Jetstream Sunset

by Thomas Truax

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Jetstream Sunset Fly me up to the old jetstream, fly me up to the old jetstream Earlier today out on the street I met a friend, I had to get away Sometimes you know we all just need some time alone Doesn't matter anyway he's on that phone throughout the day I wonder if his voice inside his own head its own self ever gets lonely from neglect Catching kisses in the jetstream waking up from nice dreams Think I'll buy myself an ice cream Coney Island you are a freak show and I love you so much to do I don't know how I will get through but something always comes along that makes me want to sing another song I wonder if it might find me today And fly me up to the old jetstream… Holy Moly Joe goes on and on about 'flow' he never stops but he never seems to go anywhere he's like a concrete business building wishing he'd been born a river River Phoenix was the older brother of Joaquin, a bright young actor on the screen Now he's all but forgotten I guess it's hard to see that line before too late and much too soon Went to work at sixteen came back home at sixty-nine can hardly remember What happened in between Some drive-in movies, and some golf balls on the Moon Later on that day I met my friend again and said come on and turn that phone off man Let's just go sit and watch the river like we did in the old days Fly us up to the old jetstream…
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I Was A Teenage Post-punk I was a teenage post-punk I was a teenage post-punk I did not know what I was There were no easy labels back then I always looked for the exceptions Never cared much for the rules We saw the rainbow's end Saw it as black, me and my friends But if dreams were waves We'd have been an ocean I was a teenage post-punk Bauhaus for breakfast, Wire for lunch I spent hours on the telephone My finger curled up in the line With a girl I liked so much That we could hardly speak a word But we were so excited Yeah we were so excited Yeah we were so excited Just to be connected by a wire And if dreams were waves We'd have been an ocean As a kid I got up so early To watch cartoons every Saturday Then as a teen I just stayed up all through the Friday Nights Yeah as a teen I just stayed up all through the Friday Nights If dreams were waves, we'd have been an ocean... Objects in the rear-view mirror May be closer than they appear If dreams were waves, we'd have been an ocean...
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DRIVING IN THE DARK When you're driving down the highway and it's late at night It's funny how the memories can start to glow in your headlights Like in that dusty beam between the movie screen and the projector eye Old ghosts flickering back to haunt you in vivid black and white I'm thinking now about my old school friends Some were so bright and some so dark How some are dead and gone already This one goes out to you Mark My Sister told me stories about a common housefly on a train With no idea where he was destined or even where the trip began Some of my heroes are famous stars but the ones that shine brightest to me Are the ones that don't just live on the TV, but closer to the family tree As the road rises and falls ahead my car is like a boat at sea This little car that I named Winston, we are one and we are free Though I know that he wont last forever he's got radio and coffee For now he is my only friend as we journey through these dreams
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PHANTOM VIBRATIONS I've got no attention span I was born American I'm working harder than I can Can you turn the channel Stan? Don't understand Afghanistan But can you hear the whistle of my drone Can you get it on Amazon I 'm just a bored American I'm just waiting for my man I've got no attention span I do not like green eggs and ham I do not like them Sam-I-Am I've got no attention span I'm a dilapidated man My dreams are cut with advertising Can you turn the perfume down? Can you sing the song again? I've got no attention span I feel a phantom vibration My dreams are cut with advertising Why do we fear the boat capsizing? Ice under which a red light's pulsing Try to resist the mind controlling Mind controlling... Mind controlling... Mind controlling...
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SHINE BRIGHTLY AS YOU CAN Wherever you may land Shine brightly as you can Grandfather says to Grasshopper Martian whispers to Meteor Says the Mother Spider to her newborns as they take to the air Wherever you may land Shine brightly as you can This world would not be half as good without costumes by Edith Head When Rosa Parks refused to move History itself was moved ahead This world can be unkind Friends can be hard to find Wherever you may land Shine brightly as you can...
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FEELIN' BAD FOR DRACULA I'm feelin' bad for you Dracula Those Twilight kids ain't got your style, come on now Mina, you know what I mean And Lucy, so deliriously keen… But I feel bad for you Dracula Eternal life ain't what it used to be They're pissin' on your mystery Eternal life ain't what it used to be In the shadows I can see you're looking on Your fiery eyes will burn until the dawn But in the long run that fresh meat will be forgotten And he will rise again The prince of vampires will rise once again
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I'VE GOT TO KNOW I wanna know, I've got to know I wanna know, I've got to know I wanna know, I've got to know I wanna know, I've got to know How do you feel? Is this for real? ... I know how to hot-wire a car I know how to detune a guitar I know how to locate the North Star And I know the quickest way to Mars I know how to stain stainless steel I know you know the secrets of sex appeal And I know how to pedal a paddle wheel But I don't know I don't know I don't know I wanna know, I've got to know...
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FAT SPIDER Little Jimmy the Spider landed on the wedding cake He's been single so long it's more than he can take It's more than he can take, it's more than he can take He's been single so long it's more than he can take He weaves a rapid web around the whole damned thing Then plastic bride and groom and all he hoists it to the ceiling He hoists it to the ceiling, he hoists it to the ceiling Plastic bride and groom and all he hoists it to the ceiling I'm gonna eat it all, he says, I'll start there'll be no stopping From the candles through the frosting to the bottom from the topping Yeah It will not be over 'til this fat spider sings…
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WRITTEN IN YOUR BLOOD They never put up a fence between freedom and loneliness Without even knowing you've done it, you have walked right across They never put up a fence between freedom and loneliness Without even knowing you've done it, you have walked right across Don't have to write it on your hand It's already written in your blood No need to carve it in a tree It's permanent in you and me Don't have to write it on your hand It's already written in your blood No need to carve it in a tree It's permanent in you and me

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released April 8, 2015

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Thomas Truax London, UK

"Thomas Truax crafts rich, poetically evocative songs about insects, trees, technology, and a lifelong obsession with all things lunar. He travels the world performing with his "band" of bizarre self-made instruments including a motorized drum machine made with bike wheels and a souped-up Gramophone called 'The Hornicator', as well as his venerable guitar 'Hank'.
"Inventive and Romantic" -TimeOut
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