Before The Flood

by Jacob Earl

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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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Track Name: Before the Flood
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.
Track Name: Jesse Dangerously; Jacob Earl - A Lily Pad
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?
Track Name: Jesse Dangerously; Jacob Earl - Pseudonyms
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
Track Name: Snowman
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
Track Name: Jesse Dangerously; Jacob Earl - Oryx
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
Track Name: Jesse Dangerously; Jacob Earl - Scales and Tails
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...
Track Name: Jesse Dangerously; Jacob Earl - How the Cities Fell
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