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It Was Easy

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This is the first album from Title Tracks. It was released in February 2010 by The Ernest Jenning Record Co. and Safety Meeting Records.

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released February 9, 2010

All instruments and singing are performed by John Davis, except for:

Tracyanne Campbell - Vocals on "No, Girl" and "Tougher Than The Rest"
Kriston Capps - Saxophone on "No, Girl"

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Title Tracks Washington, D.C.

Title Tracks is John Davis (guitar/voice), Michael Cotterman (bass), and Elmer Sharp (drums). All CDs, LPs, and singles can be purchased from ernestjenning.com or dischord.com.

Band photo by Christopher Grady.

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Track Name: Every Little Bit Hurts
I work in the water
Down underneath the flowers
Now, do you count the hours down, too?

Life is not a dream to me
It’s a sour melody
If one and one don’t make two

The paper chase can lead me back
If I’m on the devil’s track
And shaking from the ice on the moon
I know there’s not water there
But I wound up working where bombs block out the afternoon

Yeah, every little bit hurts
I don’t want it to
I don’t want it to, but it does

The taste of it is in the air
It’s indiscreet, it’s everywhere
It only needs to know what to do
Photograph the masks we wear
I don’t even care ‘cause we’re gilding the buildings we grew

Spring brings everything, I find I want to sing
The phases of places we knew
Please give me galaxies, spare me ataxy
I don’t want to know what you’ve been through

Yeah, every little bit hurts
I don’t want it to
I don’t want it to, but it does

Oh, the damage you can do
When my neck’s exposed to you
The heat that you feel when your fiction is real cannot turn me ‘round

Oh, it’s gonna be so good
When you ask me if we could
Try it again, come on let’s all be friends like we never were
No, we never were

Pretty genes can make pretty green
If the vessel wears the right shoes
Surly jerks play their early works
But they don’t have a face they can use

It’s an exhibition of pitiless precision
Removing the blades of a fan
The spinning center’s a hapless dissenter
You can’t tell the time without my hands

Yeah, every little bit hurts
I don’t want it to
I don’t want it to, but it does
Track Name: No, Girl
Come on down the stairs
The winter air is in my throat
I need the words from a silent face
Everyone’s erased when your eyes turn blue

No, girl, you were only lonely for a minute there
No, girl, I’ll be going home in a minute, too

Searing is the touch of a hand that writes too much
Don’t give me hope, don’t give me time
Just give me back these plans of mine
You might be truth, you could be fear
It was a dream where you first appeared
An inch away, a life apart
The future ends where the evening starts

All I need to know is your waiting
Even if I left you might be staying
You don’t care what anybody’s saying
No, you don’t

Take me to the place that sees your fragile mornings break
We’ll stay inside til we see a light
And then we’ll know there’s nowhere left to go
Track Name: Black Bubblegum
If you’re pouring ink over the thoughts you used to think
Well then you know what you’ve got to do
If you’re cold inside from all the things you try to hide
Well then you know what you’ve got to do

Your head may be a belfry from the life that you’ve led
But it’s only the afternoon
You’ll be feeling so much better when you get into bed
And I know that you’ll find soon, you’ll know what you’ve got to do

If you want to see what life is like when you are free
Well then you know what you’ve got to do
If you want to know why tension never comes and goes
Well then you know what you’ve got to do

Try to get a handle if the texture is smooth
Though there isn’t an answer now
You’ll feel it when you see it
Though I just can’t say how
But I know that you’ll find soon, you’ll know what you’ve got to do

Just keep chewing your black, black bubblegum
You’re still number one
Even if you share some
Just keep chewing that black, black bubblegum
You’re still number one

If you’re gonna dry all of the tears you’re gonna cry
Well then you know what you’ve got to do
Cover up your eyes ‘cause we all can see inside
Well then you know what you’ve got to do

But you will just keep chewing your black, black bubblegum
You’re still number one
Even if you share some
Just keep chewing that black, black bubblegum
You’re still number one

Baby, baby, don’t be scared now
‘Cause I cut off all your hair now
You’re not going anywhere now
No, no, no, no, no
Track Name: Piles Of Paper
Don’t make me go there, I know what I’ll find
Another one just like you
Don’t make me over, I’ve already tried
To turn a snare into a lute

Everyone’s got a couple methods
To salve whatever sense they choose
You will surprise me with the story
Though I’m the one who told you the news

Don’t push me under the threatening tide
To see if my words remain true
Don’t let me know what’s really inside
Or you’ll see what silence can do

Everyone’s got a couple methods
To salve whatever sense they choose
You will surprise me with the story
Though I’m the one who told you the news

Winter is over and plastic is cracked
I want all of those hours of daylight back
All of the curses and well-founded fears
Fill me up like the fruits that never appeared

These are the wages we’ve earned
Piles of paper we’ve burned
Track Name: Hello There
If I am bringing you down
I didn’t know that it was you
That I was cutting into
With all my futile ministrations
And my static indications
How did you keep on doing what you said you’d do?

If I am bringing you down
I didn’t know if it was true
That I was relevant to you
I couldn’t draw a map
My phone was tapped
And then they wouldn’t let me do the things
I promised I would do for you

If I am bringing you down
I didn’t think it could be true
That you were hurting too
That after all that time
I couldn’t sign my name across the papers
That we drew up for me and for you

Please don’t think this side is really me
It’s only a prop for my protection
I don’t blame you for breaking free
I think that I ought to move in your direction

Hello, there
We were all dreams
For most of the 1970s

Hello, there
It’s just obscene
What my explanations really mean

I don’t know what to do
Without all of you
If you go someplace new
Oh, could you take me, too?

If I am bringing you down
It’s not ‘cause I didn’t try to let the anger die
But you can’t close your eyes when you’re inside this cornerless room
Unless you’re happy to sing the same tune

If I am bringing you down
You ought to know that this town will make a quiet sound
That you can hear from years away
Now wasn’t it yesterday that we took a few notes of our own?
Track Name: It Was Easy
How could I leave you without falling behind?
Didn’t I see that it was foolish to try?
How would I ever learn to speak on my own?
Didn’t I know that I had nowhere to go?
But, it was easy
It was easy

After awhile I'll see I shouldn’t have gone
I’ll understand that true friends don’t get along
Wouldn’t I want to be back before long?
How could I live without you proving me wrong?
But, it was easy
It was easy

You're in trouble
Didn’t you see this from far away?
You're in trouble
Everyone left and you're right where we thought you should be

Was it as good as it could possibly be?
Was I still pointing at what couldn’t be seen?
Wasn’t it hard to stay asleep through your dream
Wasn’t it hard for you see through your steam
No, it was easy
It was easy

Tell me again how you wouldn’t have tried
To disappoint me or to tell me a lie
Now all you have left is a bird without songs
Isn’t it hard for you to never be wrong
No, it was easy
It was easy
Track Name: At Fifteen
Love of my life
I know you’re waiting for me
All my life
I’ve known you’re waiting for me

Love of my life
Please don’t stop waiting for me
All my life
I have been waiting for you
I hope if I see your eyes I’ll know it’s you

Late at night the wind is whispering the sound
Of wanderers found
And I know at night you lay there, too
Asking the darkness what my name is

Love of my life
I know you’re waiting for me
All my life
I’ve known you’re waiting for me

Love of my life
Please don’t stop waiting for me
All my life
I have been waiting for you
I hope if I see your eyes I’ll know it’s you
Track Name: Found Out
Are you alone?
‘Cause there’s something you should know
It really shows
That you’ve given up control

Watering a house on fire will only grow the kind of wires you trip on
I just won’t try anymore to walk across the kind of floors you slip on

And I just found out today
I don’t know what is happening
Look the other way
I don’t know what is happening to me

A narrow rope
Is the avenue you cross
You’re oldest hopes
Aren’t the only things you’ve lost

Did I think that they wouldn’t notice?
Did I think that they wouldn’t care?
Oh no, I guess that they’ve noticed
The outfits the mannequins wear

Sister, you’re an only child
Our blood runs between the tiles
Ever on an upward path our fate was not the kind of math you count on
I’ll turn on the screen and maybe you can be seen without the sound on