An Elephant On Your Keychain

by John Black Band

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released July 18, 2014

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John Black Band Portland, Oregon

Genre defying singer/songwriter, John Black was born in Ohio, USA in 1980. He toured with Los Angeles bands, Trainwreck and Sea of Air before he set his sights on his own project in 2012. John began planning his debut album, "An Elephant On Your Keychain" and formed John Black Band in 2013. He splits his time evenly between his successful dog-walking business and his real passion, music. ... more

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Track Name: This One
I hope this one lands on God's toe. They don't know about me.
I hope this drink gets us home. I should not be driving.

My knuckles are bleeding from the lies they told.
I saw his picture on your phone.

I hope this night makes more sense with no regret the next day.
I hope this burst stirs your thoughts and settles slow like Pompeii.

Through Hell's security. Knock on the door. The maid said they just went out for more souls.

Drove through the pearly gates asking to God. They said they can't fit anymore souls.
Track Name: Let's Be Fair
I need to say something before it's too late.
You took advantage of me and my good faith.
You were too kind when we first met.
When it comes down to it, I'm the first you'll forget.

I said, "Let's be fair."

There may come a day you cannot breathe.
You may need your tire changed on the highway.
After you get what you want, you go on your way.
Hope that this finds you well and far a away from me.

I said, "Let's be fair."
Track Name: Take Some Time
Take some time.
Have a day to reset.

Monday hard working, no bosses yelling.
The summer took spring and the bees are pollenating.

Take some time for yourself.
Always time for yourself.

In a soft wind, the red white and blue is waving.
There are deadlines to meet before people will smile on Wall Street.

Take some time for yourself.
Make some time for yourself.
Always time for yourself.

You know we all need time for ourselves.
Track Name: Uphill Both Ways
He walks uphill to work both ways.
He ties his tie the same each day.
He knows he stays a rat in a maze that only opens to a cage.

You don't have to fight like this anymore.
You don't have to be that little girl, you can walk out that door.

He takes his normal route home.
He knows he cannot freely roam.
He turns to take another path.
He knows there could be some bad aftermath.

You don't have to fight like this anymore.
You don't have to be that little girl, you can walk out that door.
If all we need is love, what are we fighting for?
You don't have to be that little girl, you can walk out that door.

What are we gonna do when the water comes up?
What are we gonna do when the mountains erupt?
What are we gonna do when the bridges collapse?
What are we gonna do when the neighbors attack?

You don't have to fight like this anymore.
You don't have to be that little girl, you can walk out that door.
If all we need is love, what are we fighting for?
You don't have to be that little girl, you can walk out that door.
Track Name: Connectivity
The law of nature is connectivity.
There is no predictability.
The one thing that's for sure, you can't get rid of me.

You are all I see, you are a perfect 10.
Wandering eyes, I no longer have them.
The one thing that's for sure, you can't get rid of me.

The world is thriving on sex and stress.
When they happen with you, they're the best.
The one thing that's for sure, you can't get rid of me.

Another thing that's for sure…

The boiler is filled, hot water spills.
The building is on fire, this is not a drill.
The one thing that's for sure, you can't get rid of me.

Another thing that's for sure…

I'm so glad you married me.
Track Name: Lose Track
I have stains on all my good shirts.
My jeans have rolled in the dirt.
Somehow still on the run.
You lose track of what you become.

What have we become tonight?

My mood swings make you feel hurt.
Thoughts are buried in the earth.
Somehow attached to someone.
You lose track of what you become.

What have we become tonight?

I'm hungry for your loving.
I've never felt the hunger like I did that night.
Track Name: Sweet Sweet
Every phone conversation that we have,
is never too long. It could go on and on.

I like to think what we have could last.
We must be careful.
These feelings are rare, girl.

You are my sweet sweet.

Speaking of the past.
Everything was short and sweet, gift wrapped and neat.

I still know what we have could last.
We must stay vigilant.
Perpetual love is rare, isn't it?

You are my sweet sweet.

In these last five years,
I've learned how to not talk and physically problem solve.
We laugh way more than we argue in the bedroom.
Because it's the right way. Hold each other tightly.

Sweet and perpetual.
This isn't difficult.
Just go look it up.
Look up how to save your love for me.
Track Name: Cheer Up
I put my love into you then I let the dog out to take a leak.
You don't feel well and I'm on the medicine the doctor gave.
Responsibility. Multiple personalities.
My neighbors are trashy. There's mosquitoes in January.
What the…

I think that it's time for you to cheer up.

The good thing about working for the wealthy,
you know when the end is finally near.
They'll be taking off on their rocket ships to fly the coop,
and I'll be riding my bike home in the rain to your rescue.

I think that it's time for you to cheer up.
Track Name: Loved and Loveless
As this world becomes everyone for themselves I may need some favors.
I don't think that I will make it that far with two gallons of water.

You think that our bathtub is gross, at least we have a shower.
Let's get our hands dirty in the mud, pretend we live in the wild.

We're all shining under the dirt.
We're all smiling as long as you are.
Not thus far…

You just wanted to make your mother proud, Pretty Little Lady.
The importance of love overlooked, have you told her lately?

All of you who do not say the words, go do it now.
Take a chance, tell them you love them, you'll feel better within the hour.

You never know what will come next.
There are two types of people in the world, the loved and the loveless.
I love you.

I may not play many shows anymore, I need to save it.
I'll be the one singing, "Kumbaya" while the ship is sinking.

You never know what will come next.
There are two types of people in the world, the loved and the loveless.
I love you.

We're all shining under the dirt.
We're all smiling as long as you are.
Track Name: Conversations
Conversations with myself.
Why do I sit and think I'm not well.

I've uncovered new horizons of emotion.
The sun comes through and the window takes the light.
You should know whose window your light shines through.

We rode fast.
Lightning bugs came out.
You were chasing rebellion.
The things that we saw,
we had never spoke of.
His arm was bruised.
Anger had already manifested.
His brain cells are dead again.
No more thinking.
Track Name: Final Statement
This is my final statement.
I never meant for it to be this way.
Even when my heart was cold.
You'd still hold on to me.

You in that dress, you were a mess.
Give yourself time getting ready to go.
I see your face is pale.
Were you poisoned by ghosts?

This house payment, I can't afford it.
I bicycle while the cars fly by.
I don't care if you don't care.
Work hard for it and tell no lies.

Bite my tongue and grind my teeth.
Clench my jaw when I am mad.
When you know you can't be stopped,
you take a minute to rest.

You take the tone to another low.
You build yourself a barricade.
You seem ready to take a swing,
but I won't feel a thing.

This house payment, I can't afford it.
I bicycle while the cars fly by.
I don't care if you don't care.
Work hard for it and tell no lies.
Be grateful and tell no lies.
Work hare for it until…

Life. In. Circles.

House payment, I can't afford it.
I bicycle while the cars fly by.
I don't care if you don't care.
Work hard for it and tell no lies.