Fallen Sparrows

by Jakob Berger & his hat

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1.
Dark of Day 02:51
In a year or so We could be so far away from all we know ‘Cause tomorrow We will run away From all the demons that lead us astray Day after day And I see you and all that you do And I hope that you see me too And we hide away from the dark of day It’ll be so nice To lock the door and turn out the light Hidden from sight And we won’t look back We’ll take the animals and a backpack And the instrument stack And our love will grow out of control Our love will grow, grow, grow out of control And we’ll hide away from the dark of day Anywhere will do All I need is a plot of land and you Hidden from view We’ll dream up a plan We’ll build the old way with our own two hands With silt, straw, and sand And we’ll run run run ‘Cause I’m done With the sun, sun, sun And everyone I belong to the shadows So you best leave me there I belong to the shadows so you best leave me there/And we hide away from the dark of day
2.
Close your eyes and see You and I Were not meant to be So break ties And cast me off to sea Don’t compromise Be who you’re meant to be These are the times we live for Cast aside Your family tree Ostracized From the community Harmonize With the timpani Improvise For there is not guarantee These are the times we live for Memorize A soliloquy Plagiarize To be or not to be Rhapsodize Commit to memory Sympathise With a simple eulogy These are the times we live for Scrutinize The bourgeoisie Civilized Sipping ginseng tea Recognize That they live care free Synchronized With the honey bees These are the times we live for
3.
You and me we used to be always side by side My sisters and my brothers mourned on the day you died Oh my father where’d you go, why didn’t you take me? Scatter ash upon the sand under the cypress tree Oh the time is not yet come Oh the time is not yet come But the time will come Time will come Don’t be afraid, don’t be afraid Though we be lost, we’re still on our way When kingdoms come and wills are done, we’ll be underground And there we’ll stay until they day our hearts aren’t earthly bound Oh the time is not yet come Oh the time is not yet come But the time will come Time will come The readiness is all The readiness is all I know the path that lies ahead may be long and narrow So recall that special providence in the fallen sparrow And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain to tell my story All for naught was this greed but for ephemeral glory Oh the time is not yet come Oh the time is not yet come But the time will come Time will come
4.
Age Ahead 05:04
Hello my old self You became someone else Than the person I thought you’d be And the life you thought you’d lead It’s been ten long years Since we’ve begun, though we’ve yet to face our fears I almost forgot you Can’t seem to recall all the things I knew I’m here with you Looking in a one way mirror I don’t see what you see but I sure can hear So much promises in your thoughts Knowing we will overcome the fights we fought And you need to know it won’t work out in the end But the letting go, it helps us start again You need to be advised to let yourself feel ‘Cause that’s the fire to stoke to make something real I’m here with you Ten years ago There’s so much that you didn’t know I know you hated when they said That you have no value ‘til you age ahead So age ahead Get out of bed; wake the dead Don’t be mislead; just cut the thread To things unsaid; signs misread Times we bled; were in your head So age ahead, age ahead I’m here with you
5.
Clay to Mold 04:17
Hello my unborn son Don’t look at what we’ve done Made fools of ourselves, and everyone else Just like a bullet in the gun We’ve been going down the wrong road for years A selfish action: to bottle up your fears Always to delay, put things off for another day But that time, it seems, is hear No, no no, No, no no no no, No You can smell that change is coming, in the bitter breeze I welcome it with open arms, hoping it will seize Take over, take hold, this world is clay to mold Return us all to dust and to the sea No, no no, No, no no no no, No Now my unborn son I don’t know if you’ll ever come But take heed of what I say, like curtains at the end of play For now a new day has begun
6.
Watch out for the deep end You’re getting nearer every day You pretend to be my friend But you twist everything I saw Through pleasantries and formalities At one point you seemed sincere But i’m finally seeing clearly now You only care how things appear Don’t read into anything that doesn’t concern you Maybe try using logic for once, just maybe think things through Don’t read into anything that doesn’t concern you You’re just making trouble for yourself and all us, too You’re manipulative, you’re so sensitive But I know you’ll pretend to play nice You may be sweet, but I know you’re discrete You aint’ sugar you’re just the spice If I could cut you out of my life I’d do it in less than a heartbeat But we can’t all get what we want So I watch as the cycle repeats Don’t read into anything that doesn’t concern you Maybe try using logic for once, just maybe think things through Don’t read into anything that doesn’t concern you You’re just making trouble for yourself and all us, too Did you know the world revolves around the sun? Did you know that the sun’s not you? Got all these books on patience checked out, But now they’re all overdue Don’t read into anything that doesn’t concern you Maybe try using logic for once, just maybe think things through Don’t read into anything that doesn’t concern you You’re just making trouble for yourself, and I’m done placating you And I’m done placating you
7.
Blood on your hands, blood or your knees I know your deeds, I know your deeds You look at me like you’re hungry But I don’t know your needs, don’t know your need But I see you when you sleep So unpeacefully I wish I could sooth your dreams But it’s an impossibility I watch you grow as you grew You didn’t ever think things through You told me lies but I knew Trust always seemed to evade you But I see you when you sleep So unpeacefully I wish I could sooth your dreams But it’s an impossibility You tried to save, tried to be brave But I see you quiver, you’re ready to cave I know that now it’s too late You learned to destroy and not to create But I see you when you sleep So unpeacefully I wish I could sooth your dreams But it’s an impossibility
8.
Mother 03:12
Mother, I know you’re disappointed because my choices don’t make it out like I’m anointed But I gotta find this on my own Despite my being failure prone Let me fall so I can get back up Empty the glass so I can fill the cup We each make our own choices We each make our own choices For better or for worse it won’t play out like we rehearse When we each make our own choices Oh mother, I hope someday you’ll be proud of me Not for doing what you want, but for the small path I made to be It wasn’t there before So I had to carve out my own front door So I could walk along how I needed to But please know I’ve always needed you We each make our own choices We each make our own choices For better or for worse it won’t play out like we rehearse When we each make our own choices You get mad when I say fuck But we each got our own luck Yours ain’t mine and mine sure as hell ain't yours You who raised us Taught us about Jesus You don’t hold the blame So please don’t feel any shame We each make our own choices We each make our own choices For better or for worse it won’t play out like we rehearse
9.
Father I have been lost for so long but now I'm found Will you take me back in forgive my sins, help me out Father forgive me I'm begging on my knees Now I find myself alone I know I need to go back home Let me come back Let me come back home I have lost the few things that I had when I set out Please please punish me for these things I brought about Father forgive me I'm begging on my knees Now I find myself alone I know I need to go back home Let me come back Let me come back home Father know my motives I was selfish I was foolish I am far from perfect, full full of regret, full of shame

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released May 19, 2019

Produced by Jakob Berger & his hat
Mixed by Grant Turley
Mastered by Jherek Bischoff
Album Art by Mike Stilkey

Music & Lyrics by Jakob Berger
Piano on "Pleasantries and Formalities" by Kent Jenkins
Violin on "Dark of Day" and bowed violin on "Times We Live For" by Phoebe Silva
Supporting vocals on "Mother" by Drew Elder

Additional Vocals on "It’s Okay" by Réchard François, Greg Smith, Jessica Gerhardt, Emily Hinkler, Evan Freed, Matthew Clough Hunter, Eugene Moon, & Nicole Jaffe

All other instruments performed by Jakob Berger

Recorded at home in Los Angeles.

Special thanks to Evan Freed, Emily Hinkler, Jesse Lacey, Elizabeth Roper, & Sam Stacy for lending their ears.

© 2019 by Jakob Berger & his Hat

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