Retreat and Withdrawal (Self)

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Love: it's a thing of the past. No, I'm not talking about marriage. I mean loving your self. Look in the mirror. How's your mental health? Have you looked around and found a balance? I talk about my self in my music because music is a tool and I use it. I'm talking to my self and I'm telling me how I'm doing. I'm improving. It helps to spend time alone because I live in my self, this shell is my home and if I leave it too long I get sick while I'm gone so I drop breadcrumbs when I roam. I drop breadcrumbs when i roam. Listen:
(it's the breadcrumbs, falling on the ground.)

I've got two part harmony, and one parts soul. I'm going to train my voice and make both parts whole. It's that elusive balance that I seek when I'm looking and I find when i close both my eyes. It's content versus happy so you'd better make it snappy and gratify me when it's time (instantaneous). My lamen name came in the form of pain saving, when the best I can do is get away and I'll talk to you now and perhaps even smile but there's that nagging feeling to get away. Just get a way.

Sometime I just cry and remember I'm alive, think of those I've loved and that loved me, but above those I've loved is my self. I remember that you've got to love your self to be something. You've got to love yourself to be something.

So I'll run past the borders till I can't be seen and there I stand knee deep in self. My family needs my help and so I help them, but it comes from a place that will remain my space because I'm selfish. Listen: most things I do are for me, that's true, but I compromise when I interact and I know that it's hard to seperate fiction from fact, so seperate your self. that's a healthy way to act.

Sometime I just cry and remember I'm alive, think of those I've loved and that loved me, but above those I've loved is my self. I remember that you've got to love your self to be something. You've got to love yourself to be something.

I may look like an island, but I'm really a man. So put down your books and just give me a hand. We need love and we look for it in all the wrong places. If we're horses, then we're walking around with long faces. I'm feeling alone again and that's a self-fulfilling feeling. When i kneel my self down, it seems real up on the ceiling. I'm looking to maintain self health through self help, so I discuss with my self all the feelings that I've felt. You can call me a loner and a hermit and reserved, but the truth is we all need some time to calm our nerves.

So sometime I just cry and remember I'm alive, think of those I've loved and that loved me, but above those I've loved is my self. I remember that you've got to love your self to be something. You've got to love yourself to be something.

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from Self, released April 5, 2004

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Jon Watts Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Quaker poet-producer-songsmith in West Philly.

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