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by Jon Perl's Dark Light

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Someone’s always telling me what I gotta do Someone's always yelling at me pick up my shoes, and I can't Find my way to the promised land In the middle of the chaos, family man Cause it’s Daddy do this, honey do that Bring home the paycheck Keep the house warm, keep the car running Fix all the plumbing Where's all the fun in that? I’m in the middle of a perfect storm I'm in the middle and I'm feeling torn Temperature's rising and it’s getting too warm I'm in the middle of a perfect storm Crazy American suburban dad Two car garage no it ain't so bad, one day I'll Run out of steam, kids all grown up I'll wake up in a daze saying "what the f——?!" Daddy do this, honey do that Bring home the paycheck Keep the house warm, keep the car running Fix all the plumbing Where's all the fun in that? I'm in the middle of a perfect storm I'm in the middle and I'm feeling torn Temperature's rising and it’s getting too warm I'm in the middle of a perfect storm Where is the guiding star of mine? I thought I had a plan I'm feeling all confused I am the family man I'm in the middle of a perfect storm I'm in the middle and I'm feeling torn Temperature's rising and it’s getting too warm I'm in the middle of a perfect storm I'm in the middle and I'm feeling torn Temperature's rising and it’s getting too warm I'm in the middle of a perfect storm
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Bad Dad 02:47
You were so bad Alone inside You got so mad, I could not hide Behind a wall That would not fall Behind a gate Made of self-hate You could not feel your inner pain Instead you let your anger rain down So bad, so bad So full of fear So mad, so mad You could not hear me No sentiment No tender ways So hard to please So faint of praise Reject your roots Assimilate So really who were you? Yours to create Run from the past, and change your name A shield from all that brings the shame down So bad, so bad So full of fear So mad, so mad You could not hear me So bad, so bad So full of fear So mad, so mad You could not hear me (and I could not feel your love)
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Days without end Sweet fantasy Hope I slip back into a dream Silence is my friend Sweet harmony Hope I wake up in time to be By the water side Feel that pulling tide Going down the river Riding in the rain Going down the river Nothing left to gain Going down the river Going down the drain Going down the river Here we go again, here we go again…. Life will not end With hero’s tales I need my feet on solid ground Just be my friend Don’t let me fail While I make my way back again To the water side Feel the pulling tide Going down the river Riding in the rain Going down the river Nothing left to gain Going down the river Going down the drain Going down the river Here we go again, here we go again…. By the water side Feel the pulling tide Going down the river Riding in the rain Going down the river Nothing left to gain Going down the river Going down the drain Going down the river Here we go again, here we go again…. Here we go again, here we go again….
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Lost in the woods Can’t find my way Lost in the woods No bread crumbs to save me Bear stole my food Wolf stole my clothes Attacked in the night Left for dead and alone Lost in the woods Wandering cold Lost in the woods Will I ever get home? I know that my foe Might come dressed as my friend I swear I’ll never let that Happen again Lost in the woods Can’t find my way Lost in the woods No bread crumbs to save me Lost in the woods Wandering cold Lost in the woods Will I ever get home? I won’t go down without a fight No blanket or warmth or love to make it right Screw these demons of the night It's good and evil, this time it's black-and-white I dream of my hearth And a mug of good cheer With all that I love Around me and near Lost in the woods Lost in the woods Lost in the woods Lost in the woods Lost in the woods Can’t find my way Lost in the woods Lost in the woods Wandering cold Lost in the woods Bear stole my food Wolf stole my clothes Attacked in the night Left for dead and alone I know that my foe Might come dressed as my friend I swear I’ll never let that Happen again I swear I’ll never let that Happen again
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Square Peg 03:59
Square peg in a round hole You don’t fit the mold You don’t go with the main flow But you want to know “Where do I belong?” “Where do I belong?” A club for you to join That’s singing your heart song You don’t fit in square peg man You don’t live the standard plan Square peg, round hole, where do you belong? You're such an idealist Stars in your eyes Don't hang with the realists You don't compromise Where do you belong? Where do you belong? A club for you to join That’s singing your heart song You don’t fit in square peg man You don’t live the standard plan Square peg, round hole, where do you belong? It’s not for show Or easy cash No status quo Or empty flash Song fills the air Art fills the street No us and them No must compete That’s where you belong That’s where you belong Square peg, round hole, that’s where you belong! So this is your tribe now Your merry band Iconoclastic crazies You oughta rule the land. That’s where you belong That’s where you belong A club for you to join Singing your heart song You don’t fit in square-peg man You don’t live the standard plan Square peg, round hole, where do you belong? Square peg, round hole, where do you belong?

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EP4 from Jon Perl’s Dark Light. Inherit or create the conditions of our never-perfect lives? Yes!

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released October 19, 2019

John Tumminia, Kevin Osborne, Matt Whyte, Rob Leitner - Lead + Background Vocals
Jonathan Perl - Piano, Electric Piano, Synths, Background Vocals
Ricardo Molina - Guitars (arranged, played, & recorded)
Adam Kornreich – Guitars
Andy Hess - Bass
Tony Mason - Drums
Jon Shiffman - Percussion

Recorded at the Sonic Arts Center @ The City College of New York
Jonathan Perl - Writer, Arranger, Producer, Recording and Mix Engineer
Paul Special - Additional mixing and drum recording
Scott Hull - Mastering Engineer
Miles Blue-Spruce, Alex Benjamin, John Marron, Ben Lehoullier - Recording Assistants

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Jon Perl's Dark Light New Paltz, New York

Jon Perl: human, songwriter, keyboardist, producer, teacher. Jon Perl's Dark Light took a long time to germinate & over three years to birth. Songs of real life–mine & friends. By the way, the songs are lonely & need a home! Like in your film, on your own record, or in your playlist. Contact me about licensing, covering or remixing any Darklight songs, or, just stream or download & enjoy! ... more

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