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Post​-​Apocalyptic Hymnal

by Jak Locke

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released December 3, 2008

jak locke
post-apocalyptic hymnal
all music and lyrics written, mixed, mastered and produced by jak locke
JAK LOCKE:
vocal, guitar, harmonica, keyboard, drums on all tracks
steel guitar on "overdue rent"
bass on "approaching tide", "time to get gone one last time"
synth strings on "approaching tide"
synth strings, modular synth on "something dead"
ZACH DUFRENE:
backing vocal on all tracks
piano on all tracks
synth strings on all tracks except "approaching tide", "something dead"
JEREMY BORNE:
bass on all tracks except "approaching tide", "time to get gone one last time"

recorded by jak locke at total sonic chaos, new orleans, la, aug - dec 2008
www.jaklocke.com
©(P) 2008 Jak Locke

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Track Name: Goodbye Sister Janus
A shadow's breeze leaves eternal echoes
Far and silent I can see them all
It's a tired sunrise painted in a foreign shade
It's the voiceless sand where the wisemen crawl
I don't claim to understand the reasons
I don't claim to catch the wind and follow it
I just feel the tides when they decide to turn
I just hear the shore when she submits
And it never was my place to try and save you
Nor play sanctum to a siren left behind
To be slave with promises of no recompense
Besides, I never was the hero kind
Track Name: Battle Hymn
Take me far away on a long tall silver ship
Put some ammo in my pockets and a smoke between my lips
Tell me all the stories about the people I should curse
As soon as I get back you'll have to tell me in reverse
Now send all of my wishes to my mother and my pa
Tell them that I'm only killing for the sake of law
Tell mama that she raised me wrong, that hitting first's okay
And everybody's not allowed to live their chosen way
Fighting all this rain and cold and all this rising bile
Can't help but see this liberty and think inches and miles
For some soft politician hoping hard to keep his seat
I shoot my guns and watch my friends die in the battle's heat
Don't tell me what the score is now, don't tell me did we win
In the name of equality by killing foreign men
And don't tell me how my enemy is suffering left behind
Cuz in the end the score is naught, his grave's as cold as mine
Track Name: Overdue Rent (Existing)
Pushing brooms for a paycheck, laying down on a box
Stomping dozens of roaches, throwing smokes in the rocks
Pile of laundry making me fall
Wash the plastic spoons write on the wall
Smoke my quarters away
Breaking guitar strings all day
My life savings fall out when I crouch
Stoned on someone else's couch
Sitting down on a wet sheet eating last night's food
I went past your house again, you caught me out of the mood
Overgrown lawn junked down chairs
Crapped-out radio, drain full of hair
Climbing telephone wires
Yesterday I got fired
Huffing all the bathtub cleanser
No more soap in the dispenser
Took the bus to the movies but she never appeared
Outside by the campus someone gave me some beer
The air's getting clear
The sun's going down
All my friends are here
No one's around
Got to murder all this time
The bus don't come back here til nine
I'll be coming home with red eyes
And a thousand pretty lies
Watching the fan turn around
Fall asleep on solid ground
Making mayonnaise shakes
Wake me up when I'm awake
Track Name: Dark Windows
Many times passed, many farewells cast
Many returns to the street in the city where we'd meet
Now there's vacancies that greet when I arrive
There's a new chill in the dawn
All the friends I ever had are gone
Hazy fog around me
Like the ragged ruins of my memory
There's a scattered wind of change blowing leaves across the range
Like the empty soul that's strangely still alive
All the water has been drawn
All the friends I ever had are gone
Phantom kisses touch my cheek where all the dry tears leak
Strangers I once knew, the past a shade of blue
With a year becoming two then twenty-five
Well I keep on moving on
All the friends I ever had are gone
Track Name: Remnant
I seen light, thank the gods and tell them they were right
Thrown afar, knowledge leaves a permanent scar
You never saw what was come to you
A final farewell and a wave that seems so new
A feeling wasted, a manufactured soul
Said and done and you just play your role
Held astray, the journey back a year maybe a day
Far too late a paradox to try anticipate
She never saw what was come to you
A final farewell and a wave that seems so new
A future wasted, a lifetime mutated
Some crazy fate writes what you will have stated
You never know what's in store for you
A final farewell and a wave that seemed so new
I'm feeling wasted, I'm a manufactured soul
Said and done and you just pay your toll
Track Name: Hemlock Ambrosia
Garbed in masochistic robes and blankets
A wooden giant reaching for the phoenix
The mirror pounding dirges on my eardrums
Solitude asking me for one more fix
Condemning Dante, Sophocles is lounging
Absently scrawling the Guernica
Renoir is drinking blood out in the parlor
To spew it on my work when it is done
Ah mystery so tempting and misery so fair
To see ecstasy and agony in the locks of your hair
That screaming in the distance
It's just my conscience as it dies
Hell and Heaven do exist if only in your eyes
Now visiting from eras past, the phantoms
Of demons that I tire to exorcise
Armed with a failing lantern in the darkness
And gripping tight the phoenix as she cries
Ah dearest makes her poison taste delightful
Though she barely even knows about her craft
The guilt is mine, she just provides the recipe
And with Socratic smile, I down my draft
Ah mystery so tempting and misery so fair
To see ecstasy and agony in the locks of your hair
That screaming in the distance
It's just my conscience as it dies
Hell and Heaven do exist if only in your eyes
In this bizarre kaleidoscope of figures
That coalesce and vanish without pause
Of singleminded Furies in the alleys
That exist just to rake me with their claws
Of mutilated banshees flying low down
And sirens wishing only for my blood
Ah, angel, all I ask of you is one wish
Don't fly by lest I perish in the flood
Ah mystery so tempting and misery so fair
To see ecstasy and agony in the locks of your hair
That screaming in the distance
It's just my conscience as it dies
Hell and Heaven do exist if only in your eyes
Track Name: Approaching Tide
The old worn dirt paths don't appeal the same to me
Can you tell me what it's like to live in hypocrisy
When society's gavel crashes hardest on the free
To the seas we toss your judgments and laugh
And the trails will choke the names of them who hang their heads in shame
The martyrs with their poison running through you
And we'll be glowing in the sight of your foundations burning bright
With our torches, shouting hallelujah
Your medals of honor won't fit your neck no more
And you'll choke on all the words that you used to sing before
And you'll cry to your false god begging him to break the door
Of your gallery of begrudgements bathed in chaff
And the trails will choke the names of them who hang their heads in shame
The martyrs with their poison running through you
And we'll be glowing in the sight of your foundations burning bright
With our torches, shouting hallelujah
In the garden of Eden spreading a cynical haze
Explain away injustice in your cold clinical ways
You'd defend Cain to your death if you were told that it would pay
Riding strapped and saddled to the golden calf
And the trails will choke the names of them who hang their heads in shame
The martyrs with their poison running through you
And we'll be glowing in the sight of your foundations burning bright
With our torches, shouting hallelujah
And your price shall be set from the deeds that you did found
And your deviant majesty just like the devil you'll be bound
And your eardrums will pound from the never-ending sound
Of the victory song of those you'd cut in half
And the trails will choke the names of them who hang their heads in shame
The martyrs with their poison running through you
And we'll be glowing in the sight of your foundations burning bright
With our torches, shouting hallelujah
Track Name: Paperweight (Unwarranted Autotune Edition Returns!)
Liquor on my carpet
No one walking the hall
Rusty nails and thumbtacks
Hanging out of the wall
There's a TV in the kitchen
Talking to the flies
Old fan blowing stale air
You can hear the room sigh
Two ton paperweight
Killing time in the sun
Last week's table scraps
Nearly halfway done
Dust on the telephone
Laundry wide as the sea
There's a lonesome paragon
Waiting on me
Track Name: Oceans From Drops
The stars never shine like this back home
And all I can hear is the blood in my head
Dragging back on a broken filter
I could die fine now with nothing left for wanted
I've had my razor to the dirt for months
And there's certainly plenty to sate me here
Simplicity that sings in shades of yellow
It's a wonder that these circumstances live
No cause alive tonight for expectation
As all my sophist's pride falls through the sieve
Like vodkawater nectar flowing down a velvet gutter
Nothing but this matters, leave the Abels to their Cains
This life affords the chance for but two moments
That memory will recall clear as a sun
That nostalgia will drive you mad to taste of
Tonight, right here, is almost surely one
To the golden glow of uptown where it's quiet
But for the dead men's dirges no one hears
Track Name: Pocket Full Of Ash
Lately I'm seeing the wind through my window
From all that I'm hearing, I'm hardly alone
I've noticed it's easy enough to ignore though
Not like the sky which constantly drones
Ashes ashes we all fall down
Your peace is outdated, your god has gone mute
And yesterday's ally attacks us tomorrow
If we all wear a target maybe they won't know where to shoot
The firestorms wait to reduce us to corpses
To one day decay to the oil we craved
The worth of humanity lucid to everyone
When nothing around has a chance to be saved
Ashes ashes we all fall down
Your peace is outdated, your god has gone mute
And yesterday's ally attacks us tomorrow
If we all wear a target maybe they won't know where to shoot
The whistling missiles will harmonize beautiful
And me, I can't wait for to hear what they sing
In chaos we trust and we'll march to it dutiful
Don't matter color of flag that you bring
Ashes ashes we all fall down
Your peace is outdated, your god has gone mute
And yesterday's ally attacks us tomorrow
If we all wear a target maybe they won't know where to shoot
If we all wear a target maybe they won't know where to shoot
If we all wear a target maybe they won't know where to shoot
Track Name: Time To Get Gone One Last Time
Behind the idealistic mask you can gamble with your soul
Redeeming the troubled with my smile, my mind and all I hold
And showing for it solitude within the merchant host
Rejecting peace and convincing myself that least is most
A panhandler's wrist forsaking pain no matter time held stiff
But for the grace of alcohol to stand in the wind as it shifts
And fills my sails the wrong way out, misfortune as my guide
Selling off my typical word of God for the Hecatic muse who lied
My ambiguous philosophy drips still through the veins
Of sedimentary intellects of those who live to drain
Now figures pass outside my door singing songs that I can't hear
To wait for rainstorm prophecy to tell when all is clear
I might be back next Sunday, I'll write you if I'm not
I can't stick around this place too long, you've probably forgot
With its chorus of dissonant parrots and its women who beg to be used
No, I'm going back where I came from where I've got, I got nothing
And nothing to lose
Track Name: Something Dead
Now all the anthems are at terminus
We breathe the ashes of something dead behind us
They'll ask "Where do we go from here?", I know
After all our guns have lost their voice
We will rise from our tombs with no choice
No idea where, I just go
As we walk by the chalk drawings of martyrs
All that never lasted drifts on farther
That world meant nothing to me
Have you seen such a sun never rise?
Through it all, we could never shut our eyes
It's eternal dawn above all the debris
All we knew, just another children's song
Can you believe we lived that cold so long?
There's plenty to keep us warm now
Seems we forgot just what the anthems said
As we breathe the ashes of something dead
And we ask "Where do we go from here, and how?"