Jumper of Guns

by Keith Michaud

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released October 1, 2011

All songs written, recorded, and performed by Keith Michaud

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Keith Michaud Lake Worth, Florida

South Florida musician. Plays well with others.

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Track Name: XXO
XX$ XXO
a year and 7 months ago, we never would've known
XX$ XXO

XX$ XXX
Simple math would tell you that I'm not the safest bet
XX$ XXX

XX$ XXO
If you are a diamond I guess I'm barely even gold
XX$XXO

XX$ XXX
If this was a car crash
it would be more like a jet just ripping through me
leave me shredded on the runway
you run me over, yeah you ground me into the pavement
just pave the way love, and I will follow until I get there
and when I get there I will surely hear my own voice
Singing:

XX$XXO
It's hard to find your way when you can barely feel your soul
XX$XXO

XX$ XXX
I'll be out of your way now, you can make room for the next
XX$ XXX
XX$ XXX
XX$ XX...
Track Name: Weak Hearts and Deaf Ears
You told me that the structure of your heart was weak
so residents were temporary
You'd been writing my eviction for the last 2 weeks
expecting me to read it and weep
but I just turned to leave...

I sincerely hoped that I could right this ship
with someone who could handle the waves
but I've decided that I just don't give a shit
the struggle wasn't worth its weight
in paper mache...

now my words are raining down on your deaf ears
my voice lost in your hurricane
you were still reacting to the ghosts in your head
while I was waving both my hands in your face

the trembling you're feeling is the rising wind
that will rush beneath our beating wings
I'll make a paper plane and you can fashion a bird
and together ride out of this place

cause I am such a sucker escapist art
its easier every day to employ
burying my life in all these metaphors
is the only thing I really enjoy

I'm sorry but the structure of my heart is weak
the good news is there's plenty of time
to build a new foundation with some load bearing beams
for another tenant on down the line

my father was a builder and he taught me how
to build a better wall in my head
I'm nearly soundproof now but if you raise your voice
I'll try my best to hear it
so just raise your voice
Track Name: The Ghosts of New Orleans
the dogs hunt the attics and call out when they know
another soul has found its way back home

a spirit guided through the dark to a place where all men see
the only thing they ever loved wasn't what was gonna pay their fee
in the fading night of the lights of new orleans

my useless glasses crumble in my hands
and when it's quiet, I can hear Him when He stands

in a rainbow over my shoulder as a ghost, I can barely see
a treasure trove not stocked with gold and still I fall to my knees...
in the fading night of the lights of new orleans

if you keep waiting for your time to come
you're wasting your time because time, it don't ever stop

and the ticking of that clock that hangs so high above your bed
when you lay awake and dream big dreams its only a fraction of it
and the money tucked in your mattress will forever go unspent
exactly like the hours wasted as you lay on top of it
and a blinding light one day might find you dying upon your sheets
and you'll pass your last day dreaming of all you would never get to see
in the fading night of the lights of new orleans
Track Name: Rapunzel
I hear waltzes when I wake up
that go ticking across my ceiling
I hear screaming in all of my dreams
and barking and basketballs bouncing

I hate this place in the morning
I'm grateful you're easing my mind
one more months dear and I'm leaving
leaving this bullshit behind

do you remember our first summer
we were new to exploring this love
like scientists drawing up plans for this
still confused about what we had found

now that we know, and it has grown
we stand heating test tubes over candles
and we can't wait to share our findings
with the people who stood thumbing their nose

oh rapunzel throw down your hair
throw down your hair
and lift me out of here

they say planning is for fools babe
but I'm planning to be close to you
if that makes me just another fool, babe
then I guess I'm just another fool...
Track Name: Neither Do I
whiskey and wine in the twilight of time
wrestling demons like fruit from the vine
choking on seeds while children lay dreams
of childhood as my body rots

the rigors of living a life worth a sigh
I offer my palms to the sky without pride
and as it comes down, I whet my appetite
I whet my appetite again

do you know where the red fern grows?
do you see where the sidewalk ends?
do you feel extraordinary here?
neither do I... neither do I

I was awash in an avalanche of loss
spreading like a light across the wall
you were a vision, not just an illusion
you were my future after all

so make a list of your cares
who's at fault and what's fair
a jumping off point
hold your breath...

do you know where the red fern grows?
can you see where the sidewalk ends?
do you feel extraordinary yet?
neither do I but its worth a try
Track Name: Lately
coffee stained tables alive in your fables
where lovers will sit and say silly things
so go on bennie, and ruin yoursell
roll your eyes back now and smile

your best dress is good enough for throwing stones, sticks, and just talking & talking
v-necks and your neck
your body, like your soul, is a garden...

the end of the world is a personal thing
the beating of hearts makes less sense to me lately

my love I can't wait here like oak trees in spring
will wait for the sun to warm their roots up again
at the first sign of snow I'm sorry I shivered then
just so you know;
I don't miss the gasoline smell of your hands

the end of the world is a personal thing
the beating of hearts makes less sense to me lately
Track Name: IOU
looking at it now I was going south
you were going north I was cutting left
you were going right and I promoted peace
we were like a war with no relief

so I started writing songs with bitterness
shedding tears like seeds to plant a kiss
trying hard to find some semblance of
what it was we both thought that we were

you have taught me lessons about myself
and I owe you... I owe you a debt of gratitude

so I guess we're gonna try to just be friends
and all our friends are like, "good luck with that"
but we're just so hard-headed you and me
with our middle fingers raised, we'll rest in peace

you have taught me lessons about myself
and I owe you... I owe you...

looking at it now we can't remember what we were
what we thought we had and how we thought that it might work
the trap was set, we fell into it, and it killed us over time

so I owe you...
Track Name: Horacio
true love is singing for your daughter and her friends
over speaker phone on nights when we were loving life
true love is being there when times are really hard
and raising hell when things aren't getting done just right

true love is one hell of a sight to behold
the mysteries unfold, the damage done, resolved
and when you feel the pull
its easier to hold the ones you love

true love is nicknames and dented baseball bats
and silly idle threats made in the name of it
we stood in the kitchen with our bottles and regrets
we cried and held our daughters names on our drunk lips
and when you feel the pull
its easier to hold the ones you love

and in the end, you actually did it your own way
just think of all the stories we'll recite some day
and we'll imagine you are on your way back to Spain
to finally run with bulls, with all the drama laid to waste
and when you feel the pull
its easier to hold the ones you love
Track Name: For You or With You
I could sense your need for a way out
and you finally found
the right excuse to drop my hand
a pawned ring, a covered tattoo

it's a good plan,
you're going back to the name
that was neither your mom's or dad's
that's so sad, somehow so sad...

you didn't want to fight? well, neither did I
for you, or with you... for you, or with you
I know, "what a thing for me to say"
but its ok, 'cause it's all over now
it's all over now...

you didn't want to fight? well neither did I
for you or with you, for you or with you
'cause my heart was somewhere else
its ok, 'cause that is how it was
it is how it was...

I could sense your need for a way out
and when you finally found
the right excuse to drop my hand
I exhaled...
Track Name: Days of Demolition
Not only are we not on the same page anymore
the book you're reading out of is on another floor
and I can't find the stairs to climb
I can't find the stairs to climb
or I can't be bothered to even try

it's the craziest thing, but my hands do not shake
my mind is like a willow; it bends but it won't break
and I'm bent like an old man's spine
bent like an old man's spine
has my spine been crooked all this time?

I'm not feeling dangerous these days
these days of demolition
I'm not feeling anything, its strange
on these days of demolition

I know I've got the scars that prove I've been alive
and kicking all these years like I am putting out a fire
but I can't keep it all inside
I can't keep it all inside
cause I'm scared that it might not relight

I'm not feeling dangerous these days
these days of demolition
I'm not feeling anything, its strange
on these days of demolition
a chemical reaction starts again
on these days of demolition
oxygen needs fire to repent
on these days of demolition
I'm not giving up, I'm giving in...
on these days of demolition
I'm not giving up, I'm giving in...
on these days of demolition