Excelsior

by The Jauntee

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released 07 August 2015

All music & lyrics written by The Jauntee other than:

Track #2 - Lyrics by Zach Yopchick
Track #4 - Lyrics by Jacob Leverenz
Tracks #3 and #6 - Tyler Adams on Mandolin

Produced, Mixed, and Mastered by Warren Amerman @ Rotary Records in West Springfield, MA.

Album artwork by Adam Friedman. Design and layout by Luke Suvino.

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Track Name: Good Ol' Boy
He was born near a casino
Las Vegas, Atlantic City or Reno
His mother was Filipino
And his father, he drove an El Camino

And they named him Steno
He was a Good Ol’ Boy
He didn’t mean no harm
He had a certain charm that you would enjoy

As he bloomed like a flower
He lived for love, wasn’t much of a scholar
He was a traveling man, with no direction
In search of affection -- On a quest for love you can’t outgrow

Steno, he was a Good Ol’ Boy
He didn’t mean no harm
He had a certain charm that you would enjoy

Steno, he was a Good Ol’ Boy
He didn’t mean no harm
He had a certain charm that you would enjoy
That you would enjoy
Track Name: Lunch in Be
They say -- Tell me how you’re feeling now
But can these words -- Begin to describe me, how

How can what be said is true
If all I know I learned from you
And what you say is hearsay too

Well all I know is what I learned from you
But now you’re telling me the same thing too
If this is true what are we both supposed to do
Cause if all I know I learned from you, I haven’t got a clue

Recycled, reused, and renewed
Revised, refined, rinsed and repeated
Dumbed down, defiled and depleted

Broke down, bred for mass consumption
I think I’ll skip this luncheon
Track Name: Know it All
I learned to walk before I learned to crawl
I’m bored of books; I’ve read ‘em all
My first words as I recall

When I grow up I’m going to know it all
When I grow up I’m going to know it all
I’ll be on the ball -- Once and for all

Two hundred and two is my I.Q.
I bet I’m smarter than you
Doctors say, since I’m only four

That when I grow up I’m gonna know even more
When I grow up I’m gonna know even more
Science claims they’ve never seen this before

Twenty years fly by as I blink my eyes
I never had to try
I wasn’t born just yesterday
But I’ve wasted all my smarts away
Track Name: Wake and Jake
With morning on my window, the cars are in the street
I wake to greet the sun outside, heat beneath my feet

Birds and bees are working, all is in its place
Sun upon my back, rays against my face

Daily repetitions calling me to fall in line
But wanting more than anything, to make the most of time
Thinking fast, moving slow, and all of the above
But the simple fact of life remains

All you need is love
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Churches on the hillside, lines outside the gate
The hardest thing to figure out is who decides your fate

Who decides your fate
Who decides your fate
Who decides your fate
Who decides your fate
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Everything is glowing
Everything is growing

Will I emerge a better man, always never knowing
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Acting on a feeling and writing it all down
On a hill this place and time, a king without a crown

Wake and Jake
A king without a crown
All you need is love
Track Name: Valley Girl
Oh boy you shoulda heard the way she talks about you
Turns out you’re not the type to be able to handle a

Valley Girl -- Come down on me

Sun’s about-a settin’ as you enter the valley now
With hip and lips like that you’re sure to raise-a-brow

Valley Girl -- Come down on me

Well peelin’ me off you would take a whole battalion
Ride off into the wind on a Norwegian Stallion
C’mon little mama, I’ll show you all I can
Be my Valley Girl and I’ll be your Mountain Man
Track Name: I Wonder Why I Ponder
Red sunset over blue ridge mountains like a fountain of light pouring into night
Darkness falls and moonlight calls as the world is turning over
I lye and wonder why I ponder my true love wants me no longer
Absence makes the heart grow fonder or it may make one move onward

I often wonder why I ponder
I often wonder why I…

My head is spinning, full of being, stripped of meaning, my thoughts are fleeting
I’m wide awake yet almost dreaming -- As the world is turning over
I attempt to embrace this empty space… But much like space, it can’t be grasped
The feeling of nothing never lasts

So here I lye still soaked in wonder why my love has moven onward
Was it her or was it me -- Somethings are just not meant to be

I often wonder why I ponder
I often wonder why I ponder
As the world is turning over
I often wonder why I ponder
As the world is turning over

But the sun will still rise over blue ridge mountains
Like a fountain of light pouring into daylight
Washing away my thoughts of wonder
If today is going to be a good one

If today is going to be a good one
As the world is turning over
I often wonder why I ponder
If today is going to be a good one
As the world is turning over
I often wonder why I ponder
Track Name: Excelsior
The space between what you see and what you’ve seen
A conscious stream of thought -- You’ll soon forget what you’ve forget

Attempts to grasp the moments past
They never last -- Nothing lasts

Ever upward, ever upward, forever growing, no signs of slowing
As we climb -- As we climb through time

The space between what you say and what you mean
Clarity of thought -- Can be learned but it can't be taught

Learn to live and live to learn
Ever upward -- No return

Ever upward, ever upward, ascending blind, as we climb
As we climb -- As we climb through time
Track Name: Flutterby
At the start of this song
I’m just one inch long
Crawling along the ground
Nearly can’t be found

But then by the end
I will transcend
When I grow big and strong
I will leave this ground


As we flutterby
Like a butterfly
The knots of life untie
There they answers lie
Approach wisdom with wonder and ponder
All that I know is that I know nothing

A thought occurred to me
I know it sounds absurd
But what if man
Was conscious like I am

Would he stop to think
Would he want my wings
And then in the end
Will he still transcend

[Chorus]