Character Development

by Jonah Myers

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this is a story about being happy, then being sad, then realising that's not the point.

it works best in order

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released August 3, 2017

intro track credits: jonahmyers.neocities.org/music/resources/character-development-intro-credits.rtf
trumpet on track 6 performed by caleb campbell
violin on track 6 performed by talia meischke
cover artwork by anja myers
everything else done by jonah

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Track Name: Waltz for Falling Down the Stairs
the night is young, and the nightmares are old
my shoes are too small but my feet won't get cold
i've gone crazy, and nothing makes sense
i've got no more bagels, but nothing makes sense
currants are everywhere

i got no more bagels
i got no more bagels
na nana na nana na nana na
i got no more bagels
the carbs are all gone
i got no more bagels tonight

i burnt a canoe and i'm feeling just fine
so find me some shoes and we'll dance through the night
the teaspoons are DJs; it's such a big leap
and if you think this makes sense then you're crazier than me
Track Name: Topsy Turvy
i've recently been discovering
all the things that need uncovering
everything's here, and everything's great
but you can't stay and sit and wait, you gotta

come in, in midsentence
and you can move the rest of a line to another song
if you can find some extra time
then everything will be fine

and it's topsy turvy
and it's upside down
put the words at my mercy
and just spin them around
you gotta break all the rules to see all
all the possibilities

why do songs have to be so long
and what's the point of the same old songs
why does that need to be over there
and if i moved it, why would you care?

muddled, mixed and matched and lost and
found a million ways to make a
sounds like sunny streets forever
now let's run away with no umbrella

and it's topsy turvy
and it's upside down
put the words at my mercy
and just spin them around
you gotta break all the rules to see all
all the possibilities

i've got nothing left to say
everything is a-o-great
i wanna go out on a date
with that girl from the interchange

i wanna be somebody new
and i know what i've gotta do
buy a pair of brand new shoes
and dance the night away from my rear view
Track Name: Metaphor on the Moon
said all my goodbyes
broke down in the night-time
but I know it's all right
something's bringing me back now

windows that I blacked out –
let in the light!

i couldn't tell you how i found
every sound that wouldn't
resonate out from you

the eyes are the windows of the song
i will wing the rhyming wrong but
that's what i do

just cause i
see what i know to be the green
in the poetry of me
in a free new blue

i will remember send a letter
but send it as a
*metaphor on the moon*

you didn't let me be

you go on ahead
don't wait up for me
this isn't the end
i'll be back again

i'll see you through the scenes
and greet you, on your street
Track Name: Note on the Ceiling
something,
away from anything sudden,
erasing the sames and the such in
the days of anything sunken –

starting to sprint to a meaning,
a hope scarce dared in conceiving,
a posted note on the ceiling,
a shared head bent on a feeling –

a night spent wondering, lights uncrumbling, call me
up and tell me the story
stuff the stale and the sordid
fall apart in the stormy

*weather whether we're there* and
i will show you i care and
who could care about their end,
when we're only a hair's breadth away

oooh it's gonna come again
i'll fall apart
i'll fall away
don't lose me then
where they would take me i can't stay

oooh it's gonna come again
i'll fall apart
i'll fall away
and it won't make much sense but
where i belong i cannot say

running,
away from anything confronting
was only postponing the stunning,
obscuring everything in front of

your wide eyes, but the other side is so superb,
sing me those sounds that you heard,
bring me around your new world
springs in the ground where blue words
are nowhere to be found

i'll be
the falling star in your night dreams
colliding dust in the light beams
the brightest part of your sights seen

the heights of clustering treetops
canopies that accommodate raindrops
company that invalidates wristwatches
imagery you can contemplate non-stop,
so don't stop.
Track Name: Don't Let Me Be
water woke me up
riverbed
mud's too soluble
for my head

don't leave me alone
don't let me be
i need, i need
help, help me please

birdcage far away
rosebush deep
dusted off the shelf
why are we
Track Name: Tanjay
i had a dream that a rosebush had moved to the phillipines
and left me behind
never said goodbye, but a princess came by
and looked out on the distant horizon

she told me sometimes, when the world was too bright
she wished she could sail away too
i still don't know why they went over the ocean
i could be there if i knew

they set sail for tanjay a long time ago
barely halfway in the dark undertow
they were still sinking,

i brought down one small piece of autumn to those submarine flowers
just to prove that i was sorry
and then i was out on the ocean alone
cause i had to resurface to breathe

i know at the moment you're deep in the ocean
but wait for the hope to rebound, because maybe, just
maybe one day i can plant you again
safe on solid ground

and i'll never be far away, whether we are
unravelled or unwound
that is the dream which is realer than princesses, rosebushes, tanjay
or anything we've found
Track Name: Waterfall
away from the sound
the rarest of worlds
so far off the ground
it swirls

infinitely found
the blue waterfall
look around
but don't fall

i wanted to stay
cause why should i leave
when it was so hard
to breathe

time isn't there
and neither are you
but this air
could turn blue

please get me away
help me escape
teach me a name
reset the day

wait there for me,
traipsing the streets,
aching your feet

then, when i'm awake
we'll go to stay
glimpsing the way
to freeze ourselves in place

that's where we'll be
infinitely
wait and see

decapitalise
where happiness lies
in back of your mind
you know

you missed it again
you wish for the end
dividends
but no lens

to see in the night
to stare at the stars
but something is right
at heart

a ghost of a grin
a trace of a hope
you begin
to come home

i've gone south
lost without
loss of doubt
and old ways out

please get me away
help me escape
teach me a name
reset the day

wait there for me,
traipsing the streets,
aching your feet

then, when i'm awake
we'll go to stay
glimpsing the way
to freeze ourselves in place

that's where we'll be
infinitely
wait and see
Track Name: Miss You Were Here
i've got something to tell you
i miss you very much
you were everything that i held to
but you still slipped out of my touch

i guess that's just how it happens
but i miss your sunny smile
i found so many distractions
and they pushed me away with a sordid cynical sneer

but i wish you were here

silly songs on getting out of bed
popular invertebrates that dance around my head
nothing in that world of mine was making any sense

but it was okay
until it went away
we were okay
whoa oh

i wanna get away from here
cause these nights are getting long
and you can only wake up so many times

before level heads and heavy hearts
hang hopelessly on fresher starts
then leaden pressure gets to me again

you wanna see me flying free
but i can't get off the ground
i can barely keep myself upright sometimes

i gotta get away from here,
find a way to hear when they're around
those level headed, heavy hearted
hopeless guides that fight the bright new life

you know they're trying to tell me
that i never lost my way
but maybe you're here in the melody
cause i know you've got something to say

oh i could use your hope
in a funny time like this
if i could find the notes
to bring you back with a wide-eyed ear-to-ear

i wouldn't have to miss you were here

you didn't know what it was all about
but maybe you were closer to figuring everything out
and you did your best when everything went south,

but oh no
you were too slow
oh no
whoa oh

i wanna get away from here
cause these nights are getting long
and you can only wake up so many times

before level heads and heavy hearts
hang hopelessly on fresher starts
then leaden pressure gets to me again

you wanna see me flying free
but i can't get off the ground
i can barely keep myself upright sometimes

i gotta get away from here,
find a way to hear when they're around
those level headed, heavy hearted hopeless guides in helpless nights
who hate the light and fight the bright new life
Track Name: Motions of Whitecaps
i wanna see
something more than me
something i am not
something long forgot

watching the waves wash in
feeling the fall begin
hoping to find a hope
as ocean islands float

i'm in a puzzled place
mentally and in space
the shells on the dazzling shore
are difficult to ignore

patterns of dots and stripes
surrounding the empty inside
running away from truth
running away to you

the ocean is rising
and maybe it'll drown us all
motions of whitecaps
rushing down the hall

foam on the mountaintops
snowy capes combined
i'll light my night-light
and serenade the brine

giving away my heart
waiting to fall apart
surely i have to be
something more than me

surrounded by silent suns
i don't know which way to run
precarious crumbling wall
i don't know which way to fall

i became the sea (but i am just a wave)
something more than me (the shore is far away)
but blown and tossed about (without a loss of shame)
wind will wear me out (it tears into the sail)

and yet i've come this far (i met a steady way)
sunrise, wonder, stars (the sky will never change)
whatever i become (if it's another grey)
i don't want to run (can i escape escape)

the ocean is rising
and maybe it'll drown us all
motions of whitecaps
rushing down the hall

foam on the mountaintops
snowy capes combined
i'll light my night-light and i'll
serenade the brine

and yet i've come this far
sunrise, wonder, stars
whatever i become
i hope my escape is done
Track Name: Middle of the Night
i’ve been asleep
but now i can see everything is
wide awake
waiting for the morning

patient in those first hours
the still life scene
holds carefully
one moment in spite of my bad dreams

so here i am again, up in the middle of the night
nothing’s moving there’s no sound in the faint light
still this stillness is stilting storms inside
so here i am again and just for a moment everything’s all right

if i were a ghost
i’d float gracefully, calm and serene
go through the day
as if i were still in this scene

i’ll spend the night
stirred, wondering, silent and still
light crumbled west
but i’ll stay till the sun is on that hill
Track Name: Three, Four, Two
i don’t want you
i don’t need you
i don’t need to
need to kiss you

i don’t hate you
but i don’t miss you
i don’t see your
shattered crystals

i’m not hiding
i’m not scared
i’ve just lost the
will to care about this

will it fall
will you go
all is calm
but i’m no ghost

ooooo
i don’t love you
ooooo
three, four, two

stunted, stilted,
wilted leaves
secret garden
charred and dead

starlit whispers
under the eaves
i might harden
you might leave

falling awake now
in my bed
galaxies that
fill my head

everything bigger
than we knew
i didn’t hear
what you said


don't run away now
don't be afraid
everything will find its place

everything's bigger
everything's more
we will count so far past four
Track Name: Crashing Down
if everything came crashing down
and i was left behind
i wouldn’t have to worry
cause i’ve found my peace of mind

i had to hack through hedges
that were so hopelessly high
i know i wouldn’t have made it
through that maze without the sky

cause thorns and tired ghosts and cages
had to bring me down
but it took something more than me
to find the sights and sounds

now, i don’t think i’ll stick around
for sickly sweetened times
they weren’t real, but i wanna be
so i’ll leave them behind

and i’ll find out what matters
find a bedrock love
find the things that move me
search despite the shoves

maybe you’re just dreaming
maybe deep in strife
but behind your eyes is something
sparkling with life

a song is such a lovely thing
created with great care
it takes the love of One who sings
and shares it through the air

i might have lonely nights
but they’ll be lined with silver hope
and i might have broken moments
but now i’ve got the love to know

it’s not about the feeling or
saying what you mean
it’s not really your story
cause you’re only in one scene

i’m a speck and you’re a trace
and no one’s anything
it’s wonderfully improbable
for you to hear me sing

and so you gotta find out what matters
find a bedrock love
find the things that move you
search despite the shoves

maybe you’re just dreaming
maybe deep in strife
but behind your eyes is something
sparkling with life


* * *


i’m a speck,
and you’re a trace
so where can we belong?

it’s okay
and it’s all right

we can all be songs.

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