Left Oeuvres

by jon simpson

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"Over the last few years, there have been several songs I've written that have carried great meaning for me, and yet didn't quite fit with the rest of the album that I was recording at the time. Some of these songs finally have a home with Left Oeuvres, finding as much commonality in their depth as diversity in their varied approches.

"You'll hear elements in Left Oeuvres that you'll have not heard from me previously, in addition to some familiar leanings as well. I hope you're able to find echos of yourself in these words and sounds."


released May 7, 2013

All songs written by Jon Simpson, © 2013 BugNog Music

Performed, produced, and recorded by Jon Simpson.

Additional recording, production, and performance on "Waiting for Me" and "Entropy/Apathy" by Tim Friesen.

Mixed by Tim Friesen with assistance by Jon Simpson.

Mastered by Josh Koterba at Ursa Major Sound.

Artwork by Small Farm Creative.


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jon simpson Atlanta, Georgia

singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist... lover of life, learning to live... have guitar, will travel...

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Track Name: Waiting For Me
vs 1:
it's 3am and i can't sleep anymore
my head, a storm of memories
i found myself in my great-grandfather's land
a place that i'd not planned to be, but

you were waiting there for me
you were waiting there for me
yes, you were waiting there for me
thank you for waiting for me

vs 2:
i fell in love as you moved upon my heart
your spirit dancing in between
the lives of songs and daughters chasing after you
of ones i'd only just to meet, and


the hardest hour, well it came too late for tears
my weeping dried them days before
but as the outside world went into free spin
you brought a still pointe to the war, 'cause

ch x2

Jon Simpson © 2013 BugNog Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Entropy / Apathy
vs 1:
entropy, entropy, all is in entropy
a wheel with a broken spoke tumbling toward destiny
entropy, entropy
apathy, apathy, hearts filled with apathy
abstained from the vote in a silent majority
apathy, apathy

ch 1:
and this world still spins round and round
and the lost soul still longs to be found
we're courting with chaos and don't care at all
oh entropy, apathy
consumed by the fall

vs 2:
the everyman seeks to fulfill every longing
tasting each vintage for what satisfies
while deluding himself, thinking peace is in comfort
that salvation could come without true sacrifice

ch 2:
and this world still spins round and round
and the lost soul still longs to be found
we're following footsteps of failed grand designs
through entropy and apathy
do the blind lead the blind

but even in troubled times
the breadcrumbs still lead from the path that is wide
while love breaks the atmosphere to show a new way
with hope for tomorrow and strength for today

ch 3:
and this world still spins round and round
and the lost soul still longs to be found
will we ever be rid of the curse of this plague
oh entropy, apathy
can't wash it away

Jon Simpson © 2013 BugNog Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Never Walk Alone
vs 1:
disappearing one
two worlds have come together
and from that moment on
our passage linked forever
oh bird on wounded wing
so failed yet not forsaken
what life of mystery
has left you lost and shaken?

pre 1:
don't you go fading
and turn your eyes to stone
i'm right here waiting, you're
not on your own, you've got a home

vs 2:
bending by degrees
with downcast mien, unblinking
your own worst enemy
may not be who you're thinking
you've weathered all that's been
in crowded isolation
but i can just begin
to heal your heart's starvation

pre 2:
i know you're wading
into a sunlit high
while anticipating
some hell to rise and black the sky, with

head held down along the way
know, my darling, come what may
down roads familiar or unknown
we never walk alone

Jon Simpson © 2013 BugNog Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Offering (Redux)
vs 1:
before the moment i was born, you knew me
all my days were open to your eyes
every single breath i take, you give me
you are my life

vs 2:
your shepherd voice has called me from the lowlands
from the comfort of all i have known
to steal away off to a mountain kingdom
'twill be my home

and if you're everything to me
if you are everything to me

i don't want to offer anything that costs me nothing
may everything i bring be a sacrifice of sorts
though could ever anything that i might give
be truly seen as loss when given to you, Lord?

vs 3:
you've set the path i'm meant to walk before me
and suffering and sorrow as my guides
with just a single word of call, you've promised
you're at my side

vs 4:
and though the way is steep and i am fearful
the seed of love you've planted spurs me on
to heights where crippled feet and twisted visage
will all be gone


chorus x2

Jon Simpson © 2013 BugNog Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Working Up The Nerve
i've been working up the nerve for at least a year or two
i think i'm finally at the point now where i'll send it on to you

i've reached my limits how to say this, eloquence is not my strength
so if the meaning still eludes you, we can talk it out at length

i know in pointed conversations we run the risk of being cruel
but neither you nor i are perfect so we'll just have to make due

when our communication broke down something broke in me as well
and the more i think about it, it's put me through a bit of hell, but

i was never at a place
like i am right now
and i'm praying that you
are at this same place somehow

so i've been working up the nerve to finally bring it up to you
i'm not quite sure what came between us but this talk is overdue

all the bridges that had spanned us, drawing lines between two broken lives
have atrophied in isolation, begun the process to unwind

and if i may have disappointed, i hope you'll travel to, in time
a place for me to find forgiveness, a place for you as well in kind


Jon Simpson © 2013 BugNog Music (ASCAP)

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