Rut

by John Mapes

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1.
Full Circle 02:16
2.
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
3.
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
4.
Rut 05:37
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
5.
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
6.
Priorities 03:40
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
7.
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
8.
Pipe Dreams 06:33
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

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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. Graduate of the Harry Nilsson School of Non-Touring, John Mapes does the music for you!

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