There's a Shake in my Hands and a Song in my Head

by Jay Joslyn

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released 07 June 2013

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Track Name: Leap Year
There’s an extra day in February
And he’ll be overstepping every boundary
That he’s made

If you look back on the time he spent alone
I feel so bad for you, son

Well someday our children will say-

“Our parents they’ve made so many mistakes”
“But I guess it’s better to be better off alone”
“Do you think it’s better to be better off alone?”
“No”
“I didn't think so”

I never thought that way
Track Name: I Feel Busy
As the sun
Rubs its eyes goodnight
The waves are crashing a purple hue
Onto themselves
A hundred times again

While these rocks
Weren’t always the same
Yeah I’m certain of this
And it makes me less afraid
Of the changes you might make

There’s smoke in my eyes for the last time
I feel busy
I feel like new
While my friends were out finding Jesus
I just found my shoes.

What will my children take from me
Or will they resent me entirely
Your eyes, your eyes they’re so familiar
The blood in your chest must be mine

When I go I wont go softly
I wont go quietly like old men do
When I go, I wont go softly

There’s smoke in my eyes for the last time
I feel busy
I feel like new
Remember me, by my hair and teeth
They’re the only pieces worth keeping

They say these hands were made
To take a thing or two
So I’ll make a fist while you’re around
keep it till you’re gone

But if you cut me off one more time
I’ll cut out your tongue
And hang it on my wall
So now my walls can talk

They’ll say:

“These things will go my way from here on out”
Track Name: Small, as we are
We were the smallest specks
Of all the dirt
Inside your mansion
Do you remember when
Making plans was never taxing

cause now we read
Instead of watching movies
There’s nothing on T.V

I thought I knew, so I shoved it down my throat
I thought I knew

I found a note that read
“No Home”
Beneath my kitchen table
It’s like a passive threat
Telling me that it’s possible

So now we sleep
Instead of watching movies
There’s nothing on T.V
I thought I knew, so I shoved it down my throat
I thought I knew

Am I dying between my heartbeat?
No, I must be over reacting
With paper frogs
I’ve got yours from better times
So before you cut me off
Whenever we talk
You're talking to yourself
Track Name: Often Crosses Your Mind
There’s no shame
In the smallest exchange
When the lights from the fridge door
Is a thought
That often crosses your mind

Just like it scares me to death
That you go on existing
While I’m away
While I’m not around

A thousand yellow leafs
Suffer such a similar fate
While the ground so desperately
Finds the means
To preserve the hues from their empty trees
Their water stains will freeze
While the snow forgets
What was there all along

Just like it scares me to death
That you go on existing
While I’m away
While I’m not around

I’m not humbled by flattery
I can’t stand to stay if I don’t need to change
These things, we don’t talk about these things
We don’t talk at all.
Track Name: Here it Comes
He isn’t exactly
Prone to accidents
But still invests in the best insurance
You never can be too careful
Religiously he washes his hands
He never gets his hopes up
So he never gets let down

“There are people”
He says
“that have it off much better”
But he’s happy with where he is
He lives down the street from a movie theater

Every night
When he gets home
He flips on through the television
And thinks about
The pretty girls
He used to know
Way back when

He still can’t understand
The difference between love
And company
But he’s got his job
It’s honest work
And that’s more
You can say for some people

So every night is the same
Every night is this way

“There are people”
He says
“that have it off much better”
But he’s happy with where he is
He lives down the street from a movie theater
Track Name: Throw Caution to the Wind, Never Ever Catch on
Regrettably
Making things uncomfortable
is a common theme
Especially when trains collied
Each time we meet
Everybody’s talking
And as the party’s moving
You and I are leaving

There’s nothing in this world
That I can’t live without
So prove me wrong
Prove me right
Either way I’m gonna need
Something to get me through the night
And if you’re gone
I’ll be just fine

What would it take
For you to say what you need to say because
Comfort and consistency
Are essentially
The same thing to me
So why don’t you try
We can only get so far at this pace
I watch you as you close your eyes
Your lips are close to mine
But you’re far away from me

I better keep my distance
Cause if all else fails I’ve got myself in mind

Regrettably
Making things uncomfortable
is a common theme

There’s nothing in this world
That I can’t live without
So prove me wrong
Prove me right
Either way I’m gonna need
Something to get me through the night
And if you’re gone
I swear
I’d fall apart
Track Name: I Don't Think You'll Ever be
More often than I’d like to admit
I hear you talk about me
In my head
I’m way too tired
To stay up this late lately

All the people that I never knew
I can’t talk to
All the time you spent inside your room
Saying-
“I don’t care”
Well I do

So shut your mouth
You talk too loud
And you’ll never catch on

I found out
That you’re leaving
Well I don’t mind
Cause New York, NY
Sounds nice
Whatever works
What makes you happy

I don’t think you’ll ever be
Cause when your boyfriend leaves
New York is empty
You’ll be back home someday soon
And hopefully I wont be

You’re making a house of sticks
For you alone to live in
I’ll blow you away

So shut your mouth
You talk too loud
And you’ll never catch on
No you’ll never catch on, no no no!
Track Name: Some Birds
Some birds have a sense of direction
That directly corresponds with
Magnets in their brain
So I turn a bitter green
At the thought that they
Might know their destination

All the while I’ll sit on
Balconies or stoops
Writing songs for you cause
Making plans has never been
My strong suit

With little to no discretion
Wielding her unwavering
Commitment to her
Job and family
She is reassured that boy
Is nothing but trouble

But all the while she sticks around
Hoping for something special
She’s been loved in the shadows
For way too long

Fifa tries
But there’s no sense in this
It’s just like pretty girls
To demand much attention
But I’ll be the first to admit defeat
So let’s pretend I have the words
The necessary qualities to say

It’s time tested I say it’s guaranteed
That:
I could love you relentlessly

Some birds have a sense of direction
That directly corresponds with
Magnets in their brain
So I turn a bitter green
At the thought that they
Might know their destination