From Expectation To Surrender

by John Dunbar

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Cover Design- Tracy Dunbar
Painting- Portrait Of John Dunbar- Diego Rivera 1931

Special Thanks to Robert Pokorny for alerting me to the Rivera piece and for the idea for The Charlie Brown Of Love

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released August 21, 2015

All songs written, performed, and produced by John Dunbar

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Track Name: From Expectation To Surrender
From Expectation To Surrender

You are set to give the towel a toss
All you're losing is nobody's loss
You had your run and now it's done
You had your run and now it's done

There's no need to feel so damn depressed
This has turned out just the way you guessed
You had your run and now it's done
You had your run and now it's done

From expectation to surrender,
From hope to denial
From expectation to surrender,
Put away the file

You keep hearing, "Well, you tried your best"
But you were willing to cheat on your test
You had your run and now it's done
You had your run and now it's done

From expectation to surrender
From hope to denial
From expectation to surrender
Time to change the dial

Some hold out longer than the others
Which one of them will you turn out to be?
Still convinced you're bound to get your druthers
Or face reality and do not disagree

But at least it's such a short way down
It's not like you'll be handing back the crown

From expectation to surrender
From hope to denial
From expectation to surrender
Thrown upon the pile
From expectation to surrender
From hope to denial
From expectation to surrender
It's taken quite a while
Track Name: She Walks Her Dog In Pajamas
She Walks Her Dog In Pajamas

It's such a familiar sight
Any time of the day
We can't tell if she's taken flight
Or if she's back to stay
She might be a somnambulist
That could be an excuse
A plastic bag is tied to her wrist
She won't put to use

She walks her dog in pajamas
She walks her dog in pajamas

I guess she rolls out of bed
And grabs for the leash
And follows where she is led
She's formed her little niche

She walks her dog in pajamas
She walks her dog in pajamas
We don't know they use to be her mama's
Does she breeze through life's little dramas?

We're free to care why she's so carefree
Or worry who holds her spare key
We all discuss and often guess
If she goes to sleep in a lovely dress

It's strange when we see her pass
In regular clothes
Does she go to work or class?
Seems nobody knows

She walks her dog in pajamas
She walks her dog in pajamas
We don't know they used to be her mama's
Does she breeze through life's little dramas?
Track Name: Two Is The Second Loneliest Number
Two Is The Second Loneliest Number

Two is the second loneliest number

When the person behind you
Doesn't have your back
All they do is remind you
About the skills you lack
The partners drift apart it is a slow routine
Soon you're part of a scene that's better off not seen

Two is the second loneliest number

Depending on someone who's only gonna let you down
Watch them set you up just so they can set you down
It is far from safe and far from sound
Finding what you wish you never found

Two is the second loneliest number

Thought this role was the start of
Something really strong
But the show you're a part of
Won't be on too long
You'll keep on showing up 'til someone cancels it
Why did everyone think it would be a big hit?

Two is the second loneliest number

Try to come to terms with why you keep hanging on
Still believe the old myth even though the hope is gone
The type of couple you would never be
Has developed way too naturally

Two is the second loneliest number
The second loneliest number
Track Name: The Charlie Brown Of Love
The Charlie Brown Of Love

No one knows he has a heart of gold
He's out of touch without a hand to hold
They'd rather be with married men than him
Or chase the flirty trainers at the gym

He's heard it said that love can conquer all
He's been conquered by both big and small
He hears them sing that all you need is love
But knows he'll never get to find his love

All his love always stays unrequited
All his subtle advances are slighted
He's still hoping to soon be invited
No one will be indicted

He's the Charlie Brown of love
He's the Charlie Brown of love

He thinks he found someone who plans to stay
But at the last second they pull away
Women bring him grief, that's never good
He understands he is misunderstood

He is so used to be being maltreated
Can't get into the game to be cheated
in the last row he'll always be seated
He'll remain defeated

He's the Charlie Brown of love
He's the Charlie Brown of love
Track Name: I Didn't Know I Was Saying Goodbye
I Didn't Know I Was Saying Goodbye

Little did I know when I was gazing at you
That it would prove to be my very last view
Little did I know when you were caught in my gaze
That after that there would be no more displays
Now my lows are staying low, my highs no longer high
You would've seen me shake, you would've seen me cry
I didn't know I was saying goodbye

The note we ended on just dogs could hear
Could be that's why it wasn't perfectly clear
Never has a sign been so poorly misread
Following your lead has left me badly misled
What is the ugly truth I'm wishing was a lie
I'll never understand, I shouldn't even try
I didn't know I was saying goodbye

I know why I still ask, "Why?"
I didn't know I was saying goodbye

Oh you never know, you never know
You never know the last time
Now you'll never show
And missing you will be my brand new past time

I know why I still ask, "Why?"
I didn't know I was saying goodbye
Track Name: I Know, But I Haven't Been Told
I Know, But I Haven't Been Told

I know, but I haven't been told, I know, but I haven't been told
Not that I ever should be so bold.
Yes I know, but I haven't been told

I know, but I haven't been told, I know, but I haven't been told
All the methods did not take ahold
Yes I know, but I haven't been told

Not that I would listen anyway
Won't pay the price that so many pay
As I buy into so many things that can't be sold
Yes I know, but I haven't been told

I know, but I haven't been told, I know, but I haven't been told
No one would bring me into the fold
Yes I know, but I haven't been told

Now that I would listen anyway
I don't expect to have any say
Finding warmth in the things that I heard are awfully cold
Yes I know, but I haven't been told

I guess it's just instinctual
And you become just what you will
The perfect teacher I have sought
But the best lessons are self-taught

Along the way some clues I caught
I'm not as bad as I once thought
It's always self-discovery
But no one did discover me

I know, but I haven't been told
Track Name: I Love The Girl You Won't Leave Your Wife For
I Love The Girl You Won't Leave Your Wife For

You tell her that the time is soon
When it will be only you two
But you only share the afternoon
And you're the one she is true to

I love the girl you won't leave your wife for
She is the one I'd laid down my life for

Are you stringing her along?
She thinks she's part of your future
Are you bringing her along?
Don't know how you can refute her

'Cause I love the girl you won't leave your wife for
She is the one I'd laid down my life for

Don't be threatened by me
She's always telling me how much she loves you
I know she isn't free
And she's not the kind of girl who loves two

How long will she have to wait
To get what she is deserving
The way she's swallowing your bait
Is a little unnerving

I love the girl you won't leave your wife for
She is the one I'd laid down me life for.
Track Name: Buddy Boy
Buddy Boy

Buddy boy, I know the best of cards you've not been handed
Buddy boy, you never gave into what was demanded
Buddy boy, throwing up your hands at what you've become
Buddy boy, I know you're smart enough to wish you could be dumb

Those you don't worry about are who you should worry about
I will keep checking on you, never should that be a doubt
Buddy, buddy boy

Buddy boy, I really hope you get past this new nightmare
Buddy boy, It's about time you learned life does not fight fair

Those you don't worry about are who you should worry about
If I can be of some use, you better hurry and shout
Buddy, buddy boy

Buddy boy, you never thought your life would turn out this way
Buddy boy, you always feared you'd be at this point on this day

Still working on the art of moving on
I hope you get there buddy boy
There's many things you are improving on
So please don't stop now buddy boy
Still working on the art of moving on
I hope you get there buddy boy
There's many things you are improving on
So please don't stop now buddy boy
Track Name: Credit For Not Taking Credit
Credit For Not Taking Credit

You say you don't bring up your little acts of charity
The modest role you play has got to be a parody
You do so much when no one's looking like you do not care
But you are sure to leave your fingerprints everywhere

And you want credit for not taking credit
You want credit for not taking credit for things you do
The caring things you do

You hope that people talk of all of your philanthropy
You can not help it if you're filled with so much sanctity
You like to keep it to yourself is what you always claim
But then you seem to always accidentally sign your name

And you want credit for not taking credit
You want credit for not taking credit for the things you do
The caring things you do

You never do it from the goodness of your heart
Turn insincerity into an art
You never do it from the goodness of your heart
You're only filling up your karmic shopping cart

We can't deny that you display such generosity
The way you go about it is a real monstrosity

And you want credit for not taking credit
You want credit for not taking credit for the things you do
Those caring things you do
You want credit for not taking credit
Track Name: The Only Way To FInd Something Is To Lose It First
The Only Way To FInd Something Is To Lose It First

You don't know what you're looking for
But that's not stopping you, you keep on looking more
You don't know for sure if you will open up the door
Or plan for what's in store

Thought you two would still be one
You are still making plans that never will be done
What you thought was through has really only just begun
And sure will not be fun

You're right on top of a bubble that's about to burst
The only way to find something is to lose it first
You try to figure out ways to have your luck reversed
The only way to find something is to lose it first

Hanging on by fingertips
You're over-thinking it and still can't come to grips
They stand in a line so they can offer you some tips
The fabric further rips

You walk around telling everyone your life is cursed
The only way to find something is to lose it first

When you start searching around
Do not keep heading to where you're bound
When you start searching around
You'll find the pleasure in having found

All you're looking to do is have your ego nursed
The only way to find something is to lose it first
it's best to never know when you're really at your worst
The only way to find something is to lose it first
Track Name: The Old Switcheroo
The Old Switcheroo

How the hell did everyone
Get younger smarter and more fun
Easily surpassing
All we've been amassing
Losing what we never won
What was surely in the cards
Now has shattered into shards
Predetermination
Lies in ruination
No more guarding what one guards

From never needing glasses
To needing reading glasses
The Old Switcheroo
The night turned into morning
Without a single warning
The Old Switcheroo

The one who seemed to have such hope
Now can only interlope
No longer allowed
In the In Crowd
Find him with a telescope
In the blinking of an eye
The wave hello is now goodbye
All the future planning
Has a sudden banning
And all you do is wonder why

You're just what you're becoming
And yet you keep on strumming
The Old Switcheroo
You had so much potential
You're sitting on the bench still
The Old Switcheroo

You didn't see it coming though it's been here for a long while
But you always were against whatever was in style
You missed the turning point, that's not the only thing you're missing
You're getting pretty used to all the scoffing and dismissing

You're still anticipating
While no one else is waiting
The Old Switcheroo
You used to feel so current
Even though you weren't
The Old Switcheroo