Vital Organs

by Jason Howell

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released July 15, 2014

Created at The Cottage in Atlanta, GA

Tracked, mixed, and produced by Damon Moon

Mastered by Chris Griffin

All songs by Jason Howell

Arrangements by Jason Howell & Damon Moon

Katie Howell - vocals, claps

Bartram Nason - cello

Daniel Warren - trumpet

Chandler Galloway - keys

Damon Moon - bass, drums, keys, piano, wurlitzer, auto-harp, vocals

Jason Howell - songs, lyrics, guitars, bass, percussion, xylophone, vocals

Cover art by Katie Howell. Graphic design and layout by Chandler Galloway

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Track Name: When It Comes to Love
You say you don't love me
and I don't believe you.
I think you're trying
to convince your heart.
You say you don't trust me
and I don't blame you
but darlin' I'm trying
to deserve your heart.

There's a fine line
the chemicals can't cross
and when it comes to love
I think it's best that way
There's a fine line
the chemicals can't cross
so make up your mind
before it's too late.

Make up your mind before it's too late.
Track Name: Arsenic Eaters
A little arsenic coats the throat
a little leaven spoils the loaf
a little always leads to a little more
a little always needs a stronger dose.

Whatever helps you sleep at night

A little glimpse takes off her dress
a little anger and it spreads
and it spreads and it spreads
a little spark could burn this city down
a little rudder could turn this ship around.

Whatever helps you sleep at night
you'll need twice as much by the second time.
Whatever helps you sleep at night
you'll need twice as much by the second time.

At first it helped your skin shine
now it's eating at your insides.

Whatever helps you sleep at night
you'll need twice as much by the second time.
Track Name: Skeletons
When I was younger
closets seemed immense.
I used to think that I
could run away for days
inside their darkness.

But I'm too old to runaway
so I simply hide my bones
and closets become more like
a coffin than a home.

My closet's too small now
for all my ghosts in bloom
I'm thinking about moving them all
to a bigger room.

One that will keep their murmurs
about a boy they know so well
hushed and alone for no one
to hear or tell.

Among my dearest friends
we all keep some doors closed
we do it with sincerity
so no one ever knows.

How often do you go there?
To that place you try to hide
it's been years since I
walked inside mine.
Track Name: He That Hath Ears to Hear
I tried my best not to change
I didn't want to leave you.
We were once in the same place
it hurts to see you still there.

These wars that you wage
they're not unique to you
I don't have the power to save
but you have the grace to choose.

God is good whether you believe it or not
After everything He's done
how can you just stay
where you are?

Are you an object of His wrath?
Am I an object of His mercy?
Why harden one man's heart
and give another eyes to see?

God is good whether you believe it or not
After everything He's done
how can you just stay where you are?
God is good whether you believe it or not
after everything He's done
I never want to stay where I was.

Faith to move a mountain
I only ask that He move your heart.
Track Name: Company I Keep
A devil's tail underneath my door
I'll let him loose when I see fit
It's funny how he never bothered me before
but then again I don't smell shit until I step in it.

A devil's tongue inside my mouth
I hate the taste but I don't spit it out.
Am I nothing without my words
even when they stem from cavities?

and the company I keep
is the company that keeps me.

A devil's will in the pit of my stomach
I hunger for things that do not satisfy
I've tasted lust and I've tasted wine
both of which never seem to fulfill my appetite

nothing seems to fulfill my appetite.

and the company I keep
is the company that keeps me.
Track Name: Mr. Finite
Mr. Finite was a salesman
his life hung from a smile
his shoes were always so shiny
though they walked so many miles
he drank a lot in the evenings then
he'd lie in bed alone
praying for the day he wouldn't wake
still morning came with
an alarm clock's moan.

Mr. Finite was a gentleman
waiting on a train
dressed in plaid and cigarette smoke
he counts his steps like he counts his days
slowly placed and shortly lived
apprehensive of the next
the best laid plans of mice and men
are often their regret

He would daydream
when loneliest
about having real friends
about a girl's perfume and smile
and about their daughter's hands
about the secrets God is keeping
about the colors in the sky
come to think of it
he daydreamed everyday until he died.
Track Name: The Name Doesn't Make You a Son
She said "I'm ok with Jesus
but His bride can be a bitch.
I'd have half a mind to divorce her
I don't know how He puts up with it
I hear she's been sleeping around
bowing down to silver and gold
I hear she's been working the crowd
I hear she's been casting stones."

Sometimes I am ashamed
of what she claims to be in His name.

I said "one day there will be a divide
sheep and goat, wheat and chaff
judgement starts with the house of God
perfect love, righteous wrath
the name doesn't make you a son
let the fruit you bare be evidence."

Sometimes I am ashamed
of what she claims to be in His name
Sometimes I am ashamed
of what she claims to be in His name
Sometimes I am afraid
of what I'll claim to be in your name
Track Name: Vital Organs
Knowing the truth doesn't guarantee you'll choose it
feeling better doesn't mean you're cured.
Like a heavenly chorus to an audience of stone
the music plays but it goes unheard.

If I could fix myself alone I would have done it
it's a deeper work than these hands can boast
fearful and wonderful as I'm made
I'm a valley of bones without your ghost.

Deceitful is my heart above all else
saturated is my mind.

Having the thought doesn't mean you have to do it
the devil's workshop is an idle mind
who you are, what you want, where you go
doesn't have to be what you're tempted by.

Deceitful is my heart above all else
saturated is my mind
deceitful is my heart above all else
saturated is my mind.

saturated is my mind.
Track Name: Movement
I heard you speak a thousand times
still twenty years passed before
the good Lord opened my eyes
no man comes to the Son
except he whom the Father draws
and when He finally does
cockroaches scatter when the lights come on.

Call me a sensitive man
I follow where my feelings lead
with nowhere to go except mountains and valleys
mountains and valleys
wicked and perverse
those seeking only a sign
our wishes were granted
with the Son of Man crucified.

He doesn't always move when you want Him to

I don't always feel what I know is true.

I was in the front row
hands stretched high and eyes closed
mistaking movements of God
with adolescent chemicals
no months have passed
since I last felt you move
it seems the seed was there but
shallow was it's root.

He doesn't always move when you want Him to

I don't always feel what I know is true.
Track Name: Mustard Grain
If I were still a drunkard
this would be my drinking song

If I relapse was I ever saved?

Hope that is visible
is not hope at all

If I weren't a saint this would be my grave.

and I went on down to Georgia
with no notion of what I'd find
I found God and a hand to hold
I was on my way to New York
with no plan and a promised bride
scarred to death of what remained untold.

Stars seem like a hell of a
place to rest your fate

I'll take my chances with a mustard grain

yea we all got demons
mine I've known since an early age

Pay them no mind don't let them have their way

and I went on down to Georgia
with no notion of what I'd find
I found God and a hand to hold
I was on my way to New York
with no plans and a spotless bride
scarred to death of what remained untold

scarred to death of what remained unknown.