Tell It To Me Straight Vol 1

by Jake Morley

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1.
I stumbled upon a little house It was an allegorical house There upon the door I saw a sign It was my name on the door No one was home No one was home So I broke in Oh I broke in Ooh I muck about trashing it up And I jump for joy on the beds Peeling all the paper from the walls And smashing the windows Not a care at all Not a care at all As I rifle the drawers As I rifle the drawers One long forever later I was hit By a tidal wave of regret Why did I defile a special place That could have been my home? Not cool at all Not cool at all Is it too late for me Is it too late for me To fix this place up Give it all of my love To fix this place up Give it all of my love To fix this place up Give it all of my love I'll paint the fence Tend to the lawn Clean out the nooks Go to the shop Scrub all the floors Re-hinge the doors If there was a bar I'll raise it up I stumbled upon a little house It was an allegorical house There upon the door I got a sign I got my name on the door Hung my dreams on the walls Hung my dreams on the walls I'm moving in I'm moving in I stumbled upon a little house It was an allegorical house There upon the door I got a sign I got my name on the door Hung my dreams on the walls Hung my dreams on the walls I'm moving in I'm moving in I'm moving in I'm moving in
2.
I’m pondering on a scenario in which I am the hero It’s something I am prone to Just pondering on scenarios in which I am the hero And somehow I ride to the rescue I’m walking past a house on Nether Street When all of a sudden the whole of the second floor goes up in flames Little tommy’s on his own today And no one else can hear his calls By some twist of fate his door’s blocked But from somewhere I summon the strength of a god Even lose a little blood As we’re diving from the hall The house begins to fall I’m pondering on a scenario in which I am the hero It’s something I am prone to Just pondering on scenarios in which I am the hero And somehow I ride to the rescue I’m on a late night bus from angel And three big drunken guys start picking on a girl While mere mortals stare at freesheets I’m rising to my feet as I command them to cease Now I’ve had no formal training But my arms and legs let fly with all the precision of Jackie Chan or Bruce Lee Now wouldn’t that be a sight to see? And as they stumble out the doors I’m taking the applause I’m pondering on a scenario in which I am the hero It’s something I am prone to Just pondering on scenarios in which I am the hero And somehow I ride to the rescue I got your pain laid out before me Like different outfits on a pre-party bed At times like this there are no answers If only there was something useful to be said Then from the endless depths of nowhere Golden words come tumbling, shimmering straight out from my soul Now wouldn’t that be a sight to behold? That something I could say Could get you through the day But I’m only Pondering on a scenario in which I am the hero It’s something I am prone to Just pondering on scenarios in which I am the hero And somehow I ride to the rescue
3.
Today I feel unusually well Suspiciously so I should try and trace it back It might be useful to know Why I burn a fraction more bright Maybe it’s nothing Or that a butterfly flapped its wings But much like a temporarily mislaid actor’s name It’ll bother me not to Trace it back Trace it back Trace it back to the source I feel uncommonly alive And I'd love to know why Gonnaa trace it back to the source I start to riffle through my records of the day with my mind’s fingertips But there's not one entry out of place I should let it go Was my step always this light? It's right under my nose On the tip of my tongue It’s there and then it’s gone Almost like I’m hiding some good news from myself Oh I might just try to Trace it back Trace it back Trace it back to the source I’m uncommonly alive And I need to know why Gonna trace it back to the source I’m frustratingly close Just a second too long If I didn’t know you so well I’d say you paused in love You paused in love You paused You
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04:00
Falter I'm a statue by the water Forever shaping up to dive Forever pausing on the verge Headstrong Where has all that old courage gone Just like a castle in the sand I'm made in the shape of strength yet still i crumble Headstrong I always used to be so headstrong But i lost it where did i go wrong? All i seem to do is falter Falter Tip-toe'd the wrong way down a corridor of creaky boards Is it me or did i hear a sound? See a silhouette? Maybe this could be the end? Be headstrong And taste it with a curious tongue Cos staring at the little shards of checkered light through blurry fingers It's all a part of this, a part of being alive Headstrong I always used to be so headstrong Yeh I lost it where did I go wrong? All I seem to do is falter Headstrong I always used to be so headstrong But I lost it where did I go wrong? All I seem to do is falter
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03:36
I remember when it all was new Now we're stuck in a strange loop It's like we're following our footprints and they go nowhere at all Let me out everything is spinning I swear we've been here before I'm wearing out with each repeat repeat I wish we weren't on repeat So many words we're drowning And talk it never end Every time we loop around I lose a little of myself In one of these many duplications This machine has lost some code I'm wearing out with each repeat Repeat I wish we weren't on repeat Time fallen away There's gotta be a little more to living But somehow we just can't let go I'm wearing out with each repeat Repeat I wish we weren't on repeat
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I won't let this evening die Hold it closer No veil gonna shroud my eyes Not even nearly The darkness fears me Cos I won't yet let go Won't consign this to history The weight on my eyes I won't let this night forget Stay within me I won't sign my name just yet Won't give back this day to the place it came from Tonight I ruminate until The weight on my eyes comes Just one flash Control is a desperate dream Of chasing shadows For now balance flows through me But blink and it's gone Lost to the dawn where the sunshine hits like thunder Don't surrender to slumber The weight on my eyes Simple measures, precious pleasures I'm king of the day tonight And seeing it clearly But I'm the fool of tomorrow's light To come all this way and just throw it away Oh I can't let go Just one flash And the whole world's turned Turned Morning's guns are trained on me Not my problem Cos tired though my bones may be All that I know is I ain't gonna go down without a fight I'll be railing through the night Until the weight on my eyes The weight on my eyes The weight on my eyes takes me home
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04:01
And so we turn my friends once more to matters of the heart A word that's used so much I hardly know where to start Yours is hungry for adventure It's a little left of centre I'm so very grateful for your heart Perhaps the thing I love the most is its profound compulsion To pump your blood around your body of its own propulsion Moving oxygen and energy With unfailing regularity I'm so very grateful for your heart So often celebrated Maybe it's overrated And your skin keeps out the weather It holds you all together And I can’t help wondering whether I'm Equally grateful for your skin Now you have a beautiful heart But other organs deserve our love too How come we never hear such songs about the lungs or liver You’ve a fine pair of the one and an impressive example of the other When you tell me that you love me Or pour yourself a glass of whisky I'm so very grateful for your lungs and your liver And when we say heart that’s just a code for something in the brain I want no part in that encroaching theft of word terrain Plus did you know without the head You could even wind up dead I’m so very grateful for your brain I put this to a friend A doctor of medicine She said without a kidney You'd be in trouble quickly Turns out the body is a complex machine of highly interrelated essential systems Each composed of many unsung heroes Now you have a beautiful heart But other organs deserve our love too And so my friends the time has come to recap from the start I'm grateful for your skin Yes grateful for your lungs and liver Grateful for your brain And whether you're talking love or veins I'm still so very grateful for your heart
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To pass the time away I wrote stuff down and found I had a lot to say So pack my blues away Leave for me to find again another day Another day Inside my mind And inside my mind There's only you So easy does it now To let it go is maybe what it's all about So put your worries down Leave them there 'til morning turns 'em all around Another day Inside my mind And inside my mind There's only you
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04:17
Ever since you left I still Feel you dressed in shadows, hiding Whispering words inside my head Whispered words I wish I said This place is haunted by the Echoes of your elegance it's Like some dusty old museum With our love behind a velvet rope Your make up in my bathroom Your socks I wear when I have none Still sleeping on your mattress I feel you here you're my ghostess Still find your hairs on my clothes How can it all be over When our toothbrushes still seem to kiss I feel you here you're my ghostess Am I awake or dreaming Is this you I think I'm seeing No you're just one step ahead and Yoying with my tired head Everywhere I go there's something That reminds me of you it's like I'm some old TV detective Piecing through the clues of all we were Your make up in my bathroom Your socks I wear when I have none Still sleeping on your mattress I feel you here you're my ghostess Still find your hairs on my clothes How can it all be over When our toothbrushes still seem to kiss I feel you here you're my ghostess Each night you come for me Why won't you leave me be Still sleep on my side of the bed I leave a space for you each night Still sleeping on your mattress I feel you here you're my ghostess Your make up in my bathroom Your socks I wear when I have none Still sleeping on your mattress I feel you here you're my ghostess Still find your hairs on my clothes How can it all be over When our toothbrushes still seem to kiss I feel you here you're my ghostess When our toothbrushes still seem to kiss When our toothbrushes still seem to kiss
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03:27
It started with a thread I was trying to find the ends But somewhere along the way I got tangled I forgot what goes where In such a muddle, me I know these knots do me no good Still I just cannot help myself When the threads are in my hands Oh I just cannot help myself When the threads are in my hands A reflex to me now Loop it through and underneath So pleasing in a certain way But oh, what a jumble Now I can’t move ‘til they’re untied And I know one move would set this right Cos all these knots do me no good Still I just cannot help myself When the threads are in my hands No I just cannot help myself When the threads are in my hands
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It can be nice to play guitar in the daytime And scribble words down when everyone else is at work But I earn nothing much to give, and if we ever had a kid It'd be a little selfish not to stop Unless it's my job And there's some fool who wants to pay me Oh I hope that I make it before we have a baby I hear their adorable little mouths they need feeding And their fragrant heads need somewhere to rest Another white guy needs attention for his feelings As if we'd ever need another one of those But it's all I know And there's always stacking shelves in Sainsbury's Oh I hope that I can make it before we have a baby I'm told they turn out rather better if you put time in A little money makes the rougher days more smooth Anyone who seems content providing neither Well no smart parent would let em stay for long And you're as smart as they come Although you did end up with me Oh I hope that I can make it before we have a baby We could wait a little longer til we feel ready Though how do you know you are until you try We never were that fussed about living lives of luxury And there's value in doing what you love But the truth is tough No one said it was easy to raise a family Maybe I won't care if I can make it What does it even mean to make it Still I hope that I can make it before we have a baby
12.
Moving towns Eleven years old at another new school now Oh no but I wasn't aware I'd be Staring down the barrel of the proverbial gun I'm eating school dinner when Matthew Informs me we're fighting as soon as I'm done I'm using lies to try and Disguise I'm far less worldly-wise And Aaron's been pushing me round since I skilled him up bad at 11-a-side Oh no Freddie laid the smackdown oh no on the new kid in a new town Oh no you can take your shots at me But you'll never get a piece of my soul On shaky ground There's nothing left to do but Learn to dust yourself down In lessons Miss Beehag asks questions I'm sure to be smiling and raising my hand I'm pleased to be getting my A's but Jordan's rubbing my face in the sand If i wasn't so shy i might notice that Some of the girls in my class think i'm cute But it's tricky when chattin to Vicky And the boys are trying to stick in the boot Oh no Freddie laid the smackdown oh no on the new kid in a new town Oh no you can take your shots at me but You'll never take a piece of my soul Earn my scars Heal my bones Grow my legs Grow some stones Move on elsewhere You took your shots at me But you never took a piece of my The school bell sounds Nothing left to do but Earn it on the playground Oh no Freddie laid the smackdown Oh no I'm the new kid it's a new town Oh no well you can take your shots at me But you'll never get a piece of my soul
13.
Hidden in your house is a button For use in an emergency You'll find it at the back of a cupboard Or behind the washing machine You'll know when you see it it's the one that says 'Everything Goes Back To Normal' When it's all going wrong around you And you're not liking what you see Push the button Push the button Push the button and it all goes back Push the button Push the button And then everything goes back to normal When you get it wrong it's a disaster So don't touch it til you're 18 There is no instruction manual So you'd better listen to me The first thing you do is ask someone politely Please could things go back to normal? And if that doesn't work don't panic Cos there's something you can do Push the button Push the button Push the button and it all goes back Push the button and it Push the button and it Push the button and it all goes back Push the button Push the button Push the button and it all goes back Push the button And then everything goes back to normal Lately I've had a real hard time And this button's all I've had Then I found out one morning That mine wasn't even plugged in I guess I don't need no button cos Every day's a different normal I know that the world keeps changing But hey I'm allowed to dream Push the button Push the button Push the button and it all goes back Push the button and it Push the button and it Push the button and it all goes back Push the button and it Push the button and it Push the button and it all goes back Push the button Push the button And there is no button and you can't go back

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The complete collection of Tell It To Me Straight recordings, 2018/2019.

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released March 20, 2020

Written and Performed by Jake Morley
Produced and Mixed by Calum MacColl
Mastered by George Shilling

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