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1.
I draw a line and picture you In shades of gray red green and blue. With everything that’s in the news, What’s gonna lift you up? If I could hold you in my arms While sirens sound out four alarms For towers burning to the ground I wouldn’t let you go. Stay clear and try to keep it together. Stay here and don’t let it fall apart. The pictures painted on the wall Don’t change a thing. You know some people want to burn it down, Burn it all to the ground In their corners for their own defense This can’t be real, it doesn’t make sense. This timeline is in such a mess. Who’s gonna claim the truth? Stay clear and try to keep it together. Stay here and don’t let it tear us apart. If I could hold you in my arms I wouldn’t let you go. ©2021 Jon Gary. All rights reserved.
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Hey Bluebird 03:56
You need rain when the sun shines You need pain when you’re feeling fine Misery loves company Run away with me The bluebird’s song doesn’t change your mood The mourning dove she sings to you I hear her every day Does she sing the truth? Am I numb, because it never stops? The world is reeling from the hardest knocks. To feel it every day Doesn’t ease the shocks Let’s go to the lake tonight And look out for the northern lights We’ll stare into the sky For a billion years The full moon is shining bright The great expanse has turned to ice Where great ships sailed Before we learned to fly Letting go and falling free Across the space between you and me Where we land we’ll never know When we learn to fly Letting go and falling free Across the space between you and me Where we land we’ll never know We’ll leave it all behind. Hey little bluebird, where’d you go? Fly with me some time. ©2021 Jon Gary. All rights reserved.
3.
Say Hello 02:44
I always want to say hello, even to the people I don’t even know. Why do I have to say hello? When you don’t say it back, it lays me low. Why do I have to say hello? I don’t know. I know we’ve met once before, Two or three times, maybe even four. Why wouldn’t you say hello? I don’t know. No better place to feel alone than a room full of people staring at their phones, nobody saying hello. Say hello. Awkward is my middle name. Perhaps you’ve heard me saying something lame. Perhaps I tried to say hello Please say hello Maybe something’s wrong with me? A bit too connected to the people I meet? That’s why I want to say hello. I only want to say hello. That’s why I want to say hello. Why do you never say hello? I only want to say hello. I only want to say hello. I guess I’ll go.
4.
Masked 02:49
I’ve heard that memories change Each time one tries to recall. Now when I think of your face I’m not sure what I’m seeing Are you disappearing Or maybe you’re nowhere at all? Relations are very strange, Remaining so far away. I can barely hear what you’ve said. Forgive all my swearing, It’s just that I’m wearing This mask that gets in my way. How are you tonight? Are you feeling alright? I can’t hear what you say When you’re standing so far away. I wish I could spend the night Out with some good friends of mine Instead of emptying bottles of wine. Of course we’re all hoping That something is open And all of us are still alive.
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in the circus of the mind, the barker preaches while you wait in line. The hawkers sneak up from behind Bearded women selling valentines They juggle fire all around. Trapeze beauties high above the ground. Tuxedoed monkeys riding bridled hounds, dazzle ballers from across the town What do they know about love? What do they know about love? They take it, but they can’t feel it anymore. Why are you hanging around with those creatures that always bring you down? They’ll suck the marrow from your bones. They’ll grind you up and make jelly of your soul. Pushing their way through the crowd. Running from the losers that they steered their way around. They’ll fuck the stars when they get to them. They’ll make them bleed and claim them as their friend. What do they know about love? What do they know about love? They take it, but they can’t feel it anymore.

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2021 was a rough year. Here are songs of anxiety, awkwardness, and hope that streamed out of my messy head.

Some of these songs are previously released, but all have been remastered for better sound.

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released January 6, 2022

Jon Gary - Vocals, guitars, bass, keys, drum programming.
John Kelley - Guitars on Picture The Truth and Hey Bluebird.

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Jon Gary and the Crabapples Rochester, New York

Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Jon Gary performs with Woody Dodge and other musicians in the Rochester area.

While Crabapples is not performing these days, Jon continues to write and record material on his own.

Drummer Brooks Langkans and bassist Dan Lopata are doing their own things.
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