Odd Job

by Gregory Uhlmann

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Gregory Uhlmann: guitar, voice, pump organ, piano, and bass
Alina Roitstein: voice
Cari Stevens: voice
Lauren Baba: viola, violin
Andrew Conrad: bass clarinet, clarinet, baritone saxophone
Tim Carr: vocals, drums, percussion, piano, and synth

Written by Gregory Uhlmann
Produced by Gregory Uhlmann and Tim Carr at Dog Legs Music
Recorded and Mixed by Tim Carr
Mastered by Carl Saff
Released on Dog Legs Music, February 10th, 2017
www.gregoryuhlmannmusic.com

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Track Name: Impulse
it’s an impulse we can’t help ourselves
when it’s down to the wire we’ll do anything to protect ourselves
take my hand and hold it tight, where were you the other night?
I stayed up, I couldn’t sleep, jealous thoughts kept haunting me

I thought I knew when to open up but it was too soon

couldn’t stand the sight of it, how could his son be so sick?
sinned against his god above with a man he’d learned to love
tell a lie and make it sound like a truth that’s set and bound
to the scriptures that you know, like a cancerous tumor grows

I thought I knew when the love had dried up it was time to go
Track Name: Odd Job
just an odd job picked up after last light
the night shift drags on, I sift through all of my thoughts

I’ll make little worlds up inside my head, anything to pass the time

the sky, sunken with clouds that now appear gray
it baffles me how some people can behave

some people have little to no shame, putting others down for their gain

what’s wrong with this world? sometimes it’s too much
people make a fuss about inconceivable mush
times may be tough, but toughen up buck
you might be out of luck but luck’s not ever enough
no luck’s not ever enough, no luck’s not ever enough
Track Name: Good Dog
pretty thing i used to know
pretty thing i used to know and
pretty thing i used to know and how
pretty thing i used to know and how i
pretty thing i used to know and how i miss
pretty thing i used to know and how i miss you
Track Name: Forgo The Thought
substitute your psyche for a phonebook fortune teller
decorate the thought bubble that details your disposition

forgo the thought
forgo the thought
forgo the thought
forgo the thought

i plugged my ears
so i couldn’t hear
i plugged my ears
so i couldn’t hear

breathe in, breathe in
tune out, tune out
it’s not, it’s not
so bad, so bad

find your bliss in making reparations with those you’ve slighted
Track Name: Phone It In
phone it in, lick the envelope, don’t think twice just write it
down to begin, it’s another self-fulfilling prophecy

it always comes back to me
threading it through until I can’t see where I’m going

lay me down, it’s my mind that won’t come to a standstill
could be the one, or just some time to kill,
I’ve never known the difference

it always comes back to me
threading it through until I can’t see where I’m going
or what I’m doing, or who I’m letting into my life
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it always comes back to me
threading it through until I can’t see where I’m going
or what I’m doing, or who I’m letting into my life
letting into my life
letting into my life
Track Name: Too Much To Bear
in your ear, in your ear i whisper to be near
the sun stays close, the sun stays close, the sky a reflecting mirror
it’s too much, too much to bear
it’s too much, too much to bear

sugarcoat this, sugarcoat this, suck the poison out
heavy head, heavy head, in a migraine aura cloud
it’s too much, too much to bear
it’s too much, too much to bear

it’s too much, too much to bear
it’s too much, too much to bear
it’s too much, too much to bear
it’s too much, too much to bear
Track Name: The Quiet Sky Bled Dry
had my voice let out a cry
you’d know i was alive
now the sleep shut my lids
the quiet sky bled dry

don’t give up on the sound
it’s close behind and whispers nouns

hanging from a low hung branch
pick it off when ripe
Track Name: It's Not Your Fault
fingers are going numb, it’s already half past one
and the picture book story flashes in my eye
tincture of juice and rum makes me gag but I’ll just have one
tell me, is this love or just a good time?

what is this chemical reactionary impulse
leads me to think that the one I love isn’t at fault
it’s not your fault, it’s not your fault

walk down slow, lake michigan’s frozen over
puffy gloves and a cigarette on my shoulder
took one drag and coughed it up, play it off like I’ve just had enough
try to play it cool even though I’m not

what is this chemical reactionary impulse
leads me to think that the one I love isn’t at fault
it’s not your fault (4x)
Track Name: Forsaken
climb up this tangled hill
the sun burning through my mind
a child stops and blankly stares

where’s my mother been?
her hand caked with dirt and grime
a man appears before my mind
my father told me once before

what’s best is never
what’s best is never
what’s best is never
planned
Track Name: I'd Rather Be
I’d rather be awake than sleeping, curled up like a corpse
I’ll make it through the daylight, hold tight, alright, it’s okay

it’s just not your day today
slurring your words, right on the verge, what are you trying to say?

when you’re in bed and your mind is swimming in possessive inscriptions of thought that won’t cease to exist,
and you rewind your day ‘til the moment you woke up

church bells were ringing at dawn
it’s not your day, sleep it away, wait ‘til the feeling fades
Track Name: Silent Speak
crisp with the word of a thousand prophets
singing to the earth
years long before when the land formed one piece
you could hear the ground speak

night after night i listen for the whisper,
but nothing comes through
tune through the static and maybe you’ll find sound,
and maybe you’ll find sound

before language silence spoke
Track Name: No Beginning or End
no beginning or end
answer the question, why don’t you?
why don’t you?

it’s a secret you can hold
in the wrinkled folds of your hand
Track Name: Lily
Lilly laughs but doesn’t smile in a picture of her as a child
in a parka with no shoes, I’ll take it out for you

Lilly thumbs the pages of her book
tenses at every stranger’s look
singing to herself in hushed tone, whispering softly alone

just rest your head, there’s no use for your worry
it’s not your fault, it’s your nervous system ticking

It’s a new day every day
pick the pieces up, you’ll be okay
it’s a made up little story, why don’t you put it away