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9 Songs About Love

by J.E. Sunde

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1.
Sunset Strip 03:33
Plane touched down I read your text Baggage claim at LAX Nights will claim the days regrets Sunset on the Sunset Strip Sunset on the Sunset Strip First set I sweat PBR Heartache sung to electric guitar Sung to the one who knows who you are Sunset on the Sunset Strip Sunset on the Sunset Strip Yes I did wrong but you know I confessed it I wrote this song just to prove that I meant it But now you’re gone and I feel empty
2.
No one can make you unhappy Like the one to whom you’ve given your heart Or bare you up and protect you When everything else falls apart We all stand naked before you With stretch marks and dimples on our thighs Hoping that we’ve found a refuge To last for the rest of our lives Love makes a fool of everyone It’s a kind of fool you don’t mind to be Perhaps it’s foolish There’s nothing so foolish as love To bind your purpose To something so foolish as love Maybe The foolish things are designed To confound the selfish mind Love makes a fool of everyone It’s a kind of fool you don’t mind to be
3.
No one can make you unhappy Like the one to whom you’ve given your heart Or bare you up and protect you When everything else falls apart We all stand naked before you With stretch marks and dimples on our thighs Hoping that we’ve found a refuge To last for the rest of our lives Love makes a fool of everyone It’s a kind of fool you don’t mind to be Perhaps it’s foolish There’s nothing so foolish as love To bind your purpose To something so foolish as love Maybe The foolish things are designed To confound the selfish mind Love makes a fool of everyone It’s a kind of fool you don’t mind to be
4.
I don’t care to dance You know this I have told you I don’t dance But the music and your beauty Well they move me So I take you by the hand But you will have to lead And so we start to move The tonic that is mixed up with the gin Warm within and working on my limbs And as the room begins to spin I’m happy to be near you And you laugh as I stare down at my feet Holy mother of the humble and the weak You gently lift my chin so I can look into your eyes And you rebuke the bullshit and the lies All those people who told me how to be a man Well I don’t want to follow them any longer So twirl me round the floor I begin to hope The tealights left to gutter and to smoke We’re sweating and we’re laughing And the band is only playing songs we know And I think you really know me And suddenly it’s gone The worry that has weighed upon my heart The fear I’m undeserving Of the dance that I’ve been yearning To take part in The blessed invitation And you laugh as I stare down at my feet Holy mother of the humble and the weak You gently lift my chin so I can look into your eyes And you rebuke the bullshit and the lies All those people who told me how to be a man Well I don’t want to follow them any longer So twirl me round the floor
5.
I don’t care to dance You know this I have told you I don’t dance But the music and your beauty Well they move me So I take you by the hand But you will have to lead And so we start to move The tonic that is mixed up with the gin Warm within and working on my limbs And as the room begins to spin I’m happy to be near you And you laugh as I stare down at my feet Holy mother of the humble and the weak You gently lift my chin so I can look into your eyes And you rebuke the bullshit and the lies All those people who told me how to be a man Well I don’t want to follow them any longer So twirl me round the floor I begin to hope The tealights left to gutter and to smoke We’re sweating and we’re laughing And the band is only playing songs we know And I think you really know me And suddenly it’s gone The worry that has weighed upon my heart The fear I’m undeserving Of the dance that I’ve been yearning To take part in The blessed invitation And you laugh as I stare down at my feet Holy mother of the humble and the weak You gently lift my chin so I can look into your eyes And you rebuke the bullshit and the lies All those people who told me how to be a man Well I don’t want to follow them any longer So twirl me round the floor
6.
Clover 04:00
Sing your dreams and maybe they’ll come true If not for you then perhaps the ones you sings to They may cry and say this isn’t mine I’ve dreamt of other things Please care for where you find yourself It means so much to someone else For we live each other’s dreams
7.
We lay down in a bed of clover Sunlight on the water and the clouds are passing over We interpret dreams and read the signs Try and translate their intentions for the waking mind Try and translate their intentions for the waking mind On the road I scan the stations On a search for inspiration but you always lose your patience You say God died a long time ago I guess I’ll try and find salvation then in rock’n roll Yeah I’ll try and find salvation than in rock’n roll Well it’s not what I thought it would be I haven’t found the woman who will make me what I should be And all my tricks to pass the time Well they offer some distraction but don’t satisfy Is there wisdom in that crazy desert mystic Descending with the tablet and the fiery name of God Or the posture of the existential skeptic Resigned to face the forces that are red in tooth and claw Or is it merely a vestigial need To seek solace though the answers are flawed Born of science or an ancient creed A dividing line or divining rod
8.
By the hallway light I can track your silhouette Dressed in your nightgown Bare feet on the cold ground you move With the grace of a routine To the dawning of the day And I find your book Dogeared on the bedspread Incremental progress I faithfully record this with a mark And the grace of a routine To the dawning of the day Your heartbeat insistent like the drums of war And I love you like a sailor on some bombed out distant shore Like the fading blue tattoos that cover his arms Your love leaves a mark on me I go back to sleep Cus I don’t work til later Humbled by the knowing That I am undeserving of this love And the grace of a routine At the dawning of the day Your heartbeat insistent like the drums of war And I love you like a sailor on some bombed out distant shore Like the fading blue tattoos that cover his arms Your love leaves a mark on me
9.
Risk 04:03
Give me your worst Take off your mask Show me where it hurts And I’ll sign the cast You feel embarrassed So long in the dark The day is dawning On your broken heart I love you you’re my friend Give me the dirt You may be surprised You feel so dirty No dirtier than I You feel unworthy No unworthier than I And I’ll sit here with you A shoulder when you cry I love you you’re my friend

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released November 20, 2020

Co-produced by Brian Joseph, Shane Leonard and J.E. Sunde

All songs written by J.E Sunde
Trombone arrangements by Andrew Thoreen

Engineered by Brian Joseph at Hive Studio and Shane Leonard at The Bungaleau
Eau Claire, WI spring/summer 2018.

Mixed by Brian Joseph
Mastered by TW Walsh

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J.E. Sunde Minneapolis, Minnesota

Songwriter/composer J.E. Sunde writes beautifully unusual music. A classically trained musician with a love of songwriters and performers like Leonard Cohen, Nina Simone, and Paul Simon, Jon writes densely poetic songs with a bent toward the philosophical. Also, his voice sounds like some sort of weird angel. ... more

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