Diminishing Returns

Diminishing Returns

 Wantagh, New York, USA
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Similar to how each song unveils a different emotion spanning the full gamut and progression of one's feelings, the musical style is described by many, but never the same hyphenated sub-genre way twice. Influences include punk, metal, emo, with reticent underpinnings of blues, indie, and new wave.

Biography

Diminishing Returns is a 6 year old rock act from Long Island, NY. DR has performed as direct support for national acts of varying styles on their Long Island/NYC tour dates, as well as played headlining shows. DR has a exponentially growing rabid fanbase all over the world. Performing poignant solo acoustic sets and impassioned full shows.

Lyrics

Same Old Story

Written By: Mike Sereno

they say you're leaving, atleast you're gonna try
they say you're leaving, i guess god just closed his eyes
to the fact....that you're mine
to the thought - of a better way of life
now the sound - that i hear
is of nothing but questions, nothing but my deepest fears

oh, here we go
to the same old story, the kind that i used to know before
when the last one fell out of love (with me)
together may be hurting you, but look what the end will do to me


so you think you can do better, well you're crazy if it’s true
you'd better wake up soon girl, cause i'm the best (the very best part of you)
an ounce of perfection is worth it's weight in gold
& i may not overflow, but i'll stick with you as we grow old

It will kill & erase everything I have worked for
& everything I had ever hoped to be

together may be hurting you, but look what the end will do to me

7:19

Written By: Mike Sereno

if i should die, i want brooklyn to take me
drag me clear across the track & break me
& if i should die, i want heaven to find me
lift me up to the heavens & bind me
if i should die, i want island to take me
show me love & all that's good, & forsake me

lift, me up, tonite
save me with your light
show me who i used to be
& save me from this tragedy
that has become my life

if you should find, me lying face down
gasping for my last breath the only sound
& if you should feel the world pause around us
& if you should think, that I need saving
just take my hand & stop my heart from breaking

& if I should live, just promise you will have me
be the only thing that's good all around me

A Death Bed for Two

Written By: Mike Sereno

i'll give you my whole heart, but only while it’s breaking
i'm just that selfish, no give, & all taking
it's like a car wreck you walk right into
running into a burning fire, all covered in fuel
it's marrying into a death bed for two

i didn't say it would be easy
i just really need to know if you're here with me
are you loving me, or leaving me
are you here to stay, or just today
cause you really need to know, that I think you should go

i said wait, & catch your breath, are you sure you mean this?
cause a life with me won't be what you dreamed it
i'm all kinds of sad, & all kinds of lonely
so just a damn second, are you sure you got to know me?
enough that you really enough that you wanna buy into
a death bed meant for two

together – forever, these words to remember
& these words would tear me apart
together – forever, these words you dismember
now as you, break my heart

are you loving me, or leaving me
are you here to stay, or just today
cause you really need to know, that I think you should go

Untitled

Written By: Mike Sereno

I know nothing about it is right, but I’m giving up on my life tonite
& it doesn’t even feel strange to leave this world at such a young age
I don’t know who I want to be & I’m just so sick of apathy
I guess I can’t go on, so I’ll leave you this parting song

I know nothing about it is right, but I’m giving up on my life tonite
& it doesn’t even feel strange to leave this world at such a young age
I know you have been good to me, but I’m just so filled with jealousy
For all of you who can really feel happy

I just wanna know how it feels..
But If I can’t know, I guess nothings left
If I can’t know, I guess there’s nothing left

I’m sorry mom for all of this, I just couldn’t clean up this mess
I didn’t mean to hurt you, I just didn’t think of what I’d put you through
& maybe it’s selfish, I think I know
You gave me life & had to watch it go
It’s just, it’s been 23 years & I couldn’t figure out what this life was all about

I know nothing about it is right, but I’m giving up on my life tonite

Flowers in Her Hair

Written By: Mike Sereno

is it weird that all i wanna do is stay in tonite & talk to you
about my fears & all i've done wrong about why i had to write this song

i know the answer is surely no & i know my friends will beg me to go
out to find some way to blow all our money on alcohol
just find a few new silly ways all not to feel..so...small

but if i had my way i'd sit right here
confident in holding you near
& ask you sweetly to stay here
for just a while longer
till my faith gets a little stronger

is it weird that i care to know is how you taste softly blow
a little air into your ear all that my lungs can spare

cause i can't breathe, cause i can't breathe
i can't, i can't, i can't, i can't without...you here

if i had my way i'd spent every hour
laying with you & putting black flowers
into your red hair, until the worlds gardens go bare

you are my nyquil

am i odd, cause i can only let you know
this in a song, or written in the steam outside your window
but i'm telling you now, so please don't, please don't go

The Bleeding Rainbow

Written By: Mike Sereno

would you swear to me that you'd be damned with me
& if you can live your life like that then i'd live with you
could you promise now that we'd be happy somehow
& if you can swear it on your mothers grave then i'd cut my hair & change my face

as long as your fingers uncross i'll leave with you & pray we get lost

could you swear to me that you'd be damned with me
& if you can live your life in sin then i'll pray it to begin
could you promise now that we'd be happy somehow
& if you really believe its true then i'm ready to go with you

as long as your fingers uncross i'll leave with you & pray we get lost

let's run away runaway
run away runaway
never to return to the place where our dreams burned
let's run away runaway
run away runaway
never looking back, i'm short on morals & tact
we've left this life of no returns so we'd never burn again

Holy War

Written By: Mike Sereno

I’ve made peace with myself
with the things you made me do
& with all the ways I became what I hate
& I did it all for you

I’ve made peace with the world
& with every single girl
& with all the ways that they wronged me
& I did it all for you

But I’ve become what I detest, I crushed what once lay in your chest
How can I live with myself now
Your dreams were one laid in my hands, I threw them out & changed your plans
How can I live with what I am

This is a holy war, you’re the one I’m fighting for

Now i have loved again
& each & every time I do
Something comes around that reminds me of you

Now I don’t think, I only drink, & pray that this will change
& convince myself that it's all ok

This holy war, you're the one i'm fighting for
This is a holy war, i'm the casualty of all these whores.

Discography

The Subway Demos (EP) - Available through cafepress

...The Lost Years (LP) - Available on iTunes,
Rhapsody, amazon.com, target.com, districtlines merch store, etc.

Open Chords for Closed Hearts (EP) - Available on iTunes,
Rhapsody, amazon.com, target.com, districtlines merch store, etc.

The Bipolar Bear - Split CD W/Right as Rain - Limited Release at shows

Regression (EP) - Limited Release at shows

Infatuation (LP) - Available on iTunes,
Rhapsody, amazon.com, target.com, districtlines merch store, etc.