Jack Campbell

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released 11 November 2014

Personnel -
Jack Campbell - vocals, synth, guitars
Brett Bullion - Drums/percussion, wizardry
Adam Wozniak - Bass
Jeremy Hanson - Drums

Additional guitar part on "Scared of Heights" written by Maxwell Newsom

Mixed, produced, engineered by Brett Bullion in Minneapolis, MN
Mastered by Huntley Miller at HM Mastering in Minneapolis, MN

Cover illustration by Will Thorneater
Cover photo by Nate Rendulich

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Jack Campbell Chicago, Illinois

Jack Campbell is a Minnesotan songwriter currently based out of Chicago, IL. Over the course of his short career, he has fronted three bands, released six records, and was signed to a Minneapolis record label as a sophomore in high school. His most recent release, Absentee, is just a taste of what is to come as he plans to put out a new full length in 2014 and dive into the Chicago music scene. ... more

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Track Name: A Perfect World
A PERFECT WORLD

INTRO D Gmaj7
VERSE D Gmaj7 2x
-BREAK- D
VERSE D GMAJ72x
CHORUS D Em(64) Bm Gmaj7 4x
BRIDGE D pedal, Em G 2x down 2x up
VERSE D Gmaj7 2x
DOWN CHORUS D Em(64) Bm Gmaj7 4x
OUTRO D F#7 G E(maj) Gmaj7 Gm D

verse
I wonder if she exists
The girl in my head
The one I thought was you
Until you shot me dead
And I lay still on your bedroom floor

verse
I love every bridge
That I have burned
Every lesson I have learned
Every hater I have earned

chorus
Sometimes I close my eyes and pretend nothing changed
As far as I know I'm still in your sister's arms
While you watch tv ignoring me in the other room
But I don't say goodbye
I'm afraid of your eyes
After they set me on fire
And I ran for my life

Bridge

verse
I don't understand
Now two years down the road
This shouldn't feel the way it does
I shouldn't have this heavy load

Down chorus
In a perfect world, you wouldn't mean a thing to me
I wouldn't cringe every time I hear your voice
Though I burned this bridge, your hook is stuck inside my cheek
But even when you tug and fuck my mind,

outro
On these sleepless nights
I won't turn on the lights
I'll do what's right
I'll leave your life
As long as you leave mine
Track Name: Drive
DRIVE

Intro B E 4x

Verse B Eb7 Abm F# 2x
(EXTRA 2/4 BAR BEFORE CHORUS ON F#)
Chorus E (ring out) B G7b5 2x E F#
Re-intro B E 4x

Verse B Eb7 Abm F# 2x
(EXTRA 2/4 BAR BEFORE CHORUS ON F#)
Chorus E(ring out) B G7b5 2x F# (←---DIFFERENT)

Bridge band Emaj7 B C#m F# B Ab7 C#m F#

Bridge solo Abm B Dbm Abm B F# 2x -------

Final chorus E (ring out) B G7b5 2x F# (←-- longer!)
Outro B E 3x B E G B

VERSE
I had potential and I squandered it╩
(Or at least in your eyes)╩
I don't really want to fall back where I was╩
Getting fat, eating your white lies╩
CHORUS
And was it really so great?╩
All I recall are promises that ended up fake╩
And I can't help but think╩
Did I lose my free time or just my drive (or was it all a lie)╩
VERSE 2
I wanna live on the bleeding edge╩
So I can get into your club╩
I'll do what it takes to keep it fresh╩
I'd sell my soul for a ticket stub╩
CHORUS 2
And you know I'd hold on╩
All this time, I've been running in place╩
And it's getting so old╩
I'd love to move on, but you're busy saving face╩
BRIDGE SOLO
I've had more fun pulling teeth, and it's so much easier╩
I close my eyes and there's no one to please╩
I've had more fun pulling teeth than doing what I believe╩
But at this point I'm just in too deep╩
CHORUS
And I can never go back╩
I'll just convince myself what I have is all I could need╩
I got halfway there and found out I couldn't breathe╩
Well you really made a fool out of me
Track Name: Scared of Heights
I gotta back away
You're too nice to say anything
But I don't wanna force your hand

I didn't mean to get attached
If only I could go back
I'd never plant this seed
You'd be marginally happier my friend

I've been scared of heights all my life
But I thought for once I could bite my tongue and fly
I've been scared of heights all my life
But I thought for once I could bite my tongue and fly
Well you've been living in the sky
So you can show me what it's like while I get out of your sight

Our waves are far enough apart
I have no clue where you are
I'm awful with these sorts of things

I choke every time you're passing by
You're just another wall to climb
And I was never good at hanging on

I've been scared of heights all my life
But I thought for once I could bite my tongue and fly
I've been scared of heights all my life
But I thought for once I could bite my tongue and fly
Well you've been living in the sky
So you can show me what it's like while I get out of your sight

Well at least I got off my ass for once
And gave it an honest shot
But I never should've looked down

I saw, I saw the chasms there
I have never been more scared
I shouted I just wanna go home
Knowing full well that meant
I'd be going home alone
Track Name: Want
WANT

Verse Bm A/Bm Abm7b5 E G7 F#7 Bm 2x
Chorus E Emin6 Bm 2x A/Bm Abm7b5(two bars) E(two bars) G7 F#7
Verse Bm A/Bm Abm7b5 E G7 F#7 Bm 2x
Bridge Bm D Gmaj7 Bm D E9 2x
Chorus E Emin6 Bm 2x A/Bm Abm7b5(two bars) E(two bars) G7 F#7
Verse Bm A/Bm Abm7b5 E G7 F#7 Bm (once)

verse
I don't know dear
Maybe what they're saying
Has a grain of truth

I've been lost, dear
Unsure of my intentions
Wanting to want to do what's best for you

chorus
I don't know
If what I plan
Is bad for you
I don't know
If what I want
Is to fulfill some selfish need
To hold whomever seems willing

verse
I feel, dear, the walls are closing inward
When I'm staying in your home
All these years since I've been where I'm laying
And I've never felt so cold

Bridge
chorus
I don't know
If what I plan
Is bad for you
I don't know
If what I want

Is to fulfill some selfish need
To hold whomever seems willing

verse
I'm alone dear
No matter how you slice it
This whole mess will be over soon
Track Name: Black and White
Black and White

Let's judge this fish on how it climbs a tree
I can only wish it wasn't just like me
The world only cares if you can climb an evergreen
But then it turns around and lies and tells you to go for your dreams

And I'm losing control sitting at home
I don't wanna be alone
I poured my heart out on a college app
And my life became a circus act

And we're jumping through hoops
But all we wanna do is get something from you
By passing all your tests and going on to school
Do you think we like to deal with your shit
We're cramming in a model we will never fit

And don't you try to label me defective
And don't you try to label me defective
Cause once I step back a little bit, they'll eat me alive
And I refuse to see life in black and white
I refuse to give up this fight

And there's nothing you can throw
That'll get me down
I know what makes me smile
And I plan to skip town

When you touch one thing in the mix
Everything else will seem loud
I need your stability fix
Before I start to spiral down

Let's judge this fish on how it climbs a tree
I can only wish it wasn't just like me
The world only cares if you can climb an evergreen
But then it turns around and lies and tells you to go for your dreams
Track Name: Arm and a Leg
ARM AND A LEG

Intro Emaj9 Eb7 Abm Db7 Emaj9 Eb7 Abm

Verse Emaj9 Eb7 Abm Db7 Emaj9 Eb7 Abm 2x

Chorus Abm Db7 2x Abm Eb7 Db7 -- Abm B Db E7 Eb7

Interlude (BASS LINE!) Abm7 Emaj7 3x Db7 E7

Verse Emaj9 Eb7 Abm Db7 Emaj9 Eb7 Abm 2x

Guitar solo E Eb7 Abm Db7 E Eb7 Abm 2x

Chorus Abm Db7 2x Abm Eb7 Db7 -- Abm B Db (E7 F#m Gm) Abm B Db E7 Eb7

Verse Emaj9 Eb7 Abm Db7 Emaj9 Eb7 Abm 2x

Outro Emaj9 Eb7 Abm Db7 Emaj9 Eb7 Abm

When everyone's around
You feel faint but you smile
You appreciate what they've done for you

You let it steep inside as it eats you alive
It's best for them if they don╒t have a clue

And you feel the hair
Coming out
As you don╒t speak a word
Yet you want so bad to be heard

I'd give an arm and a leg
Just to go
Just to be on my own
But I need to stay and fend for myself

As the curtain rises up
i give it my all
I want to give back to your faith in me

But since this is life
I trip and I fall
And there is not much I can do

And you feel the hair
Coming out
As you don╒t speak a word
Yet you want so bad to be heard

I'd give an arm and a leg
Just to go
Just to be on my own
But I need to stay and fend for myself

I'm always letting people down
Cause I╒m too busy being let down
They say that's the price you pay

Sometimes I get sore
Living on my hands and my knees
Cause I never said what I need to say
Track Name: I've Seen Enough
I'VE SEEN ENOUGH

I just wish you could understand
Why I split at the seams

I tried my best
but this proved too much for me

And now that I'm growing old
I'm more and more scared of ghosts
It seems that I'm never alone
Just the thought of you brings out the cold

And I've seen enough to know
I needed you to grow
But now I'm leaving you behind

Now I see you everywhere but it's just your twin
I say hello and she scoffs at me and I can never win

And I know that people never change
They just die off and down comes the rain

And I've seen enough to know
I needed you to grow
But now I'm leaving you behind