Always Leave a Note

by Takenobu

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1.
I barely get a chance to eat Crashing in between the sheets Lucky if i can get an hour or two to sleep Every day the same old song Burn the midnight oil till dawn Breaking my back for the sake of the company Working too hard Working up a sweat I’ve gotta give my two weeks notice There’s nothing quite like traveling light I’m gonna leave it all behind me I never knew how easy it could be Taking time or taking off Talking back and paying the cost If time is money well I’m just about going broke Can’t catch a break to save my life Hardly get to see my wife Sometimes I feel like I’m married to the clock Working too hard Working up a sweat I’ve gotta give my two weeks notice There’s nothing quite like traveling light I’m gonna leave it all behind me I never knew how easy it could be
2.
Peachy Keen 03:58
Once again I’ve run into this problem How do I get what I want On the one hand I could just be patient Oh to be so nonchalant Used to find some meaning in distraction it was practically a dream Honest work is such a contradiction Seems to me there is a theme I don’t need this I don’t need this kind of pressure Taking a drink from a cup that never runs dry Taking a look from way up, way up high Wouldn’t want to interrupt this peachy keen life Am I making any progress Am i making any sense? All along i’ve heard the same old story You’ll get out what you put in If my efforts made a neat equation With a zero summation What a beautifully balanced world That we’d all be living in Everyone is in their just position No one else to blame at all But it ain’t like that It ain’t like they say at all Taking a drink from a cup that never runs dry Taking a look from way up way up high Wouldn’t want to interrupt this peachy keen life
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A worn out jacket hung to dry Tattered torn, a lost neck tie Autopilot ran aground Captain’s nowhere to be found A rolling fog crept over things The mist undid the ship’s moorings Makes for a hazy kind of gray Sometimes things just seem to slip away There was a darkness pulling me down I don’t know how I managed to make it out I did what I had to do to get by I'll do what I got to get by Don’t know where I’d be Or what i would do You took care of me What did I take from you Always there for me Is this what it’s come to Is it fair to be Unsure of what to do I was barely me What did I hold on to You were like a queen If you only knew Doubt that I would be Here if not for you Doubt that I would be Me if not for you I don’t know how I managed to make it out I did what I had to do to get by I’ll do what I got to get by I got caught on the rocks and I Kept from drowning in the deep Just to be dashed to smithereens Let my line of safety go To swim for shore all on my own I don’t know how I managed to make it out I did what I had to do to get by this feeling comes from somewhere deep down inside I’ll do what I got to get by
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Figured Out 04:43
Laughing through the tears Rocking side to side You shake your head Grinding all my gears I can’t reconcile What was said Facing all my fears Keeping me awake at night in bed I thought I’d have it figured out It’s just never enough Doing all that I can To meet the minimum Feel like I’m losing touch Gotta keep it hot or I’ll go numb Maybe I took too much Guess i should be glad how far I’ve come I thought I’d have it figured out Getting all worked up Just gotta do this Barely keeping up And feeling clueless Getting all used up Just gotta use less Things are looking up If we get through this Every thing is gonna be alright Everything is gonna be just fine Thoughts of yesteryear I missed the forest right Over my head Hold on to what’s dear Try to pay no mind What went unsaid I will be right here Ready to reply While left unread I thought I’d have it figured out Getting all worked up Just gotta do this Barely keeping up And feeling clueless Getting all used up Just gotta use less Things are looking up If we get through this Every thing is gonna be alright Everything is gonna be just fine
6.
Turning Blue 00:51
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Wild Ride 03:52
Hard to tell if it’s all for show Slick veneer and lights aglow In a line and in a row All dressed up with no where to go Doesn’t follow Come tomorrow I’ll be hard to recognize Through the window Hear the wind blow In the hollow Where I try to hide How I feel inside It’s alright It’s a wild ride And I’m holding tight I’ve tried and tried To be alright It’s a wild ride And I’m holding tight Getting on a roll It’ll take it’s toll on me I can barely see My true reflection in the mirror Starting to think I’ll disappear The more i hide behind the mask But that’s the price I have to pay Just to stay hidden away, Besides they’ll never know how I Feel inside It’s alright It’s a wild ride And I’m holding tight I’ve tried and tried To be alright It’s a wild ride And I’m holding tight Just gotta hold on tight It’ll be alright Just gotta hold on tight One day I’ll get it right how i Feel inside It’s alright It’s a wild ride And I’m holding tight I’ve tried and tried To be alright It’s a wild ride And I’m holding tight
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Redux 02:30
9.
The vines are over growing everything Stealing all the sunlight for themselves Baby bird set out upon the wing Are you ready to fend for your self If the going gets rough As I know things may be You can always come home Come home baby Out on your own Out flying free You can always come home Come home to me I know you’re gonna make it I know you’re gonna make it ok You don’t gotta fake it You’re not gonna let things get in your way The city never seems to fall asleep Everybody’s out or driving in Keeping up feels like a giant leap No way to learn how but to dive in If the going gets rough As I know things may be You can always come home Come home baby Out on your own Out flying free You can always come home Come home to me I know you’re gonna make it I know you’re gonna make it ok You don’t gotta fake it you’re not gonna let things get in your way I know you’re gonna make it I know you’re gonna make it baby You don’t gotta take it You’re not gonna let things get in your way
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Deep Depths 01:42
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Tranquility 07:06
If it was all up to me If I had obtained the key To unlock all that could be To set my desires free We could do this all the time We could stay here every night Taking only what we like Waking with the morning light Wouldn’t we be such a sight working only for what’s right Walking in the moonlight Everything will be alright It’ll be an uphill climb But the peak is still in sight I don’t care If we lose all of our money dear If we haven’t got a thing to wear I’m alright as long as you are near I’m not sentimental About the things we’ve lost All i need is here and now my love All i want is here and now I was standing in the ocean Surf rushing in and out Sky reflecting my emotions Burning red orange clouds It’s there to see Distantly It’s within reach Tranquility I’m trying to find my Peace of mind Here and now It’s there to see Distantly It’s within reach Tranquility I’m trying to find my Peace of mind

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released September 3, 2021

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Takénobu is the moniker for independent cellist and composer Nick Ogawa's musical projects, encompassing both solo and band recordings.

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