Make Room in Your Heart for Me

by Jake Russell Band

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released March 16, 2015

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Track Name: Elfland Closing
I wish I could share what I now know
- show you how I've changed
and the ways that I've grown -
but trust broken is a hard thing to mend
and it's a stretch to expect
things will reawaken.
So there are letters that I'll never send;
they'll just get outdated as the time goes by.
There are conversations in my head
that'll never be said
for as long as I'm alive.
And it's not
that I am into hiding the truth.
It's just that some things
are best left
unspoken
like "I love you
-more than you'll ever know."
Not a week in on my decision
and there's already pressure that
this is inappropriate.
There's no room in the heart of business,
just a scowl at idealists
for being dreamers.
Her love comes as a bidding contract
with an appetite
for solid philanthropy,
but when her bureaucrat's satisfied
I'm sure she'll find this life's
pretty unforgiving.
And I'm
so sorry
that I lied to you while she put me through hell.
And I'm so sorry
that I fell
from dancing with the elves
cause I love you
- more than you'll ever know.
Last night I dreamed
that it was only me
against
the entire world.
Do we need a reference?
"You are our letter
written on our hearts."
And I wish that God would send
a letter to you showing my betterment
cause I love you
-more than you'll ever know.
Track Name: Well Being
Once upon a summer’s eve
when the breeze blew like kisses,
I was fighting dragons
and you were my princess.
Burned twice by fireballs to push
valiant on;
all my tears jerked from exertion
to know that you were gone.
I will write a eulogy of unrequited love
and I won't be so naive the next time that it comes.
Here come tornado winds
when I need the sun
cause all my friends are raindrops
or the bruised clouds they come from.
I will write a eulogy of unrequited love
and I won't be so damn naive the next time that it comes.
I will model Christ's great strength
and hope to share His love;
I will be a wellspring the next time that it comes
the next time that it comes
the next time...
Track Name: Hi Definition Static
Hello
definition static,
it seems I am not receiving
signals to form this picture –
left with pixels on the screen,
but the TV will determine the resolution.
It's the design.
I am yours and you are mine.
I know it takes time
but I am yours and you are mine.
Hello foggy-minded friend,
condensation's in your head.
Fireworks from the weekend
left us in the state we're in.
Blame the weather
but she stole my very own
perspective.
It's the design.
I am yours and you are mine.
I know it takes time
but I am yours and you are...
My life is an unresolved journey
throughout the shadows
and my glasses are...
I must be a broken antenna
cause my glasses can't form the picture
on my retina.
Oh dear,
my near sight.
It's the design.
I am yours and you are mine.
I know it takes time
but I am yours and you are mine.
Track Name: How David Bowie Dedicated a Song to Bob Dylan
I wish that you could see
the intrinsic value in me
in the vein that David Bowie
dedicated
a song to Bob Dylan.
I wish that I could be a pop singer
pitching humdingers
on pitch like harbingers –
like fathers reciting Godly notes so prophetic
or Nehemiah to hungry people interested –
I wish, I wish, I wish someone would make room in their heart for me.
Today I promised
that I'd try to be honest
- no more doubting Thomas -
I won't be a self-fulfilled
prophecy.
I wish that you would stop living in the past
like clipping vocal tracks
on mountaintops peaking.
I'm sinking so deeply
into your sine wave collapse
to taste lips and body seated on
tectonic tracts.
I wish, I wish, I wish you would make room in your heart for me.
I've done nothing to take advantage of you.
I've done nothing wrong.
I have done you
no harm.
Track Name: Dear Pots and Pans
This water’s gonna boil soon.
I've made room in my heart;
I hope that you'll make room.
Breathe like a Buddhist,
called like a Christian.
I have really good intentions.
Paint like an artist
with a vision.
Play a guitar
like this is a mission.
I want to be with you;
I want to see you in my arms.
Everybody questions the truth.
Well, if it seems pure in your heart,
it's something you ought to do.
I have a motive.
I have ambition.
I'm like Moses.
I'm like Myshkin.
I had a lover.
I was a leader.
I am a beautiful failure in Jesus.
I want to be with you;
I want to see you in my arms.
Dear pots and pans,
one day
you're gonna be united.
When I hope for my dear brother,
I can't help
but get excited.
There've been trials
but those too
shall pass.
Track Name: I am a Refrigerator
All my friends are heartbroken
because our dreams have reached an end,
and we're finding ourselves again,
but all I want to do is start something new with you.
A four-year marriage ends in divorce,
a seven-year friendship in remorse
and a summer fling in bad rapport,
but all I want to do is start something new with you.
Three years of my true love
only reaped frustration
and a lot of bad luck.
And my seven-year role model –
well, they’re splitting up.
But all I want to do is start something new with you.
When laughter turns to sorrow
and we see our vain things
in their importance –
better is the end of things than the beginning.
The patient spirit has a hope
in things that the proud
simply
cannot know
so take care that your loss ain't quick
to turn to bitterness.
Don't turn to bitterness.
Neck spasms and I was sore –
I lounged a week before I opened the door.
Refrigerator contents had all rotted –
yeah, they went real fucking bad.
I could let them sit for a while
but that won't change that they…
Well, they expired.
So I’ll move them to a trash bag,
and all I want to do is start something new with you.
Track Name: Chicken and Rice
I wanted to share
a simple meal that I prepared
but it would never compare
to a brilliant pasta dish.
When she said that she cared,
we were both in disrepair.
I said, "I want something that will last a year"
but she just wanted his pasta dish.
What a goddamn shame.
Track Name: Donkey, Donkey
Donkey, donkey,
I'm a dumbass too
'cause I took those assholes' burdens 'til my legs
gave
through.
Walk with a mission
like the missionaries do;
I got God's word in my heart and
I won't forget it anytime
soon.
Call it an unnecessary obstacle.
Say it's impossible –
I don't care.
Know how you oughta live;
if they say it's absurd,
it's 'cause their ears ain’t attuned to the life in your
words.
Call it an unnecessary obstacle.
Say it's impossible –
I don't care.
Donkey, donkey,
this world got too big
and it breaks my heart wide open
that some things just can't be forgiven.
Donkey, donkey, I
didn't know what I should do
when all your so-called friends
just take advantage
of you.
Call it an unnecessary obstacle.
Say it's impossible –
I don't care.
Tell me I'm wasting my time and
then I'll know.
Then I'll know.
Track Name: Beast of Burden
Oh, longsuffering beast
of burden -
downtrodden and left
to wither.
The Lord watches
from His throne on high
and giveth thee wings,
so take to thy feet
and fly.
Track Name: We were Promised Eagles' Wings
I thought when this was said and done
that we'd all want to dance,
but there's been nothing here
that would make anyone feel happy.
It's just been a lot of vain attempts
to swim across such great lengths.
It's done, and nobody’s won;
I’m just getting used to it.
I'm so sorry I let this down.
I'm so sorry I let this down.
I thought that if we kept running,
we would not grow weary.
Then why does it seem that I
have come up so short of breath?
We were promised that we'd fly
on wings like eagles.
But now I'm standing on the ground
and I've just gotten used to it.
I'm so sorry I let this down.
I'm so sorry I let this down.
Mountains too high
to ever climb.
Oceans too wide
to ever swim.
Fires too bright
to ever dance in.
Track Name: Light Up like a Fire
Weighed down by the hard feel
of progress
in its action
cause life is like a process,
and you never see the end result.
Wake up,
go to classes,
come back to your room spent
to fall back asleep
and then do it all again.
Light up like a fire;
set yourself ablaze for this world.
I know something bigger than me.
Light up like a fire;
set yourself ablaze for this world
even if only a few do see.
Lost in the theme park,
and I know where I want to be,
but you are on that Ferris wheel
so high above me.
Drunk at the party,
and you were sitting next to me.
I need to be more confident;
I need less anxiety.
Light up like a fire;
set yourself ablaze for this world.
I know something bigger than me.
Light up like a fire;
set yourself ablaze for this world
even if only a few do see –
even if only a few do see who I want to be.
Track Name: Be Well
Gather 'round
the wolf spider
while we're on our smoke break.
Everyone
wanted to kill it because they were all afraid.
Someone threw a big rock at it
ended up
breaking its leg.
But when everyone went inside,
I conjured a deep breath
and confessed with the faith
I have in Christ,
"Spider with a broken leg,
may your leg be healed.
Spider with a broken leg,
be well, be well, be well, be
well.
Don't forget your broken leg.
Be well, be well.
Spider with a broken leg,
be well, be well, be well, be
well."