john & the motive

by John Rankin

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released May 31, 2016

Music & lyrics by John Rankin.
Produced by John Rankin & Matt Greco
Engineered by Matt Greco & John Rankin.
Mixed by Matt Greco at The Rye Room.
Recorded at Dead Aunt Thelma's, The Rye Room, Rhythm Productions Studios & Big Pink.

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John Rankin Portland, Oregon

John is a songwriter, producer, and recovering lawyer. Chosen by John Legend & WCS Best Performance Winner 2012, his DEBUT studio album is NOW AVAILABLE. He likes leaving his phone at home and playing music in the kitchen.

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Track Name: something bout you
let me start by saying
never started out this way
but something bout you

heals all my latest scars
paints the walls of my heart
something bout you

makes me want to contemplate you
makes me want to learn your nature
makes me want to never take you out of mind
makes me want to feel you over
makes me want to love you sober
makes me want to just talk all night

the new you got a lot (x3)
to discuss dear

looking at you with my head cocked to the left
baby won't you stop stop stealing my breath
words I'm fumbling, thoughts are jumbled in two parts of mind
oh, wish I could stay a little longer
girl, don't you wonder
what we could do with all night

the new you got a lot
to confess here
Track Name: got me thinkin
With your glasses on, you've been reading all night long
Mmm babe, got me thinking, dirty
Hair down, make-up-less
Probably tell me that you look like sh*t
But babe, got me thinking, lovely

How do you do it love
Revolve around the world making everybody lose their minds
Can't you see her
Holding onto something before she wastes a light

And, I know it's so hard but you got to do right and let go

When you stub your toe, and stomp the ground, let all that profanity out of your mouth
Mmmm babe, got me thinking, lovely
You stand for yourself with nothing left
But your soul and your heart and a beat in your chest
Babe, got me thinking, lovely

How do you do it love
Revolve around the world making everybody lose their minds
Can't you see her
Holding onto something before she wastes her light

And, I know it's so hard but you got to do right and let go
And, I know it's so hard but you got to do right and let go

Don't you deny it
Your heart is on fire
I see it just lying there
Don't let it ruin your love

How do you do it love
Revolve around the world making everybody lose their minds
How do you do it love
Revolve around the world making everybody lose their minds
Can't you see her
Holding onto something before she wastes a life

And, I know it's so hard but you got to do right and let go
Track Name: driftin away
There've been days where the sun don't shine
There've been hours where I lose my mind
But I know, you are the light to my reason

There've been moments where it just don't make sense
There've been words that give me a glimpse
But I know, you are the life to my feelings

You got all of me
You got all I need
It's true

You got all of me
You got all of me
You do

Something 'bout this Friday night makes me want to break free
From all the things that make me
And I want to take you too

Would you mind if you and I found a place that makes us feel small
And let go of it all

You got all of me
You got all I need
You do

You got all of me
I got all you need
It's true
Track Name: your song
I feel a bit mellow, is that ok with you?
I’ve been wanting to tell you, the reason I love you is you
And this feeling’s not shallow, this feeling I feel
I’ve been waiting, from the day I met you I knew
It’s true, I’ve been broken but now I can fix
The heart that wasn’t open feels good to be missed
And your soul is my token, for these wings that are floatin’

I love you, but will you ever believe this truth (x2)

In the truest of lyrics, in the heart of my spirit
From the beginning, I’ve been singing for you
Words on a page, first drawn on a mirror
I cannot wait for you to hear them
The ebb and the flow of your soul is the purest I’ve ever known
Cause you are the reason I’m breathing, it’s beautiful
In my eyes, you’re my new high
And all of those dreams I believe in are now and forever more
The reason I’m seeing so clearly is truly you
Cause you are my new high

I love you
Darling, it's always been true
Track Name: tonight
I hear you talking
About how you ain't got love tonight
I feel you walking in the sand
Letting the darkness take over your light

Well, darling don't despair
You're in your element in my head
Looking lovely tonight
And don't you tell yourself that you ain't the shit
Ain't a question about it, I've been looking all of my life

I feel you hoping that I'm open, to a new love tonight
Your heart is broken, chipped to pieces
Trying to find someone who's decent
To spend the night

But, darling don't despair
You're in your element in my head
Looking lovely tonight
And don't you tell yourself that you ain't the shit
Ain't a question about it, I've been looking all of my life

All of my life, all of my life, all of my life I've been searching for you

And the way she opens eyes
And the way she loses her mind
And the way she wills it to be
Ain't nothing better than roots of a tree
Track Name: untethered
That's when she said, I want something just a slower
To calm and ease that head
So I start to feel as if I know her
And, I try my best not to forget

But take this tether from my soul
It don't belong here anymore
You gone and done it all by yourself
Whatever love thinks it's got on us now
It's been a long road, but I know we'll work it out (yes, we will)

When I cry, Ray you are my sunshine
So I try, yes I try, just for you
And when I laugh, the clouds seem to say goodbye
So I try, yes I try, just for you

But take this tether from my soul
It don't belong here anymore
You gone and done it all by yourself
Whatever love thinks it's got on us now
It's been a long road, but I know we'll work it out (yes, we will)

That's when she said, she wants something just a slower
To calm and ease that head
So I try, yes I try, Lord knows I do
But in the end, it's me who I'm best.
Track Name: positive potential
I'm confused, it's as simple as that
Did I just wake up, and am I really writing rap?
Or could it be a rhythmic cryptic conncoction
Of vocalistic emotional soul, mixed with a little bit of personal growth

I haven't always been this way, I used to not believe in myself everyday
But then I looked in the mirror in vain, for something better in myself
To stop the pain, and accept my fate

I'm not preaching, I'm staying alive
My heartache is what drives me, deep inside
To become a better person, whose not hurting other's lives
I wanna be the positive potential in your life

Here we go, here's my dream and there's my soul
You're so beautiful, but you must believe it on your own.

I'm confused but I will not give up
Haven't lost a battle, I just need to give a fuck
And keep trying to live every amazing moment of life
Without missing out on limited moments of your time

I'm not pretending to know I figured it own
But something in the reminder helps me out
And, I hope it helps you too
Remember the reason you're alive
Whatever that may be, keep the dream alive

I'm not preaching, I'm staying alive
My heartache is what drives me, deep inside
To become a better person, whose not hurting other's lives
I wanna be the positive potential in your life

Here we go, here's my dream (sleeve) and there's my soul
You're so beautiful, but you must believe it on your own.

You are so beautiful
Track Name: more than life
First take I ever done
Go on ask me where it comes from
And I'll say I don't know

Go on tell me what you think of the truth
Cause here I sit from my point of view
And it ain't right

We focus too much on ourselves these days
Got addictions but we can't even quell our fate
I got half a mind to say it's been done, and I ain't even going to try

A million miles a minute, only seconds to a definitive finish
And I'm stuck in the middle of it, trying to be more content
But, baby don't you worry, there is nothing like you in my life

Cause I look at you
And you see me through
to the point where I believe that I can fly

Cause I look at you
And I see right through
So much more than my life