That Wrecking Ball EP

by Jon Brice

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released 29 August 2013

All lyrics/vocals/instruments/production: Jon Brice

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Track Name: Roseville
In Roseville
The sun is coming up
In Maplewood
He’s filling up his cup
And old St. Paul
Will you pray for me?
Mill District Sarah
Will you play for me?

That old song you always sing
When you think no one is listening
Oh, I’ve heard it a hundred times
A thousand more would be just fine

In Roseville
I know who I am
In Bloomington
I survived by chance
And old St. Cloud
Will you pray for me?
Edina Meagan
Will you play for me?

That old song you always sing
When you think no one is listening
Oh, I’ve heard it a hundred times
A thousand more would be just fine

‘Cause out of all these lakes I’ve seen
From some backseat, half asleep
None were as calm and serene
As your eyes when they weep
At the sound of the melody
Track Name: And If Not
Nostalgia creeps up again
Stabs me in the back and then
Begs me not to lose my way
And with my dying breath I say,
“I’ll see you in the morning, friend.
And if not, there was no better end.”

Happiness reaches out again
Holds my hand tight and then
Leaves me to survive the fray
With these words, day after day,
“I’ll see you in the morning, friend.
And if not, there was no better end.”

Hope wraps its arms around
The edge of a one-man ghost town
Caresses those traveling by star
Whispers to those who’ve tried so hard,
“I’ll see you in the morning friend.
And if not, there was no better end.”

Kind words filling up paper
Because the pen is safer
Than the mighty, mighty sword
That knows only the words of war,
“I’ll kill you in the morning, friend.
And if not, there was no better end.”

To put it philosophically
My heart is water, you see
It takes the shape of what holds it
Well lover, why are your arms folded?
“I’ll kiss you in the morning, friend.
And if not, there was no better end.”

To put it realistically
My heart is a stone, you see
Can’t be broken, but it can sink
Or worn by time, so don’t blink
I’ll be gone in the morning, friend
And if not, there’s still much to begin

‘Cause there’s more to your heart
Than just oxygen and blood
And there’s more to the sky
Than what little you see above

There’s more to the world
Than you see on a flat screen
And there’s more to the night
Than sleepwalking through a dream

There’s more to your soul
Than Descartes could ever know
There’s more to your body
Than your scars could ever show

There’s more to everything
Than you and I could ever learn
There’s more to the seasons
Than watching the world turn
Track Name: The Grave Next To Mine
Will you love me
When there is nothing left
Will you sleep with me
When you just can’t find rest

Will you move on
When I ask you to go
Then return to dig me
Out of all this snow

Up here in the clouds
Where nothing really melts
And the warmest hearts freeze
When the warmest words don’t help

An empty hand that once held so strong
Past due smile, another eviction notice
Oh, I forget the words to an old song
But still recall the person who wrote it
A lifeless body, that once knew warmth

I will love you
When I’m not so tongue-tied
I will sleep with you
When I can close both eyes

I will move on
When you ask me to be true
Then return to dig us
A grave for what we knew

Down here in the dirt
From whence some serpent came
Wisdom consumed and blood shed
When Abel left her mark on Cain

An empty hand that once held so strong
Past due smile, another eviction notice
Oh, I forget the words to an old song
But still recall the person who wrote it
A lifeless body, that once knew warmth
Track Name: Blue Christmas Lights
Are you headed to bed so soon
Have you had enough of this room
Is there something at the end of the hall
That really makes you forget it all?

Is it those blue Christmas lights
That guide your step every night
I hung them along the ceiling with care
That summer morning you laid it all bare

You feel so alone and lost
Well, salesmen never mention the cost
Of buyer’s remorse and void warranties
There’s no aisle for what you really need

Is it more sunshine or more clouds
I’d ask you, but that’s not allowed
So I lay silent, my head on your chest
And play the part of your favorite guest

One of the few you let in
To see the person you’ve been
And the person you’d like to be now
If you could only remember how

But your mind becomes a flood
Of alcohol and a mouth full of blood
It’s then that I kiss your scarred lips
And our tongues touch like passing ships
Track Name: That Wrecking Ball
Every now and then
In the early ray of sunlight
You catch them here and there
The specks of dust you usually see
Only on the darkest of nights
When you don’t know who to be

Every now and then
It’s a landscape of faces
Dancing in a green eyed meadow
Floating on a sea of bloodshot blue
Where time is never wasted
Until it’s wasted on you

Every now and then
The clock ticks and knocks
Self-doubt into the lazy cog
Of a busy body, lazy bee
Passing up the many flowers
For the fruit of its own tree

Every now and then
There’s nothing left to do
“Be patient”, said the sun to the moon
These flooded meadows must wait
You say tomorrow could be too late
I know today would be too soon

Every now and then
It happens far too much
Their world is a distant stage
And your scene is out of touch
Your bleeding heart is chained to a wall
To protest your mind, that wrecking ball