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Indie meets classic rock in San Diego artist Ezekiel Jay's debut full-length album. You'll hear catchy melodies and poetic lyrics sung at times with bluesy power, with plenty of ethereal harmonies and guitar riffs thrown in for a more classic sound.

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released January 11, 2012

All s_ngs by Ezekiel Jay Parnow
Pro_uced, recorded and mixed by Ben Moore
Rec_rded at Audio Design Recording, San Diego, CA
Additional Engineering by Matt Van Allen
Mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering

Voca_s, guitar: Ezekiel Jay Parnow
D_ums: Toby Ahrens
Bass guit_r: Jason Littlefield
Hammond organ, electric piano: Ben Moore
Additio_al vocals: Crystal Hennings on "I Feel Fabulous", Natalina Carpanzano on "Hazel"

Exe_utive p_oducer: Michael Porcelli
Photography and artwor_: Natalina Carpanzano

Thanks to Todd Binder, Bryan Calo, Natalina Carpanzano, Lee Ann Cornell, Marin Fantino, Sheryl Lynn Peterson, Victor Guzman, James Hasler, Andreas Jaeggi, Jennifer Kaser, Jeff Kelley at Audio Design Recording, Daniel Kendall, Brenda King, Michael McDonald, Ilian Moctezuma, Thomas Mossey, Austin Parnow, Barbara Parnow, Megan Parnow, Stephen Parnow, Michael Porcelli, Billie Rosen, Rick Rosen, Robert Rosen, Kevin Shirley, Carrie Sisson, David Welk

Specia_ thanks to Eric Von Bernstorff (Stiffneck guitars) and Craig Bledsoe for use of their amazing guitars.

Artist information at www.ezekieljay.com

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Supporting free speech and human rights, Feb 2017 all proceeds go to the ACLU! --- Ezekiel Jay is a San Diego songwriter with a sound that sits somewhere between bluesy roots rock and indie guitar pop, delivered with a soulful vocal style. His words can be poetic, inspiring or fun, and the songs come with a warning that their lyrics and melodies may stick in your head. ... more

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Track Name: Awake and Shaking
Certain times
I get bitter when
A sandpaper wind
Cuts me right on the chin

Certain times
Cradled in Limbo-land
Persuading a man out of the sand
Who's so dug in

Let our thoughts dissolve into the space
Awake and shaking we open to the way it is
Let our mind control machines break down
Roots in the ground and kneeling
We pick up the crown

Would you like me
To heal you now?
Well I don't know how
See in you nothing wrong

Are you waiting
For the perfect man
To feed you and to lead you
In this broken land?

Let our thoughts dissolve into the space
Awake and shaking we open to the way it is
Let our mind control machines break down
Roots in the ground and kneeling
We pick up the crown

Let our thoughts dissolve into the space
Awake and shaking we open
To the perfect place
To the perfect place
Let our mind control machines break down
Roots in the ground and kneeling
We pick up the crown
Track Name: Hummingbirds
What are you asking for my love?
Though you say nothing
There's a cartoon bubble above
Look at the time we're late again
Roll out of bed, make coffee
My how we like to pretend

Caught in a dream and we're not waking up
Not waking up
Choosing to sleep through the alarm
Through the alarm

Like hummingbirds just hovering
We see in brilliant colors
Drawn to the flowers and trees

Head on the pillow day is done
You're talking nonsense
Making me laugh with your monotone
Seconds away from someplace known
Only to you and me and
A bear with a megaphone
Or the robot with the painted toes
Or a tough boxing kangaroo

Like hummingbirds just hovering
We see in brilliant colors
Drawn to the flowers and trees
Like dolphins playing in the sea
You wave your fin and dive down
I follow you around the deep

Caught a dream
And we're not waking up
Not waking up
Cuz we're gone, yeah baby we're gone
Baby, gone, baby gone

Like hummingbirds just hovering
We see in brilliant colors
Drawn to the flowers and trees
Like dolphins playing in the sea
You wave your fin and dive down
I follow you around the deep
Track Name: Set Yourself Apart
I want you know what you look like
In the blue light
Want to celebrate your body
Tonight

I want you to know how you move me
And consume me
There’s a way that you go through me
Tonight

Reach out and grab my hand
Breathe as I spin you around

You set yourself (set yourself) apart / Oh my God
You set yourself (set yourself) apart / Oh my God
You set yourself (set yourself) apart / Oh my God
You set yourself set yourself set yourself set yourself
Apart

I want to come up with a reason
For not speaking
There’s no meaning to this story
Tonight

I want to confess my stargazing
You amaze me
There’s no reason to be sorry
For what’s right

Reach out and grab my hand
Breathe as I spin you around

You set yourself (set yourself) apart / Oh my God
You set yourself (set yourself) apart / Oh my God
You set yourself (set yourself) apart / Oh my God
You set yourself set yourself set yourself set yourself
Apart

(Repeat)
Track Name: I Feel Fabulous
Reason would tell me that objectively speaking
I should be thinking 'bout my life on the brink
Calculating odds for my problems unsolved
They tell me I'm evolved to produce and to seek

So do I have a right to say to you now...

I feel fabulous and I don't know why
I don't know why
I feel fabulous and I don't know why
I don't know but it's true

Know you will lose if you look at the news
Choose your abuse since humanity's screwed
Day by day that mysterious "they"
Them that take more away of your possessions so few

So do I have a right to say to you now...

I feel fabulous and I don't know why
I don't know why
I feel fabulous and I don't know why
I don't know but it's true

Doom and gloom in your room
Is it a womb or just a tomb?
You pay your dues then change your tune
The reaper soon will come for you

You take your cue, save your loot
Rent a suit, "It's you," you say
To they who may confuse the game
With costume party holidays

I feel fabulous and I don't know why
I don't know why
I feel fabulous and I don't know why
I don't know but it's true

Please don't take this the wrong way
I'm not sure I have the right to say, HEY

I feel fabulous and I don't know why
I don't know why
I feel fabulous and I don't know why
I don't know but it's true
But it's true
But it's...
Track Name: Hazel
Hazel don’t get much respect
Everyone’s seeing blue
Reminds us of the ocean, the sky
And the winter too

Emeralds like to convey
What a great find they’ll be
And exotic dark chocolate is hot
Like the Caribbean Sea

But Hazel is the underdog
She never gets her own song

What you don’t know about Hazel
Is the stars shine in those eyes
With her palette of earthy cool
She’ll give you mountain highs

Hazel don’t get much respect
She’s a witch or she’s nuts
Probably not six feet and blond
Maybe scrappy and tough

Everyone always gets her wrong
The first time they meet
She takes a little time to figure out
So gaze long and deep

But Hazel is the underdog
Never gets her own song

What you don’t know about Hazel
Is the stars shine in those eyes
With her palette of earthy cool
She’ll give you mountain highs

She’ll change like the leaves in autumn
When it complements the light
You could see something new
Through a candle flame tonight

I can't contain
A fascination with her glow
She has something
An admiration for her grows

What you don’t know about Hazel
Is the stars shine in those eyes
With her palette of earthy cool
She’ll give you mountain highs

She’ll change like the leaves in autumn
When it complements the light
You could see something new
Through a candle flame tonight
Track Name: Goddess
Tell me now what you told to me the time before
The other shore
Close the page, get me off this chair and out this cage
Let's go play

Goddess take me to the Goodwill store
Always thinking I could use some more
Goddess take me to a local band
You don't have to drag me just hold my hand

Water me in this thirsty starved brutality
The forty thieves
You did show how the greatest story ever told
Was my own

Goddess take me to a foreign town
Where they stare at me as I walk around
Goddess take me to the Salton Sea
And leave me there with your memory

Tell me every, tell me every, tell me every, tell me
Tell me every, tell me every, tell me every, tell me
Tell me everything

Goddess take me when you hear me cry
For I am yours on the day I die
Goddess take me when you hear me cry
For I am yours it was all a lie

Goddess take me to the Goodwill store
Always thinking I could use some more
Goddess take me to a local band
You don't have to drag me just hold my hand
Track Name: Lending You a Hand
Closing down like a storefront at dusk
Shoulders in, protect what they must
And there's echoes now that he's gone
But the ones in your head never hush
Raising faith now that's asking too much

But what can you do, can you do
That's not already done, already done
And who would be foolish, so foolish
Enough to come, maybe we would

And we're sending you our love
Lending you a hand
And my dear it's ok because we understand
And we're lending you a hand

Breaking down like a body of rust
Waking pain but the work must be done
Any solace ends fast like a movie
You come out and real life returns
Saving strength for tomorrow's new test

But what can you do, can you do
That's not already done, already done
And who would be foolish, so foolish
Enough to come, maybe we would

And we're sending you our love
Lending you a hand
And my dear it's ok because we understand
And we're lending you a hand

(repeat)
Track Name: Live Like a King
What he knew in his bones
Is that he never ever could be known
From where he came, so much hell
That to keep him free he'd have to learn to sell

And the words that kept him going
Planted deep as he was growing

If you want to dream, if you want to sing
Make a promise to me son
Live like a king and don't you ever see
What you would have become
Be the one who rules the other ones

New York sky, eagles' den
Lifted to a special place among all men
Driving hard, it's divine
When a gambler keeps on winning it's a sign

And the words that kept him going
Planted deep as he was growing

If you want to dream, if you want to sing
Make a promise to me son
Live like a king and don't you ever see
What you would have become
Be the one who rules the other ones
The one who rules the other ones
Rules the other ones
The other ones

And there's been so much giving back
Yet holy angels coming to attack
Heavy burden on a pillowed head
Should I let the river flow or are the fields already dead?

If you want to dream, if you want to sing
Make a promise to me son
Live like a king and don't you ever see
What you would have become
Be the one who rules the other ones
The one who rules the other ones
Track Name: Triple Dare
Breakin' all the rules for you my dear
I probably would rob a bank if you whispered in my ear
Don't come natural staring down my fear
But when you kiss my neck I wanna
Hit the gas, smash glass, take a triple dare

Sneak into the office, it's 3 am
Don't know how you talked me into this again
Do not duplicate means nothin' to you
When I see the boss's desk I gotta
Clear it off, bottoms up, you know what to do

You lie and steal, give the finger to hell
And you sell it so well, I beg for danger
You're pressing a knife to my comfortable life
Holding tight to my spine, I don't know who you are
Who I am, why am I holding this gun?

Had a bunch of money for a rainy day
Two days in Vegas and you blew it all away
Don't come natural I was always kinda square
But when you take it off I wanna
Burn guitars, steal cars, take a triple dare

You lie and steal, give the finger to hell
And you sell it so well, I beg for danger
You're pressing a knife to my comfortable life
Holding tight to my spine, I don't know who you are
Who I am, why am I holding this gun?

You won't talk about the other guys who took you out
I assume that means
They're either locked up, messed up or in the ground

You lie and steal, give the finger to hell
And you sell it so well, I beg for danger
You're pressing a knife to my comfortable life
Holding tight to my spine, I don't know who you are
Who I am, why am I holding this gun?
Track Name: There Goes Another One
There goes another one
Set in her ways, spending her days
A Frigidaire slave and the future’s trapped

There goes another one
Career in a rut, he’s growing a gut
He’d like to be tough when the kids talk back

Another one falling out of love
Another one got his wish and more

Take it all back they scream
I want to wake up from this bad dream
I want my money returned
Bought the American Dream and I got burned

There goes another one
Arches her back, the woman is stacked
She’d like to be bad but she got that ring
(oh that ring)

There goes another one
Richer than sin, she won’t touch him
His favorite bed was the twin and not this king
(it’s too damn big)

Another one falling out of love
Another one got his wish and more
Take it all back they scream
I want to wake up from this bad dream
I want my money returned
Bought the American Dream and I got burned

Well I would if I could
Take it all back but it's too late

Take it all back they scream
I want to wake up from this bad dream
I want my money returned
Bought the American Dream and I got burned
Track Name: The Captain
Three miles high and nothing much going on
(Nothing much)
Three miles high and Nothing much going on
Three miles high and not much to talk about
(Nothing much)
Three miles high and he pulls his head wires out

And the Captain comes on the microphone
The Captain comes on the speaker again
He says:
Look to your left, that's the world passing you by
Look to your left, where your ancestors died
He says:
Look to your right, that's where your secrets lie
Look to your right, well they're scattered on the countryside

Three miles high and she pulls out her magazine
(Cosmo or Seventeen)
Three miles high, she stares at the movie screen
(So bland that it's obscene)
Three miles high and packed like a sardine can
(Living like modern man)
Three miles high and she drinks just to pass the time
(Up here it's not a crime)

The Captain comes on the microphone
The Captain comes on the speaker again
She says:
Look to your left, that's your life passing you by
Look to your left, where your ancestors died
She says:
Look to your right, that's where your secrets lie
Look to your right, 'cause they're buried in the countryside

And the Captain comes on the microphone
The Captain comes on the speaker again
She says:
Look to your left, that's your life passing you by
Look to your left, where your ancestors died
She says:
Look to your right, those are where your secrets lie
Look to your right, 'cause they're buried in the countryside


Look to your left
Look to your right
Look to your left
Look to your right
To your left, to your right..