The Year I Grew My Hair Real Long

by Jim From The Moon

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On this album, Jim delivers Acoustic/Folk/Rock with Pop tendencies, which has critics saying..."Phenomenal" "An aggressive, heartsick busker, possibly with punk rock roots..." "No BS lyrical style…not one ounce of wanker about him…extremely genuine...disarmingly simple stories with no corny catch lines or predictable riffage"

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released September 16, 2009

Recorded in West Orange, New Jersey in 2009.

Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Piano & Vocals: Jim from the Moon
Bass, Piano, Electric Guitar, Harmonica & Drums: Sam Lehmert
Drums & Percussion: Mike Neglia

Engineer: Sam Lehmert

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Jim From The Moon Los Angeles, California

At times Jim from the Moon plays acoustic tunes about girls, the devil, and similar distractions. They flow in the vein of Loudon Wainwright III and Neil Young, sung with a voice soaked in years of Irish storytelling. Other times he expels far-out electric rock that is primal and space-ward, with heavy, psychedelic sounds. Both sides are focused, catchy, and ready to be eaten by your ears... ... more

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Track Name: To Live To Roam
long ago I was born
far away I will die
of other certains, this is love
stick a needle in my eye

won't someone come and rescue me?
too much talk of the economy
great forests they must sometimes burn
and raindrops sometimes fall on me

can you just turn upside down?
pardon me, my love
can you just turn upside down?
I need you more than light

I was born to live to roam
and whatever you're ever wearing is my home
do you think these times are crushing us?
all sharp corners veiled with foam

and you look like new york when you smile
and the truth depends, how heavy was his tongue?
my subconscious lips are taut too young
I wanna be with you for the rest of the while

can you just turn upside down?
pardon me, my love
can you just turn upside down and face the other way?
I need you more than light
Track Name: You Don't Hear The Dead Whine
let down your hair, girl
so I can get to know ya
it's so easy now that winter is summer
write down your thoughts now
cause I would love to read them
on a long plane-ride away from here

I know the reason you're all alone
I get the feeling you're just no fun
you said you feel like you're the product of a rape


I can't forget, no, I can't remember
I'm alone here with you and I
oh, B.C., V.D., A.D.H.D., I.V., A.C., I see T.V. giving candy to your kids

no peace for the all alone
will I learn when I'm far from home
that calm is earned through this life of flesh and bone?

people, all, come on!
lead me short and narrow
I'm the king of nothin' goin on
you're the queen of gallows
people, all, come on!
artificial sunshine!
I can't seem to stall the coming shot
though, you don't hear the dead whine

just a little bit of time ago
I was a boy, and barely did I notice
the howl of centuries of men who came before

I am sad enough to drink
I am full of cum and ink
there is not much more to know

people, all, come on!
lead me short and narrow
I'm the king of nothin' goin on
you're the queen of gallows
people, all, come on!
livin' like it's all fine
she has got the eyes of half her age
though, you don't hear the dead whine

let down your hair, girl
so I can get to know ya
I can't climb your new haircut

I know the reason you're all alone
I get the feelin' you're just no fun
you said you feel like you're the product of a rape
Track Name: I Like You More Than I'd Like to
I like you more than I'd like to
I like you, and you like me too
I fit you just like a grave blanket
but you don't mind as long as you're warm

and when you're gone, I can't go on
as pathetic as it sounds
when I'm alone I whisper jokes you'd find funny if you were around

I like you more than I'd like to
I'll live with you if you'll live with me too
you make me feel 22 again
I make you smoke during the day

and when you're gone I can't go on
as pathetic as that sounds
when I'm alone I whisper jokes you'd find funny if you were around

and all the leaves agree
they're safer in the trees
though, a golden death below...
and all the trees agree
that summer always leaves
their skeletons stark against snow...

I like you more than I'd like to
when we go out I only talk to you
that night we drank all of that wine on your friends kitchen floor
the time we got stoned in that family friend's bathtub

and when you're gone I can't go on
as pathetic as it sounds
when I'm alone I whisper jokes you'd find funny if you were around
Track Name: Oh, Gravity
she kissed my neck as her fingers tore into my skin
and whispered she loved me as her fingers tore into my skin
afterwards she purred and told me all the bad luck she had had
and I was real stoned, but it sounded like she called me dad

oh, gravity
you've got to loosen up
don't be so serious

we smiled goodbye and she told me my shirt was inside-out
I mumbled that it wasn't, but what it covered was, there was no doubt
she said it didn't matter, I was only going home anyway
I said that's true, but knew that it wasn't as I drove home the wrong way

oh, moonlight
don't you look at me that way
whatever you're thinking
I've got much worse things to say

I tried to be true, but weakness pushed the pedal to the floor
I turned up the radio so I didn't have to hear me anymore
when suddenly a kitten jumped in front of me and knew I was a liar
I heard it's bones break, and felt her crushed between the treads of my tire

oh, gravity
you've got to loosen up
oh, karma
I cried the whole way home
the whole way home
Track Name: Panic King Gills/A Bit of Soul
you are heart-stringing me along
all across your stage
I've not the years for all of this
as I gain and lose age

I am of spider-webbing glass
you, of panic king gills
I found a fitting friend of sound
lalala lalala lalala lalalala

been in love
been in trouble
been in debt
been in double

but never have I been in such a joke obscene!
and never has it ever been so clear to me

been insane
been insulted
been inward
been inside you
been in paris
been in handcuffs
been in utero
been in absentia

but never have I been inclined to be indoors
or to watch, with dimming eyes, a future best met on all fours

and they go unnoticed
and they lie
and they smile
and they writhe
and they go unnoticed

if I had a bit of soul
I'd sell it all to rock and roll
I'd sell it to her pennys by-the-pound
I'd sell it to her if she were around

and never has the timing been on all our sides
and never could you taste the stench of failure in our vapid eyes

and they go unnoticed
and they dig
and they plant
and they rave
and they rant
unnoticed

and they live in a mind
full of snapped moral vines
have you noticed?
and you sit
and you leave
and they laugh
and they feed
unnoticed
Track Name: The Devil's Bitter Tongue
the devil's got his hand on my shoulder
tellin' me he'll see me when I get a little older
he says he's got a place for me
where my soul will burn
beneath the sea

the devil's got his eyes on my baby
lets me know he's been thinkin bout her lately
he tells me this with the same 'ol grin
that he wore when he taught poor eve to sin

the devil's got his hand on my shoulder
tellin' me he'll see me when I get a little older
I've got news for you, my friend
it'll be a cold day where you live before I reach my end
Track Name: Lord, You Are No Friend
lord, you are no friend of mine
a waste of tears and a waste of time
smiles, though! I am leaving soon
and I'm not afraid to die

lord, you talk too god damn much
of where we'll go when the Earth is such
that we can't find her other holes
to force ourselves into
and I'm not afraid to die

take me young, for I am done
tasting the devil's bitter tongue
we've allowed to slither down our throats
now choke with me

lord, it seems you just won't quit
talking loud and talking shit
if best intentions lead to hell
what the hell am I to do, except shake me fist at you?

lord, will this life trample me?
or will I have luck and money?
I've tasted dirt off the devil's hooves
though not enough to die
not enough to die

take me young, for I am done
tasting the devil's bitter tongue
we've allowed to slither down our throats
now choke with me

it took no time to memorize
flight patterns in midnight skies
should've left home a year ago
now I don't know when I'll go

take me young, for I am done
tasting the devil's bitter tongue
we've allowed to slither down our throats
now choke with me
choke with me, my love
Track Name: Oh, Well
you can't see me cause you've no will
oh, well
I can't see you cause you won't answer my calls
oh, well
we can't relate cause one time on acid I saw hell
you said I've never come back
I said oh, well

you can pretend you didn't turn into your mom
I can pretend all your chances are gone

your birthday came and went
I didn't call cause I had nothing nice to say
instead I got real drunk, but not for you
see, I was gonna do that anyway
now we only talk when we are loose
or when you've smoked yourself scared
yes, I say, I'm still your friend
I am your friend pretend

you can admit you get turned on when I get mad
I will admit sometimes I sound like my dad

my hell would be of mirrors and idle years
spent dry in this body of water

in a year or two we won't remember what we saw in us at all
we'll get together for a drink, we'll chew the fat
I'll make a joke that'll make you laugh
then we'll get all fuzzy in your car
then we'll go and take things far too far

my hell would be of mirrors and idle years
spent stagnant in this body of water
spent rotting in this town
Track Name: Aeroplane
open eyes for something new
feeling green and slightly blue
no one's calls are getting through
better yet, just leave me where I stand

how often I have lighters
how rarely they are mine
a pointless observation
oh, well, that's fine
just leave me where I stand

and in time you took his name
which ain't too cool
but you ain't to blame
cause I was off on an aeroplane
to get down

I'm alive, she cried a thousand times
tangled up, I must unwind
can I write without this rhyme?
another time
just leave me where I stand

and in time you took his name
which ain't too cool
but you ain't to blame
cause I was off on an aeroplane
to get down

you leave me all of the time when I wake up
when I wake up old

and in time you took his name
which ain't too cool
but you ain't to blame
cause I was off on an aeroplane
to get down, to get down, to get down...
Track Name: Wine To Unwind
every night she comes home to her baby boy
she's 22
and she smiles
wine to unwind

every night I come home to the same smoke-search for something new
and I sigh
wine to unwind

everytime I'm feelin low
she calls me up, cause she's feelin low
and we laugh, cause there's not much else to do

now and then, when things are red
I drink these words one time said
and they dance, thick as blood
down my tongue
wine to unwind

one of these days, when things aren't so gray
I'll leave this room and I'll face the day
but for now...
wine to unwind
Track Name: Days Tied To Days Tied To Days Tied To Days
you call on me
when I'm fast asleep
truth be a love that I can not ignore
truth be a love that I can not ignore

you were poison
and I, a fool
to think I could dilute you
and be fine for a time

nothing complicates the future
like a complicated past
days tied to days tied to days disappear
you just sit there waiting
waiting away

this would work if we were young, and I was near, and you told truths
this would work if now was then, or you were home, or if I was new

call on me
truth be a love that I can not ignore
call on me
when I'm wide asleep
you said that you couldn't take anymore
your blood was upset
your bones tired and sore

as the night yawned, you called me
slightly drunk and drenched
you told me to come kiss you
just to drive halfway
but then he called, and she did cry
and in silence I did hold
do you know she never came back??
but atoms of me are still waiting

this would work if we were young, and I was near, and you told truths
this would work if now was then, or you were home, or if I was new

call on me
truth be a love that I can not ignore
call on me
when I'm wide asleep
you said that you couldn't take anymore
your bones were upset
your blood tired and sore
from the weight of wide eyes
and the feeling when you know something is lost
what can I say about the weather?
it has a way of falling down
Track Name: New Years
we welcome the new year
in the dead winter cold
we celebrate with friends
friends new and old
we wear silly hats, and we blow silly horns
we check each other's sides for last years thorns

oh, will this be my year?
no, this will be my year

drunken resolutions of what to do and what to not
to stop smoking cigarettes
and to quit buying pot
to keep the whiskey closed, and maybe just stick to the beer
and if you haven't the will, well there's always next year

oh, will this be my year?
no, this will be my year
through all of the pain
with it's endless refrain
and the way that she looked
when she said things just weren't the same
no, this will be my year

the old years are over
it's time to go to sleep
there are holes in your soul to sew
and there are promises to try and keep
before we're dead and gone
do you think you'll ever see
that every passing moment
is the youngest that you'll ever be?

oh, will this be my year?
no, this will be my year
through all of the pain
with it's endless refrain
and the way that she looked
when she said things just weren't the same
no, this will be my year