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August 21, 2004

musicforthemorningafter

So. I was going to put up one of my favorite Jimmy Eat World songs ("If You Don't, Don't") in honor of the band finally releasing a new CD in October. But then, right before I left work on Friday, I started listening to Pete Yorn's musicforthemorningafter and decided I wanted to put up some tracks from this instead.

Pete Yorn is a singer-songwriter with a blues-y edge. The thing I love about this CD is that it was his debut, and it is solid from beginning to end. Which is a rarity these days. I've narrowed the selections down to my seven favorite songs. Enjoy!

(Lyrics are courtesy of the musicforthemorningafter CD insert booklet. Right click on the title of the song to download the mp3.)

Life On a Chain
I live on a chain and you share the same last name, as a joke, I sent a bottle of whiskey, as you choked, I knew it made you feel dirty, and I was waiting over here for life to begin, I was looking for the new thing, and you were the sunshine heading my front line, I was alone, you were just around the corner from me. Time alone is good, I spend my days in the city, dirty neighborhood, you know youíll never convince me, so I sold the town away, I couldnít wait to forget you, I was killed in half a day, I hadnít time to regret you, and I was waiting over here for life to begin, I was looking for the new thing and you were the sunshine heading my front line, I was alone you were just around the corner from me. I, Iím still on the chain, and you, had the same last name, as a joke I sent a bottle of whiskey as you choked you said it made you feel dirty... waiting over here, for life to begin, still looking for the new thing, and you were the sunshine heading my front line, I was alone, you were just around the corner from me.


Strange Condition
Read me the letter, baby, do not leave out the words. Stories and cigarettes ruined lives of lesser girls, and I wanna know, Ďcos I want you to know, and itís a strange condition, a day in prison, itís got me out of my head and I donít know what I came for. Send me the money, baby, do not leave out the wage. You know youíre the best thing ever to come out of this place, hey I want you to know, Ďcos I wanna know and itís a strange condition, a day in prison, itís got me out of my head and I donít know what I came for, I want you to know... itís a strange condition, a day in prison, it got me out of my head and I donít know what I came for, I want you to know, I want you to know... so leave out the others, baby, say Iím the only one, cut out the uniforms and settle with the sun, hey I want you to know, Ďcos I wanna know, and itís a strange condition, and life in prison, itís got me outta my head and I donít know what I came for, I want you to know... Ďcos I wanna know, yeah I gotta know...


Black
Black is a cast, and two is a crowd, and gold rim is an answer. Black is a crowd. I am just for you, as you are not for me so even if you stop, youíre sitting here by yourself, you can never try to answer anymore, you can never start and see what youíre doing to me. Kiss, they were the ones, they dressed like something so special, and death is to begin, caress, I think itís a sinÖ I was alone, only Ďtil you took me away, and you can never stop, youíre sitting here by yourself, you can never try to argue anyone, you will never stop and see, what youíre doing to me. Iím alone, while he was standing next to you, and days prolong, yeah there was time, just you wait and see. Waiting for a bottle of truth, Iím just a lonely guy in my youth, waiting for you is all I wanna do, so if you couldnít stop, youíre sitting here all by yourself, you can never try to argue anyone, you will never stop and see what youíre doing to me, you can never stop, youíre sitting all by yourself, you can never try to answer anything, you will never stop and see, what youíre doing to me, what youíre doing to me, what youíre doing to me, what are you doing to me?


For Nancy
And when you said I could not stay with you, thatĎs not the way you would have wanted to be, convince yourself that everything is alright, Ďcos it already is. DonĎt sell your heart and break just anyone, I want to run with you through Moorland Fields, convince yourself that everything is alright, Ďcos it already is, so take your lessons hard and stay with him and when your car crash comes donĎt be mislead, convince yourself that everything is alright Ďcos it already is, yeah it already is, so take your lessons hard and stay with him and when your car crash comes donĎt be mislead, convince yourself that everything is alright Ďcos it already is, yeah it already is, so take him home.


June
Pots and pans are indestructible. How do you respect your room? If you hadnít gone tomorrow, you could have stayed on Ďtil June. Itís alright if I was older, itís ok to lose your age, and I, want to follow you, I do, I do. Itís another I could trust you, itís another thing to swear, Iím ok with all the others, itís just her I cannot stand, Iím old enough to feel the way I do and I know that you are true, itís just a part of my genes. And I want you to know, itís hard to wait on, Iíll swallow you whole, wait kindly in the next room. And you have stayed, a mile away from me, and you will stay a mile away from me if you know whatís good for you, you could have stayed until June.


Sense
Time flew away, but something wonít forgive it all, days and weeks, letís start from the beginning of a life. She called today, pretending not to care at all, for days and weeks, now heís hanging from the ceiling, what a life, oh what a life, was it a life? Is something wrong with me? I show you things youíve never seen. Is something wrong with me? I show you things that youíve only dreamed of. Iím wide awake, Iíll drop you off for saying that, for days and two weeks, it was you who was defending such a lie, oh what a lie, was it a lie? Is something wrong with me? I show you things youíve never seen. Is something wrong with me? I show you things that youíve only dreamed of. You never change, you never change. Is something wrong with me? Iíve shown you things youíve never seen. Is something wrong with me? Iíve shown you things youíve never seen. Is something wrong with me? Iíve shown you things youíve never seen. Is something wrong with me? Iíve shown you things that youíve only dreamed up. You never change, something wonít forgive it all.

EZ
Only save, try to find another way, Iím taking what I gave to you again. Some new day I could understand your face, you could even hold my hand if you would like to. It came up unexpected, I had to follow through and itís hard when you were working like you do. It was easy when you were younger, you can put it back together, it was there if you ever wanted it, but you closed the door and said goodbye for good. So this is a mistake, try to find a better way, you were never fond of anything I said. Can we begin again? Save it for another friend, I was happy in my life I wonít pretend, every time you were expecting to reach out and forgive this, I was hardened by the look upon your face, it was easy when you were younger, you can put it back together, it was there if you ever wanted it, but you closed the door and said goodbye for good, for goodÖ you were easy.

Posted by Highwaygirl on August 21, 2004 11:35 AM to the category The Key of Life
Comments

"Flove" is not a strong enough word for how I feel about Pete Yorn and this album.

Posted by: KatJam at August 23, 2004 09:24 AM

KatJam! Do you have his follow-up CD? I never bought it, but I'm curious as to its quality.

Posted by: Highwaygirl at August 23, 2004 09:35 AM

I have it. There are a few good songs on it but it's definitely not as strong as musicforthemorningafter. Still good, though, don't get me wrong.

Posted by: KatJam at August 23, 2004 12:47 PM

yeah thanks for the song.
Pete Yorn is a good singer

Ciao

Posted by: Gustavo at October 4, 2005 10:19 PM
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