Venus Guytrap

by David Johnson

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about

The original concept for "Venus Guytrap" was that it would be a reflection on male energy. I feel that, being gay, the interaction between two men can be that much more intense. This energy, of course, is universal as opposed to just in men (regardless of sexual orientation). My approach, however, was from the perspective of a homosexual man, so that is the context.

credits

released 05 July 2012
The amazing NICK RIPLEY at True Nature HQ in Seattle, WA recorded these tracks and I am forever grateful! Jessica Wright made the album cover for me, and Dave Barr contributed lyrically on the track "As Good As." I did the inside artwork.

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Track Name: Upstairs
It's been three months or so
Since I met you
And for all the hours in all the days
I still don't get you
I don't understand what's going on upstairs
All I know is I'm in the basement
Tryin' to get up there

Let's buy a half rack
And drive to the park
And we can drink 'em all
While we're sittin' in the car
How romantic is that?
You really captured my heart
And finding a man like you
Isn't really that hard

You just gotta look inside the bottle
And read the soggy note
With all those heavy words
How did it ever stay afloat?

I am bleeding
My disappointments are breeding fast
It's never gonna last
I am dying
And I am trying to stop crying

I'm always disappointed
After hanging out with you
You don't even take the opportunity
To do the things lovers do
And what you think is disgusting
I think is hot, you see
It's really boring to act so nice
When inside I'm so naughty

So I take matters into my own left hand
And sail the lusty sea
My reality is erect now
With the blood of a fantasy

I am bleeding
My disappointments are breeding fast
It's never gonna last
I am dying
And I am trying to stop crying
Track Name: Start a Fire
You've got the sweetest lips
That I've ever kissed
But I know you like to kiss the bottle
Too much

You've got the sweetest skin
That I've ever tasted or been in
But I know you'll take to the wind
When you're three sheets in or more

And don't tell me you don't know
Why I had to go
If you're that far in the dark
Maybe you should start a fire in your heart

You can be a mean drunk
And the next day you don't know what
Came out of your mouth
And I'm left with the pain to carry around

I can be a mean drunk too
Just look at all the shit I put you through
We should have taken the hint
And had water instead

But don't tell me you don't know
Why I had to go
If you're that far in the dark
Maybe you should start a fire
Baby, I've got a match
So pour some gasoline on your heart
Track Name: Vultures
I'm lying on your bathroom floor
Right next to the toilet water
On the dirty, dirty tile

I have to drain my own desire
Cuz I'm not getting any higher
On your totem pole, apparently

And I beg
And I plead
But I never get to taste
What I'm craving

Call me strange
Call me gross
But you're not stupid, baby
You know what I want
And I know I'm not the only one

Every time I'm disappointed
I can't say I didn't see it coming
But that doesn't soften the blow

You act like you just don't care
Or are you trying to act unaware
Of the fact that I'm drying up
I see the vultures now

Call me high maintenance
But I need no forgiveness
For my libido you have no concern
So I flick my own Bic, baby
And watch it burn
All night I watch it burn

And I wish there was a solution
And I wish there was a way
For us both to be satisfied
At the same time
On the same day

But I'm lying on your bathroom floor
Right next to the toilet water
On the dirty, dirty tile
Track Name: Hide and Seek
Along came a man who told me
That I was oh-so-sexy
Wanted me to come over
And watch a movie
So I obliged

We started watching the movie
Then we started cuddling
And when the movie was over
We started kissing
And then he gave me a blowjob
And he did a good job

Just before I left
We were sitting on his front step
Smoking a cigarette
He said he wanted to see me again
And then he fuckin' disappeared
Into thin air

Show me a man
That can stay true to his word
Show me a man
That isn't a coward

I guess he's just too weak
Cuz we're playin' hide and seek
And by the looks of it
I'm not winning
Oh well, what the hell?
I don't care
Plenty of other men out there

But could you please tell me:
What's so scary about being friends?
Track Name: Fairytale Drunk
Empty cans, empty bottles
Arranged around you in such intricate patterns
As if the leftovers really mattered
Looks kinda like a castle
Tell me, was it a hastle to build it up so high?
I wonder what's inside
Your emotional vomit forms a moat
And each callous on your heart is a brick in the wall

You keep lowerin' that longneck drawbridge
Tryin' to get me to come in there and save you
But there's one problem:
I'm stuck in my own castle, too

You call my name
Caress my face
To no avail
You're my fairytale drunk

Scraps of paper strewn about
Names, numbers, dates and times
Snapshots of a lech in his prime
I've mapped out every quest on Mapquest
Knowing that once I arrive
I'll never be going back again
It's a treasure hunt, we've got to run
To find what we're all looking for
Before the only source is claimed

In the meantime you're the screaming referee
On the sidelines tryin' to get through to me
But I can't hear your plea
Cuz I'm full of vanity

My eyes are glued to the mirror's view
And I can't see you, or so I say
You call my name
Caress my face
To no avail
This little fairytale is done
Track Name: Room 215
Hotel International
Room 215
Guitars & IPA
And a little something green
The night is ours
To do as we please
Let's go to the bowling alley
And then let's leave

Cuz all the lanes are full
So we go to my friends' house instead
We watch "Carrie"
As my shoulder carries your head
And then we go right back to

Hotel International
Room 215
You let me inside
And I let you inside of me
Cigarette by the open window
With the ripped screen
There's no traffic at this hour
Yeah, it's almost serene

We lay down in bed
We hold eachother tight
But what you might not realize is
This could be our last night
Track Name: As Good As
Can we keep the clouds at bay?
I hope you know which ones I mean
The ones that want to whisk you away
Into their own paradise

And could you forgive me completely?
Let me treat you as good
As you treat me

Hell no!
I ain't gonna let you go
Hell yeah!
I want you to know
That I love you
Yes I do

When you hold my hand
I can feel your heart
You're such a beautiful man
We had a beautiful start

And where we go from here
Doesn't really matter
I just want you near
Let the distance shatter

Hell no!
I ain't gonna let you go
Hell yeah!
I want you to know
That I love you
Yes I do
Track Name: Nitty Gritty
I don't wanna be your man
I don't wanna open up my hand
And show you what I have
Inside

I don't wanna like kissing you so much
Cuz kissing you makes me want to shut
A door in my heart

Why do I
Always hide
When I find something
That feels right?
Why do you
Feel as good as you do
With your head on my shoulder?
We're growing older

Today was born from last night
Inhibitions slowly took flight
I don't blame you for wanting to get right
Down to the nitty gritty

I don't think any less of you
Hope you don't think any less of me
Let's just call it what it is
And see

Where to go
Maybe nowhere
In particular
Sweetheart eyes
Fingers entwined
Your head is on my shoulder
We're growing older

I wanna be your man
I wanna open up my hand
And show you what I have
Inside
Track Name: +
I just met this man
And already I'm wrapped up in his arms
Already I'm wrapped up in his hands
We're kissing in the Cuff parking lot
Standing by my parking spot in the slushy snow

And I know
Wherever he goes
That little plus sign follows, it follows
But I don't care
There, I said it

He works at the leather shop
So I drove into town
And I made a stop
He didn't recognize me at first
But when he did we started to flirt
By the chaps

That man is handsome beyond words, beyond words
I thought he was gonna be all butch n shit
But he's a sweetheart beneath that beard

He's got two partners
And he can't play at home
He said we should meet at a bathhouse
So we could be alone
Well, I don't like to pay for sex
But I have to say the price is right
If I could kiss him again
It would be worth every dime!

I just met this man
And already I'm wrapped up in his arms
Already I'm wrapped up in his hands
We're kissing in the Cuff parking lot
Standing by my parking spot in the slushy snow
Track Name: Gut Reaction
Has anyone ever written you a song before
Telling you how they feel about you?
Well, for some reason today
That is what I decided to do
I never knew how it felt to be
One million percent happy
Until you came around
Your'e the one who unties my cement shoes
And lets me float high above the ground

I'm not joking, this is true!
Maybe it's a first timer crush on you?
Tell it to me straight, gut reaction please!
Do you feel something for me?

I have to be able to accept a 'no'
Just like I would accept a 'yes'
I can't change the way you feel
And no amount of flirting will fix that

But I really hope that there's something there!
Cuz I love the way you shaved your head!
I know I'm scared to sing you this song
Cuz I'm afraid you won't wanna sing along

Has anyone ever written you a song before
Telling you how they feel about you?
Track Name: The Strings
You are so sweet
When you're holding me
I become the little spoon again
Sometimes I'm scared by your beauty
And I'm rendered speechless
Until you speak again
You worry I'm bored to tears
Not so, my friend!

It's been a while
Since I wrote a song
But this one showed up
And the thought of you came along
With me
And the strings

Something in your eyes
Always takes me by surprise
So deep, so kind, so open and so closed
They tell me something I cannot know
It is so sweet
When you're touching me
I feel a warmth I can't explain
I always hope I'll feel it again

It's been a while
Since I wrote a song
But this one showed up
And the though of you came along
With me
And the strings