MetroSongs, Volume 7: Connections

by MetroSongs by Jason Mendelson

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released March 18, 2017

Art by Caleb Menzies
Photographs by various contributors
Mostly tracked, partially mixed, and completely mastered by JM at An Undisclosed Location.
Tysons Corner, McLean, Suitland, and Ballpark mixed by Ken Barnum.
Marching band recorded at FedEx Field by Ken Barnum.
Grand piano (Tysons, Suitland) tracked at Bias Studios, Alexandria, VA.

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MetroSongs by Jason Mendelson Washington, D.C.

Multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer Jason Mendelson of Alexandria, Virginia created MetroSongs in 2010 with the goal of writing and recording a unique original song for each of the DC area's 91 Metro station locations, based on local history and character. The project was completed in April 2017 with Volumes 7 & 8. ... more

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Track Name: Landover
We are the greatest band in the NFL
marching for eighty years so you know us well
Landover is our home but wherever we may roam
you'll want to join us and sing along
cheering Hail, Hail, Hail!
Track Name: Tysons Corner
Goodbye is a word that I heard in the movies
but we're not the kind to be known for great acting
when we met after work and you asked me to light up your last cigarette
we shared the smoke for a few years that neither of us would be soon to
forget

Every time I drive down here anymore
all I think of is the time in the food court
when we believed that everything happened to be
leading to something

Walk with me here through the mall
I've got a great big surprise
I'll reach in my pocket and give you a ring
this could be something

Hello was the first of the words we exchanged here
that quickly dissolved in an echoing chorus
what we built in a town where a river of pavement divides it in two
all fell apart in that one perfect scene where you cut me and ran me straight through

Every time I drive down here anymore
all I think of is the time in the food court
when I believed that everything happened to be
leading to something

Remember that time in the mall
I got a great big surprise
I reached in my pocket to give you a ring
you left me with nothing

Here's to our second chance
Here's to our second chance
five long years go by
I still believe that everything happens to be
leading us here where I fought to hold back the tears
I still believe it starts with this one cup of tea
now that we're here I'm hoping you'll finally see
I still believe
Track Name: McLean
Between the subtle shading of absence and light lies the nuance of illusion All the code crackers are working on a sculpture, keeping them awake every night Keeping them awake every night Losing their minds, Losing their minds

Totally invisible, how the heck’s it possible? Information transmitted underground Calculate the latitude, I can do the longitude, grab a shovel, let’s get to work tonight Only Double-W knows Losing our minds (Kryptos, Kryptos) We’re losing our minds (Kryptos, Kryptos) (organ) Wonderful things

The candle flickers from the hot air escaping from the chamber where I made a breach in the corner Clearing out debris, tell me, Howard what do you see? Details of the room emerge presently Tell me Howard, what do you see? I’m losing my mind (Kryptos, Kryptos) I’m losing my mind (Kryptos, Kryptos) Losing my mind (Kryptos, Kryptos) I’m losing my mind (All hail, Kryptos) (???) Wonderful things
Track Name: Suitland
Every year this rolls around
once the snow has lifted
every person fills a form
and soon forgets they’re vested

carry one for the other
so does one man say what he really made
and did the other man pay what he really paid
to the man down in Suitland
everyone is counting on you
did you really tell me true

you know that road you drove today
to visit all your clients
did you think it paved itself?
this isn’t rocket science

carry one for the other
so does one man say what he really made
and did the other man pay what he really paid
to the man down in Suitland

there’s a woman with a baby on her arm
doesn’t know where her next meal is comin’ from
indirectly from me
indirectly from you
stamps that make her world go round

once again I find myself
on the edge of anger
not for nothing no one did
then it calmly passes

carry one for the other
so does one man say what he really made
and did the other man pay what he really paid
to the man down in Suitland
everyone is counting on you
did you really tell us true
everyone is counting on you

there’s a junkie with a needle in his arm
doesn’t know how to get back where he started from
indirectly from me
indirectly from you
a home to help him turn around
Track Name: Anacostia
Chorus:
We need unity
in the DMV
because BLACK LIVES MATTER
I mean it seriously
we need unity
in the U.S.A.
because BLACK LIVES MATTER every day

Educate! Educate! Educate!

Liberate! Liberate! Liberate!

AGITATE! AGITATE! AGITATE!
Track Name: Ballpark
If you ask me to take a trip back in time
to a simpler time in my life
when the only thing that I feared
was a swing and a miss

Find me sitting by the dugout, first base side
cheering the Nationals
buy me some peanuts and a half smoke
every time and throw in some Dippin' Dots
at the Ballpark

Terry talked about baseball back in the day
the guys like Mantle and Mays
then there's Van Lingle Mungo, courtesy Dave
I guess that name was his fave
John runs out to play center field, My Oh My!

Find me...

This could be the year that Teddy wins again

Jayson, provin' his worth, hittin' dingers even when he broke his wrist divin' down in the dirt
Zimmerman with the plan on the first base bag
and his eye on the ball always ready to tag
Strasburg, record breakin' fourteen K's,
sat 'em down in short order on his very first day
then Bryce, beaned, didn't get mean, just stole home plate
takin' one for the team!

If you ask me to tell you about Arthur Gorman
the president of this club back in 1867, he got a lot done
took his team on the first tour of the nation to play other clubs
so the newspapers joined on the train
and they wrote about the victories
they went 9 and 1

Find me...
Track Name: Naylor Road
Hangin' with my bff MJ at the roller rink every Saturday
left my skates at my mom's so I have to rent a pair
hope i get the ones that match the color scrunchy in my hair
Pair skate all skate girls skate boys skate
oh my god i got a high five

Who's that boy roller skating up to me? Whos' that boy?

come on L'Faith now take my hand I just saw him pass by
Let's blow past all these losers so that you can catch his eye
he's got so many tricks he must have been sent from above
he takes my hand and spins me round i think that i'm in love

Part II:
I never want to live without your love
you're my one and only hon, our love will rise above
if a clear blue sky fades into gray
i believe in you and me, our love will never stray

Every word I said and you can bet I meant it too
every thing I did meant nothing without you
when you hold my hand I know you love me too
everything means nothing without you
Track Name: Greensboro
My dinner with Andy in this strip mall
my ignorant questions, he answers them all
I’ll have more in the future, I’m so quite sure
all over the world there’s 10,000 more
Yesterday I planned to make this about a Korean place
that’s a story for another time and place
so I met Andy at a different kind of place

My dinner with Andy was without flair
just nice after work to grab a bite somewhere
this sea of commuting, I nearly drown
what once was the sticks is a bustling town
Yesterday I planned to make this about a Korean place
that’s a story for another time and place
so I met Andy at a different kind of place

a conversation that oughta be happening more often
person to person, a little understanding sure does go a long way
ought to be talking with each other so many choices
of world cuisine to facilitate this discussion

breaking our bread with our hands
and passing the salt if you can
gather together, variety spices up all our lives

My dinner with Andy again next week
he works until 6, so say 6:15
join us with your questions, there’s lots of time
to answer them thoughtfully as we dine
Track Name: Southern Avenue
Clean, diagonal line
Never better if you have some free time
Three square miles of a sensitive town
Southern Avenue is down

The Arc and Building Bridges and the Convenant House
Just a few steps south of the border
peek out of the tunnel just to look at the trees
maybe take a bus to the harbor

Clean, diagonal line
Never better if you have some free time
Three square miles of a sensitive town
Southern Avenue is down

Lots of single family ramblers
Hanging out at Iverson Mall
Census Bureau just a bit farther
Trying to make sense of it all
Track Name: White Flint
Now for our 25th monopoly
We’ve brought our finest demolition crew
If you don’t leave we’ll have to throw you out
We doubt you really have the stones to sue
London Bridge is falling down
Close behind is White Flint Mall
Track Name: Forest Glen
(instrumental)
Track Name: Congress Heights
Looking out my window to the blue sky up above
unprepared for what I might find here
the last step in a written story meant to give a voice
to those who have been truly locked away

Denise was here but now she’s gone
she left her name to carry on
and how I wish she were still here with me

I wish that I was sailing down that river far away
I’ve been here for way too long, why do I have to stay?
medication morning noon and night with thorazine
doesn’t help you sleep when all your neighbors do is scream oh, oh

history inside these walls, Dorothea Dix
moral treatment, psycotherapy to heal the sick
many stories through these halls as Karlyn came to learn
too many to hear from just 5 days inside that world

You don’t have to be crazy to work here but it helps
reads the poster on the office wall

I wish that I was sailing down that river far away
I’ve been here for way too long, why do I have to stay?
medication morning noon and night with thorazine
doesn’t help you sleep when all your neighbors do is scream oh, oh

Part II: Last shot at redemption
Last hope of reflection
One little exception
Numb to the dimension
I wish I was sailing (on a river far away)