Dark Dreams

by Jacob Earl

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1.
03:00
You wake up From the dark dreams You're coming Apart at the seams Starving For emotional Nourishment The reason The dreaming Came and went A little bird Gave you These three words: Don't Lose Yourself You wake up From the dark dreams You're coming Apart at the seams Lions and tigers and bears Oh my Lions and tigers and bears Sleepwalking daily You're barely getting by Lions and tigers and bears A little Voice Inside your head Says: This is the moment You always, always dread You wake up From the dark dreams You're coming Apart at the seams Starving For emotional Nourishment The reason The dreaming Came and went A little bird Gave you These three words: Don't Lose Yourself
2.
Called a little bit heavy For the things I like to read Kings they hold the title Men they hold the deed These are the dark ages A trillion mouths to feed War is Poverty's wages We haven't satisfied the need I can see your silhouette In the limited light You're a gambling one, I bet; Your tell is in your eyes These are the dark ages Everyone is dying For the last few pages But you shine so bright
3.
03:39
I will feel like life is successful And I no longer fear death When the reasons I worked so hard to win Have given way to such success I'm accounting on you to keep it quiet Though I see it in your eyes The cold questions about why I told you one too many lies I'm bottom rung hung I'm tolerant But I still think wicked thoughts I wish I didn't I'm Cary Grant on a bad day You're me when I glance in the mirror the wrong way I'm a fruit, I'm the Adam's apple You were never cute You somehow never had to You were duty-bound To honour our Father That wasn't going to suit you Why would you bother? I'm the brand new son I'm tolerated But I still do wicked acts I wish I didn't I wish I wasn't hated I will always forgive you my brother 'Cause maybe I led you astray Even though the wars are won We have many debts still to pay I'm counting on you to protect What little we have left Our cold prospects Bereft I'm bottomed out And little by little sinking The Flood washed us out What were we thinking? Ok, admission: I messed up Cults and capers I knew the stalemate ended Sooner than later Consequences on my shoulders So many choices I tuned them all out For my inner voices Sick belief made me sick I tainted you with belief The sickness spread all too quick The flood was the final relief
4.
lines made up in my mind the words belie the lies stars are falling from the sky it's all behind me now the skies are dimmer still the time fades fast but still in elements of disguise You just never realize they were made up on the spot little attract-me-nots what does it matter still? it's all behind me now the times we broke it down to the barest layer of skin you took it on the chin times were thick and then it happened all again the time we fell in what does it matter still? that's all behind us now stars are falling from the sky it's all behind us now the skies are dimmer still it's all behind us now the skies are growing lines no traces of your eyes you wore the perfect disguise i just never saw through the lies made to forget me not the smiles led to getting hot the sun is fading fast and it's all behind us now
5.
03:42
This time we have is finite time Already we have wasted enough on lies Let's put that behind us now and move on All these cancers could eat me up one day And I wouldn’t even get the chance to say How much i loved you and how much i needed you there So come and take a trip with me Camping up in the highlands for a week We’ll see where that takes us ‘cause tomorrow I might not be here I enjoy the wild life Crafting my home with wood and knife Will you join my tribe and settle down with me? And if you want to tie knot This is all that I have got It isn’t much to offer, but it’s yours for keeps Let’s fall asleep under a weeping willow And dream the same dream on the same pillow We can spend the rest of our lives together Cuz I enjoy the wild life Cutting my meat with a knife Will you join my clan and settle down with me?

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Dark Dreams is a small, acoustic anthology of older songs from Jacob Earl's catalogue, captured in sparse, stripped-down interpretations.

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released August 28, 2020

Produced, written, recorded, and performed by Jacob Earl.

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Jacob Earl Ottawa, Ontario

Independent DIY queer producer/songwriter/photog.

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