When the Capital Fell

by John Donovan

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These songs were written and recorded between March 14 and 31.

All sounds made by my voice + an electric guitar.

Thanks for listening.

Stay safe! <3

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released April 10, 2020

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music written, recorded, and engineered by john donovan
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Track Name: Proof of Purchase
a life is hardly worth it
without a lifetime award
one destination down and four more

without a proof of purchase
were you alive at all?
one destination down and three to fall

after the counts are counted
after the fleas have fle(a)d
one destination down and two to leave

if youth is just a fountain
then death must be the rain
one destination down and one remains

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and the one that remains is you
Track Name: Last Week I Had a Job
last week i had a job
right now i have this song
i can't tell you how strange that is
i can't tell you how strange that is

last week i trained two new employees
right now i'm catching up on laundry
and there's a gray bird in the tree outside
and there's a gray bird in the tree outside

and that bird's name is Death
and that bird is everywhere
and that bird is in my dreams
and that bird is in everyone's dreams

last week i had a job
right now i'm making dinner with my wife
i can't tell you how great she is
i can't tell you how great she is

but now there's that grey bird in the tree outside
and that bird is very clearly in its prime
and that bird is looking at each of us at all times
and that bird is never not in its prime
and now somehow without moving at all
that bird is flying right at me
last week i had a job
and now that bird is flying right at me
Track Name: In the Unemployment Line
well there goes John
bursting from the station
wrapped up in revelations in the unemployment line
singing tired are the eyes
of history on us
the mystery's gone, there are no more hills to climb
and there are no more thrones to fight for
there are no more bones to bite for
dark matter ignites and throws our brains into the past
and we plan for the worst case
and we're damned since the first day
justice may come but it will probably come last

crazy buck is in the market
lady luck is in a rocket
all the snakes of saint Patrick started a parade downtown
won't you jump in my car?
i'll have you back in an hour
the whole future lost its power and everything's about to go down
if death is a doorway
can i avoid it one more day?
i'm filling up my bunker with all the things that money can't but
also i picked up some extra toothpaste
some pills for my headaches
then i saw a lady in the parking lot, she was curled over crying

it's three in the morning
almost everyone is sleeping
and the angels are weeping for just one more try
but pale are the pages
of the following ages
pale are the rings of the atoms in your eyes
after the rift
after the apocalypse
the ghosts will ask us "hey can't i just haunt you one last time?"
and we got nothing to tell em
so we don't tell em nothing
we just slide through infinity in the unemployment line
Track Name: When the Capital Fell
when the capital fell
i was in bed
working through a song, i think
or was that not me
brushing up against your dreams?
someday i may write a song that anyone can sing

when the capital fell
we were all face down in a cloud
working through some horrible prayers
or were we in a field
punching up at last?
or was i the only one there?

when the capital fell
was i the only one there?

when the capital fell
i was in a sharp state of denial
working on the refrain of a song, and i couldn't finish it
or maybe it was a poem
or maybe it was nothing
maybe it's not important
if i was the only one there

when the capital fell
i was the only one there