Nick Torres, please teach me your ways. Master of assonance and parallelism, he is. But you might not know without a real close ear. It was something potentially lost on the pop-punk scene of the early 2000s. Maybe why Northstar didn’t blow up like the rest of them? But then we got Cassino, so I have no complaints.

I do, however, love this album, and it’s occupying my mind well tonight. Could probably play this song seven more times tonight and still feel like it’s not enough.



“Let’s sober up, it’s time to find that galaxy
that was created and named after me.
But these rocket hips blew apart the entire ship.
So if you find some pieces,
just name them after me.
It’s on fire, it’s my empire.

It went up so fast I couldn’t grab it
along with medicine and magic
that keeps me breathing right on key,
Broken straps strap in the captain
that’s praying just for me.

And this is so typical, erased by the author of me.
So dance to some broken chords,
with broken knees, through open doors.

And save me with a microphone,
Give me something so I can go home.
Give me something so I can go home. 
Don’t you have a lesson for me?

I raced concrete to the front row seats,
Threw her bows and whiskey kisses and left
her on the street with her hands out
and her head down.
She’s nothing more than a movie that never panned out.
Hey Mr. Destiny, you forgot about me,
You forgot to leave a number.
You forgot to name the street.
This is American living with my American dream,
It thunders like a river, but it’s cold just like a stream.

And this is so typical, erased by the author of me.
So dance to some broken chords,
with broken knees through open doors.
And save me with a microphone
Give me something so I can go home
Give me something so I can go home
Don’t you have a lesson for me?

And I know now,
Things don’t get much better than this,
Life doesn’t get much bigger than this.

So dance to some broken chords
with broken knees
through open doors
and save me with a microphone
Give me something so I can go home
Give me something so I can go home

Don’t you have a lesson for me?
So teach me something so I can go.”

~American Living 
Northstar, Pollyanna