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"No Limits" was actually one of the first songs we wrote, but never played live. All our early songs were short and fast, so I remember getting together for band practice one day and Andrew saying, "Can we write a slow song please?" We came up with the verse to "No Limits" and played it over and over, with me making up lyrics on the spot. Originally the bridge was the chorus, and vice versa. We messed around with it until we got tired of it, moved on, and mostly forgot about it.

The Orphans practiced in Malvern, PA in Andrew's parents' basement, mostly. We didn't have a regular schedule but would end up there at least twice a week, sometimes just to hang out. Practices sometimes became impromptu gatherings where friends and random people would show up and watch us play. Sometimes we'd go off on these long hippie jams, some of them becoming songs like "The Anthem For A Doomed Public" or "Shut Us Down." Other times we'd just ramble and noodle around, probably thinking we were wasting time. In retrospect, we were learning how to play together and there was no time wasted. We would usually record everything we did on boomboxes or minidiscs, listen to them later and see if there was anything worth expanding upon. Unfortunately we would usually tape over them the following week so few of these recordings exist today.

A couple times we'd hang out in the garage with acoustic guitars, surrounded by candles and incense like the hippie punx we were. There would be meandering musical journeys on guitars and bongos that I'd probably be horrified to hear today. But at some point, Tom and I must have decided to do a slower, acoustic version of "No Limits," and here it is. The tape is unmarked but I imagine it's from summer of 1996 or fall of 1997. Half the words are made up as this tape rolled, on the spot. I guess the song stuck with me more than I thought.


from Lost Songs: 1994​-​1997, released April 19, 2016


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