Youth Is Not For Pleasure

by Second Language

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Second Language's 'Youth Is Not For Pleasure' album recorded in 1985 is released on CD for the first time ever in a Deluxe Limited Edition that contains six bonus tracks only available on this CD.

    The bonus tracks are: Uncertain Terms, I Know You're There, You Pays Your Dues (You Takes Your Chances), Sky Will Open, Passion Paints A Portrait and Words Into Action (Early Version).

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Youth Is Not For Pleasure…(But To Be Brave) Youth is not for pleasure…but to be brave Youth is not for pleasure…but to be brave This never ending infatuation this morbid saint This indoctrinated angel clips her wings in haste Like memories divided by syncopated thirst Ashes on the water Books thrown into the fire Visions far beyond our grasp to threaten and inspire It’s an illusion It’s an illusion…it’s an illusion Youth is not for pleasure…but to be brave Youth is not for pleasure…but to be brave Hoisted up to serve my time flapping in the wind Trapped between the innocence and wanting still to win, it’s an illusion It’s an illusion, grounded in the air It’s an illusion, interpretative stares It’s an illusion, three-dimensional recluse Another captive beast dreams of getting loose Wake up! Wake up! You’ve got to set her free Wake up! Wake up! Or they’ll be closing the cage on me Ohhhhhh Youth is not for pleasure…but to be brave Youth! Youth is not for pleasure…but to be brave Youth! Youth is not for pleasure …but to be brave ...but to be brave Youth is not for pleasure…but to be brave ...but to be brave Melody and Lyrics: Toni Zeto 5/12/1984 Music: Jerome Faulkner-Jessie Jacobson-Brian Bielski 4/15/83 + 6/4/83
2.
This Scorched Earth Fallow lands, barren fields, shallow graves Morning light, new day dawns in still birth Silent seas, voiceless breeze, separate waves Useless sun, pointless moon, this scorched earth This scorched earth, this scorched earth One last shot heard round the world This scorched earth, this scorched earth Still no victory flag's unfurled Siren's songs pierce the night in an endless refrain No star light, no star bright, the sun is burning cold And hope only held as strong as the weak link in the chain of command, grains of sand who do as they are told This scorched earth, this scorched earth One last shot heard round the world This scorched earth, this scorched earth Still no victory flag's unfurled As we hold the final line in the name of common sense Open arms, open hearts, the only defense This scorched earth, this scorched earth One last shot heard round the world This scorched earth, this scorched earth Still no victory flag's unfurled © Lyrics & Melody: Jessie Jacobson 9/84 Music: Jessie Jacobson-Brian Bielski-Jerome Faulkner-Jarrett Lesko 7/9/84
3.
Garden Of Delight And in this world, no symmetry, no light We fight each urge, we beat the demons back The passions surge, we stretch them on the rack In this garden of delight Men of the cloth, for them the patterns weave a design I envy them but that collar fits too tight The holy shroud blindfolds each sordid sight In this garden of delight All for the love of love From the hosts above we can't see But in their name, we carry on as though The only game in town's the one we know In this garden of delight Well, in the dead of night The death of light's complete Don't mourn the loss, don't mourn the memory You'll turn, you'll toss away your sanity In this garden of delight © Music: Jessie Jacobson-Jarrett Lesko-Brian Bielski Lyrics & Melody: Jessie Jacobson 6/84
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Words Into Action words won't make you feel what you should feel what you once felt words won't reveal what is real they'll just mislead you from the start they will seal and constrict charismatic tongues as they conceal they contradict the language of the heart and so one word leads to the next as conversation slips into text let's put - let's put words - words into action words into action words turn into shouts triggered by doubts fall on deaf ears words sprayed all about ooze from the spout but no one hears so automatic, reeled off by rote snag on your conscience, catch in your throat let's put - let's put words - words into action words into action I would give anything to make you understand no need to read my lips feel the warmth of my hand words mean nothing at all they bounce off the wall and fade away but feelings that beckon and call no matter how small can still save the day somehow the silence says so much more and in the stillness, love settles the score let's put - let's put words - words into action words into action ©Jessie Jacobson 2/5/85 (music) + 2/18/85 (melody/lyric)
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No God In Heaven Tonight there is no rest no respite for the weary in search of his holy light there is no god in heaven tonight last gift of flowers colors bright for the living deprived of his holy sight there is no god in heaven tonight through bloodshot eyes all the world seems a wonder two shaky hands grip the wheel wheel of fortune and it all seems like a dream to me now through a glass darkly on your conscience on your breath the smell of liquor the lingering stench of death there is no god in heaven tonight he loves his fools and he loves his drunkards he loves his drunkards and he loves his fools but he loves his drunken fools most of all loves them through a glass darkly © Jessie Jacobson 5/16/84
6.
Visions Of An Aging Race Visions of an aging race, starlight reaches your face In a venture to overcome Driven though deaf and numb In a blackened vacuum lie With vengeance and disguise Blood as poison as wine, under sacrificial skies Under sacrificial skies Visions of an aging race Instructed to carve a path Through destruction oh and wrath Mankind without wisdom is like a weapon to the blind The struggling of humanity, always seeking to find Under sacrificial skies Visions of an aging race While the children dance and play All of their toys will be taken away To be punished not for their innocence But for their greed and doubt For negating what life’s all about Under sacrificial skies Oh… no, oh… no © Lyrics and Melody: Toni Zeto 12/18/84 Music: Jessie Jacobson-Jerome Faulkner-Toni Zeto-Jarrett Lesko-Brian Bielski 12/17/84
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Excavation 03:59
Excavation You’re like an excavation buried deep You’re like an excavation You hang on to all that’s past you It haunts you in your sleep You hang on to all that’s past you It haunts you in your sleep Bound with tradition Bound with fear, bound to follow So far yet so near Excavation You’re like an excavation buried deep You’re like an excavation You hang on to all that’s past you It haunts you in your sleep You hang on to all that’s past you It haunts you in your sleep Bound with tradition Bound with fear, bound to follow So far yet so near Bound with tradition Excavation Bound with tears, bound to follow So far yet so near Bound to follow Bound to follow, bound to follow © Melody and Lyrics: Toni Zeto Music: Jarrett Lesko-Brian Bielski-Jessie Jacobson 11/5/84
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Caution To The Wind She struts where angels fear to tread Pied piper to the waking nightmares The dancing dead Wake up and cast Caution to the wind Don’t look into her eyes One glance turns strong men into stone And she poisons everything she touches Her kiss will chill you to the bone Wake up and cast Caution to the wind In the eye of the hurricane This is the calm before the calm She knows she has to keep her distance She knows she’s got no soul to save She knows the path of least resistance Leads right to her grave Wake up and cast Caution to the wind © Jessie Jacobson • 9/7/80 + 12/83 (lyrics) & 10/83 (music)
9.
The Edge 04:21
The Edge you were here it was gone you disappear it lingers on in soft focus, delicate obscured this hocus pocus is patently absurd still it’s there and it’s mine and so I dance a fine line court it gently, treat it as a friend though it might just kill me in the end it’s the edge it’s the edge like the edge of the knife it’s the edge it’s the edge and it slices through my life it provides company it resides inside me gently slicing my sinews apart cutting slowly into my heart and the strength I once felt cut loose by the blow you dealt still I go on balanced on the ledge drawn and quartered, a captive of the edge it’s the edge it’s the edge like the edge of the knife it’s the edge it’s the edge and it slices through my life © Jessie Jacobson • 6/5/80
10.
Long Goodbye 05:14
The Long Goodbye In the endless summer of discontent The tip of the iceberg on the darkest continent Splintering puppets hiss through wooden grins Toothless to bite the hand that force-feeds gets under their skins This is the long goodbye The deeper they go, the darker it gets 'Til blood stains the whitewash, liquidates idol threats The country club's burning, body politic sweats South Africa’s up in flames out of time, far too late for regrets. This is the long goodbye © Music: Jerome Faulkner 5/83 Lyrics, Melody: Jesse Jacobson 5-7/83, 3/85

about

'Youth Is Not For Pleasure' is a previously unreleased album recorded by post-punk/alternative rock band Second Language in 1985. Fifteen songs, co-produced and engineered by Earle Mankey, were recorded between March and June of that year, ten of which are featured on this album (the CD version of the album also includes the remaining five tracks plus an early version of 'Words Into Action'), released for the first time in November of 2018.

Second Language was formed in 1981 by Jessie Jacobson and Jerome Faulkner, soon joined by Chris Hutchinson and Rick Winward. Toni Zeto joined in 1983 in time to record four songs with Earle Mankey. In 1984 Jarrett Lesko and Brian Bielski replaced Hutchinson and Winward in the band. In 1984, the band released a 5-song vinyl EP 'Souvenirs' produced by Ron Fair (and including updated versions of two of the Earle Mankey recordings).

Second Language gigged regularly, including opening concerts for Howard Devoto (ex-Magazine), Love and Rockets, Dream Syndicate, Suburban Lawns, Wire Train and others.

The band continued through 1989 with various personnel changes before splitting up. In 1991 Jacobson, Lesko, Bielski recorded new songs and, with Zeto, played a few gigs together. In 1992, a new lineup of Second Language came together centered around Jacobson, Lesko and Bielski and continued to perform and record again, culminating in 1996 with a full-length CD 'WrongSpeak' before splitting up again in 1997.

'Souvenirs' and 'WrongSpeak' will also be re-released with bonus tracks in 2019.

Early 2021 will see the release for the first time of a double-CD 'Shadow Across The Moon' featuring 40 tracks recorded between 1985 and 1994. And there will be at least two more archival releases by the end of the year to celebrate the 40-year anniversary of Second Language's formation in November 1981.

Bielski, Lesko and Jacobson began playing improvisational music again intermittently in 2013, sometimes joined by Zeto and other ex-members.

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released November 19, 2018

Album produced by Second Language with Earle Mankey between March and June, 1985 at Shock The Mankey Studios, Thousand Oaks, CA.

'Words Into Action' Produced by Tony Berg, Earle Mankey and Second Language at Shock the Mankey Studios (basic tracks) March-June, 1985, and Cherokee Studios (vocals, bridge overdubs), L.A., CA, 11/7/85.

Second Language (1985):

Jessie Jacobson: Lead Vocals, Guitars, Lyrics, Keyboard, Bass, Percussion
Toni Zeto: Lead Vocals, Lyrics, Percussion, Keyboard
Jerome Faulkner: Keyboards, Vocals, Clarinet, Flute, Percussion
Jarrett Lesko: Bass, Percussion, Vocals, Guitar
Brian Bielski: Drums, Percussion, Vocal

Cover art and photography by Sonja Brenna.
Band photo by Lance Ross.
Design by Sonja Brenna, Toni Zeto and Jessie Jacobson.

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Second Language Los Angeles, California

Second Language was a post-punk / alternative rock band who performed and recorded from 1981-1997 releasing an independent EP "Souvenirs" in 1984 & a CD 'WrongSpeak' in 1995. In late 2018, they began releasing a series of CD/download albums covering this period including "Youth Is Not For Pleasure" and the upcoming double CD "Shadow Across The Moon" along with further vintage 1980s-1990s releases. ... more

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