We Have Lost Contact

by Jacob Earl

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Third in a trilogy of EPs released in 2008. Semi-autobiographical stories about death, love, nostalgia, and childhood.

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released November 17, 2008

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Jacob Earl Ottawa, Ontario

Independent DIY queer producer/songwriter/photog.

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Track Name: Your Heart Beating
it was your heart beating out of control
as you crossed the finish line
for the last time
this is the furthest you have to go

no no don’t forget to breath
no no don’t forget to breath
no no don’t get stuck between
here and your next dream

no no don’t forget to breath
no no don’t forget to breath
no no don’t leave
without me

it was your heart beating out of your breast
it was your fists pounding
your legs bounding
you could never be at rest

no no don’t forget to breath
no no don’t forget to breath
no no don’t get stuck between
here and your next dream

no no don’t forget to breath
no no don’t forget to breath
no no don’t forget to
say what you mean

it was your heated breath on my back
that let me know
you were preparing
for attack

it was your heart beating like the sun
that burned away my fears
of being alone
for all these years













no no don’t forget to breath
no no don’t forget to breath
no no don’t get stuck between
here and your next dream

no no don’t forget to breath
no no don’t forget to breath
no no don’t forget to
feel for your heartbeat

like a battle drum
inches away
I could feel the thrum

It was your heart beating
time to my thoughts
I must hold onto
What I got

It was your heart beating
like a song
The last thing I was
Holding onto

It’s your heart beating
Out the truth
Every beat calms
The rhythm soothes

no no don’t forget to breath
no no don’t forget to breath
no no don’t get stuck between
here and your next dream

no no don’t forget to breath
no no don’t forget to breath
no no don’t forget what
you wanted to be
your heart’s beating out of control
Track Name: Settlers on Mars
hark
i hear you calling my name
‘cross the red desert planes
‘cross the crystallized refrain

on a sky ark
we sailed the ocean of black and stars
we choked on the habit of our cars
so we broke the orbit of the earth
and then we settled on Mars

love
we have colonized a new land
sowed the seeds with our hands
raised our young to stand tall and proud

work
you only get what you give
in this vast unforgiving place
you fight for the right to live

same
oh we haven’t changed a bit
moved ourselves around
moulded and paved the ground to suit our needs
inside we’re still weak

and corrupted
when we dry out what we have
it’s time to seek out more to grab
this never-ending quest
is bound to be our arrest
can’t settle for second-best
we settled on Mars
Track Name: Geometry
flying down the highway
with you passed out in the back
90 k to montréal
and the heat is on the attack

we’re clockin’ 130
I got a sweat-stained shirt
the oil is dirty
we’re in a world of hurt

the ground is sinking away below us
and the sky is getting black
65 k to montréal
and we’re flying off the track

creeping through the countryside
as far as the eye can see
the power lines stretching out
all the way to the sea

the bothersome feeling
stealing away at me
that all this barren
land with out caring

ain’t the way it ought to be

if we could go back
to simpler times
would it change
the way we turned?

and have we really earned
anything of what we’ve learned?

all this messing
have we learned any lesson?
the sky gets blacker
and we keep undressing

in the grip of the wheels
i can feel the tension
of the coiled steel
and strained suspension

it all breaks down
to lines and numbers
gridded out
in the crack and thunder

geometry
and you and me
flying down the highway
in silent speed

flying down the highway
with you caressing my back
50 k to montréal
and we ain’t never coming back

it all breaks down
to lines and numbers
gridded out
in the crack and thunder

geometry
and you and me
we’re never going
to go under

flying down the highway
with you caressing my back
Track Name: We Have Lost Contact
you and i, we used to click like a light
and if i ever believed
in a thing called a soul
and that two of these things
could together fill a hole
you certainly would have fit that mold
just right

now we have lost contact
from all the notions we held dear
and broken every unspoken contract
written in our tears
thrown away all our emotions
but for the fear

we won’t ever recover from what we have lost
we refuse to even acknowledge the true cost

this asphalt used to be green
it stings my shins and scrapes my knees
and shreds my jeans
and the skin in-between
this ravine where i loved you
used to be so clean

we have lost contact with the truth
in favour of a cheaper substitute

i have loved every crease of your skin
your dirty nails and quivering chin
like a fading memory of senses
we once thought of as sin
this anger has now carved me out inside
the asphalt meeting my feet
is the only contact that i don’t hide
anymore

we won’t ever recover from what we have lost
we refuse to even acknowledge the true cost
Track Name: I've Counted the Days Since We Parted Ways
i’ve counted the days
since we parted ways
and the memories get vague
but I don’t let
them go

i smoothed out the sheets
used to house your silhouette
used to hold your body heat
since the day that we met

and you know
this isn’t entirely for show
this insistence
the resistance
to nostalgic replay
if i knew just how
what i think I know now
it wouldn’t change that i’m alone here today

i’ve counted the days
since we parted ways
and the memories get vague
but I don’t let
them go

i spared all the knick-knacks you left
totems collecting the dust
bric-a-brac now all bereft
of the memories formed from our lust

embracing the furniture
that you chose to abandon
with the scars i am sure
that i had a hand in

i’ve counted the days
since we parted ways
and I don’t want to let go
but I must