In Plain English

by Valencourt

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released April 5, 2011

All songs written, performed, and recorded by Jeff Lavender.
Lead vocals on "Mapping Out The Miles" were done by Melissa Branch.
Drum loops on "Parking Lot" provided by Darrell Nobrega.
Vocals on "Parking Lot" were sampled from a weird voice mail I got.

Cover art by Sarah Paquin.
Panda = Darrell Nobrega

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Track Name: Worry Away
push worry away to make room for some more
forget all about me and I'll forget what I saw
a menacing moon hangs from the most haunting heights
consuming my comfort, and swallows my sight

i can't say what i mean without making a sound
or set fire to footsteps without being tracked down

the characteristics of being a kid
are boxed up and packaged, and labeled as sick
medicate misery, bury the truth
believe all the hype, who even needs proof

i'd rather be swallowed whole by the unknown
than taken down by what i could have controlled
Track Name: In Plain English
I can't make a dent in a place this big
put me in the mountains where I would fit in
this city's too busy to ever miss me
the rules and their guide lines I could never go by

the sun and the moon will all fall out of view
a new light will brighten and we'll be renewed
retreat to wherever and put up a wall

I'm tied to the anchor of a paper ship
on oceans of madness in plain english
my mind doesn't matter, my mouth isn't big
and sometimes i doubt that i even exist

the sun and the moon will all fall out of view
a new light will brighten and we'll be renewed
retreat to wherever and put up a wall

it's something I've seen without eyesight
it's something found buried beneath
it's something I've seen in a movie
and somethings are just how they seem

alive in a time where we live without love
a big fucking mess that i want no part of

the sun and the moon will align, skies are blue
whether or not you think they're ready to
open the door or you're missing it all
Track Name: Mapping Out The Miles
I wear it like a badge for you,
No one can ever know
The love I’ve always held, for you

The shortest days will still drag on
The color's fading from my skin
And won’t return til we meet again,
not soon enough, not soon enough

And in all of my reflections
I see you staring back at me
and though it makes my stomach turn
I still find it comforting
To know that you're still with me
To walk with me through the day
To be the breath in what I say

I've felt numb and I feel empty
those feelings fail to compare
to any moment that I've shared, with you here, with you here

They say it’s always such a long road
So while I’m mapping out the miles
I’ll make breathing seem worthwhile, today, today

And in all of my reflections
I see you staring back at me
and though it makes my stomach turn
I still find it comforting
To know that you're still with me
To walk with me through the day
The sunlight washing over me

I’ve got to fight myself to sleep
But then I see you in a dream
And I swear I’d love to stay,
So I can always see your face...
Track Name: Slowed Down
She knows it’s all over
The expressions on my face
Keep giving me away
My smile, my eyes
Can’t bear to lie another day
The truth has started surfacing

Our hearts don’t want the same thing
We’re much more selfish as we’re aging
And slowing down
No, I can’t commit to no one
I can’t guarantee a place
I’ll slow it down

Her body contorts
And readjusts to simpler frames
We are just in similar space and time
Both shallow, and perfectly numb
I’ve changed so much

Our hearts don’t want the same thing
We’re much more selfish as we’re aging
And slowing down
No, I can’t commit to no one
I can’t guarantee a place
I’ll slow it down

But I’ll deny it
Keep dragging it out
Through the same routine, it’s fruitless
Our bodies are so useless combined
My smile
Keeps tripping the wire

Our hearts don’t want the same thing
We’re much more selfish as we’re aging
And slowing down
No, I can’t commit to no one
I can’t guarantee a place
I’ll slow it down
Track Name: Parking Lot
I was in a parking lot today.
And I saw many, many cars.
It was hard to know which one was my car.