Reality Jockey

by William Steffey

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released March 12, 2019

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William Steffey Chicago, Illinois

William Steffey is a songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist from Chicago. His music is extremely diverse, often blurring the lines between various genres and definitions. From the all-out energy of rock music to the lush textures of electronica and the catchy melodies of pop, anything is possible. ... more

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Track Name: Shangri-La
don't see you much
but we've got money in the bank
see your posts from time to time
got Zuckerdude to thank

tell me was there just one point
or dots across a line
that led you to your Shangri-La?
can't remember fine

seems like something's changed
you've got your act together
like a lion on the open range
the bright suns shine on you in verse

friendly face familiar crowd
we go about our days
can't help but notice
you've gone a different way

doubt it was a single point
but variations over time
how you got to where you are
leasing out cloud nine

seems like something's changed
you've got your act together
like a lion on the open range
eons past a broken curse
seems like something’s changed
Track Name: Reality Jockey
woke up under summer
then the days just flew by
prepare yourself for the storm now
my words play games but they never lie

rising up from the vector ocean
peering up at the raster sky
jammed up in repetitive motion
clicking through but we can't say why

I've really had me some
molly transcend the fear
I can't say where it's from
my headlight for the deer

here we've all got two tongues
one to dive the other flies
souls in sound navigating rungs
keys were in my backpack this whole time

rising up from the vector ocean
peering up at the raster sky
we're gonna calibrate this town now
are you here cause it's all blowing by


I've really had me some
molly transcend the fear
I can't say where it's from
my headlight for the deer

I've really had me some
molly transcend the fear
I cannot tell you where it's from
my headlight for the deer

when the silence comes
it hits you like a drum
feel the silence come

I’ve really had me some
molly transcend the fear
I don't know where it's from
my headlight for the deer

I’ve really had me some
molly transcend the fear
I can't say where it's from
my headlight for the deer

climb as high as your fingertips allow
knock you into now
climb as high as your fingertips allow
knock you into now
Track Name: Famous Bones
winding our way through Père Lachaise
plotting out the numerous ways
to beat the system

row after row of names and tomes
and the stream of mecs that miss ‘em
couldn’t beat the system

back at our nest in the 19th
with photographs and string...

we’ll pick you up wherever you went down
if you’re outta cool you should do it now
it’s happening
we’ll pick you up wherever you went down
can never say if only I had known

hop the 7th from Crimée
through parks we lurk
discovering notes in Côtes du Rhône
to map the network

row after row the gardens grow
and bits of data glisten
the underground is yours if you just listen

at the end of the day
we hang with Ferhat at Café Urbain...

we’ll pick you up wherever you went down
if you’re outta cool you should do it loud
it’s happening
we’ll pick you up wherever you went down
can never say if only I had known

free from all the seasons
that wrap you like a lattice
free from all your demons
that manufacture sadness

we’ll pick you up wherever you went down
if you’re outta cool you should do it proud
this is happening
we’ll pick you up wherever you went down
can never say if only I had known
can never say if only I had known
Track Name: Rookie of the Year
after close I'm invincible
glow of IDs at the door
this speckled affidavit
can’t hold me back no more

they say the road to fortune
is for the auction kid
I never could believe it
can you imagine if I did?

forget all that Latin jive
and slide around the bar in kind
make the best Manhattan
and leave the law behind

night owl conversation
to dissolve all your fear
settle into your staycation
meet the rookie of the year

inked up manic pixie
I’m yours forever for a fraction
suspension of my disbelief
my bit-o-honey ration

and all the bitcoin in the world
couldn’t pay out like she did
on a maroon byte-pong table
outside a storm of katydids

forget all that Latin jive
and slide around the bar in kind
make the best Manhattan
and leave the law behind

night owl conversation
to dissolve all your fear
settle into your staycation
meet the rookie of the year

looking back at all I’ve done
best I could in the ‘491
I’ve paid my dues
but there’s too much light for these old shoes

so why’s it feel like a crime?
I’m in the the right place
at the right time
I’ll see it through
cause there’s too much light for these old shoes

forget all that Latin jive
and slide around the bar in kind
make the best Manhattan
and leave the law behind

night owl conversation
to assuage all your fear
settle into your staycation
meet the rookie of the year
meet the rookie of the year
Track Name: Decidedly Blue
decidedly blue
every time you go away
I get excited for space
but the look on my face
is decidedly blue

decidedly blue
the way the moon tugs the ocean
I am heading due south
but the words in my mouth
are decidedly blue
decidedly blue

and I know
the universe’s secret song
and the pills I take to make it go away

and I know
the tricks by hands of shapers
the mechanics of the games
that alphas play

decidedly blue
every time you go away
I get excited for space
but I can't find my place
when I'm without you
when I’m without you
Track Name: The Remedy
am I done with external things
I thought might bring me pleasure?
what then fills the hole instead
while I hunt for inner treasures?

can I point with a pin
when my palatial home became a tiny jail?
was it a race for someone else to win
before my avocado boat set sail?

warmed by a comfy memory
or on whatever crap I'd been depending
this simple moment
might just be the remedy
for disbelief I've been suspending

am I done with external things
I thought might set me free?
hundred years with softer strangers' power over me

the soul of an olympian
and the clothing of an old old boy
bending my being to reach for the stars
but here is where these very moments are

warmed by a comfy memory
or on whatever crap I'd been depending
this simple moment
might just be the remedy
for disbelief I've been suspending

the mind makes better
servant than a master
the mind makes better....

warmed by a comfy memory
or on whatever crap I'd been depending
this simple moment
might just be the remedy
for disbelief I've been suspending
Track Name: Goodbye Cassiopeia
stories spread across the skies
they told you it's a lion
they told you it's a bow and arrow
oh but don't you believe them

pictures spread across the sky
they told you it's a bear
they told you those were pots and pans
(what else do you believe?)

cause I believe you and I
I see you and I say hey!
goodbye Cassiopeia
goodbye Cassiopeia

Galileo's heavens
just a man like you and I
lost his daily bread for a dream
celestial etch-a-sketch away

pictures spread across the sky
they told you it's a bear
they told you those were pots and pans
but I see you and I
I see you and I say hey!

goodbye Cassiopeia
goodbye Cassiopeia
goodbye
goodbye
Track Name: Clothes of the Devil
walking around
in the same clothes as the devil
told the guys with the guns
all I really want is love

my head's a little hazy
but my heart is on the level
it's the size of the sun
all I really want is love

meanwhile
at the Japanese amusement park
we're pairing classic albums up with wine
at the crest of the thrill ride
we pick our favorite starlets
to act out all the lines

walking around
in the same clothes as the devil
told the man with the flag
to pound it into sand

my head is pretty local
but my heart's about to revel
it's the size of the sun
all I really want is love

meanwhile
at the Japanese amusement park
we're pairing classic albums up with wine
in the depths of the haunted house
we sink deep in our ancestry
to answer for the crimes

the gigs of trash I've climbed atop
to get this through to you
can you hear me?
is it only seeing that you do?

the ocean of noise notched
to reveal this progression
my vestigial tail
I admit my transgressions
I offer my confession

meanwhile
at the Japanese amusement park
we're pairing classic albums up with wine
in the mirrors of the funhouse
we do our best to make sense of our lives
we do our best to make sense of our lives
Track Name: Stay Up Later
hit the ground with my head in a splint
trudgin' through my urban myth
labor under misapprehension
that baby in me loves depression

as far as I can see
nothing good will come of me
baby what's come over me?

sleep if you must
but stay up later!
put on the cans and then
rock the faders

up three flights in concrete boots
that gravity snail loves pursuit
criss-cross misapprehension
wind up in a cool dimension

as far as I can see
the future is half bright for me
baby won't you join me?

sleep if you must
but stay up later!
put on the cans and then
rock the faders

sleep if you must
but stay up later!
roll out the cans and then
rock the faders

phone pole's flyers peeling
stick to the woo
banging on the ceiling
I don't care
what you're feeling
it's temporal

sleep if you must
but stay up later!
bust out the cans and then
rock the faders

sleep if you must
but stay up later!
roll out the cans and then
rock the faders

I used to be afraid to fly
I used to be afraid to fly

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