Michigan Ex Machina (She Wasn't Me)

by Jack of None

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Music by A.G. SYJUCO
Lyrics and Poems by MAXINE SYJUCO

Vocals by MAXINE SYJUCO
Guitar, bass, synth and programming by A.G. SYJUCO

Written and recorded in Chicago IL, 11/2018

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It’s cold on the avenue they call Michigan
People walking by in a hurry
They scurry-- to and fro--
Colder still on the streets of Manila
Where we starve each other for affection
Attention
Affliction
of love.

On the park bench your name unfolds
with the dying leaves--
Pages of an unwritten manuscript
that reads pieces of you and me--
strewn here and there--
What we are
What we might be

A man walks up to me and asks for a cigarette
At the deadest pace imaginable,
I give it to him.
I stick it to him hard-- cold and bitter
Like the punctuations that disarray your name,
your memory, the fight or flight of grammatical errors
in your syntax of song
And I watch as your memory betrays me
Burning in ashes

(He wasn't you)
(She wasn't me)
(They weren't we)
(They weren't we)

(I called him you)
(I called her me)
(They weren't we)
(They weren't we)

So I make my way home, empty handed
The wind howls slow with menacing madness
Slower still by the light of your absence
Noticing each pause pedantic in silence
How we danced these streets, how we bled them dry,
we soaked up the rivers and drowned in the sky
Now I starve without your affection
And this affliction
is Love

In my bedside drawer I search for something lost and unwound
Pieces of you and me wrapped up in a book unbound
I search, and I search, until I find
Dear God, there it is--

My mind.

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released December 7, 2018
Music by A.G. SYJUCO
Lyrics and Poems by MAXINE SYJUCO

Vocals by MAXINE SYJUCO
Guitar, bass, synth and programming by A.G. SYJUCO

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Jack of None Chicago, Illinois

JACK OF NONE is an experimental rock band comprised of siblings A.G. Syjuco (principal music composer on guitar, bass, synthesizers and programming), Maxine Syjuco (poet-songwriter and vocalist), and Julian Syjuco (session guitar).

The band has received critical acclaim for their forward-thinking approach to fusing electronically-charged experimental music with spoken word poetry.
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