Red Pulpy Mess

by Jonathan Burks

/
1.
03:47
2.
02:34
3.
04:10
4.
5.
02:29
6.
7.
8.
02:39
9.
10.
11.
03:16
12.
13.
14.

about

taking the metaphor of a 'broken heart' to it's visceral limits...

credits

released October 26, 2010

Recorded at Howl Street by Shane Hochstetler. Mastered at Mystery Room by Justin Perkins. Jonathan Burks - Voice and Guitar, Joe Pescio - Guitar, Nick Westfahl - Piano, Marc Luther Paul - Bass, Jacob Sutrick - Guitar, Dan Boyles - Drums, Allen Cote - Lapsteel. Heidi Spencer on vocals.

tags

license

about

Jonathan Burks Milwaukee, Wisconsin

contact / help

Contact Jonathan Burks

Streaming and
Download help

Shipping and returns

Redeem code

Track Name: Temptation
temptation you devil
you've seen the last of me
this time I've left you for good
gonna settle down and get married

buy a house and a car, send the children to school
and when the t.v.'s on we'll both sit there and drool
temptation I love you
you're the only one for me

temptation I don't want you
you won't get me back this time
for once I feel stable
got a girlfriend who treats me alright

but when the wind is blowing strong
and the grass is growing green
I can't help but wonder where you might be
temptation I love you
you're the only one for me

I've tried being faithful
I've given my heart to a women or two
but sooner or later I'm finding out
that she's fallen in love with you

temptation I miss you
my life has grown stagnant and stale
that woman she hounds me
she's always making me climb stairs
(that aint even there)

I suppose she loves me and I guess I love her too
but nobody moves me like you do
temptation I love you
you're the only one for me

I've tried being faithful
I've given my heart to a women or two
but sooner or later I'm finding out
that she's fallen in love with you
Track Name: Sexy Bitch
sexy bitch, sexy bitch
baby let me be your sexy bitch
I'll always do you kind, never give you no lip
treat you as good as mother nature did

I'm happiest alone lately with my thoughts
and hooking up with someone wasn't something I wanted
still I must admit, I didn't fuss or swim
let you reel me in, a dumb and happy fish

ticker tape parade hurray! for the sinners
you play with the passion of a rookie
but you aint no beginner
lay me on your plate and dig in like dinner
I'll serve you like a wench, my saucy dish

relationships baby maybe just aint our gig
lord knows we both been through all kinds of them
if I overstay my welcome, we can just skip it
but if you wanna I'm definitely down to kick it
Track Name: Get a Rise
I try to do right and be good
still sometimes I don't act like I should
and the way I'm feeling right now
I'm bound to do wrong and how

when the moon is high
the tide is bound to rise


and who am I to flow against the flood
and damn the path that is my blood
this river runs ragged and low
that's just how it rolls

when it rains it pours
and when it pours
the shoreline tends to rise


gonna make like a wave and ride
gonna float my boat on alcohol
and let the rip-tide be my guide
I'm going out and in
all around and back again

like a phoenix from a neon nest
hell yes I'm gonna rise


and who am I to blow against the sin
and cling to the leaf that is this skin
there's a cold breeze tugging at my coat sleeve
begging me adrift

when the wind is high
dust and debris
they get a rise
Track Name: Lost and Found
you can tell me 'bout all the boys you kissed
true loves, one night stands and married men
I won't judge or begrudge you one bit
for following your heart, your head, your hips

you can tell me 'bout the bad things that you done
I doubt you can make me cringe or blush
I've heard it all and I've done most of it too
nothing you say can change my view of you

you can let me go but you can't let me down
I've spent too much time on the ground
we both got bruises, yeah we both been around
once in awhile the lost they get found

you can let me go but you can't let me down
I've spent too much time on the ground
we both no the score and the song is a round
once in a while the lost they get found
Track Name: Hand to Hold
oh sweet sister won't you be my morning
wanna be you comrade, don't want to be your informant
you and I are lovers baby
but that don't mean we can't be friends
I want your hand to hold
I aint asking for your hand to wed

don't wanna be your mister, wanna be your homey
saving all of my kisses for you and you only
we can take a stroll
we don't have to know what's coming around the bend
I want your hand to hold
I aint asking for your hand to wed

I know where you see yourself in the future
because you showed me
I know you think I'm super dooper
but it wasn't me you was holding
I wanna be your campfire
don't want to be your white-picket fence
I want your hand to hold
I aint asking for your hand to wed


I wanna get to know you baby
I aint trying to get up in your head

I don't want to be your man at all
baby, let me be your salty dog instead
Track Name: It Just Aint Right
I try to talk to you and you avoid me like the plague
my loving aint contagious
I aint no leper babe

you got me going crazy
it just aint right
wont you please call me up
or better yet honey stop by

oh my god I'm so hot for you
but you turn me cold as ice
when I try to talk to you
you got me going crazy...

I should have known it was too easy
the way you fell into my arms
blew against me like a breeze
and like the breeze you was gone
you got me going crazy...
Track Name: I Hate Valentine's Day
it's two slash fourteen
you know what that means
red and pink galore
it's Feb. the 14th

gag me with a spoon
gag me with a rose
gag me with the awful stench
of pathetic prose

I like being sweet
and I like kissy face
I like all those things
but I hate Valentine's day

they never go so good
they never turn out nice
every one I'm either getting dumped
or getting in a fight

maybe it's them winter blues
a lack of vitamin D
I aint got no kind of clue
maybe I'm just jinxed

because I like being sweet
and I like kissy face
I like all those things
but I hate Valentine's day
Track Name: Love Song
you said you'd be my muse
you must have meant bemuse me
because I find the way you're acting so damn confusing
it's true I'm writing tunes left right like crazy
but they're all about how you insist upon misbehaving

baby wont you help me write a love song
one about how you do me right
I've got the lyrics and I long to sing them
won't you be my melody tonight

come on sugar buns I got love for ya honey
move towards the light, be my snuggle bunny
I'm tired of these blues, wanna sing in the key of you
my voice is hoarse from crooning won't ya fork over the spooning

and be my boo, my shoe that fits like Cindarella
I'm your fella - won't ya let me be your fella
I woo and woo but can't get through
holy walls of China you got hella walls around you
Track Name: Red Pulpy Mess
oh, woe is me I've fallen in love
or shall we say love has fallen on me
I passed up my chance to get out of it's way
now I'm a red pulpy mess

I was entranced by the incredible speed
love was coming towards me
my fatal mistake was not getting out of it's way
now I'm a red pulpy mess

I'm bleeding my heart out
busted wide open
cut up and broken
lord I'm a red pulpy mess

sitting, waiting by the phone
supposing it maybe might ring
wishing and praying, hoping it don't
that would be the final blow for sure

yes I guess I've been through this before
but it only seems to get worse
the closer you hold your hand to the flame
the more the flesh blisters and burns

once when I was five I fell down and cried
busted my knee wide open
and when I was nine I went too fast down a slide
and got my right arm broken

yeah that was bad but this is much worse
the heart is so hard to mend
but I don't believe in playing it safe
lord I'm a red pulpy mess
Track Name: I Don't Want To Wake Up
I got a big ol' head filled with gears that crush and grind
perpetually pensive, so serious all the time
you ease my mind and sweeten the thoughts I think
I don't want to wake up from this dream

I get distanced and detached, keep to myself
tossing all my pennies into a wishing well
wishing and praying you might stay with me
I don't want to wake up from this dream

oh my baby, my darling
oh my baby, my darling girl
you rock my world apart at the seams
I don't want to wake up from this dream

you love me so tender, love me so mean
love me so dirty bring a poor boy to his knees
I keep it real with you and you keep it real with me
I don't want to wake up from this dream

life is too short for living in the past
only thing I know for sure is don't nothing last
I'm holding on to the moment like a thief
I don't want to wake up from this dream
Track Name: She Is Gone
I found my soul in the cracks of the sofa
with an old pizza box and a soda pop bottle top
rocking out every day with this new-fangled method
pressing my face to the pain to taste this life lesson

she is gone

the healthy move on through the land of the living
while dinosaurs in bliss skip through their doomed existences
paving natures way, the embodiment of evolving
the bitter-sweet ruthlessness of being human

she is gone

need me a crush to smush this smoldering ember
a new flame to make pale all these stubborn remembrances
aint got the gumption to chase no women around
so I'll just write it down till all these feelings are gone

gone gone gone
Track Name: Twenty-Two Forevs
I got no lover, I got no life
I get lucky it's true and yes, it's nice
once in a while, the light it shines
but I'd be a fool to drool like that light was mine

I aint married, I got no ties
I got no reason to beg, cheat, steal, or lie
I just keep on breathing like I always do
I keep getting older but the girls stay twenty-two

all the women who act my age
are already wearing them wedding rings
those who don't, got notions and schemes
that got nothing to do with the likes of me

I aint perfect, no big surprise
still I'm an honest man, won't tell you no lies
come over here darling, let me tell you the truth
I keep getting older but the girls stay twenty-two

'spose I should grow up, find a spouse
get a real job, buy a house
stop getting wasted, quit smoking weed
get good and bored like I'm supposed to be

I got no worries, I got no bride
I got no reason to beg, cheat, steal or lie
it aint a bad thing, still it gives me the blues
I keep getting older but the girls stay twenty-two
Track Name: Always Missed
in love and life I've often tossed
myself into the flame
failing and flailing like a pig
on the spit of only me to blame

now I'm trying to have hope
untie these ropes
maybe give myself the slip

but it's hard to believe you can hit the target
when your heart has always missed

these days I'm reflecting on things that I've done
choking on stuff that I said
pride, bile and bitterness
are tough stuff to keep down and digest

I'm trying to forget
the loss and regret
maybe next time I'll get a grip

but it's hard to believe you can hit the target
when your heart has always missed
Track Name: Aint Meant To Be
oh my darling
can't you see
I'm not the kind of man
that you need
it aint you, it aint me
it aint meant to be

most of the time
I beat myself up
for not being good
at being in love
it aint you...

I can't say
you done me wrong
just the same
I don't want to hang around
it aint you...

oh my darling
can't you see
I'm not the kind of man
you need me to be
it aint you...