Unfinished Melodies: Demos, Rare & Unreleased 2003​-​2013 Vol. II

by Jason Reischel

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about

The majority of these demos are first takes that were recorded immediately after being written. My songwriting process involves trying to capture a song in a single 1-2 hour session. I have always claimed that I don't write these songs, I just pull them out of thin air and they are already complete. Everything has to come to me within those 2 hours (lyrics, chords, melody, and arrangement) or it is not going to come at all. I never go back and work on a song if it takes longer than 2 hours. I lose interest.

Once I decide the song is done, I record a quick, one-take demo (unless I really mess it up and have to do it again!) These recordings serve to remind me of the vocal melody, the guitar part and arrangement, as well as to capture the mood and the feel.

These demos were never meant for commercial release. They are very raw and some even have wrong notes/harmonies and bad percussion thrown in there for good measure. They are very "in the moment", and that is what I love about them. They sound exactly as I heard them in my head on the day I wrote them. It also is a good collection to see the evolution of a songwriter over a ten -year period. I hope that some of these songs speak to you the way they spoke to me.

Jason Reischel
Brooklyn, NY
March 6, 2014

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released March 6, 2014

All songs written by Jason Reischel (BMI) unless otherwise noted.

Produced by Jason Reischel
Recorded on either a) an iPhone using the "voice memo" app, or b) on Garageband using the laptop speaker as a microphone
Mastered by Danny Wolf at Man Eat Wolf studios
Cover photo by Patrick Eves
Cover design by Naira Ayvazyan for Preillusion Design
www.facebook.com/prellusion


Musicians:
Jason Reischel: guitars, vocals, percussion, ukelele, harmonica
Terry Quire: guitar on 19
Sam Pettit: guitar on 11
Mike Feinberg: bass on 19
Russ Flynn: bass on 11
Danny Wolf: drums on 11

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Track Name: You Belong To Me [3-31-11]
Take all that I say to you
Take it as the honest truth
I don't know why you would try to hide
Like a camera lens, you can't lie to me

I will open doors
I will look outside
Under the bed and in your eyes
I will keep you up by never letting down
A lightening bolt that doesn't make a sound
A lyric that can be read in many ways

You belong to me
For you I'd cross the sea of doubt
If you're in Poland or in the rain
or Manhattan on a train
or on a stage beneath the lights for all to see
You belong to me

If it's not too hard for you to try
To think of me, I'd be much obliged
I can only give you the piece of mind
That my love will last until the end of time
In this life or next for all eternity
Because we both know that you belong to me

You belong to me
For you I'd cross the sea of doubt
If you're in darkness I'll be the light
of the moon that's in your eye
I suppose there will be a time when you can't see me
There will be a time when you cant hear me
But i'm there in your heart if you ever need me
You belong to me
Track Name: Your Voice Breaks My Heart [9-7-10]
Your voice breaks my heart
Your voice
Your voice breaks my heart
Your voice breaks my heart
Your voice breaks my heart
Your voice
Track Name: My Own Eyes [12-4-07]
I tried to see you but I had to pass
Got busy, will you save me a dance?
That would be alright with me,
I know you’re busy too

I tried to surprise you but I was surprised
To, to, to see your hand, to see your eyes
The way you look at me could never compare

Now, how could I fall for the lies
That I’ve now seen with my own eyes
I must run away from you
I must run away from you

I tried to call you but you’re not at home
But through your window I can hear your phone
Plus I followed you home
And saw you with him

Could I ever get you to see that
I would love you more than any other guy
Would love you more than me
Now that is twisted

Now, how could I fall for the lies
That I’ve now seen with my own eyes
I must run away from you
I must run away from you

Because you know what I’d do
I would forgive you, I would forgive you

Now, how could I fall for the lies
That I’ve now seen with my own eyes
I must run away from you
I must run away from you

I tried to see you but I had to pass
Got busy, did you save me a dance?
Or did he take it from me while I was sleeping?
Track Name: Pretend It Crossed My Lips [6-5-07]
How cool are you in this weather?
How cool are you when we're together?

We can't worry about the water
It won't kill us if we're wet
Yesterday it was your birthday
Are you feeling older yet?
We can talk about your feelings
What you whispered in my ear
How we spent last night together
Keeping warm with just our stares

How cool are you in this weather?
How cool are you when we're together?

I could bribe you with surprises
Planning details with great care
I could wish you off to Paris
Eiffel Tower, Hotel de Ville
I would kiss you like the photo
that you're hanging on your wall
But our passion would be greater
For we have the wherewithal

But I don't want to cause you heartache
Take my silence and my kiss
To represent just how I feel for you
Pretend it crossed my lips

How cool are you in this weather?
How cool are you when we're together?

We can talk about his heatwave
New York City, summer fun
Of sweating from all angles
With nothing left to cool us off
But white wine down at the cafe on the corner
Where my blood has bled now for three long years
Where you came to pick me up

But I don't want to cause you heartache
Take my silence and my kiss
To represent just how I feel for you
Pretend it crossed my lips

How cool are you in this weather?
How cool are you when we're together?
How cool are you in this weather?
How cool are you when we're together?
Track Name: King of the Jungle [3-9-12]
Give me a one or five or seven or keep it all
Just don't keep me guessing
I can't count up to five
Give me a two or six or eight
Give me an apple or give me a grape
What if I promise to be nice?

It takes yellow and blue to collide to make green
If you see for yourself then you'll know what I mean

Lend me your apple or give me your pear
Its half of a dozen or else its three pairs
It's the time I lent you mine

It takes yellow and blue to collide to make green
If you see for yourself then you'll know what I mean
That a walrus has two teeth that are ivory tusks
And the King of the Jungle is the elephant

Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song
That I promise you'll be singing long after I am gone
That is why I am sharing it with you

And I'll tell you a secret that you need to know
That the secret to life is to just take it slow
And remember the walrus have two ivory tusks
and the King of the Jungle is the elephant

Will you give me and A or a B or a C
If its anything less will you think more of me
It takes yellow and blue to collide to make green
If you see for yourself then you'll know what I mean
and the walrus has two teeth that are ivory tusks
and the King of the Jungle is the elephant
Track Name: Somedays [3-4-10]
There are something that I don’t want to do
But I know that I do them well
There are some days when I don’t want to play, I just want to be by myself
There are some things that we all must do
Even if we don’t want to these things will always be
these things will always be, these things will always be there

People tell me things I don’t want to know about their lives
They open up, and they tell me what I’d prefer they’d hide
People unload everything they know
They don’t hold back, and you can’t explode
These things will always be, these things will always be
These things will always be there

Every now and then, I need to get away but it’s hard to pretend
That I am all alone, in my mind I know that this will never end
The closer I can find some piece of mine, a new beginning
The harder it becomes to face each day, to face anything

How will I make it through the morning
How will I make it through the day
How will I make it through the morning
How will I make it through the day
Track Name: Brand New Leather Boots [11-6-07]
My one and only, brand new leather boots
Oh you feel so fine, boots
Oh, how I wish that you were mine

And I would sing a song for you
And you would claim that it was true
An insight to your soul
These happy days I thought would pass
Are living still within us, as I lay down next to you

My one and only, brand new leather boots
Oh you feel so free, boots
Oh, to have you here with me

I had a dream and you were there
In a café, by the square where music came to life
On Bleecker Street, that’s where we’ll meet
We’ll share a cab and spare our feet
For the long walk home tonight
I will hold you in my arms all night

The Brooklyn Bridge has never seemed so far away
The L Train might come today
But I won’t mind if you sitting by my side all the way
All the way

My one and only, brand new leather
One and only, brand new leather
My one and only brand new leather boots
Oh, you feel so nice, boots
I’ll keep you warm on cold nights

But in my dreams, while you were there
You didn’t know me or didn’t care
You broke my heart although
It was just a dream, it was just a scare
It’s where I work on my hopes and fears
Or my conscious would explode
It’s not a side of me you should ever know

The Brooklyn Bridge has never seemed so far away
And I can’t wait another day
I fear I’ve fallen victim to your lovely scent, and I descend…don’t go away
My one and only, brand new leather
One and only, brand new leather
My one and only brand new leather boots
Track Name: The Man I Am Today [10-27-07]
It was just like a dream
I awoke before I screamed and you weren’t there
And the rain was falling down
Serenading a sweet sound
That I didn’t dare attempt to make a move
You weren’t there, so what’s the use
I know you wouldn’t care
There’s no way that I can stay the man I am today if you’re not there

Many things we left unsaid
Not just to do, but planned ahead
We didn’t plan behind
With your matching boots and pants, high-waisted
And your scent filling my room
Before I met you I was lost, there was no line I wouldn’t cross
There was no room
There’s no way that I can stay the man I am today without you

Did we have to build a wall?
I took for granted that it would fall, but it spelled my doom
There’s no reason I could give that would cause you to acquit me of these crimes
There is no mansion on a hill
Just an empty pedestal for an empty life
There’s no way that I can be the man I want to be unless you’re with me

On the other side of town, I am wanted and if I’m found
It won’t be nice
Now that I’m older I can see the repercussions I can’t flee
That I can’t leave behind
If you’ll have me back, I’m proud
But I’ll fall unto the ground, unto my knees
There’s no way that I can stay the man I am today if you’re not with me
There’s no way that I can be the man I want to be if you’re not with me
Track Name: Virna (Please Come Home) [2-8-13]
How could you think I would sit here and not
Say what I feel
Say what I'm thinking
Virna my darkness was cured by your light
Stay close to me and never be angry

I want to hold you tight and tell you everything's alright
And I will never let go
So please come home

How could this happen to someone like me
I never played by the rules
I didn't win
I didin't lose
Virna you make me want to change who I am
To better myself
To prove I'm a man

I want to hold you tight and tell you everything's alright
And I will never let go
So please come home

Long before I'd know that I had walked the road alone
But now that you're with me
I sure miss your company
Virna I promise if you come home tonight
That I'll be there

I want to hold you tight and tell you everything's alright
I will never let go
You bring out the best in me
The man that I want to be
I owe you so much, you now
So please come home
Track Name: Virna (Please Come Home- Rehearsal) [3-5-13]
How could you think I would sit here and not
Say what I feel
Say what I'm thinking
Virna my darkness was cured by your light
Stay close to me and never be angry

I want to hold you tight and tell you everything's alright
And I will never let go
So please come home

How could this happen to someone like me
I never played by the rules
I didn't win
I didin't lose
Virna you make me want to change who I am
To better myself
To prove I'm a man

I want to hold you tight and tell you everything's alright
And I will never let go
So please come home

Long before I'd know that I had walked the road alone
But now that you're with me
I sure miss your company
Virna I promise if you come home tonight
That I'll be there

I want to hold you tight and tell you everything's alright
I will never let go
You bring out the best in me
The man that I want to be
I owe you so much, you now
So please come home
Track Name: Spring Showers [September 2003]
Everybody is looking for something
I don’t know what it is that I did wrong
But I’ll keep on pushing, and I’ll keep on trucking
Won’t let this world bring me down at all, all

Now I remember the first time I saw you
Felt a pain in my head, and a shot in my heart
And I knew that I’d hold you, and I’d hold on forever
Never knew that forever would be the death of us all, all

And when I whisper the sweet nothings into your ear
I can tell by your face that the magic is gone
But I can’t go through this life just thinking about you
No, I must have your shoulder to lay my head on

I can’t live without you
Not a day without you
I can’t live without you, you

I’ve been racking my brain about this for hours
And I can’t find a way to save the death of us all
Let us walk through the rain and enjoy the spring showers
For April brings flowers, we’ll get away from it all- all

And I know with warm weather brings the urge to just fly by
And it takes in all life that your senses can bring
And it won’t be the first time that you live through December
But it might be the last time you hear my phone ring

But I’m not gonna stand by and let my world crumble
If my roses should stumble, I’ll just pick them next fall
And I’m filling my notebook with songs that are about you
If you want to hear them, then just give me call

I can’t live without you
Not a day without you
I can’t live without you, you

Everybody is looking for something
I don’t know what it is that I did wrong
But I’ll keep on pushing, and I’ll keep on trucking
Won’t let this world bring me down at all, all
Bring me down at all, all
Bring me down at all, all
Track Name: Further From True [7-29-06]
You can take away anything that you want
But the time that we spent together
that you can never take
You can have the pleasure
Of saying the fault was all mine
I never would mind if they thought it was me

But we both know that life cannot be prearranged
Oh I, I thought you knew
But we’ll find out
If our lives are, indeed, prearranged
Well then I wouldn’t have a lot to say

You can take away anything that you need
Be it, oh so so, far of me to get in the way
I never knew that you thought that
I was the kind (of guy)
Who would try to hurt you
Nothing could be further from true

But we both know that life cannot be prearranged
Oh I, I thought you knew
But we’ll find out
If our lives are, indeed, prearranged
Well then I wouldn’t have a lot to say

We could keep going on forever
Going farther than the way we should go
The way that we should go
The way that we should go
Nothing could be further from true

But we both know that life cannot be prearranged
Oh I, I thought you knew
But we’ll find out
If our lives are, indeed, prearranged
Well then I wouldn’t have a lot to say

You can take away anything that you need
Be it, oh so so, far of me to get in the way
I never knew that you thought that
I was the kind (of guy)
Who would try to hurt you
Nothing could be further from true
Track Name: My Reach Has Exceeded My Grasp [9-1-07]
My reach has exceeded my grasp
I’m hanging by, but barely hanging on
My hope is that this will pass
For then at last, my heart won’t beat fast

Although each decision I’ve made
Foretold how I would act today
It’s cold when you have no one
To share in the blame
Of what you have done

All fingers of blame are focused on one
At the end of the day, it’s my turn to move
Will anyone judge what I will do?

My reach has exceeded my grasp
I’m hanging by, but barely hanging on
My hope is that this will pass
For then at last, my heart won’t beat fast
For then at last, my heart won’t beat fast
Track Name: No Place To Fall [2-6-08]
No place to fall
I've got no place to lay my weary head
No place to fall
I've got no place to lay my weary head
To lay my weary head

I can't remember the last time that I tried to open
A bottle of wine
Is this all St. Mark's will ever be? A fading memory?
But I can't remember the last time that we danced
And was it really happenstance that we laughed so hard
It hurt that night to lay on our sides

No place to fall
I've got no place to lay my weary head
No place to fall
I've got no place to lay my weary head
To lay my weary head

More than once i've brought tears to your eyes
Through disappointment but you never saw through my disguise
A Morris Townshend I would never be
I was hiding you from me
And now I can't remember the look of your face
You're like a photograph but your essence has been erased
To become someone that I've never seen
I've never talked or touched or even been with

I've got no place to fall
I've got no place to lay my weary head
No place to fall
I've got no place to lay my weary head

To lay my weary head on you
If you were near me then
If you were near me then
I've got no place to fall
No place to fall

I can't remember the last time that we tried
To be alone together undressed and unwind
Is this all St. Marks will ever be?
A distant fading memory
A time that passed but that could never be again
A fairy-tale, yes it was make believe

I've got no place to fall
No place to fall
No place to fall
No place to fall
Track Name: Goodbye [8-30-06]
Everywhere we go, everybody knows
Where will we hide tomorrow?
If it’s up to me, you will not agree
We may have to part ways tomorrow

But tonight, you are still here with me
I have never wanted you so bad

While you lied to me so, oh, innocently
I took your words at face value
Now look, did I agree? I admit I wasn’t freely thinking
Of all the repercussions around you

But tonight you are still here with me
And I want you to listen to me
I have never wanted you so bad
As tonight, this is all we have

To remember or to forget
All the smells and the scents
How the lights hit my face
How I look, how you taste
How we’ll sleep together arm in arm
And sometimes wake to remember more
Of this night, for this is goodbye

But tonight, you are still here with me
I have never wanted you so bad

So just turn the other way, and I will do the same
We’ll leave what happened behind us
Now make you no mistake, it has to be this way
I could be spending a long time without you
You…

I have never wanted you so bad
As tonight, this is all we have

To remember or to forget
All the smells and the scents
How the lights hit my face
How I look, how you taste
How we’ll sleep together arm in arm
And sometimes wake to remember more
Of this night, for this is goodbye
Track Name: Carolina (Take 3) [2-22-13]
Carolina I should have waited for you
I should have waited for you
Just to see what you'd do

Carolina
You are still here with me
You have planted a seed in my soul

But I haven't the time to wait for the moment
That I'm not sure will ever come
For someone like me to turn out to be
Someone whose time has never come
Someone who'd rather die than give it up

Carolina I should have waited for you
I should have waited for you
But what can I do

Carolina
You are still here with me
You have planted a seed in my soul

I don't want to find I have wasted all this time
If it was just a dream
Then how can I be free?

But I haven't the time to wait for the moment
That I'm not sure will ever come
For someone like me to turn out to be
Someone whose time has never come
Someone who'd rather die than give it up

Carolina I should have waited for you
I should have waited for you
Just to see what you'd do

Carolina
You are still here with me
You have planted so let it grow
Track Name: Life of a Modern Girl [7-13-11]
I can't wait until the sun goes down
When the tide rolls in and the air gets cooler
Where inhibitions don't make a sound
That's where I'll find

Find the one who will speak to me
With an open heart if it still is beating
After living a modern life of a modern girl
Is sometimes hard

I can't wait to be hungry for you
I can't wait to be hungry for you
Now I have my reasons why

I can't wait until the sun goes down
I love the mist that floats upon the water
I love the sea and I love the sound of the night

Where I can speak to you
WIth an open heart I can share my secrets
Of all the things you shouldn't do as a boy to his toys

I can't wait to be hungry for you
I can't wait to be hungry for you
Now I have my reasons why

I can't wait to be hungry for you
I can't wait to be hungry for you
I can't wait to be hungry for you
I can't wait to be hungry for you
I can't wait

I can't wait to be hungry for you
I can't wait to be hungry for you
I can't wait to be hungry for you
I have my reasons why
I have my reasons why
Track Name: More Than Words (Extreme) [11-12-10]
Saying I love you
Is not the words I want to hear from you
It's not that I want you
Not to say, but if you only knew
How easy it would be to show me how you feel
More than words is all you have to do to make it real
Then you wouldn't have to say that you love me
'Cause I'd already know

What would you do if my heart was torn in two
More than words to show you feel
That your love for me is real
What would you say if I took those words away
Then you couldn't make things new
Just by saying I love you

More than words

Now that I've tried to talk to you and make you understand
All you have to do is close your eyes
And just reach out your hands and touch me
Hold me close don't ever let me go
More than words is all I ever needed you to show
Then you wouldn't have to say that you love me
'Cause I'd already know

What would you do if my heart was torn in two
More than words to show you feel
That your love for me is real
What would you say if I took those words away
Then you couldn't make things new
Just by saying I love you
Track Name: One Night With You [4-30-12]
I was just thinking how nice it would be
To have you just one day only for me
I know what i'd say

If my heart don't stop beating
And my thoughts don't collide
I'd make it so easy for you
I'd make you feel so alive
I know what I'd do

I'd settle for one night
One night with you
I would live in the memory, the memory of you
For the rest of my days

For the rest of my days

For the rest of my days
It will only be you
Who will live in the silence of all that I do
It would only be you
I know what I'd say

I'd settle for one night
One night with you
I would live in the memory, the memory of you
I know what I'd say
Track Name: Don't Wanna Be Her Man [10-24-10]
She’s taking her time and I don’t know why
Sometimes it’s hard to be her man
In a matter of days, in a matter of ways
I try, but I don’t have a plan

I don’t wanna be her man, don’t wanna be her man
I don’t wanna be her man, don’t wanna be her man

I remember the day she took my breath away
And I how I didn’t understand
How for the rest of my days, irrespective of age
That I am a broken man

I don’t wanna be her man, don’t wanna be her man
I don’t wanna be her man, don’t wanna be her man

I don’t wanna be her man, don’t wanna be her man
I don’t wanna be her man, don’t wanna be her man
Track Name: Vanity on Decline [11-28-07]
Maybe tomorrow you will hear me inside your head
But I will be so far away
You pushed me to this place

For far too long, you have abused me
Took me for granted, neglected, and used me for your self-help

That you will never find
Your vanity is on decline
And I will be better off by myself

Though in my tears, I attempt to forgive you
It’s your last chance to prove that you really have a clue

That you deserve a shot of redemption of the heart
That I have shed my last tear over you

A fool, I am not so don’t waste my time
I forgave you once I don’t know if I can for a second time

That you will never find
Your vanity is on decline
And I will be better off by myself

Even now, I don’t believe you
If who you are in your head is who you are in your heart,
Then, we are through

You hold yourself too high in esteem, and it’s a lie
You’ll wake one day alone, and very old
I can’t wait for you
Is there even room for two in your head?
You’re a legend, but you’re all alone
Track Name: Draw Straws [11-1-09]
Save some money gonna buy some pills
Fix my headache so I don't get ill
You would think I would know better than that

I spent my paycheck I ain't worth a dime
Ecclesiastical not even in my prime
You would think I would know better than that
Well I may be a spilikin but I'm not gonna take that

Draw straws
Draw straws
Draw straws and come pick me up tonight
I ain't playing
I'm in for the long ride
Well I may be insignificant but I'm not in a rush

Draw straws
Draw straws
Draw straws and come pick me up tonight
I ain't playing
I'm in for the long ride
Well I may be insignificant but I'm not in a rush

I feel that walked into a gold rush
Everybody is taking my stuff
You would think I would know better than that
Well I may be a spilikin but I'm not gonna take that
Well I may be a spilikin but I'm not gonna take that
Track Name: Riot [9-15-10]
There ain't no telling if there's gonna be riot
There ain't no telling
There ain't no telling if there's gonna be riot
There ain't no telling
There ain't no telling

The streets are all awake
I feel the hesitation
Never to be one to lay down in a crowd

There guns are ready and they want to pull the trigger
Itchy trigger
Itchy finger

They'll push you to the ground and hold your body down
They own you
They'll push you to the ground and hold your body down
They own you

They'll push you to the ground and hold your body down
They own you
They'll push you to the ground and hold your body down
They own you

There ain't no telling if there's gonna be riot
There ain't no telling, there ain't no telling
There ain't no telling if there's gonna be riot
There ain't no telling


The streets are all awake
I feel the hesitation
Never to be one to lay down in a crowd
Track Name: Inn Two Town [10-25-04]
I can't believe that you would see it through
I can't believe I ever trusted you
We said we'd fight until the very end
I guess that meant when you were finished with me

You gotta take me
You gotta take me -Inn Two Town
You gotta take me
You gotta take me -Inn Two town

You'll have to kill me cause I'll torment you
And I won't quit until I see it through
I set no limit on the place and time
I'll hunt you down, just know that you are mine

You gotta take me
You gotta take me -Inn Two Town
You gotta take me or
You gotta put me in the ground

Cause I'm gonna run out of water real soon
The bloods on your hands and not a moment too soon
Now what are you gonna do?

I can't believe that you would turn on me
But when I look back I can clearly see
We said we'd fight until the very end
I guess that meant when you were finished with me

You gotta take me
You gotta take me -Inn Two Town
You gotta take me or
You gotta put me in the ground
In the ground...