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Pure Garbage

by John Shields

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    The idea for Pure Garbage began as a visual art project that would have theoretically involved me collecting a bunch of trash and then turning it into a sports coat or something artistic. This would have been brilliant, but I'm a musician and not a visual artist. Instead, I wrote a bunch of folk songs with a similar theme to the art project to be.

    These are all songs about miscommunication and issues between individuals on a deeper level. I think I really felt emotionally connected to these themes over the years I worked on it, as they were my junior and senior years of high school. Insecurity really shows through; especially on the softer tracks.

    Anyways, I'll get to the point. I spent two years working on these little songs; so please enjoy them!
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1.
Rubbish 01:47
2.
why don't you just calm down? indulge in a cup of tea if I were even slightly disappointed the crickets would chirp at me you shouldn't have to worry. I am a nihilist let me reiterate so you can understand exactly what that is is it so unusual to be as insecure as this? even owning space and time I'd probably just make fun of it I understand your concern and promise I'm not depressed it just happens that people are the irrational lowest of the best if I were surprised you might as well just go somewhere where the gas is free and infinite daisies grow is it so unusual to be as insecure as this? even owning space and time I'd probably just make fun of it I understand your concern and promise I'm not depressed
3.
Hidden Gem 01:58
Something that struck me When you burst out through the door Was that I know that nothing cuter Has cried that way before It’s selfish to think That you’d be in less pain If you cut communication And waltz’d over my way None of the others know you in the same way (Woo-hoo) You’re a hidden gem and your eyeliner is stained (Woo-hoo) And I could never bring myself to say that I adore you Every time your lips part The aurora borealis Sets sail with me to greater things And it’s a work of art If you would just cut ties With the toxic implications Then maybe you’d find That you feel like I do None of the others know you in the same way (Woo-hoo) You’re a hidden gem and your eyeliner is stained (Woo-hoo) If I could just bring myself to say that I adore you But I could never bring myself to say that I adore you
4.
Velvet Red 03:52
My eyes Are dilated Though I’m not high They just like to widen The trees are ablaze The daisies are lit by The morning Velvet red Chair’s sun faded The weather seems warm From the insulation Don’t open that door You’ll find you are mistaken I don’t need love Well maybe I do But I don’t need love From you Socks, no shoes It’s more without you Slide on the tile Twirl with style Dance to a groove Lay on the couch By the fire No, I’m not sick I’m just aching Underneath all The colors unbreaking The sun’s in my face, So I can’t stand to talk to you I don’t need love Well maybe I do But I don’t need love From you I don’t need love Well maybe I do But I don’t need love From you So don’t pick me up And don’t drop me off ‘Cuz I wanna just lay around
5.
Charity 04:58
You never told me how much it hurts to be so lonely. I just assumed that I lacked the gut to testify. It always seemed neglect was easy, cuz I dealt it. Now on this bus ride home I’m understanding why. It’s hard to be Charity. If you’d believe me girl... If you’d believe me girl... If you’d believe me girl... If you’d believe me girl... I’ll try to change. In the beginning, there was darkness before light. Maybe that darkness is the reason I’m so blind. Maybe the darkness is a boat without an anchor. If I could lighten up the room, I’d be no stranger. It’s hard to have clarity. If you’d believe me girl... If you’d believe me girl... If you’d believe me girl... If you’d believe me girl... I’ll try to change. Though I sound angry, I’m not angry at you. I’m angry at the things I do. I should be wiser, and not so insecure. And learn to say sorry to you. You never told me how much it hurts to be so lonely.
6.
I pass you trotting cross the square. My hazy being faded into air. But I don’t know you, I only know the past. How could I turn to The sickly stain you massed? Cuz I adore you and I want this feeling to last. And I’ll continue, cuz I want this feeling to last. Nowadays you’re always wearing black. You reveal to me the devil’s almanac. But I don’t know you, I only know the past. How could I turn to The sickly stain you massed? Cuz I adore you and I want this feeling to last And I’ll continue, cuz I want to kiss your ass. Fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters, Let’s care, let’s care for one another. Dark times, dark times may be upon us. The peace and love can go beyond this. What’s your name? Do you have one? Where’s your home? Do you own one? Where’s your kin? Do you have one? Where’s your grave? Did you dig one? Where’s your wall? Did you build one? (Fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters,) Where’s your pride? Do you keep one? (Let’s care, let’s care for one another.) Where’s your mind? Do you use one? (Dark times, dark times may be upon us.) Where’s your mind? (The peace and love can go beyond this.) Where’s your mind? (Fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters,) Where’s your mind? (Let’s care, let’s care for one another.) Where’s your mind? (Dark times, dark times may be upon us.) (The peace and love can go beyond this.) Where’s your mind?
7.
Trash 00:54
8.
Houston 03:57
the faculty may say that I have no brain, I am a child anyhow, could never understand it through my ADD, they've called me a monster ever since you came back from Houston when your hair is falling you remember to pray when the chaos starts you will understand pain you're setting up this radio we bought you on father's day keeping your composure hasn't been insane until you came back from Houston they say god loves all his children that's what the friendly women say they came over when you were out at work and sat in little circles and begged for you to stay come back from Houston
9.
Self Pity 03:06
I make mistakes that I can never take back, I’m a mess and that’s a matter of fact, I’m gone, far gone I can’t run away from the future, And I can run away from the past, I’m gone, far gone And I’ll step into that casket, And I’ll never look back I’m an experiment gone wrong, Where do I belong? I swear I’ll die alone, ‘Cuz I’m nothing And if anybody ever loved me, They sure as hell don’t no more, I’m gone, far gone And I thought I could make someone love me, But I guess I’m just a bore, I’m gone, far gone And I’ll step into that coffin, And I’ll never look back I’m an experiment gone wrong, Where do I belong? I swear I’ll die alone, ‘Cuz I’m nothing And I’ll step into that casket, And I’ll never look back I’m an experiment gone wrong, Where do I belong? I swear I’ll die alone, ‘Cuz I’m nothing
10.
None of me can walk anymore, My feet are numb and my legs are sore, I’ve traveled too far, and my skin is blue It’s been too long since the days, You sang your poetry in a haze That reminded me to adore you You used to be my Polaroid, My cotton candy in the void Who do you pretend to be now? My shoes are falling apart; battered soles Though in reality, we’re the souls That have no frame of reference anyhow.
11.
Friend of spirit, friend of mine, I promise I’ll write you most of the time. Make some sense out of this place we live in And share it with me. After all, it’ll get better And I know what we’re going to do together: Take the time to notice how we’re wrong, And we’re wrong every once in awhile. It’s not my style to be so happy, But I’m trying to be happy for you. For all we know it could be the answer. I’ll love the world, and so should you. Friend of merits, reason, rhyme, I’m tempted to rely on you instead of mankind. Every time I call, you answer brightly, And say “Hello!” (Hello, Hello) You pick me up when I’m sad. I tell ya, you’re the best thing I’ve ever had. And I will always be around for you When you need me to. It’s not my style to be so happy, But I’m trying to be happy for you. For all we know it could be the answer. I’ll love the world, and so should you. It’s not my style to be so happy, But I’m trying to be happy for you. For all we know it could be the answer. I’ll love the world, and so should you.
12.
Lullaby 04:30
Honestly I've never heard of this game, I could tell you I love you but I'd be lying again And it's easy to lie I've done it before. I lie next to you every night oh how that's a chore I'd get some money, pack my bags. I bet you'd understand But it's cold out there and strangers are cruel, would it be stranger if I stayed your fool If you'd just hold me tight. If you would hold me just right We could try to forget what it means to not give a shit at all So I'm sending this signal and I hope it reaches you. And when it finally does I hope that I'm not misconstrued Because my message is out of range. Come back home so I can try my best to translate If you'd just hold me tight. If you would hold me just right We could try to forget what it means to not give a shit at all If you'd just hold me tight. If you would hold me just right We could try to forget what it means and make fun of it If I met you in any other circumstance, there'd be a great demand, you'd want me I knew I'd write you a song, but not this one Kinda hoped it'd be something more fast paced and fun If you'd just hold me tight, If you would hold me just right We could try to forget what it means to not give a shit at all
13.
Pure Garbage 03:02
When the world is pure garbage, We’ll have to get out of this mess, Before all the rest do And my arms carry our luggage, Of suicide and war, The things we fight to keep but fight to lose We ten billion saviors, Are all but demons, too, With bags of spoiled food and razorwire If you think this place is garbage, Just wait a few more years, And see what the human race is for

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An album centered around feelings of disconnect that I procured during my junior and senior years of high school.

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released March 8, 2017

produced by John Shields
recorded in and around Winchester, KY
engineered by John Shields and Ethan Walls

majority of tracks recorded at the home of John Shields,
as well as 1st Presbyterian, KY, and GRC Art Wing (recorded by John Shields)
with additional recording at Worcshop Studios, KY (recorded by Ethan Walls)

mixed by Ethan Walls and John Shields
mastered by Ethan Walls

all songs written by John Shields
artworks by John & Cassie Shields and Jordan Wright

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