Tired Of Being Quiet

by I'm Not Dead/I'm Not A Robot

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released January 11, 2011

All songs written and performed by Jason McLaughlin.

Mixed by Jason McLaughlin and Thomas Maddux at Old Fashioned Records in Minneapolis, MN.

Mastered at Old Fashioned Records by Thomas Maddux.

An Old Fashioned Records release.

Album artwork by Whittney Streeter - whittneyastreeter.daportfolio.com

© 2011 Jason McLaughlin

www.imnotdeadimnotarobot.com

No animals were seriously harmed in the making of this EP.

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Track Name: Tired Of Being Quiet
We don't have much time
Before we are dead
It's scary but it's true
It's scary but it's true
Each moment is one less
To remember ourselves
So we can meet each other
'Cause right now is just me and you

And I sing so loud
'Cause I'm tired of being quiet
I'm so tired of being quiet
Aren't you tired of being quiet?
Let's both stop being quiet together.

So go ask "why?"
And go ask "how?"
With the wisdom of a child
With the wisdom of a child
And you'll find so much why
And you'll find so much how
That you'll want to

Sing so loud
'Cause you're tired of being quiet
I'm so tired of being quiet
Aren't you tired of being quiet?
Let's both stop being quiet together.

Yeah the world isn't changed
By silent, frightened people
No that's not how it works,
Oh that's not how it works.
Mostly it's been guns
Of the state, the church, the steeple
Open up your eyes and see all the people

They're all just people
Everyone is people.
Even when they're papal they're just people,
The state, the church, the steeple
All just people.
Everyone is people.

And they sing so loud
'Cause they want us to be quiet
But I'm tired of being quiet
Aren't you tired of being quiet?
Let's just sing so loud
'Cause we're tired of being quiet
Aren't you tired of being quiet?
Let's both stop being quiet together.
Track Name: Prufrock
They blast "Louie Louie," and all the wedding hits
While us timid like the feeble just gape around and sit
Her eyes a vivid recollection of chances gone by
And I just nurse my drink as if that'll catch her eye

We talk about the politics,
We talk about the style,
We talk about the beautiful bride,
Gone gliding down the aisle.
And through it all I've caught her eye,
And she has caught my smile.

Still we don't dance
To those same songs
I didn't dance to back when I didn't dance.

And I don't know why...
There's so much of me a good cologne can't hide

"In the room women come and go
Talking of Michelangelo"
"In the room women come and go
Talking of Michelangelo"
And, "do I dare?"
And, "do I dare?"

And I don't know why...
There's so much of me a good red wine can't hide

A handshake and some "nice to meet"s
Our eyes shared a long, longing embrace
But the writing parts inside of my brain
Had left a gaping empty page

And so no line had come to mind
To coo through her soft hair
And blank of verbs and blank of thoughts
I just got out of there
Back to a safer distance
Retreating from her stare

So we can't dance
To those same songs
I didn't dance to back when I didn't dance.
And we won't dance
To those same songs
I didn't dance to back when I didn't dance.

And I don't know why...
There's so much of me my finest suit can't hide

"In the room women come and go
Talking of Michelangelo"
"In the room women come and go
Talking of Michelangelo"
And, "do I dare?"
And, "do I dare?"

I should say:
"Let us go then you and I,
Evening spread out against the sky"
"By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed brown
Till human voices wake us and we drown."

"In the room women come and go
Talking of Michelangelo"
"In the room women come and go
Talking of Michelangelo"
And, "do I dare?"
Oh, "do I dare?"

Oh, and "do I dare?"
Track Name: Goodbye
It was a rare, brave few
Who had promised to
Be on the crew
With me and you

We sailed straight for
The darkest storm
Above the sea
Of you and me

And came out clean
Though the storm was mean
No rust or dust
Just the real us

When we came back
They didn't recognize
They'd avoid our eyes
And put on disguises

For the first time
We noticed the crime
They'd committed for
All those years before

On us honest few
Who had sought the truth
They hurt me and you
They poisoned the truth

And I want to
know
Why why why why
Why why why why

Do they look the other
Way while we just
Cry cry cry cry
Cry cry cry cry?

Is this a life?
Is that your love?
Averted eyes?
A playful shove?

Who does that help?
What did that solve?
Avoiding hurts
Doesn't absolve you

From hurting

So we set sail
Once again
For lands unknown
Searching for when

The world will be
For you and me
Instead of them
For us my friend

Where our giant souls
Can be fully free
To fill the sea
To fill the sea
Track Name: If You Don't Mind
"Desperate times call for desperate measures,"
The desperate measures of desperate men.
Desperate men bring us desperate times.
Can't you see, this is where we've been?

"If you're not for us, you're against us,"
Give 'em hate, but ask their love.
Start a fire and smoke their holes out,
Rain down fire from above.

If this is how to win them, heart and mind,
Then I'm not sure I want a heart or a mind.
If this is how to win them, soon we'll find,
It's easy to kill turn your head if you don't mind,
The pain and destruction this worldview causes,
For we all suffer such enormous losses.
Terrible, the sound of hate and killing,
But, on the news it all looks thrilling.

"We're in this one for the long haul,"
But don't you hear what your speech men write?
Do you just take it like a megaphone?
And shout the broadcast of "Fight! Fight! Fight!?"

"The broad masses are more amenable,
To the appeal of rhetoric than any force."
"What luck for rulers, that men don't think."
Here Hitler had it right, of course.

If this is how to win them, heart and mind,
Then I'm not sure I want a heart or a mind.
If this is how to win them, soon we'll find,
It's easy to kill turn your head if you don't mind,
The pain and destruction this worldview causes,
For we suffer such enormous losses.
Terrible, the sound of hate and killing,
But on the news it all looks thrilling.

Desperate times called for desperate measures,
The desperate measures of desperate men.
Those desperate men brought us desperate times.
Can't you see, this is where we've been?
Track Name: Rainbow Sky
Down the sleepy stairway
And across a cool, calm lake
There's a place where things that don't exist,
And never did, take shape

And my best friend he lives there
Beneath the rainbow sky
Where he calls out my name sometimes
And strains for a reply

I'm just ten breaths away from him
And the world that he lives in
Where everything I want to make
Is safe to make again

But I'm trapped out here by monsters
And the demons in my head
They tell me lies that I believe
That keep me here instead
Of with you

And I'm so sorry my friend
I've left you all alone
To tend the waving waffle fields
And feed the hungry stones

You know everything I've forgotten
So remind me once again
Of all my bestest thinkings
And help me count from ten
Down to you

Down the sleepy stairway
And across the cool, calm lake
To a place where things that don't exist,
And never did, take shape

And my best friend, you live there
Beneath the rainbow sky
Where you call out my name sometimes
And strain for a reply
Track Name: Six Seconds Old
This is the song you first sang
When you were six seconds old
When you were wet and
It was cold and
You were screaming

These are desires you expressed
As an eaglet in the nest
With its neck stretching, stressed
Extending upward

These are the eyes that you blinked
When you caught a glimpse of light
Oh it gave you quite a fright
To have such vision

Out from that night
But it was brilliant

Outside the womb
Life is so cold
you grow sickly and old
But that's from living
And when it's gone away
You'll be happy you didn't stay
Inside that
Inside that
Inside that cave

These are the voices you first heard
Sounding so fully absurd
To be unmuffled, every word
Could now have meaning

This is precaution that you took
Swap a king out for a rook
For your defenses, oh they shook
To their foundations

These are the thinkings that you thought
And the reapings that you wrought
As you drew your tight lips taught
And just held true

To what you knew
And it was brilliant

Outside the womb
Life is so cold
you grow sickly and old
But that's from living
And when it's gone away
You'll be happy you didn't stay
Inside that
Inside that
Inside that

This is the verse that catches tight
In your tiny throat every night
As you sing out for some light
In all this darkness

This is the song that you wrote
Bayonet cold at your throat
Soldiers clutching at your coat
As their empire fell

Out from that night
Came this sweet brilliance

Outside the womb
Life is so cold
you grow sickly and old
But that's from living
And when it's gone away
You'll be happy you didn't stay
Inside that
Inside that
Inside that cave

This is the song you first sang
When you were six seconds old
When you were wet and
It was cold and
You were screaming
Track Name: A Thousand More (live)
We met through friends of friends
That’s how these things go
It never ends
I saw you and you saw me
We saw our souls, the symmetry
That sameness that has kept us two
From loving mes and loving yous

We’ve been lonely
A thousand years
Before today
And will a thousand more

And lifting up brown bags
To our lips at the parade
We thought about holding hands
And sipped Mickey’s Grenades
Too scared to make a move
Too scared to just go home
Too scared to be together
And too scared to be alone

When finding out is the whole battle
It sends my brains to roll and rattle
All’s not fair in this war of love
No troops showed up, no planes above
Just an empty old and dusty field
That some farmer scorned for lack of yield

It’s sat empty
A thousand years
Before today
And will a thousand more

So lifting crystal glasses
To our lips by fireside
The red wine in our bloodstreams
Makes it easier to hide
That we’re too scared to make a move
Too scared to just go home
Too scared to be together
And too scared to be alone
To be alone
To be alone
To be alone
Track Name: A Gray Life Is A White Flag (live)
You tend your island
All alone
Waiting on a ship
To take you home
But it's inside you
The one right way
Build a raft from it
And one day

You'll make something beautiful
The world can't ignore
Like the beautiful bright baby
Or the child you were before
But it won't happen
By accident
These things, they never do
"A gray life is a white flag"
Go do this thing
For you

Wake up to your
Own desires
And put to bed
Those dream deniers
Who pick and prod to
Make you fall
And bind your brain to
Keep you small

So go make something beautiful
The world can't ignore
Like the beautiful bright baby
Or the child you were before
'Cause it won't happen
By accident
These things, they never do
"A gray life is a white flag"
Go do this thing
Won't you do this thing?
For you