No Strings

No Strings is the first track on Side B of The Near Future's song cycle. It was first released early as a thank you to fans who backed the Project Atma Kickstarter, later being available for those who preordered the album. In an official Kickstarter backers-only update, lead singer Brian Mazzaferri stated "it celebrates the freedom we've found in getting to make this album accountable only to ourselves and to you guys, with no middle men in our way."

Lyrics
I used to hate myself when I would let you down
I thought it was my fault, but I know better now
You didn't want me as I was
You wanted someone who would live for your applause

You're free to do what
You wanna do
but I don't have to
I used to care what
You thought of me
but now I see through you and your brass rings
Because I don't dance and I got no strings

I used to think that you knew all the answers cold
But then I blinked and saw the shit beneath the gold
now that I know, I can let go
I can be anyone I want when I'm alone

You're free to do what
You wanna do
but I don't have to
I used to care what
You thought of me
but now I see through you and your brass rings
Because I don't dance and I got no strings

You're free to do what
You wanna do
but I don't have to
I used to care what
You thought of me
but now I see through…
You're free to do what
You wanna do
but I don't have to
I used to care what
You thought of me
but now I see through
You're free to do what
You wanna do
but I don't have to
I used to care what
You thought of me
but now I see through you and your brass rings
'Cause I don't dance and I got no strings

Official Videos
Packy recording the guitar solo

Live Performances
San Diego, CA June 25, 2014

Unknown Location July 2, 2014

Columbia, MD July 22, 2014

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