Sharpless (​+​<)

by Sharpless

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about

"Few dudes could successfully accomplish a pop-forward album complete with such devastating hooks, auto-tune in all the strangest places, and even a rap verse, but Jack weaves this unique anthemic sensibility into an album that deserves to be sincerely appreciated… because how many of us could personally adapt our styles to a mainstream accessibility only to so sweetly flip that script and be a stronger person on the other side of it?"

- Noah Kline, thefmly.com


"Sharpless is Jack Greenleaf's baby, but we have a hunch there are a lot of folks who would love to be in his orbit, given his group's sideways similarity to Dinosaur Jr., Flaming Lips and other beloved acts."

- Time Out Chicago


Sharpless (+<) is Jack Greenleaf's debut album. It's an album about infatuation of all kinds, and having the balls to take yourself seriously. It's about impulse decisions and missing the times when the right words came so naturally. It's about cleaning up puke, and selfishly comparing a break up to a devastating, world-shattering tragedy. It's about sorting mail.

Thank you to Henry Crawford and Ian Cory for being the brothers I never had, and for helping me accomplish my visions throughout the years. Thank you Rivers and Sawao for keeping me company. Thank you Richard, for teaching me that the things you make are worth as much as you want them to be. Thank you Mom and Dad, for supporting me constantly with no hesitation. Thank you to Namasensei for all of the advice, and for affirming the fact that my dreams can come true as long as I'm not a bitch. Thank you Felix, Oliver, Charlie, Tola, Sam, Jack F, Nathan, Corey, Max, Eli, Lucio, and Scout: The best bandmates and the best friends a guy could ask for. Thank you Julia and Aaron for the hardest I've ever laughed. Thank you Kate, Lucas, Gabby, Peter, Leigh, Akil, Stella, Dan, Spencer, Taylor, Dave, Aaron S, and everyone else that has, in some small way, pushed me to make this or given me hope. Thank you New York and Japan for letting me feel like there's somewhere else to go. Thank you to the girl in the dream I had when I was six, telling me I was good at Starfox 64 in a bodega. I will always love you. Thank you Carlie, Skyler, Leia, Fay, and Montana.

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released 27 February 2011

All songs written, arranged, and recorded by Jack Greenleaf
(Unless otherwise noted)

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Track Name: Places
You say "love"
I say "WHAT?"

It's easy to think when you're asleep
Because I know I can keep all my stupid thoughts on my sleeve
But I can still hear you breathe so heavily
You whisper all of your secrets as your stomach moves gently.

But you don't wait for me to wait
Do you like to think I find you missing
Find you missing
In my sheets
And you're missing in the kisses on my cheek

Just use some blank CDs
'Cause I can't find your tune so easily

And it's hard for me to write this song
Because I know he's inside of you while I still try to dial your phone
And Henry always said you gotta give it a name
'Cause if you don't then you're left with empty hands and an empty blame and an empty bed.

Speak
Do you really think I know what's happening
I know what's happening
In my sheets
And what's happening between you and me

Just use your words on me
Make me love you again eternally.
Track Name: Casual Sex
The coldest nights
Sedan headlights
Dance from my window to my wall
And way up north
we've lost our course
sit in silence on the long drive home

And sometimes it don't come easy
sometimes it never will
i wish my words would spill out naturally
i wish your words would just stand still

And all my critics say I
Try to hard
But you're the critic that I
Still try for
And I won't regret it
When I forget it
When I forget it,
I'll be free.
Of all of my mistakes,
heartaches and heartbreaks
that shake me awake in my sleep.

"It's not a cycle" you say
when all my songs are great.
But I still write a lot less than I should
A proud menstrual songsmither
I still feel ashamed later
even when I know I did the best that i could

And you still know every word
to every of my songs
I use my tongue to extract them out of your mouth
I use my tongue where it belongs

And all my critics say I
Try to hard
But you're the critic that I
Still try for
And I won't regret it
When I forget it
When I forget it,
I'll be free.
Of all of my mistakes,
heartaches and heartbreaks
that shake me awake in my sleep.

And all my critics say I
Try to hard
But you're the critic that I
Still try for
And I won't regret it
When I forget it
When I forget it,
I'll be free.
Of all of my mistakes,
heartaches and heartbreaks
that shake me awake in my sleep.

I try to hard.
But I still try for.

(Freeze Frame)

I keep it chill like snow cone
even when it's overblown
MC Icy will keep it fresh nicely
So what up, G? Don't try me,
'cause nothing gets by me,
I'm like an IV
I keep this shit lively

My critics say I'm over the top,
but like it or not you gonna get dropped
if you mess with me go brush bad teeth
on the count of three gimme some heat

Keep it casual
when it's sexual

just don't play the fool when I take your girl back to school.
Track Name: Taurus
In the coldest plains of Illinois
I met a girl who took her horns and rammed them in my sides
She carried me on top of her head
And she walked around with pride
This fish is barely breathing
But it's still alive

And I'm the kind of boy she hates
But she's the kind of girl I'd date
And I could love her again
on a bathroom floor
or a hospital bed
instead

But to make things short, she broke my heart
I had nothing to fear
But to make things long, it would take a song
That would last a thousand years
But girl it ain't easy
Just to be with the one you love
You say "it's dangerous
just to say that word out loud"

And I'm the kind of boy she hates
But she's the kind of girl I'd date
And I could fuck her again
on a bathroom floor
or a collapsing building instead


And I spend my nights
wringing poison from your bones
waiting just for some time alone
Do you still think about me?
Am I still in your dreams?
Will you wait for me?

Do you want to be touched?

Control myself
Take only what I need from you
But what would I do without you?
And I could love you again.
Well, I could try

And you're the kind of girl I hate
But I'm the kind of boy you'd date
And I'd make love to you again
on a bathroom floor
or a college campus instead
Would you prefer that instead?
Track Name: Summer 2010
You say that we're cycling pieces of film
Well we're not
You say that we have never loved
Well I guess we've been caught
You said:

Heaven never was on earth
it was all a myth that we rehearsed

I should've known then

When we die we fly up high
Back into the world give it another try

An ocean of paper
I should've swam with her
On that night
But I was too chicken
For me to even
Say goodnight

We lay on our backs stare at the sky upside down
Sip on champagne
You sip on the future I drift from earth
and into my brain
You said:

Movies never make me cry
Even when somebody dies

I should've known back then

You were the boy who never tried
To speak the truth inside his mind

I took it in context
I took it in protest
I took it back
But I'll never take you
Kiss you or hold you
Behind her back.

And all your words turn until my head spins off
I'm naked and sweating and screaming and crying and hopeless and soft

Let's take our hearts
Shove them back into our chests
Let's hold hands so we can kiss
Let's write all the songs
All over again
Let's forget the people that we miss
Track Name: Penpals
Your ink is heavy my ink is light
The paper's darker than a boston sunday night
But it's alright
Because I'm glad you called I felt so lonely
9-5 in a city full of phonies
With their black ties
but your black eyes

And the letters in my head
Under my bed keep screaming
Keep calm keep breathing
I'll come visit you sooner than you think
But I still drink and drink
Hoping you will come home

When I'm alone again

She's rooms away
We're miles apart
She's in my bed
And you're still in my heart
It's a start

And my lungs are brick
My heart is stone
I can't pick up your calls
On the telephone

But the letters in my head
Under my bed keep screaming
Keep calm keep breathing
I'll come visit you sooner than you think
But I still drink and drink
Hoping you will come home
Track Name: La Ferencz
And the sound of snow
Hits my heart just like a drum
And the shops are all closed
And our parents don't know we're alone

And I will keep you warm
When the hospital bed is cold
And I know

I will keep you sane
Everytime you're left alone
And I know

That when the frost bites
And you're alone tonight
I'll carry your body
From town to town

And the sound of leaves
Crunching underneath my feet
and my throes
I can feel your back aching
the entire train ride home

And I will keep you warm
When the hospital bed is cold
And I know

I will keep you sane
Everytime you're left alone
And I know

That when the frost bites
And you're alone tonight
I'll carry your body
From town to town


You're quiet in bed like a librarian
And I'm wondering if you're on the meds again
And the watch on my wrist is doing all the talking
As the clock ticks echo down the hospital hallway

Your eyes are warm
But your lips are cold
Is it the sickness getting you
Or are you just getting old?

My heart is racing
Your heart beats so slow
How can I kiss you
when your lips are so cold?

Shallow Heart
Shallow Soul
At least I got
Bones of my own.
Track Name: Goodnight
Where should I sleep
Right next to me
Where is the light
Let’s stay up all night
Is it already four?
I made us some drinks
Am I gonna be alright
Just lay down with me

Let me play you a song
Those chords sound wrong
Let me hear one of yours
I don’t write songs
Do you know this band
Are they from Japan?
Let’s start a band
Could I sing

And all the times we said goodbye
I wish I could’ve said goodnight
Track Name: Hiroshima (広島)
Sometimes at night I think about
The islands of japan
Hiroshima and Nagasaki
And which one I am

And if I am an island
In the middle of the sea
Then you must be the careful god
That dropped the bomb on me

And it's harder
To start over
When nobody cares
When your friends are out of contact
And your parents are still right here
And isn't it weird
That the end of the world
Seems more like the start
The lonely parts

Baptised inside the soot
And an ocean full of kids
I watched myself inside the smoke
I watched with no eyelids
And when the bomb had dropped
Did all the people start to cheer
For every man that's made of ash
There were a thousand tears

And it's harder
To start over
When nobody cares
When your friends are out of contact
And your parents are still right here
And isn't it weird
That the end of the world
Seems more like the start
The lonely parts
Track Name: (+<)
I’m stuck in my room
As the night becomes darker
And the windowsill is covered
With lyrics in marker

And my motivation oh where has it run off to

But all of sudden words cease to mean nothing
Especially names, of girls I’d been fucking
And places that I had left them behind
Trying to find a way out

But that’s how it works it all just gets duller
The more settled you are the harder you falter
the bland routines you wish
That you could escape
From the bland routines you wish
That You could change

So the only thing stopping me from getting on a plane
Is the embarrassing fear of trying to explain
To my parents and friends that they’re not to blame
It was the only way for me to stay sane


But the further you go from the place you call home
The more comfy you get with being alone
And the closer you get to knowing yourself
And feeling the things that you wish you had felt

How come I have this fear
Of the way that my memories disappear
Of the way that most of the time
None of us will ever do anything with our lives

I’m sorry for
The songs that I sent you
I’m sorry for
What I got you all into
I’m sorry for
This early eruption
I’m sorry for
My sexual disfunction
I’m sorry for
My fake disposition
I’m sorry for
My shifting opinions
I’m sorry if
I’ve become heartless
I’m sorry that
I am so sharpless
I’m sorry