The Long Run

by Jonathan Vassar

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Home recordings from 2006 of previously unreleased songs from 2005 written on a cheap tenor guitar that I forgot how to play immediately afterward.


released February 21, 2019

Polaroid Photograph by PJ Sykes.
Recorded at the cabin on an Averatec 3200 series.


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Track Name: Set in Stone
the ceiling's low overhead
and you've just about had it
it doesn't matter what it meant
it's just something out of habit

i'm confused as to where you are
so i try to light a spark
a last ditch effort of my heart;
smiling but i'm trying too hard

do whatever you have to do
whatever makes it easier for you
don't think of me as an excuse
at least not one that you can use

I know you won't stay for long
next thing i know you'll be gone
still it's not set in stone
like my ways
Track Name: Hit the Ground Running
hit the ground running
in the tall tall grass
the field is wide open
for the open pass

toward the water tower
just west of the hill
running out of breath
but running still

the trail is cut and dried
but we haven't found the mark
the tower's out of sight
and the sky's getting dark

well, try and keep up
or else be left behind
we're headed straight
toward the forward signs
flashing past the gates
of the perimeter
pointing out the way
through the barrier

toward the water tower
just west of the hill
running out of breath
but running still
in the long run
Track Name: Out of Line
Up and at em now it depends on you
It’s never easy how you see it through
Take this chance and wrap it up and tight
and give us a reason that is’t so out of line

Tell me a story I can’t sleep tonight
Tossing and turning everything in my mind
Give your conviction the once over twice
Give us a reason not so out of line

Leave it alone, chalk it up to luck
Or a useless bother, I don’t give a fuck
Give me a notion to keep in my mind
Give me reason that isn’t so out of line
Track Name: The Bridge
I took the back road past the cages
along the outskirts of town
walked up toward the interstate
as the evening sky grew dark

shifted thoughts to make allowance
for the question on my mind
already knowing the answer,
it's just a matter of time

the sky over the water
stood still and then withdrew
as i climbed up the embankment
i thought "there's no end to what i do"

the bridge stretched itself over
the wide darkness below
and so i started over
just to see where it would go