Before The Flood

by Jacob Earl

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1.
Remember when the lights still shone 24 hours along the quay We watched the ships come in til dawn We spent our days in make believe Before the bread and butter lines Before the gated community You stole my heart, I made you mine We lived without threat of security I travelled lands far and wide Everywhere the same sad lies We didn't do this to ourselves We wanted to help, how we tried There's always someone else to blame A faceless nameless empty corps Or maybe there's another way Oh what are we fighting for? Remember when the lights still shone 24 hours a day We made love bathed in song Without an instrument to play Before the pain and pestilence Before the wasting disease I'm not living in the sense I'm not wanting what I need I locked myself inside the past Back to the lands of lakes and trees When you said that our love would last Longer than the roiling seas There's always another hope dashed You're gone, I am on my own Before the flood, before the crash That left me here all alone.
2.
You walk on by Walk on by You walk on by Stop at my pad Stay for a while There's a flood coming And you been walking for miles I have blankets And dry clothes I can't save you From the unknown All I can offer Is a story about death An allegory and some tea To warm up and rest You walk on by Walk on by You walk on by I sing you lullabies Keep you in my heart This virtual destruction Will be our final art You're my inspiration Mesmerizing muse I keep writing it down So I never lose you You walk on by Walk on by You walk on by Do you love me Do you want me to stay Am I forgiven For the games I play?
3.
Keep your head down Assume a fake name Change your patterns We need to escape They have got us on the run A true conspiracy It's time to ditch the con Maybe take to the trees For the forest We will need no pseudonyms Back to basics Hanging by a limb There's no Eden The books were filled with lies The internet perpetuated By all the worst guys Stay righteous Stick to your guns Burn your memories Stay out of the sun We're withdrawing From society The elements are missing But I've taken to the sea Escape the evil Escape the beauty too You can't separate it You will have to choose Keep your head down Assume a fake name Change your patterns We'll never be the same
4.
Snowman 03:27
Hung out to dry I don't know why I'm just getting by Everyone thinks it's a lie It is a lie It's fine I'm not fine I'm not lying It's fine Trust in your gut We'll get out of this rut I don't wanna hear "but" Stow it shut This is what It comes down to When the director says "cut" It's a rap This is a trap Everyone clap When the cue says "Applause" This is the death of laws I don't know how you justify Everything that was Step on the crack Break your mother's back Where are we headed to When the skies turn black? I'll be gone You'll have deified me, right or wrong My old pal, my sole preacher For better or worse your only teacher Do you have dreams Of the past When the movies Matched the cast? Before the flood It's fading fast The components just weren't Built to last The joke's on me You're just three And you can already see More accurately The beauty We all crave to be Hung out to dry I don't know why I'm just getting by Everyone thinks it's a lie It is a lie It's fine I'm not fine I'm not lying It's fine Trust in your gut We'll get out of this rut I don't wanna hear "but" Stow it shut This is what It comes down to When the director says "cut" It's a rap This is a trap Everyone clap When the cue says "Applause" This is the death of laws I don't know how you justify Everything that was Step on the crack Break your mother's back Where are we headed to When the skies turn black? I'll be gone You'll have deified me, right or wrong My old pal, my sole preacher For better or worse your only teacher
5.
Jacob: How you sleep at night With the wolf outside When the moon rises You're always on my mind I cry myself to sleep Safe up in my tree Wondering why you died Why that wasn't me You deserved a place Upon the world stage Now the world's gone As far as I can see How you sleep at night Safely in my dreams I keep your memory Like a deity I worship you each day The Crakers come to pray They don't know the truth I'm responsible They sing pretty songs To honour all that's gone And It just makes it worse Reminds me of the wrong I done I can't bring you back After my attack I shut that door I'm so terrible Jesse: in the morning, afternoon, in the dark and light with it howling at the moon, whetting bark and bite all is cloaked except the sun's reflection on its face I'm fixated, frustrated, I've gone to waste No succor for a sucker like a sinner, like No kidding, so much hidden out in plain sight One of many, but the many wasn't on my mind You & I was the only ones ever alive With your perfect face & your unearthly grace Bow down, so crown, pageant the pain away So long & thanks for all the dirt & shit you held There's certain risks when you urinate in wishing wells In the dawn, in the gloaming, in the twilight Nothing outside of my perception, mm just right Which I filter through my wishes and my hindsight Which I killed and which I shill for in this dying light In public, in private, in two different ways Can't let them see the way I crumble when they've gone away But what's the use? I mean what else am I supposed to do? It's unconscionable, all my debts are overdue Not as pretty as this one, no way All the cities and civilizations blown away Everything happens to me, it's like I'm cursed I'm obsessing on the question of my own worth
6.
Jacob: I got some bottle rockets We're pulling limbs from sockets We're watching slipping sliding bodies Drinking cocktails, fuck it I love the pole dancers I crave the way they rock it I got some big credit In my pants pocket, dig it, lapdance, hog it During happy hour I come down to the pleebs Slummin' gives me power Over all the dweebs I feel so fucking lethargic I feel larger than life It feels fucking cathartic I'm having an epiphany, just in time Jesse: I ordered bottle service It's my first time, I'm nervous Try not to show nothing on the surface My purpose to purchase personal flattery It's a burlesque. It's a travesty. Prefer to be referred as your majesty Apolitical, typical apathy Pitiful tragedy (is that for me?) Jacob: On a scale of one to ten From it sucked to I will come back again I give a solid five Maybe I'm so high I love this dive Let me tell you my life story Before I donned this three piece suit I was a shit-eating glorious baby You'd have licked my boot So what if I sit and watch all day So what if I like to pay I'm not raining on your parade I'm not taking your revolution away Jesse: On a scalle of Boyz II Men To the end of the road & back again I must apologize I'm lost and I can't find my friends Let me tell you my life story Meter's running, you've got time for me Feel bad, but I'm not that sorry I heard life begins at forty Don't rain on my parade Don't take my revolution away...
7.
How the cities fell How they all washed away With our hopes dashed The end of days How the cities fell How they all washed away With our hopes dashed The end of days Comb the rubble Dig for clues Someone must have Survived The deluge Salt and sediment Acid rain Watch the wolves Waiting To reclaim
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Extinct 02:42

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Concept album based on the MaddAddam trilogy by Canadian author Margaret Atwood.

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released December 4, 2014

All songs written and produced by Jacob Earl.
Audio consultation: Aaron Saloman.
Backing vocals and raps: Jesse Dangerously.
Spinning and scratching: Bad DJ Budget Cuts.

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Jacob Earl Ottawa, Ontario

Independent DIY queer producer/songwriter/photog.

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