Certain Death

by Nat Johnson

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Your surprise and my fate
Fought at once, then life was late and I slept right through
Did I die? Did I die? No. So what can I do?

When panic squeezed me and breath came none to easy
And I was struck dumb
Did I die? Did I die? No. So what can be done?

Over and over, we're born (or wake sober), another dawn chorus
So while we are able, slam fist into table - get up and go forwards!

Rely, rely on your burning core
The push of your feet from off the deep sea floor
Rely, rely on the cock that crows
The pattern of your veins and the blood that flows
Rely, rely on the child that you are
And the adult that learned enough to get this far

This vicious embroidery stabs in a story of red-threaded pain
We march in a furious figure of eight
These 3D glasses to hoodwink the masses, left and right brain
We must march a cardboard path around the red and blue stains

I'm wondering could I put a patch on my good eye to strengthen these nerves
But blinkered and bloodshot my will cannot bear what my bad eye observes

Rely, rely on the skin pulled tight
The nerve ending feet, on the bottom lip bite
Rely, rely on your visions and dreams
On the gut-thought that says it's as wrong as it seems
Rely on the missing beat
Cos sometimes your words just hypnotise me

We mill in our milions, watching the watchers and wringing our hands
Like the fair-skinned folk maidens who wander in gardens awaiting romance
Rely on connection, the truth of reflection, the power of gravity
We process the lesson: among the procession, you are a singularity

Rely, rely on the buttons you've sewn
And everything you ever fixed on your own
Rely, rely on the helmet made
From the best damn friends and the best damn days
Rely, rely on the long-dead stars
And the echo echo echo and the water on Mars


released June 2, 2017
Written by Nat Johnson
Recorded by Alan Smyth at 2Fly Studios, Sheffield
Mastered by Dean Honer

Nat Johnson - vocals, guitar
Oliver Allchin - saw, percussion
Hannah Cartledge - vocals, flute, accordion
Katherine Jackson - vocals
Chris Loftus - bass
Neil Piper - drums

Copyright Nat Johnson 2017
Straw & Hay Records


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Nat Johnson Sheffield, UK

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