the dealer

by jj reed

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this is an album comprised of recordings of songs i wrote during fall 2008 thru march 2009 or so, i'm not great a record keeping. all songs recorded in different places, mostly my basement room in athens ohio. and mostly by myself, only jerry thomas and matt box help me on two tracks. the rest is just me, being me. it was kinda a weird time in my life. this is what i did to make it through. now it's here for you to have a listen and maybe enjoy. these songs have been good friends of mine hopefully they can befriend you too.

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released January 6, 2012

jj reed: guitars, keys, bass, vox, shaker, engineer, producer, geek, backing vox

jerry thomas: bass, drums, backing vox

matt box: bass, summoner of good vibes

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jj reed Athens, Ohio

jj reed is a singer/songwriter/guitar player/a whole bunch of other things. he is from athens, ohio. he has been playing and writing since the mid 1990s. He has been in a whole heap of bands including: wheels on fire, order of the spur, the 65s, supertape, corbin marsh band, melk... his songs and music reflect everyday life in an honest yet somewhat melancholy way. but "blues is happy music" - TVZ ... more

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Track Name: The Dealer (electric)
This one's for the dealer
of my loser's hand
holding back a trump card
like the joker's are banned
set to the side, not for this game
with the house behind you
it's not the same
and i know no one here
could be to blame
but all the same
my pockets seem so empty
and i ain't got the cards
to get very far at your table
this one's for the dealer
who cut the deck
fifty-one on the table
an ace held in check
the house never looses
it beats who it chooses
i won't say i'm sad i came
and there's no one to blame
but all the same
my pockets seem so empty
and i ain't got the cards
to get very far at your table
at your table
it's your table
deal on deal on deal on
but deal me out
deal me out deal me out
Track Name: now that your gone
we used to sing together
in my burnt out basement
you knew all my songs sang along
but now that you're gone
i can't sing and i don't even try sometimes
when muse ain't a callin'
and the night is crawlin'
up over the sun
there's nowhere to run
and nothing to see down here
and it's a good thing day dreaming
is free or i'd be broke completely
how i try to fill my time
not destructively
keepin busy
not bored
idle or alone
but it's hard sometimes
now that you're gone
it's so quiet now
now that you're gone
it's just me
me and these songs
Track Name: The Long Way Home Again
takin' the long way home again
main street supper time
a'walkin' through the lines
bright lights shine on
diner's full of twos
but it's not me and you
two straws one mountain dew
no, it's not me and you
i press my face to the glass
someone screams, so pass on
to where, well, i don't know
there's only one place i just don't wanna go
bad dreams, fucked up memories
by myself nothing is as it seems
no one hears me scream
when i'm with the trees no one sees
a place i never wanted to be
left field, locked out, lonely
with nothing left to win
no, nothing left to win
i guess, uh huh
i'll take the long way home, i guess
i'll take the long way home again
Track Name: Goodbye to all That
i say goodbye to all that
i'm as good gone
gone, i'm gone, so gone
i'm as good as gone
gone
i'm as good as gone
i'm gone
so gone
i'm as good as gone
gone
goodbye
i say goodbye to all that
i'm as good as gone
goodbye
i'm gone
Track Name: Salt Wounds
pick up your chin
and dry your eyes
the day won't wait
for you to cry
and the salt in the wounds
does nothing but ruin
a new day's sunrise
take off your shades
but don't look at the sun
close your eyes
and know what's done is done
but the salt in the wounds
does nothing but ruin
a new day's sunrise
soon enough
the night will come
time for tears
or we could run
we could run away
away away away
cause the salt in the wounds
does nothing but ruin
a new day's sunrise
pick up your chin
you ain't the only one
the day don't wait
and what is done is done
and what is done is done
and what is done is done is done
Track Name: Cigarette Break
time clock punch in punch out
leave quiet no need to shout
the fire's mine but roll on buddy
you smell and yer jokes ain't funny
light on, light off
cigarette break
you work for me you'll never be free
the best you could be is just like me
it's poison plan and simple
a smoking gun to a falling temple
light on, light off
cigarette break
punch in, punch out
punch in, punch out
cigarette break
(really?!?, really.)
Track Name: Lie Forever
saw you in a dream
feathers and wings
flying over me
but i could not sing
i let you down
i let you down
i'll lie forever without you
blue eyed soul
painted lonely black
from virgin white
we'll never get back
i let you down
i let you down
i'll lie forever without you
childhood dreams
were never meant to be
a concrete road
or a side-show
i let you down
i let you down
i'll lie forever without you
i'll lie forever without you
Track Name: The Super Bowl
it's cold outside
it's warm right here
i'm by myself
just like last year
at the super bowl
the super bowl
got my beer
got my smokes
think there's some peanut butter
some jelly too
some bread
i hope
watching the super bowl alone
watching the super bowl alone
there's parties to go to
people to see
chips and dip
yeah and chili
big screen t.v.s with remote controls
don't have to stand up when you have to change the channel
and you have to change the channel
you have to change the channel
but you always come back to the super bowl
come back to the super bowl
come back to the super bowl
when i was a kid
we always ordered pizza
t.v. trays
momma didn't have to clean no dishes
no dishes, paper plates
it was warm
and no one was alone
didn't even know what alone was
just saw scott norwood ruin his life
so sad, so sad
it's the super bowl
the super bowl
it's the super bowl
Track Name: My Days
i beat myself up everyday
i need to find another way
to drift from dreams into my days
i run away
yeah i run away
i can't paint myself where i want to be
stuck here swinging the axe at the tree
pallet don't got the colors to see
only thing falling in the woods is me
i run away
yeah i run away
but i can't get away
i'm trapped in these dreams
where nothing is as it seems
i beat myself up everyday
i need find another way
to drift from dreams into my days
into my day
into my days
my days my days my days...
Track Name: The Dealer (acoustic)
This one's for the dealer
of my loser's hand
holding back a trump card
like the joker's are banned
set to the side, not for this game
with the house behind you
it's not the same
and i know no one here
could be to blame
but all the same
my pockets seem so empty
and i ain't got the cards
to get very far at your table
this one's for the dealer
who cut the deck
fifty-one on the table
an ace held in check
the house never looses
it beats who it chooses
i won't say i'm sad i came
and there's no one to blame
but all the same
my pockets seem so empty
and i ain't got the cards
to get very far at your table
at your table
it's your table
deal on deal on deal on
but deal me out
deal me out deal me out