2007 Demos

by Jesse Shepherd-Bates

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Jesse's demos, recorded throughout 2007

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released December 31, 2007

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Jesse Shepherd-Bates Detroit, Michigan

This is the home for all recordings that fall under the JSB Squad Umbrella - These include D'Orchestra, Jesse and The Gnome, The Satin Peaches, Jesse Shepherd-Bates, JSB Squad, and various other endeavors. Music music music!

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Track Name: Ezekiel's Habitat (acoustic)
We live nocturnal
It’s all we know
There’s so much mystery
When daylight goes
That’s how we found
Our secret place

Somewhere haphazard
Off Gotfredson
Pedal pressed down,
ponytail blonde
All beaming teeth in the passenger seat heading to
Our secret place

I can’t wait to go back
To Ezekiel’s Habitat
It’s the sign of addiction when you’re feeling a lack
Of nerves under a ladder breaking mirrors with a black cat
A million conversations could’ve started stayed and passed
And you’d still longing for the one you had last
Well pa pa pa papapapack your bags

Out of the picture
Into the life
My honey bunny
Is by my side
And so we pose as we go alone to
Our secret place

I can’t wait to go back
To Ezekiel’s Habitat
It’s the sign of addiction when you’re feeling a lack
Of nerves under a ladder breaking mirrors with a black cat
A million conversations could’ve started stayed and passed
And you’d still longing for the one you had last
Well pa pa pa papapapack your bags
Track Name: Molto Bella
Am I going to
A big black box
When I switch sides someday
A hundred yards or so across
And humid every day

Will I see other people there
With their own thoughts
They do or don’t share
Or will I be alone
In a box of my own

A big black box
Could be where I find
The answers to things
I’ve never known
A big black box
Could someday be my home
Track Name: A Letter for Jennie the Watcher
Oh when they start to tell me
All the things they’d like to sell me
I can’t help but feeling a little bummed out
I may be missing a brain cell or two
But mostly I’m missing you

Trying is becoming trying
I’d rather sit here lying
Than be around when you step out
Maybe I slept away the time
But I dreamed of a day you would be mine
You could be mine
Track Name: Changing of Turns
Did I see you over there?
Or was it just a glassy glare
I swear I had looked everywhere
But now I found you

Come out come out, wherever you are
She was hiding behind that door ajar
And now you’ve got to count oh so far
As I hide from you

It’s your turn to find me

I find it’s pretty hard to hide
With a girl whose pupils stretch oh so wide
So I’m gonna have to try to squeeze inside
The dryer

Nope, the closet’s not where I creep
And nope I’m not in the place where I sleep
And no the basement’s far too deep,
Look higher!

It’s your turn to find me
Track Name: Song for Sleepyheads
Try to relax, try to go to sleep
In the morning there’s a promise I will keep
I’ll still be here no matter what happens

I’m a man of my word, and my word is my way
You’ve got my word, what more is there to say?
I’ll still be here no matter what happens

Nightmares may disrupt your night
But when they’re gone, everything will be all right
I’ll still be here no matter what happens

Don’t run from your dreams, even when they’re cold
I’ll be by your side if you need someone to hold
I’ll still be here no matter what happens

Look there, your eyes were just starting to close
Just when you said you’d make me eat my crow
I’ll still be here no matter what happens

Sleep if you can forget about all those suits
So what if everyone’s got a crush on you
I’ll still be here no matter what happens

Sleep and I’ll tell you just how good it felt
The first time you made my heart just melt
I’ll still be here no matter what happens

Sleep very sound all your love is all around
I won’t let you down
Track Name: For Lisa
I always thought that love was an exclusive kind of word
Little did I know that notion was so absurd
Out on planes we’ll never know
Voice in the wind that’s never blown
Eyes that tend to wander from this day to the next
You might not find just what you expect
Out on planes we’ll never know
Under rivers never rowed
Life is only a stage I’ve read
It’s hard to act when you’re stuck in your head
Sentences that we left unsaid till today
Are gonna be said if I have any say

I always found it cool that we banked on our laughs
Lifted us up, split our sides right in halves
Loving laughing, smile did glow
Missing that the most, I wish you could know
It’s not easy news by any means to bear
Someone like you who was so debonair
So unnerving was our show
Yet so completely apropos
Oftentimes we let so much slip by
Under the radar, up in the sky
XOs never get old I find
Off to the next phase, have a good time
Track Name: Lost In Old Days
Definitions can come and go
Syntax can trickle off like bits of rain
But there’s something I’ll never let disappear
That’s the night I earned my favorite nickname
All awake in the late late night,
Nothing to do but explore the roads outside
We came up to a crossroads and we sat
Letting our thoughts collide

We’ve gotta go away
Before we get lost in old days
Through all the thoughts we save

How has it been so long
Since the last time I saw that gleam in your eye
How has it been so long
Since we laughed like we had limitless time?
How has it been so long
Since you christened me ‘Moses’ in your phone?
I believe in love I believe in you
I believe I love you too much for you to ever be alone

We’ve gotta go away
Before we get lost in old days
Through all the thoughts we save
Track Name: An Update
Turning in the minutes and tiring through the hours
There’s been some kind of missing groove
Feeling full of tin it’s been like tugging at two towers
Every time I’ve tried to move

But lately there’s been a change I’ve seen
I feel like I haven’t felt since I was sixteen
It’s come as quite a shock to my routine

I’ve got an update if you happen to ask
I’m in love babe and it’s a blast
So don’t worry about our mixed up past
Times are changing and it’s time to take off our masks

Now the debate comes on just what to do
It shouldn’t be so much like chess but I’m afraid it is
It’s funny how this state comes when you walk in the room
Everything just shuts right off like it’s an eclipse

Yeah lately there’s been a change in my brain
I find I keep laughing when I hear people complain
I’ve got this smile that’s getting harder to contain

I’ve got an update if you’d like to know
I’m in love babe and I’ve got to gloat
So don’t worry ‘bout no undertow
Times are changing and it’s time to let your heartbreaks go

I know it’s not like me
To be oh so sappy
But I can’t seem to hold this down

And I know I’m being bold
But I’ve watched this love unfold
And I need to let you know I’ve come around
Track Name: The Fallout From You and Me
The fallout from you and me
Could hit like acid rain
But waiting timidly
Feels like such a waste

Telling not asking
Nearly demanding
The reciprocation I’ve been yearning for

Go ahead try to justify our
Separate ways
You can’t deny the light a love like ours could shed on this place

The fallout from you and me

Hideout from the end
Of romance between friends
If you lived like that, you wouldn’t live at all

The fallout from you and me
Expressing a little honesty
It’s something I can deal with
Track Name: Such and Such
The ups and downs we knew
Breaking walls that you
Set up to fence yourself in

Dynamite blowing up
In spite of the fuse we cut
Now we’re in flames and you’re frustrated

Was I too soon, or too much?
Was I too toxic to the touch?
Well consider yourself too quick to judge
I’ll never be your such and such

Snow swept, your hair’s a mess
Stuck here in nothingness
I tell a joke I’ve saved all year
Hold up your slender hand
Hide that smile if you can
Don’t laugh, I dare you my dear

Was I too soon, or too much?
Was I too toxic to the touch?
Well consider yourself too quick to judge
I’ll never be your such and such
Track Name: Little Magnets
It may sting a bit
But I have to admit
I hardly grow weary
Though days may pass
With hardly a word
I see things clearly

Though you may forget me
In time
I’ll stay right there
How could I leave, my friend with yellow hair
No no no I won’t budge

I may be crass
At times I’m an ass
But your lips are like little magnets
I’m no Andronicus
I’m no Romeo
But I’m sure you can see this getting tragic

Though you may not love me
I don’t really care
How could I leave, my friend b with yellow hair?
No no no I’m being stubborn this time

The borders we’ve made may be our downfall
And at this point you may be over it all
But there’s an undeniable fact keeping me trapped
keeping me glued to you

It’s a bummer it’s true
But there’s nothing to do
My head’s filled with nimbuses
My life’s askew

I’m in pursuit
And it’s long overdue
I’m dropping the pretense
I’m in love with you

Go ahead and boo hoo
If you need to
It’s out there, I said it
Though it’s nothing new

Let go of our two
Let our one debut
I’m dropping the pretense
I’m in love you
Track Name: The Limit Lost (original acoustic demo)
When I met you I was a shadow, you were a ghost
And then that lady came around the corner
With skin as pale as the snow on the tip of your nose
You had nothing better to do, so you joined her
Then you slept in the poppies
And you awoke with a yawn

Days came and went, and as for your golden girl, forgotten she lay
Till one night time in mid-October
You saw her building a snowman, and she asked you to play
She said she missed the good times you showed her
Then you slept in the poppies
And in that meadow you stayed
Now you sleep in the poppies
When will you wake?
Track Name: The Least I Can Do
I’ll be a servant to you
It’s the least I can do
I’ll be a servant to you
If you want me to

It’s the least I can do

I’ll be a love to you
It’s the least I can do
I’ll be a love to you
If you want me to

It’s the least I can do

You keep alluding to the overtones
That lurk under every word I speak
Were I exuding all that you should know
It might end the bliss brought by being so oblique

I could be good to you
It’s the least I can do
I could be more than good to you
If you want me to
It’s the least I can do
Track Name: Sunlight
A little bit of charm, a little bit of class
We put our mark on a panel of stained glass
We ran away as fast as we could as to not face the owner’s wrath

A little bit of task, a little bit of fun
Is the pattern we faced when we were young
But I never expected to see you so easily bite your tongue

It looks like you’ve spent a long time in the
Sunlight, maybe days
When I get mine, will you give me a kiss
Goodbye, or will you wave?=

A little bit of tears, an itty bitty smile
You know you won’t see me for a while
But long, drawn out goodbyes have never really been your style

A little bit of into the sunset driving is what we need
To make at least an impression of two spirits that are truly free