The Collaboration Experiment

by John Nolan

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In May of 2009 I asked people to send me music that I could collaborate on with them. I received some complete instrumental tracks, some parts to songs and some full songs from people. The songs I chose were ones that were completed instrumental tracks. I rearranged them and added some instrumentation of my own and then added lyrics and melodies. This is an ongoing project, and these are the first three completed songs from it.

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released 20 July 2009

Not To Let Go - Written and performed by John Nolan and Nathan Jones
This Is How - Written and performed by John Nolan and Cody Moser
The Bering Sea - Written and performed by John Nolan and Sam Stauff

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Track Name: Not To Let Go
i see the lines that connect me to you
i see the lines that divide us into groups
i know the ways that we'll stay the same
and i know the ways we'll pretend that we can change
i see the lines on your face
i know there's a toll this takes on you
i don't want to be the one who breaks you
or weighs you down

i want to tell you that i'm all right
i might slow down or sigh sometimes
i'm just shaking it off
i'm just telling myself not to let go

i'll stare out at rooms that used to be full
i'll weather storms and sleepwalk through the lulls
i'll close my eyes and do what needs to be done
shut my mouth and just try and have some fun
it's not a question of what anyone deserves
i don't know what you've seen or what you've heard
i've never had any reason to believe
that we get what we want or even what we need

but i'm all right
i might slow down or sigh sometimes
i'm just shaking it off
i'm just telling myself not to let go

i'll be holding on

and i'm all right
i might slow down or sigh sometimes
i'm just shaking it off
i'm just telling myself not to let go
Track Name: This Is How
the sun starts to climb in the eastern sky
brings a quiet sleeping town back to life
the lights turn from green to yellow to red
the sidewalks start filling up again

a man in a black suit stands alone on a bridge
wishing for a woman that'll never be his
the cars that pass him by have different shapes and names
they were made by different people in a thousand different places

and the people who drive them don't know those names
but they know where they're going because it's always the same
and the sounds that they make wake the people who live
in the houses along side the over crowded highways

and this is how we'll get what we need, what we're wanting
we'll close our eyes and shoot up at the sky until we hit something

as the earth turns the sun seems to move higher in the sky
eyes, mouths, and doors keep opening wide
an old man takes a seat in the chair on his porch
to watch the young men on their way to do what they think is important

and the school teachers, ditch diggers, criminals and cops
take their places at the bottom and their places at the top
and whatever they'll do is based on what they've done
they'll live to get old or they'll live to die young

and this is how we'll get what we need, what we're wanting
we'll close our eyes and shoot up at the sky until we hit something
Track Name: The Bering Sea
i was under the impression that i was right
i was thinking about what wasn't mine
i was wondering about the bering sea
about the history of the worlds geography
i was asking myself what it's like to be you
if living in your skin was something that i could get used to
we were talking about the relativity of feelings
how there's no way to know if we're experiencing the same thing

it's always 2 am that i feel alive again

and i decided that people were programmed to survive
and now survival's too easy and we don't know what to do with our lives
too much time on our hands, not enough on our minds
we keep looking for problems and so that's what we find
in over my head, you were under the sea
basking in the deep tranquility
and somewhere down deep at the ocean floor
we started talking about what it was we needed more of

it's always 2 am that i feel alive again

i've been thinking about how things could be
about laughing out loud, about absurdity
and side by side into the night
i can't help thinking that maybe everything is going to be all right