Break The Kettles and Sink The Ship

by Johnny Mainstream

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released 23 June 2015

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Track Name: Audrey Horne
when she feels alone she has a keycard to my hotel room
it's very simple honey, red means stay away and green means go
a soft metal click, break the kettles and sink the ship
i've gambled away everything i had, she bites her lip

no one's gonna love you like a telephone
baby keeps on growing until one day she blows
there are no voices in the static no matter how hard you comb

she's cautiously coy, you almost hear the waver in her voice
turning every second thought or reason not into white noise
the damage is done, you're far too young to not believe in love
she likes the way that sweat prevents her skin from ever really being touched

no one's gonna love you like a telephone
baby keeps on growing until one day she blows
there are no voices in the static no matter how hard you comb
and everything comes crashing in a tidal wave
draining the pacific in a teenaged haze
some things last for ever while some blow up in your face

i only fall in love with leading ladies
and i promised you the part
now you only fall in love with leading men
and i know it's both our fault i never was

i hate to say this but no one's gonna love you like a telephone
tearing through your suitcase in a frantic hope
but no numbered cocktail napkin will stop you from getting old
and everything comes crashing in your tidal wave
knocking down the buildings on the coastal plain
i'll leave a keycard with the front desk if you ever decide to stay
Track Name: Sudden Pacific
i was caught up on the shoreline island bus
i took it to the circle line then on to charring cross
suddenly i was lost in a crowd
and sudden pacific crashed pretty loud

i was caught up on the long end of your love
didn't know what else to do but sit and wait for you to come
i suddenly heard that terrible sound
sudden pacific burned to the ground

you tell me you're leaving on a boat bound for brooklyn in the summer and i'm a fool for believing that you would stay one more winter when the staleness of our love had settled in to your bones and left it like a ghost

it will be months before you hear the news

in time we'll all see the humor in this
Track Name: 27/m Seeking Rich Young Heiress To Support Rock and Roll Band
you stay up late drinking aged red wine
i stay in bed almost all the time
and i'd call you up, but i don't want to be a bother
you go to work in your fancy car
i sleep till noon then i bike to bars
and i'd invite you out but i don't think you'd ever come here

'cause you like real high class clubs and i play in dive bars
you go to galas in the city with rich movie stars
but if you wanna hang out i got a show and i can put you on the guest list

you own a house in the french country side
i got a rent two months behind
and i'd invite you up but i don't think you'd wanna stay here
you go for guys with investment plans
i blow my money on gear for the band
and i'd write you a song but i don't think you'd wanna hear it

'cause you like real fancy things that i can't afford
but if you think you've got enough and don't need anymore
and you wanna hang out i got a show and i can put you on the guest list
Track Name: The Warden
i knew the warden
she used to run with my best friend
she kept a key around her neck
on her chest that beat in time
like a name on a donor list
or like scratches in a sentence
it's a metaphor
but for what i'm not too sure

you stay up drinking in your room
from the fountain of the youth
but you didn't know what to do with all that time
so now you wander across the land
searching for something you had
at one point but since got lost along the way
so there you stay

i had a key made
i cut the teeth like a cityscape
i know that notch is the spot
where we met for the first time
like a dream that i just can't shake
parole that i had to break
now they're trailing me
like i'm a flight risk escapee

in all my failed attempts at grace
and then trying to save face
i fell in and our of love in record time
and it's not cause for an alarm
just with age you lost your charm
and you'll never get it back as long as you're looking for it

i know the warden
she runs around with my ex best friend
now the key dangles so close
that i can almost reach out and grab it
Track Name: Questions Concerning Sequels
took a photo of you on the train
you fell asleep listening to the rain on the window
tap, tap, tap on the window
i've tried so hard since to make this frame
spring into life or to pull me in
but it's wasted, just some light on a paper

i'm sorry i don't get lonely more often
that i let you believe there was something
here to protect you when the hurricane came through
i left you all alone

end of school daze in an upstate town
you left me note on a paper towel
said call me if you ever want me to come back around
i keep it with things that i can't forget
a box in my drawer, in a song in my head
to remind me why i can't settle down

and i'm sorry i don't get lonely more often
that i let you believe there was something
here to protect you when the hurricane came through
i left you all alone

last thing i heard you moved out of state
met a new man and got married
and i blew it
you don't think i know that i blew it?
they say that we all have one true love
sometimes i fear we don't all match up
if it's true then, i'll just have to happy for you then

and i'm sorry i don't get lonely more often
that i let you believe there was something
here to protect you when the hurricane came through
i left you all alone
Track Name: Mystic
drove myself to mystic
blinded by the rising of the sun
from the moment that i met you
i looked for reasons not to fall in love
it's a city underwater
it's a play about the surging of the tides
i'm sorry about brooklyn
i was broken, i was out of my mind

i went to new york city
from a window seat i stared out at the coast
in a box full of people
it's not hard to feel completely alone
i thought maybe i'd see you
i practiced exactly what i'd say
i apologize for texting you that night
it was a mistake

i built a ship and loaded it with everything i own
set the sail and pushed it off into the long island sound
but this one won't sink, i charted my course
like blood in my veins and a beat in my heart
and i won't return, i won't cut my sail
you said you don't love me, that you never will

i headed up new england
buoyed by my new sense of resolve
searching for some solitude
the gentle calm embrace of the fall
i thought i was an island
i thought i stood apart from all the rest
but i'm not sorry about what i did
it was true, and it had to be said

i wrote a play and filled the stage with everyone i knew
then cut each scene and every role until it was just me and you
the hero won't die, he'll just peter out
like air from my lungs and the words in my mouth
and i will sail straight, i charted my course
like blood in my veins and a beat in my heart
and i won't return because the last thing you said
was that you still love me, that you always did
and i don't want to come home to find
that it's not true
anymore

for all the things you said you saw so clearly
from where you stood on chelsea pier
for all the things that i can see so clearly
i watched the ships, they disappeared



when i wake up in the morning two hundred miles east
with a pounding in my head and a flutter in my chest
i close my eyes and wonder, try to conjure up your face
i'll know that you meant something but won't remember what it was