Every Five Years

by Jonathan Pape

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All songs by Jonathan Pape
Copyright 2010 Jonathan Pape (ASCAP)
DayKamp Records

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released September 15, 2010

Recorded, Engineered and Mixed by Dave Westner at Woolly Mammoth Sound in Waltham, MA. Mastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service, Inc. in Chicago, IL. Cover photo by Robert Pape and artwork by Nicole Anguish.

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Jonathan Pape Boston, Massachusetts

Occasionally the real world pulls you away from the things that you love; but sometimes, you're reminded that you can come back. I use to be in a band called The Jupiter Project, and then I was in License, then I went toe-to-toe with Giant Battle Wombat and most recently I tried to keep up with the Paper Snakes. ... more

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Track Name: This Recipe
I've worked this way for far too long
And now my recipes are more than a memory
they were the hand I waved in the hall
but you, you never saw me at all

I want to head out where the streets are wet
and tomorrow is a taste in my mouth
I'll watch the first cars race past
and find sense in what I've never found

Maybe I'm not right
But maybe I just want tonight
To try all over again and make this recipe right

Does the goose know more than what I've been thinking
Does her mate know more then what I've been saying
Because I think I need an accident
Something to shake me, remind me, what I forgot

Maybe I'm not right
But maybe I just want tonight
To try all over again and make this recipe right

What have you been doing?
Where have you been?
Will we talk this way again?

So now I'm back in the kitchen
My hands wrapped around ingredients
There is one thing I know for sure
I'll never again cook with cinnamon
Track Name: Me, My Friends and I
From the stairway that surrounds me
To the street lights that welcome me,
I have just one question
Are You with Me?

In the front seat on your favorite street
To the buildings that shadow me
I am sick of asking
Are You with Me?

Find the cadence in my question
it's gonna turn into infection
you work better standing outside
just leave me good directions

Hydraulic hammers and cement in heat
Parking signs but no bare feet
There are maps worth unfolding
If I know you're with me

When I leave I choose there -- but I can't see you there
I have to do this every five years -- can I have you there

Accelerate from the bottom of the seat
Drive only so far on gasoline
Forget the hunt for a high-powered machine
Just come here and walk with me
Track Name: Searching for Signals
Here's to the stop you felt on a Tuesday
Here's to that hand on your wrist
Here's to the pull you felt going backwards
And the feeling that you hadn't missed
Soft words come, clear and addictive
With a stare to pierce through the rest
You don't notice what you're not a part of
Someone else does that I guess

Searching for signals you're stopped by collision
A surprising distraction, I bet
But when sour turns sweet and you want a piece
Do you reach out for what's next
In this case there's no science no mystery
Cause you can't avoid blinding fact
But you sit and you take and you swallow what you get
Oh, but wait for the after effects

There's a feeling that comes when the fog rolls away
Flush the city out of your lungs, God take it away
There's a brand new frontier to take on your own way
Head towards the sun washed road and get on your own way

But how little you know, the same border is still in your way
You can turn to the right or the left but the same rules still in play
Like that book you're supposed to have read the options not going away
Just walk out and do it, deny it, you.

Don't fold up in some northern town, poison what you've let stay
There is fashion and fever in every new step it'd be shame to throw your work away
Track Name: Lantern
Stay away from the window
Keep your eyes on the sand white ceiling
Demand more than Maybe
Before you're left alone and waiting

She's the sailor and you're the lady
On the walk pacing and praying
Smell another change in the air
And you might just go crazy

If you say you're coming back I'll believe you

Give yourself to the summer sun
Cool water helps when you're overdone
A million questions asked on this beach
You should ask me one don't you think

The body works past exhaustion
Does the mind know what it cost you
The city lights are in your eyes
Stop complaining it's a living

If you say you're coming back I'll believe you

What about your friend the solider
On a cruise away from his lady
She's home with their brand-new baby
She knows all about waiting

If you say you're coming back I'll believe you

This lantern won't burn out
So find your way back home
Track Name: Start an Engine
How do I start an engine in the bitter cold
Never worked so hard but never been this old
Frozen to the floorboards and spinning wheels in the snow
Find a spark in the fuel line or I'm walking home.

You start longing for warm and dry -- longing won't do
the winter moon has found the sky -- let it lead you
Wave a flag roadside, and there's a ride for you.
they'll take you to the city, the rest is up to you

I long for electricity and grinding machines
Parking under streetlights and a morning drink with cream
Thirsty -- but what tastes right when there's candy on the tv
A baby who wants to speak -- I'm hallucinating

You start longing for warm and dry -- longing won't do
the winter moon has found the sky -- let it lead you
Wave a flag roadside, and there's a ride for you.
they'll take you to the city, the rest is up to you

don't start missing -- look where that got you
can you hot-wire -- before I forget you

How do I start an engine in the bitter cold
It's a subtle reminder I should have stayed on the road
Track Name: Introduce Me
Will you introduce me to the one I haven't met?
I can offer her my history and war with reverence
But will you reassure me that she's everything you've said?
I'll need proof in the pudding, not second-hand evidence

She's afraid -- I could waver
She's afraid -- I might fold
Cause I'm the king of bad decisions -- Well, so I've been told

Is there a promise that would help her take shape
Can her thick skin make lightening from mundane
I can tune a signal if it's sent my way
But I'll need to hear it more than once to turn that way

She's afraid -- I could waver
She's afraid -- I might fold
Cause I'm the king of bad decisions -- Well, so I've been told

Does she need everyone or is the yard wide enough

She's afraid -- I could waver
She's afraid -- I might fold
Cause I'm the king of bad decisions -- Well, so I've been told

Does she know my world needs to change?
spent years chasing a butterfly who left a mark on my brain.
I'm pretty good with a needle and thread but this mark could seep out
So I'm just gonna stay right here while it's still light out
Track Name: Five in the Way
She pulls up to a stop sign and rolls her eyes
Ignores the wolf-man who thinks she's a prize
Caught up in the question of what will work, tonight
Because like any catalyst she needs his spark to light

But her brother's gone on his mission
He'll be back next spring
Little sister is too young to know her
And she's without a place to sing

She keeps waiting for something to happen
Forgettin' 'bout the rules she's suppose to follow
She's got a boy just north of here
But 35 isn't lit too clear for her
For someone like her

When she gets that way she tends to look for a ride
She brought a date to the jungle looks like she'll be here while

But it never was her city
So now she's into leaving

She keeps waiting for something to happen
Forgettin' 'bout the rules she's suppose to follow
She's got a boy just north of here
But 35 isn't lit too clear for her
For someone like her

that man's worth ignoring
oh, some might say
even ten years later
with five in the way

She keeps waiting for something to happen
Forgettin' 'bout the rules she's suppose to follow
She's got a boy just north of here
But 35 isn't lit too clear for her
For someone like her
Track Name: A May Baby
You're not lost
But you may never be found
You're like water that reaches a rock
You gotta find your way around

The best man with direction
Is the worst with a map
You can be an explorer
With a compass in that pack

There is mystery and mayhem
Just over that hill
I won't tell 'em that you're coming
Just don't make that kill

There is mud to be molded
There is steel to be cast
If you're gonna build a mountain
Be a man who builds to last

There's a riddle in your head
And rye bread in your fridge
If you choose to go to the saints
Give 'em space round your neck

When you come to that season
When your eye's tear up
Just remember that you're breathing
And keep your god damn mouth shut

If someone lets you in
And you feel solid and strong
an addition to what you are
Then my work is done

Just be a may baby
Be whatever that means
Just don't fool yourself
You know what that means
Track Name: We Will, Again
If you promise, and don't forget
Then we will again

I drove myself, away, for a while
had to avoid, what i had to do
went two hundred miles in one afternoon
would you want to know me after what I'd been through

With just five times in one mirror
and then there it was my fascination in you
I can show you water and sunlight
you've already got plenty of beautiful

So now what, what about you
do you have a shell I need to crack through
and if your day runs far too long
will you need a rest from the rest of us

is your life without power and energy
or are the city light, shining too bright
do you run away to go silent to go numb
or would you not waste words and call that dumb

If you promise, and don't forget
Then we will again

tonight, when I rest, and lay my day, down
when the outdoors starts to fade out
I'm back with the idea of you I carry around
that measured amount is just enough for now

If you promise, and don't forget
Then we will again
Track Name: Untitled
It's come down to this
A symphony for the fool in my room
The kids are all gone
We got 'em out before they knew
But some still need homes
Barefoot and Candy Cane, to name a few
So it's just you and me
Left to figure out just what to do

Just let me have this
Just let me win
I told you before, I'm tired of loosing to you
So just let me win

A hymn or a sonnet, I'll make sure that you've got it
Like my place in your room
Pardon my decision
But sometimes repetition is best for you
We tried the outdoors
But the wilderness turned barefoot blue
So it's back to familiar
From the end of the bed, I wait, and I sing, to you

Just let me have this
Just let me win
I told you before, I'm tired of loosing to you
So just let me win

It's come down to this
A symphony for the fool in my room
That fool is just me
I'm gonna figure out just what to do

Just let me have this
Just let me win
I told you before, I'm tired of loosing to you
So just let me win

Arrow, I miss you but stay away from here
Arrow, I'll miss you good bye and good luck