It's a Game.

by Lo Jones

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It's a game.

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released November 4, 2016

Piano, vocals, string arrangements - Lauren Jones
Producing & engineering - Sam Starobin
Mastering - Jeremy Kinney
Guitar -Mike Turnwall, John Benoit
Bass - Sam Starobin (electric), Arden Yonkers (upright)
Drums - Brian Kenney, Dan Keegan
Violin - Savion Washington, Heather Münch
Viola - Brian Vegh
Cello - Julie Sonne

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Track Name: Laurenland
I’m safe in my dreams
You cannot, you cannot get to me
This is where I’m happy
In a world you’ll never see

And I-- am bored by conversation
‘Bout the same old things every day
Oh I never get tired of the way that my imagination
Seems to comfort me by faithfully never growing old

Chasing my tail around the globe
And I’m the only one who knows
it’s a game that I play
I’m not here to stay
Soon you’ll watch me fly away
To lands where children like me escape

Will I see the day that my dreams become real?
And as the good years slip away
Nothing is the same
But my imagination stayed

Chasing my tail around the globe
And I’m the only one who knows
it’s a game that I play
I’m not here to stay
Soon you’ll watch me fly away
To lands where children like me escape
Track Name: Blood Up My Sleeve
You got me sippin' on wine bought from the bottom of the se
You got me rollin' out lines I never thought would make it out of me
You got me so in love with the reckless way that you breathe
You got me hypnotized by the evil in your eyes, baby you got me

There's nothin' like rulin' the world or even a beautiful girl
Who'll do anything you ask for
Call me lover, call me fighter. Tell me your hearts desire
Make me a criminal

Tell me nothing's up your sleeve
I'm not one of your enemies
You may have made me bad, but I'm standing
By your side while no one else can take your crime
Well I don't mind cause, you'll never believe
I've got blood up my sleeve

And I want you, and I need you
Wherever you are, whenever, you know I'll be there too
To please you, but I've deceived you
Every night I gotcha thinkin' I'm good for you
But I'm bad too
Track Name: Pop Goes the Weasel
I was set on loving someone
But followed my heart’s deception
Married myself to the edge of the world
And left it without question


When I was a girl, I would dress up in pearls
I would sing and dance and twirl
Before I grew up, I thought that ‘ould be enough
But I was just a little girl


Told my father and mother that I
Was just feeling a little tired
Walked up the stairs with it hidden inside
I was feeling a little tired

You don’t know what you’ve got
Til you’re missing a lot, like a hole inside your chest
Colored red that’s so stunning, then you’ll be wondering
Why there’s a hole inside your chest

You don’t know what you’re feeling ‘til something goes wrong
You don’t know what you’re leaving ‘til you’re completely on your own
You don’t understand the price you’ll pay for what you have done
Empty holes in hearts and chances missed all because -

Here I lie with my arms at my sides
As tight as the lids of my eyes
My view has grown dark, but my ears are much sharper
To hear my mother cry
Track Name: Hello Stranger
You may have helped me grow
A life I'd never know without you-
Made me forget all this stupid bliss
Is not as infectious as it seems
There are plenty of remedies

I was so in love
I thought you'd be the one
Next to me at my grave I thought
Forever we'd be slaves
We were bound so tight, it felt so right. I thought..

I would know you any way
I would know you any day
But I don't know you now
I don't know you

I'd barely have to think of what to say
Being around you came naturally
Well look at us now
We can barely say hello-

My memories, was it worth it when you left me?
Did you end up reaching that 'better time'
Ya 'find yourself?' Did you ever pine for me?
Or did you forget me completely?

Well I would've known you any day
I would've known you any way
But I don't know you now
I don't know you

Ohh, I was your fall. You owe it all to me
Ohh, I was your fall. You owe it all to me
Track Name: Instead of Sleeping
I can smile, I can smile
I can laugh, oh I can laugh until I cry
And I can press my hips into strange men
And they'll love me for the night
But it'll never feel right

"It was good seeing you" were the bravest words I could find
I didn't know I was missing you 'til I tried to catch your eye
And I can tell myself that I'm fine, but I'm not fine. I'm not fine
I can be happy without you, but it'll never feel right

Mmmm mmm
Track Name: Formaldehyde
Brother is this what you thought you’d find?
Is this what you meant by the key to life?
Look at you now, you’ve got your own throne
Your door’s made of iron, your bed’s made of stone
You kept your treasure hidden in your own home
A box full of needles, but nothing to sow

You once qualified for America’s best
And you fucked it up and now you know the rest
The weight on your shoulders is all you passed up
All that your pride told you wasn’t enough
How do you manage, what keeps you going?
Do you think it will last long? What with you knowing..
That the formaldehyde in your veins
Is what keeps you living to waste another day

Since you lost track of where you’re going
Despite all the hearts that kept on showing you
where you should be.
Well honestly
I still haven’t judged you by your cover
Though it may seem a little rougher
Than all the rest
I understand what you meant
And by the way, I hope you know you’re not a slave
To the sweet, sweet syrup you thought you craved

I’m still holding out for you
There’s not a doubt
That you’ll find your path again
Whenever you’re ready to start, remember
There’s formaldehyde in my own heart
Keeping you there

When you come to
When you wake up from the trance
That you fell in when momma wasn’t looking
And oh, oh remember the boy that you were?
He ruled you first
You owe nothing at all
To that mistake that helped you forget your fall
The smoke that rose from your actions has cleared
You still belong here
No matter how long the fire
The love for a brother never expires
So I’ll take you to the river and wash your burns
Track Name: Dance With Me
The floor is far from empty, no one waiting to dance
The lights start dimming gently, everyone grabs their man
The hair the shoes, the band all perfet for a night like this
He knows her better than any and still he calls her 'Miss'

He says 'Dance with me. Dance with me
Oh please, if you would. You make even me look good
Dance with me. Dance with me' When I smile. When you smile..

The blush, the trips, the stumbles all worth it to dance with him
They dance while others mumble, they like his silly grin
And thought they missed the turn they'd practiced times before
They laugh it off together. What are best friends for?

Dance with me, Dance with me.
Oh please, if you would. You make even me look good

And oh, when I spin away too far,
You know we'll still be dancing in my heart
You keep my feet on the ground when my rhythm falls apart
You never failed me before, you kept the beat from the start

So dance with me. Dance with me
Oh please, if you would. You make even me look good
Dance with me. Dance with me when I smile. When you smile.
Track Name: It's a Game
All alone, I feel betrayed
Even though nothing’s changed
Deep inside I always knew
I was just a kiss to you

I can’t promise you won’t hear from me
I loved you and I meant it
So sorry it wasn’t the same
To me it wasn’t a game
And I shouldn’t, but I’d take you back in a heartbeat
So please, please don’t ask me

After all that we’ve been through
From drunken fights to kisses beneath the moon
Don’t I owe myself to find another love? But could I lie?

I can’t promise you won’t hear from me
I loved you and I meant it
So sorry it wasn’t the same
To me it wasn’t a game
And I shouldn’t, but I’d take you back in a heartbeat
So please, please don’t ask me
Please

Oh, you were always the one who understood
And I was the fool who believed you
But I’ll soon forget, just like you
Oh you make it seem easy
I’ll be good as you, a heart still works in pieces

Thanks for the lies and pretending to care, like you needed me
For playing so dumb, cause you freed me
From your little games that wrapped me in chains
I admit, I thought if I was caught, I was stuck in a good place
Turns out love just isn’t that easy
Is it?
Track Name: Oh Please
Well here I am, right where you left me
I'm still broken, got my bucket of tears
From all the years I wasted on you

Crippled and torn, but I'm no longer yours
And since I left your sorry ass
I've never felt so strong and free

Caught in the magic of love songs and coffee runs
And promises of unconditional love, ohhh
I won't ask for more, only that you enjoy that whore
You little sleaze. Oh darlin' please
Oh darlin' please

I'll tell you what's coming for you, what's coming for you,
It's coming, something bad
My goodbye gift to you I'll give it to you
And I'll give it to you again
Hot as the fire in my eyes
Just take another look and you'll find your prize
I'll exact my revenge with ease
Oh darlin' please

You think you got my heart on a string
What you need is a ring.
Come on, a ring of fire
Prove it or lose it
What happened to those cocky words?
The only words that I ever heard
And now you say you want me once more
But I bet that you'd be lost of those cocky words
If I asked you, what for?
Oh darlin' please

I'll tell you what's coming for you, what's coming for you,
It's coming, something bad
My goodbye gift to you I'll give it to you
And I'll give it to you again
Hot as the fire in my eyes
Just take another look and you'll find your prize
I'll exact my revenge with ease
Oh darlin' please
Oh darlin' please
Oh darlin' please