Time Always Wins

by RC

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All these songs, with the exception of the second verse of #3, were written and demoed in February 2012, in conjunction with FAWM (February Album Writing Month, which you should check out at fawm.org ). Because, what else do you have to do in February, for cryin’ out loud? March was spent updating the demos and/or redoing them entirely. Then I pared the 23 songs down to these 15 for mass consumption. So consume.

I don’t know if this makes for the most cohesive album – the time constraints of FAWMing generally force you to take your first idea and run with it, without considering how a particular song or style fits with the others, or with whatever "image" you have of yourself and your particular “thing”. So in addition to the usual power pop stuff I gravitate towards, there’s at least a few little hints of country, blues and other things poking out of these songs. And I’m OK with that.

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released April 1, 2012

All noises made by RC, mostly on purpose.

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Track Name: What An Odd Thing To Say
Words dance and duck
they're never where you think they are
you make them jump through every hoop
they spin away
each time I try to untangle them
they're circulating in an endless loop

so every time you call my name
I wonder what you meant by that
and when you say I love you, I think, hey,
what an odd thing to say

Words twist and twirl
you've got them bouncing on a rubber band
every time I try to pin 'em down
they do their tricks
just the way you trained them to
no wonder that my head keeps spinning round

chorus

on this one occasion
maybe you're just being direct
that's the last thing I'd expect
Track Name: Plenty Of Time
Standing up, holding ground
I will not take this sitting down
I do not believe our lives are passing us by
passing us by

Why are you in such a hurry
we got better things to do than worry
someday the stars will all align
we've got plenty of time

Life is all, give and take
in the end, it's only what you make it
and we've made it pretty nice
we're doing fine, doing fine

Why are you always in a rush
I think we're going fast enough
we just left the starting line
we've got plenty of time

Just relax now, face the facts now
things were always gonna be
what they're gonna be

time keeps marching on and on and
we've got time before it's gone...
Track Name: There's Never Enough
The clock is never still
I'm over on the downside of the hill
I know it and it's such a bitter pill
but that's the way it goes

Although I feel OK
the calendar gets thinner every day
still I manage to fritter time away
what is wrong with me?

We get time every day
but there's never enough
save it up anyway
but there's never enough
time keeps ticking by, it keeps ticking by, it keeps ticking by
and there's never enough

We need a chance to speak
but my schedule is looking pretty bleak
it'll have to wait until next week
how's Thursday for you

Someday I've got to find
an hour and a half I can call mine
I hope before I lose my freaking mind
that really would be nice
Track Name: I've Decided
There's something in the wind
that keeps telling me this has to end
and it's fogging up my mind
I feel like I'm going through this life blind
and divided, I've decided

I don't want this life
I can't take it anymore
I don't want this life
'cause I'm tired of being at war with myself
and everyone else

I'm sick of saying it's fine
everyone can see the end of the line
when it's been coming on so long
I've looked deep inside, and there are no more songs
none provided, so I've decided

chorus

You can say I took the easy road
didn't look so easy from here
you've got no idea, the things that I fear
Track Name: Falling
I hear the phone, I let it keep on ringing
don't wanna hear, the news that it might be bringing
it might be you, I guess there's just no telling
and I don't know, if you're buying what I'm selling
there's only one way to find out
and I'd rather wonder than remove all doubt

Because I'm falling
I'm falling so hard for you
and I hope you're falling
are you falling for me too
because I'm falling
I don't want to hit the ground
I'd rather keep falling
'cause I won't be falling down, if you're around

I hear the phone, but I'm not gonna get it
might ring forever, but that's OK, just let it
I still have hope, one bad call might remove it
don't know the truth, and I don't want to prove it
you want to give me the word
I can't be disappointed in what I haven't heard

Call me a coward
yes, I'll confess
but please don't call me
unless the answer is yes
Track Name: Could You Boil It Down For Me
My head's in endless spin
I've lost it once again
such a confusing thing to be

Can't keep up with the chase
such a complicated place
could you boil it down for me

Oh, you don't know how I've tried
I need to see the world simplified

I am a simple man
I just don't understand
all the crazy things I see
could you boil it down for me

My train is off the rails
bogged down in details
I just need a summary
of what it's all about
help a brother out
could you boil it down for me
could you boil it down for me
could you boil it down for me
Track Name: Life Goes On And On [not safe for work]
I've lived this day before
I hope to live a million more
it's all OK by me
I've used this coffee cup
ten thousand times I've filled it up
and that's OK by me

The sun, comes up
the rooster crows, the day begins
and life goes on and on and on and on
the sun, goes down
comes up again tomorrow morning
life goes on and on and on and on

I've lived this day before
and once I step through my front door
it's all OK by me
I drive this way to work
get cut off by some thoughtless jerk
but that's OK by me

chorus

Ghandi had to get up every day
and Blondie has to get up every day
Tom Brady's got to get up every day
and Lady Gaga gets up every day
Neil Young still gets up every day
Mao Tse Tung used to get up every day
Charlie Sheen gets up every other day
Cee Lo Green says "fuck you", gets up anyway
Dakota Fanning probably gets up every day
Peyton Manning didn't get up, but he got up yesterday
Track Name: Crescent Moon
Everything I ever need to know
I learned before I turned 15
at the time, I wouldn't have believed it
I didn't understand the things I'd seen

These days I get it
there's never been a tune
that wouldn't sound better
under a crescent moon

Everything has a place and time
and time keeps marching on
among the things experience has taught me
it's the things you miss when they are gone

These days I get it
there's never been a tune
that wouldn't sound better
under a crescent moon

The little things, they take you by surprise
the things you don't anticipate
they're the ones you never can recapture
and you won't know 'til it's too late

These days I get it
there's never been a tune
that wouldn't sound better
under a crescent moon
Track Name: In A Strange Land
Don't try to make conversation
don't look me in the eye
if you say anything to me
don't get upset when I don't reply
and don't ask me why, cause

I am a stranger
I am a stranger
I am a stranger
in a strange land

Don't pretend that you know me
and don't act like you care
it's probably better for both of us
if you just act like I'm not there
cause I'm not anywhere

I am a stranger
I am a stranger
I am a stranger
in a strange land

Never again
never again

Don't believe you'll convince me
where so many have tried
I built a fortress around me
no one else will ever get inside
you'll be denied, cause

I am a stranger
I am a stranger
I am a stranger
in a strange land
Track Name: We Need To Talk
It's hard to believe you weren't raised by wolves
you live in society and don't know the rules
it takes a special gift to always say
exactly the wrong things in every way

but it's all right
I'd gotten used to it
that's what I thought
but then after all
there came that one last straw
broke the camel's back
let's take a walk
we need to talk

It's hard to believe you weren't abandoned at birth
must have been obvious you were destined for less
you've totally lived up to those ambitious plans
you set the bar so low... way to go

what, were you raised in a basement?
didn't they let you out of the basement?
Track Name: Catch Up
I can't catch up
I can't catch up
my feet keep failing me
they're not fast enough
just go on without me
I can't catch up

I can't catch up
I can't catch up
I'm totally buried
in useless stuff
just leave me for dead, boys
I can't catch up

I used to be in front
I used to lead the way
but now I'm just the roadkill in the gutter where I lay

[weirdness]

I used to be the man
I used to lead the pack
now my legs are waving like a turtle on its back

[more weirdness]

I can't catch up
I can't catch up
I'm a lifetime loser
the world is calling my bluff
I'm as good as gone, boys
I can't keep up
Track Name: Behind The Door
Behind the door and up the stairs
there is a room where no one cares
they try to sleep. but sleep won't come
behind the door, they're on the run

In the dead of the night
the faces hide from the light
but the dawn will come once more
and you can't hide behind the door

You've got to face what you've done
in the hard sight of daylight
under the sun

Behind the door, you want to stay
because the truth gets in the way
but we all know what you hide from
behind the door, your day will come

You've got to face what you said
you've got the sword of Damocles
over your head

Behind the door, you want to stay
because the truth gets in the way
but we all know what you hide from
behind the door, your day will come
Track Name: Olive Oil And Worcestershire
Don’t know where you are but I’m writing you letters
In my head every minute
Today I was making a grocery list
And found myself writing you in it

Oranges and ginger tea
I hope that you remember me
Thinking of you always, dear
Olive oil and worcestershire

There are so many things I need to tell you
You left without a goodbye
I’ll tie this list to a pigeon
And hope that he knows where to fly

It’s been a couple of years now
I’ve walked a few hundred miles
Pacing the floors in the markets
Walking the condiment aisles
Track Name: Now!
Please don't say
you gotta wait
I really hate those three words
they make me wanna die
so think twice
and think again
it's no sin
I don't think I am a sinful guy
but I don't mind saying
I want what I want
and what I want

I want it now
now, now, now
now, now, now
I really want it now
now, now now
now, now now
I really want it now

Please don't say
take your time
I'll lose my mind
I'm sorry but I'm really in a hurry
help me out
don't delay
or push me away
let's get it done
so I won't have to worry
I don't mind admitting
I need what I need
don't make me plead

I need it now
now, now, now
now, now, now
I really need it now
now, now now
now, now now
I really need it now