Love Problems

by The Doubleclicks

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Hello there.

When I start to write a song, I’m usually upset. I’m sad, angry, tired, frustrated, and about to give up. I start to write something angry, and sad, and terrible. But somehow, by the time the song is done, it has turned itself around. It reminds me that things are going to be ok. And, in spite of myself, I have written something that makes me feel better. A lot of that is because the listeners of the Doubleclicks, over the last 8 years, on the internet and on tours, make us feel happy and not alone. This music is something that helps us to feel close to other humans, even when we let out our vulnerable and raw and ugly side.

That’s a little bit magic, don’t you think?

We are thankful to our supporters on Kickstarter and everywhere else, for helping us make this, our most personal album yet. The freedom to write this music is made possible by you, and we do not take that lightly. Thank you.

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released August 15, 2017

The Doubleclicks are Angela M Webber and Aubrey Turner.

This album was produced by The Doubleclicks & Danielle Ate The Sandwich,

with performances by the Doubleclicks and these amazing special guests:

Danielle Ate The Sandwich - background/additional vocals, ukueleles, guitars

Adam Hanson - drums and percussion

Megumi Sasaki - violin

Jonathan Coulton - vocals on Big Bang

Lucia Fasano - background vocals on Sensitive Badass

Group Vocal on Extra Gin: Christian Lipski, Jessica Hebert, Hollyanna McCollum, Fletcher Lanning, Lucia Fasano, Richard Malena-Webber, and Chris Waffle

“Now Is The Time” is based on the novel “Piper Perish” by Kayla Cagan.

This amazing album art was created by Amanda Etches (etches.myportfolio.com)

with photos by Beth Olson (betholsoncreative.com)

Mastered by Cauliflower Audio.

Find videos, lyrics, and more: thedoubleclicks.com

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The Doubleclicks Portland, Oregon

The Doubleclicks are a pair of Portland-based sisters who sing about Dungeons and Dragons, Mr. Darcy, and Dinosaurs.
The Doubleclicks' clever brand of nerdy folk music has been called "relentlessly likable" and "face-meltingly wry."
Their fans tend to be software developers, writers and their loved ones, as well as anyone who loves Star Trek, grammar, dinosaurs or video games.
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Track Name: Lord of the Rings
there are songs I’ll never listen to again
cause the weight of my hate for your weight bearing down on me
is just too strong, just too strong

sometimes I cry when someone asks me out to ramen
cause I can’t face the traces of your face looking back at me
it went on too long, way too long

it’s automatic
the way you cloud my head with your memory
you’re so charismatic
but you’re min-maxed to bullshit I want to be free

there are songs I’ll never listen to again
but you can’t take all the things—
that make me the way I’ve always been
you can’t take lord of the rings
and you won’t win this game
Jammin James

it’s weird cause I’m so strong and awesome
but I let you lay the ways that I say that i ought to be
inside my head, in my head

I shut up cause I didn’t want the gossip,
but my shrink she says the things I think get the best of me
and I should let it out instead, so I let it out instead

it’s a kind of magic
how you follow me around from an entire different city
and it’s kind of tragic
but I hope you’ve grown a lot since the days that you hurt me

I don’t care if you are happy now,
I just hope that you are victimless
I don’t care if you are happy now,
I just hope that you are victimless

there are songs I’ll never listen to again
but you can’t take all the things—
that make me the way I’ve always been
you can’t take lord of the rings
and you won’t win this game
Jammin James
Track Name: Kilogram
It started physical But there's no shame there
I was what you needed and I was happy to stay there
you said I was your constant, your ideal
And I started to think that the thing we had was real

The days turned to years right in front of our eyes
You kept me locked up here, I felt like a prize
you said I was the best you’d had and I clung to your word
I wanted to be what you needed, and for you I was standard.

I was lost for so long but you showed me who I am
I would never be wrong if I was your kilogram

But now it's all over - If your calculations are correct
I'm more than a number - And that is why we're wrecked 

I know it makes sense
I know you have needs
But what do I do now
What about me

Could you really replace me with nothing but numbers?
I suppose that you can
But who will I be if I’m not your Kilogram

I’m searching for meaning
in your eyes but they’re blank
there is someone else, I know it.
somebody named Planck

I know it makes sense
It’s logic, it’s smart
but I did nothing wrong
do you not have a heart

would you let a committee of strangers tell you who I am?
and will you really be you, without your kilogram?
Track Name: Sensitive Badass
I let things bother me that I shouldn't let bother me
and I feel sorry like I should be stronger
I know I shouldn't listen to the insults or the heckles
but I listen and they all stick with me longer 

My friend Michael Bain told me this is because
we're evolved to remember the things that endanger us
If I was an animal searching for food
I would always be vigilant for things that are dangerous

So if when I am in real life or reading the comments
I'll always remember those who cross the line 
And not all the wonderful women and children
who tell me I've helped them by speaking my mind

If it is negative I'll memorize it fast
Because I'm sensitive, not just a badass
I am sensitive, I am a badass

I act like I'm cocky I have a persona
cause I don't want to seem like I'm open for feedback
But that's just because I internalize everything
…that I should redact 

I don't know if it's clear that that's just who I have to be 
I love my friends so much, I love them all more than me 
It feels like they all know just who they each want to be 
And I'll always feel lucky that anyone talks to me 

(i wanna say…) Let's start a band that just yells at the man
and never has a Facebook page and never does signings
I'm so scared about emails from moderate straight white cis males
that I stop myself writing when I feel like I'm whining

Don't tell me to calm down, don't tell me it will pass
I am still sensitive, I am a badass
I am sensitive, I am a badass
If you haven't yet realized that we are political,
you haven't listened so we will start yelling
I often want to just burn down the world,
sometimes I'm an anarchist, sometimes I'm a pacifist 

I just want all of us to love each other
and listen when somebody tells you they're hurting 
I want us to maximize joy and equality
instead of what we're earning

I'm a survivor, and if you're a survivor too
We want you to know, that both of us believe you

You have the strength, and though all of the scars will last…
You can be sensitive and still a badass
just say it now,
I am sensitive, I am a badass
Track Name: Now is the Time
there are a million reasons you can’t do it
there are a million roadblocks standing in your way
if you give the world one excuse, then it will agree with you
you simply can’t make anything today

but there are a million steps that you could take this minute
there are a million tiny things that you could do
there are a million mistakes
there are a million hot takes
and the only one who can share the genius your heart is you

Now is the time for fearlessness!
Getting it right is not the point as long as you create

you have no money, you have no time
no paints and no paper, fine
just make a little progress, take a small step forward, we can wait
Now is the time

So go ahead and 
Do everything
try everything
be everything
go and get lost in the world and do not be afraid
go and fill up the world with all the things you’ve made

you’ve got to find a way around 
to be the person you’ll become
they say time changes things, but 
actually YOU’ll be the one that changes them

Now is the time for fearlessness!
Getting it right is not the point if you persevere
art is the gift of truth
art is the gift of you
art is the gift of reminding everyone the reason that we’re here
Now is the time
Track Name: Women Know Math
my dress is muddy, my skin is bad
i’ll call you buddy, i sort of want to be a dad
i’m not curvy, and i’m not slim
i don’t wear makeup, at home, on planes, or at the gym

i’m not weak, and i’m not strong
i cry often, if you know the words then sing along
i am a woman, none of those things disqualify me
I hear a lot of voices saying I’m doing it wrong, but please just…try me

i like being a lady, and I don’t need
to be the picture of what someone thinks that means
though it might help you know just what to do with me
and you say in turn that would help me succeed — who cares

I crush on ladies, I crush on dudes
it is a sex crime, to hack someone and share their nudes
gender’s performance, it isn’t binary or real
if you don’t like that, i do not care you’ll have to deal

you gave us dolls and then you told us they were dumb
you told us we’d get hurt if we tried to have fun
you see the problem, women know math
you can’t tell us to do a thing, and then when we do it laugh

boys will be boys, is a disgrace
and though you tell me things are changing, I am not willing to wait
cause it’s a problem all around the world
every day people are punished just for being girls — no fair

I am a women, I’m doing it right / I am no matter what I do
I have pants and hair and dirt and I am not here to please you
I have goals and plans and dreams and I am not here to please you
I have talents strength and words and I am not here to please you
Track Name: Wrong About Gender
My prom was awesome I have no regrets
Now that the Catholics all have empty nests I can tell you honestly 
it was all gay as hell

I don't know who invented the bottle that spins
but I know it’s a fun game that everyone wins
when you play it with closeted queers it’s a love carousel

when nobody thinks that it’s real to be bi
your hometown gets filled up with all sorts of lies
I’m sorry for all the straight roles that I failed at portraying

but Lord grant me patience and Hugh Grant me grace
i never knew love til I looked in their face
when they told me with tears in their eyes that this wasn’t just playing

that isn’t what happened but it’s what I remember
don’t tell the host I don’t want to offend her
but I’ve never felt stronger while loving so tender
and we tried so hard but we were still wrong about gender

bicycle / pancake / omnipotent / queer
pick a prefix that fits you I’m glad you’re still here
Me and God hate the people who tell you your feelings are fake

But the first person who made me feel good to be tall
Who made me feel real in a whole way at all
wore the wrong kind of clothes that TV told me I should be right for

gay weddings in Boston showed it was ok
if I hadn’t known that I might not be here today
so let’s try telling kids that their joy is a thing we will fight for

that isn’t what happened but that’s what I remember
when we started telling truths at the end of december
we made the worst daiquiris ever to spill from a blender
and we tried to learn but we were so wrong about gender
Track Name: Big Bang (feat. Jonathan Coulton)
I don’t know when it happens, but at some point in the past there is nothing
and then the universe just starts

I don’t know when it happens, but at some point in the last two years we started on a path that leads to two
broken hearts

what happened next - in space, everything starts moving out, and between all of the planets is a big and empty vacuum

what happened next - somehow our bed becomes thirty miles wide it’s impossible to see that we’re still living in the same room

it’s weird to think, there was nothing in the whole universe, and then molecules were everywhere
it’s weird to think, the way we haven’t touched in months that we we ever together, that we were ever a pair

and I resent the way your molecules are everywhere

we thought the next stage would be a house
after a party
after a dress
after you got me
a ring

but instead we’ve grown apart
we’ve grown apart
we’ve grown apart
but babe, since the big bang
so has everything
grown apart
Track Name: Out of Charge
I wanna give my love to you all day
But sometimes I come up empty
My heart just doesn't hold charge
The way it did not so long ago

I wanna give you love the way you give me yours
So full and gently
But my heart just isn't working right
I think it may have broke

It may have broke over the summer
When I let someone betray it
I thought that it was safe
But someone drained my love away

I let him drain my love away
And it's hurting me to say it
'Cause the thing I want the most
Is to give my love to you each day

I wanna give my love to you all day
But sometimes I come up empty
My heart just doesn't hold charge
The way it did not so long ago

I wanna give my love to you all day
But sometimes I come up empty
My heart just doesn't hold charge
The way it did not so long ago

My heart just doesn't hold charge
The way it did not so long ago
Track Name: Extra Gin
CHORUS:
I like comics and spaceships and catses
and I’m barely holding the panic in
I’m afraid of eye contact and taxes
bartender, please extra gin

The battery’s low on my phone
so I’ve gotta get home pretty fast
My future’s messed up by student loans
and bad boyfriends all messed up my past

my screen’s got a crack in the middle
I can’t selfie, my phone is too full now
I can’t clear it, not even a little
but I have to keep on living somehow

(CHORUS)

it’s a Friday and I’m all alone
I wanna call you, but it’s your turn, you’re next
I can see when you type on my iPhone
but you never send the damn text

I’m insecure but I try to pretend -
that makes me mean which I know is isn’t right
I’m jealous of my lover’s female friends
so tequila is on me tonight!

(CHORUS)

I got on the wrong bus and it’s moving
but I don’t want to admit my mistakey
can’t get worse, so I guess it’s improving
let’s just see where this fuckin’ night takes me

I work harder than I really need
I won’t give myself slack til I try it
But I’m afraid if I ever succeed
I’ll be too damn depressed to realize it
Track Name: Juneau
I don’t need your party / I totally get why I wasn’t invited
don’t even worry / I don’t feel even a little bit slighted

and I guess if I wanted to go to your party
I shouldn’t have slept with all of your friends
though you would agree that I was the good guy
if you had just seen those relationships end

but that’s fine
I don’t mind

I’m moving to juneau
I’m getting the fucking hell out of this state
I’m going to Juneau
there’s no one in alaska I already hate

Juneau - we’ll look at the northern lights
juneau - we’ll see all the stars at night
and when I’m hanging with hikers and fishers and moose
I won’t even be thinking of how much I really miss you

it’s a beautiful city
I’ll have so many friends and I’ll never get bored
they’ve got their own glaciers
the capitol building and several bookstores

and while I am viewing and making art
I’ll forget how it feels to just fall apart
I’m walking in slow-mo away from regret
the rubble is everyone I’ve ever met

but that’s fine
I don’t mind

I’m moving to juneau
I’m getting the fucking hell out of this state
I’m going to Juneau
there’s no one in alaska I already hate

Juneau - we’ll look at the northern lights
juneau - we’ll see all the stars at night
and when I’m hanging with hikers and fishers and moose
I won’t even be thinking of how much I really miss you

The City and Borough of Juneau is the capital of Alaska.
It is the second largest city in the United States by area.
There were 31,275 people, residing in Juneau of the 2010 census.
there are no roads connecting Juneau to the rest of Alaska or to the rest of North America (due to|because of) the extremely rugged terrain surrounding the city.
This in turn makes Juneau a de facto island city in terms of transportation, since all goods coming in and out must go by plane or boat!

I’m moving to juneau
I've run out bridges here I can burn
I’m going to Juneau
I'd rather just leave than grow, change, or learn

Juneau - we’ll look at the northern lights
juneau - we’ll see all the stars at night
and when I’m hanging with hikers and fishers and moose
I won’t even be thinking of how much I really miss you
I really miss you
I really miss you