The Vagabond Directory By Heart

by Jake Joyce McCoy

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A moment ago this didn't exist and POW! Here it is. An enigmatic cartoon stumbled in from the wilderness claiming to have utilized wasted time wood-shedding songs from inside a vacuum. Running on hubris, fumes and parades of exhibition, this acoustic debut lingered as an idea then ballooned into an accidental navel-gazing interpretation of the Book Of Revelation. I was gonna ask permission, but...

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released July 2, 2013

Conceptualized, Visualized & Realized by Jake Joyce McCoy
All Songs ©2013 ZeroZipZilch Music (ASCAP)

Recorded, MIxed & Digitized by "Mad" Adam Lammers @
Gargantuan Tarantula (CO) & Underground (NE) Studios
Re-Mixed & Customized by Morgan Harris @ Moja Majic
Maximized @ Colorado Sound & Mastering

Aided & Abetted by...
Sam Rae Sidwell: Cello
"Mad" Adam: Guitar/Piano/Doo-Wops/Knobs
Jenny Ché Raven: Piano/Singing Bowl
Jasmine Jones: Vox
Kyrstn Olivia: Bass

Front Cover Photo: Jenny Ché Raven
Art Direction: Vladimir Fris

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Jake Joyce McCoy Boulder, Colorado

A moment ago this didn't exist and POW! Here it is. An enigmatic cartoon stumbled in from the wilderness claiming to have utilized wasted time wood-shedding songs from inside a vacuum. Running on hubris, fumes and parades of exhibition, this acoustic debut lingered as an idea then ballooned into an ambitious navel-gazing interpretation of the Book Of Revelation. I was gonna ask permission, but... ... more

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Track Name: Go To Sleep, Spider
Eternity is coming
Its written all over your face
Visually stunning
Explodes right off the page
Physical graffiti
On a wall of sound
That keeps the silence out
Difficulty breathing
Its invisible
And its loud
Easy
Take it easy
Take it easy, baby
Everyone was laughing
Thats what people do
When it hurts
No one was asking
Its gonna take someone
Who's got a little nerve
Metaphysical attraction
To the pleasing hum
Of nothingness
The ethereal apocalypse
Let them each
Slip into bliss
Eternity is coming
You thought that this was all
Just something to do
The world keeps on turning
The world keeps turning on you
Sleep
Go to sleep
Go to sleep, Spider
Sleep. Sleep. Sleep.
Track Name: Still The Bad Seed Grows
To believe or to know
This loyal soul
Still the bad seed grows
Good and plenty
I'm left to hold
An armful of holes
And you can't know how empty
I know what are you are when you pretend
A story not worth telling
When the beginning becomes flush with the end
As story never-ending
Track Name: The Antagonist Is God
I'm surprised you can still smile
Given all that hasn't happened
Shiftless, idle and oddly satisfied
Is that all you're after?
Fighting a child's fight
Man up and pick your battles
Or you can feast on the lower hanging fruit
If thats all you're after
You want your problems
Wouldn't know what to do without them
This aimlessness is exhausting
What you need right now is a chance
The antagonist is god
I don't wanna be your dog no more
I'd be docile and dripping in the halls
Slave to master
The comforts of your past
Bliss without any effort
You were young, free
Devoured by ideals
Oh, you're so clever
Track Name: Another Sucker
I was being chased by a pterodactyl
Breathing down my neck and blowing smoke
I had to be the one that he was after
If theres any truth to what I'm told
Thieving vandals of thought
Believing what others know
You can take what you got
And you know where you can go
Tip-toeing through to piss off the keeper
Tease the beast to see if it'd wake
I'm a paperback sleuth
Gonzo thrill seeker
I run my dumbass off in hopes to escape
The king said to the boogie man
"We gotta drop the ragga!"
And the ass said he saw an angel
Another sucker for fodder
I was being chased by a pterodactyl
And I killed it with one mighty blow
Goddamm! I'm gonna miss that monster
Leave the seed and watch the story grow
And it grows and grows and grows
Thieving vandals of thought
Believing what others know
And its said that a fox can never smell its own
Yeah.
Track Name: I Am The Wolves
I AM THE WOLVES
Go ahead and leave
Quit that jaggin' around
Are you feeling sinful
When you get aroused?
Get down on those knees
I know these demons that you speak of
Some come from below
Some come from the above
Checkered flags and past
Coming up from behind
I sit in the way, way back
With the negroes and the loudmouths
Oh, you'll get yours
Of this you can be sure
I come from nowhere
Dark horse
I am the wolves
I play rock and roll
And tell vicious lies
I sit in the way, way back
With the heroes and the talked about
God protects the fools
And prays for the rest
Saved by the mercy rule
Guided by providence
Better have a good plan
And a mighty big shooter
Its all reality don't you see
You just choose your delusion
Oh, the brutal youth
Knocked me back for nine
Now I sit in the way, way back
With the sinners and the colorful
Track Name: This Mouse Roars
The negative space
Left by the circles that I run
Am I shaped by what I do
Or haven't done?
If you're looking for opportunity
Its right there under your feet
You can run in an emergency
But you don't have to run to be free
Pretty persuasion
Much less an occasion to leave
Create without claiming
Ambitious, I'll give you
…But a thief
The magic that you seek
May just have to be your own
You can run in an emergency
But you don't have to run to be free
Your bellowing ill-will
And your righteous cruelties
Its better to reveal all the radiance
Of your own discoveries
But your so damned concerned
With the will of self
Everything I know
I've learned from someone else
Imagination
The suspension of disbelief
Daydream fantasia
Made up by the space in between
The magic that you seek
May just have to be your own
Learn to let it bleed
Because roses come with thorns
Earth, rain and fire
My favorite color is the sky
Earthly desires
The courage of liars and mice
The magic that you seek
May just have to be your own
Show them your teeth
Because this mouse roars!
Track Name: Here Is A Hole
I've wasted too many bright days
In a dark haze, a dark haze
Its become 'So, thats all you are about?'
Seems everyone's coming at me sideways
If you don't know theres a hole
Here's a hole...
Are you in or are you out?
Track Name: Oceans Change
You never come around
I've noticed that you've changed
With your new haircut
And dressing up
Like you're in some fashion magazine
Such a witty boy
Intelligent and clean
Just because you won't give it any weight
Doesn't mean that its not heavy
Skulls and bones and snakes
Civil, but aloof
Just because you've got some facts
Doesn't mean that you've got the truth
Oceans change
Rivers swim and mountains drift
Doesn't matter who you're with
People change
Especially when and even if...
Track Name: Ideas & Fornication
Sometimes it takes a man awhile
Just to get by
Hunger and need
A subtle beast indeed
In the end it is but not on the way
They're just cheap shots
From the cheap seats
Everyone gets their say
I bought into a myth
No one can survive
I'm a fatalist and I won't progress
Unless I'm anything but right
I'm sitting bitch in deliverance
Sweating bullets for significance
I'm stealing fire
Burned a hole in the sky
Brought a knife into a gun fight
Nothings shocking
Nothings sacred
Just ideas to play with
I'm a stranger
I'm a drifter
A charalatan interloper
Fucking tourist
I don't belong here
I'm just your distraction
Oh, honey please
I think thats the attraction
Forgotten lines
Such a toxic gift
Wrapped up nice and tight
In your hermetic myth
Nothings shocking
Nothings sacred
Ideas and fornication
Circus barker, soap-box
Lounge singer, mountaintop
Let me tell ya
I know a thing or two
About self sabotage
No wonder men become our gods
All of us up against these odds
A funeral pyre
Rockets from the crypt
I brought a knife this time
But now you're fighting with fists
Nothings shocking
Nothings sacred
Boy, was you mistaken!
Track Name: Lower, River
Lower.
I walk into the ruins of New Orleans
Lower.
Maps won't lead you to it
Deep into the trees
These rivers float and feed
The old man and the sea
River.
Poison flowing through dirty Magazine
I'm black and I know that its tragic
But if I'm still I die
Keep movie creature of habit
Alive, alive, alive!
Realize.
Darkness gathers in places
Thick with mystery
Better realize
Hellions with painted on faces
Riot in your luxury
A curious recipe of voices in a rapid boil
Level.
All the playing fields
But not until you see the whites of their eyes
Not until you see the whites of their eyes
Perhaps the angels were sleeping
On that cold, dark night
Be sure to give 'em enough rope
And knives, hot knives
Rolling in masked parades
Tossing trinkets from floating graves
Lower.
Crawling from the wreckage of New Orleans
Lower.
Legend and antebellum
Deep into the trees
Laughter swells like a massive plume
Comes billowing over levee walls
Laughter.
The heavens will fall and the waters rise
To meet us all
Better rise, rise, arise!
Track Name: Mockingbirds & Diamond Rings
Digging in the dirt
Started playing with fire
Everyone adored you
Everywhere we'd go
I was so proud
It was difficult I guess
But I wouldn't call it work
Wouldn't give you nothing less
Wasn't much, but it was love
For what its worth
Hush beautiful boy
I don't mean that as a threat
I love you, I love you, I love you
You were different and it fit you
So I knew you'd have to go
This will always be where you are from
Not always where you'll grow
Have you got everything you need?
Is there anything that you want?
I only want you to be happy
Because you don't know
You don't know
What you mean to me
In the beginning there was distance
But now it doesn't seem so far
I'd tell you if you'd only listen
But I know you and I know
Thats not who you are
Digging in the dirt
Starting playing with that fire
Burned a hole right through your soul
The death of your desire
You've got everything you need
You've got everything you want
I'd buy you mockingbirds and diamond rings
Because you don't know
You don't know
What you mean to me
You don't know
You can't know
What you are to me
Track Name: Here Is A Hammer
Old man
Beaten, battered and torn to pieces
Scattered, sewn and seedless
Proud man
Building castles and sleeping on the ceiling
Another man's floor
But his very own feeling
He says
"Give me hammer or bullets to the skull
A sharp knife to the heart
To keep me from feeling so dull"
Fields flowered all around us
They were crimson
Crimson with poppies
And crisp possibilities
Twilight
He's no better than he ought to be
He said,
"Give me hammer or bullets to the skull
A sharp knife to the heart
To keep me from feeling so dull...
One thing you won't get from me
One thing you won't get from me is envy"
An impressive view of nothing
Thats life, I guess
Thats life, I guess if its happening
He said,
"Give me hammer or bullets to the skull
A sharp knife to the heart
To keep me from feeling so dull"
Track Name: Sugar In The Blood
Sugar, you gotta give up the sweets
For good this time
Keeping it for kicks
Afraid of the shakes, ashamed to cry
Professor Marvel never guesses, he knows
Teenage Jesus with a ring in his nose
Shot off your mouth all about how
You think that this is fake
Kicking it for keeps
Now you're afraid to sleep, afraid you'll wake
In dreams you taste like a strawberry blonde
Its time to get up and set the alarm
Spreading like a contagious disease
No one's ever been afraid of me
Oh no, oh no, oh no!
Sugar, you gotta give up the sweets
Or its, 'Good night, Charlie'
Got sugar in the blood
A fistful of love
Another reason to say you're sorry
Kid, get your finger outta that nose
Digging for stingers in between your toes
Professor Marvel never guesses, he knows
Just a fashion magnate in the emperor's clothes
Oh no, oh no, oh no!