Popular to Contrary Belief

by Alec Sullivan

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1.
04:30
We've walked away We're gone There's no coming back Like the dark at the dawn Under attack The seasons change Summer to Fall Just an arrow in your range If you get hit, crawl But don't forget to deliver it It's cold today There's frost Where the statues stay We got lost With a chance to get away Take us away in a straitjacket Take us away on the bandwagon But don't let them take us if they don't know where to go Give it to us in a straitjacket Give it to us in a pawn shop But don't give it to us if you're going to take it away We'll turn the night into day Running gets old It's hard When you can't stop and take a break I guess I'll stop when I'm dead Or the jacket covers my head It's so put off When you said You like the leaves when they're yellow and red As if we've come across A place where you've actually seen them Take us away in a straitjacket Take us away on the bandwagon But don't let them take us if they don't know where to go Give it to us in a straitjacket Give it to us in a pawn shop But don't give it to us if you're going to take it away We'll turn the night into day Take us away in a straitjacket Take us away on the bandwagon But don't take us with you if you don't know where to go Give it to us in a straitjacket Give it to us in a pawn shop But don't give it to us if you're going to take it away Take us away in a straitjacket Take us away on the bandwagon But don't let them take us if they don't know where to go Give it to us in a straitjacket Give it to us in a pawn shop But don't give it to us if you're going to take it away We'll turn the night into day We'll turn the night into day
2.
04:08
I'm sorry I'm sorry I broke your heart But I know that doesn't mean anything If we live our lives apart Yeah I know that doesn't mean anything But hey, it's a start I'm sorry Well I'm sorry I was a dick But I know that doesn't mean anything If I can't change things real quickly Yeah it doesn't mean anything If I'm still just a fucking dick Sorry's such a pointless word And people make it sound absurd When they say it over and over again Teardrops falling from your sullen eyes Anger's only rarely justified I'm sorry Well I'm sorry I've made mistakes But I know it doesn't mean anything If I don't have what it takes No I know it doesn't mean anything If we're all just a bunch of fakes Sorry's such a pointless word And people make it seem absurd When they use it over and over again Teardrops falling from your big brown eyes Anger's only rarely justified I'm sorry I'm sorry I broke your heart But I know that doesn't mean anything If our lives are lived apart It doesn't mean anything But hey, it's a start I'm sorry
3.
It's good to hear that people are recycling Even trash that's old Digging through their garbage to feed it to their children Always covered in mold Personally I'd rather buy it fresh Or cook it at home and get sick less Oh but hey, it's the wave of the future Polluted with the waste of the past We're swimming pretty deep in the water Let's hope that it doesn't last Let's hope that it doesn't That it doesn't last, 'cause I'm gonna start a music revolution with the touch of a key Rid the world of audio pollution in the strum of a string Music revolution Keep dumbing down the rhythm until the soul is dead Well maybe if I repeat the same two words It will get stuck in your head I'm not saying that there's nothing left It's just, the ones that we hear are simply not the best Oh but hey, it's the wave of the future Polluted with the waste of the past We're swimming pretty deep in the water Let's hope that it doesn't last Let's hope that it doesn't That it doesn't last, 'cause I'm gonna start a music revolution with the touch of a key Rid the world of audio pollution in the music industry Music revolution I wanna feel the power and the emotion too Instead of three repeated notes That made their bank accounts grow Well maybe if we put our hands together, things will change Oh, who am I kidding? These people are deranged But I'm gonna start a music revolution with the touch of a key Rid the world of audio pollution in the strum of a string Music revolution The revolution is coming
4.
Space and time, well they have to align For the Great Sinvaine I lost my job To a postman in the mob When they found me I was almost first class mail I lost my girl She was the best cat in the world Eating chipmunks Leaving only paws and tail I lost my keys It had nothing to do with me Well I dropped them On the subway train at night I lent my knife To a cousin of my third wife He just happened To work for TSA Space and time, well they have to align For the Great Sinvaine I've been told That you're getting cold Well here's my coat Now tie this rope I've been told That you're getting cold Well here's my coat Now tie this rope Around your neck
5.
04:50
The fields are exhausting But I don't get to choose The secret we have been holding You I never wanted to lose But today you've gone and sold me With the marks on my back The chains couldn't be any tighter On the stage of auction day I like to think I'm a fighter When there's something good to save But the way you've gone and sold me With the marks fresh on my back Shows the feelings about me you've been holding Now I don't know if you could've told me Why you don't think that this could be Now my heart's filled with anger and loathing But today's gonna be back Well, today's gonna be back Yeah, it's gonna be back We had to be be silent No one could know, white or black In your chambers behind closed doors You couldn't be held back But the way you've gone and sold me With the marks fresh on my back Answers the questions about me you've been holding Holding back Now I don't know if you could've told me Why you don't think that this could be Now my heart's filled with anger and loathing But today's gonna be back Well today's gonna be back Yeah, it's gonna be back It's gonna be back as if the marks weren't all that bad It makes me wonder if I'll ever be told I'm free and it's sad But the way you've gone and sold me With the marks fresh on my back Answers the questions about me you've been holding Holding back Now I don't know if you could've told me Why you don't think that this could be Now my heart's filled with anger and loathing But today's gonna be back Well today's gonna be back And I don't know if you could've told me Why you don't think that this could be Now my heart's filled with anger and loathing But today's gonna be back Well today's gonna be back Today's gonna be back Well today's gonna be back Yeah, it's gonna be back Today is gonna be back Today is gonna...
6.
1pm by the shadows I sit and watch the clouds pass by And though I hope to be where you're going I know I can't be where you've been It's always good to get away We hoist the jib up out on the lake And soon the moon comes out The water's still from where we lay And if it's looking like the rain might come and pour upon your cabin Just remember this is where you come to see the sun and Leave your conscience for days They call it "The Flashlight Blues" Because no one wants to play Where I am, I'm never going tomorrow And though I've said it before Next year, I'll be home again "Always good" That's what they say now, out on the lake now And if you can't find the castle in the clouds Then you might as well climb Major Just make it up and down in an hour Bounce a lot, Shakers, I'm undampening a coma Round and round yourself will only lead you home and Leave your conscience for days Oh well they call it "The Flashlight Blues" Because no one wants to play Where I am, I'm never going tomorrow And though I've said it before Next year, I'll be home again Oh Marianne, why don't you come to my city Come to my town Follow my plan Why don't you come into my town Why don't you come and run around Why don't you come in to commandeer my ground Oh 'cause next year I'll be home again To leave my conscience for days Oh well they call it "The Flashlight Blues" Because no one wants to play Oh Marianne, why don't you come to my city Come to my town Oh Marianne, why don't you come to my city Come to my town Oh Marianne, come to my town Come to my city, come to my city, Marianne Oh, sweet Marianne, come to my town Come to my city, come to my city, Marianne Oh Marianne, come to my town Oh come to my city, come to my city, Marianne Oh Marianne, come to my town Come to my city, come to my city and Leave your conscience for days 'cause next year I'll be home again
7.
I used to have glowing stars on my closet door at night They never really shone as far as my hockey stick nightlight But glowing stars are like passing cars Glowing stars are like one big candelabra You never really know who you are I still can feel the orange glow of the pumpkins in the hall The shadows, like a thick willow, would dance upon the wall But glowing stars are like handlebars And handlebars on bikes take you to the place where you are Be careful to leave my door ajar The more you think the more you know The more you breath the more you choke Every day's a new day at night Every day's a new day at night I used to have glowing stars on my closet door at night They never really shone as far as my hockey stick nightlight
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9.
It only comes one time of year Upon the night so many fear Rapscallions and screams you hear Out your window When the wind blows all around And all the lights go out in town You can hear that 'ding-dong' sound Along with a “Trick or treat!” Halloween is the spookiest time of year The ghouls and ghosts will follow Until the frost settles on the ground And as the jack-o-lantern burns The kids will all take turns Ringing doorbells for what they yearn To throw in their burlap sacks The leaves crackle on the street As they fall right under your feet The wind will blow so pull that coat Around as tight as it will go So keep a candle at steady glow While you walk through the house real slow And as the candle it burns so low Before your heart stops Halloween in New England is the spookiest place to be The ghouls and ghosts will follow Until the frost settles on the ground And as the jack-o-lantern burns The kids will all take turns Ringing doorbells for what they yearn I'm talking about candy Skeletons and Frankenstein just to name a few The witch and wolf are out there lurking too Vampires and mummies are also creatures who aren't just myths... Beware! Halloween is the spookiest time of year The ghouls and ghosts will follow Until the frost settles on the ground Halloween in New England is the spookiest place to be The ghouls and ghosts will follow Until their cursed bones are found And as the jack-o-lantern burns The kids will all take turns Ringing doorbells for what they yearn I'm talking about candy...
10.
I've been found in such a light to scare the folk away And most would say I conjure, hex, and trick them Truth shows itself not enough in the village that I pray For the wispy barley stalk blows off of its stem Lay me down, lay me down In the fields of barley, lay me down That sacred ground I've never found In the fields of barley, lay me down There he lay stricken with a fever, sick for days Knowing not of health he would grasp onto Those eyes I will remember not and I'll never break their gaze But freeing me, the stake would always haunt you Lay me down, lay me down In the fields of barley, lay me down That sacred ground I've never found And I'll wake up in the fields of barley I'll lay here My words they'll always fear But they won't mean a thing Until, those words, they sing Lay me down In the fields of barley, lay me down That sacred ground I've never found And I'll wake up in the fields Lay me down In the fields of barley, lay me down That sacred ground I've never found In the fields of barley
11.
Give me that piano song The one that nobody's found I'd like to have it with another psalm And find it on the ground I've got the effigy of loneliness And I'm finding it hard to be found So give me that piano song on the ground Give me that low, gentle sun We've had for a million years But if the smell of the air is ever gone It'll definitely bring us to tears We've got to find a kid without a home And bring him back safe to his grave So give me that piano song where we lay Find it in the living room Ivory on the wood A cloud above his head and under looms The séance, organ, and soot It's popular to contrary belief And sometimes it never gets found So give me that piano song The one that fell on the ground Give me that piano song The one that nobody's found Give me that piano song The one that nobody's found I'd like to write it with another wrong And keep it on the ground I've got the effigy of loneliness And I'm finding it hard to be found So give me that piano song The one that nobody's found Give me that piano song on the ground

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released July 16, 2017

Written, performed, and recorded by Alec Sullivan
Whistling on "Fields of Barley" by Kyle Horstman
Mastered by Lee John at CDP Studios
Album artwork by Monica Arone

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Alec Sullivan Boston, Massachusetts

A musician from New England whose fragmented, sometimes sporadic brain brings an unnervingly melodic twist on songwriting.

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