The Girl, the World, & the Struggle

by Scuba and the Tanks

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"The Girl, the World, & the Struggle" is a coming-of-age tale written by Stephen Molina as he addresses the first 20 years of his life in lyrical form. Rooted in themes of love, loss, and rehabilitation, this album speaks volumes on finding a sense of self-identity and purpose in chaotic times. Above all, it seeks to encourage a new spirit of direction with its central message: all that matters in life is that you keep moving forward and always lean on love; quitting is never an option.

Songs like "My Own Thing" and "C'mon" speak to the beauty of embracing yourself and sharing your light with others, while "A Window" and "To Dream for Better Days" emphasize just how important it is to remember that, whether good or bad, something new is always around the corner. Told through multiple perspectives, including the girl in "Skeleton Dance (Is That So)" and the girl's father in "All Out," this album will take you through a subliminal journey that largely explores the relationship between emotional dependence and the responsibility of happiness.

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released October 29, 2016

Many thanks to Damon Dennis at Crossroads recording studio in Lubbock, Tx for mixing/mastering the album. Without him, this would not have been possible.

Album artwork by StudioVeronna

(Special thanks to Jason T Velez Photography for media placement and advertising)

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Scuba and the Tanks El Paso, Texas

After 9 years of writing songs and learning instruments, Stephen Molina has finally decided it was time to start pumping out some tunes! Infusing acoustic-folk rhythms, a free-flowing bass, some light piano and electric leads, and a driving backbeat with free-form elements, Scuba and the Tanks has bloomed into a collaboration project that all Indie Rock lovers can enjoy :) ... more

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Track Name: Tickets, Please
So may I ask that you stay, far away
If it’s not you?

Iron born, her ticket worn
But her heart true

From where you stand admit
There’s no pain less you quit
But I won’t move,
So I won’t move,
No I won’t move,

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Softly, take your seats
Track Name: My Own Thing
I’m a second guesser, I’ve seen better days
And I’m not trying to mess up your little space
I’m a leopard spotted cheetah rocking penguin overalls
Cause this whole world needs something new
Who knew?
I’m not one to complain I’m just trying
To do my own thing

But hold the phone
That finger you’re pointing at me
Is so blown, way out of proportion
You can let it out, troubled orphan
It’s a shame they look to me when I say,
“Don’t do what I say, do your own thing.”

I’m doing my own thing
Tuning my own strings, yeah
Just try and stop me

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Higher than birds, not too steady
But not a cloud in sight,
It’s absurd, are you ready
For something you ain’t never seen? That’s me
I’ll be your plans for this evening, remind me,
What did you want me to do for you?
Now meet my drunken fist

This is my own thing
I’m tuning my own strings, yeah
Just try and stop me

Doing my own thing (Don’t do what I say)
Tuning my own strings (Do your own thing)
Doing my own thing (Don’t do what I say)
Tuning my own strings (Do your own thing)
Doing my own thing, yeah (Don’t do what I say)
Just try and stop me
Track Name: Soul to Share
And though you’re lovely, I don’t fit the mold
Sweet it started, but the rope is still burning
And nobody, no rain can stop it
Staring at the sky but everyone’s entitled to their own

Ain’t no need to be tied down here
Still a lot left to figure out
You showed me sparkle but I have to bounce, need the one
Who can take all the weight right off my soul
Break it, break it

Carrying around
Carrying around boy it’s something loud
Once you find me, then we’ll search the clouds,
Cause I won’t stop craving it all
I’m craving it all

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You are something new
You’re my bride in blue
I got the second but the cards weren’t in it
And I just want to love you
But somewhere down & deep, my heart is begging no no no

No, no, no way out, bail out
My darling could call any second now
One day, it’ll start to get old
But I’m just a little bit picky in this department
So find me, dearie, don’t…

Wait up, hold on
Where have you, come from
Wait up, hold on
Where have you, come from

Carrying around
Carrying around boy it’s something loud
Would you follow me and search the clouds,
Cause I won’t stop craving it all
I’m craving it all
Track Name: C'mon
Well as I change my shape, start shifting weight
I can’t help but question if my path is straight,
But as I work this maze, I chip away at today
So tell me something I don’t know, here I’ll put it simply
My brain is racing, going a 100 in a 60
I’m a short fuse just trying to keep the peace & if you
Share the sentiment then keep up with me

C’mon, show me some spine and smile
C’mon, how we’ll arrive there in style
C’mon, break out the shine in your smile
C’mon, here in the light stay for a while

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I rock a stormy past, my walls were made of nails & glass
And fell to ash the second we were matched
Can you see me, as I would dive in freely,
Just for a hint of quality, how instead
We were never ‘bout the palm trees

Life is strange, and we’re just playing inside
But let’s not entertain our pride
Just grab my hand and straight away we’ll fly

C’mon, show me some spine and smile
C’mon, how we’ll arrive there in style
C’mon, break out the shine in your smile
C’mon, here in the light stay for a while

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Today was a nice day
Skipped rocks, swung from the monkey bars
Laid in the grass and just looked up for hours
Then came the rain, and we ran to our car
To our, warm blanket
Oh I never want this day to end
What I’ll do for happiness

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C’mon, show me some spine and smile
C’mon, how we’ll arrive there in style
C’mon, break out the shine in your smile
C’mon, here in the light stay for a while
Track Name: Floating I
The freshest find, but you’ve lost your taste
What’s on your mind? This is a safe place.
Oh, it’s you and I, but still there’s something buried
underneath those eyes

This isn’t healthy, you’re not alone
Why must you carry this all on your own
When you can tell me anything, so
Please just let it out, let it out, let it out…
Please just let it out, let it out, let it out…
Track Name: Skeleton Dance (Is That So)
She was beautiful
How I wish you could’ve met her
Well it’s been two years now
And still I feel her grace all around

I’m afraid he’s gone
He’s been lost in bottles and talk
Measure up against
We can watch our skeletons dance

Is that so, is that so, tell me everything
Is that so, is that so, tell me anything, anything

You know for a boy
You know how to cut down the noise
Serve me up for less
Skeletons can catch up quick
Oh this little cut
He was mad and I soaked it up

Is that so, is that so, tell me everything
Is that so, is that so, tell me anything, anything

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Can we go back, can we go back, can we go back?
Can we go back, can we go back, can we go back?

In some kind of state he might say I am still
Beautiful inside, and that would do,
But how many days must I hope he’s in a good mood?
Maybe just one more will do, I just want
I just want, I just want, to be heard
But every time I talk this through, I just want
I just want, to feel something new

How I like to think
That the stars above can speak
How they make me laugh
Why did you come back?

Is that so, is that so,
Tell me everything(‘s gonna be just fine)
Is that so, is that so,
Tell me anything, anything (ease my mind)
Is that so, is that so,
Tell me everything(‘s gonna be all right)
Is that so, is that so,
Tell me anything, anything (I’m blind)
Track Name: Wasteland
I’m not too good with the hard truth
But this one hit me straight like a train, how I must explain
Now I’m not so sure, that all these plans I’ve made
Aren’t just another masquerade, how I need some aid…

"Oh rest assured this little
Pinch can afford the blissful"
You got me bending but it’s never too easy to break
And while you’re ripping apart
You’ll have me sit back and watch
You whisper love and yet
It’s hard to be faceless… and want acclaim
And no matter how you rephrase it

Still it stands aflame
I can’t wash off the stain

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You brought me back for more
How I swore and swore again
Feel the brittle bones, of every soul you dispensed
And while you fight the cold
I look up, man that’s getting old
Can you hear what I would give to be faceless
Cause no matter how you retrace this


Still it stands aflame
I can’t wash off the stain

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I’ve been dying riding on by through the wasteland air
Don’t let me fall out, you couldn’t be more specific
As you were so high, inclined to leave behind, but I doubt
(x2)

I’ve been dying riding on by through the wasteland air
But now I’ve fallen out, let me be made explicit,
The fraction of you I could find has left behind
No more doubt, and if there’s any grace left

Then she’ll see a new day,
It won’t be all in vain, no no no no no
Track Name: Sweet Cherry Pie
Sweet cherry pie, I want my
Sweet cherry pie
Oh enough with the apples
Can I get a surprise?
Been sleepless till sunlight, with nothing
But cherries on my mind

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Oh I’ve got another thing coming
Oh I’ve got another thing coming

Sweet lullaby, I’m drowning in
Sweet lullaby
Traded my doe eyes for search lights
But never said my goodbyes
They say the chase is the best part, and, well…
I kinda have to agree that they’re right
Another day in the life

Oh I’ve got another thing coming
Oh I’ve got another thing coming
Track Name: All Out
Step back
You’re no longer in charge
She’s after the moon
Is that right?
So you’ve come with the torch
Well then I think I’ll silently
Sit and wait it out
Don’t make me laugh, kid

I, I caught you falling again
Here in this storm understand
It’s an eye for an eye
Half my bottle is spent
Well I’d love to be a part
Of this token heart-to-heart
But I’m all out
Yeah I’m all out

Stop now, take a breath, reel in the quiet
Drop the knife, see how empty inside
I am, I can’t recommend you try it
You’re making her bed, but it’s mine that you lie in

I, I caught you falling again
Here in this storm understand
It’s an eye for an eye
Half my bottle is spent
Well I’d love to be a part
Of this token heart-to-heart
But I’m all out
Yeah I’m all out

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Out!
Out (I wish I could stay, now leave me out…)
Out (And surely the sun won’t seek me out…)
Out (Enough of it, just get the hell out…)
Don’t let us both down
Track Name: A Window
Staring down at broken glass
My heart’s a sunken ship
And as I sail behind a mask,
I wrestle with that question, why?

And even though I took a stab
When the ground began to shake
I live to see the aftermath
But sadly it all looks the same

And if that’s true
How do I remove the stain on my forehead?
Do I look blue,
Cuz lately I’ve been struggling for oxygen,
For oxygen

Maybe if I promise to give it time
Maybe if I’m honest I’ll see a sign
Cause the cold dark cave that I’m
Currently renting, has sprung a light
Far, far away

Well every day’s a struggle now to get out of bed
With all these clouds stuck in my head
She used to say, “So float instead.”
I may pretend I don’t care, but it’s obvious

Maybe if I promise to give it time
Maybe if I’m honest I’ll see a sign
Cause the cold dark cave that I’m
Currently renting, has sprung a light
Far, far away

Let those grey clouds bring the rain
Let the rolling tide come in
Show me everything, everything you’ve got
And I’ll hold on
Maybe it’s a matter of, oh a simple matter of...

Maybe if I promise to give it time (It's just a matter of time...)
Maybe if I’m honest I’ll see a sign
Cause the cold dark cave that I’m
Currently renting, has sprung a light...
With love in sight

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Staring back at broken glass
And here I stand today
Track Name: To Dream for Better Days
Down here in the open
I made a call to the stars, and they said
I hear you’ve been hoping
To get away for a while, go somewhere far…

And oh it’s been a long day.
I need some space
Hell it’s been a long year, my dear friend,
Too long oh it’s been
Too long oh it’s been
Too long since I’ve seen your face

Oh bright burning bird in the sky
I want to fly with you far beyond space and time
I know I probably won’t see you after today
But please just write me anyway

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Soft teeth ringing a flesh without soul
Power hungry thieves living right at home
With 2 minutes left in the half, my shoulder was tapped
Grab a car, or a rocket, cause you can go anywhere
I’ll pull the scar from my pocket and let it show
Let the world see it glow

Oh bright burning bird in the sky
I want to fly with you far beyond space and time
I know I probably won’t see you after today
But please just write me anyway
Anyway

All the wise men sayings keep picking my brain
But I turn to the same old shameful game
I could use a cartoon blast
Raise a glass to this & that, another year of kickin' back
But here’s the twist on all of this
It’s the fact we all know that we look up at
The bright light city
But not just cause it’s so damn pretty

And that’s the question of the whole jam session now
Are you gentle, is it all sentimental now?
When it comes to the drum of dreams,
Do you feel me?

Oh bright burning bird in the sky
I want to fly with you, so high with you
I know I probably won’t see you after today
But believe me, I will keep dreaming for better days
Anyway
Track Name: Floating II
Do you remember that night that we couldn’t sleep
And stayed up talking bout’ your mom’s dream house,
Baby names, and traveling
And our fingers wrapped so tightly
Like somehow we both knew…
Still I said I’d go anywhere with you…

Well I miss you more each and every day
And I’m sorry, but I think I have to stay
And see this through…
I can’t get caught up too, now away with you…

Save me tonight
For the second time I’ll watch you go
Take up the light and shine the way
Home…

Now away with you…
Now away with you…
Now be free, thank you…
Track Name: The Train
Time to head out, swear to the grind
I can run, scratch, swim but I can’t break the ghost in sight
But I won’t shake the soul tonight, sound off

Steady on the tone, start a home, stare at my sides
I never lie, so child, have a little faith now
And listen to the day now, singing

Woah now, I’m starting to feel it
Slow down, don’t wanna reveal it
Woah now, the colors are changing
Your war, is no longer waging

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Stiff and broken, I need only remain
In the love that speaks for every heartfelt change,
It’s alive, and dammit I’ve got to try, sound off
Memories never die, sing her song, share the light
And listen for the truth you can’t deny
Cause I’ve been driving in the dark all my life,
but it’s only getting louder, singing

Woah now, I’m starting to feel it
Slow down, don’t wanna reveal it
Woah now, the colors are changing
Your war, is no longer waging

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Well the train is coming
What am I to do?

Just get on & get on & get on...
So get on & get on & get on...
To get on, to get on, to get on...
To get on, to get on, to get on...

Just get on & get on & get on...
So get on & get on & get on...
To get on, to get on, to get on...
I get on

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I’ve been driving in the dark all my life,
But it’s only getting louder...