Acoustic EP

by Curtis Irie

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released August 29, 2007

Acoustic EP - 08/29/07
Recorded live @ Buddha Zen Studio
All music written by Curtis Irie
Produced by Jason Jefferies (www.sssounds.com)
Good On Paper Publishing ASCAP

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Track Name: Dub Check Intro
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Dub Check Intro

Soundcheck is anybody listening?
Dub check, my people are drowning
In a sea of consumerism
Suffocating on your perfume

Soundcheck is anybody listening?
Dub check, my people keep drowning
In a sea of consumerism
Suffocating on your perfume
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Track Name: Deceive Your Perception (acoustic)
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Deceive Your Perception

Strange vibes as our lives lie in the balance
Disconnect, yeah, come correct
So en-lies the challenge
Keep your piece of mind behind the blind shut tight
No light shinning in
Pretend to control what we all can't comprehend

See them people on the street
Well they ain't got no food to eat
The best you can offer is your prayer.. Saying

Oh lord, please let me succeed
Permit me to kill what will not bleed
On your knees you wait
For fate to deal your hand
How comforting the thought of another life
Well i wouldn't fucking bank on it

Everyday i believe
Everything and nothing

Spoon fed twice, i been hypnotized
Let my subconscious dance with ignorance
Consumed some time stomaching synthesized
Ideals of nature but emotions run wild
Killing some, wounding more, but captivating all
To perceive the deception and ignore the call
Of the material, ignorant, militant mind
Who can you trust when everything goes awry?

Oh doctor, help me please
I'm paranoid as hell
My mind's got a disease
Diagnose, right me off, fill prescriptions and our heads
Apathetic propaganda, we've become the living dead
If we blindly follow
Do not taste simply swallow
The desired effects
Fuck that. Let's reject it!

See them people on the street
Well they ain't got no food to eat
The best we can offer is our prayers.. Saying

Oh lord, please let me succeed
Permit me to kill what will not bleed
On your knees you wait
For fate to deal your hand
How comforting the thought of another life
Well i wouldn't fucking bank on it

Everyday i believe
Everything and nothing
Everyday i bleed
Everything and nothing

Fists in the air
Guns in the ground
Hearts break like sound waves
On the ocean of love

They're deceiving our perception
We gotta perceive the deception
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Track Name: Sarah (acoustic)
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Sarah

Sarah said she'd had enough of living the life
Without the one she loved
Packed her stuff then threw it all away
Oh, she left town on that..

She believed where she was going
She would never need any of it
Not half incorrect, oh i suspect
It'll never quite be clear

Drop your inhibitions
Listen what you hear
Help me understand now
Speak freely without fear

I'm taking my time, memories seem like dreams
Learning to relax while questioning everything
My willing is able, my mind far from stable
At times frustration's known to get the worst of me

But my intent is right
And i would feel just fine
If someone would be so kind to flip that vinyl
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Track Name: MusicK (acoustic)
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MusicK

It's a burning inside
Taken in through my eyes
A simple balance between
Passion and pride
But i think i'll loose myself this time

Been racking my brain
What seems like forever
Tripping daily on this life, well i'm
Back to the same conclusion
I'm still me just disillusioned
Full circle now what's the point of the game?
If i've already lost myself before

Easy loving now dead and gone
Cause my friends keep on leaving
We all gotta keep moving on

People keep talking listening for their turn to speak
Everyone done agree but nobody know me or my intention
My pride is the love that i found
And my passion's these 8 notes that keep me bound to this ground

They sit hardly contemplating
Complicating and waiting for drama to ensue
Burn unnecessary bridges their decision
Staring eyes seen as guilty as mine

People keep talking listening for their turn to speak
Everyone done agree but nobody know me or my intention
My pride is the love that i found
And my passion's this music that keep me bound to this ground
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Track Name: Passion vs Talent (acoustic)
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Passion Vs Talent

Plenty of talent but where is your heart and your soul?

The working class heroes
Come down with the small town blues
It's a shame
I spent my last buck at the bar
Sang to a crowd that could not have cared.. less

Yes it is a question of originality
My obsession my profession even with no money
I guess whatever sells is good as gold
Plenty of talent but where is your heart and your soul?

Split the seams of the scene
Music's what it means to you
Chart success don't impress yes you only a pawn
Sing that same song everyone know how it go

No, it ain't no question individuality
Oh, cause we each have a unique journey
Yes, i've heard more passion expressed in 3 chords
Tell me when did musicians become fucking whores

Collect your paycheck, oh yes, play that role
Plenty of talent but where is your heart and your soul?

Art not easily defined
Definitions endless throughout time, yes
I work within the rhythm
Nothing better i can find
Keeping it real, steady response
Musical ambience, yes, contemporary
311, Rx B, whoa, The Slackers, and Big D

Sold out show at Metro, many did not get in
They rocked acoustic outside, those crazy boys from boston
I say play your music loud, steady represent your music proud

And do what you feel when the feeling's right
Plenty of talent but where is your heart?
Do what you feel when the feeling's right
Plenty of talent but where is your soul?

Yes it is a question of originality
My obsession my profession even with no money
Yes, i've heard more passion expressed in 3 chords
Gimme heart, melody, paint a picture with words

Think for yourselves, take back control
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Track Name: Settle the Score (acoustic)
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Settle the Score

Seemingly impossible
To count the amount of possibilities
Refuse to sit and watch my life
On that TV screen
Wait for the dare to be great
But fate is not a belief of mine
No destiny for me
I'll make up my own in time

Settle the score!
Strive for something
Strive for something more

Settle the score!
Strive for something more
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Track Name: Daytime Drama (acoustic)
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Daytime Drama

I got a good mind to articulate my mental state
But i wander so quickly, sometimes can't create
Should i give in and write tunes about girls and heartache
My concern for other things you can call that my mistake

Refuse to ride the coaster of emotion
Call it a sickness, take a pill or a potion
Gimme a guitar, i'll serenade the ocean
If this was daytime drama we'd all be phenomenal actors

Is it kill or be killed? Survival of the fittest
Do what you can to be better than that man
Is it about the after life? A better place, paradise
Only fools i've ever met won't admit that they'll never know

Keep your mind shut
I'll keep opening mine up
Your mind shut
I'll keep opening mine

Refuse to ride the coaster of emotion
Call it a sickness, take a pill or a potion
Gimme a guitar, i'll serenade the ocean
If this was daytime drama we'd all be phenomenal..

Your mind shut
I'll keep opening mine up
Your mind shut
Well i'll keep opening mine..
Oh, what a waste of time
Oh, what a waste..

Refuse to ride the coaster of emotion
Call it a sickness, take a pill or a potion
Gimme a guitar, i'll serenade the ocean
If this was daytime drama uh-oh...
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Track Name: No Name (acoustic)
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No Name

What once was anticipation
Now only a whisper
What starts with expectations
Ends in frustration
Shadows stain my floors
Voices echo like dub

It's 5 am and everyone is gone
But me

The night was a spark
Left only ash
Remnants of life
Turned into trash
This catatonic state
I just can't ignore

It's 5 am again
Now what do i do?
It's 5 am and everyone is gone..

But me i can't stay
Got a ticket one way
Think that's where i'll find my mind
To a place with no name
If i'm wrong all the same
You can bet i won't let you down

Images and songs
Politely haunt me
Telling stories sending me
Off on day dreams
Silence eventually assumes all control

Well it's 5 am again
Now what do we do?
It's 5 am and everyone is gone
But me and you
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Track Name: Vindication/Holiday (acoustic)
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Vindication/Holiday

You said you want someone
To have, to hold, to call your very own
Need to be reminded
How it feels to touch, to want someone that much
And you try so hard
Play the part of a prince but
Your innocence is overrated now

Infatuation, vindication
The virus has spread to your head all you desire
Stimulation, escalating
Now she's going to my head
Now she's going to my..
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Navigating through these clouds
Allowed to see only what they permit me to see
Peak my head out of the ground
Reminds why i prefer to live beneath the dirt

Riding high on these vibrations
Silly me forgot the lot of social obligation
This holiday i will not trade for anything
Oh, but i feel the pressure drop, man
The pressure dropping down on me

Won't do as i was programmed to
Nah nah, i know now
The life that you're leading
Only ends up being self-defeating
Won't do as i was programmed to.. no more
In this insane mess of an abyss i will find peace

Confused by emotion, my devotion remain
To be logically insane
Steady insanity.. Comforted by the fact
This is always in me

Remove my seal of approval
Like a pistol i got a fist full
Of pissed of resentment

Won't do as i was programmed to
Nah nah, i know now
The life that you're leading
Only ends up being self-defeating
Won't do as i was programmed to.. no more
In this insane mess of an abyss i will find peace

Beautiful creature, extend my arm to reach
Her intrigue exceeds the word
Darling lay next to me, i'm somebody's baby
But we can't fight these demons all night
What do you expect with my head so full of sex
Won't you please let me sip on some Honest T
My dreams are bizarre, feelings fractured and obscured
When i walk want someone to hold

Won't do as i was programmed to
Nah nah, i know now
The life that you're leading
Only ends up being self-defeating
Won't do as i was programmed to.. no more
In this insane mess of an abyss i will find peace

Oh i will find my peace
Oh i will have peace
I will find..
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