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Divided States

by Jimmy Dias

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1.
Let me tell you 'bout all the choices and mistakes What can happen when you ignore your chosen fate Avoidance of the truth pushing forward to a wall All and all its pointless and the points will change it all Waiting for you Just waiting for you I'm waiting for you Just waiting for you to arrive Hate to admit that I sent it all away Trying to control, wanted it a certain way Something in my center told me I had got off track So I pushed it to the future to connect it to the past Waiting for you Just waiting for you I'm waiting for you Just waiting for you to arrive Although in space and time our proximity is close There's distance in our minds, our presence somewhere else I know better now and I feel like I have grown On this journey I've embarked on into the great unknown Waiting for you Just waiting for you I'm waiting for you Just waiting for you Waiting for you Waiting for you Waiting for you Waiting for you to arrive
2.
Be Free 02:43
If we say that we're nothing and found it to be true That we've got an identity attached to continue Been put down so many fucking times by my own worst enemy Why you looking at me? Are you gonna ask me? Who's gonna stop me? Are you gonna be free? Well I've heard it all before What you say is nothing new Not gonna give up To myself I am true Sick and tired of the same old trap Cause we're hollow inside and we're breaking apart We're free Do you wanna be free? Are you gonna stop me? I'm gonna be free Used to think that I couldn't make it But now I see the light That looking for less with the more you got There's no chance unless you try Heard you were an asshole And that you didn't know how To open up yourself Freedom to allow Get out of my way Get out of my life Doesn't matter who's wrong Doesn't matter who's right You'll see Who's gonna stop me? Are you gonna stop me? Do you wanna be free? I'm gonna be free Do you wanna be free? I'm gonna be free Be free with me
3.
Addiction 02:13
Used to go out drinking Thought it was fun Just a way to avoid the feeling Of burning in the sun Woah oh oh Caught in a 3D world Woah oh oh Addicted to an LA girl Spent all day smoking Lost in a cloud Could have used what I wasted Time is all I got Woah oh oh Caught in a 3D world Woah oh oh Addicted to an LA girl Go get a job, if you Don't like the one you got Learn to play the drums now baby Or maybe not Woah oh oh Caught in a 3D world Woah oh oh Addicted to an LA girl Woah oh oh Caught in a 3D world Woah oh oh Addicted to an LA girl
4.
There's a way things could have gone A way it might have been Focus on what's passing by Or what's ahead Would you stand for what you believe? Would you change your mind? Separation of the ego self Is where it all resides Stand and Unite Stand, You and I Stand and Unite Stand, You and I We're divided and we're lost Always staring down At devices that distract And keep us bound All of it for tracking? Or a useful tool? I like the way you're thinking now Breaking all the rules Stand and Unite Stand, You and I Stand and Unite Stand, You and I Worry about a future time That hasn't happened yet Dwell on a thought I had When I was seventeen Come back to the present friend It's all you truly have What's important is who you are now As things are moving fast Stand and Unite Stand, You and I Stand and Unite Stand, You and I Stand and Unite Stand, You and I Stand and Unite Stand, You and I
5.
Taking Sides 02:17
There's nothing more disgusting Then when Mr. Donald Speaks I'd rather vote for All the freaks and geeks Well I don't get it And I don't like it Get that fool out of my face Woah oh Is this really happening? Woah oh What does it all mean? Don't mean to spread more hate What else can I say? Who do I vote for when I lost my faith? I don't like taking sides So how am I to decide Woah oh Is this really happening? Woah oh What does it all mean? Swinging the pendulum Gaining momentum Another man harassing women I don't like taking sides So how am I to decide Woah oh Is this really happening? Woah oh What does it all mean? Woah oh Is this really happening? Woah oh You go to be kidding?
6.
Better Days 03:00
Don't got any money and nothing left to show Lost it all on things I thought would help me grow I get that there are lessons A hard and easy way Been searching for the answers to truly help me say I want better days I want some I want better days i want some yeah I want better days I want some I want better days I want some right now A choice to avoid or embrace my current state Determines what will happen So I don't hesitate I could blame another Deny what's happening Or realize my creation Start over again I want better days I want some I want better days i want some yeah I want better days I want some I want better days I want some right now I want some, I want some right now Don't got any money and nothing left to show Lost it all on things I felt would help me grow I get that there are lessons A hard and easy way Been searching for the answers to truly help me say I want better days I want some I want better days i want some yeah I want better days I want some I want better days I want some right I want some right I want some right now
7.
The Scene 01:50
Doesn't matter where you are You don't even have to look that far You get back what you put in Change occurs with discipline Doesn't matter how you dress There's no one to impress We have our highs and lows It all comes down to what you choose Action taking and what you do Live your life or fade away Time keeps ticking night and day Don't tell me what to think Don't tell me how to feel Don't tell me what do do You're called on to this music scene To help build community You can't do it if you're a lone wolf So focus where your attention goes To know how things got the way they are You really don't have to look that far Words don't matter or what you do I believe in a better you Don't mind what I say to you Don't mind if it's all true Don't mind the water fall
8.
Vanish Away 02:12
I can't understand how things move so fast It's like I was never there When I look back, I see it all gone I watch it disappear As stupid as that sounds Look at my life and its not the same Can't go back to where it all began Vanish away, Vanish away Vanish away, Vanish away Try to have fun, try to get along Have trouble following through Things are not the same as they were before Even when they're new I wish I could reveal All the hidden secret trails Discover what it all unveils Vanish away, Vanish away Vanish away, Vanish away I can't understand how things move so fast It's like I was never there When I look back, I see it all gone I watch it disappear As stupid as that sounds I Look at my life and its not the same Can't go back to where it all began Vanish away, Vanish away Vanish away, Vanish away Vanish away, Vanish away Vanish away, Vanish away
9.
Whiner 02:22
There you go again Whine, bitch and complain What good do your words do No actioin or follow through You're just a stupid fucking whiner Shut your mouth you stupid piece of shit Don't want to hear any more complaining Stop your bitching before I have a fit You sound like a baby Crying and lazy Always wanting, never giving No way to go on living You're just a stupid fucking whiner Shut your mouth you stupid piece of shit Don't want to hear any more complaining Stop your bitching before I have a fit Get off your ass Do something about it Trash talking and blaming A sure way to lose this game Always looking Never finding pleasure Stuck in thoughts created in the past Always searching for a new Nirvana Future projecting Moving way too fast
10.
Tough Guy 02:29
Why do you push people around Is to make yourself seem big Or to show us how tough you are Or make us thing you're mean Violence and fear Doesn't prove anything One day you'll pick the wrong person There gonna make you pay You pick on people smaller than you You try to impress your friends When they're not around You show who you are You're just as scared As the rest of us You're not as tough as you may think You hide behind it all I choose not to fight But I'm not afraid of you In fact I feel sorry Cause you got nothing better to do But to walk around in circles and get in someone's space Looking for another person To punch in the face
11.
When you feel like you are lost and like there's no one you can count on When there's nothing to look forward to Why bother doing what you do When you've lost touch with reality And you've forgotten all your dreams There's a certain drive inside That will get you through the night When you change your mind Don't lose hope There's nothing worse then when that light disappears And you can't see where you're headed If you keep on going and don't give up There's nothing that can stop you then When you've lost touch with reality And you've forgotten all your dreams There's a certain drive inside That will get you through the night When you change your mind Don't lose hope If you're feeling down Well then that's your right You got free will to choose Try to change your focus and Notice the difference With the choices made when you're aligned When you've lost touch with reality And you've forgotten all your dreams There's a certain drive inside That will get you through the night When you change your mind Don't lose hope Don't lose hope Don't lose hope Don't lose hope
12.
Hey Like the good old days Hey Like the good old days It's so simple But you try Too hard You only push it away So far Come near Let me show you my dear Watch now the fear As it disappears You're only chasing a cloud Like the good old days Like the good old days Like the good old days So I followed you And I thought You felt No, you didn't feel the same About me Now I see You only wanted one thing To be Another star in the sky On fire Burn out And shine It could have been so fun Like the good old days Like the good old days Like the good old days Like the good old days Like the good old days I gave it all I got I sacrificed a lot I guess it wasn't enough Well, hey Like the good old days Like the good old days Like the good old days Like the good old days Like the good old days Like the good old days Like the good old days Like the good old days Like the good old days Like the good old days Hey Like the good old days

about

JIMMY L. DIAS, BANDLEADER OF PSYCHEDELIC ROCK GROUP THE LOVE DIMENSION RETURNS TO A NEW DIRECTION FOR SOLO PROJECT “DIVIDED / STATES”

A time capsule of musical memory—a cardboard box of demo tapes stored away for more than two decades. Slipped from mind until rediscovered, the music on the tapes reflected Jimmy L. Dias’ early work in punk bands in Boston. Stylistically far from Jimmy’s psychedelic recordings, the music, recorded in the 90s, reflected early influences on Jimmy’s work—from The Velvet Underground to Jonathan Richman, Sex Pistols to Joy Division, Nirvana to Green Day—bringing together disparate streams of punk from its birth in the 70s to its diversification in the 80s to the “pop punk” styles of the 90s. Taking the stand-out tracks, Jimmy began to rework them and found that a lyrical theme emerged from those 12 songs that captured the spirit of division and disunity in the country following the 2016 election. As the revised tracks coalesced into their final versions, it became clear that the politically and ideologically “divided states” reflected deep separations within individuals who are yearning and struggling to find a path to wholeness. Divided / States—Jimmy’s first solo album drops on October 3, 2018 at Brick and Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco.

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released September 28, 2018

Jimmy L. Dias - Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums

Produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Vanessa Silberman in 2017 at Minbal Studio in Chicago, The Keep Recording in Denver, Lucky Recording Company in Brisbane, CA and A Diamond Heart Production Mobile Studio

*The drums and basic guitar tracks recorded December 2016 by Tyler Allen at Cherrywood Studio in Antioch, CA

Graphic design by Carissa Johnson

Photo by Todd Ingalls of Concrete Grey

Dodecagon Records 001

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