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Lo-fi recordings by someone making their first attempt at music. My vocals are frequently off-key and my musicianship is beginner level. A couple songs turned out okay I think.

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released May 8, 2012

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Track Name: summer lips
I saw you for the first time
with a hand-made sign
waiting for the march to begin
you were laughing with some friends so
awkwardly
I tried my best to join in

we were just plastic boys
stretched like toys
but never holding a shape
but somehow it all made sense
one perfect day in May

graduation weekend
saw REM
you loved the way that he sang
you bought me a cassette so
we could blast them out
whenever we drove up to the lake

we were so happy then
matchstick men
waiting to burst into flame
and every time you smiled it
burned into my brain

but now I know
how cold it can be
and how I miss
the sun and the heat
days just seemed to fit
every night was bliss
I'm aching for a kiss
from summer lips

well I could see that you felt
shipwrecked here
three hundred miles from the sea
and I think I always knew but
was scared to say
that you would leave eventually

we've all played that game
and win or lose
your never gonna end up the same
just reminds me what your sign said
love can never be contained
Track Name: i.s.h.l.t.m.f.
You know I can't stand to be alone
and though I left a desperate message on your phone
do I really want to know where you might be
keep hearing voices inside my head (wake up)
but I can't quite make out what they said (make up your mind)
could it have been something to do with me?

every time I feel my luck is turning around
it never seems to last for very long
staring at the ceiling it is obvious now
everything I've ever done was wrong

I should have listened to my friends
the only ones who really care 'bout me
oh well at least as far as I can see
they'd never let me down

I should have listened to my friends
they always tell me how it really is
they always tell me how it really is
however bad it sounds

You're sucking out all the joy (you told me)
and we're starting to get anoyed (you warned me)
it's time to act like a man
and not a boy

wake in a bed I don't recognize (that's why)
and no amount of alcohol will sterilize (it's no surprise)
the worn out empty shell that holds my soul
you've got a point I should act my age (that's it)
clean out my stash, erase my grindr page (no fucking shit)
I've got no money left to pay the toll

Still I keep descending into depths rich and strange
where creatures swim within the fading light
I'm running out of air but there's so much that remains
Can't seem to stop my study of the wildlife

I should have listened to my friends
the only ones who really care 'bout me
oh well at least as far as I can see
they'll never let me down

I should have listened to my friends
they always tell me how it really is
and they don't judge me for the things i did
they'll always be around

(you told me)
(you warned me)
I'm not a boy
pick your ass up off the ground
take a good hard look around
your world is crumbling down

I should have listened to my friends
the only ones who really care 'bout me
oh well at least as far as I can see
they'll never let me down

I should have listened to my friends
they always tell me how it really is
and they don't judge me for the things i did
they'll always be around
Track Name: where did it all go wrong?
sittin' home on sunday I got nothing to do
but sort through all the junk mail, pick the gum off my shoe
I got a headache from the problems between you and me
they've been pushin' us apart just like that dark energy
and what it leaves behind is just a cold empty space
that eerie silence that you hear well that's the coup de grace

when we first met it seemed the world was new to me
but now the mask is off and there's no mystery
don't take me out anymore, we just sit 'round and watch tv
and lord I know your m.o. when there's something that you need
heard all your tired jokes, you need some new recipes
cause I can see right through you just like a colonoscopy

I call you drugstore cowboy since I never see you straight
and you taught me all the best ways to self medicate
I need a drink to calm my nerves when you're out on the lam
but when you're home I take a big handful of alprayzolam
I wish I could think of a way to make a new start
but no matter what I say you've still got a hold of my heart
outside our house a little blue bird swaying on a wire
watches quietly as everything catches fire

where, where did it all go wrong?
you, you were the one
now, now where do I belong?
cause I don't, I' don't have a place left to run

you push me 'round like a toy and always tell me what to do
and even though I should know better, you know that I can't refuse
you're like a coked up Rick James who thinks I'm Teena Marie
and your'e like "b**** get in that booth and sing those hits for me!"
well it's a different world now, and I'm taking off the gloves
and I'll be kicking your a** like I'm Courtney f***ing Love!
Track Name: you're all i need
no I may not have a lot
but what do I really need?
I got you, I got you
so what more could there be?

When I think back on my life
seems like there was no before
and you were always there by my side
to make everything alright

you're all that I need
you are the sun that lights my way
shows me where I belong

you're all that I need
no matter what people might say
I know this can't be wrong

and when my time comes around
and they put me in the ground
everyone will surely say
he went with a smile on his face

when I wake up in the night
and I can't fall back asleep
well I just look at at you in the bed
and all my worries cease

you're all that I need
you are the sun that lights my way
shows me where I belong

you're all that I need
no matter what people might say
i know this can't be wrong
Track Name: authority on love
welcome to the real world
you don't look so well
the wrinkled clothes, the trailing voice
you're hurting I can tell

well I'd love to give you some advice
but first let's grab a drink
A Jefferson cup with bouron
will help me to think

I'm the world's authority on love
I'll answer all your questions of
the fires below, the stars above

I've been rejected and I've cried
I've been the cheater and I've lied
now I've got nothing left to hide

if it's a book I wrote it
if it's a joke I stole it
if it's a film I shot it
if it's a cure I got it

I think back on the college boys, they put me through it all
stolen kisses, laughter, lies, triangles, alcohol
but now that I'm so much older
I thought things would calm down
but it never ceases to amaze me
that new temptations still abound

I'm the world's authority on love
I'll answer all your questions of
when to say enough's enough

I'm the world's authority on pain
if you've got time I can explain
how every single scar remains

don't ask the ragged holy man under a tree
he doesn't care, you won't find it there
not the so called doctors filling up the screen
there's too much to lose
they won't tell you the truth

That I'm the world's authority on love
I'll answer all your questions of
the fires below, the stars above

I've been rejected and I've cried
I've been the cheater and I've lied
now I've got nothing left to hide
Track Name: faux fur
Leopard print, wear it well
eyes cold and bright as polished diamels
plastic boots, rock my world
wicked smile hiding 32 faux pearls

and I'm not sure why you do it
you say it's not a peta thing
you've got not problem being cruel
and you don't take real love seriously

faux fur
keeps me warm in the middle of the night
faux fur
don't know how I ever got by

purple mink on your thigh
rub it back and for and we'll watch the sparks fly
like a cat, bit insane
but you sure know how to keep me entertained

wrapped skin tight in microsuede
or floating in a cloud of feathers
I knew you were lyin' when I heard you say
you never mix business with pleather

faux fur
keeps me warm in the middle of the night
faux fur
don't know how I ever got by

I'll pick you up at a quarter to eleven
I know you'll keep me waiting, that's for sure
there's a place, a place that's close to heaven
grab your coat and get on board
I'll take you there, let me be your chauffeur

well you know I'm crazy 'bout you
even though I'm such a grouch
cause you always tell me what to do
and I'm always cleaning hair up off the couch

faux fur
keeps me warm in the middle of the night
faux fur
don't know how I ever got by
faux fur
warm in the middle of the night
faux fur
it's okay 'cause nothing had to die
Track Name: bird with a broken wing
I'm like a bird with a broken wing
stuck on the ground I can only sing

when I look up and I see the sky
I see your face as the clouds go by

bum bum bum bum
bum bum bum bum
bum bum bum bum bum bum bum
I've never seen a sky that shade of blue

I know that I've made mistakes
But I'll do anything it takes
What a fool to ever lie to you

I'm like a bird with a broken wing
stuck on the ground I can only sing
Can't we just go back in time and give it all another try
I don't need to hear your reasons why

Won't you please just change your mind
I don't want to fall behind
What's the point of living without you?

time has come to make a stand
and draw a line out in the sand
giving up's not something I can do

I know I'm a mess and right now and
I'm not at my best but somehow
you have got to see the man I can be

when we're together I am
the best that I've ever been and
everything is just the way it should be
everything is just the way it should be
Track Name: badass
Well you're the kind of person who makes people stop and stare
but you always work so hard to make the world think you don't care
but I see right through your vintage thrift store flair
the careful way you flash the labels on your underwear
you pretend to run on empty but I know there's something there

you're such a baddass
and I'm in love with you
your such a badass
no matter what I do

why are you so damn afraid to let your feelings show?
you can tell me baby no one else has got to know
I try to get a little closer but you you won't make room
you're too busy making sure your stubble's groomed
but when I walk out the door it's gonna hit ya like a sonic boom

you're such a baddass
and I'm in love with you
your such a badass
no matter what I do

people in your life they come and they go
what are they feeling? You never know
when you look in the mirror
like you always do
do you like the person
that's staring back at you?

you're such a baddass
and I'm in love with you
your such a badass
no matter what I do

you're such a baddass
in everything you do
your such a badass
and boy you know it's true
Track Name: my mistake
instrumental
Track Name: i'd call it a crime
It's a lie so don't waste my time on your
alibi with a twist of lime you
your self-defense
or self pretense
is just another faded disguise

Feels like one long procedural to me
track you down, taking notes and all I see
dead ends
misdeeds
reads like
a second hand mystery

so what is a door closed without a goodbye
what is a message sent without a reply
when you can't be sure of the truth
suspicion counts for proof
at least in my mind
I'd call it a crime

went through your pocket lint and searched your drawers
lost my head had to get down on all fours
under
the bed
looking
for dangerous saboteurs

so what is the fear that keeps me awake in the night
and what is the doubt that's turned me into a spy
when you can't be sure of the truth
suspicion counts for proof
at least in my mind
I'd call it a crime

I saw you on the street yesterday, chatting up some guy
you didn't see me watching from the coffee shop nearby
called you on your cellphone but you just let it ring
the two of you just laughing and talking, like it didn't mean a thing

what is the fear that keeps me up awake in the night
and what is the doubt that's turned me into a spy
when you can't be sure of the truth
suspicion counts for proof
at least in my mind
I'd call it a crime
Track Name: night falls
when they were kids they were always playing games
in the woods along the river shore
days were endless as the as the flowers
on the dress she wore
years went by then one day she went away
and he never saw her anymore
but he could never forget just how her
touch had felt before

nothing ever looks the same when the night falls
everything's as strange and dark as the sky
no one wants to be alone when the night falls
can't find your way home but hush now don't cry

Where am I going?
what will I find?
never knowing

can you
hear me
call your
name

drove to her house to take one last look around
abandoned and desolate for years
from the woods suddenly he heard a sound
music to his ears
in the darkness he couldn't see the stains
on the old and tattered dress she wore
they embraced one last time and walked away
to the river shore

nothing ever looks the same when the night falls
everything's as strange and dark as the sky
you and I will reunite when the night falls
everything will be okay now don't cry

Where are we going?
what will we find?
Track Name: Virginia boys
up in time for the sunrise
cross the dunes hear the sound of breaking waves
and Virginia boys

running by the ocean
or taking a kayak on the bay
just to start the day

Virginia boys feel right at home out on the water
sunburned backs and sand between there toes
there's a certain pride that comes from living by the tides
so lets make some noise
for Virginia boys

still ya got a make a living
out in the sun you wipe sweat from your face
need a cigarette break
or sittin' in an office
cross-eyed from staring at a screen
you start losing steam

Virginia boys have got a lot of weight to carry
sometimes it makes them feel so all alone
someone should build a monument from all this brick and stone
come on make some noise
for Virginia boys

Virginia boys are hard to categorize
like a good Brunswick stew it takes all kinds
cool like Timbaland or Mr. A to Z
sailin' hard a starboard like Cuccinelli

dark business suits or graphic tees
baggy cargo shorts down past their knees
tight bike shorts or a crisp uniform
BRMS jacket to keep you warm

but there's one think in common that keeps us tight (what's that?)
VA boys got a hearty appetite (oh yeah!)
soft shelled crab and a bottle of beer
big hunk of venison, yo that's a deer

love me some biscuits, gravy and Virginia ham
reach in the water grab yourself a clam
well I could eat hush puppies by the scoop
but I'll take a pass on the peanut soup

Virginia boys are free as county highways
wild as a summer thunderstorm
their spirit cannot be destroyed
they know the pain they know the joy
they know they'll always be Virginia boys

hiking up the hill side
underneath you make your way
to catch the final rays
Track Name: my baby's made out of candy
something's really messing
with my chemistry
cuz ever since we met
I've had a craving for sweets

everybody warned me
what the outcome would be
but I was feeling lonely
and the first taste was free

oooooo

tear the box right open
and reach down inside
when I get to the bottom
better be a surprise

perfect little pleasures
in an endless supply
you're gonna be my valentine
until the day that I die

I know there's a crash coming on
and I should run away away but
but I just want to stay

my baby's made out of candy
my baby's made out of candy

feeling kind of woozy
so I'm upping my dose
i'm gonna rig up an IV
with an old garden hose

and though my heart is poundin'
like it's gonna explode
give me one shot of insulin
and I'll be ready to go

when I've got you in my arms
the world just melts away
and only you remain

when you're gone
my whole body starts to shake and I know
I won't last a day

oooooo

my baby's made out of candy
my baby's made out of candy
my baby's made out of candy
my baby's made out of candy
my baby's made out of candy
my baby's made out of candy