Narcissism Unto Loneliness EP

by John Jacob Magistery

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This EP was done on a very modest budget and was put together from top to bottom with the help of friends. Recorded live in one day with a band that had never played together before. Thanks to everybody who made this possible, and thanks to you for listening.

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released March 28, 2014

Cover photo taken by David Hughes
Concept by Johnny Griffin
Cover Design by Josh Budman

Band -
Johnny Griffin // vocals, acoustic guitar
Anthony Lombardi // drums
Michael Felber // bass
Simon Angell // lead guitar
Justin Wright // cello
Kate Maloney // violin
Genevieve Toupin // vocals
Jon Matte // keys

*Claps on Track 1 // Senja Sargeant, Bud Rice,

Engineered and Mixed by Rob Heaney (at Studio Fast Forward)
Mastered by Harris Newman (at Grey Market Mastering)

Produced by Johnny Griffin
Co-Produced by Jon Matte
Executive Producers: Jon Cook, Kevin Dolgin, Johnny Griffin, Joseph Griffin

All songs written and arranged by Johnny Griffin

These songs were all recorded live on September 10, 2013 at Studio Fast Forward

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Track Name: (Nothing) Stole My Heart
Playing with some geometric signs to build my home
I was walking and I roamed into a park
and the breeze blew today so I packed my thin jacket
and I passed by a statue of a man
and buses came and went filled with people
cars they honked their horns
and I saw somebody and I shook his hand
he was going to a movie later on
but nothing
nothing (repeated)
nothing

Nothing stole my heart
Nothing stole my heart
but it was okay
it was okay

then I thought about a coffee that I didn't want to drink
and the girl on the bench lit a smoke
then the car across the street drove off with all the money
and the silence told another joke
and then I washed my hands in the imaginary fountain
where the cops and the junkies wash their clothes
and I walked upon the river made of stars and metal poles
and I thought about a girl I used to know
nothing

Nothing stole my heart
Nothing sole my heart
but it was okay

It was oh
it was okay
it was oh
it was okay
it was okay
Track Name: Greatest Story Ever Told
shouting out the news today
what I've made is what I've made
pulsing in a bottom room
waiting for the moon to change it's tune

shouting on the buildings of
concrete flesh that's all lit up
an ending everywhere I turn
another night another page to burn

will I wind up
will I wind up
alone
up
alone

picture myself getting sick
then dying from the medicine
while everybody stands around
with something new to talk about

will I wind up
will I wind up
alone
up
alone

everything I ever wrote
a love no one will ever know
a bag of bones turns into smoke
the greatest story ever told

will I wind up
will I wind up
will I wind up
alone
up
alone
up
alone
up
alone
Track Name: Key Of Good
I woke up from a dream
the steam rose up from your bright face
and I poured the boiling water
in an empty bath

then I find myself lying
in the dark terrible silence
and the most gentle kind of violence
comes to let me know

and I know
that you don't know how to believe me
but I

I can feel it through my body all the time

I hear the talk about me
saying that I'm going crazy
I don't know who really says it
or how it's in my head

but I read the morning paper
and I talked a bit with my friends
and we put things together
that you don't understand

and I know
that you don't know how to believe me
but I
I can feel it through my body all the time

the key is good
but the lock's frozen
the key is good
but the lock's frozen
(the key is good the lock's too cold)
the key is good
but the lock's frozen (the key is good but the lock's too co o o o old)
the key is good
but the lock's to co o o o old

O oh
I can feel it though my body all the time
Oh Oh O oh
I can feel it through my body all the time
Oh Oh O oh
I can feel it through my body all the time
Oh Oh O oh
I can feel it through my body all the time
Track Name: Diamond In A Cave
let me go out on the river
let my body float
over the rocks and fishes where no one goes
let my hair out like sunshine
when you touch my face like I'm a woman
know that I am finally home
off in another world
where flesh and bone don't carry on
and don't you leave yourself to save me
if you can't save yourself and leave
if you can't allow yourself to be there
when you turn away from me
let me go out on the river
don't tell me that it's wet
I've been silent for many years
but there's not much that I don't get, get

you're mystified by all your feelings
so you call them different names
and you make them into people
small stories in a bigger game
and in this game there ain't no winner
there ain't no time but time's all you got
there ain't no end just some progression
where perfection's always the cost
and you know what to say but you don't believe it
know what to do but you don't know how
no you don't know and the feeling don't move you
but you won't move 'til you figure it out
you stuck your hand out to the devil
and you begged him to ease your pain
so he said he'd keep you alright
as long as you keep coming back again, again

there ain't no mercy in your loving
there's no forgiveness in your moving on
there ain't no grace in all your patience
your courage is just fear of not being strong
thought you got wise when you just sunk deeper
into a maze that you thought you solved
thought you looked down on me from your balcony
it was your reflection in the silver pond
so when the words don't count for nothing
and the years have changed this song
just let me go down to the river
the way I let you carry on

cause I have taken all your troubles
and I cleaned them in the waves
and I keep you in my heart
like a diamond in a cave
like a diamond