July Songs

by LIT. MAJOR

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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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Track Name: Pushed Off From the Ledge
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
Track Name: Runaways
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
Track Name: Last Night
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
Track Name: Break it Gently
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
Track Name: New Position
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
Track Name: This is Not My Room
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
Track Name: Walls Are Ours
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
Track Name: Now I'm Speaking Directly to You
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
Track Name: Sinking Vessel
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
Track Name: Ancient Gifts
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
Track Name: Joni
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
Track Name: Broken Phases
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
Track Name: Miracle Makers
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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