Stare Down (EP)

by JJ & The Rogues

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released May 10, 2011

Recorded, Mixed, and Produced by JJ & The Rogues
All songs written by JJ & The Rogues

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JJ & The Rogues Fort Worth, Texas

It’s the soundtrack to a drive from Austin to New York. Blending rock & roll and leading-edge pop styles to form a unique sound that’s throwback and modern all at once.

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Track Name: Nothing Here Worth Staying For
This town is dirt poor and it keeps score
It’s the last place that you’d see bombed
It’s time to get up and bet on my luck
I can’t stick around here for long
Got a bus to catch, the arrangements are set
I’m leaving on the fastest line
Gonna get some sleep while the axles creek
Soon I’ll be reading some new street signs

Don’t want to settle down then I’ll never be found
I’m only running till I find the race
My girl is caught up and intent to disrupt
I still wonder about the look on her face

There’s nothing here, I wish there was
I won’t look back when I’m running out the door
Cause there’s nothing here worth staying for
Nothing here worth staying for

I know trouble like the back of my hand
That’s why you love me
I’m the only kind of man

Don’t have a dial tone so I won’t call home
Plus the chord always creeps around my neck
I’ll send a postcard from my honest start
Don’t come looking when you’re life is a wreck

There’s nothing more, I wish there was
I won’t look back when I’m running out the door
Cause there’s nothing here, I wish there was
Nothing here worth staying for
Track Name: Stare Down
It’s a stare down
I don’t want to blink first
It’s a stare down
I don’t want to think first
I can’t look away, I can’t take a drink
I’m afraid I’ll die of thirst
It’s a stare down
I don’t want to blink first

It’s plain enough that I want to be your man
But you led me on so watch me rub your face in the sand
And we’ll see who’s crying when your head is buried in your hands
It’s a stare down, been going since the world began

You’re a bitch babe, and I breathe with your every word
Your silence is the loudest I’ve ever heard
You’re a cheap thrill and your kiss only leaves me disturbed
You’re a chair away, too far to be on earth

Oh you’d take the highway
It’s free and you don’t care
Don’t forget to bow when you leave it in disrepair
You're high society and you're stepping on people's hair
You’re a cheat babe, any man will take you there

It’s a stare down
I don’t want to blink first
It’s a stare down
I don’t want to think first
Well I can’t take a hint, you’ve gotta spell it out
Don’t act like you’re never heard
It’s a stare down
I don’t want to blink first
It’s a stare down
I don’t want to blink first
Track Name: Escape Plan
You’ve been working late tonight
Suffering an indecent plight
I see now why you keep such track of time
You don’t have to justify
It’s clear that you’ve been brushed aside
And fate dear has picked your lot in life

Sometimes I think I’d strangle them
It wouldn’t be the worst sin for this man
I’ve seen that road before
I know I’ve got the grip for
When they bust up your lip girl
I promise there’s worse for them in store

She thinks she found another
She’ll soon discover he’s not looking for a good time
Just someone to relieve his mind
Is he a demon or a man or a ticket to a far away land
At least it’s an escape plan

You told me where you’ll go and why I should leave
It’s no home like I have seen
So meet your debts and settle your soul
If you don’t, you’re never gonna live to grow old

They say that it’s criminal
Maybe I’m just cynical of dreams
They’re destined to betray
Everything I’m telling you
I wish it were a happy ruse
But the world will make you make your way

She thinks she found another
She’ll soon discover he’s not looking for a good time
Just someone to discharge his mind
Is he an animal that stands or a desperate, drowning man
He’ll show her that he can take you to a far away land
It's an escape
He's an escape
It’s an escape plan
Track Name: No End In Sight
These fancy friends you take are no friends of mine
They have inquisitions when the stars don’t align
A difficult fate I know, you’re sucked in head to toe
What a horrible crime, you’re reborn but still maligned

They’re burning sage inside but you’re out on the porch
What you don’t understand I guess you just ignore
Another fever you take, or just a well timed headache
You won’t dance tonight, but your feet are moving

Away from the plain hard facts
So clear that they must distract
That you’re a bird flying straight at glass

These concrete vows you take marry you to decline
Just like those effigies on the walls of your mind
It’s time to lighten up, lets try to move on
The sun still shines at night, in another place in another time

We’re not to the top just yet so don’t make camp on the ledge
That’s no kind of life, where you avert your eyes
Can’t you see there’s no end in sight