VM2

by James Tillman

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Other Side 01:36
YOU CAN’T KNOW WHERE YOU’RE GOING UNLESS YOU KNOW WHERE YOU’RE COMING FROM THE STORY’S ONLY AS GOOD AS ITS MAIN CHARACTER I KNOW THAT I HAVE SOME TELLING AND EXPLAINING TO DO BUT EVERY SINGLE FAILURE’S REALLY JUST A LESSON LEARNED I FIND, I LAY LOW MOST THESE DAYS JUST WATCHING MY WHOLE COMMUNITY MORPH AND CHANGE OH THE HISTORY IS FADING YES I KNOW, I KNOW MY HISTORY IS FADING
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Moonshine 04:00
IF THESE BUILDINGS CRUMBLE AND ALL THESE MACHINES SHUT DOWN IM STILL HERE FOR YOU IF THIS CITY GOES DARK AND ALL THESE MACHINES MELT DOWN IM STILL HERE FOR YOU THINGS MAY COME AND THINGS MAY GO BUT NOT MY LOVE THINGS MAY COME AND THINGS MAY GO BUT NOT MY LOVE FOR YOU MYSTERIOUS HE ROLLED BACK INTO TOWN WITH WAR STORIES TO TELL HE MET A GIRL AND SHE LISTENED WELL SO HE POURED OUT HIS SOUL HE SAID “I DONT LIKE WHAT MY CITY’S BECOME NOW BUT ITS MY HOMETOWN” SO THE LOVE STILL THE SAME AND NOW SHE IS A PART OF IT EYES SHINE BRIGHT LIKE THE HEART OF IT SO HIS LOVE FOR HER ALWAYS WILL REMAIN THINGS MAY COME AND THINGS MAY GO BUT NOT MY LOVE THINGS MAY COME AND THINGS MAY GO BUT NOT MY LOVE FOR YOU IF THESE BUILDINGS CRUMBLE AND ALL THESE MACHINES SHUT DOWN IM STILL HERE FOR YOU IF THIS CITY GOES DARK AND ALL THESE MACHINES MELT DOWN IM STILL HERE FOR YOU THEY MET UP ON A LATE NIGHT HEART RACING LIKE SOME RACE-BIKES SW,SW-SWTICHIN’ INTO HIGH GEAR (HIGH GEAR) HE TOOK HER ON A RIDE IN HIS SKYLINE MOON SHINING UP ABOVE SHE WATCHED THE RED LIGHTS ATOP THE SKYSCRAPERS PEEL AWAY AS HE PUNCHED ON THE GAS SHE CRIED OUT “DANGEROUS” BUT DEEP DOWN SHE LIKED THE RUSH AND THRILL OF IT ALL THINGS MAY COME AND THINGS MAY GO BUT NOT MY LOVE THINGS MAY COME AND THINGS MAY GO BUT NOT MY LOVE FOR YOU IF THESE BUILDINGS CRUMBLE AND ALL THESE MACHINES SHUT DOWN IM STILL HERE FOR YOU IF THIS CITY GOES DARK AND ALL THESE MACHINES MELT DOWN IM STILL HERE FOR YOU
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THE CITY DONE CHANGED IT FEEL SO REARRANGED IT FEEL SO VERY STRANGE BUT THE FIGHT REMAINS THE SAME TRYNA SURVIVE JUST TRY’N SURVIVE TRYNA SURVIVE PEERING INTO MY SOUL IT FEELS SO VERY COLED BUT DEEP DOWN ALL THEY SEE IS THIS HEART OF GOLD MY HEART IS PURE I AM SO PURE NOW MY HEART IS PURE FEELING VERY DIGITAL I WANT SENTIMENTAL SOMETHING I CAN FEEL FEELING VERY DIGITAL I WANT SENTIMENTAL SOMETHING REAL OLD MEMORIES COME TO MIND LYING WITH YOU IN THE MORNING TIME OH YOU USED TO STICK AROUND LYING WITH ME IN THE MORNING TIME YEAH WE USED HANG DOWNTOWN BUT THE CITY DONE CHANGED, CITY DONE CHANGED DOWNTOWN THINGS ARE REARRANGED FEELINGS AREN’T THE SAME YEAH WE USED HANG DOWNTOWN BUT THE FEELINGS DONE CHANGED WE ARE NOT A THING DOWNTOWN THE CITY LIFE IS TRASH EVERYBODY WEAR A MASK TODAY FEELS LIKE WE’RE LIVING IN THE PAST SO MUCH ANGER, SO MUCH HATE SO MuCH ANGER EVERYBODY WALKS AROUND NUMB AND DUMBED DOWN ONE QUESTION ARE YOU ENTERTAINED ? ‘CAUSE WE’RE DISTRACTED SO DISTRACTED FEELING VERY DIGITAL I WANT SENTIMENTAL SOMETHING I CAN FEEL FEELING VERY DIGITAL I WANT SENTIMENTAL SOMETHING REAL OLD MEMORIES COME TO MIND LYING WITH YOU IN THE MORNING TIME OH YOU USED TO STICK AROUND LYING WITH ME IN THE MORNING TIME OH YOU USED TO STICK AROUND LYING WITH ME IN THE MORNING TIME YEAH WE USED HANG DOWNTOWN BUT THE FEELINGS HAVE CHANGED CITY DONE CHANGED DOWNTOWN THINGS ARE REARRANGED FEELINGS AIN’T THE SAME DOWNTOWN THE FEELING SO STRANGE WE USED HANG DOWNTOWN BUT CITY DONE CHANGED OOH
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Keep Rising 04:31
PEOPLE TRY TO BRING YOU DOWN BEFORE YOU’RE EVEN OFF THE GROUND BUT KEEP RISING, KEEP RISING PEOPLE TRY TO BRING YOU DOWN BUT KNOW THAY YOU’RE ON SOLID GROUND AND JUST KEEP RISING, KEEP RISING PEOPLE SAY THEY’LL DO THINGS FOR YOU THAT THEY HAVE NO INTENTION TO BUT KEEP RISING, KEEP RISING PEOPLE KNOW THAT THEY ARE WRONG BUT WILL GLADLY HAVE YOU SING THEIR SONG BUT KEEP RISING JUST KEEP RISING OHH PEOPLE THINK THAT THEY ARE SMART THEY WILL LEAD YOU ASTRAY AND CALL IT ‘ART’ BUT KEEP RISING PEOPLE MAY MAKE YOUR LIFE HELL AND ACT LIKE THEY ONLY WISH YOU WELL BUT KEEP RISING A LOT OF CRAZY PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD BUT DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE SPECIAL ONES THAT RISE WITH YOU HAVE A SOLID HEART AND A CLEAR MIND AND IN TIME YOU WILL FIND THAT YOU’RE RISING KEEP RISING OHH PEOPLE TRY TO BREAK YOU DOWN BUT KNOW THAY YOU’RE ON SOLID GROUND AND JUST KEEP RISING, KEEP RISING PEOPLE TRY TO BRING YOU DOWN BUT KNOW THAY YOU’RE ON SOLID GROUND AND JUST RISE HAVE A SOLID HEART AND A CLEAR MIND AND IN TIME YOU WILL FIND THAT YOU’RE RISING YOUR RISING A LOT OF CRAZY PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD BUT DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE SPECIAL ONES THAT RISE WITH YOU OOO

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"Rendered originally as a personal playlist of unreleased music after the passing of Bill Withers, VM2 runs like a short film; a Hi-Fi scrapbook of stories collaged over boom bap and trap flourishes. Hushed pop. With a playfulness throughout inspired by the likes of Scott Mescudi and Thom Yorke, Tillman’s lyrics are timely: a city that's no longer the same; the need to shine light upon the real and metaphorical masks we all currently find ourselves wearing. The experience culminates in “Keep Rising,” an ephemeral bright note offering a healthy dose of guarded optimism amid the times."

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released May 22, 2020

Written, recorded, and produced by James Tillman
Additional production by Daniel Hayn (Track 4)
Mixed by Beau Sorenson and James Tillman
Masted by Jeremy Lubsey

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