Vacation

by Elijah Johnston

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dedicated to mary poppins

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released July 8, 2017

written, performed, and recorded by elijah johnston

drums on "truth of us" by gideon johnston

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Track Name: Silver
half-awake on monday night
doesn't seem to be worth the fight
i can get much more done by never getting up
half-asleep on sunday morn
you know they say when it rains it pours
i'm always left with the feeling that i can never get enough

there's gotta be a silver lining
there's gotta be a reason for this perfect timing
in spite of all my trying to make things right
there's nothing i can do
Track Name: Certain
how to feel
how to know
how to be certain
in times of unknown?
look in the face of
all that is said
silence the doubt that is
all in my head

there's not much i'm sure of
but with you i'm sure of
not much feels like enough
but you sure feel like enough

startle awake
eyes open fast
dreamt my day with you
became my last
falling asleep
with you on my mind
dreaming that one day you will
sleep at my side

there's not much i'm sure of
but with you i'm sure of
not much feels like enough
but you sure feel like enough

be certain, be certain
i am certain of you
Track Name: Another Day In Paradise
there's no other place i'd be
than just hangin', you and me
let's find a spot to go lay out
and catch some rays before the clouds

it's the sun in your hair
and the sand gets anywhere
but it's another day in paradise

frozen lemonade to drink
fresh crab roast on every street
big ole' trucks with little men
the strip lights up weird after ten

it's the sun in your hair
and the sand gets anywhere
but it's another day in paradise

it's so hard
to explain why
you'll just have to see
you'll just have to try

and get sand in your eye
kinda makes you wanna die
but it's another day in paradise
with a drink in your hand
it kinda makes you feel so grand
but it's another day in paradise
with the sun in your hair
and the sand gets anywhere
it's another day in paradise
Track Name: Where She's Gone
skin seemed like a strange thing to taste
air seemed like an awful thing to waste
air seemed like an awful thing to lose
gain seemed like the wrong to choose

but now
it's coming down
the water's pouring out
and she wont tell me
where she's gone
Track Name: I'll Be Better
took my inhaler
now i can breathe again
now i can run with my friends
i moved my arm and
now i feel again
no longer trapped by my pillow

i took a step and
now i can walk again
pretty soon i'll be better
i spoke your name and
now i can talk again
pretty soon i'll be better
Track Name: Truth of Us
scared to see your mom in public
apparently she hates me now
scared to feel angry and bitter
it feels like you're controlling me now
wondering if i should move
because i know it's what you want me to do
and i didn't just lose you
i lost friends and family too

so you'll tell yourself that i'm a loser
and i'll tell myself that you're shallow
but the truth of us lies somewhere in the middle, doesn't it?

afraid i'm overthinking things
just like i tend to always do
afraid of always being messed up
in my relationships because of you
always unsure of myself
and i'm dwelling on my past mistakes
trying so hard to get somewhere
where i don't feel out of place

so you'll tell yourself that you were right
even though everyone thinks you're wrong
but the truth of us can't be contained in a song, can it?
Track Name: Mary Chant
down a rabbit hole
in the spring time
where our dreams are
all left behind
kick the soccer ball
through the tall grass
and the wet dew
sticks to my neck
down a fox hole
in the fall time
thank the leaves for
easing our slide
feel the raindrops
on my wet socks
feel my running shoes
on the rubber top

see my favorite dog
and my favorite cat
humming little songs
singing merry chants
playing christmas songs
in august
singing low cause
my voice is modest
grab a bracelet
from an old box
want you to have it
wear it on your neck
take it with you
when you leave here
and you watch me shrink
in the mirror
Track Name: Vacation
the wind, it burns my lungs
and i can't even cry
i can not move my tongue
and i know exactly why

i'm not worried, i'm just terrified
that all the things that i have tried
are gonna come to mean nothing at all

my friends don't look like they once did
as when we were all just kids
and i am starting to wonder how
all the distance will affect us now

i'm not worried, i'm just terrified
that all the things i've tried to hide
are gonna come right out and meet me here

i'm not worried, i'm just scared to death
that you will realize that to be your best
does not include me at all