We're Trying Our Best

by Sweet Nobody

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1.
When I set out to try my hand at this I think I thought it possible And maybe it actually is Just need a break from my inner voice Cuz I'm not a good judge I'm not a good jury But with my heart and my fears aside I think I'll have a chance If I see what's to come I know I'll leave in a hurry So I just suck it up and close my eyes So I can have a chance Yeah I just suck it up and close my eyes So I can have a chance It doesn't matter What I say to myself anymore All the buzz is confusing me So if I wanna know the truth I'll ignore my feelings No matter how real they seem to be Cuz I'm not a good judge I'm not a good jury But with my heart and my fears aside I think I'll have a chance If I see what's to come I know I'll leave in a hurry So I just suck it up and close my eyes So I can have a chance Yeah I just suck it up and close my eyes So I can have a chance Cuz I'm not a good judge I'm not a good jury But with my heart and my fears aside I think I'll have a chance If I see what's to come I know I'll leave in a hurry So I just suck it up and close my eyes So I can have a chance Yeah I just suck it up and close my eyes So I can have a chance Yeah I just suck it up and close my eyes So I can have a chance Yeah I just suck it up and close my eyes So I can have a chance
2.
Why Don't You Break My Heart? Why Don't You Break My Heart? Why Don't You Break My Heart? Why Don't You Break My Heart? You've been so good to me Even though I know You've seen the sideshow before Don't know why you don't ask You don't have to sit and watch A slideshow before you leave Well I know that everything they say is true Can I give as much as you give me to you? Why Don't You Break My Heart? Why Don't You Break My Heart? Why Don't You Break My Heart? Why Don't You Break My Heart? I hope that you don't know That I would understand it If you wanted to go I could get over you if I had a year or two Or twenty or so Well I know that everything they say is true Can I give as much as you give me to you? Why Don't You Break My Heart? Why Don't You Break My Heart? Why Don't You Break My Heart? Why Don't You Break My Heart? Why don't you break it up? I can leave with my ghost I know you love me but I can love you the most Why don't you break it up? I can leave with my ghost I know you love me but I can love you the most Why Don't You Break My Heart? Why Don't You Break My Heart? Why Don't You Break My Heart? Why Don't You Break My Heart?
3.
Rhoda 02:17
I've been pretty bad Cuz life hasn't been good He won a prize that should've been mine And it put me in a sour mood If you're gonna tell me "no" Then prepare to go Cuz If you're not my friend You're gonna meet a bitter end I knew a nice old gal I made like we were pals But she was stingy with her things Her trinkets and rings So I pushed her down the stairs you know If you're gonna tell me "no" Then prepare to go Cuz If you're not my friend You're gonna meet a bitter end There was a mean old Joe He told me “Girly, I know.” He was tellin lies so big surprise He burned in the cellar below If you're gonna tell me "no" Then prepare to go Cuz If you're not my friend You're gonna meet a bitter end If you're gonna tell me "no" Then prepare to go Cuz If you're not my friend You're gonna meet a bitter end
4.
I like the way That you talk about me You seem to think That I’m still wild and free And in your eyes I’m still a mystery But I’m so bored with myself Yeah I’m so bored with myself My body doesn’t work I can’t catch up My brain is broken And I’m all messed up But there you are Writing nice things All about me in your Five Star diary Don’t wanna leave my home until I know What I’m gonna do or where I’m about to go There’s something out there And I want it though But I’m so tired of me Yeah I’m so tired of me My body doesn’t work I can’t catch up My brain is broken And I’m all messed up But there you are Writing nice things All about me in your Five Star diary Wake in the morning Feeling like the undead I skip the shower Dirty hair on my head My best accomplishment Was getting out of bed It’s not pretty but it’s true This is what tired people do My body doesn’t work I can’t catch up My brain is broken And I’m all messed up But there you are Writing nice things All about me in your Five Star diary My body doesn’t work I can’t catch up My brain is broken And I’m all messed up But there you are Writing nice things All about me in your Five Star diary
5.
Fearing the same thing every time That you might wanna be mine But if you get to know me more You could turn on a dime Writing the same words over again “Could we be more than just friends?” Guess I’ll have to talk to you To get my thoughts through Why can’t I be someone else That not so hard on herself? Young in love and its so painful Feeling stupid feeling shameful And I’ve never found it useful To talk to anyone I think more than I’ll ever say Can’t give myself a break Still awake at 2 am Thinking what I should not have said If I could get past my tripping tongue You’d see I’m not so high strung You could reach down and pull me up From the bottom rung Why can’t I be someone else That’s not so hard on herself? Young in love and it’s so awful When you’re no good at being social And I’ve never been so careful To talk to anyone Why can’t I be someone else That’s not so hard on herself? Young in love and it’s so painful Not much good at being vocal And I think you’ll find it truthful If you’re not young you’ll never know
6.
I watched you swirling on Counting one by one Pointing to the dawn You caught me as I stared Feeling unprepared But I wasn’t scared Oh Lord there I was Caught in a million yard stare Amid the morning buzz I found a marble there And you saw a bear Caught you unaware Covered the table with our plastic ware Pancakes and bacon at the country fair Oh Lord there I was Caught in a million yard stare Amid the morning buzz I cried when I got stung Crying keeps you young Then we iced my tongue Held tight to my kite string Lashes glistening While you fixed my wing Oh Lord there I was Caught in a million yard stare Amid the morning buzz Oh Lord there I was Caught in a million yard stare Amid the morning buzz
7.
Other Humans 03:11
I’m the one that isn’t real Try to pass it off like “No big deal.” Won’t be long until they find me out Know the feeling when you go somewhere Caught by strangers in indifferent stares? How can someone look through me? How? I meet em through a pane of glass And then I do a hollow laugh Just to sound like everybody else What else can I do? Is this what other humans go through? Maybe they would want me more If I was less like me and more like her I know it’s stupid but I always wonder Who makes me worth a damn? Not you or you or any other man If I’m not careful it just pulls me under I meet you through a pane of glass And then I do a hollow laugh Just to sound like everybody else What else can I do? Is this what other humans go through?
8.
White Lies 02:28
Just a kid reading books In the backseat Exchanging looks with the people At the swap meet Feast your eyes on my beautiful guise I'm building an angel Out of little white lies Out of little white lies Out of little white lies Out of little white lies We agree there are things You don't need to see Shake the dust from my heels I need to start clean When the blood runs red It's a kick in head Making directives From a hospital bed From a hospital bed From a hospital bed From a hospital bed No you can't ask What it's about I'll let you know If I figure it out No you can't ask What it's about I'll let you know If I figure it out If I figure it out If I figure it out Maybe
9.
Little Ghost 03:40
Hey little ghost Creepin' round the bend Stop right there She's not gonna let you in She wakes up praying in the night Just to send you away Praying in the night Just to send you away She knows you lie You faded apparition The sound of your voice Is the signal to fight She wakes up praying in the night Just to send you away Praying in the night Just to send you away She wakes up praying in the night Just to send you away Praying in the night Just to send you She wakes up praying in the night Just to send you away Praying in the night Just to send you away
10.
You don't know how it feels To be me It's a hidden power That I have maybe It looks so good But it feels so bad And it's the only feeling That I've ever had I'm spending all this time Just trying to make it right Don't want to get it wrong If I should die tonight Don't wanna leave that way I'll be okay Just have to let the mood pass Don't tell 'em what I'm thinking Go out and take a drive Good way to feel alive When I go back inside I'll remember to smile I'm spending all this time Just trying to make it right Don't want to get it wrong If I should die tonight Don't wanna leave that way Don't wanna leave that way Don't wanna leave that way Don't wanna leave that way Don't wanna leave that way Don't wanna leave that way I'm spending all this time Just trying to make it right Don't want to get it wrong If I should die tonight I'm spending all this time Just trying to make it right Don't want to get it wrong If I should die tonight If I should die tonight If I should die tonight If I should die tonight

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Recorded prior to the pandemic and initially intended for release in the summer of 2020, Sweet Nobody’s sophomore full-length, We’re Trying Our Best, found itself waylaid by the same unexpected reality as the rest of us. While there was no way of knowing what lay ahead for humanity in general when lead singer/lyricist Joy Deyo was writing the album, she was dealing with her own challenge, living with chronic pain from an illness that resisted proper diagnosis and treatment, and her experience of trying to learn to live with it informed her songwriting.

Given We're Trying Our Best's thematic bent toward addressing the reality of living with challenges, the insecurity that feeling damaged can bring, the sustaining support that the love of those close to you can provide, along with the occasional weirdness one can feel just being around other people, how fitting that the album is finally being released in 2021, as we may possibly be on the verge of re-integrating into some semblance of social normalcy (for better or worse). If there’s anyone out there who couldn’t have related to any of those things a year ago, certainly most of us are on board by now, feeling unsure and unsettled, a little rudderless, trying our best to figure it out. But We’re Trying Our Best is no ponderous goth dirge. It’s a summer album, after all (maybe a touch of fall), and the band cites Felt’s Maurice Deebank, Johnny Marr, and the Go-Betweens as sonic influences. There is frequently a similar lightness to their touch and, as with their debut album Loud Songs For Quiet People, Sweet Nobody delivers pointed and poignant lyrical insight with some of the most well crafted indie-rock/pop this side of Flying Nun.

Recorded with the full lineup (Joy Deyo: guitar/vox--Brian Dishon: drums/guitar/vox--Casey Snyder: guitar--Adam Nolan: bass) between Hurley Studios and engineer Joel Jerome’s home, the band sounds present and alive in a way that feels particularly refreshing right now, a reminder of the connection we can have with each other through shared experience and the power of human relationships to endure. We're Trying Our Best may have been delayed but in some ways, it has come at the right time.

- Tom Child

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released September 17, 2021

All songs written by Joy Deyo except Young In Love (Deyo/Dishon)

Sweet Nobody is:
Joy Deyo – vocals, guitars, keyboards
Brian Dishon – drums, guitars, bass, vocals
Casey Snyder – lead guitar
Adam Nolan – bass

Produced by Joy Deyo
Recorded & Mixed by Joel Jerome at Hurley Int Studio & ARW/Psychedelic Thriftstore
Mastered by Paul Minor
Cover designed by Adam Nolan

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Sweet Nobody Long Beach, California

Sweet Nobody is an indie pop four piece from Long Beach, California. Their album Loud Songs For Quiet People, recorded with Joel Jerome(dios malos) was released in 2017 and lead single Manner Of Speaking became the theme song for Youth & Consequences on YouTube Red. We’re Trying Our Best, recorded with Joel at Hurley Int. Studio is OUT NOW!!! ... more

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