Scratches From Mercy

by Justin Hicks

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released December 1, 2010

Scratches From Mercy copyright 2010 by Justin "j.u.s.e." Hicks

"Time with Money" features Paul Wolfson on drums

"Rare" features Reinaldo Dejesus on percussion

additional instrumentation on "I'm Supposed to Have My Say" and "Pop and Lock" by John Hegner
additional instrumentation on "Too Busy to Be" and "Rare" by Sam Stauff

Recorded at Port City Recording...engineered, mixed, and mastered by Sam Stauff and Bryan Gottshall

"And I Bet", "I'm Supposed to Have My Say", and "Pop and Lock" were recorded at Starbell Hatchery...engineered, mixed, and mastered by John Hegner

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Track Name: And I Bet
1. and i bet
(by j.hicks)
and i bet
these days i'm broke like
thunder came
can we get by
on another supply
like in two thousand and two
when you bought
all this sugar, all this tea
that's not what we need
i'll show you what i mean
cause you say it's ten
but really it's eleven
still it feels like twelve to me
and i bet
five bucks the porch is
gettin' pulled away
i almost lied
cause i thought you would die
if i told you what was true
then you said
i just should have
done my thing
but that's not what we need
i'll show you what i mean
i could make a mends
but maybe get to heaven
still it feels like hell to me
Track Name: Too Busy To Be
2. too busy to be
rumbling the hide
when the millers are striking
oil is all dry again
mumbling cause i'm tired
will i open my eyes again
while they gone lying
and they say you should be
they say we should be
they say we should all be
we should be honored
but we're not
we're too busy to be
and i'm mumbling cause i'm tired
well the millers are striking
oil is gone dry again
so they'll rebound and buffer
they are the suckers
that's the plant in a shell
cause you're sick
and you need them to get well
it's not cheap to be free
it ain't cheap
cause they have a surprise
rumbling on high again
look at your face
why aren't you crying
standing there smiling
i'm not your brother
rumbling on high again
look at your face
why are you smiling
you should be crying
i'm not your brother
they say you should be
they say we should be
they say we should all be
we should be honored
but we're not
we're too busy to be
Track Name: Time With Money
3. time with money
(feat. Paul Wolfson on drums)
don't you learn on my time
i bought my time with money
don't forget your dogs
and clean out the clogs
cause tapping gonna have to pay
nobody's gonna make your way
surely it's night time
it's not my time for giving
long as it's us
it won't be enough
we're gonna have to
make or bake
nobody's gonna pay your way
sure it's a holler
when they're laughing with you
long as it's us
it won't be enough
we're gonna have to find some way
they're gonna have to dock your pay
deep in starvation
someone's gut gets slivered
call out the judge
the preacher won't budge
and the doctor says it's way too late
he's gonna have to operate
Track Name: I'm Supposed To Have My Say
4. i'm supposed to have my say *
i'm supposed to have my say
so i know i always am okay
you're not supposed to tell me how
but you do anyway
could you need me
and then call me names
would you feed me
and then say that i'm laming you
down, down, down
i'm supposed to have my say
though i know i'm always in the way
you're not supposed to tell me how
but you do anyway
but you do anyway
could you need me
and then tell me i'm lame
would you feed me
and still call me names
when i'm down
when i'm down
could feed me
and still call me names
would you need me
and still tell me i'm laming you down
Track Name: Call Me
5. call me
I would answer my phone
if you call me
and just stay here at home
would you call me
i've been waiting on you
would you call me
cause you know what to do
you should call me
i won't be no one else
when you call me
let you into my house
call me, call me
there is nothing to say
goodness sake
just be glad to get along in these days
say, would you call me
cause i'm waiting on you
you should call me
i'll just wait it on out
call me, call me
cause i'm waiting on you
you know what to do
Track Name: Cat Call
6. cat call
what's it to you
i'd step to you
one thing i didn't know
was what was under us
i could show you
really good time
if you open wide
and let me in
not that i think i can sing
for you though i'll try
what's your name girl
i should know it
i know, i know by now
one thing i didn't know
was what was under us
come to the show,girl
have a good time
and i hope you let me
come with you
like in the night
when i sang to you
you just might give me
what i want from you
you bring out what's inside
the animal that's inside
what's it to you
Track Name: Reunion Song
7. reunion song
when you're not a shoe in anymore
they don't make you fast or anything
tap now, wake up later
shake now, and pay next time
all in the design you're built into
show them all how lucky things have gone
up now and down next time
seek first and then you find
a warning, fair and right
don't wanna go to no reunions tonight
cause when you're not a shoe in anymore
people make you mad at everything
just cause you jumped in backwards
don't mean you're way behind
and any other time they put you through
show them all the filthy things you've done
try hard for good luck, now
duck out and make your run
don't wanna go to no reunions tonight
a warning,fair and right
don't wanna go to no reunion tonight
my cause is not my own
we could never laugh or live the same way
we don't have to love or look the same way
it's all about your tone
Track Name: Oh!
8. oh!
oh, can we talk it out, over
cause you know my heart beats faster
oh my god
i'm stuck in the wrapper
gotta keep blood pumping
so the time keeps freeing us
and then i'll, oh
oh, my god
can't get to you yet
my hat's on backward
oh my god
i'm stuck in the wrapper
but you know i like it like that
oh, yea
i appreciate this struggle
with a grin
oh, oh my god
holy mole' and you're
slick like satin
maybe i can
sink manhattan
oh, oh my god
i'm so tired
but i gotta go faster
maybe i can get you
to go backward
Track Name: Pop And Lock
9. pop and pock *
and so we couldn't stop shopping
ay yo i gotta get dressed
if i keep on poppin' these locks of mine
and now i'm suffering less
and some identity thief
is straight killing my dreams
but yo i gotta get dressed
you go on and live the low
and look up to me
na na na na na na na na
they take a bite off the meantime
but you're right
i should have chewed the rest up
instead of spitting it out
and they said to keep shopping
and i'll get it for less
and i can keep on poppin' these locks of mine
and now i'm getting a loan
and straight killing the time
but now i gotta get dressed
and some identity thief is
straight killing my dreams
na na na na na na na na
behind every god is a romance
but you're right
i should have known
the end is damned
and it's done
Track Name: Rare
10. rare
(feat. Reinaldo DeJesus on percussion)
be easy on me, now
go get your excuses up to par
if you add/you must take
it's a seasonal thing we need
you don't think she's looking
like it matters if they see you bleed
they see you bleed
why does she make believe
if the stuff was right
you wouldn't be
all stuck up in the night
will she save you between the beat
only if it's pouring
will you like it
in the dead heat
but hey, wait
if the stuff is rare
why does it look like
no one's standing there
if the stuff is right
why does it look like
no one ate last night
and if your stuff is pure
why in the face
it looks like
you're not too sure
if your stuff is rare
says she will
keep the beat
to herself this time
she's keeping tabs as well
so look busy,busy,busy
then we can rearrange
maybe in a minute
she will take it
to your favorite change
but hey, wait, hey
if your stuff is rare
why does it look like
no one's standing there
and if your stuff is right
why does it look like
no one ate last night
and if your stuff is pure
why in the face it looks like
you're not to sure
if your stuff is rare
have some decency
to see if your stuff ain't right
i know exactly why
no one wants to eat with you
ain't rare
Track Name: Eyes
11. eyes
i could tell you were surprised
did you see yourself
tell me all those normal lies
they'll be coming down
eyes, eyes, eyes
they put you in for doing
the same thing they've been doing
you'll pay for it later
they tilt the equator for you
if you look up to that sky
we might see what's due
try to make me wear disguise
then i can see myself
eyes, eyes, eyes
they put me in for screwing
the same thing
they've been screwing
i'll pay for it later
they held the equator
they've taken up our lives
still feels like they have mine
just give me back my time
eye, eyes, eyes
they put me in for doing
the same thing
they've been doing
you'll pay for it later
eyes, eyes, eyes
i could tell you were surprised
i could see myself