Straight Jacket

by Cities & States

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I wrote and recorded every stitch of this record between July and December 2013 in my Salem, MA home. I immersed myself in the process of writing music and lyrics, and tried to be as positive and non-judgmental as possible. Without the proper material, a craftsman cannot work on his/her craft, and by categorizing my songs as malleable/transient, I was able to consciously dive into an uncharted territory. As long as I moved forward, there would be positivity.

Following my recording session, I was lucky enough to have my good friend Earl Jhainish Sinnatamby mix the album in his loft studio. The songs really took shape during this process. We tinkered, we stripped away unnecessary frequencies, we laughed, we cried, and developed an everlasting bond that only two people in such circumstances could.

On April 1st, 2014 I took the album to Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering in Newton, MA. We worked until 4AM, and "Straight Jacket" was unofficially born.

On this May 13, 2014 a 10:00AM EST, I present Cities & States' debut album "Straight Jacket".

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released May 13, 2014

Joshua Richard: Music, Lyrics, Recording Engineer
Earl Jhainish Sinnatamby: Mixing Engineer, confidante

Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering, Boston, MA
Assistant Mastering Engineer: Maria Rice

Artwork:
Concept by Sam Brown & Josh Richard
Photo taken by JP Ivie
Graphic Design by Dave DiAngelis

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Cities & States Salem, Massachusetts

Cities & States' sophomore album, aptly named "Sophomore Slump", is a massive work displaying the breadth of Richard's palette, Sinnatamby's engineering mastery, and Bickerton's command of the kit. This collaboration has revealed a palpable necessity for expression, and a greater need for exploring the far corners of an endless musical landscape. Step inside their world with "Ambulance Racer"! ... more

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Track Name: Piece Of Cake
[START ALBUM]

Open your eyes and let me in
I wanna look through you
I just wanna be near you, again

No one thinks twice about tomorrow
Let go of your sorrow
Let go of your sorrow

(Chorus)
I have been awake in your arms before
And we were a piece of cake in the middle of the floor
You can take it all away
Please, won't you take it all away?

(Guitar Solo)

Open your mouth and spit it out
I'm dying to hear you
I just wanna be near you, again

Without a doubt wolves in the wild
Make a meal of a child
I can be such a child

(Chorus)
I have been awake in your arms before
And we were a piece of cake in the middle of the floor
You can take it all away
Please, won't you take it all away?
You can take it all away
Please, won't you take it all away?
Track Name: Feel That Way
I'd give anything to feel that way again
I'd do anything to be with you
No one knows it but me

I'd go backwards in a forward moving world
I'd go any which way you want me to
No one knows it but me

(Chorus)
Sometimes I feel alive
Sometimes I wanna die
Sometimes I feel alright
Sometimes I stay inside

I'd go out of my way to call you my close friend
I'd go out of my mind to marry you
No one knows it but me

I'd crawl out of my skin to tell you my first name
I'd grow extra arms to carry you
No one knows it but me

(Chorus)
Sometimes I feel alive
Sometimes I wanna die
Sometimes I feel alright
Sometimes I stay inside
(I wanna stay inside, I wanna stay inside)
Track Name: Nothing We Can Do Now
There's nothing we can do now
There's nothing we can do now
There's nothing we can do now
There's nothing we can do now
But run run run, run run run away

Lacing up shoes now
Lacing up my shoes now
I'm lacing up shoes now
Lacing up my shoes now
So I can run run run, run run run away

(Chorus)
I don't know where I'm going
But I'm taking you with me
I don't care where I'm going
Cause you're making me happy
Oh

I'm trying not to lose now
Trying not to lose now
I'm trying not to lose now
Trying not to lose now
So I just run run run, run run run away

Breaking all the rules now
I'm breaking all the rules now
I'm breaking all the rules now
Breaking all the rules now
I'm gonna run run run, run run run away

(Chorus)
I don't know where I'm going
But I need you so badly
We get through without knowing
The details exactly

Lying on the ground
and I don't mind having you aroooouuuunnnnd
Listen to the sound
Of the leaves in the trees
and the peace of your voice when you sleep

There's nothing we can do now
There's nothing we can do now
There's nothing we can do now
There's nothing we can do now
Track Name: Circumstances
I thought I knew you
You thought you knew me
The circumstances, what do I know, what do I know?

I took some classes
You took some chances
The circumstances, what do I do, what do I do?

(Chorus)
You never know what I'm talking about
You just seem annoyed
Where do I go now that I'm so alone
I don't see the point

I brought you flowers
You took a shower
The circumstances, oh what do I know, what do I know?

They could be roses
Without romances
The circumstances
Oh, what do I do, what do I do
what do I do, what do I do, what do I do?

(Chorus) x2
You never know what I'm talking about
You just seem annoyed
Where do I go now that I'm so alone
I don't see the point

Oh no, away we go
Never to meet again
Oh yes, who could've guessed
We could predict the end

Oh no, away we go
(You never know what I'm talking about)
Never to meet again
(You just seem annoyed)
Oh yes, who could've guessed
(Where do I go now that I'm so alone)
We could predict the end
(I don't see the point)
Track Name: Roller Coaster
We could be a roller coaster
We could be a shooting star
It doesn't really matter what we are

We could be a movie poster
We could be a slide guitar
It doesn't matter what we are, we are

(Chorus)
I don't care what the future holds
Cause it can't touch me with a 10 foot pole
I don't care if you're young or old
It'll come for you and it'll take you whole

We could be a helicopter
We could be a brand new low
It doesn't matter don't you know

We could be the last survivors
We could be the first to go
It doesn't matter don't you know, you know


(Chorus)
I don't care what the future holds
Cause it can't touch me with a 10 foot pole
I don't care if you're young or old
It'll come for you and it'll take you whole

[OUTRO]
Track Name: Natural Blonde
(Guitar Solo)

I fell in love with a natural blonde
Her golden hair was a bit too long
She combed it out, a lion's mane
I found it in the shower drain

(Guitar Solo)

(Chorus)
La da da da da
La da da dahhhh

I fell in love like a natural fool
Her fashion life was a bit too cool
She wore me out and what was more
She left me on the bedroom floor

(Chorus)
La da da da da
La da da dahhhh

I fell in love with a natural blonde
Her golden hair was a bit too long
Track Name: Something Wrong
I feel pain
The falling rain
Something wrong inside my brain

Then it came
I went insane
I got out, you moved away

(Chorus)
I don't know when it changed
But it sure as hell didn't stay the same
I'm aware you rearranged
For the life of me I can't explain
What is wrong

I have no dreams
No future schemes
Nothing is the way it seems

I hold no key
To set me free
Jesus get away from me

(Chorus)
I don't know when it changed
But it sure as hell didn't stay the same
I'm aware you rearranged
For the life of me I can't explain
What is wrong
What is wrong?
Is something wrong?
Is something wrong?

What is wrong?
Is something wrong?
Track Name: Ostrich
Tell me baby, where do we go from here?
I'm gonna make you see it all so clear
It comes at a time, it's on my mind, and it's obvious
Love is blind, elusive, and mysterious

(Chorus)
And I don't wanna live with my head in the sand
I don't wanna live with my head in the sand
I don't wanna live with my head in the sand
I don't wanna live with my head in the sand

(Guitar Solo)

Tell me baby, where do we go from here?
I'm gonna make you smile from ear to ear
I'm just a pile of bones, I'm all your own so take a bow
I'm a rolling stone, I ain't got no home so take me now


(Chorus)
And I don't wanna live with my head in the sand
I don't wanna live with my head in the sand
I don't wanna live with my head in the sand
I don't wanna live with my head in the sand
I don't wanna live with my head in the sand
I don't wanna live with my head in the sand

Tell me baby, where do we go from here?
Track Name: Yellow High Heels
(Guitar Solo)

I will
Wait a long time
For you
To finally be my girl

I can
Remember when you
Came in
in yellow high heeled shoes

(Chorus)
I am trying to reach you
But I am so beneath you
I am dying to meet you
I hope you wear something see-through

I'd do
Anything for
Someone
To stick it out with me

We could
Roll the blinds up
And let in
Let the sunny-side up too

(Chorus)
I am trying to reach you
But I am so beneath you
I am dying to meet you
I hope you wear something see-through

I just wanna be beneath you

(Guitar Solo)
Track Name: Sex Appeal
The worst is now behind you honey
And all you gotta do is carry on
The past ain't worth the time or the money
Cause all that you remember is long gone

The wind is at my back and it's sunny
But all I wanna do is stay in bed
The simple things in life seem funny
When everything is strange inside your head

(Chorus)
Oh, I want you to know
I need a reason to show
The feeling I get is real
When you come around
With your sex appeal

The center of the road drives easy
If all you ever do is tow the line
The drunken saint says "Don't be silly,"
"The water's any good it'll turn to wine".

(Chorus)
Oh, I want you to know
I need a reason to show
The feeling I get is real
When you come around
With your sex appeal

When I'm going nowhere
I'm not going anywhere
You can have me anytime

We don't have to fight it
If there's a spark to light it
I can read what's on your mind

(Chorus)
Oh, I want you to know
I need a reason to show
The feeling I get is real
When you come around
When you come around
When you come around
With your sex appeal
Track Name: Slow Motion
I'm still in love with you
I don't know what to do
It feels like everything is moving in slow motion

I sleep alone tonight
I wanna hold you tight
It feels like everything is moving in slow motion

(Chorus)
I don't wanna be the one
With a finger on the gun
I promise not to break your heart
I can see it in your eyes
You have seen through my disguise
And now we have to be apart

I feel the ups and downs
And when I come around
Still seems to me that we are moving in slow motion

I wear a different crown
It weighs a hundred pounds
And when I walk it feels like moving in slow motion

(Chorus)
Only speaking for myself
This is heaven, this is hell
And it's no one's fault but mine
I keep the secrets I could tell
And play the hand that I was dealt
I know tomorrow I'll be fine

Oh, I know tomorrow I'll be fine
I know tomorrow I'll be fine

[END ALBUM]