Tell It To Me Straight Vol 1

by Jake Morley

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The complete collection of Tell It To Me Straight recordings, 2018/2019.

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released March 20, 2020

Written and Performed by Jake Morley
Produced and Mixed by Calum MacColl
Mastered by George Shilling

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all rights reserved

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Track Name: Allegorical house
I stumbled upon a little house
It was an allegorical house
There upon the door I saw a sign
It was my name on the door
No one was home
No one was home
So I broke in
Oh I broke in

Ooh I muck about trashing it up
And I jump for joy on the beds
Peeling all the paper from the walls
And smashing the windows
Not a care at all
Not a care at all
As I rifle the drawers
As I rifle the drawers

One long forever later I was hit
By a tidal wave of regret
Why did I defile a special place
That could have been my home?
Not cool at all
Not cool at all
Is it too late for me
Is it too late for me

To fix this place up
Give it all of my love
To fix this place up
Give it all of my love
To fix this place up
Give it all of my love

I'll paint the fence
Tend to the lawn
Clean out the nooks
Go to the shop
Scrub all the floors
Re-hinge the doors
If there was a bar
I'll raise it up

I stumbled upon a little house
It was an allegorical house
There upon the door I got a sign
I got my name on the door
Hung my dreams on the walls
Hung my dreams on the walls
I'm moving in
I'm moving in

I stumbled upon a little house
It was an allegorical house
There upon the door I got a sign
I got my name on the door
Hung my dreams on the walls
Hung my dreams on the walls
I'm moving in
I'm moving in
I'm moving in
I'm moving in
Track Name: Pondering On A Scenario In Which I Am The Hero
I’m pondering on a scenario in which I am the hero
It’s something I am prone to
Just pondering on scenarios in which I am the hero
And somehow I ride to the rescue

I’m walking past a house on Nether Street
When all of a sudden the whole of the second floor goes up in flames
Little tommy’s on his own today
And no one else can hear his calls
By some twist of fate his door’s blocked
But from somewhere I summon the strength of a god
Even lose a little blood
As we’re diving from the hall
The house begins to fall

I’m pondering on a scenario in which I am the hero
It’s something I am prone to
Just pondering on scenarios in which I am the hero
And somehow I ride to the rescue

I’m on a late night bus from angel
And three big drunken guys start picking on a girl
While mere mortals stare at freesheets
I’m rising to my feet as I command them to cease
Now I’ve had no formal training
But my arms and legs let fly with all the precision of Jackie Chan or Bruce Lee
Now wouldn’t that be a sight to see?
And as they stumble out the doors
I’m taking the applause

I’m pondering on a scenario in which I am the hero
It’s something I am prone to
Just pondering on scenarios in which I am the hero
And somehow I ride to the rescue

I got your pain laid out before me
Like different outfits on a pre-party bed
At times like this there are no answers
If only there was something useful to be said
Then from the endless depths of nowhere
Golden words come tumbling, shimmering straight out from my soul
Now wouldn’t that be a sight to behold?
That something I could say
Could get you through the day

But I’m only
Pondering on a scenario in which I am the hero
It’s something I am prone to
Just pondering on scenarios in which I am the hero
And somehow I ride to the rescue
Track Name: Trace It Back
Today I feel unusually well
Suspiciously so
I should try and trace it back
It might be useful to know
Why I burn a fraction more bright
Maybe it’s nothing
Or that a butterfly flapped its wings
But much like a temporarily mislaid actor’s name
It’ll bother me not to

Trace it back
Trace it back
Trace it back to the source

I feel uncommonly alive
And I'd love to know why
Gonnaa trace it back to the source

I start to riffle through my records of the day with my mind’s fingertips
But there's not one entry out of place
I should let it go

Was my step always this light?
It's right under my nose
On the tip of my tongue
It’s there and then it’s gone
Almost like I’m hiding some good news from myself
Oh I might just try to

Trace it back
Trace it back
Trace it back to the source

I’m uncommonly alive
And I need to know why
Gonna trace it back to the source

I’m frustratingly close

Just a second too long
If I didn’t know you so well
I’d say you paused in love
You paused in love
You paused
You
Track Name: Falter
Falter
I'm a statue by the water
Forever shaping up to dive
Forever pausing on the verge

Headstrong
Where has all that old courage gone
Just like a castle in the sand
I'm made in the shape of strength yet still i crumble

Headstrong
I always used to be so headstrong
But i lost it where did i go wrong?
All i seem to do is falter

Falter
Tip-toe'd the wrong way down a corridor of creaky boards
Is it me or did i hear a sound?
See a silhouette?
Maybe this could be the end?

Be headstrong
And taste it with a curious tongue
Cos staring at the little shards of checkered light through blurry fingers
It's all a part of this, a part of being alive

Headstrong
I always used to be so headstrong
Yeh I lost it where did I go wrong?
All I seem to do is falter

Headstrong
I always used to be so headstrong
But I lost it where did I go wrong?
All I seem to do is falter
Track Name: Strange Loop
I remember when it all was new
Now we're stuck in a strange loop

It's like we're following our footprints and they go nowhere at all
Let me out everything is spinning
I swear we've been here before

I'm wearing out with each repeat
repeat I wish we weren't on repeat

So many words we're drowning
And talk it never end

Every time we loop around I lose a little of myself
In one of these many duplications
This machine has lost some code

I'm wearing out with each repeat
Repeat I wish we weren't on repeat

Time fallen away
There's gotta be a little more to living
But somehow we just can't let go

I'm wearing out with each repeat
Repeat I wish we weren't on repeat
Track Name: Weight On My Eyes
I won't let this evening die
Hold it closer
No veil gonna shroud my eyes
Not even nearly
The darkness fears me
Cos I won't yet let go
Won't consign this to history
The weight on my eyes

I won't let this night forget
Stay within me
I won't sign my name just yet
Won't give back this day to the place it came from
Tonight I ruminate until
The weight on my eyes comes

Just one flash

Control is a desperate dream
Of chasing shadows
For now balance flows through me
But blink and it's gone
Lost to the dawn where the sunshine hits like thunder
Don't surrender to slumber

The weight on my eyes
Simple measures, precious pleasures

I'm king of the day tonight
And seeing it clearly
But I'm the fool of tomorrow's light
To come all this way and just throw it away
Oh I can't let go
Just one flash
And the whole world's turned
Turned

Morning's guns are trained on me
Not my problem
Cos tired though my bones may be
All that I know is
I ain't gonna go down without a fight
I'll be railing through the night
Until the weight on my eyes
The weight on my eyes
The weight on my eyes takes me home
Track Name: Heart Song
And so we turn my friends once more to matters of the heart
A word that's used so much I hardly know where to start
Yours is hungry for adventure
It's a little left of centre
I'm so very grateful for your heart

Perhaps the thing I love the most is its profound compulsion
To pump your blood around your body of its own propulsion
Moving oxygen and energy
With unfailing regularity
I'm so very grateful for your heart

So often celebrated
Maybe it's overrated
And your skin keeps out the weather
It holds you all together
And I can’t help wondering whether I'm
Equally grateful for your skin

Now you have a beautiful heart
But other organs deserve our love too

How come we never hear such songs about the lungs or liver
You’ve a fine pair of the one and an impressive example of the other
When you tell me that you love me
Or pour yourself a glass of whisky
I'm so very grateful for your lungs and your liver

And when we say heart that’s just a code for something in the brain
I want no part in that encroaching theft of word terrain
Plus did you know without the head
You could even wind up dead
I’m so very grateful for your brain

I put this to a friend
A doctor of medicine
She said without a kidney
You'd be in trouble quickly

Turns out the body is a complex machine of highly interrelated essential systems
Each composed of many unsung heroes

Now you have a beautiful heart
But other organs deserve our love too

And so my friends the time has come to recap from the start
I'm grateful for your skin
Yes grateful for your lungs and liver
Grateful for your brain
And whether you're talking love or veins
I'm still so very grateful for your heart
Track Name: Inside My Mind
To pass the time away
I wrote stuff down and found I had a lot to say
So pack my blues away
Leave for me to find again another day

Another day
Inside my mind
And inside my mind
There's only you

So easy does it now
To let it go is maybe what it's all about
So put your worries down
Leave them there 'til morning turns 'em all around

Another day
Inside my mind
And inside my mind
There's only you
Track Name: Ghostess
Ever since you left I still
Feel you dressed in shadows, hiding
Whispering words inside my head
Whispered words I wish I said

This place is haunted by the
Echoes of your elegance it's
Like some dusty old museum
With our love behind a velvet rope

Your make up in my bathroom
Your socks I wear when I have none
Still sleeping on your mattress
I feel you here you're my ghostess

Still find your hairs on my clothes
How can it all be over
When our toothbrushes still seem to kiss
I feel you here you're my ghostess

Am I awake or dreaming
Is this you I think I'm seeing
No you're just one step ahead and
Yoying with my tired head

Everywhere I go there's something
That reminds me of you it's like
I'm some old TV detective
Piecing through the clues of all we were

Your make up in my bathroom
Your socks I wear when I have none
Still sleeping on your mattress
I feel you here you're my ghostess

Still find your hairs on my clothes
How can it all be over
When our toothbrushes still seem to kiss
I feel you here you're my ghostess

Each night you come for me
Why won't you leave me be
Still sleep on my side of the bed I leave a space for you each night

Still sleeping on your mattress
I feel you here you're my ghostess

Your make up in my bathroom
Your socks I wear when I have none
Still sleeping on your mattress
I feel you here you're my ghostess

Still find your hairs on my clothes
How can it all be over
When our toothbrushes still seem to kiss
I feel you here you're my ghostess

When our toothbrushes still seem to kiss
When our toothbrushes still seem to kiss
Track Name: Knots
It started with a thread
I was trying to find the ends
But somewhere along the way
I got tangled

I forgot what goes where
In such a muddle, me

I know these knots do me no good
Still I just cannot help myself
When the threads are in my hands
Oh I just cannot help myself
When the threads are in my hands

A reflex to me now
Loop it through and underneath
So pleasing in a certain way
But oh, what a jumble

Now I can’t move ‘til they’re untied
And I know one move would set this right
Cos all these knots do me no good

Still I just cannot help myself
When the threads are in my hands
No I just cannot help myself
When the threads are in my hands
Track Name: I Hope That I Can Make It Before We Have A Baby
It can be nice to play guitar in the daytime
And scribble words down when everyone else is at work
But I earn nothing much to give, and if we ever had a kid
It'd be a little selfish not to stop
Unless it's my job
And there's some fool who wants to pay me
Oh I hope that I make it before we have a baby

I hear their adorable little mouths they need feeding
And their fragrant heads need somewhere to rest
Another white guy needs attention for his feelings
As if we'd ever need another one of those
But it's all I know
And there's always stacking shelves in Sainsbury's
Oh I hope that I can make it before we have a baby

I'm told they turn out rather better if you put time in
A little money makes the rougher days more smooth
Anyone who seems content providing neither
Well no smart parent would let em stay for long
And you're as smart as they come
Although you did end up with me
Oh I hope that I can make it before we have a baby

We could wait a little longer til we feel ready
Though how do you know you are until you try
We never were that fussed about living lives of luxury
And there's value in doing what you love
But the truth is tough
No one said it was easy to raise a family
Maybe I won't care if I can make it
What does it even mean to make it
Still I hope that I can make it before we have a baby
Track Name: Freddie Laid The Smackdown
Moving towns
Eleven years old at another new school now

Oh no but I wasn't aware I'd be
Staring down the barrel of the proverbial gun
I'm eating school dinner when Matthew
Informs me we're fighting as soon as I'm done

I'm using lies to try and
Disguise I'm far less worldly-wise
And Aaron's been pushing me round since
I skilled him up bad at 11-a-side

Oh no Freddie laid the smackdown
oh no on the new kid in a new town
Oh no you can take your shots at me
But you'll never get a piece of my soul

On shaky ground
There's nothing left to do but
Learn to dust yourself down

In lessons Miss Beehag asks questions
I'm sure to be smiling and raising my hand
I'm pleased to be getting my A's but
Jordan's rubbing my face in the sand

If i wasn't so shy i might notice that
Some of the girls in my class think i'm cute
But it's tricky when chattin to Vicky
And the boys are trying to stick in the boot

Oh no Freddie laid the smackdown
oh no on the new kid in a new town
Oh no you can take your shots at me but
You'll never take a piece of my soul

Earn my scars
Heal my bones
Grow my legs
Grow some stones
Move on elsewhere
You took your shots at me
But you never took a piece of my

The school bell sounds
Nothing left to do but
Earn it on the playground

Oh no Freddie laid the smackdown
Oh no I'm the new kid it's a new town
Oh no well you can take your shots at me
But you'll never get a piece of my soul
Track Name: The Everything Goes Back To Normal Button
Hidden in your house is a button
For use in an emergency
You'll find it at the back of a cupboard
Or behind the washing machine

You'll know when you see it it's the one that says
'Everything Goes Back To Normal'

When it's all going wrong around you
And you're not liking what you see

Push the button
Push the button
Push the button and it all goes back
Push the button
Push the button
And then everything goes back to normal

When you get it wrong it's a disaster
So don't touch it til you're 18
There is no instruction manual
So you'd better listen to me

The first thing you do is ask someone politely
Please could things go back to normal?

And if that doesn't work don't panic
Cos there's something you can do

Push the button
Push the button
Push the button and it all goes back
Push the button and it
Push the button and it
Push the button and it all goes back
Push the button
Push the button
Push the button and it all goes back
Push the button
And then everything goes back to normal

Lately I've had a real hard time
And this button's all I've had
Then I found out one morning
That mine wasn't even plugged in

I guess I don't need no button cos
Every day's a different normal

I know that the world keeps changing
But hey I'm allowed to dream

Push the button
Push the button
Push the button and it all goes back
Push the button and it
Push the button and it
Push the button and it all goes back
Push the button and it
Push the button and it
Push the button and it all goes back
Push the button
Push the button
And there is no button and you can't go back