Arm's Length

by The J Directorate

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Engineered & Mixed by Jesse Jensen


The strangers I see on the train,
So full of promise and that’s how they’ll remain
Cuz’ I don’t have to deal with the faults they conceal,
It’s easier when they stay strange.
But the man next to me’s kind of cute
I like his music, his smile and his stylish shoes
He mouths hello but its my time to go,
I don’t have to find out the truth.

Anyone can be good for five minutes,
Foster a fantasy without trading names
You can stay beautiful, you won’t disappoint
As long as you stay at arm’s length.

It’s ten o’clock and you’re set
You’re going out on the town but I’m ready for bed
The pressure’s too high to be what you desire
So I make for the exit instead.
Leaving alone is a sigh of relief
You didn’t catch the lipstick on my teeth
Or the rips in the seams, that I’m not what I seem
Just a product of your own belief.

Anyone can be good for five minutes,
Pull off wit and charm for a short interchange
I can behave, I can be what you want,
As long as I stay at arm’s length.

I’d crack up for sure if I had to stay
I’d run out of the nice things I’d thought of to say
I have no doubt the secret would be out
I’m no good at this game that we play.
So don’t talk to me for too long.
Quickly change the subject or quickly move on
I’m not brilliant enough but you won’t call my bluff
No you can’t call my bluff if I’m gone

Anyone can be good for five minutes,
Pull off wit and charm for a short interchange
We’ll all be beautiful, we won’t disappoint
As long as we stay at arm’s length.


released January 15, 2010
Written by Jeannie Rose Field. Performed by Jillian Haynal and Jesse Jensen.



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