Songs from the Hill: The Best of Sean Lenox (2012​-​2015)

by Sean Lenox

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NOTE: The "Keep it Together" tracks on this album (tracks 7 and 12) are free! Keep it Together is available for no-charge download, so I didn't dare charge for these tracks here.

This is a compilation album containing my most popular material over the past four years: Pause For Effect (2012), Keep it Together (2013), Sort Of (Not Really) (2013), Phases (2014), and Zeugma (2015) are all represented, along with two extra tracks. I felt that this would be an easy way for people to get into my music, as I tend to release albums quickly and quietly. After harvesting opinions from my friends and combing over stats, I determined that these tracks were the most well-received and squished them all into one collection.

Special thanks to:
Avery for introducing me to Mixcraft and starting my musical career.
Sarah for encouraging me to get more experimental with my music.
Nick for remixing my songs and helping to keep the indie music scene alive.
Enzo for collaborating with me, supporting me, and inspiring me.
Aaron for giving me goals to strive for.
Dad for teaching me how to play bass.
Mom for exposing me to good music.
Everyone who purchased any of my music.
Everyone who listened to any of my music.

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released September 10, 2015

Bass, Vocals, & Instrument Programming: Sean Lenox
Guitar on Track 6: Dad
Mixed and produced in Acoustica Mixcraft 5 and 6.
Virtual bass programmed with 4Front Bass.
Train sound effect on Track 15 provided by wildsolution on freesound.org.

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Track Name: Motorcars
Behind the wheel and I'm barely alive
I'm stuck in traffic on the 305
Trapped here in a prison cell
With cupholders

Radio's on commercial break
How much longer could this possibly take
Two right lanes closed off ahead
And the line goes dead

I know you're there
Sitting and thinking
About how much I care
I call you "friend"
Open your mind a bit for me
And we'll start our cars again

Another hour and I'm fading fast
Dreaming of the highways past
I'm woken up by a startling noise
I heard your voice

The wheels begin to move
And slowly I will prove
That getting to know me
Isn't so bad

I see you tonight
Illuminated in my headlights
You are my friend
Jump in and have a seat with me
And let's talk 'til sunrise
Track Name: Yield
The answer, the question
another selection
the quips, and the phrases
are going through phases

I need a release from
the bureau of hate
and the people who watch them
and silently wait

So why not take a chance 'cause everyone fails
and you're powerless against us as we sharpen a nail for you

It's your time and place to lose

So they'll get their progress into me and I'll see with new eyes
'Cause all of this insanity's a blessing in disguise
But you never do them wrong so, why do you fear the law?

All it takes is a hollow dream
Set to run and reign supreme
You hear the voices and the scoring is in
But not everyone can win

You can't find a way to fight us today
It's so disheartening that they lead you astray
If you still insist we might make a list
And get around to it one of these days

Now we go our separate ways

So they'll get their progress into me and I'll see with new eyes
'Cause all of this insanity's a blessing in disguise
But you never do them wrong so, why do you fear the law?

We could never fight
It will be alright
Track Name: Robots Are Dope
A man at university
He told me robots are dope
What oversimplicity
How could anybody know?
Right now

Robots are dope
Are robots dope?
A question I can't answer here

Moving parts of stainless steel
We don't know if they can feel
It's a burning question of
sentience or a
chain reaction of
hate and war

Robots are dope
Are robots dope?
A question I can't answer here
Track Name: Cherries for Cosmo (no intro)
I see him in the garden
With a light in his eyes
Old basket on his arm
Don't drop it - I say

He looks at me as he falls from his thoughts
Oh sorry, I was just
thinking about the old times again
And how they gave me a second chance, now

He's out by the old tree
Up by the hollow
Picking some lovely
Cherries for cosmo
No, I don't even
know if she likes them
But I don't care, he said
I don't care, he said

He reaches out with a hand
and puts a finger on the stem
He falters
and smiles

I admire his restraint
If that were me in there
I'd hold her tight and not let go
Not even if the good Lord told me so

He's out by the old tree
Up by the hollow
Picking some lovely
Cherries for cosmo
No, I don't even
know if she likes them
But I don't care, he said
I don't care, he said

I'm just glad, I'm so glad she's back
I never dared to dream
I'm just glad, I'm so glad she's back
I never dared to dream

And why would you?
Who would dare think such things
When life has been so cruel
to the kind

He's headed back inside
I know he's trying to stay calm
But he breaks into a run - I see him

He's out by the old tree
Up by the hollow
Picking some lovely
Cherries for cosmo
No, I don't even
know if she likes them
But I don't care, he said
I don't care, he said

I'm just glad, I'm so glad she's back
I never dared to dream
I'm just glad, I'm so glad she's back
I never dared to dream
Track Name: Precedent President
Woke up this morning, saw the day was recognizably close
Didn't think much of it, even though this one has nicer hairpiece than most
And as we vote, and all these numbers rise
Faces change and democracy dies

Can't they see this love is blind
Take another number and a place in time
Just another fault to find
If we look away it'll be alright

Listen to me, all of you just need some time to think
Where are these problems, all these claims about how we're on the brink
Everything's fine, don't you watch the news?
Now give me just a little money to use

Can't they see this hate is blind
Take another number and a place in time
Just another fault to find
If we look away it'll be alright

I need to feel a little

Precedent, president, who are you to represent?
Track Name: Shelf Patrol
Hold me in
With your breath
Hold me in
If it suits your pleasure
I have been
Engaging in something
Hold me in
The clarion call is here for something
One more time
Maybe you should let him in
With your breath
For a beggar's opportunity
Hold me in
You think it's easy

Give me a sign that you were never there
It's not like I can't take it
Maybe with the right shoes
You can run from my question

The melting pot is boiling
I think you need a different pan

Here it comes with the strength of a thousand laces
Maybe it's for the best
If you told me I would have to waste it
I would tell you that I'd eat your face

Hold me in
Press your hands against me now
One more time
To hold back the tide
With your breath
You can start a counterrevolution
Hold me in
If you dare
Track Name: Ranger Dan
Ranger Dan spoke softly to the crowd
Never had I heard a voice so loud
You'd better listen, son
He fought a tank and won
He's Ranger Dan

He told his tales of war and victory
Leaving many marks on history
With Panzerschreck in hand
He protected sacred land
He's Ranger Dan

We'll take another, alright
With Ranger Dan

Felled an AT with a single punch
Has a bowl of sauerkraut for lunch
With infantry in tow
All the other rangers know
That's Ranger Dan

We'll take another, alright
With Ranger Dan

He's only a man
And nothing more
Track Name: Spreading Myself Thin
Windows into lives
Lives I've never known
Opportunity to make myself whole

Caught behind the screen
Screen me for a lie
I'm trying hard to make them think I think of them

It doesn't seem too hard
Too hard to connect
Just tell them all the things that they want to hear

Is that me?
Me and you
I forgot
The you, too

This conversation's dead
I'm spreading myself thin
I only need a moment to collect myself

I've not been in my head
I'm spreading myself thin
I only need a moment to correct myself

Nightfall, nightfall, nightfall
One more notch in the paint

I need to escape
I need no more friends
I can't hurt anyone if anyone's not here

Is that me?
Me and you
I forgot
The you, too

This conversation's dead
I'm spreading myself thin
I only need a moment to collect myself

I've not been in my head
I'm spreading myself thin
I only need a moment to correct myself
Track Name: Julius Caesar's Majestic Cathedrals
I've got to get some sleep 'cause I'm so nervous
I feel like I'm in here without a purpose
The writing on the wall is pertinent
But my energy is somehow spent

I don't know why my body has betrayed me
In some warmer place someone has laid me
Maybe if I try

Shake and hold my eyes
Knowledge sacrificed
I refuse to learn
Will it last forever?
Shake me from my sleep
I have words to keep
My never or will ever is forever

It's fruitless 'cause my body always wins
Stack the deck before the game begins
Losing sight and falling out of mind
Looking for a wall to hide behind

I'm sorry but I try my best, why can't I be like all the rest
They seem to have complete control and dance in time around the hole
The hole is growing ever deep, cathedrals with their secrets keep
If I keep them

Shake and hold my eyes
Knowledge sacrificed
I refuse to learn
Will it last forever?
Shake me from my sleep
I have words to keep
My never or will ever is forever

I've got to get some sleep
Running from cathedrals and their glycerine embraces
Maybe if they hang my feet my eyes will never shut
Hanging from the safer cathedrals

As I walk away I think of rubies that I missed
My sight has found a habit that my body can't resist
It's only natural to close my eyes to my mistakes
But I could kill it all if I could keep myself awake, oh if only
Track Name: Crystal Habit
The window is warm
The morning is young
With nary a bon mot on the tip of my tongue

Silence and thought
Tunnel vision
Swimming with synapses and the day has begun

Enter the friend
Thinking with speed
Churning and growing as they're talking to me

Taken aback
Rattle and hum
Responses a million and I have to pick one

I can't break my crystal habit

Emboldened and crass
Malapropos
Jumping and breaking in where I shouldn't go

Speak and then think
What have I done?
Communication breaking down into none

I can't break my crystal habit

I'm sorry
Track Name: My Friend Marshall
The bay is always filled with danger
And problems at every turn
After these narrow rescues
You think humans would learn

But it takes some canine creatures
To show them right from wrong
And to throw a life ring to them
When they've been out too long

And life is never fair
So I don't know why I'm still blown away
by this mistreatment

It's not his fault
People seem so versed in fire safety
You gave him that water gun, didn't you?
You sealed his fate

My friend Marshall ain't respected
In spite of everything he's done for you
He ain't respected
It's true

My friend Marshall ain't respected
In spite of all the cheering that he's done
Maybe it's time to leave this old patrol
and move on

Maybe a ladder's not as versatile
as a helicopter
And maybe his feet are made of wax

But he's got great heart
And he's got great spirit
How can you turn your backs?

I'd like to see you try
to find another pup who gets back up
after falling off a mountain

It's not his fault
People seem so versed in fire safety
You gave him that water gun, didn't you?
So tell me why

My friend Marshall ain't respected
In spite of everything he's done for you
He ain't respected
It's true

My friend Marshall ain't respected
In spite of all the cheering that he's done
Maybe it's time to leave this old patrol
and move on

In spite of all the cheering
And all his partners jeering
And all that painful falling
And all those people calling
And all that patient waiting
And all that breath he's baiting
Maybe he'll need me soon
Maybe he'll need me

My friend Marshall, come with me
I'll take you in and give you all my love
Come with me
and you'll see

That life doesn't have to be
All unjust and unfair all the time
Let's leave these pups alone
And go home
Track Name: Beige Dog
He took off on the wind of the dream
But he couldn't do it alone
For the job was too big for just one
But two could hold the phone

And he saw a beige dog running down the track
With a mile to go
He's got a plan in mind but he can't know
Nobody knows

He seemed to fight for good and right
And he had the attitude
Just think of what he's capable of
Just think what they could do

And he saw a beige dog running down the track
With a mile to go
He's got a plan in mind but he can't know
Nobody knows

Just think of all that they could do
Just think of what it's like when they take off