Jordan & The Sphinx

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released May 15, 2010

written and performed by Jordan & The Sphinx
recorded by Tal Roughgarden at Flying Tiger Sound Raleigh, NC

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Track Name: Too Bad, So Sad
Well, I heard the word from the warden's men
The early bird's got the worm again
And I don't care if they say it's a sin
I'll sing anyway

By light of dawn
By evening shade
I don't care what plans you've made
But if you plan on execution being stayed
You better think again

It's too
It's too
Too bad
Oh, it's so
It's so
So sad

This prison life, dreams and wanderlust
Old transgressions, much too much to be discussed
Cleaning up memories and collecting dust
Ain't no way to live

These ghettoized ghosts
In an above-ground grave
This hellish host of the sick and depraved
Believed to be too far gone to be saved
With nothing left to give


I hope I live before I die
'Cause there, but for the grace of God, go I
At least I've still got this 9 to 5
Oh, maybe it's got me

That still, small voice that grates my soul
Says 'how many times must I be sold
For poisonous silver
Corroded gold
You're making a whore out of me'
Track Name: A Week In My Mind
Well, I almost left town last Sunday
I almost let you see me cry
But if I leave town and the shit goes down
Just know I love you til the well runs dry
I almost skipped town last Monday
Yes, I almost let you see me leave
But if I'd done that I probably wouldn't've come back
'Cause I can't stand to see your soul bleed

Oh no, I'm gone
Ooo hoo
A long, long way from home

See, I almost got lost last Tuesday
Yes, I almost just up and blew away
But "almost" only counts in horseshoes, baby
Thank God for those hand grenades
I almost hopped a bus last Wednesday
I almost rode it halfway home
But I missed my flight from Stuttgart to New York
And that's why I'm talking on the phone

Oh, with you
I know, baby, I know
I miss you, too
Ooo hoo, with any luck I'll be home soon

I almost took a walk last Thursday
I almost stood up, but not quite
But this time in a year I won't be sitting 'round here
'Cause I'll be running back to fight
I almost jumped the fence last Friday
Just to get out while the getting was good
But Uncle Sam's plan and my right hand
Let me know right where I stood

Yeah, oh Lord, I'm afraid this time
I'm gone for good
O yes, I can hear the devil chopping wood

So w'on't you come see me next Saturday
Between the gates and the red oak tree
See I did all my living in the days I was given
That's what you got to do to be free
W'on't you come see me next Sunday
Stand beneath this oak tree and think about doing all your living in the time that your given
I hope to see you on this side of eternity

Yeah, oh Lord, I'm home don't you worry about me
Ooo hoo

Hey, baby
Don't you be down
Oh Lord, don't let me go out
I'll see you
I'll see you somehow
There's got to be more time than right now
Track Name: Hey, Bloodsucker!
Hey (la la dee la la dee lada dum)

Hey, you never let me stay overnight
Hey, you never let me hold your hand tight

I understand independence, baby
You're the one
I'm standing by
I don't believe in coincidence but maybe
Maybe now, y'know
You'll know why I said
Hey (la la dee la la dee lada dum)

Hey, you never let me steal the spotlight
Hey, you never let me get my lines right

I understand business, baby
You're the one
I'm standing by
Don't believe this ignorance lately
Don't believe it
It's a lie

Hey, you made me this way
Just like a ticking timebomb
Ticking timebomb ticking time

I understand business, baby
You're the one
I'm standing by
Don't believe this ignorance lately
Don't believe it
It's a lie (it's a lie)
It's a lie (it's a lie)
I understand co-dependence, baby
You're the one
I'm standing by
But what you think is symbiosis may be
Bloodsucking parasite

Hey, Bloodsucker
Hey, Bloodsucker
Hey, Bloodsucker
Hey, Bloodsucker
Bl-bl-bl-bl-blood
Track Name: Ivy (The Time May Have Come To Be Decisive)
Azalea buds and the Dogwoods bloom
Ivy's climbing up to my room
Birch bark and the Cattails sweeping
Ivy's coming
Ivy's creeping

If you want to know what my advice is
Oh, you'd best not leave me to my own devices

Trust is fought for
Lost and won
I don't know why, but I trust this one
And the fields are filled with Queen Anne's Lace
Don't you take my word on how this thistle tastes

If you want to know, you just got to try it
But you'd best not leave me to my own devices

Chemicals and well-sharpened blades
It's easy to tell that a path's been made
And a million footsteps make a deafening sound
But there's definitely something growing underground

If you think this ol' world is in some kind of crisis
Then you'd best not leave me to my own devices
Track Name: Pack of Matches
You're just a harmless pack of matches
But I've been burned before
The spark is sparked
What catches catches (Woo hoo hoo)
Tell me, what's the score?

You'll do for me and I'll do for you
It's quid pro quo plus deja vu

I'm just a harmless Roman candle, baby
But let me go off in your hand
The spark will spark
A scandalous... uh... scandal, baby (Woo hoo hoo)
Now, tell me, what's the backup plan

Just a harmless covered bridge
Now, baby, a glowing beacon of total loss
My spark won't spark anymore
And the flint is frigid, baby (Woo hoo hoo)
I hope my point can get across

Just a little pack of matches
And I'm just a roman candle
There a little bitty covered bridge
Now, together we will burn that bridge down