Sell Your Soul

by Roland Pearsall

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released December 1, 2015

Songs written and produced by Roland Pearsall

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Roland Pearsall Boston, Massachusetts

Aligned with blues, folk and country, Roland Pearsall is equally inspired by the minor chords of the 60’s British Invasion, the energy of garage rock, and the sonic palette of psychedelia. His stage repertoire consists of around 30 originals and 700 covers.

With his sonorous voice, excellent songs and immensely likable sincerity, Roland puts his all into every performance.
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Track Name: Sell Your Soul
Well I left school in December
Exalted company I was among
The speaker gave us such brilliant advice
to “seize the day when you're young.”
So I hit the information resource
Saw hot jobs at monster.com
And with thorough inspection, I made a connection
Walked right in and sat right down
"You've got the skills and essentials"
The boss shot without delay
"I'm enthralled with your credentials, when can you start?"
I told him, "right away."
"There's unlimited income potential."
"You get entered in our 401K."
But as we discussed medical and dental
It was then I thought I heard him say, "HEY!"

Sell Your Soul, Sell Your Soul, and resign yourself to me
Sell Your Soul, Sell Your Soul, and resign yourself to me
Well the future's bright now with us you must agree
Sell Your Soul, Sell Your Soul, and resign yourself to me

Sometime later, I was down at the barroom wasted
With some girl that just wouldn't be gone
So sure enough with that insatiable fluff
I had to put my sales hat on
Rolled on into her apartment
And so convinced that I was her kind
She strapped me to a torture rack
and wanted ownership of my mind, she said

Sell Your Soul, Sell Your Soul, and resign yourself to me
Sell Your Soul, Sell Your Soul, and resign yourself to me
Don't you know, don't you know you can't resist what will be
Sell Your Soul, Sell Your Soul, and resign yourself to me

SAVE ME!!!

So I packed in the jobs and some girlfriends
For my distinguished career in song
But what do you know? Everywhere you go
It's the same old thing you have to be among
"Come here son and sign this contract.
I'm a good-old boy I won't let you down.
Percentage royalty, non-recoupable advance,
This record's gonna be the hit of the town.” Alright!

Sell Your Soul, Sell Your Soul, and resign yourself to me
Sell Your Soul, Sell Your Soul, and resign yourself to me
Use your eyes, use your eyes, just look and you will see
Sell Your Soul, Sell Your Soul, and resign yourself to me

Sell Your Soul, just look and you will see
Sell Your Soul, you can't resist what will be
Sell Your Soul, and resign yourself to me, YEAH!
Track Name: You Won't Be Seen
Remnants of the Sun
have all but gone
The right time is now
escape here before dawn
Traverse paths unknown
but do make no sound
Avoid vice, don't think thrice, You Won't Be Seen

It will be so hard
all out on our own
We have burned bridges
our seeds they have been sown
When you see the hearse
give your hair a tug
Stay afloat, drunken boat, You Won't Be Seen

Precious to look at
so precious to hold
But if you break it
you must consider it sold
That beckoning tarn
appears now so green
But keep on, or you're gone, You Won't Be Seen
Track Name: The Way That I've Come
Awakening from my forgetting I see
Out of an ocean of chaos I come
To be released from the weight I’ve endured
Returning out of the dark, now I am home

Now I face the crags I regard
Now I hear the sea’s highest surge
Now I touch the shine on my skin
And now I choose to think, of the way that I’ve come

It was a way of love
It was a way of trust
It was a way of discontent, but nothing had really been lost

So hoist up my sails, I’m a-hopin’ to be
Headed for reaches of far open seas
Let the winds blow and push high the waves
And I’ll guide the ship’s course with my mate, yeah my mate at the stays

There will be a way of love
There will be a time for trust
And it may be a difficult life, but nothing will really be lost

Then ‘wakening from my forgetting I see
Out of an ocean of chaos I come
Touching the glistening shine on my skin
Then I choose to think, of the way that I’ve come
Track Name: Riding On
Various distractions all through the day
Truth distorted in any possible way
Either with a grin or a big mean frown
It'll take more than that just to bring me down
All of my troubles will soon be gone
Get out of my way 'cause I'm Riding On

Blaming fingers pointed at my face
Hypocrite figures call me a disgrace
Wanna go hang me like a Salem Witch
But I'm gonna escape 'cause I have the itch
Mystery with me wherever I go
And they can't see everything I know

Wanna start up my car, gotta turn the key
'Cause I know that they can't catch me
In only myself I confide
The real meaning always is inside
I know what the future holds for me anon
But will I always have to be Riding On?
Track Name: In the Night
The pernicious acts of the murderers
Have caused affliction and despair
Innumerable amounts of suffering
It is all too much to bear

In the Night, the time is right
I want to take you down
In the Night, the time is right
I want to leave this town

The day is the time to be solicitous
Languished are all around
But which fortunate leper does one save?
The rest will be lying on the ground
Track Name: Fog Country
I'm going up to Fog Country
I'm going where I can't be seen
Well paranoia follows me
I'm going where I can't see them
The wars are going on again
I see the smoking guns
The people gettin' killed again
The people gettin' killed again, I'm sad

We're headed into Fog Country
We're going where there's no next day
The world is gone and crazy now
The good has gone away
The soldiers are getting killed again
The world is on the run
The devil's got control again
The devil's got control again, I'm mad

We're headed into God's country
I'm gonna meet my maker now
Well Jesus, be good to me
I'm walkin' by your side
Well no more hangin' round this world
The future's all in hand
The Lord will be my Shepherd now
The Lord will be my Shepherd now, I'm glad
Track Name: I Will Not
You say that seldom treats are no loss
And that there is no line to cross
But do you know it is no longer use
When one suddenly falls under abuse
If you step through the bounds
The control and mystery are gone

I will not listen to all the things you say
And I will not fall victim to all the games you play
And I will not waste my hard earned pay
Because I just will not

In your stupor always high and bright
Sense and reason are fully out of sight
But you do know it will not last so long
When your soul deteriorates, it was once so strong
The boundary line has been crossed
Are you fearless or are you lost?

I will not listen to all the things you say
And I will not fall victim to all the games you play
And I will not waste my hard earned pay
Because I just will not
Track Name: Radiant Vessel
When your thoughts are running so free
I know that you will think of me
The place deep in our minds
Where we leave the imposed reality behind

Wandering in your perfect state
Where tempting pleasures never bait
Blissfully unaware that I
Want to bring you to me but I will have to wait

Falling under water that takes
Losing to the sternum that aches
Attacked by angry waves
Fought above the sea line, but I was not yet saved

The Radiant Vessel has gone
Through the longevous brink of dawn
We will fully be shown
The time to explore what is and what is unknown
Track Name: Next to You
When I sit Next to You
I feel a sensation
It's not the sole perception
Just my implication
Your matchless clarity
With equanimity
We do believe the same
No use for sordid game

When I sit Next to You girl
Nothing impedes our progress
Frenetic movement throughout
Driving outcome makes me shout

Fools vilify to impinge
Malice swings the door's hinge
It will not hinder us
Indifferent with no fuss
Land of the fallacious
Where I'm not ambitious
While they fatalize
I'll back those who vitalize
Track Name: Aerosol Can
As I stood wholesome in a twisted line
She crafted my sandwich and looked oh so fine
So sweet and so gentle when her eyes met mine
I'll have to catch her at a better time

I'm an Aerosol Can, and I'm not alone
Such an impressionable man, give me ice cream cone
I'm an Aerosol Can, and I feel a little stoned
And I'm gonna explode...

(Her name means "little womanly one." I'm alright, I'm OK, I'm in control.)

Caught her gazing my way and with the will to explore
Deserting every task I followed her indoors
Bathing in a room with green and white tiled floors
She said, "come hither, you're mine and I'm yours."

I'm an Aerosol Can, and in thinking ahead
Hatched an oddly-baked plan, I fell in the water and she fled
Through the hallway I ran, mischief on a thread
Let's try the closet instead...

(Groping for trout in a peculiar pond.
I'm sorry, we don't have any more wheat. I can make it on white.
It's OK, white is softer...)
Track Name: And We Meet
Sometimes, I just don't know
and I need somebody to show
It's been too long, for my own good
So many hold back, all that they could

In the land when we meet
Where I am, it is known You are
Living in a various world
Surely a hand to be watched

I am there now, with stones unturned
But beyond all, that can be learned