July Songs

by LIT. MAJOR

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There's something freeing about it all Running away from it Of course I didn't run away at all I was kicked out of it Pushed off from the ledge Boy, I had been dangling They stepped on my fingers Kicked dirt in my eyes They weren't gonna rest til I was Clear out of sight They crushed all my bones As they walked on my spine They weren't gonna rest til I was Clear out of sight Out of mind I leave behind in my wake A few sorry eyes Now I just need someone to take Me in
2.
Runaways 02:55
We thought you had a good idea But we were wrong You haven't had a good idea Since you were young Every time you open your mouth I'm not sure what's gonna come out But the drive we had is gone We are fog and fumes now And if you feel an inspiration coming on Just run with it It's all we have to go on It's all we have to go on It's our best bet It's our only chance It is our only chance We've exchanged in the past some words Some words that we wish we could've revoked But that isn't how the whole thing works You can't return what's been spoke I'll be okay Words don't do too much for me If you feel your intuition growing strong Just run run with it It's all we have to go on It's all we have to go on It's our best bet It's our only chance To get out of this place To get out of this place Who thought it was a good idea To run away in the first place? But now Here we lie We lie We lie We lie
3.
Last Night 02:22
Stay right there I’ll go get the light The blue screen glare Does betray the night You keep everything Locked away inside Last night I caved and I Called your private number Last night I prayed for the First time that I remember I know you Told me it’d be fine Said that we would Talk every night When will things just be How you promised they’d be? I am always wondering When everything will turn around But I believe more strongly now That I will only be let down When you departed I was being foolish And I see that now
4.
I won't go If you don't want to Just let me know What to say to them I should break it gently Remind me to break it gently So gently
5.
New Position 03:27
The ideas that run my life Were not decided on overnight But now I am feeling a modicum of regret And just when I was feeling so sure I hit my stride feet on the floor I'm suddenly downed by a force that won't relent I'm getting put in a new position I didn't ask for a new position I need to find a new position But how I'm getting put in a new position I didn't ask for a new position I need to find a new position Right now Thanks for the damage you've caused It's really done wonders For my constitution To whom do I send my regards In honor of this beautiful decision? And just when I was feeling so sure I hit my stride, both my feet on the floor I'm suddenly downed by a force that won't relent Now I'm getting put in a new position I didn't ask for a new position I need to find a new position But how I'm getting put in a new position I didn't ask for a new position I need to find a new position Right now
6.
Standing in the midday light Ushering itself through the doorway Lingering where I shouldn’t stay An hour or two’s not long enough To cast out all of my stones of memory And then to recall them back to me Standing here This is not my room This is not my room Standing here This is not my room Not anymore This is not my arm or hand This is not my shoulder nor my spine If I could I’d leave them all behind Shut the door This is not my room This is not my room Shut the door This is not my room Not anymore Can I burn the whole thing down? My vacancy means nothing now Soon a half-remembered melody–- The years will make quick work of me The years will make quick work of me Driving away This is not my room anymore This is not my room anymore Not anymore
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There are many bad things in this life But waking up inside of this bed isn't one of them I don't try to live my life too saccharine But if something feels right We oughta celebrate it These walls are ours These walls are ours We're not gonna break them down I don't try to live my life too saccharine But if something feels right We oughta celebrate it We oughta celebrate it
8.
Now I'm speaking directly to you (Something you'd never do) Yes you missed so much time But you can't get it back So stop trying Do you remember that time That we drove to her house Only to park the car outside No tear came out of you Couldn't even get a word You let slip a single 'god damn' And we were off We never spoke about that moment Just like so many other moments And I'm pretty sure it's better this way It is almost certainly better this way It is almost certainly better this way Do you remember those three days Where you refused to talk things out Or talk about Anything at all I heard you on the phone Claiming you won the battle you bore Your could shoulder a primary tool of war We never spoke about that moment Just like so many other moments And I'm pretty sure it's better this way It is almost certainly better this way It is better this way Now I'm speaking directly to you (Something that you would have Much trouble to do But I think you could stand to practice So listen up I think you'll want to hear this) I think you'll want to hear this
9.
If you want something You gotta ask for it Don't expect anything To just be given up In the middle of maelstrom Nothing is sacred Nothing is safe Nothing is saved The mess you made This is the gift you gave Nothing's the same Nothing worked out your way But you gotta fix it Gotta get us out of it Destroy the monster you gained It isn't our fault There should be no Expectation That we know where to go You gave us this sinking vessel Not a hope in sight No food no water No sign of life Gotta get us out of this situation We don't have any skills For navigation This isn't our fault There should be no Expectation That we know we where to go This isn't our fault There should be no Expectation That we know we where to go
10.
What are we supposed to make Of these ancient gifts? Something we’re supposed to take Or is there some risk? Instructed by the overhand To do what we’re told Not one soul among us Can stand to be so bold What are we supposed to make Of these ancient gifts? Will it set into motion Some fortuitous twist? I stand to be surprised by anything What are we supposed to make Of these ancient gifts? A dubiously blood-borne Molecular shift Inheriting such tyranny Can only get you so far In the end, most commonly It just makes everything hard What are we supposed to make Of these ancient gifts? I feel like I was born to take But was I born to give? I wish I’d be surprised by anything I wish I’d be surprised by anything What are we supposed to make Of these ancient gifts? Living in a constant state Of 'what the hell is this?' Nothing really fixes it We can hardly ignore We’ve just gotta live with it Assuming there’s no cure
11.
Joni 01:53
My mother showed me Joni And I am grateful My mother showed me Joni And I am grateful Might've been "People's Parties" or "Big Yellow Taxi" "All I Want" or "Down to You" Whatever it was it struck a chord Singing along in the car A poet of the personal And the road Nobody captures time's fire Like Joni does Joni does Lightning in a bottle Lightning on the road I have no aspiration To be like her There's no way any of us Could ever But she's always gonna be An inspiration to me My mother showed me Joni And I am grateful
12.
Remind me what you said You should’ve known I’d forget I let it slip out of my head Couldn’t have been too important I’d bet You know me well You know my style You should’ve seen this coming From a mile away Do you want to talk about it? Do you want to talk right now? Do you want to talk about how We were meant to be In this very space You’re occupying with me You know me well You know my style You should’ve seen this coming From a mile away Clear as fucking day You think you know me well You think you know my style You think that I thrive on Those broken phases of life Those broken phases of life Where nothing you want aligns Those broken phases of life Where everything’s out of sight Those broken phases of life Where all your bullshit comes to light Those broken phases of life Those broken phases of life Those in-between moments of Heartbreak and strife Those broken phases of life The in-between moments of Blink and you’ll miss it Joy Yeah you know me so well You know me so well You know me so well Do you want to talk about it? Do you want to talk right now? Do you want to talk about how We were meant to be In this very space You’re occupying with me
13.
Cycling through all of our Private and public emotions Dancing together alone Sometimes the light passes over The lenses of our eyes And suddenly the ties explode We are miracle makers Always somehow getting on with it We are miracle makers Books and verses are counterfeit Against all odds we keep standing Forging our own connections By sheer force of will Or fear of being alone When the moment strikes you And you know it is right Instinct gives us the best clues On where to go We are miracle makers Getting through all of the madness We are miracle makers Always growing where there's room for us We are the truest form Of what we are Of what we are We are the only form Of what we are We are the miracle makers We are the miracle makers

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JULY SONGS - FINAL MIX - AUG 31, 2019

Each day in July 2019, I wrote and recorded a new song, from the ground up. This crazy process resulted in 31 songs (81 minutes worth!) by July 31st, and I'm pretty proud of myself for completing what I set out to complete.

That being said, of course, due to the nature of the project, not every song was great, or special. So now that the whirlwind process is over, I am culling together 13 of my favorite entries into a tighter, 45 minute album. I am resequencing them to flow a little better, too. In addition, I am re-mixing and making some final tweaks - including some new vocal takes - so that they sound even better than they did the first time around.

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released August 30, 2019

all songs written, performed, and produced by LIT. MAJOR.

songs for guitar, keyboards, banjo, melodica, and voice.

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