Closet Songs I

by John the Silent

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Closet songs was recorded in February 2016, literally in a closet in Joel's home in Indiana.

"There was an urgency to the songs as they came. Four of them were written over a 48 hour period. I just wanted to capture that moment, even if it was a home recording, and share that with folks who want to listen. I recommend headphones and time to listen all the way through."

This is what I wanted to say.

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released March 8, 2016

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Track Name: Open Letter (If you have a broken heart)
If you have a broken heart I write these songs for you
You don't have to sing along but you can if you want to
If you have a broken heart don't worry so do I
You can fall apart, it don't matter why

If you have a broken heart I pray these chords will bring
The bandages and medicine to mend your wounded wings
If you have a broken heart you don't have to do anything
Just rest your mind, and I will sing

If the static is more than you can bear
Just come to the attic you know you'll find me there

If you have a broken heart the bullied and the bound
the troubled and the troubadour
the left out and the clown
the one who fights for justice when there is none to be found
If you have a broken heart you can hang around
Track Name: I Am A Boy
I am a boy just like any other
I have a dad and mother
I love rock and roll
I am a boy sometimes my clothes don't fit right
sometimes I can't sleep at night
sometimes I just don't know

Just don't talk about it
try to forget about it
when you feel yourself get colder
When you feel the change
Everything feels strange
Pull yourself up like a soldier
I am a boy

I am a boy don't let the armor fool you
I put it on for school, yeah, it serves me well
I am a boy I still dream and wonder
but I conceal it under a conforming shell

Just don't talk about it
Learn to live without it
when you dream of arms to hold you
I still feel the same
Why did you all change?
Why did everyone get colder?
I am a boy
Track Name: Gina
Gina I'm sorry
I know we let you down
Gina I'm sorry
I know we said we'd be around
But when push came to shove
those words about love
were just words we didn't believe
Words about love are not really love
when there's something up your sleeve
Gina I'm sorry

Gina I'm sorry
I said I'd be there for you
Gina I'm sorry
but I left when the first shots flew
When push came to shove
those words about love
were just words I didn't believe
words about love are not really love
when you leave someone there to bleed
Gina I'm sorry

I'm sorry
I'm a weak weak man
I'm sorry
I've no legs to stand
I'm sorry
Someday I'll be strong
I'm sorry
But you're gone, you're gone
Gina I'm sorry
Track Name: A Private Life (I Can't Breathe)
I was thinking today
Thinking 'bout a private life
Yeah, just slipping away
Into a private life
Not a holiday
An honest private life

If I could say everything I wanted
to only the ones I love
If I could save all of this breathing
for the ones with nothing in their lungs

A man checks in, a man checks out
but he don't take stock in what he's leaving out

I can't breathe
I can't breathe, he said
I watched it from my private bed
In my private home with my private wife
the private air of my private life
protected by my chemistry
protected by this century
I say I need this private life
and claim it as my own birthright
I can't breathe
I can't breathe he said
Track Name: Fatal Flaw
Overthinking
Overthinking again
There's a lot of things, a lot of things
I shouldn't say
Overdrinking
Overdrinking again
There's a lot of things, a lot of things
I won't say

This is what I wanted to say
I need mercy everyday
I think this might be my fatal flaw