2008 Demos

by Jesse Shepherd-Bates

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Jesse's demos, recorded throughout 2008

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released December 31, 2008

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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: No Reason For That
We gave it our best shot, but there’s no doubt
This thing we call us has finally struck out
There’s no reason to argue, no reason to pout
There’s nothing to do now but roll with the drought

Oh I guess
We’ve drawn our very last breath

So when I turn my back
Don’t turn me around
There’s no reason for that
That’s a path we’ve been down

As I go through the scrapbooks I forgot to make
Full of all of the pictures I forgot to take
I start feeling familiar aches
But those are withdrawals I’ll just have to shake

Oh I guess
We’ve drawn our very last breath

So when I turn my back
Don’t turn me around
There’s no reason for that
That’s a path we’ve been down
Track Name: Heartbeat Thief
If I’m still alive at 85
And the doctors are trying in vain to find
That feisty little old pulse of mine
I’ll tell ‘em you took it to the place you hide

And you won’t give it back
No, you won’t give it back

I asked you nicely, I asked you twicely
I’ve even given you good advicely
But you hangin onto me like a cheap little ragdoll
And I don’t like it one bit

But you won’t take me in
No, you won’t let me in
Track Name: Kamikaze Girl
Why do you listen to the devil on your shoulder?
His advice is acidic, why do you heed it?
I’m not out to get you, but you’re out to get you my kamikaze girl
How can you focus on impending loss with your head on my shoulder?
Your defense mechanisms can be muted
You’ve got to replace them with the song that you’re hearing.
Track Name: Apollonia
Heart palpitating at a propeller's pace
Firework ribcage, shock struck face
Oh, Apollonia

Hair carressing, thoughts compressing
Wordless speeches concealed with a kiss
Oh, Apollonia
Track Name: For a Love Let Down
After the first time I laid eyes on you
Had I gone blind I don’t think I
Would’ve minded missing anything
After the first time I heard your laughter
Had I gone deaf what would be left
That would be worth hearing anyway?

If I had known that you had loved me
As I loved you then, as I love you still
Would we both still be so unfulfilled
If I had told you how I adored you
As you loved me then, as you love me still

Would we know the regrets we could have killed
Would we know all the sights, the sounds and thrills
Would we know how close we came to running out of time
Track Name: Ticking Time Away In Limbo
You were as easy to miss as a parade, ticker-tape eyebrows on your face
Back then we were hit by a thunderbolt, but lately you have grown so cold

If you love me then love me, or leave me alone
I’ve never liked ticking time away in limbo
But that’s right where you’ve got me and you’ve locked the door

Though indecision’s a trait that we both share, I can’t keep up with all this hot air
Wishy-washy may work on dishes my dear, but it doesn’t work here, you know this is clear

If you love me then love me, or leave me alone
I’ve never liked ticking time away in limbo
But that’s right where you’ve got me and you’ve locked the door
Track Name: What You Can and Can't Keep
You can keep the posters that I lent you
I’ve got nowhere to hang them anyway
You can keep the presents that I sent you
Unused and confused though they may lay

But you can’t keep my conversations
And you can’t keep my heart
And if one day a look back leads you to temptation
I suggest you find a new place to start

You can keep the books I told you to read
I’ve already read them once or twice
You can keep the globe my Papa left me
I hear it makes your kitchen look quite nice
And you can keep all my jackets and sweaters
In fact I’ve got a few more to spare
And you can keep my sonnets and love letters
You were a wonderful muse, it’s only fair

But you can’t keep my midnight phone calls
And you can’t keep my embrace
And if one day you find you don’t want to be alone after all
You better hope it’s not too late
Cause I know too well how you can change
From a hand-me-down to a hand grenade
But I never say never so you can keep me in mind
Track Name: Jesse Shepherd-Bates & Alex Winston - Baby Jesus
Baby Jesus, won't you save me from the dark?
Track Name: Almost Again
It was so close
It was under your nose
But still you ended up almost again
Now you can taste it
You can feel it
But you know you’ll end up almost again

Keep on trying, keep trying
Till you fail
If you keep trying
At least you can say you did

So now you see
Why you can never leave
Even if you end up almost again
Now you can taste it
You can almost feel it
So don’t you worry if you’ll end up almost again

Keep on trying, keep trying
Til you fail
If you stop trying
You’ll never know what could have been
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: August Theme
I’m gonna tie myself up to a willow
And no I will not make a move
I’m gonna cling for dear life to this pillow
And no I will not leave this room

If you try to call me you won’t reach me
I’m just gonna let the phone ring
And if you try to visit you won’t see me
I’m just gonna let the doorbell ding dong ding dong ding

Now you see why not to shake this bottle
Now you get to watch it explode!
Track Name: Sinister Schemes
From Florida’s sands
To the coasts of Iceland
I’ve been evading you
But just when I thought you’d lost my trail
You come out of the blue

Please don’t holler at me
I’m cute as a button don’t you think

So now we’re here, tapping our toes
Completely caught up in the throws
Of words that don’t convey what we mean
There’s no point in going home
We’re in the garden that we’ve grown
From seeds of deceit and sinister schemes

Please don’t reprimand me
I’m cute as a Siamese cat don’t you think

You thought I wouldn’t know
What you’ve been up to all this time
You landed that killer blow
A along time ago but I’m done being benign

Oh go ahead and wink at me
I’m not as whipped as you think
Track Name: Thaddeus Crown
I've been late for every date for the last three years
I've had my fair share of scolding fill up my ears
And I've been looking for a way to get on track

Then I heard a theory by a reasonable man
He put things in terms that I could understand
Thaddeus Crown's got this monkey off my back

So I'm living like Thaddeus Crown
Writing everything down
So I'll never ever forget
A single smile or frown

When my notebook gets full I'll file it
With all the others I've been compiling

Things have gotten so easy, so easy for me
I'm the posterboy for punctuality
I'm just having so much fun making it work

Well it may be a crutch but I really don't mind
It may be a crutch but still I find
Having a crutch is better than feeling like a jerk

So I'm living like Thaddeus Crown
Writing everything down
So I'll never ever forget
A single smile or frown

When my notebook gets full I'll file it
With all the others I've been compiling
Track Name: What I Know
I’ve been contemplating option after option but I think I’ve got to open this can of worms
There may be slowing but there’s no stopping certain situations from causing concern

And I know you may just let me down easy
But oh at this point I don’t care
And although all those speed bumps precede me
I know what I know

Mmmmm, yet another night of silence, well maybe not silence but words filled with fluff
Mmmmm, I’ve made up my mind to try this new course of action but baby it’s tough

And I know you may just let me down easy
But oh I’m prepared for that
And although people say you just tease me
I know what I know