2 a​.​m.

by John Crumley

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released March 28, 2008

All songs, lyrics, performances and production by John Crumley.

Cover art by Selena Erwood.

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Track Name: Creep
Creep


I might be in your closet

I might be under the bed

Is the shadow you see really real

Or is it all in your head?

Tuck you feet under the blanket

Pull it over your head

You think that I can’t get you

Just like waiting instead



I’ll be waiting for you

I’ll be waiting for you



You feel my hair on your fingers

You see my face on the wall

Come down put your feet on the floor

Nothing can save you at all

Seeking refuge with the night-light

The bulb flickers and dies

You want to scream for mommy and daddy

But they can’t see with their eyes



I’ll be waiting for you

I’ll be waiting for you

And then I’ll creep
Track Name: LaDiDa
LaDiDa


Spent my life in the factory

Churning out mistakes

And I don’t have to work that hard

Ambition is all it takes



And you know that I’ll never say never

Even though I’ll never again



Don’t care if the sky is falling as long as it falls on my side

Let it all land where it may as long as it lands on my side

LaDiDa



All the saints and the sinners

They clamor at my door

Though I keep on ignoring them

But they keep wanting more



Throw a coin deep in the wishing well

I’ll collect them on my way out



Don’t care if the sky is falling as long as it falls on my side

Let it all land where it may as long as it lands on my side

LaDiDa

You might think I’m crazy

Well I try

I try

Not to think about what you are thinking

Well I try

I try



And you know that I’ll never say never

Even though I’ll never again



Don’t care if the sky is falling as long as it falls on my side

Let it all land where it may as long as it lands on my side

LaDiDa
Track Name: Ears to Hear
Ears to Hear


Staring blankly at the page

Culling answers from a bygone age

Relying less on thought and more on what you feel

And the portrayal on the stage



Illumination blocked by shade

A canopy of denial in this world you made

Protecting all you felt but never really known

You could have gone but still you stayed



Will you heed the light?

Will you try to make it right?



It’s getting hard to break on through

Complicated by being at the end of you

It’s time to flip the script

And merge all that you are

Sift through the lies and what is true



Will you heed the light?

Will you try to make it right?

Will you cave in to the fear?

Do you have the ears to hear?



So now it’s written, so now it’s done

No recourse for what you’ve become

Nothing ventured, nothing gained

Will you move on or stay the same

More than likely you’ll find someone to blame



Will you heed the light?

Will you try to make it right?

Will you cave in to the fear?

Do you have the ears to hear?
Track Name: Upon Reflection
Upon Reflection


A pale reflection of a memory about that time comes to me

Moves right through me

A simple tale so often told by those I know and came before me

It doesn’t warm me



All around the sky is storming

Came upon us without warning

Are we really out of time

Time to take a new direction

In the end, upon reflection

Were we at the end of the line?



I Know I’m not the only one who’s made it to this crossroad

I feel alone

A ghostly vision wraps itself around me; I take my solace in that I’m lost

It’s comforts cost



All around the sky is storming

Came upon us without warning

Are we really out of time

Time to take a new direction

In the end upon reflection

Were we at the end of the line?

Where do I go from here?

Staring forward, looking back, my present vision is so black

How do I forget my fears?

The scars are old but they still bleed, and from the wound has grown the seed

How can I keep what I hold dear?

It seem it’s all like desert sand, falling through my clutching hands

Where do I go from here?



All around the sky is storming

Came upon us without warning

Are we really out of time

Time to take a new direction

In the end upon reflection

Were we at the end of the line?
Track Name: Words
Words


I listen for a long time about all thing things you said, about how it was gonna’ be

But over the years I realized you never, ever said the truth to me

What I though I left behind now I find that you had slithered back again

What you touch don’t turn to gold, it just folds and withers away and dies and bends



When you say those words

Means nothing

When you say those words

means nothing



And you know that papa was a rolling stone, never found the home that was there for him

Spent all his love and hung his hat down at the track, but he could never win

Spent all his time and all his dimes looking the space to roam

When it comes to the inevitable will you be surprised to find yourself all alone?



And you say those words

Means nothing

And you say those words

means nothing
Track Name: Echoes on the Waves
Echoes on the Waves


We’ve spent a fortnight on the sea

The storm has blown us from course decreed

Adrift and lost we are

Far from Harmozia

I doubt we’ll see the shores of our home

Once more



Just when we thought we’d neared the end

Our eyes fill with the site of land

Unknown to our minds

This pristine shoreline

Ne’er looking back we sail on

To our home
Track Name: From Abnegation to Observation (part 1)
From Abnegation to Observation


Just an average guy from nowhere

Not too much in my head

But I’ve noticed some thing around me

That keep me up in bed



I’ve been so blind

When I should have seen all the signs

What’s mine isn’t mine

I think I’m going out of my head



There’s cameras on the corner

And phone taps on the line

There’s tazers and there’s roadblocks

When you speak your mind



I’ve been so blind

When I should have seen all the signs

What’s mine isn’t mine

I think I’m going out of my head

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Another day, started grey, anyway, you know I must have been paranoid

(Poison in the water, cloning all your food, tap you with a tazer when you speak your mind)

Maybe something that I ate, maybe it’s that bug going round

(Enforcing eugenics, dumbing down the public, keeping you under thumb)

(HEY! EVERYTHING’S OK)

It’s about time that I struck these thought far from my fevered brow

(War on terror, war on drugs, war on the people treated like they were thugs)

After all nothings really changed, at least nothing that I can see

(They tell you, “Never mind it’s all in your head”.)



It can never happen here…
Track Name: From Abnegation to Observation (part 2)
Everything I see is hard to believe

But, then again, I know it’s real

Tried to bury my head in the sand

Didn’t change the way that I feel



I keep standing by

We keep standing by

Hoping it will go away

Voices cry out

Voices cry out

From the past, to remake our today



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I

See the words in silent screams

The breaking of the dreams

The pantomimed comfort of the figureheads

As they look down

From high ground



I

See the blowing winds of change

Deftly turned away

By the greed and the depravity they assemble

Can’t indict when might makes right



They feed us the remains of the blood of our campaigns

Washed down by the bitter drink of lies

Clothed us in the shame

Bathed in their disdain

Till every shred of ethics surely dies



This is not the way



I

See the promise of intent grow crooked, frail and bent

As the balustrade that once was there for shelter now constrains

Birthright detained



I

See what once was held as just trodden in the dust

By the jack booted, single-minded thugs of the dignified

In suit and tie



They’re suitably contrite when passions do ignite

But never do they ever try to stop

They seem to take delight in the horror of our plight

As they separate the chaff among their crop



This is not the way