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Selfie

by Jim Pearson

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What's gonna happen to my car? What's gonna happen to my house? What's gonna happen to my stuff? And my off-shore bank account? What's gonna happen to my job? What's gonna happen to my career? What's gonna happen to my doubt? What's gonna happen to my fear? How long before all trace is gone That I was ever even here? What's gonna happen to my mind? What's gonna happen to my soul? What's gonna happen to my thoughts If I should fail to make parole? What's gonna happen to the moon? What's gonna happen to the stars? What's gonna happen to the world? Who's gonna save the universe? What's gonna happen when I'm gone? I guess it's none of my concern If I should die before I wake I pray my organs you will take I wish I'd been a better man Sum of my parts are greater than Before my spirit fades away And muscle, blood and bones decay Let this be my saving grace Don't let my body go to waste What's gonna happen to my blood? What's gonna happen to my skin? What's gonna happen to my eyes? When will they see the light again? What's gonna happen to my bones? What's gonna happen to my brain? What's gonna happen to my lungs? When will they breathe the air again? What's gonna happen to my heart Oh let it fall in love again
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Speaking in tongues of Orwellian rhyme Glassy eyed slogans gone with the tide Wounded by words of a thousand paper cuts Everything’s fine until it’s not Most of the people most of the time Crossing your heart then crossing the line Open for business but shutting up shop Everything’s fine until it’s not Everything’s fine until it’s not Everything’s fine until it’s not Cut the ignition and roll to a stop Everything’s fine until it’s not And drink the past with our very last drop Everything’s fine until it’s not Everything’s fine until it’s not
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Banging my head against a wall My confident stance is in free fall No parachute or safety net Lost it all on a two way bet I knew I shouldn't make the call I had to win once and for all Damned if I do and if I don’t Party people at my throat Something went wrong I can’t put right Gave up the ghost without a fight British bulldog has lost his bite But I’m gonna dance into the night
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Happy Sad 04:16
I'm sad when I'm happy Happy when I'm sad I'm bad when I'm good Good when I'm bad Some people like following orders Some people have to be in charge Some people choose healthy options Some people go extra large Some people like the sound of silence Some people like the sound of their voice Some people can’t make their mind up Some people want an infinite choice Some people eat chocolate digestives Some people like custard creams Some people are manic depressives Some people think they’re living the dream Some people watch George and Mildred Some people watch Terry and June Some people can’t wait for the future Some people think it’s coming too soon
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Nothing to do but wait for the inevitable (Repeat)
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What do you do when you’ve had a bad day And the four walls are closing you in? The distant horizon is fading to grey And your patience is fag paper thin Your heart’s full of sorrows, your head’s full of woe You’re a time bomb about to stop ticking So go down to the shoreline and take off you clothes And contemplate skinny dipping And go swimming with sharks, swimming with sharks You might gain a little perspective When you're swimming with sharks, swimming with sharks Where you know you won’t be rejected Let the ocean seduce you and sweep you away On a magic inflatable bed When you come to your senses, you’re out of your depth And in it right over your head A familiar feeling grips you by the spine As you realise you’re not alone Your bodily functions are frozen in time And you wish you were safely back home When you’re swimming with sharks, swimming with sharks You might gain a little perspective When you're swimming with sharks, swimming with sharks Where you know you won’t be rejected As the dorsal fin circled I feared for my life I didn’t think I would survive But the moment it took me between those great jaws I’ve never felt so much alive When you’re swimming with sharks, swimming with sharks You might gain a little perspective When you're swimming with sharks, swimming with sharks Where you know you won’t be rejected
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Being up to the minute became his obsession Constantly craving the latest information Infinite updates and notifications Oblivious to life going on all around him Sounds, shapes and colours of mindless addiction “It passes the time” is her justification “Just give me a minute to complete the next level” The devil makes games for the hands of the idle They have their heads in the cloud They have their heads in the cloud Nobody else is allowed When they have their heads in the cloud They met in a place that doesn’t exist It was love at first sight when they virtually kissed Algorithmically matched they were soon swapping data Sending sweet nothings with appalling bad grammar They have their heads in the cloud They have their heads in the cloud Nobody else is allowed When they have their heads in the cloud Monitor heartbeats count our steps Automate decisions hedge our bets Relinquish free will without hesitation The world we create is an hallucination We have our heads in the cloud We have our heads in the cloud Nobody else is allowed When we have our heads in the cloud
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Quid Pro Quo 03:32
We are animals We are vegetables We are minerals We are miracles We are fallible We are emotional We are beautiful We are miracles Standing eye to eye Standing toe to toe This is how it goes Living quid pro quo Standing hand in hand Standing nose to nose This is how it goes Living quid pro quo We are comical We are soluble We are sociable We are miracles We are digital We are programmable We're forgivable We are miracles We are criminal We are tactical Indestructible We are miracles We are animals We are vegetables We are minerals We are miracles Standing eye to eye Standing toe to toe This is how it goes Living quid pro quo Standing hand in hand Standing nose to nose This is how it goes Living quid pro quo
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You For Me 02:15
Whenever I’m near you In your vicinity I lose my coordination And verbal dexterity You for me Me for you I’ve got to know You feel it too You’re spinning me in circles In my centrifugal head It’s no dress rehearsal If I don’t act soon gonna wish I was dead If you give me a chance I know you won’t regret You for me Me for you I’ve got to know You feel it too If you give me a chance I know you won’t regret Don’t let this be another night I wish I could forget You for me Me for you I’ve got to know You feel it too

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Jim's sixth self penned, self produced, self absorbed album. SELFIE.

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It's five years since my last solo album "It Might Never Happen". It never did. The themes on this album are somewhat personal, reflective, subtly political, eclectic in style and idiosyncratic in places. There are ideas that have been knocking about for a while, a couple were rejected by my band Scaredycats, others are new, and one sneaked up on me at the last minute. Some of them took a long time to crack and refine, others were quick to write and record, one or two fell at the final hurdle, but all I hope evoke a spirit of spontaneity and musical curiosity.

Thanks to Fred Bishop for the photos. Dedicated to his daughter x.

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released February 1, 2020

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Jim Pearson UK

"You never can be sure what kind of project Jim will come up with next, but you can always be sure it's gonna be pretty darn good." Tom Robinson BBC 6 Music.

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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