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Self Assembly

by Jim Pearson

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I don’t want to foot the bill It wasn’t me who ordered starters Life for you is such a thrill Playing games and tipping waiters Pin striped suit and fat cigar We all want to be a millionaire Put your hands on the table Life can be unpredictable I don’t want to pay the tab It wasn’t me who ordered chasers Everything we ever had Place your bets and take your chances Birthday suits and smashed guitars We all want to be a rock star Put your hands on the table Life can be unpredictable Don’t ask for directions Are you waiting for a sign? Just empty all your pockets ‘Cos when its your time you leave it all behind ©2011 Jim Pearson
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Nowhere fast 03:40
There’s panic in the heavens communication has been lost I haven’t understood a word we’ve got our wires crossed The truth is somewhere out there between the profit and the loss But suddenly nothing happens Let’s spend the day Like it is our last We’re living a dream Getting nowhere fast Take me to your leader I’ve got a thing or two to say I’d like an explanation of how on earth we ended up this way Speak to me via satelite I’m ready to obey Then suddenly nothing happens So let’s spend the day Like we live in the past We’re caught in a dream Getting nowhere fast An eye for a lie A tooth for a truth You’re under suspicion But there isn’t any proof It’s just a funny feeling Perhaps I’m only dreaming Then suddenly nothing happens ©2011 Jim Pearson
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You could say I’m stating the obvious I’m not superman You made me feel I could fly higher than a plane I took you to the moon you brought me down to earth again You could say I’m stating the obvious I’m not superman You made me feel I had the gift of x-ray sight I thought I loved you but your heart is full of Kryptonite You could say I’m stating the obvious I’m not superman I couldn’t live up to your comic expectations Leading a double life has far too many complications You could say I’m stating the obvious I’m not superman I’m not your superman ©2011 Jim Pearson
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When I voted for you I made an honest mistake I thought you were genuine but you’re just another fake You went to London on a gravy train Taking every opportunity for personal gain What happened to you? Where did it go wrong? What happened to you? You let everybody down For the price of a trouser-press you sold your soul You didn’t think it mattered because we weren’t supposed to know But you were caught red-handed with your fingers in the till Is that the kind of precedent you want to instil? What happened to you? Where did it go wrong? What happened to you? You let everybody down Now the veil is dropped and your secret is out That’s what our democracy is supposed to be about You’ve run up a debt that you can never repay You’re gonna get the message on election day ©2011 Jim Pearson
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Grace 03:22
I had my feet up in the sitting room watching TV Wondering why my life has been so unextraordinary Flicking through the channels I accidentally caught the news Another senseless tragedy A wave of guilt swept over me In a moment everything can change When circumstances are beyond our control There but for the grace of God go I Heaven only knows why I deserve another try You’ve been so unlucky I could cry There but for the grace of God go I If you need a new religion there are many you can choose I know they cannot all be right and yet I stand accused Of only praying for myself when I’m in dire need And putting all my faith in random improbabilities In a moment everything can change When situations get out of control There but for the grace of God go I Heaven only knows why I deserve another try You’ve been so unlucky I could cry There but for the grace of God go I ©2011 Jim pearson
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I luv u 01:44
You won’t find this song in any record store Because it’s not original you’ve heard it all before Just three words and they’ve been heard a hundred billion times But these belong to you because you’re mine I luv u I’m not a man who finds it easy to express The way I feel inside I just can’t get it off my chest Just three words and they’ve been heard a hundred billion times But these belong to you because you’re mine I luv u ©2011 Jim Pearson
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You’re telling me there’s only one God But you’re twisting the message to suit you Maybe it would be better If there was no-one to come to our rescue The whole point of this song if we all sing along It won’t feel like we’ve come to the end The whole point of this song if we all sing along For a moment can we just pretend we’re all friends Could it be we all feel the same But we won’t be the first to admit it It’s easy when there’s someone to blame We can carry on taking the biscuit The whole point of this song if we all sing along It won’t feel like we’ve come to the end The whole point of this song if we all sing along For a moment can we just pretend we’re all friends Some people think they’ve figured it out But no-one can question their answers If only we had faith in ourselves And were thankful for our circumstances The whole point of this song if we all sing along It won’t feel like we’ve come to the end The whole point of this song if we all sing along For a moment can we just pretend we’re all friends ©2011 Jim Pearson
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It seems like only yesterday I laid my eyes on you How many years have passed us by I wouldn’t like to know Where did our time go? Since we first stepped on the earth our destiny was sown We took a self-destructive path defaulting on the loan Where did our time go? And now when I look in the mirror I don’t know who I’m going to see The man who resembles my father Or the boy who I’m longing to be Through my eyes you haven’t changed you look as good as new How many years are left in us I wouldn’t like to know Where did our time go? ©2011 Jim Pearson
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Just a game 03:29
It’s just a game to you, just a game Who do you think you’re kidding There simply is no winning with you Playing cards one rainy afternoon You showed your hand and led me to your room We lit a fire from fallen leaves You kept your aces up your sleeves Playing cards one rainy afternoon Everything was painted black and white You would be my queen I’d be your knight Then you knocked me down like dominoes When you told me it was time to go Everything was painted black and white I didn’t know it would only be one night After all the in-betweens, the I-don’t-knows and could-have-beens We didn’t even make it to the start It took a while to understand it was you who held a loser's hand It didn’t stop you playing with my heart It’s just a game to you, just a game With no end and no beginning There simply is no winning It’s just a game to you, just a game Who do I think I’m kidding? There simply is no winning with you ©2011 Jim Pearson
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Trophy wife 03:38
She caught herself a millionaire She spent a fortune on her hair She’s the cat that got the cream She’s living every housewife’s dream Champagne and caviar The more you have the happier you are Her girlfriends can’t believe her luck A charge account at Tiffany’s And sexy see-through lingerie But all she really wants to do is... shop A handsome prince became a frog Her only friend’s her designer dog She wakes up in the afternoon The parties come around too soon And reads about herself in trashy magazines She thought she would enjoy her life Being someone’s trophy wife Reality is never what it seems She caught herself a millionaire She spent a fortune on her hair But she’s so lonely she could scream She must be living someone else’s dream When she’s in a crowded room she feels like such a bore She’s like to move back home with mum And marry the boy next door As she gazes out upon the world From behind her kitchen sink She knows deep down life’s not as bad As she sometimes likes to think Kids getting underneath her feet A part-time job to make ends meet Sausage, egg and chips for tea A golden anniversary ©2011 Jim Pearson
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Can you live without your phone? Can you live without TV? Can you live without your mum? Can you live without me? If you were sent to Mars to start a colony But you could only take one thing Would I be your priority? Can you live without your phone? Can you live without TV? Can you live without your mum? Can you live without me? If I were to get the call I’d have no hesitation But I’ve been sitting on my own Waiting for your invitation Can you live without your phone? Can you live without TV? Can you live without your mum? Can you live without me? ©2011 Jim Pearson
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Home for tea 03:18
He took her to a place where he’d Be guaranteed some privacy Alone with his new secretary A lager top, a g n’ t A hemline cut above the knee “Love I’m working late again I won’t be home for tea” He wished he didn’t have to lie But now he has an alibi He hasn’t heard a word she said Undressing her inside his head His conscience hanging by a thread When she crossed her legs it crossed his mind He’s not too old to read the signs If only he were in his prime Middle age and pheromone Tired, guilty and alone There’s a message on his mobile phone “Darling when will you be home I’ve cooked your tea and kept it warm” So he left the girl sat at the bar Low cut top and push up bra And drove home in the family car He’s glad he made it home for tea There’s nowhere he would rather be ©2011 Jim Pearson
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Be yourself 06:10
Keeping up appearances is just a waste of time A waste of his, a waste of hers, a waste of yours and mine Disposable acquaintances, abbreviated sentences Nothing seems to matter when the world is in decline A little bit of what I need, a lot of what I don’t I can’t resist temptation when it’s got me by the throat Statistical analysis, there’s only one way out of this The water’s getting deeper and I forgot to build a boat Darling put your hand in mine forever be my valentine As long as we’re together we can keep ourselves afloat Be yourself, be yourself, you’re not like anybody else You’re a perfect individual, a blessing and a miracle Be yourself, be yourself, don’t be afraid to ask for help I’ll be there when you need me, even if you cannot see me Don’t think you can’t when you know you can Sitting with my back against wall facing the sun Wondering how I got here and where I’m going when I’m gone It’s time to call a favour in, we all end up wher we begin Another battle’s over in a war that can’t be won Darling put your hand in mine, forever be my valentine It’s hard to leave a party when you’re having so much fun ©2011 Jim Pearson

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The epitome of DIY music making, "Self Assembly", the third release from Liverpool-based JIM PEARSON is a unique collaboration between musicians that Pearson met in various online music communities, and most of whom he's never met. Against the odds, the result is a coherent set of varied and inventive, socially aware and politically astute songs that range between whimsy and anger.
(R2 magazine July/August 2011)

An eclectic masterpiece of wit, euphoria, desolation, redemption, and just plain fun. Each song is unique and has it's own special value and story to tell. Self-Assembly is charming, disarming, alarming and heart-warming.
(Nick Fuse)

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released May 1, 2011

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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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