The Miles In Between

by John Black

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"The Miles in Between" is the first solo EP by John Black, produced entirely single-handedly between Black's home studios - in Durham, North Carolina and Yonkers, NY - and the studios of SAE Institute in New York City. The EP is a collection of 4 songs written between 2012 and 2017.

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released October 2, 2018

All music, lyrics, and audio production by John Black.

Guest bass on "My Own Reflection" by Rich Fuchs.
Guest vocals on "My Own Reflection" by Christopher Henry and Xiomara Daly.

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John Black New York, New York

JOHN BLACK originally hails from NYC. Formerly the frontman of the powerhouses MAKESHIFT LULLABY and SARAH'S REDEMPTION, he began to release music under his solo moniker in 2015 hoping to branch out. His music has been described as a haunting blend of ambient pop with definitive rock influences and intelligent, catchy lyrics and choruses. ... more

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Track Name: The Wedding Gift
So, you bought yourself a bride
with your money and your time
and those two letters that they put after your name.
And you? You found yourself a man
with a seventeen year plan
and a nice big home to live in too.
Well, good for you... right?
Haha, yeah. Good for you.

So, now you'll latch onto his name,
change your religion, play the game,
and you'll fake all of his interests too.
But as the years, they will go by,
all your energy will die
because you never truly focused on you.

Well, I already know what I am,
I got no illusions, no delusions,
no grand master plan.
But what I do know about myself thus far,
it's that these six strings on this guitar
have given me more joy in my "pathetic" life
than you ever will.

So, you bought yourself a bride,
with the same brown beady eyes,
and you think she truly gives a damn about you.
But all these plans that you have made,
this parent-funded masquerade,
is just another life she'll latch into.

Well, I already know what I am,
I got no illusions, no delusions,
no grand master plan.
But what I do know about myself thus far,
it's that these six strings on this guitar
have given me more joy in my "pathetic" life
than you ever will.

I don't want to be angry no more, no I don't.
I don't want to keep fighting this imaginary war.
But one thing that I've learned since our fall from the bliss,
it's that if anyone ever tells you how to live,
you tell them this. You say:

Well, I already know what I am,
I got no illusions, no delusions,
no grand master plan.
But what I do know about myself thus far,
it's that these six strings on this guitar
have given me more joy in my "pathetic" life
than you ever will.
Track Name: My Own Reflection
We used to talk about how we'd conquer all standing side by side,
fearing nothing life could throw our way,
so long as it was you and I.
Painting pictures of the future,
we seemed so confident and sure
that nothing nature-driven or man-made
could possibly stop our stride.
But how wrong our egos were,
and what a lesson we were forced to learn.
We never loved like that before,
but it won't be the last time,
no it won't be the last time,
that much I am sure.

I never really got the chance to say goodbye,
I never really got the change to say what was on my mind.
And now that you're gone, now that you've found the one,
I fear the very sight of my own reflection.

We used to talk about how we'd conquer all standing side by side,
fearing nothing life could throw our way,
so long as it was you and I.
Painting pictures of the future,
we seemed so confident and sure
that nothing nature-driven or man-made
could possibly stop our stride.
But what savages we were
as we attacked the weaknesses we'd come to learn.
We'd never hurt like that before,
and I hope it's the last time,
well, I hope it's the last time
that I must endure a pain so paralyzing.

I never really got the chance to say goodbye,
I never really got the change to say what was on my mind.
And now that you're gone, now that you've found the one,
I fear the very sight of my own reflection.

I nearly killed myself coming face to face with the reality
that the person you were hoping for won't ever look like me.
I trudged through Hell and back
trying to change the course of my history,
but I'm not going to change who I am.

I never really got the chance to say goodbye,
I never really got the change to say what was on my mind.
And now that you're gone, now that you've found the one,
I fear the very sight of my own reflection.
Track Name: The Miles In Between
I've been burdened, I've been plagued,
wondering if I have made a mistake
in working so hard to build an empire so far away.
And every time you go,
I'm reminded of the old golden days.

I believe the day will come
when you and I will walk as one
without the overwhelming bane of the miles in between.
I believe in richer air,
that I have the strength to get us there,
to that place and time
where you and I find what we're meant to see.

It's hard to remember
such a complex dilemma in our past,
wondering if what we feel
is just us trying to heal, will it last?
And every time I leave,
find myself just wondering when I will come home.

I believe the day will come
when you and I will walk as one
without the overwhelming bane of the miles in between.
I believe in richer air,
that I have the strength to get us there,
to that place and time
where you and I find what we're meant to see.

This life is whatever we want it to be,
just you and me.

I believe the day will come
when you and I will walk as one
without the overwhelming bane of the miles in between.
I believe in richer air,
that I have the strength to get us there,
to that place and time
where you and I find what we're meant to see.
Track Name: Whisper
Somewhere, buried deep within the confines we both face
sits a passion and a fire we both know that we embrace.
And though the timing works against us now,
the message is still clear,
and that still comforts me at night
even though you're nowhere near.

Well, I hope that when the day comes
where your worries settle down,
and the things that plague you every day
no longer come around,
you'll turn over in your bed
searching for a word to say...
I hope you whisper my name.

Amidst the opposition that the world seems to provide
lives a controversial dream that was born to come alive.
And though the lists of reasons we should stop
gets longer by the day,
I've never been the type of man
who follows lists anyway.

Well, I hope that when the day comes
where your worries settle down,
and the things that plague you every day
no longer come around,
you'll turn over in your bed
searching for a word to say...
I hope you whisper my name.