44​-​year​-​old Teenager

by Jon Lester

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For most of the 32 years I've been recording myself, I've been using cassette multitrack recorders, Casio keyboards and problematic guitars. My songwriting process is every bit as raw now as it was in 1982, and that's one thing that makes me a 44-year old teenager.


released May 12, 2014

All songs by Jonathan D. Lester (BMI)



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Jon Lester Crawford, Georgia

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Track Name: Wall of Rimz
Track Name: Mak'r 4 U
i have more to think about now
more things to decide
i hear more things I've said before, how
i have to live my life

i wanted to believe in you and know
i could trust your words
i still have my other goals
i can't stop for the hurt

so you cut off everything
it's not my everything

i can't tell you a thing
but i have my everything now
Track Name: We Only Danced Once
we only danced once

she wanted a rest
I did what she said
and I said I'd wait as long
as I must

she stayed near me
we sat through the event
everything felt fine but we
never did dance again

since then
I've felt better
I've looked better
I've moved better

dates on the sideline
staying in our own chairs
she never acted bored and there was
truth, until she chose an excuse

since then
I've felt better
I've looked better
I've moved better

and the ones who chose to dance since then were fine
but it's just never been the same

since then
I've felt better
I've looked better
I've moved better
I've danced better

we only danced once
Track Name: Hartwell

we used to go across the lake
to bet our video hands
then they started coming our way
when we had itches to scratch


then we both got the same games
and stayed more in our states
then there wasn't no money nowhere
left for our dirt track race

and we couldn't get out of hartwell
'cause gas made us too far away
so we stayed


we lost our girlfriends in anderson
with the radio change
there never was any bus to catch either place
for any shade


here and there, 3 for 2
make a dollar, give one away
the jockey lot empties your house
'cause you got bills to pay

take your daughter to work with you
even if you hustle by day
'cause there ain't no real difference
between careers anyway
wouldn't you say