Self Assembly

by 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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Track Name: Unpredictable
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
Track Name: Nowhere fast
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
Track Name: I'm not your superman
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
Track Name: What happened to you?
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
Track Name: Grace
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
Track Name: I luv u
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
Track Name: All sing along
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
Track Name: Where did our time go?
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
Track Name: Just a game
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
Track Name: Trophy wife
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
Track Name: Can you live without me?
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
Track Name: Home for tea
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
Track Name: Be yourself
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