Homecoming

by Robert M. Jones

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released October 23, 2015

This was recorded between June and September of 2014, in a kitchen featuring the latest in Hissyshit technology. Robert played guitars, bass, drums, MicroKorg, piano, tambourine, and sang everything.

Cover art by Jamie Jones.

All songs by Robert Jones except for Tomorrow by Charles Strouse/Martin Sharnin. Tomorrow is published by Warner Chappell Music. I paid them and I still have to say this.

Thank you Jamie, for being my best friend, and being generally wonderful. I could not have done this without you.

Other shout-outs: you, for listening to this. It's a dream come true. Other sources of encouragement/advice: Freddie Mercury, Olivia Jones, Jack Alberson, Alex Jones, Brian May, Elliott Jones, Elliott Smith, the Locals, Patrick Glass, the P&H, Craig Niswonger, Angie Smith, Lou Barlow, Jay Ramsey, Eric Wilson, Jason Pulley, Maddy Tull, JD Reager, Paul Bailey, Matthew Trisler, Jeff Lynne, Peter Buck, your mom, her mom, and pizza.

Love long and prosper.

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Robert M. Jones North Little Rock, Arkansas

I write songs about the things that happen when I'm not sleeping.

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Track Name: Homecoming
Yeah, it's raining in Memphis
Think I'll watch the cars crash
And bide my time
Now the room is full of echoes
And she looks to tomorrow
The future's bright

It's still raining in Memphis
Another 20 hours and she'll be home
All the pieces seem to fit now
Years and years of waiting
Thru telephone

All of your life's been routine
Shake it up like a green tambourine

But all the answers are evident
It's not some happy accident
And all the years of watching by the side
Are over when my baby comes home
Track Name: Daddy Issues
Oh hello
I guess you're the next one in line
Good luck man, I wish you both the best
Just watch out
She's always by the borderline
She crosses plenty; I'm here to attest

I you take the time to get to know her
Don't be shocked - be wary, brother
The girl's got claws
Her heart don't thaw
Take the time and be forgotten
A lasting thing with her's uncommon
The girl's got claws
Her heart don't thaw
Baby's got some daddy issues

When you sleep
She'll leave the house so late at night
To fuck some guy who treats her like a whore
Yeah it's true
She's really not that great a liar
Sleeps for 20 hours, cheats for four

Don't you tell yourself you will be the one
Cause I can tell you that's a steaming load
When she cuts and slashes wrists to get you back
You'd better ramble on right down the road
Track Name: Nothing's Good Enough
When I was a boy I used to think that life could never change
I never saw beyond the yard, and that may seem kind of strange
But I have never been too sure of things
I guess my roots are just too weak

And I never think of branching out - I am the slimmest tree
I never see beyond the yard, only pain eventually
And I speak with no authority
It's just the lies within my head

And I'm not sure who I am
But I know what I would like to be, but you can't see
The efforts and the tears and nothing's good enough
You like it rough
And I'm afraid that never will be me
It's plain to me
Track Name: Come Due
And when I look into to your eyes I see the sun
Rising up over the ocean
Two golden rings in blue
And it was always you, so says the balladeer
Though we had to fight it for many years
Now payment has come due

What the hell you doin' over there?
There's ice and snow and I'm so sick of solitaire
The distance seeks to make us lonely wolves
But carry me inside your heart and you'll be sure
Track Name: Better Than Illuminated
I'm not posting this goofy rubbish
Track Name: Somebody Else's Problem
I tried it your way, tried to play your little game
All I ever got was hurt
I guess you're toxic, and I made my peace with that
You never liked introverts
So live your life out loud and follow your own beaten path
Sayonara, see you later, auf weidersein
You can stay in my past

You're somebody else's problem now
Somebody else can figure you out
You're somebody else's problem now

Yeah, I don't miss it - all the drama, all the lies
All the little half-truths
I'm not a junkie for the telephone or you
And your life soaked in booze
And if that makes me the asshole, that's a chance I can take
But I'm not worried, not gonna get bogged down
I've made a lot of mistakes

But you're somebody else's problem now
Somebody else can figure you out
You're somebody else's problem now

You never notice anything that's going on
Close your eyes, hide the truth
The television casts a glow of deepest blue
"Hands up sir, please don't shoot"
Cause you don't think it's real if it didn't happen to you
And every night when you lay down your little head
You never take in the view

It's somebody else's problem now
Somebody else can figure it out
It's somebody else's problem now
Track Name: Mice & Men
So it stands
The best-laid plans
Can fall apart before you even raise your glass
Mice and men
Don't make amends
Some things you want will always be beyond your grasp
It's verified
It's suicide
It only hurts if you slow down and feel the pain
Another year
Will disappear
It'll roll on by just like a downtown train

You can't go home, you have to make your home
It makes no difference where you are
Don't fall apart tonight
Don't fall apart tonight

Stunted life
It cannot thrive
Sometimes shaking up can shake you to the core
Another line
Could buy some time
But it doesn't really matter anymore
And so it stands
The best-laid plans
They fell apart before you even raised your glass
Mice and men
Don't make amends
Some things you want will always be beyond your grasp

Can't go home
You gotta make your home
You gotta the situation work for you
Track Name: Nervous & Jaded
It's 5am and I can't sleep
Rolling in these sticky sheets
So nervous and jaded
And my thoughts begin to drift
Pondering this cursed rift
So nervous and jaded

What has happened to us?
And do you think about me too?
I remember we were once so close
It didn't have to be this way

These weary eyes are blurred by tears
The winds of time push through the years
A whirlwind of confusion
Out of sight and out of mind
We leave each other far behind
In this maze packed with millions

Another tear falls on the page
I write this letter to assuage
The pain of love faded
But I know there can be no balm
No drug will ever bring me calm
So nervous and jaded
Track Name: Out in the World
Take your time and don't be afraid
There ain't no hurry to go join the charade
All these words don't matter a bit
I know you'll roll your eyes and tell me to quit

Take my hand
Understand
And follow me into the light

The more you learn the more you don't know
I know it's silly but that's the way that it goes
And when you fall and bust up your face
Maybe that's how you learn life ain't a race

Take my hand
Understand
And follow me back to the light

And when you call
I can hear the words on the wind as clear as a bell
And when you call
I can hear you out in the world
And if you fall
I will move the sun just to catch you, high water or hell
And when you call
I can hear you out in the world

Yeah, I can hear you out there in the world

In fifteen years you won't be so near
Maybe we'll reminisce and grab a few beers
And I'll still tell you this anyway
Please just take your time and don't be afraid