Musical Notes from the Underground and BEYOND

by The Brake Lights

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released October 31, 2006

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The Brake Lights Brattleboro, Vermont

The Brake Lights is a rock 'n' roll project by singer-songwriter Jason Eric Jensen that originated in NJ/Philly in the early aughts and somehow landed in beautiful Brattleboro, VT.

Unless otherwise noted, Jason performed all of the instruments on these songs.
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Track Name: A Declaration of Truth about Love
They’ll never tell you why.
No, they’ll never give you the truth!
Then they drill their alibis
At the mouths of their excuses.

As they outline your insides.
Like drafting a map, or something.

But then you yawn under an awning,
waving me onwards towards collapse.
But if it’s a matter of things to have,
if it’s a matter of chemicals interacting, well then…

I would rather love someone I know I’ll never have
Than have someone I know I’ll never love!
I’d rather be with no one
Than with someone just barely good enough!

I trace the paper night streets
From under the waning moon above me.
I trace the lines in my face completely.
I face the paper in great defeat!

As the streets, they shake me off, get up and leave!
I shake the shit from off my sleeves!
I shake away the sham of disbelief!

Because I would rather love someone I know I’ll never have
Than have someone I know I’ll never love!
I’d rather be with no one
Than with someone just barely good enough!
Track Name: All My Letters
You were born in rivulets in a parallel universe
in the form of a phantom without a name.
And I am just a conduit of energy with no harness
Fending an existence without a compass.

And I was born on a Halloween
Without a name
In a white collar town
To two kids from New Jersey.
And I’ve become a lullaby
Throwing rocks at the glass sky

Late at night, white stars come down to retrieve me.
While these boulevards conspire to leave me.
While I refuse to believe
That the cure is the cause of this cancer.
So before I ask for an answer, can I guess?

Do not worry for your life
Your molecules recombine.
Late at night, they realign.
Though do not be so sure for mine
Not from down here where I’m lying
Face up in the gutter,
Burying with me all my letters
All my letters!
Track Name: Despite the Winds!
I’m with you all the way!
We’re going downtown.
The buildings sway and sway!
And I’m coming down - for now, for now.
The feeling remains!
Despite the winds, despite the rains.
It’s getting harder, baby, but the love remains.

It’s getting harder everyday!
And there’s no pill for the pain of playing this game.
Just the will to find the good that remains!

Despite the loss, in sight of gain.
Despite the cost, in sight of gain.

I’m with you all the way!
We’re going downtown.
The buildings sway and sway!
And I’m coming down - for now, for now.
The feeling remains!
Despite the winds, despite the rains.
It’s getting harder, baby, but the love remains.
Track Name: Rancocas in Hi-Fi
You'll marry a banker.
Investment banker in New York.
What was your answer?
"You're all that I wanted and more..."
"Better than anyone before.."

Well, how can you be so sure?

If you see me comin' down, down the boulevard
You won't see me because I won't be found
If I suspect it's where you are.

Don't feign you'll see me.
Don't feign you'll see me when you won't.
No you won't, go nowhere.

If you see me comin' down, down the boulevard
You won't see me because I won't be found
If I suspect it's where you are.
Track Name: Goodnight and Goodbye
Goodnight, goodnight, goodnight, and goodbye
From the postman
To the woman in the window:
Goodnight, goodnight, goodnight, goodnight and goodbye!

The trees are a canopy
Below the thin, tin orchestra of stars
Who play their symphony
For the deafening trucks and cars

Here in New Jersey, the song it says:
Goodnight, goodnight, goodnight, goodnight, and goodbye!

So goodnight to the love
I will try to forget
As I dry the rivulets of Visine
From my eyes as they spell on my face:
Goodnight, goodnight, and goodbye...
Track Name: Angel and Vampy Watch the Sunrise
Vampy's feeling sickly, a Dramamine reaction.
A night without sleeping, still the sky's so fucking pretty.

Angel and Vampy watch the sunrise from the cargo jetliner.
Bound for Terminal E. A red-eye from the Keys.
To their home, in the city. The fireball ascends quickly.

And Angel sits beside her
His headphones do play
The song he wrote for Vampy
A week ago that day.

He had a machine.
He made some tapes.
She had his name.
They went on some dates.
They had a flame.
They got a place.
They got on a plane
Headed straight for space!

She knew about the moon. All about its lunar cycles.
But she did not like the sun as it flooded out the aisles.

Their breathing syncopated.
They felt really good.
Somewhat equated.
The airline allocated
Equal flying time
For frequent flyer miles

Frequent flyer miles
Frequent flyer miles
Frequent flyer miles...
Track Name: The Origin of All Poems
Stop this day and night with me
And you shall possess the origin of all poems.
You shall possess the good of the Earth and the sun.

You shall not look through my eyes
Nor take things from me.
You shall listen to all sides and filter them from yourself.

The adornment of poems
That everyone ignores
Transforms into a person to adore.

Walkin’ down
Eyein’ up the boulevard.
Noone’s around.
Squad cars.
Their sirens resound (resound).

But stop this day and night with me
And you shall possess the origin of all poems.

You shall not look through my eyes
Nor take things from me.
You shall listen to all sides and filter them from yourself.

The adornment of poems
That everyone ignores
Transforms into a person to adore.

So if you're ever feeling bored, or slightly unassured. Call me up, because I'm forever yours.
So if you're ever feeling bored, or slightly unassured, transform into a person to adore.
You transform into a person to adore.