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collective self​-​interest

by JD reverie

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1.
h2o 04:08
In that muggy time of year Tide pool swirls up free and clear Water falls they scream out loud Collective memories from the cloud Dressed in rainbow oil streaks Concrete puddles drip from beaks A cannonball of thunder clap And flash bulb shadows echo back Running fast in rusty pipes Industrial ponds still at night Lifetimes gathered a drop at a time Evaporation is how we fly Who knows Who flows
2.
best of me 03:18
I’m still waiting for the best of me I’ll find ways to complicate things And I’m still aching like I used to be But always searching for someone who’ll Ah-oo Hands that burrow looking for the keys Soaked in sweat and possibility Pins and needles hide behind my skin Lips leave imprints pressed into the Ah-oo Ease just always dangles out of reach Song reminds me of better things I’ve been Just this once I want what I can’t be Always wishing for something that Ah-oo
3.
fallacy 02:41
I’ve known you for so long, but I know how it is you make your living I’ve seen by the docks, stacking bricks, and building your own home Looking around the room you’ve found a way to make this junk seem so pretty You stack it like the muscles in your back, all twisted warm around the bone I wouldn’t trade my tears for love I’ve got an angst that tug-tug-tugs my mind from me I wouldn’t trade my dirt for mud The government won’t take my blood, they got a policy And we wouldn’t want to break that would we? You can stay here for the night if you’re OK with the fact that I’m so silly I collect the things that make me whole until I let them go You can test me all you want with the bundled twigs I’ve snuggled up to. It’s a fallacy that the love I want is never for me.
4.
start 05:44
You can tie me up in knots because the Ringing never stops I hear it all night through Like a constant kettle screaming in this Pre-mature warm season you know Flowers get beheaded when they bloom When I’ve got no one to tell All the inane mundane details I’ve got a heavy heart Cause there’ nowhere to unload it Feels like I’m half exploding Just the interior part If you don’t start. Nothing will get started. If you don’t call me now. There’s no one coming over. If you don’t email all the people in your entire contact list How are they supposed know about your party? We all get lost sometimes Sometimes we get lost in our own minds. Sure I can pick out rhymes from reason But I can’t explain away the waves that Keep me awake all night When there’s no one to distract me Feel it rubberband back at me When I turn off the light If you don’t start. Nothing will get started. If you don’t call me now. Then I’m not coming over. If I don’t call all of the people in my entire fucking phone How are gonna help with my fundraiser? We all get lost sometimes Sometimes we get lost in our own minds I’m better now then not, But there’s just one thing I forgot To give myself what I deserve Credit falls just where it’s due And I would give it all to you I’d give you everything I’d learned. But if you don’t start. Nothing will get started. If you don’t call me now you’re not coming over. If I don’t tell all of my friends I feel alone How are they supposed to feel sorry for me? We all get lost sometimes Sometimes we get lost in our own minds. I’m sorry when I get lost behind my eyes
5.
The lives we live on screen are ever-important Digits make our dreams when they export them Books split at the seams - by a thread that goes ‘round commenting If we map everything, the world will be boring When we get the news from nowhere Then we’ll know just what to prove Gather up the webs that bind us And then use them to undo The parade of idle images, that tell us we’re not true If it’s an illusion I won’t believe Technically I’m free. Free to ignore it But waves can’t resist the sea any more than Fools like you and me can think without collectively Entwining memories into mass storage More time than you’d believe lost in the wires Robots fail to grieve or even tire Of endless questioning of hearts and heads just wandering A thought cacophony seeking each other See what you can say... with you eyes And sit through chills in your spine
6.
forgetful 04:32
Forgetful And I forget if I told you This story already I’m lost in confetti And I forget if I owe you For last Sunday’s dinner We’ve all become sinners If any piece of it survives, at least something’s hanging on When every bit of me complies, it’s the only way I’ll know Please lemme know I’m right, ‘cause I feel so wrong And if, if I lose my mind, this time you’ll tell me so And I forget if I’ve asked you To repeat your story We’ve just become boring And I forget I know you Forgive if I’m candid I know you can’t stand it If any piece of it survives, at least something’s hanging on When every bit of me complies, it’s the only way I’ll know Please lemme know I’m right, ‘cause I feel so wrong And if, if I lose my mind, this time you’ll tell me so
7.
timeless 02:54
Want what is timeless to be Want what is timeless in me Want what is timeless to be Want what is timeless in me Nothing wrong ain’t something right I found the shadows in the night I slip into the saltless sea I hold my head and try and breath I hide in sunshine and plain sight If boundlessness requires fight The broken branches bury trees In philosophical diseases Want what is timeless in me Want what is timeless to be Want what is timeless in me Want what is timeless to be Want what is timeless reason Want what are timeless feelings Want what is timeless being Want what is timeless seeing Remember breath and walk toward balance Save my strength within the silence The city street is broken teeth Concrete pounding feet beneath The endless taunting of machines And wanton loss of empathy Tempted by a fake escape I’m haunted by the dreams I make
8.
Bike spoke, chain smoke Two taps from free delivery Outside vibrates Artificial lights glimmer And you’ve got a tailgaters’ smile I’ll burn through my mistakes with style Watch prickles on my arms Make factories of farms Handshakes, earthquakes Button down criminal paid leave Twice sold, hand hold Emergencies are local industry The fate of the ice caps are fine The idling car engines whine Now liquid in my hands Gets lost in grains of sand Oh. Pick a time is was this easy Oh. Pick a time it was this bad Oh. At the moment we’re both breathing The life that's best is the one we have Make good on the garbage of the mind Slow dance in a field of fireflies We’re drifting without luck What the ever-loving fuck
9.
tapestry 03:34
C G What happens when you leave town alone? C G Do you feel like wind that’s yet to blow? Am F Do you sleep in the trees like a monkey does? Am F C G F Or search like crow through the mud and the garbage? C G What happens when you leave town alone? C G Do the highway sounds just make you moan? Am F Or the whipping of the wheat on the prairie? Am F C G Am F C G F Play the part of a wingless fairy C G What happens when you leave town alone C G Is that people feel it. Am F Yeah and no one is alive without somebody watching them Am F Can’t make a sound without people around, it’s like a tree in the forest Am F When it falls, I will never find the ground I will never find the ground G Dm F C G Am F Do the leave on the trees just fall to their knees when they find out where you are? G Dm F C G Am F Do the leave on the trees just fall to their knees when they find out where you’ve gone? What happens when you leave town alone If you forget to record the moments that you’ve spent Do they slip through the breeze like you wish that you could Find the mouth of another, find your home in the woods, Make the stories that we tell a little less realistic If it happens to anybody just a statistics standing In the kitchen of somebody else’s apartment looking for the forks and knives but they’re not in the drawer Where it feels like they should be so I’ll check in another Find that pictures like a thousand words and memory’s not a number Do I find that I leave when the fall comes to me? Does my mind wander where I go? You know the hardest things we do, we will do them alone. So be careful where you go. Just think about the leaves as they separate from me and find the ground that I’ve never found Just think about the leaves as they separate from me and find the ground that I’ve never found What happens when you leave town alone? Do you feel like wind that’s yet to blow? Do you sleep in the trees like a monkey does? Or search like crow through the mud and the garbage? What happens when you leave town alone? Do the highway sounds just make you moan? Or the whipping of the wheat on the prairie? Play the part of a wingless fairy What happens when you leave town alone Is that people feel it. Yeah and no one is alive without somebody watching them Can’t make a sound without people around, it’s like a tree in the forest When it falls, I will never find the ground I will never find the ground Do the leave on the trees just fall to their knees when they find out where you are? Do the leave on the trees just fall to their knees when they find out where you’ve gone? What happens when you leave town alone If you forget to record the moments that you’ve spent Do they slip through the breeze like you wish that you could Find the mouth of another, find your home in the woods, Make the stories that we tell a little less realistic If it happens to anybody just a statistics standing In the kitchen of somebody else’s apartment looking for the forks and knives but they’re not in the drawer Where it feels like they should be so I’ll check in another Find that pictures like a thousand words and memory’s not a number Do I find that I leave when the fall comes to me? Does my mind wander where I go? You know the hardest things we do, we will do them alone. So be careful where you go. Just think about the leaves as they separate from me and find the ground that I’ve never found Just think about the leaves as they separate from me and find the ground that I’ve never found

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Collective Self-Interest is the debut album from JD Reverie. Themes revolve around the internal struggles of our ever-morphing relationships to digital communication. Within the course of a day we can be royalty and downtrodden, hopeful and despicable, feel love and feel disconnected; all thanks to the power we have given to social media, 30-minute news cycles, and algorithmic 'likes'. For better and for worse we're intertwined.

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released November 1, 2016

Mixing and mastering by Tom Phonic @ Sickpiggy Records
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JD reverie New York, New York

JD reverie is a music project of Johnny Druelinger, a singer-songwriter living in New York City; other projects include Tin Tree Factory and Tiny Beast.

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