Emotional Charge

by Ezekiel Jay

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released April 23, 2016

Lead vocals, rhythm guitar - Ezekiel Jay Parnow
Bass guitar - David Stone
Drums - Michael Reedy
Lead guitar - Daniel Crawford
Organ, piano, synth - Ben Moore
Backing vocals - Cathryn Beeks
Trombone, Horn Arrangement - Andy Geib
Saxophone - Bob Campbell
Trumpet - Carl Soukup
Cello - Erdis Maxhelaku
Violin, Viola - Angela Choong
String arrangement - Chris Fulford-Brown

Produced, engineered and mixed by Ben Moore
Recorded at The Singing Serpent, San Diego, CA
Mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering

Cover art - Billy Martinez
Cover design - Natalina Carpanzano

All songs © 2016 Ezekiel Jay Parnow

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Ezekiel Jay San Diego, California

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: Run You Out
Play with dolls, heads get turned around
Shoes fall to the ground
Taste the salt ‘til lips are burning red
And hips are burning beds
Are they gonna run gonna run gonna run
Are they gonna run you out of town?
Are they gonna run you in the ground?
Whoa
Funny girl, your lie was taken wrong
Tomorrow's lightning storm
Load ‘em up with bullets forged in shame
They need you for their game
Are they gonna run gonna run gonna run
Are they gonna run you out of town?
Are they gonna run you in the ground?
Whoa
(repeat)
There’s no need
For torches and for fire
When there’s justice in the wires
Clean out your desk
And change your address
Clean out your desk
And change your address
Are they gonna run gonna run gonna run
Are they gonna run you out of town?
Are they gonna run you in the ground?
Whoa
Track Name: Moved
We’ve come so close now since the day we met
And I know you’re here to stay
You won’t disown me, say it’s silliness, theatrical or fake
I’m forever running this great wall
Can’t feel out beyond the stones
But my desires they are cannonballs in this battle of the bones
Won’t you hear me out?
Gonna need your help in time
Won’t you be my love?
Gonna hear your call to life
I want to be moved (eheh) every day for fifty years
I will lose (eheh) my fear of the grave and decorate her
I am carrying some hangers on
Got me reeling in the road
I could turn and try to shake ‘em off or I could put them in the show
Won’t you hear me out?
Gonna need your help in time
Won’t you be my love?
Gonna hear your call to life
I want to be moved (eheh) every day for fifty years
I will lose (eheh) my fear of the grave and decorate her
Won’t you hear me out?
Gonna need your help in time
Won’t you be my love?
Gonna hear your call to life
(repeat)
I want to be moved (eheh) every day for fifty years
I will lose (eheh) my fear of the grave
I want to be moved (eheh) every day for fifty years
I will lose (eheh) my fear of the grave and decorate her
Track Name: Anomaly
I was recently arrested for being too damn beautiful
I didn’t contest it
Had a cake made for my community service
I showed up in a bow tie, they said don’t smile this is serious
They can keep it on the uptight but I look so good in this orange vest
Better call the fashion press!
There ain’t no picture that’s made to fit my frame
Don’t need to wish for another person’s name
Be an anomaly
You can, you can
If you wanna be
I like to get tipsy on strong green tea and pheromones
Some people call me kinky
It just depends on comfort zones, see
I flirt with the righteous but there’s a soft spot for the wicked too
It’s work to be silent when I want to shout out I’m living proof
Shout out I’m living proof
Be an anomaly
You can, you can
If you wanna be
Looking down and asking why I’m the one in ninetynine
Or are there simply only ones and flocks of people not like sheep at all
I fall…
There ain’t no picture that’s made to fit my frame
Don’t need to wish for another person’s name
Be an anomaly
You can you can
If you wanna be
Track Name: Overwhelmed
They say our generation has much too much to do
Each one wants to make it and maybe be happy too
I’m trying to work harder but I’m slipping far behind
I feel the competition in my fully sober state of mind
Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed and confused
That’s when I stand up from my chair and get some love from you
(Yes I do)
They want me to work harder, these spirits down inside
I wonder what you want for me when you see me trying in this life
Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed and confused
That’s when I stand up from my chair and get some love from you
(C’mon)
Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed and confused
That’s when I stand up from my chair and get some love from you
(Yes I do)
Break it for a minute we can lift it up
Walkin’ in the city we can lift it up
Breathe it on in, we can lift it up
In a sunshine minute we can lift it up
Takin’ when you’re givin’ we can lift it up
Makin’ me believe that we can lift it up
Breathe it on in, we can lift it up
In a sunshine minute we can lift it up
Track Name: Front Row
Oh, many years ago
I had a class that was much too hard and
So, I sat in the back
And drew skulls on my notebook
Oh, then she walked in the room
Hair slick with the glasses on
I wasn’t tough but I know she was
Put her finger to my lips
And took the front row
I’ll take the front row
Oh, more recently
I took a ride in a limousine and
So, they weren’t friends of mine
Still not, lemme tell you why
Oh, in vino veritas
Revealed backward thoughts
I’m not PC but still was uneasy
Hey driver, I’ll ride with you
In the front row
I’ll take the front row
I’ll take the front row
I’ll take the front row
All my life I didn't want the attention
Didn't know I had anything to say
Then I found I could speak in connection
I'm not far away
I'm not far away
I’ll take the front row
I’ll take the front row
Oh, it was yesterday
I stopped in to hear locals play and
So, I sat in the back
And drew sips off a cognac
Oh, it was a brilliant jam
Made me wonder who I am
I pulled people right off the bar
And we filled that empty floor
With a front row
I’ll take the front row
I’ll take the front row
All my life I didn't want the attention
Didn't know I had anything to say
Then I found I could spark in connection
Now I’m here to play
Now I’m here to play
I’ll take the front row
I’ll take the front row
I’ll take the front row
I’ll take the front row
Track Name: Stare
When the painted dusk bows out to let the stars come up
Magicians pull their tricks and disappear the jaggedness
I am lifted by the hills and your magnetic fields
Conditions for a wish to find a willing audience
Eyes they open to see you
Staring me down, staring me through
Chills on fire, I belong here
With the help of flashlight beams and lax security
Cutting through the trees, senses breathing heavily
Then the city takes us in
We are her relatives
In a starlight den, finding things we hid back then
Eyes they open to see you
Silence rolls in beneath you
Staring me down, staring me through
Chills on fire, I belong here
Staring me down, staring me through
Chills on fire, I belong here
With you
Eyes they open to see you
(Whooooa)
Staring me down, staring me through
Chills on fire, I belong here
Staring me down, staring me through
Chills on fire, I belong here
With you
Track Name: Insecure (Word)
The party was on
She looked like she was having so much fun
And then she was gone
He spied her in the hallway checking her bra
He felt himself lit like a bonfire melting the snow
The energy hit of a vampire sensing his own
He said, “Word, I’m so insecure, and I’m yours”
She said, “Word, I’m so insecure, for sure”
Their first real date
Obsessing is he there too soon or late?
In the ladies room
A closeup on her laugh lines are
they doom?
A touch of the flu with a static in his chest
Each word was two; one a habit, one a guess
Here’s the rest…
He said, “Word, I’m so insecure, and I’m yours”
She said, “Word, I’m so insecure, for sure”
Asking her to see his affectation
As a work of art
A fabric keeping safe the weeping heart
That is the eye unto the
World in which she wets the dust of all
That she has tried to be so
No one else can tell her softly
“Baby poor baby”
He said, “Word, I’m so insecure, and I’m yours”
She said, “Word, I’m so insecure, for sure”
He said, “Word”
She said, “Word”
He said
Track Name: Pay Myself
I won’t forget but now I know
To pay myself for what is owed
I won’t forget but now I know
To pay myself for what is owed
Justice is a blue print
That may be upside down from where you’re standing
Anger is a drill bit
That’s made to build a house then cave the walls in
But there’s a loophole see
I won’t forget but now I know
To pay myself for what is owed
I won’t forget but now I know
To pay myself for what is owed
Sweet dreams in the courtroom
See this scar well this means war, it’s anvil drop time
Victory is the bridegroom
And the honeymoon is doomed yeah it’s a short high
But there’s a loophole see
I won’t forget but now I know
To pay myself for what is owed
I won’t forget but now I know
(whooooaa)
To pay myself for what is owed
Track Name: Capricorn Heart
I want so much to fall
Head over heels
You know I need you in so
Many ways
And your beauty is lost
When I hide what I feel
Throwing pieces of hopei
Into space
You know I tried to be nice
Responsible and lawful
Wasn't doing us right
By pleasing all the people
Capricorn heart
Capricorn heart
I want so much to fail
And let failure die away
To rebirth in the eye
Of a storm
I wish I could instill
A prism in the gray
Wrap us both up in light
While we mourn
You know I tried to be nice
Responsible and lawful
Wasn't doing us right
By pleasing all the people
(instrumental)
Capricorn heart
Capricorn heart
Capricorn heart
Capricorn heart
Track Name: Sun Blind
Trudging toward the treasure
Inching toward the gold
Scheming just for pleasure
Robbing for control
There are people who can read the signs
But I think we've become sun
Sun blind
Blaming those who lead us
As if we're not the same
Waiting for our service
Waiting for our change
There are people who can read the signs
But I think we've become sun
Sun blind
We're emotional creatures
We're our own policers
Things we think are right today
Tomorrow are diseases
We know we’ve got the answers
We're gonna teach the teachers
Confidence can save lives
Or destroy them when it pleases
We're emotional creatures
We’re our own policers
We’re emotional creatures
Breathing in the ashes
Dirty lungs persist
Not proud of being loving
Just proud of how we’re pissed
There are people who can read the signs
But I think we've become sun
Sun blind
Sun blind
Sun blind
Track Name: Everything You Own
It's been a lifetime of begging for me and the fortunate ones
It's been a lifetime of faking the grade
An A can get you in the front door
It's been a childhood of looking at the girls who were taller than me
Lonely days cursing my genes
It seems a moment ain't destiny
Yeah yeah yeah
You wanna change the world, change your home
Lift your heart, move your bones
You wanna get the girl, wear her clothes
Unless you feel you're just for show
You wanna serve yourself, serve your time
Open up and blow your mind
You wanna roll in riches, make a pile of everything you own
Spent the middle years worried a mistake would be the end of me
Decades searching around this town for the parade on Easy Street
I spent last night greedy and this morning hungover as hell
Suffering without a cause, I lost my keys to the room upstairs
You wanna change the world, change your home
Lift your heart, move your bones
You wanna get the girl, wear her clothes
Unless you feel you're just for show
You wanna serve yourself, serve your time
Open up and blow your mind
You wanna roll in riches, make a pile of everything you own
Everything you own
Everything you own
You wanna change the world, change your home
Lift your heart, move your bones
You wanna get the girl, wear her clothes
Unless you feel you're just for show
You wanna serve yourself, serve your time
Open up and blow your mind
You wanna roll in riches, make a pile of everything you own
Track Name: You Are Not A Child
Reeling from sickness
Burn, think, ache, mumble mind
She joined the mess
I said, “Yes but why?”
A three way kiss
Her, me, the undefined
She whispered this and I was liquified:
You are not a child and you are
Lesser than the world and you're more
You are not a child and you are
Guessing at the road when you know
Two racing dew drops
Breathe, fight, light just behind
Another on top holding my arms wide
A four way sign
They, we, the undefined
Circle my chest with a dotted line
You are not a child and you are
Lesser than the world and you're more
You are not a child and you are
Guessing at the road when you know
You are not a child and you are
Lesser than the world and you're more
Her, me, the undefined
Her, me, the undefined