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Interesting Times

from The Cutting Room Floor by Jed Davis

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I had been kicking the melody around for a few months; the lyric came when I visited my brother at college for the first time. He had just joined a fraternity, and hearing him refer to all these strangers as his "brothers" made me fucking nauseous. All at once, a lot of shit crystallized into a State of My Crappy Life Address.


I'm all but frozen in the train lights
Pinned down in a rising tide
Stacks of bills and unsent letters
Box me in on every side

I'm holding out my hand
But no one takes my hand
While all the things I need just pass me by.

Pick up a shipment of new equipment
I need a car to take me there
I can get it, just give me credit
Pull that money from thin air
Another paycheck in the shitter
Another two weeks down the drain
Another debt of friendship paid in full
Another phone bill paid in vain

Three years and I'm not sure
Just what I bought this for
The only interest I don't draw is yours.

Now this girl is finished with me
That girl thinks I'm insane
Now this girl hates the very thought of me
And all the girls at work think I'm a pain
And my friends sit waiting for the other shoe to drop
And my parents are still waiting for the first shoe to drop
And my brother went away to some university
Now he's got sixty brothers and none of them is me

So assign my number, rip me open
And scar a bar code across my heart
As we march information in tight formation
We're the devil's army, we're the devil's art

If hope is all I have
Just gas me where I stand
Thank God we live in interesting times

It doesn't hear me, it doesn't pay for me
It doesn't hold me or kiss me warm
And though it's always there when I need it there
In the end, it's just a song.


from The Cutting Room Floor, released September 21, 2010
Words and music by Jed Davis
Published by Eschatonality/ASCAP

Jed Davis: vocals, piano, keyboards
Sean Gould: guitars
Steve Watson: upright bass
Chris De Rosa: drums
Jack Saffer: trombone
Keith Schmidt: trumpet
Brian Patneaude: saxophone
Produced by Jed Davis
Executive Producer: Dave Fridmann
Mixed by Tony Doogan at Tarbox Road Studios, Cassadaga, NY
Recorded by John Delehanty at Scarlet East, Latham, NY
Additional recording by Sean Gould at Loho Studios, New York, NY
Mastered by Joe Gastwirt


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Jed Davis Syracuse, New York

Song designer; founding member of The Hanslick Rebellion, Skyscape, Collider; oblivious to genre, trends and the passage of time.

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