For The Birds

by Jon Stancer

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A collection of lush and lavish hook-laden rock ‘n’ pop, connected by lyrical themes that touch on reclusiveness and resurgence, regret, revision and rejuvenation.

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released June 23, 2017

all songs by JON STANCER
produced by JONO GRANT


JON STANCER
Lead + backing vox
acoustic + electric guitars
piano + keyboards

JONO GRANT
acoustic + electric guitars
piano + keyboards
drums + percussion
Electric bass
harmonica

SAM ALLISON
upright bass on track 2

GENE HARDY
Saxophone on tracks 1, 2, 4, 7, 9

WILLIAM SPERANDAI
trumpet on tracks 1, 2, 4, 7

DINA TORRANS and BARB VERMEULEN
backing vox on tracks 1, 4, 9


album design by JON STANCER
photography by NANCY FRIEDLAND
cover illustration by ELEANOR MORTON

recorded, edited, mixed and mastered
by JONO GRANT at victory drive Studio, toronto

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Track Name: Dance In The Sun
I don’t know what you heard
But I give you my word
That all of it’s true
Let’s see what you got
Go on and take your best shot
I got next to nothing to lose

I
I'm off and running
Trying to keep pace
With the quick and cunning

And I won’t be outdone
We haven’t begun
Our dance in the sun

Well you’re out for blood
But you’re stuck in the mud
grasping at sand
I thought it over
Going out on a high note
Though I don’t really know
Where I’m going to land

So I
I'm off and running
Shedding my skin
You don’t know what's coming

I’m picking up speed
I’m taking the lead
For this dance in the sun
Track Name: Turn Your Back On Your Regrets
In transition
In distress
Got ambition
For success
I been sitting
On the fence
Cuz if it don’t make a dollar
It don’t make sense

But take a look around
Take in every sound
Think it’s time that you reset
And turn your back on your regrets

In the spirit
In for good
But a little
Misunderstood
I been dying
To make amends
Burning the candle
At both ends

Take a look around
Take in every sound
Have you made your mind up yet
To turn your back on your regrets

Take a look around
Wake up and shut it down
Set your timer to forget
And turn your back on your regrets

Barring unforeseeable events
Gotta live in the present tense

Take a look around
Take in every sound
Think it’s time that you reset
And turn your back on your regrets
Track Name: Stumbling Home Again
You used to come on strong
Now you seem so meek
Don't feel that you belong
And wait to wet your beak
How will you last
Just one more day
If you've something to say
Say it fast

I’m stumbling home again…

You've wandered all this time
And found nowhere to stay
To leave it all behind
Might be the only way
Hold out your hand
And grab all you can
This may be your last stand
Be a man

I’m stumbling home again…

What will you say
When it's taken so long
To arrive at the place
You belong
Track Name: No Right Turns
I’m getting out
Hitting the town
The city’s awake and won’t let me down
I’m gonna branch out
Swing from the trees
Fly through the night
Like I'm on a trapeze

Call on some friends
Then again
A solo mission
It really depends
On what happens after all of the laughter
Comes to an end

You gotta know what you might be losing
You gotta have your share of concerns
You gotta slow down these roads confusing
No right turns
No right turns

I got nothing wrong
With taking a bite
Out of somebody else’s book it’s alright
To go out on a limb
Say what you mean
Grab on to the wires and tame the machine

Battle the cold
Go for the gold
I know you can find it
Even with a blindfold
The one you been wearing and not really caring
That it’s getting old

You gotta know what you might be losing
You gotta have your share of concerns
You gotta slow down these roads confusing
No right turns
There’s no right turns

I can be high and get way down low
Turn a blind eye to the brightest glow
If this goes awry I told you so
I don't know now I just don't know
Track Name: Take The Bait
Keep clear
Head games
Snakes with ladders to climb
I know they’re circling
And it’s just a matter of time

Shots fired
Out swinging
Catch up what’s on TV
Watch your mouth
You can’t be too careful it seems

Stay down
Play dead
and don’t make a sound
I hear violins
Screaming from under the ground

Maybe we could just turn the dial
Maybe we are all in denial

Hey
I’m fading
Waiting for you to take the bait

How do I put this
All into words
It goes without saying
This is all for the birds

Fly off
The handle
I’m a fly on the wall
And I will dismantle and stop this from hurting us all
Track Name: Now That Summer Is Gone
Fake your way through it all
Make like you’re having a ball
Keeping the peace in the usual way
A room full of people with nothing to say
Play the game only your way
Say your name you’ve got nothing to gain

Now that summer is gone
Something’s happened now that summer is gone

Take your piece of the plan
Shake any somebody’s hand
You’re a slave to yourself and what you cannot undo
How can you say you’ve always been true
Wait til you’ve got something to prove
Break a leg it’s something to do

Now that summer is gone
Nothing matters now that summer is gone

All the best to you and yours
I’ve nothing left to forgive you for
You made a mess get on all fours
Use your summer dress to clean the floor

Find your face in the crowd
This time you’re not singing so loud

Now that summer is gone
You gotta start all over now that summer is gone
Track Name: Perfect Place To Hide
Little now do you know
The more you’ll learn in time
Getting around the where to go
And stopping on a dime

A door opens up
Step on inside
It could be the perfect place to hide

You listen to everyone
Who says you’re doing fine
Could they be attempting to
Steal your place in line

A door opens up
Slip on inside
It could be the perfect place to hide

Why don’t you go away for a while
Let yourself grow and then come back in style
There’s too many rules by which you can’t abide
Could you use the perfect place to hide

Get a grip loosen up
Try another key
Take your sip from the golden cup
It’s where you’re meant to be

And if a door opens up
Slip on inside
It could be the perfect place to hide
Track Name: Everybody's Waiting
Everybody’s waiting for you to come out
Everybody’s waiting for you to come out
Everybody’s waiting for you
Everybody’s waiting for you to come out

Everybody’s wondering where you have been
Everybody wants to know where you have been
Everybody wants to know where
Everybody wants to know where you have been

You’ve been keeping with a lover
Maybe thinking about another
Someone’s gonna tell her
Tell her

Everybody’s talking saying you’re not well
Everybody’s talking saying you’re not well
Everybody thinks you’re not well
Everybody’s talking they’re saying you’re not well

Are you feeling you will suffer
When the whole thing is uncovered
Someone’s gonna tell her
Tell her you’ve got to tell her

Everybody’s waiting for you
Everybody’s waiting for you to come out
Come on out
Now
Track Name: Heart Of My Mind
Out of time
Out of sight
Out of the right things to say
Out of control
Out of the way
The darkness will fade
From the eyes and the heart of my mind

Out of disguise
Out of supplies
Out of the blindness of faith
Out of my head
And out of place
And nothing but space
That lies in the heart of my mind

If I could
Save the day…

Out of blame
Out of the game
Out of the patience to wait
Out of the sun
Out way too late
Listen to fate
As it cries in the heart of my mind

If I could
Save the day…