Don't Be Scared

by Inky the Cat

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Recorded over a period of transitions and uncertainties, as always. Thanks for listening.

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released March 29, 2017

Music + lyrics: Dan DeMarco

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Inky the Cat Iowa City, Iowa

Inky the Cat writes music mostly with a guitar but sometimes he uses drums and organs and stuff. Folky singer-songwriter type tunes from Iowa City.

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Track Name: Old Milwaukee
OLD MILWAUKEE
Took too long to answer when you asked me how I was
Creeping on your Facebook while I mumble my response
Used to be so easy to relate my state of mind
Now I just half-ass a smile, we both know I’m not trying now

But maybe it’s just as well
Maybe it’s just the way I live now

I used to pride myself on how easy I bounced back
Figured if I let shit slide I wouldn’t never need to react
Now I get to deconstruct my memories one by one
Find the point where my misguided story had begun

I’ll ignore these warning signs without a second thought
Acting oblivious is the only game I’ve got
And I can keep this shit up like it’s going out of style

Entertain the cycle of denial for a while
Track Name: There Will Come a Time
THERE WILL COME A TIME
I've been tossed around by fate so long
But here I am still going strong
And I never know what fortune's got in store

My luck's run out so many times, it's a regular event
It's the only thing I'm sure of anymore

And I'm still learning how to keep my happy thoughts around
Whenever my esteem's under attack
Losing touch with everyone
But I don't mind because there will come a time
When I can look right back and laugh

I've been dishonest with my heart before
But now I'm turning 24
And I think I know how love's supposed to feel

My overactive imagination's tricked me in the past
So I'm holding on to what's definitely real

And I'm still learning how to keep my happy thoughts around
Depression's got my face pinned to the floor
Losing touch with everyone
But I don't mind because there will come a time
When nothing matters anymore

I've stopped wondering whether fate will smile
Or if I'm acting like a child
Just like everyone who knows me knows I do

It's like wondering if the wind will blow or the day turn into night
And I'm sick of trying to hide out from the moon

And I'm still learning how to keep my happy thoughts around
Whenever my esteem is cut in half
Losing touch with everyone
But I don't mind because there will come a time
When I can look right back and laugh
Track Name: Foolish to Assume
FOOLISH TO ASSUME
Thought I knew the answer when I was just a boy
I had that dumb resolve that nothing could destroy
But I've grown flimsy now as many years have passed
Learned the hard way yeah that nothing really lasts
Perfect like it was in the past

And oh the injustice of it all
It's been tearing at my soul for way too long
Wondering where the hell I went wrong
See what I've become and move on

She used to come around maybe once or twice a year
Plans to the wayside, playing everything by ear
Late night rendezvous in the backseat of my car
Feelings left unsaid just in case we missed the bar
But you know I never could see that far

Things I deprive myself of
For reasons vague to me now
How do you like me now

Thought I knew it all when I was just a kid
I never put much thought into the selfish things I did
But all that stupid shit has caught up to me now
Made me wanna kick and scream and cuss out loud
When I learned what all the fuss was about

And oh the injustice of it all
It's been tearing at my soul for way too long
Nights I'm still baying at the moon
It can get like this when I'm lonely in my room
It was foolish to assume anything
Just where I belong
Wondering where the hell I went wrong
See what I've become and move on
Track Name: Marcie Make It Better
MARCIE MAKE IT BETTER
The snowstorm hit our town not long after nightfall
The roads are closing down again
The shops are turning off the little lights in their windows
To say tonight just stay in your bed

But Marcie knows how to make things better
She’s got both her hands in my hair
I close my eyes in the darkness now 
I could be anywhere

Protesters on the corner are telling the people
We’re living in uncertain times
But I’m staying in the dark
Because Marcie knows I don’t need anything on my mind
Track Name: Don't Let It Get You Down
DON'T LET IT GET YOU DOWN
Some people really seem to understand what's going on
And right away they'll tell you everything that you believe is completely wrong

Well times are hard but don't let em get you down
Even if it seems like nothing's about to turn itself around
Don't let it get you down

Some people take it upon themselves to tell you everything's a chore
They let you know that every path you've chosen has been false across the board

Well times are hard but don't let em get you down
Even if it seems like nothing's about to turn itself around
Don't let it get you down

With all the moments I catch myself recalling less than perfect times
It's pretty fucking important that I try to bear this shit in mind

And some people, yeah certain folks will try to educate me for my sake
They tell me every choice I make has been a dangerous mistake

With all the moments I catch myself recalling less than perfect times
It's pretty fucking important that I try to bear this shit in mind
It happens all the time, so here's one more reminder
Track Name: Lift My Spirit
LIFT MY SPIRIT
Who’s gonna lift my spirit now
Now I’ve regressed to my natural state
I’m only a person if there’s people around
So who’s gonna lift my spirit now

Who’s gonna help me distract myself
Who’s gonna be my excuse for the night
This is around where I start spiraling down
So who’s gonna lift my spirit now

I’m so sick of these fucks
Trying to glamorize the struggle that’s been taking up my day to day now

My depression’s not an art form
Nothing's gonna come of this that's gonna make it all worthwhile

How can I trust my senses again
It’s a disease, not a means to an end
How am I supposed to wanna be your friend
When I’ve witnessed first-hand all of the shit you spin
Track Name: Miraculous Vision
MIRACULOUS VISION
When I was you, long ago
My paranoid delusions ran the show
And when the going got tough
I didn’t go anywhere
I just lashed out in a panic instead

It was all in my head
And I just had to wait
Miraculous vision came and set me straight

And I’ve always been one
To put my faith in fate
Miraculous vision gonna set me straight

And if you tried to get through in any meaningful way
I would scoff at any sentiment that you tried to convey
Because I didn't quite grasp the true meaning of it
Until all my past illusions had faded

Now it’s all too familiar, the place that I’m in
Yeah, times are getting hard just like they’ve always been
And when the going gets tough
I don’t go anywhere
I just practice being perfectly still

It’s taken all of my will
And I’ll just have to wait
Miraculous vision gonna set me straight

And I’ve always been one
To put my faith in fate
Miraculous vision gonna set me straight
Track Name: Sparkler Gone Dark
SPARKLER GONE DARK
Voice like a campfire, head like a doll
Cracks carried under porcelain skin
Tattooed and sprawling figures make their mark
Still can't find the spark to begin

And the words on your arms won't fade
Even when your tired body has turned in for the night
These memories just won't go away
They replay behind your weary mind
You say it's all all right

But what will you do
When it's all caught up with you?

Mistakes start to pile up, follow you around
Still won't make a sound when you're afraid
You said one of these days I just won't show up again
Forced out every friend you might have made

And you look so much older than you should
An effect from the anxiety you're never gonna face
You know that it won't do you any good
Just to force a grin and bear it in that unforgiving place

What will you do
When it's all caught up with you?
Track Name: Saw You in My Dream
SAW YOU IN MY DREAM
What I was before you darling
You don't have to know
It's bigger than me, this thing we've started
And you know I can't say no
And what if I left the light on for you
Let you come and go
Won't you say where you've gone this time my darling
Won't you tell me when you're coming back home

And I remember your face so vivid
When I saw you in my dream last night
Whisper words I can't explain now

So here she comes gliding right in asking for me
So here she comes white as a sheet asking for me
So here she comes fingers outstretched asking for me
So here she comes teeth on my neck asking for me
Track Name: Frightening Thing
FRIGHTENING THING
Autumn came with a whirlwind storm
Hurricane with a fearsome form
Threatened my home on a TV screen
Never saw such a frightening thing

Called your home when the hours grew long
Said to call if anything was wrong
And every time the goddamn phone would ring
Never heard such a frightening thing

Lost control when the hour was late
I let you see the me we both hate
And now your smile has lost its sheen
Never done a more frightening thing