The Voice Beneath The Man EP

by Makeshift Lullaby

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This entirely acoustic solo EP served as the foundation for what would later become a full band effort and the 16 song full length album "Shadows" in 2011. This collection of five stripped down versions of these songs was recorded, in its entirety on May 2, 2009 at Jersville Studios in Woodstock, NY with producer Tom Rosato, who would later go on to form Stacks of Wax Productions, at the helm. After mixing, it was unofficially released as a free EP later that May.

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released May 26, 2009

All songs written and performed by John Black.
Produced, engineered, mixed, and lightly mastered by Tom Rosato.

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Track Name: Warburton & Main
So, there you stood,
on the corner of Warburton and Main,
with looks to kill and words to do the same.
It's days like that I realize that you truly are alone,
and that I'm not coming home.

I can see this moment
as it passes me right by.
I can see this moment,
and I'll spend the rest of my life
wondering why.

And now we stand,
on the corner of Warburton and Main,
with little of our patience for this game.
It's nights like these that I realize
that I truly am alone,
and that I have no place to call my own.

I can see this moment
as it passes me right by.
I can this moment,
and I'll spend the rest of my life
wondering why.
Track Name: The Voice Beneath The Man
We wish only for the best,
yet spend all our time settling for less.
We waste our lives making these endless requests,
but in the end, do we ever benefit?
We watch our lives pass us by,
a lifetime gone in the blink of an eye,
and we make our lists of things to do before we die,
but in the end, we're only as good as the ride.

Well, I want you all to know
that I'm doing the best I can.
When this is all over,
I hope I can understand,
the voice beneath the man.

We lay our worries to rest
when we're sure we've passed all of life's little tests,
but no matter how much material we possess,
in the end, the pain will always manifest.

Well, I want you all to know
that I'm doing the best I can.
When this is all over,
I hope I can understand,
the voice beneath the man.
Track Name: Eviction Notice
Take a breath and take a bow.
Have a smoke to calm you down.
Reflect upon the promises I knew you'd never keep.
Now I know, you won't be coming home to me.

Take a breath and take a bow.
Burn your ties and promises
right down to the ground.
Put on another puppet show,
but this time don't use me.
I'm sure there's tons of other pawns
that would love your company.

Don't even try.
Your money is no good here;
your credit is sky high.
Don't even try,
because I know all your secrets
and I've heard all the lies.

Take this in and take it now,
and just know that your words
may one day bring you down.
Everything that you once thought
that you held so close and dear
will vanish soon into the night.

Don't even try.
Your money is no good here;
your credit is sky high.
Don't even try,
because I know all your secrets
and all your alibis.
Track Name: The Monster, The Hero, and The Victim
Porcelain teeth, cherry flavored lipgloss
surrounds a mouth fighting to hide
what it truly wishes to reveal.
When every day becomes a battle
and every breath holds dear,
when does it become time to draw the line?

Stay quiet now, you may wake the monster,
and foil the plans we've fought so hard to keep.
There's a whole new world left for us to see,
so let's make our escape, now, while he sleeps.

Porcelain teeth, cherry flavored lipgloss,
surrounds a mouth fearing to tell a soul
what it truly means to feel pain.
When every day becomes a battle
and every breath could be your last,
when does it become time to say goodbye?

Stay quiet now, you may wake the monster,
and foil the plans we've fought so hard to keep.
There's a whole new world left for us to see,
so let's make our escape, now, while he sleeps.

Running mascara, the tears smear hope
over the victim's lucid eyes,
fighting every moment to stay awake.
She heaves, expelling the liquid remedies
she's consumed to take her pain away.

Stay quiet now, you may wake the monster,
and foil the plans we've fought so hard to keep.
There's a whole new world left for us to see,
so let's make our escape, now, while he sleeps.
Track Name: Shots In The Dark
We may not be the smartest kids,
and I know we lack the class of some,
but I can guarantee we have more fun than anyone.
Between hidden meanings in our story lines,
the subtle hints between two sides,
I can't recall a time that I've had so much fun.

And for this endless five days, I'll live nocturnally,
fighting sleep and simple nourishment my body needs,
allow exhaustion to take hold
of every corner of my psyche
just to pass out in your arms
in the quiet hours of the morning.
I'll embrace the simple feelings we've allowed to bud,
and taste the bittersweet life in this lustful blood,
if it means I'll spend another hour
fighting everything I know
is guaranteed to end the second you get up and go.
We got tonight.

We've got one night for all this to last,
before it's all in the past
and everybody goes their separate ways.
The comfort of our private thoughts,
now documented at the cost of prying eyes
that just can't wait.

And for this endless five days, I'll live nocturnally,
fighting sleep and simple nourishment my body needs,
allow exhaustion to take hold
of every corner of my psyche
just to pass out in your arms
in the quiet hours of the morning.
I'll embrace the simple feelings we've allowed to bud,
and taste the bittersweet life in this lustful blood,
if it means I'll spend another hour
fighting everything I know
is guaranteed to end the second you get up and go.
We got tonight.

If anyone knew what could have become,
if anyone could savor such a time, it's us.
We got tonight.