Simple Machines

by Jason Allen

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about

I often noodle around on a guitar whilst watching late-night science and nature documentaries. Every now and then a musical idea arises, so I pause the program and record it into my laptop.

Eventually I took stock of the accumulated sketches and often got re-inspired by them, layering further ideas on top.

This 'studio jamming' process is the polar opposite of writing a batch of tunes on a guitar and then recording them. Instead, songs develop in a multi-layered environment; they evolve in different ways.

In short, I made some new tunes, called the album Simple Machines, then sent it to Spotify, iTunes, etc.

All songs written, performed, produced and mixed by Jason Allen.

Recorded January to October 2018 in Somerset, England.

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released October 7, 2018

Jason Allen:
Vocals, harmony vocals, electric & acoustic guitars, slide guitar,
bass, drums, cajon, percussion, ebow, synths, programming,
field recordings, toaster, lyrics.

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Jason Allen England, UK

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist hailing from Somerset, England. Jason has written and recorded several solo albums, the most recent of which (September 2019) is called Find Your Silence.

More information can be found at www.jasonallen.co.uk
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Track Name: What Brings You Here?
WHAT BRINGS YOU HERE?

It's a one night stand
It don't mean that much
I know, I found that out myself
It's a two-way street not a motorway
Well you know
It's give and take, you take and take again
And here you come again, so

Hey, what brings you here?
Hey, what brings you here?
Brings you near?
Brings you near?

Three wrecks down from the broken lighthouse
A slack tide and the chance of another try
It's all that we can hope for
Everyone knows everyone hurts

Hey, what brings you here?
Hey, what brings you here?
Hey, what brings you here?
Brings you here?
Brings you here?

It's a four-way tie for the best in show
And you know
It never had to be this way
Five more miles to the rodeo
And I hope to God you'll always be
Hope to God you'll always be

Hey, what brings you here?
Hey, what brings you here?
Hey, what brings you here?
Brings you here?
Brings you here?

Hey, what brings you?
Hey, what brings you?
Hey, what brings you?
Hey, what brings you here?
Track Name: Outlaw Like Me
OUTLAW LIKE ME

How we used to live tells me we existed
On the dusty side of the bed learning to live
No two-ways about it love was not a swear word
All those years ago on a day without a yesterday

Means of best escape
From new-found land in Hell's Lane
Frame by broken frame
Private affairs in a public place

There's malice in Blunderland
Please don't understand
How this gravity pulls you in
We all chase shiny things
Friends but not following
The second-last rebellion
Walk away with dignity
And don't believe in an outlaw like me
Don't believe in an outlaw like me

Running from the source like an unhinged lunatic
The physical effects of a primary instinct

An island on the outskirts of the world is calling
No standing at the back
The water's slack not falling

Try looking in the wrong place
It could be anyone
They'll kill you with confidence
And stolen memories
Architect of downfalls
Banished to the high ground
Walk away with sanity
And don't believe in an outlaw like me
Don't believe in an outlaw like me
Don't believe in an outlaw like me

Connected to the core with a chance of a disconnect
The Age of Paranoia is a distant shipwreck
Track Name: Return
RETURN

I won't expect the world to change
Lost in admirations gains
I skipped the see-saw
Skipped the see-saw
Skipped it

Freed and easy
How could you turn it away?
You just tease to please me
You just tease to please me

It's the home and the heart again
It's been a long time
Been a lonely ride

I said I would return one day
One day, one day, one day
I said I would return

I'm lost in circles
Done it all again
Skipped the freefall
Held in sentimental chains

Freed and easy
Could you turn it away?
Tease to please me
I won't expect the world to change
Track Name: Call To The Lights
CALL TO THE LIGHTS

Sound of a mystery, she calls out to me
Over the hills and vales I'm following
Through these lives and times I go
Far from the world I used to know

This is a call to those who care
This is a voice inside your head
A call to the lights that will not shine

I was a crowd of one, alone
She found the silence in my own world
Then it came to be
Unexpectedly taking me places I'd never been
Still remember the days of our life
Before everything was changed

I'm half awake, I made mistakes
But I dared to dream
Still the same, imperfect ways
I'm just a simple machine
I'm just a simple machine

She said
"If you come by these ways I will know you
Stones in a circle I will show you
Magic in the air you're breathing
Nothing else comes close without believing"

If you know what you've lost
If you know what you want

Then this is a call to those who care
This is a voice inside your head
A call to the lights that will not shine

This is a call to you and I
This is a reason for the life
This is a love that will not die

Don't give up, no don't give up
Don't give up

Still the same, imperfect ways
I'm just a simple machine
Track Name: A Note Around A Rock
A NOTE AROUND A ROCK

I wrote a note
Wrapped it around a rock
Then threw it through
The windows of your mind

I made mistakes
Cast them all to the wind
Which blew in
Through the doorway left behind

I hope you had the chance to read it
I hope you had the sense to not go through with it

A memory changed
Received through the static
Just a sign
Through the ether in this place

I don't recall a thing we said now
I don't recall a thing at all, no
I don't recall a thing we said now
I don't recall a thing at all

I wrote a note
Wrapped it around a rock
Then I threw it through
The windows of your mind

I hope you had the time to read it
I hope you had the sense
To not go back to that hunting ground
I hope you had the time to read it
Don't make the same mistakes

I don't recall a thing we said now
I don't recall a thing at all, no
I don't recall a thing we said now
I don't recall a thing at all

I wrote a note around a rock
I hope you had the chance
I wrote a note around a rock

I hope you had the chance to read it
Don't make the same mistakes
Track Name: Void Within A Void
VOID WITHIN A VOID

Are they closer than you think now?
Slowly edging to the brink now
They see you as you were, not now
And that's the truth
They took you back
And then they broke you down
That's how they knew
Who you are

A void within a void
A cure within a cure
A lie within a lie

Show them everything you still believe in
Slowly, they're gonna reel the baited hooks in

A void within a void
A cure within a cure
A lie within a lie

Listing, like the world is on it's last legs
Acting like you're living on the sharp edge
If there's something else
It ain't Heaven or Hell
That much is known
The cost of war ain't what it was before
And now they know
Who you are

They'll see you when the time is right
Click to agree
And they'll fill you
With every single drug you'll ever need

They told you that nothing's gonna change now
Made this the final re-arrangement
And they see you as you were, not now
And that's the truth
They broke you down
And then they got you back
That's how they knew
Who you are
Track Name: Steady As You Go
STEADY AS YOU GO

I'm rolling through the tree tops
I can see her there below
Kicking up the leaves
And leaving footprints as she goes

Take it steady as she goes
As she goes

She goes through the meadow
Looking up into the skies
Dreaming of a future day
Never questions why

She takes it steady as she goes
She takes it steady as she goes

Now and then I see her
Walking through the glades of green
I'm longing to be with her
But I've never understood my dreams

I take it steady as I go
I take it steady as I go

Take it steady as she goes
Take it steady as you go
Just take it steady as you go

No need to race the river
'Cause that's not how it flows
That's the only thing I know
Track Name: The Beech & The Barn
THE BEECH & THE BARN

We took the sunken lane
To the barn up on the hill
And in a beech tree carved our names
I guess it's standing still
We spoke of future dreams
Confessed to hidden scars
Picked apart our seams
As we slept beneath the stars

And in the morning we awoke
We made a secret den
Then took the path back home
We've not returned since then

It took a hundred days
Until the autumn helped us feel
We built a circle in the ley
I guess it's standing still
Awoke in tangled dreams
We carried them for days
Heard another meaning
As we reached a different place

In the twilight by the mill
We found a secret world
Then we shuttered down the wheel
It hasn't turned since then

We shook the drunken haze
Of a cold December chill
And in the spaces lost our way
I guess we're standing still
We joked of broken dreams
Confused our hoping minds
Danced around our feelings
As we reached for distant times

In the evening we retired
We made a secret pact
And then we watered down the fires
They haven't burned since then
Track Name: Saw The Door Was Open
SAW THE DOOR WAS OPEN

Well I won't know where I'm going 'til I get there
And I won't know where I've been
Until I check the maps and double back again

Well I won't know what I'm doing 'til I've drunk this
And I won't know what I'm feeling
'Til I've slept it off and start it all again
Start it all again

All this talk about what we're doing now
Try to figure out all this stuff inside my mind again

Well I didn't know where I was until I met you
Now you and me are both lost
But damn the cost - I'd do it all again
Yeah, I'd do it all again

All this talk about what we're doing now
I can't figure out all this stuff inside my mind again
Where we going now?
We should work this out, there's a way somehow
All this means too much to walk away

All this means too much to walk away
There we go, there we go
There we go, there we go

Well I do believe we fell for this the first time
So don't forget to answer when I call
'Cause I saw the door was open
Then I walked right through to the other side
And I said: "I'm coming back
Back here again - yeah, I'm coming back"

All this means too much to walk away
There we go, there we go
There we go, there we go
There we go, there we go
There we go, there we go
Track Name: Self Elected Keepers
SELF ELECTED KEEPERS

We are the self-elected
Keepers of the peace
We've got a job to do
We're looking out for you
You'd better keep your head down

We've got our missiles aimed at you
Don't like the fact you've got one too
We're coming round to you
We're gonna keep your head down

And it's all for profit
But don't let it be known
These arms won't sell themselves
Without a show
We've got war planes in your skies
And our tanks are on your highways
Running on
The fuel we stole from you

We've got our beady eyes on you
We're watching everything you do
We're coming back for you
We're gonna kick your head in

And it's all for profit
But don't let it be known
These guns won't sell themselves
Without a show
We've got war planes in your skies
And our tanks are on your highways
Running on
The fuel we stole from you

And we're all for prophets
But don't let it be known
These souls won't save themselves
Without a show
'Cause the leaders don't agree
With the way you keep the peace
In your own back yard

We are the self-elected
Keepers of the peace
We've got a job to do
We're looking out for you
You'd better keep your head down
Track Name: About You
ABOUT YOU

Call me when you want
Tell me where we go now
I'll be your saviour
You'll be my princess
Together we'll rule

'Cause I go on walking
Through every place
We go always on
And I'm talking to you
Love

All about you
It's all about you
It's all about you
It's all about you

You're everywhere I'll never know
But I'll be the light to guide you
As you go
As you go

It's all about you
It's all about you
It's all about you

Tell me your fears when
We make it to where we're going
I'll be your question
You'll be my outcome
Together as one
We'll tell them all about it

You know it's all about you
It's all about you
It's all about you
It's all about you
Track Name: Happy Days In Vienna
(Instrumental)

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