The JMSkwARED Collection - Vol. 2

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JMSkwARED (pronounced J.M. squared) is a joint venture by John McCaig and Jack Mants to create music and video. We hope you enjoy our collection and the selection of songs we have hand picked for Volume 2

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released April 19, 2014

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Track Name: Remembrance
I'm a soldier praying for
A coup older than Rome
To be who I was before the war
How long before we are home?

I've done some good that is true
But my secrets make a stomach of stones
I keep them swallowed just to protect you
The burden is being alone

How long before we are home?
How long before we are home?

Today's a shadow, the past is clear
A twilight vision cold as chrome
Tonight I sleep with you my dear
How long before we are home?

When conscience cannot be appeased
When fury is trapped 'neath my skin
I hide in my shell
Or rage against ease
Not even a hero gets in

How long before we are home?
How long before we are home?

Then I was but one man / Now I'm two I fear
One trapped behind enemy lines / One who's standing clear
One tending to a dying friend / One tending to his beer
One turned to face the foe again / One sitting pretty here

One frozen in a mine field / One waiting at the stop
One running in the darkness / One dancing 'till he drops
One choked with sudden terror / One choked with laughing tears
One turned to face the foe again / One sitting pretty here

Remember ..

Remember me so I forget myself
Untangle my sorrows with your comb
Tend to my petulance tend to my health
How long before we are home?

I keep searching for that other soldier
He is familiar and he is unknown
He is fighting to save his brother
He is fighting to find his way home

How long before we are home?
How long before we are home?

How long before we are home?
How long before we are home?
Track Name: Go On Have Your Say
Naked in cyberspace that’s a lonely place to be
Unbottled secrets adrift in the sea
Inbox valentines from a million new friends
The tubes in the polygraph are smoking again

This is my altar, my priest and my prayer
I’ll use your confession, no one will care
One click from heaven, that’s so sweet
I hope that it’s free, I hope that it’s neat

The walls of Jericho come tumbling down
It goes strait to rock video and is sung by a clown
Well nothing's real anyway
Go on have your say

The computer is humming but it may be asleep
Dreaming of war and celebrities
Drift net dragging the dark and the deep
For news of the world that you dare not speak

The walls of Jericho come tumbling down
It goes strait to rock video and is sung by a clown
Well nothing's real anyway
Go on have your say

My soul is converted by digital creep
I should be screaming, but I don’t make a peep
It’s a Guy Maddin vision of colorless pain
Stelazine and legerdemain

The walls of Jericho come tumbling down
It goes strait to rock video and is sung by a clown
Well nothing's real anyway
Go on have your say
Track Name: Samba What You Say
Remember Ricky Ricardo
There’s nothing like a tango
Up the tempo and we will play

Like they do in Santo Domingo
A rumba and a cha cha
Samba what you say

On a beach in Rio
I made love to a dancer
We never spoke a word

Whatever our secrets
Hidden from each other
Strangers became lovers
Voices unheard

You may think I’m a Casa Nova
But when you hear that bosa nova
Passion will have its way

Pretty girls like to mambo
Every lover is Latino
Samba what you say

By the bay of San Francisco
Dancing in the street
In a park in Chicago
Lovers chance to meet

And it really doesn't matter
If they ever speak
They can say it with their feet
Samba what you say

Pick any spot just a dot on the map
Pick any song any dance any rap
Any night or day

Country or disco
Foxtrot in Ohio
Samba what you say

On a beach in Rio
I made love to a dancer
We never spoke a word

Whatever our secrets
Hidden from each other
Strangers became lovers

Voices unheard
Samba what you say
Samba what you say
Track Name: Mac
She couldn't act surprised
It was in his eyes
His only true love was a car
A goofy kind of bloke
Too ugly for a joke
But, there you are

Half maniac, half baby, half daft
This time he went too far
He was not the only one
Hip-toting a gun
Now he's headed for the stars

Who gives a shit about that Mac
Still she's gonna cry
Be happy that he can't come back
True friends would tell you why
That not so special kind of fool
Was bottom of the bin
And you were just another tool
Taken for a spin

She dries her eyes
They all sympathize
Bit lips won't speak out loud
Lead in the head
Good thing that he's dead
And buried in the ground

They all understand
She'll need another man
No point in waiting around
And there isn't any doubt
She'll pick another lout
When the clowns come into town

Who gives a shit about that Mac
Still she's gonna cry
Be happy that he can't come back
True friends would tell you why
That not so special kind of fool
Was bottom of the bin
And you were just another tool
Taken for a spin

She paints her face
Slightly disgraced
Perfect bait for the sharks
Bloody lips and a bra Madonna tipped
Should help them hit their mark
A smokey room
The threat of doom
Lingers in the air
To get a bite
Or be a bite
I guess she just doesn't care

Who gives a shit about that Mac
Still she's gonna cry
Be happy that he can't come back
True friends would tell you why
That not so special kind of fool
Was bottom of the bin
And you were just another tool
Taken for a spin
Track Name: You And I Alone
Cars moved like cattle on a trail
And the sun wore a veil of grey
Smoke rose in a winding tail
To some harbour in blue far away

We made our way to the station
Speechless and worn from the city
Seeking sleep and salvation
Secretly nursing self-pity

Are you and I alone?
Are you and I in love?
Are you and I alone?
Are you and I in love?

Our love was a truth forbidden
And hidden till it was rotten
On tracks we felt a pounding rhythm
A drum for a soldier forgotten

The winds howled just like anger
And the rains poured just like tears
The train pushed on like pride in danger
Of seeing what it fears

Are you and I alone?
Are you and I in love?
Are you and I alone?
Are you and I in love?

By the moon another lonely city
Grows from the seed of a lonely town
It beats with a heart that has no pity
And breathes with a breath of brown

It's there the strangers roam
Some looking, some running to the storm
Some waiting for grace
Some finding a home
Where lovers and angels mourn

Are you and I alone?
Are you and I in love?
Are you and I alone?
Are you and I in love?
Track Name: Counting Sheep
I read a book on how to cook and you were there
I saw a show and did you know that you were there?
You've commandeered my mind one day dream at a time

I'm counting sheep to fall asleep
And in my sleep, it's you I meet
Your face becomes a rising moon
And then the sun all afternoon

I closed a hidden door and you were there
Even things I might ignore well you were there
And I don't really mind, my will's no longer mine

I'm counting sheep to fall asleep
And in my sleep, it's you I meet
Your face becomes a rising moon
And then the sun all afternoon

I stood before a mirror and you were there
There's nothing in my future if you're not there
I leave the world behind when you are on my mind

I'm counting sheep to fall asleep
And in my sleep, it's you I meet
Your face becomes a rising moon
And then the sun all afternoon
Track Name: Perth
It’s raining 'neath the midnight lamp
Just by Perth’s old door
The mad romantic
Sad and damp
Forgotten like the poor

Awaits the ghost of long lost love
For one last look before
He takes his bow
Boards the prow
Of the Pequod of yore

But she can never come
And the morning sun
Breaks the fleeing clouds
The Pequod sounds
Her bell resounds
The jealous mistress
Sailing shrouds

Unfurling petticoats they wave
To the tired and fading moon
And the whale of a fool
With his whaling tool
Sets sail for the Isle of Ruin

Ahab's twin
Is rage your only passion?
She is your lost limb
Your white fiend is the heavens
You can’t order tides to settle down
Or turn back the sun and season
How you lost the love you lost
Makes despair a demon

The blacksmith fired
In his godless pyre
A buffoon’s harpoon of steel
From black nail stubs
Of racehorse shoes
The pale spirit’s barb congealed

His pointless sharkskin apron hides
The scars that cannot feel
He smiled a lie
When the pagan’s blood
True death-tempered steel

And he dreamed of his forfeit bride
And ruddy children dead
Lost to a desperate burglar
Into their lives he’d led:

"Come hither broken hearted"
"Escape to the unshored sea"
She’d spoke in the wind
From the east and the west:
“I will marry thee”

Ahab's twin
Is rage your only passion?
She is your lost limb
Your white fiend is the heavens
You can’t order tides to settle down
Or turn back the sun and season
How you lost the love you lost
Makes despair a demon
Track Name: The Simple Life
There's a rumour going round
Some little guy from a pretty how town
Lives a simple life
He is happy
And not too proud
Not too high
Never down
Always welcome when he
Comes around
Oh the simple life
I want that simple life
For me

But where he goes
No one knows
And where he sleeps
Has not been leaked
His friends are strangers
Nobody has seen
His wife's the sweetest
Invisible queen
Oh the simple life
I want that simple life
For me

I smoke my dreams
Do by don't
I laugh my heartache
Cry my hope
Will I lose my habits?
Go for broke?
I say I will
But you know I won't
Choose a simple
Though I want a simple life
For me
Track Name: I Still Believe In Loving You
Is he a prophet?
A beggar?
A monster?
Or a bore?
Can’t tell the difference any more

Is it a signal?
From the heavens?
Or another screaming horn?
Can’t tell the difference any more

But I still believe in loving you
Love is a very simple truth

Is it danger?
Endless summer?
The calm before the storm?
Sometimes I’m frightened to the core

But I still believe in loving you
Love is a very simple truth

And when I look into the sky
I am afraid I am afraid
And when I look into your eyes
I see the way I know my way

Is it a vision?
Wishful thinking?
A mission or a chore?
The pointless search for something more?

But I still believe in loving you
Love is a very simple truth
But I still believe in loving you
Love is a very simple truth
Track Name: To Dream
When I am sleeping
A voice speaks to me
My eyes pop open
To see

"Is that you my love?"
I cry out to him
A cold wind blows through the trees

Why do I sleep alone at night
While lonely people cry themselves to sleep at night?
My desperation casts a spell
A lonely one in a lonely hell
And so I lay me down to sleep
And pray my broken heart to keep ... to keep

To dream or not to dream
My only life away away
To wake or not to wake
My only love away away

As I went walking
Through the park near the river
A voice of music played

His face was light as children's humour
And warm as a summer's day

Why do I turn away afraid
When destiny is smiling on me today?

His sudden glance enchants me still
Inflames my heart
But steals my will
I hide inside my last retreat
And think of falling off to sleep ... to sleep

To dream or not to dream
My only life away away
To wake or not to wake
My only love away away
Track Name: Book Of Rules
Never in the world with plans to stay
He’ll be checking out by noon today
That drowning man that some still call "defiant"
The gourmet’s ready to cook his goose
The latter day devil has fixed the noose
He’s sitting pretty for the drunken surgeon
Turn him loose

The high wire guy just loves his bananas
The gambler depression, the monkey matches
The lonely girls sucks on bitter silence
Time in motion her compliance
Dancing for the shoot-em-up cowboys

She’s standing on the edge of Occam’s Razor
Liposuction doesn’t faze her
It’s all for better toys boys

Your lost a bleeding heart
You better take it out
It’s telling fairy tales

Why care about tomorrow?
Read about tomorrow
In the daily news
In the face of fools
In the Book of Rules

Wind up soldiers in the People’s Army
That spring loaded maniac seems unhappy
The kid with an Uzi labelled "maladjusted"
Well he couldn’t care less if he gets busted

The politician’s indiscretion
The judge and doctor’s intuition
He’s sentenced to love
But takes the prison

With no such thing as guilt or reason
History or bad decision
I guess it must just be the stars in heaven

Your lost a bleeding heart
You better take it out
It’s telling fairy tales

Why care about tomorrow?
Read about tomorrow
In the daily news
In the face of fools
In the Book of Rules
Track Name: Restless Town
In a Restless Town that never sleeps
There's a dark side down
Where the women weep
And the cold old boys
They take the cream
From the lonely, the lover, the loser's dream
And when you look the other way
They slip into the shadows of Restless Town

Restless Town you don't own me
And your promise you cannot keep
Your words are best left unspoken
The faith's just too big a leap
And you won't bring me down
Though I'm coming unwound
I'll never be found
In Restless Town

When you're one in a million
And forget the rest
It's a lonely sorrow
And a pointless quest
The more you take, the more you lose
Though you've had too much you can't refuse
And when you look the other way
And you slip into the shadows Of Restless Town

Restless Town you don't own me
And your promise you cannot keep
Your words are best left unspoken
The faith's just too big a leap
And you won't bring me down
Though I'm coming unwound
I'll never be found
In Restless Town
Track Name: Better Angels
There are two sides to everything
Two sides to everyone
Good and bad spin around
Inside of everyone

Some see a sign
Some smell the wind
Some feel the ground
Opening

But for me .. my better angels
But for me .. my better angels
But for me .. my better angels
... are singing

Two babies far apart
Sisters of the heart
Each dreams the other one
What's inside everyone

Maybe a picture
Only a kiss
Mother's whisper
Of tenderness

May they .. our better angels
May they .. our better angels
May they .. our better angels
... be singing