Whims, Reveries, and Nightmare Sorrows

by James Pequignot

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This album was my big dumb, heartbroken, masterpiece. It took three years to write, record, and release. Then I signed an ill fated record deal in 2010 and they asked me to remove all of my existing content from the web. I probably haven't listened to it since then. I put it on the other night and realized it's pretty great. A little rough here and there, mostly cause I played all the instruments, including the drums, but it's quirky, stumbly, loose, and also heartfelt and good. Now it's back. I hope you enjoy it.

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released December 3, 2009

All songs written by James Pequignot. All instrumentation by James Pequignot except accordion on "New York," and slide guitar, bass, and omnicord on "Omnilin," by Evan Tachovsky. Engineered, produced, mixed, and mastered by James Pequignot

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James Pequignot Cleveland, Ohio

James Pequignot is a singer/songwriter from Cleveland Ohio who draws inspiration from acts like Josh Ritter, Aimee Mann, and Wilco. He fronts an indie-rock band called The Singular, and loves Pizza.

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Track Name: We'll Sing The Blues
I think it's time we said goodnight
And gave the poor bedbugs all of their chances to bite
It think it's time we punched our cards
Put one more name in the resume of our hearts

I think it's time we went our ways
I think that we've both said every word there is to say
I think it's time we kill the night
And stumble drunk in the dark home to wait for the light

We'll both get the bends
Been so long since we've surfaced
We'll both sing the blues

I think it's time, I think we're here
As far as we can both go on a path that we share
And when we wake in different spots
We'll have each other to thank for the things that we've got

We'll both sing the blues
Track Name: Wingless Aviation
He takes the car to take the road
Inch by inch and mile by mile he goes
Stranded in the passing lane
The windshield was a picture frame

Sometimes the world still gets him down
That's when he wishes she was still around

The cities turn to countryside
Which magically turn back to city lights
There's nothing that can stop him now
He hits the ocean, turns around

Sometimes the world still gets him down
That's when he wishes she was still around

He is drifting in a sea of cars
He is searching for a brand new start
He is running from the memories
Her face is still the only thing that he can see

Sometimes the world still gets him down
That's when he wishes she was still around
Track Name: The Time Machine
I buried my love in a time machine in 1942
And when she fell out the other side she looked a lot like you
And people stopped working
The soldiers all came home
We built a temple to ourselves and began rebuilding Rome

So reach me here on beams of light that come so far
I guess that I'm thankful that you survived
While I'm forever resting here

When textbooks were written my name could not be found
My story's buried with me somewhere six feet underground

So reach me here on beams of light that come so far
I guess that I'm thankful that you survived
While I'm forever resting here

Only moments after you reached the other side
You stood again inside my arms
I had to ask you why
You said "My love I've seen the future
My God they lost it somewhere"
And we died together standing in the most beautiful of nightmares

So reach me here on beams of light that come so far
I guess that I'm thankful
We won't survive
But we're together resting here
Track Name: New York
Wish I could run
Slow fade and I'll disappear into these walls
Wish I could run
Take me somewhere I don't know anyone at all

Take me to New York
Where ugliness always in bloom
But, oh... you feel it calling
Take my hand and run screaming out of the room

Wish I could go
A silhouette on the pavement where I once stood
I wish I could go
Pull a string in a room and turn a light on over my head

Take me to New York
Where ugliness always in bloom
But, oh... you feel it calling
Take my hand and run screaming out of the room
Track Name: Autumn
Hold me in your August arms
Tell me I am safe from harm
I'll wipe the horror from my sleeve
And do my best to just believe

Drown me in September rain
Convince me I am not the same
I'll wipe the tear stains from my eyes
And throw away my old disguise

We are brave but we are blind
Twice the courage half the time
Mother Mary comfort me
Tell me I'll get everything I need in time

Release me in October's hands
Don't say someday I'll understand
Why every lover has to go
And melt just like November snow
Track Name: A Common Tragedy
The things you love will get away from you
A common tragedy I know
Like rain drops rolling off of lonely roofs
Some fall fast and some move slow

Hold my hand tight
The universe is spinning fast tonight
There's not much time
'Til one lets go

Like birds that all fly south for winter
It's just a chemical response
The one who walks away's the winner
The other left to ponder what was lost

Hold my hand tight
The universe is spinning fast tonight
There's not much time
'Til one lets go
Track Name: Omnilin
The cannibal chief
He sat me down
To tell me wisdoms 'bout this life
He said "I've eaten damn near 100,000 people
And buddy, they were all alike."

"I don't believe you," I said
"Somebody out there has to sing a song Inever heard before.
I don't believe I will give up 'til I see every wavelength
In someone who believes in more than this."

And then the president's wife
She took me aside and said
"now, hey, I've got some things to say. Did you know,
That 51% of 10% of Americans all think exactly the same way?"

"I don't believe you," I said
"Somebody out there has to sing a song Inever heard before.
I don't believe I will give up 'til I see every wavelength
In someone who believes in more than this."
Track Name: Rest a While
Searching through your photos for my face
Looking for a hand to hold my hand to hold my place
Waiting for a cure for this disease
No such luck for wanting wants impossible as these
So let's light this candle, try to forget about
How every fire that ever burned eventually burned out
I hope I get to watch you burn away

Wading through your closets for my grace
Waiting for the spark we shared elusive and discrete
Waiting by the phone that never rings
At hours when even ghosts won't bother rattling their chains
So let's light this candle, try to forget about
How every fire that ever burned eventually burned out
I hope I get to watch you burn away

And if you're tired
Come rest your head down
And if you're lonely, I am lonely, come and hold me
And if you're tired
Come and rest your head down
And if you're lonely, I am lonely, would you hold me?

So let's light this candle, try to forget about
How every fire that ever burned eventually burned out
I hope I get to watch you burn away
Track Name: Eleanor's Dream
Last night I took off my face and put it in a jar
Along with Eleanor Rigby and we went for a ride in her car
I told her my story cause everyone knows hers
She said "Why are you so lonely?"
I said "Cause love hurts."

I guess I'm one of those people
I know where we come from
But where do we go from here?
I am one of those people
I know where we come from
But where do we go from here?

So we raced to meet Father Mackenzie
For coffee at 3 A.M.
Lucky for us there's a Denny's near him
I told him "No one listens."
And quickly he agreed
He said "Poets are the cure,
but no one wants to admit that they have the disease."

I guess I'm one of those people
I know where we come from
But where do we go from here?
I am one of those people
I know where we come from
But where do we go from here?
Track Name: I Will Sing You Off to Sleep
When all the monsters from T.V.
Come around and bare their teeth
When evil words all kick and scream
I will sing you off to sleep
I will sing you off to sleep

If morning comes and you haven't left
If we are only "and the rest"
If time is short then ours is best
And I will sing you off to sleep
And I will sing you off to sleep

If we get old and we don't speak
And photographs have blown away
Memories will still remain
How once I sang you off to sleep
How once I sang you off to sleep
Track Name: Down
I fell asleep inside somebodies arms and I woke up cold
I do not recognize my face in shop windows... no
I never know when to quit so I guess I'll keep going down
And I never know when to quit so I'll just keep going down

I fell asleep in my clothes with the lights on; I woke up nude
My body is a map to somewhere that I will never go
I never know when to quit so I guess I'll keep going down
And I never know when to quit so I guess I'll keep going down