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The Wreckage, The Yield, And A Place I Can Crawl Up From

by Jak Locke

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JAK LOCKE -- THE WRECKAGE, THE YIELD, AND A PLACE I CAN CRAWL UP FROM

where we came from
it's later than you think
fire and forget
who will we be now?
eh. psh
that's for them to deal with

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released August 17, 2018

Jak Locke: everything
except "No Longer Last Spring" which features Mike Dorsey on some drums, some recording & some mixing

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Jak Locke New Orleans, Louisiana

Jak Locke is a multi-genre songwriter and performer based in and native to New Orleans, LA.

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Track Name: Some Sort Of Beautiful Racket
Never mind your long lost lover, you can always find another
We never found a reason to stay, happy endings always bored us anyway
I can see the song before us, verse for now, tomorrow, chorus
There's a sickness in seeing it through, maybe someday something I'll relate to
And if it's not, I'll at least have heard it through to the end, two, three, go
Never mind your long lost lover, you can always find another
There's a sickness in seeing it through, maybe someday something I'll relate to
It's too late to, it's too late to, it's too late to, it's too late to
All my thoughts keep drifting toward
(Twenty steps from being free)
Every road that I ignored
(Tomorrow's never reaching me)
But for now we should resume
(This is what we're meant to be)
Singing to our empty room
(And if it's not then don't tell me)
But if it's not I'll at least have heard it through to the end
How cruel, how cruel, how cruel, how cruel
Track Name: Issues
Biding time until the tale's abruptly over
Now we mourn and wish that we had gotten closer, yes we will
All the worth of yesterday comes clear tomorrow
Will we spend it banking time for sake of sorrow, as we do?
It's easy enough to say that you know there'll come a day
When what you take for granted's gonna be taken away
But my friend, these are things we will never get again
Meanwhile, she says, "I woke up with zero confidence today
I tell myself this happens to everyone
But when it's said with such little confidence
It's hard to believe from such an unsure one"
He says, "If what defines me now had defined me then
My life would have been a lot easier
I'll probably be saying the same thing
In ten years about right now too"
They say, "If I'm still around somehow, I'll see you then"
Woe, woe
Cuz when we found each other we were looking for naught
And if we look we'll find we found exactly what we sought
But maybe that's too honest, keep it unspoken
So we can keep competing who's the most broken
I can feel we're on the cusp of the brink of the edge
Of an inkling of a feeling like we're nearing to the ledge
Of the possibility that me and you unwillingly
Could maybe accidentally let on what we might really be
But that's a chapter for someone more well adjusted
Wondering what that freedom's like as we discussed it/disgusted, and we are
Air behind the mask, if stifling, is familiar
Helps to focus the dark lines in clouds of silver that we mar
Meanwhile, he says, "I woke up with someone else's life today
If I can change my circles then they'll never know
And if I fake it long enough I'll start to believe it
Around the time I'll feel it's started losing the glow"
She says, "I've got to leave this behind
I think I'm losing my mind
There must be so much more I could be doing
If only I'd been more selective, I'd be less defective
Closer to my objective when I leave these losers"
They say, "If I'm still around somehow, I'll see you then"
Oh woe, woe
Track Name: No Longer Last Spring
When you're walking down St. Philip Street surrounded by chalk outlines of the martyrs
And you find that you resemble more than one
Believe me, I'll relate, but that don't mean that I'll be waiting there to save you
When you see shadows are dead without the sun
When you've seen the darkest hour and you still can bear to hold hands with the timepiece
There's nothing I want more than that for you, but only in the cruelest way
When you're tired of your losing streak from rounds of seven card stud with the devil
Ante up again my friend, pretend you ever had a choice to play
Well you're drowning, it's clear and what's worse my dear
Is that you really think you can breathe under the tide
I told you before, I won't tell you no more
That the path to hell ain't narrow, and yours is twice as wide
Yes, my dear, I tire of you wailing all these pointless nothing sorrows
Some siren drifting lonesome from their home
And yes, my dear, there is a ladder out of every hole, even ones that you dig, yes there is
But this time you'll have to build it all alone
Track Name: Trading Down
Say, I'm running out of firsts but I got a lot of fifths
So I'm seeing what stays down and you can see which way I drift
I wanna follow you down to the nightclub
I got a lot of bad reasons to be with you
And we're not leaving til I've reached the bottom
I I I've gotta find a place I can crawl up from
Gotta find a place I can crawl up from
Gotta find a place I can crawl up from, yeah
Lately I've been taking time to find some silence
Still, I know myself, I know I'll lose the taste for that too soon
Say, I see you see me here and I suppose I shouldn't mind
But what did you expect to hear? I don't care if I get signed
I want a poison hangover to find me
Yeah yeah, I got a bad mind and it's all for sale
Oh yeah, you might want to close your eyes now
I'm gonna self destruct and I'm gonna get paid
I'm gonna self destruct and I'm gonna get paid
I'm gonna self destruct and I'm gonna get paid, yeah
Lately I've been biding time to make my exit
It's so loud inside now, yesterday would not be too soon
And now it's the part of the song with the most lyrical meaning:
Oh ohh ooh, oh ohh ohh ooh, oh ohh ohh ooooh, oh ohh ooooh
Track Name: Bleary
And the sun that blares my head to ring
Is just the light that hangs from the ceiling, I left it on again
All the mirrors facing me once more
Bent and impossible to ignore, they turn me off again
Sh-sh-she says, "You only believe you need this"
And yes I do, I do
I-I-I say, "I can be invincible or just a dimmer shade of this"
She said,
"You can't do this forever"
And I said, "I don't need forever"
I'm trading ages for a chance to breathe and a temporary silence
I rent the person that I used to be with no regard for the expense
I can save myself another day, gotta find some way to make it
Gonna take another shot today, gonna find some way to break it
Break it, go
(She said "you only believe you need this" and yes I do, I do
I said "I can be invincible or just a dimmer shade of this"
She said "you only believe you need this" and yes I do, I do
I said "I can be invincible or just a dimmer shade of this")
(You can't do this forever, you can't do this forever)
(I'm trading ages for a chance to breathe and a temporary silence
I rent the person that I used to be with no regard for the expense
I can save myself another day, gotta find some way to make it
Gonna take another shot today, gonna find some way to break it, break it, go)
They turn me off again
Track Name: Night Never Falls, It Crashes
I think this time the ending's clear
I can feel it, I can feel it, it's gonna be a cataclysm, I can't wait til it's here
Life is cheaper than ever, you're worth more if you never climbed out of the womb
Existence is free but survival will cost you so pay up until you rot in the tomb
Don't mean nothing if you can't buy it
Age comes fast in the dead riot
In the end the only difference you'll find
Is that your coffin's nicer than mine
Who'd want to be happy if it don't pay?
Your mark of success is your cash and prizes
I got nothing to show for my life and I think that I like it that way
To the top now
Find another distraction, we're just chemical reactions
Repeat opinions from the headlines as if they were your own
It's just a game, it's just a game, all of the fortunes you claim
When no one's paying you can't play it alone
When the currency's hit the bottom, the day of equality's finally come
Anybody that could possibly help are the ones that you moved here to get away from
Don't mean nothing if you can't buy it
Age comes fast in the dead riot
In the end the only difference you'll find
Is that your coffin's nicer than mine
Who'd want to be happy if it don't pay?
Your mark of success is your cash and prizes
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
I got nothing to show for my life and I think that I like it that way
Take it take it home, oh
Track Name: Soon
We're waiting, we know it's gonna come to be eventually
Rotating, the world keeps pushing us through days relentlessly
For all I know this could be the best we get
For all we know we could be reaching the end of our fill of it
Yesterday's dead, tomorrow's in your head
Waiting to begin as you near the end
Then pining for the very time you've killed
There's something better on the other side
I'm gonna drop everything here, gonna make it mine
Because it's time for a change
It's time it's time it's time it's time for a change
I'm feeling restless and less rested and spun
I'm taking shots with my shadow til the demons are done
Then find another broken brother while we wait for the sun
Go! For all I know this could be the best we get
For all we know we could be reaching the end of our fill of it
All I can say in the light of day is the same I see when the light's on me
And I'll find a shadow there, you know I will
It's that time already, I'm feeling generic again
I've given it six weeks, it usually passes by then
I'm all outta charm here, the thrill's gone and slipped out of hand
You can't recreate it, it's phony if it's in demand
Oh paragon, give back everything I been missing
(Tell me a story of days bright and gold
Tell me how cheaply I made sure they were sold)
(How we took it as if without care
You can never come back if you were never there)
(Oh paragon, give back everything I been missing)
Nobody watches as I exit from the cell I made from bricks dragged from the bottom of the well
I've sung this song before but changed the words tonight
So long as no one reads them, think I'll be all right
All right! For all I know, this could be the best we get
For all we know we could be reaching the end of our fill of it
All I can say in the light of day is the same I see when the light's on me
And I'll find a shadow there, you know I will
For all we know
Track Name: Recluse
One more collection of notes for myself to recall
I hang an octagon on the wall to remind me that it's time to stop
Door shut like stone across the room but I'm not alone, I've got my doom
And maybe something else, I'll tell you how it feels when I feel something else
Something else
But I've got, not now, sometimes I get these crazy inclinations
That I could disappear and find the pieces of the peace I threw away
And I don't even know your name but you can tell them that you understood
Maybe even tell them you believed in me
Oh, better stay at home, better stay at home
I broke the glass on my picture frame
I made sure that it was shattered
After all, it had my name
I'd go down to the street fair but the devil's there
(I'd go down to the street fair)
And it's not a secret that I share that we're a perfect pair
(But the devil's there)
And he's got someone that I forgot's regards there waiting for me
And one of these days some aroma will come around and let me remember who
I could say regret won't shadow that day at all, at all, at all, at all
(I could say regret won't shadow that day at all)
But a promise like that is such a reckless thing to do
Oh, better stay at home
Better stay at home
Track Name: Losing The Plot
We don't fit in here and that is beautiful as we've got nothing here to lose
(Nothing to show from where we came)
Nobody sees us, this world is ours to make, everything else is overused
(Us versus them's all I can claim)
It's three PM on a Monday, think I'll catch a ride downtown
And I'll remember this one day, til I'm whoever that is, I'm underground
And I know it'll be much better
And don't you know it'll be much better
Do you think it could be much better? All right
There's somewhere elsewhere that I'm supposed to be, I've felt that everywhere I go
In my dreams, we meet at ends of roads I did not take (did not take)
In my dreams, I walk away
If a dream's a door to other places that we could have been
One of me's got to learn some day
All that we ever want is something we can keep a claim to (but you can't)
Impermanence is all we get
I've learned it's best to crave the terror of the temporary, I'm not sure I believe that yet
Like waking from a sleepwalk, learning what you've wrought
Now everyone's so far away
While I was chasing rainbow shadows, sculpting stories, forging glories
I left my soul in yesterday
Though I've locked a thousand doors, I've gotten back before
I don't fit in here and that is beautiful as I've got nothing here to lose
I'll get it right this time, don't you know it'll be much better

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