New York

by Jonah Myers

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about

hi there. in July of 2018 my sister and i went to New York City for two and a half weeks. it was sometimes overwhelming, usually incredible, never quiet, & always crackling with millions of stories. i wrote most of most of these songs on ukulele while we were there.

some of them are quite sad. some are positively euphoric. i tried to make them all honest, singing my heart out and in like deep breaths. i hope the oscillations reassure you, and remind you to lift your eyes up once in a while.

i am very thankful that i am in a position to do so much of what i love. i think this is a good way to share that love around. thanks everyone.

vid for Cold Spring: youtu.be/F-k_HJyIH28

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released November 30, 2018

almost everything by Jonah Myers

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extra vocals:

track 1: anja myers, and then Assorted Friends
track 3: grace, and from reddit: u/LagoonOfLegumes & u/motivatedsinger
track 6: miriam myers
track 7: faith myers

beautiful album art: anja myers

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Track Name: Do What I Hate
1.7.18

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i'm not
too far
too far gone yet

black tears
burnt years
misplaced regrets

what a heavy burden God has laid
on mankind

i do what i hate,
do what i hate
all the time
all the time

all the time
all the –



i'm not here to watch TV & then die
like some kind of nihilist
but i'm scared, i guess
of what's out there, beyond the world,

where i act like nothing matters
all too regularly
but baby i'm just so tired right now



my eyes
are too heavy
to see what to chase

& my limbs
are unresponsive
they just long to waste

enough of the time
i have on this earth
to take you to mars

so i can't,
not quite;
so i just can't

it's too long to wait
i do what i hate
(do what i hate, i do what i)



i'm not here to watch TV & then die
like some kind of nihilist
but i'm scared, i guess
of what's out there, beyond the world,

where i act like nothing matters
all too regularly
but baby i'm just so tired right now


i'm not here to walk around
in twelve depressing circles [months]
but i'm desperate
for something real to change

one of these days i'll
become who i was meant to be
and fly around the world thirteen times
and it'll be all right
Track Name: Lashes & Brows
6.7.18

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something's wrong
with my face
something's gone
out of place

i check the mirror
seems okay
but there's that feeling
i just can't place



well my eyes and my ears,
my lashes and brows
are falling into the earth

my nose and my chin
eventually begin
to follow, although it's absurd

so don't you try to tell me
i didn't do my best
there's no one left to help me



i don't need to hear
the planet crack apart
don't need to see
when the sky's so dark

but that's all right
i'm sure i'll wake up soon
i dreamt i slept all night
sitting in my room

yeah i
dreamt i slept all night
sitting in my room

[sigh]



well my eyes and my ears,
my lashes and brows
are falling, out of the sky

my hopes and my fears,
my dreams and my tears
i think i'm losing my mind

so don't you try to tell me
i didn't do my best
there's no one left to help me



at least i can still sing
that's all that i've got left
one tongue to try to tell you
everything i don't understand



well my eyes and my ears,
my lashes and brows
are falling, into the earth

my thoughts all erased
and my memories replaced
so darling, for what it's worth...

don't you try to tell me
that this is all there is
and if it's true, God help me


well my eyes and my ears,
my lashes and brows
are falling, out of the sky

we're already gone,
we're already lost
and everyone's ready to cry

but don't you try to tell me
that we've got nothing left
there's no one here to help me
but i'll try to do what's best
Track Name: Don't Say You're Just Tired
5.7.18

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a sad face is good for the heart
a sad face is okay
a sad face is good for your heart
that's what they say

a sad face can teach you a lot
a sad face is required
a sad face is such a relief
don't say you're just tired



don't say you're just tired
cause i know you been down and out these days
don't say you're just tired,
you'll increase the time till you're not just lying anymore

tell me what's got you like this,
we've gotta get a grip on the bottom of this
because someone or something has dot you down,
and we've gotta face it.



a sad face is good for the heart
a sad face is okay
i've been telling you all this time
sadness won't go away

a sad face is good for the heart (yeah)
that's what they say
so don't say you're just tired anymore
cause you're not okay



don't say you're just tired
cause i know you're just trying to avoid the situation
don't say you're just tired,
don't say you're just tired, don't say you're just tired!

when the colon left the parentheses :​​ ​ ​ ​ ​​​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​​​​ )
her parents deftly swept the breeze
under the rug but they'd lost the plot
cause she's gotta be sad sometimes

yeah we've gotta be sad sometimes



we've gotta be sad sometimes,
sad sometimes
sad sometimes

we've gotta be
Track Name: Busy
12.7.18

wrote this one at aaron lindsay's place in Boston :)

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i don't know what i'm to say
the wind will wash it all away
everything i've ever been
fading and flickering

poetry is all around
but i can't get myself off the ground
i don't know what i'm to do
i don't know what to do



when did we all get so busy
running around, we look so silly
everything you want is somewhere else
don't waste your breath chasing the wind



everything is bittersweet
or just bitter
no wonder all the foods in the U.S.
are full of sugar

i can see the light in their eyes,
i can see the lonely nights,
but they walk on by so quickly and
all of our time is so short
Track Name: Listen Up
7.7.18

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you are
so very far from me right now
and i don't know if you're
even there at all





hey, listen up, you
oh, listen up
it's not the way you think it is

so listen up now,
oh, listen up
i'm only gonna say this
a million times



I'll be the light in your eyes
when you look out at the sunrise
I'll be the air that you breathe tonight

I'll be the hope in your tears
bright prisms, fighting the worst years
I am the Way and the Truth and the Life



sorry but
what do you want with me
i'm not like you
not enough



hey, listen up, you
now, listen up
it's not the way you think it is

hey, listen up, you
now, listen up
you've got an awful lot of work to do



I'll be the light in your eyes
when you look out at the sunrise
I'll be the air that you breathe tonight

I'll be the hope in your tears
bright prisms, fighting the worst years
I am the Way and the Truth and the Life

I am the Love and the Hope and the Light
I am the Way and the Truth and the Life
Track Name: interlude.
7.7.18

5+5+5+5+4
Track Name: Movie Night
12.7.18

i wrote this leaning up against a tree in central park.

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well this is where i ended up
and this is where i'm gonna stay
this is somewhere made of love
and this is what i'm gonna say:

tell me, do you understand
what it is to be alive?
& tell me, do you understand
what you feel, but can't describe

and did your eyes fill up with smoke
and did you hear a blinding light
and did decay creep in your bones
and did you fall into the night

all the people walking by
people walking in the dark
send them all to where i am
there's so much light in Bryant Park



come to the movie night
i know it's crowded but
you can imagine
all sorts of things with your eyes shut

come to the movie night
it doesn't run too late
just for the mystery
we'll stay awake



so take your dappled motivation
and build the bridge between your worlds
then Turn Your Mind Into A City
and send the exports far and wide

a good percentage of preserve
a solar passive power source
invest in education, send out the invitations
they will come and visit you, of course

outsource your sanity
trade hope, across the ocean
give credit to the Architect
his skyscrapers are soaked in emotion

the public transport will be unprecedented
through the sky and underground
above the sculptures, and among the clouds
that is where they'll see you now



there's nowhere else i'd rather be
although i wish you were here with me
i can see you through the story
but it's not the same, it's not the same

no it's not the same, it's not the same



come to the movie night
i know it's crowded but
you can imagine
all sorts of things with your eyes shut

come to the movie night
come to the movie night
because i need you here tonight
Track Name: Enough
5.7.18

here's the view i wrote this from:

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.7021162,-73.9974398,3a,60y,304.04h,88.68t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s6Ig-3Fua0RoxxedFxE1THA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

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sitting, unsatisfied
the city's just so dang wide
i don't know where to go
i don't know what to do

scraping the wind right out of the sky
make it big before you die
maybe there's something else
something worth living for



and it's love
maybe that's all we get
oh, love
just like the Teacher said

singin' love
and if we love until we're dead
is that enough?



it's about half past six
nothing seems to fit
guess i'll just continue to sit
guess i'll just continue to sit

there's so much i wanna say
but everything sounds the same
wish i could say what i feel
wish i could feel what i mean


what's outside the crowded subways,
above the tired streets?
past the restless elevators,
tangled in the sheets

where's the place when we were children,
waiting for someday
did you find it in Manhattan?
or did it just escape,

again?



it's love.
maybe that's all we get
singin' love
just like the Teacher said

oh, love
and if we love until we're dead
is that enough (is that enough now, is that enough?)
i think it's our best bet!

love
love, love, love
love
love, love, love

love, love, love
whoaaaa oh
Track Name: Cold Spring
8.7.18

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.4199991,-73.9510292,2802a,35y,330.8h,1.73t/data=!3m1!1e3

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although i like the city lights,
you know i miss the stars
when everything's gone, and everything's wrong
and everything falls apart

the loudest songs can't stop the noise
and the city never cries

so i'm moving out,
i'm packing up tonight
and i'm



gonna get back to cold spring,
cold spring,
could we get back to cold spring?
a wah o-o-oh ho oh ho (oh)

cold spring,
that's where i wanna be
singin'
cold spring is the place for me



well i might miss the city life,
but you know i won't be far
and you can travel peacefully
if you don't have a car

i gotta say, now i'm away
i'm feeling kinda low
but i don't regret that day, no i don't
when i said:



can we back to cold spring
cold spring,
gotta get back to cold spring?
a wah o-o-oh whoa oh-oh (now,)

cold spring,
that's where i wanna be
singin'
cold spring is the place for me



and every time it rains, all my memories dissolve
drown all the burning questions that will never be resolved
let's just eat some ice-cream, and figure out our lives
oh, why is everybody so tired

and why are all the people still crying
and why, oh why is everyone homesick?


well seven words i never said
hang heavy on my heart
everything's gone, and everything's wrong
but we won't fall apart

the loudest noise can't stop the songs,
but the city never cries...
so i'm moving out, i'm packing up tonight
and i'm



gonna get back to cold spring,
cold spring,
could we get back to cold spring?
a-whoa oh-o-oh

cold spring,
that's where i wanna be
singin'
cold spring is the place for me

c'mon
cold spring, that's the place for me
oh,
cold spring is the place for me
Track Name: Union Square
16.7.18

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original idea on the NY subway; mostly written in Tokyo airport

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1, 2, 3, 4


everyone gets off at union square, and
everyone gets lost in union square
everyone gets lost in union square, till
midnight numbers dance about the air


crimson,
so bright
there's not
much time

they swirl
in your eyes
detach
and fly


it's not the world, we're dancing somewhere else
i'm wondering how much further i thought would be reasonable
tell me you remember where to go, oh oh
cause i gotta be honest: i don't know


we're lost, we're lost and
no one knows why to find us
can't understand why the world turns oh so soft

if you're alone in such a flawless storm tonight
keep the quiet close, it'll be all right


how could you tell me
tomorrow's perfect scorn
won't break with claps of thunder
rolling off your lawn

it's mad to be amazing,
but man it just might work!


maybe i'll go back to union square, and
maybe i'll get lost in union square
maybe all the things i love are there, and
maybe i'll meet you there
Track Name: home.
17.7.18

12:00pm (noon)

written the day after we got back

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