Jet Black

by Gentleman Reg

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1.
Coastline 03:36
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
How We Exit 03:27
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
6.
Rewind 03:59
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
7.
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
8.
Falling Back 04:37
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
9.
Oh My God 05:02
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
10.
Everlong 03:56
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
11.
Rudy 04:19
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

credits

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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