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1.
04:58
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.
2.
03:34
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.
3.
03:38
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?
4.
05:05
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
5.
03:21
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
6.
06:20
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.
7.
03:12
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
8.
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
9.
03:20
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

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Sharpless (+<) is an album about infatuation of all kinds, and taking 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.

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released February 27, 2011

All songs written, arranged, and recorded by Jack Greenleaf
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