Staircase Wit

by Best Case Scenario

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Eric Maiello This song really just hits home in my soul. The music is especially good in this track and just feels right to me. Favorite track: No Sense of Direction.
Joel Kelley
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Joel Kelley Dustin - NICE WORK on this album! Call me biased for being a big ABR fan, but this is some of the best pop punk out there. Excellent vocals, top notch musicianship on your part on guitar and bass, and Matt's of course on drums.

One of my favorite albums along this genre vein is Staring Back (album "On") - after listening to a couple tracks off you record I thought of Staring which is a big compliment.

I hope to hear more "Best Case Scenario" in the future, and maybe live someday? Cheers Favorite track: No Sense of Direction.
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mitchattitude It only took a few seconds of listening to Best Case Scenario to realise I was going to be buying this! It's so 'up my street' I'm going to move in! Favorite track: Up & Atom.
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released December 16, 2015

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Best Case Scenario Baltimore, Maryland

All Music / Lyrics written by Dustin Davidson.

Produced by Dustin Davidson

All instruments / vocals performed by Dustin Davidson.

Drums on tracks 1,2,3,5,6,7,8 by Matt Greiner.

Staircase Wit - the predicament of thinking of the perfect retort too late.

These are songs that I wrote quite some time ago and they're just now seeing the light of day.
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Track Name: Leverage
There was a time when I was wrapped around her finger
but I’ve unwound since then.
Forced to come up on my own
in spite of all those things she did,
those things she said, and all those lies she spread -
I don’t fret them anymore.
They’ve depreciated; don’t hold their value like they use to.
The lies take their toll.
Just let go.

Why say these things?
(Make a game out everything)
Why pull these strings?
Why even try to make it hard for me to let you go?
You play the victim when it’s clear that you’re at fault
and ruined everything we use to know.


It doesn’t come as a surprise that you would handle it like you did.
Hell, I expected less, and now it’s driving me insane
that you’re the one who got away
from all the judgements and the blame,
while I’m left trying to reclaim
all these little pieces that you’ve made.
Thought distance would be my ally,
but he stabbed me in the back instead.

Why say these things?
(Make a game out everything)
Why pull these strings?
Why even try to make it hard for me to let you go?
You play the victim when it’s clear that you’re at fault
and ruined everything we use to know.

Used him as your leverage, just another pawn in your defense.
Used him as your leverage, just a worthless pawn in your defense.
I never saw it coming.
Track Name: Technology: 1 Dustin: 0
It’s extremely hard to keep up with you.
I’ve exhausted not only my patience, but my feelings too.
What’s the extra step I need to take?
Telling me that if it isn’t posted online then it’s surely fake.
Whatever happened to chivalry?
You claim, “You’ve gotta use technology,
technology to express your love for me for everyone to see.”

It wasn’t me, it was technology.

It’s extremely hard to keep up with you.
I’ve exhausted not only my patience but my feelings too.
So what’s the extra step I need to take?
Telling me that if it isn’t posted online then it’s surely fake.
Whatever happened to chivalry?
The world doesn’t matter to you?
Through technology is the only way you’re pleased.
I see it now and I’ll admit defeat.

It wasn’t me, it was technology.

What are we fighting for when it should only help you and me?
It might have bested me then, I’ll fight back you’ll see, it wasn’t me.
Track Name: Memories on Holiday (feat. JB Brubaker)
I remember it like it was yesterday.
With the summer came insecurities,
but we were in it all the way.
What can I say?
We were just 18 and falling in love.
I remember everything about this girl
and everything we ever did together.
How could I forget her?
How could I forget those nights we’d stay up watching movies
at my place until 11:30 am.
Amen.

Just breathe it in.

What felt like yesterday is out of reach.
I hate to say it but I think we’re growing up -
hate to say it but I think we know these times won’t last forever
but I can picture us together in these memories on Holiday.
Breathe it in.

Those days meant everything to me
and I can promise you I won’t forget them.
They’ve got a way of holding onto me
and after all of those times,
I’m left with that one night still ringing in the back of my mind.
Dressed in black she walked right up to me.
I remember when she said,
“Tonight I’m gonna show you everything - tonight is the night that I make you a man.”
Amen!

What felt like yesterday is out of reach.
I hate to say it but I think we’re growing up -
hate to say it but I think we know these times won’t last forever
but I can picture us together in these memories on Holiday.
Breathe it in.

These photographs will forever stain my mind
with the best nights of my life.
Here's to the times we shared on Holiday Drive.

Breathe it in.
I’ll breathe it in.
These times won't last forever
but I can picture all of us together in these memories.

Breathe it in.
Track Name: High Hopes / Low Standards
You’ve got class,
but that won’t get you far, you’ll see.
You’ll find out for yourself.
You’ll find out through the misery.
And all those guys that you pick up to fill that void I left,
they’ll find out for themselves
just how insecure that you can be.

You’ve got high hopes
but your standards stoop so low
that they will never come true.
And you expect a ring around your finger?

Explain to yourself that it’s not you, it’s them.
Manipulate and you’ll shift the blame
without having to carry your own weight.

After everything you put me through
I can’t find it in my heart to forget you.
It wouldn’t let me if I wanted to.

You can tell me I was never there for you.
That everything I ever did reflected me,
when I everything I ever did reflected you. (were just to blind to see)
In the stress, I confess, I think less
cause you act like the best
while I’m left not comprehending
why you strive to be dependent.
You won’t change, you’ve made that clear.

His hands wrapped tight around your throat
and you know damn well you won’t do anything but choke.

After everything you put me through
I can’t find it in my heart to forget you.
It wouldn’t let me if I wanted to.

You’ve got high hopes
but with his hands wrapped tight around your throat
you won’t do anything but choke - you'll choke - so choke.
Track Name: I.O.U.
A life lived without pain
means a life lived without these lessons learned
and I wish that I could take back how I treated you,
but it’s too late.
An apology will have to do.
I’m sorry, sorry for everything that I put you through.
I hate myself for letting go of you.
It’s the one mistake I wish I never made.

I can’t do anything now to keep you off my mind.
(I need somebody else)
I think back on the way that I handled everything
and it makes me sick!
But I hope that he makes you happy.
On second thought,
I hope he slips up and he makes that same mistake that I made.
I’m holding on til’ I see this through.
I hope that you cash in my I.O.U.

I’m drowning,
drowning in this mess I made but I know that I will be strong
and I will move along,
pretending everything’s okay
and hope that we could try again someday.

Take me back! I’ll make it up to you, I swear!
Take me back! I’ll make it up to
(you) mean everything to me.
I see it now and I can blame myself,
but you should have put your foot down,
never let me walk out.

I can’t do anything now to keep you off my mind.
(I need somebody else)
I think back on the way that I handled everything
and it makes me sick!
But I hope that he makes you happy.
On second thought,
I hope he slips up and he makes that same mistake that I made.
I’m holding on til’ I see this through.
I hope that you cash in my I.O.U.
Track Name: No Sense of Direction
I find it hard and I don’t know where to start,
but I am working hard on finding my way back from here,
finding my home, but this home, it's never felt like home to me.
And I can’t sleep without the things I need.
I need the road!
It’s the only form of home I know!

I had that dream again,
the one where I wake up and what once surrounded me faded away.
I know it will someday,
why tell myself that it will be okay
when it’s clear I’m lying to myself in the first place?

I can’t sleep without the ringing in my ears.
Don’t need silence, it’s the generator that I need to hear.
I think about it almost every single night.
Wondering if I will fall asleep tonight.

I had that dream again,
the one where I wake up and what once surrounded me faded away.
I know it will someday,
but I’ll tell myself that I will be okay and move on
pleased I lived this life in the first place.

Wake up!
Track Name: No RAGrets!
You are such a whore,
I’ll give you two months, maybe three before you’re pregnant.
I don’t mean to sound harsh but it’s the least that I can do.
And you ask, “Where the proof?”
That in two months, maybe three that you’ll be pregnant.
It’s in everything you do.
Every single word you say.

By the way, do you remember when you said,
“If it wasn’t for you, who knows where I’d be."
"Probably having sex with a bunch of random guys that I don’t love.”

Well there’s your proof.

You are such a joke,
I’ll give you two months, maybe three before you call me
and tell me you’re alone -
crying your eyes out on the phone.
You are such a joke,
that in two months, maybe three I’ll answer my phone
and tell you how it is.
Show you who you are.

I’m not afraid.
After everything you did
I can’t find it in my heart to let somebody in,
but that will change.
I’ll learn from the mistakes that I have made.

I’ve got you where I want you now.

What’s left to say?
Now that you don't mean anything to me.
You asked me to sing to you, here I am, singing for you.
What's left to say?
Asked me to sing to you,
well here I am and this song is about you.
Track Name: Midtown (feat. Billy Rebosky)
Can we make things right?
Yeah tell me.
I wanna make things right,
but you have got to say the things I need to hear.
Let’s start with the truth,
like what do you do when I am far away on tour?
Word spreads fast, if not faster than your legs.
I should have known you’d sell me out.

Act your age must be overrated.
Thought you were 21?
Being honest must not be what you do - not like it’s new for you.
Tried to hide it didn’t know that somehow you'd be seen.
You act like 21, going on 14.

Let’s strike a match,
I wanna bring to light all of the things you’ve tried to hide deep in the dark. I won’t let you walk away from this.
Does anybody even know about Midtown like I do anyway?
And you thought you’d get the final say?

Hold on, I’m gonna give you hell,
that’s all you ever gave to me anyway.
And honestly it breaks my heart to see you try so hard to drag me down with you.

Does 1122 Thomasville mean anything to you?

Where were you that night?
Shattered glass and bold face lies will keep me company
6,000 miles over seas.
And after all this time you blame me?
I’m not surprised, it’s just like you.
Shift the blame just like you always do.

Hold on, I’m gonna give you hell,
that's all you ever gave to me anyway.
And yeah, honesty is something you had never learned to show to me, and now I see.

I let go, why can’t you please take me home?

This night is useless,
you've shown your true colors to me.
Please take me home.
Track Name: High Hopes / Low Standards (Acoustic)
You’ve got class,
but that won’t get you far, you’ll see.
You’ll find out for yourself.
You’ll find out through the misery.
And all those guys that you pick up to fill that void I left,
they’ll find out for themselves
just how insecure that you can be.

You’ve got high hopes
but your standards stoop so low
that they will never come true.
And you expect a ring around your finger?

Explain to yourself that it’s not you, it’s them.
Manipulate and you’ll shift the blame
without having to carry your own weight.

After everything you put me through
I can’t find it in my heart to forget you.
It wouldn’t let me if I wanted to.

You can tell me I was never there for you.
That everything I ever did reflected me,
when I everything I ever did reflected you.
In the stress, I confess, I think less
cause you act like the best
while I’m left not comprehending
why you strive to be dependent.
You won’t change, you’ve made that clear.

His hands wrapped tight around your throat
and you know damn well you won’t do anything but choke.

After everything you put me through
I can’t find it in my heart to forget you.
It wouldn’t let me if I wanted to.

You’ve got these high hopes
but with his hands wrapped tight around your throat
you won’t do anything but choke - you'll choke - so choke.