The Unbearable Tragedy of John E. Common (unmastered)

by Black Ocean Parking Lots

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released July 11, 2014

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Track Name: Summer Job
Hot sun in the middle of the summer months
building cookie-cutter homes with the immigrants
my friends want to stay out all night long
and I can’t ‘cause I got a job
How long must I put up with this bullshit?

Why must I work so damn hard?
While the boss plays golf
Should I just put in my two weeks and quit?
I’m gonna think about it

Hot girls and they’re barely wearing anything
I can’t talk ‘cause I never even get a break
My friends get high all day long
and I can’t ‘cause I got a job
How long must I put up with this bullshit?

Why must I waste all my time
Making money for the man
(making money for you)
Yeah you can take this job
and you can shove it, boss
Track Name: Brainy Aptitude // In the Way
In the dark, at the park
I can feel where you are
And it don’t matter about the show
‘cause you know about the after-party
Oh Lord
I feel like maybe you are the one
I mean with you girl, I’d even become vegan
All because your brainy aptitude
uh huh, that brainy aptitude, uh huh

Dropping names like Jean-Paul Sartre
I can tell that you are oh-so-smart
‘cause you know about Thoreau
well I guess I can call you an intellectual
I’m in love with your IQ
and I never mind you showing off
that brainy aptitude
uh huh, that brainy aptitude, uh huh

With conviction, never ‘fraid to voice your opinion
like when you called my favorite books
self-indulgent, shallow and derivative
Flashing the diction when you’re cutting down
the competition
Using logic and your axioms
you’re god’s gift
and I feel like I got something to prove
I guess, I just can’t keep up with your
brainy aptitude

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Well, I’m feeling ready, baby
It’s been a week
Or a month or maybe two
And how I want your body
But I don’t even know if I cross your mind
Because every time we set a date
Something always gets in the way
Can’t tell if you’re running late
Or are you really running away

I’m the one who wants to love you
if you’d love me
And come on, girl
You know I'd make you oh-so-happy
If you want me one way
I’ll be one way, baby
If you call me, girl
You know I come so fucking fast

La de da de da, you say
But something always gets in the way
Can’t tell if you’re running late
Or are you really running away

I’m the one who wants to love you
if you’d love me
And come on, girl
You know I make you oh-so-happy
If you want me one way
I’ll be one way, baby
If you call me, girl
You know I come so fucking fast
Track Name: Death's Slow Day // Hard to Find
When God is alone
He talks to Himself
And miracles they happen
As if they’re done by someone else
And you know He don’t need your help

When Death has a slow day
He lingers on the pot
His mind starts to wander
And then He touches Himself just like you and me, everybody
and when He does it, He’s thinking about you
(about who?)
you, motherfucker

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But I’m feeling like a cosmonaut
Alien on a pale blue dot
And I think it’s ‘cause I just forgot
That it’s so hard to try
You know it’s hard to try

Got me walking down a very fine line
Tracing back upon the origin of time
Trying to find, I’m trying something to find
But it’s so hard to find
You know it’s so goddamn hard to find

(woah woah woah)

All this time I’ve been looking for god
But it’s so hard to find
You know it’s hard to find
Track Name: Pain // [ineffable] // Why'd You Go?
Time has collapsed
And the world just caved in
At least I know something is
Happening right now
And I’m not sure I can see a point to this
phenomena we call existence

Pain is a strange thing
It seems like you gotta feel it to live
Waiting on the Vicodin to kick in
Waiting on the sleeping pills to kick in
Love I’m sorry I forgot to say goodbye
I’ll see you in another time

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{[(ineffable)]}

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And when I awoke, I was alone
(couldn’t remember my name)
Lying face down on the floor
I could feel it in my blood
I could feel it in my bones
(tremendous pain)
Oh why did you have to go?
(woah woah woah I do not know)
Oh why did you have to go?
(I don’t know, I don’t wanna know how you could
how you could up and go)
Oh why did you have to go?

I’ve been carrying this weight oh lord
How all my loving wasn’t good enough
I want you to know, I want you to feel my pain
‘cause my heart’s a breaking
And I know you don’t feel a —

But oh, my Lord, this board
is more than I afford
I can’t take any of these insults
or putdowns anymore
Woah woah woah
I do not know
(Oh why did you have to go?)

I’ve been carrying this weight oh lord
How all my loving wasn’t good enough
I want you to know, I want you to feel my pain
‘cause my heart’s a breaking
And I know you don’t feel a —

{[(ineffable)]}
Track Name: Dusty Roads // Lewisberg, Ohio
Well, I had to get a job
(turning eighteen)
To feed my little daughter Nicole
(teen pregnancy)
But my town is so broke
To get health insurance
I had to join the armed forces
Now they got my on patrol
on those dusty roads
old dusty roads

Shaken awake in the middle of the night
All I see is the white of their eyes
They point a direction; they don’t say why
I think I might die tonight
I feel the flames; I hear the horizon
I think I might die tonight
Well, I’m not going without a fight
I grab my fire; I set it alight

Then I got some R&R
And they sent me back home
But my town is still broke
And this car is gonna explode
‘cause in my mind, I’m still on patrol
On those dusty roads
those dusty roads
I gave my life; I sold my soul
I left it behind on those old dusty roads

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Well, then the war was over , or rather,
the conflict deescalated, yeah
They said “go on home, boy;
they don’t throw parades for heroes no more”
And I decided to follow that order
So I’m going home
(‘cause where else have I got to go?)

But Lewisberg, Ohio
Lewisberg, Ohio
Lewisberg, Ohio I roll (woah woah woah)

There ain’t nothing here but churches and gas stations
And a chain grocery fifteen miles away
Well, I can understand watching a little bit of television
But do you gotta do it all goddamn day?
I’m never leaving home
‘cause I ain’t got nowhere else to go

But Lewisberg, Ohio
Lewisberg, Ohio
Lewisberg, Ohio, baby

You gotta go local, baby
it’s the best you ever had
D.I.Y. artistan meth lab
Just gotta help the cook
and go to Walgreens
buy some Sudafed
And show your ID

‘cause Lewisberg, I was born and raised
Lewisberg, I’ve been drunk for days, oh yeah
Track Name: Memorial to a Memory
Love, how I wish it’d burn perpetually hot
But time has a way of making things go stale
And then they rot
(They rot, they rot, they rot
You better believe it’s gonna rot,
because it will)

I want to make love in a public bathroom like we used to
(Remember that time, whew, it was stinky)
Don’t you know we’ll have to become registered sex offenders
if we get caught?
(Yeah, that might be true,
but you know it ain’t sexy)

I can’t stop thinking how things used to be
Baby, it’s not you, but I’m still in love with a memory

Love, if we don’t change our ways
A couple of days, I will be gone
‘cause I don’t want to waste my whole life
holding onto something that wasn’t even there
in the first place if you actually think about it

I can’t stop thinking how things used to be
Baby, it’s not you, but I’m still in love with a memory

I can suddenly see
This emptiness in me
You could fill it with the whole world
And I would still feel
woah
(la la la la)
woah
(la la la)
woah
Track Name: Sisyphus // [transcendence] // Why'd You Go (reprise)
The pressures of my job are so demanding
By the end of the week, my nerves are just totally fried
It’s Friday night, gotta get out and find someone to take home
And in the end it leaves no time for making art

Slam my head against the wall
I’m just so sick of it all
I’m just a Sisyphus
Pushing the rock
‘cause love is a pain that hurts one and us all
Because desire is the root to your fall

The voices in my head are so demanding
(woah woah woah)
Come on, you stupid piece of shit
Can’t you ever do anything right?
(no no no)
But nothing ever goes the way I planned it
Even failed my attempts at the suicide

Slam my head against the wall
I’m just so sick of it all
I’m just a Sisyphus
Pushing the rock
‘cause love is a pain that hurts one and us all
Because desire is the fruit to your fall

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{([music]})

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Why why why why why
Why did you have to go?
Oh woah woah woah
I guess we’ll never know
Oh woah woah woah
How you could up and go
I I I I don’t ever want to know

Why why why why why
Why did you have to go?
Track Name: Time // 10,000 Meteorites
Time, it had a beginning
So it only feels rational that
It has an ending
And I don’t know what is gonna happen
But I don’t trust anyone who says they do
I just don’t wanna be alone
When the end comes

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Thousands of meteorites
Light up the sky
And I hadn’t noticed them
I was lost in your eyes

And you (la la la la la)
And I (la la la la la la)

If these are the end times,
won’t you stay by my side?
The cities are burning down
We’ll be warm by the fire

And you (la la la la la)
And I (la la la la la la)
Track Name: Waves of Our Fathers // The End
Stuck in the ways of our fathers
Busting our asses, trying to make a dollar
Now I gotta steal from my brothers
Just to get by; just to get by

Back in the days, everything was better
People sure were kinder
The dollar was stronger
Now I gottta take medications
Just to get by; just to get by;
just to get by

You know my love for you’s so strong
But everything I do turns out wrong

(ooooooooooooooooooooooooo)

This is goodbye; I don’t know why
I don’t know why
You know my love for you’s so strong
But everything I do
Everything I say
Every single thing
Turns out wrong


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Oh no
Is this the end?
All is the fall

Hell no
We’ll keep fighting
On and on
All is all
All is the wall
All is the crawl

Tell me the truth
Is this the end?