Two​/​/​Four

by Jackson Cavalier

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1.
Ain't it hard when you're alone and living in the city Ain't it hard when you're alone and feel so unpretty Ain't it hard when you're trying so stubborn to go back to bed Ain't it hard with these thoughts stuck in your head And you feel so alone when you're trying to go back to sleep You feel so alone lying next to her with no love to keep You feel so alone now that your lover has finally pushed off You'd feel so alone when she'd laugh and when she'd scoff Well between you and me we both got a lot to learn and between you and I, I'm just trying to get back what I've burned well your anxiety sits on a broken shelf that you built for her in the winter with your nihilistic crosses straight nails to deliver and you feel it in your knees as ya, as you try to please her well ya bite your lip and it'll suffice, left with nothin as ya quiver Well between you and me we both got a lot to learn and between you and I, I'm just trying to get back what I've earned Well Grace she sits like a dutchess, pretty, while casting her spell and her mother is sweet and her father does quite well and me I'm just sitting here alone waiting to hear those wedding bells but they've been dubiously and deviously swapped out with a funeral knell Well between you and me we both got a lot to learn and between you and I, I'm just giving ya back what ya spurned
2.
Kathleen 03:14
You said you had a loss for words well tell me honey how is life with no tongue You said you had a feeling then but that feeling's just like you, you've gone on and I saw you dancing in my shadow with your fingers running through my thinning hair and there was a word I tried to find and I remembered it while I was sitting there Kathleen, you haunt me in my sleep Kathleen, I get no rest from the things you do to me Kathleen, you're the specter in my dreams Kathleen, stay away from me Kathleen I'd sooner sell my soul to pay back the debt I owe to your mother and your father he told me once I needed an education to be your lover and those words I took to heart but surely paid no heed to them and it was truly a mistake on my end for I found out I needed so much more than wisdom Kathleen, you haunt me in my sleep Kathleen, you don't know the things you do to me Kathleen, you're the monster in my dreams Kathleen, stay away from me Well you're singing in your velvet gown and I'm wondering what has got you down for I know we have been in this place before and you told me how you felt so heavy like you were just a friend and I was leaving you out in the cold And if your tongue is broke tell me how do you still sing with a broken tongue And if my hands are broke tell me how do I still keep strumming along And if my heart is broke tell me how I can spend it, yeah, on your love And tell me now that you feel broke and broken down just like I had felt before Kathleen, you haunt me in my sleep Kathleen, I get no rest from the things you do to me Kathleen, you're the specter in my dreams Kathleen, stay away from me Kathleen
3.
Used To Say 05:09
You used to say you had to go on just what you knew You used to say you had a notion that I'd soon be leaving you Well I heard every word you spoke but I could never read your mind How could I read your thoughts like that while you were creeping up from behind Well mama turn your thoughts around things will be better I swear it's true I may not be your lover no longer but I know just what you'll do What do you want from me baby, what could I possibly give to you? Is there something you'd like to see my thoughts are hiding in plain view If you simply just cannot believe I'd stick my neck out for the likes of you Then there's not much left to say nothing I could do to convince you That mama my thoughts are spinning round and I know not what to do Once was your lover but now I'm absolutely nothing to you Come down from your golden tower for you know I need a friend One that I've had one time before and I will never see again What card do you got up your sleeve is it temperance is it death And when will you show it to me and reveal my true end If there is a single thing a single stone you left unturned Nows time to see the other side or leave those feelings in the dirt Well mama turn your thoughts around things will be better yes it's true We may not be lovers no longer but you know just what I'll do
4.
Changes 05:02
There comes a time, comes a time for changing There comes a time, time for some rearranging And you got yours and I'm on my own now There comes a time to pay the debt ya owe now You got your family, and I need a friend now And you got love, I need a helping hand now But you're still lonesome writing your thoughts down There comes a time where you best move along now Don't lie, Don't lie, you've been telling all your friends Your alibi, all about how I drove ya to your wits ends It does your conscience good to put the blame on what ya heard I'm not sticking around to feel the pain Let me tell ya a secret I'll probably love ya til my last day But it don't matter it don't matter anyway I got my freedom, you got your whole life now And you'll get married, you'll settle down now I'm on the road playing what could've been now, There comes a time where you rewrite the lines now I won't lie, I won't lie I've been telling all my friends My alibi, all about, how ya drove me to my wits ends It does my conscience good to put the blame on what I heard I'm not sticking around to feel the pain Let me tell ya a secret you might've loved me til your last day But it don't matter it don't matter anyway
5.
Canaseraga 04:40
I was born a poor boy in the hills of Alleghany county On a plot of land in Canasarega New York Father kept away kept to drinking every day and mother stuck around and did what she could afford Well it's hard as a poor boy there ain't much to look forward to and its a life spent playing on dirt roads And when my father passed away well mama she went crazy and lord knows where she's living life today Out on the road trying to run down these poor boys blues That color still follows me til this day And if you could only know what it's like in a broken home You'd get down on a knee and for me you would pray Came of age and found my sweetheart, from the day I met I called her mine The joy we found in our love kept us fine Then one day a handsome stranger he came our way and that red-headed bastard stole her love from me So I stuck him with a knife and held him within an inch of his life and for that deed I lay in the pen and waste away and my love shes long gone took the children kept my dog lovin another within a shot glass in her hand Out on the road trying to run down these poor boys blues That color still follows me til this day And if you could only know what it's like in a broken home You'd get down on a knee and for me you would pray Now im alone, with my thoughts just getting stoned in the same old broke down shack where I was born no family no love not sure if theres a god above but I surely do talk to jesus everyday Out on the road trying to run down these poor boys blues That color still follows me til this day And if you could only know what it's like in a broken home You'd get down on a knee and for me you would pray
6.
I walked down-down to the village below Walked a broken mile down a broken road My ride was all rusted my engine forlorn My hands were bleedin my palms were all torn I got-got down on my knees to pray Said please lord take this burden away I'm a lost soul sinner got nothin on my mind I'm a real breadwinner got nothing to line These poor mans pockets no penny do I keep I'm a lucky dog thinker with no place to sleep uh huh uh hu-uh The people there drank their rum and coke Their noses powdered yes indeed they did smoke The rocks from their spoons in their places to hide There was no shotgun weddings no shotgun brides And the preachers keep quiet in their sunlit rooms No rings around their fingers got nothing to lose I'm a lost soul sinner got nothin on my mind I'm a real breadwinner got nothing to line These poor mans pockets no penny do I keep I'm a lucky dog thinker with no place to sleep uh huh / uh hu-uh / uh huh uh hu-uh And it's easy to see You got to see it to believe Yes it's easy to see that I am free, I am free I'm just a man with no answers in this place I dwell These rules I've delighted and broken in so well Is this pearly cocaine heaven man or heroine hell I'm one bad Fetanyl trip from that graveyard bell I'm a lost soul sinner got nothin on my mind I'm a real breadwinner got nothing to line These poor mans pockets no penny do I keep I'm a lucky dog thinker with no place to sleep uh huh / uh hu-uh / uh huh uh hu-uh

about

This EP was written and recorded in its entirety from October 2019 to March 2020. It features a cast of musicians from both of my backing bands, The Mt. Vernon Two, as well as The Big Dead Waltz.

The material was heavily inspired by Bob Dylan's work with the band, as well as the Felice Brothers, and Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band.

This is part two of four in a series of EP's I will be completing over the next few months.

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released March 6, 2020

Jackson Cavalier:
Main Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Harmonica. (Tracks 1-6)

Matthias Galley:
Lead Guitar (Tracks 1-6)

Will Westveer (Bill Westover):
Electric Bass (Tracks 1-6)

Joey Small:
Drums and Aux Percussion (Tracks 1-6)

Alex Fortier:
Piano (Tracks 3, 5, 6)
Organ (Tracks 1, 2, 4)

Devon Rose:
Harmonies (Tracks 1, 2, 4-6)

Katie Morey:
Harmonies (Tracks 1, 2, 4-6)

Ben Morey:
Producer, Studio Engineer, Mixing and Mastering (Tracks 1-6)

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