It Might Never Happen

by Jim Pearson

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All songs ©Jim Pearson 2015
Mix consultant and mastered by Russell Cottier

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released May 29, 2015

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Jim's songs range from the whimsical to some of the most bitter and somber themes, yet always with a paradoxical childlike spirit that meets them head-on – wide-eyed and full of hopeful energy.

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Track Name: The Edge
I don’t know who I am
Someone tell me how I feel
Is this the Promised Land
Or just a place with mass appeal

You drove me to the edge
I’m hanging by my fingernails
I haven’t got a hope
I don’t believe in fairy tales

We don’t know who you are
You live across a great divide
We’re diametrically opposed
But anatomically the same inside

You drove us to the edge
You herded us like buffalo
You handed out the debt
In inequitable ratios

You drove me to the edge
I’m hanging by my fingernails
I haven’t got a prayer
I don’t believe in miracles

You don’t know who we are
You must thing we’re insignificant
Together greater than apart
We are the ninety-nine per cent

You drove me to the edge
I’m hanging by my fingernails
I haven’t got a hope
I don’t believe your fairy tales

You drove us to the edge
You herded us like buffalo
If we’re all in the red
Who the bloody hell do we all owe
Track Name: Not Saying No
You say you’re tired of being all by yourself
But you look down on life from the upper shelf
A library book that has never been loaned
You’re always staying in and washing your hair
You can’t go out ‘cos you have nothing to wear
You’re watching the soaps and you’re painting your toes

You’re not saying yes and your not saying no

I’d like to say I totally sympathise
You’ve got the symptoms only I recognise
You’re a polar bear that doesn’t like snow
I have to tell you I’m becoming obsessed
Why don’t you settle for a little bit less
When it comes to me your expectations are low

Well you’re not saying yes and you’re not saying no

Take me back to your abode
I’ll crack your enigma code
Take me back to your abode
This UXB just might explode

I’ve heard it said that opposites can attract
Let’s get together and see how we react
So open your arms and let’s give it a go

But you’re not saying yes and your not saying no
Track Name: How Long Will It Take Till We Catch On?
When I was young I didn’t know what I was going to be
I’ve never had a target, action-plan or strategy
I’ve been swimming with the tide so long I must have lost my way
These rubber rings and water wings keep my head above the waves

Does anybody have the secret of success?
I don’t think I’ll be happy ‘till I’m getting more for doing less

How long will it take ‘till we catch on?
Nobody wants to rock the boat so we act like nothing’s wrong

Anyone can wear a business suit with holes cut in the pockets
So get down on your hands and knees if you want to scrape a profit
You can’t keep all your hopes and dreams in safety deposit boxes
‘Cos all the money in the world won’t compensate your losses

Does anybody have the secret of success?
I don’t think I’ll be happy ‘till I’m getting more for doing less

How long will it take ‘till we catch on?
Nobody wants to rock the boat so we act like nothing’s wrong
Track Name: When The Sun Shines
When the sun shines there’s just something in the air
We all know what’s coming but no one seems to care
When the suns shine all our weathermen agree
According to their satellites we’re heading for catastrophe

Polar caps melt with a nonchalant shrug
But for the moment I’m happy because I’m in love.

When the sun shines there’s a shadow at my feet
I’m sorry for the promises I’m never going to keep.
When the sun shines politicians can’t agree
According to psychology it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy

Cyclones and hurricanes, locusts and frogs.
But for the moment I’m happy because I’m in love.

Maybe our future is written in blood
But for the moment I’m happy because I’m in love.
Track Name: Circles
This is a stream of consciousness
Friday nights and Sunday best
Grand designs and marching bands
Penthouse suites and caravans

Superhighway traffic cones
Scenic routes and no-go-zones
Rainy days and window sills
Fond farewells and sleeping pills

We’re all going round in circles
There isn’t a beginning or an end
When you wake up tomorrow morning
You’re going to have to do it all again

Secret gardens forbidden fruits
Aeroplanes and parachutes
Power points and pension plans
Wedding cakes and one-night-stands

Corner shops and objécts d’art
Fishnet tights and mini bars
Plastic pals and feature creeps
We’re wide-awake and fast asleep

We’re all going round in circles
There isn’t a beginning or an end
When you wake up tomorrow morning
You’re going to have to do it all again

Ego trips and crushing boors
Making wars to end all wars
Globalised conquistadors
Fortunes stashed on foreign shores

We’re all going round in circles
There isn’t a beginning or an end
When you wake up tomorrow morning
You’re going to have to do it all again
Track Name: Kingdom Come
This could be heaven
This could be hell
What’s your opinion?
How can you tell?

Will they forgive us
For what we’ve done?
When it’s all over
Our kingdom come

In a hundred years
What will our children say?
It’s unbelievable
We choose to live this way

This could be heaven
This could be hell
What’s your opinion?
How can you tell?
Track Name: All Electronic Devices
You need to get away
But can’t afford a holiday
The heavy weather’s keeping you grounded
So stay at home but don’t forget
To disconnect the internet
The satellites have got you surrounded

Switch off all electronic devices
If you’ve got an identity crises
You’re about to pop but you just can’t stop
And the world has runs out of surprises

The daily grind has ground you down
Your winning smile is upside down
You have to find a new perspective
So damn it all and what the heck
Cut the noose around your neck
Who cares? And hang the consequences

Switch off all electronic devices
If you’ve got an identity crises
You’re about to pop but you just can’t stop
And the world has runs out of surprises
Track Name: Ordinary People
We’re ordinary people leading ordinary lives
Husbands, fathers, sons, daughters, mums and wives
We’re England’s green and pleasant land
Hopscotch skipping ropes and handstands
Beauty queens and knobbly knees
Fish and chips and processed peas

We’re measured in percentages of happiness and vengeances

Paper rounds and cycle paths
Comic books and bubble baths
Grazes and elastoplasts
Sleeping in the uncut grass
The same faces on commuter train
Dressed for summer feels like rain
Been working through your lunch again
Then in reverse at five PM

And when there’s nothing left to say we’ll talk about the weather
Don’t worry about the future ‘cos we’re all in this together
Track Name: Traffic Jams
We live our lives in traffic jams
Collectively alone
With minimised attention spans
We worship mobile phones

Technology will save us
From old technology

We live our lives in traffic jams
Collectively alone
We navigate by satellite
But can’t find our way home

This isn’t an emergency
I thought you’d like to know
It seems like an eternity

This isn’t an emergency
I thought you’d like to know
I’ve waited an eternity
Track Name: Right Now Is The Moment That We Are Alive
Right now is the moment that you are alive
So put down your burdens and give yourself a high five
You can’t run away ‘cos there’s nowhere to hide
Right now is the moment that you are alive

If you’re stuck in the past you will never be free
Thinking life was better the way it used to be
When you're lost in the mist of your own memory
Look under your nose and I hope you can see

If you look too far ahead you are going to miss out
Consumed by anxiety, riddled with doubt
But when you’re on your deathbed you’ll you figure it out
You came in with nothing and you’re leaving with nowt

The state of the world’s driven you to the brink
You get out of your mind so you don’t have to think
And it’s all flashing by faster than you can blink
So wake up before it all goes down the sink

Wake up, smell the coffee make the most of the day
Or wear a stiff upper lip in the civilised way
Or get down on your knees, beg for mercy and pray
But the voices inside you just won’t go away

Too many opinions, you can’t hear for the din
You long for the day when you’re silent within
But don’t let the bastards get under your skin
Just take a deep breath and get ready to sing

Right now is the moment that we are alive
So put down your burdens and give yourself a high five
You can’t run away ‘cos there’s nowhere to hide
Right now is the moment that we are alive