Jet Black

by Gentleman Reg

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released February 24, 2009

Arts & Crafts AC040

Produced by Dave Draves, Reg Vermue and Greg Millson.
Except track 7 produced by Shaw-han Liem, arranged by Shaw-han Liem and Reg Vermue.
And track 6 produced by Heather Kirby, arranged by Reg Vermue.
Editing and mixing by Dave Draves.
Except track 6 mixed by Heather Kirby.
Aside from track 6 and 7, all songs arranged by Reg Vermue and Greg Millson.
Additional arrangement on track 5 by Heather Kirby, and on track 10 by Dave Draves.
Katie Sketch's vocals on track 2 recorded in Uncomfortable Silence by Mike Olsen.
Mastered by Harris Newman.

Lyrics by Reg Vermue.
Except track 1, lyrics by Elizabeth Powell and Reg Vermue.
Track 6 lyrics by J. Ogilvie.

Photography by Matt Barnes.
Cover concept by Reg Vermue.
Design and layout by Robyn Kotyk.

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Track Name: Coastline
Two lips go down off a coast too far
Almost drowned, off a coast too far
Shaky shoreline leaves you near and far
But at the same time don't know where you are

Sliding souls on skin that we undress
Beauty of the swim, what we do best
That's not why I'm here, in this disguise
It's simply to be near under the sky

I'm breathless, you're disdain, know when to stop
Happenstance, with every advance, I'm on, you're off
Uncross the arms, cancel the flight so we can talk
Cross the road, this is the only time you'll walk
But to be fair there was that other time, but I forgot

Two lips go down off a coast too far
Almost drowned, off a coast too far
Track Name: To Some It Comes Easy
It's the coloured in body
That with only a peak
Ignites the fire inside of me
I gave up looking for the unattainable
A lifetime feeling full
I sit at a very busy lunch table

I was past the peak
And something that you said
It stuck, it seeped
Roll around in my head
Daydream of sleep
Until I reach fatigue

Try to believe
That I hit the right track
And don't look back
Kick up dirt with my heels
And skip some meals
And be poised for attack

It's too late
But I hope and pray for a co-misery
Because in time,
I'm gonna drink myself into a nursery rhyme
My fate
No one ever said that we could all be great
But I've signed
Up for something that I still can't find

After mourning comes laughter
Fight back memories
Make room for new loves to please
In a structure
You hide yourself away
Alone get through the day
A cocoon has no longevity

I was past the peak
And something that you said
It stuck, it seeped
Roll around in my head
Daydream of sleep
Until I reach fatigue

Try to believe
That I hit the right track
And don't look back
Kick up dirt with my heels
And skip some meals
And be poised for attack
Track Name: You Can't Get It Back
You forgot to follow through
Yet again a trend that follows youth
One more time around the track
Follow the lines
Age makes you feel it in the chest
An endurance
Increase it with the dance
They thought you wore me well
But what happens next if you can't tell

Guys I've met
What ever happened to them?
I say "spend the night"
And then regret it when they don't want to

Hard to make the split
After feeling you up
He's legit
No he's not fucked up
Think that I should quit
Call the search right off
But it's on and on and on

Sometimes I feel like I obsess
A little much
You say that we've just met
But I don't waste time
You can't get it back
And there's no ownership line
Need for polish
Innocence lost
Full of secrets that stick around and pile up
But you can't get it back
Accept it like a crime and don't look so sad

Guys I've met
What ever happened to them?
I say "spend the night"
And then regret it when they don't want to

Show me what the girl does
Show me what the girl does
This is how it starts with a demonstration
We play our parts, it creates a better ending
Track Name: When Heroes Change Professions
Don't wait up for her
Don't wait up for her

Your hero changed professions
Acquired a new stare
The gold nostalgia of your dreams
You tried to keep her there

Don't wait up for her
Don't wait up for her

Encourage another
To pull up fallen slack
Withering is sure to occur
Under streams of oral attack

Take it like a punch
Feel it in the throat
Now accept she fell out of touch
On the way home

Don't wait up for her
Don't wait up for her
Track Name: How We Exit
Maybe I was wrong to jump to the conclusion
But I don't really dare to let lie my suspicions
When you don't trust what's what in your gut, 20/20 vision
Ashes soaked with piss
Someone flashes tits
Time to hit the trail, make a break, that's how we exit

And we stand
An end
Is so far off, the time to mend

Little did I solve of the riddle that is you
And now when you call I've nothing good to say, it's true
I just can't lay back, in fact it's a habit that can be abused
Acting is it
I will never quit
I gained some convictions in my twenties, hope I never lose

My hand
I lend
The need for touch takes precedence

Maybe I was wrong to jump to the conclusion
But I don't really dare to let lie my suspicions
When you don't trust what's what in your gut, 20/20 vision
Acting is it
I will never quit
Time to hit the trail, make a break, that's how we exit
Track Name: Rewind
Rewind the time
I will begin it soon
Make each page I turn a page a minute

Reveal me sun
I will forgive it dad
It seems that beers what makes you mad
Listen mom
Make it soft
Make it something that matters to me

There's no point in going back when a masterpiece is crumbling

Rewind the time
Outside of everyone's pasture
It's more than the trouble it's worth
Almost fine
With all that follows hereafter
There's nothing more that we can do
Rewind the time
I get no response when I ask you
Is this what you wanted to see?
On the verge
Of being one big disaster
This heart

There's no point in going back when a masterpiece is crumbling
Track Name: We're in a Thunderstorm
Don't we look the same
You shamed a life that I don't choose
Sucked up all the fame
And bragged of how they let you loose
Just don't be a disgrace tonight
Because I don't have time
To celebrate the failures
To do that we're all inclined
To dole out the shit
But I won't mind
'Cause every force of nature knows
When to react or nevermind
And I won hands down
So I can leave town tonight
And as the story goes
Not looking back took all my might

Now I'll dress myself up and run around

Don't we look the same
What I don't choose
Sucked up all the fame
I begged of you

Don't we look the same
You shamed a life that I don't choose
Sucked up all the fame
And bragged of how they let you loose

Just don't be a disgrace tonight
Because I don't have time
To celebrate the failures
To do that we're all inclined
To dole out the shift
But I won't mind
'Cause every force of nature knows
When to react or nevermind
And I won hands down
So I can leave town tonight
And as the story goes
Not looking back took all my might

Now I'll dress myself up and run around
Track Name: Falling Back
Joel played the matchmaker staged at the bar
I'll be amazed when you call my number
I swear if one more face has not one word to say
Thank god that wasn't you

Impossible to know that it would've been this tongue
At first brought so much pleasure, by the end it only stung
We got bored with back and forth
Then you called it through

I'm falling back
And it feels like my heart is under attack

Some memories forgotten
But with time some will enhance
Wish our time was spent together now instead of then
Catching up to others lost your strutter through the shudder
Watched your life come into view
Not like before
A little lick would do the trick
If I was still with you
Would I be your sing along sidekick

Not like before
A little lick would do the trick
If I was still with you
Would I be your sing along sidekick
Track Name: Oh My God
Oh my god
Are you with me?
Fear ends up getting through
Lightning rods, early mornings
Too often disorient the tune
But I've got close range in my pocket
And I'll take that when I move
I saw you purging
Making things lighter
But I don't want to regret
That I left behind you

Oh my god
I was tempted
To stay put in worker boots
There was a moment after liftoff
Out of sight I forgot the truth
'Cause it's been some time
And the distance has formed a moat around you
I've got no physical ambition
I'd say I have the will
But that's just not true

Innocent, innocent
It was no sin
You left me with so much to prove
Innocent, innocent
It was no sin
I can't stand to lose

Oh my god
Are you with me?
Fear ends up getting through
Lightning rods, early mornings
Too often disorient the tune
But I've got close range in my pocket
And I'll take that when I move
I saw you purging
Making things lighter
But I don't want to regret
That I left behind you
Track Name: Everlong
It's everlong
The build is strong
I took a chance
C'mon c'mon
Off with the pants
It's a belief
That I can exist
Content with this release

After one, then comes two
If we're lucky three
What we gonna do?
Foot of the hill
We lie still, it's exhausting
Sticky fingers, smoking gun

I really didn't mean to
Mix your reds with your whites
Instead of with the blues
It kind of changed the times
That you put your clothes on
But that don't bug me so much
I've been guilty of a little bit too much touch
But he don't seem to mind the attention

Seven one number four three one
That's the address, that you can count on
It's always time and time is free
And I'm free too, so what's it gonna be

It's everlong
He's so-so strong, keeps me warm
Toronto's winter's so long
After one sometimes it's done
But don't forget about solitary fun

Not like an addiction
Not like Mounties, being saved
Under a setting sun
There's nothing that compares
When you take it all
Never want to give this up
Even though you always get
To the inevitable spot
Where someone has to leave
And it's a long walk home

I really didn't mean to
Mix your reds with your whites
Instead of with the blues
It kind of changed the times
That you put your clothes on
But that don't bug me so much
I've been guilty of a little bit too much touch
But he don't seem to mind the attention

And it's a long way now
A long way now
The trouble is in trying to keep the love around
Track Name: Rudy
This story is the one about Rudy
How she gets is she don't listen to me
'Cause I try to be so nice
Offer up and give advice
But she's heard it so

Sew up and sow yourself
Sew up and sell yourself

For every sting that ever stung
I'll catch the bees
But what then when I'm gone?
Who'll give relief?
A little fun

You get so trapped in when you least expect it
No one was looking out
No one could predict it
It seems there's a dying time
When you're done waiting in line
There's no in and out

Practicing restraint but can she stick with this
Since July our friendship has been conflicted
Tissues in handbags are for eyes
What is it that makes her cry
Eenie meanie so

Sew up and sow yourself
Sew up and sell yourself

For every sting that ever stung
I'll catch the bees
But what then when I'm gone?
Who'll give relief?
A little fun