Four Corners

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released March 19, 2017

Words, Music, Guitars, Vocals: John Yakovou
Drums: Dax Hunter Jordan
Bass: Larry Elwood ( Wings, You Went Wide, One Piece at a Time)
Joshua Olsen: (North, I Can't Breathe, Parking Lot)
John Yakovou: (Year of the Depends, Vaguely)
Hammond Organ: Pat Shaughnessey
Piano: Joe Bellanti
Fiddle: Natalie Rae Padilla

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Track Name: NORTH
YOU MAKE ME FEEL SICK, ALL THE TIME.
YEAH I GOT IT GOOD... FOR A WHILE.
JUST REACHING OUT FOR SOME MOMENTS LIKE THAT
TAKE OFF YOUR HAT AND COAT AND COME INSIDE
STAY THERE TILL THE SUMMER ARRIVES.
YOU GOTTA GET OUT THE COLD, GET OUT THE COLD.
YEAH AND TRY TO WARM UP YOUR SOUL, WARM UP SOME SOUL.
BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE.

A MANTRA HELPS… IF YOU REPEAT IT.
ON YOUR DRIVE BACK TO ENCINITAS AND
IF YOU STILL AIN’T FEELIN’... IT YOU’D BETTER TAKE A SHORT HIATUS.
AND IF YOUR FEELING PUZZLED
AND YOUR HEAD IT HURTS FROM THOUGHTS.
WELL YOU’D BETTER KNOW NO NO. WHICH WAY TO GO GO GO.

YEAH IT’S TIME TO GET OUT ON THE ROAD GET OUT ON THE ROAD.
YEAH AND TRY TO WARM UP SOME SOUL WARM UP YOUR SOUL
BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE…

SNOW GEESE FLY OVER HEAD.
DROP A NEST ON TOP OF MY TOOL SHED.
MUST BE A SIGN.
SIGN IT’S TIME TO YOU GET OUT THE COLD, GET OUT THE COLD.
YEAH AND TRY TO WARM UP YOUR SOUL, WARM UP SOME SOUL.
BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE.

FOR A MOMENT I COULD SEE THIS TAKING OVER MY WHOLE WORLD BUT THOSE FEELINGS ARE REALLY SECONDARY.
CAUSE ALL GOOD THINGS ARE TEMPORARY.
IN VERMONT THERE’S A BARN THAT HOVERS BETWEEN 25 AND 10 DEGREES.
AND THE THINGS INSIDE ARE SLEEPING YOU JUST GOTTA MAKE SURE THE DOG AIN’T FREEZIN’

GOTTA GET HIM OUT THE COLD GET HIM OUT THE COLD.
YEAH AND TRY TO WARM UP HIS PAWS WARM UP HIS PAWS.
BEFORE ITS TOO LATE.
Track Name: WINGS
GAZE DOWN… EASTBOUND
FLY STRAIGHT… CAN’T WAIT.

SINCE YOU DON’T OFTEN STOP ANYWAY I CAN COME TO WHERE YOU ARE THEN GET BACK ON THE ROAD AGAIN.
SINCE YOU DON’T OFTEN STOP ANYWAY I CAN MAKE IT OUT TO YOU AND YOU DECIDE PROPRIETY.
WHAT I WANT TO SAY…. IS YOU DON’T HAVE TO STAY.

WANT YOU TO GUESS WHY… WHY DON’T WE GUESS WHY?
ALL THE THINGS THAT MATTER
ONLY MADE YOU SAY GOODBYE.

BUT SINCE YOU DON’T OFTEN CRY ANYWAY I CAN MAKE IT SO YOU WON’T EVER SHED A TEAR AGAIN.
SINCE YOU DON’T WANT TO SOB ANYWAY
I CAN WIPE YOUR TEARS FOR YOU
AND LET YOU KNOW YOU GOT A FRIEND.
WHAT I'M TRYING TO SAY... IS EVERYTHING'S GONNA BE OK.

I’M STUCK IN A TIME WHERE I DON’T BELONG AND I FEEL MY FATE JUST SETTLING.
IT’S ALWAYS TOO MUCH OR NONE AT ALL.
I THINK I’D BETTER SIT BACK DOWN.
SIT BACK.

GAZE DOWN … WESTBOUND.

I ADMIT THAT THE PARTY’S OVER STILL, I REFUSE TO BE SAT DOWN.

IF YOU DON’T OFTEN STOP ANYWAY I CAN MAKE IT OUT TO YOU AND YOU DECIDE PROPRIETY.
SINCE YOU DON’T OFTEN STOP ANYWAY I WOULD TURN AROUND FOR YOU AND DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN.

GO ON SOME HOLIDAY… WHERE EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE OK….
SO WHY WALK AWAY? JUST FLY, FLY AWAY.
Track Name: YOU WENT WIDE
YOU WENT WIDE AND I … WENT SOUTH.
THE CREDIT LIES IN YOURS AND MY DIVINE CLOUDS.
GO LIVE THAT WAY.
INSIDE YOUR GATE
THE DOOR IS OPEN
FOR WHAT YOU’VE COME TO SAY.
BUT IT’S CLOSED TO THOSE FORCES THAT BREAK ME DOWN.

CRIMSON CRIMES, AND LIES, AND I CAN WAIT.
FOR CHAUFERRED RIDES AND LIVES THAT I CAN’T FAKE.
GO LIVE THAT WAY.
INSIDE YOUR GATE
THE DOOR IS OPEN
FOR WHAT YOU’VE COME TO SAY.
BUT IT’S CLOSED TO THOSE FORCES THAT BREAK ME DOWN.
Track Name: I CAN'T BREATHE
WHY CAN’T WE TRY AND GET THE PRESSURE OFF
BEFORE I GO AND MAKE ANOTHER
SCENE I CANNOT HANDLE THIS TODAY

I AM A MAN WHO WAKES DELERIOUS
IMMEDIATELY FURIOUS
WITH EVERY THING I SEEM TO SEE AND READ.

AND I CAN’T BREATHE, NO I CAN’T BREATHE.
SO MY HANDS ARE SHAKING. I KNOW ASPIRATION’S WHAT I NEED.

WITH ALL THE VARIABLES OF TIRED SHOWS AND ANGRY WRINKLED FURROWED BROWS.
COMPETE TO HAVE THEIR NAMES ALL ETCHED IN STONE.
I AM ALONE IN THIS INFERIOR,
REALITY’S MUCH DREARIER
THAN EVERYTHING WE LIVE TO DAY TO DAY.

AND I CAN’T BREATHE, NO ICAN’T BREATHE.
OH MY HANDS ARE SHAKING. I KNOW ASPIRATION’S WHAT I NEED.

AND WHEN I’M WORN. WHEN I’M WORN DOWN.
OH MY LOVE, CAN’T WE CALM DOWN.
TWO PLUS FOUR, MAKE A SIX GUN.
SO I’M TOLD
IT’S A LONG SHOT
A LONG SHOT
BETTER LOOK OUT FOR WHAT YOU GOT.
CAUSE THINGS CAN REALLY GO DOWNHILL FAST.

SO CAN’T WE MAKE UP ALL OUR MINDS ABOUT IT.
MAYBE SPEND SOME TIME WITH OUT A PURPOSE, POINT, KARMA, OR A CREED.
JUST TWO LOST SOULS WITH NOTHING MORE TO DO THAN CONJURE UP SOME ANCIENT GOD.
AND WRITE DOWN OUR OWN MYTHIC HISTORY.

THEN WE CAN BREATHE YEAH WE CAN BREATHE.
EVERYONE IS SHAKIN’
BUT I GOT SOME ASPRATION
I’M BREATHING WHAT YOU’RE MAKING.
FEELING INSPIRATED ASPIREE.
Track Name: YEAR OF THE DEPENDS
I HOPE ANOTHER THING COME AND TAKE ME AWAY.
FROM
THIS HOLE I HAVE DUG.
I’M FEELING IT’S GOING DOWN.

AND RESTLESS THOUGHTS CAN’T TAKE ME AWAY.
FROM
THIS GIANT DRAIN YOU’VE BECOME I’M FEELING IT’S COMING ON.

SEND A MESSAGE NOW.
FOSTER WALLACE STYLE.
I’VE BEEN MIXING ALL I
WRITE IN PANTOMIME, JUST READ MY BODY SIGNS.
SWEET RELIEF, WHEN IT WORKS FOR ME.
WHEN I WAIT TILL THE END AND IT’S GOOD.

TRYING MY BEST TO LOOK THE OTHER WAY.
BUT SPEEDING, SNAPS MY HEAD IN PLACE AND I FEEL IT.
THIS FEELING IT’S ALMOST DONE.

AND I WON’T TRY TP TAKE ANOTHER’S NAME.
OR HESITATE TO TAKE THE BLACK.
I’M FEELING THIS FEELINGS DONE.
SEND A MESSAGE NOW.
FOSTER WALLACE STYLE.
I’VE BEEN MIXING ALL I
WRITE IN PANTOMIME, JUST READ MY BODY SIGNS.
SWEET RELIEF, WHEN IT WORKS... ON TV.
WHEN I WAIT TILL THE END AND IT’S BAD.
Track Name: ONE PIECE AT A TIME
GO WHERE, HOME IS A WAITIN’
SO TORN, CAUSE THE COMFORTING WARMTH.
IT’S A TRAP.

AND COLD ICE, FURNACE IS BLOWIN’
HEATS THE PLACE AND THE SMILE NEVER LEAVES HIS FACE.
BUT IT’S A TRAP.

AND YOU KNOW. IT’S A MATTER OF TIME.
JUST BEING ALONE GETS HIM OFF EVERY TIME.
AND IT’S… A TRAP.

GET UP, ONLY TO LIE BACK.
BREAK OUT THE REDS
AND KICK UP YOUR LEGS
BUT IT’S A TRAP.

AND WARM WOOD FIDDLE, BOW UP AGAIN IF YOU CAN.
CAUSE LAST I REMEMBER, EVERYONE WAS A RANTING AND A RAVING.
AND HOME? IT’S WAITING.

WHITE LIGHTS FLASH AS THE SMILE IT LEAVES HIS FACE.
ONE LAST TIME.

BUT YOU KNOW IT’S JUST A MATTER OF TIME.
BEFORE I GO, ONE PIECE AT A TIME.
Track Name: A WINTER'S TALE
I, I DON'T EVEN WAIT.
FOR YOUR ANSWER I KNOW THAT THE QUESTION, IS COMING TOO LATE.
'CAUSE I DRAGGED MY FEET BEFORE I HIT THE DOOR.
NOW IT'S TOO LATE IT'S CLOSED...
NOW I'M OUT IN THE HALL.

FATE, DON'T MATTER TO HIM.
AND I SAY IF YOU WANT ME YOU GOT IT,
I JUST GAVE IN.
'CAUSE THE MORE I THINK I HAVE I REALLY LACK.
AND THE LESS WE TAKE THE MORE WE GET IT BACK.
GET IT BACK, GET IT BACK.

NOT AFRAID TO SAY I LOVE YOU,
ANYMORE BUT IT'S TO LATE.
ALL THE TIME I WAITED FOR... BETTER.
BUT RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME WELL I,
I MISSED THE SIGNS I WAS BLIND,
NOW I THINK ABOUT YOU ALL THE TIME.
UP AND DOWN JUST LET ME OUT,
TO FIND ANOTHER WAY AROUND,
THIS COMMIT, I DON'T GET THINGS VERY FAST
AND YOU WON'T LET ME PROMISE THAT I WON'T
LET YOU DOWN AGAIN...

I, I DON'T EVEN WAIT.
FOR YOUR ANSWER I KNOW THAT THE QUESTION, IS COMING TOO LATE.
'CAUSE THE MORE I THINK I HAVE I REALLY LACK.
AND THE LESS WE TAKE THE MORE WE GET IT BACK.
WHAT I MEANT TO SAY IS SOMETHING YOU'LL NEVER KNOW.
'BOUT THAT DAY OUT IN THE COLORADO SNOW.
Track Name: PARKING LOT
I NEED A PINT OF COURAGE, TO SPEAK UP AND DISCOURAGE,
WHAT I SEE IS GOING DOWN.
THE RULES THEY'RE DIFFERENT FOR HER, I’D LIKE TO SAVE HER FROM HER.
SELFISHNESS IT CAN CONFOUND.

MAMA'S IN THE PARKING LOT AND SHE’S LOOKING FOR THE BAND.
AND IF SHE EVER FINDS THEM
SHE WILL LEAVE THEM BETTER MEN.
THAT’S THE KINDA STUFF THAT’LL MAKE YA GO CRAZY.
MEDICATIONS ALWAYS OPTIONAL.
THAT’S THE KIND OF STUFF THAT WE LOVINGLY CRAVE.
WHEN IT’S THE ONLY FAMILY WE’VE EVER KNOWN.

I HAVE BECOME THE PARENT, I KNOW IT’S NOT APPARENT.
EXACTLY WHO I’M SINGING TO.
I WILL UNMASK THAT MENTION,
IT’S CLEAR IF YOU JUST LISTEN
AND TAKE IT WITH A GRAIN OF SALT OR TWO.

MAMA'S IN THE PARKING LOT AND SHE’S LOOKING FOR THE VAN.
AND IF SHE EVER FINDS IT SHE MIGHT WISH SHE NEVER HAD.
THAT’S THE KINDA STUFF THAT’LL MAKE YA GO CRAZY.
MEDICATIONS ALWAYS ON THE TABLE TOO.
THAT’S THE KIND OF SHIT THAT WE LOVINGLY CRAVE.
WHEN IT’S THE ONLY FAMILY WE’VE EVER KNOWN.

MAYBE I’M MAKING EYES AT YOU
MAYBE YOU’VE JUST GONE CRAZY.
EITHER ONE COULD PROBABLY BE.
BUT MORAL'S OFTEN SERVE YOU WRONG
THE HEAT OF PASSION FUCKS IT UP.
SO SIT DOWN AND SAY A LITTLE PRAYER FOR ME.

I AM IN THE PARKING LOT AND I’M LOOKING FOR MY MA’AM
AND IF I EVER FIND HER SHE MIGHT WISH SHE NEVER HAD.
THAT’S THE KINDA STUFF THAT’LL MAKE YA GO CRAZY.
MEDICATIONS ALWAYS ON THE TABLE TOO.
THAT’S THE KIND OF SHIT THAT WE LOVINGLY CRAVE.
WHEN IT’S THE ONLY SITUATION, THE ONLY SITUATION, THE ONLY FAMILY WE’VE EVER KNOWN.
Track Name: SOUTH
EVERY NORTH HAS ITS SOUTH  
AND EAST HAS ITS WEST...
PROBABLY FOR THE BEST.

DON'T GET LOST WITHIN THE SOUND CHASING YOU BACK
TO AN OLD EASY CHAIR,
WHILE YOUR COMPUTER GLARES, 
GET UP AND HAVE A BEER THEN WALK AROUND

OH WHEN THEY SAY 
GET OUT THE WAY
AND LET THE YOUNGER PEOPLE PLAY
I SAY WAIT.

EVERY TIME I LOOK ON DOWN,
THE GRAYER THE GROUND GETS.
'TILL I HEAR FROM A FRIEND.
YEAH IT SOUNDS LIKE AN OLD ONE, 
BEST ONE I GOT.
CALLS ME ON HIS DRIVE HOME
BEFORE THE KIDS AND WIFE THEY WON'T LEAVE HIM ALONE.

I REMEMBER WHEN WE DROVE ‘ROUND.
JUST TO GET LOST. 
A SMOKE AND A LAUGH
TURNS WITHOUT A PATH
NEWNESS LIKE THAT HAPPENS ONCE IN YOUR PAST.

AND I KNEW IF THERE WAS A PROBLEM, YOU’D HELP ME OUT.
AND I KNEW IF THERE WAS A PROBLEM, YOU’D HELP ME OUT.

WHEN I'M DRIVING THE UPSTATE ...BRIDGES ABOUND
LONG WAY AROUND 
MUCH BETTER THAN THE PLANNED
THINGS I SEE BEGIN TO TRANSCEND

AND ALL THE TURNS FORM A MESSAGE... MUCH LIKE A DARE.
THAT I DON'T WANT TO HEAR
WALK FROM THE COMPUTERS GLARE
MY TEMPER'S BOUND TO FLARE LIKE IT DOES.

AND I KNEW IF THERE’S A PROBLEM, YOU’LL HELP ME OUT.
AND I KNEW IF THERE’S A PROBLEM, YOU’LL HELP ME OUT.

OH WHEN THEY SAY 
GET OUT THE WAY
AND LET THE YOUNGER PEOPLE PLAY
I SAY WAIT…
Track Name: VAGUELY
I’LL LEAVE THIS ON.
NIGHTLY I DREAM IT
AND IT SEEMS I’M OVERRUN.
WITH COLD NIGHTS.
WE PLAY OR SINK
AND I LEAD THE WAY
WHEN YOU CALL OUT FOR ME.

AND HOW'S ABOUT A NOTION SPARED?
THIS TIME WE GREW UNPREPARED,
BUT WHAT IS WRONG WITH
ALWAYS.

ALWAYS SOMETHING CHANGED. TONIGHT BESIDE ME THE DOG STAYED WIDE AWAKE
WHILE I DREAMED A DREAM.
THAT I BEEN, STUCK IN.

SO KICK OFF THE FORCED FROWN, AND GO ON OUT AND SEE WHAT’S LEFT TO SEE.
I’LL WAKE.
VAGUELY.