the senseless ep

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This is almost an aural social experiment. After recognizing my life was out-of-control and unhealthy, I decided to design a customized 40-day cleanse based on my weaknesses. I committed to specific diet restrictions and water intake, but also refrained from touching people, intimacy, listening to music, watching TV/movies, documented how many times I visually admired women, and more. I needed a change for myself and I wanted to build an inspirational bank to write from. We’re constantly on sensory overload and things bombard our senses every minute – marketing, advertising, entertainment – all targeting your cravings. I wanted to cleanse myself of some of that. I wanted to get back to the roots of what I feel like life should be about. Less clutter, more substance minus substances.

After I completed the senseLESS Cleanse, I designed five 48-hour self-induced experiments aimed to deaden one sense at a time. For example, I blind-folded myself for a weekend. It helped me appreciate my blessings more. The songs from the senseless ep are directly inspired by these experiences.

Watch the official video for "Hands Around My Throat" here - ow.ly/LgYws

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released April 7, 2015

Produced by Double J & GOAT

Recorded, Edited, Mixed, & Mastered by Double J

All Vocals Written & Performed by GOAT (Justin Griffith)
All Music Written & Performed by Double J (Justin Jones)
*unless noted otherwise

*Guitars on HearSay, Hands Around My Throat, & Pheromones by GOAT
*Guitars on Lead & Cup In Hand by Mike Warren
*Bass Guitar on HearSay & Pheromones by Graham Impey
*Bass Guitar on Cup In Hand by Anthony Morel
*Chorus Backup Vocals on By Myself by Double J & Lourdes Mabel

Cover Design by GOAT

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Track Name: HearSay
HEARSAY

VERSE I
listen here, young buck, I'm here to tell you how it is
I've been in this biz for longer than a minute
and I am finished, dealin' with dirty linen
keep my clothes clean and keep a crease in my denim
skeletons in my closet cause it's better that way
never air your laundry out in the middle of the day
accusations leave stains, so don't even say
anything you wouldn't sign your name to, refrain from that

CHORUS
speak up, what's that? I can't hear you
if you ain't seen it for yourself, how you know it's true?
better be careful who you choose to believe
how 'bout you shut yo' mouth when you talkin' to me
speak up, what's that? I can't hear you
if you ain't seen it for yourself, how you know it's true?
better be careful who you choose to believe
how 'bout you shut yo' mouth when you talkin' to me

VERSE II
ya seem to know more about my life than I do
and please don't assume cause you ain't got a damn clue
and I'm through with the he said, she said this,
so you can say I said to kiss my kicks
just ignorance and non-sense pourin' outta both lips
like a leaky faucet - mouth drips bull-spit
full clip, tongue like a gun shootin' gossip
lack of general knowledge, inferiority complex

CHORUS

BRIDGE
speak up...
speak up...
speak up...
speak up...

CHORUS
Track Name: Lead
LEAD

VERSE I
let me shoot it to you straight and I've said all of this before...before
I would hate to pull the trigger, but if harm is knockin' at my door...my door
an intruder breaks in, you dial 9-1-1
whatchu feel safer with - the telephone or a gun?
got kids in the house and a lady to protect
and it only takes a sec for a lunatic to flip
not comfortable with trustin' my family's fate
to how fast the police can respond to the case
betta pick up the pace, ain't just gonna sit here and wait
and just in case they get here too late

CHORUS
I sleep with a 9 underneath my pillow
got a 12 gauge under my bed,
so don't come in this house unannounced
or there might be lead flyin' at yo' head

VERSE II
in Texas, it's expected you have a weapon,
but if guns murder people, all of mine are defective
around these parts, as far as I can tell
the Castle Doctrine will stay alive and well
love to hit the range, bust off a few rounds
of course, it's a sport, but just in case it goes down
I need a place with 3 safes, a shed full of ammo,
closets filled with camo, on the edge of Midlo and
it's been expunged, so my record is clean
don't point your little judgmental fingers at me
ha...and if the zombie apocalypse comes,
I'm postin' up with my Pops and triple-tappin' for fun

CHORUS

BRIDGE
as wrong as it is, not a concern
break in my house, you get put in the dirt
God forbid they end up in a hearse
shoulda thought about that before crossin' the turf
deadly force is a last resort
what choice do I have if it's mine or your's
no price on how much a life is worth
think twice before you deny my words

I would hate to pull the trigger, but if harm is knockin' at my door...my door

CHORUS

OUTRO
in Texas, it's expected you have a weapon
let me shoot it to you straight and I've said all of this before
in Texas, it's expected you have a weapon
I would hate to pull the trigger, but if harm is knockin' at my door
Track Name: Hands Around My Throat
HANDS AROUND MY THROAT

PRE-VERSE I
lost in the darkness...stand up against the struggle
lost in the darkness...stand up against the struggle
stand up against the struggle...lost in the darkness

VERSE I
darkness starts in the basement, sparks when the flames hit
love is irrelevant when hatred is flagrant
your heart goes through phases, no one can change it
'tis a bit disturbing when the craziness is blatant
start the heavy drankin' - spark it up and blaze it
some even embrace the taste of a base hit
in comes the laziness, head feelin' hazed a bit
so attached to trees that they may become an ornament

CHORUS I
I don't know...who goes...all the way down that road
gettin' blown...and throwed...shouldn't be the life we leadin'
watchin' from the sidelines, I can't even find time
all this cloudiness is finally takin' over my life
...it's got its hands around my throat

PRE-VERSE II
lost in the darkness...time to make a few changes
stand up against the struggle
lost in the darkness...time to make a few changes
stand up against the struggle
lost in the darkness...time to make a few changes
time to make a few changes

VERSE II
time to make a few changes, flip it up and rearrange it
wipe off the slate, get right with the basics
find a replacement, delete some faces
outta my life, outta my sight, gotta be strong, put up a fight
wanna do right, searchin' for light, gotta ignite the flame now
can't even pick myself up off the ground to stand and stay proud
or look at myself in the mirror and say that I'm me
it's time to slap myself around and stop complaining

CHORUS II
and now...I know...who goes...down that ole' lonely road
gettin' blown and throwed and losin' all self-control
try to climb out, but I keep on drownin'
jumped up off the sidelines, finally could find time
had to clear out all the clouds and then I took back my life
...I put my hands around its throat

PRE-BRIDGE
stand up against the struggle...lost in the darkness
I put my hands around its throat

BRIDGE
lost in the darkness...my life
lost in the darkness...my life...stand up against the struggle
lost in the darkness...stand up against the struggle
time to make a few changes...my life...my life...stand up against the struggle
my life...lost in the darkness...my life
stand up against the struggle...my life

CHORUS
I know...the toll...it takes on all our souls
gotta go...toe to toe...beat it down to the ground, keep fightin'
blacked out all the white lines - yeah, this is the right time
gotta keep out all the clouds, invite the Son to my life
I keep my hands around its throat

OUTRO
it's got its hands around
I put my hands around
I keep my hands around its throat
Track Name: By Myself
BY MYSELF

VERSE I
I'm a dude...whatchu want me to do?
b-b-babble like a fool, then make up an excuse
hurting you, not physical, but mental abuse
no matter what we do...can't turn our backs to the truth
yeah, I was lookin' - no, I can't help it
confused and crooked - I am so selfish
aware of my actions, never could fake it
even through my cleanse, I couldn't shake it
and I tried my best, but I failed
and I'd cry for help, but I'm scared
knowin' nothin' different, livin' in a mental prison
and attention must be given to this, it's unfair
sex everywhere, you can smell it in the air
corporations know it sells - they're aware, but don't care
and it sucks that they use our weaknesses against us
market lust, then wonder why we're so mixed up

CHORUS
this is...this is...a fight I can't win by myself
this is...this is...a fight I can't win by myself

VERSE II
confused...searchin' for my personal truth
human like the rest of you, got nothin' to prove
thoughts uncouth, bleed it out in the mus
self-help indie hip-hop with a shot of the blues
yeah, I'm a flirt - ain't no concealin' it
blessed with a curse - being viewed inconsiderate
more self-control - less giving into it
practice what I preach and start livin' it
may lose the fight, but I'll win this war
try to do right, put my faith in the Lord
blinded and defeated while these women are my weakness
fantasizin' only feeds it, I want to ignore
ladies, I adore and I love to explore
surrender to my cravings, I have to have more
and it sucks that I start to hate my thoughts so much
beat myself up to the point I'm gone' erupt

CHORUS
CHORUS

INSTRUMENTAL JAM

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Track Name: Pheromones feat. Lourdes Mabel
PHEROMONES

CHORUS
I gotta thang for you, young lady
don't know your name, so I'll just call you baby
and lately, I can't seem to control the craving
the pheromones you put off got me goin' crazy
baby...lady...save me, you got me goin' crazy
baby...lady...save me, you got me goin' crazy

VERSE I
you refused to tell me your name, but I remember your scent
still smell your perfume in every room of my crib
a territorial thing - every time you came through
you'd hide a piece of clothing somewhere in my bedroom
when I'd ask, you'd act like it was an accident
as soon as that lie would escape those lips
you'd grab the back of my head, press my face to your skin
and then...the dishonesty I'm forced to forget

PRE-CHORUS
inhale and hold in, your aroma is thick
if obsession's a sin, then I'm bowing my chin
broke down all my walls, my concentration is gone
I know that this is wrong and I should say hold on

CHORUS

VERSE II
and I seem to recall, you liked that I wouldn't call
randomly show up in nothing, but your panties and bra
in the moment, I really didn't think about it much
when the intensity escalates, it gets pretty rough
fluent in your body language, I always play along
let you overpower me, make you think you're stronger
role playin' like I'm helpless, so you could be selfish
ain't worried 'bout bein' emotionally reckless

PRE-CHORUS
those couple of weeks that you didn't stop through
didn't wash my sheets or the towel you used
I need to savor the flavor of your fragrance
take your scent and save it, wrap it around me like a blanket

CHORUS
Track Name: Cup In Hand
CUP IN HAND

VERSE I
chillin' on the rooftop, soakin' in the sun
sippin' on a beverage and it's quite a tasty one
grillin' up some chicken, I am fiendin' for some grub
forced relaxation 'cause my work is never done
Sunday Funday, wish I had a runway
all these fine ladies could be modeling one day
I heard girls are crazy, but I don't believe
well, I love 'em all the same and I wouldn't change a thing

CHORUS
got my cup in hand...what else do I need?
a lady by my side...in a neon bikini
ain't no sand in sight...the concrete is our beach
school's out, pool-side, throwin' all the rules out
sizzlin' in the summer heat...sippin' on some...

POST-CHORUS
whipped cream vodka - OJ mixer
whipped cream vodka - OJ mixer
whipped cream vodka - OJ mixer
whipped cream vodka - OJ mixer

VERSE II
not always sippin' vodka, I'm an equal opportunist
never picky when it comes to alcoholic fluids
rum, whisky, bourbon, brandy, but I rarely do gin
love all colors, b-b-boy, where have you been?
...no discrimination, ya see?
light and dark liquors both taste gorgeous to me
and I admit me and Tequila had a few year fling,
but that was way before introduced to the whipped cream

CHORUS
got my cup in hand...what else do I need?
a lady by my side...in a neon bikini
ain't no sand in sight...the concrete is our beach
school's out, pool-side, throwin' all the rules out
sizzlin' in the summer heat...sippin' on some...

POST-CHORUS
whipped cream vodka - OJ mixer
whipped cream vodka - OJ mixer
whipped cream vodka - OJ mixer
whipped cream vodka - OJ mixer

OUTRO CHORUS
got my cup in hand...whipped cream vodka - OJ mixer
a lady by my side...whipped cream vodka - OJ mixer
ain't no sand in sight...whipped cream vodka - OJ mixer