John Watkins

by John Watkins

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Debut solo album (12 songs) of John Watkins playing clean electric guitar and vocals. Watkins currently plays piano and sings with Jackson Spells, also on bandcamp.com and formerly played guitar and sang with The Unawares (see Youtube videos).

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released September 9, 2018

John Watkins - Vocals, clean SG guitar, 12 string (1990).

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Track Name: Chameleon
CAMELEON

AND IF YOU'RE SAYING TOO MUCH
LIKE TWO AND ONE AIN'T THREE
WELL, THAT'S A BAFFELING TOUCH
LIKE SLAMMING INTO THE SEA, NOW

OF ALL THE THINGS THAT COULD MEAN SO MUCH TO YOU
SOME WANDERING 'ROUND LIKE A VISION THAT'S COMING THRU
SOME CLAIMING RED, OF A TENSION THAT'S IN THE SAND
SOME RUN AROUND LIKE A BITCH IN AMSTERDAM

A FEAST THAT'S COLD AND ARCANE
WAS IN THE CLUB LAST NIGHT
LIKE IN THAT SHADY OLD SONG
MAKE ME INTO A CAMELEON

OF ALL THE THINGS THAT COULD MEAN SO MUCH TO YOU
SOME WANDERING 'ROUND LIKE A VISION THAT'S COMING THRU
SOME CLAIMING RED, OF A TENSION THAT'S IN THE SAND
SOME RUN AROUND LIKE A BITCH IN AMSTERDAM
Track Name: It Was The Waves
IT WAS THE WAVES

TRYED TO GET OFF TO GET ON AGAIN
IT WAS THE WAVES, IT WAS THE WAVES
PARTING YOUR EYES, I WAS LOST AGAIN
IT WAS THE WAVES, IT WAS THE WAVES
DON'T WANT TO STEAL WHAT WAS MAD AGAIN
IT WAS THE WAVES, IT WAS THE WAVES

GLOOMY WEIRDOS HESITATE
GROUNDERS OF GRADE, HARMLESS INDEED
WHY DEGRADE THEM, SEVERAL TIMES?
GRINDERS AT MOST, WASTING THEIR TIME.

TOOK BUCKETS OF COINS TO INCRIMINATE
IT WAS THE WAVES, IT WAS THE WAVES
OR DOUSE THEM WITH BLOOD TO ANNIHILATE
IT WAS THE WAVES, IT WAS THE WAVES
THE GRIPPING WAS ALL WITH THE GRIPERS DOWN
IT WAS THE WAVES, IT WAS THE WAVES
Track Name: Others' Machine
OTHERS' MACHINE
[INTRUM.]
STAGES OF INFERENCE, THOSE ALLEYS GOT WIRED
THE POINT AND THE TEMPERANCE, AND BUDDY GOT LEARNED
HABITUAL FEARFULNESS APPARENTLY TURNS, WELL..

DREAM MEAN WITH THE OTHERS' MACHINE
IT'S LIKE THAT WHEN THE PEOPLE TURN GREEN
DREAM MEAN WITH THE OTHER'S MACHINE
DON'T GET BUMPED WHEN IT'S FREAKIN' OBSCENE

BLED IN THE DRAIN AGAIN, A DRIPPING FRAGMENT
LOUD, FOR THE DOWNFALLEN
THE GRIPPING THAT BURNS
HOW NASTY AND ABSENTLY, THE ANGWISHED RETURN

DREAM MEAN WITH THE OTHERS' MACHINE ( 2X )
IT'S LIKE THAT WHEN THE PEOPLE TURN GREEN
DREAM MEAN WITH THE OTHER'S MACHINE
DON'T GET BUMPED WHEN IT'S FREAKIN' OBSCENE
[INTRO.]
Track Name: Understand
UNDERSTAND

GOTTA TRY, ON THE FIGHT, WONDER WHY, IN THE SKY
YOU WOULD SAY I'M AN INNOCENT NO MORE- AH-AH
DO YOU PRAY FOR YOUR GAME
YOUR MISTAKE, YOUR MISTAKE, DOUBLE-TAKE
ON A DROP YOU UNDERSTAND
HOW DOES IT FEEL WHEN YOU GOT NO ROOM, AGAIN?

SHE'S YOUR HEROINE, DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND? (X2)

WHAT A CRAZE IN THE PHASE IN YOUR GRAVES
I GET LAZY AGAIN WHEN I'M SUFFERIN' NO MORE- AH,AH
MAKE IT LIGHT WITH YOUR SITES, UNDER FRIGHT
IT'S A BREEZE WHEN YOU TEASE ALL THE ELEMENTS AGAIN
HOW DOES IT FEEL WHEN YOU GOT NO ROOM?

SHE'S YOUR HEROINE, DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND? (X6)
Track Name: Birds On A Wire
BIRDS ON A WIRE

AN EPHEMERAL BASTION, OR CHILD OF REACTION, AH-AH
THE BIRDS ON A WIRE, BECOME FANATICAL FIRE- AH-AH
WHEN HANDS GRIND THE THUNDER, AGAINST A GIANT RECITER, AH-AH

IN THE PLACE THAT YOU WANTED TO BE
IN THE MIND OF A ROCK-N-ROLL STEED
ALL THAT'S LOST, JUST FILL IN THE BLANKS.

YOU'RE A BAY CITY ROLLER, J-JUST A BAY CITY ROLLER, AH-AH
PUT THE TORCH ON THE VOLUME
TO GIVE IT JUST ENOUGH BOTTOM, AH-AH
HOW REAL IS THE WATER, TO AN AERIAL SURFER? AH-AH

IN THE PLACE THAT YOU WANTED TO BE
IN THE MIND OF A ROCK-N-ROLL STEED
ALL THAT'S LOST, JUST FILL IN THE BLANKS.
Track Name: Dust
DUST

THE PROVERBEAL TIGHTROPE, THAT'S STRUNG FROM THE INSIDE
OUTSIDE OF THIS "LIGHT SPIN" THAT'S JOKING OF SUNRISE
THE STUFF THAT YOU CAN'T FIND

I GOT NOTHING MORE, FOR THE GREENS THAT YOU'RE FINDING
THEY GOT LOST FROM THE CABIN FIRST, WITH A SNAKE TO BE FOUND
WE'D BE DEAD, WE BE DEAD 'TILL THE END OF THE WORLD
WE'D BE DEAD, WE BE DEAD 'TILL THE END OF THE WORLD
WE'D BE DEAD, WE BE DEAD 'TILL THE END OF THE WORLD

SOME URBAN ATTACK DOG, CHARMING AS A DONKEY
OR CLINICAL COUCH LIE, A SYSTEM FOR LYING
WITHOUT EVER TRYING

I GOT NOTHING MORE, FOR THE GREENS THAT YOU'RE FINDING
THEY GOT LOST FROM THE CABIN FIRST, WITH A SNAKE TO BE FOUND
WE'D BE DEAD, WE BE DEAD 'TILL THE END OF THE WORLD
WE'D BE DEAD, WE BE DEAD 'TILL THE END OF THE WORLD
WE'D BE DEAD, WE BE DEAD 'TILL THE END OF THE WORLD
Track Name: Helter's Fold
HELTERS' FOLD
HELTERS' FOLD AS THE AGGREGATE LYSING
HELTERS' FOLD AS THE AGGREGATE LYSING
HELTERS' FOLD AS THE AGGREGATE LYSING
HELTERS' FOLD AS THE AGGREGATE LYSING

UNDER THE TOWN, HAVE TO TURN AROUND
I'M GOING DOWN, TO THE UNDERGROUND
I'M NOT LOST, HAVE TO BE
I'M GOING DOWN, TO THE UNDERGROUND
PAYED THE COST, THIS MUST BE

HELTERS' FOLD AS THE AGGREGATE LYSING
HELTERS' FOLD AS THE AGGREGATE LYSING
HELTERS' FOLD AS THE AGGREGATE LYSING
HELTERS' FOLD AS THE AGGREGATE LYSING

BET YOUR OWN WEIGHT, BET YOUR OWN SKYS,
BET YOUR OWN CEILINGS
I THOUGHT IT WAS WET, YOU THOUGHT IT WAS DRY
I THOUGHT YOU WERE DEALING
Track Name: Dorian Gray
DORIAN GREY
SO, HANGING HIGHLY
IF YOU MAY, IF YOU MAY, IF YOU SAY
VALOR'S TOO HOLLOW
DORIAN GREY, DORIAN GREY, DORIAN GREY
DON'T NEED MUCH OF THAT MUCH
WHAT YOU SAY, WHAT DO YOU SAY, WHAT YOU SAY
STANDING SO MIGHTY
DORIAN GREY, DORIAN GREY, DORIAN GREY
GOODBYE; ONE PASSENGERS' HELLISH TIME
OF A DONE HELLMAKER, ONCE IN LINE
SQUEEZE THAT GUN, SOMEWHERE ONCE THEY COULD CLAIM
OH, SO HOT HASTE MAKER, WHAT A SHAME
YOU GOT SOMETHING
DORIAN GREY, DORIAN GREY, DORIAN GREY
SO HOT A CONDITION
TUCKED AWAY, IN A WAY, WATCH AWAY
DON'T NEED MUCH OF THAT MUCH
WHAT YOU SAY, WHAT DO YOU SAY, WHAT YOU SAY
STANDING SO MIGHTY
DORIAN GREY, DORIAN GREY, DORIAN GREY
Track Name: The Finicky
THE FINICKY

IF YOU CALL IN LATE, DON'T WANT TO BE YA
AND IF YOU WORK TOO FAST, THEY DON'T WANT TO SEE YA
AND IF YOU START RIGHT NOW, YOU WRETCHED BELIEVER

IF YOU CATCH IT TOO LATE,
MIGHT NOT BE WHERE YOU WANNA BE
BUT IF YOU CATCH IT TOO FAST
MIGHT NOT BE WHAT IT COULD HAVE BEEN

AND IN THE AFTERTASTE, IN AN ALLOWABLE BLINDING
IF ONE CAN THINK IN PEACE, AS A HOPELESS REMINDER
THAT SAT ATOP OF YOUR FACE, LIKE A PUNCH OF A TIGER

IF YOU CATCH IT TOO LATE,
MIGHT NOT BE WHERE YOU WANNA BE
BUT IF YOU CATCH IT TOO FAST
MIGHT NOT BE WHAT IT COULD HAVE BEEN
Track Name: Serendipitous Son
SERENDIPITOUS SON

BELLE FOUND HIS FACE IN A ROTATING JETSTREAM, AND
WHO'D BE ASKING FOR MORE?
DODGEING THE SILENCE WITH
PROPHETIC ANSWERS, LIKE
"I COULD SLEEP ON THE FLOOR" OR
"HE WAS RAIN AT YOUR DOOR"

ISLAND OF CLIMAX, OF ABANDONED SMUGGLERS WOULD
HAUL A TENTH OF THE LINE
GROUNDS AT THE ENTRANCE OF NORMAL ATTACTIONS OR
YOU'D BE STANDING IN LINE
SO CAN'T A PANTOMIME RHYME?
Track Name: Eugenia
EUGENIA
DIM YOUR LIGHT BEFORE YOU'RE CLOSED FOR DISQUISE
TAKIN' A WHILE, TUMBLING BEATS IN YOUR HEAD.
I'DE MUST HAVE KNOWN THEY COULD BE
SHORT FOR AWILE, DEVIL STYLE
TAKEN FOR WHAT SHE HAD SAID.
IF HALF SPOKEN TOSSING SIDE OF THE BRAIN COULD
TALK FOR A LOT, WHISPERING INSIDE OF YOUR BED.
EUGENIA - YOU'RE SOUNDING THE SHEPARDS
EUGENIA - THE FLEAS FLY FOR NOTHING, I KNOW YA
CHECKBOOK, CREDIT CARDS, NO MONEY
EUGENIA - YOUR ENDLESS WITH QUESTIONS
EUGENIA - INDEFINITE ANSWERS, I KNOW YA
CHECKBOOK, CREDIT CARDS, NO MONEY - I KNOW YA
TO BE DESPONDANT AND TO NEVER KNOW WHY
YOUR FORMIDABLE
MESSAGE THAT YOU HAD NOT SENT
I'M COUNTING RHYTHMS ON THE EDGE OF YOUR TOUNGE
A WAY FOR ME TO UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU HAD READ
A BLANK STARE THAT'S BLANKIN' STARING AROUND
IT'S PORTABLE, A TWISTING AND TANGLING MESS
Track Name: 1990
1990

A FALLEN ONE, BACKWAYS ALONG THE EARTH
A TENDERNESS AT BIRTH
SO CRAZED AND SHINY
I WAS BEMUSED, PEOPLE WEREN'T ALL THE SAME
THEY WERE DIFFERENT IN EVERY WAY, IN 1990
SO CRAZED AND SHINY,
WE BEMOANED AND ASHAMED A FEW THAT DAY.


WHAT IS THE ONE THAT CARES TO OVERSEE
HOW FECKLESS OF YOU AND ME
IT WAS YOUR DIAMOND
WE SAW THE FIELD, ENDLESS BEFORE THE DAY
DETROYED IT ANYWAY, IN 1990
SO CRAZED AND SHINY,
WE BEMOANED AND ASHAMED A FEW THAT WAY.

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