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(prototypes)

by Dan Jacob Wallace

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Wait, I know it's hard to stay But I ask that you remain I promise you I'll be- The shadows have thinned The sins are mostly forgiven The shadows are still Stiller than ever they have been I know it's late again.... I know I'm late again The shadows have thinned The sins are mostly forgiven The damage was fun The cleanup has only just begun I know it's late again.... I know I'm late again Shadows are thin Sins are mostly forgotten Shadows are long They cast beyond the burning sun I know it's late again.... I know I'm late again I know I'm, I know I'm, I know I'm, I know I'm Wait! I know it's hard to stay But I ask that you remain I promise you I'll behave Watcha' say? We won't play it their way
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Under the pavement there lives a man he understands me, when I find him he will tell me who I am Meanwhile, I'm walking the street again oh, I keep pushing through the nightlife I'll keep digging till I crack through the sunlight
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if you listen in the distance you can hear the rustling of shadows soft as paper, maybe they were left behind by some olden guarantee is it a song? is it a word? is it a code I oughta learn? gimme a clue, what do we do? are there doors that we should go through? you might see her in the mirror if you peer deep into the fog and haze of daybreak, maybe she'll wake up to sing you some olden lullaby is it a room? is it a drawer? is it a book under the floor? gimme a clue, what do we do? are there worlds that we should go to? is it a view? is it a sound? is it a light under the ground? gimme a clue, what do we do? are there walls that we should dig through?
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all alone, breaking bread with my shadow here at home away from you and all your clones I'm happy just to be here on my own so happy you're not around me anymore and now it's me I'm living for never have I lied to you: I've always told the truth you know I've always been there for you: I've never let you down you know me: you knew I'd never stick around and I know you and all the things to which you're bound and all your dreams are gone you're like a gray sky hoping for sun but you'll never find what you've always tried to leave behind or to hide all your life all alone, breaking bread with my shadow here at home away from you and all your clones and I'm happy just to be here on my own so happy you're not around me anymore and now it's me I'm living for never have I done to you the things they used to do you know I've always encouraged you: I've never put you down you know me: you knew I'd never stick around and I know you and all the things to which you're bound all your dreams they're done you're like a gray sky running from sun but you'll never find what you've always tried to leave behind all your life all alone, breaking bread with my shadow here at home away from you and all your clones and I'm happy just to be here on my own so happy you're not around me anymore and now it's me I'm living for never have I done to you the things they used to do you know I've always been there for you: I've never let you down and I'm sorry, I just couldn't stick around you know me, and all the things to which I'm bound all your dreams are done you're like a gray sky hoping for fun but you'll never find what you've always tried to leave behind or to hide all your life
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it's good to see you back here up and runnin' again dripping wet with enthusiasm hope and gin this time things will be different 'cuz we took care of all those so-called friends (but) let me fill you in on what's been goin' on Dirty Larry finally had to pawn his gun Sampson went and got himself a hair transplant Clark & Lewis: they're stuck in a bad jam, whoa-ah-whoa it's good to see you flashin' that classic grin here again eager as a weasel and so impatient to dig in this time we're gonna' win! though no one's begun someone's bound to give in but let me give you just one little word of advice I suggest you listen good 'cuz I ain't saying it twice we had to change some things when you were sent away so you better learn the new rules if you want to stay and play-ay, oh-oh-whoa THIS TIME, I've come back to stay So don't get in my way Thank you for waiting around And for holding the fort down Thanks for keeping my crown Clean and warm for my return To the ground FEELS GOOD being back here up and running again Eager as an eagle to swoop down and dig in This time kids, I think we've won So let's all go home and drink to our fun, wow-whoa-oh-whoa-w
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LYRICS: The world is waiting for you to go crazy Stop hesitating, open up your brains and pour out A confetti shower, streaming downward, downward Your thoughts will rain upon the minds of children They’ll rip their hearts out hoping for a chance to dissolve But they never solve crossing over, over Into the zeros Between the burnt ether and ones That you become Floating right through them As you evolve back to the start You fall apart I sense their frenzy flowing Between my bones They weave their frantic story In threads of gold Pressing like flesh conforming Through little holes And we grow-oh-oh-oh Over the undertow A bolt of lightning piercing through the darkness Ignites your vision and chemically reacts with your face But you never taste what you long for, long for Your glowing eyeballs beckon to the people A green directive, swollen up and calling their names But it does not gain crossing over, over Into the zeros Between the burnt ether and ones That you become Floating right through them As you evolve back to the stars You fall apart I sense them reaching for me They’re all alone Riding their wave of glory On silicone Cascading flesh contorting Through cracking chrome And we grow-oh-oh-oh Over the ozone glow I feel them seeping through me As we become A tangled thread of mutant Axon response Veins sprout like hair protruding From crown to crown And we grow-oh-oh-oh Until we overload

about

This is an ongoing collection of what I call "prototypes." A prototype is something between a demo and a fully finished recording. They are ordered from newest to oldest.

Purchases of this collection go towards funding what I hope is an album to be released in 2024. If a prototype is included on an album, it will be removed from wider distribution (Spotify, etc.), but will remain here on Bandcamp.

I don't know how many prototypes there will be, but if this hits 20, my plan is to start a new collection.

As for the music: Moods (so to speak) and instrumentation will vary.

I release on Bandcamp before stuff goes live on the usual streaming platforms. Some tracks make it here weeks or months ahead of broader digital distribution and before I make a video clip.

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released July 1, 2023

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Dan Jacob Wallace Chicago, Illinois

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