this way is east

by jim tashjian

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recorded at the drake --- feb '13 - feb '14
recorded & mixed by anthony gravino
mastered by anthony gravino & stephen shirk
produced by anthony gravino & me (jim tashjian)

all songs written by me (jim tashjian)

"puzzle" was inspired by the sufi verse
"tum ek gorakh dhanda ho (you are a puzzle)" by naz khialvi


released March 13, 2014

special guests:
anthony gravino - vocals on tracks 2 & 10
michael caskey - drums on tracks 2 & 9, piano on track 7



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Track Name: forward - this way is easiest
open to a woman who's been all turned around
she has no recourse for the trouble that she's found
now we meet the man who came and found her there
fully conscious of the risk in giving care
on your way first thing tomorrow. morning start.
this way is east if you can't tell the roads apart.
Track Name: little girl wants a pony
take all those building blocks and rearrange
childish at my age
still going through a stage

seems you were starry eyed
it's hard to see
a little girl wants a pony
i shot it down when you told me

structures weak in the foundation
this is where we infiltrate them

big things left to rebuild...and it's no fun
i wanted to build a strong one
nothing to say or be done
Track Name: interlude - learn for an answer
learn for an answer.
wrong, try again.
Track Name: wretch
a wretch.
and i can't see it yet again.
where can i begin?

lay it all on me.
i can't feel it til i'm swallowing the pill.
to deal with things that you can't kill.

thinking and knowing all the same things now.
and i'll come back somehow.

all of the weakness is sincere.
and we're where i was last year.
standing right back here.