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songs written on the nylon stringed guitar
4 tiny songs amidst 4 song songs

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released December 13, 2015

joshua marcus: nylon stringed guitar, concertina, computers, vocals
chrissy wolpert: vocals
rory connell: steel stringed guitar, ukulele
art by jo dery

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Joshua Marcus Providence, Rhode Island

Joshua Marcus loves cooking, all things musical, and to both orchestrate & be part of tangibly authentic experiences in the actual world. Joshua's current musical interests are writing and performing our perceived shared truths, as well as syllabic syncopation and off time rhyming à la rap, r&b, hip hop, math rock. JM has been writing & performing for two decades. ... more

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  • Jun 29
    Providence, RI

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Track Name: do you decide to go with this one or that one?
do you decide to go with this one or that one?

oh, the twisted turns this life could take
do you decide to go with this one or that one
when you finally up and leave this place
and i had no idea i'd be sitting here
singing this to you
until that friday at 6 a.m.
Track Name: are you the person you wish you were when you're alone?
are you the person you wish you were when you’re alone?

There’s the person you are behind closed doors
Are you the person you wish you were
When you’re alone?
And how did this come to pass?
And how do we break it down?

I see you’re all dressed up
Is that for sex or self-confidence
I’m usually dressed down, is that my privilege
Or exhaustion of keeping up appearances
Or is that who we are, without the pretense or pressure
You simply won’t wear jeggings
I have no love of sweatpants

Hold close all your arms

How much of the time are you left by your lonesome?
I don’t mean add up all the moments that lie between my appointments and the pointless refreshing
And how did this come to pass?
And how do we make it matter?

Hold close all your arms
how hold? how hold? now old, now old, downfall, downfall, steady
Track Name: i'm not that good at being outwardly in touch now.
i’m not that good at being outwardly in touch now.

with all the paths of living
how deeply i inhale in
and im not that good at being outwardly in touch now

my preferred speed is lingering
and i seldom disappoint me
but that's not just what concerns me right now
yeah i am hanging on a limb of a splintered bow

and i think of home
and what's waiting for me naught or crowds

yeah i am the eagle flying below turbulent clouds

and this rain makes rivers below my talons are out
wings spread as i soar with no obstructions now
i am protected from below the sky and above the ground
Track Name: finding yourself amidst not one thing familiar.
finding yourself amidst not one thing familiar.

in one seamless move, the winds wailing
the light of the crescent moon diffused by the clouds
the windows flew open arms flailing
as flesh hit the rock an imprint of the past
-faint grew the white noise and cat-calling
-silence had filled up their place - sing

there were no lies found in the hanging branches
no misunderstanding of persistent flies
all of the walking proved pointless and exhausting
to the muscles and the bones and the mind
-there and gone was the rush of the city life
-also gone were the guilt and the plans- away

no I haven’t seem them in a while
and I’ve never seen anything wild
I’ve been listening all the while
Oh life, it hangs!

with no signs of water and chewing vile flora
they licked their own sweat
till every pit and tongue dried
collapsing beside the frenzied foot of a teaming anthill
let your juvenile impulses sway
this way and that way
like the moving insects you went from place to place
and all over again
and god how sex implored you
-all demands were long since forgotten
-the only events were the breaths and being crawled upon

no I haven’t seem them in a while
and I’ve never seen anything wild
I’ve been listening all the while
Oh life, it hangs!

to walk away then stay and never return to your home
find yourself amidst not one thing familiar and just keep pressing on anyway
Track Name: have you seen that new video?
have you seen that new video?

have you seen that new video
the one with the koala baby in a diaper
no i haven’t seen it yet
but have you seen my heart fall right out my back

have you skimmed that new article
the fucked up things happening here and abroad
no i haven't read it yet
should i do that before we hang out
or did you want to just mention it

have you been crushed on the inside
in both the wonderful and hurtful ways
yes i do know what its like
remember its a matter of time
you'll most likely bounce back
Track Name: it seems i'd rather get a neck cramp!
it seems id rather get a neck cramp!

It’s not as if I didn’t care
About the things you’re doing there
You said as you moved on and on and on

You’ve got real work you’re behind on
I know it’s hard to step outside
You wink at me and then you’re gone

There was a time when there was time that didn’t fly
When we would lose ourselves for hours
There was no constant buzzing beeping impetus
To halt your ideas from your lips
And take your eyes from mine

The things I didn’t do or I did wrong
Those are the things that keep me up till dawn
But how’s that move the whole wide world along?

It’s only when we’re sick or break our bones
Do we let ourselves ease that load
Consumption is the break for tired souls

There was a time we weren’t tethered to the grid
We fumbled in the grass for hours
I didn’t check to see if this or that or such and such
Responded to that thing that took your beauty from my eyes

There is this diminishing beauty in the natural world
Yet I’m using finite resources without too much thought at all

There is significant beauty right outside my door
a string of things precludes me with no real purpose at all

There is this diminishing beauty in the natural world
Related somewhat inversely to the way I carry on

There is significant beauty right outside my door
Yet it seems id rather get a neck cramp
For no real purpose at all
Track Name: this place as a shameless mall.
this place as a shameless mall.

this place as a shameless mall
i could not find just what i needed or wanted
each and every single time i could not find just what i wanted
Track Name: you are a gem in this world!
you are a gem in this world!!

I know things seem complicated right now
There’s people still pulling you and your truest person right now down
Your dear ones still won’t come around as often as you’d like
But you are a gem in this world

You may rarely look or feel your personal best
Have six straight days with the littlest rest
Or sleep for that matter
All on top of this meaningless quest
Yet you’re like the crystal I got at the boardwalk and Treasured till I lost it in this world

You are a gem in this world
Take that new truth for a fantasy whirl in your mind
Write it on the back of your hand to remember
Some people tie a string on their little finger
Yeah you’re my reflection, let’s get soft around the edges now

Make eye contact with me now
If its not going to make you too anxious or uncomfortable
Won’t you kindly to us both relax your often-furrowed brow
Fuck the people that make you fearful and scowl
Including fuck the police
Yeah you are the magic that you seek in this world

You are a gem in this world
Yeah you should never be defined
By your productivity in this diminutive system
Bring these thoughts with you to your next thing
If you decide in fact you want to go
You are amazing in your own right
You’re someone’s most beloved in time

I may love you though I don’t even know you
Look left and right ant the others
Who most surely feel this too
Let’s leave the shit behind
And think of something fun to do when we’re done here
Cause our time is finite as individuals
And as a species in this world