Sleeping Quarters

by Stingray Central

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about

Here they are, recorded fresh from my parent's basement! Get 'em while they're toasty!

This is a collection of songs I've written on my acoustic guitar in my room. Now they are seeing the light of day! The recording quality is definitely not professional, but I'm doing what I can with what I've got. There are mistakes and notes not quite on pitch, but I wanted to record things in as few takes as possible to make it honest.

A big shout out to everyone who gave me advice on the album including: A.J., Lauren, Sam, my parents, Gus, and many others. A big thank you goes out to anyone I have ever played with and anyone who has ever come see me play. You guys are the best.

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released April 7, 2017

Recorded casually between the 21st of Sept 2016 and the 19th of March 2017.
Mom and Dad's Basment "Studio"
All tracks written, recorded, and performed by John
All photos and artwork by John

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Stingray Central Yorkville, Illinois

Acoustic. Alternative. Indie. We do it all here at Stingray Central. A singer-songwriter based out of Yorkville, IL

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Track Name: Streetlight Serenade
Streetlights glow on the night sky
Orange and smoky with clouds
Full tank, there's not a soul around
and the Interpol is a bit too loud

I feel as tall as a tree
A caged bird who's been set free
I feel free to march to the beat
of my own timpani

Weightless, but it starts to fade
I'm leaving, though I wish I stayed
I wish I didn't have to drive
Turn tail, and say goodbye

Well we all seek comfort and we all seek truth
and I guess I found a little of both in you
So I'll wait back home and patiently pine
cause there's always clouds before sunshine
and I, well I guess I'll take my time

I know I complain that it's to far
but I don't mind, no I don't mind
For a voice that soothes, it's not that far
no I don't mind, no I don't mind

Well we all seek comfort and we all seek truth
and I guess I found a little of both in you
So I'll wait back home and patiently pine
cause there's always clouds before sunshine
and I, well I guess I'll take my time

I know I complain that it's to far
but I don't mind, no I don't mind
For a voice that soothes, it's not that far
no I don't mind, no I don't mind
I know I complain that it's to far
but I don't mind, no I don't mind
So I'll drive home and watch the stars
no I don't mind, no I don't mind

"Well I'm glad you made it home"
The only words you sent to me
But I wish it was your voice and not the phone
Well that's the trouble with words I'm sure you'll agree
Track Name: Close My Eyes
When I was just a little boy
I only looked up to myself
There was no shadow over me
Just time and the toys up on the shelf

Cause leaving doesn’t always make things right
I’m breathing just to sleep another night
Why can’t I lie awake at night
And fix the things you cannot change

In retrospect I should’ve tried
To leave the autopilot, crack a smile
Cause sinners not heroes will catch your eye
So pay attention once in awhile

Cause leaving doesn’t always make things right
I’m breathing just to sleep another night
Why can’t I lie awake at night
And fix the things you cannot change

Shut your ears and close my eyes
Show me sins and tell me lies
To be a rock is all I’ve found
I can’t bear to hear another sound
Track Name: The Frost
It’s autumn again and I feel at loss
The leaves are still falling but there’s frost on the moss
My mind’s cluttered up with the checklists un-crossed
Well I pictured my future more matte but it’s gloss

And all of these things you’re asked to endure
And all that you wanted was simple and pure
Well there are things that I want and I should indicate
But realize just now that it’s a bit too late

Cause I know your name
It's written in my dreams at night in ten million ways
And I know, yes I know I shouldn't be ashamed
Cause I know what you’re saying, but I don’t see it that way

Show yourself now and you won’t know the cost
Slow your life down but anticipate the frost
Work all day long and you’re left with just dross
Well you’re not aware now but you’re nailed to a cross

Cause I’ve seen your face
I’ve seen it in my dreams at night in ten million ways
And I know, yes I know I shouldn't be ashamed
Cause I know what you’re saying, but I don’t see it that way

Silver suns and gold dreams, they are standing right in front of me

And I want these songs to shake my heroes in grave
But for now just my knees shake and I guess that’s O.K.

Cause I know your face
It haunts me in my dreams and night, I can’t stay away
And I know, yes I know I shouldn't be ashamed
Cause I know what you want for me, but I don’t feel the same
Track Name: Bending the Truth
People come from all around and try to tell their tale
But their words are thin as paper plates that just went up on sale

People always talk a lot but they don’t say what they mean
You thought that you had me fooled, but I’d like to think I’m pretty keen
And so it goes

People say that they won’t change whatever comes in play
But people are changing all the time just in their subtle ways

People always talk a lot but they don’t say what they mean
I thought I had you figured out, but there’s a side I haven’t seen
And so it goes

People always talk a lot but they don’t say what they mean
And I’d like to think I am better than that, but my conscious isn’t clean
And so it goes
Track Name: Summer Sun
Peace like a blanket covers me
Warm and reassuring, but maybe that’s not what I need
Silly, silent thoughts, a laugh, and a cup of tea
Are all but left alone, forgotten soil, forgotten seed

So lay your head down now to rest
The summer sun will rise and do it’s best to start anew
A new day for you

Listless in the evening, strings to pluck, notes to bend
Computer screens and books to read but I’m still paying rent
To the memories not soon forgotten, all these thoughts I’ve left to mend
Of all those things you said and what those things really meant

So lay your head down now to rest
The summer sun will rise and do it’s best to start anew
A new day for you

Keep that fire close at heart
You better keep it burning, or it will tear you apart

So lay your head down now to rest
The summer sun will rise and do it’s best to start anew
A new day for you
Track Name: Dreaming
Turn your back and close your eyes, I just want to start my day
The clock strikes nine so rise and shine, the clouds will take my sunshine away
Sober up those lonely eyes and leave them where you lay
I was thinking it’s ‘bout time I’ll just be on my weary way

Ooo I’m dreaming again
I’m dreaming of you

Keep me honest, right on right time, My dreams may change but who’s fit to say...
Track Name: Crow's Song
Don’t leave me by the Tide, I’m gonna slip away
Without you by my side, I’ll end up in the bay
I’m going to slip away

The morning speaks so clear, ‘cause I didn’t sleep for long
I wish I said nothing, my words are always wrong
Like a crow singing his song

But I, well I‘ll wait
And I’ll, I’ll wait for you

The laughter is subdued, It fades in the night sky
A broken mirror heart, I see it in your eyes
It’s part of your disguise

But I, well I‘ll wait
Soft and clear, Oh words they flow like waterfalls
And ear to ear, they sound the same but they carry different stories

Well the morning’s here again, we’ll have to move along
I wish I said nothing, my words are always wrong,
Like a crow singing his song
Track Name: Christmas Eve
It’s Christmas Eve and I see the lights
Strung above my head, sparkle in the night
I’ll run ‘round town cause my head’s on tight
Another restless day, another restless night

Without you, without you
You leave me blue, just like you always do

You’re running through my mind like a dog in sight of
Another cat to chase, another bone to bite
Another day when you’re not by my side
You’re an unlocked door, I’m a shoe untied

Without you, without you
You leave me blue, just like you always do
Can you feel the change?
It’s coming a little bit closer every day

It’s Christmas Eve and I've seen the lights
Glimmer in the dark, sparkle in my eyes
I’ll run ‘round town cause my head’s not tight
Another Christmas eve, another year in sight

Without you, without you
You leave me blue, just like you always do
Can you feel the change?
It’s coming a little bit closer every day
Track Name: Deadbolt
Turning the lock he’s slipping out the back door
Off to find a place he’s never been before
Streetlight blues they trickle down his shoulders
His young reflection is in the glass but he feels much older

And I know you better now, better than before
At least I hope, I hope I never change you like I did before.

Shoelace Jones he’s standing on the corner
Set up for success now he’s just a stoner
Railroad ties they hold his bones down
They would’ve flown away if he hadn’t had them bound
You don’t need it, you can’t see it, no

You know me better now, better than you’d hoped
Or so I’m told, and I want to hate you but I just don’t know

He’s seen this all before, in his memories and dreams
One day he’ll never know the life he used to lead

Turning the lock he’s slipping out the back door
Hoping that someplace there’s just something more
Track Name: Fairhaven
With a carefree mind and a heavy heart
You’ll find your feet not knowing where to start
Tell me what’s on your mind
It’s funny what you might find

I’d tell you but I don’t have the time
I have to leave, but I can’t find my mind

It ebbs and flows but never goes away
It dims and glows she’ll show you the way
Tell me what’s on your mind
I’ll tell you what’s on mine

I’d tell you but I don’t have the time
I have to leave, but I can’t find my mind

I was a sinking ship all along
Now all that’s left are these memories and a song

I’d tell you but I don’t have the time
I have to leave, but I can’t find my mind
Track Name: Sleeping Quarters
Cream colored walls envelop me, as is my liking
Cause I’ve never found a place to be more inviting

With pursed lips and weary eyes the day is over
I’ll dream of green grass, blue-er skies, and four leaf clovers

The chill sets in as the day grows shorter
I think I’ll retire to my sleeping quarters
To write another song of some other day
When all my dear friends weren’t so far away

The clock runs slow it must be full with molasses
An oversize sweater of itchy wool on the floor with my glasses

Brand new mirror but nothing’s changed in me
Try to find a way to re-arrange reality

The chill sets in as the day grows shorter
I think I’ll retire to my sleeping quarters
To write another song of some other day
When all my dear friends weren’t so far away
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