Seven

by Jay Kayle

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Recorded April 2017

Artwork by Leah Rutz and Jackie Smith

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released April 24, 2017

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Track Name: The Process
I don't say what I am
I say what I was
And if it seems like a joke
Then it's only because
My head's on ice

I've been losing sleep and myself in the process
I've been counting rings in tables in the office
Talking 'bout reds & blues and me & you was all I ever wanted
But I've been losing myself in the process

I could run with the bulls
Or sleep with the fish
They said "shoot for the stars"
But it's only a wish
What to be when you don't know why you have to be anything anyway
My head's on ice

I've been losing sleep and myself in the process
I've been counting rings in tables in the office
Talking 'bout reds & blues and me & you was all I ever wanted
But I've been losing myself in the process

When it all feels like wasted time
Damned to know there won't be more left to borrow
Maybe the next ones get it right
So we hold on

I don't say what I am
I say what I was
And if I say what I mean
Then it's only because

I've been losing sleep and myself in the process
I've been counting rings in tables in the office
Talking 'bout reds & blues and me & you was all I ever wanted
But I've been losing myself in the process
Track Name: If I Were You
If I were you
I'd say it to their faces
If I were you
I'd set em straight
When every rumor that you leave
Could be your gravestone's decree
I'd tell em true
If I were you

If I were you
I'd leap before I looked
If I were you
I'd say hello
Cause every hour spent indoors
Ignores the lives that aren't yours
I'd live a few
If I were you

If I were you I'd hop a train
I'd run barefoot in the city
I'd dance naked in the rain
I've so much to see and do but I've got nothing to lose
Yeah I'd know just who I was if I were you

If I were you
I'd go on a vacation
If I were you
I'd take a break
Or were your eyes not meant to see
More than these same well-worn streets
I'd change my view
If I were you

If I were you I'd hop a train
I'd run barefoot in the city
I'd dance naked in the rain
I've so much to feel and hold but I've got nothing to lose
Oh I'd know just who I was if I were you

Well it's your life
And it's your story
And regret won't get the reaper to hold off
But when your actions bring a curse
Remember all my brave words
Of what I'd do
If I were you

If I were you I'd hop a train
I'd run barefoot in the city
I'd dance naked in the rain
I've so much to learn and love but I've got nothing to lose
Oh I'd know just who I was if I were you
Track Name: Casual Observer
This is the last day of my life
Why would I spend it all alone?
Holding stares from empty chairs
And knowing I don't wanna leave as an unknown

I was a student of the fog
I was a master of release
Breaking rules with wooden tools
Holding onto someone else's stolen keys

Finding time is easy
Seems like we've all got time to give
I guess I'm here if someone needs me
Watching people watching people live

We never fit on any graph
Aren't all these boxes just a drag?
Guess they're a part of every heart
So I've got "casual observer" on my tag

Finding time is easy
Seems like we've all got time to give
I guess I'm here if someone needs me
Watching people watching people live

This is the first day of my life
Why would I spend it all on you?
With regret from seasons spent
Losing sight of what we are and meant to do

Wasting time is easy
Seems like we've all got time to give
I guess I'm here if someone needs me
Watching people watching people live
Track Name: Know Nothing
Oh what's the purpose for rushing?
Like we discovered 'enough' in
This sort of hopelessly bluffing

What if we're just in between skips on the river?
Cautiously settled with silver
Before the moment delivers

Been digging long enough
To think I'm doing something
Only thing I've found
We don't know nothing

I had no more mine or yours for the taking
I was just lying awake in
Somebody else's mistaking

Funny how the hope of saving another
Is really only a cover
There ain't no grass in the gutter

Been digging long enough
To think I'm doing something
Only thing I've found
We don't know nothing

But nothing's only something when it's all that you've got
And you can try to make your nothing into something it's not
But if you lose a little nothing in the something you thought
Then was a little just a little or a little a lot?

Been digging long enough
To think I'm doing something
Only thing I've found
We don't know nothing
Track Name: Nothing & No One
I left nineteen in the bottom of an ark
Came back in the middle of a drought
I tried my luck at harvesting the dark
Shaking trees but nothing fell out

I broke my body in a cardboard box
Weighed down by a free man's rage
Nothing hit home like rattling the locks
Longing to return to the cage

Life ain't so hard
Don't want your gold stars
I don't feel too far
From the sun
I've got no hurry and nowhere to be
Cause I've got nothing and no one

Who was in the pocket of the ambulance man
Dangerously fooled by doubt
Waste your time searching for a miracle plan
Find out that you never find out

Happy is a star you have to squint to see
Fading as your dreams come true
We can be anything we want to be
Only if you wanna be you

Life ain't so hard
Don't want your gold stars
I don't feel too far
From the sun
I've got no hurry and nowhere to be
Cause I've got nothing and no one

Can this be the answer, can this really be all?
Repeating til we lose our breath
How can we give meaning to a something so small
Or know when there's nothing left

I want every minute like a gospel song
Every rock a cornerstone
Tired of thinking everything I do is wrong
Tired of feeling so alone

Life ain't so hard
Don't want your gold stars
I don't feel too far
From the sun
I've got no hurry and nowhere to be
Cause I've got nothing and no one