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All songs written by Jon Markson during the month of August. All songs recorded by Jon Markson on a broken Tascam 488 multitrack cassette recorder. Mixed and mastered at The Gallery by Jon Markson.

Art by Mike Gulotta.

Special thanks to Brian Forbes and Keith Parker at The Gallery and to Phil Goldstein.

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released August 31, 2011

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Track Name: Look at the Stars
I drop my head not to look at the stars
Sometimes I wish there were no stars at all
If I sleep before tomorrow
Please be sure to wake me up

I've gotta be awake for this

I raise my head as to look the stars
Raise my fist, yell bring it on
If I sleep before tomorrow
Please be sure to wake me up

I've gotta be awake for this
Track Name: Siren
A siren rang the day you died
reminding me that I'd never make it alive
If only you had time
to realize it was never your at all
and it had been that way all along

I could have made a stand
But I couldn't dare to stand
We could have made a stand
But we didn't dare to stand to you

To you the dark dark light of this william tell routine of life
was clear as night

To be honest we all knew you'd be floating upstream before long

So I couldn't take a stand
If we couldn't take a stand
I couldn't take a stand
We couldn't take a stand
Track Name: Hanging in the Closet
A mark you left just called my name late at night
After months of waiting I had hardly heard a sign
So I listened closely

I thought I heard you there hanging in the closet
Saying we need some time alone
But I know you're there hanging in the closet
So we're never quite alone

I'd help you stand all on your own to touch the keys
I'd prove to you I can sing right through the silence

I thought I heard you there hanging in the closet
Saying we need some time alone
But I know you're there hanging in the closet
So we're never quite alone
Track Name: Legal Pad
For what it's worth we're safe
In this double bed on the floor
But it won't be long before its not too long
Until distance knocks on our door

A handwritten notice delivered on a legal pad
That time is up, your time is up
Pack your bags and leave

For what it's worth we're safe
In our separate shoes on the ground

A handwritten notice delivered on a legal pad
That time is up, your time is up
Pack your bags and leave this place for good