Dead As Disco

by Shepard Martin

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"Midway upon the journey of our life
I found myself within a forest dark,
For the straightforward pathway had been lost."
- Dante Alighieri

I once had a conversation with a friend. She is Alive. I asked her about a song I wrote and she told me what she thought of it. It was a fine conversation and her definition of the song that I had written was better than mine, so it felt good. But then the conversation got a little deeper.

We began to talk about Life. And when you talk about Life with a Dead person in the room, the conversation gets a little heavy. I was feeling Dead at the time. (Now that I think of it, maybe that knowledge of Death showed that I was, in fact, somewhat Alive too. Nevertheless, I was feeling Dead and I knew it.) I had also once felt Alive.

But she described my previous Alive-ness like a box. And this was a beautiful box. And in this box I put many things that were precious to me. But as I learned new things, I built a sledgehammer. And eventually I decided to take that sledgehammer to my box because, as beautiful as it was, my box was getting heavy.

She said that she had once destroyed her box too.

And then she told me that she put it back together. But this time her box was a little more open and her arms were spread wide. I said that I wanted my box to be more open and my arms to be spread wide.

She said that that was what made her Alive.

- Shepard Martin, October 3, 2015

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released January 1, 2016

All songs written and performed by Shepard Martin
Recorded between October 2nd and October 16th, 2015
Track 1 recorded on June 30, 2014
All drum samples from 99sounds.org
Except track 4, which features an 808 drum machine
Album cover made by Evan Dillon

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Track Name: I Want You So Badly
I want you so badly
I'm losing my mind
I want you so badly
It's just about time

I want you so badly
So bad that it hurts
I want you so badly
I pray that this works

'Cause I've paid my dues
And I've spent my time
All I want is you
I'm going out of my mind

I want you so badly
Deep down in my soul
I want you so badly
So just take ahold

They say that you want me
Deep down in your soul
So if you want me
Just grab ahold
Track Name: Many Miles
I have found
That I'm not down
With the state of things in me
And I know I'm
Not quite alive
What does that say of me?

So I have traveled
Many miles
Just to kill these thoughts in me
And I have seen
The good and bad
Hoping that that sets me free
Track Name: Can You Feel It Now?
Heaven is all around
Can you feel it now?

Heaven is all around
In the air and in the ground

Heaven is all around
In the here and now
Track Name: Keep Trying
I wanted to be good
And I wanted to be true
But everything I want's
Not everything I do

And you say that you want me
Well baby keep trying
And you say that you need me
Well baby I'm dying

I wanted to be good
And I wanted to be right
I guess all that it is
Is that I haven't seen the light
Track Name: Fire/Clouds
Everyone is old and dumb
Tell me, are You the same?
I ask the world why I sold my soul
All I can think is Your name

Oh, my God, where are You now?
In the fire or in the clouds?

I have seen the fear in her eyes
Tell me why she has to die
All I've seen, I've cried and I've cried
Tell me if You've ever cried

Oh, my God, where are You now?
In the fire or in the clouds?
Oh, my God, where are we now?
I love You, but I have my doubts

I've wanted to see You
I've wanted to feel You
I've wanted to know You for so long
Track Name: Waiting For Superman
You don't have to worry
Don't be afraid
You don't have to hide anymore
No more tears on your face

There's no more waiting for Superman to come
I'll be here with you, I'll be holding your hand
We'll cry it out, we'll work it out
But for now, there's no more waiting for Superman to come

You don't have to fear
Your hero is here
You don't have to run anymore
You're tired anyway

No more sorrow, no more pain
I'll be here for you when it rains
No more sadness, no more dust
I'll be here for you when you rust
No more beating, no more death
I'll be with you every step
No more places you can run
I'll be here from sundown to sunup
Track Name: Song For Jasmine
Hold onto me
I will wait
And see

Hold onto you
I will hold
Onto you

Hold onto light
You will find
What's right

Hold onto truth
I will find
I'll find you

Hold onto love
You just hold
Onto love
Track Name: Someday
I won't run and hide
I will face the night
I won't run and hide away

I will take your hand
If I only can
I will take your hand someday

I will fly someday

If I only knew
Just what I could do
If I only knew today
Track Name: I Want You So Badly (Acoustic Version)
I want you so badly
I'm losing my mind
I want you so badly
It's just about time

I want you so badly
So bad that it hurts
I want you so badly
I pray that this works

'Cause I've paid my dues
And I've spent my time
All I want is you
I'm going out of my mind

I want you so badly
Deep down in my soul
I want you so badly
So just take ahold

They say that you want me
Deep down in your soul
So if you want me
Just grab ahold