John Smith's Lawn

by Centre St.

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This album features 11 of our favorite original songs. We hope you enjoy it!

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released August 13, 2014

Adam Rochelle - Keyboards, Vocals
Sam Baler - Guitar, Vocals
Johnnie Gilmore - Bass, Vocals
Sam Rochelle - Drums, Vocals

All tracks recorded by Sam Baler except "Zimbabwe" recorded by Alasdair MacKenzie. Mixed by Sam Baler with production assistants Adam Rochelle & Johnnie Gilmore

Artwork by Sam Rochelle

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Centre St. Boston, Massachusetts

Since their formation in October 2011, Centre St. has brought an exciting new sound to the Greater Boston music scene. Their live shows mix their wide and musically diverse repertoire of original and cover songs with extended full-band improvisations, so you never know what to expect - every Centre St. show is unique. They continue to expand their fan base through a busy performing schedule. ... more

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Track Name: Farm Boy
I wanna be a businessman
I wanna go out in the world and meet folks there
I want a job where I have an excuse to get all dressed up
Wash my clothes and comb my hair

Every night I lay in bed and look out at the stars
Wondering what it'd be like not living in a big old barn

I wanna work in an office or maybe the front of a store
I never get to see where the food we grow goes anyway
Out in the world I'll make a name for myself
I'll get to meet new faces everyday

I wanna go out in the world and let them know I'm here to stay
So I'm not just on this farm just wasting away

I don't wanna be a farm boy anymore
I don't wanna be a farm boy anymore
No longer will I labor in the sun
I don't wanna be a farm boy anymore
I wanna get off of this farm and I wanna have some fun

When I go out to do my morning chores
Every day I stand and dream by the door
All of the fields and rolling pastures out in front of me
Become a sprawling town for evermore

I don't care who I work for or how much I get paid
I don't like working for mean old mr. farmer anyway

I don't wanna be a farm boy anymore
I don't wanna be a farm boy anymore
No longer will I labor in the sun
I don't wanna be a farm boy anymore
I wanna work somewhere where I come home having fun

When I go out to live the life I've dreamed
I hope that it is as good as it seemed
Cause if I end up feeling the same
I know that I'll only have one person to blame

I don't wanna be a farm boy anymore
Track Name: Checkin' the Mail
Checkin' the mail
To see the mailman as he tries not to fail
To give the goods to all the people on my block
The living breathing flock of the neighborhood

Running downstairs
To check the timer on the marshmallow squares
Those tasty treats as they're cooking away
Baking today on the block
The living breathing flock of the neighborhood

And then the lightbulb suddenly dies
You try to fix it but the spark's not flying
It seems as though that it's trying to hide from the block
The living breathing flock of the neighborhood

Walking the dog
He's sniffing grass off of John Smith's lawn
You know the guy that keeps the monsters away
So people can stay on my block
The living breathing flock of the block
The living breathing flock of the neighborhood
Track Name: The Out (Awt)
It was a muggy white skies afternoon
She was emotional but held back rain
The sound of ivory was no where to be found
But in the room sound still remained

We pressed record to our hearts' desire
Through the wires our soundwaves went
In a flash lunchtime rolled around
Could we say it was time well spent?

We were drained and you could see it in each other's eyes
Our stamina had developed cracks
It was a good time to pause cause it was a lost cause
But alas, we had no snacks

All of us refused to live this way
Adam's driving we dearly missed
Was there a miracle place within walking distance
Yes, this place exists

Stroll down the road
Don't take it too slow
Under the muggy white skies glow

Maybe a mirage at a glance
But I'm willing to take the chance
Surely done with no sustenance

The journey lasted for days and days
But was stretched longer by the mind
In this labyrinth of lonely side streets
No sign of the place we sought to find

Suddenly Sean showed us a way
We were at the end of our plight
Once we struggled through a world of hunger
We found our oasis of light

Stroll down the road
Don't take it too slow
Under the muggy white skies glow

Maybe a mirage at a glance
But I'm willing to take the chance
Surely done with no sustenance
Track Name: Colorado Wagon Wheel
Old wagon wheel, leaning against a tree
A simple reminder of how things used to be
Old wagon wheel, sitting here with time
His only companion is the old wind chime

Boats, planes, trains, and cars
Those new things can take you very far
But old wagon wheel knows the truth
They don't tell the stories like they used to

Old wagon wheel, old wagon wagon wheel
Is this how you're supposed to feel?
Old wagon wheel, old wagon wagon wheel
Once a sturdy something, now you're rusted steel

Old wagon wheel left here by the sea
Maybe someday I'll take you home with me
Left here in the sun and the rain
You've got all this history to your name

Old wagon wheel, old wagon wagon wheel
Is this how you're supposed to feel?
Old wagon wheel, old wagon wagon wheel
Once a sturdy something, now you're rusted steel
Track Name: Zimbabwe
I wake up, I walk out
My feet are bruised and I'm still half asleep
I start up, my black truck
I'm going home and I can't wait to get on the road

Getting back to my house, the first time since I've been out
My roof is leaking and my eyes are doing the same
I see you by candlelight, the kitchen we had a fight
I left 'em, you left 'em home but you're still gone

I'm ready
Oh I know, I know that I'm ready

Getting back to my house, the first time since I've been out
My roof is leaking and my eyes are doing the same
I see you by candlelight, the kitchen we had a fight
I left 'em, you left 'em home but you're still gone

Living life in a hut, I think I'm stuck in a rut
Working six days a week, a little boring but
I miss you really I do, my arms are open to you
You know I wish you would give me a second chance

I'm ready
Oh I know, I know that I'm ready

Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
My hands are tied so I can't wipe my tears
My baby, in Zimbabwe
Wont you come home while my eyes are wet and cold
Track Name: Turn
Shining stars alight
Fall asleep again
Keep your dreams in mind
Hold your ground my friend

Peace be with your mind
Peace be with your head
Shining stars alight
Stealing dreams instead

The sky will not catch you
If you're falling down
Following to watch you
Drift with the pull of the ground
The sky will not catch you
Don't make a sound
Following to watch you
Finally turn around

Night has fallen again
Glancing up and down
It's a living person
Searching for solid ground

To lean its weight on
When there's no one around
It searches all the time
But no safety is found

The sky will not catch you
If you're falling down
Following to watch you
Drift with the pull of the ground
The sky will not catch you
Don't make a sound
Following to watch you
Finally turn around
Track Name: Imagination Highway
Woke up one morning and the air was dry
Went outside, saw the sunny sky

Went to the ocean and the sea was green
Looked in the water saw a submarine

Went to the park cause the city was loud
Lied in the grass and I thought aloud

If the world stood still
If only for a day
I would lose my mind
On imagination highway

You can dream, you can dance
You can live your life in a trance
You can live upon water, you can live upon air
You can live your life like you don't have a care

The ghosts of your past will follow you around
You can try to run but you'll only be found

If the world stood still
If only for a day
I would lose my mind
On imagination highway

If only for a day
If only for a day
If only for a day
If only for a day
Track Name: Nothing Yet
The weight of my craft is holding me down
Not much longer will I be around
I'm stuck here just playing stuff
That I don't believe in, not nearly enough
I tried my best but nothing yet

He sings about his love and pain
Already on top, when I've got so much to gain
I got a whole different thing going on
Seems everything is going wrong
I tried my best but nothing yet

Cause I'm not what you'd think of
If you were to think of me
Come and join and you'll finally hear
What it is that you don't see
Cause all I wanted to do
Is see what I really wanna be
Cause in the end
Irrelevance doesn't really matter to me

Four tries is all I get
But I haven't been able to take one yet
Is it too much to ask
For a fair chance
I tried my best but nothing yet

Cause I'm not what you'd think of
If you were to think of me
Come and join and you'll finally hear
What it is that you don't see
Cause all I wanted to do
Is see what I really wanna be
Cause in the end
Irrelevance doesn't really matter to me
Track Name: Blue Jay
If I said to you, "here's a word"
You'd take it and use it
And set it to music
And step back and sing

And it'd sound so beautiful
But it'd be just a sound

If we gave you your time
To say what you say
You'd give us the notes
And you'd play what you play

And it'd sound so impressive
But it'd be just a sound
And it'd be just a sound

Blue Jay
Blue Jay
Blue Jay
Blue Jay

I think you should go back and listen
To what you do
I think you'd find it
Not quite everything that you

Want it to be (Blue Jay don't listen to your head)
When you listen back
Take this as a warning (Listen to someone else instead)
Not just some musical attack

And think you'll find it true
That it's all just a sound
That it's all just a sound

Blue Jay
Blue Jay
Blue Jay
Blue Jay

Blue, I wish you'd be green
And did what you felt but not what you've seen
You'd be so good at what you do
Blue Jay, this is for you

And its all just a sound
Track Name: Centre St.
Lost in the hallways, the hallways of thought
Just thinking about things that are and things that are not
You keep reminding me of battles I've fought

It's 10 o'clock and I got out of bed
Just thinking about what she said
It doesn't matter now because I am dead

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I make my way down Centre St. (Centre St.)
Saying hello to all the people I meet (people I meet)
It's kinda boring here on Centre St.

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