THE MYSTERY

by Jon Ransom

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In the next couple months I hope to record as best I can songs spanning my eight year tenure as a songwriter. It's more of a back catalogue of older material that either never saw the light of day, never got recorded, both, or newer material that I haven't had the time (nor money) to effectively record in a listenable way. This is an experiment to basically kick myself into high gear creatively. I've decided to rudimentarily record my songs using just my computer, a copy of Logic and a Shure SM58 microphone. Any instruments will be recorded directly in using a friend of mines M-Box. It's a slightly better alternative to the in-built microphone and the atrociously simple/awful GarageBand application. Welp, here goes nothin' folks! I'll hopefully have this finished and also have another full record with all the fixins out soon as well. Cheers and Big Love, ya'll.

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released 19 September 2013

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Jon Ransom Portland, Oregon

I'm from Portland and I live here too. I play all kinds of musical instruments from the acoustic and electric guitar to the tenor ukulele and even a 4-stringed banjo. I like folk, story-driven, emotionally rich music that plucks my heart strings. That is the kind of music I love to listen to and write. ... more

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Track Name: The Mystery
what's the secret behind finding
one that was meant for me?
what's the mystery behind everything?
blinded by what I can't see

this sound raging in my chest isn't what ya think it is!
this sound raging in my chest
it's not a heartbeat it's a death march

where you go I don't have the strength to follow
those drugs you use have taken control of you
I thought I saw the truth
there was a glimmer then I knew

this sound rattling in my bones isn't my own
helps me feel not so damned alone
this sound rattling in my bones feels like home

go tell my one my true I am coming, for you

(written: 11.25.2013)
Track Name: Man Created Philosophy
never have I been in this plight
not today and not tonight
if I choose to fight then surely I'll die
if I never fight, I’ll never die
instinct to live, what a coward am I!

never have I been in this condition
not before, nor ever again
if I choose to love then I will lose
if I never love, I’ll never lose
self-preservation is a lame excuse

never have I been in this disposition
ever before nor ever again
if I choose to breathe, then I’ll hope
if I never hope, I’ll never breathe
man created philosophy

don't give up your real name

(written: October 13th, 2009)
Track Name: Grief, Wash O'er Me
Waves of sadness, waves of grief
Wash o'er me, I can hardly speak
Only you don't believe a word I say
Agree t' go our separate ways

Don't hide your face from me!
Don't erase my name from history!

Horrible truths n' wicked lies
Sensed that look in your eyes
Then came the words we despise
Inevitably say good-bye

Don't hide your face from me!
I beg you please not to leave!

(written: February 25th, 2012)
Track Name: Criminally
Long gone, long gone, you were long gone
Been ten years on, life's barely even begun
King and queen's reign of tyranny are dead,
Can we simply live with it?

What you do to me is criminally reprehensible

Come down, come down off the high horse
Saddles have worn out, knees have blown out
Don't shout, don't shout
With a voice as hoarse as yours is
Didn't explain, just the gist

What you do to me is criminally reprehensible
Track Name: Clean White Sheets
I was born clothed in clean white sheets
my poor mother wanted the best for me
n' I'm a man with sorrows deep
God rest my soul for to keep, to keep
mmm-mmm, for to keep, to keep

pain's bound to dog my steps
beauty disguises the sting
vanity's the curse I'm blessed
I hear it howl, I hear it sing
mmm-mmm, I hear it sing

I lay to rest on a broken bed
my father says best not fill my head
with big ideas n' empty dreams
nor concern myself with the finer things
mmm-mmm, with the finer things

fears I have but only one
I'll never give this world a son
to carry on my family's name
burden him with my guilt, my shame
mmm-mm, my guilt my shame

I was born clothed in clean white sheets
my dear mother set me free
n' I'm a man with blessin's deep
God rest my head for to sleep, to sleep
mmm-mmm, for to sleep, to sleep
Track Name: Big Ideas
Bigger theys come bigger theys fall
Big ideas gotta start out small
I got a will now get outta my way!
N' I got a soapbox n’ somethin t’ say!
Them’s fightin words, them’s somethin fierce!
It's your heart, your heart I'm-a aimin' to pierce!

Come you down-trodden, you lame, you too proud
Unload yer burdens n’ lets sing aloud
“We didn’t write the story, didn’t invent the game,
we sing eternal glory, Yer eternal name!”

Bigger theys come bigger theys fall
Big ideas gotta start out small
I got a will now get outta my way!
N' I got a soapbox n’ somethin t’ say!
Them’s fightin words, them’s somethin fierce!
It's your heart, your heart I'm-a aimin' to pierce!

Come you wicked, you kind, you know who
Unload yer burdens n’ lets sing the truth
Of who You are, who You are, who You are
You're the one who was, is, and is to come
One who was, who is, and is to come
You were, you are, is and is to come

You choose the weapon I'll show you how to fall.
Big ideas gotta start out small
I ride the freight train baby, any which way you will
If you got bones in your body, I'll give 'em a chill!

Bigger they come bigger they fall.
Big ideas gotta start out small
I got a will now get outta my way!
And I got a soapbox n’ somethin' to say!
Them’s fightin' words, them’s somethin' fierce!
It's your heart, your heart I'm aimin' to pierce!