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Rut

by John Mapes

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John Mapes' debut full length album in living stereo!
Full review here: mplsmusic.com/news/john-mapes-rut/

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released July 26, 2011

All songs written and performed by John Mapes
All songs recorded and mixed at Turnidoff Studios Roseville, MN in the winter and spring of 2010/2011
The fourth recorded heaviest snowfall winter in Twin Cities history.

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Straight from the depths of an undisclosed Twin Cities basement location. John Mapes does the musics for you!

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Track Name: This Is All You Get
It’s just a matter of time
Before I tap the well dry
I have spent. I won’t even try
Try not to set it up high
That way I can’t disappoint
You can mock. Doesn’t bother me
I know you wanted more, but what you want you might regret.
This is it. This is all you get
There’s only so much that I’m willing to bet I’ve got in me
So for now, this is all that you get
These things take some time
For which I have none
Just a muse. I’m in need of one.
I knew it wouldn’t last
Didn’t know it would happen so fast
You ask, “now what?” Do you really need to ask
I know you wanted more, but what you want you might regret.
This is it. This is all you get
There’s only so much that I’m willing to bet I’ve got in me
So for now, this is all that you get
Track Name: Harmony Rocket
You can take away my house
But you can’t take my Harmony Rocket
You can take away my car
But you can’t take my Harmony Rocket
No, you can’t take that away
You’re gonna have to pry it from my cold dead hands
Take away all my political rage
Just don’t take my Harmony Rocket
Take away all my integrity
Just don’t take my Harmony Rocket
No, you can’t take that away
You’re gonna have to pry it from my rotted corpse
Take away my will to live
Just don’t take away my Harmony Rocket
Take away all my memories
Just don’t take away my Harmony Rocket
No, you can’t take that away
You’re gonna have to pry it from my skeletal remains
Harmony Rocket
Track Name: Rut
I’m waiting. I’m waiting
Waiting for what, I don’t know
I’m pacing myself. I’m pacing myself
Pacing for what, I don’t know
Your guess is as good as mine
And if you guess wrong I won’t be too far behind
I’m in a rut
I’m saving. I’m saving
Saving for what, I don’t know
I’m counting off. I’m counting off
I’m counting off the times that I didn’t know
Each day takes another for a spill
I try not to forget but I know I will
I’m in a rut
Track Name: Kristy McNichol
There was a time when you was everywhere
That was back in the day
Now we’re in a time when you are never there
And everything is starting to decay
I won’t pretend what I know you went through
I just want to see you in something new
I know I’m not alone when I say
Come back Kristy McNichol
We need you more than ever ‘cause our pickings are slim
Come back Kristy McNichol
We all want you back please Kristy let us in. Let us in.
You were just like the girl down the street
A natural class act
No formal training under your feet
Something that today they lack
You didn’t need it all, you were a natural star
But as bright as they are…
Most things never last
Come back Kristy McNichol
We need you more than ever ‘cause our pickings are slim
Come back Kristy McNichol
We all want you back please Kristy let us in. Let us in
Track Name: Priorities
Why am I writing songs when I could be playing video games
Why should I learn my scales when I could be playing video games
Learning jazz chords would be cool, but so is playing video games
Making a living at what I like playing so why am I playing video games.
Obligations got the best of me. I’m burdened with priorities
I got to set my focus straight, focus straight, focus straight, focus straight
Damn, it’s too late
I don’t believe in ADD but something sure is pulling me
Away from creativity and closer to my Fallout 3
Track Name: Another 80's Song
Wearing shades in a smoke filled bar
Woman gyrating on the roof of my car
Slumping down in a telephone booth
Turning my head to avoid the truth
Looking in the mirror, I’m amazed at my hair
Popping up my collar like I haven’t a care
Geometric shapes colored day-glo hues
With squiggly lines forming white man blues
I’m feeling like another 80’s song
A metaphor for you and me is a lot of cold war imagery
I know who I’m supposed to be despite my attempt at androgyny
Staring in the mirror reflecting my rage
Sporting these clothes far too young for my age
Putting on a headband ‘cause it looks kick ass
Feel the chorus coming up, now punching the glass
I’m feeling like another 80’s song
Track Name: Pipe Dreams
I should have read the signs right from the start
I guess I was just never really that smart
You held me back from doing what I could
Instead of dumping you just like I should
You stripped me of my independent ways
Seeing life right through your drunken haze
But now that things are looking up
I’ve cleared my head and I’ve had enough
And you my friend have just numbered your days
The path I choose is nobody’s fault but my own
Give this dog a chance, throw me a bone
I tried like hell to quit you, it’s no use
The rope is tied to tight to cut it loose
We’ve shared a past I aint too proud to claim
I could’ve changed, but I always stayed the same
But now I found a different goal
And I’ll take back everything you stole
And dump you off with no regrets or shame
Don’t plug up my pipe dreams with your shit
Don’t think I’m gonna second guess for your benefit
Nothings gained by sitting around but you’re so hard to quit
Don’t plug up my pipe dreams with your shit