Skipping Stones EP

by Jon Brice

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released 13 July 2013

All lyrics/vocals/instruments/production: Jon Brice

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Track Name: What Was The Rainbow?
I’ve taken a seat at the traffic jam
My legs are tired from taking a stand
The unexamined life under review
To find that I am only half the man
To the one I thought I knew

The rooftop is such a romantic place
For lovers like us who just can’t wait
The unexamined life under review
To find that you are a distant second place
To the things I meant to do

They say nothing is created nor destroyed
So I ask, what is it that I’m doing here?
And you would say it’s only a change of form
Then what was the rainbow before the storm?
And why is it destruction that we fear?

I’ve made my way down from the mountaintop
My ears are tired of hearing pins drop
The unexamined life under review
To find that I always should have stopped
To help you tie your shoes

The backseat driver always knows what’s best
The armchair philosopher and all the rest
The unexamined life under review
To find that I am not among the best
To judge another’s mess

They say nothing is created nor destroyed
So I ask, what is it that I’m doing here?
And you would say it’s only a change of form
Then what was the rainbow before the storm?
And why is it destruction that we fear?
Track Name: I Water Flowers
The graves of the losers
The history of the winners
The lies of all the holy
And the truth of the sinners

The home of the homeless
The love of the heartless
The smile of the hopeless
And I’m just getting started

Thoughts wander around
The backyard of my mind
And they bark at all hours
I ignore every sound
I just can’t spare the time
Out front, I water flowers

The songs of Leonard Cohen
The words of Robert Frost
The road that we are going
Paved with the things we lost

The painting by my friend
That the world will never see
I wish they could, it’s beautiful
Then again, it was only for me

Thoughts wander around
The backyard of my mind
And they bark at all hours
I ignore every sound
I just can’t spare the time
Out front, I water flowers
Track Name: Broken Records
Plucking strings and thinking things
Breaking strings and chapped lips sing,
“My apartment, sweet apartment”

Lucky ones, they say “I do”
“I’m done”, I say to you
You’ve called the wrong department

Let me transfer you
Your call is important to me
Let me transfer you
Remain on the line and hold please

Wiretaps and midnight naps
Mental maps and treadmill laps
My apartment, sweet apartment

Broken records skipping through
Words that they thought they knew
You’ve called the wrong department

Let me transfer you
Your call is important to me
Let me transfer you
Remain on the line and hold please
Track Name: Skipping Stones
Tender little woman
You’ve been in my dreams
Half naked, half silhouette
I wonder what that means

Translation machine
Could not decipher you
Syncopated algorithm
Yet still a word or two

Such as an honest cheat
Such as house and home
We were skipping stones
In a lazy summer heat

Brilliant little star
You’ve wished from afar
Half sure and full speed
That I’d want what I need

Instead of sales numbers
And a fanzine review
You’d thought I was humbler
And would trade it all for you

But this life and this guitar
And fingers raw as your heart
Bleeding to express our love
Means to an end from the start