Cheaper Than Therapy

by Baggage

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This five song EP is available as a PAY WHAT YOU WANT download!

Writing these five songs was very therapeutic for me. After a lot of life changes, anxiety attacks and just being overall unhappy, I quit my day job. I focused on my love of writing which opened up a lot of time to work on music. As awkward and strange as it was at first, I made a positive change in my life and used everything negative as fuel for this EP. I feel better and I hope this helps you too.

"It's not the way you feel. It's the way you deal with it."

-Jonathan / Baggage


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released December 16, 2015

Produced and Engineered by Marc Jacob Hudson at Rancho Recordo in Fenton, MI.

Album artwork photograph by Lance Nelson.

Album artwork layout by Michelle Lukezic.

Music by Jonathan Diener and Baggage

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Track Name: Flint
Walking down Saginaw St.
I can hardly make it.
With all the ice beneath my feet, I can barely feel a thing.

Now I’m heading down the block and I’m starting to feel safe,
but I know I’m probably not.

Why do you stay in town? Is it pride or are you just stubborn now?
So I’ll keep asking around for anything going on downtown

On Saginaw, the boarded up windows are businesses that fell apart.
And fast forward fifteen years, see police on every block

only for a mile down the street.
They forgot my friends who got robbed twenty feet away
The police, they never come.

So I pointed to my palm and I said, “This is the city where I’m from.”
Track Name: Safety Net
I’ve been listening to the waves again
The cold sand beneath my feet
And in a way I’ve learned to be at ease with my mistakes
Drowning out the sounds of doubt in me
But help is what I need

This time I thought I had it all figured out
Like what went wrong, and had to the time to work it out
I knew you, now I don’t know you at all
The safety net to catch my fall

If it’s a crutch, I’m leaning a little too hard
On my weaker side these days
You want the truth? I feel like I could never change the world
Growing up I thought I could

But now, I figured out
It’s not the way you feel
It’s the way you deal with it

This time I thought I had it all figured out
Like what went wrong, and had to the time to work it out
I knew you, don’t wanna know you at all
The safety net to catch my fall

It’s OK
I know that things have changed
There’s no use to complain about the ups and downs
When I still feel the same
Track Name: Twenty-Something
I can’t help you forget
Things you want to say
From your hospital bed

Another time
Another place
I’ll help you to annunciate

I never got a call
The things you want to scream
With no voice at all

Another time
Another place
I’ll help you annunciate
A better life
A better way
For me to feel again

I have this pain in my chest
Distracted by the things in my life that make it a mess
You’ll never know how it feels
After twenty-something years it’s way too real
It’s way too real

Now I found a way to breathe
Or it’s something in between

I have this pain in my chest
Distracted by the things in my life that make it a mess
You’ll never know how it feels
After twenty-something years it’s way too real
It’s way too real
Track Name: The Biggest Bar Night Of The Year
So I guess I’ll throw nostalgia out the door
But it feels so good traveling back and forth
To another world, like the one inside my head
You remember me?
No one ever did

What do you want?
What do you want from me?

It’s a waste of time when you pop your head inside the door
You’re a stranger now, we don’t keep in contact anymore
Don’t care where you work or how many kids you have
We’ll forget the past and just live our lives instead

What do you want?
What do you want from me?

You want small talk again?
These days I can’t relax
I feel my time has passed
And I’m wasting breath
But I hope you’re doing well
Oh wait, I still don’t care
It’s my transition year
Get away from me

What do you want?
What do you want from me?
Track Name: Cheaper Than Therapy
I promise I’ll put my phone down
Distracted and I’m losing sleep now
I notice the miscommunication
I’m calming down as I speak out

Would you rather be sad?
Or feel nothing at all?
Would you rather know that
There’s a choice that can wipe the pain away
Level out chemicals that made you feel so cliche

Is it my genetics?
Am I bored and reckless?
How the fuck did I get this?
Answer me

Would you rather be sad?
Or feel nothing at all?
Would you rather know that
There’s a choice that can wipe the pain away
Level out chemicals that made you feel so cliché
And I know that I won’t be closer than I thought
To ending it

If you listen
Hope you listen to me
I wrote these songs because
They’re cheaper than therapy

So I’ll find a way
To make you feel, feel OK like me
Now I’ll never say you’re feeling strange
Feeling strange like me
So I’ll find a way to make you feel
Feel OK like me
Won’t you feel OK like me?