Comeuppance, See Me Sometime

by John Dunbar

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John Dunbar's last three releases were greatly ambitious offerings. There was the Rutles-esque tribute to the Kinks titled The Kunks, that found worldwide success.
His Excursions In Trevorland was a truly original idea. He adapted the short stories of acclaimed author William Trevor into quintessential indie-pop songs. And his most recent, Life's Great Listeners, was a song cycle about struggling and failed musicians.
Dunbar went back to just writing songs without a big picture attached for his brand new album, Comeuppance, See Me Some Time. The results are 11 humorous, insightful snapshots put to instant, irresistible melodies.

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released January 12, 2012

All songs written and performed by John Dunbar

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Track Name: One Of These Days, You'll Have One Of Those Days
One Of These Days, You'll Have One Of Those Days

One of these days, you'll have one of those days
Where mistreating you has turned into the latest craze
One of these days, you'll have one of those days
When you're getting all F's and you're desperately needing some A's

And when it ends may you say
"Todays' the reversal of yesterday"
And when it ends may you say
"It's worth what I had to pay

One of these days, you'll have one of those days
When the colors you see are the dullest and ugliest grays

And when It ends may you say
"Today's the reversal of yesterday"
And when it ends may you say
"There's no need to hide away"

The clouds will cloud the air
The way you'll fare will be unfair
You can't avoid the void
Annoying how you'll be annoyed

And when it ends may you say
"Today's the reversal of yesterday"
And when it ends may you say
"I love what's addressed today"
One of these days, you'll have one of those days
Track Name: Forgetting That I Am Forgotten
Forgetting That I Am Forgotten

Oh how I miss how it feels to be missed
For way too long I've been scratched off the list
Why didn't somebody mention today
Nobody has the attention to pay

And I keep forgetting that I am forgotten
I keep forgetting that I am forgotten

I shouldn't mind that I'm so out of mind
Nobody's looking so no one will find
My point of view is no longer in view
All that I am in, no one is into

And I keep forgetting that I am forgotten
I keep forgetting that I am forgotten

Invitations gone, Desperation's on
Bells will not be rung, Sing and stay unsung

Is there a mind I might stumble across
I'm losing track of what's seen as a loss
I really hope I'm not holding out hope
I keep on coping when I cannot cope

And I keep forgetting that I am forgotten
I keep forgetting that I am forgotten

The past is not what's next, Clearly quite perplexed
I've shared more than my share, Where is anywhere
Track Name: The Golden Age Of Just The Other Day
The Golden Age Of Just The Other Day

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know yesterday
Thought she spoke the truth when she said she was going stay
If I knew sorrow, would come tomorrow
I would've given it a go
I don't count my blessings 'til they're not there to count anymore
I don't want to leave 'til I just can't find any door
Your luck you don't doubt, until it runs out
Now it'a all I worry about
Didn't know what price I was to pay
Pretty sure the warnings signs were not on display
As life unfolds and I'm learning more
I seem to find myself yearning for
The Golden Age of Jus tThe Other Day

I didn't know how thin I was 'til I put on some weight
Didn't know how time had passed 'til I looked at the date
Before I'd just shrug, Then I caught that bug
Now I'm in the hole that I dug
Didn't know the price I was to pay
Didn't know about the troubles that were keeping at bay
As life unfolds and I'm learning more
I seem to find myself yearning for
The Golden Age Of Just The Other Day

Thought I was so in touch
Until I tried to relate
That I could do so much
Until I tried to create
The Golden Age Of Just The Other Day
Track Name: Your Closest Friends
Your Closest Friends

Your closest friends are just the people it takes the longest time to learn you don't like
Your closest friends are just the people you never got around to telling, "Take a hike."

They know your insecurities and what you fear the most
How can you be friends with them is what you hear the most
They know where your buttons are and how to push them in
They say you're looking fat although you know you're looking thin
And they keep bragging about what a good friend they've been
Your closest friends are just the people it takes the longest time to learn you don't like
Your closest friends are just the people you never got around to telling "Take A hike,"

To stay their friends some say that you're nuts
If you met them now for the first time you'd hate their guts

You have always said he's more a brother than a pal
Did you know he hit on everyone you called your gal?
They are always talking every time your back is turned
They're another bridge long ago you should've burned
To put you down is a right that they feel they have earned
Your closest friends are just the people it takes the longest time to learn you don't like
Your closest friends are just the people you never got around to telling "Take a hike."

They throw your weaknesses in your face
They will remind you of when you were in disgrace
Don't fear that you are way past the point
Of tracking down a new best friend you can anoint
Track Name: Your Beauty Disappears
Your Beauty Disappears

I saw your work ID
And thought, "Who the hell is she?"
I can't recognize you at all, were you in disguise?
Pictures can deceive, and make your glamor leave
I will eat my hat if you look anything like that

Your beauty disappears in photographs
Your beauty disappears in photographs
When you're standing near me it'a a lovely view
The camera may not love you, but I do

A painted portrait might
Show you in true light
I know why you deny my pictures to remember you by

Your beauty disappears in photographs
Your beauty disappears in photographs
The person inside the frame looks nothing like you
The camera may not love you but I do

I hope that you find
The mirror is more kind
Wish that you were me so you'd see what I love to see

Your beauty disappears in photographs
Your beauty disappears in photographs
Now I'm summing it up because I thought the whole thing through
The camera may not love you, but I do
The camera acts so crook-like
But I know what you really look like
Track Name: Long Ago ( is where I long to go )
Long Ago ( is where I long to go )

Long ago, Long ago
Long ago is where I long to go
Long ago, Long ago
Long ago is where I ling to go

I thought the best was yet to come
Not surprised I'd been so dumb
Now I'd rather be where I'm from
What is no longer found
Used to be spotted all around

Long ago, Long ago
Long ago is where I long to go
Long ago, Long ago
Long ago is where I long to go

As I dwell on yesteryear
Now I must admit to fear
Because everything stays unclear
Who guessed that I would be
Such a big fan of history

Long ago, Long ago
Long ago is where I long to go
Things look much better when seen from far away
They sure look awful from where I stand today

All I can look forward to
Is things I know I'll never do
So I'm running from all that's new
This looking backwards trend
No one would ever recommend

Long ago, Long ago
Long ago is where I long to go
Track Name: Try To Have A Happy Birthday
Try To Have A Happy Birthday

The worries won't be kept at bay
You'll beg but they will not obey
So try to have a happy birthday anyway

You would like to runaway
But it's here to your dismay
So try to have a happy birthday anyway

You hope your friends won't disregard
Well keep on hoping
You'll just discover one e-card
That you can't open

Pain will be right on display
All your tears come into play
But try to have a happy birthday anyway
The skies will be a gloomy gray
You'll wish that you were born in May
But try to have a happy birthday anyway

Someone will play that Beatles song
And think it's clever
Most good intentions will go wrong
And hurt forever
A day when you must reflect
But reflections you must reject

Little creases get a little deeper
As the jokers sing Don't Fear The Reaper

You hit the age when you will start
To lie about it
Although you know deep in your heart
That people doubt it
Parties will not be thrown
And she will not ring your phone

It's official, you are not a sleeper
Slowly you're becoming the old weeper
You are kept but no one is your keeper
All the cheap talk gets a little cheaper
Track Name: From Surreal to So Real
From Surreal To So Real

All my routines are feeling far from routine
Not in the shape it takes to start a new scene
All of the things that would take me away
Now take me to places where I don't want to stay
I'm always finding myself feeling so lost
Over a line I can't remember I crossed
Forced into choices that I'd never choose
Thrown in a game I must play and will lose

They keep on asking, "So how do you feel?"
I always answer, "It goes from surreal to so real."

I know what's coming but I'm never prepared
To brave to admit that I will always be scared
All of my thoughts are haunting ones
All of my tasks are daunting ones

They keep on asking, "So how do you feel?"
I always answer, " It goes from surreal to so real."

There is a grayness that refuses to leave
A dull everydayness that I'd never conceive
They keep on asking, "So how do you feel?"
I always answer, "It goes from surreal to so real."
Track Name: Sort Of Out Of Sorts
Sort Of Out Of Sorts

I am aware that
I am at
The bottom of my game
I shouldn't share that
And care that
I've lost all sense of shame

It's like there's no stability
I'm reeling
I feel I've no ability
For feeling

Things that are dreary
Are near me
And I can't get away
As they ignore me
I'm surely
To never have my say
The only words I seem to speak
Are bad lines
And all I see each time I peek
Are bad signs

Trying all the last resorts
I am sort of out of sorts

Now I would welcome
The humdrum
That I used to dread
I'd let the sameness
Be blameless
Embrace to angst instead

I've never been in full control
So what's new
And no one's here who can console
And get me through
Trying all the last resorts
I am sort of out of sorts

All my thoughts have been scattered
I would guess they have fallen down the path
All the things that once mattered
Must have been lost somewhere in the aftermath

I'm not so bad when in between
New outbreaks
Guess that I will just be seen
In outtakes
Trying all the last resorts
I am sort of out of sorts
Track Name: Stop Thinking And You'll Remember
Stop Thinking And You'll Remember

Can moments of your history
Turn into a mystery?
You can jog your memory
Asking was that them or me
Are you just joking as we both know you love to
These are the things that I know that you knew
You say it doesn't ring a bell
It's ringing something I can tell
I could help out if I choose
And offer you some tiny clues
You're not recalling the right time or right place
You never were good at placing a face
Stop thinking and you'll remember
Stop thinking and you'll remember

You don't have to wrack your brain
Just pull out of that memory lane
The saddest thing that means a lot
I can't forget what you forgot
Ease up a little this isn't a pop quiz
Time to admit that you know what this is
Stop thinking and you'll remember
Stop thinking and you'll remember

There'll be a film you'll be trying to sit through
When all of a sudden it will hit you
Stop thinking and you'll remember
Track Name: You're Always The Subtext
You're Always The Subtext

Every move that I make
Has a motive that I can't seem to shake
Although you're not around
I'm still trying to find the things you found

Up until the day arrives when I get to what comes next
You are always the subtext

I keep quoting your quotes
And still tallying up your silent votes

Up until the days arrives when I get to what comes next
You are always the subtext

I don't wonder how you're spending your thanksgiving now
I try not to check the weather where you're living now

So until the day arrives when I get to what comes next
You are always the subtext