Front Porch Step. Jake Mcelfresh and his project our are Artist Of The Week in celebration of Aware, which is out now via Pure Noise Records. Jake did a Track-By-Track feature on Aware for PropertyOfZack, and you can read the feature below!
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ANGELS & DEMONS
The title of this song is not necessarily speaking of actual spiritual angels and demons. The Angel is the girl, while the demons are the reasons I don’t ever deserve to be with her (Anger, jealousy, Lust, etc.). Although I feel this way, I still want to be with the girl. At the end I speak about God finding Lucifer and chopping his hands off for basically receiving stolen property. (the property being my heart and soul). “the soul that I sold him had long belonged to you”. now I didn’t literally sell my soul to the devil. although I do believe in God, these lyrics are simply just a metaphor. I originally chose bad things over a good girl, because I felt like I didn’t deserve her, but I NEEDED her. ”Love don’t tell us what to do. it only shows us what we need. And whenever i’m alone with you; I know I’m where I want to be.”
This song is about being madly in love with a girl who wants nothing to do with you romantically. people have called this the “friend zone” anthem, but it really carries more of a background then a guy liking a girl who doesn’t want him. it’s about being friends with a girl for 5+ years that I was madly in love with. Watching her go through boyfriend after boyfriend. Heartache after heartbreak and having to listen to her complain about how “guys suck”. This song is about laying in bed with a girl that is just your friend, knowing that you want it to be so much more. “i’m sick of LYING in your bed, while we’re both LAYING down. you say, you want me for a friend. I hope you know I hate that sound.” but it is also about admitting it and accepting that it will never be. “now the deed is done and there is nothing left to say.”
PRIVATE FEARS IN PUBLIC PLACES
This is one of my favorite songs, that I’ve ever written. Unlike most of my other songs, this is not about any certain girl(s). This song is what i’d be willing to give to the right one. When I love someone, I love with all of my heart. this was my way of expressing that while being single and alone (lol)
what can I really say about this song? It is the result of being figuratively destroyed by a girl. Not only do I struggle with severe depression, and anxiety, but I also suffer from major abandonment issues resulting from my father leaving. Before my dad left he was my hero. I had what I thought was the perfect life. one day all of that childlike hope and wonder was stripped from me. I never felt that again until I met this girl. she made me happy when I never thought that was possible. She gave me life again and then stripped it away like my father did. I am over it now, but at the time this song was written, I thought she ruined me for the rest of my life. “you are cancer. you are plague”
IF I TREMBLE
this song was a gift and an attempt to fix a rocky relationship. this was written a few months before drown about the same girl. She was highly depressed and felt unloved. I wrote this as an honest representation of how I felt, and to show her how crazy she was to think I stopped loving her. Kind of like Willie Nelson’s ‘You were always on my mind’ except I wrote this before the relationship was over, to try to save it. “I see the fear in your eyes. I feel the pain in your heart. how can something so well put together be so torn apart?”
"they say the heart only wants what It can’t have. So I guess your hand, in mine, will never fit. ‘Cause if I could find my heart inside this empty frozen chest, then you would find that i’d give you all of it." it’s as simple as that.