Prime

by Jaw Kneecap

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released 07 May 2013
All songs written by Johnny Kap.

Mike Leasure - Drums
Chris Buck - Bass, Vocals
Johnny Kap - Guitar

Recorded and mixed by Shawn Bossick, Diamond Studios.
Mastered by Adam Ayan, Gateway Mastering.

Album dedicated to Chrissy
Special thanks to:
Leslie Desjardins, Barbara Oland, Harold "Ozzy" Prasad, Matt Rexford, Charlie Boyd, Marc Norgaard, Mark Wagner

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New progressive rock LP Prime by Jaw Kneecap (Johnny Kap/guitar, Chris Buck/bass & vox, Mike Leasure/drums) released May 21/2013.

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Track Name: Moderation
Moderation

It started when I was young, and I got my test results
They said that I would crawl through life, not to set my sights too high
A life of mediocrity, the depth of their insults
Undistinguished, second rate…no need for me to try

Oh…moderation
No…deviation

In the middle I was measured, tempered and low key
Barely passing muster, inglorious and gray
No grandiose illusions, no room for fantasy
A life with no existence…passable decay

Oh…moderation
No…deviation from the mean

Old age came, no ups and downs, was average, had no swing
Take the mean and split the rest, the story of my life
Looking back in retrospect, I wouldn’t change a thing
This is the middle of my life and it cut me like a knife

Oh…moderation
No…deviation from the mean
Track Name: Pariah
Pariah

They consider me a pariah
Hostile with an attitude
They often say I am impersonal
I got to have my solitude

Desolation, sanctuary
In my own land I’m an alien refugee
Strange desires, torn asunder
I gotta find a way to break the spell I’m under

Oh…isolation
Oh…segregation

They consider me a pariah
Silence separates them from me
How can I face a world of nothingness?
I know I’m where I wanna be


Human contact, far between
Senses vacant and I cannot even dream
They surround me, a life condemned
Thoughts seep in my mind, I find myself again.

Oh…isolation
Oh…segregation
Track Name: Regret
Regret

It’s not for laws I’ve broken
The bitter tears I’ve wept
But solemn vows unspoken
Promises unkept

It’s not for sins committed
My heart is full of rue
But gentle acts omitted
Kind deeds I did not do

Let us be helpful ever
To those who are in need
And each new day endeavor
To do some gentle deed

I have outlived the blindness
The selfishness of youth
The canker of unkindness
The cruelty of truth

Let us be helpful ever
To those who are in need
And each new day endeavor
To do some gentle deed

Let us be helpful ever
To those who are in need
And each new day endeavor
To do some gentle deed
Track Name: When Darkness Came
When Darkness Came

I’m traveling on a lonesome ride
To move my soul onto the other side
It’s hard to see when nothing lights the way
To the place where night becomes the day

I know the pain is coming again
When daylight goes away
Walking away from the light
And into the night will never, never set me free

I can’t remember life before
When darkness came and closed the door
Like a child lost and wandering
I feel the fear that darkness brings

I know the pain is coming again
When daylight goes away
Walking away from the light
And into the night will never, never set me free

Where is the answer to be found?
In this place there lives no sight or sound
I turn my back towards the light
And walk again into the night
Track Name: The Song Song
The Song Song

Sitting here staring at a blank page
Try to bring the words to life
Find a way, to get my brain to engage
And kick it into overdrive

Finally now, I have got a verse down
Must be time for a rewrite
Change some chords, smile to a frown
These notes my ticket to the limelight

How will I make it to the top?
Writing songs, I don’t ever wanna stop
I gotta drive for my dream that will not die
And walk the path to my castle in the sky

Put down my pen, and pick up the guitar
Strum my chords can’t find the right notes
Leave this in, move that over there
It’s up to me if this song sinks or floats

How will I make it to the top?
Writing songs, I don’t ever wanna stop
I gotta drive for my dream that will not die
And find a way to the castle in the sky

I’m just a simple guitar player
Six strings…the answer to my prayer

So now this song is almost done
It’s kept me up for days and nights
I pray to God this will be the one
To send the music to new heights

How will I make it to the top?
Writing songs, I don’t ever wanna stop
I gotta strive for my dream that will not die
Walk a path to the castle in the sky
Track Name: Lost Things
Lost Things

When we were children passing through spring
Wondering what happened to the snow
We should have known that the wind had blown
All to the place where the lost things go

If you should go there you’ll know it at once
It’s the place where the lost things go
They’re piled in heaps of jumbled refuse
And buried in last year’s snow, so obtuse

Right hand mittens
Coffee stained linens
The minute hand from the old clock
A missing, knitted left foot sock

Time and the gremlins have worn them away
Further than we’ll ever know it's the way
Just around corners off in a drift
Off to the place where the lost things go

Harsh winds have taken, forgotten forsaken
Things to the place where the lost things go
And they will never ever return,
Just like the past and the snow when it melts

Right hand mittens
Coffee stained linens
The minute hand from the old clock
A missing, knitted left foot sock
Track Name: Twins
Twins

A set of twins was born one day
One child a girl, one child a boy
Their parents drove them to succeed
Perfection was their only creed

The children learned to play guitar
Their fingers bled until they scarred
A rivalry was soon begun
Each child refused to be outdone

And so one day they wrote a song
Their playing never was as strong
And in this song, they traded leads
So now it’s time to hear their deeds

One child cracked under the strain
That child’s loss, the other’s gain
One solo left yet to be played
Can you guess who made the grade?
Track Name: Prime Of Youth
Prime Of Youth

My prime of youth is but a frost of cares
My feast of joy is but a dish of pain

The thread is cut and yet it is not spun
And I live, and now my life is done

My tale was heard yet it was not told
My fruit is ripe, even leaves not green

The day is past and yet I saw no sun
And I live, so how can life be done?

My youth is spent, yet I am not old
I saw the world, yet I was not seen

The song is sung and yet these words succumb
And I live, and now my life is done