by
No matter what who or where you are
I'll never judge you
You're the best thing that I've ever done
You're my son
I love you

Even when I'm not around
You can listen to this song
If you're feelin down
Just think of me and close your eyes
You'll see me
Put this on and close your eyes
And I'll be there
No matter where you are
You can listen to this song
And I won't be far
Just think of me and close your eyes
You'll see me
Put this on and close your eyes
And I'll be there
Track Name: Cannibals
I stay above the fray
And float above little things
That you think are the biggest
I take another way
And go above
I'ma start where you think that you're finished
I wait another day
And I just watch
As you burn all your village's bridges
Then I take another way
And go around
While you're sure I'm just mindin my business

I'm huntin prey and leavin nothin to scavenge
I'll clean your plate
And leave you wonderin what happened
Pick your bones clean and leave
You'll think I'm a savage
This ain't no thing to me
It's survival tactics
Someone explain to me
The things you're concerned with
Cos this ain't a game to me
It's things you'll get burned with
I get yall afraid
Cos you don't think that I've earned this
But get yall acquainted
It's the things you gon learn quick
While you just eat each other alive

I started everything
Was playin shows
Before most of yall ever bought music
Man me and Blake were kings
And wore the crown
Before there was even reason to do it
Those clubs you play at now
You wouldn't be there
If we ain't convince them to let you
So say thank you
Say that now
And kiss the ring of the one
Who just made you and left you

You're all my children
And I will be respected
I'll play the villain
Just so you get the message
I'll hurt your feelings
If you still need a lesson
Cos my floor's your ceiling
If you need come and test this
I don't know what happened
To the scene we created
I'm so done with rappin
This is peace you can take it
I'll give up the passion
And just leave all this wasted
And sit up here laughin
While I peep my replacements
Just beef and eat each other alive
Track Name: Anchor
I'm never good when left to my own devices
I'm fine at first but then it lasts too long
I never could be counted on in a crisis
Too hard to find I'm just a vagabond
I wish you could be someone that I can talk to
I wish you knew me like I want you to
But I ain't got time to take you all on a walkthrough
There's too many other things I wanna do

But we can sit here for a drink or two
And talk about the weather
Talk about the weather
But there's some other things I need from you
Besides the simple talk
And a laugh when we're together
I get up and say peace to you
And walk to make it better
Walk to make it better
Though I'm not sure why I'm leavin you
But you'll never understand
And I can't see it through

I need an anchor weighing me down
Someone to sit and spend a day on the ground
Someone to tell me I should stay in this town
But you don't know a thing about me
I need an anchor weighing me down
Someone who'll let me spend a day in a frown
Someone who'll put up with this negative clown
But you don't know a thing about me

You only get so many people who know you
Once they're all gone you can't replace the ghosts
You all don't know me
You just know what I show you
Or what I tell you in a Facebook post
I got a couple I got left I can talk to
But we're all so scattered it's impossible
And I ain't got time to take you all on a walkthrough
So get up and leave and I'll just watch you go

But we can sit here for a drink or two
And talk bout politicians
Talk bout politicians
But there's some other things I need from you
Besides the simple talk
I just want someone to listen
I get up and say peace to you
And laugh bout what I'm missin
Laugh bout what I'm missin
Cos I'm not sure why I'm leavin you
But you'll never understand and I can't see it through

I need an anchor weighing me down
Someone to sit and spend a day on the ground
Someone to tell me I should stay in this town
But you don't know a thing about me
I need an anchor weighing me down
Someone who'll let me spend a day in a frown
Someone who'll put up with this negative clown
But you don't know a thing about me

I've been out to sea for way too long
And need to hit the dock
I've been aimin hard but never hit the spot
Miss the plot
I can listen watch
Get a little blister pop
Fish some rocks
Flick a wrist and flop
But I can't hit the top
I wish it'd stop
But I gotta keep aimin
Keep namin these pictures I keep framin
This one here I call Damon
This one here needs replacin
This whole process takes some patience
But I'm nothin if I'm not waitin
Not pacing back to middle of the frame
It's a game with a trap in the middle
Lemme rap for a little
Talk your ear off
Take a few shots just to walk the beer off
Have another round then it's off to play
I would stay but it's been a pretty awful day
And I don't want you to know that
I want you to believe what I want you to believe
So I leave
And drown in my own thoughts on the ride home
And down one or two more soon as I'm alone
As soon as I'm a grown man everything changes
Soon as I'm my own man everything's phases
All the same pages I read at the start of the book
Appear again in a whole different part of the book
So man look
It's not like I'm cryin for help
But there's a knot and I can't untie it myself
If I could just get it loose I'd be fine
All I need to get by is a little bit of time
And an anchor

I need an anchor weighing me down
Someone to sit and spend a day on the ground
Someone to tell me I should stay in this town
But you don't know a thing about me
I need an anchor weighing me down
Someone who'll let me spend a day in a frown
Someone who'll put up with this negative clown
But you don't know a thing about me
Track Name: Windows
I know where we're goin now
And this ain't the way
But there ain't no slowin down
On this interstate
Been lost and been goin round
Been missin for days
I'm sad but don't show it now
Cos this ain't the place
No this ain't the place

The future's ahead of us
The past is a maze
Let it use them instead of us
We're rats in a race
How we ever made it out
We can't be contained
No more will we wait for ours
We can make a better world
If we just don't fear the change

I'll miss what I thought I won't
It'll hit me in waves
I'll sing to the parts I know
It'll give me a stage
I'll say that I'll stay in touch
And I will in a way
But there's a world out there made for us
I gotta see it today
Oh let's go see it today

So hold on we're goin home
Now that I know the way
We'll be there before you know
Just another few days
My hand on the steering wheel
My mind in a haze
I'm starting to feel it's real
Lookin at a changin world
Through the windows into space
Track Name: Old
I can be a hard one to live with
I'm sorry
I ain't no gift
This I know
But I promise I'll try
Try to be less of what's wrong

Less of what's wrong
Is always more than what you think
When you think you've done enough
I guess I'm just wrong
Always wrong in what I think
Even when I think I'm wrong

I could do more than I do
Yeah I know that
I could be less difficult
So I promise I'll try
Try to be less of what's wrong

Cos baby you know
You know it's never what I mean
When I say that I'm not wrong
I guess I don't know
Don't know where I"m supposed to be
Even when I think I'm lost

If I ever do somethin so bad
Somethin so
Somethin that I
Somethin I can't just come back from
Just tell me and I

I will just go
Go somewhere and sit and think
About things that I've done wrong
Cos whatever's wrong
I know it's never gonna be
Somethin we can't come back from

I know I can be a pain babe
Baby I know
You know you can too
But it's just not the same babe
The same as before

We're just growin old
This is grownin old
Track Name: Golden
I remember when I saw you for the last time
There was a Halloween party up at Minick's
We got there it rained and everybody went inside
Except for me and you we dipped we were finished
We hit the car and hit a bar instead
Had a couple beers said the stuff we usually said
Acts that we were gonna book
Shows that we were gonna rock
Songs that we were gonna finish
For the album we were gonna drop
You raised a toast to my newborn son
I had to get home to him so we only raised one
Then we said our goodbyes
To all the people that we knew there
Cmon it's me and you
Everywhere we went we had a crew there
You dropped me off
And made plans to come and meet him
Asked when was the best time
For you to come and see him
I watched you drive off and then I went inside
Man I wish that I could turn back time

Golden
Now you're golden

I remember when I saw you for the last time
There was a random ass party back at Rachael's
Some people there were on mushrooms I think
I dunno if you were one of em
You really didn't say so
I hadn't seen you in awhile so we caught up
And talked about the music each of us was workin on
Even though we started off in the same damn group
Somehow we never appeared together on a song
So we talked about fixin that
I was gonna talk to Haj
Get you on a Dumhi song with the whole squad
We freestyled
Kicked some rhymes back and forth
We were young it was fun
We would rhyme for sport
I don't remember you leavin
I don't remember sayin bye
There's a hundred percent chance that I was high
Man that whole era really flew by
Yo I wish that I could turn back time

Golden
Now you're golden

I wish that Tommy got to meet his Uncle Blake
I wish he got to meet his Uncle Joel
I wish he'd know what they were like in real life
Instead of in the stories that I'll tell him when I'm old
I wish that I could hear their voices without hittin play
I'm thankful that I can at least hear em there
I wish that I could be with each of them another day
So I could say my goodbyes instead of sayin prayers
I wish I never had to see what it was like
For a parent to lose their own child
I can't imagine the sheer amount of strength
That it must take to even crack a smile
I wish that I could let em know they'll be fine
I wish that I could think about it without cryin
And even though I'm sure we'll see each other
Somewhere down the line
I still wish that I could turn back time

Golden
Now you're golden
We're all golden
Track Name: Before the Curtains Close
What do you wanna leave behind?
What do you want the ones who are still here
To have when you're gone?
Just a little peace of mind
Maybe a blanket to wrap themselves in
When they need to be warm
An old sweater that needs to be worn
Even though it's all ripped and tattered and torn
But it still smells just like you so they keep it
They're never gonna wash it
They're never gonna bleach it
I need this to be more than a song
More than the album it's on
More than the job I was workin
At the time that I wrote it
More than the computer
That you'll use to download it
More than my voice and Lenny playin piano
More than my usual tenor more than soprano
I need this to be somethin you keep
Somethin you love
Somethin within your reach
When I'm beneath and above
Whether I'm in the earth or in the air
Whether if I knew it was comin or unaware
Whether I was facin it down or runnin scared
No matter how or when it happened
This'll always be here
Yo this'll be my will even if I have nothin
Play this at my wake for my friends and my cousins
This is for anyone who will say that they loved him
Tell em he's still here
They just gotta push a button

This is hello from the other side
This is me tellin you not to cry and that I'm fine
This is a message from beyond
This is Ouija
This is for you to put this on when you need me
I'm sorry this is somethin always on my mind
But you never know when you're gonna die
It could be tonight
It could be somewhere way down the road
I just wanna take a bow before the curtains close

This is life the universe and everything in between
Get in the car it's a hitchhiker's dream
Don't make a scene make a fist
And just put it in the air
For the ones who ain't here
For the ones who ain't there
For the ones you think about
At the end of the night
Yeah the ones you still see
When you turn off the light
They're the ghosts that exist even if you fight
Cos when they're gone to forget em is wrong
So we remember right
Remember me as I was
Remember me as I am
Remember me as a son
Remember me as a man
Remember me as a father and a husband
Remember me as an artist worth discussin
Remember me as a friend and a lover
As a mentor a brother
Man remember it all
Remember all of my climbs and all of my falls
If life was a game I had a ball

I'll be your guardian angel now
And follow you around
Keep you safe outta danger now
I'll be the eagle in the sky keepin watch
And you know I always wanted to fly
So that's the perfect spot
I'll be the picture collage somebody made for you
The one you hang on the wall and look at every day
I'll find a nice spot up here to save for you
If anybody tries to take it I'ma chase em away
I'll be your memories the good times and bad
The happy times and sad and everything in between
I'll be the dream that you have
That you think about the whole next day
Tryna figure out what it means
I'll be the leaves in your fall
Be the spring in your step
Be the breeze in your summer
Be the snow on your breath
Don't think of me like I'm gone
Just think of me like a song
And if you miss me put it on and sing along like

This is hello from the other side
This is me tellin you not to cry because I'm fine
This is a message from beyond
This is Ouija
This is for you to put this on when you need me
I'm sorry this is somethin always on my mind
But you never know when you're gonna die
It could be tonight
It could be somewhere way down the road
I just wanna take a bow before the curtains close
Track Name: Sunset
I'm on a planet none of you've ever been to
Somewhere out here beyond the Kuiper Belt
Can't see the sun from here it's sort of an issue
But we never worry that our ice'll melt
The locals look at us like we don't belong here
But everyone's newer than somebody else
Soon as another rocket drops someone off here
We become locals to somebody else

We don't play like we used to
This all takes getting used to
We might say that we'll take off
Or we might stay and just make this home

A million miles beyond how far you can dream up
Somewhere out way beyond the moon and stars
That's where we landed and we made a new dream up
Where it don't even matter who you are
You could be anyone today I'm a doctor
Tomorrow I might be a famous star
This ain't for everyone to be an imposter
But if you got a ship you need to chase the stars

We don't play like we used to
This all takes getting used to
We might say that we'll take off
Or we might stay and just make this home