Spirit Junkie

by Sean O'Donnell

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released September 9, 2014

Prodcuced, Engineered, and Mixed By Sean O'Donnell
Recorded at Phaser Control Recording Studio, Electric Bunnyland, Big Fish Recording Studio,
The Sweat Lodge, Jumbosound Uptown, and The Bancroft Rehab Center
Additional Engineering by Sam Boukas and William Driskill at Phaser Control Recording Studio
Mixed at Electric Bunnyland and The Sweat Lodge
Mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Alex Wharton

All songs written by Sean O’Donnell
Published by Sometimes My Songs Bend Back(ASCAP)
"Bunny And Me” Published by Sometimes My Songs Bend Back(ASCAP)/TK421(ASCAP)/
Flame Of The West(ASCAP)Universal Music Corporation(ASCAP)/
Universal Music-MGB Songs(ASCAP)

Drums by Jake Najor
Piano on "Swim", "The Fork Is In", by Matthew Patrick Davis
Piano on "Spirit Junkie", "Monster", and "One Size Fits All" by Matt Gorney
Baritone Sax on "Wolf Tickets" and "Bunny and Me" by Gabriel Sundy
Trombone on "Bunny And Me” by William Driskill
Banjo on “One Size Fits All" by Todd LaRowe
Guest vocal on “Wolf Tickets” by Babytooth Jones
All other instruments/sounds by Sean O'Donnell

Layout and design by Sean O’Donnell
Photography by Jen Hoge

Thanks be to:
Erin and Beckham O'Donnell, The O’Donnell, McClure and Reh Families,
Jen Hoge and the Hoge family, Jake Najor, Tj Tognazzini, Matt Gorney,
Matthew Patrick Davis, William Driskill, Todd LaRowe, Gabriel Sundy, Dallas McLaughlin,
O, Brad Davis, Ryan Key, Ryan Mendez, Sean Mackin, Josh Portman, Missy Worth, Monti Olson,
Bob Schneider, Anya Marina, Joe Chandler, Nick McCann, Jose Galvez, Chad Pearson,
Paul Waroff, Sam Boukas, Luke Floeter, Switchfoot, Pertronix, The Blarney Stone(Clairemont),
The Waterfront, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

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Sean O'Donnell is a musician from San Diego, CA. Formerly of bands Yellowcard, Reeve Oliver, Dogwood, his debut solo album is now available via bandcamp and Electric Bunnyland.

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Track Name: Spirit Junkie
You’re flying through the air
and no one seems to care
someone shouts your name
you do a kick, then yell
and beg to give them hell
but your arrow missed it’s aim

and you’re a spirit junkie
give them something to believe
you’re the speaker thumping
the passage louder than it reads
you’ll try harder than you need

still,
it’s not all on deaf ears
the mother’s greatest fear
the creepy, older dude
so here’s to all the grief you take
every heart you break
and all that you’ve made blue

and you’re a spirit junkie
give them something to believe
you’re the speaker thumping
the passage louder than it reads
you’ll try harder than you need to
Track Name: The Days Are Beautiful
I don’t believe that everything you touch turns golden
I’ll never need to focus on all you’ve been strokin’
see, and believe
give it a break
let the air out, take the edge off
you wanted some space to figure out where you’ve been left out
see, I’m relieved

there’s a way now
to always seem important but it’s a fake
get away
and it’s way loud
there’s no reason to get sucked back in
all the days are beautiful without you in them

you want a thing and everyone is filled with heartache
you bring a straw, and everyone is out of milkshake
you drink it up
part of the charm in bowing to her royal princess is in the reveal
that keeping close was just good business
then, and again

there’s a way now
to always seem important but it’s a fake
get away
and it’s way loud
there’s no reason to get sucked back in
all the days are beautiful without you in them
Track Name: Beer Ghosts
i want to drink all night
i want you out of my sight
i’m sick of feeling this way
i’ll be here 'til it turns day
i never want to go home
why can’t you leave me alone
this place is wearing me thin
please let me know when it ends
just one more drink turns to four
your friends have redefined bore
this night is running the mile
it only hurts a while

choke it back like a beginner
these beer ghosts are haunting my familiars
looks like a saint talks like a sinner
scratch it off girl, let’s see if you’re a winner
sell my things, send me the money
I’m all clouds and you’re feeling sunny
try so hard still feel funny
tastes like a lie but pours like honey

i want to drink all night
i want to know that you’re alright
don’t want to feel any pain
don’t ever want to explain
you want to give me a ride?
i need a place to hide

choke it back like a beginner
these beer ghosts are haunting my familiars
looks like a saint talks like a sinner
scratch it off girl, let’s see if you’re a winner
sell my things, send me the money
I’m all clouds and you’re feeling sunny
try so hard still feel funny
tastes like a lie but pours like honey

I’m thrilled to post you’re a beautiful ghost
that waits for me
hands and the knees
the twos and the threes
i still rely on you time to time
and you were right
no point in the chase, it’s all been erased
all of our wheels have fallen upon the tracks
we fought for our rights and now we can hand them back

choke it back like a beginner
these beer ghosts are haunting my familiars
looks like a saint talks like a sinner
scratch it off girl, let’s see if you’re a winner
sell my things, send me the money
I’m all clouds and you’re feeling sunny
try so hard still feel funny
tastes like a lie but pours like honey

(speaking)
Track Name: By Your Side
My stories never ended where the guy would get the girl
and every shell uncovered yielded dirt, instead of pearl
but all of that dissolved the day you crashed into my world
I came to you a skeptic, and my walls you did disarm
it was just the steady diet of the time spent in your arms
you go build your dreams and I’ll keep them safe from harm

Because you’re more than I ever could dream
all that I wish I could be
my sentences you can complete
I don’t know where I went so right
my days all enriched by your life
and I’ll spend every one by your side

life before us isn’t what the world sets standard by
it’s not exactly typical but just to simplify
that if you’d bring home the bacon, then I will make it fry

Because you’re more than I ever could dream
all that I wish I could be
my sentences you can complete
I don’t know where I went so right
my days all enriched by your life
and I’ll spend every one by your side
hold your hand every time that we fly
talk you down when you need it
'til all fears have receded
watch twelve hours of some city’s real housewives
I don’t care about the next thing
you’ll forever be the best thing

I don’t want my words to just be something that I typed
I want to be the man you’ve dreamt about since you were five
and I want to break the mold on how much love you give your wife

Because you’re more than I ever could dream
all that I wish I could be
my sentences you can complete
I don’t know where I went so right
my days all enriched by your life
and I’ll spend every one by your side
Track Name: Bunny And Me
Two of us were all alone
two of us complete unknowns
you weren’t feeling well
I was tired
got two dollars in my hand
tell me the name of your favorite band
thought it was cute when you
said mine wrong

I think my pulse is fast
I think my eye are glassed
you see it’s been a while
I think my heart just moved
I’m at a loss for words
For sure, it’s been a while

Survive only on steak and wine
tell me secrets, I’ll tell you mine
and we can go all out, or just stay in
speak of work like I understand
if you’ll be my VP of player development
I could be your man

I think my pulse is fast
I think my eye are glassed
you see it’s been a while
I think my heart just moved
I’m at a loss for words
For sure, it’s been a while
I think I’m kind of scared
that I could wake and find
that all of it’s a dream
when it feels real

Months gone by and I can see
alone we’re cool but the two of us
make a better we
bunny and me

I think my pulse is fast
I think my eye are glassed
you see it’s been a while
I think my heart just moved
I’m at a loss for words
For sure, it’s been a while
Track Name: Monster
Hello monster, how have you been?
did you travel very far?
what did it take for you to look like that?
tell me who you think you are
make a face and we can freeze it
hovering above some bar
you look like you know a secret
tell me who you think you are
tell me who you think you are

I scream down at myself
through the ceiling, "hey,
you can't turn every head."
the good times get old then get dead
i will let you lead me in
i will let you lead me in

a table shifts and then a bottle breaks
a conversation goes too far
another pull and I can't hear her say,
"this place is dead, do you have a car?"
tell me who you think you are

I scream down at myself
through the ceiling, "hey,
you can't turn every head."
the good times get old then get dead
i will let you lead me in
i will let you lead me in

you’re not theirs anymore
there’s nothing you can do
when they love you
the way that they love you
were we wrong to think
we deserved the world?

and the jukebox here is empty
and there's nothing you can trust
and someone says, "hey man, I know your face"
tell me who you think i was
tell me who you think i was

I scream down at myself
through the ceiling, "hey,
you can't turn every head."
the good times get old then get dead
i will let you lead me in
i will let you lead me

look at you all soaked through
you're a champion who doesn't know how to win
but if you know a place, let’s begin
i will let you lead me in
i will let you lead me in
Track Name: One Size Fits All
The sharpest knives never have cut like
a friend who feels inclined
I got your note, I was flattered to have been on your mind
enclosed are several suggestions
it’s close but still, it needs more
goodbye is fine, I know you can take it
as one who’s heard it time and time
and time and time before

you don’t hear the way you talk
are you listening at all?
if you’re convinced the world revolves around
somebody so small
and I’m not losing any sleep
it’s always been one size fits all
it’s probably someone else this time next year
do you see a pattern here?

inherited what you were heir to
are you still on a roll?
I did my best
never occurred its impossible to fill an
unlimited hole

you don’t hear the way you talk
are you listening at all?
if you’re convinced the world revolves around
somebody so small
and I’m not losing any sleep
it’s always been one size fits all
it’s probably someone else this time next year
do you see a pattern here?

we’ve had to hear you sing, so much
and figured out your thing
you only pick on those
without a microphone

you don’t hear the way you talk
are you listening at all?
if you’re convinced the world revolves around
somebody so small
and I’m not losing any sleep
it’s always been one size fits all
it’s probably someone else this time next year
blowing through another ear
would that keep anybody near?
do you see a pattern here?
Track Name: Erin's Birthday Song
You see the light?
it wasn’t always that
dark in here, the only game in town
the story goes, "the damsel in distress”
when sometimes it’s the other way around
I was a selfish piece
not much more to my name than
the wind that you knocked out of me
i found reprieve, just kind of stared at you a while

she dismantles me
so overwhelmingly
and I’ve built out of sound
habit of you around
I’m yours for taking

when I was young
I used to dream of you
years before I ever saw your face
and there were songs about you even though
I didn’t know the letters in your name
you make me nervous like
you did when I met you
it’s only a cold look away
but don’t look away
I would’t handle it that well

she dismantles me
so overwhelmingly
and I’ve built out of sound
habit of you around
I’m yours for taking

I was a selfish piece
not much more to my name than
the wind that you knocked out of me

she dismantles me
so overwhelmingly
and I’ve built out of sound
this new addiction
she dismantles me
she moves I cannot speak
and I’ve built out of sound
habit of you around
I’m yours for taking
Track Name: Wolf Tickets
Wake and calm your head
swarming like a nest
then it’s answering a call
says you’re headed west
what day is it today
they always seem the same
so you took some LSD
and hopped aboard a plane

you landed and you thought
throttled to the sound
’til they handed you a ball
and pointed to a mound
this things invisible
then it’s larger than the sun
and there’s something in the stands
that’s chewing like your gum

sweet song
stand me up, work my arms
sing ball, I will listen
dive now
pick me up, put me down
sighted
but I was never there

surprises you to see
you’re burning through a line
it’s not exactly beautiful
you hit one guy in the thigh three times
don’t let it turn you off
if they know that you’re not right
you’ll pay penance for your sins
and Nixon’s calling strikes

sweet song
stand me up, work my arms
sing ball, I will listen
dive now
pick me up, put me down
sighted
but I was never there
Track Name: Swim
Child don't be afraid
it doesn't have to end this way
you're lost, and had enough
and the only way to look is up

this isn't how you say goodbye
you have to kick you have to climb
it won't be perfect every time

the world turns it's head
as your lungs fill with water
it's the place you'd give up
but I raised you much smarter
there's no secret trick
and no ticket gets you in
all you do is close your eyes and swim


child don't waste your time
you'll never know which days are your prime
some live out their dreams
but no one ever got theirs for free

this isn’t how you say goodbye
you have to kick you have to climb
it won't be perfect every time

the world turns it's head
as your lungs fill with water
it's the place you'd give up
but I raised you much smarter
there's no secret trick
and no ticket gets you in
all you do is close your eyes and swim


we have to crash before we fly
walk through the flames and then ignite
it can't be perfect every time

the world turns it's head
as your lungs fill with water
it's the place you'd give up
but I raised you much smarter
there's no secret trick
and no ticket gets you in

all you do is close your eyes and swim
you stop thinking of the starts and just start in
would you turn all the noise and just begin
Track Name: The Fork Is In
Forgotten lines, and post no signs
are killing our sales
they say it’s fine, just give it time
we’ll know when it fails
just keep repeating
that in
author
we trust

this one act is closing
space needed by someone else
reviews in read mixed at best
the fork’s in

immeasurable things
your cheap cast flings
will never add up
there isn’t soul
there is no goal
it’s awful
and in
awful
we trust

this one act is closing
space needed by someone else
reviews in read mixed at best
the fork’s in

sing
like you mean it
is there one time when that’s been enough?
it’s not what they needed
but it’s alright
maybe some other time
some other life we can find
and
maybe you’ll wave
and I’ll smile
and
In the meanwhile

this one act is closing
space needed by someone else
reviews in read mixed at best
the fork’s in
the fork is in