Third Guessing

by John Dunbar

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"The only attitude worthy of a superior man is to persist in an activity he recognizes is useless, to observe a discipline he knows is sterile, and to apply certain norms of philosophical and metaphysical thought that he considers utterly inconsequential." - Fernando Pessoa - The Book Of Disquiet

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released April 15, 2014

All songs written, played and produced by John Dunbar
Artwork by Robert Pokorny

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Track Name: Putting An End To What Hasn't Yet Begun
We can see right where this is leading
This could be what no one is needing
Why do we feed into what needs no feeding?
Can't deny what we are denying
And we should try to stop what we're not trying
There's a halt to be calling
Right before we start falling
Start letting go before we try to hold on
Or tell each other so we aren't told on
So we're putting an end to what hasn't yet begun
Putting an end to what hasn't yet begun

Do we have a fear of success here?
Or are there other things we should confess here?
All those words that we took back
Will they sting when we look back?
No need to read a thing or do any math
We can both can see what's at the end of this path
So we're putting an end to what hasn't yet begun
Putting an end to what hasn't yet begun

Putting an end to what hasn't yet begin
Say goodnight before we make an evening of it
Even if we both know how much we would love it.
Track Name: Strangers Will Tell You The Truth
They don't know what you're staying away from
As you deflect
They don't know when it's better to play dumb
Or what to reject
Mentioning the unmentionables
And paying close attention to the minor flaws and major ills
It isn't that they're not being gracious
They're just being just
Their views are far from mendacious
You're forced to trust
They disregard all delicacy
Who knows why they feel the need to tell you all they think and see
They'll tell you who you resemble
Then your mind starts to tremble
'Cause strangers will tell you the truth
Strangers will tell you the truth

You learn what kind of impression
You truly make
Watch it lead to straight depression
One you can't shake
You won't hear one word that's a gem
Now you know why you've been told that you should never talk to them
After you hear them describing
You'll soon be imbibing
'Cause strangers will tell you the truth
Strangers will tell you the truth
Their views are purely unslanted
And new doubts are planted
'Cause strangers will tell you the truth
Strangers will tell you the truth
Honesty can be offending
And will take years of mending
'Cause strangers will tell you the truth
Track Name: Consider It Considered
Your plans I'm entertaining
My interest isn't waning
I can't make a decision right now
I'll keep my options open
I wonder how you're coping
There's only so much I can allow
I confess you're convincing
But this won't be an easy thing
I know of your intentions
And everybody mentions
That I better make the right call
I'm sleeping on it nightly
I'm looking so unsightly
Am I heading straight for a fall?
In my deep contemplation
I believe that I'll never win

Consider it considered, Consider me considerate
Consider it considered, I promise I'll consider it

As I keep consulting
I hope I'm not insulting
That's not my intention at all
I tend to over-think things
And all the stress that it brings
Has me always dropping the ball
Not deliberately deliberate
One day I'll get the hang of it

Consider it considered, Consider me considerate
Consider it considered, I promise I'll consider it

Please try not to get your hopes too high
I'm known as quite an indecisive guy
There are answers that I'm soon to find
And when I do I'm bound to change my mind

Consider it considered, Consider me considerate
Consider it considered, I promise I'll consider it
Track Name: Longing For What Never Was
Idealizing, Not Realizing,
Unsurprising
Highlights selective, Semi-corrective,
So protective
Soften the focus, The real truth would choke us,
Hides what broke us

Watch out for what nostalgia does
You're longing for what never was

Hard to explain this, Wise to dismiss
It turns into sweet bliss
Don't be perfecting, The art of inspecting
Keep rejecting

Watch out for what nostalgia does
You're longing for what never was
Watch out for what nostalgia does
You're longing for what never was

And soon enough you'll find
There's no need to rewind
And when the past is judged
The clues are often fudged

Watch out for what nostalgia does
You're longing for what never was
Track Name: Sullenly
It's gonna be one of the ten best days of the year
So the weatherman said
Maybe all the signs I'm waiting for will appear
And I'll like what's ahead
Distractions doing their very best to distract
And I appreciate that
I can not tell what's fiction or what's a fact
Until you take your turn at bat

Suddenly I'm feeling sullenly
Going back over the things that couldn't be

You can't be blamed for what you provoke in me
Yes, the issue's all mine
When it comes to you it seems the joke's on me
And I will always be your punchline

Suddenly I'm feeling sullenly
Going back over the things that couldn't be

I truly wish
I didn't feel
Such anguish
That is all too real

Suddenly I'm feeling sullenly
Going back over the things that couldn't be
Track Name: I Can Really Disappoint You
Things I start always remain undone
I lose what should be won
Stick around, see all your hopes fall down
Wave as you watch me drown
You will be cursed with high hopes for me
But you'll lose them eventually
You'll be asking "What did I see?"

'Cause I can really disappoint you if you let me
I can really disappoint you, wanna bet me?

See the dumb moves and decisions made
You'll never say "Well played"
Your head will move always from side to side
But you can't claim I lied
First impressions just might impress
Soon there's issues you must address
I'm telling you so you won't have to guess

I can really disappoint you if you let me
I can really disappoint you, wanna bet me?
'Cause I can really disappoint you if you let me
I can really disappoint you, wanna bet me?
Track Name: In The Land Of "Is That All There Is?"
Expectations
Really should not be expected
Reservations
Booked but you'll still be rejected
Counting on all the things
That count you out
We all know how it stings
When you're in doubt

Can you give up
Something you never quite took up
Can you live up
To plans you never did cook up
As you go straight from hope
To hoping not
When the end of the rope
Is all you got

In the land of "Is that all there is?"
In the land of "Is that all there is?"

Not allowed to expect more anymore
Try your best to ignore what's not in store

As we look back
To times when we used to look forward
Vows we took back
Now what we reach for is lowered

In the land of "Is that all there is?"
In the land of "Is that all there is?"
In the land of "Is that all there is?"
In the land of "Is that all there is?"

Little wins
Start to feel like one big loss
Stronger chins
To withstand the double cross

In the land of "Is that all there is?"
In the land of "Is that all there is?"
Track Name: Won't Take Yes For An Answer
Every sign I read is so misread
Body language is a speech I dread
Any wonder why I never get ahead
Acceptance is a thing I can't accept
I am not the person to elect
For a letdown I am well and truly prepped
Being welcomed isn't welcoming
I would say rejection's more my thing
I never suffer when you think I'm suffering

Is it another fear of success?
I know the way I'm always gonna guess
The more I make of it makes it meaningless
Seems I'm always stopping at the green
I need at least to find an in-between
On the wrong side is where I'll always lean

Kind words go by in a blur
They all translate to "no sir"
'Cause I won't take yes for an answer

I prefer to have the shoulders cold
I can never ever be cajoled
High opinions of myself I do not hold
i don't miss it when I am dismissed
I am proud I'm never on the list
You think by now someone would get the gist

Kind words go by in a blur
All my neuroses must confer
'Cause I won't take yes for an answer
Kind words go by in a blur
Approval doesn't cause a stir
'Cause I won't take yes for an answer

The strange thing that is somehow true
If there's something I don't want to do
I'll have trouble saying no to you
But I won't take yes for an answer
Track Name: Your Face On Another Woman
I saw your face on another woman, I saw your face on another woman
But I don't think you'd ever dress that way
I can't recall you saying yes that way
I saw your face on another woman, I saw your face on another woman
Giving me a look that you once gave
Behaving as I wish you'd still behave

I was about to call your name
But then where would I place the blame?
Good judgement's not my claim to fame

I saw your face on another woman, I saw your face on another woman
But the voice was not a perfect match
I had a feeling there must be a catch

I was about to call your name
I'd only put myself to shame
Guess I'm a keeper of the flame

And the last time I saw you my eyes were closed
I don't care to admit how I saw you posed
Could it be once again I was seeing things
Just when I was convinced I was freeing things

I saw your face on another woman, I saw your face on another woman
Glad I didn't take a second look
Every ounce of my restraint it took

I was about to call your name
But then I guessed it was a game
I've no idea what you became

And that face is the one that once meant so much
Which is just further proof that I don't know much
But the rest of her was not like you at all
in your heels you could still never be that tall

I saw your face on another woman, I saw your face on another woman
Track Name: Reagan/ Fagen
She met him after she had finally woken from a long romantic slummber
He met her rising from a great fall
She was glad to hear his name was Ricky, she made sure she didn't lose his number
It took a while, but he tore down her wall

She worshipped Donald Fagen
He treasured Ronald Reagan
But their feelings were so vague then

She thought he looked a bit like Walter Becker, more like Walter Becker as a banker
He thought Steely Dan were just too pretentious
With her blue eyes and her stylish blonde hair, she resembled every Fox News anchor
And Reaganomics made her quite contentious

She worshipped Donald Fagen
He treasured Ronald Reagan
How long will it plague them?

Everybody said it would not last, Hey, nineteen years they've been together
She voted for the GOP in '04
They are contradicting all the theories that exist about birds of a feather
He sat through the film that was made with Al Gore

She worshipped Donald Fagen
He treasured Ronald Reagan
Guess it never did plague them
Track Name: Third Guessing
I am filled with such uncertainty
I can never answer certainly
All my inclinations I don't trust
All this indecision is a must
I can't let the chips fall where they may
Intuition's always kept at bay

Third Guessing, Third Guessing
I'm sure I'll never be too sure
Third Guessing, Third Guessing
It seems I never know the score

Not to say that I don't hold out hope
Hoping I can find a way to cope

Third Guessing, Third Guessing
Looking for the better choice
Third Guessing, Third Guessing
Can't shut up my inner voice

So I over-think
But I have to ask you, what's the harm?
I don't write in ink
And they say the third time is the charm

Third Guessing, Third Guessing
Each selection I regret
Third Guessing, Third Guessing
Like the first time we met