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"Why be good when you can be bad?"

No bonus tracks, no collabs, no frills. This album is both super rough stylistically & yet one of the most polished things I've ever made. That's a combination of my intentions for the EP, my abilities, & my current headspace. I wanted to see what I could make with just guitar, drums, bass, and one synth keyboard, considering that everything I've ever made has been huge over produced walls-of-sound. This EP is super personal to me and in my opinion an important stepping stone after "I'm So Scared." Now I just gotta figure out how to reach that next stone.

Thank you.

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released February 6, 2015

Written, performed, & mixed - Jeff Burgess
Mastering - Monarch Audio Mastering

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Jeff Burgess & The Bad Mares was a rotating touring band from 2013-2016.

Booking / press: moonrockmatt [at] gmail [dot] com

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Track Name: Magic Show
I'm back again and I'm ready to floor
Heard my name upon a whisper so it's time for a roar
And my magic on and off the stage is better than before
My friends all say that my magic's an art
So I wrote a brand new show and then I tore it apart
Headed back to where I’m from, and I'm rebranded for a brand new start

Everybody says that I'm moving too fast
And everybody says that this moment won't last
Everybody says that I probably should take it slow
Everybody says that I’m doing just fine
But I won’t be content unless my heart’s on the line
Everybody says “Hey Trixie, you’re a magic show!”

I kick back--flash!--in a cloud I am gone
And then everybody’s cheering that the show must go on
I shoot a firework that heats up their hearts ’til dawn
Two lovers kiss between the flashes of light
When the encore's done they slink away off into the night
Now I know I'm not the best but if I caused a spark then that's alright

Somewhere I'll be welcomed and accepted
Somewhere I'll be cheered for and expected
And when I'm there I'll wow the crowds and I will finally know
Just how it feels to hear them say…
Some day I will show them I can win it
Some how I will conquer all my limits
I don’t care how long it takes, how far I have to go
Everyone is gonna say “Hey Trixie, you’re magic!”

So great and powerful!
Track Name: Broken Wings
Something’s got me deep inside
I feel it grab me but I can’t hide
My sense of purpose that’s blooming new
I can feel you touch me, can I touch you too?

I’m in love
I’m in love with someone, is this really true?
I’m in love
I’m in love with you

Look at my lungs filled with smoke
Look at my heart black and broke
Look at me fly wings that tore
Look at me thrive, look at me floor

I’m feeling fuzzy but I can’t hide
The butterflies when you raise my tail
Just slip your fingers and be my alpha male

I’m in love
I’m in love with someone who said they love me too
I’m in love
I’m in love with you

Look at my lungs filled with smoke
Look at my heart black and broke
Look at me fly wings that tore
Look at me thrive, look at me floor

Look at my wings stained and scarred
Look at my legs chained and charred
See no tears ‘cause the wind won’t cry
Look at me fly, look at me fly!!

One of us is gonna die young
One of us is gonna make love
One of us is gonna finally stop the fighting

One of us is gonna die young
One of us is gonna take off
One of us is gonna find a muse worth writing

Look at my lungs filled with smoke
Look at my heart black and broke
Look at me fly wings that tore
Look at me thrive, look at me floor

Look at my wings stained and scarred
Look at my legs chained and charred
See no tears ‘cause the wind won’t cry
Look at me fly, look at me fly!!

Touch my heart — can you feel it pour?
Touch my heart, touch my sores
Cross my heart as I hope to fly
Touch my heart — touch my heart

Something’s got me deep inside
I’m feeling heavy, feeling fine…
Track Name: You Beautiful Creatures
I keep my head on my shoulders, it’s white guy problems — I deserve the pain I feel
Everything’s a bad dream when you’re living with me
I’m not wearing black because I’m a bad guy whose using guilt to steal
I’m bad ‘cause I love your memory

I want you to see me in bed screaming curses at the sky
People wandering toward me smell the fear in my mind
And a month goes by — I haven’t written a song
I have a hundred thousand dreams, they’re about you all night long
The devil’s in the details and there’s a devil in me
I didn’t ask to inconvenience or to dream between your sheets
Surely friendship has its foils, swiftly swerve around the cracks
Am I still your bad guy just because I’m dressed in black?

You beautiful creatures in your weird roots and law
It doesn’t make sense to me anymore
The choices you make and the ways that you lie
I guess it’s vain to try and figure out why

I treat my instruments like they’re body extensions, or a bandage for a wound
Every night’s a sad night if you sleep on the floor
In retrospect I can see that you didn’t think you were lying, you just didn’t know what to do
No one had ever said “I love you” to your face before

If I was desperate or dumber I would beg to be yours
Sometimes the best friendships just veer off course
“I’ll do anything you want — I’ll be your griffon, your bat”
But I’m slowly turning myself into a sewer rat
Because you fed me your food, I can’t complain that you lied
I guess being honest that you hurt me is worth less than a ride
There’s a devil inside me, a villain coming to life
I’m gonna use my mind tricks to turn you into my wife

I’ll eat your food, I’ll smoke your weed
I’ll drink your gas, I’ll dream your dreams
I’ll hold your head as you vomit at my feet
I’ll use magic to change you ’til you can’t tell cold from heat
I just wanna control you, I just want control
I wanna drink your body, I wanna smoke your soul
I’ll tell you lies I’ll wear a disguise
Watch out, man, go! I’m coming for you — I’m the king of bad guys

You beautiful creatures in your weird roots and law
It doesn’t make sense to me anymore
The choices you make and the ways that you lie
I guess it’s vain to try and figure out why

You beautiful creatures in your weird roots and law
It never makes sense to me anymore
For all of the failures you never learn a new route
I guess it’s in vain to try to figure out
Track Name: Nothing At All
Pink dress on a saturday
I’m waiting to be told
Right now I’m your kuudere
And I think I’m getting old

But I’m going down, down, down
Down, down, down the rabbit hole

Six shots from a puppy bowl
I’m happy just to serve
I’m broken, make me whole
It’s more than I deserve

Now I’m going down, down, down
Down, down, down the rabbit hole

Now it feels like I got something to prove
But I got nothing at all
And it feels like I got nothing to lose
‘Cause I got nothing at all

I’ve come with a broken heart
And it’s fallen on the floor
It’s cracked and torn apart
I don’t want it anymore

So I’m going down, down, down
Down, down, down the rabbit hole

Just stab it with your heel
And I will be preserved
In spiked or studded steel
The coldness calms my nerves

So I’m going down, down, down
Down, down, down the rabbit hole

Now it feels like I got something to prove
But I got nothing at all
And it feels like I got nothing to lose
‘Cause I got nothing at all

You whip so tenderly
I could put it in a song
Your grip — it’s choking me
Don’t stop, I’ll play along

Yeah I’m going down, down, down
Down, down, down the rabbit hole

Don’t stop my heart attack
I like the way it feels
Slip some skin straight off my back
And stab it with your heels

Yeah I’m going down, down, down
Down, down, down the rabbit hole

Now it feels like I got something to prove
But I got nothing at all
And it feels like I got nothing to lose
‘Cause I got nothing at all

Close the door I’m broken in
And I need some time to scab
This blood I’m soaking in
Is really not that bad

And I’m going down, down, down
Down, down, down the rabbit hole

I wait so patiently
For I know you will return
There’s things I hope to be
But I’ve got so much to learn

And I’m going down, down, down
Down, down, down the rabbit hole

Now it feels like I got something to prove
But I got nothing at all
And it feels like I got nothing to lose
‘Cause I got nothing at all