Free of the Cowpath (featuring RhythmEngine)

by King Everything

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King Everything is participating in the 12in12x12 project. 12 brand new songs written and recorded in 12 hours. These are the songs from December 2014.

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released December 31, 2014

RhythmEngine titled and wrote the music for Thinking About Myself, White Shirt, and Pockets. Jim added lyrics and vocals. Jim wrote the other songs, sang, and played a little guitar. RhythmEngine added some lyrics and vocals here and there, and did everything else!!

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King Everything Lockport, New York

Loud & quiet; odd & ordinary; mysterious & straightforward; vague & clear; joyous & angry; fast & slow; messy & organized; simple & complicated; succinct & wordy; energetic & lackadaisical; continuous & disjointed; hopeless & rosy; new & familiar.

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Track Name: Freed From Yesterday
We waited for everyone older than us
and outdated to breathe his last, before we buried the past
Now, we can do everything that we want to
Freed from yesterday, we can do it all a better way
I’m sorry I’m not sayin’ your loss is our gain
too bluntly we’re all moving on, despite all your pain
but sadly they couldn’t see the forest, they just saw the trees
And sometimes it’s not what you want, it’s what we all need
Now, we can do everything that we want to
Freed from yesterday, we can do it all a better way
Now, we can do everything that we want to
Freed from yesterday, we can do it all a better way,
we can do it all a better way
Track Name: Pave
I didn’t think you’d miss me
I didn’t even think you’d notice I was gone
I thought so little of our history
it meant so little to you or so I thought
you left with hardly a wave
nothing took or gave
a wave
we took my smile away
who’d left the road to pave
to pave
I didn’t think you’d notice
you never really seemed to care a single bit
or maybe you just didn’t show it
but in the end what’s the difference
between the fake and the real
between a take and a steal
they’re the same
I took what I thought you gave
who’d left the road to pave
to pave, pave
You left the door wide open
all she’d have to do was take your place
And I was kind of hopin’
that I could get it done in a couple of days
you left with hardly a wave
nothing took or gave
a wave
we took my smile away
who’d left the road to pave
to pave
pave
Track Name: The Easiest Way
Keep your ass off the grass
Keep your feet on the path
Only do the simple math
tonight
Keep your eyes on the prize
Say a prayer for Jesus Christ
He won’t take any alibis
Tonight
don’t do it in the easiest way you can
don’t do it in the easiest way man
if they stray can you let me know
I can play up the leading role
maybe lean on their guilty souls
tonight
keep your toes on the side
on the white side of the line
or else you’re in for a bumpy ride
tonight
don’t do it in the easiest way you can
don’t do it in the easiest way man
don’t do it in the easiest way you can
don’t do it in the easiest way man
Keep your ass off the grass
Keep your feet on the path
Only do the simple math
tonight
Track Name: Thinking About Myself
All the lies by my side
All the ways that you’re wasting my time
Cuz it’s not what you got
On my mind, no you’re not on my mind
Yeah, I know I’m not thinking ‘bout you, babe
I know I’m not thinking ‘bout you
I know I’m not thinking ‘bout you, babe
Yeah I know, I know
My thoughts are never lost
While they’ve drifted, they never fell
It’s not news that it’s not you
I’m only thinking about myself
Yeah, I know I’m not thinking ‘bout you, babe
I know I’m not thinking ‘bout you
I know I’m not thinking ‘bout you, babe
Yeah I know, I know
Yeah, I know I’m not thinking ‘bout you, babe
I know I’m not thinking ‘bout you
I know I’m not thinking ‘bout you, babe
Yeah I know, I know
Yeah I know, I know
I know I’m not thinking ‘bout you, babe
Yeah I know, I know
Yeah I know, I know
It’s not news that it’s not you
I’m only thinking about myself
Track Name: White Shirt
Who’s not impressive in just a white shirt?
Dressed to impress in a nicely-pressed white shirt
Look who’s impressive in just a white shirt
Oooh
It’s you and it’s me, it’s you and me
We can be anything
It’s you and it’s me, it’s you and me
We can be anything in our white shirts
Doctors and lawyers and even a priest
baking soda, toothpaste, and a cup of bleach
a chef, a painter, a business man too
vinegar and salt and some lemon juice
It’s you and it’s me, it’s you and me
We can be anything
It’s you and it’s me, it’s you and me
We can be anything in our white shirts...
There's something different about this white shirt
It's something simple, but something absurd
You might not notice, and that's okay too
But if you don't, then I'm not telling you
It’s you and it’s me, it’s you and me
We can be anything
It’s you and it’s me, it’s you and me
We can be anything in our white shirts
Track Name: The Way Grandma Made It
that’s the way that
grandma always made it
I’m sure there’s better ways by now
grandpa always loved
the way that it tasted
that’s the way that made the family proud
if you wanted to scrap the scrap
start afresh from naught from scratch
if you don’t mind ducking and standing tall
find a way that
honors new traditions
using methods that grandma couldn’t have known
use equipment and tools
that didn’t yet exist then
try combinations of flavors that aren’t so old
if you wanted to scrap the scrap
start afresh from naught from scratch
if you don’t mind ducking and standing tall
I think I’m wanting to scrap the scrap and
start afresh from naught from scratch
I don’t mind ducking and standing tall
remember the way that
grandma always made it
We know there’s better ways by now
but that doesn’t mean
that we can’t recreate it
once in a while just so we all remember how
but I’m dying to scrap the scrap and
start afresh from naught from scratch
I promise that I’ll pass on the ways of old
still I’m going to scrap the scrap
start afresh from naught from scratch
I don’t mind ducking and standing alone
Track Name: We've Always Done It This Way
we’re stuck in a rut
trying to find our way
pound my head against the wall
tomorrow’s another day
I haven’t got
haven’t got a clue
are there other ways
to do what we do
I should be embarrassed
for saying what I say
but we’ve always done it
always done it this way
got a round peg
got a square hole
maybe just round out the edges
hey you never know
it’s beyond hard
to make a real change
cuz we’ve always done it
always done it this way
always done it this way
Track Name: How This Must Look (to the Lord)
at a quarter to five
I’m barely alive
at a quarter past six
you can send me to gather sticks
And you realize that there’s snow piled on the floor
And you realize how this must look to the lord
do the squirm ‘em up dance
then button up them pants
if you expect me to keep a secret then
start convincing me that this is romance
There’s no doubt in your mind
that there’s never been snow here before
And you realize how this must look to the lord
Yeah you realize how this must look to the lord
It got so strong and so deep
that it plowed right through the door
And you realize how this must look to the lord
Yeah you realize how this must look to the lord
Track Name: Pockets
I can turn em inside-out if you want
Go ahead and judge them empty or not
We can see the hole-filled pockets of blood
Heartlessly gushing a massacre of love
Who are you to do the things you do
Look around
Am I upside-down
I can tell you one thing she can tell you more
There’s nothing in our pockets that wasn’t there before
I think, of all my things, I like my pockets best
They can hold most anything or give my hands a rest
Who are you to do the things you do
Look around
Am I upside-down
And all these pockets hold everything
The secrets that we try to contain
I'll put you in my pockets, then
You can tell me anything...
Who are you to do the things you do
Look around
Am I upside-down
And all these pockets hold everything
The secrets that we try to contain
I'll put you in my pockets, then
You can tell me everything
Track Name: Aboveground Lowdown
The crest of expression and the kingpin
Lost all ambition on the night when
You crashed the dense-begging car
On the way to where the bulldogs are
Medusa sleeps aboveground
that’s the lowdown
Annihilate the hush-rum
sorry soft sounds
Give the girls the gateway drugs
Biological vibrators strewn on the rugs...
The formula for polar fits in the basement
Soon we can’t afford it or its replacement
the eastern sea where the models die
sealed the fate for the bellyaching passersby
The pattern of the smuggler truly excellent
allowing academics to ruin what we meant
the ink engines will rust in time
just disconnect our arms before we die...
Amplitude spelled backward is exposition
or maybe we’ll just behead the opposition
cuz things come easy to the soldier’s soul
grab the king before the horses revolt
A slippery and wrong turn distorts the holy
My brother’s extra easy with wetter money
The aviator’s acid went berserk
The gritty art we played our part will no longer work...
Track Name: Wings and Tusks
I flapped my wings and showed my tusks
I hoped everything would be alright
and I guess that it was
except I mean
besides the blood
it’s sure not clean enough to walk away
we should run
You lead the way and I’ll follow you
You lead the way and I’ll be right behind
You lead the way and in no time I’ll be by your side
I waved goodbye and sent my love
You hoped that I would be by your side
and I guess that I was
I flapped my wings and showed my tusks
I hoped everything would be alright
and I guess that it was
You lead the way and I’ll follow you
You lead the way and I’ll be right behind
You lead the way and in no time I’ll be by your side
Track Name: Do What You Do, We’ll Work Around You
Do what you do
We’ll work around you