The Scenic Route to Success

by Jesse Kats

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Just my humble offering about the disjointed experiences of high school. All proceeds will go towards the next bigger and better project! Thanks so much for listening!

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released March 25, 2017

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Track Name: Concrete Imprint
I would like to see my life reflected in what I leave behind
Would like to see my time spent in a way that I could try
To make a difference in this world
A concrete imprint of my work
To make a difference in this world

x2

But I am
Stuck in a rut, doors shut
No one will be swayed
No one will be saved
Stray thoughts of hate can't make
My dreams come true.
Can I fall back on you?

I have got this feeling,
I can make it last for all of time.
I've got this feeling
It's more than anything else that I've tried
To make a difference in this world
A concrete imprint of my work
To make a difference in this world

So I have been living
Life in such a way that I have pride
I have been living
According to myself on the inside
To make a difference in this world
A concrete imprint of my work
To make a difference in this world

But I am
Stuck in a rut, doors shut
No one will be swayed
No one will be saved
Stray thoughts of hate can't make
My dreams come true.
Can I fall back on you?
Track Name: Waterpark
Now I ain't been doing this my whole life
But I must admit I got real lonely last night
I just needed somebody to change my mind.
And I won't been doing this every day
And I know that there's probably a better way
But it's my life, and it's my time

There's a first time for everything
I hope
Cause this summer, I don't wanna be
Alone

So I got a ticket down to the waterpark
I got nothing to lose but my unbroken heart
Well I guess that's a place to start
Just looking for someone to catch my eye
And maybe do a double tube down a water slide
Well it's a way to pass the time.

(instrumental break)

There's a first time for everything
I hope
Cause this summer, I don't wanna be
Alone

So I got a ticket down to the waterpark
I got nothing to lose but my unbroken heart
Well I guess that's a place to start
Just looking for someone to catch my eye
And maybe do a double tube down a water slide
Well it's a way to pass the time.

Now I won't be doing this my whole life
And I'm not over how I got real lonely last night
I just needed somebody to share my mind.
And I won't be doing this every day
And I know that there's gotta be another way
But it's my life, and it's my time

There's a first time for everything
I hope
Cause this summer, I don't wanna be
Alone

And she's got a ticket down to the waterpark
And neither one of us is dealing with a broken heart
Well I know that's a place to start
She was looking for someone to catch her eye
And then we did a double tube down a water slide
Now we help each other to pass the time
Track Name: Summertime (Always Had a Way)
I've been shut away, I've been working endlessly
No matter what I write, it seems my life it gets to me
I'm dramatic, brooding, but the sun has cleared the haze
And by noon I'm awake to say

I let the raindrops, raindrops fall on my head
In the sunlight, sunlight I dance in the sand
And the great feeling putting on your short pants again
Wake up, wake up you look like you're dead
In the sunlight fun times are yet to be had
Well the summertime always had a way of doing that

Me and my friends hit the local waterpark
Well we're a bit too old, but we'll be out 'til it's dark
I'm ecstatic, childish cause the sun has cleared the haze
And by noon I'm wake to say

I let the raindrops, raindrops fall on my head
In the sunlight, sunlight I dance in the sand
And the great feeling putting on your short pants again
Wake up, wake up you look like you're dead
In the sunlight fun times are yet to be had
Well the summertime always had a way of doing that

(instrumental break)

I let the raindrops, raindrops fall on my head
In the sunlight, sunlight I dance in the sand
And the great feeling putting on your short pants again
Wake up, wake up you look like you're dead
In the sunlight fun times are yet to be had
Well the summertime always had a way of doing that
x2
Track Name: It's Time Now
Look who's fallen down and can't get up
But you're still so young, how is it?
Looks like life's got you stressed and on the ground
But summer's coming around isn't it?

Why do you still say that it's no go?
Why do you still say it isn't so?

It's time now, choose it
Win it, lose it
Keep on working, or keep on lurking
It's time now, choose it
Win it, lose it
Keep on working, but don't keep lurking

Summer's brought the time to do what you want
So I hope you are not wasting it
Picture yourself living the life you'd love
But you've still got to work to get in it

Why do you still say that it's no go?
Why do you still say it isn't so?

It's time now, choose it
Win it, lose it
Keep on working, or keep on lurking
It's time now, choose it
Win it, lose it
Keep on working, but don't keep lurking

It's funny how the school year comes and goes so quickly
But what comes faster is the summer's end
It's happening again

It's time now, choose it
Win it, lose it
Keep on working, or keep on lurking
It's time now, choose it
Win it, lose it
Keep on working, but don't keep lurking
x3
Track Name: Shortcomings
I need something to brighten up my life
I've been trapped in a dark and lonely night
Pressure is building on all sides
I try not to care on the outside
I start to reach out, but now I'm blind
It's right in front of me, but I still can't find
Can't catch a break, I can't unwind
And I can't make you mine

I'd know you better if we'd go somewhere
I'm no go-getter, and it's only fair
You're mysterious, but I'm delirious
I'm a coward, but I'm still serious

I need something to lighten up my stress
Can't deny that a feel a bit depressed
Can't seem to stop, can't seem to rest
I try not to care but I'm distressed
And I don't wanna bother you with my problems
But I think that you could help me solve them
Don't know how this is going to end
But I want more than a friend

I'd know you better if we'd go somewhere
I'm no go-getter, and it's only fair
You're mysterious, but I'm delirious
I'm a coward, but I'm still serious
I'd show you how I feel, I'd take you there
Just tell me that it's real cause I'm still scared
You're mysterious, but I'm delirious
I'm a coward, but I'm still serious

You make me choke up and go dry
You ask how it's going and I just lie
You make me choke up and go dry
You ask how it's going and I just lie
You make me all choked up and dry
You ask how it's going and I just lie
You make me all choked up and dry
But you make me feel alive

I'd know you better if we'd go somewhere
I'm no go-getter, and it's only fair
You're mysterious, but I'm delirious
I'm a coward, but I'm still serious
I'd show you how I feel, I'd take you there
Just tell me that it's real cause I'm still scared
You're mysterious, but I'm delirious
I'm a coward, but I'm still serious
Track Name: Carpool
There's something
Running through my veins
Your breathing
Next to me can keep me sane

Please join me on this lonely road
I'll take you on the long way home

It's a carpool and my small car
Only takes one passenger, got none so far
I'll take you, if you'd be so brave
I'd love to pick you up at your house every single day
It's a carpool, we're saving on gas
Though I might get distracted by the feeling I get
But it's worth it to be your valet
So I can pick you up at your house every single day

You're singing
To my radio
I'd join you
If I had cruise control

I swerving on the road
I'm feeling dangerous
You make me so
Reckless, your vibe's contagious

It's a carpool and my small car
Only takes one passenger, got none so far
I'll take you, if you'd be so brave
I'd love to pick you up at your house every single day
It's a carpool, we're saving on gas
Though I might get distracted by the feeling I get
But it's worth it to be your valet
So I can pick you up at your house every single day

Baby can't you see, I'm just trying to be vague
I just like to seem like I've got it made
What if I told you I was in a bad place
What if I told that you make it okay
Are you gonna ride with me, yes or no?
Can I get you anything before we go?
Cause baby you make everyday feel like it's brand new
And baby I would go anywhere with you

It's a carpool and my small car
Only takes one passenger, got none so far
I'll take you, if you'd be so brave
I'd love to pick you up at your house every single day
It's a carpool, we're saving on gas
Though I might get distracted by the feeling I get
But it's worth it to be your valet
So I can pick you up at your house every single day
Track Name: Sit With Me
I'm low-hanging fruit in the datebook
I'm stupid and I'm desperate for your looks
I'm crazy, you're crazy
Take me on to this ride 'til it breaks
Well I'm an outcast but so are you
Let's forget the past and make it new
I'm crazy, you're crazy
So talk me up before my mind gets hazy

Oh, yeah
Look at me now I can't talk
Well I said oh, yeah
Na na na na na

Look at everyone trying so hard to
Pair up in twos
Well, I'm saying how the hell am I hanging
With a girl that's as pretty as you
My day is so much brighter when you walk in
Still can't believe that you sit with me

Another year I was gonna leave behind
I think ahead to keep the past out of my mind
I'm crazy, you're crazy
Take me on to this ride 'til it breaks me
Even though I keep the past times in the past
You brought me back into the present and made it last
I'm crazy, you're crazy
So talk me up before my mind gets hazy

Oh, yeah
Look at me now I can't talk
Well I said oh, yeah
Na na na na na

Look at everyone trying so hard to
Pair up in twos
Well, I'm saying how the hell am I hanging
With a girl that's as pretty as you
My day is so much brighter when you walk in
Still can't believe that you sit with me

(instrumental break)

Look at everyone trying so hard to
Pair up in twos
Well, I'm saying how the hell am I hanging
With a girl that's as pretty as you
My day is so much brighter when you walk in
Still can't believe that you sit with me
Look at everyone trying hard, I
Was like them too
But I'm in heaven since my life was upended
Turned around on the day I found you
My day is so much brighter when you walk in
Still can't believe that you sit with me
Track Name: Our Best Shot
Would you agree that we gave our best shot, baby?
Do you still think that I'm a great guy?
Do you still wish that you could kiss me?
Am I still that cute boy, or am I a spent opportunity?

Well the fog of war has gone
Love is a battlefield, and this time no one won

Look at me
You've been kissed by me
You've been missed by me
Oh, life has a funny way of being
Always stuck between
Reality
And the dreams that I have had for you and me

(Oh, these dreams that I have had for you and me)

I save me money up and buy a new guitar
Cause I know, they'll never leave me
I turn my volume up and scream inside my car
Cause who knows if you'll ever need me?
x2

Look at me
You've been kissed by me
You've been missed by me
Oh, life has a funny way of being
Always stuck between
Reality
And the dreams that I have had for you and me

Would you agree that we gave our best shot, baby?
Track Name: History
I have confidence
All of you my friends
Will take my departure for what it is
As I write these words
I guarantee it hurts
My body is such a mess

Let go, you made a difference to me
I hope I'll be in your history
Just know, you changed my life, so please
Let go, see where my future leads

I say goodbye in text
We try to plan what's next
When will I see your face again?
A thought nags on my mind
What have I left behind?
What will I fall back on
When music stops?

Let go, you made a difference to me
I hope I'll be in your history
Just know, you changed my life, so please
Let go, see where my future leads

(instrumental break)

Let go, you made a difference to me
I hope I'll be in your history
Just know, you changed my life, so please
Let go, see where my future leads
Track Name: A Third Opinion
One side looks for truth
The other chases fireflies
One side yearns for you
The other's content in mind
One side's built on passion
And believes any lie
The other is my conscience
Buried beneath a deep disguise

There are two voices in my head
What to do, which one's my conscience?
I turn to you for a third opinion
But you've got them too
Two voices in your head

As I barrel through
This life I should live cautiously
Do I care for you?
I'm asking myself constantly.
Cause my mind's split in fractions
Impulsive and the wise
Stuck regretting infractions
My conscience in disguise

There are two voices in my head
What to do, which one's my conscience?
I turn to you for a third opinion
But you've got them too
Two voices in your head

(instrumental break)

There are two voices in my head
What to do, which one's my conscience?
I turn to you for a third opinion
But you've got them too
Two voices in your head
Track Name: Goodbye
It's been a hard road from start to finish
Give a shout-out to the friends I was in with
Just to know me and console is all it takes to make my day
I've had to stay up late, common story
But I've had you to keep my sane through the morning
Some things throw me but just knowing you has made it all okay

And I bring myself halfway to tears at night
But I'm alive and well when you're by my side

Suddenly like my life's just started, and
Look's like he's leaving me broken hearted, but
I'm not through, no I'm not through
If you stayed with me I swear it's been worth it
The memories that we made make me sure of it
This was my home, but it's time to say so long
Goodbye

I can call you any time and you'll answer
And all the music that I write, you're a dancer
Then you told me that it's only one life we've got to live
So I think of that when I tell you I wanna stay
But to my dismay my life took me another way
Another night to make it right and that's the prize you offered me

And I bring myself halfway to tears at night
But I'm alive and well when you're by my side

Suddenly like my life's just started, and
Look's like he's leaving me broken hearted, but
I'm not through, no I'm not through
If you stayed with me I swear it's been worth it
The memories that we made make me sure of it
This was my home, but it's time to say so long
Goodbye