Untitled Rock Opera #1

by Nicolas Jackson (The Catz)

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Spending the holidays with family pisses me off. This sucks if you are related to me. But it must be great if you like my creative output. I seem to be going in a different direction and I think it shows signs of promise. I enjoyed working on this album. I hope you enjoy listening to it!

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released January 3, 2012

All Tracks Written, Preformed and Produced By Nicolas Jackson

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Nicolas Jackson (The Catz) Chico, California

I am a one man band. I own a Rockband Microphone. I own a copy of MS Word. I own a copy of Sound Forge 9. I own a copy of Sam Broadcaster. I downloaded Audacity onto a computer that I also own. I have an internet connection and a set of headphones that I stole from my adopted brother. Put that and a few other bits together and you have something akin to music.

I am also a record label.
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Track Name: Overture
Overture
Overture
This is the Overture

You’ll hear songs here
You’ll hear themes here
Song
Themes
You’ll hear again
Later

Overture
Overture
This is the Overture

You could swear
You’ve heard this tune before
And you’re right
You’ve heard it all
Before

Overture
Overture
This is the Overture

There’s only eighty-eighty keys
And a quarter million
Maybe a few more
English words
To chose from

So you’re right
You’ve heard it before

Maybe in a Northern Song

Overture
Overture
This is the Overture

I left my emerald city
But this time
Didn’t leave a cliff
Let them
Talk me into it
No other choice

Overture
Overture
This is the Overture

She lead me on a wild
Goose chase
Part of a wild loop
And I am left
Standing
Asking why

Overture
Overture
This is the Overture

Things have gone wrong.
Sad sad slow song.
Never right
No happy song
To sing
In the middle of the night

Overture
Overture
This is the Overture

Homeless epoch
Coast Starlight
Things that go wrong
Things that go right
Things that go bump in the middle of the night

Overture
Overture
This was the Overture
Track Name: Previously In Life
Previously
In the Life
Of
Nicnacjak
AKA
Nicolas
Andrew
Marsh
Jackson

There was fear
There was anger
There was hate
There was suffering
There was art

I was sitting on a cliff
Looking down at the view
Wondering
What to do

I wrote 40 odd songs
Podcasted for five and a half years
Wrote two books
Got good grades
Finished high school
Finished college
With honors no less
Cum Lade bitch!

Traveled the world
Only to find
Nothing new
Under the sun

Lived in the
Basement of the Emerald City
Worked a blue collar job
Flew a plane
From wheels up
To wheels down

Now stuck on the ground
Under The class D
Of CIC

And now
The continuation
Track Name: Slavery
Before I start
I just way to say

I don’t rap

It’s not my way
It’s not my art

Real rap
Real hip hop
Comes from the streets
It comes from years of fear
It comes from years of anger
It comes from years of hate
It comes from years of suffering

The black man
The African American
The nigger
However you want to say it

Rap is theirs
They earned it
Just like Reggae
Just like Rhythm
Just like Blues
Just like Gospel
Just like Rock
And Just like roll

Then we
Rich fucking whitie
Came along and stole it
We think we have it so fucking tough

Hey you
15 year old rich white sack of shit
Everything you like
Everything you love was stolen

But you don’t care
You know it’s true
Because you stole this song
And I am smart enough to let you

The Bible
Yes the Bible
That big lying sack of shit
Actually says a few good things from time to time
One of them hold merit here.

I said it before
There are only eighty-eight key on the keyboard
There are only a quarter million words to be said
So you see
It’s true
What King Solomon said

What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.

We circle that great ball of fire
Year after year
Salves to it
Slaves to cooperation’s
that think they own ideas

We don’t own these words
We don’t own a thing

An idea is nothing new
It just sits under the son

If you think they own it they do
And if that’s true

We are slaves to the idea owners
We are slaves to the money makers
We are slaves to fucking bankers

Emancipation is a lie.

We are all slaves
Salves of the Sun
Slaves of the Earth
Slaves of Nature
And
Salves of Time
Track Name: FDR and Lincoln (The American Plan)
FDR and Lincoln
Great shadows of the past
Dreamed a dream
That was never meant to last
We too will crumble
We too will fall
Hey it happened on the other side of the wall

Oh US the next great power
Basterds of the brits
Represent us then bring on the taxes
That’s what Washington shouted damn it

FDR and Lincoln
Great shadows of the past
Dreamed a dream
That was never meant to last
We too will crumble
We too will fall
Hey it happened on the other side of the wall

Money is all we want
Money is all we need
We need more money to buy more greed
Triple the price for those mouths you’ve got to feed

FDR and Lincoln
Great shadows of the past
Dreamed a dream
That was never meant to last
We too will crumble
We too will fall
Hey it happened on the other side of the wall

The rich get richer
The poor get poorer
Same old story over and over
No need to help your fellow man
Live and let die is the American plan

FDR and Lincoln
Great shadows of the past
Dreamed a dream
That was never meant to last
We too will crumble
We too will fall
Hey it happened on the other side of the wall

When I first wrote this song
Thought it was just here
I could flee
Flee to OZ
Flee to UK
Flee to Canada
Hey hey
But the truth is dark
A dark pile of shit
For the Colony that once demanded representation
Now a nation
Of colonies all it’s all
Fuck
We colonized The British Throne

The truth is ugly.
I warned you about this
And the truth is
We can’t escape this shit.

Were stuck on this Planet
No where else to be
Victims of human nature
And a humbug creed

Land of the free
Home of the brave

No
Land of the bought
Land of the sold

FDR and Lincoln
Great shadows of the past
Dreamed a dream
That was never meant to last
We too will crumble
We too will fall
Hey it happened on the other side of the wall
Track Name: Aunt Hillary
Oh Hillary
Dear Hillary

You do the best
An aunt can do
You married Uncle Sam
He cheated on you

Oh Hillary
Dear Hillary

What to do
He cheated on you
He cheated on me
You helped create
ESRB

Oh Hillary
Dear Hillary

Now you’re mad
Mad at Uncle Sam
Mad at that games
And brother Obama
Doesn’t sound the same

You fought the flight
Got smacked by the Dicks
And I turn around
Your now in charge
Of Uncle Sam’s dick

You kissed his ass
You look like shit

Oh Hillary
Dear Hillary

You do the best
An aunt can do
You married Uncle Sam
He cheated on you
Track Name: Sit Down
Sit Down
Sit Down
Sit Down and do your work

Sit Down
Sit Down
Sit Down

I study hard
I take the game
And Shove
It up
Their
Ass

Their Ass

Sit Down
Sit Down
Sit Down and do your work

Sit Down
Sit Down
Sit Down

No one wants
To pay for me
I played
But still
I’ am worth
Nothing

Sit Down
Sit Down
Sit Down and do your work

Sit Down
Sit Down
Sit Down

I can’t survive
In this corporate hell
If I die
On the streets

Oh well

Sit Down
Sit Down
Sit Down and do your work

Sit Down
Sit Down
Sit Down

Sit Down
Track Name: No Dignity
There is no dignity
Turn out no one cares
You’ll live forever
In
This
Nightmare

So I tried so very hard
To play the game
I am not a player
All the same

There is no dignity
Turn out no one cares
You’ll live forever
In
This
Nightmare

I left my dorm room
Today
No where to live now
Anyway

There is no dignity
Turn out no one cares
You’ll live forever
In
This
Nightmare

So I roam about the streets
Get a ticket out
Makes me scream
Scream and shout

There is no dignity
Turn out no one cares
You’ll live forever
In
This
Nightmare

So I ride the Starlight back
Back to
Hellhole
Guess we gonna go round again

There is no dignity
Turn out no one cares
You’ll live forever
In
This
Nightmare

Arrive before the sun
Mom gives me a ride
Wish I could hold on
My fucking pride

There is no dignity
Turn out no one cares
You’ll live forever
In
This
Nightmare

So I hide in Dad’s place
Bust my ass all day
His witch and he dismiss me
I earn no fucking pay

I will keep my dignity
Do my own way
I will make a world
That gives me pay

It will not look the same
Clear your old mind
Time to let the broken
Past
Get left behind

If can fuck
That great
I don’t care
Fuck all you want
Make kids for this nightmare

I will speak my mind
Write my shit
And maybe someday my work can feed
The mind of someone who
Can really
I mean really
Change
The world
Track Name: Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself
Nothing to fear but fear itself
An oft quoted line
You can overcome your fear
It only takes time

Time is an eternity
That’s how it seems to be
Time drags on
Dream of me
and ways to kill the time

The slowest time in the world
Sitting on a plane
Trying to get to a loved one
You know is in pain

Pain and fear take their time
Try to kill us all
But remember
remember this
One cannot embark upon
the great journey of life
afraid to step out the door.

So cross East and Esplanade
Cross that damned bay bridge
Live in a basement along the cascade ridge

You will die alone someday
That’s how it seems to be
So live your life
In search
Of the freedom
of eternity
Track Name: No Time To Explain It All
No Time to Explain It All

So many words
So many songs

I’ve not the time to write it all
I’ve not the time to sing it all
I’ve not the time to explain it all

Life is like a cigarette
Or a joint
If you prefer
As soon as you light it
It starts to burn

No matter what you do
It all ends the same
A burnt out butt
You can’t claim

My smoking
Please thank Walt Disney

That dream making fucker
Made a fucking dreaming smoker out of me

But blame I can’t

Except I can

And I do

I was normal till I was two

When shit hits the fan they don’t know what to do

Keep the heart pumping as best as you can

Anything the body needs
Just keep it pumping

Keep on keeping on

No one but the one
Really gets pain

Pain keeps me up at night
Pain is why I fucking write

Pain get’s me through the night

I guess John was right

It’s alright It’s alright

They say there’s no reason to kill yourself
It’s never that fucking bad .

They don’t say that for you
They say that for them.

Dead or alive
It’s nothing but pain

And I tell you right now
There’s no drugs to gain

All they do
Dull it a bit.

All they say
Shut up and quit.

How I live is how I die
Living each day just trying to survive
Waiting on nature
Gave up on nurture.

Don’t really have much control
Can’t choose when your born
Or who you’re born to
Parents
Teachers
Friends etc etc
They fuck your mind

Then they go leave it behind

So you’re old
Lost alone with memories

Long ago they took your keys

At that point
What do you do?
You worked your life just to get this far.
But how far can one go without a car

Public transit what a joke
And in the end your so fucking broke

And you see it
The truth
You wasted your life away
Waiting for a time
That never comes

I don’t want that
I’ve seen it too much

Still I’ll get that
It’s just my luck

Fuck

Seek your truth
Live for the now

No other way no other how

Unless you want to end up like them

Of course choice just an illusion

No answers here
What can I say?

Now I am going to fade away
It’s what I do when I don’t got an end
It’s what I do when love leaves me.
Just get on the train and fade away
Now I am going to fade away
Track Name: My Truth
Don’t misunderstand my words
It seems that’s all your good at
I can only speak my truth
Why do you try
to deny that?

My truth is all I know
My truth is not subjective

You want to change my mind
Turn a negative
Into positive
But that can only work
If you multiply
My truth
By my truth

That won’t do
No that won’t do

Cloning is bad
A bad idea
My truth is all I know
My truth is not subjective

Medicine’s bad
A bad idea
My truth is all I know
My truth is not subjective

This is me
Who I am
I am true
I do my best

That’s all you get
That’s all I’ve got

No bullshit
No bullshit

Or Humbug
Or Humbug

The words don’t matter
There all the same
To ones like you

You tell me
To speak my mind
I tell my truth
My fucking truth

My truth is all I know
My truth is not subjective

But to you
My truth is just
Angry complaining
That’s your truth
Not mine

But if my truth pisses on yours
It’s out the door
That fucking door
Speak no more
Shove me
out the door

You don’t practice
What you preach
You fuck kids minds
When you can
Say have a lie
Say have bullshit

You brought one in
From the cold
Don’t know why

My truth don’t get it

But from what
My truth can see
Your truth wanted
Another shot with me

You tell him don’t
Don’t be like me

Well he’s not
He’s fucking Cody
He’s fucking Cody

I am Nicolas
I have my truth

You are Jennie
You have your truth

He is Cody
He has his truth

She is Emily
She has her truth

She is Rachael
She has her truth

He is George
He has his truth
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My truth is all I know
My truth is not subjective
Track Name: Truth
You say you want the truth
I say I want the truth
The truth is relative
The truth is relative

I can try to give you mine
But my words just seem to fail
My words just seem to fail

To convey the idea

Can’t give you the idea

You say you have the truth
I say I want the truth
The truth is relative
The truth is relative

You try and give me yours
You try and give me mine
That’s crossing the line
That’s crossing the line

Stay away from my truth
Stay away from the truth
The truth is ugly
Or at least
Mine is
The truth is relative
The truth begins in lies
Everybody lies
Everybody lies

If you want to know the truth

Go find it

The truth is out there.
Track Name: It Means
From the moment we’re born
We start to die
Life is about getting to the end

Why do I cry when I lose a friend?

Morn them

Do not

Miss them
Do not

I celebrate all those
Born that are now free

I wish so much
it could be me
I wish so much
it could be me

But it can’t be
It just can’t be

The longer I live
The more I hurt

If I don’t hurt you in a song
It probably means
We don’t get along

So when I hurt you
In a song

Poem
Podcast
Any of
That shit

It doesn’t mean I want to quit
You or me

I can’t really say
What it means

But if I write you in
A song ect ect

It means that
It means

It means that I give a shit.
Track Name: Finale of Eternality
I
Words
Clips
Phrases
Memoires
Slow
Fading
Away

Far off train
Number 14
Blows her horn
Break
Song
Never
What
Was
Going
Be

Do you get it? Do you get it?

Do you trust me? Do you trust me?

Some
Colors
Good
Bad
Island
Rock
Prison
Ferry
Car
Truck
Train
Boat
Plane

Do you get it? Do you get it?

Do you trust me? Do you trust me?


The words I say hear
Will never die
They aren’t my words
They are just notes
And
When you put them
In an order

They seem to tell a story

Can you arrange?
These pictures to tell a story?

Same idea
Same idea

I’ve gone mad
Fucking mad

No

I’ve got it

I fucking got it

You want my truth

To see if I am nuts

Well read my books

Listen to my music

My podcast

All that shit

You will find

It’s all the same

A wild loop
That won’t go away

Until at last
I am dead and gone

That is
A different song

I digress

This is genius

As of the time

I write these words

The seventeenth of December twenty-eleven
Fourteen oh three UTC

The truth is
There are no
New ideas

Copyright Law

Ha

You can’t own an idea
Any idea is like a song
Or a sentence

Made up of
Notes
Words
Clips
Phrases

Cut together

It
Makes
Nothing
New
Under
The
Sun

Nothing New Under the Sun

So
In the end
The end you see
It all comes back to
You and me

We may die
Papers burn
Hard drives fail
Books burn
CD’s scratch
Records break
Damn machine ate the tape

It doesn’t matter the media
Kill the internet for all I care
You can’t kill an idea


The idea is the truth
The idea is the revolution

A chance to begin again

And maybe
Maybe if were lucky
It will be some time
Before our own nature
Gets the better of us
And corrupts

Not kills

But corrupts
the idea

Forcing us to
Begin again
With a

Overture
Overture
This is an Overture!

Done done done done done done done

Done!