Now, Dowager [EP]

by The John V. Variety Hour

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episode #3 of The John V. Variety Hour


starring:

John V.

as

the Dowager


guest starring:

Cat Lopez
as the Duchess [5]


1960s protesters (via sample) [3]


a closing glam suite to the Variety Hour's premiere season, rife with disintegrating interludes and recurring lyrical themes of insolent untenable time, and structured as an extended-play-palindrome (in which the last track leads into the first)

credits

released January 18, 2016

all songs written by john v.

instruments [guitar, bass guitar, synth, keyboard bass, drum samples, maschine, etc.] john v.

recorded fall 2015

guest vocals on "The Blinds" by Cat Lopez

cover by annelise


[rest in peace david bowie]

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The John V. Variety Hour Brooklyn, New York

solo psych avant-glam dance band with games and guests

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also 1/3 of lovelybeasts.bandcamp.com

[est. miami fl]

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Track Name: Time, Time, Time!
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floating backwards through the upset mind
there is nothing left to you but time

time, time, time! make it work!
behind each line, inside is another quirk
and why do i? and why do i?
and why do i want it to work?
time, time, time, time!


contorting with every falsity
yearning shambles never set you free

time, time, and time! make it work!
inside, each line, behind––is another quirk
and why do i? and why do i?
and why do i want this to work?
time, time, time––please let it work


let it work...



[time, time, time!]

[carry me back, carry me back
can we get back, can we get back?]
Track Name: Untitled Suicide Ideation Song
no matter what you do, you can't let life beat you
no matter what you shout, you can't let life win out

for your life is your most sworn enemy
through all the boredom and suffering
it wants you to give in––don't give in (oh no)


no matter where you go, you must be sure you know
your life lies in wait with all its betrayal innate

and the gates of death in youth make it seem to you
that suicide could be some truth
but all along it's a phony coup
for a puppet state, of grinning hate
that numbers with billions of others
that never can be seen or conquered
and oh, how the days go
are the days
slow? are the
daaays slooow..?


then-why-bat-an-eye?
why should i?
and why would i?
the why won't die
so why bat an eye?
the why won't die
ai, but why bat an eye?
why won't die (bat an eye?)
won't die (bat an eye?)
won't i? (bat an eye?)....



you can't let life win out

(you'll win out)
Track Name: The Blinds [feat. Cat Lopez]
open the blinds, alight our eyes
pleading for time while they pry our sights
keeping in line while we lose our minds
leaping to die when our words lack flight

open the blinds and make our travels
counting new lines as we unravel
keeping in line with our minds; not quite right, pleading our “why?”s

and our "where did our time go?"
––torn and mangled through our song

but do we know our own?
and could we even know our own?
our thoughts are caught inside a box beside the telephone
and do we even know our own?



and open the blinds, alight my lines
ceaseless as time derides my trying
keeping in line, my mind not quite right
speaking awry if they move their eyes

but open the blinds and break these shadows
useless as i unmade our battles
keeping on time our minds lost in light filling our eyes

and all our “where did our minds go?”
––a cut to pin a record on

but do we know our home?
and could we even know a home?
our thoughts are caught inside a box beside the telephone
and do we even know a home?


all the dawn’s unshifting angles
every story is a fable
(oh... so it goes?
… oh, heaven knows!!)
Track Name: Inward Self
i'm still falling the way i did before
i can't do it much more
i'm still yearning the way i did then, too
i'm starting to burn through

in the light of love i saw the inward self
in the light of love i saw the in
the inward self

and i don't have the will to just bend down and thank god
i can't even thank max brod
i just want to take a moment to save a bit of this and you
you and your loved ones, too.... (ooh!)

in the light of love i saw the in
the inward self

and all along i know it was all
the inward self...

(hum be dow, hum be dow, oh oh...
hold me down, hold me down oh oh...
hold me now, hold me now, oh no...)
Track Name: (interlude) Credits Seq. 3 [Re-Dowager]
.... i'm not holding out...

.... my thoughts, unbroken... waiting on time to stop...
..., for the shoe to drop, unbroken...


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