JJ vs the Digital Whale

by Louis Landry

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released July 31, 2015

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Track Name: I Know A Guy
Music: LL
Lyrics: Shea Broussard & LL

I know a guy with something to say
I know a guy who thinks in waves
I know a guy who spent his youth
Living & loving & learning the truth
A hesitant prophet for the digital age
By the name of JJ

I know a child, 5 years old
With his barefeet he runs for the road
I know a child who seems naive
But every cell is a galaxy
The world tried to teach him how to be a slave
So he shutdown due 2 digital dismayyy

I know a man who I don't wanna be
A lonely old man who's lost at sea
He set a course for the sun in the east
And ended up in the belly of the beast
Now he's just driftin' with nothin' to say
A washed up prophet by the name of JJ
Track Name: Ribs And Terrors
RIBS AND TERRORS
Music by LL
Lyrics adapted from Herman Melville (p.d.)

The ribs and terrors of the whale
Arched over me a dismal gloom
While all God's sunlit waves rolled by
And lifted me deepening down to doom

I saw the opening mouth of hell
With endless pain and sorrow there
Which none but they that feel can tell
Oh, I was plunging to despair

CHORUS:
My songs forever shall record
That terrible, that joyful hour
I give the glory to my love
Hers all the mercy and the power

In black distress I called to you
When I could scarce believe you mine
You bowed your ear to my complaints
No more the whale did me confine

(CHORUS x2)
Track Name: Ride the Whale
RIDE THE WHALE
music & lyrics by LL

I caught a tiger by the tail, now I'm gonna ride the whale
I shook a hellhound off my trail, now I've got to ride the whale
I won't be held by any jail, Oh Lord, I'm gonna ride the whale

When I was just a boy on my first day of school
They tried to learn me right from wrong, they tried to learn me the golden rule
But I wasted the gift they gave me for the right to play a fool

I shook a hellhound off my trail, now I've got to ride the whale
I caught a tiger by the tail, now I'm gonna ride the whale
I got a feeling I can't fail, Oh Lord, I'm gonna ride the whale

I feel bad, bad, bad, feel as bad as the day is long
I feel bad, bad, bad, cause I still don't know right from wrong
I take these bad, bad feelings, chop em up and make a song
And it goes a little something like:

Now I'm going off the rails, and I'm gonna ride the whale
I'm like a hammer with no nail, and I gotta ride these here whale
I got a feeling I can't fail, Oh Lord, I'm gonna ride the whale
Track Name: Nothing Nowhere No One Blues
NOTHING NOWHERE NO ONE BLUES

I wanna die, and i don't wanna go to heaven
I wanna burn, and that's just so I can feel something, anything
Cuz right now I'm looking in your eyes,
and baby I feel nothing, no one, nowhere

I don't feel like moving, and i don't feel like groovin'
I don't feel like singing (skittely bop ba ba whee ah) and I dont feel like swingin'
I don't feel like sinkin' any lower, I'm going nowhere, I’m going nowhere

Until I feel something, I found someone
I’m feeling something that I haven’t in so long
And I'm finally beginning to shake off the nothing, nowhere no one blues

Here I come loving everyone, here I come loving everyone,
Here I come loving everyone, here I come loving everyone,
And I'm finally beginning to shake off the nothing, nowhere no one blues

(Baby here I come) Baby here I come
(Baby here I come) Baby here I come
(I found someone) I found someone
(Baby here I come) Baby here I come
and I'm finally beginning to shake off the nothing, nowhere no one blues (No, no, no, no, no)

SOLOS

Here I come, lovin’ everyone (x4)
Here I come, lovin’ everyone, here I come, lovin’ everyone
Here I come, lovin’ everyone, oh, here I come

(Here I come, lovin’ everyone) Baby here I come
(Here I come, lovin’ everyone) Baby here I come
(Here I come, lovin’ everyone) Baby here I come
(Here I come, lovin’ everyone)
And I'm finally beginning to shake off the nothing, nowhere no one blues (No, no, no, no, no)

…(Baby here I come)
Baby here I come (Baby here I come)
I found someone (I found someone)
Baby here I come (Baby here I come)
And I'm finally beginning to shake off the nothing, nowhere no one blues (No, no, no, no, no x2)

I love someone oh yes I do
I love someone and that someone is you
So if and when I ever lose my mind
I'll remember your name til the end of time
Track Name: Sunbound
SUNBOUND
Music by LL
Lyrics by Shea Broussard & LL

He slips to slumber, leaving worlds behind him
With winged feet he rises to her warmth
Ascending past what once were bones and truth
A star, like death, he folds into her arms

Illuminated by her ancient beauty
A dying, desperate heart, the young man cried,
"I yearn to know the things you know, and freely,
I'll choose the blindness just to see your eyes."

Do you remember me?
I knew you once in a childhood dream
Now if you feel my warmth
Deep inside
I'll take your hand and pull you toward the...

Darkness holding space amid her brilliance
A mind and body turned to ash and wind
The only way to see into her center
Is to close my eyes and to surrender
Surrender to the truth

I will remember you
As you say goodbye to the life you knew
And if you'll let go
I'll bring peace to your restless soul
And with our bodies gone
And spirits free
We'll be at one with the sea, and the sun, and the dream.

I am a dream of eternity
I am spirit transcending
I am a beautiful ending
Longing for a beginning