Red Pulpy Mess

by Jonathan Burks

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1.
Temptation 03:47
temptation you devil you've seen the last of me this time I've left you for good gonna settle down and get married buy a house and a car, send the children to school and when the t.v.'s on we'll both sit there and drool temptation I love you you're the only one for me temptation I don't want you you won't get me back this time for once I feel stable got a girlfriend who treats me alright but when the wind is blowing strong and the grass is growing green I can't help but wonder where you might be temptation I love you you're the only one for me I've tried being faithful I've given my heart to a women or two but sooner or later I'm finding out that she's fallen in love with you temptation I miss you my life has grown stagnant and stale that woman she hounds me she's always making me climb stairs (that aint even there) I suppose she loves me and I guess I love her too but nobody moves me like you do temptation I love you you're the only one for me I've tried being faithful I've given my heart to a women or two but sooner or later I'm finding out that she's fallen in love with you
2.
Sexy Bitch 02:34
sexy bitch, sexy bitch baby let me be your sexy bitch I'll always do you kind, never give you no lip treat you as good as mother nature did I'm happiest alone lately with my thoughts and hooking up with someone wasn't something I wanted still I must admit, I didn't fuss or swim let you reel me in, a dumb and happy fish ticker tape parade hurray! for the sinners you play with the passion of a rookie but you aint no beginner lay me on your plate and dig in like dinner I'll serve you like a wench, my saucy dish relationships baby maybe just aint our gig lord knows we both been through all kinds of them if I overstay my welcome, we can just skip it but if you wanna I'm definitely down to kick it
3.
Get a Rise 04:10
I try to do right and be good still sometimes I don't act like I should and the way I'm feeling right now I'm bound to do wrong and how when the moon is high the tide is bound to rise and who am I to flow against the flood and damn the path that is my blood this river runs ragged and low that's just how it rolls when it rains it pours and when it pours the shoreline tends to rise gonna make like a wave and ride gonna float my boat on alcohol and let the rip-tide be my guide I'm going out and in all around and back again like a phoenix from a neon nest hell yes I'm gonna rise and who am I to blow against the sin and cling to the leaf that is this skin there's a cold breeze tugging at my coat sleeve begging me adrift when the wind is high dust and debris they get a rise
4.
you can tell me 'bout all the boys you kissed true loves, one night stands and married men I won't judge or begrudge you one bit for following your heart, your head, your hips you can tell me 'bout the bad things that you done I doubt you can make me cringe or blush I've heard it all and I've done most of it too nothing you say can change my view of you you can let me go but you can't let me down I've spent too much time on the ground we both got bruises, yeah we both been around once in awhile the lost they get found you can let me go but you can't let me down I've spent too much time on the ground we both no the score and the song is a round once in a while the lost they get found
5.
Hand to Hold 02:29
oh sweet sister won't you be my morning wanna be you comrade, don't want to be your informant you and I are lovers baby but that don't mean we can't be friends I want your hand to hold I aint asking for your hand to wed don't wanna be your mister, wanna be your homey saving all of my kisses for you and you only we can take a stroll we don't have to know what's coming around the bend I want your hand to hold I aint asking for your hand to wed I know where you see yourself in the future because you showed me I know you think I'm super dooper but it wasn't me you was holding I wanna be your campfire don't want to be your white-picket fence I want your hand to hold I aint asking for your hand to wed I wanna get to know you baby I aint trying to get up in your head I don't want to be your man at all baby, let me be your salty dog instead
6.
I try to talk to you and you avoid me like the plague my loving aint contagious I aint no leper babe you got me going crazy it just aint right wont you please call me up or better yet honey stop by oh my god I'm so hot for you but you turn me cold as ice when I try to talk to you you got me going crazy... I should have known it was too easy the way you fell into my arms blew against me like a breeze and like the breeze you was gone you got me going crazy...
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it's two slash fourteen you know what that means red and pink galore it's Feb. the 14th gag me with a spoon gag me with a rose gag me with the awful stench of pathetic prose I like being sweet and I like kissy face I like all those things but I hate Valentine's day they never go so good they never turn out nice every one I'm either getting dumped or getting in a fight maybe it's them winter blues a lack of vitamin D I aint got no kind of clue maybe I'm just jinxed because I like being sweet and I like kissy face I like all those things but I hate Valentine's day
8.
Love Song 02:39
you said you'd be my muse you must have meant bemuse me because I find the way you're acting so damn confusing it's true I'm writing tunes left right like crazy but they're all about how you insist upon misbehaving baby wont you help me write a love song one about how you do me right I've got the lyrics and I long to sing them won't you be my melody tonight come on sugar buns I got love for ya honey move towards the light, be my snuggle bunny I'm tired of these blues, wanna sing in the key of you my voice is hoarse from crooning won't ya fork over the spooning and be my boo, my shoe that fits like Cindarella I'm your fella - won't ya let me be your fella I woo and woo but can't get through holy walls of China you got hella walls around you
9.
oh, woe is me I've fallen in love or shall we say love has fallen on me I passed up my chance to get out of it's way now I'm a red pulpy mess I was entranced by the incredible speed love was coming towards me my fatal mistake was not getting out of it's way now I'm a red pulpy mess I'm bleeding my heart out busted wide open cut up and broken lord I'm a red pulpy mess sitting, waiting by the phone supposing it maybe might ring wishing and praying, hoping it don't that would be the final blow for sure yes I guess I've been through this before but it only seems to get worse the closer you hold your hand to the flame the more the flesh blisters and burns once when I was five I fell down and cried busted my knee wide open and when I was nine I went too fast down a slide and got my right arm broken yeah that was bad but this is much worse the heart is so hard to mend but I don't believe in playing it safe lord I'm a red pulpy mess
10.
I got a big ol' head filled with gears that crush and grind perpetually pensive, so serious all the time you ease my mind and sweeten the thoughts I think I don't want to wake up from this dream I get distanced and detached, keep to myself tossing all my pennies into a wishing well wishing and praying you might stay with me I don't want to wake up from this dream oh my baby, my darling oh my baby, my darling girl you rock my world apart at the seams I don't want to wake up from this dream you love me so tender, love me so mean love me so dirty bring a poor boy to his knees I keep it real with you and you keep it real with me I don't want to wake up from this dream life is too short for living in the past only thing I know for sure is don't nothing last I'm holding on to the moment like a thief I don't want to wake up from this dream
11.
She Is Gone 03:16
I found my soul in the cracks of the sofa with an old pizza box and a soda pop bottle top rocking out every day with this new-fangled method pressing my face to the pain to taste this life lesson she is gone the healthy move on through the land of the living while dinosaurs in bliss skip through their doomed existences paving natures way, the embodiment of evolving the bitter-sweet ruthlessness of being human she is gone need me a crush to smush this smoldering ember a new flame to make pale all these stubborn remembrances aint got the gumption to chase no women around so I'll just write it down till all these feelings are gone gone gone gone
12.
I got no lover, I got no life I get lucky it's true and yes, it's nice once in a while, the light it shines but I'd be a fool to drool like that light was mine I aint married, I got no ties I got no reason to beg, cheat, steal, or lie I just keep on breathing like I always do I keep getting older but the girls stay twenty-two all the women who act my age are already wearing them wedding rings those who don't, got notions and schemes that got nothing to do with the likes of me I aint perfect, no big surprise still I'm an honest man, won't tell you no lies come over here darling, let me tell you the truth I keep getting older but the girls stay twenty-two 'spose I should grow up, find a spouse get a real job, buy a house stop getting wasted, quit smoking weed get good and bored like I'm supposed to be I got no worries, I got no bride I got no reason to beg, cheat, steal or lie it aint a bad thing, still it gives me the blues I keep getting older but the girls stay twenty-two
13.
in love and life I've often tossed myself into the flame failing and flailing like a pig on the spit of only me to blame now I'm trying to have hope untie these ropes maybe give myself the slip but it's hard to believe you can hit the target when your heart has always missed these days I'm reflecting on things that I've done choking on stuff that I said pride, bile and bitterness are tough stuff to keep down and digest I'm trying to forget the loss and regret maybe next time I'll get a grip but it's hard to believe you can hit the target when your heart has always missed
14.
oh my darling can't you see I'm not the kind of man that you need it aint you, it aint me it aint meant to be most of the time I beat myself up for not being good at being in love it aint you... I can't say you done me wrong just the same I don't want to hang around it aint you... oh my darling can't you see I'm not the kind of man you need me to be it aint you...

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released October 26, 2010

Recorded at Howl Street by Shane Hochstetler. Mastered at Mystery Room by Justin Perkins. Jonathan Burks - Voice and Guitar, Joe Pescio - Guitar, Nick Westfahl - Piano, Marc Luther Paul - Bass, Jacob Sutrick - Guitar, Dan Boyles - Drums, Allen Cote - Lapsteel. Heidi Spencer on vocals.

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Jonathan Burks Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro"

here's some pro tips:

1) Keep a scream journal. Scream into a camera or microphone at least once a day. Any word or sound will work. "FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK" seems to work for me.

2) Dance for 5 minutes daily. Dance on the way to the bathroom or kitchen. Dance as ugly as you can.

3) Make funny faces. Sit in front of a mirror and get strange.
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